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  1. The c2d Spitzer Spectroscopic Survey of Ices Around Low-mass Young Stellar Objects. IV. NH3 and CH3OH

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    Bottinelli, Sandrine; Boogert, A. C. Adwin; Bouwman, Jordy; Beckwith, Martha; van Dishoeck, Ewine F.; Öberg, Karin I.; Pontoppidan, Klaus M.; Linnartz, Harold; Blake, Geoffrey A.; Evans, Neal J., II; Lahuis, Fred

    2010-08-01

    NH3 and CH3OH are key molecules in astrochemical networks leading to the formation of more complex N- and O-bearing molecules, such as CH3CN and CH3OCH3. Despite a number of recent studies, little is known about their abundances in the solid state. This is particularly the case for low-mass protostars, for which only the launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope has permitted high-sensitivity observations of the ices around these objects. In this work, we investigate the ~8-10 μm region in the Spitzer IRS (InfraRed Spectrograph) spectra of 41 low-mass young stellar objects (YSOs). These data are part of a survey of interstellar ices in a sample of low-mass YSOs studied in earlier papers in this series. We used both an empirical and a local continuum method to correct for the contribution from the 10 μm silicate absorption in the recorded spectra. In addition, we conducted a systematic laboratory study of NH3- and CH3OH-containing ices to help interpret the astronomical spectra. We clearly detect a feature at ~9 μm in 24 low-mass YSOs. Within the uncertainty in continuum determination, we identify this feature with the NH3 ν2 umbrella mode and derive abundances with respect to water between ~2% and 15%. Simultaneously, we also revisited the case of CH3OH ice by studying the ν4 C-O stretch mode of this molecule at ~9.7 μm in 16 objects, yielding abundances consistent with those derived by Boogert et al. based on a simultaneous 9.75 and 3.53 μm data analysis. Our study indicates that NH3 is present primarily in H2O-rich ices, but that in some cases, such ices are insufficient to explain the observed narrow FWHM. The laboratory data point to CH3OH being in an almost pure methanol ice, or mixed mainly with CO or CO2, consistent with its formation through hydrogenation on grains. Finally, we use our derived NH3 abundances in combination with previously published abundances of other solid N-bearing species to find that up to 10%-20% of nitrogen is locked up in known

  2. A Water Maser and NH3 Survey of GLIMPSE Extended Green Objects

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    Cyganowski, C. J.; Koda, J.; Rosolowsky, E.; Towers, S.; Donovan Meyer, J.; Egusa, F.; Momose, R.; Robitaille, T. P.

    2013-02-01

    We present the results of a Nobeyama 45 m H2O maser and NH3 survey of all 94 northern GLIMPSE extended green objects (EGOs), a sample of massive young stellar objects (MYSOs) identified based on their extended 4.5 μm emission. We observed the NH3(1,1), (2,2), and (3,3) inversion lines, and detected emission toward 97%, 63%, and 46% of our sample, respectively (median rms ~ 50 mK). The H2O maser detection rate is 68% (median rms ~ 0.11 Jy). The derived H2O maser and clump-scale gas properties are consistent with the identification of EGOs as young MYSOs. To explore the degree of variation among EGOs, we analyze subsamples defined based on mid-infrared (MIR) properties or maser associations. H2O masers and warm dense gas, as indicated by emission in the higher-excitation NH3 transitions, are most frequently detected toward EGOs also associated with both Class I and II CH3OH masers. Ninety-five percent (81%) of such EGOs are detected in H2O (NH3(3,3)), compared to only 33% (7%) of EGOs without either CH3OH maser type. As populations, EGOs associated with Class I and/or II CH3OH masers have significantly higher NH3 line widths, column densities, and kinetic temperatures than EGOs undetected in CH3OH maser surveys. However, we find no evidence for statistically significant differences in H2O maser properties (such as maser luminosity) among any EGO subsamples. Combining our data with the 1.1 mm continuum Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey, we find no correlation between isotropic H2O maser luminosity and clump number density. H2O maser luminosity is weakly correlated with clump (gas) temperature and clump mass.

  3. Control of I-V hysteresis in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell.

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    Kim, Hui-Seon; Jang, In-Hyuk; Ahn, Namyoung; Choi, Mansoo; Guerrero, Antonio; Bisquert, Juan; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2015-11-19

    Mismatch of current (I)-voltage (V) curves with respect to the scan direction, so-called I-V hysteresis, raises critical issue in MAPbI3 (MA = CH3NH3) perovskite solar cell. Although ferroelectric and ion migration have been proposed as a basis for the hysteresis, origin of hysteresis has not been apparently unraveled. We report here on the origin of I-V hysteresis of perovskite solar cell that was systematically evaluated by the interface-dependent electrode polarizations. Frequency (f)-dependent capacitance (C) revealed that the normal planar structure with the TiO2/MAPbI3/spiro-MeOTAD configuration showed most significant I-V hysteresis along with highest capacitance (10(-2) F/cm(2)) among the studied cell configurations. Substantial reduction in capacitance to 10(-3) F/cm(2) was observed upon replacing TiO2 with PCBM, indicative of the TiO2 layer being mainly responsible for the hysteresis. The capacitance was intensively reduced to 10(-5) F/cm(2) and C-f feature shifted to higher frequency for the hysteresis-free planar structures with combination of PSS, NiO, and PCBM, which underlines the spiro-MeOTAD in part contributes to the hysteresis. This work is expected to provide a key to the solution of the problem on I-V hysteresis in perovskite solar cell.

  4. Effects of precursor solution composition on the performance and I-V hysteresis of perovskite solar cells based on CH3NH3PbI3-xClx

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    Zhang, Z. L.; Men, B. Q.; Liu, Y. F.; Gao, H. P.; Mao, Y. L.

    2017-02-01

    Precursor solution of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx for perovskite solar cells was conventionally prepared by mixing PbCl2 and CH3NH3I with a mole ratio of 1:3 (PbCl2:CH3NH3I). While in the present study, CH3NH3PbI3-xClx-based solar cells were fabricated using the precursor solutions containing PbCl2 and CH3NH3I with the mole ratios of 1:3, 1.05:3, 1.1:3, and 1.15:3, respectively. The results display that the solar cells with the mole ratio of 1.1:3 present higher power conversion efficiency and less I-V hysteresis than those with the mole ratio of 1:3. Based on some investigations, it is concluded that the higher efficiency could be due to the smooth and pinhole free film formation, high optical absorption, suitable energy band gap, and the large electron transfer efficiency, and the less I-V hysteresis may be attributed to the small low frequency capacitance of the device.

  5. Effects of precursor solution composition on the performance and I-V hysteresis of perovskite solar cells based on CH3NH3PbI3-xClx.

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    Zhang, Z L; Men, B Q; Liu, Y F; Gao, H P; Mao, Y L

    2017-12-01

    Precursor solution of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx for perovskite solar cells was conventionally prepared by mixing PbCl2 and CH3NH3I with a mole ratio of 1:3 (PbCl2:CH3NH3I). While in the present study, CH3NH3PbI3-xClx-based solar cells were fabricated using the precursor solutions containing PbCl2 and CH3NH3I with the mole ratios of 1:3, 1.05:3, 1.1:3, and 1.15:3, respectively. The results display that the solar cells with the mole ratio of 1.1:3 present higher power conversion efficiency and less I-V hysteresis than those with the mole ratio of 1:3. Based on some investigations, it is concluded that the higher efficiency could be due to the smooth and pinhole free film formation, high optical absorption, suitable energy band gap, and the large electron transfer efficiency, and the less I-V hysteresis may be attributed to the small low frequency capacitance of the device.

  6. Parameters Affecting I-V Hysteresis of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells: Effects of Perovskite Crystal Size and Mesoporous TiO2 Layer.

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    Kim, Hui-Seon; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2014-09-04

    Current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells are studied using a time-dependent current response with stepwise sweeping of the bias voltage. Compared with the crystalline Si solar cell showing time-independent current at a given bias voltage, the perovskite solar cells exhibit time-dependent current response. The current increases with time and becomes steady at forward scan from short-circuit to open-circuit, whereas it is decayed and saturated with time at reverse scan from open-circuit to short-circuit. Time-dependent current response eventually leads to I-V hysteresis depending on the scan direction and the scan rate. Crystal size of CH3NH3PbI3 and the mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) film are found to influence I-V hysteresis, where the I-V hysteresis is alleviated as crystal size increases and in the presence of mp-TiO2. The capacitance observed at low frequency (0.1 to 1 Hz), associated with dipole polarization, tends to diminish as size of perovskite and mp-TiO2 layer thickness increases, which suggests that the origin of hysteresis correlates to the capacitive characteristic of CH3NH3PbI3 and the degree of hysteresis depends strongly on perovskite crystal size and mesoporous TiO2 layer.

  7. UF6 and UF4 in liquid ammonia: [UF7(NH3)]3- and [UF4(NH3)4].

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    Kraus, Florian; Baer, Sebastian A

    2009-08-17

    From the reaction of uranium hexafluoride UF6 with dry liquid ammonia, the [UF7(NH3)]3- anion and the [UF4(NH3)4] molecule were isolated and identified for the first time. They are found in signal-green crystals of trisammonium monoammine heptafluorouranate(IV) ammonia (1:1; [NH4]3[UF7(NH3)].NH3) and emerald-green crystals of tetraammine tetrafluorouranium(IV) ammonia (1:1; [UF4(NH3)4].NH3). [NH4]3[UF7(NH3)].NH3 features discrete [UF7(NH3)]3- anions with a coordination geometry similar to a bicapped trigonal prism, hitherto unknown for U(IV) compounds. The emerald-green [UF4(NH3)4].NH3 contains discrete tetraammine tetrafluorouranium(IV) [UF4(NH3)4] molecules. [UF4(NH3)4].NH3 is not stable at room temperature and forms pastel-green [UF4(NH3)4] as a powder that is surprisingly stable up to 147 degrees C. The compounds are the first structurally characterized ammonia complexes of uranium fluorides.

  8. Trans,trans,trans-[PtIV(N3)2(OH)2(py)(NH3)]: a light-activated antitumor platinum complex that kills human cancer cells by an apoptosis-independent mechanism.

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    Westendorf, Aron F; Woods, Julie A; Korpis, Katharina; Farrer, Nicola J; Salassa, Luca; Robinson, Kim; Appleyard, Virginia; Murray, Karen; Grünert, Renate; Thompson, Alastair M; Sadler, Peter J; Bednarski, Patrick J

    2012-09-01

    Photoactivatable Pt(IV) diazido complexes have unusual photobiologic properties. We show here that trans,trans,trans-[Pt(IV)(N(3))(2)(OH)(2)(py)(NH(3))] complex 3 is a potent photoactivated cytotoxin toward human cancer cells in culture, with an average IC(50) value in 13 cell lines of 55 ± 28 μmol/L after 30 minutes (0.12 mW/cm(2)) photoactivation with UVA, although visible light was also effective. Photoactivated complex 3 was noncross-resistant to cisplatin in 3 of 4 resistant cell lines. Cell swelling but very little blebbing was seen for HL60 cells treated with irradiated complex 3. Unlike cisplatin and etoposide, both of which cause apoptosis in HL60 cells, no apoptosis was observed for UVA-activated complex 3 by the Annexin V/propidium iodide flow cytotometry assay. Changes in the levels of the autophagic proteins LC3B-II and p62 in HL60 cells treated with UVA-activated complex 3 indicate autophagy is active during cell death. In a clonogenic assay with the SISO human cervix cancer cell line, 3 inhibited colony formation when activated by UVA irradiation. Antitumor activity of complex 3 in mice bearing xenografted OE19 esophageal carcinoma tumors was photoaugmented by visible light. Insights into the novel reaction pathways of complex 3 have been obtained from (14)N{(1)H} nuclear magnetic resonance studies, which show that photoactivation pathways can involve release of free azide in buffered solution. Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations revealed the dissociative character of singlet and triplet excited states of complex 3, which gives rise to reactive, possibly cytotoxic azidyl radicals. ©2012 AACR.

  9. The NH3Cl+ Cation

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-11-02

    solutions of NH2Cl can conveniently be prepared by the chlorination of aqueous ammonia with hypochlorite.[13,14] However, the highest practical NH2Cl...at –40 °C, it decomposes continuously and often explosively, due to the formation of ammonium chloride and more highly chlorinated products, such as...existence of NH3Cl + is provided by its vibrational and NMR spectra and theoretical calculations. Experimental Section Caution! Chloramines are highly

  10. Low Temperature Catalyst for NH3 Removal

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    Monje, Oscar; Melendez, Orlando

    2013-01-01

    Air revitalization technologies maintain a safe atmosphere inside spacecraft by the removal of C02, ammonia (NH3), and trace contaminants. NH3 onboard the International Space Station (ISS) is produced by crew metabolism, payloads, or during an accidental release of thermal control refrigerant. Currently, the ISS relies on removing NH3 via humidity condensate and the crew wears hooded respirators during emergencies. A different approach to cabin NH3 removal is to use selective catalytic oxidation (SCO), which builds on thermal catalytic oxidation concepts that could be incorporated into the existing TCCS process equipment architecture on ISS. A low temperature platinum-based catalyst (LTP-Catalyst) developed at KSC was used for converting NH3 to H20 and N2 gas by SCO. The challenge of implementing SCO is to reduce formation of undesirable byproducts like NOx (N20 and NO). Gas mixture analysis was conducted using FTIR spectrometry in the Regenerable VOC Control System (RVCS) Testbed. The RVCS was modified by adding a 66 L semi-sealed chamber, and a custom NH3 generator. The effect of temperature on NH3 removal using the LTP-Catalyst was examined. A suitable temperature was found where NH3 removal did not produce toxic NO, (NO, N02) and N20 formation was reduced.

  11. Photodissociation of Mg +(NH 3) ion

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    Yoshida, Shinji; Okai, Nobuhiro; Fuke, Kiyokazu

    2001-10-01

    Electronically excited states of Mg +(NH 3) are studied by photodissociation after mass selection. The dissociation spectrum shows relatively sharp vibronic transitions centered at about 28 000 and 36 000 cm-1. These absorption bands are assigned to the 2P- 2S type transitions localized on the Mg + ion. In photodissociation, a photoinduced charge-transfer process to produce NH 3+ is observed in addition to evaporation and intracluster reaction processes to produce Mg + and MgNH 2+ ions, respectively. The mechanism for the production of these ions is discussed in terms of the predissociative and non-adiabatic interactions between the low-lying states.

  12. TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Nadir V6 (TL2NH3N)

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    2017-07-14

    TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Nadir (TL2NH3N) News:  TES News ... Level:  L2 Instrument:  TES/Aura L2 Ammonia Spatial Coverage:  5.3 x 8.5 km nadir ... Data: TES Order Tool Parameters:  Ammonia Legacy:  Retired data product , click here for ...

  13. TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Nadir V6 (TL2NH3NS)

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    2017-07-14

    TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Nadir (TL2NH3NS) News:  TES News ... Level:  L2 Platform:  TES/Aura L2 Ammonia Spatial Coverage:  5.3 x 8.5 km nadir ... Data: TES Order Tool Parameters:  Ammonia Legacy:  Retired data product , click here for ...

  14. Ab Initio Calculation of NH_3 Spectrum

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    Polyansky, Oleg; Ovsyannikov, Roman I.; Kyuberis, Aleksandra; Lodi, Lorenzo; Tennyson, Jonathan; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Zobov, Nikolay Fedorovich

    2016-06-01

    An ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for NH_3 is computed using the methodology pioneered for water (Polyansky et al. J. Phys. Chem. A, 117, 9633 (2013)). A multireference configuration calclulations are performed at 50000 points using quadruple and 5z basis sets to give a complete basis set (CBS) extrapolation. Relativistic and adiabatic surfaces are also computed. The points are fitted to an analytical PES. The rovibrational energy levels are computed using the program TROVE in both linearized and curvilinear coordinates. Better convergence is obtained for the higher energy levels using curvilinear coordinates: an accuracy of about 1 wn is achieved for the levels up to 12 000 wn. The levels up to 18 000 wn are reproduced with the accuracy of a few wn. These results are used to assign the visible spectrum of 14NH_3 recorded by Coy and Lehmann (J. Chem. Phys., 84, 5239 (1988)). Predicted rovibrational levels for NH_2D, NHD_2, ND_3 and 15NH_3 are given.

  15. Estimating Atmospheric NH3 Exchange in the Midwestern U.S. using SURFATM-NH3

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    Sibble, D.; Caldwell, J. A.; Caillaud, T.; Johnson, E.; Personne, E.; Saylor, R. D.; Heuer, M.; Nelson, A. J.; Rood, M. J.; Koloutsou-Vakakis, S.; Myles, L.

    2014-12-01

    The bi-directionality of ammonia (NH3) exchange in canopies is influenced by changes in the atmosphere, vegetation, and soils. Accurate simulation of exchange processes is challenging due to uncertainties in stomatal compensation point, soil resistances, and other key inputs. As part of a study to quantify NH3 emissions from fertilized maize in the Midwestern U.S., the SURFATM-NH3 model was used to simulate NH3 flux using measurement data (chemical flux, micrometeorology, and soil) collected over an entire growing season from May-September 2014. Initial simulations reveal that NH3 flux predictions display a statistically significant correlation with atmospheric variables that influence the transfer of moisture and energy (i.e. temperature, relative humidity, radiation). A function that describes the relationship between the emission potentials, meteorological data, and the vegetative canopy flux is also observed, which could be utilized by future studies to increase the accuracy of forecasting the source/sink behavior of the NH3 canopy flux.

  16. Photolysis of solid NH3 and NH3-H2O mixtures at 193 nm

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    Loeffler, M. J.; Baragiola, R. A.

    2010-12-01

    We have studied UV photolysis of solid ammonia and ammonia-dihydrate samples at 40 K, using infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and microgravimetry. We have shown that in the pure NH3 sample, the main species ejected are NH3, H2, and N2, where the hydrogen and nitrogen increase with laser fluence. This increase in N2 ejection with laser fluence explains the increase in mass loss rate detected by a microbalance. In contrast, for the ammonia-water mixture, we see very weak signals of H2 and N2 in the mass spectrometer, consistent with the very small mass loss during the experiment and with a <5% decrease in the NH3 infrared absorption bands spectroscopy after a fluence of ˜3 × 1019 photons/cm2. The results imply that ammonia-ice mixtures in the outer solar system are relatively stable under solar irradiation.

  17. Crystal structure of [UO2(NH3)5]NO3·NH3

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    Woidy, Patrick; Kraus, Florian

    2016-01-01

    Penta­ammine dioxide uranium(V) nitrate ammonia (1/1), [UO2(NH3)5]NO3·NH3, was obtained in the form of yellow crystals from the reaction of caesium uranyl nitrate, Cs[UO2(NO3)3], and uranium tetra­fluoride, UF4, in dry liquid ammonia. The [UO2]+ cation is coordinated by five ammine ligands. The resulting [UO2(NH3)5] coordination polyhedron is best described as a penta­gonal bipyramid with the O atoms forming the apices. In the crystal, numerous N—H⋯N and N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds are present between the cation, anion and solvent mol­ecules, leading to a three-dimensional network. PMID:27980813

  18. Awaruite and Tetrataenite Driven NH3 Synthesis

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    Li, B.; Lemke, K.

    2015-12-01

    The deep biosphere hypothesis postulates that life emerged from a hydrothermal system beginning with small molecules such as CO2, N2, H2, CO, and CS2. (M. J. Russell, A. J Hall, and W. Martin, Geobiology, 2010, 8, 355). Key catalysts/surfaces at the ocean crust boundary would have interacted with these dissolved gases, giving rise to larger biomolecules and ultimately life. Among the catalysts found at present in hydrothermal system, Ni3Fe (Awaruite) and NiFe (Tetrataenite) stand out because they convert simple di and triatomic molecules to more complex structures; for example, Awaruite has been shown to produce NH3 from hydrogen and nitrogen precursors (Alexander Smirnov, Douglas Hausner, Richard Laffers, Daniel R Strongin, and Marton AA Schoonen, Geochemical Transactions, 2008, 9:5). The goal of this study is to examine the role of iron nickel clusters with Awaruite and Tetrataenite stoichiometries in converting atomic nitrogen and hydrogen to ammonia. Using a basin-hopping algorithmic procedure, the global minima of Awaruite and Tetrataenite clusters with up to 35 atoms have been identified along with their affinity to nitrogen and hydrogen attachment has been examined (i.e. atom position, cluster edges, and surface sites). Preliminary results indicate that atomic nitrogen attaches onto mixed iron nickel cluster surface sites, with distinct discontinuities in the binding energy profile at magic cluster number positions. We also studied the effects of cluster composition on the affinity of nitrogen and hydrogen to attach to Ni13-xFex with up to x=13. These results, for both scenarios (size and compositional variation), indicate that nano-sized iron-nickel clusters would drive the initial transformation of nitrogen and hydrogen toward NH3, with important implications for the chemistry of Earth's early atmosphere.

  19. Transparent CH3NH3SnCl3/Al-ZnO p-n heterojunction diode

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    Kumar, Sunil; Ansari, Mohd. Zubair; Khare, Neeraj

    2016-05-01

    A p-type Organic inorganic tin chloride (CH3NH3SnCl3) perovskite thin film has been synthesized by solution method. An n-type 1% Al doped ZnO (AZO) film has been deposited on FTO substrate by ultrasonic assisted chemical vapor deposition technique. A transparent CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction diode has been fabricated by spin coating technique. CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction shows 75% transparency in the visible region. I-V characteristic of CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction shows rectifying behavior of the diode. The diode parameters calculated as ideality factor η=2.754 and barrier height V= 0.76 eV. The result demonstrates the potentiality of CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction for transparent electronics.

  20. Photoelectric characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction

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    Yamei, Wu; Ruixia, Yang; Hanmin, Tian; Shuai, Chen

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film is prepared on p-type silicon substrate using the one-step solution method to form a CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction. The film morphology and structure are characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photoelectric properties of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction are studied by testing the current-voltage (I-V) with and without illumination and capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics. It turns out from the I-V curve without illumination that the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction has a rectifier feature with the rectification ratio over 70 at the bias of ±5 V. Also, there appears a photoelectric conversion phenomenon on this heterojunction with a short circuit current (Isc) of 0.16 μA and an open circuit voltage (Voc) of about 10 mV The high frequency C-V characteristic of the Ag/CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction turns out to be similar to that of the metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure, and a parallel translation of the C-V curve along the forward voltage axis is found. This parallel translation means the existence of defects at the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si interface and positive fixed charges in the CH3NH3PbI3 layer. The defects at the interface of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction result in the dramatic decline of the Voc. Besides, the C-V test of CH3NH3PbI3 film shows a non-linear dielectric property and the dielectric value is about 4.64 as calculated. Project supported by the Hebei Province Natural Science Foundation of China (No. F2014202184) and the Tianjin Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 15JCZDJC37800).

  1. Addition of NH3 to Al3O3-

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    Wyrwas, Richard B.; Jarrold, Caroline Chick; Das, Ujjal; Raghavachari, Krishnan

    2006-05-01

    Recent computational studies on the addition of ammonia (NH3) to the Al3O3- cluster anion [A. Guevara-Garcia, A. Martinez, and J. V. Ortiz, J. Chem. Phys. 122, 214309 (2005)] have motivated experimental and additional computational studies, reported here. Al3O3- is observed to react with a single NH3 molecule to form the Al3O3NH3- ion in mass spectrometric studies. This is in contrast to similarly performed studies with water, in which the Al3O5H4- product was highly favored. However, the anion PE spectrum of the ammoniated species is very similar to that of Al3O4H2-. The adiabatic electron affinity of Al3O3NH3 is determined to be 2.35(5)eV. Based on comparison between the spectra and calculated electron affinities, it appears that NH3 adds dissociatively to Al3O3-, suggesting that the time for the Al3O3-•NH3 complex to either overcome or tunnel through the barrier to proton transfer (which is higher for NH3 than for water) is short relative to the time for collisional cooling in the experiment.

  2. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes plastic NH3 gas sensor

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    Isa, Siti S. Mat; Ramli, Muhammad M.; Jamlos, M. F.; Hambali, N. A. M. Ahmad; Isa, M. Mohamad; Kasjoo, S. R.; Ahmad, N.; Nor, N. I. M.; Khalid, N.

    2017-03-01

    Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) functionalized -COOH was used as the sensing material. The MWCNTs suspension was then deposited on the plastic substrate using vacuum filtration method, hence created uniform thin film carbon nanotubes network. Plastic membrane was chosen as the substrate in order to produce flexible, lightweight, wearable and low cost sensor. This device was exposed to ammonia gas (NH3) at two different concentrations; 19.2 and 231.4 ppm. The device shows high sensitivity at 23.4 % when exposed to 231.4 ppm NH3 and less sensitivity at 4.39 % for 19.2 ppm NH3 exposure.

  3. Central administration of angiotensin IV rapidly enhances novel object recognition among mice.

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    Paris, Jason J; Eans, Shainnel O; Mizrachi, Elisa; Reilley, Kate J; Ganno, Michelle L; McLaughlin, Jay P

    2013-07-01

    Angiotensin IV (Val(1)-Tyr(2)-Ile(3)-His(4)-Pro(5)-Phe(6)) has demonstrated potential cognitive-enhancing effects. The present investigation assessed and characterized: (1) dose-dependency of angiotensin IV's cognitive enhancement in a C57BL/6J mouse model of novel object recognition, (2) the time-course for these effects, (3) the identity of residues in the hexapeptide important to these effects and (4) the necessity of actions at angiotensin IV receptors for procognitive activity. Assessment of C57BL/6J mice in a novel object recognition task demonstrated that prior administration of angiotensin IV (0.1, 1.0, or 10.0, but not 0.01 nmol, i.c.v.) significantly enhanced novel object recognition in a dose-dependent manner. These effects were time dependent, with improved novel object recognition observed when angiotensin IV (0.1 nmol, i.c.v.) was administered 10 or 20, but not 30 min prior to the onset of the novel object recognition testing. An alanine scan of the angiotensin IV peptide revealed that replacement of the Val(1), Ile(3), His(4), or Phe(6) residues with Ala attenuated peptide-induced improvements in novel object recognition, whereas Tyr(2) or Pro(5) replacement did not significantly affect performance. Administration of the angiotensin IV receptor antagonist, divalinal-Ang IV (20 nmol, i.c.v.), reduced (but did not abolish) novel object recognition; however, this antagonist completely blocked the procognitive effects of angiotensin IV (0.1 nmol, i.c.v.) in this task. Rotorod testing demonstrated no locomotor effects with any angiotensin IV or divalinal-Ang IV dose tested. These data demonstrate that angiotensin IV produces a rapid enhancement of associative learning and memory performance in a mouse model that was dependent on the angiotensin IV receptor.

  4. Quantum IR line list of NH3 and isotopologues for ISM and dwarf studies

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    Huang, Xinchuan; Schwenke, David W.; Lee, Timothy J.; Sung, Keeyoon; Brown, Linda R.

    2013-03-01

    Ammonia (NH3) was the first polyatomic molecule observed in the ISM. Its importance in interstellar molecules is only second to CO because its rovibrational spectroscopic signature can be used very effectively at deducing the conditions of the interstellar environment such as temperature and density, and because it is found in so many different interstellar objects in a wide temperature range. However, experimental determination of NH3 IR spectra is extremely difficult due to the large-amplutide inversion vibration, and the existing HITRAN2008 database for NH3 is limited in temperature, coverage, completeness, and accuracy. With rapid progress in theoretical chemistry and computational resources, now we are able to generate a highly reliable/accurate IR line list of NH3 (and its isotopologues) for astronomical studies. Exact quantum rovibrational computations on an empirically refined potential energy surface (with nonadiabatic corrections included) have achieved accuracies of 0.02-0.05 cm-1 (for line position) and better than 85-95% (for line intensity) for both NH3 and 15NH3 spectra. The unique feature of our work is that our predictions are essentially as accurate as reproducing existing measurements, suitable for synthetic simulation of various astrophysical environments or objects. The reliabilty and accuracy of our predictions for missing bands and higher energies computed on HSL-2 (Fig. 1) have been proved by the most recent high-resolution experiments and extended up to 7000 cm-1. See Huang et al. 2008, Huang et al. 2011, & Sung et al. 2012 for more details.

  5. The NH3 spectrum in Saturn's 5 micron window

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    Bjoraker, G. L.; Fink, U.; Larson, H. P.; Johnson, J. R.

    1983-01-01

    Spectra of Saturn's 5-micron window were obtained at the Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The spectra have a resolution of 1.2/cm, and some exhibit extremely low amounts of approximately 300-micron ppt telluric H2O. The Saturn spectra show absorptions by the 2nu2 band of NH3. Long-path laboratory comparison spectra of NH3 were acquired and show considerable deviations in intensity from theoretical predictions. The calibration of Saturn's observed NH3 features with the laboratory data gives 2.0 + or - 0.5 m-amagat of NH3 using the 2nu2 Q-branch at 5.32 microns. The R(1) and R(2) lines yield an abundance about 3 times greater. Absorptions outside the range of the Q-branch can be accounted for by solid NH3 of 10-20 microns equivalent path length. The origin of Saturn's 5-micron flux is mostly thermal with some admixture of solar reflected radiation. A depletion of Saturn's NH3 abundance below the solar value is indicated, but confirmation of this conclusion will require a better understanding of the atmospheric penetration depth at 5 microns and more rigorous modeling of the spectral line formation.

  6. Bias in modeled bi-directional NH3 fluxes associated with temporal averaging of atmospheric NH3 concentrations

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    Direct flux measurements of NH3 are expensive, time consuming, and require detailed supporting measurements of soil, vegetation, and atmospheric chemistry for interpretation and model parameterization. It is therefore often necessary to infer fluxes by combining measurements of...

  7. Bias in modeled bi-directional NH3 fluxes associated with temporal averaging of atmospheric NH3 concentrations

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    Direct flux measurements of NH3 are expensive, time consuming, and require detailed supporting measurements of soil, vegetation, and atmospheric chemistry for interpretation and model parameterization. It is therefore often necessary to infer fluxes by combining measurements of...

  8. TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Lite Nadir V6 (TL2NH3LN)

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    2017-07-20

    TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Lite Nadir (TL2NH3LN) News:  TES News ... Level:  L2 Instrument:  TES/Aura L2 Ammonia Spatial Coverage:  5.3 km nadir Spatial ... OPeNDAP Access:  OPeNDAP Parameters:  Ammonia Order Data:  Earthdata Search:   Order Data ...

  9. Validation of model calculation of ammonia deposition in the neighbourhood of a poultry farm using measured NH 3 concentrations and N deposition

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    Sommer, S. G.; Østergård, H. S.; Løfstrøm, P.; Andersen, H. V.; Jensen, L. S.

    Substantial emission of ammonia (NH 3) from animal houses and the related high local deposition of NH 3-N are a threat to semi-natural nitrogen-deficient ecosystems situated near the NH 3 source. In Denmark, there are regulations limiting the level of NH 3 emission from livestock houses near N-deficient ecosystems that are likely to change due to nitrogen (N) enrichment caused by NH 3 deposition. The models used for assessing NH 3 emission from livestock production, therefore, need to be precise, as the regulation will affect both the nature of the ecosystem and the economy of the farmer. Therefore a study was carried out with the objective of validating the Danish model used to monitor NH 3 transport, dispersion and deposition from and in the neighbourhood of a chicken farm. In the study we measured NH 3 emission with standard flux measuring methods, NH 3 concentrations at increasing distances from the chicken houses using passive diffusion samplers and deposition using 15N-enriched biomonitors and field plot studies. The dispersion and deposition of NH 3 were modelled using the Danish OML-DEP model. It was also shown that model calculations clearly reflect the measured NH 3 concentration and N deposition. Deposition of N measured by biomonitors clearly reflected the variation in NH 3 concentrations and showed that deposition was not significantly different from zero ( P < 0.05) at distances greater than 150-200 m from these chicken houses. Calculations confirmed this, as calculated N deposition 320 m away from the chicken farm was only marginally affected by the NH 3 emission from the farm. There was agreement between calculated and measured deposition showing that the model gives true estimates of the deposition in the neighbourhood of a livestock house emitting NH 3.

  10. Technical pitfalls in measurement of venous plasma NH3 concentration.

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    Gerron, G G; Ansley, J D; Isaacs, J W; Kutner, M H; Rudman, D

    1976-05-01

    Measurement of venous plasma NH3 in normal subjects by the ion-exchange method of Forman [Clin. Chem. 10, 497 (1964)] in a hospital clinical laboratory gave a mean value of 640 mug/liter (range, 300-1320 mug/liter; intraassay, intra-individual, and inter-individual coefficients of variation, 8, 47, and 47%, respectively). The following conditions adversely affect the reproducibility of the test: pollution of laboratory atmosphere and glassware by NH3-containing detergents; smoking by patient or analyst; delay, turbulence, or use of heparin lock in venipuncture; delay or warming of plasma above degrees C before mixing it with resin; and delay in colorimetric analysis of resin eluate. When these sources of error were eliminated, the mean value for normals was reduced to 330 mug/liter, the range was narrowed to 220-470 mug/liter, and the above-mentioned CV's were 5, 16, and 17%, respectively. With the precautions cited, furthermore, the intra-assay and intra-individual CV's for fasting NH3 concentration in cirrhotic patients were similarly reduced. An NH3 tolerance test was done by administering a standard dose of NH4Cl to patients and measuring venous plasma NH3 at 0, 15, 30, 60, and 90 min; the NH3 tolerance was quantified from the area under the curve relating concentration to time (mug - min/liter). As measured in the clinical laboratory, NH3 tolerance of cirrhotic patients showed intra-assay and intra-individual CV's of 50 to 90%. When the tolerance tests were repeated in the same subjects with the laboratory precautions listed above, these CV's were reduced to 8-15%.

  11. Rotational Spectroscopy of the NH3-H2 Molecular Complex

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    Surin, L. A.; Tarabukin, I. V.; Schlemmer, S.; Breier, A. A.; Giesen, T. F.; McCarthy, M. C.; van der Avoird, A.

    2017-03-01

    We report the first high resolution spectroscopic study of the NH3–H2 van der Waals molecular complex. Three different experimental techniques, a molecular beam Fourier transform microwave spectrometer, a millimeter-wave intracavity jet OROTRON spectrometer, and a submillimeter-wave jet spectrometer with multipass cell, were used to detect pure rotational transitions of NH3–H2 in the wide frequency range from 39 to 230 GHz. Two nuclear spin species, (o)-NH3–(o)-H2 and (p)-NH3–(o)-H2, have been assigned as carriers of the observed lines on the basis of accompanying rovibrational calculations performed using the ab initio intermolecular potential energy surface (PES) of Maret et al. The experimental spectra were compared with the theoretical bound state results, thus providing a critical test of the quality of the NH3–H2 PES, which is a key issue for reliable computations of the collisional excitation and de-excitation of ammonia in the dense interstellar medium.

  12. Performance on a Stage IV Object-Permanence Task with Standard and Nonstandard Covers.

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    And Others; Rader, Nancy

    1979-01-01

    Examined the role of perceptual-motor development in a typical Stage IV task. The performance of ten infants was compared on a Stage IV object permanence task when a cloth cover was used and when a small card cover was used. (JMB)

  13. Objective assessment of image quality. IV. Application to adaptive optics

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Myers, Kyle J.; Devaney, Nicholas; Dainty, Christopher

    2006-12-01

    The methodology of objective assessment, which defines image quality in terms of the performance of specific observers on specific tasks of interest, is extended to temporal sequences of images with random point spread functions and applied to adaptive imaging in astronomy. The tasks considered include both detection and estimation, and the observers are the optimal linear discriminant (Hotelling observer) and the optimal linear estimator (Wiener). A general theory of first- and second-order spatiotemporal statistics in adaptive optics is developed. It is shown that the covariance matrix can be rigorously decomposed into three terms representing the effect of measurement noise, random point spread function, and random nature of the astronomical scene. Figures of merit are developed, and computational methods are discussed.

  14. Objective assessment of image quality. IV. Application to adaptive optics.

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    Barrett, Harrison H; Myers, Kyle J; Devaney, Nicholas; Dainty, Christopher

    2006-12-01

    The methodology of objective assessment, which defines image quality in terms of the performance of specific observers on specific tasks of interest, is extended to temporal sequences of images with random point spread functions and applied to adaptive imaging in astronomy. The tasks considered include both detection and estimation, and the observers are the optimal linear discriminant (Hotelling observer) and the optimal linear estimator (Wiener). A general theory of first- and second-order spatiotemporal statistics in adaptive optics is developed. It is shown that the covariance matrix can be rigorously decomposed into three terms representing the effect of measurement noise, random point spread function, and random nature of the astronomical scene. Figures of merit are developed, and computational methods are discussed.

  15. Objective assessment of image quality. IV. Application to adaptive optics

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Myers, Kyle J.; Devaney, Nicholas; Dainty, Christopher

    2008-01-01

    The methodology of objective assessment, which defines image quality in terms of the performance of specific observers on specific tasks of interest, is extended to temporal sequences of images with random point spread functions and applied to adaptive imaging in astronomy. The tasks considered include both detection and estimation, and the observers are the optimal linear discriminant (Hotelling observer) and the optimal linear estimator (Wiener). A general theory of first- and second-order spatiotemporal statistics in adaptive optics is developed. It is shown that the covariance matrix can be rigorously decomposed into three terms representing the effect of measurement noise, random point spread function, and random nature of the astronomical scene. Figures of merit are developed, and computational methods are discussed. PMID:17106464

  16. Gaseous NH3 Confers Porous Pt Nanodendrites Assisted by Halides

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    Lu, Shuanglong; Eid, Kamel; Li, Weifeng; Cao, Xueqin; Pan, Yue; Guo, Jun; Wang, Liang; Wang, Hongjing; Gu, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    Tailoring the morphology of Pt nanocrystals (NCs) is of great concern for their enhancement in catalytic activity and durability. In this article, a novel synthetic strategy is developed to selectively prepare porous dendritic Pt NCs with different structures for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) assisted by NH3 gas and halides (F−, Cl−, Br−). The NH3 gas plays critical roles on tuning the morphology. Previously, H2 and CO gas are reported to assist the shape control of metallic nanocrystals. This is the first demonstration that NH3 gas assists the Pt anisotropic growth. The halides also play important role in the synthetic strategy to regulate the formation of Pt NCs. As-made porous dendritic Pt NCs, especially when NH4F is used as a regulating reagent, show superior catalytic activity for ORR compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst and other previously reported Pt-based NCs. PMID:27184228

  17. First detection of ammonia (NH3) in the upper troposphere

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    Höpfner, Michael; Volkamer, Rainer; Grabowski, Udo; Grutter de la Mora, Michel; Orphal, Johannes; Stiller, Gabriele; von Clarmann, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is the major alkaline trace gas in the troposphere. Neutralization of atmospheric acids, like HNO3 and H2SO4, leads to formation of ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulfate aerosols. Further, there are indications that NH3 may enhance nucleation of sulfuric acid aerosols by stabilization of sulfuric acid clusters. By far the largest source of ammonia is agricultural food production. Major global emissions are located in S-E Asia as e.g. shown by satellite nadir observations. Besides its importance with respect to air quality issues, an increase of ammonia emissions in the 21st century might lead to a significant climate radiative impact through aerosol formation. In spite of its significance, there is a lack of observational information on the global distribution of NH3 in the mid- and upper troposphere. Observational evidence, however, would be important for testing e.g. model results on the fate of ammonia from its source regions on ground to altitudes up to the tropopause. In this contribution we will show, to our knowledge, the first unequivocal detection of ammonia in the upper troposphere. This result has been achieved through analysis of infrared limb-emission observations performed with the MIPAS (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding) instrument on board the Envisat satellite from 2002-2012. On a global scale, enhanced values of ammonia have been measured in the upper tropospheric region influenced by the Asian monsoon. We will present a quantitative analysis of the retrieved concentrations of NH3 including an error assessment and further retrieval diagnostics. The results will be discussed with respect to the variability of NH3 locally within the Asian monsoon region's upper troposphere and at different years. Further, we will show comparisons between global distributions of NH3 from published model simulations and our observational dataset from MIPAS.

  18. A Sensitive Survey of Ammonia (NH3) in Comets

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    Magee-Sauer, Karen P.; Villanueva, G. L.; Bonev, B. P.; Paganini, L.; DiSanti, M. A.; Mumma, M. J.

    2012-10-01

    Being the fully reduced form of nitrogen, ammonia (NH3) is a key molecule for understanding the nitrogen chemistry in comets and to properly characterize the primordial conditions under which these icy bodies formed. Yet, its abundance has not been well characterized, even though NH3 is a major reservoir of volatile nitrogen in comets. To date the abundance has been directly measured in only 10 comets, all at radio and infrared wavelengths. This small sample is largely due to the difficulty in measuring emission from NH3 since its emission is normally weak, can be affected by terrestrial extinction, and (without sufficient spectral resolution) is not resolved from other volatile cometary emissions. In this paper, we present a search for NH3 in seven comets using archival data acquired by our Team using the NIRSPEC instrument at the Keck-2 telescope and the CSHELL instrument at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, both atop Mauna Kea, HI. Using an updated fluorescence model that is based on millions of ammonia spectral lines (Villanueva et al., in prep.), we present relative abundances of NH3 with respect to H2O. We find the relative abundance of NH3/H2O varies from 0.3% to 1.6% in these seven comets, and we compare this indicator with other properties measured for these comets (isotopic fractionation and mixing ratios of selected primary volatiles). We gratefully acknowledge support from NASA’s Postdoctoral Program (LP), the NASA Astrobiology Institute (PI MJM), NASA’s Planetary Astronomy (PI GLV; PI MJM; PI DiSanti) and Planetary Atmospheres (PI DiSanti, PI Villanueva) programs, and from NSF Planetary Astronomy program (PI BPB).

  19. Urban NH3 levels and sources in a Mediterranean environment

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    Reche, Cristina; Viana, Mar; Pandolfi, Marco; Alastuey, Andrés; Moreno, Teresa; Amato, Fulvio; Ripoll, Anna; Querol, Xavier

    2012-09-01

    Urban NH3 concentrations were mapped in Barcelona (Spain) by means of passive samplers (dosimeters). Average NH3 levels were 9.5 μg m-3 in summer and 4.4 μg m-3 in winter, higher than those reported in other urban background sites in Europe, this being especially notable in summer. During this season, values were significantly higher at urban background than at traffic sites, probably indicating the impact of emissions from biological sources, such as humans, sewage systems and garbage containers. Thus, the volatilization of NH3 from the aerosol phase seems to be significant enough during summer to dominate over traffic emissions. Conversely, in winter levels were higher at traffic sites, suggesting a contribution from vehicle emissions. Indeed, NH3 levels decreased by 55% with increasing distance (50 m) to the direct emissions from traffic. A significant correlation between NH3 concentrations averaged for the different districts of the city and the number of waste containers per hm2 was also obtained, highlighting the necessity for controlling and reducing the emissions from garbage collection systems. The urban topography of the Barcelona historical city centre, characterised by narrow streets with a high population density, seemed to exert a strong influence on NH3 levels, with levels reaching up to 30 μg m-3 as a consequence of limited dispersion and ventilation conditions. The impact of the sewage system emissions was also detected with an increase of levels when measuring immediately above the source, even though further studies are required to evaluate the relevance of these emissions.

  20. Enhanced NH3 emission from swine liquid waste

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    Lee, S.; Robarge, W. P.; Walker, J. T.

    2010-12-01

    Swine animal feeding operations are sources of emissions for various gases [ammonia (NH3), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide (CO2), volatile organic carbons (VOCs)], and fine particulate matter. Gaseous emissions from simple aqueous systems are typically controlled by temperature, pH, wind speed, total dissolved concentration of the chemical species of interest (e.g. NH3+NH4+ = TAN), and the Henry’s law constant. Ammonia emissions from three different sources [ammonium sulfate (AS), swine anaerobic lagoon liquid (SLL), and pit liquid (SPL) from swine housing units] were evaluated using a small flow-through teflon-lined chamber (SFTC; 0.3m × 0.2m × 0.15m) under controlled laboratory conditions. The SFTC was designed for 100% collection efficiency of NH3 gas emitted from the liquids. The internal volume of the chamber, 9 L, was exchanged 1.1 times per minute. All three liquid formulations exhibit the expected response in emissions with changes in temperature and pH. However, NH3 emissions from the SPL and SLL are ~5 times those from pure solutions of AS. Furthermore, the enhancement in NH3 emissions was a function of TAN concentration, decreasing in intensity at higher TAN and approaching rates comparable to the pure solutions of AS. The difference in emissions with solutions of equivalent TAN suggests a synergistic mechanism that is enhancing NH3 emissions in SPL and SLL. Concurrent measurements as part of the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study at the swine operations originally sampled for SPL and SLL document the emissions of CO2, H2S and VOCs (primarily acetic, propionic and butyric acids) at levels that are comparable to observed NH3 emissions. To date, only additions of NaHCO3 to the SPL and SLL have been found to enhance NH3 emissions and exhibit the same response to increasing TAN as exhibited by the original SPL and SLL solutions. Possible reactions that could enhance emissions will be discussed.

  1. NARSTO EPA SS HOUSTON NH3 HNO3 DATA

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    2014-04-25

    NARSTO EPA SS HOUSTON NH3 HNO3 DATA Project Title:  NARSTO ... Ion Chromatograph Location:  Houston, Texas Spatial Resolution:  Point Measurements ...   Order Data Guide Documents:  Houston HN3 HNO3 Guide Houston Project Plan  (PDF) ...

  2. NH3 and PH3 adsorption through single walled ZnS nanotube: First principle insight

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    Khan, Md. Shahzad; Srivastava, Anurag; Chaurasiya, Rajneesh; Khan, Mohd. Shahid; Dua, Piyush

    2015-09-01

    The density functional theory (DFT) based adsorption analysis of NH3 and PH3 gas molecule has been made for confirming the sensing behaviour of ZnS nanotube. For a particular orientation of XH3 (X = N or P), the ZnS nanotube is found to be a good sensor with Zn as interactive site, discussed in terms of chemisorption and physisorption. Partial density of state (PDOS) analysis reveals strong interaction between few selected fragments from XH3 and ZnS nanotube. The quality of interaction for most favourable orientation is further scrutinized using charge decomposition analysis (CDA) analysis and sensing ability through current-voltage (I-V) characteristics.

  3. Preformance Analysis of NH3-H2O Absorption Cycle

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    Tsujimori, Atsushi; Ozaki, Eiichi

    Different from H2O-LiBr absorption cycle, it is necessary to have rectifier between generator and condenser in NH3-H2O absorption cycle, because there mixes some steam in refrigerant vapor in the process of regenerating refrigerant from the ammonia strong aqueous solution. And in some case ex. partial load or heating, the efficiency of rectifier might decrease, if the flow rate of refrigerant vapor and ammonia aqueous solution decrease. As a result, steam flow into condenser with ammonia refrigerant vapor, which reduces cycle COPs of cooling and heating. Accordingly in order to evaluate the effect of ammonia concentration in refrigerant for the performance of NH3-H2O absorption heat pump, the simple design approach of modeling condenser and evaporator is introduced in this paper. In the model, the calculation of heat rate in condenser and evaporator was simplified considering the characteristic of NH3-H2O liquid-vapor equilibrium. Then the simulation for cycle perforance based on GAX absorption cycle was made using the efficiency of rectifier that established the ammonia concentration in refrigerant and it was derived that 3 [%] decrease of ammonia concentration in refrigerant induced 15 [%] decrcase of cooling COP and 7 [%] decrease of heating COP and that there existed the most suitable circulation ratio for each ammonia concentration in refrigerant.

  4. Tunable high-efficient pulsed NH3 terahertz lasers

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    Jiu, Zhi-Xian; Li, Qiang; Zuo, Du-Luo; Miao, Liang; Cheng, Zu-Hai

    2012-03-01

    Experimental studies on a tunable efficient high-efficient pulsed NH3 terahertz (THz) lasers pumped by TEA CO2 lasers are presented. When NH3 is pumped by the different lines with the CO2 lasers, the generation of different terahertz radiations is discussed. The lines of the CO2 lasers are 9R(08), 9P(20), 10R(14), 10R(08), and 10R(06). To improve THz laser energy and photon conversion efficiency, different higher power of the CO2 laser can effectively improve THz laser energy and photon conversion efficiency. When the 9P(20) CO2 lasers with 9.68 J and 4.12 J pump NH3, the corresponding energy conversion efficiencies are 0.28% and 0.19%, increasing by a factor of about 1.5. The generation of terahertz radiations with energy as high as 27.29 mJ and 7.73 mJ are obtained, respectively, increasing by a factor of about 3.5. Meanwhile, for 10R(14) line, the energy conversion efficiencies increase to 8.5 times and the energy of THz lasers increase to 32 times.

  5. Tunable high-efficient pulsed NH3 terahertz lasers

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    Jiu, Zhi-Xian; Li, Qiang; Zuo, Du-Luo; Miao, Liang; Cheng, Zu-Hai

    2011-11-01

    Experimental studies on a tunable efficient high-efficient pulsed NH3 terahertz (THz) lasers pumped by TEA CO2 lasers are presented. When NH3 is pumped by the different lines with the CO2 lasers, the generation of different terahertz radiations is discussed. The lines of the CO2 lasers are 9R(08), 9P(20), 10R(14), 10R(08), and 10R(06). To improve THz laser energy and photon conversion efficiency, different higher power of the CO2 laser can effectively improve THz laser energy and photon conversion efficiency. When the 9P(20) CO2 lasers with 9.68 J and 4.12 J pump NH3, the corresponding energy conversion efficiencies are 0.28% and 0.19%, increasing by a factor of about 1.5. The generation of terahertz radiations with energy as high as 27.29 mJ and 7.73 mJ are obtained, respectively, increasing by a factor of about 3.5. Meanwhile, for 10R(14) line, the energy conversion efficiencies increase to 8.5 times and the energy of THz lasers increase to 32 times.

  6. Advanced ammonia (NH3) monitoring system for industrial applications

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    Spector, Oded; Jacobson, Esther

    1999-12-01

    The present paper describes an Electro-Optical Monitoring System developed for the real time in-situ monitoring of Ammonia (NH3) emissions, at very low concentrations in air, well below the hazardous levels. Ammonia is the starting chemical for almost all industrially produced nitrogen compounds and is therefore one of the most important inorganic raw materials. Due to its unique chemical and physical characteristics, the Ammonia (NH3) anhydrous gas is used in various industrial applications such as: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (including space shuttles), Agriculture and Chemical Processing. NH3 gas, being a highly irritant toxic and flammable gas with a pungent odor detectable by human perception at 53 ppm, has a TLV-TWA of 25 ppm (TLV-STEL of 35 ppm) and a lower explosive limit (LEL) of 15% in air. Being extremely corrosive and irritating to the skin, eyes, nose and respiratory tract, (irritation begins at 130 - 200 ppm), exposures to high concentrations (above 2500 ppm) are life threatening, thus early detection of Ammonia at concentrations up to 50 ppm is essential to prevent its toxic influence. Existing detection methods for NH3 rely mainly on chemical sensors and analytical methods that require the gas to be sampled and introduced into the detection system via a probe, compared to various standards (for determining the concentration) and the result is not always reflecting the actual gas concentration. The emerging optical open path remote sensing technology that analyzes the specific 'finger print' absorption characteristics of NH3 in various narrow spectral bands, specifically in the UV solar blind band, is discussed including the rationale of the detection algorithm and system design. The system offers warning and alarm signals set at the above low concentration detection sensitivity, (10 - 50 ppm(DOT)m) thus providing reliable Ammonia detection over an air path from 3 (including air-duct applications) to 400 ft (1 - 120 m). Typical installations of

  7. Emission factor of ammonia (NH3) from on-road vehicles in China: tunnel tests in urban Guangzhou

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    Liu, Tengyu; Wang, Xinming; Wang, Boguang; Ding, Xiang; Deng, Wei; Lü, Sujun; Zhang, Yanli

    2014-05-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is the primary alkaline gas in the atmosphere that contributes to formation of secondary particles. Emission of NH3 from vehicles, particularly gasoline powered light duty vehicles equipped with three-way catalysts, is regarded as an important source apart from emissions from animal wastes and soils, yet measured emission factors for motor vehicles are still not available in China, where traffic-related emission has become an increasingly important source of air pollutants in urban areas. Here we present our tunnel tests for NH3 from motor vehicles under ‘real world conditions’ in an urban roadway tunnel in Guangzhou, a central city in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region in south China. By attributing all NH3 emissions in the tunnel to light-duty gasoline vehicles, we obtained a fuel-based emission rate of 2.92 ± 0.18 g L-1 and a mileage-based emission factor of 229.5 ± 14.1 mg km-1. These emission factors were much higher than those measured in the United States while measured NO x emission factors (7.17 ± 0.60 g L-1 or 0.56 ± 0.05 g km-1) were contrastingly near or lower than those previously estimated by MOBILE/PART5 or COPERT IV models. Based on the NH3 emission factors from this study, on-road vehicles accounted for 8.1% of NH3 emissions in the PRD region in 2006 instead of 2.5% as estimated in a previous study using emission factors taken from the Emission Inventory Improvement Program (EIIP) in the United States.

  8. Sensing Mechanisms for Carbon Nanotube Based NH3 Gas Detection

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    Peng, Ning; Zhang, Qing; Chow, Chee L.; Tan, Ooi K.; Marzari, Nicola N.

    2009-03-31

    There has been an argument on carbon nanotube (CNT) based gas detectors with a field-effect transistor (FET) geometry: do the response signals result from charge transfer between adsorbed gas molecules and the CNT channel and/or from the gas species induced Schottky barrier modulation at the CNT/metal contacts? To differentiate the sensing mechanisms, we employed three CNTFET structures, i.e., (1) the entire CNT channel and CNT/electrode contacts are accessible to NH3 gas; (2) the CNT/electrode contacts are passivated with a Si3N4 thin film, leaving the CNT channel open to the gas and, in contrast, (3) the CNT channel is covered with the film, while the contacts are open to the gas. We suggest that the Schottky barrier modulation at the contacts is the dominant mechanism from room temperature to 150°C. At higher temperatures, the charge transfer process contributes to the response signals. There is a clear evidence that the adsorption of NH3 on the CNT channel is facilitated by environmental oxygen.

  9. Sensing mechanisms for carbon nanotube based NH3 gas detection.

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    Peng, Ning; Zhang, Qing; Chow, Chee Lap; Tan, Ooi Kiang; Marzari, Nicola

    2009-04-01

    There has been an argument on carbon nanotube (CNT) based gas detectors with a field-effect transistor (FET) geometry: do the response signals result from charge transfer between adsorbed gas molecules and the CNT channel and/or from the gas species induced Schottky barrier modulation at the CNT/metal contacts? To differentiate the sensing mechanisms, we employed three CNTFET structures, i.e., (1) the entire CNT channel and CNT/electrode contacts are accessible to NH(3) gas; (2) the CNT/electrode contacts are passivated with a Si(3)N(4) thin film, leaving the CNT channel open to the gas and, in contrast, (3) the CNT channel is covered with the film, while the contacts are open to the gas. We suggest that the Schottky barrier modulation at the contacts is the dominant mechanism from room temperature to 150 degrees C. At higher temperatures, the charge transfer process contributes to the response signals. There is a clear evidence that the adsorption of NH(3) on the CNT channel is facilitated by environmental oxygen.

  10. Collisional excitation of NH3 by atomic and molecular hydrogen

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    Bouhafs, N.; Rist, C.; Daniel, F.; Dumouchel, F.; Lique, F.; Wiesenfeld, L.; Faure, A.

    2017-09-01

    We report extensive theoretical calculations on the rotation-inversion excitation of interstellar ammonia (NH3) due to collisions with atomic and molecular hydrogen (both para- and ortho-H2). Close-coupling calculations are performed for total energies in the range 1-2000 cm-1 and rotational cross-sections are obtained for all transitions amongst the lowest 17 and 34 rotation-inversion levels of ortho- and para-NH3, respectively. Rate coefficients are deduced for kinetic temperatures up to 200 K. Propensity rules for the three colliding partners are discussed and we also compare the new results to previous calculations for the spherically symmetrical He and para-H2 projectiles. Significant differences are found between the different sets of calculations. Finally, we test the impact of the new rate coefficients on the calibration of the ammonia thermometer. We find that the calibration curve is only weakly sensitive to the colliding partner and we confirm that the ammonia thermometer is robust.

  11. Modifying CH3NH3PbBr3 nanocrystals with arylamines

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    Zhu, Ruimin; Liu, Heyuan; Shen, Li; Sun, Dejun; Li, Xiyou

    2017-04-01

    Chemically decorating CH3NH3PbBr3 with a group of para-substituted arylamine (R-An) was investigated, where R ranges from electron-withdrawing trifluoromethoxy(-CF3O), to hydrogen or electron-donating ethoxy (-EtO). Different ratios of R-An ammonium bromide and methylammonium bromide (MA) (R-An/MA=3/7, 4/6, 5/5, 6/4 and 7/3) were tested. XRD patterns revealed that the perovskite nanocomposite were cubic with good crystallinity. TEM and photoluminescence suggested that the perovskite nanocrystals were composed of 2D layered and 3D bulk structures. 1H NMR and TGA experiments revealed that the non-substituted aniline can readily adsorb to the surface of perovskite at any ratios between R-An and MA. But an EtOAn/MA ratio ≥1 is needed to anchor the EOAn molecules on the surface of perovskite. For the arylamine with the electron-withdrawing -CF3O group, it cannot adsorb to the surface of the perovskite at any concentrations. This result reveals that both steric hindrance and alkalinity can affect the anchoring of arylamine on the surface of CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite. I-V curves of the perovskite nanocrystal films prepared by spin coating suggest that proper surface modification can increase the conductivity significantly.

  12. Enhanced Performance of Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cell by Using CH3NH3I as Additive in Sequential Deposition.

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    Xie, Yian; Shao, Feng; Wang, Yaoming; Xu, Tao; Wang, Deliang; Huang, Fuqiang

    2015-06-17

    Sequential deposition is a widely adopted method to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 on mesostructured TiO2 electrode for organic lead halide perovskite solar cells. However, this method often suffers from the uncontrollable crystal size, surface morphology, and residual PbI2 in the resulting CH3NH3PbI3, which are all detrimental to the device performance. We herein present an optimized sequential solution deposition method by introducing different amount of CH3NH3I in PbI2 precursor solution in the first step to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 absorber on mesoporous TiO2 substrates. The addition of CH3NH3I in PbI2 precursor solution can affect the crystallization and composition of PbI2 raw films, resulting in the variation of UV-vis absorption and surface morphology. Proper addition of CH3NH3I not only enhances the absorption but also improves the efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells from 11.13% to 13.37%. Photoluminescence spectra suggest that the improvement of device performance is attributed to the decrease of recombination rate of carriers in CH3NH3PbI3 absorber. This current method provides a highly repeatable route for enhancing the efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 solar cell in the sequential solution deposition method.

  13. A variationally computed line list for hot NH3

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    Yurchenko, S. N.; Barber, R. J.; Tennyson, J.

    2011-05-01

    We present 'BYTe', a comprehensive 'hot' line list for the ro-vibrational transitions of ammonia, 14NH3, in its ground electronic state. This line list has been computed variationally using the program suite TROVE, a new spectroscopically determined potential energy surface and an ab initio dipole moment surface. BYTe, is designed to be used at all temperatures up to 1500 K. It comprises 1138 323 351 transitions in the frequency range from 0 to 12 000 cm-1, constructed from 1373 897 energy levels below 18 000 cm-1 having J values ≤36. Comparisons with laboratory data confirm the accuracy of the line list which is suitable for modelling a variety of astrophysical problems including the atmospheres of extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs.

  14. MetNH3: Metrology for ammonia in ambient air

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    Braban, Christine; Twigg, Marsailidh; Tang, Sim; Leuenberger, Daiana; Ferracci, Valerio; Martin, Nick; Pascale, Celine; Hieta, Tuomas; Pogany, Andrea; Persijn, Stefan; van Wijk, Janneke; Gerwig, Holger; Wirtze, Klaus; Tiebe, Carlo; Balslev-Harder, David; Niederhausen, Bernhardt

    2015-04-01

    Measuring ammonia in ambient air is a sensitive and priority issue due to its harmful effects on human health and ecosystems. The European Directive 2001/81/EC on 'National Emission Ceilings for Certain Atmospheric Pollutants (NEC)' regulates ammonia emissions in the member states. However, there is a lack of regulation to ensure reliable ammonia measurements namely in applicable analytical technology, maximum allowed uncertainty, quality assurance and quality control (QC/QA) procedures as well as in the infrastructure to attain metrological traceability. Validated ammonia measurement data of high quality from air monitoring networks are vitally important for identifying changes due to implementations of environment policies, for understanding where the uncertainties in current emission inventories are derived from and for providing independent verification of atmospheric model predictions. The new EURAMET project MetNH3 aims to develop improved reference gas mixtures by static and dynamic gravimetric generation methods, develop and characterise laser based optical spectrometric standards and establish the transfer from high-accuracy standards to field applicable methods. MetNH3started in June 2014 and in this presentation the first results from the metrological characterisation of a commercially available cavity ring-down spectrometer (CRDS) will be discussed. Also first tests and results from a new design, Controlled Atmosphere Test Facility (CATFAC), which is to be characterised and used to validate the performance of diffusive samplers, denuders and on-line instruments, will be reported. CAFTEC can be used to control test parameters such as ammonia concentration, relative humidity and wind speed. Outline plans for international laboratory and field intercomparisons in 2016 will be presented.

  15. Electronic transport properties of BN sheet on adsorption of ammonia (NH3) gas.

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    Srivastava, Anurag; Bhat, Chetan; Jain, Sumit Kumar; Mishra, Pankaj Kumar; Brajpuriya, Ranjeet

    2015-03-01

    We report the detection of ammonia gas through electronic and transport properties analysis of boron nitride sheet. The density functional theory (DFT) based ab initio approach has been used to calculate the electronic and transport properties of BN sheet in presence of ammonia gas. Analysis confirms that the band gap of the sheet increases due to presence of ammonia. Out of different positions, the bridge site is the most favorable position for adsorption of ammonia and the mechanism of interaction falls between weak electrostatic interaction and chemisorption. On relaxation, change in the bond angles of the ammonia molecule in various configurations has been reported with the distance between NH3 and the sheet. An increase in the transmission of electrons has been observed on increasing the bias voltage and I-V relationship. This confirms that, the current increases on applying the bias when ammonia is introduced while a very small current flows for pure BN sheet.

  16. Crystal structure of [Ag(NH3)3]2[Ag(NH3)2]2[SnF6]F2, a compound showing argentophilic inter­actions

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    Kraus, Florian; Fichtl, Matthias; Baer, Sebastian

    2016-01-01

    Bis[triamminesilver(I)] bis­[diamminesilver(I)] hexa­fluorido­stannate(IV) difluoride, [Ag(NH3)3]2[Ag(NH3)2]2[SnF6]F2, was obtained in the form of colourless crystals from the reaction of CsAgSnF7 in anhydrous ammonia. Two different ammine complexes of silver(I) are present in the structure, i.e. a linear diammine and a T-shaped triammine complex. The ammine silver(I) complexes show Ag⋯Ag distances in the range of argentophilic inter­actions. In the crystal, several N—H⋯F hydrogen bonds are present between the complex cations and the SbF6 − and F− anions, leading to the formation of a three-dimensional network. PMID:27980850

  17. Elevated CO2 decreases the Photorespiratory NH3 production but does not decrease the NH3 compensation point in rice leaves.

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    Miyazawa, Shin-Ichi; Hayashi, Kentaro; Nakamura, Hirofumi; Hasegawa, Toshihiro; Miyao, Mitsue

    2014-09-01

    The exchange of gaseous NH3 between the atmosphere and plants plays a pivotal role in controlling the global NH3 cycle. Photorespiration generates NH3 through oxygenation instead of carboxylation by the CO2-fixing enzyme, ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO). The future increase in the atmospheric CO2 concentration, [CO2], is expected to reduce plant NH3 production by suppressing RuBisCO oxygenation (Vo). We measured the net leaf NH3 uptake rate (FNH3) across NH3 concentrations in the air (na) ranging from 0.2 to 1.6 nmol mol(-1) at three [CO2] values (190, 360 and 750 µmol mol(-1)) using rice plants. We analyzed leaf NH3 gas exchange using a custom-made whole-leaf chamber system, and determined the NH3 compensation point (γ), a measure of potential NH3 emission, as the x-intercept of the linear relationship of FNH3 as a function of na. Our γ values were lower than those reported for other plant species. γ did not decrease under elevated [CO2], although leaf NH4 (+) content decreased with decreasing Vo at higher [CO2]. This was also the case for γ estimated from the pH and NH4 (+) concentration of the leaf apoplast solution (γ'). γ' of rice plants, grown at elevated [CO2] for months in a free-air CO2 enrichment facility, was also not decreased by elevated [CO2]. These results suggest that suppression of RuBisCO oxygenation by elevated [CO2] does not decrease potential leaf NH3 emission in rice plants.

  18. Relativistic GW calculations on CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3SnI3 Perovskites for Solar Cell Applications

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    Umari, Paolo; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo

    2014-01-01

    Hybrid AMX3 perovskites (A = Cs, CH3NH3; M = Sn, Pb; X = halide) have revolutionized the scenario of emerging photovoltaic technologies, with very recent results demonstrating 15% efficient solar cells. The CH3NH3PbI3/MAPb(I1−xClx)3 perovskites have dominated the field, while the similar CH3NH3SnI3 has not been exploited for photovoltaic applications. Replacement of Pb by Sn would facilitate the large uptake of perovskite-based photovoltaics. Despite the extremely fast progress, the materials electronic properties which are key to the photovoltaic performance are relatively little understood. Density Functional Theory electronic structure methods have so far delivered an unbalanced description of Pb- and Sn-based perovskites. Here we develop an effective GW method incorporating spin-orbit coupling which allows us to accurately model the electronic, optical and transport properties of CH3NH3SnI3 and CH3NH3PbI3, opening the way to new materials design. The different CH3NH3SnI3 and CH3NH3PbI3 electronic properties are discussed in light of their exploitation for solar cells, and found to be dominantly due to relativistic effects. These effects stabilize the CH3NH3PbI3 material towards oxidation, by inducing a deeper valence band edge. Relativistic effects, however, also increase the material band-gap compared to CH3NH3SnI3, due to the valence band energy downshift (~0.7 eV) being only partly compensated by the conduction band downshift (~0.2 eV). PMID:24667758

  19. Relativistic GW calculations on CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3SnI3 Perovskites for Solar Cell Applications

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    Umari, Paolo; Mosconi, Edoardo; de Angelis, Filippo

    2014-03-01

    Hybrid AMX3 perovskites (A = Cs, CH3NH3; M = Sn, Pb; X = halide) have revolutionized the scenario of emerging photovoltaic technologies, with very recent results demonstrating 15% efficient solar cells. The CH3NH3PbI3/MAPb(I1-xClx)3 perovskites have dominated the field, while the similar CH3NH3SnI3 has not been exploited for photovoltaic applications. Replacement of Pb by Sn would facilitate the large uptake of perovskite-based photovoltaics. Despite the extremely fast progress, the materials electronic properties which are key to the photovoltaic performance are relatively little understood. Density Functional Theory electronic structure methods have so far delivered an unbalanced description of Pb- and Sn-based perovskites. Here we develop an effective GW method incorporating spin-orbit coupling which allows us to accurately model the electronic, optical and transport properties of CH3NH3SnI3 and CH3NH3PbI3, opening the way to new materials design. The different CH3NH3SnI3 and CH3NH3PbI3 electronic properties are discussed in light of their exploitation for solar cells, and found to be dominantly due to relativistic effects. These effects stabilize the CH3NH3PbI3 material towards oxidation, by inducing a deeper valence band edge. Relativistic effects, however, also increase the material band-gap compared to CH3NH3SnI3, due to the valence band energy downshift (~0.7 eV) being only partly compensated by the conduction band downshift (~0.2 eV).

  20. Relativistic GW calculations on CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3SnI3 perovskites for solar cell applications.

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    Umari, Paolo; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo

    2014-03-26

    Hybrid AMX3 perovskites (A = Cs, CH3NH3; M = Sn, Pb; X = halide) have revolutionized the scenario of emerging photovoltaic technologies, with very recent results demonstrating 15% efficient solar cells. The CH3NH3PbI3/MAPb(I(1-x)Cl(x))3 perovskites have dominated the field, while the similar CH3NH3SnI3 has not been exploited for photovoltaic applications. Replacement of Pb by Sn would facilitate the large uptake of perovskite-based photovoltaics. Despite the extremely fast progress, the materials electronic properties which are key to the photovoltaic performance are relatively little understood. Density Functional Theory electronic structure methods have so far delivered an unbalanced description of Pb- and Sn-based perovskites. Here we develop an effective GW method incorporating spin-orbit coupling which allows us to accurately model the electronic, optical and transport properties of CH3NH3SnI3 and CH3NH3PbI3, opening the way to new materials design. The different CH3NH3SnI3 and CH3NH3PbI3 electronic properties are discussed in light of their exploitation for solar cells, and found to be dominantly due to relativistic effects. These effects stabilize the CH3NH3PbI3 material towards oxidation, by inducing a deeper valence band edge. Relativistic effects, however, also increase the material band-gap compared to CH3NH3SnI3, due to the valence band energy downshift (~0.7 eV) being only partly compensated by the conduction band downshift (~0.2 eV).

  1. NH3 as unique non-classical content-former within clathrate hydrates

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    Maşlakcı, Zafer; Devlin, J. Paul; Uras-Aytemiz, Nevin

    2017-06-01

    High quality FTIR spectra of aerosols of NH3-THF and NH3-TMO binary clathrate hydrates (CHs) have been measured. Our recently developed all-vapor sub-second approach to clathrate-hydrate formation combined with computational studies has been used to identify vibrational spectroscopic signatures of NH3 within the gas hydrates. The present study shows that there are three distinct NH3 types, namely, classical small-cage NH3, nonclassical small-cage NH3, and NH3 within the hydrate network. The network ammonia does not directly trigger the non-classical CH structure. Rather, the ammonia within the network structure perturbs the water bonding, introducing orientational defects that are stabilized by small and/or large cage guest molecules through H-bonding. This unusual behavior of NH3 within CHs opens a possibility for catalytic action of NH3 during CH-formation. Furthermore, impacts over time of the small-cage NH3-replacement molecules CO2 and CH4 on the structure and composition of the ternary CHs have been noted.

  2. Role identification of NH3 in atmospheric secondary new particle formation in haze occurrence of China

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    Jiang, Binfan; Xia, Dehong

    2017-08-01

    Haze pollution in China, dominated by the aerosol particulate matters smaller than 2.5 μm (PM2.5) has raised much concern over the past decade. PM2.5 is principally derived from secondary new particulate formation (NPF) with main precursors SO2, NO2, NH3 and organic compounds (OC), where NH3 is the only alkaline inorganic gas. However, due to the lack understanding of NH3's role in NPF, few attention has been paid to NH3, which hinders the haze mitigation in China. In this work, the role of NH3 in NPF is investigated theoretically with a new kinetic model. Combining the oxidation of SO2/NO2 in SO2/NO2/NH3/H2O/air system and the aggregation of clusters in H2SO4/HNO3/NH3/OC system, this model has been established based on gas-kinetic theory, and tested upon uncertainty analysis with Monte Carlo method. The results of NPF calculations at the atmospheric concentration of each precursor show that NH3 is able to enhance NPF indirectly by facilitating conversions of SO2 and NO2, and directly by promoting aggregations of H2SO4, HNO3, NH3 and OC. The major effect of NH3 on NPF is found to be the enhancement of conversion fractions for SO2 and NO2 during oxidation processes. In addition, the promotion in contribution of HNO3 to NPF due to NH3 has been particularly observed. Therefore, controlling the emission of NH3 strictly as current restrictions on SO2 and NOx is reasonable to mitigating the haze pollution in China which has much higher atmospheric NH3 concentration over the global average level.

  3. Excited State Processes for Aqueous Rh(NH3)5Cl(2+) and Rh(NH3)5Br(2+).

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    1981-04-10

    white precipitate of Rh(NH3)5(H20)) Br3 was collected and dried overnight at 110-0 C. The resulting yellow product was recrystallized from water/HClO4 to...aquation. In all cases, product concentrations were corrected for the usually small degree of dark or thermal reaction. Pulsed Laser Experiments. The...direct photochemical production . According to Palmer and Harris [16] the reaction Rh(NH 3)5(OH) 2+ + C02(aq) = Rh(NH 3)5(Co3) + + H+ occurs with a rate

  4. Vibrations and reorientations of NH3 molecules in [Mn(NH3)6](ClO4)2 studied by infrared spectroscopy and theoretical (DFT) calculations.

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    Hetmańczyk, Joanna; Hetmańczyk, Łukasz; Migdał-Mikuli, Anna; Mikuli, Edward

    2015-02-05

    The vibrational and reorientational motions of NH3 ligands and ClO4(-) anions were investigated by Fourier transform middle-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) in the high- and low-temperature phases of [Mn(NH3)6](ClO4)2. The temperature dependencies of full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the infrared bands at: 591 and 3385cm(-1), associated with: ρr(NH3) and νas(N-H) modes, respectively, indicate that there exist fast (correlation times τR≈10(-12)-10(-13)s) reorientational motions of NH3 ligands, with a mean values of activation energies: 7.8 and 4.5kJmol(-1), in the phase I and II, respectively. These reorientational motions of NH3 ligands are only slightly disturbed in the phase transition region and do not significantly contribute to the phase transition mechanism. Fourier transform far-infrared and middle-infrared spectra with decreasing of temperature indicated characteristic changes at the vicinity of PT at TC(c)=137.6K (on cooling), which suggested lowering of the crystal structure symmetry. Infrared spectra of [Mn(NH3)6](ClO4)2 were recorded and interpreted by comparison with respective theoretical spectra calculated using DFT method (B3LYP functional, LANL2DZ ECP basis set (on Mn atom) and 6-311+G(d,p) basis set (on H, N, Cl, O atoms) for the isolated equilibrium two models (Model 1 - separate isolated [Mn(NH3)6](2+) cation and ClO4(-) anion and Model 2 - [Mn(NH3)6(ClO4)2] complex system). Calculated optical spectra show a good agreement with the experimental infrared spectra (FT-FIR and FT-MIR) for the both models. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Time Resolved Measurement of Ecosystem-Atmosphere NH3 Exchange Using the Eddy Covariance Technique

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    Fischer, M. L.; Littlejohn, D.

    2005-12-01

    Quantifying ammonia fluxes between the land surface and atmosphere is required for effective control of air quality, improving agricultural practices, and understanding natural ecosystem function. Ammonia (NH3) is emitted in large but uncertain amounts from animal agriculture, in lesser amounts from imperfect use of nitrogen fertilizers in crop agriculture, from catalytic converters used on automobiles and other energy related industrial processes, and exchanged between the ecosystem and atmosphere by natural ecosystem processes on vast spatial scales. To address the need for accurate, time-resolved NH3 flux measurements, we have developed an eddy covariance (EC) instrument for direct measurements of NH3 flux. EC flux measurements of NH3 were not previously possible because instruments were not sufficiently sensitive at high frequencies required to capture rapid variations in surface layer NH3 concentrations. To overcome this hurdle we combined a tunable-diode-laser (TDL) spectrometer with a fast-response NH3 sampling inlet and automated pulse-response calibration system. Laboratory tests of the inlet system demonstrate that the response to 10 ppb step in NH3 concentration is well described by a double exponential model with (1/e) times of 0.3 (85% response) and 1.5 (15% response) seconds. This response combined with a routinely measured instrument stability of ~ 0.1 ppb (on 30 minute timescales) indicates that the instrumental contribution to noise in NH3 flux measurements is ~ 0.2 umol NH3 m-2 hr-1, sufficient to stringently test models for NH3 exchange under most conditions. Recent results of field work to verify the instrument performance and observe examples of NH3 exchange will be presented.

  6. Rotational study of the NH3-CO complex: Millimeter-wave measurements and ab initio calculations

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    Surin, L. A.; Potapov, A.; Dolgov, A. A.; Tarabukin, I. V.; Panfilov, V. A.; Schlemmer, S.; Kalugina, Y. N.; Faure, A.; van der Avoird, A.

    2015-03-01

    The rotational spectrum of the van der Waals complex NH3-CO has been measured with the intracavity OROTRON jet spectrometer in the frequency range of 112-139 GHz. Newly observed and assigned transitions belong to the K = 0-0, K = 1-1, K = 1-0, and K = 2-1 subbands correlating with the rotationless (jk)NH3 = 00 ground state of free ortho-NH3 and the K = 0-1 and K = 2-1 subbands correlating with the (jk)NH3 = 11 ground state of free para-NH3. The (approximate) quantum number K is the projection of the total angular momentum J on the intermolecular axis. Some of these transitions are continuations to higher J values of transition series observed previously [C. Xia et al., Mol. Phys. 99, 643 (2001)], the other transitions constitute newly detected subbands. The new data were analyzed together with the known millimeter-wave and microwave transitions in order to determine the molecular parameters of the ortho-NH3-CO and para-NH3-CO complexes. Accompanying ab initio calculations of the intermolecular potential energy surface (PES) of NH3-CO has been carried out at the explicitly correlated coupled cluster level of theory with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations and an augmented correlation-consistent triple zeta basis set. The global minimum of the five-dimensional PES corresponds to an approximately T-shaped structure with the N atom closest to the CO subunit and binding energy De = 359.21 cm-1. The bound rovibrational levels of the NH3-CO complex were calculated for total angular momentum J = 0-6 on this intermolecular potential surface and compared with the experimental results. The calculated dissociation energies D0 are 210.43 and 218.66 cm-1 for ortho-NH3-CO and para-NH3-CO, respectively.

  7. Rotational study of the NH3-CO complex: millimeter-wave measurements and ab initio calculations.

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    Surin, L A; Potapov, A; Dolgov, A A; Tarabukin, I V; Panfilov, V A; Schlemmer, S; Kalugina, Y N; Faure, A; van der Avoird, A

    2015-03-21

    The rotational spectrum of the van der Waals complex NH3-CO has been measured with the intracavity OROTRON jet spectrometer in the frequency range of 112-139 GHz. Newly observed and assigned transitions belong to the K = 0-0, K = 1-1, K = 1-0, and K = 2-1 subbands correlating with the rotationless (jk)NH3 = 00 ground state of free ortho-NH3 and the K = 0-1 and K = 2-1 subbands correlating with the (jk)NH3 = 11 ground state of free para-NH3. The (approximate) quantum number K is the projection of the total angular momentum J on the intermolecular axis. Some of these transitions are continuations to higher J values of transition series observed previously [C. Xia et al., Mol. Phys. 99, 643 (2001)], the other transitions constitute newly detected subbands. The new data were analyzed together with the known millimeter-wave and microwave transitions in order to determine the molecular parameters of the ortho-NH3-CO and para-NH3-CO complexes. Accompanying ab initio calculations of the intermolecular potential energy surface (PES) of NH3-CO has been carried out at the explicitly correlated coupled cluster level of theory with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations and an augmented correlation-consistent triple zeta basis set. The global minimum of the five-dimensional PES corresponds to an approximately T-shaped structure with the N atom closest to the CO subunit and binding energy De = 359.21 cm(-1). The bound rovibrational levels of the NH3-CO complex were calculated for total angular momentum J = 0-6 on this intermolecular potential surface and compared with the experimental results. The calculated dissociation energies D0 are 210.43 and 218.66 cm(-1) for ortho-NH3-CO and para-NH3-CO, respectively.

  8. Urban NH3 levels and sources in six major Spanish cities.

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    Reche, Cristina; Viana, Mar; Karanasiou, Angeliki; Cusack, Michael; Alastuey, Andrés; Artiñano, Begoña; Revuelta, M Aranzazu; López-Mahía, Purificación; Blanco-Heras, Gustavo; Rodríguez, Sergio; Sánchez de la Campa, Ana M; Fernández-Camacho, Rocío; González-Castanedo, Yolanda; Mantilla, Enrique; Tang, Y Sim; Querol, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    A detailed spatial and temporal assessment of urban NH3 levels and potential emission sources was made with passive samplers in six major Spanish cities (Barcelona, Madrid, A Coruña, Huelva, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Valencia). Measurements were conducted during two different periods (winter-autumn and spring-summer) in each city. Barcelona showed the clearest spatial pattern, with the highest concentrations in the old city centre, an area characterised by a high population density and a dense urban architecture. The variability in NH3 concentrations did not follow a common seasonal pattern across the different cities. The relationship of urban NH3 with SO2 and NOX allowed concluding on the causes responsible for the variations in NH3 levels between measurement periods observed in Barcelona, Huelva and Madrid. However, the factors governing the variations in A Coruña, Valencia and Santa Cruz de Tenerife are still not fully understood. This study identified a broad variability in NH3 concentrations at the city-scale, and it confirms that NH3 sources in Spanish urban environments are vehicular traffic, biological sources (e.g. garbage containers), wastewater treatment plants, solid waste treatment plants and industry. The importance of NH3 monitoring in urban environments relies on its role as a precursor of secondary inorganic species and therefore PMX. Further research should be addressed in order to establish criteria to develop and implement mitigation strategies for cities, and to include urban NH3 sources in the emission inventories.

  9. Unaccounted variability in NH3 agricultural sources detected by IASI contributing to European spring haze episode

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    Fortems-Cheiney, A.

    2016-12-01

    Ammonia (NH3), whose main source is agriculture, is an important gaseous precursor of atmospheric particulate matter (PM). For the first time, we derived daily ammonia emissions using NH3 total columns from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) onboard Metop-A, at a relatively high spatial resolution (grid-cell of 0.5° x 0.5°). During the European spring haze episode of March 2014 8th to 15th, IASI reveals NH3 total column magnitudes highlighting higher NH3 emissions over Central Europe (especially over Germany, Czech Republic and eastern France) from the ones provided by the European reference EMEP inventory (see figure). These ammonia emissions exhibit in addition a large day-to-day variability, certainly due to spreading practices. The increase of NH3 emissions derived by IASI (see NH3-SAT emissions in figure), that reaches +300% locally, leads to an increase of both NH3 and PM10 surface concentrations and allows for a better comparison with independent measurements (in terms of bias, root mean square error and correlation). This preliminary study suggest that there are good promises for i) better quantifying NH3 emissions by atmospheric inversions and ii) better forecast of spring haze episode.

  10. Ultrafast and sensitive room temperature NH3 gas sensors based on chemically reduced graphene oxide.

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    Hu, Nantao; Yang, Zhi; Wang, Yanyan; Zhang, Liling; Wang, Ying; Huang, Xiaolu; Wei, Hao; Wei, Liangmin; Zhang, Yafei

    2014-01-17

    Ultrafast and sensitive room temperature NH3 gas sensors based on chemically reduced graphene oxide (rGO) are demonstrated in this work. rGO, which was prepared via the reduction of graphene oxide by pyrrole, exhibited excellent responsive sensitivity and selectivity to ammonia (NH3) gas. The high sensing performance of these rGO sensors with resistance change as high as 2.4% and response time as fast as 1.4 s was realized when the concentration of NH3 gas was as low as 1 ppb. Furthermore, the rGO sensors could rapidly recover to their initial states with IR illumination. The devices also showed excellent repeatability and selectivity to NH3. These rGO sensors, with low cost, low power, and easy fabrication, as well as scalable properties, showed great potential for ultrasensitive detection of NH3 gas in a wide variety of fields.

  11. Rotational spectrum of the NH3-He van der Waals complex

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    Surin, L.; Schnell, M.

    2016-12-01

    The interaction between ammonia and helium has attracted considerable interest over many years, partly because of the observation of interstellar ammonia. The rate coefficients of NH3-He scattering are an important ingredient for numerical modeling of astrochemical environments. Another, though quite different application in which the NH3-He interaction can play an important role is the doping of helium clusters with NH3 molecules to perform high-resolution spectroscopy. Such experiments are directed on the detection of non-classical response of molecular rotation in helium clusters addressing fundamental questions related to the microscopic nature of superfluidity. High-resolution spectroscopy on the NH3-He complex is an important tool for increasing our understanding of intermolecular forces between NH3 and He.

  12. (Barely) solid Li(NH3)4: the electronics of an expanded metal.

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    Zurek, Eva; Wen, Xiao-Dong; Hoffmann, Roald

    2011-03-16

    The highly expanded metal, lithium(0)tetraamine, and its electronic structure is as full of complexity and surprises as the lithium solutions in anhydrous ammonia from which it crystallizes at 90 K. Our theoretical studies of the Phase II, Z = 8, I43d structure of this material reveal that the molecular building block is an almost ideal tetrahedron, in agreement with recent experiments. Close in enthalpy at P = 1 atm, and consistent with the low melting point, are bcc and Cs-IV configurations. Under pressure, the I43d structure emerges as more stable than its alternatives. In this phase six relatively narrow bands, four of them occupied, separate from the conduction and valence bands. We trace these bands to pockets of electron density arising between sterically encumbered ammonias, six such pockets in the Z = 8 unit cell. The observed band structure can be explained by considering a Jortner-type model, where pseudoatoms are placed in these holes. The electride Li(NH(3))(4), while not a very good metal, is a unique material, by virtue of its low melting point.

  13. Phase transition, thermal dissociation and dynamics of NH3 ligands in [Cd(NH3)4](ReO4)2

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    Hetmańczyk, Łukasz; Hetmańczyk, Joanna

    2016-07-01

    High temperature phase transition in [Cd(NH3)4](ReO4)2 at Tc = 368.5 K (on heating) was reported for the first time. Thermal stability was investigated by thermal analysis methods. The titled compound decomposes in three main stages. The first two are connected with deamination process whereas in the last step Re2O7 evaporates. The activation energy for NH3 lost processes was estimated from TG measurements. The dynamics of NH3 ligands in the low temperature phase was probed by various complementary techniques. Temperature dependent band shape analysis of properly chosen infrared and Raman scattering vibrational bands was performed. It was found that activation energy for NH3 reorientational motion (below 300 K) is rather small and is equal to ca. 4 kJ mol- 1. The quasielastic neutron scattering measurements revealed that NH3 groups perform fast stochastic reorientational motion even in the low temperatures. The neutron and X-ray powder diffraction data do not revealed any drastic changes in the crystal structure in the wide temperature range.

  14. Evaluating ammonia (NH3) predictions in the NOAA National Air Quality Forecast Capability (NAQFC) using in-situ aircraft and satellite measurements from the CalNex2010 campaign

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    Bray, Casey D.; Battye, William; Aneja, Viney P.; Tong, Daniel; Lee, Pius; Tang, Youhua; Nowak, John B.

    2017-08-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is not only a major precursor gas for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), but it also negatively impacts the environment through eutrophication and acidification. As the need for agriculture, the largest contributing source of NH3, increases, NH3 emissions will also increase. Therefore, it is crucial to accurately predict ammonia concentrations. The objective of this study is to determine how well the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Air Quality Forecast Capability (NAQFC) system predicts ammonia concentrations using their Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model (v4.6). Model predictions of atmospheric ammonia are compared against measurements taken during the NOAA California Nexus (CalNex) field campaign that took place between May and July of 2010. Additionally, the model predictions were also compared against ammonia measurements obtained from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) on the Aura satellite. The results of this study showed that the CMAQ model tended to under predict concentrations of NH3. When comparing the CMAQ model with the CalNex measurements, the model under predicted NH3 by a factor of 2.4 (NMB = -58%). However, the ratio of the median measured NH3 concentration to the median of the modeled NH3 concentration was 0.8. When compared with the TES measurements, the model under predicted concentrations of NH3 by a factor of 4.5 (NMB = -77%), with a ratio of the median retrieved NH3 concentration to the median of the modeled NH3 concentration of 3.1. Because the model was the least accurate over agricultural regions, it is likely that the major source of error lies within the agricultural emissions in the National Emissions Inventory. In addition to this, the lack of the use of bidirectional exchange of NH3 in the model could also contribute to the observed bias.

  15. Communication: Equivalence between symmetric and antisymmetric stretching modes of NH3 in promoting H + NH3 → H2 + NH2 reaction

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    Song, Hongwei; Yang, Minghui; Guo, Hua

    2016-10-01

    Vibrational excitations of reactants sometimes promote reactions more effectively than the same amount of translational energy. Such mode specificity provides insights into the transition-state modulation of reactivity and might be used to control chemical reactions. We report here a state-of-the-art full-dimensional quantum dynamical study of the hydrogen abstraction reaction H + NH3 → H2 + NH2 on an accurate ab initio based global potential energy surface. This reaction serves as an ideal candidate to study the relative efficacies of symmetric and degenerate antisymmetric stretching modes. Strong mode specificity, particularly for the NH3 stretching modes, is demonstrated. It is further shown that nearly identical efficacies of the symmetric and antisymmetric stretching modes of NH3 in promoting the reaction can be understood in terms of local-mode stretching vibrations of the reactant molecule.

  16. Unaccounted variability in NH3 agricultural sources detected by IASI contributing to European spring haze episode

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    Fortems-Cheiney, A.; Dufour, G.; Hamaoui-Laguel, L.; Foret, G.; Siour, G.; Van Damme, M.; Meleux, F.; Coheur, P.-F.; Clerbaux, C.; Clarisse, L.; Favez, O.; Wallasch, M.; Beekmann, M.

    2016-05-01

    Ammonia (NH3), whose main source in the troposphere is agriculture, is an important gaseous precursor of atmospheric particulate matter (PM). We derived daily ammonia emissions using NH3 total columns measured from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) on board Metop-A, at a relatively high spatial resolution (grid cell of 0.5° × 0.5°). During the European spring haze episodes of 24-31 March 2012 and 8-15 March 2014, IASI reveals NH3 total column magnitudes highlighting higher NH3 emissions over central Europe (especially over Germany, Czech Republic, and eastern France) from the ones provided by the European reference European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme inventory. These ammonia emissions exhibit in addition a large day-to-day variability, certainly due to spreading practices. The increase of NH3 emissions in the model, that reaches +300% locally, leads to an increase of both NH3 and PM2.5 surface concentrations and allows for a better comparison with independent measurements (in terms of bias, root-mean-square error, and correlation). This study suggests that there are good prospects for better quantifying NH3 emissions by atmospheric inversions.

  17. Exploring and rationalising effective n-doping of large area CVD-graphene by NH3.

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    Bianco, G V; Losurdo, M; Giangregorio, M M; Capezzuto, P; Bruno, G

    2014-02-28

    Despite the large number of papers on the NH3 doping of graphene, the achievement of stable n-doped large area CVD (chemical vapor deposition) graphene, which is intrinsically p-doped, is still challenging. A control of the NH3 chemisorption and of the N-bond configuration is still needed. The feasibility of a room temperature high pressure NH3 treatment of CVD graphene to achieve n-type doping is shown here. We use and correlate data for (a) sheet resistance, R(sh), and the Hall coefficient, R(H), in van der Pauw configuration, acquired in real time during the NH3 doping of CVD-graphene on a glass substrate, (b) optical measurements of the effect of doping on the graphene Van Hove singularity point at 4.6 eV in the dielectric function spectra by spectroscopic ellipsometry, and of (c) N-bond configuration by XPS to better understand and, finally, control the NH3 doping of graphene. The discussion is focused on the thermal and time stability of the n-doping after air exposure. A chemical rationale is provided for the NH3 n-doping based on the interaction of (i) NH3 with intrinsic oxygen functionalities and defects of CVD graphene and of (ii) C-NH2 doping centers with acceptor species present in the air.

  18. Photosynthesis of Quercus suber is affected by atmospheric NH3 generated by multifunctional agrosystems.

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    Pintó-Marijuan, Marta; Da Silva, Anabela Bernardes; Flexas, Jaume; Dias, Teresa; Zarrouk, Olfa; Martins-Loução, Maria Amélia; Chaves, Maria Manuela; Cruz, Cristina

    2013-12-01

    Montados are evergreen oak woodlands dominated by Quercus species, which are considered to be key to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. This ecosystem is often used for cattle breeding in most regions of the Iberian Peninsula, which causes plants to receive extra nitrogen as ammonia (NH(3)) through the atmosphere. The effect of this atmospheric NH(3) (NH(3atm)) on ecosystems is still under discussion. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of an NH(3atm) concentration gradient downwind of a cattle barn in a Montado area. Leaves from the selected Quercus suber L. trees along the gradient showed a clear influence of the NH(3) on δ(13)C, as a consequence of a strong limitation on the photosynthetic machinery by a reduction of both stomatal and mesophyll conductance. A detailed study of the impact of NH(3atm) on the photosynthetic performance of Q. suber trees is presented, and new mechanisms by which NH(3) affects photosynthesis at the leaf level are suggested.

  19. Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 crystals and films. Synthesis and characterization

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    Semenova, O. I.; Yudanova, E. S.; Yeryukov, N. A.; Zhivodkov, Y. A.; Shamirzaev, T. S.; Maximovskiy, E. A.; Gromilov, S. A.; Troitskaia, I. B.

    2017-03-01

    Synthesis of organometal halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 has received much attention recently because of promising photosensitive properties usable for solid state solar cell (SSSC). Here the crystals of tetragonal phase (I4/mcm, a =8.8743 Å, c =12.6708 Å) of CH3NH3PbI3 were prepared. Formation of the CH3NH3PbI3 crystals was controlled by the SEM, EDS, XRD and Raman spectroscopy. Optical characteristics of the crystals were obtained using PL spectrometry and spectral ellipsometry methods. PL spectra of orthorhombic phase of CH3NH3PbI3 crystals were recorded the first time. Taking into account the practice use, the CH3NH3PbI3 films are obtained via the sol-gel method with ;spin-on; coating of CH3NH3PbI3 sol. The films are 500 nm in thickness and exhibit an openwork structure. Such a structure is optimal for SSSC construction because it increases the surface contact area between CH3NH3PbI3 and p-conductor.

  20. Response characteristics of stable mixed-potential NH3 sensors in diesel engine exhaust

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    Brosha, Eric L.; Prikhodko, Vitaly Y.; Kreller, Cortney R.; ...

    2016-10-20

    Here, a mixed-potential, electrochemical sensor platform is extended to NH3 sensing by the introduction of a new gold alloy working electrode. A planar, pre-commercial NH3 sensor utilized LANL’s controlled interface approach, and a Pd-Au alloy working electrode was tested in exhaust of a GM 1.9 L diesel engine downstream of a diesel oxidation catalyst through a slipstream arrangement. A fraction of the exhaust was pulled across the sensor with a pump at 20 L/min. In order to simulate NH3 slip inside of a full SCR emissions control system, NH3 was injected immediately upstream of the sensor using a calibrated massmore » flow controller. The sensor response quantitatively tracked the NH3 as measured via Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analyzer. A calibration curve was obtained in the exhaust from an ammonia staircase response with the engine running at steady-state engine conditions resulting in low background concentrations of NOx and HC (<20 ppm) during calibration. Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) switching and sweeps were used to evaluate the NH3 sensor response under different amounts of total background NOx. The calibration curve was used to directly compare the [NH3] calculated from sensor response to the gas phase composition measured via FTIR. In general, there was excellent quantitative agreement between the sensor response and the actual NH3 in the exhaust gas, and fast response time such that transients (<5 ppm) could be easily discerned from baseline. A LANL pre-commercial NOx sensor was tested simultaneously with the NH3 sensor and the extent of cross-sensitivity between the two sensors will be discussed.« less

  1. Evaluation study of the suitability of instrumentation to measure ambient NH3 concentrations under field conditions

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    Twigg, Marsailidh

    2017-04-01

    The uncertainties in emissions of ammonia (NH3) in Europe are large, partially due to the difficulty in monitoring of ambient concentrations due to its sticky nature. In the European Monitoring and Evaluation Program (EMEP) the current recommended guidelines to measure NH3 are by coated annular denuders with offline analysis. This method, however, is no longer used in most European countries and each one has taken a different strategy to monitor atmospheric ammonia due to the increase of commercial NH3 monitoring instrumentation available over the last 20 years. In June 2014, a 3 year project funded under the European Metrology Research Programme, "Metrology for Ammonia in Ambient Air" (MetNH3), started with the aim to develop metrological traceability for the measurement of NH3 in air from primary gas mixtures and instrumental standards to field application. This study presents the results from the field intercomparison (15 instruments) which was held in South East Scotland in August 2016 over an intensively managed grassland. The study compared active sampling methods to a meteorological traceable method which was developed during the project with the aim to produce a series of guidelines for ambient NH3 measurements. Preliminary results highlight both the importance of inlets and management of relative humidity in the measurement of ambient NH3 and of the requirement to carry out frequent intercomparison of NH3 instrumentation. Overall, it would be recommended from this study that a WMO-GAW world centre for NH3 would be established and support integration of standards into both routine and research measurements.

  2. NH3 Emission from Fertilizer Application: A Collaborative Study in the Midwestern U.S.

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    Myles, L.; Koloutsou-Vakakis, S.; Bernacchi, C.; Lehmann, C.; Saylor, R. D.; Heuer, M.; Sibble, D.; Caldwell, J. A.; Balasubramanian, S.; Nelson, A. J.; Rood, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is a precursor for secondary particulate matter and a contributor to soil acidification and eutrophication when deposited to land and surface waters. Fertilizer application is a major source of atmospheric NH3, particularly in intensive agricultural regions such as the Midwestern U.S. Quantification of NH3 emission from fertilized crops remains highly uncertain, which limits the representativeness of NH3 emissions that are used in air quality models. A collaborative study to improve understanding of NH3 emission from fertilizer application focused on [1] measurement of above-canopy NH3 fluxes from a fertilized corn field in Illinois using the relaxed eddy accumulation (REA) and flux gradient methods and in-canopy fluxes with the inverse Lagrangian dispersion analysis method, [2] estimation of NH3 emissions at the regional scale using a process-based approach with available archived independent variables, and the currently used top-down approach, in order to compare and determine differences in predicted spatial and temporal variability of NH3 emissions, and [3] performance of spatial analysis to determine spatial and temporal patterns of ammonia emissions and relate them to independent variables characteristic of land use, soil, meteorology, and agricultural management practices. NH3 flux was measured over and within a maize canopy from pre-cultivation through senescence (May-September 2014) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Energy Biosciences Institute Energy Farm, and data from the field study was incorporated into models to facilitate connection of local emissions with the regional scale and to improve understanding of the processes that drive emission and deposition.

  3. Validation of NH3 satellite observations by ground-based FTIR measurements

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    Dammers, Enrico; Palm, Mathias; Van Damme, Martin; Shephard, Mark; Cady-Pereira, Karen; Capps, Shannon; Clarisse, Lieven; Coheur, Pierre; Erisman, Jan Willem

    2016-04-01

    Global emissions of reactive nitrogen have been increasing to an unprecedented level due to human activities and are estimated to be a factor four larger than pre-industrial levels. Concentration levels of NOx are declining, but ammonia (NH3) levels are increasing around the globe. While NH3 at its current concentrations poses significant threats to the environment and human health, relatively little is known about the total budget and global distribution. Surface observations are sparse and mainly available for north-western Europe, the United States and China and are limited by the high costs and poor temporal and spatial resolution. Since the lifetime of atmospheric NH3 is short, on the order of hours to a few days, due to efficient deposition and fast conversion to particulate matter, the existing surface measurements are not sufficient to estimate global concentrations. Advanced space-based IR-sounders such as the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES), the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI), and the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) enable global observations of atmospheric NH3 that help overcome some of the limitations of surface observations. However, the satellite NH3 retrievals are complex requiring extensive validation. Presently there have only been a few dedicated satellite NH3 validation campaigns performed with limited spatial, vertical or temporal coverage. Recently a retrieval methodology was developed for ground-based Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) instruments to obtain vertical concentration profiles of NH3. Here we show the applicability of retrieved columns from nine globally distributed stations with a range of NH3 pollution levels to validate satellite NH3 products.

  4. An evaluation of IASI-NH3 with ground-based Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements

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    Dammers, Enrico; Palm, Mathias; Van Damme, Martin; Vigouroux, Corinne; Smale, Dan; Conway, Stephanie; Toon, Geoffrey C.; Jones, Nicholas; Nussbaumer, Eric; Warneke, Thorsten; Petri, Christof; Clarisse, Lieven; Clerbaux, Cathy; Hermans, Christian; Lutsch, Erik; Strong, Kim; Hannigan, James W.; Nakajima, Hideaki; Morino, Isamu; Herrera, Beatriz; Stremme, Wolfgang; Grutter, Michel; Schaap, Martijn; Wichink Kruit, Roy J.; Notholt, Justus; Coheur, Pierre-F.; Erisman, Jan Willem

    2016-08-01

    Global distributions of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) measured with satellite instruments such as the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) contain valuable information on NH3 concentrations and variability in regions not yet covered by ground-based instruments. Due to their large spatial coverage and (bi-)daily overpasses, the satellite observations have the potential to increase our knowledge of the distribution of NH3 emissions and associated seasonal cycles. However the observations remain poorly validated, with only a handful of available studies often using only surface measurements without any vertical information. In this study, we present the first validation of the IASI-NH3 product using ground-based Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) observations. Using a recently developed consistent retrieval strategy, NH3 concentration profiles have been retrieved using observations from nine Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) stations around the world between 2008 and 2015. We demonstrate the importance of strict spatio-temporal collocation criteria for the comparison. Large differences in the regression results are observed for changing intervals of spatial criteria, mostly due to terrain characteristics and the short lifetime of NH3 in the atmosphere. The seasonal variations of both datasets are consistent for most sites. Correlations are found to be high at sites in areas with considerable NH3 levels, whereas correlations are lower at sites with low atmospheric NH3 levels close to the detection limit of the IASI instrument. A combination of the observations from all sites (Nobs = 547) give a mean relative difference of -32.4 ± (56.3) %, a correlation r of 0.8 with a slope of 0.73. These results give an improved estimate of the IASI-NH3 product performance compared to the previous upper-bound estimates (-50 to +100 %).

  5. Conversion of Fe-NH2 to Fe-N2 with release of NH3

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    Anderson, John S.; Moret, Marc-Etienne; Peters, Jonas C.

    2013-01-01

    Tris(phosphine)borane ligated Fe(I) centers featuring N2H4, NH3, NH2, and OH ligands are described. Conversion of Fe-NH2 to Fe-NH3+ by addition of acid, and subsequent reductive release of NH3 to generate Fe-N2, is demonstrated. This sequence models the final steps of proposed Fe-mediated nitrogen fixation pathways. The five-coordinate trigonal bipyramidal complexes described are unusual in that they adopt S = 3/2 ground states and are prepared from a four-coordinate, S = 3/2 trigonal pyramidal precursor. PMID:23259776

  6. Shock-excited NH3 (3, 3) masers in the NGC 6334 star-forming region

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    Kraemer, Kathleen E.; Jackson, James M.

    1995-01-01

    We report the discovery of four NH3 (3, 3) masers in the NGC 6334 star formation region. The masers are found in two of the seven far-infrared continuum sources where high-mass star formation is taking place in this molecular cloud. These masers occur at the ends of high-velocity molecular outflows; no maser emission was found near regions without high-velocity outflows. The NH3 masers are not associated with any other type of maser. These results confirm that the NH3 (3, 3) masers are caused by shocks and probably mark the location where the molecular outflow jet impinges upon the ambient medium.

  7. Shock-excited NH3 (3, 3) masers in the NGC 6334 star-forming region

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    Kraemer, Kathleen E.; Jackson, James M.

    1995-01-01

    We report the discovery of four NH3 (3, 3) masers in the NGC 6334 star formation region. The masers are found in two of the seven far-infrared continuum sources where high-mass star formation is taking place in this molecular cloud. These masers occur at the ends of high-velocity molecular outflows; no maser emission was found near regions without high-velocity outflows. The NH3 masers are not associated with any other type of maser. These results confirm that the NH3 (3, 3) masers are caused by shocks and probably mark the location where the molecular outflow jet impinges upon the ambient medium.

  8. CH3NH3PbI3 based solar cell: Modified by antisolvent treatment

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    Nandi, Pronoy; Giri, Chandan; Bansode, Umesh; Topwal, D.

    2017-05-01

    Solar cells based on new class of organic inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 were prepared by Ethyl acetate (EA); antisolvent treatment for the first time. This treatment results in new morphology for CH3NH3PbI3 thin film. FESEM image shows microrod type structures of CH3NH3PbI3 after EA antisolvent treatment. Energy band diagram was constructed using photoluminescence and photoemission studies. A better power conversion efficiency was achieved in EA treated film compare to without EA treated film.

  9. Role of the support on the behavior of Ag-based catalysts for NH3 selective catalytic oxidation (NH3-SCO)

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    Qu, Zhenping; Wang, Hui; Wang, Shudong; Cheng, Hao; Qin, Yuan; Wang, Zhong

    2014-10-01

    In this work four supports with different textural properties (Al2O3, SiO2, NaY and TiO2) are used to evaluate the formation of different silver species and their effect on the NH3-SCO performance. Characterization analyses have shown that the predominant Ag0 species and the oxidized Ag species (Ag+ and Agnδ+) are located on the four catalysts with different ratio of Ag0/oxidized Ag. Small Ag0 particle with high dispersion which is obtained on 10 wt% Ag/Al2O3 (5 nm, Ag0 ratio = 97.7%) shows an excellent catalytic performance for SCO reaction at low temperatures (a complete NH3 conversion at 180 °C and a high N2 selectivity of 89%). In addition, a certain amount of oxidized Ag species formed on the catalysts, especially for the NaY and SiO2 support, as well as the surface acidity of catalysts have also been found to play an important role in the enhanced N2 selectivity above 140 °C by promoting iSCR reaction involving NO as an intermediate for N2 formation. A model to relate the silver species with the performance of NH3-SCO is proposed, which is very significant for the further optimization of the catalyst (e.g. choosing a suitable support) for NH3-SCO reaction and its practical application in the future.

  10. 3-D agricultural air quality modeling: Impacts of NH3/H2S gas-phase reactions and bi-directional exchange of NH3

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    Wang, Kai; Zhang, Yang

    2014-12-01

    Accurately simulating the transport and fate of reduced nitrogen (NHx = ammonia (NH3) + ammonium (NH4+))- and sulfur-containing compounds emitted from agricultural activities represents a major challenge in agricultural air quality modeling. In this study, the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling system is further developed and improved by implementing 22 ammonia (NH3)/hydrogen sulfide (H2S) related gas-phase reactions and adjusting a few key parameters (e.g., emission potential) for bi-directional exchange of NH3 fluxes. Several simulations are conducted over the eastern U.S. domain at a 12-km horizontal resolution for January and July 2002 to examine the impacts of those improved treatments on air quality. The 5th generation mesoscale model (MM5) and CMAQ predict an overall satisfactory and consistent performance with previous modeling studies, especially for 2-m temperature, 2-m relative humidity, ozone (O3), and fine particulate matter (PM2.5). High model biases exist for precipitation in July and also dry/wet depositions. The updated model treatments contribute to O3, NHx, and PM2.5 by up to 0.4 ppb, 1.0 μg m-3, and 1.0 μg m-3 in January, respectively, and reduce O3 by up to 0.8 ppb and contribute to NHx and PM2.5 by up to 1.2 and 1.1 μg m-3 in July, respectively. The spatial distributions of O3 in both months and sulfur dioxide (SO2) in January are mainly affected by inline dry deposition velocity calculation. The spatial distributions of SO2 and sulfate (SO42-) in July are affected by both inline dry deposition velocity and NH3/H2S reactions. The variation trends of NH3, NHx, ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3), PM2.5 and total nitrogen (TN) are predominated by bi-directional exchange of NH3 fluxes. Uncertainties of NH3 emission potentials and empirical constants used in the bi-directional exchange scheme may significantly affect the concentrations of NHx and PM2.5, indicating that a more accurate and explicit treatment for those parameters should be

  11. A study of the adsorption of NH 3 and SO 2 on leaf surfaces

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    Van Hove, L. W. A.; Adema, E. H.; Vredenberg, W. J.; Pieters, G. A.

    The adsorption of NH 3 and SO 2 on the external leaf surface of bean ( Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and poplar ( Populus euramericana L.) was studied. The adsorbed quantities increased strongly with increasing air humidity, indicating that water on the leaf surface plays a major role in the interaction of these gases with the leaf surface. On the other hand temperature in the range between 15 and 26°C had no significant influence. The adsorbed quantities of NH 3 at a specific air humidity appeared to be proportional to NH 3 concentration. This proportionality was less clear for SO 2. The affinity of SO 2 for the leaf surface was found to be approximately twice that of NH 3. A mixture of these gases in the air mutually stimulated their adsorption on the leaf. No significant desorption or uptake of these gases through the cuticle could be detected, indicating that the bulk of the adsorbed gases remains associated with the cuticle.

  12. Performance Analysis of Rectifier in NH3-H2O Absorprtion Heat Pump

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    Tsujimori, Atsushi; Ozaki, Eiichi; Nakao, Kazushige

    It is necessary to have rectifier in NH3-H20 absorption cycle in order to remove steam from ammonia and steam mixed vapor that is regenerated in generator. Although many studies have made to investigate the performance of rectifier using various fluids experimentally, few theoretical analysis has made without any constant from experimental data. In this study in order to investigate the characteristic of rectifying process, experimental and analytical approach was made concerning plate-type rectifier. In the experiment, the effect of vapor flow rate and NH3 mass concentration of solution on rectifying performance were investigated. And in the analysis the model of heat and mass transfer was proposed considering the distribution of mass concentration in boundary layer. As a result it was found that NH3 mass concentration at rectifier outlet slightly decreased as vapor flow rate increased and that the model could predict NH3 mass concentration in outlet vapor for various concentration in solution.

  13. Indirect measurement of N-14 quadrupolar coupling for NH3 intercalated in potassium graphite

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    Tsang, T.; Fronko, R. M.; Resing, H. A.

    1987-01-01

    A method for indirect measurement of the nuclear quadrupolar coupling was developed and applied to NH3 molecules in the graphite intercalation compound K(NH3)4.3C24, which has a layered structure with alternating carbon and intercalant layers. Three triplets were observed in the H-1 NMR spectra of the compound. The value of the N-14 quadrupolar coupling constant of NH3 (3.7 MHz), determined indirectly from the H-1 NMR spectra, was intermediate between the gas value of 4.1 MHz and the solid-state value of 3.2 MHz. The method was also used to deduce the (H-1)-(H-1) and (N-14)-(H-1) dipolar interactions, the H-1 chemical shifts, and the molecular orientations and motions of NH3.

  14. Indirect measurement of N-14 quadrupolar coupling for NH3 intercalated in potassium graphite

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    Tsang, T.; Fronko, R. M.; Resing, H. A.

    1987-01-01

    A method for indirect measurement of the nuclear quadrupolar coupling was developed and applied to NH3 molecules in the graphite intercalation compound K(NH3)4.3C24, which has a layered structure with alternating carbon and intercalant layers. Three triplets were observed in the H-1 NMR spectra of the compound. The value of the N-14 quadrupolar coupling constant of NH3 (3.7 MHz), determined indirectly from the H-1 NMR spectra, was intermediate between the gas value of 4.1 MHz and the solid-state value of 3.2 MHz. The method was also used to deduce the (H-1)-(H-1) and (N-14)-(H-1) dipolar interactions, the H-1 chemical shifts, and the molecular orientations and motions of NH3.

  15. Electrical properties and conduction mechanism of [C2H5NH3]2CuCl4 compound

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    Mohamed, C. Ben; Karoui, K.; Jomni, F.; Guidara, K.; Rhaiem, A. Ben

    2015-02-01

    The [(C2H5)NH3]2CuCl4 compound was prepared and characterized by several technique: the X-ray powder diffraction confirms the purity of the synthetized compound, the differential scanning calorimetric show several phase transitions at 236 K, 330 K, 357 K and 371 K, the dialectical properties confirms the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition at 238 K, which is reported by V. Kapustianyk et al. (2007) [1]. The two semi-circles observed in the complex impedance identify the presence of the grain interior and grain boundary contributions to the electrical response in this material. The equivalent circuit is modeled by a combination series of two parallel RP-CPE circuits. The temperature dependence of the alternative current conductivity (σg) and direct current conductivity (σdc) confirm the observed transitions in the calorimetric study. The (AC) electrical conduction in [(C2H5)NH3]2CuCl4 was studied by two processes that can be attributed to a hopping transport mechanism: the non-overlapping small polaron tunneling (NSPT) model in phase III and the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model in phases I, II, IV, V and VI.

  16. Advection of NH3 over a pasture field, and its effect on gradient flux measurements

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    Loubet, B.; Milford, C.; Hensen, A.; Daemmgen, U.; Erisman, J.-W.; Cellier, P.; Sutton, M. A.

    2009-01-01

    Deposition of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) to semi-natural ecosystems leads to serious adverse effects, such as acidification and eutrophication. A step in this quantification is the measurement of NH3 fluxes over semi-natural and agricultural land. However, measurement of NH3 fluxes over vegetation in the vicinity of strong NH3 sources is difficult, since NH3 emissions are highly heterogeneous. Indeed, under such conditions, local advection errors may alter the measured fluxes. In this study, local advection errors (Δ Fz,adv) were estimated over a 14 ha grassland field, which was successively cut and fertilised, as part of the GRAMINAE integrated Braunschweig experiment. The magnitude of Δ Fz,adv was determined up to 810 m downwind from farm buildings emitting between 6 and 12 kg NH3 day-1. The GRAMINAE experiment provided a unique opportunity to compare two methods of estimating Δ Fz,adv: (1) based on direct measurements of horizontal concentration gradients, and (2) based on inverse dispersion modelling. Two sources of local advection were clearly identified: the farm NH3 emissions leading to positive Δ Fz,adv, and field NH3 emissions, after cutting and fertilisation, which led to a negative Δ Fz,adv. The local advection flux from the farm was in the range 0 to 27 ng m-2 s-1 NH3 at 610 m from the farm, whereas Δ Fz,adv due to field emission was proportional to the local flux, and ranged between -209 and 13 ng m-2 s-1 NH3. The local advection flux Δ Fz,adv was either positive or negative depending on the magnitude of these two contributions. The modelled and measured advection errors agreed well, provided the modelled Δ Fz,adv was estimated at 2 m height. This study constitutes the first attempt to validate the inverse modelling approach to determine advection errors for NH3. The measured advection errors, relative to the vertical flux at 1 m height, were 121% on average, before the field was cut (when downwind of the farm), and less than 7% when the field

  17. Dynamics of gas phase Ne(*) + NH3 and Ne(*) + ND3 Penning ionisation at low temperatures.

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    Jankunas, Justin; Bertsche, Benjamin; Jachymski, Krzysztof; Hapka, Michał; Osterwalder, Andreas

    2014-06-28

    Two isotopic chemical reactions, Ne(*) + NH3, and Ne(*) + ND3, have been studied at low collision energies by means of a merged beams technique. Partial cross sections have been recorded for the two reactive channels, namely, Ne(*) + NH3 → Ne + NH3(+) + e(-), and Ne(*) + NH3 → Ne + NH2(+) + H + e(-), by detecting the NH3(+) and NH2(+) product ions, respectively. The cross sections for both reactions were found to increase with decreasing collision energy, Ecoll, in the range 8 μeV < Ecoll < 20 meV. The measured rate constant exhibits a curvature in a log(k)-log(Ecoll) plot from which it is concluded that the Langevin capture model does not properly describe the Ne(*) + NH3 reaction in the entire range of collision energies covered here. Calculations based on multichannel quantum defect theory were performed to reproduce and interpret the experimental results. Good agreement was obtained by including long range van der Waals interactions combined with a 6-12 Lennard-Jones potential. The branching ratio between the two reactive channels, Γ = [NH2(+)]/[NH2(+)] + [NH3(+)], is relatively constant, Γ ≈ 0.3, in the entire collision energy range studied here. Possible reasons for this observation are discussed and rationalized in terms of relative time scales of the reactant approach and the molecular rotation. Isotopic differences between the Ne(*) + NH3 and Ne(*) + ND3 reactions are small, as suggested by nearly equal branching ratios and cross sections for the two reactions.

  18. The Green Bank Ammonia Survey: First Results of NH3 Mapping of the Gould Belt

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    Friesen, Rachel K.; Pineda, Jaime E.; co-PIs; Rosolowsky, Erik; Alves, Felipe; Chacón-Tanarro, Ana; How-Huan Chen, Hope; Chun-Yuan Chen, Michael; Di Francesco, James; Keown, Jared; Kirk, Helen; Punanova, Anna; Seo, Youngmin; Shirley, Yancy; Ginsburg, Adam; Hall, Christine; Offner, Stella S. R.; Singh, Ayushi; Arce, Héctor G.; Caselli, Paola; Goodman, Alyssa A.; Martin, Peter G.; Matzner, Christopher; Myers, Philip C.; Redaelli, Elena; GAS Collaboration

    2017-07-01

    We present an overview of the first data release (DR1) and first-look science from the Green Bank Ammonia Survey (GAS). GAS is a Large Program at the Green Bank Telescope to map all Gould Belt star-forming regions with {A}{{V}}≳ 7 mag visible from the northern hemisphere in emission from NH3 and other key molecular tracers. This first release includes the data for four regions in the Gould Belt clouds: B18 in Taurus, NGC 1333 in Perseus, L1688 in Ophiuchus, and Orion A North in Orion. We compare the NH3 emission to dust continuum emission from Herschel and find that the two tracers correspond closely. We find that NH3 is present in over 60% of the lines of sight with {A}{{V}}≳ 7 mag in three of the four DR1 regions, in agreement with expectations from previous observations. The sole exception is B18, where NH3 is detected toward ˜40% of the lines of sight with {A}{{V}}≳ 7 mag. Moreover, we find that the NH3 emission is generally extended beyond the typical 0.1 pc length scales of dense cores. We produce maps of the gas kinematics, temperature, and NH3 column densities through forward modeling of the hyperfine structure of the NH3 (1, 1) and (2, 2) lines. We show that the NH3 velocity dispersion, {σ }v, and gas kinetic temperature, T K, vary systematically between the regions included in this release, with an increase in both the mean value and the spread of {σ }v and T K with increasing star formation activity. The data presented in this paper are publicly available (https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/GAS_DR1).

  19. Porphyrin molecules boost the sensitivity of epitaxial graphene for NH3 detection

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    Iezhokin, I.; den Boer, D.; Offermans, P.; Ridene, M.; Elemans, J. A. A. W.; Adriaans, G. P.; Flipse, C. F. J.

    2017-02-01

    The sensitivity of quasi-free standing epitaxial graphene for NH3 detection is strongly enhanced by chemical functionalization with cobalt porphyrins resulting in a detection limit well below 100 ppb. Hybridization between NH3 and cobalt porphyrins induces a charge transfer to graphene and results in a shift of the graphene Fermi-level as detected by Hall measurements and theoretically explained by electronic structure calculations.

  20. Quantifying Uncertainty in Daily Temporal Variations of Atmospheric NH3 Emissions Following Application of Chemical Fertilizers

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    Balasubramanian, S.; Koloutsou-Vakakis, S.; Rood, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Improving modeling predictions of atmospheric particulate matter and deposition of reactive nitrogen requires representative emission inventories of precursor species, such as ammonia (NH3). Anthropogenic NH3 is primarily emitted to the atmosphere from agricultural sources (80-90%) with dominant contributions (56%) from chemical fertilizer usage (CFU) in regions like Midwest USA. Local crop management practices vary spatially and temporally, which influence regional air quality. To model the impact of CFU, NH3 emission inputs to chemical transport models are obtained from the National Emission Inventory (NEI). NH3 emissions from CFU are typically estimated by combining annual fertilizer sales data with emission factors. The Sparse Matrix Operator Kernel Emissions (SMOKE) model is used to disaggregate annual emissions to hourly scale using temporal factors. These factors are estimated by apportioning emissions within each crop season in proportion to the nitrogen applied and time-averaged to the hourly scale. Such approach does not reflect influence of CFU for different crops and local weather and soil conditions. This study provides an alternate approach for estimating temporal factors for NH3 emissions. The DeNitrification DeComposition (DNDC) model was used to estimate daily variations in NH3 emissions from CFU at 14 Central Illinois locations for 2002-2011. Weather, crop and soil data were provided as inputs. A method was developed to estimate site level CFU by combining planting and harvesting dates, nitrogen management and fertilizer sales data. DNDC results indicated that annual NH3 emissions were within ±15% of SMOKE estimates. Daily modeled emissions across 10 years followed similar distributions but varied in magnitudes within ±20%. Individual emission peaks on days after CFU were 2.5-8 times greater as compared to existing estimates from SMOKE. By identifying the episodic nature of NH3 emissions from CFU, this study is expected to provide improvements

  1. Improvement of thermal stability of nickel silicide film using NH3 plasma treatment

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    Park, Jingyu; Jeon, Heeyoung; Kim, Hyunjung; Jang, Woochool; Kim, Jinho; Kang, Chunho; Yuh, Junhan; Jeon, Hyeongtag

    2014-09-01

    In this study, the effects of NH3 plasma pre-treatment on the characteristics of NiSi films were investigated. Nickel film was deposited on a Si(100) substrate by meal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) using Ni(iPr-DAD)2 as a Ni precursor and NH3 gas as a reactant. Before the Ni deposition, silicon substrate was treated by NH3 plasma with various flow rates to adjust the amount of inserted hydrogen and nitrogen atoms. The Ni films showed a considerable low sheet resistance around 12 Ω/□, irrespective of the NH3 plasma pre-treatment conditions. The sheet resistance of the all Ni films was decreased after annealing at 500 °C due to formation of a low resistive NiSi phase. NiSi films with a high flow rate of NH3 plasma pre-treatment exhibited a lower sheet resistance and smoother interface between NiSi and the Si substrate than the low flow rate of the NH3 plasma pre-treated NiSi films because lots of nitrogen atoms incorporated at grain boundary of NiSi which result in reduce total surface/interface energy of NiSi and enhancement interface characteristics.

  2. Racemic monoperoxovanadium(V) complexes with achiral OO and ON donor set heteroligands: synthesis, crystal structure and stereochemistry of [NH3(CH2)2NH3][VO(O2)(ox)(pic)].2H2O and [NH3(CH2)2NH3][VO(O2)(ox)(pca)].

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    Tatiersky, Jozef; Schwendt, Peter; Sivák, Michal; Marek, Jaromír

    2005-07-07

    Monoperoxovanadium(V) complexes, [NH3(CH2)2NH3][VO(O2)(ox)(pic)].2H2O (1) and [NH3(CH2)2NH3][VO(O2)(ox)(pca)] (2) [NH3(CH2)2NH3 = ethane-1,2-diammonium(2+), ox=oxalate(2-), pic=pyridine-2-carboxylate(1-), pca=pyrazine-2-carboxylate(1-)], were synthesized and characterized by X-ray analysis, IR and Raman spectroscopies. The five equatorial positions of the pentagonal bipyramid around the vanadium atoms are occupied by the eta2-peroxo ligand, two oxygen atoms of the ox, and the nitrogen atom of the pic or pca ligands, respectively. The oxo ligand and the oxygen atom of pic or pca are in the axial positions. Networks of X-HO (X=C, N or O) hydrogen bonds, and pi-pi interactions between aromatic rings in and anion-pi interactions in , determine the molecular packings and build up the supramolecular architecture. Three stereochemical rules for occupation of the donor sites in two-heteroligand [VO(O2)(L1)(L2)] complexes (L1, L2 are bidentate neutral or differently charged anionic heteroligands providing an OO, NN or ON donor set) are discussed. and crystallize as racemic compounds. The 51V NMR spectra proved that the parent complex anions of and partially decompose on dissolution in water to the monoperoxo-ox, -pic or -pca complexes.

  3. Unaccounted variability in NH3 agricultutral sources detected by IASI contributing to European spring haze episode

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    Fortems-Cheiney, Audrey; Dufour, Gaelle; Hamaoui-Laguel, Lynda; Foret, Gilles; SIour, Guillaume; Van Damme, Martin; Meleux, Frederik; Coheur, Pierre; Clerbaux, Cathy; Clarisse, Lieven; Wallasch, Markus; Beekmann, Matthias

    2017-04-01

    Ammonia (NH3), which main source is agriculture, is an important precursor gas for particulate matter concentrations. For the first time, we derived ammonia emissions from space, using NH3 total columns from the IASI instrument onboard Metop-A, at a high resolution (grid-cell of 0.5° x 0.5°, at a daily scale), for the European spring haze episode of March 2014, 8th to 15th. During this period, IASI reveals higher NH3 emissions than in the European reference EMEP inventory over Central Europe (especially over Germany, Czech Republic and eastern France), exhibiting in addition a large day-to-day variability. This suggests emissions due to punctual spreading practices, that are difficult to anticipate with an inventory-based approach. The increase or NH3 emissions, that could reach +300% locally, leads both to an increase of NH3 and PM25 surface concentrations and conducts to a better comparison with independent measurements (in terms of bias, root mean square error and correlation). The robustness of this preliminary study is promising for future quantification of NH3 emission estimates by atmospheric inversions.

  4. Numerical analysis of a mixture of Ar/NH3 microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition reactor

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    Li, Zhi; Zhao, Zhen; Li, Xuehui

    2012-06-01

    A two-dimensional fluid model has been used to investigate the properties of plasma in Ar/NH3 microwave electron cyclotron resonance discharge at low pressure. The electromagnetic field model solved by the three-dimensional Simpson method is coupled to a fluid plasma model. The finite difference method was employed to discrete the governing equations. 40 species (neutrals, radicals, ions, and electrons) are consisted in the model. In total, 75 electron-neutral, 43 electron-ion, 167 neutral-neutral, 129 ion-neutral, 28 ion-ion, and 90 3-body reactions are used in the model. According to the simulation, the distribution of the densities of the considered plasma species has been showed and the mechanisms of their variations have been discussed. It is found that the main neutrals (Ar*, Ar**, NH3*, NH, H2, NH2, H, and N2) are present at high densities in Ar/NH3 microwave electron cyclotron resonance discharge when the mixing ratio of Ar/NH3 is 1:1 at 20 Pa. The density of NH is more than that of NH2 atom. And NH3+ are the most important ammonia ions. But the uniformity of the space distribution of NH3+ is lower than the other ammonia ions.

  5. Charge transfer in the electron donor-acceptor complex BH3NH3.

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    Mo, Yirong; Song, Lingchun; Wu, Wei; Zhang, Qianer

    2004-03-31

    As a simple yet strongly binding electron donor-acceptor (EDA) complex, BH(3)NH(3) serves as a good example to study the electron pair donor-acceptor complexes. We employed both the ab initio valence bond (VB) and block-localized wave function (BLW) methods to explore the electron transfer from NH(3) to BH(3). Conventionally, EDA complexes have been described by two diabatic states: one neutral state and one ionic charge-transferred state. Ab initio VB self-consistent field (VBSCF) computations generate the energy profiles of the two diabatic states together with the adiabatic (ground) state. Our calculations evidently demonstrated that the electron transfer between NH(3) and BH(3) falls in the abnormal regime where the reorganization energy is less than the exoergicity of the reaction. The nature of the NH(3)-BH(3) interaction is probed by an energy decomposition scheme based on the BLW method. We found that the variation of the charge-transfer energy with the donor-acceptor distance is insensitive to the computation levels and basis sets, but the estimation of the amount of electron transferred heavily depends on the population analysis procedures. The recent resurgence of interest in the nature of the rotation barrier in ethane prompted us to analyze the conformational change of BH(3)NH(3), which is an isoelectronic system with ethane. We found that the preference of the staggered structure over the eclipsed structure of BH(3)NH(3) is dominated by the Pauli exchange repulsion.

  6. Effects of in-situ NH3 post plasma treatment on the surface passivation layer

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    Lee, Kyung Dong; Kang, Min Gu; Kim, Young Do; Tark, Sung Ju; Park, Sungeun; Kim, Donghwan

    2011-12-01

    Hydrogenated silicon nitride (SiNx:H) using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition is widely used in photovoltaic industry as an antireflection coating and passivation layer. The samples with or without in-situ NH3 post-plasma treatment had the following structures: SiNx/N-type Si/SiNx versus in-situ NH3 post-plasma treated SiNx/N-type Si/SiNx. The wafer was dipped in saw-damage-etching solution and wet cleaning process was treated. After the dry process with N2 atmosphere, SiNx thin film was deposited on back surface. Then SiNx thin film was deposited on the front surface with or without in-situ NH3 post-plasma treatment process. In order to minimize the plasma induced surface damage, we used lower power than the process power during the NH3 post-plasma treatment. After the in-situ NH3 post-plasma-treatment, we analyzed the effect of this in-situ NH3 post-plasma-treatment for passivation. The minority carrier lifetime was observed by means of quasi-steady-state photoconductance and microwave photoconductance.

  7. The international research progress of Ammonia(NH3) emissions and emissions reduction technology in farmland ecosystem

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    Yang, W. Z.; Jiao, Y.

    2017-03-01

    NH3 is the important factor leading to the grey haze, and one of the main causes of environmental problems of serious ecological imbalance, such as acid rain and air quality deterioration. The fertilizer excessive application of the current farmland results NH3 emissions intensity greatly. In order to clear the farmland NH3 emissions research status and achievements, the literature of farmland NH3 emission related were retrievaled by the SCI journals and Chinese science citation database. Some factors of NH3 emission were analyzed such as soil factors, climate factors and farmland management measures. The research progress was inductived on farmland NH3 emission reduction technology. The results will help to clarify farmland NH3 emissions research progress. The theoretical guidance was provided on the future of farmland NH3 emissions research.

  8. Process-based modelling of NH3 exchange with grazed grasslands

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    Móring, Andrea; Vieno, Massimo; Doherty, Ruth M.; Milford, Celia; Nemitz, Eiko; Twigg, Marsailidh M.; Horváth, László; Sutton, Mark A.

    2017-09-01

    In this study the GAG model, a process-based ammonia (NH3) emission model for urine patches, was extended and applied for the field scale. The new model (GAG_field) was tested over two modelling periods, for which micrometeorological NH3 flux data were available. Acknowledging uncertainties in the measurements, the model was able to simulate the main features of the observed fluxes. The temporal evolution of the simulated NH3 exchange flux was found to be dominated by NH3 emission from the urine patches, offset by simultaneous NH3 deposition to areas of the field not affected by urine. The simulations show how NH3 fluxes over a grazed field in a given day can be affected by urine patches deposited several days earlier, linked to the interaction of volatilization processes with soil pH dynamics. Sensitivity analysis showed that GAG_field was more sensitive to soil buffering capacity (β), field capacity (θfc) and permanent wilting point (θpwp) than the patch-scale model. The reason for these different sensitivities is dual. Firstly, the difference originates from the different scales. Secondly, the difference can be explained by the different initial soil pH and physical properties, which determine the maximum volume of urine that can be stored in the NH3 source layer. It was found that in the case of urine patches with a higher initial soil pH and higher initial soil water content, the sensitivity of NH3 exchange to β was stronger. Also, in the case of a higher initial soil water content, NH3 exchange was more sensitive to the changes in θfc and θpwp. The sensitivity analysis showed that the nitrogen content of urine (cN) is associated with high uncertainty in the simulated fluxes. However, model experiments based on cN values randomized from an estimated statistical distribution indicated that this uncertainty is considerably smaller in practice. Finally, GAG_field was tested with a constant soil pH of 7.5. The variation of NH3 fluxes simulated in this way

  9. Movement of NH3 through the human urea transporter B: a new gas channel

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    Musa-Aziz, Raif; Enkavi, Giray; Mahinthichaichan, P.; Tajkhorshid, Emad; Boron, Walter F.

    2013-01-01

    Aquaporins and Rh proteins can function as gas (CO2 and NH3) channels. The present study explores the urea, H2O, CO2, and NH3 permeability of the human urea transporter B (UT-B) (SLC14A1), expressed in Xenopus oocytes. We monitored urea uptake using [14C]urea and measured osmotic water permeability (Pf) using video microscopy. To obtain a semiquantitative measure of gas permeability, we used microelectrodes to record the maximum transient change in surface pH (ΔpHS) caused by exposing oocytes to 5% CO2/33 mM HCO3− (pHS increase) or 0.5 mM NH3/NH4+ (pHS decrease). UT-B expression increased oocyte permeability to urea by >20-fold, and Pf by 8-fold vs. H2O-injected control oocytes. UT-B expression had no effect on the CO2-induced ΔpHS but doubled the NH3-induced ΔpHS. Phloretin reduced UT-B-dependent urea uptake (Jurea*) by 45%, Pf* by 50%, and (−ΔpHS*)NH3 by 70%. p-Chloromercuribenzene sulfonate reduced Jurea* by 25%, Pf* by 30%, and (ΔpHS*)NH3 by 100%. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of membrane-embedded models of UT-B identified the monomeric UT-B pores as the main conduction pathway for both H2O and NH3 and characterized the energetics associated with permeation of these species through the channel. Mutating each of two conserved threonines lining the monomeric urea pores reduced H2O and NH3 permeability. Our data confirm that UT-B has significant H2O permeability and for the first time demonstrate significant NH3 permeability. Thus the UTs become the third family of gas channels. Inhibitor and mutagenesis studies and results of MD simulations suggest that NH3 and H2O pass through the three monomeric urea channels in UT-B. PMID:23552862

  10. Advection of NH3 over a pasture field and its effect on gradient flux measurements

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    Loubet, B.; Milford, C.; Hensen, A.; Daemmgen, U.; Erisman, J.-W.; Cellier, P.; Sutton, M. A.

    2009-07-01

    Deposition of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) to semi-natural ecosystems leads to serious adverse effects, such as acidification and eutrophication. A step in quantifying such effects is the measurement of NH3 fluxes over semi-natural and agricultural land. However, measurement of NH3 fluxes over vegetation in the vicinity of strong NH3 sources is challenging, since NH3 emissions are highly heterogeneous. Indeed, under such conditions, local advection errors may alter the measured fluxes. In this study, local advection errors (ΔFz,adv) were estimated over a 14 ha grassland field, which was successively cut and fertilised, as part of the GRAMINAE integrated Braunschweig experiment. The magnitude of ΔFz,adv was determined up to 810 m downwind from farm buildings emitting between 6.2 and 9.9 kg NH3 day-1. The GRAMINAE experiment provided a unique opportunity to compare two methods of estimating ΔFz,adv: one inference method based on measurements of horizontal concentration gradients, and one based on inverse dispersion modelling with a two-dimensional model. Two sources of local advection were clearly identified: the farm NH3 emissions leading to positive ΔFz,adv ("bias towards emissions") and field NH3 emissions, which led to a negative ΔFz,adv ("bias towards deposition"). The local advection flux from the farm was in the range 0 to 27 ng NH3 m-2 s-1 at 610 m from the farm, whereas ΔFz,adv due to field emission was proportional to the local flux, and ranged between -209 and 13 ng NH3 m-2 s-1. The local advection flux ΔFz,adv was either positive or negative depending on the magnitude of these two contributions. The modelled and inferred advection errors agreed well. The inferred advection errors, relative to the vertical flux at 1 m height, were 52% on average, before the field was cut, and less than 2.1% when the field was fertilised. The variability of the advection errors in response to changes in micrometeorological conditions is also studied. The limits of the 2

  11. SUBSTELLAR OBJECTS IN NEARBY YOUNG CLUSTERS (SONYC). IV. A CENSUS OF VERY LOW MASS OBJECTS IN NGC 1333

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    Scholz, Alexander; Muzic, Koraljka; Bonavita, Mariangela; Jayawardhana, Ray; Geers, Vincent; Tamura, Motohide

    2012-01-01

    SONYC-Substellar Objects in Nearby Young Clusters-is a program to investigate the frequency and properties of young substellar objects with masses down to a few times that of Jupiter. Here we present a census of very low mass objects in the {approx}1 Myr old cluster NGC 1333. We analyze near-infrared spectra taken with Fiber Multi-Object Spectrograph/Subaru for 100 candidates from our deep, wide-field survey and find 10 new likely brown dwarfs with spectral types of M6 or later. Among them, there are three with {approx}>M9 and one with early L spectral type, corresponding to masses of 0.006 to {approx}< 0.02 M{sub Sun }, so far the lowest mass objects identified in this cluster. The combination of survey depth, spatial coverage, and extensive spectroscopic follow-up makes NGC 1333 one of the most comprehensively surveyed clusters for substellar objects. In total, there are now 51 objects with spectral type M5 or later and/or effective temperature of 3200 K or cooler identified in NGC 1333; 30-40 of them are likely to be substellar. NGC 1333 harbors about half as many brown dwarfs as stars, which is significantly more than in other well-studied star-forming regions, thus raising the possibility of environmental differences in the formation of substellar objects. The brown dwarfs in NGC 1333 are spatially strongly clustered within a radius of {approx}1 pc, mirroring the distribution of the stars. The disk fraction in the substellar regime is <66%, lower than for the total population (83%) but comparable to the brown dwarf disk fraction in other 2-3 Myr old regions.

  12. SEASONAL NH3 EMISSION ESTIMATES FOR THE EASTERN UNITED STATES BASED ON AMMONIUM WET CONCENTRATIONS AND AN INVERSE MODELING METHOD

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    Significant uncertainty exists in the magnitude and variability of ammonia (NH3) emissions. NH3 emissions are needed as input for air quality modeling of aerosols and deposition of nitrogen compounds. Approximately 85% of NH3 emissions are estimated to come from agricultural ...

  13. SEASONAL NH3 EMISSION ESTIMATES FOR THE EASTERN UNITED STATES BASED ON AMMONIUM WET CONCENTRATIONS AND AN INVERSE MODELING METHOD

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    Significant uncertainty exists in the magnitude and variability of ammonia (NH3) emissions. NH3 emissions are needed as input for air quality modeling of aerosols and deposition of nitrogen compounds. Approximately 85% of NH3 emissions are estimated to come from agricultural ...

  14. A SCR Model Calibration Approach with Spatially Resolved Measurements and NH3 Storage Distributions

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    Song, Xiaobo; Parker, Gordon G.; Johnson, John H.; ...

    2014-11-27

    The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) is a technology used for reducing NO x emissions in the heavy-duty diesel (HDD) engine exhaust. In this study, the spatially resolved capillary inlet infrared spectroscopy (Spaci-IR) technique was used to study the gas concentration and NH3 storage distributions in a SCR catalyst, and to provide data for developing a SCR model to analyze the axial gaseous concentration and axial distributions of NH3 storage. A two-site SCR model is described for simulating the reaction mechanisms. The model equations and a calculation method was developed using the Spaci-IR measurements to determine the NH3 storage capacity andmore » the relationships between certain kinetic parameters of the model. Moreover, a calibration approach was then applied for tuning the kinetic parameters using the spatial gaseous measurements and calculated NH3 storage as a function of axial position instead of inlet and outlet gaseous concentrations of NO, NO2, and NH3. The equations and the approach for determining the NH3 storage capacity of the catalyst and a method of dividing the NH3 storage capacity between the two storage sites are presented. It was determined that the kinetic parameters of the adsorption and desorption reactions have to follow certain relationships for the model to simulate the experimental data. Finally, the modeling results served as a basis for developing full model calibrations to SCR lab reactor and engine data and state estimator development as described in the references (Song et al. 2013a, b; Surenahalli et al. 2013).« less

  15. Rotational dynamics of organic cations in the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite.

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    Chen, Tianran; Foley, Benjamin J; Ipek, Bahar; Tyagi, Madhusudan; Copley, John R D; Brown, Craig M; Choi, Joshua J; Lee, Seung-Hun

    2015-12-14

    Methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) based solar cells have shown impressive power conversion efficiencies of above 20%. However, the microscopic mechanism of the high photovoltaic performance is yet to be fully understood. Particularly, the dynamics of CH3NH3(+) cations and their impact on relevant processes such as charge recombination and exciton dissociation are still poorly understood. Here, using elastic and quasi-elastic neutron scattering techniques and group theoretical analysis, we studied rotational modes of the CH3NH3(+) cation in CH3NH3PbI3. Our results show that, in the cubic (T > 327 K) and tetragonal (165 K < T < 327 K) phases, the CH3NH3(+) ions exhibit four-fold rotational symmetry of the C-N axis (C4) along with three-fold rotation around the C-N axis (C3), while in the orthorhombic phase (T < 165 K) only C3 rotation is present. At around room temperature, the characteristic relaxation times for the C4 rotation are found to be τC4 ≈ 5 ps while for the C3 rotation τC3 ≈ 1 ps. The T-dependent rotational relaxation times were fitted with Arrhenius equations to obtain activation energies. Our data show a close correlation between the C4 rotational mode and the temperature dependent dielectric permittivity. Our findings on the rotational dynamics of CH3NH3(+) and the associated dipole have important implications for understanding the low exciton binding energy and a slow charge recombination rate in CH3NH3PbI3 which are directly relevant for the high solar cell performance.

  16. MARVEL analysis of the measured high-resolution spectra of 14NH3

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    Al Derzi, Afaf R.; Furtenbacher, Tibor; Tennyson, Jonathan; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Császár, Attila G.

    2015-08-01

    Accurate, experimental rotational-vibrational energy levels and line positions, with associated labels and uncertainties, are reported for the ground electronic state of the symmetric-top 14NH3 molecule. All levels and lines are based on critically reviewed and validated high-resolution experimental spectra taken from 56 literature sources. The transition data are in the 0.7-17 000 cm-1 region, with a large gap between 7000 and 15 000 cm-1. The MARVEL (Measured Active Rotational-Vibrational Energy Levels) algorithm is used to determine the energy levels. Out of the 29 450 measured transitions 10 041 and 18 947 belong to ortho- and para-14NH3, respectively. A careful analysis of the related experimental spectroscopic network (SN) allows 28 530 of the measured transitions to be validated, 18 178 of these are unique, while 462 transitions belong to floating components. Despite the large number of spectroscopic measurements published over the last 80 years, the transitions determine only 30 vibrational band origins of 14NH3, 8 for ortho- and 22 for para-14NH3. The highest J value, where J stands for the rotational quantum number, for which an energy level is validated is 31. The number of experimental-quality ortho- and para-14NH3 rovibrational energy levels is 1724 and 3237, respectively. The MARVEL energy levels are checked against ones in the BYTe first-principles database, determined previously. The lists of validated lines and levels for 14NH3 are deposited in the Supporting Information to this paper. Combination of the MARVEL energy levels with first-principles absorption intensities yields a huge number of experimental-quality rovibrational lines, which should prove to be useful for the understanding of future complex high-resolution spectroscopy on 14NH3; these lines are also deposited in the Supporting Information to this paper.

  17. Volatility of NH3 from internally mixed sodium succinate-NH4SO4 particles

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    Wang, Na; Zhang, Yunhong

    2016-04-01

    Contributing the complicacy of atmospheric constituents, aerosol particles may undergo complicated heterogeneous reactions that have profound consequences on their hygroscopic properties and volatility. Ammonia (NH3) is a ubiquitous trace atmospheric gas in the troposphere and has negative effects on human health and climate forcing of ambient aerosols. In addition, atmospheric cycle of NH3 is complex in atmosphere, therefore it necessary to get insights to the complexity of gas-to-aerosol NH3 partitioning, which results in large uncertainties in the sources and distributions of NH3. By using in-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and attenuated total reflection (FTIR-ATR), we report here the volatility of NH3 from the laboratory generated sodium succinate with ammonium sulfate ((NH4)2SO4) at a 1:1 molar ratio as well as its effect on the hygroscopicity of the mixtures. The loss of the NH4+ peak at 1451cm-1 and the formation of peaks at 1718 and 1134 cm-1 due to C = O stretching asymmetric vibration of -COOH and ν3 (SO42-) stretching of sodium sulfate indicate that sodium succinate reacts with (NH4)2SO4, releasing NH3 and forming succinic acid and sodium sulfate on dehydration process. The formation of less hygroscopic succinic acid and volatility of NH3 in mixtures leads to a significant decrease in the total water content. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the reaction between (NH4)2SO4 and dicarboxylate salts, which may represent an important particle-gas partitioning for ammonia and thus elucidate another underlying ammonia cycle in atmosphere. These results could be helpful to understand the mutual transformation process of dicarboxylic acids and dicarboxylate salts.

  18. Human SLC4A11 Is a Novel NH3/H+ Co-transporter*

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    Zhang, Wenlin; Ogando, Diego G.; Bonanno, Joseph A.; Obukhov, Alexander G.

    2015-01-01

    SLC4A11 has been proposed to be an electrogenic membrane transporter, permeable to Na+, H+ (OH−), bicarbonate, borate, and NH4+. Recent studies indicate, however, that neither bicarbonate or borate is a substrate. Here, we examined potential NH4+, Na+, and H+ contributions to electrogenic ion transport through SLC4A11 stably expressed in Na+/H+ exchanger-deficient PS120 fibroblasts. Inward currents observed during exposure to NH4Cl were determined by the [NH3]o, not [NH4+]o, and current amplitudes varied with the [H+] gradient. These currents were relatively unaffected by removal of Na+, K+, or Cl− from the bath but could be reduced by inclusion of NH4Cl in the pipette solution. Bath pH changes alone did not generate significant currents through SLC4A11, except immediately following exposure to NH4Cl. Reversal potential shifts in response to changing [NH3]o and pHo suggested an NH3/H+-coupled transport mode for SLC4A11. Proton flux through SLC4A11 in the absence of ammonia was relatively small, suggesting that ammonia transport is of more physiological relevance. Methylammonia produced currents similar to NH3 but with reduced amplitude. Estimated stoichiometry of SLC4A11 transport was 1:2 (NH3/H+). NH3-dependent currents were insensitive to 10 μm ethyl-isopropyl amiloride or 100 μm 4,4′- diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2′-disulfonic acid. We propose that SLC4A11 is an NH3/2H+ co-transporter exhibiting unique characteristics. PMID:26018076

  19. Etude des transitions de phases de NH 3(CH 2) 2NH 3(H 2PO 4) 2 par mesures optique, dielectrique et de thermocourant

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    Kamoun, S.; Daoud, A.; Von Der Muhll, R.; Ravez, J.

    1993-02-01

    Dielectric, birefringence and thermocurrent measurements have been carried out on NH 3(CH 2) 2NH 3(H 2PO 4) 2 single crystal. Three transitions have been detected at about T 1 = (264 + 4), T 2 = (241 + 5) and T 3 = (141 + 5) K. In the low temperature phases a polarization current of about 10 -8 - 10 -9 A is obtained and can be reversed when the sign of the polarization field is changed, a property which could correspond to a ferroelectric behaviour. However, no pyroelectric current is detected when the temperature decreases from T t. Another hypothesis, based on a field - induced polarization, has been considered : the depolarization current could be due to charge displacements from potential minima favored by rising temperature. In any way, the low - temperature phases are characterized by a remanent polarization.

  20. Abnormal variation of the growth rate under high NH3 injected regime in the growth of GaN by NH3-source MBE

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    Choi, Sungkuk; Jung, Soohoon; Cho, Youngji; Lee, Sangtae; Chang, Jiho

    2017-03-01

    Unusual growth-rate variation during GaN formation using gas-source MBE has been discussed with respect to the chemical reactions occurring in the transition layer. A series of samples were prepared to confirm the assumption by verifying the growth regime and the impacts on the crystal quality of the GaN film. We found that the growth rate can be varied along with the amount of NH3 supply even under NH3-rich condition with a fixed Ga flux. Two growth conditions were investigated for their impact on the transition layer. One was the atomic force microscopy result, which revealed that the adatom migration length is closely related to the transition layer formation. The other one is the photoluminescent spectra, which revealed that the luminescence property of GaN is strongly related to the transition layer.

  1. New mechanism for the vibrational mode-specific proton-transfer reaction NH 3+ (ν) + NH 3 → NH 2 + NH 4+

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    Tachibana, Akitomo; Suzuki, Tetsuo; Yoshida, Naoto; Teramoto, Yasuhiro; Yamabe, Tokio

    1991-09-01

    A new mechanism has been presented for the vibrational mode-specific depression of the proton-transfer reaction NH 3+ (ν) + NH 3 → NH 2 + NH 4+. We adopt the standpoint of the ADO (average dipole orientation) theory, proposed by Su and Bowers (J. Chem. Phys. 58 (1973) 3027), and append a new long-range interaction created by a vibration-induced dipole to the ADO theory. A "reaction zone" concept is crucial in this approach; outside of the zone the long-range intermolecular interactions play a key role. A qualitatively good agreement is observed for the experimental result of the title reaction obtained by Chupka and Russel (J. Chem. Phys. 48 (1968) 1527).

  2. Effects of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) on terrestrial vegetation: a review.

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    Krupa, S V

    2003-01-01

    At the global scale, among all N (nitrogen) species in the atmosphere and their deposition on to terrestrial vegetation and other receptors, NH3 (ammonia) is considered to be the foremost. The major sources for atmospheric NH3 are agricultural activities and animal feedlot operations, followed by biomass burning (including forest fires) and to a lesser extent fossil fuel combustion. Close to its sources, acute exposures to NH3 can result in visible foliar injury on vegetation. NH3 is deposited rapidly within the first 4-5 km from its source. However, NH3 is also converted in the atmosphere to fine particle NH4+ (ammonium) aerosols that are a regional scale problem. Much of our current knowledge of the effects of NH3 on higher plants is predominantly derived from studies conducted in Europe. Adverse effects on vegetation occur when the rate of foliar uptake of NH3 is greater than the rate and capacity for in vivo detoxification by the plants. Most to least sensitive plant species to NH3 are native vegetation > forests > agricultural crops. There are also a number of studies on N deposition and lichens, mosses and green algae. Direct cause and effect relationships in most of those cases (exceptions being those locations very close to point sources) are confounded by other environmental factors, particularly changes in the ambient SO2 (sulfur dioxide) concentrations. In addition to direct foliar injury, adverse effects of NH3 on higher plants include alterations in: growth and productivity, tissue content of nutrients and toxic elements, drought and frost tolerance, responses to insect pests and disease causing microorganisms (pathogens), development of beneficial root symbiotic or mycorrhizal associations and inter species competition or biodiversity. In all these cases, the joint effects of NH3 with other air pollutants such as all-pervasive O3 or increasing CO2 concentrations are poorly understood. While NH3 uptake in higher plants occurs through the shoots, NH4

  3. Mesoscopic CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 heterojunction solar cells.

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    Etgar, Lioz; Gao, Peng; Xue, Zhaosheng; Peng, Qin; Chandiran, Aravind Kumar; Liu, Bin; Nazeeruddin, Md K; Grätzel, Michael

    2012-10-24

    We report for the first time on a hole conductor-free mesoscopic methylammonium lead iodide (CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3)) perovskite/TiO(2) heterojunction solar cell, produced by deposition of perovskite nanoparticles from a solution of CH(3)NH(3)I and PbI(2) in γ-butyrolactone on a 400 nm thick film of TiO(2) (anatase) nanosheets exposing (001) facets. A gold film was evaporated on top of the CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) as a back contact. Importantly, the CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) nanoparticles assume here simultaneously the roles of both light harvester and hole conductor, rendering superfluous the use of an additional hole transporting material. The simple mesoscopic CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3)/TiO(2) heterojunction solar cell shows impressive photovoltaic performance, with short-circuit photocurrent J(sc)= 16.1 mA/cm(2), open-circuit photovoltage V(oc) = 0.631 V, and a fill factor FF = 0.57, corresponding to a light to electric power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.5% under standard AM 1.5 solar light of 1000 W/m(2) intensity. At a lower light intensity of 100W/m(2), a PCE of 7.3% was measured. The advent of such simple solution-processed mesoscopic heterojunction solar cells paves the way to realize low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells.

  4. Low and room temperature photoabsorption cross sections of NH3 in the UV region

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    Chen, F. Z.; Judge, D. L.; Wu, C. Y. R.; Caldwell, J.

    1998-12-01

    Using synchrotron radiation as a continuum light source, we have measured the absolute absorption cross sections of NH3 with a spectral bandwidth (FWHM) of 0.5 Å. The photoabsorption cross sections of NH3 have been measured from 1750 to 2250 Å under temperature conditions of 295, 195, and 175 K. Significant temperature effects in the absorption threshold region which are mainly due to the presence of hot band absorption are observed. The cross section value at peaks and valleys for the vibrational progressions of the (0,0) to (4,0) bands vary between -80% and +40% as the temperature of NH3 changes from 295 to 175 K. In contrast to this, the changes of cross section values, Pc,T, are found to vary less than 20% for the (v', 0) vibrational progressions with v' >= 5. The measured separations between the doublet features of the (0,0), (1,0), and (2,0) bands are found to decrease as the temperature of NH3 decreases. The shifts of peak positions of Pc,T with respect to the corresponding room temperature absorption peaks show a sudden change at v' = 3 which appears to agree with the trend observed in the homogeneous line widths of the vibrational bands of NH3 ([Vaida et al., 1987]; [Ziegler, 1985]; [Ziegler, 1986]). The unusual behavior of the line widths has been attributed to the A~ state potential surface which has a dissociation barrier.

  5. Highly Sensitive Flexible NH3 Sensors Based on Printed Organic Transistors with Fluorinated Conjugated Polymers.

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    Nketia-Yawson, Benjamin; Jung, A-Ra; Noh, Yohan; Ryu, Gi-Seong; Tabi, Grace Dansoa; Lee, Kyung-Koo; Kim, BongSoo; Noh, Yong-Young

    2017-03-01

    Understanding the sensing mechanism in organic chemical sensors is essential for improving the sensing performance such as detection limit, sensitivity, and other response/recovery time, selectivity, and reversibility for real applications. Here, we report a highly sensitive printed ammonia (NH3) gas sensor based on organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) with fluorinated difluorobenzothiadiazole-dithienosilole polymer (PDFDT). These sensors detected NH3 down to 1 ppm with high sensitivity (up to 56%) using bar-coated ultrathin (<4 nm) PDFDT layers without using any receptor additives. The sensing mechanism was confirmed by cyclic voltammetry, hydrogen/fluorine nuclear magnetic resonance, and UV/visible absorption spectroscopy. PDFDT-NH3 interactions comprise hydrogen bonds and electrostatic interactions between the PDFDT polymer backbone and NH3 gas molecules, thus lowering the highest occupied molecular orbital levels, leading to hole trapping in the OTFT sensors. Additionally, density functional theory calculations show that gaseous NH3 molecules are captured via cooperation of fluorine atoms and dithienosilole units in PDFDT. We verified that incorporation of functional groups that interact with a specific gas molecule in a conjugated polymer is a promising strategy for producing high-performance printed OTFT gas sensors.

  6. Electric polarization of CH3NH3PbI3 and enhancement by Cl substitution

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    Yan, Wen-Li; Lu, Guang-Hong; Liu, Feng

    As a prototype of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3 has attracted extensive attention recently due to its applications in high power-conversion-efficiency solar cells. In comparison with its inorganic perovskite counterparts such as CsPbI3, the organic cation CH3NH3+ is expected to play multiple important roles in distorting crystal structures and thus band structures as well as creating local electrically polarized domains to help separate charge carriers. Using first-principles method and berry phase theory, the electric polarization vectors of CH3NH3PbI3 have been calculated. The off-center displacement of Pb within the PbI6 octahedral is shown to introduce major intrinsic polarization, with additional contributions from off-center displacement of CH3NH3+ within PbI3 cage and charge polarization within the organic cation. With chlorine substitution of iodine, the electronegativity difference between halogen and Pb becomes larger, and the lattice distortion and hence the electric polarization increases, which provides a possible mechanism to further assist charge carrier separation in solar cell devices. This is consistent with enhanced photovoltaics properties of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx found in recent experiments. This work is supported by China Scholarship Council (Grant No. 201306020117) and US DOE-BES (Grant No. DE-FG02-04ER46148).

  7. The NO + NH 3 reaction on Pt(100): steady state and oscillatory kinetics

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    Lombardo, S. J.; Esch, F.; Imbihl, R.

    The NO + NH 3 reaction was investigated on a Pt(100) surface in the 10 -6 mbar range using Video-LEED, work function measurements and measurements of the product partial pressures of N 2 and H 2O. Sustained kinetic oscillations, as observed in the N 2, H 2O and work function signals, were detected between 425 and 450 K for pNO = 1.1 × 10 -6 mbar and pNH3 = 4.7 × 10 -6 mbar. The dependence of the oscillation period on temperature and on the {p NH 3/ }/{p NO} ratio was determined. In situ LEED measurements demonstrated that oscillations in the reaction rate are coupled to the 1 × 1 ⇄ hex phase transition. Isotopic exchange experiments with 15NO and 14NH 3 showed that depending on the temperature and p {NH 3/ }/{p NO} ratio, significant deviations from a random mixing of 15N and 14N on the surface occur. This is interpreted as indication for an attractive interaction between NO ad and NH xad ( x = 1-3).

  8. Thermal Durability of Cu-CHA NH3-SCR Catalysts for Diesel NOx Reduction

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    Schmieg, Steven J.; Oh, Se H.; Kim, Chang H.; Brown, David B.; Lee, Jong H.; Peden, Charles HF; Kim, Do Heui

    2012-04-30

    Multiple catalytic functions (NOx conversion, NO and NH3 oxidation, NH3 storage) of a commercial Cu-zeolite urea/NH3-SCR catalyst were assessed in a laboratory fixed-bed flow reactor system after differing degrees of hydrothermal aging. Catalysts were characterized by using x-ray diffraction (XRD), 27Al solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) / energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy to develop an understanding of the degradation mechanisms during catalyst aging. The catalytic reaction measurements of laboratory-aged catalysts were performed, which allows us to obtain a universal curve for predicting the degree of catalyst performance deterioration as a function of time at each aging temperature. Results show that as the aging temperature becomes higher, the zeolite structure collapses in a shorter period of time after an induction period. The decrease in SCR performance was explained by zeolite structure destruction and/or Cu agglomeration, as detected by XRD/27Al NMR and by TEM/EDX, respectively. Destruction of the zeolite structure and agglomeration of the active phase also results in a decrease in the NO/NH3 oxidation activity and the NH3 storage capacity of the catalyst. Selected laboratory aging conditions (16 h at 800oC) compare well with a 135,000 mile vehicle-aged catalyst for both performance and characterization criteria.

  9. Laboratory Spectral Studies of NH3 Ice Mixtures Relevant to Astrophysical Environments

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    White, Douglas; Mastrapa, R. M. E.; Gerakines, P. A.; Sandford, S. A.

    2012-05-01

    Small quantities of NH3 have been detected in interstellar environments such as icy grain mantles and cometary environments via infrared (IR) absorption spectroscopy in the range λ = 0.9-25 μm (e.g., Hagen et al., 1980; Crovisier, 1997; Lacy et al., 1998). In our presentation, we will describe spectral studies of some H2O-dominated ice mixtures containing small amounts (≤10%) of NH3. We also present spectral data collected at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Astrophysics Laboratory of H2O-dominated ice mixtures containing NH3 (White 2010). Positions and profiles of absorption features of NH3 are noted according to temperature and mixture, along with the profiles of H2O. Mixtures with other species such as CO2 are also investigated. These results may then be used to identify IR spectral signatures from NH3 and other species from observational data from ground- and space-based observatories. Crovisier, J. 1997, Earth Moon and Planets, 79, 125 Hagen, W., Allamandola, L. J., & Greenberg, J. M. 1980, A&A, 86, L3 Lacy, J. H., Faraji, H., Sandford, S. A., & Allamandola, L. J. 1998, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 501, L105 White, D. W. 2010, PhD thesis, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  10. Exceptional emissions of NH3 and HCOOH in the 2010 Russian wildfires

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    R'Honi, Y.; Clarisse, L.; Clerbaux, C.; Hurtmans, D.; Duflot, V.; Turquety, S.; Ngadi, Y.; Coheur, P.-F.

    2013-04-01

    In July 2010, several hundred forest and peat fires broke out across central Russia during its hottest summer on record. Here, we analyze these wildfires using observations of the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). Carbon monoxide (CO), ammonia (NH3) and formic acid (HCOOH) total columns are presented for the year 2010. Maximum total columns were found to be one order (for CO and HCOOH) and two orders (for NH3) of magnitude larger than typical background values. The temporal evolution of NH3 and HCOOH enhancement ratios relative to CO are presented. Evidence of secondary formation of HCOOH is found, with enhancement ratios exceeding reported emission ratios in fresh plumes. We estimate the total emitted masses for the period July-August 2010 over the center of western Russia; they are 19-33 Tg (CO), 0.7-2.6 Tg (NH3) and 0.9-3.9 Tg (HCOOH). For NH3 and HCOOH, these quantities are comparable to what is emitted in the course of a whole year by all extratropical forest fires.

  11. Exceptional emissions of NH3 and HCOOH in the 2010 Russian wildfires

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    R'Honi, Y.; Clarisse, L.; Clerbaux, C.; Hurtmans, D.; Duflot, V.; Turquety, S.; Ngadi, Y.; Coheur, P.-F.

    2012-12-01

    In July 2010, several hundred forest and peat fires broke out across Central Russia during its hottest summer on record. Here, we analyze these wildfires using observations of the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). Carbon monoxide (CO), ammonia (NH3) and formic acid (HCOOH) total columns are presented for the year 2010. Maximum total columns have been observed reaching over 40 (for CO and HCOOH) and 200 (for NH3) times higher than typical background values. The temporal evolution of NH3 and HCOOH enhancement ratios relative to CO are presented. Strong evidence of secondary formation of HCOOH is found, with enhancement ratios exceeding 10 times reported emission ratios in fresh plumes. We estimate the total emitted masses for the period July-August 2010 over the center of Western Russia; they are 19-33 Tg (CO), 0.7-2.6 Tg (NH3) and 0.9-3.9 Tg (HCOOH). For NH3 andHCOOH, these quantities are comparable to what is emitted in the course of a whole year by all extratropical forest fires.

  12. NH3/O2 mixed gas plasmas alter the interaction of blood components with stainless steel.

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    Chen, Meng; Zamora, Paul O; Peña, Louis; Som, Prantika; Osaki, Shigemasa

    2003-12-01

    Stainless steel treated with a mixed gas plasma of NH(3) plus O(2) had chemical and biologic characteristics distinct from untreated stainless steel or stainless steel treated with NH(3) or O(2) plasmas used separately. NH(3)/O(2) plasmas deposited nitrogen as both -CN (organic) and -NO (nitrate, nitrite)--materials not found on untreated stainless steel--and the contact angle changed from 44 degrees to 23 degrees. Treatment of stainless steel (and titanium) resulted in surfaces with enhanced resistance to platelet and leukocyte attachment. A gas plasma of N(2)O/O(2) also was found to reduce platelet and leukocyte attachment, suggesting that these properties may be common to surfaces coated with oxynitrites (nitrides). Upon subcutaneous implantation, no inflammation, hemolysis, or untoward thrombosis was noted in the tissue surrounding the wafers treated with the NH(3)/O(2) plasmas, although the cellular density was considerably reduced by 2 weeks after implant. Collectively, the results suggest that NH(3)/O(2) plasmas impart a unique character to stainless steel that may be useful in the construction of medical devices.

  13. [Effects of superphosphate addition on NH3 and greenhouse gas emissions during vegetable waste composting].

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    Yang, Yan; Sun, Qin-ping; Li, Ni; Liu, Chun-sheng; Li, Ji-jin; Liu, Ben-sheng; Zou, Guo-yuan

    2015-01-01

    To study the effects of superphosphate (SP) on the NH, and greenhouse gas emissions, vegetable waste composting was performed for 27 days using 6 different treatments. In addition to the controls, five vegetable waste mixtures (0.77 m3 each) were treated with different amounts of the SP additive, namely, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and 25%. The ammonia volatilization loss and greenhouse gas emissions were measured during composting. Results indicated that the SP additive significantly decreased the ammonia volatilization and greenhouse gas emissions during vegetable waste composting. The additive reduced the total NH3 emission by 4.0% to 16.7%. The total greenhouse gas emissions (CO2-eq) of all treatments with SP additives were decreased by 10.2% to 20.8%, as compared with the controls. The NH3 emission during vegetable waste composting had the highest contribution to the greenhouse effect caused by the four different gases. The amount of NH3 (CO2-eq) from each treatment ranged from 59.90 kg . t-1 to 81.58 kg . t-1; NH3(CO2-eq) accounted for 69% to 77% of the total emissions from the four gases. Therefore, SP is a cost-effective phosphorus-based fertilizer that can be used as an additive during vegetable waste composting to reduce the NH3 and greenhouse gas emissions as well as to improve the value of compost as a fertilizer.

  14. Determining the storage, availability and reactivity of NH3 within Cu-Chabazite-based Ammonia Selective Catalytic Reduction systems.

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    Lezcano-Gonzalez, I; Deka, U; Arstad, B; Van Yperen-De Deyne, A; Hemelsoet, K; Waroquier, M; Van Speybroeck, V; Weckhuysen, B M; Beale, A M

    2014-01-28

    Three different types of NH3 species can be simultaneously present on Cu(2+)-exchanged CHA-type zeolites, commonly used in Ammonia Selective Catalytic Reduction (NH3-SCR) systems. These include ammonium ions (NH4(+)), formed on the Brønsted acid sites, [Cu(NH3)4](2+) complexes, resulting from NH3 coordination with the Cu(2+) Lewis sites, and NH3 adsorbed on extra-framework Al (EFAl) species, in contrast to the only two reacting NH3 species recently reported on Cu-SSZ-13 zeolite. The NH4(+) ions react very slowly in comparison to NH3 coordinated to Cu(2+) ions and are likely to contribute little to the standard NH3-SCR process, with the Brønsted groups acting primarily as NH3 storage sites. The availability/reactivity of NH4(+) ions can be however, notably improved by submitting the zeolite to repeated exchanges with Cu(2+), accompanied by a remarkable enhancement in the low temperature activity. Moreover, the presence of EFAl species could also have a positive influence on the reaction rate of the available NH4(+) ions. These results have important implications for NH3 storage and availability in Cu-Chabazite-based NH3-SCR systems.

  15. DFT insights into the adsorption of NH3-SCR related small gases in Mn-MOF-74.

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    Zhang, Minhua; Huang, Xuewei; Chen, Yifei

    2016-10-19

    Mn-MOF-74 has great potential to catalyze selective catalytic reduction (SCR) reaction with NH3 being the reductant (NH3-SCR). However, the reaction mechanism, in particular the adsorptive properties of key reactive species in Mn-MOF-74, remains ambiguous. Besides, the effects of impurities such as H2O and SO2 on the process need further investigation. In this paper, based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we studied the adsorption characteristics of six NH3-SCR related small gases, namely NH3, NO2, NO, O2, H2O and SO2. DFT results show that the Mn-MOF-74 structure can bind these molecules relatively strongly in the following order: NH3 > NO2 > NO > O2, allowing for subsequent NH3-SCR reaction. In addition, a possible pathway of NO conversion to NO2 was calculated. Investigation on competitive adsorption of NH3 and H2O, NH3 and SO2 reveals that both H2O and SO2 are probable to replace NH3 under certain conditions, indicating that the two impurity gases may affect the activity of the NH3-SCR reaction. Compared with H2O, SO2 can displace NH3 more easily and should not be neglected.

  16. NH3 molecular doping of silicon nanowires grown along the [112], [110], [001], and [111] orientations

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    2012-01-01

    The possibility that an adsorbed molecule could provide shallow electronic states that could be thermally excited has received less attention than substitutional impurities and could potentially have a high impact in the doping of silicon nanowires (SiNWs). We show that molecular-based ex-situ doping, where NH3 is adsorbed at the sidewall of the SiNW, can be an alternative path to n-type doping. By means of first-principle electronic structure calculations, we show that NH3 is a shallow donor regardless of the growth orientation of the SiNWs. Also, we discuss quantum confinement and its relation with the depth of the NH3 doping state, showing that the widening of the bandgap makes the molecular donor level deeper, thus more difficult to activate. PMID:22709657

  17. VizieR Online Data Catalog: NH3 Odin observations towards Sgr A (Sandqvist+,

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    Sandqvist, Aa.; Hjalmarson, A.; Frisk, U.; Lundin, S.; Nordh, L.; Olberg, M.; Olofsson, G.

    2017-02-01

    50nh3cds.fit (Fig. 1 in paper). Odin observations of the 572GHz NH3 line towards the Sgr A +50km/s Cloud (J2000.0 17:45:51.7, -28:59:09the channel resolution is 1.6km/s. cndnh3cd.fit (Fig. 2 in paper). Odin observations of the 572GHz NH3 line towards the south-western part of the Sgr A Circumnuclear Disk (J2000.0 17:45:39.7, -29:01:18); the channel resolution is 1.6km/s. cndh218o.fit (Fig. 3 in paper). Odin observations of the 548GHz H218O line towards the southwestern part of the Sgr A Circumnuclear Disk (J2000.0 17:45:39.7, -29:01:18); the channel resolution is 3km/s. (2 data files).

  18. Insertion Compounds of 2H-TaS2·NH3

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    Meyer, S. F.; Acrivos, J. V.; Geballe, T. H.

    1975-01-01

    A new method of intercalating metals into layer compounds has been developed using electrolytic generation from the salt solution in ammonia. The results suggest that metals that are soluble in ammonia will form a homogeneous metal-ammonia intercalate layer, NH3·Mx, when x is less than the limiting solubility of M in NH3. The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) was found to increase as the c-axis expansion [2δ = c(TaS2·NH3·Mx) - c(2H-TaS2)] decreased when M = lithium, sodium, and potassium. Of all the alkali metals, potassium gave the most stable compounds and the highest Tc, 4.7°K. Images PMID:16592219

  19. Single-layer MoSe2 based NH3 gas sensor

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    Late, Dattatray J.; Doneux, Thomas; Bougouma, Moussa

    2014-12-01

    High performance chemical sensor is highly desirable to detect traces of toxic gas molecules. Two dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) semiconducting materials has attracted as high performance gas sensor device applications due to unique properties such as high surface to volume ratio. Here, we describe the utilization of single-layer MoSe2 as high-performance room temperature NH3 gas sensors. Our single-layer MoSe2 based gas sensor device shows comprehensible detection of NH3 gas down to 50 ppm. We also confirmed gas sensing measurement by recording the Raman spectra before and after exposing the device to NH3 gas, which subsequently shows the shift due to charger transfer and analyte gas molecule adsorption on surface of single-layer MoSe2 nanosheet. Our investigations show the potential use of single-layer and few layer thick MoSe2 and other TMDC as high-performance gas sensors.

  20. Resonances in rotationally inelastic scattering of NH3 and ND3 with H2.

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    Ma, Qianli; van der Avoird, Ad; Loreau, Jérôme; Alexander, Millard H; van de Meerakker, Sebastiaan Y T; Dagdigian, Paul J

    2015-07-28

    We present theoretical studies on the scattering resonances in rotationally inelastic collisions of NH3 and ND3 molecules with H2 molecules. We use the quantum close-coupling method to compute state-to-state integral and differential cross sections for the NH3/ND3-H2 system for collision energies between 5 and 70 cm(-1), using a previously reported potential energy surface [Maret et al., Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 399, 425 (2009)]. We identify the resonances as shape or Feshbach resonances. To analyze these, we use an adiabatic bender model, as well as examination at the scattering wave functions and lifetimes. The strength and width of the resonance peaks suggest that they could be observed in a crossed molecular beam experiment involving a Stark-decelerated NH3 beam.

  1. (CH3Br⋯NH3)@C60: The effect of nanoconfinement on halogen bonding

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    Srivastava, Ambrish Kumar; Pandey, Sarvesh Kumar; Misra, Neeraj

    2016-10-01

    Halogen bonds resemble hydrogen bonds in many aspects. How do the properties of halogen bonds change when confined to nanoregion? In order to explore this, we have encapsulated a halogen bonded complex, CH3Br⋯NH3 inside C60 fullerene and studied their properties using density functional theory and quantum theory of atoms in molecule. Our findings show that the geometry of CH3Br⋯NH3 complex is appreciably bent inside C60, interaction becomes covalent with larger interaction energy, unlike free CH3Br⋯NH3 complex, which is linear with closed shell interaction. Thus, the halogen bonded complexes show quite different properties at nanoscale.

  2. NH3 sensing properties polyaniline: TiO2 nanorods heterostructure

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    Patil, U. V.; Ramgir, Niranjan S.; Debnath, A. K.; Karmakar, N.; Aswal, D. K.; Kothari, D. C.; Gupta, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    NH3 sensing properties of polyaniline: TiO2 nanorods heterostructures have been investigated. TiO2 nanorods were synthesized using hydrothermal method. Thin layer of polyanilene was deposited by in-situ oxidative polymerization of aniline over TiO2 nanorods film. The heterostructure film exhibited an enhanced sensor response towards NH3 at room temperature. For example, heterostructure films exhibited a sensor response of 610% towards 100 ppm of NH3 with a response and recovery times of 40 and 60 s, respectively. This response and response kinetics is better than pure PANI films that exhibited a response of 210% with a response and recovery time of 21 and 160 s, respectively.

  3. LPG and NH3 sensing characteristics of DC electrochemically deposited Co3O4 films

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    Shelke, P. N.; Khollam, Y. B.; Gunjal, S. D.; Koinkar, P. M.; Jadkar, S. R.; Mohite, K. C.

    2015-03-01

    Present communication reports the LPG and NH3 sensing properties of Co3O4 films prepared on throughly cleaned stainless steel (SS) and copper (CU) substrates by using DC electrochemical deposition method followed by air annealing at 350°C/2 h. The resultant films are characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The LPG and NH3 gas sensing properties of these films are measured at room temperature (RT) by using static gas sensing system at different concentrations of test gas ranging from 25 ppm to 350 ppm. The XRD and Raman spectroscopy studies clearly indicated the formation of pure cubic spinel Co3O4 in all films. The LPG and NH3 gas sensing properties of films showed (i) the increase in sensitivity factor (S.F.) with gas concentrations and (ii) more sensibility to LPG as compared to NH3 gas. In case of NH3 gas (conc. 150 ppm) and LPG gas (conc. 60 ppm) sensing, the maximum S.F. = 270 and 258 are found for the films deposited on CU substrates, respectively. For all films, the response time (3-5 min.) is found to be much higher than the recovery time (30-50 sec). For all films, the response and recovery time are found to be higher for LPG as compared to NH3 gas. Further, repeatability-reproducibility in gas sensing properties is clearly noted by analysis of data for number of cycles recorded for all films from different set of depositions.

  4. A flexible and robust neural network IASI-NH3 retrieval algorithm

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    Whitburn, S.; Van Damme, M.; Clarisse, L.; Bauduin, S.; Heald, C. L.; Hadji-Lazaro, J.; Hurtmans, D.; Zondlo, M. A.; Clerbaux, C.; Coheur, P.-F.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we describe a new flexible and robust NH3 retrieval algorithm from measurements of the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). The method is based on the calculation of a spectral hyperspectral range index (HRI) and subsequent conversion to NH3 columns via a neural network. It is an extension of the method presented in Van Damme et al. (2014a) who used lookup tables (LUT) for the radiance-concentration conversion. The new method inherits the advantages of the LUT-based method while providing several significant improvements. These include the following: (1) Complete temperature and humidity vertical profiles can be accounted for. (2) Third-party NH3 vertical profile information can be used. (3) Reported positive biases of LUT retrieval are reduced, and finally (4) a full measurement uncertainty characterization is provided. A running theme in this study, related to item (2), is the importance of the assumed vertical NH3 profile. We demonstrate the advantages of allowing variable profile shapes in the retrieval. As an example, we analyze how the retrievals change when all NH3 is assumed to be confined to the boundary layer. We analyze different averaging procedures in use for NH3 in the literature, introduced to cope with the variable measurement sensitivity and derive global averaged distributions for the year 2013. A comparison with a GEOS-Chem modeled global distribution is also presented, showing a general good correspondence (within ±3 × 1015 molecules.cm-2) over most of the Northern Hemisphere. However, IASI finds mean columns about 1-1.5 × 1016 molecules.cm-2 (˜50-60%) lower than GEOS-Chem for India and the North China plain.

  5. Scattering of NH3 and ND3 with rare gas atoms at low collision energy.

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    Loreau, J; van der Avoird, A

    2015-11-14

    We present a theoretical study of elastic and rotationally inelastic collisions of NH3 and ND3 with rare gas atoms (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) at low energy. Quantum close-coupling calculations have been performed for energies between 0.001 and 300 cm(-1). We focus on collisions in which NH3 is initially in the upper state of the inversion doublet with j = 1, k = 1, which is the most relevant in an experimental context as it can be trapped electrostatically and Stark-decelerated. We discuss the presence of resonances in the elastic and inelastic cross sections, as well as the trends in the inelastic cross sections along the rare gas series and the differences between NH3 and ND3 as a colliding partner. We also demonstrate the importance of explicitly taking into account the umbrella (inversion) motion of NH3 in order to obtain accurate scattering cross sections at low collision energy. Finally, we investigate the possibility of sympathetic cooling of ammonia using cold or ultracold rare gas atoms. We show that some systems exhibit a large ratio of elastic to inelastic cross sections in the cold regime, which is promising for sympathetic cooling experiments. The close-coupling calculations are based on previously reported ab initio potential energy surfaces for NH3-He and NH3-Ar, as well as on new, four-dimensional, potential energy surfaces for the interaction of ammonia with Ne, Kr, and Xe, which were computed using the coupled-cluster method and large basis sets. We compare the properties of the potential energy surfaces corresponding to the interaction of ammonia with the various rare gas atoms.

  6. Synthesis, structure, lattice energy and enthalpy of 2D hybrid perovskite [NH3(CH2)4NH3]CoCl4, compared to [NH3(CH2)nNH3]CoCl4, n=3-9

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    Abdel-Aal, Seham K.; Abdel-Rahman, Ahmed S.

    2017-01-01

    A new organic-inorganic 2D hybrid perovskite [NH3(CH2)4NH3]CoCl4,1,4butane diammonium tetra-chlorocobaltate, has been synthesized. Blue prismatic single crystals were grown from ethanolic solution in 1:1 stoichiometric ratio (organic/inorganic) by gradual cooling to room temperature after heating at 70 °C for 1 h. The hybrid crystallizes in a triclinic phase with the centrosymetric space group P 1 bar . Its unit cell parameters are a=7.2869 (2) Å, b=8.1506 (2) Å, c=10.4127 (3) Å, α=77.2950 (12)°, β=80.0588 (11)°, γ=82.8373 (12)° and Z=2. The final R factor is 0.064. The structure consists of organic dications [NH3(CH2)4NH3]2+ which act as spacer between layers of inorganic dianions [CoCl4]2- in which CoII ions are coordinated by four Cl atoms in an isolated tetrahedral structure. The organic and inorganic layers form infinite 2D sheets which are parallel to the ac plane, stacking alternatively along the b-axis, and are connected via N-H…. Cl hydrogen bonds. The lamellar structure of the 1,4 butane diammonium tetrachlorocobaltate hybrid is typically considered as naturally self-assembled multiple quantum wells (MQW). The calculated lattice potential energy Upot (kJ/mol) and lattice enthalpy ΔHL (kJ/mol) are inversely proportional to the molecular volume Vm (nm3) of perovskite hybrid of the formula [NH3(CH2)nNH3]CoCl4, n=3-9.

  7. Mixing of Dust and NH3 Observed Globally over Anthropogenic Dust Sources

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    Ginoux, P.; Clarisse, L.; Clerbaux, C.; Coheur, P.-F.; Dubovik, O.; Hsu, N. C.; Van Damme, M.

    2012-01-01

    The global distribution of dust column burden derived from MODIS Deep Blue aerosol products is compared to NH3 column burden retrieved from IASI infrared spectra. We found similarities in their spatial distributions, in particular their hot spots are often collocated over croplands and to a lesser extent pastures. Globally, we found 22% of dust burden collocated with NH3, with only 1% difference between land-use databases. This confirms the importance of anthropogenic dust from agriculture. Regionally, the Indian subcontinent has the highest amount of dust mixed with NH3 (26 %), mostly over cropland and during the pre-monsoon season. North Africa represents 50% of total dust burden but accounts for only 4% of mixed dust, which is found over croplands and pastures in Sahel and the coastal region of the Mediterranean. In order to evaluate the radiative effect of this mixing on dust optical properties, we derive the mass extinction efficiency for various mixtures of dust and NH3, using AERONET sunphotometers data. We found that for dusty days the coarse mode mass extinction efficiency decreases from 0.62 to 0.48 square meters per gram as NH3 burden increases from 0 to 40 milligrams per square meter. The fine mode extinction efficiency, ranging from 4 to 16 square mters per gram, does not appear to depend on NH3 concentration or relative humidity but rather on mineralogical composition and mixing with other aerosols. Our results imply that a significant amount of dust is already mixed with ammonium salt before its long range transport. This in turn will affect dust lifetime, and its interactions with radiation and cloud properties

  8. Condensation and Vaporization Studies of CH3OH and NH3 Ices: Major Implications for Astrochemistry

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    Sandford, Scott A.; Allamandola, Louis J.

    1993-01-01

    In an extension of previously reported work on ices containing H20, CO, CO2, SO2, H2S, and H2, We present measurements of the physical and infrared spectral properties of ices containing CH30H and NH3.The condensation and sublimation behavior of these ice systems is discussed and surface binding energies are presented for all of these molecules. The surface binding energies can be used to calculate the residence times of the molecules on grain surfaces as a function of temperature. It is demonstrated that many of the molecules used to generate radio maps of and probe conditions in dense clouds, for example CO and NH3, will be significantly depleted from the gas phase by condensation onto dust grains. Attempts to derive total column densities solely from radio maps that do not take condensation effects into account may vastly underestimate the true column densities of any given species. Simple CO condensation onto and vaporization off of grains appears to be capable of explaining the observed 87 of gas phase CO in cold, dense molecular cores. This is not the case for NH3, however, where thermal considerations alone predict that all of the NH3 should be condensed onto grains. The fact that some gas phase NH3 is observed indicates that additional desorption processes must be involved. The surface binding energies of CH3OH, in conjunction with this molecule's observed behavior during warm up in H2O-rich ices, is shown to provide an explanation of the large excess of CH3OH seen in many warm, dense molecular cores. The near-infrared spectrum and associated integrated band strengths of CH3OH-containing ice are given, as are middle infrared absorption band strengths for both CH3OH and NH3.

  9. Condensation and vaporization studies of CH3OH and NH3 ices: Major implications for astrochemistry

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    Sandford, Scott A.; Allamandola, Louis J.

    1993-01-01

    In an extension of previously reported work on ices containing H2O, CO, CO2, SO2, H2S, and H2, we present measurements of the physical and infrared spectral properties of ices containing CH3OH and NH3. The condensation and sublimation behavior of these ice systems is discussed and surface binding energies are presented for all of these molecules. The surface binding energies can be used to calculate the residence times of the molecules on grain surfaces as a function of temperature. It is demonstrated that many of the molecules used to generate radio maps of and probe conditions in dense clouds, for example CO and NH3, will be significantly depleted from the gas phase by condensation onto dust grains. Attempts to derive total column densities solely from radio maps that do not take condensation effects into account may vastly underestimate the true column densities of any given species. Simple CO condensation onto and vaporization off of grains appears to be capable of explaining the observed depletion of gas phase CO in cold, dense molecular cores. This is not the case for NH3, however, where thermal considerations alone predict that all of the NH3 should be condensed onto grains. The fact that some gas phase NH3 is observed indicates that additional desorption processes must be involved. The surface binding energies of CH3OH, in conjunction with this molecule's observed behavior during warm up in H2O-rich ices, is shown to provide an explanation of the large excess of CH3OH seen in many warm, dense molecular cores. The near-infrared spectrum and associated integrated band strengths of CH3OH-containing ice are given, as are middle infrared absorption band strengths for both CH3OH and NH3.

  10. Partial phase diagram for the system NH3-H2O - The water-rich region

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    Johnson, M. L.; Schwake, A.; Nicol, M.

    1984-01-01

    Phase boundaries of the H2O-NH3 system for (NH3)/x/(H2O)/1-x/ have been determined with diamond-anvil cells for mixtures in two composition ranges: (1) for x in the range from 0 to 0.3, at pressures up to 4 GPa at 21 C, and (2) for x in the range from 0.46 to 0.50, at pressures up to 5 GPa from 150 to 400 K. Phases were identified visually with a microscope and polarized optics. The NH3.2(H2O) phase is strongly anisotropic with a much smaller refractive index than that of ice VII and cracks in two nonperpendicular networks. NH3.H2O has a refractive index closer to that of Ice VII and does not appear to form cracks. Both phases are colorless. Phase boundaries were determined on both increasing and decreasing pressures, and compositions of the ammonia ices were determined by estimating relative amounts of water and ammonia ices at known overall compositions. For low-ammonia compositions (x equal to or less than 0.15), the following assemblages succedd one another as pressure increases: liquid; liquid and Ice VI (at 1.0 + GPa); liquid and Ice VII (at 2.1 GPa); Ice VII and NH3.H2O (at 3.5 GPa). For x in the range from 0.15 to 0.30, the water ice and liquid fields are replaced by the NH3.2(H2O) and liquid field at pressures down to 1.0 GPa and lower.

  11. Scattering of NH3 and ND3 with rare gas atoms at low collision energy

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    Loreau, J.; van der Avoird, A.

    2015-11-01

    We present a theoretical study of elastic and rotationally inelastic collisions of NH3 and ND3 with rare gas atoms (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) at low energy. Quantum close-coupling calculations have been performed for energies between 0.001 and 300 cm-1. We focus on collisions in which NH3 is initially in the upper state of the inversion doublet with j = 1, k = 1, which is the most relevant in an experimental context as it can be trapped electrostatically and Stark-decelerated. We discuss the presence of resonances in the elastic and inelastic cross sections, as well as the trends in the inelastic cross sections along the rare gas series and the differences between NH3 and ND3 as a colliding partner. We also demonstrate the importance of explicitly taking into account the umbrella (inversion) motion of NH3 in order to obtain accurate scattering cross sections at low collision energy. Finally, we investigate the possibility of sympathetic cooling of ammonia using cold or ultracold rare gas atoms. We show that some systems exhibit a large ratio of elastic to inelastic cross sections in the cold regime, which is promising for sympathetic cooling experiments. The close-coupling calculations are based on previously reported ab initio potential energy surfaces for NH3-He and NH3-Ar, as well as on new, four-dimensional, potential energy surfaces for the interaction of ammonia with Ne, Kr, and Xe, which were computed using the coupled-cluster method and large basis sets. We compare the properties of the potential energy surfaces corresponding to the interaction of ammonia with the various rare gas atoms.

  12. NH3 Survey Observation of Massive Star-Forming Region W 43

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    Nishitani, Hiroyuki; Sorai, Kazuo; Habe, Asao; Hosaki, Keita; Watanabe, Yoshimasa; Ohishi, Yukie; Motogi, Kazuhito; Minamidani, Tetsuhiro; Fujimoto, Masayuki Y.

    2012-04-01

    We consider the properties of giant molecular cloud complexes in the star-forming region W 43 with a resolution of several pc scale, and discuss their relations to the evolutionary stages of massive star formation. We performed a NH3 (J , K) = (1, 1), (2, 2), and (3, 3) inversion-line survey with the Hokkaido University 11-m telescope. Among 51 observed positions, selected based on integrated intensity maps of 13CO (J = 1-0), these three emissions were detected from 21, 8, and 5 positions, respectively. The integrated intensity of the NH3 (J , K) = (1, 1) line was found to be proportional to the far-infrared luminosity, estimated from IRAS data. The rotation temperatures were deduced to be ˜ 15-20 K at eight observed positions. In addition, the upper limits were estimated for 13 positions, which include the relatively low temperatures below 14 K at two positions with a relatively high fractions of NH3 for 13CO and with a low far-infrared luminosity. We derived the ortho-to-para abundance ratio of NH3. From the population distribution between the ortho- and para-levels of NH3, we also derived temperatures of ˜ 6-12 K, which may be interpreted as the temperatures when NH3 molecules were formed. We discuss the relevance of the present results of our observations to the massive star-formation process and the current status of the W 43 region while taking into account previous observations of other indicators of massive star formation. It is shown that the complexes contain several regions in different evolutionary stages, or with the distinct characteristics of star formation within a timescales shorter than the lifetime of massive stars.

  13. Meteorite impacts on ancient oceans opened up multiple NH3 production pathways.

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    Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Nakano, Aiichiro; Tanaka, Shigenori

    2017-05-10

    A recent series of shock experiments by Nakazawa et al. starting in 2005 (e.g. [Nakazawa et al., Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 2005, 235, 356]) suggested that meteorite impacts on ancient oceans would have yielded a considerable amount of NH3 to the early Earth from atmospheric N2 and oceanic H2O through reduction by meteoritic iron. To clarify the mechanisms, we imitated the impact events by performing multi-scale shock technique-based ab initio molecular dynamics in the framework of density functional theory in combination with multi-scale shock technique (MSST) simulations. Our previous simulations with impact energies close to that of the experiments revealed picosecond-order rapid NH3 production during shock compression [Shimamura et al., Sci. Rep., 2016, 6, 38952]. It was also shown that the reduction of N2 took place with an associative mechanism as seen in the catalysis of nitrogenase enzymes. In this study, we performed an MSST-AIMD simulation to investigate the production by meteorite impacts with higher energies, which are closer to the expected values on the early Earth. It was found that the amount of NH3 produced further increased. We also found that the increased NH3 production is due to the emergence of multiple reaction mechanisms at increased impact energies. We elucidated that the reduction of N2 was not only attributed to the associative mechanism but also to a dissociative mechanism as seen in the Haber-Bosch process and to a mechanism through a hydrazinium ion. The emergence of these multiple production mechanisms capable of providing a large amount of NH3 would support the suggestions from recent experiments much more strongly than was previously believed, i.e., shock-induced NH3 production played a key role in the origin of life on Earth.

  14. Condensation and vaporization studies of CH3OH and NH3 ices: major implications for astrochemistry.

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    Sandford, S A; Allamandola, L J

    1993-11-10

    In an extension of previously reported work on ices containing H2O, CO, CO2, SO2, H2S, and H2, we present measurements of the physical and infrared spectral properties of ices containing CH3OH and NH3. The condensation and sublimation behavior of these ice systems is discussed and surface binding energies are presented for all of these molecules. The surface binding energies can be used to calculate the residence times of the molecules on grain surfaces as a function of temperature. It is demonstrated that many of the molecules used to generate radio maps of and probe conditions in dense clouds, for example CO and NH3, will be significantly depleted from the gas phase by condensation onto dust grains. Attempts to derive total column densities solely from radio maps that do not take condensation effects into account may vastly underestimate the true column densities of any given species. Simple CO condensation onto and vaporization off of grains appears to be capable of explaining the observed depletion of gas phase CO in cold, dense molecular cores. This is not the case for NH3, however, where thermal considerations alone predict that all of the NH3 should be condensed onto grains. The fact that some gas phase NH3 is observed indicates that additional desorption processes must be involved. The surface binding energies of CH3OH, in conjunction with this molecule's observed behavior during warm up in H2O-rich ices, is shown to provide an explanation of the large excess of CH3OH seen in many warm, dense molecular cores. The near-infrared spectrum and associated integrated band strengths of CH3OH-containing ice are given, as are middle infrared absorption band strengths for both CH3OH and NH3.

  15. Photo-induced ferroelectric switching in perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 films.

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    Wang, Peiqi; Zhao, Jinjin; Wei, Liyu; Zhu, Qingfeng; Xie, Shuhong; Liu, Jinxi; Meng, Xiangjian; Li, Jiangyu

    2017-03-17

    The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells based on organic-inorganic CH3NH3PbI3 has risen spectacularly from 3.8% to over 20% in just seven years, yet quite a few important fundamental issues have not been settled, and the role of spontaneous polarization remains poorly understood. While piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) has been adopted to probe possible ferroelectricity in CH3NH3PbI3, the reported data are often conflicting and inconclusive, due to the complexity in the apparent piezoresponse and its switching that may arise from ionic motions, electrostatic interactions, and other electromechanical mechanisms. Here, using a combination of microscopic and macroscopic measurements, we unambiguously establish the linear piezoelectricity of CH3NH3PbI3 arising from its spontaneous polarization, which can be switched by an electric field, though other electromechanical contributions such as ionic motions are also shown to exist. More importantly, we demonstrate strong interactions between polarization and light in technologically relevant CH3NH3PbI3 films with good conversion efficiencies, observing that the spontaneous polarization can also be switched by light illumination in the absence of an electric field. The light is shown to reduce the coercive voltage of CH3NH3PbI3 and shifts its nucleation bias, suggesting that the photo-induced switching is caused by ionic motions in combination with a photovoltaic field. This set of studies offer strong evidence on the interactions among photo-induced charges, polarization, and ions in perovskite CH3NH3PbI3, and these fundamental observations lay the ground for answering the technologically important question regarding the effects of ferroelectricity on its photovoltaic conversion.

  16. Partial phase diagram for the system NH3-H2O - The water-rich region

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    Johnson, M. L.; Schwake, A.; Nicol, M.

    1984-01-01

    Phase boundaries of the H2O-NH3 system for (NH3)/x/(H2O)/1-x/ have been determined with diamond-anvil cells for mixtures in two composition ranges: (1) for x in the range from 0 to 0.3, at pressures up to 4 GPa at 21 C, and (2) for x in the range from 0.46 to 0.50, at pressures up to 5 GPa from 150 to 400 K. Phases were identified visually with a microscope and polarized optics. The NH3.2(H2O) phase is strongly anisotropic with a much smaller refractive index than that of ice VII and cracks in two nonperpendicular networks. NH3.H2O has a refractive index closer to that of Ice VII and does not appear to form cracks. Both phases are colorless. Phase boundaries were determined on both increasing and decreasing pressures, and compositions of the ammonia ices were determined by estimating relative amounts of water and ammonia ices at known overall compositions. For low-ammonia compositions (x equal to or less than 0.15), the following assemblages succedd one another as pressure increases: liquid; liquid and Ice VI (at 1.0 + GPa); liquid and Ice VII (at 2.1 GPa); Ice VII and NH3.H2O (at 3.5 GPa). For x in the range from 0.15 to 0.30, the water ice and liquid fields are replaced by the NH3.2(H2O) and liquid field at pressures down to 1.0 GPa and lower.

  17. Ultraviolet-gas phase and -photocatalytic synthesis from CO and NH3. [photolysis products

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    Hubbard, J. S.; Voecks, G. E.; Hobby, G. L.; Ferris, J. P.; Williams, E. A.; Nicodem, D. E.

    1975-01-01

    Ammonium cyanate is identified as the major product of the photolysis of gaseous NH3-CO mixtures at 206.2 or 184.9 nm. Lesser amounts of urea, biurea, biuret semicarbazide, formamide and cyanide are observed. A series of 18 reactions underlying the formation of photolysis products is presented and discussed. Photocatalytic syntheses of C-14-urea, -formamide, and -formaldehyde are carried out through irradiation of (C-14)O and NH3 in the presence of Vycor, silica gel, or volcanic ash shale surfaces. The possible contributions of the relevant reactions to the abiotic synthesis of organic nitrogen compounds on Mars, the primitive earth, and in interstellar space are examined.

  18. Four-level microwave-microwave double resonance in NH3ṡHe gas mixtures

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    Peterson, Dean B.; Schwendeman, R. H.

    1987-06-01

    Four-level microwave-microwave double-resonance measurements have been carried out for a number of pump-probe pairs in the inversion spectrum of NH3 in dilute mixtures of NH3 in He. The results completely confirm corresponding measurements previously carried out by Oka with a different apparatus in a different laboratory [Adv. At. Mol. Phys. 9, 127 (1973)]. The original data had been questioned by Davis and Green on the basis of a comparison of observed and calculated results [J. Chem. Phys. 78, 2170 (1983)].

  19. Simulation of operation of multiwave remote gas-analyzer based on NH 3-laser

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    Banakh, V. A.; Ponomarev, Yu. N.; Smalikho, I. N.; Firsov, K. M.; Maluta, D. D.; Poliakov, G. A.

    2000-03-01

    Numerical analysis of a multiwave path gas-analyzer, based on a NH 3-laser pumped by CO 2-laser radiation, is performed for model detection of concentrations of a series of molecular species such as NH 3, HCN, phosgene, NHO 3, CO 2, and H 2O. The potentialities of the gas analyzer and uncertainty of the gas concentration detection were estimated for a 4 km horizontal atmospheric path. The estimation took into account the absorption of laser radiation by the atmospheric aerosol and molecular gases under study and distortion of the laser beam due to atmospheric turbulence.

  20. Investigation of potential alternative hydrogen carrier, Mg supported zeolite with temperature programmed desorption of NH3.

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    Cho, Sung June; Kim, Tak Hee; Jang, Young Bae; Lee, Jun

    2007-11-01

    Magnesium ion exchanged zeolite A was subject to the measurement of the temperature programmed desorption of NH3 to explore the possibility of the potential hydrogen carrier. The result suggested that the Mg supported NaA zeolite released a significant amount of ammonia corresponding to 1.4 Hwt% hydrogen at around 373 K. Under the same condition after the NH3 adsorption at ambient temperature, the MgCl2 sample released 1.0 Hwt% hydrogen at around 340 K. The present work suggests that the Mg supported zeolite can also be utilized as hydrogen carrier.

  1. NH3 (10-00) in the pre-stellar core L1544

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    Caselli, P.; Bizzocchi, L.; Keto, E.; Sipilä, O.; Tafalla, M.; Pagani, L.; Kristensen, L. E.; van der Tak, F. F. S.; Walmsley, C. M.; Codella, C.; Nisini, B.; Aikawa, Y.; Faure, A.; van Dishoeck, E. F.

    2017-07-01

    Pre-stellar cores represent the initial conditions in the process of star and planet formation, therefore it is important to study their physical and chemical structure. Because of their volatility, nitrogen-bearing molecules are key to study the dense and cold gas present in pre-stellar cores. The NH3 rotational transition detected with Herschel-HIFI provides a unique combination of sensitivity and spectral resolution to further investigate physical and chemical processes in pre-stellar cores. Here we present the velocity-resolved Herschel-HIFI observations of the ortho-NH3(10 - 00) line at 572 GHz and study the abundance profile of ammonia across the pre-stellar core L1544 to test current theories of its physical and chemical structure. Recently calculated collisional coefficients have been included in our non-LTE radiative transfer code to reproduce Herschel observations. A gas-grain chemical model, including spin-state chemistry and applied to the (static) physical structure of L1544 is also used to infer the abundance profile of ortho-NH3. The hyperfine structure of ortho-NH3(10 - 00) is resolved for the first time in space. All the hyperfine components are strongly self-absorbed. The profile can be reproduced if the core is contracting in quasi-equilibrium, consistent with previous work, and if the NH3 abundance is slightly rising toward the core centre, as deduced from previous interferometric observations of para-NH3(1, 1). The chemical model overestimates the NH3 abundance at radii between ≃4000 and 15 000 AU by about two orders of magnitude and underestimates the abundance toward the core centre by more than one order of magnitude. Our observations show that chemical models applied to static clouds have problems in reproducing NH3 observations. Based on observations carried out with Herschel, an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by a European-led Principal Investigator consortium and with important participation from NASA.

  2. X-shooter spectroscopy of young stellar objects. IV. Accretion in low-mass stars and substellar objects in Lupus

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    Alcalá, J. M.; Natta, A.; Manara, C. F.; Spezzi, L.; Stelzer, B.; Frasca, A.; Biazzo, K.; Covino, E.; Randich, S.; Rigliaco, E.; Testi, L.; Comerón, F.; Cupani, G.; D'Elia, V.

    2014-01-01

    We present VLT/X-shooter observations of a sample of 36 accreting low-mass stellar and substellar objects (YSOs) in the Lupus star-forming region, spanning a range in mass from ~0.03 to ~1.2 M⊙, but mostly with 0.1 M⊙object. The accretion luminosity (Lacc), and in turn the accretion rate (Ṁacc), was derived by modelling the excess emission from the UV to the near-infrared as the continuum emission of a slab of hydrogen. We computed the flux and luminosity (Lline) of many emission lines of H , He , and Ca ii, observed simultaneously in the range from ~330 nm to 2500 nm. The luminosity of all the lines is well correlated with Lacc. We provide empirical relationships between Lacc and the luminosity of 39 emission lines, which have a lower dispersion than relationships previously reported in the literature. Our measurements extend the Paβ and Brγ relationships to Lacc values about two orders of magnitude lower than those reported in previous studies. We confirm that different methodologies of measuring Lacc and Ṁacc yield significantly different results: Hα line profile modelling may underestimate Ṁacc by 0.6 to 0.8 dex with respect to Ṁacc derived from continuum-excess measures. These differences may explain the probably spurious bi-modal relationships between Ṁacc and other YSOs properties reported in the literature. We derived Ṁacc in the range 2 × 10-12-4 × 10-8 M⊙ yr-1 and conclude that Ṁacc ∝ M⋆1.8(±0.2), with a dispersion lower by a factor of about 2 than in previous studies. A number of properties indicate that the physical conditions of the accreting gas are similar over more than 5 orders of magnitude in Ṁacc, confirming previous suggestions that the geometry of the accretion flow

  3. Low-temperature surface formation of NH3 and HNCO: hydrogenation of nitrogen atoms in CO-rich interstellar ice analogues

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    Fedoseev, G.; Ioppolo, S.; Zhao, D.; Lamberts, T.; Linnartz, H.

    2015-01-01

    Solid-state astrochemical reaction pathways have the potential to link the formation of small nitrogen-bearing species, like NH3 and HNCO, and prebiotic molecules, specifically amino acids. To date, the chemical origin of such small nitrogen-containing species is still not well understood, despite the fact that ammonia is an abundant constituent of interstellar ices towards young stellar objects and quiescent molecular clouds. This is mainly because of the lack of dedicated laboratory studies. The aim of this work is to experimentally investigate the formation routes of NH3 and HNCO through non-energetic surface reactions in interstellar ice analogues under fully controlled laboratory conditions and at astrochemically relevant temperatures. This study focuses on the formation of NH3 and HNCO in CO-rich (non-polar) interstellar ices that simulate the CO freeze-out stage in dark interstellar cloud regions, well before thermal and energetic processing start to become relevant. We demonstrate and discuss the surface formation of solid HNCO through the interaction of CO molecules with NH radicals - one of the intermediates in the formation of solid NH3 upon sequential hydrogenation of N atoms. The importance of HNCO for astrobiology is discussed.

  4. Comparative 4-E analysis of a bottoming pure NH3 and NH3-H2O mixture based power cycle for condenser waste heat recovery

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    Khankari, Goutam; Karmakar, Sujit

    2017-06-01

    This paper proposes a comparative performance analysis based on 4-E (Energy, Exergy, Environment, and Economic) of a bottoming pure Ammonia (NH3) based Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and Ammonia-water (NH3-H2O) based Kalina Cycle System 11(KCS 11) for additional power generation through condenser waste heat recovery integrated with a conventional 500MWe Subcritical coal-fired thermal power plant. A typical high-ash Indian coal is used for the analysis. The flow-sheet computer programme `Cycle Tempo' is used to simulate both the cycles for thermodynamic performance analysis at different plant operating conditions. Thermodynamic analysis is done by varying different NH3 mass fraction in KCS11 and at different turbine inlet pressure in both ORC and KCS11. Results show that the optimum operating pressure of ORC and KCS11 with NH3 mass fraction of 0.90 are about 15 bar and 11.70 bar, respectively and more than 14 bar of operating pressure, the plant performance of ORC integrated power plant is higher than the KCS11 integrated power plant and the result is observed reverse below this pressure. The energy and exergy efficiencies of ORC cycle are higher than the KCS11 by about 0.903 % point and 16.605 % points, respectively under similar saturation vapour temperature at turbine inlet for both the cycles. Similarly, plant energy and exergy efficiencies of ORC based combined cycle power plant are increased by 0.460 % point and 0.420 % point, respectively over KCS11 based combined cycle power plant. Moreover, the reduction of CO2 emission in ORC based combined cycle is about 3.23 t/hr which is about 1.5 times higher than the KCS11 based combined cycle power plant. Exergy destruction of the evaporator in ORC decreases with increase in operating pressure due to decrease in temperature difference of heat exchanging fluids. Exergy destruction rate in the evaporator of ORC is higher than KCS11 when the operating pressure of ORC reduces below 14 bar. This happens due to variable

  5. Intramolecular SN2 reaction caused by photoionization of benzene chloride-NH3 complex: direct ab initio molecular dynamics study.

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    Tachikawa, Hiroto

    2006-01-12

    Ionization processes of chlorobenzene-ammonia 1:1 complex (PhCl-NH3) have been investigated by means of full dimensional direct ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) method, static ab initio calculations, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The static ab initio and DFT calculations of neutral PhCl-NH3 complex showed that one of the hydrogen atoms of NH3 orients toward a carbon atom in the para-position of PhCl. The dynamics calculation for ionization of PhCl-NH3 indicated that two reaction channels are competitive with each other as product channels: one is an intramolecular SN2 reaction expressed by a reaction scheme [PhCl-NH3]+-->SN2 intermediate complex-->PhNH3++Cl, and the other is ortho-NH3 addition complex (ortho complex) in which NH3 attacks the ortho-carbon of PhCl+ and the trajectory leads to a bound complex expressed by (PhCl-NH3)+. The mechanism of the ionization of PhCl-NH3 is discussed on the basis of the theoretical results.

  6. Interaction of NH3 with Cu-SSZ-13 Catalyst: A Complementary FTIR, XANES, and XES Study.

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    Giordanino, Filippo; Borfecchia, Elisa; Lomachenko, Kirill A; Lazzarini, Andrea; Agostini, Giovanni; Gallo, Erik; Soldatov, Alexander V; Beato, Pablo; Bordiga, Silvia; Lamberti, Carlo

    2014-05-01

    In the typical NH3-SCR temperature range (100-500 °C), ammonia is one of the main adsorbed species on acidic sites of Cu-SSZ-13 catalyst. Therefore, the study of adsorbed ammonia at high temperature is a key step for the understanding of its role in the NH3-SCR catalytic cycle. We employed different spectroscopic techniques to investigate the nature of the different complexes occurring upon NH3 interaction. In particular, FTIR spectroscopy revealed the formation of different NH3 species, that is, (i) NH3 bonded to copper centers, (ii) NH3 bonded to Brønsted sites, and (iii) NH4(+)·nNH3 associations. XANES and XES spectroscopy allowed us to get an insight into the geometry and electronic structure of Cu centers upon NH3 adsorption, revealing for the first time in Cu-SSZ-13 the presence of linear Cu(+) species in Ofw-Cu-NH3 or H3N-Cu-NH3 configuration.

  7. Macroporous WO3 thin films active in NH3 sensing: role of the hosted Cr isolated centers and Pt nanoclusters.

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    D'Arienzo, Massimiliano; Armelao, Lidia; Mari, Claudio Maria; Polizzi, Stefano; Ruffo, Riccardo; Scotti, Roberto; Morazzoni, Franca

    2011-04-13

    Macroporous WO(3) films with inverted opal structure were synthesized by one-step procedure, which involves the self-assembly of the spherical templating agents and the simultaneous sol-gel condensation of the semiconductor alkoxide precursor. Transition metal doping, aimed to enhance the WO(3) electrical response, was carried out by including Cr(III) and Pt(IV) centers in the oxide matrix. It turned out that Cr remains as homogeneously dispersed Cr(III) centers inside the WO(3) host, while Pt undergoes reduction and aggregation to form nanoclusters located at the oxide surface. Upon interaction with NH(3), the electrical conductivity of transition metal doped-WO(3) increases, especially in the presence of Pt dopant, resulting in outstanding sensing properties (S = 110 ± 15 at T = 225 °C and [NH(3)] = 74 ppm). A mechanism was suggested to explain the excellent electrical response of Pt-doped films with respect to the Cr-doped ones. This associates the easy chemisorption of ammonia on the WO(3) nanocrystals, promoted by the inverted opal structure, with the catalytic action exerted by the surface Pt nanoclusters on the N-H bond dissociation. The overall results indicate that in Pt-doped WO(3) films the effects of the macroporosity positively combine with the electrical sensitization promoted by the metal nanoclusters, thus providing very lightweight materials which display high functionality even at relatively low temperatures. We expect that this synergistic effect can be exploited to realize other functional hierarchical metal oxide structures to be used as gas sensors or catalysts. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  8. Evaluating Molecular Co Complexes for the Conversion of N2 to NH3

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    Del Castillo, Trevor J.; Thompson, Niklas B.; Suess, Daniel L. M.; Ung, Gaël; Peters, Jonas C.

    2015-01-01

    Well-defined molecular catalysts for the reduction of N2 to NH3 with protons and electrons remain very rare despite decades of interest, and are currently limited to systems featuring Mo or Fe. This report details the synthesis of a molecular Co complex that generates superstoichiometric yields of NH3 (>200% NH3 per Co-N2 precursor) via the direct reduction of N2 with protons and electrons. While the NH3 yields reported herein are modest by comparison to previously described Fe and Mo systems, they intimate that other metals are likely to be viable as molecular N2 reduction catalysts. Additionally, comparison of the featured tris(phosphine)borane Co-N2 complex with structurally related Co-N2 and Fe-N2 species shows how remarkably sensitive the N2 reduction performance of potential pre-catalysts are. These studies enable consideration of structural and electronic effects that are likely relevant to N2 conversion activity, including π-basicity, charge state, and geometric flexibility. PMID:26001022

  9. Spatial Scale Variability of NH3 and Impacts to interpolated Concentration Grids

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    Over the past decade, reduced nitrogen (NH3, NH4) has become an important component of atmospheric nitrogen deposition due to increases in agricultural activities and reductions in oxidized sulfur and nitrogen emissions from the power sector and mobile sources. Reduced nitrogen i...

  10. Spin transport in CH3NH3PbI3

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    Xu, Qingyu; Liu, Er; Qin, Sai; Shi, Shan; Shen, Kai; Xu, Mingxiang; Zhai, Ya; Dong, Shuai

    2014-10-01

    Organometal trihalide perovskites with the general formula (CH3NH3)PbX3 (X is Cl, I and/or Br) have a composition dependent tunable band gap and long electron-hole diffusion length, which is not only being hotly studied for usage in hybrid solar cells, but also has potential application in organic spintronics. In this work, we prepared CH3NH3PbI3-coated Fe3O4 granular films. CH3NH3PbI3 behaves effectively as a spacer to decouple the Fe3O4 particles and spin-preserved transporting matrix. The magnetoresistance of Fe3O4 particles has been significantly enhanced after CH3NH3PbI3 coating, which is about -6% at 300 K and -10.8% at 150 K under a magnetic field of 10 kOe, about 3 times larger than the values of pure Fe3O4 (-1.9% at 300 K and -3.4% at 150 K).

  11. Characterization of a high pressure, high temperature modification of ammonia borane (BH3NH3).

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    Nylén, Johanna; Eriksson, Lars; Benson, Daryn; Häussermann, Ulrich

    2013-08-07

    At elevated pressures (above 1.5 GPa) dihydrogen bonded ammonia borane, BH3NH3, undergoes a solid-solid phase transition with increasing temperature. The high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) phase precedes decomposition and evolves from the known high pressure, low temperature form with space group symmetry Cmc21 (Z = 4). Structural changes of BH3NH3 with temperature were studied at around 6 GPa in a diamond anvil cell by synchrotron powder diffraction. At this pressure the Cmc21 phase transforms into the HPHT phase at around 140 °C. The crystal system, unit cell, and B and N atom position parameters of the HPHT phase were extracted from diffraction data, and a hydrogen ordered model with space group symmetry Pnma (Z = 4) subsequently established from density functional calculations. However, there is strong experimental evidence that HPHT-BH3NH3 is a hydrogen disordered rotator phase. A reverse transition to the Cmc21 phase is not observed. When releasing pressure at room temperature to below 1.5 GPa the ambient pressure (hydrogen disordered) I4mm phase of BH3NH3 is obtained.

  12. Direct observation of intrinsic twin domains in tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Rothmann, Mathias Uller; Li, Wei; Zhu, Ye; Bach, Udo; Spiccia, Leone; Etheridge, Joanne; Cheng, Yi-Bing

    2017-02-23

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites are exciting candidates for next-generation solar cells, with CH3NH3PbI3 being one of the most widely studied. While there have been intense efforts to fabricate and optimize photovoltaic devices using CH3NH3PbI3, critical questions remain regarding the crystal structure that governs its unique properties of the hybrid perovskite material. Here we report unambiguous evidence for crystallographic twin domains in tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3, observed using low-dose transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. The domains are around 100-300 nm wide, which disappear/reappear above/below the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition temperature (approximate 57 °C) in a reversible process that often 'memorizes' the scale and orientation of the domains. Since these domains exist within the operational temperature range of solar cells, and have dimensions comparable to the thickness of typical CH3NH3PbI3 films in the solar cells, understanding the twin geometry and orientation is essential for further improving perovskite solar cells.

  13. Meteorite Impact-Induced Rapid NH3 Production on Early Earth: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulation.

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    Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Nakano, Aiichiro; Tanaka, Shigenori

    2016-12-14

    NH3 is an essential molecule as a nitrogen source for prebiotic amino acid syntheses such as the Strecker reaction. Previous shock experiments demonstrated that meteorite impacts on ancient oceans would have provided a considerable amount of NH3 from atmospheric N2 and oceanic H2O through reduction by meteoritic iron. However, specific production mechanisms remain unclear, and impact velocities employed in the experiments were substantially lower than typical impact velocities of meteorites on the early Earth. Here, to investigate the issues from the atomistic viewpoint, we performed multi-scale shock technique-based ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The results revealed a rapid production of NH3 within several picoseconds after the shock, indicating that shocks with greater impact velocities would provide further increase in the yield of NH3. Meanwhile, the picosecond-order production makes one expect that the important nitrogen source precursors of amino acids were obtained immediately after the impact. It was also observed that the reduction of N2 proceeded according to an associative mechanism, rather than a dissociative mechanism as in the Haber-Bosch process.

  14. Adsorption and decomposition of NH3 on Ir(111): A density functional theory study

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    Huang, Wuying; Cheng, Chun; Feng, Eryin

    2013-10-01

    The adsorption and decomposition of NH3 on Ir(111) have been studied using the density functional theory calculations. The recombinative nitrogen desorption has also been investigated. The configurations and stability of NHx(x = 0-3) species have been performed using frequency analysis. The corresponding reaction energies, the activation energies and the structure of the transition states have been determined and analyzed in detail. Including the zero point energy correction, the calculated activation barrier energy for NHx(x = 1-3) dehydrogenation is between 0.94 eV and 1.05 eV, and that for the recombination desorption of N2 is 1.55 eV, which indicates that the N2 recombinative desorption is the rate-limiting step for the NH3 decomposition on Ir(111). The NH3 desorption energy (0.82 eV) is lower than the NH3 dehydrogenation barrier, which indicates that the ammonia rather desorbs than dissociates from a thermodynamic point of view, consistent with the experimental results. But the competition between desorption and dissociation can be controlled in practice via the applied pressure and temperature.

  15. First detection of ammonia (NH3) in the Asian summer monsoon upper troposphere

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    Höpfner, Michael; Volkamer, Rainer; Grabowski, Udo; Grutter, Michel; Orphal, Johannes; Stiller, Gabriele; von Clarmann, Thomas; Wetzel, Gerald

    2016-11-01

    Ammonia (NH3) has been detected in the upper troposphere by the analysis of averaged MIPAS (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding) infrared limb-emission spectra. We have found enhanced amounts of NH3 within the region of the Asian summer monsoon at 12-15 km altitude. Three-monthly, 10° longitude × 10° latitude average profiles reaching maximum mixing ratios of around 30 pptv in this altitude range have been retrieved, with a vertical resolution of 3-8 km and estimated errors of about 5 pptv. These observations show that loss processes during transport from the boundary layer to the upper troposphere within the Asian monsoon do not deplete the air entirely of NH3. Thus, ammonia might contribute to the so-called Asian tropopause aerosol layer by the formation of ammonium aerosol particles. On a global scale, outside the monsoon area and during different seasons, we could not detect enhanced values of NH3 above the actual detection limit of about 3-5 pptv. This upper bound helps to constrain global model simulations.

  16. Meteorite Impact-Induced Rapid NH3 Production on Early Earth: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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    Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Nakano, Aiichiro; Tanaka, Shigenori

    2016-12-01

    NH3 is an essential molecule as a nitrogen source for prebiotic amino acid syntheses such as the Strecker reaction. Previous shock experiments demonstrated that meteorite impacts on ancient oceans would have provided a considerable amount of NH3 from atmospheric N2 and oceanic H2O through reduction by meteoritic iron. However, specific production mechanisms remain unclear, and impact velocities employed in the experiments were substantially lower than typical impact velocities of meteorites on the early Earth. Here, to investigate the issues from the atomistic viewpoint, we performed multi-scale shock technique-based ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The results revealed a rapid production of NH3 within several picoseconds after the shock, indicating that shocks with greater impact velocities would provide further increase in the yield of NH3. Meanwhile, the picosecond-order production makes one expect that the important nitrogen source precursors of amino acids were obtained immediately after the impact. It was also observed that the reduction of N2 proceeded according to an associative mechanism, rather than a dissociative mechanism as in the Haber-Bosch process.

  17. Spatial Scale Variability of NH3 and Impacts to interpolated Concentration Grids

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    Over the past decade, reduced nitrogen (NH3, NH4) has become an important component of atmospheric nitrogen deposition due to increases in agricultural activities and reductions in oxidized sulfur and nitrogen emissions from the power sector and mobile sources. Reduced nitrogen i...

  18. Direct observation of intrinsic twin domains in tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3

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    Rothmann, Mathias Uller; Li, Wei; Zhu, Ye; Bach, Udo; Spiccia, Leone; Etheridge, Joanne; Cheng, Yi-Bing

    2017-02-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites are exciting candidates for next-generation solar cells, with CH3NH3PbI3 being one of the most widely studied. While there have been intense efforts to fabricate and optimize photovoltaic devices using CH3NH3PbI3, critical questions remain regarding the crystal structure that governs its unique properties of the hybrid perovskite material. Here we report unambiguous evidence for crystallographic twin domains in tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3, observed using low-dose transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. The domains are around 100-300 nm wide, which disappear/reappear above/below the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition temperature (approximate 57 °C) in a reversible process that often `memorizes' the scale and orientation of the domains. Since these domains exist within the operational temperature range of solar cells, and have dimensions comparable to the thickness of typical CH3NH3PbI3 films in the solar cells, understanding the twin geometry and orientation is essential for further improving perovskite solar cells.

  19. The energy level alignment at the CH3NH3PbI3/pentacene interface

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    Ji, Gengwu; Zhao, Bin; Song, Fei; Zheng, Guanhaojie; Zhang, Xiaonan; Shen, Kongchao; Yang, Yingguo; Chen, Shi; Gao, Xingyu

    2017-01-01

    Pentacene thin film on CH3NH3PbI3 was studied by in-situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy to determine their interfacial energy level alignment. A 0.2 eV downward band bending together with a 0.1 eV interfacial dipole was found at the pentacene side, whereas there was no band bending found at the CH3NH3PbI3 side. The offset between CH3NH3PbI3 Valance Band Maximum (VBM) and pentacene Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital (HOMO) and that between CH3NH3PbI3 Conduction Band Minimum (CBM) and pentacene Lowest Unoccupied Molecular Orbital (LUMO) was determined to be 0.7 and 1.35 eV, respectively. The band alignment at this interface is favor of efficient hole transfer, which suggests pentacene as a viable HTL candidate to be explored in perovskite solar cells.

  20. Direct observation of intrinsic twin domains in tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3

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    Rothmann, Mathias Uller; Li, Wei; Zhu, Ye; Bach, Udo; Spiccia, Leone; Etheridge, Joanne; Cheng, Yi-Bing

    2017-01-01

    Organic–inorganic hybrid perovskites are exciting candidates for next-generation solar cells, with CH3NH3PbI3 being one of the most widely studied. While there have been intense efforts to fabricate and optimize photovoltaic devices using CH3NH3PbI3, critical questions remain regarding the crystal structure that governs its unique properties of the hybrid perovskite material. Here we report unambiguous evidence for crystallographic twin domains in tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3, observed using low-dose transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. The domains are around 100–300 nm wide, which disappear/reappear above/below the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition temperature (approximate 57 °C) in a reversible process that often ‘memorizes' the scale and orientation of the domains. Since these domains exist within the operational temperature range of solar cells, and have dimensions comparable to the thickness of typical CH3NH3PbI3 films in the solar cells, understanding the twin geometry and orientation is essential for further improving perovskite solar cells. PMID:28230064

  1. Parametrization of electron impact ionization cross sections for CO, CO2, NH3 and SO2

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    Srivastava, Santosh K.; Nguyen, Hung P.

    1987-01-01

    The electron impact ionization and dissociative ionization cross section data of CO, CO2, CH4, NH3, and SO2, measured in the laboratory, were parameterized utilizing an empirical formula based on the Born approximation. For this purpose an chi squared minimization technique was employed which provided an excellent fit to the experimental data.

  2. Ground-based FTIR measurements of NH3 total columns and comparison with IASI data

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    Vigouroux, Corinne; De Mazière, Martine; Desmet, Filip; Hermans, Christian; Langerock, Bavo; Scolas, Francis; Van Damme, Martin; Clarisse, Lieven; Coheur, Pierre-François

    2013-04-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) dominates global emissions of total reactive nitrogen. It has an impact on human health, as a precursor of fine particulate matter, and on Earth's ecosystems, via deposition. The main source of global NH3 emissions is agriculture, the remaining ones being the oceans, natural vegetation, humans, wild animals and biomass burning. The global atmospheric budget of NH3 is still very uncertain in chemical models, highlighting the critical need for satellite and ground-based observations. We present, for the first time, time-series (2009 - 2011) of NH3 total columns obtained from ground-based FTIR measurements. These observations are performed at Reunion Island (21°S, 55°E), one of the two subtropical stations, in Southern Hemisphere, of the ground-based Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) equipped with FTIR instruments. The seasonal and inter-annual variabilities of ammonia observed at Reunion Island from the ground are compared to the ones derived from recent IASI data obtained with a new retrieval method based on the calculation of a Hyperspectral Range Index.

  3. Meteorite Impact-Induced Rapid NH3 Production on Early Earth: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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    Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Nakano, Aiichiro; Tanaka, Shigenori

    2016-01-01

    NH3 is an essential molecule as a nitrogen source for prebiotic amino acid syntheses such as the Strecker reaction. Previous shock experiments demonstrated that meteorite impacts on ancient oceans would have provided a considerable amount of NH3 from atmospheric N2 and oceanic H2O through reduction by meteoritic iron. However, specific production mechanisms remain unclear, and impact velocities employed in the experiments were substantially lower than typical impact velocities of meteorites on the early Earth. Here, to investigate the issues from the atomistic viewpoint, we performed multi-scale shock technique-based ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The results revealed a rapid production of NH3 within several picoseconds after the shock, indicating that shocks with greater impact velocities would provide further increase in the yield of NH3. Meanwhile, the picosecond-order production makes one expect that the important nitrogen source precursors of amino acids were obtained immediately after the impact. It was also observed that the reduction of N2 proceeded according to an associative mechanism, rather than a dissociative mechanism as in the Haber-Bosch process. PMID:27966594

  4. Hexacoordinate oxy-globin models Fe(Por)(NH3)(O2) react with NO to form only the nitrato analogs Fe(Por)(NH3)(η1-ONO2), even at ~100 K.

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    Kurtikyan, Tigran S; Ford, Peter C

    2010-12-07

    The oxy-globin models Fe(Por)(NH(3))(O(2)), prepared by sequential reactions of O(2) ((18)O(2)) and NH(3) with thin porous layers of Fe(II)(Por), react with NO ((15)NO) at 80-100 K to form only the low-spin nitrato complexes Fe(Por)(NH(3))(η(1)-ONO(2)), thus implying that peroxynitrite intermediates, if formed, must undergo very facile isomerization to the nitrato analog.

  5. Multiple-stage structure transformation of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Chen, Qiong; Liu, Henan; Kim, Hui -Seon; ...

    2016-09-15

    In this study, by performing spatially resolved Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy with varying excitation wavelength, density, and data acquisition parameters, we achieve a unified understanding towards the spectroscopy signatures of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, transforming from the pristine state (CH3NH3PbI3) to the fully degraded state (i.e., PbI2) for samples with varying crystalline domain size from mesoscopic scale (approximately 100 nm) to macroscopic size (centimeters), synthesized by three different techniques. We show that the hybrid perovskite exhibits multiple stages of structure transformation occurring either spontaneously or under light illumination, with exceptionally high sensitivity to the illumination conditions (e.g., power, illumination time,more » and interruption pattern). We highlight four transformation stages (stages I-IV, with stage I being the pristine state) along either the spontaneous or photoinduced degradation path exhibiting distinctly different Raman spectroscopy features at each stage, and point out that previously reported Raman spectra in the literature reflect highly degraded structures of either stage III or stage IV. Additional characteristic optical features of partially degraded materials under the joint action of spontaneous and photodegradation are also given. This study offers reliable benchmark results for understanding the intrinsic material properties and structure transformation of this unique category of hybrid materials, and the findings are pertinently important to a wide range of potential applications where the hybrid material is expected to function in greatly different environment and light-matter interaction conditions.« less

  6. Relative CO(2)/NH(3) selectivities of mammalian aquaporins 0-9.

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    Geyer, R Ryan; Musa-Aziz, Raif; Qin, Xue; Boron, Walter F

    2013-05-15

    Previous work showed that aquaporin 1 (AQP1), AQP4-M23, and AQP5 each has a characteristic CO(2)/NH(3) and CO(2)/H(2)O permeability ratio. The goal of the present study is to characterize AQPs 0-9, which traffic to the plasma membrane when heterologously expressed in Xenopus oocytes. We use video microscopy to compute osmotic water permeability (P(f)) and microelectrodes to record transient changes in surface pH (ΔpH(S)) caused by CO(2) or NH(3) influx. Subtracting respective values for day-matched, H(2)O-injected control oocytes yields the channel-specific values P(f)* and ΔpH(S)*. We find that P(f)* is significantly >0 for all AQPs tested except AQP6. (ΔpH(S)*)(CO(2)) is significantly >0 for AQP0, AQP1, AQP4-M23, AQP5, AQP6, and AQP9. (ΔpH(S)*)(NH(3)) is >0 for AQP1, AQP3, AQP6, AQP7, AQP8, and AQP9. The ratio (ΔpH(S)*)(CO(2))/P(f)* falls in the sequence AQP6 (∞) > AQP5 > AQP4-M23 > AQP0 ≅ AQP1 ≅ AQP9 > others (0). The ratio (ΔpH(S)*)(NH(3))/P(f)* falls in the sequence AQP6 (∞) > AQP3 ≅ AQP7 ≅ AQP8 ≅ AQP9 > AQP1 > others (0). Finally, the ratio (ΔpH(S)*)(CO(2))/(-ΔpH(S)*)(NH(3)) falls in the sequence AQP0 (∞) ≅ AQP4-M23 ≅ AQP5 > AQP6 > AQP1 > AQP9 > AQP3 (0) ≅ AQP7 ≅ AQP8. The ratio (ΔpH(S)*)(CO(2))/(-ΔpH(S)*)(NH(3)) is indeterminate for both AQP2 and AQP4-M1. In summary, we find that mammalian AQPs exhibit a diverse range of selectivities for CO(2) vs. NH(3) vs. H(2)O. As a consequence, by expressing specific combinations of AQPs, cells could exert considerable control over the movements of each of these three substances.

  7. Nucleobases and Prebiotic Molecules in Organic Residues Produced from the Ultraviolet Photo-Irradiation of Pyrimidine in NH3 and H2O+NH3 Ices

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    Nuevo, Michel; Milam, Stefanie N.; Sandford, Scott

    2012-01-01

    Although not yet identified in the interstellar medium (ISM), N-heterocycles including nucleobases the information subunits of DNA and RNA are present in carbonaceous chondrites, which indicates that molecules of biological interest can be formed in non-terrestrial environments via abiotic pathways. Recent laboratory experiments and ab-initio calculations have already shown that the irradiation of pyrimidine in pure H2O ices leads to the formation of a suite of oxidized pyrimidine derivatives, including the nucleobase uracil. In the present work, NH3:pyrimidine and H2O:NH3:pyrimidine ice mixtures with different relative proportions were irradiated with UV photons under astrophysically relevant conditions. Liquid- and gas-chromatography analysis of the resulting organic residues has led to the detection of the nucleobases uracil and cytosine, as well as other species of prebiotic interest such as urea and small amino acids. The presence of these molecules in organic residues formed under abiotic conditions supports scenarios in which extraterrestrial organics that formed in space and were subsequently delivered to telluric planets via comets and meteorites could have contributed to the inventory of molecules that triggered the first biological reactions on their surfaces.

  8. Theoretical and experimental investigations of optical, structural and electronic properties of the lower-dimensional hybrid [NH3-(CH2)10-NH3]ZnCl4

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    El Mrabet, R.; Kassou, S.; Tahiri, O.; Belaaraj, A.; Guionneau, P.

    2016-10-01

    In the current study, a combination between theoretical and experimental studies has been made for the hybrid perovskite [NH3-(CH2)10-NH3]ZnCl4. The density functional theory (DFT) was performed to investigate structural and electronic properties of the tilted compound. A local approximation (LDA) and semi-local approach (GGA) were employed. The results are obtained using, respectively, the local exchange correlation functional of Perdew-Wang 92 (PW92) and semi local functional of Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE). The optimized cell parameters are in good agreement with the experimental results. Electronic properties have been studied through the calculation of band structures and density of state (DOS), while structural properties are investigated by geometry optimization of the cell. Fritz-Haber-Institute (FHI) pseudopotentials were employed to perform all calculations. The optical diffuse reflectance spectra was mesured and applied to deduce the refractive index ( n), the extinction coefficient ( k), the absorption coefficient (α), the real and imaginary dielectric permittivity parts (ɛr,ɛi)) and the optical band gap energy Eg. The optical band gap energy value shows good consistent with that obtained from DFT calculations and reveals the insulating behavior of the material.

  9. Synergetic Effect of Chloride Doping and CH3 NH3 PbCl3 on CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx Perovskite-Based Solar Cells.

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    Xu, Feng; Zhang, Taiyang; Li, Ge; Zhao, Yixin

    2017-06-09

    The chloride-doped CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx perovskite has attracted great attention owing to clear performance enhancement by using a Cl additive and by the controversial arguments on Cl function and the mechanism behind it. Herein, a series of CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx perovskites with various Cl content was prepared through a gas/solid reaction between CH3 NH2 gas and HPbI3-x Clx (x=0-1). The small amount of Cl doping in CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx (x=0.05) could lead to band gap broadening and significantly increase the perovskite grain size, and the phase-pure CH3 NH3 PbI2.95 Cl0.05 perovskites exhibited up to 17.44 % efficiency. For Cl contents higher than 0.1 (x>0.1), CH3 NH3 PbCl3 formed and coexisted with CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx , and CH3 NH3 PbCl3 could help to improve the thermal stability of CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx . However, the excessive co-existing wide-band-gap CH3 NH3 PbCl3 perovskites would inhibit the electron transfer and lead to a deterioration of photovoltaic performance. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Towards a carbon independent and CO2-free electrochemical membrane process for NH3 synthesis.

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    Kugler, K; Ohs, B; Scholz, M; Wessling, M

    2014-04-07

    Ammonia is exclusively synthesized by the Haber-Bosch process starting from precious carbon resources such as coal or CH4. With H2O, H2 is produced and with N2, NH3 can be synthesized at high pressures and temperatures. Regrettably, the carbon is not incorporated into NH3 but emitted as CO2. Valuable carbon sources are consumed which could be used otherwise when carbon sources become scarce. We suggest an alternative process concept using an electrochemical membrane reactor (ecMR). A complete synthesis process with N2 production and downstream product separation is presented and evaluated in a multi-scale model to quantify its energy consumption. A new micro-scale ecMR model integrates mass, species, heat and energy balances with electrochemical conversions allowing further integration into a macro-scale process flow sheet. For the anodic oxidation reaction H2O was chosen as a ubiquitous H2 source. Nitrogen was obtained by air separation which combines with protons from H2O to give NH3 using a hypothetical catalyst recently suggested from DFT calculations. The energy demand of the whole electrochemical process is up to 20% lower than the Haber-Bosch process using coal as a H2 source. In the case of natural gas, the ecMR process is not competitive under today's energy and resource conditions. In future however, the electrochemical NH3 synthesis might be the technology-of-choice when coal is easily accessible over natural gas or limited carbon sources have to be used otherwise but for the synthesis of the carbon free product NH3.

  11. Structural determinants of NH3 and NH4+ transport by mouse Rhbg, a renal Rh glycoprotein.

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    Abdulnour-Nakhoul, Solange; Le, Trang; Rabon, Edd; Hamm, L Lee; Nakhoul, Nazih L

    2016-12-01

    Renal Rhbg is localized to the basolateral membrane of intercalated cells and is involved in NH3/NH4(+) transport. The structure of Rhbg is not yet resolved; however, a high-resolution crystal structure of AmtB, a bacterial homolog of Rh, has been determined. We aligned the sequence of Rhbg to that of AmtB and identified important sites of Rhbg that may affect transport. Our analysis positioned three conserved amino acids, histidine 183 (H183), histidine 342 (H342), and tryptophan 230 (W230), within the hydrophobic pore where they presumably serve to control NH3 transport. A fourth residue, phenylalanine 128 (F128) was positioned at the upper vestibule, presumably contributing to recruitment of NH4(+) We generated three mutations each of H183, H342, W230, and F128 and expressed them in frog oocytes. Immunolabeling showed that W230 and F128 mutants were localized to the cell membrane, whereas H183 and H342 staining was diffuse and mostly intracellular. To determine function, we compared measurements of NH3/NH4(+) and methyl amine (MA)/methyl ammonium (MA(+))-induced currents, intracellular pH, and surface pH (pHs) among oocytes expressing the mutants, Rhbg, or injected with H2O. In H183 and W230 mutants, NH4(+)-induced current and intracellular acidification were inhibited compared with that of Rhbg, and MA-induced intracellular alkalinization was completely absent. Expression of H183A or W230A mutants inhibited NH3/NH4(+)- and MA/MA(+)-induced decrease in pHs to the level observed in H2O-injected oocytes. Mutations of F128 did not significantly affect transport of NH3 or NH4(+) These data demonstrated that mutating H183 or W230 caused loss of function but not F128. H183 and H342 may affect membrane expression of the transporter.

  12. Structural characterisation of [Pt(NH 3) 4] 2[W(CN) 8][NO 3]·2H 2O donor-acceptor complex

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    Sieklucka, B.; Łasocha, W.; Proniewicz, L. M.; Podgajny, R.; Schenk, H.

    2000-03-01

    The bimetallic [Pt(NH 3) 4] 2[W(CN) 8][NO 3]·2H 2O is characterised by single-crystal X-ray diffraction [S.G. P2 1/ m(11), a=8.0418(7), b=19.122(2), c=9.0812(6) Å, Z=2]. All platinum centres have the square-plane D4h geometry with average dimensions Pt(1)-N 2.042(2) and Pt(2)-N 2.037(10) Å. The octacyanotungstate anion has the square-antiprismatic D4d configuration with average dimensions W(1)-C 2.164(13), C-N 1.140(12), W(1)-N 3.303(5) Å. The structure exhibits two different mutual orientations of Pt versus W units resulting in Pt(2)-W(1), W(1) ∗ separations of 4.77(2), 4.55(2) ∗ and Pt(1)-W(1) of 6.331(8) Å. A centrosymmetric structure reveals groups of two distinct columns: the first is formed by intercalated NO 3- between parallel [Pt(1)(NH 3) 4] 2+ planes and the second consists of [W(CN) 8] 3- interlayered by, parallel to square faces of W-antiprisms, [Pt(2)(NH 3) 4] 2+. The structure is stabilised through a three-dimensional hydrogen bond network via nitrogen atoms of cyanide ligands, hydrogen atoms of NH 3 ligands, water molecules and oxygen atoms of NO 3- counteranions. The vibrational pattern and the range of ν(CN) frequencies attributable to the electronic environment of W(V) and W(IV) are consistent with the ground state Pt(II)↔W(V) charge transfer.

  13. Preparation and characterization of high-quality perovskite CH3NH3PbX3 (I, Br) single crystal

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    Zhou, Yangyang; Li, Chunmei; Wang, Yu; Du, Xiang; Liu, Pengyi; Xie, Weiguang

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, inverse temperature crystallization and top-seed solution growth method are used to grow high-quality perovskite CH3NH3PbX3 (I, Br) single crystal. The maximum crystal diameter is 6 mm for CH3NH3PbI3, and 3 mm for CH3NH3PbBr3. The results of XRD show that the crystals are tetragonal structure for CH3NH3PbI3, cubic crystal orientation for CH3NH3PbBr3. What is more, crystals exhibit excellent stability in air and can be maintained for eight months. Furthermore, the crystal growth processes are described in detail. The results demonstrate that CH3NH3PbBr3 single crystal growth is more sensitive to the environment.

  14. Identification of Major Sources of Atmospheric NH3 in an Urban Environment in Northern China During Wintertime.

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    Teng, Xiaolin; Hu, Qingjing; Zhang, Leiming; Qi, Jiajia; Shi, Jinhui; Xie, Huan; Gao, Huiwang; Yao, Xiaohong

    2017-06-20

    To assess the relative contributions of traffic emission and other potential sources to high levels of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) in urban areas in the wintertime, atmospheric NH3 and related pollutants were measured at an urban site, ∼300 m from a major traffic road, in northern China in November and December 2015. Hourly average NH3 varied from 0.3 to 10.8 ppb with an average of 2.4 ppb during the campaign. Contrary to the common perspective in literature, traffic emission was demonstrated to be a negligible contributor to atmospheric NH3. Atmospheric NH3 correlated well with ambient water vapor during many time periods lasting from tens of hours to several days, implying NH3 released from water evaporation is an important source. Emissions from local green space inside the urban areas were identified to significantly contribute to the observed atmospheric NH3 during ∼60% of the sampling times. Evaporation of predeposited NHx through wet precipitation combined with emissions from local green space likely caused the spikes of atmospheric NH3 mostly occurring 1-4 h after morning rush hours or after and during slight shower events. There are still ∼30% of the data samples with appreciable NH3 level for which major contributors are yet to be identified.

  15. Rapid ammonia gas transport accounts for futile transmembrane cycling under NH3/NH4+ toxicity in plant roots.

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    Coskun, Devrim; Britto, Dev T; Li, Mingyuan; Becker, Alexander; Kronzucker, Herbert J

    2013-12-01

    Futile transmembrane NH3/NH4(+) cycling in plant root cells, characterized by extremely rapid fluxes and high efflux to influx ratios, has been successfully linked to NH3/NH4(+) toxicity. Surprisingly, the fundamental question of which species of the conjugate pair (NH3 or NH4(+)) participates in such fluxes is unresolved. Using flux analyses with the short-lived radioisotope (13)N and electrophysiological, respiratory, and histochemical measurements, we show that futile cycling in roots of barley (Hordeum vulgare) seedlings is predominately of the gaseous NH3 species, rather than the NH4(+) ion. Influx of (13)NH3/(13)NH4(+), which exceeded 200 µmol g(-1) h(-1), was not commensurate with membrane depolarization or increases in root respiration, suggesting electroneutral NH3 transport. Influx followed Michaelis-Menten kinetics for NH3 (but not NH4(+)), as a function of external concentration (Km = 152 µm, Vmax = 205 µmol g(-1) h(-1)). Efflux of (13)NH3/(13)NH4(+) responded with a nearly identical Km. Pharmacological characterization of influx and efflux suggests mediation by aquaporins. Our study fundamentally revises the futile-cycling model by demonstrating that NH3 is the major permeating species across both plasmalemma and tonoplast of root cells under toxicity conditions.

  16. Photovoltaic properties of Cu-doped CH3NH3PbI3 with perovskite structure

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    Shirahata, Yasuhiro; Oku, Takeo

    2017-01-01

    Photovoltaic properties of copper (Cu)-doped perovskite (CH3NH3PbCuxI3+x) photovoltaic devices with different Cu content were investigated. The CH3NH3PbCuxI3+x films were polycrystalline with a tetragonal system, and their lattice constants and crystallite size varied with Cu doping. Compared to conversion efficiencies of non-doped CH3NH3PbI3 photovoltaic device, those of CH3NH3PbCuxI3+x photovoltaic devises increased. The improvement of photovoltaic properties was attributed to partial substitution of Cu at the Pb sites.

  17. The proper motion of Herbig-Haro Objects. IV - RNO 40 and 43

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    Jones, B. F.; Cohen, M.; Sirk, M.; Jarrett, R.

    1984-01-01

    Proper motions and spectra of the Herbig-Haro Objects RNO 40 and 43 have been obtained. The proper-motion vectors point away from far-infrared sources. The spectra were used to infer shock velocities. These shock velocities agree with the tangential motion in the case of RNO 40, but are smaller than the tangential motion in the case of RNO 43. RNO 43 appears to be associated with an entire family of comoving knots.

  18. A Deuterium NMR Spectroscopic Study of Solid BH(3)NH(3).

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    Penner, Glenn H.; Chang, Y. C. Phillis; Hutzal, Jennifer

    1999-06-14

    Deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) powder spectra and spin-lattice relaxation times (T(1)) are used to measure the deuterium quadrupolar coupling constants (QCCs) chi(BD) and chi(ND) and to investigate the molecular reorientation of the BD(3) and ND(3) groups in solid deuterated borane monoammoniate, BD(3)NH(3) and BH(3)ND(3), respectively. In the high-temperature, tetragonal, phase (above 225 K) the following Arrhenius parameters are obtained from the temperature-dependent T(1): E(a) = 5.9 +/- 0.5 kJ/mol and tau(infinity) = 1.1 x 10(-)(13) s for BD(3)NH(3); E(a) = 7.3 +/- 0.8 kJ/mol and tau(infinity) = 4.4 x 10(-)(14) s for BH(3)ND(3). In the low-temperature, orthorhombic, phase the following parameters are obtained: E(a) = 26.4 +/- 1.4 kJ/mol and tau(infinity) = 1.2 x 10(-)(17) s for BD(3)NH(3); E(a) = 13.7 +/- 0.9 kJ/mol and tau(infinity) = 5.7 x 10(-)(15) s for BH(3)ND(3). Here tau(infinity) is proportional to the inverse of the usual Arrhenius preexponential factor, A. Deuterium line shape measurements for the low-temperature phase of BD(3)NH(3) yield E(a) = 25 +/- 2 kJ/mol and tau(infinity) = 4.7 x 10(-)(19) s. These dynamic factors indicate that the molecule is probably undergoing whole molecule rotation above the phase transition but the BH(3) and NH(3) groups are undergoing uncorrelated motion in the low-temperature phase. Deuterium quadrupolar coupling constants of 105 +/- 10 and 200 +/- 10 kHz were determined for BD(3)NH(3) and BH(3)ND(3), respectively. Molecular orbital (MO) calculations (CI(SD)/6-31G(d,p)//MP2/6-31G(d,p)) for the isolated molecule yield values of 143 and 255 kHz. MO calculations also show that the deuterium quadrupolar coupling constants chi(BD) and chi(ND) are relatively insensitive to all molecular structural parameters except the B-H and N-H bond lengths, respectively. It is suggested that the large decrease in the QCC on going from the gas phase to the solid state may be due to a slight lengthening of the B-H and N-H bonds

  19. Porous Anatase TiO2 Thin Films for NH3 Vapour Sensing

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    Ponnusamy, Dhivya; Madanagurusamy, Sridharan

    2015-12-01

    Anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were deposited onto cleaned glass substrates by a direct current (DC) reactive magnetron sputtering technique for different deposition times from 10 min to 40 min, which resulted in films of different thicknesses. Characterization techniques, such as x-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) were used to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the TiO2 thin films. XRD patterns showed the formation of (101) crystal anatase facets. The grain size values of the film increased with increased deposition time, and the films deposited at 40 min exhibited a porous structure. Anatase TiO2 thin films exhibited excellent sensing response, fast response and recovery time, as well as good stability and selectivity towards ammonia (NH3). The enhanced NH3 sensing behavior of anatase TiO2 films is attributed to the porous morphology and oxygen vacancies.

  20. Potential energy surface and bound states of the NH3-Ar and ND3-Ar complexes.

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    Loreau, J; Liévin, J; Scribano, Y; van der Avoird, A

    2014-12-14

    A new, four-dimensional potential energy surface for the interaction of NH3 and ND3 with Ar is computed using the coupled-cluster method with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations and large basis sets. The umbrella motion of the ammonia molecule is explicitly taken into account. The bound states of both NH3-Ar and ND3-Ar are calculated on this potential for total angular momentum values from J = 0 to 10, with the inclusion of Coriolis interactions. The energies and splittings of the rovibrational levels are in excellent agreement with the extensive high-resolution spectroscopic data accumulated over the years in the infrared and microwave regions for both complexes, which demonstrates the quality of the potential energy surface.

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

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

    2010-03-12

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

  2. Observations of NH3 and H2O in the Pelican Nebula hotspot

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    Willson, R. F.; Leblanc, D.; Leblanc, J.

    1983-06-01

    Observations of NH3 and H2O in the direction of the Pelican Nebula hotspot are presented. Observations of the (J, K) = (1, 1) and (2, 2) transitions of NH3 have resolved the cloud into two condensations, each of about 1.2 pc in size. The line velocities vary by about 2 km/sec over the region, although no obvious systematic gradients which would indicate that the cloud is rotating, collapsing or expanding are found. Instead, these velocity differences are interpreted as due to two spatially separated clouds which lie close to one another. An H2O maser was found in the more intense of these peaks which is apparently not associated with any near-infrared emission. The ammonia observations were used to derive rotation temperatures of about 12 K, densities of 500-2500/cu cm and a cloud mass of about 90 solar masses.

  3. Performance Analysis of Rectifier in NH3-H2O Absorption Heat Pump

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    Tsujimori, Atushi; Ozaki, Eiichi; Nakao, Kazushige

    Characteristic of stripping section of packed-tower type rectifierwas presentedin previous paper. In order to improve NH3 concentration inrefrigerant vapor, enriching section is considered effective. Refrigerant vapor from stripping section of rectifier and reflux solution from partial condenser flow into this section, and the proportion of solution flow rate to vapor flow rate of enriching section called reflux ratio is much smaller than that of stripping section. So the effect of reflux ratio on rectification process might be larger. In this paper the effect of reflux flow rate and NH3 concentration in reflux solution is investigated experimentally. As a result, it was derived that the performance of enriching section was mainly decided by reflux ratio. Then the effect of rectification performance on heat rate of partial condenser and evaporator was evaluated using the experimental result of enriching section performance.

  4. Comparison of the biological NH3 removal characteristics among four inorganic packing materials.

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    Hirai, M; Kamamoto, M; Yani, M; Shoda, M

    2001-01-01

    Four inorganic packing materials were evaluated in terms of their availability as a packing material of a packed tower deodorization apparatus (biofilter) from the viewpoints of biological NH3 removal characteristics and some physical properties. Porous ceramics (A), calcinated cristobalite (B), calcinated and formed obsidian (C), granulated and calculated soil (D) were used. The superiority of these packing materials determined based on the values of non-biological removal per unit weight or unit volume of packing material, complete removal capacity of NH3 per unit weight of packing material per day or unit volume of packing material per day and pressure drop of the packed bed was in the order of A approximately = C > B > or = D. Packing materials A and C with high porosity, maximum water content, and suitable mean pore diameter showed excellent removal capacity.

  5. Absorption of NH3 on pristine and defected boron nitride nanosheets: A first principle study

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    Li, Hui; Chen, Zheng; Fang, Xiaoliang; Tie, Deyou

    2015-12-01

    Versatile functional groups can be connected to Boron Nitride nanosheet (BNNS) through Lewis acid/base interaction for targeted applications. However, there have been few experimental reports about Lewis acid attack at the N atoms on BNNS, so far as we see. VdW-DFT is employed in this paper to investigate the interaction between NH3 representing Lewis base and pristine or defected BNNS. Comparing the binding energy, separation and charge distribution of NH3 and pristine or defected BNNS systems, the distinctive defect in BNNS is found to be the key role in the absorption progress. Thus, it is supposed that the missing of Lewis acid and BNNS complex can be attributed to the absence of N vacancies and B-edges in BNNS.

  6. On the reaction CH2O + NH3 Yields CH2NH + H2O

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    Walch, Stephen P.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Ricca, Alessandra; Bakes, E. L. O.; Arnold, James (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We study the energetics of CH2O + NH3-Yields CH2NH + H2O in the gas phase at the B3LYP and CCSD(T)levels. This reaction is shown to have a sizeable barrier. Ionization of NH3 reduces the barrier to about 5 kcal/mol. We also show that in water, a proton catalyzed mechanism yields no barriers in excess of the reaction endothermicity. Since this reaction has been proposed as one of the steps in interstellar synthesis of glycine, the simplest amino acid, this work suggests that the formation of amino acids is occurring in and/or on interstellar water ice grains, and not in the gas phase.

  7. Electrical and optical properties of Ar/NH3 atmospheric pressure plasma jet

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    Chang, Zheng-Shi; Yao, Cong-Wei; Chen, Si-Le; Zhang, Guan-Jun

    2016-09-01

    Inspired by the Penning effect, we obtain a glow-like plasma jet by mixing ammonia (NH3) into argon (Ar) gas under atmospheric pressure. The basic electrical and optical properties of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) are investigated. It can be seen that the discharge mode transforms from filamentary to glow-like when a little ammonia is added into the pure argon. The electrical and optical analyses contribute to the explanation of this phenomenon. The discharge mode, power, and current density are analyzed to understand the electrical behavior of the APPJ. Meanwhile, the discharge images, APPJ's length, and the components of plasma are also obtained to express its optical characteristics. Finally, we diagnose several parameters, such as gas temperature, electron temperature, and density, as well as the density number of metastable argon atoms of Ar/NH3 APPJ to help judge the usability in its applications.

  8. Room temperature three-photon pumped CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite microlasers

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    Gao, Yisheng; Wang, Shuai; Huang, Can; Yi, Ningbo; Wang, Kaiyang; Xiao, Shumin; Song, Qinghai

    2017-03-01

    Hybrid lead halide perovskites have made great strides in next-generation light-harvesting and light emitting devices. Recently, they have also shown great potentials in nonlinear optical materials. Two-photon absorption and two-photon light emission have been thoroughly studied in past two years. However, the three-photon processes are rarely explored, especially for the laser emissions. Here we synthesized high quality CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite microstructures with solution processed precipitation method and studied their optical properties. When the microstructures are pumped with intense 1240 nm lasers, we have observed clear optical limit effect and the band-to-band photoluminescence at 540 nm. By increasing the pumping density, whispering-gallery-mode based microlasers have been achieved from CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite microplate and microrod for the first time. This work demonstrates the potentials of hybrid lead halide perovskites in nonlinear photonic devices.

  9. Room temperature three-photon pumped CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite microlasers.

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    Gao, Yisheng; Wang, Shuai; Huang, Can; Yi, Ningbo; Wang, Kaiyang; Xiao, Shumin; Song, Qinghai

    2017-03-28

    Hybrid lead halide perovskites have made great strides in next-generation light-harvesting and light emitting devices. Recently, they have also shown great potentials in nonlinear optical materials. Two-photon absorption and two-photon light emission have been thoroughly studied in past two years. However, the three-photon processes are rarely explored, especially for the laser emissions. Here we synthesized high quality CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite microstructures with solution processed precipitation method and studied their optical properties. When the microstructures are pumped with intense 1240 nm lasers, we have observed clear optical limit effect and the band-to-band photoluminescence at 540 nm. By increasing the pumping density, whispering-gallery-mode based microlasers have been achieved from CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite microplate and microrod for the first time. This work demonstrates the potentials of hybrid lead halide perovskites in nonlinear photonic devices.

  10. High-resolution absorption measurements of NH3 at high temperatures: 2100-5500 cm-1

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    Barton, Emma J.; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Tennyson, Jonathan; Clausen, Sønnik; Fateev, Alexander

    2017-03-01

    High-resolution absorption spectra of NH3 in the region 2100-5500 cm-1 at 1027 °C and approximately atmospheric pressure (1045±3 mbar) are measured. An NH3 concentration of 10% in volume fraction is used in the measurements. Spectra are recorded in a high-temperature gas-flow cell using a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer at a nominal resolution of 0.09 cm-1. The spectra are analysed by comparison to a variational line list, BYTe, and experimental energy levels determined using the MARVEL procedure. 2308 lines have been assigned to 45 different bands, of which 1755 and 15 have been assigned or observed for the first time in this work.

  11. High-resolution absorption measurements of NH3 at high temperatures: 500-2100 cm-1

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    Barton, Emma J.; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Tennyson, Jonathan; Clausen, Sønnik; Fateev, Alexander

    2015-12-01

    High-resolution absorption spectra of NH3 in the region 500-2100 cm-1 at temperatures up to 1027 °C and approximately atmospheric pressure (1013±20 mbar) are measured. NH3 concentrations of 1000 ppm, 0.5% and 1% in volume fraction were used in the measurements. Spectra are recorded in high temperature gas flow cells using a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer at a nominal resolution of 0.09 cm-1. Measurements at 22.7 °C are compared to high-resolution cross sections available from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The higher temperature spectra are analysed by comparison to a variational line list, BYTe, and experimental energy levels determined using the MARVEL procedure. Approximately 2000 lines have been assigned, of which 851 are newly assigned to mainly hot bands involving vibrational states as high as v2=5.

  12. Photovoltaic performance and the energy landscape of CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Zhou, Yecheng; Huang, Fuzhi; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Gray-Weale, Angus

    2015-09-21

    Photovoltaic cells with absorbing layers of certain perovskites have power conversion efficiencies up to 20%. Among these materials, CH3NH3PbI3 is widely used. Here we use density-functional theory to calculate the energies and rotational energy barriers of a methylammonium ion in the α or β phase of CH3NH3PbI3 with differently oriented neighbouring methylammonium ions. Our results suggest the methylammonium ions in CH3NH3PbI3 prefer to rotate collectively, and to be parallel to their neighbours. Changes in polarization on rotation of methylammonium ions are two to three times larger than those on relaxation of the lead ion from the centre of its coordination shell. The preferences for parallel configuration and concerted rotation, with the polarisation changes, are consistent with ferroelectricity in the material, and indicate that this polarisation is governed by methylammonium orientational correlations. We show that the field due to this polarisation is strong enough to screen the field hindering charge transport, and find this screening field in agreement with experiment. We examine two possible mechanisms for the effect of methylammonium ion rotation on photovoltaic performance. One is that rearrangement of methylammoniums promotes the creation and transport of charge carriers. Some effective masses change greatly, but changes in band structure with methylammonium rotation are not large enough to explain current-voltage hysteresis behaviour. The second possible mechanism is that polarization screens the hindering electric field, which arises from charge accumulation in the transport layers. Polarization changes on methylammonium rotation favour this second mechanism, suggesting that collective reorientation of methylammonium ions in the bulk crystal are in significant part responsible for the hysteresis and power conversion characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3 photovoltaic cells.

  13. Thermodynamic properties of ferroelectric NH3CH2COOH·H2PO3 crystal

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    Zachek, I. R.; Shchur, Ya.; Levitskii, R. R.; Vdovych, A. S.

    2017-09-01

    Using a modified microscopic model of NH3CH2COOH·H2PO3 by taking into account piezoelectric coupling with strains εi, ε4, ε5 and ε6 in two-particle cluster approximation, the temperature dependence of polarization and tensor of static dielectric permittivity of mechanically clamped and free crystal, their piezoelectric characteristics, elastic constants and heat capacity are calculated.

  14. On the NH3 absorption depression observable at Northern low latitudes of Jupiter

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    Tejfel, Victor G.; Vdovichenko, Vladimir D.; Lysenko, Peter G.; Karimov, Alibek M.; Kirienko, Galina A.; Bondarenko, Natalya N.; Kharitonova, Galina

    2016-10-01

    From February to April of 2016, we carried out a special series of spectrophotometric observations of Jupiter to study the current behavior of the ammonia absorption at the low latitudes of the Northern hemisphere, where in 2004 we have found a well-defined depression of the 787 nm NH3 absorption band intensity (V.Tejfel et al., Bull.AAS, 2005, Vol. 37, p.682). In subsequent years, an existence of this depression was annually confirmed by spectral observations, although we were noticing its variable character. During observations of 2016 we obtained more than 2,500 CCD-spectrograms, including the spectra of the central meridian, the GRS, and 12 scans of Jovian disk on different dates (70 zonal spectra in each scan). The 787 nm NH3 absorption band was extracted with using of ratios of the Jovian spectra to the Saturn's disk spectrum that was taken as a reference. The depression of absorption in this band begins almost from the equator, and its maximum occurs at the planetographic latitude of 100N then the absorption increases again approaching to the latitude of 200N. The equivalent bandwidths corresponding to these latitudes are equal to 18.7 ± 1.4 A, 14.4 ± 1.0 A and 17.8 ± 0.8A. The 645 nm NH3 absorption band also shows depletion at the low latitudes of the Northern hemisphere, but it is less pronounced. At the temperate latitudes of the Northern hemisphere this band's absorption is systematically lower than the Southern Hemisphere's ones. We will continue research in this direction, especially because recently a significant depletion of gaseous NH3 has also been found with using of the VLA with high resolution (I. de Pater et al., Science, 2016, Vol. 352, Issue 6290, p.1290-1294) at the low latitudes of the Northern hemisphere in the region of the NEB.

  15. Role of NH3 and NH4+ transporters in renal acid-base transport

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    Verlander, Jill W.

    2011-01-01

    Renal ammonia excretion is the predominant component of renal net acid excretion. The majority of ammonia excretion is produced in the kidney and then undergoes regulated transport in a number of renal epithelial segments. Recent findings have substantially altered our understanding of renal ammonia transport. In particular, the classic model of passive, diffusive NH3 movement coupled with NH4+ “trapping” is being replaced by a model in which specific proteins mediate regulated transport of NH3 and NH4+ across plasma membranes. In the proximal tubule, the apical Na+/H+ exchanger, NHE-3, is a major mechanism of preferential NH4+ secretion. In the thick ascending limb of Henle's loop, the apical Na+-K+-2Cl− cotransporter, NKCC2, is a major contributor to ammonia reabsorption and the basolateral Na+/H+ exchanger, NHE-4, appears to be important for basolateral NH4+ exit. The collecting duct is a major site for renal ammonia secretion, involving parallel H+ secretion and NH3 secretion. The Rhesus glycoproteins, Rh B Glycoprotein (Rhbg) and Rh C Glycoprotein (Rhcg), are recently recognized ammonia transporters in the distal tubule and collecting duct. Rhcg is present in both the apical and basolateral plasma membrane, is expressed in parallel with renal ammonia excretion, and mediates a critical role in renal ammonia excretion and collecting duct ammonia transport. Rhbg is expressed specifically in the basolateral plasma membrane, and its role in renal acid-base homeostasis is controversial. In the inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD), basolateral Na+-K+-ATPase enables active basolateral NH4+ uptake. In addition to these proteins, several other proteins also contribute to renal NH3/NH4+ transport. The role and mechanisms of these proteins are discussed in depth in this review. PMID:21048022

  16. Diagnosing shock temperature with NH3 and H2O profiles

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    Gómez-Ruiz, A. I.; Codella, C.; Viti, S.; Jiménez-Serra, I.; Navarra, G.; Bachiller, R.; Caselli, P.; Fuente, A.; Gusdorf, A.; Lefloch, B.; Lorenzani, A.; Nisini, B.

    2016-10-01

    In a previous study of the L1157 B1 shocked cavity, a comparison between NH3(10-00) and H2O(110-101) transitions showed a striking difference in the profiles, with H2O emitting at definitely higher velocities. This behaviour was explained as a result of the high-temperature gas-phase chemistry occurring in the post-shock gas in the B1 cavity of this outflow. If the differences in behaviour between ammonia and water are indeed a consequence of the high gas temperatures reached during the passage of a shock, then one should find such differences to be ubiquitous among chemically rich outflows. In order to determine whether the difference in profiles observed between NH3 and H2O is unique to L1157 or a common characteristic of chemically rich outflows, we have performed Herschel-HIFI observations of the NH3(10-00) line at 572.5 GHz in a sample of eight bright low-mass outflow spots already observed in the H2O(110-101) line within the Water In Star-forming regions with Herschel Key Programme. We detected the ammonia emission at high velocities at most of the outflows positions. In all cases, the water emission reaches higher velocities than NH3, proving that this behaviour is not exclusive of the L1157-B1 position. Comparisons with a gas-grain chemical and shock model confirms, for this larger sample, that the behaviour of ammonia is determined principally by the temperature of the gas.

  17. The Hubble Space Telescope Survey of BL Lacertae Objects. IV. Infrared Imaging of Host Galaxies

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    Scarpa, Riccardo; Urry, C. Megan; Padovani, Paolo; Calzetti, Daniela; O'Dowd, Matthew

    2000-11-01

    The Hubble Space Telescope NICMOS Camera 2 was used for H-band imaging of 12 BL Lacertae objects taken from the larger sample observed with the WFPC2 in the R band by Urry and coworkers and Scarpa and coworkers. Ten of the 12 BL Lacs are clearly resolved, and the detected host galaxies are large, bright ellipticals with average absolute magnitude =-26.2+/-0.45 mag and effective radius =10+/-5 kpc. The rest-frame integrated color of the host galaxies is on average =2.3+/-0.3, consistent with the value for both radio galaxies and normal, nonactive elliptical galaxies and indicating that the dominant stellar population is old. The host galaxies tend to be bluer in their outer regions than in their cores, with average color gradient Δ(R-H)/Δlogr=-0.2 mag, again consistent with results for normal nonactive elliptical galaxies. The infrared Kormendy relation, derived for the first time for BL Lac host galaxies, is μe=3.8logre+14.8, fully in agreement with the relation for normal ellipticals. The close similarity between BL Lac host galaxies and normal ellipticals suggests that the active nucleus has surprisingly little effect on the host galaxy. This supports a picture in which all elliptical galaxies harbor black holes that can be actively accreting for some fraction of their lifetime.

  18. General working principles of CH3NH3PbX3 perovskite solar cells.

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    Gonzalez-Pedro, Victoria; Juarez-Perez, Emilio J; Arsyad, Waode-Sukmawati; Barea, Eva M; Fabregat-Santiago, Francisco; Mora-Sero, Ivan; Bisquert, Juan

    2014-02-12

    Organometal halide perovskite-based solar cells have recently realized large conversion efficiency over 15% showing great promise for a new large scale cost-competitive photovoltaic technology. Using impedance spectroscopy measurements we are able to separate the physical parameters of carrier transport and recombination in working devices of the two principal morphologies and compositions of perovskite solar cells, viz. compact thin films of CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Clx and CH3NH3PbI3 infiltrated on nanostructured TiO2. The results show nearly identical spectral characteristics indicating a unique photovoltaic operating mechanism that provides long diffusion lengths (1 μm). Carrier conductivity in both devices is closely matched, so that the most significant differences in performance are attributed to recombination rates. These results highlight the central role of the CH3NH3PbX3 semiconductor absorber in carrier collection and provide a new tool for improved optimization of perovskite solar cells. We report for the first time a measurement of the diffusion length in a nanostructured perovskite solar cell.

  19. Comparison among NH3 and GHGs emissive patterns from different housing solutions of dairy farms

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    Baldini, Cecilia; Borgonovo, Federica; Gardoni, Davide; Guarino, Marcella

    2016-09-01

    Agriculture and livestock farming are known to be activities emitting relevant quantities of atmospheric pollutants. In particular, in intensive animal farming, buildings can be identified as a relevant source of ammonia and greenhouse gases. This study aimed at: i) determining the emission factors of NH3, N2O, CH4, and CO2 from different dairy farms in Italy, and ii) assessing the effects of the different floor types and manure-handling systems used, in order to minimize the impact of this important productive sector. A measurement campaign was carried out for 27 months in four naturally ventilated dairy cattle buildings with different floor types, layouts and manure management systems, representative of the most common technologies in the north of Italy. Gas emissions were measured with the "static chamber method": a chamber was placed above the floor farm and an infrared photoacoustic detector (IPD) was used to monitor gas accumulation over time. In the feeding alleys, emissions of NH3 were higher from solid floors than from flushing systems and perforated floors. N2O emissions were significantly different among farms but the absolute values were relatively low. CH4 and CO2 emissions were higher from perforated floors than from other types of housing solution. Regarding the cubicles, the emissions of NH3 were approximately equal from the two housing solution studied. Contrariwise, N2O, CH4 and CO2 emissions were different between the cubicles with rubber mat and those with straw where the highest values were found.

  20. Constraints on the NH3 and PH3 distributions in the Great Red Spot

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    Wagener, R.; Caldwell, J.; Owen, T.

    1986-01-01

    Medium resolution (10 A) UV spectra were obtained for the Great Red Spot (GRS) and South Tropical Zone (STZ) of Jupiter using the low dispersion mode of the IUE spectrometers at wavelengths from 1900-2200 A. The scans were carried out to determine the coloring agent for the GRS to improve the database for developing photochemical models of the feature. The wavelengths were selected to cover the absorption features of NH3 and PH3. The resulting data were interpreted using a vertically inhomogeneous Rayleigh scattering radiative transfer model. Various NH3 concentrations were explored in an effort to fit the data, taking into account changes which would occur at different atmospheric pressure levels and due to the projected temperature fields. A forbidden NH3/forbidden H2 mixing ratio that was calculated at the 80-125 mbar pressure level in the GRS was enhanced by 3-10 percent relative to the STZ. An upper limit was obtained for the mixing ratio of PH3 in the GRS that is significantly lower than previously predicted concentrations, implying that vertical transport in the GRS is not much greater than in adjacent regions.

  1. Ultraviolet-gas phase and -photocatalytic synthesis from CO and NH3.

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    Hubbard, J S; Voecks, G E; Hobby, G L

    1975-08-05

    The major photoproduct obtained on irradiation of gaseous NH3 and CO mixtures is ammonium cyanate; lesser amounts of urea, biurea, biuret semi-carbazide, formamide and cyanide were observed. The formation of the major gas phase photolysis product may be rationalized by the following reaction sequence: (see article). Urea is probably formed from NH4NCO in a thermal reaction while formamide may result from the disproportionation of NH2CO. Photocatalytic syntheses of 14C-urea, -formamide, and -formadehyde are effected by irradiation of 14CO and NH3 in the presence of Vycor, silica gel, or volcanic ash shale surfaces. These syntheses are catalyzed by ultraviolet wavelengths longer than those absorbed by the gaseous reactants. The syntheses are also effected when the surface material is first irradiated in the presence of CO followed by a dark incubation with NH3. Apparently, the initiating step is a light dependent formation of a reactive form of CO on the surface. A discussion is given on the possible contribution of these reactions to the abiotic synthesis of organic nitrogen compounds on Mars, on the primitive Earth and in interstellar space.

  2. Laboratory rotational ground state transitions of NH3D+ and CF+

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    Stoffels, A.; Kluge, L.; Schlemmer, S.; Brünken, S.

    2016-09-01

    Aims: This paper reports accurate laboratory frequencies of the rotational ground state transitions of two astronomically relevant molecular ions, NH3D+ and CF+. Methods: Spectra in the millimetre-wave band were recorded by the method of rotational state-selective attachment of He atoms to the molecular ions stored and cooled in a cryogenic ion trap held at 4 K. The lowest rotational transition in the A state (ortho state) of NH3D+ (JK = 10-00), and the two hyperfine components of the ground state transition of CF+ (J = 1-0) were measured with a relative precision better than 10-7. Results: For both target ions, the experimental transition frequencies agree with recent observations of the same lines in different astronomical environments. In the case of NH3D+ the high-accuracy laboratory measurements lend support to its tentative identification in the interstellar medium. For CF+ the experimentally determined hyperfine splitting confirms previous quantum-chemical calculations and the intrinsic spectroscopic nature of a double-peaked line profile observed in the J = 1-0 transition towards the Horsehead photon-dominated region (PDR).

  3. Optimization of H2 Production in Ar/NH3 Micro-discharges

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    Arakoni, Ramesh; Bhoj, Ananth N.; Kushner, Mark J.

    2006-10-01

    Hydrogen powered vehicles and portable fuel cells may require real-time generation of H2 to provide fuel safely and with rapid response. One such method is to produce H2 from feedstock gases that can be more safely stored, such as NH3. Microdischarge plasmas are being investigated as a means of H2 production from NH3 and other gases. The high power densities (10s kW/cm^3) that can be obtained in microdischarges provide an intense source of electron impact as well as thermal decomposition of the feedstock gases. By operating at high pressures (> 100s Torr), reformation of the dissociated products leads to efficient production of H2. In this work, results from a computational investigation of production of H2 in high pressure microdischarges sustained in Ar/NH3 mixtures will be discussed. Plug-flow and 2-dimensional plasma hydrodynamics models were used to develop scaling laws to optimize the energy efficiency of the process (e.g., eV/H2 molecule produced). The 2-d model resolves non-equilibrium electron, ion and neutral transport using fluid equations. The microdischarge geometry of interest is a sandwich flow-through reactor with a central hole a few hundred microns in diameter, power of a few W and residence times of a few microseconds.

  4. VizieR Online Data Catalog: MSX high-contrast IRDCs with NH3 (Chira+,

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    Chira, R.-A.; Beuther, H.; Linz, H.; Walmsley, C. M.; Menten, K. M.; Bonfman, L.

    2013-02-01

    Based on MSX data, a catalogue of more than 10,000 candidate IRDCs was compiled. From this catalogue we selected a complete sample of northern hemisphere high-contrast IRDCs with Galactic longitudes >=19.27° (and nine exceptions with Galactic longitudes <19°). The sample was observed in ammonia (1,1) and (2,2) inversion transitions with the Effelsberg 100-m telescope. NH3 parameters are derived for 109 sample sources. For each source galactic coordinates, brightness temperatures, line width FWHMs and optical depths of (1,1) and (2,2) inversion lines and LSR velocity of (1,1) inversion line are given. Furthermore, we derived the rotation and kinetic temperatures, ammonia column densities, kinematic distances and virial masses using the NH3 data. In addition, notes about whether the sources being associated with Spitzer sources or not are given. Using ATLASGAL data, the 870 micron flux densities gas masses, virial parameters, H2 column densities and NH3 abundances are given. In addition, we listed the sample sources where no ammonia which did not fulfil our selection criteria. (4 data files).

  5. Hydrothermal synthesis and NH3 gas sensing property of WO3 nanorods at low temperature

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    Dien Nguyen, Dac; Vuong Dang, Duc; Chien Nguyen, Duc

    2015-09-01

    One-dimensional self-assembled single-crystalline hexagonal tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanostructures were synthesized by wet chemical-assisted hydrothermal processing at 120 °C for 24 h using sodium tungstate and hydrochloric acid. Urchin-like hierarchical nanorods (petal size: ∼16 nm diameter and 110 nm length) were obtained. The samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. Sensors based on WO3 nanorods were fabricated by coating them on SiO2/Si substrate attached with Pt interdigitated electrodes. NH3 gas-sensing properties of WO3 nanorods were measured at different temperatures ranging from 50 °C to 350 °C and the response was evaluated as a function of ammonia gas concentration. The gas-sensing results reveal that WO3 nanorods sensor exhibits high sensitivity and selectivity to NH3 at low operating temperature (50 °C). The maximum response reached at 50 °C was 192 for 250 ppm NH3, with response and recovery times of 10 min and 2 min, respectively.

  6. Electrically tuned Förster resonances in collisions of NH3 with Rydberg He atoms

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    Zhelyazkova, V.; Hogan, S. D.

    2017-04-01

    The effects of weak electric fields on resonant energy transfer between NH3 in the X 1A1 ground electronic state and Rydberg He atoms in triplet states with principal quantum numbers n =36 -41 have been studied in a crossed-beam apparatus. For these values of n , electric dipole transitions between the Rydberg states that evolve adiabatically to the |n s > and |n p > states in zero electric field can be tuned into resonance with the ground-state inversion transitions in NH3 using electric fields, with energy transfer occurring via Förster resonance. In the experiments the Rydberg He atoms, traveling in pulsed supersonic beams, were prepared by resonant two-photon excitation from the metastable 1 s 2 s 3S1 level and crossed an effusive beam of NH3 before being detected by state-selective pulsed-electric-field ionization. The resonant-energy-transfer process was identified by monitoring changes in the ionization signal from the |n s > and |n p > Rydberg states for each value of n . The electric-field dependence of the experimental data is in good agreement with the results of calculations in which the resonant dipole-dipole coupling between the collision partners was accounted for.

  7. Observation of orbiting resonances in He(3S1) + NH3 Penning ionization

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    Jankunas, Justin; Jachymski, Krzysztof; Hapka, Michał; Osterwalder, Andreas

    2015-04-01

    Resonances are among the clearest quantum mechanical signatures of scattering processes. Previously, shape resonances and Feshbach resonances have been observed in inelastic and reactive collisions involving atoms or diatomic molecules. Structure in the integral cross section has been observed in a handful of elastic collisions involving polyatomic molecules. The present paper presents the observation of shape resonances in the reactive scattering of a polyatomic molecule, NH3. A merged-beam study of the gas phase He(3S1) + NH3 Penning ionization reaction dynamics is described in the collision energy range 3.3 μeV < Ecoll < 10 meV. In this energy range, the reaction rate is governed by long-range attraction. Peaks in the integral cross section are observed at collision energies of 1.8 meV and 7.3 meV and are assigned to ℓ = 15,16 and ℓ = 20,21 partial wave resonances, respectively. The experimental results are well reproduced by theoretical calculations with the short-range reaction probability Psr = 0.035. No clear signature of the orbiting resonances is visible in the branching ratio between NH3+ and NH2+ formation.

  8. Development and evaluation of optical fiber NH3 sensors for application in air quality monitoring

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    Huang, Yu; Wieck, Lucas; Tao, Shiquan

    2013-02-01

    Ammonia is a major air pollutant emitted from agricultural practices. Sources of ammonia include manure from animal feeding operations and fertilizer from cropping systems. Sensor technologies with capability of continuous real time monitoring of ammonia concentration in air are needed to qualify ammonia emissions from agricultural activities and further evaluate human and animal health effects, study ammonia environmental chemistry, and provide baseline data for air quality standard. We have developed fiber optic ammonia sensors using different sensing reagents and different polymers for immobilizing sensing reagents. The reversible fiber optic sensors have detection limits down to low ppbv levels. The response time of these sensors ranges from seconds to tens minutes depending on transducer design. In this paper, we report our results in the development and evaluation of fiber optic sensor technologies for air quality monitoring. The effect of change of temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide concentration on fiber optic ammonia sensors has been investigated. Carbon dioxide in air was found not interfere the fiber optic sensors for monitoring NH3. However, the change of humidity can cause interferences to some fiber optic NH3 sensors depending on the sensor's transducer design. The sensitivity of fiber optic NH3 sensors was found depends on temperature. Methods and techniques for eliminating these interferences have been proposed.

  9. Effect of organic chain length on structure, electronic composition, lattice potential energy, and optical properties of 2D hybrid perovskites [(NH3)(CH2) n (NH3)]CuCl4, n = 2-9

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    Abdel-Aal, Seham K.; Kocher-Oberlehner, Gudrun; Ionov, Andrei; Mozhchil, R. N.

    2017-08-01

    Diammonium series of Cu hybrid perovskites of the formula [(NH3)(CH2) n (NH3)]CuCl4, n = 6-9 are prepared from an ethanolic solution in stoichiometric ratio 1:1 (organic/inorganic). Formation of the desired material was confirmed and characterizes by microchemical analysis, FTIR, XRD and XPS spectra. The structure consists of corner-shared octahedron [CuCl4]2- anion alternative by organic [(NH3)(CH2) n (NH3)]2+ cations. The organic and inorganic layers form infinite 2D sheet that are connected via NH···Cl hydrogen bond. The calculated lattice potential energy U pot (kJ/mol) and lattice enthalpy Δ H L (kJ/mol) are inversely proportional to the molecular volume V m (nm3) and organic chain length. Optical properties show strong absorption peak at UV-visible range. The band gap energy calculated using Kubelka-Munk equation shows the decrease of the energy gap as organic chain length increases. The introduction of bromide ion to [(NH3)(CH2) n (NH3)]CuCl2Br2 denoted 2C7CuCB hybrid has shifted the energy gap to lower values from 2.6 to 2.18 eV for 2C7CuCl (yellow) and 2C7CuCB (brown), respectively, at the same organic chain length. All elements of [(NH3)(CH2)9(NH3)]CuCl4 and [(NH3)(CH2)7(NH3)]CuCl2Br2 were found in XPS spectra, as well as valence band spectra.

  10. Parameters for Estimation of Casualties from Ammonia (NH3), Tabun (GA), Soman (GD),Cyclosarin (GF) and Lewisite (L)

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    2015-09-01

    respiratory tract. Increased lacrimation and respiratory rate, coughing , and respiratory distress may occur. The retention of NH3 at low concentrations in the...Levels with NH3 Symptom Sets Injury Severity Level Set of Symptoms 0 No observable symptoms 1 (Mild) Mild eye irritation, rhinorrhea, cough ... cough , pharyngitis, laryngitis, moder- ate throat irritation 3 (Severe) Corneal ulcerations, iritis, anterior and posterior synechia, corneal

  11. The role of isolated Cu2+ location in structural stability of Cu-modified SAPO-34 in NH3-SCR of NO.

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    Yan, Chundi; Cheng, Hao; Yuan, Zhongshan; Wang, Shudong

    2015-01-01

    In this study, three different methods (ion exchange, wet mixing and impregnation) were employed to prepare Cu-modified SAPO-34 molecular sieves. All these freshly prepared catalysts showed excellent activities towards the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3 (NH3-SCR) no matter which preparation method was used. However, hydrothermal ageing significantly reduced the catalytic activities of those catalysts prepared by the wet-mixing and impregnation methods, respectively. The results of X-ray powder diffraction, H2-TPR and electron paramagnetic resonance measurements for these catalysts suggested that the decrease in catalytic activity may be attributed to the migration of Cu2+ ion to the centre of the hexagonal prism (site III), the formation of CuxOy and the collapse of the molecular framework during hydrothermal ageing. The degrees of structural collapse of each Cu-modified molecular sieve were different, probably due to Cu2+ species in different sites (in the ellipsoidal cavity (site I) for ion-exchange sample, near the eight-ring window (site IV) for the wet-mixing and impregnation samples). Cu2+ located at site I was more stable than that located at site IV.

  12. Projections of NH3 emissions from manure generated by livestock production in China to 2030 under six mitigation scenarios.

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    Xu, Peng; Koloutsou-Vakakis, Sotiria; Rood, Mark J; Luan, Shengji

    2017-12-31

    China's rapid urbanization, large population, and increasing consumption of calorie-and meat-intensive diets, have resulted in China becoming the world's largest source of ammonia (NH3) emissions from livestock production. This is the first study to use provincial, condition-specific emission factors based on most recently available studies on Chinese manure management and environmental conditions. The estimated NH3 emission temporal trends and spatial patterns are interpreted in relation to government policies affecting livestock production. Scenario analysis is used to project emissions and estimate mitigation potential of NH3 emissions, to year 2030. We produce a 1km×1km gridded NH3 emission inventory for 2008 based on county-level activity data, which can help identify locations of highest NH3 emissions. The total NH3 emissions from manure generated by livestock production in 2008 were 7.3TgNH3·yr(-1) (interquartile range from 6.1 to 8.6TgNH3·yr(-1)), and the major sources were poultry (29.9%), pigs (28.4%), other cattle (27.9%), and dairy cattle (7.0%), while sheep and goats (3.6%), donkeys (1.3%), horses (1.2%), and mules (0.7%) had smaller contributions. From 1978 to 2008, annual NH3 emissions fluctuated with two peaks (1996 and 2006), and total emissions increased from 2.2 to 7.3Tg·yr(-1) increasing on average 4.4%·yr(-1). Under a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario, NH3 emissions in 2030 are expected to be 13.9TgNH3·yr(-1) (11.5-16.3TgNH3·yr(-1)). Under mitigation scenarios, the projected emissions could be reduced by 18.9-37.3% compared to 2030 BAU emissions. This study improves our understanding of NH3 emissions from livestock production, which is needed to guide stakeholders and policymakers to make well informed mitigation decisions for NH3 emissions from livestock production at the country and regional levels. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Temperature-Dependent Electric Field Poling Effects in CH3NH3PbI3 Optoelectronic Devices.

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    Zhang, Chuang; Sun, Dali; Liu, Xiaojie; Sheng, Chuan-Xiang; Vardeny, Zeev Valy

    2017-04-06

    Organo-lead halide perovskites show excellent optoelectronic properties; however, the unexpected inconsistency in forward-backward I-V characteristics remains a problem for fabricating solar panels. Here we have investigated the reasons behind this "hysteresis" by following the changes in photocurrent and photoluminescence under electric field poling in transverse CH3NH3PbI3-based devices from 300 to 10 K. We found that the hysteresis disappears at cryogenic temperatures, indicating the "freeze-out" of the ionic diffusion contribution. When the same device is cooled under continuous poling, the built-in electric field from ion accumulation brings significant photovoltaic effect even at 10 K. From the change of photoluminescence upon polling, we found a second dipole-related mechanism which enhances radiative recombination upon the alignment of the organic cations. The ionic origin of hysteresis was also verified by applying a magnetic field to affect the ion diffusion. These findings reveal the coexistence of ionic and dipole-related mechanisms for the hysteresis in hybrid perovskites.

  14. The effect of fuel sulfur on NH 3 and other emissions from 2000-2001 model year vehicles

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    Durbin, Thomas D.; Pisano, John T.; Younglove, T.; Sauer, Claudia G.; Rhee, Sam H.; Huai, Tao; Miller, J. Wayne; MacKay, Gervase I.; Hochhauser, Albert M.; Ingham, Michael C.; Gorse, Robert A.; Beard, Loren K.; DiCicco, Dominic; Thompson, Neville; Stradling, Richard J.; Rutherford, James A.; Uihlein, James P.

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH 3) is an important precursor to secondary particulate matter formation and information is currently scarce on NH 3 emissions from advanced low-emission vehicles using low-sulfur fuels. With the continuing reduction in the level of sulfur in gasoline, it is important to understand how this change could impact NH 3 emissions, particularly for advanced vehicle technologies. For this study, a total of 12 California-certified low-emission vehicles were tested with a gasoline containing 5, 30, and 150 ppmw sulfur and with both as-received and bench-aged catalysts. Vehicles were tested on each fuel/catalyst configuration over the federal test procedure (FTP) and US06 test cycles. Both regulated and NH 3 emissions were measured in real-time. NH 3 emission rates were generally lower than those of other regulated emissions over the FTP and in the range 14-21 mg mi -1 for the fleet. NH 3 emission rates were approximately five times higher over the more aggressive US06 cycle compared to the FTP. NH 3 emissions were primarily observed during transients, with higher emissions for more aggressive accelerations. Overall, the NH 3 emission factors for the newer technology vehicles tested were lower that than those found in previous studies of older vehicle technologies. Sulfur did not affect NH 3 emissions over the FTP, but higher NH 3 emissions were found for increasing fuel sulfur levels over the US06. Sulfur effects were also observed for nitrogen oxides over the FTP and for all regulated emissions over the US06.

  15. Rovibrational spectra of ammonia. II. Detailed analysis, comparison, and prediction of spectroscopic assignments for 14NH3, 15NH3, and 14ND3.

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    Huang, Xinchuan; Schwenke, David W; Lee, Timothy J

    2011-01-28

    Several aspects of ammonia rovibrational spectra have been investigated using the new HSL-2 potential energy surface that includes an approximate correction for nonadiabatic effects. The unprecedented accuracy of rovibrational energy levels and transition energies computed using HSL-2 was demonstrated in Part I of this study. For (14)NH(3), new assignments for a few ν(3) + ν(4) band transitions and energy levels are suggested, and discrepancies between computed and HITRAN energy levels in the 2ν(4) band are analyzed (2ν(4) is the most difficult band below 5000 cm(-1)). New assignments are suggested for existing or missing 2ν(4) levels. Several new vibrational bands are identified from existing, unassigned HITRAN data, including 2ν(2) + ν(4), (ν(3) + ν(4)) -A(')∕A("), ν(1) + 2ν(2), and 2ν(2) + 2ν(4). The strong mixing between the 2ν(4) and 2ν(2) + ν(4) bands is carefully examined and found to be the source of the difficulties in the experimental modeling of 2ν(4). Discussion is presented for preliminary J = 10 results, where the overall root-mean-square error is estimated to be less than 0.039 cm(-1). The analysis of the 4ν(2) band demonstrates both the reliability and the accuracy of predictions from HSL-2. The full list of computed J = 0 band origins (with assignments) and the inversion splittings up to 7000-8000 cm(-1) above the zero-point energy are presented. J = 0-2 levels are reported for those bands below 5100 cm(-1) that are missing from the HITRAN database. For (15)NH(3), excellent agreement is found for the available ν(2) and ν(3) + ν(4)(E) transition energies, but significant deficiencies are shown for HITRAN levels and several corrections are suggested. The (15)N isotopic effects are presented for the J = 0-6 levels of 13 HITRAN bands. For (14)ND(3), we reproduce the pure rotational inversion spectra line frequencies with an accuracy similar to that for (14)NH(3). However, it is not possible to reproduce simultaneously all four

  16. Two-center three-electron bonding in ClNH3 revealed via helium droplet infrared laser Stark spectroscopy: Entrance channel complex along the Cl + NH3 → ClNH2 + H reaction

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    Moradi, Christopher P.; Xie, Changjian; Kaufmann, Matin; Guo, Hua; Douberly, Gary E.

    2016-04-01

    Pyrolytic dissociation of Cl2 is employed to dope helium droplets with single Cl atoms. Sequential addition of NH3 to Cl-doped droplets leads to the formation of a complex residing in the entry valley to the substitution reaction Cl + NH3 → ClNH2 + H. Infrared Stark spectroscopy in the NH stretching region reveals symmetric and antisymmetric vibrations of a C3v symmetric top. Frequency shifts from NH3 and dipole moment measurements are consistent with a ClNH3 complex containing a relatively strong two-center three-electron (2c-3e) bond. The nature of the 2c-3e bonding in ClNH3 is explored computationally and found to be consistent with the complexation-induced blue shifts observed experimentally. Computations of interconversion pathways reveal nearly barrierless routes to the formation of this complex, consistent with the absence in experimental spectra of two other complexes, NH3Cl and Cl-HNH2, which are predicted in the entry valley to the hydrogen abstraction reaction Cl + NH3 → HCl + NH2.

  17. Two-Center Three-Electron Bonding in ClNH3 Revealed via Helium Droplet Infrared Spectroscopy: Entrance Channel Complex Along the cl + NH3 → ClNH2 + H Reaction

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    Franke, Peter R.; Moradi, Christopher P.; Kaufmann, Matin; Xie, Changjian; Guo, Hua; Douberly, Gary E.

    2016-06-01

    Pyrolytic dissociation of Cl2 is employed to dope helium droplets with single Cl atoms. Sequential addition of NH3 to Cl-doped droplets leads to the formation of a complex residing in the entry valley to the substitution reaction, Cl + NH3 → ClNH2 + H. Infrared Stark spectroscopy in the NH stretching region reveals symmetric and antisymmetric vibrations of a C3v symmetric top. Frequency shifts from NH3 and dipole moment measurements are consistent with a ClNH3 complex containing a relatively strong two-center three-electron (2c-3e) bond. The nature of the 2c-3e bonding in ClNH3 is explored computationally and found to be consistent with the complexation-induced blue shifts observed experimentally. Computations of interconversion pathways reveal nearly barrierless routes to the formation of this complex, consistent with the absence of two other complexes, NH3Cl and Cl-HNH2, which are predicted in the entry valley to the hydrogen abstraction reaction, Cl + NH3 → HCl + NH2

  18. New insights from comprehensive on-road measurements of NOx, NO2 and NH3 from vehicle emission remote sensing in London, UK

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    Carslaw, David C.; Rhys-Tyler, Glyn

    2013-12-01

    In this paper we report the first direct measurements of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the UK using a vehicle emission remote sensing technique. Measurements of NO, NO2 and ammonia (NH3) from almost 70,000 vehicles were made spanning vehicle model years from 1985 to 2012. These measurements were carefully matched with detailed vehicle information data to understand the emission characteristics of a wide range of vehicles in a detailed way. Overall it is found that only petrol fuelled vehicles have shown an appreciable reduction in total NOx emissions over the past 15-20 years. Emissions of NOx from diesel vehicles, including those with after-treatment systems designed to reduce emissions of NOx, have not reduced over the same period of time. It is also evident that the vehicle manufacturer has a strong influence on emissions of NO2 for Euro 4/5 diesel cars and urban buses. Smaller-engined Euro 4/5 diesel cars are also shown to emit less NO2 than larger-engined vehicles. It is shown that NOx emissions from urban buses fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) are comparable to those using Exhaust Gas Recirculation for Euro V vehicles, while reductions in NOx of about 30% are observed for Euro IV and EEV vehicles. However, the emissions of NO2 vary widely dependent on the bus technology used. Almost all the NOx emission from Euro IV buses with SCR is in the form of NO, whereas EEV vehicles (Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle) emit about 30% of the NOx as NO2. We find similarly low amounts of NO2 from trucks (3.5-12t and >12t). Finally, we show that NH3 emissions are most important for older generation catalyst-equipped petrol vehicles and SCR-equipped buses. The NH3 emissions from petrol cars have decreased by over a factor of three from the vehicles manufactured in the late 1990s compared with those manufactured in 2012. Tables of emission factors are presented for NOx, NO2 and NH3 together with uncertainties to assist the development of new emission

  19. Combining anti-cancer drugs with artificial sweeteners: synthesis and anti-cancer activity of saccharinate (sac) and thiosaccharinate (tsac) complexes cis-[Pt(sac)2(NH3)2] and cis-[Pt(tsac)2(NH3)2].

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    Al-Jibori, Subhi A; Al-Jibori, Ghassan H; Al-Hayaly, Lamaan J; Wagner, Christoph; Schmidt, Harry; Timur, Suna; Baris Barlas, F; Subasi, Elif; Ghosh, Shishir; Hogarth, Graeme

    2014-12-01

    The new platinum(II) complexes cis-[Pt(sac)2(NH3)2] (sac=saccharinate) and cis-[Pt(tsac)2(NH3)2] (tsac=thiosaccharinate) have been prepared, the X-ray crystal structure of cis-[Pt(sac)2(NH3)2] x H2O reveals that both saccharinate anions are N-bound in a cis-arrangement being inequivalent in both the solid-state and in solution at room temperature. Preliminary anti-cancer activity has been assessed against A549 human alveolar type-II like cell lines with the thiosaccharinate complex showing good activity.

  20. The Cu-CHA deNOx Catalyst in Action: Temperature-Dependent NH3-Assisted Selective Catalytic Reduction Monitored by Operando XAS and XES.

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    Lomachenko, Kirill A; Borfecchia, Elisa; Negri, Chiara; Berlier, Gloria; Lamberti, Carlo; Beato, Pablo; Falsig, Hanne; Bordiga, Silvia

    2016-09-21

    The small-pore Cu-CHA zeolite is today the object of intensive research efforts to rationalize its outstanding performance in the NH3-assisted selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of harmful nitrogen oxides and to unveil the SCR mechanism. Herein we exploit operando X-ray spectroscopies to monitor the Cu-CHA catalyst in action during NH3-SCR in the 150-400 °C range, targeting Cu oxidation state, mobility, and preferential N or O ligation as a function of reaction temperature. By combining operando XANES, EXAFS, and vtc-XES, we unambiguously identify two distinct regimes for the atomic-scale behavior of Cu active-sites. Low-temperature SCR, up to ∼200 °C, is characterized by balanced populations of Cu(I)/Cu(II) sites and dominated by mobile NH3-solvated Cu-species. From 250 °C upward, in correspondence to the steep increase in catalytic activity, the largely dominant Cu-species are framework-coordinated Cu(II) sites, likely representing the active sites for high-temperature SCR.

  1. New syntheses and structural characterization of NH3BH2Cl and (BH2NH2)3 and thermal decomposition behavior of NH3BH2Cl.

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    Lingam, Hima K; Wang, Cong; Gallucci, Judith C; Chen, Xuenian; Shore, Sheldon G

    2012-12-17

    New convenient procedures for the preparation of ammonia monochloroborane (NH(3)BH(2)Cl) and cyclotriborazane [(BH(2)NH(2))(3)] are described. Crystal structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Strong H···Cl···H bifurcated hydrogen bonding and weak N-H···H dihydrogen bonding are observed in the crystal structure of ammonia monochloroborane. When heated at 50 °C or under vacuum, ammonia monochloroborane decomposes to (NH(2)BHCl)(x), which was characterized by NMR, elemental analysis, and powder X-ray diffraction. Redetermination of the crystal structure of cyclotriborazane at low temperature by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis provides accurate hydrogen positions. Similar to ammonia borane, cyclotriborazane shows extensive dihydrogen bonding of N-H···H and B-H···H bonds with H(δ+)···H(δ-) interactions in the range of 2.00-2.34 Å.

  2. Growth of large CH3NH3PbX3 (X=I, Br) single crystals in solution

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    Su, J.; Chen, D. P.; Lin, C. T.

    2015-07-01

    We present the results on the successful growth of CH3NH3PbX3 (X=I, Br) single crystals sized up to centimeters using hydrohalic acid solution method. Large crystals with perfect morphology were obtained by a very slow cooling rate of 0.1-0.2 °C/h. The lattice parameters of tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3 and cubic CH3NH3PbBr3 were estimated using the Rietveld refinement method. Study of crystal nucleus, habits and dimensions indicates that these are strongly dependent on the supercooling of solution during crystal growth, in which the (0 0 1)/(0 1 0) for CH3NH3PbI3 and {1 0 0} for CH3NH3PbBr3 always exhibit the largest faces on the as-grown crystals. A structural phase transition of tetragonal/cubic and cubic/tetragonal for the CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals was observed to occur at 62 and 60 °C during the heating and cooling process, respectively. The nonlinear relationship of temperature-dependent solubility for CH3NH3PbI3 in hydrohalic acid was also determined.

  3. Characteristics of methylammonium ion (CH3NH3+) in aqueous electrolyte solution: An ONIOM-XS MD simulation study

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    Chaiyasit, Prangthong; Tongraar, Anan; Kerdcharoen, Teerakiat

    2017-08-01

    An ONIOM-XS MD simulation has been performed to characterize the CH3NH3+-water hydrogen bonds (HBs) in aqueous solution. The sphere which includes the CH3NH3+ ion and its surrounding waters was treated by the HF/DZP method, while the rest was described by classical pair potentials. The ONIOM-XS MD results clearly reveal a flexible CH3NH3+ solvation, showing various numbers of water molecules, ranging from 3 to 8 and from 12 to 19, cooperatively involved in the primary region of the sbnd NH3+ and sbnd CH3 species, respectively. The sbnd NH3+ group participates in about 3.6 HBs with its nearest-neighbor waters, and the HBs between the sbnd NH3+ hydrogens and their nearest-neighbor waters are relatively weaker than the HBs of bulk water. It is evident that the ;hydrophobic effect; of the sbnd CH3 species results in slightly more attractive water-water HB interactions in this region. Such phenomenon corresponds to a clear ;structure-breaking; ability of CH3NH3+ in aqueous solution.

  4. Characterizing the influence of highways on springtime NO2 and NH3 concentrations in regional forest monitoring plots.

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    Watmough, Shaun A; McDonough, Andrew M; Raney, Shanel M

    2014-07-01

    Highways are major sources of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ammonia (NH3). In this study, springtime NO2 and NH3 concentrations were measured at 17 Ontario Forest Biomonitoring Network (OFBN) plots using passive samplers. Average springtime NO2 concentrations were between 1.3 μg m(-3) and 27 μg m(-3), and NH3 concentrations were between 0.2 μg m(-3) and 1.7 μg m(-3), although concentrations measured in May (before leaf out) were typically twice as high as values recorded in June. Average NO2 concentrations, and to a lesser extent NH3, could be predicted by road density at all radii (around the plot) tested (500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m). Springtime NO2 concentrations were predicted for a further 50 OFBN sites. Normalized plant/lichen N concentrations were positively correlated with estimated springtime NO2 and NH3 concentrations. Epiphytic foliose lichen richness decreased with increasing NO2 and NH3, but vascular plant richness was positively related to estimated springtime NO2 and NH3. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Investigation of the Hydrolysis of Perovskite Organometallic Halide CH3NH3PbI3 in Humidity Environment

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    Zhao, Jiangtao; Cai, Bing; Luo, Zhenlin; Dong, Yongqi; Zhang, Yi; Xu, Han; Hong, Bin; Yang, Yuanjun; Li, Liangbin; Zhang, Wenhua; Gao, Chen

    2016-01-01

    Instability of emerging perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment is the biggest obstacle for its potential applications in solar energy harvest and electroluminescent display. Understanding the detailed decay mechanism of these materials in moisture is a critical step towards the final appropriate solutions. As a model study presented in this work, in situ synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction was combined with microscopy and gravimetric analysis to study the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 in moisture, and the results reveal that: 1) intermediate monohydrated CH3NH3PbI3·H2O is detected in the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 and the final decomposition products are PbI2 and aqueous CH3NH3I; 2) the aqueous CH3NH3I could hardly further decompose into volatile CH3NH2, HI or I2; 3) the moisture disintegrate CH3NH3PbI3 and then alter the distribution of the decomposition products, which leads to an incompletely-reversible reaction of CH3NH3PbI3 hydrolysis and degrades the photoelectric properties. These findings further elucidate the picture of hydrolysis process of perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment. PMID:26924112

  6. Investigation of the Hydrolysis of Perovskite Organometallic Halide CH3NH3PbI3 in Humidity Environment

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    Zhao, Jiangtao; Cai, Bing; Luo, Zhenlin; Dong, Yongqi; Zhang, Yi; Xu, Han; Hong, Bin; Yang, Yuanjun; Li, Liangbin; Zhang, Wenhua; Gao, Chen

    2016-02-01

    Instability of emerging perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment is the biggest obstacle for its potential applications in solar energy harvest and electroluminescent display. Understanding the detailed decay mechanism of these materials in moisture is a critical step towards the final appropriate solutions. As a model study presented in this work, in situ synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction was combined with microscopy and gravimetric analysis to study the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 in moisture, and the results reveal that: 1) intermediate monohydrated CH3NH3PbI3·H2O is detected in the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 and the final decomposition products are PbI2 and aqueous CH3NH3I; 2) the aqueous CH3NH3I could hardly further decompose into volatile CH3NH2, HI or I2; 3) the moisture disintegrate CH3NH3PbI3 and then alter the distribution of the decomposition products, which leads to an incompletely-reversible reaction of CH3NH3PbI3 hydrolysis and degrades the photoelectric properties. These findings further elucidate the picture of hydrolysis process of perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment.

  7. Long-range transport of NH3, CO, HCN, and C2H6 from the 2014 Canadian Wildfires

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    Lutsch, E.; Dammers, E.; Conway, S.; Strong, K.

    2016-08-01

    We report the first long-term measurements of ammonia (NH3) in the high Arctic. Enhancements of the total columns of NH3, carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), and ethane (C2H6) were detected in July and August 2014 at Eureka, Nunavut, and Toronto, Ontario. Enhancements were attributed to fires in the Northwest Territories using the FLEXPART Lagrangian dispersion model and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Fire Hot Spot data set. Emission estimates are reported as average emission factors for HCN (0.62 ± 0.34 g kg-1), C2H6 (1.50 ± 0.75 g kg-1), and NH3 (1.40 ± 0.72 g kg-1). Observations of NH3 at both sites demonstrate long-range transport of NH3, with an estimated NH3 lifetime of 48 h. We also conclude that boreal fires may be an important source of NH3 in the summertime Arctic.

  8. Removal of high concentration of NH3 and coexistent H2S by biological activated carbon (BAC) biotrickling filter.

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    Chung, Ying-Chien; Lin, Yu-Yen; Tseng, Ching-Ping

    2005-11-01

    High efficiency of NH3 and H2S removal from waste gases was achieved by the biotrickling filter. Granular activated carbon (GAC), inoculated with Arthrobacter oxydans CH8 for NH3 removal and Pseudomonas putida CH11 for H2S removal, was used as packing material. Under conditions in which 100% H2S was removed, extensive tests to eliminate high concentrations of NH3 emission-including removal characteristics, removal efficiency, and removal capacity of the system-were performed. The results of the Bed Depth Service Time (BDST) experiment suggested that physical adsorption of NH3 gas by GAC was responsible for the first 10 days, after which NH3 gas was biodegraded by inoculated microorganisms. The dynamic steady state between physical adsorption and biodegradation was about two weeks. After the system achieved equilibrium, the BAC biotrickling filter exhibited high adaptation to shock loading, elevated temperature, and flow rate. Greater than 96% removal efficiency for NH3 was achieved during the 140-day operating period when inlet H2S loading was maintained at 6.25 g-S/m3/h. During the operating period, the pH varied between 6.5 and 8.0 after the physical adsorption stage, and no acidification or alkalinity was observed. The results also demonstrated that NH3 removal was not affected by the coexistence of H2S while gas retention time was the key factor in system performance. The retention time of at least 65 s is required to obtain a greater than 95% NH3 removal efficiency. The critical loading of NH3 for the system was 4.2 g-N/m3/h, and the maximal loading was 16.2 g-N/m3/h. The results of this study could be used as a guide for further design and operation of industrial-scale systems.

  9. VUV Photolysis of NH_3: a Matrix Isolation Study of the Molecular Interactions Between Amidogen Radical and Ammonia Molecules

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    Krim, L.; Zins, E. L.

    2013-06-01

    The presence of NH_3 in the interstellar medium is very promising in terms of possible exobiologically-relevant reactions. This is the reason why numerous laboratory investigations on reactions involving NH_3 were carried out in the context of astrochemistry. Among other reactions, the photolysis of NH_3 was widely investigated. IR spectroscopy in solid phase as well as in rare-gas matrices suggested the formation of NH_2 radicals. In most of these experiments, samples containing NH_3 were prepared at cryogenic temperatures and further irradiated. On the other hand, since the penetration of the photons inside the solid ices as well as inside matrices is limited, the concentration of the photoproducts is weak, thus hindering possible secondary reaction studies. Furthermore, in addition with ice-grain irradiations, in the interstellar clouds, the gaseous species may be subjected to irradiation during their condensation on ice grains. In order to reproduce this effect, instead of irradiating samples obtained by condensation of NH_3 or NH_3/Ne gases at low temperatures, we carried experiments in which irradiation was carried out during the sample deposition. Thus, the amidogen radical and complexes between this radical and ammonia molecules were prepared and isolated in a neon matrix. The formation of (NH_2)(NH_3), (NH_2)(NH_3)_2 and (NH_2)(NH_3)_3 was clearly established thanks to the comparison between the theoretical and the experimental vibrational frequencies. Thus, such ammonia-containing aggregates may be formed in the interstellar clouds. These complexes, as solvated radicals, may further react with carbon- and oxygen-containing species present on the surface of ice grains. Such reactions may be a first step toward the formation of prebiotic molecules.

  10. Optically switched magnetism in photovoltaic perovskite CH3NH3(Mn:Pb)I3

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    Náfrádi, B.; Szirmai, P.; Spina, M.; Lee, H.; Yazyev, O. V.; Arakcheeva, A.; Chernyshov, D.; Gibert, M.; Forró, L.; Horváth, E.

    2016-01-01

    The demand for ever-increasing density of information storage and speed of manipulation boosts an intense search for new magnetic materials and novel ways of controlling the magnetic bit. Here, we report the synthesis of a ferromagnetic photovoltaic CH3NH3(Mn:Pb)I3 material in which the photo-excited electrons rapidly melt the local magnetic order through the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida interactions without heating up the spin system. Our finding offers an alternative, very simple and efficient way of optical spin control, and opens an avenue for applications in low-power, light controlling magnetic devices. PMID:27882917

  11. Construction of Spectroscopically Accurate IR Linelists for NH3 and CO2

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    Huang, X.; Schwenke, D. W.; Lee, T. J.

    2011-05-01

    The strategy of using the best theory together with high-resolution experi-ment was applied to NH3 and CO2: that is, refine a highly accurate ab initio PES with the most reliable HITRAN or pure experimental data. With 0.01 - 0.02 cm-1 accuracy, our calculations are clearly far beyond simply reproducing experimental data, but are also capable of revealing many deficiencies in the cur- rent experimental analysis of the various isotopologues, as well as provide reliable predictions with similar accuracy.

  12. H2O/Ni(100) and NH3/Ni(100) - A computational approach

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    Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    The adsorption of NH3 and H2O on the Ni(100) is treated using a cluster model. The adsorption is found to have only a small effect on the HXH angle. Rotation about the principal ligand axis requires virtually no energy. Ligand tilts of 15 deg are found to require small amounts of energy, leading to the suggestion that the ESDIAD signal is a result of excited tilting modes, not a change in the HXH angle. For H2O additional bending modes are considered and all are found to be quite flat in energy.

  13. Optically switched magnetism in photovoltaic perovskite CH3NH3(Mn:Pb)I3

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    Náfrádi, B.; Szirmai, P.; Spina, M.; Lee, H.; Yazyev, O. V.; Arakcheeva, A.; Chernyshov, D.; Gibert, M.; Forró, L.; Horváth, E.

    2016-11-01

    The demand for ever-increasing density of information storage and speed of manipulation boosts an intense search for new magnetic materials and novel ways of controlling the magnetic bit. Here, we report the synthesis of a ferromagnetic photovoltaic CH3NH3(Mn:Pb)I3 material in which the photo-excited electrons rapidly melt the local magnetic order through the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interactions without heating up the spin system. Our finding offers an alternative, very simple and efficient way of optical spin control, and opens an avenue for applications in low-power, light controlling magnetic devices.

  14. Optically switched magnetism in photovoltaic perovskite CH3NH3(Mn:Pb)I3.

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    Náfrádi, B; Szirmai, P; Spina, M; Lee, H; Yazyev, O V; Arakcheeva, A; Chernyshov, D; Gibert, M; Forró, L; Horváth, E

    2016-11-24

    The demand for ever-increasing density of information storage and speed of manipulation boosts an intense search for new magnetic materials and novel ways of controlling the magnetic bit. Here, we report the synthesis of a ferromagnetic photovoltaic CH3NH3(Mn:Pb)I3 material in which the photo-excited electrons rapidly melt the local magnetic order through the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interactions without heating up the spin system. Our finding offers an alternative, very simple and efficient way of optical spin control, and opens an avenue for applications in low-power, light controlling magnetic devices.

  15. Triphos derivatives and diphosphines as ligands in the ruthenium-catalysed alcohol amination with NH3.

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    Nakagawa, N; Derrah, E J; Schelwies, M; Rominger, F; Trapp, O; Schaub, T

    2016-04-28

    The ruthenium-triphos and diphosphine-catalysed amination of alcohols with ammonia is reported. Various types of triphos derivatives with electron-donating functional group were synthesized and used as ligands in the Ru-catalysed alcohol amination with NH3. The triphos derivatives are effective for the formation of primary amines. On the other hand, if hemilabile diphosphines as tridentate ligands are used, mixtures of secondary-along with primary amines are obtained. It was found that even simple diphosphines can be used as ligands for the selective formation of the secondary amines. The diphosphine system allows a new entry to the Ru-catalysed formation of secondary amines.

  16. Fabrication of CH3NH3PbI3/PVP Composite Fibers via Electrospinning and Deposition

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    Chao, Li-Min; Tai, Ting-Yu; Chen, Yueh-Ying; Lin, Pei-Ying; Fu, Yaw-Shyan

    2015-01-01

    In our study, one-dimensional PbI2/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) composition fibers have been prepared by using PbI2 and PVP as precursors dissolved in N,N-dimethylformamide via a electrospinning process. Dipping the fibers into CH3NH3I solution changed its color, indicating the formation of CH3NH3PbI3, to obtain CH3NH3PbI3/PVP composite fibers. The structure, morphology and composition of the all as-prepared fibers were characterized by using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. PMID:28793517

  17. Formation of H2+ and H3+ in energetic highly-charged-ion collisions with NH3

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    Bhatt, Pragya; Sairam, T.; Kumar, Ajit; Kumar, Herendra; Safvan, C. P.

    2017-08-01

    The dissociation of NH3 is studied using energetic H + and Arq + (q =1 ,8 ) ions. The multi-ion coincidence technique along with the time- and position-sensitive measurements of the recoil ions allows us to distinguish different dissociation channels involving the rearrangement of hydrogen atoms. It is observed that the bond dissociation of NH3x + (x =3 -5 ) occurs in a concerted manner and nonplanar dissociation exists. Our results indicate a competition between the bond-rearrangement and Coulomb repulsion processes in NH3x + . Ab initio intrinsic reaction coordinate calculations are performed to understand the bond-rearrangement process in NH32 + .

  18. Etude calorimétrique et structure cristalline du putrescinium monohydrogénomonophosphate dihydrate NH 3(CH 2) 4NH 3HPO 42H 2O

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    Kamoun, Slaheddine; Jouini, Amor

    1990-11-01

    Chemical preparation, calorimetric studies, and crystal structure are given for a new monophosphate. The putrescinium monohydrogen monophosphate dihydrate salt is monoclinic with the unit cell dimensions a = 6.541(1) Å, b = 16.648(3) Å, c = 9.175(1) Å, β = 95.74(1)°, V = 994.1(5) Å 3, Dm = 1.498 Mgm -3, Dx = 1.484 Mgm -3, μ = 2.732 mm -1, space group {P2 1}/{c} with Z = 4. The structure was solved by the Patterson method and refined to a final value of 0.046 for 1732 observed independent reflections. The structure shows a layer arrangement perpendicular to the overlinec axis: planes of the [HPO 4] 2- tetrahedra alternate with planes of the [(CH 2) 4(NH 3) 2] 2+ dication. The zeolitic water molecules are located between these planes separated by a distance of 2.294 Å. The monohydrogen phosphate group is roughly tetrahedral with the symmetry 3 m. The PO distances in this group range from 1.495(2) to 1.592(2) Å. The amino groups of putrescine are protonated. The putrescinium dication has an extensive all- trans configuration with a noncrystallographic inversion center. The cohesion and the stability of the atomic arrangement result from three kinds of hydrogen bonds, NH····O, POH····O(w), and O(W)H····O. The differential scanning calorimetric study shows that the dehydration of this salt occurs in two steps respectively at 105 and 121°C with a loss of one water molecule per step. The anhydrous salt undergoes four phase transitions respectively at temperatures of 133, 143, 159, and 165°C.

  19. Imaging a multidimensional multichannel potential energy surface: Photodetachment of H-(NH3) and NH4-

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    Hu, Qichi; Song, Hongwei; Johnson, Christopher J.; Li, Jun; Guo, Hua; Continetti, Robert E.

    2016-06-01

    Probes of the Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surfaces governing polyatomic molecules often rely on spectroscopy for the bound regions or collision experiments in the continuum. A combined spectroscopic and half-collision approach to image nuclear dynamics in a multidimensional and multichannel system is reported here. The Rydberg radical NH4 and the double Rydberg anion NH4- represent a polyatomic system for benchmarking electronic structure and nine-dimensional quantum dynamics calculations. Photodetachment of the H-(NH3) ion-dipole complex and the NH4- DRA probes different regions on the neutral NH4 PES. Photoelectron energy and angular distributions at photon energies of 1.17, 1.60, and 2.33 eV compare well with quantum dynamics. Photoelectron-photofragment coincidence experiments indicate dissociation of the nascent NH4 Rydberg radical occurs to H + NH3 with a peak kinetic energy of 0.13 eV, showing the ground state of NH4 to be unstable, decaying by tunneling-induced dissociation on a time scale beyond the present scope of multidimensional quantum dynamics.

  20. First Principles Study of Electronic Structure of BF3-NH3 Complex and Associated Properties

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    Dubey, Archana; Mahanti, Mahendra K.; Pink, Roger

    2005-03-01

    BF3 is a planar molecule with three-fold symmetry which is widely used to promote various organic reactions such as Friedel-Crafts acylations and alkylations. To obtain a thorough understanding of the mechanisms for this role of BF3, we are studying from first-principles the electronic structures of BF3 and its complexes with NH3. The procedure used is the first principles Hartree-Fock-Roothaan procedure combined with many body perturbation theory. The results for BF3-NH3 system will be reported, such as the binding energy and equilibrium geometry of the complex, the nature of the B-N bond and the changes in the B-F and N-H bond strengths on complex formation. The Nuclear Quadrupole Interactions of the ^19F* (spin 5/2), ^14N, ^11B, and ^2H will be presented and compared with available experimental data. (*) Present Address: Dept. of Physics, Uppsala University, Sweden (**) Also: Dept of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

  1. Kinetics of the NH3 and CO2 solid-state reaction at low temperature.

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    Noble, J A; Theule, P; Duvernay, F; Danger, G; Chiavassa, T; Ghesquiere, P; Mineva, T; Talbi, D

    2014-11-21

    Ammonia and carbon dioxide play an important role in both atmospheric and interstellar ice chemistries. This work presents a theoretical and experimental study of the kinetics of the low-temperature NH3 and CO2 solid-state reaction in ice films, the product of which is ammonium carbamate (NH4(+)NH2COO(-)). It is a first-order reaction with respect to CO2, with a temperature-dependent rate constant fitted to the Arrhenius law in the temperature range 70 K to 90 K, with an activation energy of 5.1 ± 1.6 kJ mol(-1) and a pre-exponential factor of 0.09-0.08(+1.1) s(-1). This work helps to determine the rate of removal of CO2 and NH3, via their conversion into ammonium carbamate, from atmospheric and interstellar ices. We also measure first-order desorption energies of 69.0 ± 0.2 kJ mol(-1) and 76.1 ± 0.1 kJ mol(-1), assuming a pre-exponential factor of 10(13) s(-1), for ammonium carbamate and carbamic acid, respectively.

  2. Room temperature three-photon pumped CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite microlasers

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    Gao, Yisheng; Wang, Shuai; Huang, Can; Yi, Ningbo; Wang, Kaiyang; Xiao, Shumin; Song, Qinghai

    2017-01-01

    Hybrid lead halide perovskites have made great strides in next-generation light-harvesting and light emitting devices. Recently, they have also shown great potentials in nonlinear optical materials. Two-photon absorption and two-photon light emission have been thoroughly studied in past two years. However, the three-photon processes are rarely explored, especially for the laser emissions. Here we synthesized high quality CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite microstructures with solution processed precipitation method and studied their optical properties. When the microstructures are pumped with intense 1240 nm lasers, we have observed clear optical limit effect and the band-to-band photoluminescence at 540 nm. By increasing the pumping density, whispering-gallery-mode based microlasers have been achieved from CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite microplate and microrod for the first time. This work demonstrates the potentials of hybrid lead halide perovskites in nonlinear photonic devices. PMID:28350003

  3. Outdoor-indoor air quality in Riyadh: SO2, NH3, and HCHO.

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    Al-Rehaili, A M

    2002-11-01

    A funded research project was conducted during the period July 1992 through November 1994. The project was designed to evaluate indoor and ambient air quality in and around buildings of different types and uses in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Thirty intercity buildings and two outercity (background) sites were carefully selected and monitored for air quality. Ten air pollutants, together with relevant meteorological parameters, were monitored indoor and outdoor at each site continuously and simultaneously for a period of two weeks covering summer and winter seasons. This article discusses the results obtained for sulfur dioxide (SO2), ammonia (NH3) and formaldehyde (HCHO). Results of this investigation revealed that most sites had on the average exceeded the recommended standards for SO2 and NH3 both indoor and outdoor, with indoor levels being worse than outdoor during winter time. Several sites also showed high levels of HCHO, with outdoor levels being consistently higher than indoor. Statistical and frequency analyses were performed on the collected data, showing seasonal and sector by sector variability, and outdoor-indoor correlations.

  4. Crystal structure of [Co(NH3)6][Co(CO)4]2

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    Müller, Thomas G.; Kraus, Florian

    2015-01-01

    Hexaamminecobalt(II) bis­[tetra­carbonyl­cobaltate(-I)], [Co(NH3)6][Co(CO)4]2, was synthesized by reaction of liquid ammonia with Co2(CO)8. The CoII atom is coordinated by six ammine ligands. The resulting polyhedron, the hexa­amminecobalt(II) cation, exhibits point group symmetry -3. The Co-I atom is coordinated by four carbonyl ligands, leading to a tetra­carbonyl­cobaltate(−I) anion in the shape of a slightly distorted tetra­hedron, with point group symmetry 3. The crystal structure is related to that of high-pressure BaC2 (space group R-3m), with the [Co(NH3)6]2+ cations replacing the Ba sites and the [Co(CO)4]− anions replacing the C sites. N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds between cations and anions stabilize the structural set-up in the title compound. PMID:26594524

  5. Effects of NO2 and NH3 from road traffic on epiphytic lichens.

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    Frati, L; Caprasecca, E; Santoni, S; Gaggi, C; Guttova, A; Gaudino, S; Pati, A; Rosamilia, S; Pirintsos, S A; Loppi, S

    2006-07-01

    The results of a survey aimed at investigating whether NO2 and NH3 emitted by road traffic can influence lichen diversity, lichen vitality and the accumulation of nitrogen in lichen thalli are reported. For this purpose, distance from a highway in a rural environment of central Italy was regarded as the main parameter to check this hypothesis. The results of the present survey indicated that road traffic is not a relevant source of NH3. On the other hand, NO2 concentrations, although rather low, were negatively correlated with distance from the highway according to a typical logarithmic function. No association between NO2 concentrations and the diversity of epiphytic lichens was found, probably because of the low NO2 values measured. Also bark properties were not influenced by distance from the highway. Accumulation of nitrogen, reduction in the content of chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b and total carotenoids were found in transplanted thalli of Evernia prunastri, but NO2 was not responsible for these changes, which were probably caused by applications of N-based fertilizers.

  6. Flexible NH3 sensors fabricated by in situ self-assembly of polypyrrole.

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    Su, Pi-Guey; Lee, Chi-Ting; Chou, Cheng-Yi

    2009-12-15

    Novel flexible NH(3) gas sensors were formed by the in situ self-assembly of polypyrrole (PPy) on plastic substrates. A negatively charged substrate was prepared by the formation of an organic monolayer (3-mercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid sodium salt-MPS) on a polyester (PET) substrate using a pair of comb-like Au electrodes. Two-cycle poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid) sodium salt/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PSS/PAH) bilayers (precursor layer) were then layer-by-layer (LBL) deposited on an MPS-modified substrate. Finally, a monolayer of PPy self-assembled in situ and PPy multilayer thin films self-assembled LBL in situ on a (PSS/PAH)(2)/MPS/Au/Cr/PET substrate. The thin films were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The effects of the precursor layer (PSS), the deposition time of the monolayer of PPy and the number of PPy multilayers on the gas sensing properties (response) and the flexibility of the sensors were investigated to optimize the fabrication of the film. Additionally, other sensing properties such as sensing linearity, reproducibility, response and recovery times, as well as cross-sensitivity effects were studied. The flexible NH(3) gas sensor exhibited a strong response that was comparable to or even greater than that of sensors that were fabricated on rigid substrate at room temperature.

  7. Paper based platform for colorimetric sensing of dissolved NH3 and CO2.

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    Chen, Yu; Zilberman, Yael; Mostafalu, Pooria; Sonkusale, Sameer R

    2015-05-15

    Paper, a cheap and ubiquitous material, has great potential to be used as low-cost, portable and biodegradable platform for chemical and biological sensing application. In this paper, we are exploring a low-cost, flexible and reliable method to effectively pattern paper for capturing optical dyes and for flow-based delivery of target samples for colorimetric chemical sensing. In this paper, we target the detection of ammonia (NH3) and carbon dioxide (CO2), two of the important environmental and health biomarkers. By functionalizing the paper platform with diverse cross-reactive dyes sensitive to NH3 and CO2, their selective sensing within a certain pH range, as well as their detection at different concentrations can be achieved. The images of paper based device were captured by a flatbed scanner and processed in MATLAB(®) using a RGB model and PCA for quantitative analysis. Paper based devices with readout using ubiquitous consumer electronic devices (e.g. smartphones, flatbed scanner) are considered promising approaches for disease screening in developing countries with limited resources.

  8. NH3 and NH2 in the coma of Comet Brorsen-Metcalf

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    Tegler, Stephen C.; Burke, Luke F.; Wyckoff, Susan; Womack, Maria; Fink, Uwe; Disanti, Michael

    1992-01-01

    Evidence consistent with NH3 ice in the nucleus of Comet Brorsen-Metcalf as the source of the NH2 observed in the comet coma is presented. The distribution of NH2 is symmetric and shows no evidence for jet structure at the 3-sigma significance level above background emission. An azimuthal average of the NH2 image produces an NH2 surface brightness profile for Comet Brorsen-Metcalf which yields a factor of about-10 improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio over previous 1D long-slit NH2 observations, and provides a significant constraint on the NH2 photodissociation time scale in comets. A Monte Carlo simulation of the comet coma, assuming that NH2 is the primary source of NH2, is described and compared with the observations. For an observed production rate, Q(H2O) is approximately equal to 7 x 10 exp 28 molecules/s, collisional effects on the NH3 and NH2 outflow had at most an approximately 10-percent effect on the NH2 surface brightness profile. Because Comet Brorsen-Metcalf showed no significant dust or gas production rate variability, it is argued that steady state conditions best match the comet at the time of the observations.

  9. Ultrasensitive Silicon Nanowire Sensor Developed by a Special Ag Modification Process for Rapid NH3 Detection.

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    Qin, Yuxiang; Liu, Diao; Zhang, Tianyi; Cui, Zhen

    2017-08-30

    Surface functionalization is very effective in enhancing sensing properties of a chemiresistive gas sensor. In this work, we develop a novel and cost-effective process to prepare Ag-modified silicon nanowire (SiNW) sensors and further suggest a resistance effect model to clarify the enhanced sensing mechanism of Ag-modified SiNWs. The SiNWs were formed via metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE), and the Ag nanoparticle (NP) modification was achieved in situ based on the MACE-produced Ag dendrites by involving a crucial anisotropic postetching of TMAH. The TMAH etching induces a loose array of needle-like, rough SiNWs (RNWs) with firm attachment of tiny Ag NPs. Comparative investigations for NH3-sensing properties indicate that the RNWs modified by discrete Ag NPs (Ag@RNWs) display an ∼3-fold enhancement in gas response at room temperature compared with pristine SiNWs. Meanwhile, transient response and ultrafast recovery are observed for the Ag@RNW sensor (tres ≤ 2 s and trec ≤ 9 s to 0.33-10 ppm of NH3). The study demonstrates the considerable effect and potential of the Ag modification process developed in this work. A resistance effect model was further suggested to clarify the underlying mechanism of the enhanced response and the response saturation characteristic of the Ag@RNWs. The promotion of TMAH etching-induced microstructure modulation to sensing properties was also demonstrated.

  10. Re-analysis of ammonia spectra: Updating the HITRAN 14NH3 database

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    Down, Michael J.; Hill, Christian; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Tennyson, Jonathan; Brown, Linda R.; Kleiner, Isabelle

    2013-11-01

    The data incorporated in the HITRAN database for 14NH3 are analyzed using a comprehensive and consistent set of quantum numbers, empirical lower energy levels and the BYTe variationally calculated line list as reference points. Labelings are checked to ensure that they obey both the usual selection rules and the HITRAN labeling formalisms; the problems identified are corrected where possible. Further assignments are brought into question by combination difference (CD) checking of implied upper energy levels. The CD analysis yields an 89% complete 14NH3 energy level list up to 6610 cm-1 and J=21, self-consistent to 0.1 cm-1. In combination with the 1723 previously unassigned and unlabeled lines in HITRAN a total of 2529 problem lines were identified for re-analysis. The compiled energy level list was used to label and assign the set of problem transitions, resulting in a total of 249 new assignments and a further 368 new labelings. Assignment by comparison with the reference line list resulted in 111 further new line assignments and 14 new labelings. Intensities are checked against recent measurements and BYTe. New intensities are proposed for the ν2 band with new intensities and line positions for the 2ν2-ν2 and new line lists are created for the ν2-ν2, ν2-ν4 and ν4-ν4 bands. BYTe band intensities are analyzed to identify other regions of missing intensity.

  11. Enhanced NH3-Sensitivity of Reduced Graphene Oxide Modified by Tetra-α-Iso-Pentyloxymetallophthalocyanine Derivatives

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    Li, Xiaocheng; Wang, Bin; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Chen, Zhimin; He, Chunying; Yu, Zheying; Wu, Yiqun

    2015-09-01

    Three kinds of novel hybrid materials were prepared by noncovalent functionalized reduced graphene oxide (rGO) with tetra-α-iso-pentyloxyphthalocyanine copper (CuPc), tetra-α-iso-pentyloxyphthalocyanine nickel (NiPc) and tetra-α-iso-pentyloxyphthalocyanine lead (PbPc) and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and atomic force microscope (AFM). The as-synthesized MPc/rGO hybrids show excellent NH3 gas-sensing performance with high response value and fast recovery time compared with bare rGO. The enhancement of the sensing response is mainly attributed to the synergism of gas adsorption of MPc to NH3 gas and conducting network of rGO with greater electron transfer efficiency. Strategies for combining the good properties of rGO and MPc derivatives will open new opportunities for preparing and designing highly efficient rGO chemiresistive gas-sensing hybrid materials for potential applications in gas sensor field.

  12. Preparation and characterization of Pd/C catalyst obtained in NH 3-mediated polyol process

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    Li, Huanqiao; Sun, Gongquan; Jiang, Qian; Zhu, Mingyuan; Sun, Shiguo; Xin, Qin

    Vulcan XC-72R carbon supported Pd nanoparticles was obtained in a NH 3-mediated polyol process without any protective agent and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) techniques. The added NH 3 species is found to have a strong complex ability to Pd, which not only avoids the formation of Pd hydroxide precipitate resulted from Pd hydrolysis, but also restrains the further complete reduction of Pd. Temperature-programmed reduction equipped with a mass spectrometry (TPR-MS) is employed to study the reductive behavior of unreduced Pd complex in Pd/C catalyst and the results show that the post-treatment in a reductive atmosphere at higher temperature is needed to ensure the complete reduction of Pd. XRD patterns show the heat-treated Pd/C sample in a reductive atmosphere has a face centered cubic crystal structure and TEM image indicates that the dispersion of Pd nanoparticles on the carbon support is uniform and in a narrow particle size range. Thermodynamic data analysis is carried out to elucidate the possible reaction pathway for the preparation of Pd/C catalyst in this process. The obtained Pd/C catalyst shows high activity to formic acid oxidation and high selectivity to oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with the presence of methanol.

  13. Chemi-luminescence measurements of hyperthermal Xe+/Xe2+ + NH3 reactions

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    Prince, Benjamin D.; Steiner, Colby P.; Chiu, Yu-Hui

    2012-04-01

    Luminescence spectra are recorded for the reactions of Xe+ + NH3 and Xe2+ + NH3 at energies ranging from 11.5 to 206 eV in the center-of-mass (Ecm) frame. Intense features of the luminescence spectra are attributed to the NH (A 3Πi-X 3Σ-), hydrogen Balmer series, and Xe I emission observable for both primary ions. Evidence for charge transfer products is only found through Xe I emission for both primary ions and NH+ emission for Xe2+ primary ions. For both primary ions, the absolute NH (A-X) cross section increases with collision energy before leveling off at a constant value, approximately 9 × 10-18 cm2, at about 50 eV while H-α emission increases linearly with collision energy. The nascent NH (A) populations derived from the spectral analysis are found to be independent of collision energy and have a constant rotational temperature of 4200 K.

  14. Study on novel and promising NH3-SCR catalysts on glass fiber cloth for industrial applications

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    Xie, Junlin; Li, Fengxiang; Hu, Hua; Qi, Kai; He, Feng; Fang, De

    2017-05-01

    MnO x , Mn/TiO2 and Fe-Mn/TiO2 catalysts were prepared by precipitation-impregnation method. The MnO x catalyst shows the highest activity for the reduction of NO with NH3 at the temperature range of 80 °C to 140 °C, and achieves more than 98% of NO conversion at 140 °C. The MnO x catalyst loaded on glass fiber cloth (GFC) was prepared by impregnation method, and the effects of preparation conditions were studied. It turns out that the catalyst particle size, loading capacity and catalyst varieties make a great difference to catalytic performance. In addition, the catalyst with aluminum sol as a binder has the higher catalytic activity but poor ability of anti-sulfur and anti-water poisoning, compared with the catalyst using silica sol binder. Further, MnO x , Mn/TiO2 and Fe-Mn/TiO2 powders were loaded onto GFC using XRD, HRTEM, TGA, SEM, BET, H2-TPR and NH3-TPD to systematically characterize the various physico-chemical properties and denitrition activity. The results indicate that the changes of active components, specific surface area, microstructure, reducibility and suface acidity of the three kinds of catalysts lead to different catalytic activities.

  15. The ν 1 and ν 3 band system of 15NH3

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    Fusina, Luciano; Nivellini, Giandomenico; Spezzano, Silvia

    2011-09-01

    The infrared spectrum of 15NH3 has been investigated by high-resolution Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in the region of the stretching fundamentals. A large number of ro-vibration transitions in the 3050-3650 cm-1 spectral range has been recorded and assigned to the fundamentals ν 1 and ν 3, and to the 2ν 4 overtone bands. In total, 1606 transitions involving the (s) and (a) inversion-rotation-vibration levels have been identified and assigned. They include 256 perturbation-allowed transitions with selection rules ΔK = ±2, Δl = -1 in ν 3 and Δl = +2 in ? , and ΔK = ±3, Δl = 0 in ν 1 and ? . All assigned transitions were fitted simultaneously to a model Hamiltonian that includes all symmetry-allowed interactions between and within the excited state levels in order to obtain accurate sets of spectroscopic parameters for both inversion states. The standard deviation of the fit, 0.034 cm-1, is about 70 times larger than the estimated measurement precision. This result is similar to that reported for the same band system in 14NH3 by Kleiner et al. [J. Mol. Spectrosc. 193, 46 (1999)] and is a consequence of the neglect of vibration and ro-vibration interactions between the analysed states and vibrationally excited states with close energies.

  16. Comparison of Recombination Dynamics in CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Films: Influence of Exciton Binding Energy.

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    Yang, Ye; Yang, Mengjin; Li, Zhen; Crisp, Ryan; Zhu, Kai; Beard, Matthew C

    2015-12-03

    Understanding carrier recombination in semiconductors is a critical component when developing practical applications. Here we measure and compare the monomolecular, bimolecular, and trimolecular (Auger) recombination rate constants of CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbI3. The monomolecular and bimolecular recombination rate constants for both samples are limited by trap-assisted recombination. The bimolecular recombination rate constant for CH3NH3PbBr3 is ∼3.3 times larger than that for CH3NH3PbI3 and both are in line with that found for radiative recombination in other direct-gap semiconductors. The Auger recombination rate constant is 4 times larger in lead-bromide-based perovskite compared with lead-iodide-based perovskite and does not follow the reduced Auger rate when the bandgap increases. The increased Auger recombination rate, which is enhanced by Coulomb interactions, can be ascribed to the larger exciton binding energy, ∼40 meV, in CH3NH3PbBr3 compared with ∼13 meV in CH3NH3PbI3.

  17. Ambient Ammonia Impact Determined by a Novel NH3 Sensor Utilizing a Quantum Cascade Laser and Photoacoustic Spectroscopy

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    McKarns, T.; Kutter, M. F.

    2015-12-01

    Despite the impact of ambient ammonia (NH3) concentrations on the ecology and our health, the continuous monitoring of NH3 is not yet commonplace. The ammonia molecule has reactive and sticky properties making it difficult to sample, and measuring techniques with sufficient sensitivity and selectivity have been difficult to source. The technique presented is based on photo acoustic spectroscopy (PAS) with a quantum cascade laser (QCL). Developed for a wide range of environments, from the cleanest Swiss mountaintops to rural alpine pastures for cows, the novel detector has shown its reliability and ruggedness for sensing NH3 concentrations from 0-5,000 ppb (part per billions) levels. Rural background measurements performed with the new ECO PHYSICS PAS 87 system and in cooperation with the German Institute for Tropospheric Research, will prove the suitability of this approach to reach continuous automated ambient NH3 values for environmental campaigns.

  18. Sources and Impacts of Atmospheric NH3: Current Understanding and Frontiers for Modeling, Measurements, and Remote Sensing in North America

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    Ammonia (NH3) contributes to widespread adverse health impacts, affects the climate forcing of ambient aerosols, and is a significant component of reactive nitrogen, deposition of which threatens many sensitive ecosystems. Historically, the scarcity of in situ measurements and th...

  19. Sources and Impacts of Atmospheric NH3: Current Understanding and Frontiers for Modeling, Measurements, and Remote Sensing in North America

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    Ammonia (NH3) contributes to widespread adverse health impacts, affects the climate forcing of ambient aerosols, and is a significant component of reactive nitrogen, deposition of which threatens many sensitive ecosystems. Historically, the scarcity of in situ measurements and th...

  20. Increasing the indium incorporation efficiency during InGaN layer growth by suppressing the dissociation of NH3

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    Yang, J.; Zhao, D. G.; Jiang, D. S.; Chen, P.; Zhu, J. J.; Liu, Z. S.; Liu, W.; Liang, F.; Li, X.; Liu, S. T.; Zhang, L. Q.; Yang, H.

    2017-02-01

    Three series of InGaN samples with different growth pressures are grown in a vertical metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system and the indium incorporation efficiency during InGaN layer growth is investigated. It is found that the indium content in InGaN layer decreases when the NH3 flow rate increases at a higher growth pressure and it increases with the NH3 flow rate at a lower growth pressure, This may be attributed to the higher dissociation rate of NH3 into N2 and H2 at a higher growth pressure, leading to a higher H2 concentration in reactor during InGaN growth. Therefore, changing growth conditions to suppress the dissociation of NH3 into N2 and H2 can increase the indium incorporation efficiency during InGaN film growth.

  1. Reaction between Pyridine and CH3NH3PbI3: Surface-Confined Reaction or Bulk Transformation?

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    Yu, Xiaozhou; Yan, Haoming; Peng, Qing

    2017-09-14

    Pyridine molecules have been used to passivate surface Pb(2+) sites of CH3NH3PbI3, to recrystallize CH3NH3PbI3, and to bleach CH3NH3PbI3. However, these results contradict each other, as recrystallization and optical-bleach require transformation of bulk CH3NH3PbI3, but surface passivation demands the confinement of the reaction at the surface region. The underlying mechanism for these seemly contradicting results is not yet understood. In this paper, we show, at 25 °C, partial pressure of pyridine vapor is a determining factor for its reaction behaviors with CH3NH3PbI3: one can modify the surface region of CH3NH3PbI3 by using pyridine vapor of pressure 1.15 torr or lower but can transform the whole bulk CH3NH3PbI3 film with a pyridine vapor of 1.3 torr or higher. Our result is the first demonstration that the reaction modes, i.e., surface-confined reaction and bulk transformation, are very sensitive to the partial pressure of under-saturated pyridine vapor. Despite the different reaction behaviors, it is interesting that in all pressure ranges, pyridinium ion is a main product from the reaction between pyridine and CH3NH3PbI3. The bulk transformation is due to the formation of a liquid-like film, which increases the mobility of species to catalyze the reaction between pyridine and CH3NH3PbI3. It is important to note 1.3 torr is much smaller than the saturated vapor pressure of pyridine (20 torr at 25 °C). These findings provide a guidance in applying pyridine and other amines to functionalize and transform CH3NH3PbI3 and other hybrid halide perovskites. It also highlights the critical role of fundamental studies in controllably modifying CH3NH3PbI3.

  2. Synergetic formation of secondary inorganic and organic aerosol: effect of SO2 and NH3 on particle formation and growth

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    Chu, Biwu; Zhang, Xiao; Liu, Yongchun; He, Hong; Sun, Yele; Jiang, Jingkun; Li, Junhua; Hao, Jiming

    2016-11-01

    The effects of SO2 and NH3 on secondary organic aerosol formation have rarely been investigated together, while the interactive effects between inorganic and organic species under highly complex pollution conditions remain uncertain. Here we studied the effects of SO2 and NH3 on secondary aerosol formation in the photooxidation system of toluene/NOx in the presence or absence of Al2O3 seed aerosols in a 2 m3 smog chamber. The presence of SO2 increased new particle formation and particle growth significantly, regardless of whether NH3 was present. Sulfate, organic aerosol, nitrate, and ammonium were all found to increase linearly with increasing SO2 concentrations. The increases in these four species were more obvious under NH3-rich conditions, and the generation of nitrate, ammonium, and organic aerosol increased more significantly than sulfate with respect to SO2 concentration, while sulfate was the most sensitive species under NH3-poor conditions. The synergistic effects between SO2 and NH3 in the heterogeneous process contributed greatly to secondary aerosol formation. Specifically, the generation of NH4NO3 was found to be highly dependent on the surface area concentration of suspended particles, and increased most significantly with SO2 concentration among the four species under NH3-rich conditions. Meanwhile, the absorbed NH3 might provide a liquid surface layer for the absorption and subsequent reaction of SO2 and organic products and, therefore, enhance sulfate and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. This effect mainly occurred in the heterogeneous process and resulted in a significantly higher growth rate of seed aerosols compared to without NH3. By applying positive matrix factorisation (PMF) analysis to the AMS data, two factors were identified for the generated SOA. One factor, assigned to less-oxidised organic aerosol and some oligomers, increased with increasing SO2 under NH3-poor conditions, mainly due to the well-known acid catalytic effect of

  3. On-road measurement of NH3 emissions from gasoline and diesel passenger cars during real world driving conditions

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    Suarez-Bertoa, Ricardo; Mendoza-Villafuerte, Pablo; Riccobono, Francesco; Vojtisek, Michal; Pechout, Martin; Perujo, Adolfo; Astorga, Covadonga

    2017-10-01

    NH3 is a precursor of PM2.5 which deteriorates urban air quality, affects human health and impacts the global radiation budget. Since vehicles are important sources of NH3 in urban areas, we have satisfactorily studied the possibility of measuring NH3 emissions from gasoline and SCR-equipped diesel light-duty vehicles during real driving on-road operation using a portable FTIR. The performance of the portable FTIR resulted to be comparable to that of a laboratory-based FTIR during a series of experiments performed in the Vehicle Emission Laboratory (VELA) using the World-harmonized Light-duty Test Cycle (WLTC). Higher on-road NH3 emission factors were obtained for the gasoline vehicle than for the diesel. High NOx emissions were measured from the diesel vehicle, indicating a low efficiency of the DeNOx system, SCR. On-road NH3 emission factors were ∼2 times lower than during the laboratory tests at 23 °C for both vehiclesNH3 emissions were not observed for the diesel vehicle during cold start operation. However, NH3 cold start emissions from the gasoline vehicle were up to 2 orders of magnitude higher than during the entire road trips, ranging from 45 to 134 mg km-1. Cold start emissions are of paramount importance as they commonly take place in urban areas. Hence, future urban reductions in PM2.5 might need to take into consideration the introduction of NH3 emissions limits for passenger cars.

  4. Efficient and reproducible CH3NH3PbI(3-x)(SCN)x perovskite based planar solar cells.

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    Chen, Yani; Li, Bobo; Huang, Wei; Gao, Deqing; Liang, Ziqi

    2015-08-04

    We report the addition of a small amount of Pb(SCN)2 into PbI2 in a two-step solution method. The resulting CH3NH3PbI(3-x)(SCN)x perovskite films present larger-sized crystals and fewer traps than CH3NH3PbI3. Their planar solar cells exhibit a maximum power conversion efficiency of 11.07% with remarkably high reproducibility and good stability.

  5. The photolysis of NH3 in the presence of substituted acetylenes - A possible source of oligomers and HCN on Jupiter

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    Ferris, James P.; Jacobson, Richard R.; Guillemin, Jean C.

    1992-01-01

    An NMR spectral study is presently conducted of NH3 photolysis in the presence of substituted acetylenes with NMR spectra and gas chromatography. Quantum yields and percentage conversions to products are reported. It is shown that acetylenic hydrocarbons generated during methane photolysis in Jupiter's stratosphere can react with radicals formed by NH3 photolysis to yield nonvolatile, yellow-brown polymers, alkylnitriles, and in due course, HCN, as observed on Jupiter.

  6. Immobilization of enzyme and antibody on ALD-HfO2-EIS structure by NH3 plasma treatment

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    2012-01-01

    Thin hafnium oxide layers deposited by an atomic layer deposition system were investigated as the sensing membrane of the electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor structure. Moreover, a post-remote NH3 plasma treatment was proposed to replace the complicated silanization procedure for enzyme immobilization. Compared to conventional methods using chemical procedures, remote NH3 plasma treatment reduces the processing steps and time. The results exhibited that urea and antigen can be successfully detected, which indicated that the immobilization process is correct. PMID:22401350

  7. Immobilization of enzyme and antibody on ALD-HfO2-EIS structure by NH3 plasma treatment

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    Wang, I.-Shun; Lin, Yi-Ting; Huang, Chi-Hsien; Lu, Tseng-Fu; Lue, Cheng-En; Yang, Polung; Pijanswska, Dorota G.; Yang, Chia-Ming; Wang, Jer-Chyi; Yu, Jau-Song; Chang, Yu-Sun; Chou, Chien; Lai, Chao-Sung

    2012-03-01

    Thin hafnium oxide layers deposited by an atomic layer deposition system were investigated as the sensing membrane of the electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor structure. Moreover, a post-remote NH3 plasma treatment was proposed to replace the complicated silanization procedure for enzyme immobilization. Compared to conventional methods using chemical procedures, remote NH3 plasma treatment reduces the processing steps and time. The results exhibited that urea and antigen can be successfully detected, which indicated that the immobilization process is correct.

  8. Pseudohalide-induced moisture tolerance in perovskite CH3 NH3 Pb(SCN)2 I thin films.

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    Jiang, Qinglong; Rebollar, Dominic; Gong, Jue; Piacentino, Elettra L; Zheng, Chong; Xu, Tao

    2015-06-22

    Two pseudohalide thiocyanate ions (SCN(-) ) have been used to replace two iodides in CH3 NH3 PbI3 , and the resulting perovskite material was used as the active material in solar cells. In accelerated stability tests, the CH3 NH3 Pb(SCN)2 I perovskite films were shown to be superior to the conventional CH3 NH3 PbI3 films as no significant degradation was observed after the film had been exposed to air with a relative humidity of 95 % for over four hours, whereas CH3 NH3 PbI3 films degraded in less than 1.5 hours. Solar cells based on CH3 NH3 Pb(SCN)2 I thin films exhibited an efficiency of 8.3 %, which is comparable to that of CH3 NH3 PbI3 based cells fabricated in the same way. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. NH3, H2S, and the Radio Brightness Temperature Spectra of the Giant Planets

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    Spilker, Thomas R.

    1995-01-01

    Recent radio interferometer observations of Neptune enable comparisons of the radio brightness temperature (T(sub B)) spectra of all four giant planets. This comparison reveals evidence for fundamental differences in the compositions of Uranus' and Neptune's upper tropospheres, particularly in their ammonia (NH3) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) mixing ratios, despite those planets' outward similarities. The tropospheric abundances of these constituents yield information about their deep abundances, and ultimately about the formation of the planets from the presolar nebula (Atreya et al.). Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4 show the T(sub B) spectra of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, respectively, from 0.1 to tens of cm wavelength. The data shown are collected from many observers. Data for Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus are those cataloged by de Pater and Massie (1985), plus the Saturn Very Large Array (VLA) data by Grossman et al. Figure 3, Uranus, shows only data acquired since 1973. Before 1973 Uranus' T(sub B) increased steadily as its pole moved into view, causing significant scatter in those data. Neptune data at greater than 1 cm, all taken at the VLA, are collected from de Pater and Richmond, de Pater et al., and Hofstadter. For a variety of reasons, such as susceptibility to source confusion, single-dish data at those wavelengths are much noisier than the more reliable VLA data and have been ignored. Single-dish data by Griffin and Orton shortward of 0.4 cm are shown, along with the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (interferometer) datum at 0.266 cm by Muhleman and Berge. Spectra of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune share certain gross characteristics. In each spectrum, T(sub B) at 1.3 cm is approximately 120-140 K, less than approximately 30 K different from that at 0.1 cm. All three spectra show a break in slope at or near 1.3 cm, with T(sub B) increasing fairly rapidly with wavelength longward of 1.3 cm. Visible and IR spectroscopy show that NH3, whose strong inversion

  10. Enhanced performance of CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x perovskite solar cells by CH3NH3I modification of TiO2-perovskite layer interface

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    Wang, Wen; Zhang, Zongbao; Cai, Yangyang; Chen, Jinshan; Wang, Jianming; Huang, Riyan; Lu, Xubing; Gao, Xingsen; Shui, Lingling; Wu, Sujuan; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2016-06-01

    In this work, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x as active layer and spiro-OMeTAD as hole-transport media have been fabricated by one-step method. The methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I) solution with different concentrations is used to modify the interface between mesoporous TiO2 (meso-TiO2) film and CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x perovskite layer. Several techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photoluminescence are used to investigate the effect of the interfacial modification. It is found that the interfacial modification by CH3NH3I enhance the crystallinity and increase the grain size of CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x layer, and improve the surface wetting properties of perovskite precursor on meso-TiO2 film. The sunlight absorption and external quantum efficiency of PSCs in the visible region with wavelength less than 600 nm have been improved. The Nyquist plots obtained from the EIS suggest that the CH3NH3I modification can reduce the charge recombination rates. The photoluminescence measurement shows that the exciton dissociation in the modified devices is more effective than that in the control samples. The photovoltaic performance of the modified devices can be significantly improved with respect to the reference (control) devices. The CH3NH3I modified devices at the optimized concentration demonstrate the average power conversion efficiency of 12.27 % in comparison with the average efficiency of 9.68 % for the reference devices.

  11. Enhanced performance of CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x perovskite solar cells by CH3NH3I modification of TiO2-perovskite layer interface.

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    Wang, Wen; Zhang, Zongbao; Cai, Yangyang; Chen, Jinshan; Wang, Jianming; Huang, Riyan; Lu, Xubing; Gao, Xingsen; Shui, Lingling; Wu, Sujuan; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2016-12-01

    In this work, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x as active layer and spiro-OMeTAD as hole-transport media have been fabricated by one-step method. The methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I) solution with different concentrations is used to modify the interface between mesoporous TiO2 (meso-TiO2) film and CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x perovskite layer. Several techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photoluminescence are used to investigate the effect of the interfacial modification. It is found that the interfacial modification by CH3NH3I enhance the crystallinity and increase the grain size of CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x layer, and improve the surface wetting properties of perovskite precursor on meso-TiO2 film. The sunlight absorption and external quantum efficiency of PSCs in the visible region with wavelength less than 600 nm have been improved. The Nyquist plots obtained from the EIS suggest that the CH3NH3I modification can reduce the charge recombination rates. The photoluminescence measurement shows that the exciton dissociation in the modified devices is more effective than that in the control samples. The photovoltaic performance of the modified devices can be significantly improved with respect to the reference (control) devices. The CH3NH3I modified devices at the optimized concentration demonstrate the average power conversion efficiency of 12.27 % in comparison with the average efficiency of 9.68 % for the reference devices.

  12. The design and technology development for A 150 mlb resistojet for H2 or NH3

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    Page, R. J.; Stoner, W. A.

    1982-01-01

    A 150 mlb thrust level hybrid resistojet which may operate on either H2 or NH3 is described whose design technique allows temperature distribution forecasting by means of a microcomputer-implemented mathematical model. The longer computer run times that accompany the exclusive use of BASIC, relative to assembled languages, are offset by the flexibility offered and the reduction of reprogramming and debugging efforts. The integration of a compact first-stage coiled heater with a concentric tubular gas heater offers direct matching of the 28 V terminal of the spacecraft system, while keeping maximum heater wall temperatures to less than 60 K over that of the gas temperature at the throat. Among the novel materials employed are grain-stabilized rhenium for heating elements and high purity aluminas for insulators.

  13. Perfomance Analysi of Rectifier in NH3-H2O Absorption Heat Pump

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    Tsujimori, Atsushi; Ozaki, Eiichi; Nakao, Kazushige

    In order to design a rectifier in NH3-H2O absorption heat pump, the heat and mass transfer model for packed tower-type rectifiers was presented in the previous paper and it was found that the model could predict over-all mass transfer coefficient within 30(%) difference to the experimental data. Though the approximate calculation to design rectifiers is increasing important, the method of this prediction need many reiteration along the vapor and solution flow, which might not be the simplified way to design packed tower-type rectifier Thus the approximate pr . edicting method was presented in this paper. In this way, over-all mass transfer Coefficient was easily deriveded using the rectification characteristic that was determined by the dimension and geometry of rectification packing. The calculation results showed good agreement with the experimental data, regardless of kinds of rectification packing.

  14. Determination of NH3 emissions from confined areas using backward Lagrangian stochastic dispersion modelling

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    Häni, Christoph; Neftel, Albrecht; Sintermann, Jörg

    2016-04-01

    Employing backward Lagrangian stochastic (bLS) dispersion modelling to infer emission strengths from confined areas using trace gas concentration measurements is a convenient way of emission estimation from field measurements (see Wilson et al., 2012 and references therein). The freely available software 'WindTrax' (www.thunderbeachscientific.com), providing a graphical interface for the application of a bLS model, has spurred its utilisation in the past decade. Investigations include mainly methane (CH4) and ammonia (NH3) emissions based on experimental plots with dimensions between approximately 102 to 104 m2. Whereas for CH4 deposition processes can be neglected, NH3 has a strong affinity to any surface and is therefore efficiently deposited. Neglecting dry deposition will underestimate NH3 emissions, e.g. with a standard WindTrax approach. We extended the bLS model described in Flesch et al. (2004) by a dry deposition process using a simple, one-directional deposition velocity approach. At every contact of the model trajectories with ground level (here at the height of the roughness length Zo), deposition is modelled as: Fdep = vdep × CT raj (1) where vdep represents deposition velocity, and CTraj is the actual concentration of the specific trajectory at contact. A convenient way to model vdep is given by a resistances approach. The deposition velocity is modelled as the inverse of the sum of a series of different resistances to deposition. The aerodynamic resistance is already implicitly included in the bLS model, thus vdep is given as: v = ---1--- dep Rb + Rc (2) Rb and Rc represent resistances of different model layers between Zo and the surfaces where deposition take place. With this approach we analysed a dataset from measurements with an artificial NH3 source that consisted of 36 individual orifices mimicking a circular area source with a radius of 10 m. The use of three open-path miniDOAS (Sintermann et al., submitted to AMT) systems allowed to measure

  15. Electronic structure evolution of fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Chenggong; Wang, Congcong; Liu, Xiaoliang; ...

    2015-03-19

    The thickness dependence of fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3 perovskitefilm surface has been investigated by using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy(XPS), and inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES). The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital and highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) can be observed directly with IPES and UPS. It is observed that the HOMO level in fullerene shifts to lower binding energy. The XPS results show a strong initial shift of core levels to lower binding energy in the perovskite, which indicates that electrons transfer from the perovskitefilm to fullerene molecules. Further deposition of fullerene forms C60 solid, accompanied by the reduction ofmore » the electron transfer. As a result, the strongest electron transfer happened at 1/4 monolayer of fullerene.« less

  16. Vibrational infrared spectrum of NH 3 adsorbed on MgO(100). I. Ab initio calculations

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    Allouche, A.; Corà, F.; Girardet, C.

    1995-12-01

    The perturbed cluster approach, previously devoted to the calculation of the stable adsorption site and energy for ammonia adsorbed on MgO(100), is used to determine the frequency and the intensity of the main peaks associated with the normal vibrational modes of the admolecule. The ab initio model based on a cluster embedded in an array of point charges is then compared to the perturbed cluster approach and used to investigate different molecular orientations and associations on the surface in order to give an interpretation to the occurrence of the infrared signals. Six normal modes for each admolecule are calculated due to the removing of internal degeneracy by adsorption. The characteristics of the calculated spectrum are compared to the experimental infrared data and it is shown that the set of selected situations is able to explain almost every band in the spectrum without implication of NH 3 dissociation on the surface.

  17. Structure and stability in TMC-1: Analysis of NH3 molecular line and Herschel continuum data

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    Fehér, O.; Tóth, L. V.; Ward-Thompson, D.; Kirk, J.; Kraus, A.; Pelkonen, V.-M.; Pintér, S.; Zahorecz, S.

    2016-05-01

    Aims: We examined the velocity, density, and temperature structure of Taurus molecular cloud-1 (TMC-1), a filamentary cloud in a nearby quiescent star forming area, to understand its morphology and evolution. Methods: We observed high signal-to-noise (S/N), high velocity resolution NH3(1,1), and (2, 2) emission on an extended map. By fitting multiple hyperfine-split line profiles to the NH3(1, 1) spectra, we derived the velocity distribution of the line components and calculated gas parameters on several positions. Herschel SPIRE far-infrared continuum observations were reduced and used to calculate the physical parameters of the Planck Galactic Cold Clumps (PGCCs) in the region, including the two in TMC-1. The morphology of TMC-1 was investigated with several types of clustering methods in the parameter space consisting of position, velocity, and column density. Results: Our Herschel-based column density map shows a main ridge with two local maxima and a separated peak to the south-west. The H2 column densities and dust colour temperatures are in the range of 0.5-3.3 × 1022 cm-2 and 10.5-12 K, respectively. The NH3 column densities and H2 volume densities are in the range of 2.8-14.2 × 1014 cm-2 and 0.4-2.8 × 104 cm-3. Kinetic temperatures are typically very low with a minimum of 9 K at the maximum NH3 and H2 column density region. The kinetic temperature maximum was found at the protostar IRAS 04381+2540 with a value of 13.7 K. The kinetic temperatures vary similarly to the colour temperatures in spite of the fact that densities are lower than the critical density for coupling between the gas and dust phase. The k-means clustering method separated four sub-filaments in TMC-1 with masses of 32.5, 19.6, 28.9, and 45.9 M⊙ and low turbulent velocity dispersion in the range of 0.13-0.2 km s-1. Conclusions: The main ridge of TMC-1 is composed of four sub-filaments that are close to gravitational equilibrium. We label these TMC-1F1 through F4. The sub-filaments TMC

  18. IR Optical Properties of Thin H2O, NH3, and CO2 Cryofilms

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    1979-09-01

    1345-1357. 9. Bertie , J. E., Labbe, H. J., and Whalley, E. "Absorptivity of Ice i in the Range 4000-30 cm-1. ’ ’ The Journal of ChemicaI Physics...3700 Wavenumber, v , cm " l Transmittance of 1.38-/ Jm -thick solid NH3 on 80°K germanium. 32 A E D C - T R - 7 9 - 5 7 20 ~’-~ ’ : i i . t...v, cm "I Figure 16. Transmittance of 3.88-/ Jm -thick sol id CO2 on 20°K germanium. @40 i O E 0 500 : ;~’i L " I - ~-I4H~ Z :~ t i J -~ i l l

  19. Absolute cross sections for dissociative electron attachment to NH3 and CH4

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    Rawat, Prashant; Prabhudesai, Vaibhav S.; Rahman, M. A.; Ram, N. Bhargava; Krishnakumar, E.

    2008-11-01

    Dissociative electron attachment (DEA) cross sections for NH3 and CH4 are measured in a crossed beam apparatus with special care to eliminate discrimination due to kinetic energy and angular distribution of the fragment ions. The cross sections are put on absolute scale using the relative flow technique. The absolute cross sections for the formation of H- and NH2- from ammonia and H- and CH2- from methane are compared with available data from literature. It is seen that the present results are considerably different 6rom what has been reported before. We also compare the cross sections of the H- channel from these molecules along with that from H2O to those from organic molecules containing alkyl, amino and hydroxyl groups to examine the extent to which the recently observed functional group dependence in the DEA contributes.

  20. DFT based study of transition metal nano-clusters for electrochemical NH3 production.

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    Howalt, J G; Bligaard, T; Rossmeisl, J; Vegge, T

    2013-05-28

    Theoretical studies of the possibility of producing ammonia electrochemically at ambient temperature and pressure without direct N2 dissociation are presented. Density functional theory calculations were used in combination with the computational standard hydrogen electrode to calculate the free energy profile for the reduction of N2 admolecules and N adatoms on transition metal nanoclusters in contact with an acidic electrolyte. This work has established linear scaling relations for the dissociative reaction intermediates NH, NH2, and NH3. In addition, linear scaling relations for the associative reaction intermediates N2H, N2H2, and N2H3 have been determined. Furthermore, correlations between the adsorption energies of N, N2, and H have been established. These scaling relations and the free energy corrections are used to establish volcanoes describing the onset potential for electrochemical ammonia production and hence describe the potential determining steps for the electrochemical ammonia production. The competing hydrogen evolution reaction has also been analyzed for comparison.

  1. Temperature and spectral dependence of CH3NH3PbI3 films photoconductivity

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    Khenkin, M. V.; Amasev, D. V.; Kozyukhin, S. A.; Sadovnikov, A. V.; Katz, E. A.; Kazanskii, A. G.

    2017-05-01

    Halide perovskites are widely studied due to their potential applications in solar cells. Despite the remarkable success in increasing perovskite solar cell efficiency, the underlying photophysical processes remain unclear. To cover this gap, we studied temperature, spectral, and light intensity dependence of photoconductivity of CH3NH3PbI3 films in the planar contact configuration. We observed non-monotonic behavior of the photoconductivity temperature dependence: a power-law decrease with increasing temperature at the temperatures below 185 K and close to exponential growth above this temperature. Spectral and light intensity dependences of photoconductivity allowed us to postulate that phase transition between tetragonal and orthorhombic structures and a change in the recombination channel are unlikely to be the reasons for abrupt change in photoconductivity behavior. Charge carrier mobility is proposed to be responsible for unusual photoconductivity changes with temperature.

  2. Intense Pulsed Light Sintering of CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cells.

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    Lavery, Brandon W; Kumari, Sudesh; Konermann, Hannah; Draper, Gabriel L; Spurgeon, Joshua; Druffel, Thad

    2016-04-06

    Perovskite solar cells utilizing a two-step deposited CH3NH3PbI3 thin film were rapidly sintered using an intense pulsed light source. For the first time, a heat treatment has shown the capability of sintering methylammonium lead iodide perovskite and creating large crystal sizes approaching 1 μm without sacrificing surface coverage. Solar cells with an average efficiency of 11.5% and a champion device of 12.3% are reported. The methylammonium lead iodide perovskite was subjected to 2000 J of energy in a 2 ms pulse of light generated by a xenon lamp, resulting in temperatures significantly exceeding the degradation temperature of 150 °C. The process opens up new opportunities in the manufacturability of perovskite solar cells by eliminating the rate-limiting annealing step, and makes it possible to envision a continuous roll-to-roll process similar to the printing press used in the newspaper industry.

  3. Theoretical study of geometry relaxation following core excitation: H2O, NH3, and CH4

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    Takahashi, Osamu; Kunitake, Naoto; Takaki, Saya

    2015-10-01

    Single core-hole (SCH) and double core-hole excited state molecular dynamics (MD) calculations for neutral and cationic H2O, NH3, and CH4 have been performed to examine geometry relaxation after core excitation. We observed faster X-H (X = C, N, O) bond elongation for the core-ionized state produced from the valence cationic molecule and the double-core-ionized state produced from the ground and valence cationic molecules than for the first resonant SCH state. Using the results of SCH MD simulations of the ground and valence cationic molecules, Auger decay spectra calculations were performed. We found that fast bond scission leads to peak broadening of the spectra.

  4. Circular photogalvanic effect in organometal halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Li, Junwen; Haney, Paul M.

    2016-11-01

    We study the circular photogalvanic effect in the organometal halide perovskite solar cell absorber CH3NH3PbI3. The calculated photocurrent density for a system with broken inversion symmetry is about 10-9 A/W, comparable to the previously studied quantum well and bulk Rashba systems. The circular photogalvanic effect relies on inversion symmetry breaking, so that by tuning the optical penetration depth, the degree of inversion symmetry breaking can be probed at different depths from the sample surface. We propose that measurements of this effect may clarify the presence or absence of inversion symmetry, which remains a controversial issue and has been argued to play an important role in the high conversion efficiency of this material.

  5. Trends of NO-, NO 2-, and NH 3-emissions from gasoline-fueled Euro-3- to Euro-4-passenger cars

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    Heeb, Norbert V.; Saxer, Christian J.; Forss, Anna-Maria; Brühlmann, Stefan

    Vehicular emissions of reactive nitrogen compounds (RNCs) such as nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO 2), and ammonia (NH 3) have a substantial impact on urban air quality. NO and NO 2 support the photochemical formation of ozone, and NH 3 is involved in the atmospheric formation of secondary aerosols. Vehicular NO is mainly formed during combustion, whereas NO 2 and NH 3 are both secondary pollutants of the catalytic converter systems. Herein we report on tail-pipe RNC emissions of gasoline-fueled Euro-3- and Euro-4-passenger cars at transient driving from 0 to 150 km h -1. Two sets of 10 in-use vehicles with comparable engine size and mileage were studied with time-resolved chemical ionization-mass spectrometry (CI-MS). Each vehicle was tested in 7 different driving cycles including the legislative European (EDC) and the US FTP-75 driving cycles. Mean emission factors (EFs) for different traffic situations are reported and effects of cold start, velocity, acceleration, and deceleration are discussed. Furthermore, critical operating conditions supporting the de novo formation of NH 3 have been identified. In the EDC, mean NO- and NH 3-EFs of 57±26 and 16±12 mg km -1 were obtained for Euro-3-vehicles; those of the Euro-4-technology were lower by about 25% and 33% at the levels of 43±46 and 10±7 mg km -1, respectively. NO 2 emissions of the investigated three-way catalyst (TWC) vehicles accounted for <1% of the detected RNCs, whereas NH 3 was found to be the dominant RNC for most vehicle conditions. Molar NH 3 proportions varied from about 0.4-0.8, as soon as catalyst light-off occurred. NO was found in large excess only during the cold-start period. Catalyst light-off is indicated by a fast transition from NO- to NH 3-rich exhaust. Velocity and acceleration had pronounced effects on the RNC emission characteristics. Mean velocity-dependent EFs for NO and NH 3 varied by about one order of magnitude from 10 to 74 and 15 to 161 mg km -1 for Euro-3-vehicles and

  6. Fast diffusion of native defects and impurities in perovskite solar cell material CH3NH3PbI3

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    Yang, Dongwen; Ming, Wenmei; Shi, Hongliang; ...

    2016-06-01

    CH3NH3PbI3-based solar cells have shown remarkable progress in recent years but have also suffered from structural, electrical, and chemical instabilities related to the soft lattices and the chemistry of these halides. One of the instabilities is ion migration, which may cause current–voltage hysteresis in CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells. Significant ion diffusion and ionic conductivity in CH3NH3PbI3 have been reported; their nature, however, remain controversial. In the literature, the use of different experimental techniques leads to the observation of different diffusing ions (either iodine or CH3NH3 ion); the calculated diffusion barriers for native defects scatter in a wide range; the calculated defectmore » formation energies also differ qualitatively. These controversies hinder the understanding and the control of the ion migration in CH3NH3PbI3. In this paper, we show density functional theory calculations of both the diffusion barriers and the formation energies for native defects (VI+, MAi+, VMA–, and Ii–) and the Au impurity in CH3NH3PbI3. VI+ is found to be the dominant diffusing defect due to its low formation energy and the low diffusion barrier. Ii– and MAi+ also have low diffusion barriers but their formation energies are relatively high. The hopping rate of VI+ is further calculated taking into account the contribution of the vibrational entropy, confirming VI+ as a fast diffuser. We discuss approaches for managing defect population and migration and suggest that chemically modifying surfaces, interfaces, and grain boundaries may be effective in controlling the population of the iodine vacancy and the device polarization. We further show that the formation energy and the diffusion barrier of Au interstitial in CH3NH3PbI3 are both low. As a result, it is thus possible that Au can diffuse into CH3NH3PbI3 under bias in devices (e.g., solar cell, photodetector) with Au/CH3NH3PbI3 interfaces and modify the electronic properties of CH3NH3PbI3.« less

  7. An accurate global potential energy surface, dipole moment surface, and rovibrational frequencies for NH(3).

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    Huang, Xinchuan; Schwenke, David W; Lee, Timothy J

    2008-12-07

    A global potential energy surface (PES) that includes short and long range terms has been determined for the NH(3) molecule. The singles and doubles coupled-cluster method that includes a perturbational estimate of connected triple excitations and the internally contracted averaged coupled-pair functional electronic structure methods have been used in conjunction with very large correlation-consistent basis sets, including diffuse functions. Extrapolation to the one-particle basis set limit was performed and core correlation and scalar relativistic contributions were included directly, while the diagonal Born-Oppenheimer correction was added. Our best purely ab initio PES, denoted "mixed," is constructed from two PESs which differ in whether the ic-ACPF higher-order correlation correction was added or not. Rovibrational transition energies computed from the mixed PES agree well with experiment and the best previous theoretical studies, but most importantly the quality does not deteriorate even up to 10 300 cm(-1) above the zero-point energy (ZPE). The mixed PES was improved further by empirical refinement using the most reliable J=0-2 rovibrational transitions in the HITRAN 2004 database. Agreement between high-resolution experiment and rovibrational transition energies computed from our refined PES for J=0-6 is excellent. Indeed, the root mean square (rms) error for 13 HITRAN 2004 bands for J=0-2 is 0.023 cm(-1) and that for each band is always NH(3) spectra and in correcting mistakes in previous assignments. Ideas for further improvements to our refined PES and for extension to other isotopolog are discussed.

  8. VLBI Observations and NH3 Mapping of the Star-forming Region NGC2264

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    Kamezaki, Tatsuya; Imura, Kenji; Nagayama, Takumi; Omodaka, Toshihiro; Handa, Toshihiro; Yamaguchi, Yoshiyuki; Chibueze, James O.; Sunada, Kazuyoshi; Nakano, Makoto

    2013-03-01

    We have measured the annual parallax of the water maser source associated with star forming region NGC2264 from observations with VLBI Exploration of Radio Astrometry (VERA). We detected masers at V LSR = 7.2 km s-1. We discussed its driving sources of detected maser spots. One of the maser spots was associated with a centimeter continuum source observed with VLA. Neither optical, infrared nor X-ray sources is catalogued near the spot. The other maser spot is located close to an X-ray source, although there is no optical or infrared counterpart. The proper motion of the former spot was (μα, μδ) = (23.91 ± 4.29, -29.81 ± 4.27) and the proper motion of latter spot was (μα, μδ) = (-0.96 ± 0.58, -6.05 ± 3.06). For the latter spot, the peculiar motion is ˜ 150 km s-1 and it has the high velocity and this may be a jet or an outflow from a young star. The observed parallax is 1.365 ± 0.098 mas, corresponding to the distance of 738+57 -50 pc. This value is constant with the photometric distance of NGC2264 previously measured. The fitting result of the parallax is shown in figure 1. We also observed in NH3 (1,1), (2,2), (3,3) lines of NGC2264 with the Kashima 34m telescope. We estimated the star formation efficiency (SFE) of NGC2264 from the dense molecular mass of NH3 and the stellar mass calculated by Teixeira et al. (2012). The SFE is 9 - 12% which is consistent with previous results.

  9. Investigation of the stability of Co-doped apatite ionic conductors in NH 3

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    Headspith, D. A.; Orera, A.; Slater, P. R.; Young, N. A.; Francesconi, M. G.

    2010-12-01

    Hydrogen powered solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are of enormous interest as devices for the efficient and clean production of electrical energy. However, a number of problems linked to hydrogen production, storage and transportation are slowing down the larger scale use of SOFCs. Identifying alternative fuel sources to act as intermediate during the transition to the full use of hydrogen is, therefore, of importance. One excellent alternative is ammonia, which is produced on a large scale, is relatively cheap and has the infrastructure for storage and transportation already in place. However, considering that SOFCs operate at temperatures higher than 500 °C, a potential problem is the interaction of gaseous ammonia with the materials in the cathode, anode and solid electrolyte. In this paper, we extend earlier work on high temperature reactions of apatite electrolytes with NH 3 to the transition metal (Co) doped systems, La 9.67Si 5CoO 26 and La 10(Si/Ge) 5CoO 26.5. A combination of PXRD, TGA and XAFS spectroscopy data showed a better structural stability for the silicate systems. Apatite silicates and germanates not containing transition metals tend to substitute nitride anions for their interstitial oxide anions, when reacted with NH 3 at high temperature and, consequentially, lower the interstitial oxide content. In La 9.67Si 5CoO 26 and La 10(Si/Ge) 5CoO 26.5 reduction of Co occurs as a competing process, favouring lower levels of nitride-oxide substitution.

  10. Phase polymorphism of novel [Ru(NH3)6](ClO4)3—Comparison with [Ru(NH3)6](BF4)3. Part II

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    Dołęga, Diana; Mikuli, Edward; Górska, Natalia; Inaba, Akira; Hołderna-Natkaniec, Krystyna; Nitek, Wojciech

    2013-08-01

    [Ru(NH3)6](ClO4)3 undergoes two phase transitions at: TC1=290.3 K and TC2=74.8 K , thus exhibits three crystalline phases in the temperature range of 5-310 K. For the detected phase transitions, thermal effects were determined. Fourier transform far- and middle-infrared spectra (FT-FIR and FT-MIR), recorded at 8-350 K, suggest that reorientational motions of the NH3 ligands are very fast (τR≈10-12 s above TC1) and are significantly slowed down below TC2. X-ray single crystal diffraction (XRSCD) measurements revealed that in the high temperature phase (above TC1) the compound belongs to the cubic Fm3barm (No. 225) space group, whereas in the intermediate phase the unit cell parameter doubles and the space group is Ia3bar(No. 206). 1H NMR studies revealed that the following reorientational motions are liberated during heating: three-fold reorientation of NH3 ligands, three-fold reorientation of the entire [Ru(NH3)6]3+ cation, and isotropic reorientation of this cation. In the high temperature phase I the cations perform isotropic reorientations with the estimated activation energy equal to ca. 30.1 kJ mol-1. Comparison with adequate results obtained earlier for [Ru(NH3)6](BF4)3 and for other similar compounds was made and general regularities were drawn.

  11. Platinum complexes with one radiosensitizing ligand (PtCl2(NH3) (sensitizer)): radiosensitization and toxicity studies in vitro

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    Skov, K.A.; Farrell, N.P.; Adomat, H.

    1987-11-01

    Complexes of general formula (PtCl2(NH3)L) with one radiosensitizing ligand per platinum are compared with ligand L alone, complexes with two radiosensitizers per platinum (PtCl2L2), and their analogs with NH3 ligands, with respect to radiosensitizing properties and toxicity in CHO cells. Radiosensitizing ligands, L, were misonidazole, metronidazole, 4(5)-nitroimidazole, and 2-amino-5-nitrothiazole, and the ammine analogs were cis- and trans-DDP (diamminedichloroplatinum(II)) and the monoammine, K(PtCl3(NH3)). Results are related to a previous study on plasmid DNA binding by these series. The toxicity of the mono series (PtCl2(NH3)L), attributable to DNA binding, is much higher than the corresponding bis complexes, (PtCl2L2). For L = misonidazole, toxicity is similar to the monoammine, but higher in hypoxic than in aerobic cells. trans-(PtCl2(NH3)-(misonidazole)) is more toxic than the cis isomer. Except for L = 4(5)-nitroimidazole, the complexes (PtCl2(NH3)L) are more toxic than L in air and hypoxia. Hypoxic radiosensitization by the mono complexes is comparable to the monoammine and is not better than free sensitizers, again except for L = 4(5)-nitroimidazole. Significantly lower sensitization is observed in oxic cells. The bis complexes (PtCl2L2), which do not bind to DNA as well as the mono complexes, are less effective radiosensitizers and less toxic than the (PtCl2(NH3)L) series.

  12. Effects of acute NH3 air pollution on N-sensitive and N-tolerant lichen species.

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    Paoli, Luca; Maslaňáková, Ivana; Grassi, Alice; Bačkor, Martin; Loppi, Stefano

    2015-12-01

    Lichens are sensitive to the presence of ammonia (NH3) in the environment. However, in order to use them as reliable indicators in biomonitoring studies, it is necessary to establish unequivocally the occurrence of certain symptoms following the exposure to NH3 in the environment. In this paper, we simulated an episode of acute air pollution due to the release of NH3. The biological effects of acute air pollution by atmospheric NH3 have been investigated using N-sensitive (Flavoparmelia caperata) and N-tolerant (Xanthoria parietina) species. Lichen samples were exposed to ecologically relevant NH3 concentrations for 8 weeks, simulating three areas of impact: a control area (2 μg/m(3)), an area of intermediate impact (2-35 μg/m(3)) and an area of high impact (10-315 μg/m(3)), with a peak of pollution reached between the fourth and fifth week. Ammonia affected both the photobiont and the mycobiont in F. caperata, while in X. parietina only the photosynthetic performance of the photobiont was altered after exposure to the highest concentration. In the photobiont of F. caperata we recorded chlorophyll degradation as indicated by OD435/415 ratio, decrease of the photosynthetic performance (as reflected by the maximum quantum yield of primary photochemistry FV/FM and the performance index PIABS); in the mycobiont, ergosterol reduction, membrane lipid peroxidation (as reflected by the increase of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances), alteration (decrease) of the secondary metabolite usnic acid. No effects were detected on caperatic acid and dehydrogenase activity. In X. parietina, the only signal determined by NH3 was the alteration of FV/FM and the performance index PIABS. The results suggest that physiological parameters in N-sensitive lichens well reflect the effects of NH3 exposure and can be applied as early indicators in monitoring studies.

  13. Hydrogen bonding induced proton exchange reactions in dense D2-NH3 and D2-CH4 mixtures.

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    Borstad, Gustav M; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2014-01-28

    We have investigated high-pressure behaviors of simple binary mixtures of NH3 and D2 to 50 GPa and CH4 and D2 to 30 GPa using confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy. The spectral data indicate strong proton exchange reactions occur in dense D2-NH3 mixture, producing different isotopes of ammonia such as NH3, NH2D, NHD2, and ND3. In contrast, the proton exchange process in dense D2-CH4 mixture is highly limited, and no vibration feature is apparent for deuterated methane. The vibrational modes of H2 isotopes in D2-NH3 are blue shifted from those of pure H2 isotopes, whereas the modes of D2-CH4 show overall agreement with those in pure D2 and CH4. In turn, this result advocates the presence of strong repulsion and thereby internal pressure in D2-NH3 mixture, which are absent in D2-CH4. In fact, the bond length of hydrogen molecules in D2-NH3, calculated from the present spectral data, is shorter than that observed in pure hydrogen - supporting the enhanced intermolecular interaction in the mixture. Comparing the present spectral results with those previously observed in D2-H2O mixtures further suggests that the strength of repulsive interaction or the magnitude of internal pressure in the mixtures is proportional to the strength of hydrogen bonding in H2O, NH3, and CH4 in decreasing order. Hence, we suggest that the proton exchange is assisted by hydrogen bonding in these molecules.

  14. Conductivity of p(AAc) Cryogel and Its Li+, Na+, and K+ Salts for NH3 Sensing

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    Sahiner, Nurettin; Demirci, Sahin; Sel, Kivanc

    2016-07-01

    Poly(acrylic acid) [p(AAc)] cryogel has been synthesized by a cryopolymerization technique under cryogenic conditions. The synthesized p(AAc) cryogel was treated with LiOH, NaOH, and KOH to generate corresponding salt forms of carboxylic acid groups within the p(AAc) cryogel network for activation as p(AAc)-Li+, p(AAc)-Na+, and p(AAc)-K+, respectively. The synthesized p(AAc)-based cryogels were characterized via Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The room-temperature electrical conductivity of the p(AAc), p(AAc)-Li+, p(AAc)-Na+, and p(AAc)-K+ cryogels was measured as 10-11 S cm-1, 10-10 S cm-1, 10-9 S cm-1, and 10-8 S cm-1, respectively. Furthermore, the p(AAc) cryogel and its salt forms were tested as sensor materials for NH3 gas by exposing them to NH3 vapor for 60 min under ambient conditions. Upon exposure to NH3 vapor, it was found that the conductivity of the bare p(AAc) and p(AAc)-K+ cryogels increased by up to 105- and 102-fold, respectively, compared with their NH3 unexposed states. The increase in conductivity for the other salt forms of p(AAc) cryogel was about 60-fold compared with their bare form. The conductivity increase for the p(AAc) and p(AAc)-K+ cryogels was therefore further investigated by changing the NH3 vapor exposure time, revealing that these materials could be used as sensors for NH3. It was further found that a 5 min NH3 gas exposure time was sufficient for p(AAc)-K+ cryogel to generate a detectable response via a change in the conductivity of the matrix.

  15. Effect of aeration modes on the characteristics of composting emissions and the NH3 removal efficiency by using biotrickling filter.

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    Wu, Chuanfu; Wang, Qunhui; Sun, Xiaohong; Xue, Niantao; Liu, Shu; Xie, Weimin

    2011-08-01

    A pilot biotrickling filter (BTF) packed with ZX02 fibrous balls as packing material was tested for the treatment of ammonia (NH(3)) released from a composting plant of dairy manure. In order to investigate the effects of three compost aeration modes (mode Co-I, Co-II and In-II) on the NH(3) removal efficiency, a field experiment was continuously carried out for more than eight months. The results demonstrated that under the intermittent aeration mode (In-II), the NH(3) removal efficiency reached 99.2±0.1% when the inlet NH(3) concentration was 7.5-32.3mg m(-3) (9.8-42.5ppmv). The maximum and critical elimination capacity of the biotrickling filter was 22.6 and 4.9g NH(3)m(-3)h(-1), respectively. The effluent concentration of NH(3) was lower than 1.0mg m(-3), which meets the first class discharge standards of GB14554-93. When the concentration of free ammonia in the trickling liquid was varied from 0.1 to 0.4mg L(-1), the nitrification yield was between 47.9% and 103.8%. In addition, the optimum liquid tricking velocity (LTV) of the biotrickling filter was 0.5m(3)m(-2)h(-1) for low inlet concentrations and 2.2m(3)m(-2)h(-1) for high inlet concentrations. Therefore, the use of the biotrickling filter for the compost under the third aeration mode (In-II) yielded an effective optimum NH(3) removal and reduced the nitrogen loss in the compost. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. The tropospheric abundances of NH3 and PH3 in Jupiter's Great Red Spot, from Voyager IRIS observations.

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    Griffith, C A; Bezard, B; Owen, T; Gautier, D

    1992-01-01

    To investigate the chemistry and dynamics of Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS), the tropospheric abundances of NH3 and PH3 in the GRS are determined and compared to those of the surrounding region, the South Tropical Zone (STZ). These gases well up from deep in the atmosphere, and, in the upper troposphere, are depleted by condensation (in the case of NH3), chemical reactions, and UV photolysis. At Jupiter's tropopause, the chemical lifetimes of NH3 and PH3 are comparable to the time constant for vertical transport over the atmospheric scale height. The distributions of these gases are therefore diagnostic of the rate of vertical transport in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. Three groups of Voyager IRIS spectra are analyzed, two of the STZ and one of the GRS. The two groups of STZ spectra are defined on the basis of their radiances at 602 and 226 cm-1, which reflect, respectively, the temperature near 150 mbar and the cloud opacity in the 300-600 mbar region. One selection of STZ spectra is chosen to have the same radiance as does the GRS at 226 cm-1. The other STZ selection has a significantly greater radiance, indicative of reduced cloudiness. Variations in the abundances of NH3 and PH3 are determined within the STZ, as a background for our studies of the GRS. Within the uncertainty of our measurements (-55% and +75%), the PH3 mixing ratio at 600 mbar is 3 x 10(-7), the same for all three selections. The NH3 mixing ratio profile in the pressure region between 300 and 600 mbar is the same within error (-25% and +50% at 300 mbar) for both STZ selections. In the GRS, however, NH3 is significantly depleted at 300 mbar, with an abundance of 25% that derived for the STZ selections. Since the GRS is believed to be a region of strong vertical transport, our finding of a depletion of NH3 below the tropopause within the GRS is particularly unexpected. One of the STZ selections has a temperature-pressure profile similar to that of the GRS below the 300-mbar level

  17. Validation of flux measurements with artificial sources: simulating CH4 from cows and NH3 emissions from medium plot scales

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    Sintermann, Jörg; Felber, Raphael; Häni, Christoph; Ammann, Christof; Neftel, Albrecht

    2014-05-01

    Mitigation of ammonia (NH3) emissions with detrimental environmental effects as well as of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG: CO2, N2O, CH4) are key challenges faced by the agricultural production sector. While NH3 originates mainly from polluted surfaces, e.g. after slurry application, the main source for CH4 emissions are cows and other ruminating animals, representing point sources. There are two widespread state-of-the-art techniques to determine agricultural emissions: eddy covariance (EC) flux measurements and Lagrangian stochastic (LS) dispersion modelling, namely the WindTrax (WT) model. Whereas GHG emissions can be measured with both techniques, NH3 emissions are usually not feasible with EC measurements due to the stickiness of NH3 molecules on surfaces. In addition, point sources render difficulties for the interpretation of EC flux data. We tested the EC technique and the WT model using artificial sources with known gas release rates. i) The effect of a point source on EC fluxes was investigated by placing an artificial CH4 source with known release rate upwind of the EC tower at two different heights and during different wind conditions. ii) The WT model was checked with a NH3 release grid of 314 m2 of known source strength. Ambient NH3 concentrations were measured by open path DOAS systems and impinger sampling. The CH4 concentration timeseries influenced by the point source showed a similar pattern as in the presence of cows upwind of the EC system. CH4 release rates from the point source were reproduced by the EC flux measurement with stationary background conditions only. The experiments with the NH3 release showed that WT performs well for emission determination, even in complex terrain (asphalt surrounded by grassland) with associated micrometeorology, given a realistic description of the vertical profile of wind velocity. Calculated gas recoveries ranged between 73 to 105%. Such a result is encouraging considering the immanent uncertainties from a

  18. On-road measurement of NH3 and N2O emissions from a Euro V heavy-duty vehicle

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    Suarez-Bertoa, Ricardo; Mendoza-Villafuerte, Pablo; Bonnel, Pierre; Lilova, Velizara; Hill, Leslie; Perujo, Adolfo; Astorga, Covadonga

    2016-08-01

    The use of selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) to abate NOx vehicular emissions brings new concerns on the emissions of the byproducts NH3 and N2O. Therefore, NH3 and N2O on-road emissions from a Euro V truck equipped with a SCR were measured in real time using a QCL-IR. Results bring to light possibility to perform this kind of real time measurements for other pollutants besides, hydrocarbons, NOx, CO and CO2. The capability to measure NH3 and N2O in a second-by-second basis will allow applying the currently agreed regulatory emissions evaluation for gaseous compounds. Average N2O emission factors calculated applying the current PEMS-based data analysis to all available windows from the tests ranged from 0.063 g/kWh to 0.139 g/kWh. Average NH3 concentrations ranged from 0.9 ppm to 5.7 ppm. Although calculated average N2O and NH3 emissions were within current limits, NOx emissions were substantially higher than Euro V limits under the studied conditions.

  19. Novel Ce-W-Sb mixed oxide catalyst for selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3

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    Liu, Jun; Li, Guo-qiang; Zhang, Yong-fa; Liu, Xiao-qing; Wang, Ying; Li, Yuan

    2017-04-01

    A novel Ce3W2SbOx catalyst prepared by the co-precipitation method have been investigated for the selective catalysis reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3. It was found that the Ce-W-Sb oxide catalyst exhibited an excellent conversion ratio of NOx and a high tolerance to H2O and SO2 in a wide operation temperature window. The catalysts were characterized by N2-adsorption, XRD, Raman, H2-TPR, NH3-TPD, XPS and DRIFTS. The results suggest that the strong interaction between Sb, W and Ce species not only enhances the redox property of the catalyst but also increases the surface acidity, thus promoting the adsorption and activation of NH3 species, which is favorable for high NH3-SCR performance. Based on in situ DRIFTS results, it was concluded that the Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) mechanism existed at the temperature of below 300 °C, while at above 300 °C the Eley-Rideal (E-R) mechanism dominate the NH3-SCR reaction over the Ce3W2SbOx catalyst. Overall, these findings indicate that Ce3W2SbOx is promising for industrial applications.

  20. Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of α-CH3NH3PbBr3 Perovskite Single Crystal.

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    Park, Ji-Sang; Choi, Sukgeun; Yan, Yong; Yang, Ye; Luther, Joseph M; Wei, Su-Huai; Parilla, Philip; Zhu, Kai

    2015-11-05

    The electronic structure and related optical properties of an emerging thin-film photovoltaic material CH3NH3PbBr3 are studied. A block-shaped α-phase CH3NH3PbBr3 single crystal with the natural ⟨100⟩ surface is synthesized solvothermally. The room-temperature dielectric function ε = ε1 + iε2 spectrum of CH3NH3PbBr3 is determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry from 0.73 to 6.45 eV. Data are modeled with a series of Tauc-Lorentz oscillators, which show the absorption edge with a strong excitonic transition at ∼2.3 eV and several above-bandgap optical structures associated with the electronic interband transitions. The energy band structure and ε data of CH3NH3PbBr3 for the CH3NH3(+) molecules oriented in the ⟨111⟩ and ⟨100⟩ directions are obtained from first-principles calculations. The overall shape of ε data shows a qualitatively good agreement with experimental results. Electronic origins of major optical structures are discussed.

  1. Radio-Frequency-Based NH3-Selective Catalytic Reduction Catalyst Control: Studies on Temperature Dependency and Humidity Influences

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    Dietrich, Markus; Hagen, Gunter; Reitmeier, Willibald; Burger, Katharina; Hien, Markus; Grass, Philippe; Kubinski, David; Visser, Jaco; Moos, Ralf

    2017-01-01

    The upcoming more stringent automotive emission legislations and current developments have promoted new technologies for more precise and reliable catalyst control. For this purpose, radio-frequency-based (RF) catalyst state determination offers the only approach for directly measuring the NH3 loading on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts and the state of other catalysts and filter systems. Recently, the ability of this technique to directly control the urea dosing on a current NH3 storing zeolite catalyst has been demonstrated on an engine dynamometer for the first time and this paper continues that work. Therefore, a well-known serial-type and zeolite-based SCR catalyst (Cu-SSZ-13) was investigated under deliberately chosen high space velocities. At first, the full functionality of the RF system with Cu-SSZ-13 as sample was tested successfully. By direct RF-based NH3 storage control, the influence of the storage degree on the catalyst performance, i.e., on NOx conversion and NH3 slip, was investigated in a temperature range between 250 and 400 °C. For each operation point, an ideal and a critical NH3 storage degree was found and analyzed in the whole temperature range. Based on the data of all experimental runs, temperature dependent calibration functions were developed as a basis for upcoming tests under transient conditions. Additionally, the influence of exhaust humidity was observed with special focus on cold start water and its effects to the RF signals. PMID:28704929

  2. Evaluation of a regional air-quality model with bidirectional NH3 exchange coupled to an agroecosystem model

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    Bash, J. O.; Cooter, E. J.; Dennis, R. L.; Walker, J. T.; Pleim, J. E.

    2013-03-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is the primary atmospheric base and an important precursor for inorganic particulate matter and when deposited NH3 contributes to surface water eutrophication, soil acidification and decline in species biodiversity. Flux measurements indicate that the air-surface exchange of NH3 is bidirectional. However, the effects of bidirectional exchange, soil biogeochemistry and human activity are not parameterized in air quality models. The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Community Multiscale Air-Quality (CMAQ) model with bidirectional NH3 exchange has been coupled with the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC) agroecosystem model. The coupled CMAQ-EPIC model relies on EPIC fertilization timing, rate and composition while CMAQ models the soil ammonium (NH4+) pool by conserving the ammonium mass due to fertilization, evasion, deposition, and nitrification processes. This mechanistically coupled modeling system reduced the biases and error in NHx (NH3 + NH4+) wet deposition and in ambient aerosol concentrations in an annual 2002 Continental US (CONUS) domain simulation when compared to a 2002 annual simulation of CMAQ without bidirectional exchange. Fertilizer emissions estimated in CMAQ 5.0 with bidirectional exchange exhibits markedly different seasonal dynamics than the US EPA's National Emissions Inventory (NEI), with lower emissions in the spring and fall and higher emissions in July.

  3. Hybrid Deep Eutectic Solvents with Flexible Hydrogen-Bonded Supramolecular Networks for Highly Efficient Uptake of NH3.

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    Li, Yuhui; Ali, Mohammad Chand; Yang, Qiwei; Zhang, Zhiguo; Bao, Zongbi; Su, Baogen; Xing, Huabin; Ren, Qilong

    2017-09-11

    Serious environmental concerns have led to a great demand for efficient uptake of NH3 by solvents. However, traditional aqueous absorbents have many shortcomings and efforts to use ionic liquids have met with limited success. A hybrid deep eutectic solvents (DESs) designed with a flexible hydrogen-bonded supramolecular network exhibits both exceptional NH3 uptake capacity and superior desorption-regeneration performance, along with superb NH3 /CO2 selectivity and environmental merit. Elucidated by molecular dynamic simulations and spectroscopic analysis, the abundant hydrogen-bonding sites in the hybrid DESs bind every atom of the NH3 molecule and enable strong physical reversible solvation, whereas the multiple interactions among the hybrid components create a flexible hydrogen-bonded supramolecular network and allow for solvent-unbreaking absorption to ensure the full participation of the solvent and process stability. A mass solubility of NH3 up to 0.13 g g(-1) was achieved at 313 K and 101 kPa by the hybrid DES choline chloride/resorcinol/glycerol (1:3:5), which is higher than all reported ionic liquids and ordinary DESs. Moreover, the performance remained the same after ten absorption-desorption cycles and the DESs could be easily regenerated. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Modulated CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx film for efficient perovskite solar cells exceeding 18.

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    Tu, Yongguang; Wu, Jihuai; Lan, Zhang; He, Xin; Dong, Jia; Jia, Jinbiao; Guo, Panfeng; Lin, Jianming; Huang, Miaoliang; Huang, Yunfang

    2017-03-17

    The organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite layer is a crucial factor for the high performance perovskite solar cell (PSC). We introduce CH3NH3Br in the precursor solution to prepare CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx hybrid perovskite, and an uniform perovskite layer with improved crystallinity and apparent grain contour is obtained, resulting in the significant improvement of photovoltaic performance of PSCs. The effects of CH3NH3Br on the perovskite morphology, crystallinity, absorption property, charge carrier dynamics and device characteristics are discussed, and the improvement of open circuit voltage of the device depended on Br doping is confirmed. Based on above, the device based on CH3NH3PbI2.86Br0.14 exhibits a champion power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 18.02%. This study represents an efficient method for high-performance perovskite solar cell by modulating CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx film.

  5. Modulated CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx film for efficient perovskite solar cells exceeding 18%

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    Tu, Yongguang; Wu, Jihuai; Lan, Zhang; He, Xin; Dong, Jia; Jia, Jinbiao; Guo, Panfeng; Lin, Jianming; Huang, Miaoliang; Huang, Yunfang

    2017-03-01

    The organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite layer is a crucial factor for the high performance perovskite solar cell (PSC). We introduce CH3NH3Br in the precursor solution to prepare CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx hybrid perovskite, and an uniform perovskite layer with improved crystallinity and apparent grain contour is obtained, resulting in the significant improvement of photovoltaic performance of PSCs. The effects of CH3NH3Br on the perovskite morphology, crystallinity, absorption property, charge carrier dynamics and device characteristics are discussed, and the improvement of open circuit voltage of the device depended on Br doping is confirmed. Based on above, the device based on CH3NH3PbI2.86Br0.14 exhibits a champion power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 18.02%. This study represents an efficient method for high-performance perovskite solar cell by modulating CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx film.

  6. Reversible flexible structural changes in multidimensional MOFs by guest molecules (I2, NH3) and thermal stimulation

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    Chen, Yang; Li, Libo; Yang, Jiangfeng; Wang, Shuang; Li, Jinping

    2015-03-01

    Three metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), [Cu(INA)2], [Cu(INA)2I2] and [Cu(INA)2(H2O)2(NH3)2], were synthesized with 3D, 2D, and 0D structures, respectively. Reversible flexible structural changes of these MOFs were reported. Through high temperature (60-100 °C) stimulation of I2 or ambient temperature stimulation of NH3, [Cu(INA)2] (3D) converted to [Cu(INA)2I2] (2D) and [Cu(INA)2(H2O)2(NH3)2] (0D); as the temperature increased to 150 °C, the MOFs changed back to their original form. In this way, this 3D MOF has potential application in the capture of I2 and NH3 from polluted water and air. XRD, TGA, SEM, NH3-TPD, and the measurement of gas adsorption were used to describe the changes in processes regarding the structure, morphology, and properties.

  7. Investigation on interfacial and electrical properties of Ge MOS capacitor with different NH3-plasma treatment procedure

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    Liu, Xiaoyu; Xu, Jingping; Liu, Lu; Cheng, Zhixiang; Huang, Yong; Gong, Jingkang

    2017-08-01

    The effects of different NH3-plasma treatment procedures on interfacial and electrical properties of Ge MOS capacitors with stacked gate dielectric of HfTiON/TaON were investigated. The NH3-plasma treatment was performed at different steps during fabrication of the stacked gate dielectric, i.e. before or after interlayer (TaON) deposition, or after deposition of high-k dielectric (HfTiON). It was found that the excellent interface quality with an interface-state density of 4.79 × 1011 eV-1 cm-2 and low gate leakage current (3.43 × 10-5 A/cm2 at {V}{{g}}=1 {{V}}) could be achieved for the sample with NH3-plasma treatment directly on the Ge surface before TaON deposition. The involved mechanisms are attributed to the fact that the NH3-plasma can directly react with the Ge surface to form more Ge-N bonds, i.e. more GeO x Ny, which effectively blocks the inter-diffusion of elements and suppresses the formation of unstable GeO x interfacial layer, and also passivates oxygen vacancies and dangling bonds near/at the interface due to more N incorporation and decomposed H atoms from the NH3-plasma. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61176100, 61274112).

  8. Phase Polymorphism, Molecular Motions and Structural Changes in [Cr(NH3)6](ClO4)3

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    Mikuli, Edward; Górska, Natalia; Wróbel, Stanisław; Ściesińskic, Jacek; Ściesińska, Ewa

    2007-04-01

    A phase transition in [Cr(NH3)6](ClO4)3 at Thc = 293.5 K (on heating) and Tcc = 293.0 K (on cooling) was determined by differential scanning calorimetry. The temperature dependences of the full width at half maximum of the bands connected with ρr(NH3)F1u and δd(ClO)E modes suggest that the discovered phase transition is not connected with drastic changes in the speed of reorientational motions of the NH3 ligands nor the ClO4 - anions. Temperature dependence of the FT-FIR spectra and the diffraction patterns show that the discovered phase transition is caused by a change in the crystal structure.

  9. The tropospheric abundances of NH3 and PH3 in Jupiter's Great Red Spot, from Voyager IRIS observations

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    Griffith, Caitlin A.; Bezard, Bruno; Owen, Tobias; Gautier, Daniel

    1992-01-01

    The tropospheric abundances of NH3 and PH3 in Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) are presently determined on the basis of a group of Voyager IRIS spectra, and compared with those of the surrounding South Tropical Zone (STZ) obtained from another two groups of IRIS spectra, in order to characterize the GRS's chemistry and dynamics. Although the GRS is believed to be a region of strong vertical transport, NH3 depletion is surprisingly found to occur below the tropopause within the GRS. Since one of the STZ's selections has a temperature-pressure profile similar to that of the GRS below the 300 mbar level, condensation cannot explain the low NH3 abundance in the GRS.

  10. Effect of H2 and NH3 Adsorption on Electronic Transport Properties of SiC Nanowires: A DFT Analysis

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    Vasumathi, R.; Thayumanavan, A.; Sriram, S.

    2017-02-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) nanowire structures with and without hydrogen (H2) and ammonia (NH3) molecules have been constructed and optimized using density functional theory to study their electronic and transport properties. The adsorption energies calculated for the SiC nanowire structures reveal that the adsorption process of H2 and NH3 molecules is endothermic in nature. Nonequilibrium Green's function transport theory is employed to study the electronic transport properties of the SiC nanowire devices with and without H2 and NH3 molecules. The voltage-current (V-I) characteristic shows negative differential resistance (NDR) behavior for all the SiC nanowire devices when bias voltage is applied. It is inferred that the NDR behavior is due to shift of quasibound states near the Fermi level because of the applied bias voltage. This observed NDR behavior may be useful for fabrication of nanoelectronic devices.

  11. Doping effect on the adsorption of NH3 molecule onto graphene quantum dot: From the physisorption to the chemisorption

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    Seyed-Talebi, Seyedeh Mozhgan; Beheshtian, J.; Neek-amal, M.

    2013-09-01

    The adsorption of ammonia molecule onto a graphene hexagonal flake, aluminum (Al) and boron (B) doped graphene flakes (graphene quantum dots, GQDs) are investigated using density functional theory. We found that NH3 molecule is absorbed to the hollow site through the physisorption mechanism without altering the electronic properties of GQD. However, the adsorption energy of NH3 molecule onto the Al- and B-doped GQDs increases with respect GQD resulting chemisorption. The adsorption of NH3 onto the Al-doped and B-doped GQDs makes graphene locally buckled, i.e., B- doped and Al-doped GQDs are not planar. The adsorption mechanism onto a GQD is different than that of graphene. This study reveals important features of the edge passivation and doping effects of the adsorption mechanism of external molecules onto the graphene quantum dots.

  12. Experimental and theoretical study of methyl-p-aminobenzoate/ammonia complexes. I. MAB(NH3)1

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    Fernández, J. A.; Longarte, A.; Unamuno, I.; Castaño, F.

    2000-11-01

    Methyl-p-aminobenzoate(NH3)1 complex, henceforth MAB(NH3)1, prepared in a pulsed supersonic expansion, has been examined by laser mass-selective spectroscopies and density functional theory calculations, aiming to ascertain its isomer number, structures, identification, ionization energies, and vibrational assignments. Resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization and hole burning spectra of the species in supersonic beams show two 000 transitions redshifted by -715 and -709 cm-1 from that of bare MAB band origin and are plausibly associated with two different isomers, whereas ab initio calculations indicate the likely existence of five stable isomer structures. Identification of the experimental isomer spectra with the calculated structures is reported and, in particular, several isomer vibrational bands are identified by contrast with the calculated modes. Properties and features of the MAB(NH3)1 are compared with those of the MAB/water complexes.

  13. Shape-Evolution Control of hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 crystals via solvothermal synthesis

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    Zhang, Baohua; Guo, Fuqiang; Yang, Lianhong; Jia, Xiuling; Liu, Bin; Xie, Zili; Chen, Dunjun; Lu, Hai; Zhang, Rong; Zheng, Youdou

    2017-02-01

    We systematically synthesized CH3NH3PbI3 crystals using solvothermal process, and the reaction conditions such as concentration of the precursor, temperature, time, and lead source have been comprehensively investigated to obtain shape-controlled CH3NH3PbI3 crystals. The results showed that the CH3NH3PbI3 crystals exhibit tetragonal phase and the crystals change from nanoparticles to hopper-faced cuboids. Photoluminescence spectra of the crystals obtained with different lead sources show a blue shift due to the presence of defects in the crystals, and the peak intensity is very sensitive to the lead sources. Moreover, impurities (undesirable byproducts and excess components like HI or CH3NH2) presented during crystal growth can result in hopper growth.

  14. A model of the gas-phase chemistry of boron nitride CVC from BCl3 and NH3

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    Allendorf, M.D.; Melius, C.F.; Osterheld, T.H.

    1995-12-01

    The kinetics of gas-phase reactions occurring during the CVD of boron nitride (BN) from BCl3 and NH3 are investigated using an elementary reaction mechanism whose rate constants were obtained from theoretical predictions and literature sources. Plug-flow calculations using this mechanism predict that unimolecular decomposition of BCl3 is not significant under typical CVD conditions, but that some NH3 decomposition may occur, especially for deposition occurring at atmospheric pressure. Reaction of BCl3 with NH3 is rapid under CVD conditions and yields species containing both boron and nitrogen. One of these compounds, Cl2BNH2, is predicted to be a key gas-phase precursor to BN.

  15. An Experimental Investigation of Collisions of NH3 with Para-H2 at the Temperatures of Cold Molecular Clouds

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    Willey, D. R.; Timlin, R. E., Jr.; Merlin, J. M.; Sowa, M. M.; Wesolek, D. M.

    2002-03-01

    Experimentally measured cross sections for collisional broadening of ammonia by J=0, para-H2 are presented for the (J,K)=(1,1),(2,2), and (3,3) NH3 inversion transitions at temperatures from 12.5 to 40 K. The cross sections were obtained in a quasi-equilibrium environment utilizing the collisional cooling technique. These are the first laboratory measurements of interactions between NH3 and J=0, para-H2 at the temperatures of cold molecular clouds. The measured cross sections are compared to theoretical predictions using two existing ab initio NH3-H2 potential surfaces and to previously measured He broadening cross sections. In comparison to He broadening cross sections at these temperatures, the para-H2 results are up to 4 times larger. This is in contrast to 300 K experimental results where para-H2 cross sections are only 50% larger than He.

  16. Effect of H2 and NH3 Adsorption on Electronic Transport Properties of SiC Nanowires: A DFT Analysis

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    Vasumathi, R.; Thayumanavan, A.; Sriram, S.

    2017-07-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) nanowire structures with and without hydrogen (H2) and ammonia (NH3) molecules have been constructed and optimized using density functional theory to study their electronic and transport properties. The adsorption energies calculated for the SiC nanowire structures reveal that the adsorption process of H2 and NH3 molecules is endothermic in nature. Nonequilibrium Green's function transport theory is employed to study the electronic transport properties of the SiC nanowire devices with and without H2 and NH3 molecules. The voltage-current ( V- I) characteristic shows negative differential resistance (NDR) behavior for all the SiC nanowire devices when bias voltage is applied. It is inferred that the NDR behavior is due to shift of quasibound states near the Fermi level because of the applied bias voltage. This observed NDR behavior may be useful for fabrication of nanoelectronic devices.

  17. Electronic structure, stability, and formation dynamics of hypervalent molecular clusters: CH 3NH 3(CH 3NH 2) n

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    Okai, Nobuhiro; Takahata, Akihiro; Fuke, Kiyokazu

    2004-03-01

    The formation and decay processes of CH 3NH 3(CH 3NH 2) n produced by the photolysis of (CH 3NH 2) n are studied by a pump-probe technique with femtosecond laser. The dissociation time of CH 3NH 2 in clusters is estimated to be less than 500 fs, while the formation time of CH 3NH 3(CH 3NH 2) n is less than 2 ps in the photolysis at 200 nm. The lifetime of free CH 3NH 3 is determined to be 30 ps and is elongated by 10 5 times in clusters. The ionization potentials and the binding energies of these clusters are determined by photoionization threshold measurements. On the basis of these results, the formation and decay processes for these clusters are discussed.

  18. Controlled reaction for improved CH3NH3PbI3 transition in perovskite solar cells.

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    Zhao, J J; Wang, P; Liu, Z H; Wei, L Y; Yang, Z; Chen, H R; Fang, X Q; Liu, X L; Mai, Y H

    2015-10-28

    Hybrid halide perovskites represent one of the most promising solutions toward the fabrication of all solid nanostructured solar cells, with improved efficiency and long-term stability. This article aims at investigating the properties of CH3NH3PbI3 with controlled loading time in CH3NH3I solution via a two-step sequential deposition and correlating them with their photovoltaic performances. It is found that the optimum PCE of the loading time in the CH3NH3I solution is possible only at a relatively short time (10 min). Prolonging the loading time will degrade the perovskite film, and deteriorate the device performance by introducing a large amount of excessive defects and recombination. However, even if the material band gap remains substantially unchanged, a suitable loading time can dramatically improve the charge transport within the perovskite layer, exhibiting the out-standing performances of meso-superstructured solar cells.

  19. CH3NH3PbI3, A Potential Solar Cell Candidate: Structural and Spectroscopic Investigations.

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    Nandi, Pronoy; Giri, Chandan; Joseph, Boby; Rath, S; Manju, U; Topwal, D

    2016-12-15

    Hybrid organic-inorganic metal halides of the type CH3NH3PbX3 have emerged as potential materials for photovoltaic applications. In this paper we discuss structural, electronic, and optical spectroscopy investigations performed on high quality single crystals of CH3NH3PbI3. Our results conclusively suggest that CH3NH3PbI3 crystallizes in centrosymmetric space group and the methylammonium moiety exhibits disordered packing at room temperature. Extracted values of the exciton binding energy, the electron-phonon coupling constant, and the schematic energy level diagram constructed from the emission broadening, Raman, and photoemission spectroscopy measurements clearly show the potential of this system in photovoltaic applications.

  20. Enhancement of NH3 sensing performance in flower-like ZnO nanostructures and their growth mechanism

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    Zhang, Yu; Liu, Tianmo; Hao, Jinghua; Lin, Liyang; Zeng, Wen; Peng, Xianghe; Wang, Zhongchang

    2015-12-01

    ZnO nanostructures hold substantial promise for gas-sensing applications owing to their outstanding ethanol sensing performance, yet their sensing performance toward NH3 has rarely been reported. Here, we report on a successful preparation of sunflower-like ZnO nanostructures and ZnO nanoparticle via a facile hydrothermal method, and demonstrate that the ZnO nanoflowers have high gas-sensing performances toward NH3 under a low concentration of 10-50 ppm. Further structural characterization reveals that the sunflower-like nanostructure comprises six triangles-like and one sphere-like nanostructures, and the triangle-like nanostructure is single crystalline with {0 0 1} crystal face. As a consequence of their unique morphology, the nanoflowers show much improved NH3 sensing performances than the nanoparticles with a high sensitivity of 49.5.

  1. On the fate of laser-produced NH 2 in a constrained pulsed expansion of trimethylamine alane and NH 3

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    Demchuk, Alexander; Cahill, John J.; Simpson, Steven; Koplitz, Brent

    2001-11-01

    The effects of both 193 nm radiation and NH 3 on an expansion of trimethylamine alane (TMAA) have been studied. In neat TMAA, 193 nm radiation induces small but significant clustering. When NH 3 is introduced in the absence of 193 nm photons, no visible reaction occurs. However, when NH 3 is introduced along with 193 nm photons, the H 3Al:N(CH 3) 3 parent molecule is completely replaced by H 3AlNH 2. Moreover, the clustering channels observed with neat TMAA disappear. The apparent stability or inertness of the R 3MNH 2 (R=H, CH 3 or C 2H 5; M=Ga or Al) species in a variety of metal nitride reactive environments is discussed.

  2. Two-stage biofilter for effective NH3 removal from waste gases containing high concentrations of H2S.

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    Chung, Ying-Chien; Ho, Kuo-Ling; Tseng, Ching-Ping

    2007-03-01

    A high H2S concentration inhibits nitrification when H2S and NH3 are simultaneously treated in a single biofilter. To improve NH3 removal from waste gases containing concentrated H2S, a two-stage biofilter was designed to solve the problem. In this study, the first biofilter, inoculated with Thiobacillus thioparus, was intended mainly to remove H2S and to reduce the effect of H2S concentration on nitrification in the second biofilter, and the second biofilter, inoculated with Nitrosomonas europaea, was to remove NH3. Extensive studies, which took into account the characteristics of gas removal, the engineering properties of the two biofilters, and biological parameters, were conducted in a 210-day operation. The results showed that an average 98% removal efficiency for H2S and a 100% removal efficiency for NH3 (empty bed retention time = 23-180 sec) were achieved after 70 days. The maximum degradation rate for NH3 was measured as 2.35 g N day(-1) kg of dry granular activated carbon(-1). Inhibition of nitrification was not found in the biofilter. This two-stage biofilter also exhibited good adaptability to shock loading and shutdown periods. Analysis of metabolic product and observation of the bacterial community revealed no obvious acidification or alkalinity phenomena. In addition, a lower moisture content (approximately 40%) for microbial survival and low pressure drop (average 24.39 mm H2O m(-1)) for system operation demonstrated that the two-stage biofilter was energy saving and economic. Thus, the two-stage biofilter is a feasible system to enhance NH3 removal in the concentrated coexistence of H2S.

  3. DRIFT study of manganese/ titania-based catalysts for low-temperature selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3.

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    Wu, Zhongbiao; Jiang, Boqiong; Liu, Yue; Wang, Haiqiang; Jin, Ruiben

    2007-08-15

    Manganese oxides and iron-manganese oxides supported on TiO2 were prepared by the sol-gel method and used for low-temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3. Base on the previous study, Mn(0.4)/ TiO2 and Fe(0.1)-Mn(0.4)/TiO2 were then selected to carry out the in situ diffuse reflectance infrared transform spectroscopy (DRIFT) investigation for revealing the reaction mechanism. The DRIFT spectroscopy for the adsorption of NH3 indicated the presence of coordinated NH3 and NH4+ on both of the two catalysts. When NO was introduced, the coordinated NH3 on the catalyst surface was consumed rapidly, indicating these species could react with NO effectively. When NH3 was introduced into the sample preadsorbed with NO + O2, SCR reaction would not proceed on Mn(0.4)/TiO2. However, for Fe(0.1)-Mn(0.4)/ TiO2 the bands due to coordinated NH3 on Fe2O3 were formed. Simultaneously, the bidentate nitrates were transformed to monodentate nitrates and NH4+ was detected. And NO2 from the oxidation of NO on catalyst could react with NH4+ leading to the reduction of NO. Therefore, it was suggested that the SCR reaction on Fe(0.1)-Mn(0.4)/TiO2 could also take place in a different way from the reactions on Mn(0.4)/TiO2 proposed by other researchers. Furthermore, the SCR reaction steps for these two kinds of catalysts were proposed.

  4. Selective catalytic reduction operation with heavy fuel oil: NOx, NH3, and particle emissions.

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    Lehtoranta, Kati; Vesala, Hannu; Koponen, Päivi; Korhonen, Satu

    2015-04-07

    To meet stringent NOx emission limits, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) is increasingly utilized in ships, likely also in combination with low-priced higher sulfur level fuels. In this study, the performance of SCR was studied by utilizing NOx, NH3, and particle measurements. Urea decomposition was studied with ammonia and isocyanic acid measurements and was found to be more effective with heavy fuel oil (HFO) than with light fuel oil. This is suggested to be explained by the metals found in HFO contributing to metal oxide particles catalyzing the hydrolysis reaction prior to SCR. At the exhaust temperature of 340 °C NOx reduction was 85-90%, while at lower temperatures the efficiency decreased. By increasing the catalyst loading, the low temperature behavior of the SCR was enhanced. The drawback of this, however, was the tendency of particle emissions (sulfate) to increase at higher temperatures with higher loaded catalysts. The particle size distribution results showed high amounts of nanoparticles (in 25-30 nm size), the formation of which SCR either increased or decreased. The findings of this work provide a better understanding of the usage of SCR in combination with a higher sulfur level fuel and also of ship particle emissions, which are a growing concern.

  5. Computed and Experimental Absorption Spectra of the Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Zhu, Xi; Su, Haibin; Marcus, Rudolph A; Michel-Beyerle, Maria E

    2014-09-04

    Electronic structure and light absorption properties of the perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 are investigated by relativistic density functional theory with quasiparticle GW corrections and many-body interactions. The nature of the Wannier exciton is studied by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation augmented with the analysis of a conceptual hydrogen-like model. The computed absorption spectrum unravels a remarkable absorption "gap" between the first two absorption peaks. This discontinuity is maintained in the calculated tetragonal structure that, however, is not stable at low temperature. Most importantly, the discontinuity is also observed in the experimental absorption spectrum of the orthorhombic single crystal at low temperature (4 K). However, in contrast to the single crystal, in a polycrystalline perovskite film at 5 K the "gap" is filled by a monotonously increasing absorption throughout the visible range. This feature of thin films points to the potential significance of defect absorption for the excellent light harvesting properties of perovskite-based solar cells.

  6. Ferroelectricity of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite.

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    Fan, Zhen; Xiao, Juanxiu; Sun, Kuan; Chen, Lei; Hu, Yating; Ouyang, Jianyong; Ong, Khuong P; Zeng, Kaiyang; Wang, John

    2015-04-02

    Ferroelectricity has been believed to be an important but controversial origin of the excellent photovoltaic performance of organometal trihalide perovskites (OTPs). Here we investigate the ferroelectricity of a prototype OTP, CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3), both theoretically and experimentally. Our first-principles calculations based on 3-D periodic boundary conditions reveal that a ferroelectric structure with polarization of ∼8 μC/cm(2) is the globally stable one among all possible tetragonal structures; however, experimentally no room-temperature ferroelectricity is observed by using polarization-electric field hysteresis measurements and piezoresponse force microscopy. The discrepancy between our theoretical and experimental results is attributed to the dynamic orientational disorder of MA(+) groups and the semiconducting nature of MAPbI3 at room temperature. Therefore, we conclude that MAPbI3 is not ferroelectric at room temperature; however, it is possible to induce and experimentally observe apparent ferroelectric behavior through our proposed ways. Our results clarify the controversy of the ferroelectricity in MAPbI3 and also provide valuable guidance for future studies on this active topic.

  7. Performance Analysis of Rectifier in NH3-H2O Absorprtion Heat Pump

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    Tsujimori, Atsushi; Ozaki, Eiichi; Nakao, Kazushige

    Heat and mass transfer model for plate-type rectifier was presented in the previous paper and it was found that there existed the distribution of NH3 concentration in boundary layer in vapor and solution phase, which was the resistance to heat and mass transfer. In order to enhance heat and mass transfer, packed tower-type rectifiers have been considered effective and used in the field of chemical engineering. And many data have been accumulated for each rectification-packing with give fluid to design packed tower. But it has rarely be seen to present heat and mass transfer model in order to evaluate the performance of packed tower rectifier without any experimental constant. In this study heat and mass transfer model in packed tower-type rectifier was presented considering the specification of rectification-packing decided by surface area and porosity, and the calculation results were compared with experimental data. As a result it was found that over-all mass transfer coefficient increased as mass flow rate of vapor increased and that the model could expect over-all mass transfer coefficient within 30 [%] difference to experimental data. It was also cleared that mass transfer in packed-type rectifier was two to five times more enhanced than that in plate-type rectifier.

  8. Molecular Structure and Dynamics in the Low Temperature (Orthorhombic) Phase of NH3BH3

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    Cho, Herman M.; Shaw, Wendy J.; Parvanov, Venci M.; Schenter, Gregory K.; Karkamkar, Abhijeet J.; Hess, Nancy J.; Mundy, Christopher J.; Kathmann, Shawn M.; Sears, Jesse A.; Lipton, Andrew S.; Ellis, Paul D.; Autrey, Thomas

    2008-05-08

    Variable temperature 2H NMR experiments on the orthorhombic phase of selectively deuterated NH3BH3 spanning the static to fast exchange limits of the borane and amine motions are reported. New values of the electric field gradient (EFG) tensor parameters have been obtained from the static 2H spectra of Vzz = 5.509(±0.275)×1014 statvolt/cm2 and ! = 0.00±0.05 for the borane hydrogens and Vzz = 9.615(±0.481)×1014 statvolt/cm2 and ! = 0.00±0.05 for the amine hydrogens. The molecular symmetry inferred from the observation of equal EFG tensors for both the boron and amine hydrogens is in sharp contrast with the Cs symmetry derived from diffraction studies. The origin of the apparent discrepancy has been investigated using molecular dynamics methods in combination with electronic structure calculations of NMR parameters, bond lengths, and bond angles. The computation of parameters from a statistical ensemble rather than from a single set of atomic Cartesian coordinates gives values that are in close quantitative agreement with the 2H NMR electric field gradient tensor measurements and are more consistent with the molecular symmetry revealed by the NMR spectra. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences program. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for DOE.

  9. The efficiency limit of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells

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    Sha, Wei E. I.; Ren, Xingang; Chen, Luzhou; Choy, Wallace C. H.

    2015-06-01

    With the consideration of photon recycling effect, the efficiency limit of methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite solar cells is predicted by a detailed balance model. To obtain convincing predictions, both AM 1.5 spectrum of Sun and experimentally measured complex refractive index of perovskite material are employed in the detailed balance model. The roles of light trapping and angular restriction in improving the maximal output power of thin-film perovskite solar cells are also clarified. The efficiency limit of perovskite cells (without the angular restriction) is about 31%, which approaches to Shockley-Queisser limit (33%) achievable by gallium arsenide (GaAs) cells. Moreover, the Shockley-Queisser limit could be reached with a 200 nm-thick perovskite solar cell, through integrating a wavelength-dependent angular-restriction design with a textured light-trapping structure. Additionally, the influence of the trap-assisted nonradiative recombination on the device efficiency is investigated. The work is fundamentally important to high-performance perovskite photovoltaics.

  10. Quadrupole splittings in the near-infrared spectrum of 14NH3

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    Twagirayezu, Sylvestre; Hall, Gregory E.; Sears, Trevor J.

    2016-10-01

    Sub-Doppler, saturation dip, spectra of lines in the v1 + v3, v1 + 2v4, and v3 + 2v4 bands of 14NH3 have been measured by frequency comb-referenced diode laser absorption spectroscopy. The observed spectral line widths are dominated by transit time broadening and show resolved or partially-resolved hyperfine splittings that are primarily determined by the 14N quadrupole coupling. Modeling of the observed line shapes based on the known hyperfine level structure of the ground state of the molecule shows that, in nearly all cases, the excited state level has hyperfine splittings similar to the same rotational level in the ground state. The data provide accurate frequencies for the line positions and easily separate lines overlapped in Doppler-limited spectra. The observed hyperfine splittings can be used to make and confirm rotational assignments and ground state combination differences obtained from the measured frequencies are comparable in accuracy to those obtained from conventional microwave spectroscopy. Several of the measured transitions do not show the quadrupole hyperfine splittings expected based on their existing rotational assignments. Either the assignments are incorrect or the upper levels involved are perturbed in a way that affects the nuclear hyperfine structure.

  11. Orthogonal Coordinates and Hyperquantization Algorithm. The NH3 and H3O+ Umbrella Inversion Levels

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    Ragni, M.; Lombardi, A.; Pereira Barreto, P. R.; Peixoto Bitencourt, A. C.

    2009-09-01

    In order to describe the umbrella inversion mode, which is characteristic of AB3-type molecules, we have introduced an alternative hyperspherical coordinate set based on a parametrization of Radau-Smith orthogonal vectors and have considered constraints which allow us to enforce the C3v symmetry. Structural properties and electronic energies at equilibrium and barrier configurations have been obtained at MP2 and CCSD(T) levels of theory. Energy profiles have been calculated using the CCSD(T) method with an aug-cc-pVQZ basis set. The NH3 and H3O+ umbrella inversion levels are obtained by the hyperquantization algorithm for a one-dimensional calculation, using a specially defined hyperangle as the inversion coordinate. The results are compared with experimental and theoretical energy levels, in particular, with those obtained by calculations based on two-dimensional models. The emerging picture of the umbrella inversion based on this hyperangular coordinate compares favorably with respect to the usual valence-type description.

  12. Low-energy collisions of NH3 and ND3 with ultracold Rb atoms

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    Żuchowski, Piotr S.; Hutson, Jeremy M.

    2009-06-01

    We carry out quantum inelastic scattering calculations of collisions of Rb atoms with inverting NH3 and ND3 molecules in the energy range between 0 and 100cm-1 , which are important for experiments using velocity-controlled molecular beams to probe scattering resonances. We focus on molecules initially in the upper level of the ammonia inversion doublet for j=1 , k=1 , which is low-field seeking and can be controlled in a Stark decelerator. We calculate the integral elastic and state-to-state inelastic cross sections in the coupled-states approximation. We demonstrate the presence of both shape and Feshbach resonances in the elastic and inelastic cross sections at low collision energies and discuss their origin in terms of the bound states of the Rb- ND3 complex. We also consider elastic and inelastic cross sections in the ultracold regime, using close-coupling calculations, in order to assess the viability of sympathetic cooling of ND3 by Rb. The inelastic cross section for relaxation to the lower level of the inversion doublet is smaller than expected for such a strongly coupled system but is still likely to be too large to allow sympathetic cooling for ND3 in low-field-seeking states. However, there is a good prospect that sympathetic cooling will be possible for molecules in high-field-seeking states even when the collision partner is a magnetically trapped atom in a low-field-seeking state.

  13. Giant Rashba Splitting in CH3NH3PbBr3 Organic-Inorganic Perovskite

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    Niesner, Daniel; Wilhelm, Max; Levchuk, Ievgen; Osvet, Andres; Shrestha, Shreetu; Batentschuk, Miroslaw; Brabec, Christoph; Fauster, Thomas

    2016-09-01

    As they combine decent mobilities with extremely long carrier lifetimes, organic-inorganic perovskites open a whole new field in optoelectronics. Measurements of their underlying electronic structure, however, are still lacking. Using angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, we measure the valence band dispersion of single-crystal CH3NH3PbBr3. The dispersion of the highest energy band is extracted applying a modified leading edge method, which accounts for the particular density of states of organic-inorganic perovskites. The surface Brillouin zone is consistent with bulk-terminated surfaces both in the low-temperature orthorhombic and the high-temperature cubic phase. In the low-temperature phase, we find a ring-shaped valence band maximum with a radius of 0.043 Å-1 , centered around a 0.16 eV deep local minimum in the dispersion of the valence band at the high-symmetry point. Intense circular dichroism is observed. This dispersion is the result of strong spin-orbit coupling. Spin-orbit coupling is also present in the room-temperature phase. The coupling strength is one of the largest ones reported so far.

  14. Pressure-induced metallization of the halide perovskite (CH3NH3)PbI3

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    Jaffe, Adam; Lin, Yu; Mao, Wendy L.; ...

    2017-03-14

    We report the metallization of the hybrid perovskite semiconductor (MA)PbI3 (MA = CH3NH3+) with no apparent structural transition. We tracked its bandgap evolution during compression in diamond-anvil cells using absorption spectroscopy and observed strong absorption over both visible and IR wavelengths at pressures above ca. 56 GPa, suggesting the imminent closure of its optical bandgap. The metallic character of (MA)PbI3 above 60 GPa was confirmed using both IR reflectivity and variable-temperature dc conductivity measurements. The impressive semiconductor properties of halide perovskites have recently been exploited in a multitude of optoelectronic applications. Meanwhile, the study of metallic properties in oxide perovskitesmore » has revealed diverse electronic phenomena. Importantly, the mild synthetic routes to halide perovskites and the templating effects of the organic cations allow for fine structural control of the inorganic lattice. Lastly, pressure-induced closure of the 1.6 eV bandgap in (MA)PbI3 demonstrates the promise of the continued study of halide perovskites under a range of thermodynamic conditions, toward realizing wholly new electronic properties.« less

  15. Quadrupole splittings in the near-infrared spectrum of 14NH3

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    Twagirayezu, Sylvestre; Hall, Gregory E.; Sears, Trevor J.

    2016-10-13

    Sub-Doppler, saturation dip, spectra of lines in the v1 + v3, v1 + 2v4 and v3 + 2v4 bands of 14NH3 have been measured by frequency comb-referenced diode laser absorption spectroscopy. The observed spectral line widths are dominated by transit time broadening, and show resolved or partially-resolved hyperfine splittings that are primarily determined by the 14N quadrupole coupling. Modeling of the observed line shapes based on the known hyperfine level structure of the ground state of the molecule shows that, in nearly all cases, the excited state level has hyperfine splittings similar to the same rotational level in the groundmore » state. The data provide accurate frequencies for the line positions and easily separate lines overlapped in Doppler-limited spectra. The observed hyperfine splittings can be used to make and confirm rotational assignments and ground state combination differences obtained from the measured frequencies are comparable in accuracy to those obtained from conventional microwave spectroscopy. Furthermore, several of the measured transitions do not show the quadrupole hyperfine splittings expected based on their existing rotational assignments. Either the assignments are incorrect or the upper levels involved are perturbed in a way that affects the nuclear hyperfine structure.« less

  16. Evidence of amino acid precursors: C-N bond coupling in simulated interstellar CO2/NH3 ices

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    Esmaili, Sasan

    2015-08-01

    Low energy secondary electrons are abundantly produced in astrophysical or planetary ices by the numerous ionizing radiation fields typically encountered in space environments and may thus play a role in the radiation processing of such ices [1]. One approach to determine their chemical effect is to irradiate nanometer thick molecular solids of simple molecular constituents, with energy selected electron beams and to monitor changes in film chemistry with the surface analytical techniques [2].Of particular interest is the formation of HCN, which is a signature of dense gases in interstellar clouds, and is ubiquitous in the ISM. Moreover, the chemistry of HCN radiolysis products such as CN- may be essential to understand of the formation of amino acids [3] and purine DNA bases. Here we present new results on the irradiation of multilayer films of CO2 and NH3 with 70 eV electrons, leading to CN bond formations. The electron stimulated desorption (ESD) yields of cations and anions are recorded as a function of electron fluence. The prompt desorption of cationic reaction/scattering products [4], is observed at low fluence (~4x1013 electrons/cm2). Detected ions include C2+, C2O2+, C2O+, CO3+, C2O3+ or CO4+ from pure CO2, and N+, NH+, NH2+, NH3+, NH4+, N2+, N2H+ from pure NH3, and NO+, NOH+ from CO2/NH3 mixtures. Most saliently, increasing signals of negative ion products desorbing during prolonged irradiation of CO2/NH3 films included C2-, C2H-, C2H2-, as well as CN-, HCN- and H2CN-. The identification of particular product ions was accomplished by using 13CO2 and 15NH3 isotopes. The chemistry induced by electrons in pure films of CO2 and NH3 and mixtures with composition ratios (3:1), (1:1), and (1:3), was also studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Irradiation of CO2/NH3 mixed films at 22 K produces species containing the following bonds/functional groups identified by XPS: C=O, O-H, C-C, C-O, C=N and N=O. (This work has been funded by NSERC).

  17. Separation of H2S and NH3 gases from tofu waste water-based biogas using activated carbon adsorption

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    Harihastuti, Nani; Purwanto, P.; Istadi, I.

    2015-12-01

    Research on the separation of H2S and NH3 gases from tofu waste water-based biogas has been conducted to improve the content of CH4 of biogas in order to increase calorific value. Biogas from tofu waste water contained many kinds of gases such as: CH4 of 53-64%, CO2 of 36-45%, H2S of 3,724-5,880 mg/Nm3, NH3 of 0.19-70.36 mg/Nm3, and H2O of 33,800-19,770,000 mg/Nm3. In fact, CO2, H2S, NH3, and moisture are impurities that have disturbance to human and environment, so that they are necessary to be separated from biogas. Particularly, H2S and NH3 have high toxicity to people, particularly the workers in the tofu industry. Therefore, separation of H2S and NH3 from biogas to increase calorific value is the focus of this research. The method used in this research is by adsorption of H2S and NH3 gases using activated carbon as adsorbent. It also used condensation as pretreatment to remove moisture content in biogas. Biogas was flowed to adsorption column (70 cm height and 9 cm diameter containing activated carbon as much as 500 g) so that the H2S and NH3 gases were adsorbed. This research was conducted by varying flow rate and flow time of biogas. From this experiment, it was found that the optimum adsorption conditions were flow rate of 3.5 l/min and 4 hours flow time. This condition could reach 99.95% adsorption efficiency of H2S from 5,879.50 mg/Nm3 to 0.67 mg/Nm3, and 74.96% adsorption efficiency of NH3 from 2.93 mg/Nm3 to 0.73 mg/Nm3. The concentration of CH4 increased from 63.88% to 76.24% in the biogas.

  18. The Bonding of NO2, NH3, and CH2NY to Models of a (10,0) Carbon Nanotube

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    Walch, Stephen P.

    2004-01-01

    We have studied the bonding of NO2, NH3, and CH2NH to a (10,O) carbon nanotube using the MP2 and ONIOM methods with extended basis sets. We find bond strengths of 3.5, 3.6. and 6.3 kcal/mol for NO2, NH3, and CH2NH, respectively, using the ONIOM method with the high accuracy part treated at the MP2/aug-CC-pVTZ level and the remainder of the CNT approximated at the UFF level and including an estimate of basis set superposition error using the counterpoise method.

  19. Open-path Atmospheric N2O, CO, and NH3 Measurements Using Quantum Cascade Laser Spectroscopy

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    Sun, K.; Khan, A.; Miller, D. J.; Rafferty, K.; Schreiber, J.; Puzio, C.; Portenti, M.; Silver, J.; Zondlo, M. A.

    2010-12-01

    We develop a compact, mid-infrared quantum cascade (QC) laser based sensor to perform high precision measurements of N2O and CO simultaneously. Since CO is a good tracer of anthropogenic emissions, simultaneous measurements of CO and N2O allow us to correlate the sources of N2O emissions. The thermoelectrically (TE) cooled, and continuous wave QC laser enables room-temperature and unattended operation. The laser is scanned over the absorption features of N2O and CO near 4.54 μm by laser current modulation. A novel cylindrical multi-pass optical cell terminated at the (N/2)th spot is used to simplify the optical configuration by separating the laser and TE cooled detector. Our systems are open-path and non-cryogenic, which avoids vacuum pump and liquid nitrogen. This configuration enables a future design of a non-intrusive, compact (shoe box size), and low-power (10W) sensor. Wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) is used to enhance measurement sensitivity. Higher-harmonic detection (4f and 6f) is performed to improve the resolution between the nearly overlapping N2O and CO lines. Relevant atmospheric N2O and CO concentration is measured, with a detection limit of 0.3 ppbv for N2O and 2 ppbv for CO for 1 s averaging in terms of noise. We also develop an open-path high sensitivity atmospheric ammonia (NH3) sensor using a very similar instrument design. A 9.06 μm QC laser is used to probe absorption features of NH3. Open-path detection of NH3 is even more beneficial due to the surface absorption effect of NH3 and its tendency to readily partition into condensed phases. The NH3 sensor was deployed at the CALNEX 2010 field campaign. The entire system was stable throughout the campaign and acquired data with 10 s time resolution under adverse ambient temperatures and dusty conditions. The measurements were in general agreement with other NH3 and trace gases sensors. Both the N2O/CO and NH3 sensors will be deployed in a local eddy-covariance station to examine long

  20. Effects of SbBr3 addition to CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells

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    Oku, Takeo; Ohishi, Yuya; Suzuki, Atsushi

    2017-01-01

    TiO2/CH3NH3Pb1-xSbxI3-2xBr3x-based photovoltaic devices were fabricated, and effects of SbBr3 addition to CH3NH3PbI3 precursor solutions on the photovoltaic properties were investigated. The short-circuit current densities and photoconversion efficiencies were improved by adding a small amount of SbBr3 to the perovskite phase, which would be due to a doping effect of Sb or Br atoms at the Pb or I sites.

  1. Depletion of the heaviest stable N isotope is associated with NH4+/NH3 toxicity in NH4+-fed plants

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    2011-01-01

    Background In plants, nitrate (NO3-) nutrition gives rise to a natural N isotopic signature (δ15N), which correlates with the δ15N of the N source. However, little is known about the relationship between the δ15N of the N source and the 14N/15N fractionation in plants under ammonium (NH4+) nutrition. When NH4+ is the major N source, the two forms, NH4+ and NH3, are present in the nutrient solution. There is a 1.025 thermodynamic isotope effect between NH3 (g) and NH4+ (aq) which drives to a different δ15N. Nine plant species with different NH4+-sensitivities were cultured hydroponically with NO3- or NH4+ as the sole N sources, and plant growth and δ15N were determined. Short-term NH4+/NH3 uptake experiments at pH 6.0 and 9.0 (which favours NH3 form) were carried out in order to support and substantiate our hypothesis. N source fractionation throughout the whole plant was interpreted on the basis of the relative transport of NH4+ and NH3. Results Several NO3--fed plants were consistently enriched in 15N, whereas plants under NH4+ nutrition were depleted of 15N. It was shown that more sensitive plants to NH4+ toxicity were the most depleted in 15N. In parallel, N-deficient pea and spinach plants fed with 15NH4+ showed an increased level of NH3 uptake at alkaline pH that was related to the 15N depletion of the plant. Tolerant to NH4+ pea plants or sensitive spinach plants showed similar trend on 15N depletion while slight differences in the time kinetics were observed during the initial stages. The use of RbNO3 as control discarded that the differences observed arise from pH detrimental effects. Conclusions This article proposes that the negative values of δ15N in NH4+-fed plants are originated from NH3 uptake by plants. Moreover, this depletion of the heavier N isotope is proportional to the NH4+/NH3 toxicity in plants species. Therefore, we hypothesise that the low affinity transport system for NH4+ may have two components: one that transports N in the

  2. Comparison of 18F-Labeled Fluoroalkylphosphonium Cations with 13N-NH3 for PET Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.

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    Kim, Dong-Yeon; Kim, Hyeon Sik; Reder, Sybille; Zheng, Jin Hai; Herz, Michael; Higuchi, Takahiro; Pyo, A Young; Bom, Hee-Seung; Schwaiger, Markus; Min, Jung-Joon

    2015-10-01

    Despite substantial advances in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, there is a need for 18F-labeled myocardial perfusion agents for the diagnosis of ischemic heart disease because current PET tracers for myocardial perfusion imaging have a short half-life that limits their widespread clinical use in PET. Thus, 18F-labeled fluoroalkylphosphonium derivatives (18F-FATPs), including (5-18F-fluoropentyl)triphenylphosphonium cation (18F-FPTP), (6-18F-fluorohexyl)triphenylphosphonium cation (18F-FHTP), and (2-(2-18F-fluoroethoxy)ethyl)triphenylphosphonium cation (18F-FETP), were synthesized. The myocardial extraction and image quality of the 18F-FATPs were compared with those of 13N-NH3 in rat models. The first-pass extraction fraction (EF) values of the 18F-FATPs (18F-FPTP, 18F-FHTP, 18F-FETP) and 13N-NH3 were measured in isolated rat hearts perfused with the Langendorff method (flow velocities, 0.5, 4.0, 8.0, and 16.0 mL/min). Normal and myocardial infarction rats were imaged with small-animal PET after intravenous injection of 37 MBq of 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3. To determine pharmacokinetics, a region of interest was drawn around the heart, and time-activity curves of the 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3 were generated to obtain the counts per pixel per second. Defect size was analyzed on the basis of polar map images of 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3. The EF values of 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3 were comparable at low flow velocity (0.5 mL/min), whereas at higher flows EF values of 18F-FATPs were significantly higher than those of 13N-NH3 (4.0, 8.0, and 16.0 mL/min, P<0.05). Myocardium-to-liver ratios of 18F-FPTP, 18F-FHTP, 18F-FETP, and 13N-NH3 were 2.10±0.30, 4.36±0.20, 3.88±1.03, and 0.70±0.09, respectively, 10 min after injection, whereas myocardium-to-lung ratios were 5.00±0.25, 4.33±0.20, 7.98±1.23, and 2.26±0.14, respectively. Although 18F-FATPs and 13N-NH3 sharply delineated myocardial perfusion defects, defect size on the 13N-NH3 images was significantly smaller than on the

  3. Hot ammonia around young O-type stars. I. JVLA imaging of NH3 (6, 6) to (14, 14) in NGC 7538 IRS1

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    Goddi, C.; Zhang, Q.; Moscadelli, L.

    2015-01-01

    Context. The formation of massive (O-type) stars through the same accretion processes as low-mass stars is problematic, mainly because of the feedback massive stars provide to the environment, which halts the accretion. In order to constrain theoretical models of high-mass star formation, observational signatures of mass accretion in O-type forming stars are desirable. The high-mass star forming region NGC 7538 IRS1 (distance = 2.7 kpc) is an ideal target, because VLBI measurements of CH3OH masers recently identified a triple system of high-mass young stellar object (YSOs) in the region: IRS1a, IRS1b, and IRS1c. The first two YSOs seem to be surrounded by rotating disks. Aims: We want to characterize physical conditions and kinematics of circumstellar molecular gas around O-type young stars. Sub-arcsecond resolution observations of highly-excited lines from high-density tracers are useful, since these probe the hottest and densest gas, which presumably is close to O-type forming stars, i.e., in disks and the innermost portions of envelopes. Methods: Using the Karl Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA), we have mapped the hot and dense molecular gas in the hot core associated with NGC 7538 IRS1, with ~0.''2 angular resolution, in seven metastable (J = K) inversion transitions of ammonia (NH3): (J,K) = (6, 6), (7, 7), (9, 9), (10, 10), (12, 12), (13, 13), and (14, 14). These lines arise from energy levels between ~400 K and ~1950 K above the ground state, and are observed in absorption against the HC-HII region associated with NGC 7538 IRS1. The CH3OH JK = 132 - 131 and CH3CN (2-1) lines were also included in our spectral setup, but only the former was detected. We also obtained sensitive continuum maps at frequencies between 25 and 35 GHz. Results: For each transition, we produced resolved images of total intensity and velocity field, as well as position-velocity diagrams. The intensity maps show that the NH3 absorption follows the continuum emission closely. With a 500 AU

  4. Analogues of Cis- and Transplatin with a Rich Solution Chemistry: cis-[PtCl2 (NH3 )(1-MeC-N3)] and trans-[PtI2 (NH3 )(1-MeC-N3)].

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    Siebel, Sabine; Dammann, Claudia; Sanz Miguel, Pablo J; Drewello, Thomas; Kampf, Gunnar; Teubner, Natascha; Bednarski, Patrick J; Freisinger, Eva; Lippert, Bernhard

    2015-12-01

    Mono(nucleobase) complexes of the general composition cis-[PtCl2 (NH3 )L] with L=1-methylcytosine, 1-MeC (1 a) and L=1-ethyl-5-methylcytosine, as well as trans-[PtX2 (NH3 )(1-MeC)] with X=I (5 a) and X=Br (5 b) have been isolated and were characterized by X-ray crystallography. The Pt coordination occurs through the N3 atom of the cytosine in all cases. The diaqua complexes of compounds 1 a and 5 a, cis-[Pt(H2 O)2 (NH3 )(1-MeC)](2+) and trans-[Pt(H2 O)2 (NH3 )(1-MeC)](2+) , display a rich chemistry in aqueous solution, which is dominated by extensive condensation reactions leading to μ-OH- and μ-(1-MeC(-) -N3,N4)-bridged species and ready oxidation of Pt to mixed-valence state complexes as well as diplatinum(III) compounds, one of which was characterized by X-ray crystallography: h,t-[{Pt(NH3 )2 (OH)(1-MeC(-) -N3,N4)}2 ](NO3 )2 ⋅2 [NH4 ](NO3 )⋅2 H2 O. A combination of (1) H NMR spectroscopy and ESI mass spectrometry was applied to identify some of the various species present in solution and the gas phase, respectively. As it turned out, mass spectrometry did not permit an unambiguous assignment of the structures of +1 cations due to the possibilities of realizing multiple bridging patterns in isomeric species, the occurrence of different tautomers, and uncertainties regarding the Pt oxidation states. Additionally, compound 1 a was found to have selective and moderate antiproliferative activity for a human cervix cancer line (SISO) compared to six other human cancer cell lines.

  5. Highly selective NH3 gas sensor based on Au loaded ZnO nanostructures prepared using microwave-assisted method.

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    Shingange, K; Tshabalala, Z P; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Motaung, D E; Mhlongo, G H

    2016-10-01

    ZnO nanorods synthesized using microwave-assisted approach were functionalized with gold (Au) nanoparticles. The Au coverage on the surface of the functionalized ZnO was controlled by adjusting the concentration of the Au precursor. According to X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results, it was confirmed that Au form nanoparticles loaded on the surface of ZnO. The small Au loading level of 0.5wt% showed the highest response of 1600-100ppm of NH3 gas at room temperature (RT) whereas further increase of Au loading level resulted in poor detection of NH3. All Au loaded ZnO (Au/ZnO) based sensors exhibited very short recovery and response times compared to unloaded ZnO sensing materials. The responses of ZnO and Au/ZnO based sensors (0.5-2.5wt%) to other flammable gases, including H2, CO and CH4, were considerably less, demonstrating that Au/ZnO based sensors were highly selective to NH3 gas at room temperature. Spill over mechanism which is the main reason for the observed enhanced NH3 response with 0.5 Au loading level is explained in detail.

  6. Enhanced low-temperature NH3-SCR performance of MnOx/CeO2 catalysts by optimal solvent effect

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    Yao, Xiaojiang; Kong, Tingting; Chen, Li; Ding, Shimin; Yang, Fumo; Dong, Lin

    2017-10-01

    A series of MnOx/CeO2 catalysts were prepared by modulating the solvents (deionized water (DW), anhydrous ethanol (AE), acetic acid (AA), and oxalic acid (OA) solution) with the purpose of improving the low-temperature NH3-SCR performance, broadening the operating temperature window, and enhancing the H2O + SO2 resistance. The synthesized catalysts were characterized by means of N2-physisorption, XRD, EDS mapping, Raman, XPS, H2-TPR, NH3-TPD, and in situ DRIFTS technologies. Furthermore, the catalytic performance and H2O + SO2 resistance were evaluated by NH3-SCR model reaction. The obtained results indicate that MnOx/CeO2 catalyst prepared with oxalic acid solution as a solvent exhibits the best catalytic performance among these catalysts, which shows above 80% NO conversion during a wide operating temperature range of 100-250 °C and good H2O + SO2 resistance for low-temperature NH3-SCR reaction. This is related to that oxalic acid solution can promote the dispersion of MnOx and enhance the electron interaction between MnOx and CeO2, which are beneficial to improving the physicochemical property of MnOx/CeO2 catalyst, and further lead to the enhancement of catalytic performance and good H2O + SO2 resistance.

  7. Colloidal Synthesis of CH3 NH3 PbBr3 Nanoplatelets with Polarized Emission through Self-Organization.

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    Liu, Lige; Huang, Sheng; Pan, Longfei; Shi, Li-Jie; Zou, Bingsuo; Deng, Luogen; Zhong, Haizheng

    2017-02-06

    We report a combined experimental and theoretical study of the synthesis of CH3 NH3 PbBr3 nanoplatelets through self-organization. Shape transformation from spherical nanodots to square or rectangular nanoplatelets can be achieved by keeping the preformed colloidal nanocrystals at a high concentration (3.5 mg mL(-1) ) for 3 days, or combining the synthesis of nanodots with self-organization. The average thickness of the resulting CH3 NH3 PbBr3 nanoplatelets is similar to the size of the original nanoparticles, and we also noticed several nanoplatelets with circular or square holes, suggesting that the shape transformation experienced a self-organization process through dipole-dipole interactions along with a realignment of dipolar vectors. Additionally, the CH3 NH3 PbBr3 nanoplatelets exhibit excellent polarized emissions for stretched CH3 NH3 PbBr3 nanoplatelets embedded in a polymer composite film, showing advantageous photoluminescence properties for display backlights. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Emergence of superconductivity in (NH3)yMxMoSe2 (M: Li, Na and K)

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    Miao, Xiao; Nishiyama, Saki; Zheng, Lu; Goto, Hidenori; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Ota, Hiromi; Kambe, Takashi; Terashima, Kensei; Yokoya, Takayoshi; Nguyen, Huyen T. L.; Kagayama, Tomoko; Hirao, Naohisa; Ohishi, Yasuo; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2016-01-01

    We report syntheses of new superconducting metal-doped MoSe2 materials (MxMoSe2). The superconducting MxMoSe2 samples were prepared using a liquid NH3 technique, and can be represented as ‘(NH3)yMxMoSe2’. The Tcs of these materials were approximately 5.0 K, independent of x and the specific metal atom. X-ray diffraction patterns of (NH3)yNaxMoSe2 were recorded using polycrystalline powders. An increase in lattice constant c showed that the Na atom was intercalated between MoSe2 layers. The x-independence of c was observed in (NH3)yNaxMoSe2, indicating the formation of a stoichiometric compound in the entire x range, which is consistent with the x-independence of Tc. A metallic edge of the Fermi level was observed in the photoemission spectrum at 30 K, demonstrating its metallic character in the normal state. Doping of MoSe2 with Li and K also yielded superconductivity. Thus, MoSe2 is a promising material for designing new superconductors, as are other transition metal dichalcogenides. PMID:27404919

  9. Fe2O3 particles as superior catalysts for low temperature selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3.

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    Wang, Xiaobo; Gui, Keting

    2013-12-01

    Fe2O3 particle catalysts were experimentally studied in the low temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3. The effects of reaction temperature, oxygen concentration, [NH3]/[NO] molar ratio and residence time on SCR activity were studied. It was found that Fe2O3 catalysts had high activity for the SCR of NO with NH3 in a broad temperature range of 150-270 degrees C, and more than 95% NO conversion was obtained at 180 degrees C when the molar ratio [NH3]/[NO] = 1, the residence time was 0.48 seconds and O2 volume fraction was 3%. In addition, the effect of SO2 on SCR catalytic activity was also investigated at the temperature of 180 degrees C. The results showed that deactivation of the Fe2O3 particles occurred due to the presence of SO2 and the NO conversion decreased from 99.2% to 58% in 240 min, since SO2 gradually decreased the catalytic activity of the catalysts. In addition, X-ray diffraction, Thermogravimetric analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the fresh and deactivated Fe2O3 catalysts. The results showed that the deactivation caused by SO2 was due to the formation of metal sulfates and ammonium sulfates on the catalyst surface during the de-NO reaction, which could cause pore plugging and result in suppression of the catalytic activity.

  10. Low temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3 over Fe-Mn based catalysts.

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    Long, Richard Q; Yang, Ralph T; Chang, Ramsay

    2002-03-07

    Fe-Mn based transition metal oxides (Fe-Mn, Fe-Mn-Zr and Fe-Mn-Ti) show nearly 100% NO conversion at 100-180 degrees C for selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 under the applied conditions with a space velocity of 15,000 h-1.

  11. Galvanic deposition of Rh and Ru on randomly structured Ti felts for the electrochemical NH3 synthesis.

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    Kugler, Kurt; Luhn, Mareike; Schramm, Jean André; Rahimi, Khosrow; Wessling, Matthias

    2015-02-07

    Nowadays NH3 is exclusively synthesized by the Haber process. Unfortunately, the energy demand and the CO2 emissions due to H2 production are high. Hydrogen production utilizes precious carbon sources such as coal and natural gas. In the past we proposed an alternative process concept using a membrane electrode assembly in an electrochemical membrane reactor (ecMR). At the anode H2O is oxidized at an IrMMO catalyst to form protons. By applying an external potential to the ecMR N2 is reduced to NH3 at the cathode. Just recently Rh and Ru were identified as possible cathodic electrocatalysts by DFT calculations. We present an easy and highly efficient method for galvanic coatings of Rh and Ru on randomly structured Ti felts to be used in a membrane electrode assembly. Linear sweep voltammetry measurements give a slightly higher activity of Ru for the liquid phase electrochemical NH3 synthesis. The NH4(+) concentration reached is 8 times higher for Ru than for Rh. From an economical point of view, Ru is also more feasible for an electrochemical NH3 synthesis process. Such electrodes can now be evaluated in an ecMR in comparison to recently demonstrated Ti-based electrodes.

  12. Acute toxicity of ammonia (NH3-N) in sewage effluent to Chironomus riparius: II. Using a generalized linear model

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    Monda, D.P.; Galat, D.L.; Finger, S.E.; Kaiser, M.S.

    1995-01-01

    Toxicity of un-ionized ammonia (NH3-N) to the midge, Chironomus riparius was compared, using laboratory culture (well) water and sewage effluent (≈0.4 mg/L NH3-N) in two 96-h, static-renewal toxicity experiments. A generalized linear model was used for data analysis. For the first and second experiments, respectively, LC50 values were 9.4 mg/L (Test 1A) and 6.6 mg/L (Test 2A) for ammonia in well water, and 7.8 mg/L (Test 1B) and 4.1 mg/L (Test 2B) for ammonia in sewage effluent. Slopes of dose-response curves for Tests 1A and 2A were equal, but mortality occurred at lower NH3-N concentrations in Test 2A (unequal intercepts). Response ofC. riparius to NH3 in effluent was not consistent; dose-response curves for tests 1B and 2B differed in slope and intercept. Nevertheless, C. riparius was more sensitive to ammonia in effluent than in well water in both experiments, indicating a synergistic effect of ammonia in sewage effluent. These results demonstrate the advantages of analyzing the organisms entire range of response, as opposed to generating LC50 values, which represent only one point on the dose-response curve.

  13. Light stability tests of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells using porous carbon counter electrodes.

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    Ito, Seigo; Mizuta, Gai; Kanaya, Shusaku; Kanda, Hiroyuki; Nishina, Tomoya; Nakashima, Seiji; Fujisawa, Hironori; Shimizu, Masaru; Haruyama, Yuichi; Nishino, Hitoshi

    2016-10-21

    The CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells have been fabricated using three-porous-layered electrodes as, 〈glass/F-doped tin oxide (FTO)/dense TiO2/porous TiO2-perovskite/porous ZrO2-perovskite/porous carbon-perovskite〉 for light stability tests. Without encapsulation in air, the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells maintained 80% of photoenergy conversion efficiency from the initial value up to 100 h under light irradiation (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm(-2)). Considering the color variation of the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite layer, the significant improvement of light stability is due to the moisture-blocking effect of the porous carbon back electrodes. The strong interaction between carbon and CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite was proposed by the measurements of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction of the porous carbon-perovskite layers.

  14. Formation of TiO2 Thin Films using NH3 as Catalyst by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Jung, Sung-Hoon; Kang, Sang-Won

    2001-05-01

    We have studied metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of TiO2 thin films using titanium tetra-isopropoxide [TTIP, Ti(O--C3H7)4] and NH3 as a catalyst at deposition temperatures ranging from 250 to 365°C. At deposition temperatures above 330°C, pyrolytic self-decomposition of TTIP is dominant regardless of the use of NH3, and the activation energy for TiO2 film formation is 152 kJ/mol. At deposition temperatures below 330°C, the films can be formed with the help of the catalytic activity of NH3, and the activation energy is reduced to 55 kJ/mol. TiO2 films deposited through the pyrolytic self-decomposition of TTIP have an anatase structure before and after performing post-deposition annealing in oxygen ambient for 30 min at 750°C. On the other hand, the as-deposited films formed through the catalytic reaction of TTIP with NH3 incorporate nitrogen impurities and have microcrystallites of the rutile structure within the amorphous matrix. However, the post-deposition annealing, the nitrogen impurities are completely removed from the films, and the films are converted into polycrystalline TiO2 films with the rutile structure, which have a high dielectric constant of 82 and a low leakage current.

  15. Enriching physisorption of H2S and NH3 gases on a graphane sheet by doping with Li adatoms.

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    Hussain, Tanveer; Panigrahi, Puspamitra; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2014-05-07

    We have used density functional theory to investigate the adsorption efficiency of a hydrogenated graphene (graphane) sheet for H2S and NH3 gases. We find that neither the pristine graphane sheet nor the sheet defected by removing a few surface H atoms have sufficient affinity for either H2S or NH3 gas molecules. However, a graphane sheet doped with Li adatoms shows a strong sensing affinity for both the mentioned gas molecules. We have calculated the absorption energies with one [referred to as half coverage] molecule and two molecules [referred to as full coverage] for both gases with the Li-doped graphane sheet. We find that for both the gases, the calculated absorption energies are adequate enough to decide that the Li-doped graphane sheet is suitable for sensing H2S and NH3 gases. The Li-doped sheet shows a higher affinity for the NH3 gas compared to the H2S gas molecules due to a stronger Li(s)-N(p) hybridization compared to that of Li(s)-S(p). However, while going from the half coverage effect to the full coverage effect, the calculated binding energies show a decreasing trend for both the gases. The calculated work function of the Li-doped graphane sheet decreases while bringing the gas molecules within its vicinity, which explains the affinity of the sheet towards both the gas molecules.

  16. Post-Cleaning Effect on a HfO2 Gate Stack Using a NF3/NH3 Plasma.

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    Lee, Min-Seon; Oh, Hoon-Jung; Lee, Joo-Hee; Lee, In-Geun; Shin, Woo-Gon; Kim, Kyu-Dong; Park, Jin-Gu; Ko, Dae-Hong

    2016-05-01

    The effects of dry cleaning of a HfO2 gate stack using NF3 only and a NF3/NH3 gas mixture plasma were investigated. The plasma dry cleaning process was carried out after HfO2 deposition using an indirect down-flow capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) system. An analysis of the chemical composition of the HfO2 gate stacks by XPS indicated that fluorine was incorporated into the HfO2 films during the plasma dry cleaning. Significant changes in the HfO2 chemical composition were observed as a result of the NF3 dry cleaning, while they were not observed in this case of NF3/NH3 dry cleaning. TEM results showed that the interfacial layer (IL) between the HfO2 and Si thickness was increased by the plasma dry cleaning. However, in the case of NF3/NH3 dry cleaning using 150 W, the IL thickness was suppressed significantly compared to the sample that had not been dry cleaned. Its electrical properties were also improved, including the low gate leakage currents, and reduced EOT. Finally, the finding show that the IL thickness of the HfO2 gate stack can be controlled by using the novel NF3/NH3 dry cleaning process technique without any the significant changes in chemical composition and metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitor characteristics.

  17. Effect of Morphology Control of Light Absorbing Layer on CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lei, Binglong; Eze, Vincent Obiozo; Mori, Tatsuo

    2016-04-01

    As one of the most significant components of perovskite solar cells, the perovskite light absorbing layer demands high quality to guarantee extraordinary power conversion efficiency (PCE). We have fabricated series of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells by virtue of gas-flowing assisting (GFA), spin coating twice for the Pbl2 layer and dipping the semi-samples in a thermal CH3NH3I solution, by which some undesirable perovskite morphologies can be effectively avoided. The modified conductions have also dramatically improved the perovskite layer and elevated the coverage ratio from 53.6% to 79.5%. All the fabrication processes, except the steps for deposition of the hole transport material (HTM) and back gold electrode, have been conducted in air and an average PCE of 6.6% has been achieved by initiatively applying N,N'-bis(1-naphtyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-1,1'-biphenyl-4,4'-diamine (α-NPD) doped by MoO3 as HTM. The CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite's morphology and its coverage ratio to the underneath TiO2 mesoporic layer are evaluated to account for the cells' performance. It has demonstrated that higher homogeneity and coverage ratio of the CH3NH3PbI3 layer have most significantly contributed to the solar cells' light conversion efficiency. Keywords: Perovskite, Solar Cell, Morphology, Coverage Ratio, Hole Transport Material.

  18. Selective autocatalytic reduction of NO from sintering flue gas by the hot sintered ore in the presence of NH3.

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    Chen, Wangsheng; Luo, Jing; Qin, Linbo; Han, Jun

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, the selective autocatalytic reduction of NO by NH3 combined with multi-metal oxides in the hot sintered ore was studied, and the catalytic activity of the hot sintered ore was investigated as a function of temperature, NH3/NO ratio, O2 content, H2O and SO2. The experimental results indicated that the hot sintered ore, when combined with NH3, had a maximum denitration efficiency of 37.67% at 450 °C, 3000 h(-1) gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) and a NH3/NO ratio of 0.4/1. Additionally, it was found that O2 played an important role in removing NOx. However, high O2 content had a negative effect on NO reduction. H2O was found to promote the denitration efficiency in the absence of SO2, while SO2 inhibited the catalytic activity of the sintered ore. In the presence of H2O and SO2, the catalytic activity of the sintered ore was dramatically suppressed.

  19. Hyperfine Splittings in the Near-Infrared Spectrum of 14NH_3

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    Twagirayezu, Sylvestre; Sears, Trevor; Hall, Gregory

    2016-06-01

    Sub-Doppler, saturation dip, measurements of transitions in the ν_1 + ν_3 band of 14NH_3 have been made by frequency comb-referenced diode laser absorption spectroscopy. The observed spectra exhibit either resolved or partially-resolved hyperfine splittings that are primarily determined by the 14N quadrupole coupling in the molecule. Modeling of the line shapes based on the known hyperfine level structure of the ground state of the molecule shows that, in nearly all cases, the upper state level has splittings similar to that of the same rotational level in the ground state. The data provide accurate frequencies for the line positions and the observed hyperfine splittings can be used to make or confirm rotational assignments. Of all the measurements, one transition, pP(5,4)_a at 195 994.73457 GHz, exhibits hyperfine structure which does not conform to that expected based on extrapolation from the known lower state hyperfine splittings. Examination of the known vibration-rotation level structure near the upper state energy shows that there exists a near degeneracy between this level and one in the ν_1 + 2ν_4 manifold which is of the appropriate symmetry to be mixed by magnetic hyperfine terms that couple ortho- and para- modifications of the molecule. It is possible that the unusual hyperfine splittings are a consequence of ortho-paro mixing, which has been predicted, but not previously seen in ammonia and further experimental measurements to investigate this possibility are ongoing. Acknowledgments: Work at Brookhaven National Laboratory was carried out under Contract No. DE-SC0012704 with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, and supported by its Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences within the Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  20. Charge transport in bulk CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite

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    Slonopas, Andre; Foley, Benjamin J.; Choi, Joshua J.; Gupta, Mool C.

    2016-02-01

    The variation of leakage current and polarization hysteresis properties for bulk CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite was studied as a function of temperature to understand the reported hysteresis in photocurrent and the role of ferroelectricity. The leakage current decreased by two orders of magnitude when the temperature was lowered from 350 K to 100 K. The transitions in leakage current were observed at structural phase transition temperatures. The temperature dependence study allowed the identification of current conduction mechanism based on various models for ferroelectrics and insulating materials. Our results show that the leakage current is governed by the space charge limited conduction mechanism which should be considered in addition to ion conduction and ferroelectricity when analyzing current-voltage hysteresis for thin film and bulk materials. The Mott's variable range hopping model fits well to the experimental data indicating the charge conduction is through hopping mechanism from 300 K to 160 K and possibly tunneling below 160 K. The conclusions from polarization hysteresis study are: (1) the hysteresis loop shape is highly dependent upon frequency and show non-saturating behavior, an indicative of strong non-ferroelectric contributions such as resistive component. (2) No domain switching current was observed between the temperature range of 100 K-350 K. (3) An electric field off-set was observed in polarization-electric field curves and it was dependent upon the frequency and temperature. This offset could be caused by the accumulation of vacancies at one interface, which could give rise to hysteresis in forward and reverse bias photocurrent. (4) The time dependence study of instantaneous current as the voltage was increased linearly show strong resistive contribution to hysteresis loop at temperatures above 200 K and capacitive contribution at 100 K.

  1. Characterization of Cu-SSZ-13 NH3 SCR catalysts: an in situ FTIR study.

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    Szanyi, János; Kwak, Ja Hun; Zhu, Haiyang; Peden, Charles H F

    2013-02-21

    The adsorption of CO and NO over Cu-SSZ-13 zeolite catalysts, highly active in the selective catalytic reduction of NO(x) with NH(3), was investigated by FTIR spectroscopy, and the results obtained were compared to those collected from other Cu-ion exchanged zeolites (Y,FAU and ZSM-5). Under low CO pressures and at room temperature (295 K), CO forms monocarbonyls exclusively on the Cu(+) ions, while in the presence of gas phase CO dicarbonyls on Cu(+) and adsorbed CO on Cu(2+) centers form, as well. At low (cryogenic) sample temperatures, tricarbonyl formation on Cu(+) sites was also observed. The adsorption of NO produces IR bands that can be assigned to nitrosyls bound to both Cu(+) and Cu(2+) centers, and NO(+) species located in charge compensating cationic positions of the chabasite framework. On the reduced Cu-SSZ-13 samples the formation of N(2)O was also detected. The assignment of the adsorbed NO(x) species was aided by adsorption experiments with isotopically labeled (15)NO. The movement of Cu ions from the sterically hindered six member ring position to the more accessible cavity positions as a result of their interaction with adsorbates (NO and H(2)O) was clearly evidenced. Comparisons of the spectroscopy data obtained in the static transmission IR system to those collected in the flow-through diffuse reflectance cell points out that care must be taken when general conclusions are drawn about the adsorptive and reactive properties of metal cation centers based on a set of data collected under well defined, specific experimental conditions.

  2. How are CH3OH, HNC/HCN, and NH3 Formed in the Interstellar Medium?

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    Hiraoka, Kenzo; Mochizuki, Noritaka; Wada, Akira

    2006-09-01

    Simulation experiments for the formation of CH3OH, HNC/HCN, and NH3 in solid-phase reactions were performed. CH3OH and H2CO were formed as major products from the 100 eV electron-irradiated mixed CH4/H2O solid at 10 K. There found to be two pathways for the formation of methanol with about equal importance, i.e., the recombination reaction: CH3 + OH --> CH3OH, and the insertion reaction: CH2+H2O --> CH3OH. One CH3OH molecule was formed per 60 electron irradiation with the electron energy of 100 eV. By using mixed H2O/CD4 ice, it was confirmed that formaldehyde was formed by the insertion reaction, C + H2O -->H2CO. A mixed gas of N2/HCN (50/1) at a few Torr was activated by a dc discharge and was deposited on the gold-plated copper substrate at 10, 15, and 20 K. During the deposition of plasma-activated sample gas, D atoms produced by the dc discharge of D2 were simultaneously sprayed over the solid film. The association reactions of CN with D at 10 K were found to generate DNC and DCN with the intensity ratio DNC/DCN of about 3 in the infrared absorption spectra. This high ratio is in line with the high abundance ratios of HNC/HCN observed in the dark clouds. The formation of DNC and DCN became negligible at 20 K, due to the decrease of the sticking probability of D atoms on the solid surface. Ammonia was not detected as a reaction product from reaction of D with N atoms trapped in the N2 matrix.

  3. Recovery rates from line-integrated NH_{3} and CH_{4} measurements using backward Lagrangian stochastic dispersion modelling

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    Häni, Christoph; Voglmeier, Karl; Jocher, Markus; Ammann, Christof

    2017-04-01

    Inverse dispersion modelling, i.a. backward Lagrangian stochastic (bLS) dispersion modelling, has become a popular way to estimate trace gas losses from field measurements (Harper et al., 2011). Numerous investigations using bLS modelling include methane (CH4) and ammonia (NH3) emission estimations based on experimental plots with dimensions between approximately 102 to 104 m2. Whereas for CH4 deposition processes can be neglected, NH3 has a strong affinity to any surface and is therefore efficiently deposited. In general, bLS models treat the modelled gases as inert gases. Such a standard bLS approach will underestimate NH3 emissions due to the neglecting of the dry deposition process. We conducted a release experiment with an artificial source that consisted of 36 individual orifices mimicking a circular area source with a radius of 10 m. We released a gas mixture consisting of 5% NH3 and 95% CH4. We simultaneously measured line integrated NH3 and CH4 concentrations upwind and downwind of the source using open-path measuring systems (miniDOAS, Sintermann et al., 2016; GasFinder, Boreal Laser, Inc., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and calculated corresponding recovery rates using a bLS model (Flesch et al., 2004). With the direct comparison of calculated NH3 and CH4 recovery rates we can quantify the amount of NH3 deposited. An attempt was made to include a simple dry deposition scheme in the bLS model. References Flesch, T.K., Wilson, J.D., Harper, L.A., Crenna, B.P., Sharpe, R.R., 2004. Deducing ground-to-air emissions from observed trace gas concentrations: A field trial. J. Appl. Meteorol. 43 (3), 487-502. Harper, L.A., Denmead, O.T., Flesch, T.K., 2011. Micrometeorological techniques for measurement of enteric greenhouse gas emissions. Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 166-167, 227-239. Sintermann, J., Dietrich, K., Häni, C., Bell, M., Jocher, M., Neftel, A., 2016. A miniDOAS instrument optimised for ammonia field measurements. Atmos. Meas. Tech. 9 (6), 2721-2734. 10

  4. Biochar applied at an appropriate rate can avoid increasing NH3 volatilization dramatically in rice paddy soil.

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    Feng, Yanfang; Sun, Haijun; Xue, Lihong; Liu, Yang; Gao, Qian; Lu, Kouping; Yang, Linzhang

    2017-02-01

    Biochar application can increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gases emissions in paddy soils. However, its influence on ammonia (NH3) volatilization is neglected. This soil column study was conducted using two biochars (wheat straw pyrolyzed at 500 °C and 700 °C) with two application rates (0.5 wt% and 3 wt%) to evaluate their impact on NH3 volatilization from rice paddy. Results showed that biochar application did not change NH3 volatilization fluxes pattern after N fertilization. Four biochar treatments recorded higher NH3 volatilization (20.50-31.88 kg N ha(-1)) compared with the control (18.65 kg N ha(-1)). Especially, two 3 wt% biochar treatments had significantly 40.8-70.9% higher NH3 volatilization than control. After the basal and first supplementary fertilization, the floodwater pH values were 7.61-7.79 and 7.51-7.76 under biochar treatments, higher than control (7.37 and 7.16, respectively). Meanwhile, after three split N fertilizations, the pH of surface soil received biochar increased by 0.19-0.45, 0.19-0.39, and 0.01-0.21 units, in comparison with the control soil. Furthermore, 3 wt% biochar treatments had higher floodwater and surface soil pH values than 0.5 wt% biochar treatments. Higher NH4(+)-N and lower NO3(-)-N concentrations of surface soil under biochar application were observed compared with control at tillering stage, whereas they were at similar level at jointing stage. The increased NH3 volatilization at 3 wt% biochar treatments is attributed to increased pH of surface floodwater and soil, and reduced nitrification processes induced by biochar application. Biochar should be applied at lower rate to rice paddy soil, considering the NH3 volatilization. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. VizieR Online Data Catalog: A variationally computed hot NH3 line list - BYTe (Yurchenko+, 2011)

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    Yurchenko, S. N.; Barber, R. J.; Tennyson, J.

    2010-11-01

    We present 'BYTe' a comprehensive 'hot' line list of ro-vibrational transitions of ammonia, 14NH3, in its ground electronic state. It comprises 1,138,323,351 transitions with frequencies up to 12,000cm-1^, constructed from 1,373,897 energy levels below 18,000cm-1^ having J values less than 37. The line list is sufficiently accurate and complete for high resolution spectroscopy and atmospheric modelling of astrophysical objects, including brown dwarfs and exoplanets at temperatures up to 1,500K. The data are in two parts. The first, nh3_0-41.dat contains a list of 4,167,360 rovibrational states, ordered by J (max= 41), symmetry block and energy (in cm-1^). Only one third of the states (1,373,897) are within the parameters used for generating transitions (see above), but all the states are required for computing temperature-dependent partition functions. Each state is labelled with: seven normal mode vibrational quantum numbers; three rotational quantum numbers and the total symmetry quantum number, Gamma. In addition there are six local mode vibrational numbers and a local mode vibrational symmetry quantum numbers, which we include because the basis set used in our calculations is expressed in terms of these local mode quantum numbers. Each rovibrational state has a unique number, which is the number of the row in which it appears in the file. This number is the means by which the state is related to the second part of the data system, the transitions files. Because of their size, the transitions are listed in 120 separate files, each containing all the transitions in a 100cm-1^ frequency range. These and their contents are ordered by increasing frequency. The name of the file includes the lowest frequency in the range; thus the a-00500.dat file contains all the transitions in the frequency range 500-600cm-1^. The transition files contain three columns: the reference number in the energy file of the upper state; that of the lower state; and the Einstein A

  6. Evaluation of nutrients removal (NO3-N, NH3-N and PO4-P) with Chlorella vulgaris, Pseudomonas putida, Bacillus cereus and a consortium of these microorganisms in the treatment of wastewater effluents.

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    Gómez-Guzmán, Abril; Jiménez-Magaña, Sergio; Guerra-Rentería, A Suggey; Gómez-Hermosillo, César; Parra-Rodríguez, F Javier; Velázquez, Sergio; Aguilar-Uscanga, Blanca Rosa; Solis-Pacheco, Josue; González-Reynoso, Orfil

    2017-07-01

    In this research removal of NH3-N, NO3-N and PO4-P nutrients from municipal wastewater was studied, using Chlorella vulgaris, Pseudomonas putida, Bacillus cereus and an artificial consortium of them. The objective is to analyze the performance of these microorganisms and their consortium, which has not been previously studied for nutrient removal in municipal wastewater. A model wastewater was prepared simulating the physicochemical characteristics found at the wastewater plant in Chapala, Mexico. Experiments were carried out without adding an external carbon source. Results indicate that nutrient removal with Chlorella vulgaris was the most efficient with a removal of 24.03% of NO3-N, 80.62% of NH3-N and 4.30% of PO4-P. With Bacillus cereus the results were 8.40% of NO3-N, 28.80% of NH3-N and 3.80% of PO4-P. The removals with Pseudomonas putida were 2.50% of NO3-N, 41.80 of NH3-N and 4.30% of PO4-P. The consortium of Chlorella vulgaris-Bacillus cereus-Pseudomonas putida removed 29.40% of NO3-N, 4.2% of NH3-N and 8.4% of PO4-P. The highest biomass production was with Bacillus cereus (450 mg/l) followed by Pseudomonas putida (444 mg/l), the consortium (205 mg/l) and Chlorella vulgaris (88.9 mg/l). This study highlights the utility of these microorganisms for nutrient removal in wastewater treatments.

  7. ZnO Nanoparticles/Reduced Graphene Oxide Bilayer Thin Films for Improved NH3-Sensing Performances at Room Temperature.

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    Tai, Huiling; Yuan, Zhen; Zheng, Weijian; Ye, Zongbiao; Liu, Chunhua; Du, Xiaosong

    2016-12-01

    ZnO nanoparticles and graphene oxide (GO) thin film were deposited on gold interdigital electrodes (IDEs) in sequence via simple spraying process, which was further restored to ZnO/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) bilayer thin film by the thermal reduction treatment and employed for ammonia (NH3) detection at room temperature. rGO was identified by UV-vis absorption spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) analyses, and the adhesion between ZnO nanoparticles and rGO nanosheets might also be formed. The NH3-sensing performances of pure rGO film and ZnO/rGO bilayer films with different sprayed GO amounts were compared. The results showed that ZnO/rGO film sensors exhibited enhanced response properties, and the optimal GO amount of 1.5 ml was achieved. Furthermore, the optimal ZnO/rGO film sensor showed an excellent reversibility and fast response/recovery rate within the detection range of 10-50 ppm. Meanwhile, the sensor also displayed good repeatability and selectivity to NH3. However, the interference of water molecules on the prepared sensor is non-ignorable; some techniques should be researched to eliminate the effect of moisture in the further work. The remarkably enhanced NH3-sensing characteristics were speculated to be attributed to both the supporting role of ZnO nanoparticles film and accumulation heterojunction at the interface between ZnO and rGO. Thus, the proposed ZnO/rGO bilayer thin film sensor might give a promise for high-performance NH3-sensing applications.

  8. ZnO Nanoparticles/Reduced Graphene Oxide Bilayer Thin Films for Improved NH3-Sensing Performances at Room Temperature

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    Tai, Huiling; Yuan, Zhen; Zheng, Weijian; Ye, Zongbiao; Liu, Chunhua; Du, Xiaosong

    2016-03-01

    ZnO nanoparticles and graphene oxide (GO) thin film were deposited on gold interdigital electrodes (IDEs) in sequence via simple spraying process, which was further restored to ZnO/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) bilayer thin film by the thermal reduction treatment and employed for ammonia (NH3) detection at room temperature. rGO was identified by UV-vis absorption spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) analyses, and the adhesion between ZnO nanoparticles and rGO nanosheets might also be formed. The NH3-sensing performances of pure rGO film and ZnO/rGO bilayer films with different sprayed GO amounts were compared. The results showed that ZnO/rGO film sensors exhibited enhanced response properties, and the optimal GO amount of 1.5 ml was achieved. Furthermore, the optimal ZnO/rGO film sensor showed an excellent reversibility and fast response/recovery rate within the detection range of 10-50 ppm. Meanwhile, the sensor also displayed good repeatability and selectivity to NH3. However, the interference of water molecules on the prepared sensor is non-ignorable; some techniques should be researched to eliminate the effect of moisture in the further work. The remarkably enhanced NH3-sensing characteristics were speculated to be attributed to both the supporting role of ZnO nanoparticles film and accumulation heterojunction at the interface between ZnO and rGO. Thus, the proposed ZnO/rGO bilayer thin film sensor might give a promise for high-performance NH3-sensing applications.

  9. Emergence of Multiple Superconducting Phases in (NH3)yMxFeSe (M: Na and Li)

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    Zheng, Lu; Miao, Xiao; Sakai, Yusuke; Izumi, Masanari; Goto, Hidenori; Nishiyama, Saki; Uesugi, Eri; Kasahara, Yuichi; Iwasa, Yoshihiro; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2015-01-01

    We previously discovered multiple superconducting phases in the ammoniated Na-doped FeSe material, (NH3)yNaxFeSe. To clarify the origin of the multiple superconducting phases, the variation of Tc was fully investigated as a function of x in (NH3)yNaxFeSe. The 32 K superconducting phase is mainly produced in the low-x region below 0.4, while only a single phase is observed at x  =  1.1, with Tc =  45 K, showing that the Tc depends significantly on x, but it changes discontinuously with x. The crystal structure of (NH3)yNaxFeSe does not change as x increases up to 1.1, i.e., the space group of I4/mmm. The lattice constants, a and c, of the low-Tc phase (Tc = 32.5 K) are 3.9120(9) and 14.145(8) Å, respectively, while a = 3.8266(7) Å and c = 17.565(9) Å for the high-Tc phase (~46 K). The c increases in the high Tc phase, implying that the Tc is directly related to c. In (NH3)yLixFeSe material, the Tc varies continuously within the range of 39 to 44 K with changing x. Thus, the behavior of Tc is different from that of (NH3)yNaxFeSe. The difference may be due to the difference in the sites that the Na and Li occupy. PMID:26239256

  10. DNA interactions of new cytotoxic tetrafunctional dinuclear platinum complex trans,trans-[{PtCl2(NH3)}2(piperazine)].

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    Brabec, Viktor; Christofis, Petros; Slámová, Martina; Kostrhunová, Hana; Nováková, Olga; Najajreh, Yousef; Gibson, Dan; Kaspárková, Jana

    2007-06-15

    A new tetrafunctional dinuclear platinum complex trans,trans-[{PtCl2(NH3)}2(piperazine)] with sterically rigid linking group was designed, synthesized and characterized. In this novel molecule, the DNA-binding features of two classes of the platinum compounds with proven antitumor activity are combined, namely trans oriented bifunctional mononuclear platinum complexes with a heterocyclic ligand and polynuclear platinum complexes. DNA-binding mode of this new complex was analyzed by various methods of molecular biology and biophysics. The complex coordinates DNA in a unique way and interstrand and intrastrand cross-links are the predominant lesions formed in DNA in cell-free media and in absence of proteins. An intriguing aspect of trans,trans-[{PtCl2(NH3)}2(piperazine)] is that, using a semi-rigid linker, interstrand cross-linking is diminished relative to other dinuclear platinum complexes with flexible linking groups and lesions that span several base pairs, such as tri- and tetrafunctional adducts, become unlikely. In addition, in contrast to the inability of trans,trans-[{PtCl2(NH3)}2(piperazine)] to cross-link two DNA duplexes, the results of the present work convincingly demonstrate that this dinuclear platinum complex forms specific DNA lesions which can efficiently cross-link proteins to DNA. The results substantiate the view that trans,trans-[{PtCl2(NH3)}2(piperazine)] or its analogues could be used as a tool for studies of DNA properties and their interactions or as a potential antitumor agent. The latter view is also corroborated by the observation that trans,trans-[{PtCl2(NH3)}2(piperazine)] is a more effective cytotoxic agent than cisplatin against human tumor ovarian cell lines.

  11. Evaluation of a plant material-based air purifier for removing H2S, NH3 and swine manure odour.

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    Zhou, Xuezhi; Zhang, Qiang; Huang, Anhong

    2012-12-01

    A plant material-based air purifier (PMAP) was evaluated for odour removal. Laboratory tests were performed using two identical chambers: one treated by PMAP, and one as the control. Swine manure, hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and ammonia (NH3) were tested as odour sources. The test was also conducted in a swine barn. Air samples were taken from test chambers and two rooms in the pig barn and analysed for H2S, NH3 and odour concentrations. When treated with PMAP, the H2S concentration in the sealed chamber was subject to exponential decay, with the decay constant ranging from 0.59 to 0.70 l/h. The H2S concentration was reduced from 20 to 3 ppm in 3 h and to 0.2 ppm in 7h for H2S produced by chemical reaction, and from 0.4 to 0.02 ppm in 3 h for swine manure as the odour source. When an equal amount of ammonia solution was placed in the two test chambers, the NH3 concentration reached a peak value of 25 ppm in the chamber treated by PMAP, and 43 ppm in the control. The NH3 concentration in the treated chamber was reduced to 5 ppm in 3.5 h but stayed at 37 ppm in the control. The PMAP reduced the NH3 concentration from 38 to 10 ppm when swine manure was used as the odour source. The PMAP was capable of reducing swine odour in both laboratory and in-barn conditions. The reduction rate was at least 50%. The results from this research indicate the plant-based materials provide an alternative, environmentally friendly way for odour control. It is also shown that the mode of odour reduction by the PMAP was the removal of odour compounds, in contrast to odour masking, which occurs for most plant materials that have been used for odour control.

  12. First principle study of electronic and optical properties of molecular ion (BF4- ) substituted hybrid perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3)

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    Rani, Shalu; Singh, Poorva

    2017-05-01

    Hybrid organic/inorganic perovskites have garnered significant research interest due to the extraordinary increase in energy conversion efficiency as witnessed in photovoltaic devices based on CH3NH3PbI3. An experimental report has shown that the substitution of BF4- in the perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 can lead to the high efficiency for solar cell. Employing first-principles calculations based on density functional theory, we have studied several different perovskites CH3NH3PbI3 , CH3NH3PbI2BF4, CH3NH3PbI(BF4)2, CH3NH3Pb(BF4)3 and examined their electronic structure and optical properties.

  13. Selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3 over a Cu-SSZ-13 catalyst prepared by a solid state ion exchange method

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    Wang, Di; Gao, Feng; Peden, Charles HF; Li, Junhui; Kamasamudram, Krishna; Epling, William S.

    2014-06-01

    A novel solid state method was developed to synthesize Cu-SSZ-13 catalysts with excellent NH3-SCR performance and durable hydrothermal stability. After the solid state ion exchange (SSIE) process, the SSZ framework structure and surface area was maintained. In-situ DRIFTS and NH3-TPD experiments provide evidence that isolated Cu ions were successfully exchanged into the pores, which are the active centers for the NH3-SCR reaction.

  14. Rapid Ammonia Gas Transport Accounts for Futile Transmembrane Cycling under NH3/NH4+ Toxicity in Plant Roots1[C][W

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    Coskun, Devrim; Britto, Dev T.; Li, Mingyuan; Becker, Alexander; Kronzucker, Herbert J.

    2013-01-01

    Futile transmembrane NH3/NH4+ cycling in plant root cells, characterized by extremely rapid fluxes and high efflux to influx ratios, has been successfully linked to NH3/NH4+ toxicity. Surprisingly, the fundamental question of which species of the conjugate pair (NH3 or NH4+) participates in such fluxes is unresolved. Using flux analyses with the short-lived radioisotope 13N and electrophysiological, respiratory, and histochemical measurements, we show that futile cycling in roots of barley (Hordeum vulgare) seedlings is predominately of the gaseous NH3 species, rather than the NH4+ ion. Influx of 13NH3/13NH4+, which exceeded 200 µmol g–1 h–1, was not commensurate with membrane depolarization or increases in root respiration, suggesting electroneutral NH3 transport. Influx followed Michaelis-Menten kinetics for NH3 (but not NH4+), as a function of external concentration (Km = 152 µm, Vmax = 205 µmol g–1 h–1). Efflux of 13NH3/13NH4+ responded with a nearly identical Km. Pharmacological characterization of influx and efflux suggests mediation by aquaporins. Our study fundamentally revises the futile-cycling model by demonstrating that NH3 is the major permeating species across both plasmalemma and tonoplast of root cells under toxicity conditions. PMID:24134887

  15. Top-Down Constraints on Air Quality Model Emissions of NH3, NOx, and SO2 using Surface, Aircraft, and Satellite Data

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    Alvarado, M. J.; Lonsdale, C. R.; Winijkul, E.; Brodowski, C. M.; Cady-Pereira, K.; Henze, D. K.; Capps, S.

    2016-12-01

    Accurate modeling of the formation of ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) requires accurate estimates of the emissions of precursor species such as ammonia (NH3), nitrogen oxides (NOx = NO+NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). Here we present an evaluation of the 2011 EPA National Emission Inventory for NH3, NOx, and SO2 using CMAQv5.0.2 and data from the 2013 NOAA Southeast Nexus (SENEX) field campaign. Model results are compared to surface and aircraft measurements during each campaign, as well as satellite NH3 observations from the NOAA Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) and satellite observations of NO2 and SO2 from the NASA Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI). We also present an evaluation of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) NH3 emissions for 2012 using CMAQ and the CrIS NH3 observations. We discuss the lessons learned in using CrIS NH3 observations in the southeast US, where CMAQ predicts most of the gas-phase NH3 is very close to the surface, and contrast this with the use of CrIS NH3 observations over California. We discuss the use of two methods - a mass balance approach and an approach using the CMAQ adjoint - to optimize these emissions and evaluate the improvement in model performance for gas-phase NH3, NOx, and SO2, as well as for the formation of O3 and PM2.5.

  16. Effect of the intermolecular hydrogen bond conformation on the structure and reactivity of the p-cresol(H2O)(NH3) van der Waals complex.

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    Oldani, Andrés N; Ferrero, Juan C; Pino, Gustavo A

    2009-11-28

    The structure and reactivity of p-CrOH(NH(3))(2) and p-CrOH(H(2)O)(NH(3)) complexes were studied using mass-resolved one-colour resonance-enhanced multi-photon ionization and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopy together with DFT calculations. At the excitation energy of this work, the S(1) state of p-CrOH(NH(3))(2) shows a sub-nanosecond lifetime, as determined by time-resolved LIF spectra, as a consequence of a hydrogen transfer process that results in NH(4)(NH(3)) as a reaction product. Substitution of NH(3) by H(2)O closes the reaction channel as evidenced by the absence of excited-state hydrogen transfer (ESHT) reaction products, (H(3)O(NH(3)) or NH(4)(H(2)O)) and results in a dramatic effect on the S(1) lifetime of the p-CrOH(H(2)O)(NH(3)) complex which rises to (12 +/- 2) ns. According to density functional theory calculations, the most stable isomer of the p-CrOH(H(2)O)(NH(3)) complex is a cyclic structure, in which H(2)O acts as the H acceptor of the phenolic OH group (c-OH-H(2)O-NH(3)). However, the ESHT process is energetically disallowed upon electronic excitation.

  17. Validation of the CrIS fast physical NH3 retrieval with ground-based FTIR

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    Dammers, Enrico; Shephard, Mark W.; Palm, Mathias; Cady-Pereira, Karen; Capps, Shannon; Lutsch, Erik; Strong, Kim; Hannigan, James W.; Ortega, Ivan; Toon, Geoffrey C.; Stremme, Wolfgang; Grutter, Michel; Jones, Nicholas; Smale, Dan; Siemons, Jacob; Hrpcek, Kevin; Tremblay, Denis; Schaap, Martijn; Notholt, Justus; Erisman, Jan Willem

    2017-07-01

    Presented here is the validation of the CrIS (Cross-track Infrared Sounder) fast physical NH3 retrieval (CFPR) column and profile measurements using ground-based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) observations. We use the total columns and profiles from seven FTIR sites in the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) to validate the satellite data products. The overall FTIR and CrIS total columns have a positive correlation of r = 0.77 (N = 218) with very little bias (a slope of 1.02). Binning the comparisons by total column amounts, for concentrations larger than 1.0 × 1016 molecules cm-2, i.e. ranging from moderate to polluted conditions, the relative difference is on average ˜ 0-5 % with a standard deviation of 25-50 %, which is comparable to the estimated retrieval uncertainties in both CrIS and the FTIR. For the smallest total column range (< 1.0 × 1016 molecules cm-2) where there are a large number of observations at or near the CrIS noise level (detection limit) the absolute differences between CrIS and the FTIR total columns show a slight positive column bias. The CrIS and FTIR profile comparison differences are mostly within the range of the single-level retrieved profile values from estimated retrieval uncertainties, showing average differences in the range of ˜ 20 to 40 %. The CrIS retrievals typically show good vertical sensitivity down into the boundary layer which typically peaks at ˜ 850 hPa (˜ 1.5 km). At this level the median absolute difference is 0.87 (std = ±0.08) ppb, corresponding to a median relative difference of 39 % (std = ±2 %). Most of the absolute and relative profile comparison differences are in the range of the estimated retrieval uncertainties. At the surface, where CrIS typically has lower sensitivity, it tends to overestimate in low-concentration conditions and underestimate in higher atmospheric concentration conditions.

  18. Study of the structural phase transitions of (CH 3NH 3) 3Sb 2Cl 9 (MACA) and (CH 3NH 3) 3Bi 2Cl 9 (MACB) by infrared spectroscopy

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    Bator, G.; Jakubas, R.; Malarski, Z.

    1991-06-01

    Infrared spectra of polycrystalline (CH 3NH 3) 3Sb 2Cl 9 and (CH 3NH 3) 3Bi 2Cl 9 have been studied in the temperature range 90-300 K. A systematic temperature dependence study of the internal modes has been carried out. We discuss the effects of the dynamic state of methylammonium (MA) cations on their vibrational spectra. The results show that the dynamics of MA cations in both compounds is similar in higher (about 300 K) and lower temperature (in the vicinity of 100 K) regions. Substantial differences are revealed in the intermediate temperature interval. The results are in good agreement with earlier dielectric, calorimetric and 1H NMR studies.

  19. Star-forming regions of the Aquila rift cloud complex. I. NH3 tracers of dense molecular cores

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    Levshakov, S. A.; Henkel, C.; Reimers, D.; Wang, M.; Mao, R.; Wang, H.; Xu, Y.

    2013-05-01

    Aims: The physics of star formation is an important part of Galactic evolution. Most stars are formed in high-density environments (n > 104 cm-3) and emit lines of diverse molecular transitions. In the present part of our survey we search for ammonia emitters in the Aquila rift complex, which trace the densest regions of molecular clouds. Methods: From a CO survey carried out with the Delingha 14-m telescope we selected ~150 targets for observations in other molecular lines. Here we describe the mapping observations in the NH3(1, 1) and (2, 2) inversion lines of the first 49 sources performed with the Effelsberg 100-m telescope. Results: The NH3(1, 1) emission lines are detected in 12 and the (2, 2) in 7 sources. Among the newly discovered NH3 sources, our sample includes the following well-known clouds: the starless core L694-2, the Serpens cloud cluster B, the Serpens dark cloudL572, the filamentary dark cloud L673, the isolated protostellar source B335, and the complex star-forming region Serpens South. Angular sizes between 40'' and 80'' (~0.04-0.08 pc) are observed for compact starless cores but can be as large as 9' (~0.5 pc) for filamentary dark clouds. The measured kinetic temperatures of the clouds lie between 9 K and 18 K. From NH3 excitation temperatures of 3-8 K we determine H2 densities with typical values of ~ (0.4-4) × 104 cm-3. The masses of the mapped cores range between ~0.05 and ~ 0.5 M⊙. The relative ammonia abundance X = [NH3]/[H2] varies from 1 × 10-7 to 5 × 10-7 with the mean ⟨ X ⟩ = (2.7 ± 0.6) × 10-7 (estimated from spatially resolved cores assuming a filling factor of η = 1). In two clouds, we observe kinematically split NH3 profiles separated by ~1 km s-1. The splitting is most likely due to bipolar molecular outflows, for one of which we determine an acceleration of V ˙ ≲ 0.03 km s-1 yr-1. A starless core with significant rotational energy is found to have a higher kinetic temperature than the other ones, which is probably

  20. [NH3, N2O, CH4 and CO2 emissions from growing process of caged broilers].

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    Zhou, Zhong-Kai; Zhu, Zhi-Ping; Dong, Hong-Min; Chen, Yong-Xing; Shang, Bin

    2013-06-01

    To obtain Ammonia and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission factors of caged broilers, ammonia (NH3), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of broilers aged 0 d to 42 days were monitored in caged broilers production systems located in Shandong province. Gas concentrations of incoming and exhaust air streams were measured by using INNOVA 1312 multi-gas monitor with multi-channel samplers. Building ventilation rates were determined by on site FANS (Fan Assessment Numeration System) measurement systems. The NH3 emission factors showed a trend of increase at the beginning and then decreased with the broiler ages. The NH3 emission rates were 8.5 to 342.1 mg x (d x bird)(-1) and the average daily emission rate was 137.9 mg x (d x bird)(-1) [48.6 g x (d x AU)(-1)] over the 42-d period. The GHGs emission rates were 19.5-351.9 mg x (d x bird)(-1) with an average of 154.5 mg x (d x bird)(-1) [54.4 g x (d x AU)(-1)] for CH4, and 2.2- 152.9 g x (d x bird)(-10 with an average of 65.9 g x (d x bird)(-1) [23.2 kg x (d x AU)(-1)] for CO2. No emission of N2O was observed. The CH4 and CO2 emission rates increased with the increase of broilers ages. The total NH3 emission over the 42 d growing period averaged (5.65 +/- 1.02) g x (bird x life cycle)(-1). The NH3 emission contribution in different growth phase to the total emission were 33.6% in growth phase 1 (0-17 day, GP1), 36.4% in GP2 (18-27 days), and 29.9% in GP3 (28-42 days), respectively. The NH3 emission in GP2 was significantly higher than emission in GP1 and GP3. CH4 and CO2 cumulative emission rates were (6.30 +/- 0.16) g x (bird(-1) x life cycle)(-1) and (2.68 +/- 0.18) kg x (bird x life cycle)(-1), respectively. The cumulative emission rates of CH4 and CO2 in GP3 were significantly higher than emission rates in GP2 and in GP1, accounting for 50% of total emissions. The results of this study could provide the data support for mitigation of gas emission from broilers production.

  1. ESO VERY LARGE TELESCOPE OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY OF BL LACERTAE OBJECTS. IV. NEW SPECTRA AND PROPERTIES OF THE FULL SAMPLE

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    Landoni, M.; Treves, A.; Barattini, M.; Falomo, R.; Sbarufatti, B.; Decarli, R.; Kotilainen, J.

    2013-04-15

    We present the last chapter of a spectroscopy program aimed at deriving the redshift or a lower limit to the redshift of BL Lac objects using medium-resolution spectroscopy. Here we report new spectra for 33 BL Lac object candidates obtained in 2008-2009, confirming the BL Lac nature of 25 sources and obtaining new redshifts for 5 objects. These new observations are combined with our previous data in order to construct a homogeneous sample of {approx}70 BL Lac objects with high-quality spectroscopy. All these spectra can be accessed at the Web site http://www.oapd.inaf.it/zbllac/. The average spectrum, beaming properties of the full sample, discussion of intervening systems, and future perspectives are addressed.

  2. Eddy covariance measurements of NH3 fluxes over a natural grass land with an open-path quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    Pan, D.; Benedict, K. B.; Ham, J. M.; Prenni, A. J.; Schichtel, B. A.; Collett, J. L., Jr.; Zondlo, M. A.

    2015-12-01

    NH3 is an important component of the bio-atmospheric N cycle with implications for regional air quality, human and ecosystem health degradation, and global climate change. However, measuring NH3 flux is challenging, requiring a sensor with high sensitivity (sub-ppbv), fast response time and the capability to account for NH3 adsorption effects. In this study, we address these issues with an open-path quantum-cascade-based sensor for eddy covariance (EC) measurements. Previously, our EC NH3 sensor was deployed over a feedlot in Colorado in 2013 and 2014, and the results showed the potential of the sensor to measure NH3 emissions from agricultural sources. In the summer of 2015, the sensor was installed at a remote monitoring site in Rocky Mountain National Park to measure NH3 flux over a natural grass land. During the deployment, the precision of the sensor was about 0.15 ppbv at 10 Hz, and the detection limit of the flux was estimated to be 0.7±0.5 ng NH3/s/m2. The cospectra of the NH3 flux closely resembled those of CO2 flux and sensible heat flux measured by a LI-7500 CO2 analyzer and a CSAT3 sonic anemometer. The ogive analyses indicated that the loss of NH3 fluxes due to various damping effects was about 15%. Examining initial results from a few days of measurement, the measured NH3 fluxes appear to have a strong diurnal pattern with local emissions during afternoon, a pattern not previously reported for remote grass land. The pattern is consistent with background NH3 concentration measured by PICARRO NH3 analyzer, although summertime afternoon concentration increases at the site have previously been associated with upslope transport from urban and agricultural regions to the east. The results demonstrate the sensor's capability to measure NH3 flux in low NH3 conditions and also show that more measurements are needed to investigate spatial and temporal variability of NH3 flux.

  3. Lead free CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite thin-film with p-type semiconducting nature and metal-like conductivity

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    Iefanova, Anastasiia

    CH3NH3SnI3 and CH3NH3PbI3 have become very promising light absorbing materials for photovoltaic devices over the last several years. CH3NH3PbI3 based perovskite solar cells have reached a solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency of ˜ 22%. Nevertheless, CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells contain lead, which has serious consequences for the environment and human health. In this work, the lead was replaced with less toxic tin. Lead free CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite thin film was prepared by two low temperature solution processing methods and characterized using various tools such as X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and absorption spectroscopy (UV-VIS). The distinctive p-type semiconducting nature and metal like conductivity of CH3NH3SnI3 were confirmed by the measurements of electrical and optical properties. Crystal structures and uniform film formation of CH3NH3SnI 3 layer were analyzed by XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The CH3NH3SnI3 film morphology, uniformity, light absorption and electrical properties strongly depend on the preparation methods and precursor solutions. The CH3NH3SnI 3 perovskites fabricated using dimethylformamide (DMF) exhibited higher crystallinity and stronger light harvesting capability than those fabricated using a blend solvent of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL). The local nanoscale photocurrent mapping confirmed that CH3NH 3SnI3 can be used as an active layer and has a potential to fabricate lead free photovoltaic devices. The CH3NH3SnI 3 film also showed a strong absorption in visible and near infrared spectrum with an absorption onset of 1.3 eV.

  4. Theoretical study of the F + NH3 and F + ND3 reactions: mechanism and comparison with experiment.

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    Espinosa-García, J; Monge-Palacios, M

    2011-12-01

    We study the barrierless and highly exothermic F + NH(3) and F + ND(3) abstraction reactions using quasiclassical trajectory calculations based on an analytical potential energy surface developed in our research group. The calculations correctly reproduce the experimental evidence that the vibrational fraction deposited into the DF product for the F + ND(3) reaction is greater than into HF for the F + NH(3) reaction and that the vibrational distribution is inverted in the HF(v') and the DF(v') products. Of special interest is that recent crossed-beam experiments reported by Yang and co-workers at 4.5 kcal mol(-1) are reproduced for both reactions, with a mainly forward symmetry associated with direct trajectories, and a small sideways-backward symmetry contribution associated with "nearly trapped" trajectories due to a "yo-yo" mechanism, different from the previously suggested mechanism of a long-lived complex. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  5. Conductivity of CH3NH3PbI3 thin film perovskite stored in ambient atmosphere

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    Gebremichael, Bizuneh; Alemu, Getachew; Tessema Mola, Genene

    2017-06-01

    Time dependent conductivity loss in CH3NH3PbI3 thin film perovskite stored in ambient atmosphere were studied based on electrical and optical measurements. Recent investigations on thin film perovskite solar cell suggest that in the steady state operation of the device, the Voc is unchanged by continuous illumination of light. Rather the reduction in the power conversion efficiency is caused by significant reduction of the short circuit current (Jsc). In this paper, the effect of light on the optical absorption and electrical conductivity of the CH3NH3PbI3 thin film which is deposited on a glass substrate is investigated. The temperature dependent conductivity measurements indicated that the dominant conduction mechanism in the film perovskite is electronic rather than ionic.

  6. Deposition of silicon nitride from SiCl4 and NH3 in a low pressure RF plasma

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    Ron, Y.; Raveh, A.; Carmi, U.; Inspektor, A.; Avni, R.

    1983-01-01

    Silicon nitride coatings were deposited in a low-pressure (1-10 Torr) RF plasma from SiCl4 and NH3 in the presence of argon onto stainless martensitic steel grounded and floating substrates at 300 C and 440 C respectively. The heating of the substrates depends mainly on the position and the induced RF power. The coatings were identified as silicon nitride by X-ray investigation and were found to contain chlorine by energy-dispersive analysis of X-rays. The growth rate, the microhardness and the chlorine concentration of the coatings were determined as a function of the total gas pressure, the RF power input and the NH3-to-SiCl4 ratio. It was observed that the coatings on the floating substrates have higher deposition rates and are of superior quality.

  7. CH3NH3PbCl3 Single Crystals: Inverse Temperature Crystallization and Visible-Blind UV-Photodetector.

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    Maculan, Giacomo; Sheikh, Arif D; Abdelhady, Ahmed L; Saidaminov, Makhsud I; Haque, Md Azimul; Murali, Banavoth; Alarousu, Erkki; Mohammed, Omar F; Wu, Tom; Bakr, Osman M

    2015-10-01

    Single crystals of hybrid perovskites have shown remarkably improved physical properties compared to their polycrystalline film counterparts, underscoring their importance in the further development of advanced semiconductor devices. Here we present a new method of growing sizable CH3NH3PbCl3 single crystals based on the retrograde solubility behavior of hybrid perovskites. We show, for the first time, the energy band structure, charge recombination, and transport properties of CH3NH3PbCl3 single crystals. These crystals exhibit trap-state density, charge carrier concentration, mobility, and diffusion length comparable with the best quality crystals of methylammonium lead iodide or bromide perovskites reported so far. The high quality of the crystal along with its suitable optical band gap enabled us to build an efficient visible-blind UV-photodetector, demonstrating its potential in optoelectronic applications.

  8. Synthesis, structure, and properties of SrC(NH)3 , a nitrogen-based carbonate analogue with the trinacria motif.

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    Missong, Ronja; George, Janine; Houben, Andreas; Hoelzel, Markus; Dronskowski, Richard

    2015-10-05

    Strontium guanidinate, SrC(NH)3 , the first compound with a doubly deprotonated guanidine unit, was synthesized from strontium and guanidine in liquid ammonia and characterized by X-ray and neutron diffraction, IR spectroscopy, and density-functional theory including harmonic phonon calculations. The compound crystallizes in the hexagonal space group P63 /m, constitutes the nitrogen analogue of strontium carbonate, SrCO3 , and its structure follows a layered motif between Sr(2+) ions and complex anions of the type C(NH)3 (2-) ; the anions adopt the peculiar trinacria shape. A comparison of theoretical phonons with experimental IR bands as well as quantum-chemical bonding analyses yield a first insight into bonding and packing of the formerly unknown anion in the crystal. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Structural and Thermal Disorder of Solution-Processed CH3NH3PbBr3 Hybrid Perovskite Thin Films.

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    Wolf, Christoph; Kim, Joo-Sung; Lee, Tae-Woo

    2017-03-29

    We extracted the electronic disorder energy of the organic-inorganic lead-halide hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbBr3 from temperature-dependent absorption data. We showed that the disorder at room temperature is ∼30 meV and is due to strong electron-phonon coupling with the longitudinal-optical mode of energy 16 meV. This mode can be attributed to longitudinal-optical phonons of the inorganic PbBr6 frame; this conclusion highlights the polaronic nature of electronic excitations in CH3NH3PbBr3. We showed that structural disorder is of the same impact as thermal disorder. A temperature-dependence of the exciton binding energy was observed close to the orthorhombic-to-tetragonal phase-transition temperature.

  10. Sonochemical synthesis of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite ultrafine nanocrystal sensitizers for solar energy applications.

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    Bhooshan Kumar, Vijay; Gouda, Laxman; Porat, Ze'ev; Gedanken, Aharon

    2016-09-01

    The organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 is becoming an interesting material in the field of energy harvesting. This material is one of the cleanest and cheapest components in solar cells which is available in ample amounts. However, most of the previous research work was done on thin film of this material. In the present work we describe the preparation of a powder containing nanoparticles of CH3NH3PbI3 using a sonochemical method. Characterization of the product was done by various methods, such as HRTEM, FTIR, PL, DLS and XRD. The particles were found to be highly crystalline (tetragonal crystal structure), polygonal in shape and having diameters of 10-40nm. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Photocarrier recombination dynamics in perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 for solar cell applications.

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    Yamada, Yasuhiro; Nakamura, Toru; Endo, Masaru; Wakamiya, Atsushi; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2014-08-20

    Using time-resolved photoluminescence and transient absorption measurements at room temperature, we report excitation-intensity-dependent photocarrier recombination processes in thin films made from the organo-metal halide perovskite semiconductor CH3NH3PbI3 for solar-cell applications. The photocarrier dynamics are well described by a simple rate equation including single-carrier trapping and electron-hole radiative recombination. This result provides clear evidence that the free-carrier model is better than the exciton model for interpreting the optical properties of CH3NH3PbI3. The observed large two-carrier recombination rate suggests the promising potential of perovskite semiconductors for optoelectronic device applications. Our findings provide the information about the dynamical behaviors of photoexcited carriers that is needed for developing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells.

  12. A Guided-Ion Beam Study of the O+(4S) + NH3 System at Hyperthermal Energies

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    2008-07-14

    higher Ej, is typical of exothermic- charge transfer in polyatomic systems. In either case, however, there are coincident ions , namely OH+ and D20...REPRINT 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE A Guided- Ion Beam Study of the 0+(4S) + NH3 System at Hyperthermal Energies 5a. CONTRACT...from near-thermal to approximately 15 eV, using the guided- ion beam (GIB) method. Measurements were also performed using ammonia-^ to aid in mass

  13. Evidence that Fungal MEP Proteins Mediate Diffusion of the Uncharged Species NH3 across the Cytoplasmic Membrane

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    Soupene, Eric; Ramirez, Robert M.; Kustu, Sydney

    2001-01-01

    Methylammonium and ammonium (MEP) permeases of Saccharomyces cerevisiae belong to a ubiquitous family of cytoplasmic membrane proteins that transport only ammonium (NH4+ + NH3). Transport and accumulation of the ammonium analog [14C]methylammonium, a weak base, led to the proposal that members of this family were capable of energy-dependent concentration of the ammonium ion, NH4+. In bacteria, however, ATP-dependent conversion of methylammonium to γ-N-methylglutamine by glutamine synthetase precludes its use in assessing concentrative transport across the cytoplasmic membrane. We have confirmed that methylammonium is not metabolized in the yeast S. cerevisiae and have shown that it is little metabolized in the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa. However, its accumulation depends on the energy-dependent acidification of vacuoles. A Δvph1 mutant of S. cerevisiae and a Δvma1 mutant, which lack vacuolar H+-ATPase activity, had large (fivefold or greater) defects in the accumulation of methylammonium, with little accompanying defect in the initial rate of transport. A vma-1 mutant of N. crassa largely metabolized methylammonium to methylglutamine. Thus, in fungi as in bacteria, subsequent energy-dependent utilization of methylammonium precludes its use in assessing active transport across the cytoplasmic membrane. The requirement for a proton gradient to sequester the charged species CH3NH3+ in acidic vacuoles provides evidence that the substrate for MEP proteins is the uncharged species CH3NH2. By inference, their natural substrate is NH3, a gas. We postulate that MEP proteins facilitate diffusion of NH3 across the cytoplasmic membrane and speculate that human Rhesus proteins, which lie in the same domain family as MEP proteins, facilitate diffusion of CO2. PMID:11486013

  14. Ultra-sensitive and selective NH3 room temperature gas sensing induced by manganese-doped titanium dioxide nanoparticles.

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    Tshabalala, Zamaswazi P; Shingange, Katekani; Cummings, Franscious R; Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng M; Mhlongo, Gugu H; Motaung, David E

    2017-10-15

    The study of the fabrication of ultra-high sensitive and selective room temperature ammonia (NH3) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas sensors remains an important scientific challenge in the gas sensing field. This is motivated by their harmful impact on the human health and environment. Therefore, herein, we report for the first time on the gas sensing properties of TiO2 nanoparticles doped with various concentrations of manganese (Mn) (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0mol.% presented as S1, S2, S3, S4 and S5, respectively), synthesized using hydrothermal method. Structural analyses showed that both undoped and Mn-doped TiO2 crystallized in tetragonal phases. Optical studies revealed that the Mn doped TiO2 nanoparticles have enhanced UV→Vis emission with a broad shoulder at 540nm, signifying induced defects by substituting Ti(4+) ions with Mn(2+). The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and the electron paramagnetic resonance studies revealed the presence of Ti(3+) and singly ionized oxygen vacancies in both pure and Mn doped TiO2 nanoparticles. Additionally, a hyperfine split due to Mn(2+) ferromagnetic ordering was observed, confirming incorporation of Mn ions into the lattice sites. The sensitivity, selectivity, operating temperature, and response-recovery times were thoroughly evaluated according to the alteration in the materials electrical resistance in the presence of the target gases. Gas sensing studies showed that Mn(2+) doped on the TiO2 surface improved the NH3 sensing performance in terms of response, sensitivity and selectivity. The S1 sensing material revealed higher sensitivity of 127.39 at 20 ppm NH3 gas. The sensing mechanism towards NH3 gas is also proposed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Welding IV.

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    Instructional objectives and performance requirements are outlined in this course guide for Welding IV, a competency-based course in advanced arc welding offered at the Community College of Allegheny County to provide students with proficiency in: (1) single vee groove welding using code specifications established by the American Welding Society…

  16. Welding IV.

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    Allegheny County Community Coll., Pittsburgh, PA.

    Instructional objectives and performance requirements are outlined in this course guide for Welding IV, a competency-based course in advanced arc welding offered at the Community College of Allegheny County to provide students with proficiency in: (1) single vee groove welding using code specifications established by the American Welding Society…

  17. Relaxation Matrices of the NH_{3} Molecule in Parallel and Perpendicuar Bands

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    Ma, Qiancheng; Boulet, C.; Tipping, Richard

    2017-06-01

    The phenomenon of collisional transfer of intensity due to line mixing has an increasing importance for atmospheric monitoring. From a theoretical point of view, all relevant information about the collisional processes is contained in the relaxation matrix W where the diagonal elements give half-widths and shifts, and the off-diagonal elements correspond to line interferences. For simple systems such as diatom-atom and diatom-diatom, fully quantum calculations are feasible, but become unrealistic for more complex systems. Meanwhile, the semi-classical Robert-Bonamy (RB) formalism widely used to calculate half-widths and shifts completely fails in calculating the off-diagonal elements of W resulting from applying the isolated line approximation. Recently, we have developed a new semi-classical formalism without this approximation that enables one not only to reduce uncertainties for calculated half-widths and shifts, but also to calculate the off-diagonal elements. This implies that we can address line mixing based on interaction potentials between molecular absorber and molecular perturber. In the present study, we have applied this method to calculate the relaxation matrices for self-broadened NH_{3} lines in the parallel pure-rotational, νb{1}, νb{2}, and 2νb{2} bands and also in the perpendicular νb{4} band. Our studies have exhibited a significant off-diagonality of W in the pure-rotational, νb{1}, and νb{4} bands. For the νb{2} and 2νb{2} bands, the off-diagonality is much less and even becomes completely absent. Given the fact that the inversion doublet splitting is the main source responsible for the off-diagonality of W and its value in these bands dramatically increases from less than 1 cm^{-1}, to 36 cm^{-1}, and further to 284 cm^{-1}, it is easy to understand these results. By comparing with half-widths derived from the RB formalism, our values in the pure-rotational, νb{1}, and νb{4} bands are significantly reduced and match measurements very

  18. Surface Properties of CH3NH3PbI3 for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Haruyama, Jun; Sodeyama, Keitaro; Han, Liyuan; Tateyama, Yoshitaka

    2016-03-15

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have attracted considerable interest because of their high potential for solar energy conversion. Power conversion efficiencies of the PSCs have rapidly increased from 3.8 to over 20% only in the past few years. PSCs have several similarities to dye-sensitized solar cells in their device compositions; mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) is sensitized by light-absorbing components and placed into a medium containing hole transporting materials (HTMs). On the other hand, the perovskite materials for the light-harvesting, for example, CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3), have a greater advantage for the photovoltaic applications; extremely long photocarrier diffusion lengths (over 1 μm) enable carrier transports without singnificant loss. In this respect, the surface states, that can be possible recombination centers, are also of great importance. Availability of solution processes is another important aspect in terms of low cost fabrication of PSCs. Two-step methods, where PbI2 is first introduced from solution onto a mp-TiO2 film and subsequently transformed into the MAPbI3 by the exposition of a solution containing MAI, suggest that use of such a high PbI2 concentration is crucial to obtain higher performance. The experiments also indicate that the PbI2-rich growth condition modifies TiO2/ or HTM/MAPbI3 interfaces in such a way that the photocarrier transport is improved. Thus, the characteristics of surfaces and interfaces play key roles in the high efficiencies of the PSCs. In this Account, we focus on the structural stability and electronic states of the representative (110), (001), (100), and (101) surfaces of tetragonal MAPbI3, which can be regarded as reasonable model HTM/MAPbI3 interfaces, by use of first-principles calculations. By examining various types of PbIx polyhedron terminations, we found that there are two major phases on all of the four surface facets. They can be classified as vacant- and flat-type terminations, and the former is more stable

  19. NH3-SCR denitration catalyst performance over vanadium-titanium with the addition of Ce and Sb.

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    Xu, Chi; Liu, Jian; Zhao, Zhen; Yu, Fei; Cheng, Kai; Wei, Yuechang; Duan, Aijun; Jiang, Guiyuan

    2015-05-01

    Selective catalytic reduction technology using NH3 as a reducing agent (NH3-SCR) is an effective control method to remove nitrogen oxides. TiO2-supported vanadium oxide catalysts with different levels of Ce and Sb modification were prepared by an impregnation method and were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS), Raman and Hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR). The catalytic activities of V5CexSby/TiO2 catalysts for denitration were investigated in a fixed bed flow microreactor. The results showed that cerium, vanadium and antimony oxide as the active components were well dispersed on TiO2, and the catalysts exhibited a large number of d-d electronic transitions, which were helpful to strengthen SCR reactivity. The V5CexSby/TiO2 catalysts exhibited a good low temperature NH3-SCR catalytic activity. In the temperature range of 210 to 400°C, the V5CexSby/TiO2 catalysts gave NO conversion rates above 90%. For the best V5Ce35Sb2/TiO2 catalyst, at a reaction temperature of 210°C, the NO conversion rate had already reached 90%. The catalysts had different catalytic activity with different Ce loadings. With the increase of Ce loading, the NO conversion rate also increased.

  20. Influence of aeration on volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) and NH3 emissions during aerobic composting of kitchen waste.

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    Zhang, Hongyu; Li, Guoxue; Gu, Jun; Wang, Guiqin; Li, Yangyang; Zhang, Difang

    2016-12-01

    This study investigates the influence of aeration on volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) and ammonia (NH3) emissions during kitchen waste composting. Aerobic composting of kitchen waste and cornstalks was conducted at a ratio of 85:15 (wet weight basis) in 60L reactors for 30days. The gas emissions were analyzed with force aeration at rates of 0.1 (A1), 0.2 (A2) and 0.3 (A3) L (kgDMmin)(-1), respectively. Results showed that VSCs emission at the low aeration rate (A1) was more significant than that at other two rates (i.e., A2 and A3 treatment), where no considerable emission difference was observed. On the other hand, NH3 emission reduced as the aeration rate decreased. It is noteworthy that the aeration rate did not significantly affect the compost quality. These results suggest that the aeration rate of 0.2L (kgDMmin)(-1) may be applied to control VSCs and NH3 emissions during kitchen waste composting.

  1. High sensitivity measurement of NO, NO2 and NH3 using MIR-QCL and time division multiplexing WMS technology

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    Chen, Xiang; Yang, Chenguang; Hu, Mai; Xu, Zhenyu; Fan, Xueli; Wei, Min; Yao, Lu; He, Yabai; Kan, Ruifeng

    2016-10-01

    A compact system based on mid-infrared quantum cascade laser (QCL) operated in room temperature was developed for the simultaneous monitoring of NO, NO2 and NH3 in the air. Laser beams of three QCLs with central wavelength located at 1900 cm-1, 1600 cm-1, 1103.4 cm-1 were coupled to pass through the 60m long gas cell together. With the technology of time division multiplexing, wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) signals of three lasers can be detected at adjacent scan process. The real-time second harmonic analysis was implemented to achieve simultaneous detection of NO, NO2 and NH3. A minimum detection limit (MDL) of 0.2ppb for NO, 0.12ppb for NO2 and 0.1ppb for NH3 with an optimum integration time around 100 seconds can be achieved for this setup. An ambient monitoring of three gasses during 5 hours was performed to inspect the local air quality.

  2. Origin of High Electronic Quality in Solar Cell Absorber CH3NH3PbI3

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    Yin, Wanjian; Shi, Tingting; Wei, Suhua; Yan, Yanfa

    Thin-film solar cells based on CH3NH3PbI3 halide perovskites have recently shown remarkable performance. First-principle calculations and molecular dynamic simulations show that the structure of pristine CH3NH3PbI3 is much more disordered than the inorganic archetypal thin-film semiconductor CdTe. However, the structural disorders from thermal fluctuation, point defects and grain boundaries introduce rare deep defect states within the bandgaps; therefore, the material has high electronic quality. We have further shown that this unusually high electronic quality is attributed to the unique electronic structures of halide perovskite: the strong coupling between cation lone-pair Pb s orbitals and anion p orbitals and the large atomic size of constitute cation atoms. We further found that although CH3NH3PbI3 GBs do not introduce a deep gap state, the defect level close to the VBM can still act as a shallow hole trap state. Cl and O can spontaneously segregate into GBs and passivate those defect levels and deactivate the trap state.

  3. Preparation of highly active manganese oxides supported on functionalized MWNTs for low temperature NOx reduction with NH3

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    Pourkhalil, Mahnaz; Moghaddam, Abdolsamad Zarringhalam; Rashidi, Alimorad; Towfighi, Jafar; Mortazavi, Yadollah

    2013-08-01

    Manganese oxide catalysts (MnOx) supported on functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (FMWNTs) for low temperature selective catalytic reduction (LTSCR) of nitrogen oxides (NOx) with NH3 in the presence of excess O2 were prepared by the incipient wetness impregnation method. These catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR) methods. The effects of reaction temperature, MnOx loading, calcination temperature and calcination time were investigated. The presence of surface nitrate species under moderate calcination conditions may play a favorable role in the LTSCR of NOx with NH3. Under the reaction conditions of 200 °C, 1 bar, NO = NH3 = 900 ppm, O2 = 5 vol%, GHSV = 30,000 h-1 and 12 wt% MnOx, NOx conversion and N2 selectivity were 97% and 99.5%, respectively. The SCR activity was reduced in the presence of 100 ppm SO2 and 2.5 vol% H2O from 97% to 92% within 6 h at 200 °C, however such an effect was shown to be reversible by exposing the catalyst to a helium flow for 2 h at 350 °C due to thermal decomposition of ammonium sulphate salts.

  4. CH3NH3SnxPb(1-x)I3 Perovskite Solar Cells Covering up to 1060 nm.

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    Ogomi, Yuhei; Morita, Atsushi; Tsukamoto, Syota; Saitho, Takahiro; Fujikawa, Naotaka; Shen, Qing; Toyoda, Taro; Yoshino, Kenji; Pandey, Shyam S; Ma, Tingli; Hayase, Shuzi

    2014-03-20

    We report photovoltaic performances of all-solid state Sn/Pb halide-based perovskite solar cells. The cell has the following composition: F-doped SnO2 layered glass/compact titania layer/porous titania layer/CH3NH3SnxPb(1-x)I3/regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl). Sn halide perovskite itself did not show photovoltaic properties. Photovoltaic properties were observed when PbI2 was added in SnI2. The best performance was obtained by using CH3NH3Sn0.5Pb0.5I3 perovskite. 4.18% efficiency with open circuit voltage 0.42 V, fill factor 0.50, and short circuit current 20.04 mA/cm(2) are reported. The edge of the incident photon to current efficiency curve reached 1060 nm, which was 260 nm red-shifted compared with that of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells.

  5. Solvent-Mediated Crystallization of CH3NH3SnI3 Films for Heterojunction Depleted Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Hao, Feng; Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Guo, Peijun; Zhou, Nanjia; Marks, Tobin J; Chang, Robert P H; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2015-09-09

    Organo-lead halide perovskite solar cells have gained enormous significance and have now achieved power conversion efficiencies of ∼20%. However, the potential toxicity of lead in these systems raises environmental concerns for widespread deployment. Here we investigate solvent effects on the crystallization of the lead-free methylammonium tin triiodide (CH3NH3SnI3) perovskite films in a solution growth process. Highly uniform, pinhole-free perovskite films are obtained from a dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solution via a transitional SnI2·3DMSO intermediate phase. This high-quality perovskite film enables the realization of heterojunction depleted solar cells based on mesoporous TiO2 layer but in the absence of any hole-transporting material with an unprecedented photocurrent up to 21 mA cm(-2). Charge extraction and transient photovoltage decay measurements reveal high carrier densities in the CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite device which are one order of magnitude larger than CH3NH3PbI3-based devices but with comparable recombination lifetimes in both devices. The relatively high background dark carrier density of the Sn-based perovskite is responsible for the lower photovoltaic efficiency in comparison to the Pb-based analogues. These results provide important progress toward achieving improved perovskite morphology control in realizing solution-processed highly efficient lead-free perovskite solar cells.

  6. Effect of phosphogypsum and dicyandiamide as additives on NH3, N20 and CH4 emissions during composting.

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    Luo, Yiming; Li, Guoxue; Luo, Wenhai; Schuchardt, Frank; Jiang, Tao; Xu, Degang

    2013-07-01

    A laboratory scale experiment of composting in a forced aeration system using pig manure with cornstalks was carried out to investigate the effects of both phosphogypsum and dicyandiamide (DCD, C2H4N4) as additives on gaseous emissions and compost quality. Besides a control, there were three amended treatments with different amounts of additives. The results indicated that the phosphogypsum addition at the rate of 10% of mixture dry weight decreased NH3 and CH4 emissions significantly during composting. The addition of DCD at the rate of 0.2% of mixture dry weight together with 10% of phosphogypsum further reduced the N2O emission by affecting the nitrification process. Reducing the phosphogypsum addition to 5% in the presence of 0.2% DCD moderately increased the NH3 emissions but not N2O emission. The additives increased the ammonium content and electrical conductivity significantly in the final compost. No adverse effect on organic matter degradation or the germination index of the compost was found in the amended treatments. It was recommended that phosphogypsum and DCD could be used in composting for the purpose of reducing NH3, CH4 and N2O emissions. Optimal conditions and dose of DCD additive during composting should be determined with different materials and composting systems in further study.

  7. Star-forming regions of the Aquila rift cloud complex. II. Turbulence in molecular cores probed by NH3 emission

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    Levshakov, S. A.; Henkel, C.; Reimers, D.; Wang, M.

    2014-07-01

    Aims: We intend to derive statistical properties of stochastic gas motion inside the dense, low-mass star-forming molecular cores that are traced by NH3(1, 1) and (2, 2) emission lines. Methods: We use the spatial two-point autocorrelation (ACF) and structure functions calculated from maps of the radial velocity fields. Results: The observed ammonia cores are characterized by complex intrinsic motions of stochastic nature. The measured kinetic temperature ranges between 8.8 K and 15.1 K. From NH3 excitation temperatures of 3.5-7.3 K, we determine H2 densities with typical values of nH2~ (1-6) × 104 cm-3. The ammonia abundance, X = [NH3]/[H2], varies from 2 × 10-8 to 1.5 × 10-7. We find oscillating ACFs, which eventually decay to zero with increasing lags on scales of 0.04 ≲ ℓ ≲ 0.5 pc. The current paradigm supposes that the star-formation process is controlled by the interplay between gravitation and turbulence with the latter preventing molecular cores from a rapid collapse due to their own gravity. Thus, oscillating ACFs may indicate a damping of the developed turbulent flows surrounding the dense but less turbulent core, a transition to dominating gravitational forces and, hence, to gravitational collapse. Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  8. Oscillatory behaviour of the reduction of NO by H 2 and NH 3 over Rh studied by FEM

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    van Tol, M. F. H.; Gielbert, A.; Nieuwenhuys, B. E.

    1993-04-01

    The NO reduction by H 2 and NH 3 on Rh has been studied by field emission microscopy (FEM). The NO-H 2 reaction shows oscillatory behaviour at 460 K and PNO = 1.5×10 -7 Torr and PH 2 = 1×10 -6 Torr. Unique features of FEM that can be used to study the oscillations in detail are the very high spatial resolution and the presence of, in principle, an indefinite number of different crystal planes. The oscillatory behaviour is reflected by periodic changes in the emission current and in the images observed. The communication between different surfaces present on the field emitter is displayed in real-time on a fluorescent screen. Diffusion and gas phase coupling seem to play a role. Many of the features reported earlier for the oscillatory behaviour of the NO-H 2 and NO-NH 3 reactions over Pt(100) are observed on Rh as well, including the surface explosion. The NO-NH 3 reaction does also show the surface explosion. Quite remarkable features are observed in the latter case. Single planes show oscillatory behaviour under conditions where others do not. The vacancy model proposed earlier for the oscillations over Pt(100), can be applied to the reactions described in this paper as well.

  9. Inkjet-Printed Photodetector Arrays Based on Hybrid Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 Microwires.

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    Liu, Yang; Li, Fushan; Perumal Veeramalai, Chandrasekar; Chen, Wei; Guo, Tailiang; Wu, Chaoxing; Kim, Tae Whan

    2017-04-05

    Hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 has attracted extensive research interests in optoelectronic devices in recent years. Herein an inkjet printing method has been employed to deposit a perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 layer. By choosing the proper solvent and controlling the crystal growth rate, hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 nanowires, microwires, a network, and islands were synthesized by means of inkjet printing. Electrode-gap-electrode lateral-structured photodetectors were fabricated with these different crystals, of which a hybrid perovskite microwire-based photodetector would balance the uniformity and low defects to obtain a switching ratio of 16000%, responsivity of 1.2 A/W, and normalized detectivity of 2.39 × 10(12) Jones at a light power density of 0.1 mW/cm(2). Furthermore, the hybrid perovskite microwire-based photodetector arrays were fabricated and applied in an imaging sensor, from which the clear mapping of the light source signal was successfully obtained. This work paves the way for the realization of low-cost, solution-processed, and high-performance hybrid perovskite-based photodetector arrays.

  10. Fiber-Amplifier-Enhanced QEPAS Sensor for Simultaneous Trace Gas Detection of NH3 and H2S

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    Wu, Hongpeng; Dong, Lei; Liu, Xiaoli; Zheng, Huadan; Yin, Xukun; Ma, Weiguang; Zhang, Lei; Yin, Wangbao; Jia, Suotang

    2015-01-01

    A selective and sensitive quartz enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) sensor, employing an erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA), and a distributed feedback (DFB) laser operating at 1582 nm was demonstrated for simultaneous detection of ammonia (NH3) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Two interference-free absorption lines located at 6322.45 cm−1 and 6328.88 cm−1 for NH3 and H2S detection, respectively, were identified. The sensor was optimized in terms of current modulation depth for both of the two target gases. An electrical modulation cancellation unit was equipped to suppress the background noise caused by the stray light. An Allan-Werle variance analysis was performed to investigate the long-term performance of the fiber-amplifier-enhanced QEPAS sensor. Benefitting from the high power boosted by the EDFA, a detection sensitivity (1σ) of 52 parts per billion by volume (ppbv) and 17 ppbv for NH3 and H2S, respectively, were achieved with a 132 s data acquisition time at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. PMID:26506351

  11. Ultrasound-assistant preparation of Cu-SAPO-34 nanocatalyst for selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3.

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    Panahi, Parvaneh Nakhostin; Niaei, Ali; Salari, Darush; Mousavi, Seyed Mahdi; Delahay, Gérard

    2015-09-01

    The influence of the various preparation methods of Cu-SAPO-34 nanocatalysts on the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 under excess oxygen was studied. Cu-SAPO-34 nanocatalysts were prepared by using four techniques: conventional impregnation (IM), ultrasound-enhanced impregnation (UIM), conventional deposition precipitation (DP) using NaOH and homogeneous deposition precipitation (HDP) using urea. These catalysts were characterized in detail by various techniques such as N2-sorption, XRD, TEM, H2-TPR, NH3-TPD and XPS to understand the catalyst structure, the nature and the dispersed state of the copper species, and the acid sites for NH3 adsorption. All of the nanocatalysts showed high activities for NO removal. However, the activities were different and followed the sequence of Cu-SAPO-34 (UIM)>Cu-SAPO-34 (HDP)>Cu-SAPO-34 (IM)>Cu-SAPO-34 (DP). Based on the obtained results, it was concluded that the NO conversion on Cu-SAPO-34 nanocatalysts was mainly related to the high reducibility of the isolated Cu(2+) ions and CuO species, the number of the acid sites and the dispersion of CuO species on SAPO-34.

  12. Effects of co-processing sewage sludge in cement kiln on NOx, NH3 and PAHs emissions.

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    Lv, Dong; Zhu, Tianle; Liu, Runwei; Lv, Qingzhi; Sun, Ye; Wang, Hongmei; Liu, Yu; Zhang, Fan

    2016-09-01

    The effects of co-processing sewage sludge in cement kiln on NOx, NH3 and PAHs emissions were systematically investigated in a cement production line in Beijing. The results show that co-processing the sewage sludge was helpful to reduce NOx emission, which primarily depends on the NH3 amount released from the sewage sludge. Meanwhile, NOx and NH3 concentrations in the flue gas have a negative correlation, and the contribution of feeding the sewage sludge to NOx removal decreased with the increase of injection amount of ammonia water in the SNCR system. Therefore, it is suggested that the injection amount of ammonia water in SNCR system may reduce to cut down the operating costs during co-processing the sewage sludge in cement kiln. In addition, the emission of total PAHs seems to increase with the increased amount of the sewage sludge feeding to the cement kiln. However, the distributions of PAHs were barely changed, and lower molecular weight PAHs were mainly distributed in gaseous phase, accounted for the major portion of PAHs when co-processing sewage sludge in cement kiln. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Revealing the role of organic cations in hybrid halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Motta, Carlo; El-Mellouhi, Fedwa; Kais, Sabre; Tabet, Nouar; Alharbi, Fahhad; Sanvito, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    The hybrid halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 has enabled solar cells to reach an efficiency of about 20%, demonstrating a pace for improvements with no precedents in the solar energy arena. Despite such explosive progress, the microscopic origin behind the success of such material is still debated, with the role played by the organic cations in the light-harvesting process remaining unclear. Here van der Waals-corrected density functional theory calculations reveal that the orientation of the organic molecules plays a fundamental role in determining the material electronic properties. For instance, if CH3NH3 orients along a (011)-like direction, the PbI6 octahedral cage will distort and the bandgap will become indirect. Our results suggest that molecular rotations, with the consequent dynamical change of the band structure, might be at the origin of the slow carrier recombination and the superior conversion efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3. PMID:25912782

  14. Photodissociation and ab initio studies of Mg+(NH3)n, n=1-4: Electronic structure and photoinduced reaction

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    Yoshida, Shinji; Daigoku, Kota; Okai, Nobuhiro; Takahata, Akihiro; Sabu, Akiyoshi; Hashimoto, Kenro; Fuke, Kiyokazu

    2002-11-01

    Photodissociation spectra of Mg+(NH3)n (n=1-4) cluster ions are examined in the wavelength region of 240-1200 nm. From the comparison with the results of ab initio calculations for the structure and the excitation energies of these clusters, the observed absorption bands are assigned to the transitions derived from the 2P-2S transition of Mg+ ion. The extensive redshift of the observed spectra is ascribed to the formation of a one-center ion-pair state. In the photolysis of Mg+NH3, NH3+ and Mg+NH2 ions are produced via photoinduced charge transfer and intracluster reaction processes, respectively, in addition to the Mg+ ion generated by the evaporation of ammonia molecules. For n=2, both the intracluster reaction and evaporation are dominant decay processes, while the evaporation is the sole photodissociation channel for larger clusters. The branching fractions of these processes are found to depend strongly on the solvation number n and also on the photolysis wavelength. The energetics and the dynamics of the dissociation processes are discussed in relation to the redox reaction of metal ions.

  15. Photoinduced Reversible Structural Transformations in Free-Standing CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Films.

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    Gottesman, Ronen; Gouda, Laxman; Kalanoor, Basanth S; Haltzi, Eynav; Tirosh, Shay; Rosh-Hodesh, Eli; Tischler, Yaakov; Zaban, Arie; Quarti, Claudio; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo

    2015-06-18

    In the pursuit to better understand the mechanisms of perovskite solar cells we performed Raman and photoluminescence measurements of free-standing CH3NH3PbI3 films, comparing dark with working conditions. The films, grown on a glass substrate and sealed by a thin glass coverslip, were measured subsequent to dark and white-light pretreatments. The extremely slow changes we observe in both the Raman and photoluminescence cannot be regarded as electronic processes, which are much faster. Thus, the most probable explanation is of slow photoinduced structural changes. The CH3NH3PbI3 transformation between the dark and the light structures is reversible, with faster rates for the changes under illumination. The results seem to clarify several common observations associated with solar cell mechanisms, like performance improvement under light soaking. More important is the call for solar-cell-related investigation of CH3NH3PbI3 to take the photoinduced structural changes into consideration when measuring and interpreting the results.

  16. Performance of selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 over natural manganese ore catalysts at low temperature.

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    Wang, Tao; Zhu, Chengzhu; Liu, Haibo; Xu, Yongpeng; Zou, Xuehua; Xu, Bin; Chen, Tianhu

    2017-03-16

    Natural manganese ore catalysts for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3 at low temperature in the presence and absence of SO2 and H2O were systematically investigated. The physical and chemical properties of catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area, NH3 temperature-programmed desorption (NH3-TPD) and NO-TPD methods. The results showed that natural manganese ore from Qingyang of Anhui Province had a good low-temperature activity and N2 selectivity, and it could be a novel catalyst in terms of stability, good efficiency, good reusability and lower cost. The NO conversion exceeded 85% between 150°C and 300°C when the initial NO concentration was 1000 ppm. The activity was suppressed by adding H2O (10%) or SO2 (100 or 200 ppm), respectively, and its activity could recover while the SO2 supply is cut off. The simultaneous addition of H2O and SO2 led to the increase of about 100% in SCR activity than bare addition of SO2. The formation of the amorphous MnOx, high concentration of lattice oxygen and surface-adsorbed oxygen groups and a lot of reducible species as well as adsorption of the reactants brought about excellent SCR performance and exhibited good SO2 and H2O resistance.

  17. Electronic structure of organometal halide perovskite CH3NH3BiI3 and optical absorption extending to infrared region.

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    Zhu, H X; Liu, J-M

    2016-11-18

    The electronic structure and optical absorption spectrum of organometal halide perovskite compound CH3NH3BiI3 as a substituting candidate of well-concerned CH3NH3PbI3 not only for environmental friendly consideration are studied using the first principles calculations. It is revealed that a Bi replacement of Pb in CH3NH3PbI3 does not change seriously the band edge structure but the bandgap becomes narrow. Consequently, CH3NH3BiI3 exhibits not only stronger visible light absorption than CH3NH3PbI3 does but more strong absorption in the infrared region, which is however absent in CH3NH3PbI3. It is suggested that CH3NH3BiI3 may be one of even more promising alternatives to CH3NH3PbI3 for spectrum-broad and highly-efficient solar cells.

  18. Influence of NH3 on secondary organic aerosols from the ozonolysis and photooxidation of α-pinene in a flow reactor

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    Babar, Zaeem Bin; Park, Jun-Hyun; Lim, Ho-Jin

    2017-09-01

    This study presents detailed characterizations of a newly-developed flow reactor including (1) residence time distribution measurements, (2) relative humidity (RH) and temperature control, and (3) OH radical exposure range (i.e., atmospheric aging time). Hydroxyl (OH) radical exposures ranged from 8.20 × 1010 to 7.22 × 1011 molecules cm-3 s (0.5-4.9 d of atmospheric aging). In this study, the effects of NH3 gas on the secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation of α-pinene by dark ozonolysis and photooxidation were investigated using the newly-developed flow reactor. For both dark α-pinene ozonolysis and photooxidation, higher SOA yields were observed in the presence of NH3 than in the absence of NH3. At RH of ∼50%, the SOA yield for ozonolysis and photooxidation in the presence of NH3 increased by 23% and 15% relative to those in the absence of NH3. Similar effects were observed at lower and higher RH conditions. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis confirmed the presence of nitrogen-containing functional groups in SOA formed in the presence of NH3. The α-pinene SOA formed in the presence of NH3 showed higher absorption and fluorescence for UV-visible radiation than those formed in the absence of NH3.

  19. Electronic structure of organometal halide perovskite CH3NH3BiI3 and optical absorption extending to infrared region

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    Zhu, H. X.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-01-01

    The electronic structure and optical absorption spectrum of organometal halide perovskite compound CH3NH3BiI3 as a substituting candidate of well-concerned CH3NH3PbI3 not only for environmental friendly consideration are studied using the first principles calculations. It is revealed that a Bi replacement of Pb in CH3NH3PbI3 does not change seriously the band edge structure but the bandgap becomes narrow. Consequently, CH3NH3BiI3 exhibits not only stronger visible light absorption than CH3NH3PbI3 does but more strong absorption in the infrared region, which is however absent in CH3NH3PbI3. It is suggested that CH3NH3BiI3 may be one of even more promising alternatives to CH3NH3PbI3 for spectrum-broad and highly-efficient solar cells. PMID:27857201

  20. Electronic structure of organometal halide perovskite CH3NH3BiI3 and optical absorption extending to infrared region

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    Zhu, H. X.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-11-01

    The electronic structure and optical absorption spectrum of organometal halide perovskite compound CH3NH3BiI3 as a substituting candidate of well-concerned CH3NH3PbI3 not only for environmental friendly consideration are studied using the first principles calculations. It is revealed that a Bi replacement of Pb in CH3NH3PbI3 does not change seriously the band edge structure but the bandgap becomes narrow. Consequently, CH3NH3BiI3 exhibits not only stronger visible light absorption than CH3NH3PbI3 does but more strong absorption in the infrared region, which is however absent in CH3NH3PbI3. It is suggested that CH3NH3BiI3 may be one of even more promising alternatives to CH3NH3PbI3 for spectrum-broad and highly-efficient solar cells.

  1. Device simulation of lead-free CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite solar cells with high efficiency

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    Du, Hui-Jing; Wang, Wei-Chao; Zhu, Jian-Zhuo

    2016-10-01

    The lead-free perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have drawn a great deal of research interest due to the Pb toxicity of the lead halide perovskite. CH3NH3SnI3 is a viable alternative to CH3NH3PbX3, because it has a narrower band gap of 1.3 eV and a wider visible absorption spectrum than the lead halide perovskite. The progress of fabricating tin iodide PSCs with good stability has stimulated the studies of these CH3NH3SnI3 based cells greatly. In the paper, we study the influences of various parameters on the solar cell performance through theoretical analysis and device simulation. It is found in the simulation that the solar cell performance can be improved to some extent by adjusting the doping concentration of the perovskite absorption layer and the electron affinity of the buffer and HTM, while the reduction of the defect density of the perovskite absorption layer significantly improves the cell performance. By further optimizing the parameters of the doping concentration (1.3× 1016 cm-3) and the defect density (1× 1015 cm-3) of perovskite absorption layer, and the electron affinity of buffer (4.0 eV) and HTM (2.6 eV), we finally obtain some encouraging results of the J sc of 31.59 mA/cm2, V oc of 0.92 V, FF of 79.99%, and PCE of 23.36%. The results show that the lead-free CH3NH3SnI3 PSC is a potential environmentally friendly solar cell with high efficiency. Improving the Sn2 + stability and reducing the defect density of CH3NH3SnI3 are key issues for the future research, which can be solved by improving the fabrication and encapsulation process of the cell. Project supported by the Graduate Student Education Teaching Reform Project, China (Grant No. JG201512) and the Young Teachers Research Project of Yanshan University, China (Grant No. 13LGB028).

  2. Ft-Ir Measurements of NH_3 Line Intensities in the 60 - 550 CM-1 Using Soleil/ailes Beamline

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    Sung, Keeyoon; Yu, Shanshan; Pearson, John; Manceron, Laurent; Kwabia Tchana, F.; Pirali, Olivier

    2015-06-01

    Ammonia (NH_3) has been found ubiquitous, e.g., in the interstellar medium, low-mass stars, Jovian planets of our solar system, and possibly in the low temperature exoplanets. Their spectroscopic line parameters are essential in the accurate interpretation of the planetary and astrophysical spectra observed with Herschel, SOFIA, ALMA, and JWST. In our previous paper, the NH_3 line positions in the far-IR region were studied for the ground state and ν_2 in an unprecedented accuracy, which revealed significant deficiencies in the NH_3 intensities, for instance, some weak ΔK = 3 lines were predicted to be ~100 times stronger. Measurement of line intensity for these lines in a consistent manner is demanded because the ΔK = 3 forbidden lines are only way other than collisions and l-doubled states to excite NH_3 to K > 0 levels. Recalling that NH_3 transition lines in the high J and K up to 18 were detected toward the galactic center in the star forming region of Sgr B_2, their accurate intensity measurements are critical in explaining the observed high K excitation, which will provide insights into radiative-transfer vs.levels. The interaction between a large amplitude torsional motion and the hyperfine coupling may also lead to a less known hyperfine effect, the so-called magnetic spin-torsion coupling, which was first studied by Heuvel and Dymanus and which has not yet been conclusively evidenced. In this talk, the magnetic hyperfine structure of the non-rigid methanol molecule will be investigated experimentally and theoretically. 13 hyperfine patterns were recorded using two molecular beam microwave spectrometers. These patterns, along with previously recorded ones,^c were analyzed in an attempt to evidence the effects of the magnetic spin-torsion coupling. The theoretical approach setup to analyze the observed data accounts for the spin-torsion coupling, in addition to the familiar magnetic spin-rotation and spin-spin couplings, and relies on symmetry

  3. Electron transport in unipolar InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well structures grown by NH3 molecular beam epitaxy

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    Browne, David A.; Mazumder, Baishakhi; Wu, Yuh-Renn; Speck, James S.

    2015-05-01

    Unipolar-light emitting diode like structures were grown by NH3 molecular beam epitaxy on c plane (0001) GaN on sapphire templates. Studies were performed to experimentally examine the effect of random alloy fluctuations on electron transport through quantum well active regions. These unipolar structures served as a test vehicle to test our 2D model of the effect of compositional fluctuations on polarization-induced barriers. Variables that were systematically studied included varying quantum well number from 0 to 5, well thickness of 1.5 nm, 3 nm, and 4.5 nm, and well compositions of In0.14Ga0.86N and In0.19Ga0.81N. Diode-like current voltage behavior was clearly observed due to the polarization-induced conduction band barrier in the quantum well region. Increasing quantum well width and number were shown to have a significant impact on increasing the turn-on voltage of each device. Temperature dependent IV measurements clearly revealed the dominant effect of thermionic behavior for temperatures from room temperature and above. Atom probe tomography was used to directly analyze parameters of the alloy fluctuations in the quantum wells including amplitude and length scale of compositional variation. A drift diffusion Schrödinger Poisson method accounting for two dimensional indium fluctuations (both in the growth direction and within the wells) was used to correctly model the turn-on voltages of the devices as compared to traditional 1D simulation models.

  4. Metal-Borohydride-Modified Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 : Low-Temperature Dehydrogenation Yielding Highly Pure Hydrogen.

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    Huang, Jianmei; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Gu, Qinfen; Yu, Xuebin; Zhu, Min

    2015-10-12

    Due to its high hydrogen density (14.8 wt %) and low dehydrogenation peak temperature (130 °C), Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 is considered to be one of the most promising hydrogen-storage materials. To further decrease its dehydrogenation temperature and suppress its ammonia release, a strategy of introducing LiBH4 and Mg(BH4 )2 was applied to this system. Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 and Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 composites showed main dehydrogenation peaks centered at 81 and 106 °C as well as high hydrogen purities of 99.3 and 99.8 mol % H2 , respectively. Isothermal measurements showed that 6.6 wt % (within 60 min) and 5.5 wt % (within 360 min) of hydrogen were released at 100 °C from Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 and Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 , respectively. The lower dehydrogenation temperatures and improved hydrogen purities could be attributed to the formation of the diammoniate of diborane for Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 , and the partial transfer of NH3 groups from Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 to Mg(BH4 )2 for Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 , which result in balanced numbers of BH4 and NH3 groups and a more active H(δ+) ⋅⋅⋅(-δ) H interaction. These advanced dehydrogenation properties make these two composites promising candidates as hydrogen-storage materials. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Tunable Br-doping CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx thin films for efficient planar perovskite solar cells

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    Li, Nannan; Shi, Chengwu; Li, Long; Zhang, Zhengguo; Ma, Chengfeng

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, the relationship of the Br contents in precursor solutions of the CH3NH3Br/CH3NH3I mixture and in the resulting CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx thin films was systemically explored and the tunable Br-doping CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx thin films were successfully obtained by the sequential deposition methods. The influence of CH3NH3Br content in the methylammonium halide mixture solutions on the chemical composition, optical absorption, crystal phase and morphology of CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx thin films and the photovoltaic performance of the corresponding planar perovskite solar cells were investigated. The result revealed that the Br contents in CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx thin films linearly increased with the increase of Br contents in the methylammonium halide mixture solutions. The planar perovskite solar cell based on the high crystallinity and less grain boundary CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx thin films using the methylammonium halide mixture solutions with the molar ratio of CH3NH3Br/CH3NH3I = 10/90 achieved a best photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of 14.88% with an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 1.03 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) of 20.62 mA cm-2 and a fill factor (FF) of 0.70 and an average PCE of 14.21 ± 0.67% with Voc of 1.02 ± 0.02 V, Jsc of 20.67 ± 0.15 mA cm-2 and FF of 0.67 ± 0.05.

  6. Estimating NH3 emissions from agricultural fertilizer application in China using the bi-directional CMAQ model coupled to an agro-ecosystem model

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    Fu, X.; Wang, S. X.; Ran, L. M.; Pleim, J. E.; Cooter, E.; Bash, J. O.; Benson, V.; Hao, J. M.

    2015-06-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) plays an important role in atmospheric aerosol chemistry. China is one of the largest NH3 emitting countries with the majority of NH3 emissions coming from agricultural practices, such as fertilizer application and livestock production. The current NH3 emission estimates in China are mainly based on pre-defined emission factors that lack temporal or spatial details, which are needed to accurately predict NH3 emissions. This study provides the first online estimate of NH3 emissions from agricultural fertilizer application in China, using an agricultural fertilizer modeling system which couples a regional air quality model (the Community Multi-scale Air Quality model, or CMAQ) and an agro-ecosystem model (the Environmental Policy Integrated Climate model, or EPIC). This method improves the spatial and temporal resolution of NH3 emissions from this sector. We combined the cropland area data of 14 crops from 2710 counties with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) land use data to determine the crop distribution. The fertilizer application rates and methods for different crops were collected at provincial or agricultural region levels. The EPIC outputs of daily fertilizer application and soil characteristics were input into the CMAQ model and the hourly NH3 emissions were calculated online with CMAQ running. The estimated agricultural fertilizer NH3 emissions in this study were approximately 3 Tg in 2011. The regions with the highest modeled emission rates are located in the North China Plain. Seasonally, peak ammonia emissions occur from April to July. Compared with previous researches, this study considers an increased number of influencing factors, such as meteorological fields, soil and fertilizer application, and provides improved NH3 emissions with higher spatial and temporal resolution.

  7. Properties of Dense Cores Embedded in Musca Derived from Extinction Maps and 13CO, C18O, and NH3 Emission Lines

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    Machaieie, Dinelsa A.; Vilas-Boas, José W.; Wuensche, Carlos A.; Racca, Germán A.; Myers, Philip C.; Hickel, Gabriel R.

    2017-02-01

    Using near-infrared data from the Two Micron All Sky Survey catalog and the Near Infrared Color Excess method, we studied the extinction distribution in five dense cores of Musca, which show visual extinction greater than 10 mag and are potential sites of star formation. We analyzed the stability in four of them, fitting their radial extinction profiles with Bonnor-Ebert isothermal spheres, and explored their properties using the J = 1-0 transition of 13CO and C18O and the J = K = 1 transition of NH3. One core is not well described by the model. The stability parameter of the fitted cores ranges from 4.5 to 5.7 and suggests that all cores are stable, including Mu13, which harbors one young stellar object (YSO), the IRAS 12322-7023 source. However, the analysis of the physical parameters shows that Mu13 tends to have larger A V, n c, and P ext than the remaining starless cores. The other physical parameters do not show any trend. It is possible that those are the main parameters to explore in active star-forming cores. Mu13 also shows the most intense emission of NH3. Its 13CO and C18O lines have double peaks, whose integrated intensity maps suggest that they are due to the superposition of clouds with different radial velocities seen in the line of sight. It is not possible to state whether these clouds are colliding and inducing star formation or are related to a physical process associated with the formation of the YSO.

  8. Intercalation of HF, H2O, and NH3 Clusters within the Bilayers of Graphene and Graphene Oxide: Predictions from Coronene-Based Model Systems.

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    Rohini, K; Sylvinson, Daniel M R; Swathi, R S

    2015-11-05

    Understanding molecular interactions with monolayers and bilayers of graphene and its derivatized forms is very important because of their fundamental role in gas sensing and separation, gas storage, catalysis, etc. Herein, motivated by the recent realization of graphene-based sensors for the detection of single gas molecules, we use density functional theory to study the noncovalent interactions of molecules and molecular clusters with graphene, graphene oxide, and graphane, which are represented by coronene-based molecular model systems, C24H12 (coronene), C24OH12 (coroepoxide), and C24H36 (perhydrocoronene), respectively. The objective is to understand the structural and energetic changes that occur as a result of adsorption on monolayers and intercalation within bilayers. To begin with, the interactions of coronene, coroepoxide, and perhydrocoronene with a variety of small molecules like HF, HCl, HBr, H2O, H2S, NH3, and CH4 are studied. Subsequently, the binding of coronene and coroepoxide substrates with molecular clusters of HF, H2O, and NH3 is studied to understand the strength of adsorption on the substrates and the effect of substrates on hydrogen-bonding interactions within the molecular clusters. Further, bilayers of the model systems, namely, coronene-coronene, coronene-coroepoxide, and two configurations of coroepoxide-coroepoxide (one in which the oxygen atoms are facing each other and the other in which they do not face each other) are generated. The energetics for the nanoscale confinement or intercalation of the clusters within the bilayers along with the impact of the intercalation on the intermolecular hydrogen-bonding interactions are investigated. Our coronene-based model systems can provide a simple way of describing the rather complex events that occur in representative regions of graphene-based heterogeneous substrates.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structures and properties of the bis-(trimetaphosphimato)-metallates Na 4{Co[(PO 2NH) 3] 2}·12H 2O and Na 4{Ni[(PO 2NH) 3] 2}·12H 2O

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    Correll, Sascha; Stock, Norbert; Schnick, Wolfgang

    2004-09-01

    Tetrasodium- bis-(trimetaphosphimato)-cobaltate(II) dodecahydrate, Na 4{Co[(PO 2NH) 3] 2}·12H 2O ( 1), and tetrasodium- bis-(trimetaphosphimato)-nickelate(II) dodecahydrate, Na 4{Ni[(PO 2NH) 3] 2}·12H 2O ( 2), were obtained by the stoichiometric reaction of an aqueous solution of Na 3(PO 2NH) 3·4H 2O with the respective metal nitrate or halide. The structures of 1 and 2 were found to be isomorphous and were solved by single-crystal X-ray methods ( 1a: C2/ c, a=888.9(1) pm, b=1901.8(2) pm, c=1711.2(2) pm, β=104.59(1)°, Z=4; 2a: C2/ c, a=894.4(1) pm, b=1890.6(1) pm, c=1723.6(1) pm, β=104.49(1)°, Z=4). At low temperature a reversible phase transition occurs and the symmetry of the structure changes from C2/ c to P2 1/ n ( 1b: P2 1/ n, a=887.1(2) pm, b=1900.1(4) pm, c=1707.2(3) pm, β=104.59(2)°, Z=4; 2b: P2 1/ n, a=890.3(1) pm, b=1890.2(2) pm, c=1713.3(2) pm, β=104.62(1)°, Z=4). The phase transition is caused by a structural ordering of Na + and H 2O at low temperature. The P 3N 3 rings of the trimetaphosphimate ions exhibit a chair conformation. The trimetaphosphimate ions act as tridentate ligands. Thus, anionic complexes {M[(PO 2NH) 3] 2} 4- (M=Co, Ni) are formed. These structural elements are interconnected in the crystal by NH⋯O and OH⋯O hydrogen bonds and by coordination to Na + forming a three-dimensional network. Upon heating, 1 and 2 loose their crystal water around 100 °C and above 400 °C new crystalline phases are formed, which have not been identified so far.

  10. Low-temperature high-resolution absorption spectrum of 14NH3 in the ν1+ν3 band region (1.51 μm)

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    Földes, T.; Golebiowski, D.; Herman, M.; Softley, T. P.; Di Lonardo, G.; Fusina, L.

    2014-09-01

    Jet-cooled spectra of 14NH3 and 15NH3 in natural abundance were recorded using cavity ring-down (CRDS, 6584-6670 cm-1) and cavity enhanced absorption (CEAS, 6530-6700 cm-1) spectroscopy. Line broadening effects in the CRDS spectrum allowed lines with J″-values between 0 and 3 to be identified. Intensity ratios in 14NH3 between the jet-cooled CRDS and literature room-temperature data from Sung et al. (J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 113 (2012), 1066) further assisted the line assignments. Ground state combination differences were extensively used to support the assignments, providing reliable values for J, K and inversion symmetry of the ground state vibrational levels. CEAS data helped in this respect for the lowest J lines, some of which are saturated in the CRDS spectrum. Further information on a/s doublets arose from the observed spectral structures. Thirty-two transitions of 14NH3 were assigned in this way and a limited but significant number (19) of changes in the assignments results, compared to Sung et al. or to Cacciani et al. (J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 113 (2012), 1084). Sixteen known and 25 new low-J transitions were identified for 15NH3 in the CRDS spectrum but the much scarcer literature information did not allow for any more refined assignment. The present line position measurements improve on literature values published for 15NH3 and on some line positions for 14NH3.

  11. Lattice potential energy and standard molar enthalpy in the formation of 1—dodecylamine hydrobromide (1-C12H25NH3·Br)(s)

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    Liu, Yu-Pu; Di, You-Ying; Dan, Wen-Yan; He, Dong-Hua; Kong, Yu-Xia; Yang, Wei-Wei

    2011-02-01

    This paper reports that 1-dodecylamine hydrobromide (1-C12H25NH3·Br)(s) has been synthesized using the liquid phase reaction method. The lattice potential energy of the compound 1-C12H25NH3·Br and the ionic volume and radius of the 1-C12H25NH3+ cation are obtained from the crystallographic data and other auxiliary thermodynamic data. The constant-volume energy of combustion of 1-C12H25NH3·Br(s) is measured to be ΔcUmo(1-C12H25NH3·Br, s) = -(7369.03±3.28) kJ·mol-1 by means of an RBC-II precision rotating-bomb combustion calorimeter at T = (298.15±0.001) K. The standard molar enthalpy of combustion of the compound is derived to be ΔcHmo(1-C12H25NH3·Br, s) = -(7384.52±3.28) kJ·mol-1 from the constant-volume energy of combustion. The standard molar enthalpy of formation of the compound is calculated to be ΔfHmo(1-C12H25NH3·Br, s)=-(1317.86±3.67) kJ·mol-1 from the standard molar enthalpy of combustion of the title compound and other auxiliary thermodynamic quantities through a thermochemical cycle.

  12. CH3NH3PbI3 grain growth and interfacial properties in meso-structured perovskite solar cells fabricated by two-step deposition.

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    Yao, Zhibo; Wang, Wenli; Shen, Heping; Zhang, Ye; Luo, Qiang; Yin, Xuewen; Dai, Xuezeng; Li, Jianbao; Lin, Hong

    2017-01-01

    Although the two-step deposition (TSD) method is widely adopted for the high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs), the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite crystal growth mechanism during the TSD process and the photo-generated charge recombination dynamics in the mesoporous-TiO2 (mp-TiO2)/CH3NH3PbI3/hole transporting material (HTM) system remains unexploited. Herein, we modified the concentration of PbI2 (C(PbI2)) solution to control the perovskite crystal properties, and observed an abnormal CH3NH3PbI3 grain growth phenomenon atop mesoporous TiO2 film. To illustrate this abnormal grain growth mechanism, we propose that a grain ripening process is taking place during the transformation from PbI2 to CH3NH3PbI3, and discuss the PbI2 nuclei morphology, perovskite grain growing stage, as well as Pb:I atomic ratio difference among CH3NH3PbI3 grains with different morphology. These C(PbI2)-dependent perovskite morphologies resulted in varied charge carrier transfer properties throughout the mp-TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3/HTM hybrid, as illustrated by photoluminescence measurement. Furthermore, the effect of CH3NH3PbI3 morphology on light absorption and interfacial properties is investigated and correlated with the photovoltaic performance of PSCs.

  13. CH3NH3PbI3 grain growth and interfacial properties in meso-structured perovskite solar cells fabricated by two-step deposition

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    Yao, Zhibo; Wang, Wenli; Shen, Heping; Zhang, Ye; Luo, Qiang; Yin, Xuewen; Dai, Xuezeng; Li, Jianbao; Lin, Hong

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Although the two-step deposition (TSD) method is widely adopted for the high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs), the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite crystal growth mechanism during the TSD process and the photo-generated charge recombination dynamics in the mesoporous-TiO2 (mp-TiO2)/CH3NH3PbI3/hole transporting material (HTM) system remains unexploited. Herein, we modified the concentration of PbI2 (C (PbI2)) solution to control the perovskite crystal properties, and observed an abnormal CH3NH3PbI3 grain growth phenomenon atop mesoporous TiO2 film. To illustrate this abnormal grain growth mechanism, we propose that a grain ripening process is taking place during the transformation from PbI2 to CH3NH3PbI3, and discuss the PbI2 nuclei morphology, perovskite grain growing stage, as well as Pb:I atomic ratio difference among CH3NH3PbI3 grains with different morphology. These C (PbI2)-dependent perovskite morphologies resulted in varied charge carrier transfer properties throughout the mp-TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3/HTM hybrid, as illustrated by photoluminescence measurement. Furthermore, the effect of CH3NH3PbI3 morphology on light absorption and interfacial properties is investigated and correlated with the photovoltaic performance of PSCs. PMID:28458747

  14. High efficiency CH3NH3PbI3:CdS perovskite solar cells with CuInS2 as the hole transporting layer

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    Chen, Chong; Zhai, Yong; Li, Fumin; Tan, Furui; Yue, Gentian; Zhang, Weifeng; Wang, Mingtai

    2017-02-01

    The CH3NH3PbI3:CdS composite films are prepared by a newly developed precursor blending solution method, which are further used to fabricate CH3NH3PbI3:CdS perovskite solar cells. Our experimental results demonstrate that the introduced CdS effectively improves the light absorption property of the ITO/CuInS2/Al2O3/CH3NH3PbI3:CdS film stack and decreases the charge recombination in the prepared solar cells due to the formation of CH3NH3PbI3/CdS bulk heterojunction. Furthermore, the formed CdS/CuInS2 heterojunction also contributes to the enhanced efficiency. As a consequence, the CH3NH3PbI3/CdS bulk heterojunction perovskite solar cells exhibit a maximum power conversion efficiency of (16.5 ± 0.2)%, which is 1.35 times the best efficiency of 12.2% of previously reported CdS/CH3NH3PbI3 bilayer solar cell. In addition, this efficiency is a 59% improvement compared with the efficiency of (10.4 ± 0.2)% for the ITO/CuInS2/Al2O3/CH3NH3PbI3/PC60BM/Ag cell without CdS.

  15. Atomistic Origins of Surface Defects in CH3NH3PbBr3 Perovskite and Their Electronic Structures.

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    Liu, Yunxia; Palotas, Krisztian; Yuan, Xiao; Hou, Tingjun; Lin, Haiping; Li, Youyong; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2017-02-28

    The inherent instability of CH3NH3PbX3 remains a major technical barrier for the industrial applications of perovskite materials. Recently, the most stable surface structures of CH3NH3PbX3 have been successfully characterized by using density functional theory (DFT) calculations together with the high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) results. The two coexisting phases of the perovskite surfaces have been ascribed to the alternate orientation of the methylammonium (MA) cations. Notably, similar surface defect images (a dark depression at the sites of X atoms) have been observed on surfaces produced with various experimental methods. As such, these defects are expected to be intrinsic to the perovskite crystals and may play an important role in the structural decomposition of perovskite materials. Understanding the nature of such defects should provide some useful information toward understanding the instability of perovskite materials. Thus, we investigate the chemical identity of the surface defects systematically with first-principles density functional theory calculations and STM simulations. The calculated STM images of the Br and Br-MA vacancies are both in good agreement with the experimental measurements. In vacuum conditions, the formation energy of Br-MA is 0.43 eV less than the Br vacancy. In the presence of solvation effects, however, the formation energy of a Br vacancy becomes 0.42 eV lower than the Br-MA vacancy. In addition, at the vacancy sites, the adsorption energies of water, oxygen, and acetonitrile molecules are significantly higher than those on the pristine surfaces. This clearly demonstrated that the structural decomposition of perovskites are much easier to start from these vacancy sites than the pristine surfaces. Combining DFT calculations and STM simulations, this work reveals the chemical identities of the intrinsic defects in the CH3NH3PbX3 perovskite crystals and their effects on the stability of perovskite materials.

  16. Hydrothermal Aging Effects on Fe/SSZ-13 and Fe/Beta NH3–SCR Catalysts

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    Gao, Feng; Szanyi, János; Wang, Yilin; Schwenzer, Birgit; Kollár, Márton; Peden, Charles H. F.

    2016-05-05

    Cu/SSZ-13 has been successfully commercialized as a diesel engine exhaust aftertreatment SCR catalyst in the past few years. This catalyst, however, displays undesirable NH3-SCR selectivity at elevated reaction temperature (≥ 350 C) after hydrothermal aging. Fe/zeolites, despite the fact that most of them degrade beyond tolerance after hydrothermal aging at temperatures ≥ 650 C, typically maintain good SCR selectivities. In recent years, Fe/beta has been identified as one of the more robust Fe/zeolites for use in NH3-SCR, where activity maintains even after hydrothermal aging at 750 C. Very recently, we, for the first time, synthesized and tested NH3-SCR performance for fresh and hydrothermally aged Fe/SSZ-13 catalysts. This study demonstrated that Fe/SSZ-13 is also a promising robust SCR catalyst, especially for high-temperature applications. In the present study, we compare catalytic performance between Fe/SSZ-13 and Fe/beta with similar Fe loadings and Si/Al ratios. Special attention is paid to effects from hydrothermal aging, aiming to understanding similarities and differences between these two catalysts. The authors gratefully acknowledge the US Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Program for the support of this work. The research described in this paper was performed at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL is operated for the US DOE by Battelle.

  17. The H2O Southern Galactic Plane Survey: NH3 (1,1) and (2,2) catalogues

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    Purcell, C. R.; Longmore, S. N.; Walsh, A. J.; Whiting, M. T.; Breen, S. L.; Britton, T.; Brooks, K. J.; Burton, M. G.; Cunningham, M. R.; Green, J. A.; Harvey-Smith, L.; Hindson, L.; Hoare, M. G.; Indermuehle, B.; Jones, P. A.; Lo, N.; Lowe, V.; Phillips, C. J.; Thompson, M. A.; Urquhart, J. S.; Voronkov, M. A.; White, G. L.

    2012-11-01

    The H2O Southern Galactic Plane Survey (HOPS) has mapped a 100° strip of the Galactic plane (-70° > l > 30°, |b| < 0°.5) using the 22 m Mopra antenna at 12 mm wavelengths. Observations were conducted in on-the-fly mode using the Mopra spectrometer (MOPS), targeting water masers, thermal molecular emission and radio-recombination lines. Foremost among the thermal lines are the 23 GHz transitions of NH3 J,K = (1,1) and (2,2), which trace the densest parts of molecular clouds (n > 104 cm-3). In this paper, we present the NH3 (1,1) and (2,2) data, which have a resolution of 2 arcmin and cover a velocity range of ±200 km s-1. The median sensitivity of the NH3 data cubes is σT mb =0.20±0.06 K. For the (1,1) transition, this sensitivity equates to a 3.2 kpc distance limit for detecting a 20 K, 400 M⊙ cloud at the 5σ level. Similar clouds of mass 5000 M⊙ would be detected as far as the Galactic Centre, while 30 000 M⊙ clouds would be seen across the Galaxy. We have developed an automatic emission finding procedure based on the Australian Telescope National Facility (ATNF) DUCHAMP software and have used it to create a new catalogue of 669 dense molecular clouds. The catalogue is 100 per cent complete at the 5σ detection limit (Tmb = 1.0 K). A preliminary analysis of the ensemble cloud properties suggests that the near-kinematic distances are favoured. The cloud positions are consistent with current models of the Galaxy containing a long bar. Combined with other Galactic plane surveys this new molecular-line data set constitutes a key tool for examining Galactic structure and evolution. Data cubes, spectra and catalogues are available to the community via the HOPS website.

  18. Material and optical properties of low-temperature NH3-free PECVD SiN x layers for photonic applications

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    Domínguez Bucio, Thalía; Khokhar, Ali Z.; Lacava, Cosimo; Stankovic, Stevan; Mashanovich, Goran Z.; Petropoulos, Periklis; Gardes, Frederic Y.

    2017-01-01

    SiN x layers intended for photonic applications are typically fabricated using LPCVD and PECVD. These techniques rely on high-temperature processing (>400 °C) to obtain low propagation losses. An alternative version of PECVD SiN x layers deposited at temperatures below 400 °C with a recipe that does not use ammonia (NH3-free PECVD) was previously demonstrated to be a good option to fabricate strip waveguides with propagation losses   <3 dB cm-1. We have conducted a systematic investigation of the influence of the deposition parameters on the material and optical properties of NH3-free PECVD SiN x layers fabricated at 350 °C using a design of experiments methodology. In particular, this paper discusses the effect of the SiH4 flow, RF power, chamber pressure and substrate on the structure, uniformity, roughness, deposition rate, refractive index, chemical composition, bond structure and H content of NH3-free PECVD SiN x layers. The results show that the properties and the propagation losses of the studied SiN x layers depend entirely on their compositional N/Si ratio, which is in fact the only parameter that can be directly tuned using the deposition parameters along with the film uniformity and deposition rate. These observations provide the means to optimise the propagation losses of the layers for photonic applications through the deposition parameters. In fact, we have been able to fabricate SiN x waveguides with H content  <20%, good uniformity and propagation losses of 1.5 dB cm-1 at 1550 nm and   <1 dB cm-1 at 1310 nm. As a result, this study can potentially help optimise the properties of the studied SiN x layers for different applications.

  19. Mobile Column Measurements of HCHO, NO2, NH3, and C2H6 in Colorado during FRAPPE

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    Kille, N.; Volkamer, R. M.; Baidar, S.; Ortega, I.; Sinreich, R.; Hannigan, J. W.; Cooper, O. R.; Nussbaumer, E.; Pfister, G.

    2015-12-01

    Gases from anthropogenic sources have the potential to have a profound impact on air quality. Emissions from large cattle feedlots and ONG (Oil and Natural Gas) sites are comprised of NH3 (ammonia) and C2H6 (ethane) as pollutants. C2H6 contributes to photochemical ozone (O3) production and oxidation production of HCHO (formaldehyde). NH3 is a major source for reactive nitrogen to form particulate matter 2.5, which negatively affects human health. NO2 (nitrogen dioxide), emitted during combustion, is considered a large-scale pollutant and contributes to the formation of O3. Deploying an innovative suite of remote sensing instruments in a mobile laboratory, a Multi Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectrometer (MAX-DOAS), a UV-Vis Spectrometer, and a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, we obtain mobile column measurements at high spatial and temporal resolution, 2 seconds for the UV-Vis and IR spectrometers and 20 seconds for the MAX-DOAS. Within the scope of the Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPE) we measure total columns of HCHO, NO2, NH3, and C2H6 using the University of Colorado mobile laboratory. Emissions of urban areas, agriculture, and ONG sites were studied. For the measurement of total columns the solar occultation flux method has been applied. We measured significant variability in the columns. The measurement of total columns allows one to determine the emission flux and source strength when driving a closed box around or upwind and downwind of a source with the mobile laboratory. We present results from select research drives.

  20. Role of vibrational and translational energy in the OH + NH3 reaction: a quasi-classical trajectory study.

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    Monge-Palacios, M; Espinosa-Garcia, J

    2013-06-20

    Issues such as mode selectivity and Polanyi rules are connected to the effects of vibrational and translational energy in dynamics studies. Using the heavy-light-heavy OH(ν) + NH3(ν) gas-phase reaction, these effects were analyzed by performing quasi-classical trajectory calculations, at low and high collision energies (3.0 and 10.0 kcal mol(-1)), based on an analytical potential energy surface developed by our group. While the independent vibrational excitation of the NH3(ν) modes increases the reactivity by a factor of ∼1.1-2.8 with respect to the vibrational ground-state at both collision energies, OH(ν) stretching acts as a spectator mode. With respect to mode selectivity, we find a different behavior for both reactants. Thus, while the OH(ν) vibrational excitation is maintained in the products, indicating a certain degree of mode selectivity, the vibrational excitation of the NH3(ν) modes is not retained in the products; furthermore, the independent excitation of the N-H asymmetric and symmetric stretch modes leads to similar reaction probabilities, indicating negligible mode selectivity. For this early transition state reaction, translational energy is more effective in driving the reaction than an equivalent amount of energy in vibration, thus extending the validity of Polanyi rules to this polyatomic system. Finally, these results were interpreted on the basis of the existence of little or negligible intramolecular vibrational redistribution in the reactants before collision, while the nonconservation of the zero-point energy has a strong influence.

  1. Thermochemistry of Lewis adducts of BH3 and nucleophilic substitution of triethylamine on NH3BH3 in tetrahydrofuran.

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    Potter, Robert G; Camaioni, Donald M; Vasiliu, Monica; Dixon, David A

    2010-11-15

    The thermochemistry of the formation of Lewis base adducts of BH(3) in tetrahydrofuran (THF) solution and the gas phase and the kinetics of substitution on ammonia borane by triethylamine are reported. The dative bond energy of Lewis adducts were predicted using density functional theory at the B3LYP/DZVP2 and B3LYP/6-311+G** levels and correlated ab initio molecular orbital theories, including MP2, G3(MP2), and G3(MP2)B3LYP, and compared with available experimental data and accurate CCSD(T)/CBS theory results. The analysis showed that the G3 methods using either the MP2 or the B3LYP geometries reproduce the benchmark results usually to within ~1 kcal/mol. Energies calculated at the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level for geometries optimized at the B3LYP/DZVP2 or B3LYP/6-311+G** levels give dative bond energies 2-4 kcal/mol larger than benchmark values. The enthalpies for forming adducts in THF were determined by calorimetry and compared with the calculated energies for the gas phase reaction: THFBH(3) + L → LBH(3) + THF. The formation of NH(3)BH(3) in THF was observed to yield significantly more heat than gas phase dative bond energies predict, consistent with strong solvation of NH(3)BH(3). Substitution of NEt(3) on NH(3)BH(3) is an equilibrium process in THF solution (K ≈ 0.2 at 25 °C). The reaction obeys a reversible bimolecular kinetic rate law with the Arrhenius parameters: log A = 14.7 ± 1.1 and E(a) = 28.1 ± 1.5 kcal/mol. Simulation of the mechanism using the SM8 continuum solvation model shows the reaction most likely proceeds primarily by a classical S(N)2 mechanism.

  2. Interfacial electronic structures revealed at the rubrene/CH3NH3PbI3 interface.

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    Ji, Gengwu; Zheng, Guanhaojie; Zhao, Bin; Song, Fei; Zhang, Xiaonan; Shen, Kongchao; Yang, Yingguo; Xiong, Yimin; Gao, Xingyu; Cao, Liang; Qi, Dong-Chen

    2017-03-01

    The electronic structures of rubrene films deposited on CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite have been investigated using in situ ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was found that rubrene molecules interacted weakly with the perovskite substrate. Due to charge redistribution at their interface, a downward 'band bending'-like energy shift of ∼0.3 eV and an upward band bending of ∼0.1 eV were identified at the upper rubrene side and the CH3NH3PbI3 substrate side, respectively. After the energy level alignment was established at the rubrene/CH3NH3PbI3 interface, its highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-valence band maximum (VBM) offset was found to be as low as ∼0.1 eV favoring the hole extraction with its lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO)-conduction band minimum (CBM) offset as large as ∼1.4 eV effectively blocking the undesired electron transfer from perovskite to rubrene. As a demonstration, simple inverted planar solar cell devices incorporating rubrene and rubrene/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) hole transport layers (HTLs) were fabricated in this work and yielded a champion power conversion efficiency of 8.76% and 13.52%, respectively. Thus, the present work suggests that a rubrene thin film could serve as a promising hole transport layer for efficient perovskite-based solar cells.

  3. Modeling impacts of NH3 on uptake of H2SO4 by charged nucleating nanoparticles in the Earth's atmosphere

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    Nadykto, A. B.; Nazarenko, K. M.; Markov, P. N.; Yu, F.

    2016-06-01

    The understanding of the role of ammonia, a well-known stabilizer of binary sulfuric acid-water clusters, in the gas-to-nanoparticle conversion in the Earth atmosphere is critically important for the assessment of aerosol radiative forcing associated with the climate changes. The sulfuric acid H2SO4 is present in the atmosphere in the form of the gas-phase hydrates (H2SO4)(H2O)n, whose interaction with NH3 leads to the formation of more stable bisulfate clusters (NH3)(H2SO4)(H2O)n. Although the impact of NH3 on the thermochemical stability of binary clusters nucleating homogeneously has been studied in some detail in the past, the effect of ammonia on other microphysical properties relevant to nucleation remains insufficiently well understood. In the present study, the effect of ammonia on the electrical dipole moment controlling the nucleation of airborne ions via the dipole-charge interaction has been investigated using the Density Functional Theory (DFT), ab initio MP2 and model chemistry G3 methods. The presence of ammonia in (H2SO4)(H2O)n is found to lead to very large enhancement in the dipole moment, which exceeds 2.0-2.5 Debyes (˜60-80%), 3.7-5.0 Debyes (˜90-180%), 1.4-4.5 Debyes (˜50-150%) and 2.1-5.5 Debyes (˜60-700%) for n = 0, n = 1, n = 2 and n = 3, respectively. The implications of this include the significantly increased uptake of the sulfuric acid, the key atmospheric nucleation precursor, by airborne ions and neutrals (due to dipole-dipole interaction), enhanced nucleation rates and the elevated production of ultrafine particles, which cause adverse health impacts.

  4. The atomic size effect on hybrid inorganic-organic perovskite CH3NH3BI3 (B = Pb, Sn) from first-principles study

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    Chen, Qing-Yuan; Liu, Ming-Yang; Huang, Yang; Cao, Chao; He, Yao

    2017-04-01

    The inorganic-organic perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 is a hot research material owing to its outstanding performances as one light absorbing layer of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. In this study, we focused on the atomic size effect on CH3NH3BI3 (B = Sn, Pb), provided the best atomic size with which CH3NH3BI3 absorbs widest range of different wavelengths of light, by first-principles calculation. We found that the halogen I-p states are mainly composed of the valence band maximum (VBM) of CH3NH3BI3, and the cation B-p states are primarily composed of the conduction band minimum (CBM). Besides, the bandgap of CH3NH3BI3 decreases and absorptive capacities of different wavelengths of light expand when we reduced the size of the atom and changed B atom from Pb to Sn during the change of suitable range. From all of the above, it is discovered that when the atomic size is 20% less than the normal size, CH3NH3PbI3 has the best optical properties, and its light-absorption range is the widest among all sizes of CH3NH3BI3 compounds. All these results reveal that the stress and strain on CH3NH3BI3 change the atomic size which leads to alteration of bandgap and optical properties in high-efficiency solar cells among all CH3NH3BI3 compounds, namely we can enhance the efficiency of the inorganic-organic perovskite solar cells by setting up suitable pressure on the material in future.

  5. Polymeric cobalt(ii) thiolato complexes - syntheses, structures and properties of [Co(SMes)2] and [Co(SPh)2NH3].

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    Eichhöfer, Andreas; Buth, Gernot

    2016-11-01

    Reactions of [Co(N(SiMe3)2)2thf] with 2.1 equiv. of MesSH (Mes = C6H2-2,4,6-(CH3)3) yield dark brown crystals of the one dimensional chain compound [Co(SMes)2]. In contrast reactions of [Co(N(SiMe3)2)2thf] with 2.1 equiv. of PhSH result in the formation of a dark brown almost X-ray amorphous powder of 'Co(SPh)2'. Addition of aliquots of CH3OH to the latter reaction resulted in the almost quantitative formation of crystalline ammonia thiolato complexes either [Co(SPh)2(NH3)2] or [Co(SPh)2NH3]. Single crystal XRD reveals that [Co(SPh)2NH3] forms one-dimensional chains in the crystal via μ2-SPh bridges whereas [Co(SPh)2(NH3)2] consists at a first glance of isolated distorted tetrahedral units. Magnetic measurements suggest strong antiferromagnetic coupling for the two chain compounds [Co(SMes)2] (J = -38.6 cm(-1)) and [Co(SPh)2NH3] (J = -27.1 cm(-1)). Interestingly, also the temperature dependence of the susceptibility of tetrahedral [Co(SPh)2(NH3)2] shows an antiferromagnetic transition at around 6 K. UV-Vis-NIR spectra display d-d bands in the NIR region between 500 and 2250 nm. Thermal gravimetric analysis of [Co(SPh)2(NH3)2] and [Co(SPh)2NH</