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  1. Positron states and annihilation characteristics of surface-trapped positrons at the oxidized Cu(110) surface

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    Fazleev, N. G.; Olenga, Antoine; Weiss, A. H.

    2013-03-01

    The process by which oxide layers are formed on metal surfaces is still not well understood. In this work we present the results of theoretical studies of positron states and annihilation characteristics of surface-trapped positrons at the oxidized Cu(110) surface. An ab-initio investigation of stability and associated electronic properties of different adsorption phases of oxygen on Cu(110) has been performed on the basis of density functional theory and using DMOl3 code. The changes in the positron work function and the surface dipole moment when oxygen atoms occupy on-surface and sub-surface sites have been attributed to charge redistribution within the first two layers, buckling effects within each layer and interlayer expansion. The computed positron binding energy, positron surface state wave function, and annihilation probabilities of surface trapped positrons with relevant core electrons demonstrate their sensitivity to oxygen coverage, elemental content, atomic structure of the topmost layers of surfaces, and charge transfer effects. Theoretical results are compared with experimental data obtained from studies of oxidized transition metal surfaces using positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation Grant DMR-0907679.

  2. Anisotropic electric surface resistance of Cu(110)

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    Otto, A.; Lilie, P.; Dumas, P.; Hirschmugl, C.; Pilling, M.; Williams, Gwyn P.

    2007-08-01

    The electric surface resistance is measured without contacts by grazing incidence of p-polarized infrared (IR) radiation for the adsorbates CO and C{sub 2}H{sub 4}, which settle on top of the close packed atomic ridges of Cu(110) in the <1, -1, 0> direction. Surface resistance has only been observed for the IR electric currents in this direction. This can be explained by the assumption that IR induced currents in the <001> direction can only flow in the second and deeper layers of Cu(110). Therefore, in this direction, there is no friction with the adsorbates and hence no surface resistance.

  3. Optical signatures of thiolate/Cu(110) and S/Cu(110) surface structures

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    Martin, D. S.; Lane, P. D.; Isted, G. E.; Cole, R. J.; Blanchard, N. P.

    2010-08-01

    The optical properties of thiolate/Cu(110) and S/Cu(110) surfaces created by the adsorption of methanethiol and L-cysteine are investigated using reflection anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS). We find that characteristic optical signatures are obtained from these systems. The experimental RAS profiles are simulated using a four-phase model consisting of vacuum, anisotropic overlayer, anisotropic surface, and isotropic substrate. The results of the simulations suggest that a broad optical transition at 3.8 eV is associated with the thiolate/Cu(110) interface, consistent with recent first-principles calculations [S. D’Agostino , Phys. Rev. B 75, 195444 (2007)10.1103/PhysRevB.75.195444].

  4. Oxalic acid adsorption states on the clean Cu(110) surface

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    Fortuna, Sara

    2016-11-01

    Carboxylic acids are known to assume a variety of configurations on metallic surfaces. In particular oxalic acid on the Cu(110) surface has been proposed to assume a number of upright configurations. Here we explore with DFT calculations the possible structures that oxalic acid can form on copper 110 at different protonation states, with particular attention at the possibility of forming structures composed of vertically standing molecules. In its fully protonated form it is capable of anchoring itself on the surface thanks to one of its hydrogen-free oxygens. We show the monodeprotonated upright molecule with two oxygens anchoring it on the surface to be the lowest energy conformation of a single oxalic molecules on the Cu(110) surface. We further show that it is possible for this configuration to form dense hexagonally arranged patterns in the unlikely scenario in which adatoms are not involved.

  5. A Window on Surface Explosions: Tartaric Acid on Cu(110)

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    Mhatre, B S; Pushkarev, V; Holsclaw, B; Lawton, T J; Sykes, E C. H.; Gellman, A J

    2013-04-18

    Autocatalytic reaction mechanisms are observed in a range of important chemical processes including catalysis, radical-mediated explosions, and biosynthesis. Because of their complexity, the microscopic details of autocatalytic reaction mechanisms have been difficult to study on surfaces and heterogeneous catalysts. Autocatalytic decomposition reactions of S,S- and R,R-tartaric acid (TA) adsorbed on Cu(110) offer molecular-level insight into aspects of these processes, which until now, were largely a matter of speculation. The decomposition of TA/Cu(110) is initiated by a slow, irreversible process that forms vacancies in the adsorbed TA layer, followed by a vacancy-mediated, explosive decomposition process that yields CO{sub 2} and small hydrocarbon products. Initiation of the explosive decomposition of TA/Cu(110) has been studied by measurement of the reaction kinetics, time-resolved low energy electron diffraction (LEED), and time-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Initiation results in a decrease in the local coverage of TA and a concomitant increase in the areal vacancy concentration. Observations of explosive TA decomposition on the Cu(651)S surface suggest that initiation does not occur at structural defects in the surface, as has been suggested in the past. Once the vacancy concentration reaches a critical value, the explosive, autocatalytic decomposition step dominates the TA decomposition rate. The onset of the explosive decomposition of TA on Cu(110) is accompanied by the extraction of Cu atoms from the surface to form a (±6,7; {-+}2,1) overlayer that is readily observable using LEED and STM. The explosive decomposition step is second-order in vacancy concentration and accelerates with increasing extent of reaction.

  6. Surface morphology after low coverage Pt deposition on Cu(110)

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    Hugenschmidt, Markus B.; de Beauvais, Christophe

    1994-04-01

    The morphology of a Cu(110) surface after low coverage Pt atom deposition from the vapour phase is studied with thermal energy atom scattering (TEAS) in the temperature range of 200-800 K. Both cross section measurements and diffraction analysis reveal different structures. At low temperatures, isolated defects containing a metal adatom are observed. Between 350 and 650 K, experimental results suggest that these aggregates are dissociated, leaving behind them an almost flat surface patch with an incorporated Pt atom. Above 650 K, bulk dissolution of Pt occurs.

  7. First principles study of properties of the oxidized Cu(100) and Cu(110)

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    Olenga, Antoine

    Copper based catalysts are of importance to a number of industrial processes including the synthesis of methanol, the reduction and decomposition of nitrogen oxides, and treatment of waste water. In copper catalysis surface oxidation and oxidic overlayers are believed to play a crucial role. In this work using density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) we have studied the stability and associated electronic properties of the oxidized Cu(100) and Cu(110) surfaces. Especially, we have focused on studies of changes in the interlayer spacing, electron work function, binding energy, and density of states with oxygen coverage. We have examined the cases of various oxygen coverages of the non-reconstructed, missing row reconstructed Cu(100), and added row reconstructed Cu (110) surfaces. The first-principles calculations in this work have been performed using DMOl3 code. The obtained theoretical results have been compared with available experimental data.

  8. Growth of thin Fe/Fe2O3 films on the Cu(110) surface

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    Pflitsch, Christian; David, Rudolf; Verheij, Laurens K.; Franchy, René

    2001-08-01

    The growth of Fe/Fe-oxide double-layers on Cu(110) was studied with thermal energy atom scattering (TEAS), Auger electron spectroscopy, and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED). An iron film with a thickness of about 0.6 nm was evaporated at low temperature (130 K) on a smooth, well-ordered thin film of Fe2O3 prepared on Cu(110). This Fe film is disordered. Ordering of the film was observed at temperatures between 400 and 600 K. At 530 K, a structure corresponding to that of a well-ordered α-Fe(001) surface was observed with TEAS and LEED. Clear evidence was found for a mixing of the Fe and Fe2O3 layers at the interface, already beginning at the deposition temperature of 130 K. With increasing temperature, the mixing of the Fe and Fe2O3 layers became gradually more effective until, at around 600 K, it was essentially completed. Upon annealing the sample to 1000 K the structure of the film changes and a very thin (less than 2 ML) FeO film on top of the Cu(110) surface is obtained.

  9. Hydrogen-induced atomic structure evolution of the oxygen-chemisorbed Cu(110) surface

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    Shan, Weitao; Liu, Qianqian; Li, Jonathan; Cai, Na; Saidi, Wissam A.; Zhou, Guangwen

    2016-12-01

    Using a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) modeling, we determine the mechanism of the atomic structural evolution of the oxygenated Cu(110) surface induced by the reaction of adsorbed hydrogen with chemisorbed oxygen in the Cu(110)-c(6 × 2)-O structure. Our STM observations show that the reconstructed Cu(110)-c(6 × 2)-O surface undergoes a phase transition to the (2 × 1)-O reconstruction in the course of oxygen loss induced by the reaction with H2 gas. Using DFT modeling, we find that the surface phase transition is initiated via the adsorption of molecular hydrogen on the chemisorbed oxygen, which results in the formation of H2O molecules that desorb spontaneously from the surface. The loss of chemisorbed oxygen induces the c(6 × 2) → (2 × 1) transition that involves the diffusion of Cu―O―Cu chains along the ⟨1 ¯ 10 ⟩ direction.

  10. Total oxidation of methanol on Cu(110): a density functional theory study.

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    Sakong, Sung; Gross, Axel

    2007-09-13

    The partial and total oxidation of methanol on clean and oxygen-precovered Cu(110) has been studied by periodic density functional theory calculations within the generalized gradient approximation. Reaction paths including the geometry and the energetics of several reaction intermediates and the activation barriers between them have been determined, thus creating a complete scheme for methanol oxidation on copper. The calculations demonstrate that the specific structure of oxygen on copper plays an important role in both the partial and the total oxidation of methanol. For lower oxygen concentrations on the surface, the partial oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde is promoted by the presence of oxygen on the surface through the removal of hydrogen in the form of water, which prevents the recombinative desorption of methanol. At larger oxygen concentrations, the presence of isolated oxygen atoms reduces the C-H bond breaking barrier of adsorbed methoxy considerably, thus accelerating the formation of formaldehyde. Furthermore, oxygen also promotes the formation of dioxymethylene from formaldehyde, which then easily decays to formate. Formate is the most stable reaction intermediate in the total oxidation. Thus the formate decomposition represents the rate-limiting step in the total oxidation of methanol on copper.

  11. Surface Chirality of Gly-Pro Dipeptide Adsorbed on a Cu(110) Surface.

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    Cruguel, Hervé; Méthivier, Christophe; Pradier, Claire-Marie; Humblot, Vincent

    2015-07-01

    The adsorption of chiral Gly-Pro dipeptide on Cu(110) has been characterized by combining in situ polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM-RAIRS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The chemical state of the dipeptide, and its anchoring points and adsorption geometry, were determined at various coverage values. Gly-Pro molecules are present on Cu(110) in their anionic form (NH2 /COO(-)) and adsorb under a 3-point binding via both oxygen atoms of the carboxylate group and via the nitrogen atom of the amine group. Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) have shown the presence of an extended 2D chiral array, sustained via intermolecular H-bonds interactions. Furthermore, due to the particular shape of the molecule, only one homochiral domain is formed, creating thus a truly chiral surface.

  12. Molecular and dissociative adsorption of water at a defective Cu(110) surface

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    Lousada, Cláudio M.; Johansson, Adam Johannes; Korzhavyi, Pavel A.

    2017-04-01

    We performed a density functional theory (DFT) investigation of the molecular and dissociative adsorption of water at the perfect Cu(110) and at a defective Cu surface that provides a broad spectrum of adsorption sites in terms of coordination of Cu atoms, with the aim of understanding the role of surface defects in the dissociation of water molecules. The molecular adsorption of water is spontaneous at both surfaces but at the defective surface we found two stable molecular adsorption structures that differ slightly in the disposition of the O-atoms of H2O on the surface plane but differ considerably on the orientation of their H-atoms. Additionally we studied the dissociative adsorption of water accompanied with formation of H2(g). At the defective surface, starting from 1 ML of molecularly adsorbed H2O, the dissociation of 0.22 ML of H2O leading to 0.22 ML of HO, 0.78 ML H2O and H2(g) is exergonic but the dissociation of 0.44 ML or more H2O molecules is endergonic. These findings are discussed in terms of the two main factors that affect the adsorption energies: the existence of exposed adatoms provides an environment that facilitates the interaction with small adsorbates leading to stronger bonds between the surface and such adsorbates; and at the same time, the limited polarizability of the defect sites causes high coverages of adsorbates that drag electron density from the surface to be unfavorable. The overall effect is that at the defective Cu(110) formation of low coverages of HO groups is more favorable than at the perfect Cu(110) while forming coverages higher than 0.44 ML of HO is less favorable than at the perfect Cu(110). These effects have their origin in the extent of the polarization of the Cu-O bonds.

  13. Molecular and dissociative adsorption of water and hydrogen sulfide at perfect and defective Cu(110) surfaces.

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    Lousada, Cláudio M; Johansson, Adam Johannes; Korzhavyi, Pavel A

    2017-03-07

    We performed a density functional theory (DFT) investigation of the molecular and dissociative adsorption of H2O and H2S at perfect and defective Cu(110) surfaces described using supercells with c(6 × 6) periodicity. The defective surface consists of a terrace surrounded by pits. We found considerable differences in adsorption modes and energies for H2O and H2S. At the defective Cu(110) surface, monomers of H2O and H2S preferentially adsorb at the terrace site and molecular adsorption of H2O is significantly more favorable than that of H2S. For dissociative adsorption however, the sulfur species are considerably more stable than the oxygen species. For monolayer (ML) coverages, there are small differences in the molecular adsorption energies for H2O and H2S. However, for the formation of 1 ML of HO and 1 ML of HS from 1 ML of H2O and 1 ML of H2S, respectively, with the release of H2(g), the differences are very large. The formation of 1 ML HO at the perfect Cu(110) surface is endoergic, while at the defective Cu(110) surface it is exoergic by -0.6 eV. For high coverages, H2S forms stacked half-monolayers that interact with each other via a complex hydrogen bond network with a strength per H2S molecule of -0.140 eV per H2S and -0.120 eV per H2S for H2S located in the underlayer and overlayer, respectively. The large distances between hydrogen bonded H2S molecules explain the preference for the formation of the two stacked half-monolayers of H2S instead of a single monolayer as it happens with H2O. Additionally, the formation of 1 ML of HS does not occur because of the spontaneous splitting of some H-S bonds resulting in surface bound HS and S and H2S molecules. Extensive surface reconstruction and relaxation accompanies adsorption of the sulfur adsorbates. Such reconstructions with outwards pull of Cu atoms can be at the origin of the weak adhesion of sulfide films that explains the release of CuS particles from copper sulfide films at copper surfaces. Overall, the

  14. Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy of Glycyl-Glycine Adsorbed on Cu(110) Surface

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    Feyer, V.; Plekan, O.; Lyamayev, V.; Skala, T.; Prince, K. C.; Chab, V.; Tsud, N.; Matolin, V.; Carravetta, V.

    2010-06-01

    Studies of the interaction between organic compounds and surfaces are motivated by their application as bio sensors, and their relevance to biocompatibility of implants and the origin of life. In the present work interaction of the simplest peptide, glycyl-glycine, with the Cu surface has been studied. Multilayer, monolayer and sub-monolayer films of this dipeptide on the clean and oxygen modified Cu(110) surface were prepared by thermal evaporation in high vacuum. The techniques used were soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. By comparing the experimental and theoretical spectra, detailed models of the electronic structure and adsorption geometry for each coverage have been proposed, which are in good agreement with the theoretical calculations. The carboxylic acid group of glycyl-glycine loses hydrogen and the molecule is coordinated via the carboxylate oxygen atoms to the surface. At low coverage the amino group bonds to the surface via a hydrogen atom, while at higher coverage the bonding is via the nitrogen lone pair. The peptide group is not involved in the bonding to the surface.

  15. HRLEED study of the roughening transitions in Cu(110), Ni(110) and Ag(110) surfaces

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    Wang, K.; Montano, P.A. |

    1996-12-01

    The authors present the results of High Resolution Low Energy Electron Diffraction (HRLEED) measurements of the thermal roughening transition on Cu(110), Ag(110) and Ni(110) surfaces. They performed careful spot profile intensity measurements as a function of temperature. They observed a proliferation of steps along the (110) and (001) directions. In addition a strong deviation from a Debye model was observed in the scattered intensity of the Bragg reflections. This deviation from the harmonic approximation occurs well below the roughening transition temperature. The behavior of the three metal surfaces is qualitatively similar except for the transition temperatures. Ni shows the highest transition temperature (1,300 K), Cu is intermediate (1,000 K) and Ag has the lowest temperature (730 K). Analyzing the behavior of the (00) reflection intensity, and the evolution of the line shape as a function of the temperature, they found clear evidence of a roughening transition at the (110) surface. A lineshape analysis of the (00) reflection shows the transition from a Lorentzian lineshape to a power law. They also proved, based on the experimental data and a recent theoretical model, that there is a tremendous increase in step density and a decrease in the average terrace size as the temperature increases. They used STM to corroborate the HRLEED results at room temperature. They found excellent agreement.

  16. Angle-Resolved Spectroscopy of Positronium Emission from a Cu(110) Surface

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    Jones, A. C. L.; Rutbeck-Goldman, H. J.; Hisakado, T. H.; Piñeiro, A. M.; Tom, H. W. K.; Mills, A. P.; Barbiellini, B.; Kuriplach, J.

    2016-11-01

    The affinity APs of positronium (Ps) atoms for a metal is the negative of the maximum kinetic energy with which Ps is emitted into vacuum when thermalized positrons in a metal encounter the surface. When this quantity is measured by ground state Ps time of flight (TOF), the precision is severely limited by the short triplet state lifetime of 142 ns. By quickly converting the emitted Ps atoms into long-lived Rydberg states, we are able to dramatically increase the TOF to allow precision measurements of APs. From our measurements made on a Cu(110) sample at T =128 K , we find APs(128 K )=(-2.476 ±0.01 0stat±0.01 3syst) eV , compared with the result APs(128 K )=(-2.545 ±0.01 0num±0.01 0syst) eV found using highly accurate generalized gradient approximations for both electrons and positrons within density functional theory. Such precision opens up opportunities in the quest for an improved density functional.

  17. H-induced (1 × 2) reconstruction of the Cu(110) surface: structure and deconstruction kinetics

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    Spitzl, Ralf; Niehus, Horst; Poelsema, Bene; Comsa, George

    1990-12-01

    180° -neutral impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy (NICISS) measurements demonstrate that the H-induced (1 × 2) reconstruction of Cu(110) is of the missing row type. Every other close packed <110> row of the first layer is absent. The reconstruction has been observed in the entire exposure range of (300-6000) × 10 -6mbars. No evidence has been found for a reconstruction involving only displacements of atoms in deeper layers. The lifting of the reconstruction in the temperature range of 290 to 315 K can be described by a first-order process with an activation energy of Ea = 0.88 eV.

  18. Size-dependent reactivity of self-organized nanostructured O/Cu(110) surfaces towards H2S

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    Poulain, Clément; Budinská, Zuzana; Wiame, Frédéric; Maurice, Vincent; Marcus, Philippe

    2017-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy was used to study the reactivity of self-organized nanostructured O/Cu(110) surfaces towards H2S. We took advantage of the fast and easy nanostructuring process of the O/Cu(110) system to study in detail the reaction mechanisms on three structures having different width of CuO stripes. Detachment of Cu-O chains from CuO stripes occurred in all cases but the formation of S-c(2 ×2) islands was observed only on wider (>10 nm) CuO stripes. At low exposure, structures were observed at the CuO stripe edge. Linear structures, aligned along the [ 1 1 bar 0 ] direction and showing 2 × periodicity, were also observed on copper stripes. The competition between detachment and c(2 × 2) island growth mechanism depends on the H2S adsorption rate. At higher pressure, it is shown that the sulfidation only proceeds by sulfur islands growth in wider CuO stripes. These results show that self-organized nanostructures on metal surfaces are powerful tools to study reactions at the nanometer scale and the relationship between local structure and reactivity.

  19. Lateral hopping and desorption of a single CO molecule on a Cu(110) surface induced by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ueba, H.; Ootsuka, Y.

    2013-05-01

    Lateral hopping and desorption of a single CO molecule on a Cu(110) surface [Bartels , ScienceSCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.1099770 305, 648 (2004)] induced by femtosecond laser pulses are studied using an indirect heat-transfer model. In addition to a direct heating of the reaction coordinate (RC) mode [frustrated translation (FT) mode for hopping and center-of-mass (CM) mode for desorption] by laser-generated hot electrons in the substrate, we consider an indirect heating of the RC mode through intermode coupling between the frustrated rotation (FR) mode and the RC mode. We calculate the transient behavior of the effective temperature of the FT and the CM modes, and of the normalized reaction yield. The experimental result of a ratio of the hopping yield along and across a row on a Cu(110) surface is nicely calculated. Although no information is available for the attempt frequency in a form of the Arrhenius equation for thermally activated reactions, it is predicted under which condition the desorption rate becomes in the same order of magnitude as the hopping rate, although the barrier height for desorption is much higher than for hopping. The present analysis highlights the role of excitation of the FR mode in reactions of a CO molecule as has been confirmed in the real-time observation [Backus , ScienceSCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.1120693 310, 1790 (2005)].

  20. Chemistry of Cu(acac){sub 2} on Ni(110) and Cu(110) surfaces: Implications for atomic layer deposition processes

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    Ma Qiang; Zaera, Francisco

    2013-01-15

    The thermal chemistry of copper(II)acetylacetonate, Cu(acac){sub 2}, on Ni(110) and Cu(110) single-crystal surfaces was probed under vacuum by using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD). Some data for acetylacetone (Hacac, CH{sub 3}COCH{sub 2}COCH{sub 3}) adsorbed on Ni(110) are also reported as reference. Chemical transformations were identified in several steps covering a temperature range from 150 K to at least 630 K. The desorption of Hacac and a 3-oxobutanal (CH{sub 3}COCH{sub 2}CHO) byproduct was observed first at 150 and 180 K on Ni(110) and at 160 and 185 K on Cu(110), respectively. Partial loss of the acetylacetonate (acac) ligands and a likely change in adsorption geometry are seen next, with the possible production of HCu(acac), which desorbs at 200 and 235 K from the nickel and copper surfaces, respectively. Molecular Cu(acac){sub 2} desorption is observed on both surfaces at approximately 300 K, probably from recombination of Cu(acac) and acac surface species. The remaining copper atoms on the surface lose their remaining acac ligands to the substrate and become reduced directly to metallic copper. At the same time, the organic ligands follow a series of subsequent surface reactions, probably involving several C-C bond-scissions, to produce other fragments, additional Hacac and HCu(acac) in the gas phase in the case of the copper surface, and acetone on nickel. A significant amount of acac must nevertheless survive on the surface to high temperatures, because Hacac peaks are seen in the TPD at about 515 and 590 K and the C 1s XPS split associated with acac is seen up to close to 500 K. In terms of atomic layer deposition processes, this suggests that cycles could be design to run at such temperatures as long as an effective hydrogenation agent is used as the second reactant to remove the surface acac as Hacac. Only a small fraction of carbon is left behind on Ni after heating to 800 K, whereas more carbon

  1. Thermal chemistry of copper(I)-N,N '-di-sec-butylacetamidinate on Cu(110) single-crystal surfaces

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    Ma Qiang; Zaera, Francisco; Gordon, Roy G.

    2012-01-15

    The surface chemistry of copper(I)-N,N'-di-sec-butylacetamidinate on Cu(110) single-crystal surfaces has been characterized under ultrahigh vacuum by temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A series of thermal stepwise conversions were identified, starting with the partial dissociative adsorption of the copper acetamidinate dimers into a mixture of monomers and dimers on the surface. An early dissociation of a C-N bond leads to the production of N-sec-butylacetamidine, which is detected in TPD experiments in three temperature regimes, the last one centered around 480 K. Butene, and a small amount of butane, is also detected above approximately 500 K, and hydrogen production, an indication of dehydrogenation of surface fragments, is observed at 460, 550 and 670 K. In total, only about 10% of the initial copper(I)-N,N'-di-sec-butylacetamidinate adsorbed monolayer decomposes, and only about {approx}3% of carbon is left behind on the surface after heating to high temperatures. The implications of this surface chemistry to the design of chemical film growth processes using copper acetamidinates as precursors are discussed.

  2. Thermal chemistry of hydrazine on clean and oxygen- and water-predosed Cu(110) single-crystal surfaces

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    Yao, Yunxi; Zaera, Francisco

    2016-08-01

    The chemistry of hydrazine on Cu(110) single-crystal surfaces was probed under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions by temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Survey TPD experiments identified molecular nitrogen and ammonia as the main desorbing products from thermal activation of the adsorbate, but small amounts of diazene and NH2· radicals were also detected. At saturation coverage, N2 production leads NH3 desorption by approximately 10 K (with TPD peaks at 350 K versus 360 K, respectively), indicating a preference for dehydrogenation over N-N bond scission steps, and additional nitrogen was seen at even lower temperatures (320 K) in experiments starting with even higher doses of hydrazine. On the other hand, the formation of NH3 and NH2·, which desorb in a wide range of temperatures between approximately 300 K and 700 K, dominates in experiments with low N2H4 doses, presumably because a stronger interaction of the N-N bond with the metal in the flat adsorption geometry expected at such low coverages. Dosing at room temperature seems to also facilitate the dissociative adsorption, albeit via dehydrogenation steps that lead to the subsequent production of more significant amounts of diazene and of molecular hydrogen (in addition to N2, NH3, and NH2·). Preadsorption of oxygen on the Cu(110) surface helps stabilize the hydrazine, increasing its desorption temperature and helping with the low-temperature (320 K) production of N2. Coadsorption of hydrazine with water leads to facile proton exchange, as indicated by the production of NH2D in TPD experiments with N2H4 + D2O. This isotope scrambling must occur at cryogenic temperatures because all water desorbs from the surface below 200 K and no other changes in surface chemistry are observed after that. The implications of all this chemistry to practical applications that may use hydrazine in surface reactions with copper, including its use as a reducing agent in atomic layer

  3. The synthesis of methanol and the reverse water-gas shift reaction over Zn-deposited Cu(100) and Cu(110) surfaces: comparison with Zn/Cu(111)

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    Nakamura, I.; Fujitani, T.; Uchijima, T.; Nakamura, J.

    1998-03-01

    The catalytic activity of Zn vapor-deposited Cu(100) and Cu(110) surfaces for methanol synthesis by the hydrogenation of CO 2 and the reverse water-gas shift reaction were studied using an XPS apparatus combined with a high-pressure flow reactor (18 atm). At a reaction temperature of 523 K, no promotional effect of Zn was observed for the methanol synthesis on both Zn/Cu(100) and Zn/Cu(110). The results were quite different from those for Zn/Cu(111), on which a significant promotion of methanol synthesis activity appeared to be due to the deposition of Zn, indicating that the promotional effect of Zn was sensitive to the surface structure of Cu. However, hysteresis was observed in the catalytic activity for methanol synthesis over the Zn/Cu(110) surface upon heating above 543 K in the reaction mixture. The activity became twice that measured before heating, which was close to the methanol synthesis activity of Zn/Cu(111) at the same Zn coverage. On the other hand, no such hysteresis was observed for the reverse water-gas shift reaction on Zn/Cu(110), indicating that the active site for methanol synthesis was not identical to that for the reverse water-gas shift reaction. In the post-reaction surface analysis, formate species was detected on both Zn/Cu(100) and Zn/Cu(110), whose coverage increased with increasing Zn coverage at 0< ΘZn<0.2. No correlation between the formate coverage and the methanol synthesis activity was obtained, which was in contrast to the results for Zn/Cu(111). Thus, the structure sensitivity observed in the catalytic activity of methanol synthesis over Zn-deposited Cu surfaces is ascribed to the significant difference in the reactivity of the formate intermediate.

  4. Adsorption and thermal chemistry of formic acid on clean and oxygen-predosed Cu(110) single-crystal surfaces revisited

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    Yao, Yunxi; Zaera, Francisco

    2016-04-01

    The thermal chemistry of formic acid on clean and oxygen-predosed Cu(110) single-crystal surfaces was studied under ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) conditions by temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Key results reported in the past were confirmed, including the partial switchover from H2 to H2O desorption upon oxygen addition on the surface and the development of a second decomposition regime at 420 K, in addition to the one observed at 460 K on the clean substrate. In addition, new observations were added, including the previously missed desorption of H2 at 420 K and the existence of a normal kinetic isotope effect in both TPD peaks. Peak fitting of the XPS data afforded the identification of an asymmetric geometry for the formate intermediate, which was established to form by 200 K, and the presence of coadsorbed molecular formic acid up to the temperatures of decomposition, probably in a second layer and held by hydrogen bonding. Quantitative analysis of the TPD data indicated a one-to-one correspondence between the increase in oxygen coverage beyond θO = 0.5 ML and a decrease in formic acid uptake that mainly manifests itself in a decrease in the decomposition seen in the 460 K TPD peak. All these observations were interpreted in terms of a simple decomposition mechanism involving hydrogen abstraction from adsorbed formate species, possibly aided by coadsorbed oxygen, and a change in reaction activation energy as a function of the structure of the oxygen overlayer, which reverts from a O-c(6 × 2) structure at high oxygen coverages to the O-(2 × 1) order seen at θO = 0.5 ML.

  5. Growth models of coexisting p(2 × 1) and c(6 × 2) phases on an oxygen-terminated Cu(110) surface studied by noncontact atomic force microscopy at 78 K.

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    Li, Yan Jun; Lee, Seung Hwan; Kinoshita, Yukinori; Ma, Zong Min; Wen, Huanfei; Nomura, Hikaru; Naitoh, Yoshitaka; Sugawara, Yasuhiro

    2016-05-20

    We present an experimental study of coexisting p(2 × 1) and c(6 × 2) phases on an oxygen-terminated Cu(110) surface by noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) at 78 K. Ball models of the growth processes of coexisting p(2 × 1)/c(6 × 2) phases on a terrace and near a step are proposed. We found that the p(2 × 1) and c(6 × 2) phases are grown from the super Cu atoms on both sides of O-Cu-O rows of an atomic spacing. In this paper, we summarize our investigations of an oxygen-terminated Cu(110) surface by NC-AFM employing O- and Cu-terminated tips. Also, we state several problems and issues for future investigation.

  6. Long Range Chiral Imprinting of Cu(110) by Tartaric Acid

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    Lawton, T J; Pushkarev, V; Wei, D; Lucci, F R; Sholl, D S; Gellman, A J; Sykes, E C. H.

    2013-10-31

    Restructuring of metals by chiral molecules represents an important route to inducing and controlling enantioselective surface chemistry. Tartaric acid adsorption on Cu(110) has served as a useful system for understanding many aspects of chiral molecule adsorption and ordering on a metal surface, and a number of chiral and achiral unit cells have been reported. Herein, we show that given the appropriate annealing treatment, singly deprotonated tartaric acid monolayers can restructure the Cu metal itself, and that the resulting structure is both highly ordered and chiral. Molecular resolution scanning tunneling microscopy reveals that singly deprotonated tartaric acid extracts Cu atoms from the Cu(110) surface layer and incorporates them into highly ordered, chiral adatom arrays capped by a continuous molecular layer. Further evidence for surface restructuring comes from images of atom-deep trenches formed in the Cu(110) surface during the process. These trenches also run in low symmetry directions and are themselves chiral. Simulated scanning tunneling microscopy images are consistent with the appearance of the added atom rows and etched trenches. The chiral imprinting results in a long-range, highly ordered unit cell covering the whole surface as confirmed by low energy electron diffraction. Details of the restructuring mechanism were further investigated via time-lapse imaging at elevated temperature. This work reveals the stages of nanoscale surface restructuring and offers an interesting method for chiral modification of an achiral metal surface.

  7. Configuration change of NO on Cu(110) as a function of temperature

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    Shiotari, A.; Mitsui, T.; Okuyama, H. Hatta, S.; Aruga, T.; Koitaya, T.; Yoshinobu, J.

    2014-06-07

    The bonding structure of nitric oxide (NO) on Cu(110) is studied by means of scanning tunneling microscopy, reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy at 6–160 K. At low temperatures, the NO molecule adsorbs at the short bridge site via the N end in an upright configuration. At around 50 K, this turns into a flat configuration, in which both the N and O atoms interact with the surface. The flat configuration is characterized by the low-frequency N–O stretching mode at 855 cm{sup −1}. The flat-lying NO flips back and forth when the temperature increases to ∼80 K, and eventually dissociates at ∼160 K. We propose a potential energy diagram for the conversion of NO on the surface.

  8. Effects of laser irradiation on the morphology of Cu(110)

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    Brandstetter, T.; Draxler, M.; Hohage, M.; Zeppenfeld, P.; Stehrer, T.; Heitz, J.; Georgiev, N.; Martinotti, D.; Ernst, H.-J.

    2008-07-15

    The effects of pulsed laser irradiation on the morphology of the Cu(110) surface were investigated by means of reflectance difference spectroscopy (RDS) and spot profile analysis low-energy electron diffraction (SPA-LEED). The laser light induces surface defects (adatoms and islands) as well as subsurface dislocation lines. The high surface mobility leads to efficient annealing of the surface defects even at room temperature, whereas the subsurface dislocation lines persist up to temperatures T>800 K. SPA-LEED profiles of the (00) diffraction spot from the laser irradiated surface suggest an anisotropic distribution of the subsurface line defects related to the geometry of the fcc easy glide system, which is corroborated by STM measurements. Comparative experiments using conventional Ar ion bombardment point out the distinctiveness of the morphological changes induced by laser irradiation.

  9. Energy Transfer Dynamics of Formate Decomposition on Cu(110).

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    Quan, Jiamei; Kondo, Takahiro; Wang, Guichang; Nakamura, Junji

    2017-03-20

    Energy transfer dynamics of formate (HCOOa ) decomposition on a Cu(110) surface has been studied by measuring the angle-resolved intensity and translational energy distributions of CO2 emitted from the surface in a steady-state reaction of HCOOH and O2 . The angular distribution of CO2 shows a sharp collimation with the direction perpendicular to the surface, as represented by cos(n) θ (n=6). The mean translational energy of CO2 is measured to be as low as 100 meV and is independent of the surface temperature (Ts ). These results clearly indicate that the decomposition of formate is a thermal non-equilibrium process in which a large amount of energy released by the decomposition reaction of formate is transformed into the internal energies of CO2 molecules. The thermal non-equilibrium features observed in the dynamics of formate decomposition support the proposed Eley-Rideal (ER)-type mechanism for formate synthesis on copper catalysts.

  10. Communication: Calculations of the (2 × 1)-O reconstruction kinetics on Cu(110)

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    Lian, Xin; Xiao, Penghao; Liu, Renlong; Henkelman, Graeme

    2017-03-01

    Density functional theory calculations are used to study the elementary processes of the formation of the (2 × 1)-O reconstruction on the Cu(110) surface. The (2 × 1)-O reconstruction requires additional Cu atoms to form Cu-O rows on top of the surface. Both terrace and step sites are considered as the source of Cu adatoms. On terraces, adsorbed oxygen induces the ejection of Cu atoms to form -O-Cu-O- units, leaving Cu vacancies behind. The barrier for subsequent unit growth, however, is prohibitively high. Cu(110) step sites are also considered as a source of Cu atoms. Dissociated oxygen triggers the formation of stable Cu-O chains along the [001] step edges. This process, however, blocks the diffusion of Cu atoms so that it is not a viable mechanism for the (2 × 1)-O reconstruction. Oxygen adsorption on the [1 1 ¯ 0 ] edges also allows the nucleation of [001] oriented Cu-O rows. The short Cu-O rows act as diffusion channels for Cu atoms that detach from the step, which append to the end of the Cu-O chains. Our calculations of the formation of the (2 × 1)-O phase on Cu(110) provide a mechanistic description of the experimentally observed reconstruction.

  11. New analysis of He scattering data from Ag(110) and Cu(110)

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    Cortona, P.; Dondi, M. G.; Lausi, A.; Tommasini, F.

    1992-10-01

    A method for the analysis of the He-surface scattering data using a model potential based on the superposition of pseudo-pairwise anisotropic terms and degenaracy-dependent self-interaction-corrected (D-SIC) calculations of the atomic electron densities is presented and applied to the study of the electron density of Ag(110) and Cu(110). Rearrangements of the electron clouds around the surface atoms with respect to those of the free atoms, leaving unchanged the lateral average, are observed in both cases.

  12. A vibrational study of the hydrogen induced reconstructions on Cu(110)

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    Hayden, B. E.; Lackey, D.; Schott, J.

    1990-12-01

    Hydrogen adsorbed at 100 K on Cu(110) induces a (1 × 3) surface reconstruction observable in LEED in the coverage region 0.2 > φ H > 0.8. Two loss peaks associated with the hydrogen adsorbed in this phase are observed in HREELS at 620 and 505 cm -1. These features persist throughout the coverage range 0.0 < φ H < 1.0. Additional losses associated with hydrogen on a (1 × 2) reconstructed surface appear at φ H > 0.8 where a conversion of the (1 × 3) to the (1 × 2) phase is evident in LEED. Hydrogen adsorption at 300 K leads directly to the (1 × 2) reconstructed phase observable in LEED over the coverage range 0.1 < φ H < 1.0 and exhibits associated HREELS losses at 765, 950 and 1150 cm -1. Heating the (1 × 3) phase formed at 100 K irreversibly produces the (1 × 2) reconstruction in the temperature range 140-190 K. We assign the modes observed in the (1 × 3) phase to hydrogen in a pseudo four-fold hollow site on a buckled reconstructed surface. The modes on the (1 × 2) phase are associated with hydrogen in a tilted trigonal site on a missing row reconstructed surface. The hydrogen site transition from (1 × 3) to (1 × 2) on Cu(110) is analogous to the behaviour in metal hydrides where a conversion from octahedral to tetrahedral hydrogen coordination occurs for increasing hydrogen concentrations.

  13. Elementary Process for CVD Graphene on Cu(110): Size-selective Carbon Clusters

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    Zhang, Jialin; Wang, Zhunzhun; Niu, Tianchao; Wang, Shengnan; Li, Zhenyu; Chen, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Revealing the graphene growth mechanism at the atomic-scale is of great importance for achieving high quality graphene. However, the lack of direct experimental observation and density functional theory (DFT) verification hinders a comprehensive understanding of the structure of the carbon clusters and evolution of the graphene growth on surface. Here, we report an in-situ low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) study of the elementary process of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene growth via thermal decomposition of methane on Cu(110), including the formation of monodispersed carbon clusters at the initial stage, the graphene nucleation and the ripening of graphene islands to form continuous graphene film. STM measurement, supported by DFT calculations, suggests that the carbon clusters on the surface are C2H5. It is found that graphene layers can be joined by different domains, with a relative misorientation of 30°. These graphene layers can be decoupled from Cu(110) through low temperature thermal cycling. PMID:24651211

  14. Ab initio structural and electronic analysis of CH3SH self-assembled on a Cu(110) substrate

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    D'Agostino, S.; Chiodo, L.; Della Sala, F.; Cingolani, R.; Rinaldi, R.

    2007-05-01

    Ab initio Density Functional Theory calculations are here reported to characterize the adsorption of methanethiol at the Cu(110) surface. Theoretical results suggest that the binding of the adsorbate to the substrate is rather weak and the molecular geometry is correspondingly almost unaffected by the adsorption. Otherwise, when CH3SH deprotonates producing methanethiolate, a stronger chemical bond is realized between the sulfur atom of CH3S radical and Cu surface atoms. A detailed study of structural and electronic properties of methanethiolate on Cu(110) for a p(2×2) and a c(2×2) overlayer structure has been carried out. We find that, in the most stable configuration, the molecule adsorbs in the shortbridge site. The chemical bond arises due to a strong hybridization among p orbitals of sulfur and d states from the substrate, as it is deduced by an analysis of partial densities of states and charge densities.

  15. Dynamics of 2D adislands formed by sulfur adsorption on an O/Cu(110) nanotemplate: an STM study

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    Budinská, Zuzana; Wiame, Frédéric; Maurice, Vincent; Marcus, Philippe

    2017-01-01

    We report on the stability of large sulfur islands, formed by exposing the nanostructured O/Cu(110) surface to H2S. We have found that these islands, composed of several hundreds of atoms, show a dynamic behavior at room temperature and undergo both Smoluchowski and Ostwald ripening. An additional decay mechanism has been observed at sub-saturation sulfur coverages. The island decay can be described by a classical power law. However, oscillatory deviations from the model have been observed and possible reasons for their occurrence are discussed. At saturation sulfur coverage, the islands are still mobile and undergo ripening, but no decay is observed. In these conditions, a new nanostructured S/Cu(110) surface is formed.

  16. Oriented Growth of Cu(110) on YSi2-\

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    Nomura, Kouichi; Noya, Atsushi; Sasaki, Katsutaka; Sunaga, Kouji

    1994-06-01

    The growth and diffusion characterization of Cu films on the YSi2-{x}(1\\bar{1}00)/Si(100) substrate are studied. On the YSi2-{x}(1\\bar{1}00) layer prepared using a thin template layer, highly oriented Cu(110) film growth is observed, and Cu diffusion through the YSi2- x layer and the subsequent Cu3Si formation occur at temperatures as low as 200° C. On the contrary, the growth of Cu with normal orientation is evident on the YSi2- x layer with poor epitaxial quality, and the out-diffusion of Si forms a Cu3Si layer on the YSi2- x layer. The film growth on YSi2- x layers is discussed on the basis of the lattice match between superlattice cells of Cu and YSi2- x, and the diffusion behavior is interpreted in terms of relaxation of the affinity of Cu for Si.

  17. Adsorption and reaction of H2S on Cu(110) studied using scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Shiotari, Akitoshi; Okuyama, Hiroshi; Hatta, Shinichiro; Aruga, Tetsuya; Hamada, Ikutaro

    2016-02-14

    Using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), the adsorption and reaction of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and its fragments (SH and S) on Cu(110) are investigated at 5 K. H2S adsorbs molecularly on the surface on top of a Cu atom. With voltage pulses of STM, it is possible to induce sequential dehydrogenation of H2S to SH and S. We found two kinds of adsorption structures of SH. The short-bridge site is the most stable site for SH, while the long-bridge site is the second. Density functional theory calculations show that the S-H axis is inclined from the surface normal for both species. The reaction of H2S with OH and O was directly observed to yield SH and S, respectively, providing a molecular-level insight into catalyst poisoning.

  18. Alternating chirality in the monolayer H2TPP on Cu(110)-(2 × 1)O.

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    Wagner, Margareta; Puschnig, Peter; Berkebile, Stephen; Netzer, Falko P; Ramsey, Michael G

    2013-04-07

    In this work, the structure of the tetraphenylporphyrin (H2TPP) monolayer grown on the oxygen passivated Cu(110)-(2 × 1)O surface has been investigated with LT-STM and elucidated by DFT-calculations. The monolayer is commensurate with all molecules occupying the same adsorption site, but there are two molecules per unit cell. The STM images suggest alternating chirality for the molecules within one unit cell which is supported by DFT total energy calculations for monolayers on the Cu-O substrate. STM simulations for alternating and single chirality monolayers have subtle differences which indicate that the experimentally observed surface is one containing molecules with alternating chirality, that is racemicity within the unit cell.

  19. Orientation and bonding of benzoic acid, phthalic anhydride and pyromellitic dianhydride on Cu(110)

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    Frederick, B. G.; Ashton, M. R.; Richardson, N. V.; Jones, T. S.

    1993-07-01

    The interaction of the polyimide precursor pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA), and the related compounds benzoic acid and phthalic anhydride, with Cu(110) has been studied by high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). For benzoic acid, deprotonation of the carboxylic acid group occurs on adsorption leading to the formation of a surface benzoate species (C 6H 5COO-). Bonding to the surface occurs through a carboxylate linkage via two equivalent oxygen atoms. The HREEL spectrum is characterised by an intense dipole active band, the symmetric OCO stretching vibration, at ˜ 1420 cm -1. The plane of the carboxylate group is aligned perpendicular to the surface as is the plane of the benzene ring. A similar species is found following exposure of Cu(110) to phthalic anhydride. The carboxylate linkage results from disruption of the anhydride ring with loss of the CO character (C 6H 4COO-). In the case of the dianhydride species PMDA, only one of the anhydride units is used in bonding to the surface; the second unit points away from the surface and is characterised by the symmetric anhydride stretch at 1255 cm -1 and weak OO stretching vibrations at ˜ 1850 cm -1. In both cases, changes in the intensity of some of the bands compared with benzoic acid suggest that the carboxylate group is tilted away from the surface normal due to an interaction between one of the carbons of the aromatic ring and the copper surface. This implies that the plane of the aromatic ring is now twisted out of the plane of the carboxylate group and, although still perpendicular to the surface, the axis is tilted to allow one of the β-carbon atoms to interact with the surface. In all cases, off-specular measurements at a primary electron energy of ˜ 8 eV are dominated by the intense CH stretching vibration. Measurements of the intensity of this mode, in the surface benzoate species, as a function of incident electron energy suggest that excitation of this mode occurs via

  20. The onset of sub-surface oxidation induced by defects in a chemisorbed oxygen layer

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    Li, Jonathan; Li, Liang; Zhou, Guangwen

    2015-02-28

    We investigate the onset of internal oxidation of a Cu(110) surface induced by oxygen subsurface adsorption via defects in the Cu(110)–(2 × 1)–O chemisorbed layer. The presence of a boundary formed by merged add-row structure domains due to a mismatch of half unit-cell leads to preferred oxygen adsorption at the subsurface tetrahedral sites. The resulting distorted Cu–O tetrahedra along the domain boundary have comparable bond length and angles to those of the bulk oxide phase of Cu{sub 2}O. Our results indicate that the presence of defects in the oxygen-chemisorbed adlayer can lead to the internal oxidation via the formation of Cu{sub 2}O-like tetrahedra in between the topmost and second outermost atomic layers at the oxygen coverage θ = 0.53 and the second and third outermost atomic layers at θ = 0.56. These results show that the internal oxidation of a metal surface can occur in the very beginning of the oxygen chemisorption process enabled by the presence of defects in the oxygen chemisorbed layer.

  1. Trajectory analysis of low-energy and hyperthermal ions scattered from Cu(110)

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    McEachern, R.L.; Goodstein, D.M.; Cooper, B.H.

    1989-05-15

    Trajectories of Na{sup +} ions scattered from the Cu(110) surface in the <1 1bar 0> and <001> azimuths were studied for a range of incident energies from 56 eV to 4 keV. The goal is to explain the trends observed in the energy spectra and determine what types of trajectories contribute to these spectra. Using the computer program SAFARI, simulations were performed with trajectory analyses for 100-, 200-, and 400-eV scattering. We show results from the 100-eV simulations in both azimuths and compare them with the experimental data. The simulated energy spectra are in excellent agreement with the data. Ion trajectories and impact parameter plots from the simulations are used to determine the relative importance of different types of ion-surface-atom collisions. The simulations have shown that the striking differences observed in comparing the <1 1bar 0> and <001> spectra are mostly due to ions which scatter from second-layer atoms. This system exhibits strong focusing onto the second-layer atoms by the first-layer rows, and the focusing is very sensitive to the spacing between the rows. At the lower beam energies, scattering from the second layer dominates the measured spectra.

  2. Importance of van der Waals interaction for organic molecule-metal junctions: adsorption of thiophene on Cu(110) as a prototype.

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    Sony, Priya; Puschnig, Peter; Nabok, Dmitrii; Ambrosch-Draxl, Claudia

    2007-10-26

    We report ab initio calculations for the interface energetics of a weakly adsorbed organic molecule on a metal surface, which serves as a model interface relevant for organic electronics. The studied thiophene ring is found to be physisorbed on the Cu(110) surface with an adsorption energy of -0.50 eV. Nonlocal correlations, i.e., van der Waals interactions, are solely responsible for the binding in this weakly interacting system, and the choice of the proper exchange-correlation function is crucially important. The adsorption of thiophene lowers the metal work function due to the formation of surface dipoles while no sizable charge transfer is found.

  3. Electronic and structural properties at the interface between iron-phthalocyanine and Cu(110)

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    Hu, Fang; Mao, Hongying; Zhang, Hanjie; Wu, Ke; Cai, Yiliang; He, Pimo

    2014-03-07

    Electronic structure and adsorption geometry of Iron-Phthalocyanine (FePc) adsorbed on Cu(110) were investigated by using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The emission features α, β, γ, and δ originating from the FePc molecules in UPS spectra are located at 3.42, 5.04, 7.36, and 10.28 eV below Fermi level. The feature α is mostly deriving from Fe 3d orbital with some contributions from C 2p orbital. A considerable charge transfer from the Cu substrate to the Fe 3d orbital occurs upon the adsorption of FePc molecules. The angle-resolved UPS measurements indicate that FePc molecules adopt lying-down configurations with their molecular plane nearly parallel to the Cu(110) substrate at monolayer stage. In combination with the DFT calculations, the adsorption structure is determined to be that FePc molecule adsorbs on the top site of Cu(110) with an angle of 45° between the lobes of FePc and the [11{sup ¯}0] azimuth of the substrate.

  4. Chiral segregation driven by a dynamical response of the adsorption footprint to the local adsorption environment: bitartrate on Cu(110).

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    Darling, G R; Forster, M; Lin, C; Liu, N; Raval, R; Hodgson, A

    2017-03-15

    Local or global ordering of chiral molecules at a surface is a key step in both chiral separation and heterogeneous enantioselective catalysis. Using density functional theory and scanning probe microscopy results, we find that the accepted structural model for the well known bitartrate on Cu(110) chiral system cannot account for the chiral segregation observed. Instead, we show that this strongly bound, chiral adsorbate changes its adsorption footprint in response to the local environment. The flexible adsorption geometry allows bitartrate to form stable homochiral trimer chains in which the central molecule restructures from a rectangular to an oblique footprint, breaking its internal hydrogen bonds in order to form strong intermolecular hydrogen bonds to neighbouring adsorbates. Racemic structures containing mixed enantiomers do not form strong hydrogen bonds, providing the thermodynamic driving force for the chiral separation that is observed experimentally. This result shows the importance of considering the dynamical response of molecular adsorption footprints at the surface in directing chiral assembly and segregation. The ability of strongly-chemisorbed enantiomers to change footprint depending on the local adsorption environment indicates that supramolecular assemblies at surfaces may exhibit more complex dynamical behaviour than hitherto suspected, which, ultimately, could be tailored to lead to environment and stimuli-responsive chiral surfaces.

  5. Iron oxide surfaces

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    Parkinson, Gareth S.

    2016-03-01

    The current status of knowledge regarding the surfaces of the iron oxides, magnetite (Fe3O4), maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), haematite (α-Fe2O3), and wüstite (Fe1-xO) is reviewed. The paper starts with a summary of applications where iron oxide surfaces play a major role, including corrosion, catalysis, spintronics, magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), biomedicine, photoelectrochemical water splitting and groundwater remediation. The bulk structure and properties are then briefly presented; each compound is based on a close-packed anion lattice, with a different distribution and oxidation state of the Fe cations in interstitial sites. The bulk defect chemistry is dominated by cation vacancies and interstitials (not oxygen vacancies) and this provides the context to understand iron oxide surfaces, which represent the front line in reduction and oxidation processes. Fe diffuses in and out from the bulk in response to the O2 chemical potential, forming sometimes complex intermediate phases at the surface. For example, α-Fe2O3 adopts Fe3O4-like surfaces in reducing conditions, and Fe3O4 adopts Fe1-xO-like structures in further reducing conditions still. It is argued that known bulk defect structures are an excellent starting point in building models for iron oxide surfaces. The atomic-scale structure of the low-index surfaces of iron oxides is the major focus of this review. Fe3O4 is the most studied iron oxide in surface science, primarily because its stability range corresponds nicely to the ultra-high vacuum environment. It is also an electrical conductor, which makes it straightforward to study with the most commonly used surface science methods such as photoemission spectroscopies (XPS, UPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The impact of the surfaces on the measurement of bulk properties such as magnetism, the Verwey transition and the (predicted) half-metallicity is discussed. The best understood iron oxide surface at present is probably Fe3O4(100); the structure is

  6. Controlled injection of a liquid into ultra-high vacuum: Submonolayers of adenosine triphosphate deposited on Cu(110)

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    Sobrado, J. M.; Martín-Gago, J. A.

    2016-10-01

    We have combined a fast-valve device with vacuum technology for implementing a new method that allows introducing liquid solutions in an ultra-high vacuum chamber in the form of very small droplets. This technical development allows the easy deposition of (bio) organic molecules or small nanoparticles on a surface in a fully in-situ process, avoiding possible contamination due to the handle of the material. Moreover, our experimental set-up is suitable for any liquid and does not require any voltage application as in electrospray. We can easily change the operating regime from liquid droplet injection to the formation of a highly dispersive jet of micro-droplets by exclusively adjusting external parameters. Due to the nature of the injection process, the operational protocol makes possible the deposition of delicate molecular species that cannot be thermally sublimated. In particular, we have used this system to study the deposition of adenosine triphosphate on Cu(110). The structure of the layer was analyzed by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and the evolution of the signal from the deposited molecule with the number of injections indicates that the molecular coverage can be controlled with submonolayer precision.

  7. XPS and STM studies of the oxidation of hydrogen chloride at Cu(100) surfaces

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    Altass, Hatem; Carley, Albert F.; Davies, Philip R.; Davies, Robert J.

    2016-08-01

    The dissociative chemisorption of HCl on clean and oxidized Cu(100) surfaces has been investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Whereas the dissociation of HCl at the clean surface is limited to the formation of a (√ 2 × √ 2)-R45° Cl(a) monolayer, the presence of surface oxygen removes this barrier, leading to chlorine coverages up to twice that obtained at the clean surface. Additional features in the STM images that appear at these coverages are tentatively assigned to the nucleation of CuCl islands. The rate of reaction of the HCl was slightly higher on the oxidized surface but unaffected by the initial oxygen concentration or the availability of clean copper sites. Of the two distinct domains of adsorbed oxygen identified at room temperature on the Cu(100) surfaces, the (√ 2 × √ 2)-R45° structure reacts slightly faster with HCl than the missing row (√ 2 × 2 √ 2)-R45° O(a) structure. The results address the first stages in the formation of a copper chloride and present an interesting comparison with the HCl/O(a) reaction at Cu(110) surfaces, where oxygen also increased the extent of HCl reactions. The results emphasize the importance of the exothermic reaction to form water in the HCl/O(a) reaction on copper.

  8. Oxidation at Surfaces of Uranium Oxide Particles

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    Schueneman, Richard; Burgraff, Larry

    2001-04-01

    Uranium dioxide (UO2 (S)) is unstable in an oxidizing environment and oxidizes until covered with a layer of uranium trioxide (UO3 (C)). During the oxidation process, uranium cations change from U+4 to U+6 and the oxide crystal structure changes from face centered cubic to orthorhombic. Seven UO2(S) samples were prepared by pressing UO2 (S) powder into a tungsten screen and then subjected to five different temperatures and three partial pressures of oxygen. UO2 (S) oxidation was monitored with in situ photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Quantitative oxidation data was obtained with secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The in situ PL spectra did not identify UO3 (C) forming on the sample surfaces however, a new PL signature not associated with uranyl was observed. SIMS and XPS data from oxidized UO2 (S) samples indicated that at low temperatures, surface oxidation is kinetically limited and at high temperatures, surface oxidation is limited by diffusion. A model for the oxidation rate to UO3 (C) was not developed due to the temperature dependant oxidation process and high vacuum reduction of amorphous UO3 (A) present on the UO2 (S) sample surfaces prior to oxidation. A PL emission spectra intensity reduction was noticed on a UO3 (C) sample at room temperature under high vacuum. A reduction and re-oxidation of three additional UO3 (C) samples identified a kinetically irreversible reduction process for UO3(C) under high vacuum. A SIMS surface scan was performed on a fourth UO3(C) sample before and after exposure to ultra-high vacuum (10-8 torr) and the results suggest the reduction of UO3(C) to lower oxides (U3O8, U3O7 and UO2) at room temperature.

  9. X-ray emission spectroscopy applied to glycine adsorbed on Cu(110): An atom and symmetry projected view

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    Hasselstroem, J.; Karis, O.; Weinelt, M.

    1997-04-01

    When a molecule is adsorbed on a metal surface by chemical bonding new electronic states are formed. For noble and transition metals these adsorption-induced states overlap with the much more intense metal d-valence band, making them difficult to probe by for instance direct photoemission. However, it has recently been shown that X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) can be applied to adsorbate systems. Since the intermediate state involves a core hole, this technique has the power to project out the partial density of states around each atomic site. Both the excitation and deexcitation processes are in general governed by the dipole selection rules. For oriented system, it is hence possible to obtain a complete separation into 2p{sub x}, 2p{sub y} and 2p{sub z} contributions using angular resolved measurements. The authors have applied XES together with other core level spectroscopies to glycine adsorption on Cu(110). Glycine (NH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}COOH) is the smallest amino acid and very suitable to study by core level spectroscopy since it has several functional groups, all well separated in energy by chemical shifts. Its properties are futhermore of biological interest. In summary, the authors have shown that it is possible to apply XES to more complicated molecular adsorbates. The assignment of different electronic states is however not as straight forward as for simple diatomic molecules. For a complete understanding of the redistribution and formation of new electronic states associated with the surface chemical bond, experimental data must be compared to theoretical calculations.

  10. Diffraction of helium from Cu(110), (113), (115) and (117); Interaction potential and surface crystallography

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    Gorse, D.; Salanon, B.; Fabre, F.; Kara, A.; Perreau, J.; Armand, G.; Lapujoulade, J.

    1984-11-01

    We present data obtained by helium scattering on different faces of copper: (110), (113), (115) and (117). It is shown that they are well fitted by model potentials, a corrugated Morse (CMP) for all faces and a modified form (MCMP) for the low corrugated (110) and (113) faces. Then, the isopotentials Z E( R) , representing the effective corrugation for an incident helium atom of energy E are compared to those resulting from a method of superposition of atomic densities calculated in two different ways. So, starting from the tables of atomic wave functions given by Clementi and Roetti, a good agreement is obtained with experiment, provided that the proportionality constant between the potential and the electronic density is taken to be α = 600 eV03.

  11. Classical and quantum aspects of spin interaction in 3 d chains on a C u3N -Cu(110) molecular network

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    Bazhanov, D. I.; Stepanyuk, O. V.; Farberovich, O. V.; Stepanyuk, V. S.

    2016-01-01

    We present a study of the magnetic states and exchange coupling in transition-metal Mn, Fe, and Co atomic chains deposited on a self-corrugated C u3N -Cu(110) molecular network by means of first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory. The various adsorption sites on a bumping area of a self-corrugated C u3N layer are investigated where the atomic chains are formed at the initial stage of nanowire growth. We demonstrate, by calculating the ground-state magnetic configurations, that the exchange coupling, magnetic order, and anisotropies in atomic chains depend sensitively on their chemical composition and adsorption sites on the C u3N network. We find that the exchange interactions in atomic chains could lead to ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic coupling of atomic spins depending on the position of the chain on the surface. The classical spin dynamics is investigated by means of the kinetic Monte Carlo method based on transition-state theory. Moreover we evaluate the Heisenberg-Dirac-Van Vleck quantum spin Hamiltonian for calculations of the magnetic susceptibility, in order to demonstrate the existence of quantum entanglement in the antiferromagnetic atomic chains at low temperatures.

  12. Technique for surface oxidation of activated carbon

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    Sircar, S.; Golden, T.C.

    1987-10-27

    A method of activating a carbon adsorbent is described, which comprises oxidizing the surface of the carbon adsorbent with a mild oxidizing acid in the presence of a metal oxidation catalyst at an elevated temperature and boiling the mixture of the carbon adsorbent, mild oxidizing acid and metal oxidation catalyst to dryness. Then rinse the surface oxidizing carbon adsorbent with water; and dry the rinsed surface oxidized carbon adsorbent. In a process for the removal of water or carbon dioxide from a gas stream containing water or carbon dioxide of the type wherein the gas stream containing water or carbon dioxide is contacted with a solid phase adsorbent under pressure-swing adsorption or thermal-swing adsorption processing conditions, the improvement is described comprising utilizing an adsorbent produced by the activation of a carbon adsorbent. The activation comprises oxidizing the surface of the carbon adsorbent with a mold oxidizing acid in the presence of a metal oxidation catalyst at an elevated temperature and boiling the mixture of the carbon adsorbent, mild oxidizing acid and metal oxidation catalyst to dryness. Then rinse the surface oxidized carbon adsorbent with water; and dry the rinsed surface oxidized carbon adsorbent.

  13. Superheating, melting, and annealing of copper surfaces

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    Hakkinen, H.; Landman, U. )

    1993-08-16

    Dynamics of superheating, melting, and annealing processes at Cu(111) and Cu(110) surfaces, induced by laser-pulse irradiation, are investigated using molecular dynamics simulations, incorporating energy transfer from the electronic to the ionic degrees of freedom. Superheating occurs at Cu(111) for conditions that lead to melting of the Cu(110) surface. Highly damaged Cu(111) surfaces structurally anneal under the influence of a superheating pulse.

  14. Effect of the nature of the substrate on the surface chemistry of atomic layer deposition precursors.

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    Yao, Yunxi; Coyle, Jason P; Barry, Seán T; Zaera, Francisco

    2017-02-07

    The thermal chemistry of Cu(I)-sec-butyl-2-iminopyrrolidinate, a promising copper amidinate complex for atomic layer deposition (ALD) applications, was explored comparatively on several surfaces by using a combination of surface-sensitive techniques, specifically temperature-programmed desorption and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The substrates explored include single crystals of transition metals (Ni(110) and Cu(110)), thin oxide films (NiO/Ni(110) and SiO2/Ta), and oxygen-treated metals (O/Cu(110)). Decomposition of the pyrrolidinate ligand leads to the desorption of several gas-phase products, including CH3CN, HCN and butene from the metals and CO and CO2 from the oxygen-containing surfaces. In all cases dehydrogenation of the organic moieties is accompanied by hydrogen removal from the surface, in the form of H2 on metals and mainly as water from the metal oxides, but the threshold for this chemistry varies wildly, from 270 K on Ni(110) to 430 K on O/Cu(110), 470 K on Cu(110), 500 K on NiO/Ni(110), and 570 K on SiO2/Ta. Copper reduction is also observed in both the Cu 2p3/2 XPS and the Cu L3 VV Auger (AES) spectra, reaching completion by 300 K on Ni(110) but occurring only between 500 and 600 K on Cu(110). On NiO/Ni(110), both Cu(I) and Cu(0) coexist between 200 and 500 K, and on SiO2/Ta a change happens between 500 and 600 K but the reduction is limited, with the copper atoms retaining a significant ionic character. Additional experiments to test adsorption at higher temperatures led to the identification of temperature windows for the self-limiting precursor uptake required for ALD between approximately 300 and 450 K on both Ni(110) and NiO/Ni(110); the range on SiO2 had been previously determined to be wider, reaching an upper limit at about 500 K. Finally, deposition of copper metal films via ALD cycles with O2 as the co-reactant was successfully accomplished on the Ni(110) substrate.

  15. Effect of the nature of the substrate on the surface chemistry of atomic layer deposition precursors

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    Yao, Yunxi; Coyle, Jason P.; Barry, Seán T.; Zaera, Francisco

    2017-02-01

    The thermal chemistry of Cu(I)-sec-butyl-2-iminopyrrolidinate, a promising copper amidinate complex for atomic layer deposition (ALD) applications, was explored comparatively on several surfaces by using a combination of surface-sensitive techniques, specifically temperature-programmed desorption and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The substrates explored include single crystals of transition metals (Ni(110) and Cu(110)), thin oxide films (NiO/Ni(110) and SiO2/Ta), and oxygen-treated metals (O/Cu(110)). Decomposition of the pyrrolidinate ligand leads to the desorption of several gas-phase products, including CH3CN, HCN and butene from the metals and CO and CO2 from the oxygen-containing surfaces. In all cases dehydrogenation of the organic moieties is accompanied by hydrogen removal from the surface, in the form of H2 on metals and mainly as water from the metal oxides, but the threshold for this chemistry varies wildly, from 270 K on Ni(110) to 430 K on O/Cu(110), 470 K on Cu(110), 500 K on NiO/Ni(110), and 570 K on SiO2/Ta. Copper reduction is also observed in both the Cu 2p3/2 XPS and the Cu L3 VV Auger (AES) spectra, reaching completion by 300 K on Ni(110) but occurring only between 500 and 600 K on Cu(110). On NiO/Ni(110), both Cu(I) and Cu(0) coexist between 200 and 500 K, and on SiO2/Ta a change happens between 500 and 600 K but the reduction is limited, with the copper atoms retaining a significant ionic character. Additional experiments to test adsorption at higher temperatures led to the identification of temperature windows for the self-limiting precursor uptake required for ALD between approximately 300 and 450 K on both Ni(110) and NiO/Ni(110); the range on SiO2 had been previously determined to be wider, reaching an upper limit at about 500 K. Finally, deposition of copper metal films via ALD cycles with O2 as the co-reactant was successfully accomplished on the Ni(110) substrate.

  16. Atomistic details of oxide surfaces and surface oxidation: the example of copper and its oxides

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    Gattinoni, Chiara; Michaelides, Angelos

    2015-11-01

    The oxidation and corrosion of metals are fundamental problems in materials science and technology that have been studied using a large variety of experimental and computational techniques. Here we review some of the recent studies that have led to significant advances in our atomic-level understanding of copper oxide, one of the most studied and best understood metal oxides. We show that a good atomistic understanding of the physical characteristics of cuprous (Cu2O) and cupric (CuO) oxide and of some key processes of their formation has been obtained. Indeed, the growth of the oxide has been shown to be epitaxial with the surface and to proceed, in most cases, through the formation of oxide nano-islands which, with continuous oxygen exposure, grow and eventually coalesce. We also show how electronic structure calculations have become increasingly useful in helping to characterise the structures and energetics of various Cu oxide surfaces. However a number of challenges remain. For example, it is not clear under which conditions the oxidation of copper in air at room temperature (known as native oxidation) leads to the formation of a cuprous oxide film only, or also of a cupric overlayer. Moreover, the atomistic details of the nucleation of the oxide islands are still unknown. We close our review with a brief perspective on future work and discuss how recent advances in experimental techniques, bringing greater temporal and spatial resolution, along with improvements in the accuracy, realism and timescales achievable with computational approaches make it possible for these questions to be answered in the near future.

  17. Geometrical Characterization of Adenine And Guanine on Cu(110) By NEXAFS, XPS, And DFT Calculation

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    Furukawa, M.; Yamada, T.; Katano, S.; Kawai, M.; Ogasawara, H.; Nilsson, A.; /SLAC, SSRL /Stockholm U.

    2009-04-30

    Adsorption of purine DNA bases (guanine and adenine) on Cu(1 1 0) was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS), and density-functional theory (DFT) calculation. At coverages near 0.2 monolayers, Angular-resolved NEXAFS analysis revealed that adenine adsorbates lie almost flat and that guanine adsorbates are tilted up on the surface with the purine ring parallel to the atom rows of Cu(1 1 0). Referring to the previous studies on pyrimidine DNA bases [M. Furukawa, H. Fujisawa, S. Katano, H. Ogasawara, Y. Kim, T. Komeda, A. Nilsson, M. Kawai, Surf. Sci. 532-535 (2003) 261], the isomerization of DNA bases on Cu(1 1 0) was found to play an important role in the adsorption geometry. Guanine, thymine and cytosine adsorption have an amine-type nitrogen next to a carbonyl group, which is dehydrogenated into imine nitrogen on Cu(1 1 0). These bases are bonded by the inherent portion of - NH-CO - altered by conversion into enolic form and dehydrogenation. Adenine contains no CO group and is bonded to Cu(1 1 0) by participation of the inherent amine parts, resulting in nearly flatly-lying position.

  18. Oxide driven strength evolution of silicon surfaces

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    Grutzik, Scott J.; Milosevic, Erik; Boyce, Brad L.; ...

    2015-11-19

    Previous experiments have shown a link between oxidation and strength changes in single crystal silicon nanostructures but provided no clues as to the mechanisms leading to this relationship. Using atomic force microscope-based fracture strength experiments, molecular dynamics modeling, and measurement of oxide development with angle resolved x-ray spectroscopy we study the evolution of strength of silicon (111) surfaces as they oxidize and with fully developed oxide layers. We find that strength drops with partial oxidation but recovers when a fully developed oxide is formed and that surfaces intentionally oxidized from the start maintain their high initial strengths. MD simulations showmore » that strength decreases with the height of atomic layer steps on the surface. These results are corroborated by a completely separate line of testing using micro-scale, polysilicon devices, and the slack chain method in which strength recovers over a long period of exposure to the atmosphere. Lastly, combining our results with insights from prior experiments we conclude that previously described strength decrease is a result of oxidation induced roughening of an initially flat silicon (1 1 1) surface and that this effect is transient, a result consistent with the observation that surfaces flatten upon full oxidation.« less

  19. Oxide driven strength evolution of silicon surfaces

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    Grutzik, Scott J.; Milosevic, Erik; Boyce, Brad L.; Zehnder, Alan T.

    2015-11-19

    Previous experiments have shown a link between oxidation and strength changes in single crystal silicon nanostructures but provided no clues as to the mechanisms leading to this relationship. Using atomic force microscope-based fracture strength experiments, molecular dynamics modeling, and measurement of oxide development with angle resolved x-ray spectroscopy we study the evolution of strength of silicon (111) surfaces as they oxidize and with fully developed oxide layers. We find that strength drops with partial oxidation but recovers when a fully developed oxide is formed and that surfaces intentionally oxidized from the start maintain their high initial strengths. MD simulations show that strength decreases with the height of atomic layer steps on the surface. These results are corroborated by a completely separate line of testing using micro-scale, polysilicon devices, and the slack chain method in which strength recovers over a long period of exposure to the atmosphere. Lastly, combining our results with insights from prior experiments we conclude that previously described strength decrease is a result of oxidation induced roughening of an initially flat silicon (1 1 1) surface and that this effect is transient, a result consistent with the observation that surfaces flatten upon full oxidation.

  20. Surface modification to prevent oxide scale spallation

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    Stephens, Elizabeth V; Sun, Xin; Liu, Wenning; Stevenson, Jeffry W; Surdoval, Wayne; Khaleel, Mohammad A

    2013-07-16

    A surface modification to prevent oxide scale spallation is disclosed. The surface modification includes a ferritic stainless steel substrate having a modified surface. A cross-section of the modified surface exhibits a periodic morphology. The periodic morphology does not exceed a critical buckling length, which is equivalent to the length of a wave attribute observed in the cross section periodic morphology. The modified surface can be created using at least one of the following processes: shot peening, surface blasting and surface grinding. A coating can be applied to the modified surface.

  1. Platinum Attachments on Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Surfaces

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    Palchoudhury, Soubantika; Xu, Yaolin; An, Wei; Turner, C. H.; Bao, Yuping

    2010-04-30

    Platinum nanoparticles supported on metal oxide surfaces have shown great potential as heterogeneous catalysts to accelerate electrochemical processes, such as the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells. Recently, the use of magnetic supports has become a promising research topic for easy separation and recovery of catalysts using magnets, such as Pt nanoparticles supported on iron oxide nanoparticles. The attachment of Pt on iron oxide nanoparticles is limited by the wetting ability of the Pt (metal) on ceramic surfaces. A study of Pt nanoparticle attachment on iron oxide nanoparticle surfaces in an organic solvent is reported, which addresses the factors that promote or inhibit such attachment. It was discovered that the Pt attachment strongly depends on the capping molecules of the iron oxide seeds and the reaction temperature. For example, the attachment of Pt nanoparticles on oleic acid coated iron oxide nanoparticles was very challenging, because of the strong binding between the carboxylic groups and iron oxide surfaces. In contrast, when nanoparticles are coated with oleic acid/tri-n-octylphosphine oxide or oleic acid/oleylamine, a significant increase in Pt attachment was observed. Electronic structure calculations were then applied to estimate the binding energies between the capping molecules and iron ions, and the modeling results strongly support the experimental observations.

  2. Surface Structure of Aerobically Oxidized Diamond Nanocrystals

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-10-27

    distribution is unlimited. Surface Structure of Aerobically Oxidized Diamond Nanocrystals The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report...2211 diamond nanocrystals, REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE 11. SPONSOR/MONITOR’S REPORT NUMBER(S) 10. SPONSOR/MONITOR’S ACRONYM(S) ARO 8. PERFORMING...Room 254, Mail Code 8725 New York, NY 10027 -7922 ABSTRACT Surface Structure of Aerobically Oxidized Diamond Nanocrystals Report Title We investigate

  3. Surface wrinkling on polydimethylsiloxane microspheres via wet surface chemical oxidation.

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    Yin, Jian; Han, Xue; Cao, Yanping; Lu, Conghua

    2014-07-16

    Here we introduce a simple low-cost yet robust method to realize spontaneously wrinkled morphologies on spherical surfaces. It is based on surface chemical oxidation of aqueous-phase-synthesized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microspheres in the mixed H2SO4/HNO3/H2O solution. Consequently, curvature and overstress-sensitive wrinkles including dimples and labyrinth patterns are successfully induced on the resulting oxidized PDMS microspheres. A power-law dependence of the wrinkling wavelength on the microsphere radius exists. The effects of experimental parameters on these tunable spherical wrinkles have been systematically investigated, when the microspheres are pre-deposited on a substrate. These parameters include the radius and modulus of microspheres, the mixed acid solution composition, the oxidation duration, and the water washing post-treatment. Meanwhile, the complicated chemical oxidation process has also been well studied by in-situ optical observation via the microsphere system, which represents an intractable issue in a planar system. Furthermore, we realize surface wrinkled topographies on the whole microspheres at a large scale, when microspheres are directly dispersed in the mixed acid solution for surface oxidation. These results indicate that the introduced wet surface chemical oxidation has the great potential to apply to other complicated curved surfaces for large-scale generation of well-defined wrinkling patterns, which endow the solids with desired physical properties.

  4. Surface Wrinkling on Polydimethylsiloxane Microspheres via Wet Surface Chemical Oxidation

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    Yin, Jian; Han, Xue; Cao, Yanping; Lu, Conghua

    2014-01-01

    Here we introduce a simple low-cost yet robust method to realize spontaneously wrinkled morphologies on spherical surfaces. It is based on surface chemical oxidation of aqueous-phase-synthesized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microspheres in the mixed H2SO4/HNO3/H2O solution. Consequently, curvature and overstress-sensitive wrinkles including dimples and labyrinth patterns are successfully induced on the resulting oxidized PDMS microspheres. A power-law dependence of the wrinkling wavelength on the microsphere radius exists. The effects of experimental parameters on these tunable spherical wrinkles have been systematically investigated, when the microspheres are pre-deposited on a substrate. These parameters include the radius and modulus of microspheres, the mixed acid solution composition, the oxidation duration, and the water washing post-treatment. Meanwhile, the complicated chemical oxidation process has also been well studied by in-situ optical observation via the microsphere system, which represents an intractable issue in a planar system. Furthermore, we realize surface wrinkled topographies on the whole microspheres at a large scale, when microspheres are directly dispersed in the mixed acid solution for surface oxidation. These results indicate that the introduced wet surface chemical oxidation has the great potential to apply to other complicated curved surfaces for large-scale generation of well-defined wrinkling patterns, which endow the solids with desired physical properties. PMID:25028198

  5. Surface protected lithium-metal-oxide electrodes

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    Thackeray, Michael M.; Kang, Sun-Ho

    2016-04-05

    A lithium-metal-oxide positive electrode having a layered or spinel structure for a non-aqueous lithium electrochemical cell and battery is disclosed comprising electrode particles that are protected at the surface from undesirable effects, such as electrolyte oxidation, oxygen loss or dissolution by one or more lithium-metal-polyanionic compounds, such as a lithium-metal-phosphate or a lithium-metal-silicate material that can act as a solid electrolyte at or above the operating potential of the lithium-metal-oxide electrode. The surface protection significantly enhances the surface stability, rate capability and cycling stability of the lithium-metal-oxide electrodes, particularly when charged to high potentials.

  6. Cleaning surfaces of sintered beryllium oxide

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    Musket, R. G.

    A practical procedure for preparing atomically clean, debris-free surfaces on sintered beryllium oxide specimens has been developed. Chemical, ion-sputter, and UV/ozone cleaning technique were examined in efforts to improve the surface cleanliness. Characterization of the surfaces were performed using Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) to determine the level of cleanliness and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to examine the surface microtopography. In addition, Rutherford backscattering (RBS) provided information on both bulk and surface contamination. The essence of the practical procedure consists of ultrasonic cleaning in dilute nitric acid followed by a UV/ozone exposure. Such treatments reduced the surface impurity levels for elements with Z > 4 to less than 1 at%. The described procedure should be directly applicable to other sintered oxide materials.

  7. The surface chemistry of cerium oxide

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    Mullins, David R.

    2015-01-29

    Our review covers the structure of, and chemical reactions on, well-defined cerium oxide surfaces. Ceria, or mixed oxides containing ceria, are critical components in automotive three-way catalysts due to their well-known oxygen storage capacity. Ceria is also emerging as an important material in a number of other catalytic processes, particularly those involving organic oxygenates and the water–gas shift reaction. Ceria's acid–base properties, and thus its catalytic behavior, are closely related to its surface structure where different oxygen anion and cerium cation environments are present on the low-index structural faces. The actual structure of these various faces has been the focus of a number of theoretical and experimental investigations. Ceria is also easily reducible from CeO2 to CeO2-X. The presence of oxygen vacancies on the surface often dramatically alters the adsorption and subsequent reactions of various adsorbates, either on a clean surface or on metal particles supported on the surface. We conducted surface science studies on the surfaces of thin-films rather than on the surfaces of bulk single crystal oxides. The growth, characterization and properties of these thin-films are also examined.

  8. The surface chemistry of cerium oxide

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    Mullins, David R.

    2015-01-29

    Our review covers the structure of, and chemical reactions on, well-defined cerium oxide surfaces. Ceria, or mixed oxides containing ceria, are critical components in automotive three-way catalysts due to their well-known oxygen storage capacity. Ceria is also emerging as an important material in a number of other catalytic processes, particularly those involving organic oxygenates and the water–gas shift reaction. Ceria's acid–base properties, and thus its catalytic behavior, are closely related to its surface structure where different oxygen anion and cerium cation environments are present on the low-index structural faces. The actual structure of these various faces has been the focusmore » of a number of theoretical and experimental investigations. Ceria is also easily reducible from CeO2 to CeO2-X. The presence of oxygen vacancies on the surface often dramatically alters the adsorption and subsequent reactions of various adsorbates, either on a clean surface or on metal particles supported on the surface. We conducted surface science studies on the surfaces of thin-films rather than on the surfaces of bulk single crystal oxides. The growth, characterization and properties of these thin-films are also examined.« less

  9. Surface studies of gas sensing metal oxides.

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    Batzill, Matthias; Diebold, Ulrike

    2007-05-21

    The relation of surface science studies of single crystal metal oxides to gas sensing applications is reviewed. Most metal oxide gas sensors are used to detect oxidizing or reducing gases and therefore this article focuses on surface reduction processes and the interaction of oxygen with these surfaces. The systems that are discussed are: (i) the oxygen vacancy formation on the surface of the ion conductor CeO(2)(111); (ii) interaction of oxygen with TiO(2) (both adsorption processes and the incorporation of oxygen into the TiO(2)(110) lattice are discussed); (iii) the varying surface composition of SnO(2)(101) and its consequence for the adsorption of water; and (iv) Cu modified ZnO(0001)-Zn surfaces and its interaction with oxygen. These examples are chosen to give a comprehensive overview of surface science studies of different kinds of gas sensing materials and to illustrate the potential that surface science studies have to give fundamental insight into gas sensing phenomena.

  10. The surface chemistry of cerium oxide

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    Mullins, David R.

    2015-03-01

    This review covers the structure of, and chemical reactions on, well-defined cerium oxide surfaces. Ceria, or mixed oxides containing ceria, are critical components in automotive three-way catalysts due to their well-known oxygen storage capacity. Ceria is also emerging as an important material in a number of other catalytic processes, particularly those involving organic oxygenates and the water-gas shift reaction. Ceria's acid-base properties, and thus its catalytic behavior, are closely related to its surface structure where different oxygen anion and cerium cation environments are present on the low-index structural faces. The actual structure of these various faces has been the focus of a number of theoretical and experimental investigations. Ceria is also easily reducible from CeO2 to CeO2-X. The presence of oxygen vacancies on the surface often dramatically alters the adsorption and subsequent reactions of various adsorbates, either on a clean surface or on metal particles supported on the surface. Most surface science studies have been conducted on the surfaces of thin-films rather than on the surfaces of bulk single crystal oxides. The growth, characterization and properties of these thin-films are also examined.

  11. A chemical approach to understanding oxide surfaces

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    Enterkin, James A.; Becerra-Toledo, Andres E.; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R.; Marks, Laurence D.

    2012-02-01

    Chemical bonding has often been ignored in favor of physics based energetic considerations in attempts to understand the structure, stability, and reactivity of oxide surfaces. Herein, we analyze the chemical bonding in published structures of the SrTiO3, MgO, and NiO surfaces using bond valence sum (BVS) analysis. These simple chemical bonding theories compare favorably with far more complex quantum mechanical calculations in assessing surface structure stability. Further, the coordination and bonding of surface structures explains the observed stability in a readily comprehensible manner. Finally, we demonstrate how simple chemical bonding models accurately predict the adsorption of foreign species onto surfaces, and how such models can be used to predict changes in surface structures.

  12. Preparation of superhydrophobic silicon oxide nanowire surfaces.

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    Coffinier, Yannick; Janel, Sébastien; Addad, Ahmed; Blossey, Ralf; Gengembre, Léon; Payen, Edmond; Boukherroub, Rabah

    2007-02-13

    The paper reports on the preparation of superhydrophobic amorphous silicon oxide nanowires (a-SiONWs) on silicon substrates with a contact angle greater than 150 degrees by means of surface roughness and self-assembly. Nanowires with an average mean diameter in the range 20-150 nm and 15-20 microm in length were obtained by the so-called solid-liquid-solid (SLS) technique. The porous nature and the high roughness of the resulting surfaces were confirmed by AFM imaging. The superhydrophobicity resulted from the combined effects of surface roughness and chemical modification with fluorodecyl trichlorosilane.

  13. Advanced oxidation process sanitization of eggshell surfaces.

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    Gottselig, Steven M; Dunn-Horrocks, Sadie L; Woodring, Kristy S; Coufal, Craig D; Duong, Tri

    2016-06-01

    The microbial quality of eggs entering the hatchery represents an important critical control point for biosecurity and pathogen reduction programs in integrated poultry production. The development of safe and effective interventions to reduce microbial contamination on the surface of eggs will be important to improve the overall productivity and microbial food safety of poultry and poultry products. The hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and ultraviolet (UV) light advanced oxidation process is a potentially important alternative to traditional sanitizers and disinfectants for egg sanitation. The H2O2/UV advanced oxidation process was demonstrated previously to be effective in reducing surface microbial contamination on eggs. In this study, we evaluated treatment conditions affecting the efficacy of H2O2/UV advanced oxidation in order to identify operational parameters for the practical application of this technology in egg sanitation. The effect of the number of application cycles, UV intensity, duration of UV exposure, and egg rotation on the recovery of total aerobic bacteria from the surface of eggs was evaluated. Of the conditions evaluated, we determined that reduction of total aerobic bacteria from naturally contaminated eggs was optimized when eggs were sanitized using 2 repeated application cycles with 5 s exposure to 14 mW cm(-2) UV light, and that rotation of the eggs between application cycles was unnecessary. Additionally, using these optimized conditions, the H2O2/UV process reduced Salmonella by greater than 5 log10 cfu egg(-1) on the surface of experimentally contaminated eggs. This study demonstrates the potential for practical application of the H2O2/UV advanced oxidation process in egg sanitation and its effectiveness in reducing Salmonella on eggshell surfaces.

  14. Surface Structure of Aerobically Oxidized Diamond Nanocrystals.

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    Wolcott, Abraham; Schiros, Theanne; Trusheim, Matthew E; Chen, Edward H; Nordlund, Dennis; Diaz, Rosa E; Gaathon, Ophir; Englund, Dirk; Owen, Jonathan S

    2014-11-20

    We investigate the aerobic oxidation of high-pressure, high-temperature nanodiamonds (5-50 nm dimensions) using a combination of carbon and oxygen K-edge X-ray absorption, wavelength-dependent X-ray photoelectron, and vibrational spectroscopies. Oxidation at 575 °C for 2 h eliminates graphitic carbon contamination (>98%) and produces nanocrystals with hydroxyl functionalized surfaces as well as a minor component (<5%) of carboxylic anhydrides. The low graphitic carbon content and the high crystallinity of HPHT are evident from Raman spectra acquired using visible wavelength excitation (λexcit = 633 nm) as well as carbon K-edge X-ray absorption spectra where the signature of a core-hole exciton is observed. Both spectroscopic features are similar to those of chemical vapor deposited (CVD) diamond but differ significantly from the spectra of detonation nanodiamond. The importance of these findings to the functionalization of nanodiamond surfaces for biological labeling applications is discussed.

  15. Surface modification of nanosheet oxide photocatalysts

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    Blair, Victoria L.; Nichols, Eric J.; Liu, Jian; Misture, Scott T.

    2013-03-01

    A range of Aurivillius oxides of the form Bi2An-1BnO3n+3 were evaluated for photodegradation of methylene blue dye. Variants included 2-, 3-, and 4-layered materials with B = Ti, Nb, or Ta and A = alkaline earths, alkali and rare earths. All phases were tested as their parent oxides and after acid-exchange to form stacked protonated nanosheets. Several high-activity catalysts were identified and improvements in the photodegradation rates were achieved both by milling to increase surface area and separately by acid protonation followed by dehydration. Both processes yielded marked improvements in the photodegradation rates, some with more than 3 times improvement. The improvement is attributed to improved adsorption after the surface reconstruction that occurs with acid treatment and dehydration.

  16. Surface Structure of Aerobically Oxidized Diamond Nanocrystals

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the aerobic oxidation of high-pressure, high-temperature nanodiamonds (5–50 nm dimensions) using a combination of carbon and oxygen K-edge X-ray absorption, wavelength-dependent X-ray photoelectron, and vibrational spectroscopies. Oxidation at 575 °C for 2 h eliminates graphitic carbon contamination (>98%) and produces nanocrystals with hydroxyl functionalized surfaces as well as a minor component (<5%) of carboxylic anhydrides. The low graphitic carbon content and the high crystallinity of HPHT are evident from Raman spectra acquired using visible wavelength excitation (λexcit = 633 nm) as well as carbon K-edge X-ray absorption spectra where the signature of a core–hole exciton is observed. Both spectroscopic features are similar to those of chemical vapor deposited (CVD) diamond but differ significantly from the spectra of detonation nanodiamond. The importance of these findings to the functionalization of nanodiamond surfaces for biological labeling applications is discussed. PMID:25436035

  17. Oxide-assisted laser surfacing of aluminum

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    Hoepp, E. E.; Kerr, Hugh W.

    1996-04-01

    CO2 laser processing has been carried out on pure aluminum substrates for travel speeds from 0.3 to 6.1 mm/s, using laser powers of about 100 W or 300 W, with various preplaced single or mixed powders including CoO, NiO, SiO2, Fe2O3 or TiO2 usually combined with enough aluminum powder to permit complete reduction of the oxides. The 100 W laser experiments included low, normal and high gravity experiments. The resulting tracks were tested qualitatively for scratch resistance, and examined metallographically. Two types of surfacing were observed; continuous oxide layers produced by melting and an oxidation- reduction reaction of the original oxides with aluminum, and alloying of the substrate by elements reduced by the reaction. Low gravity experiments produced more uniform thicknesses and generally less cracking in the continuous oxides than normal or high gravity experiments. Alloying of the substrate ranged from almost 100% intermetallic layers at low laser powers and low travel speeds to complex mixtures and bands of different phases, depending on the temporal stability of the process, the powder composition and thickness, the laser power and travel speed. Optimization of the process could provide useful wear resistant coatings in a space environment.

  18. Surface wettability of macroporous anodized aluminum oxide.

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    Buijnsters, Josephus G; Zhong, Rui; Tsyntsaru, Natalia; Celis, Jean-Pierre

    2013-04-24

    The correlation between the structural characteristics and the wetting of anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) surfaces with large pore sizes (>100 nm) is discussed. The roughness-induced wettability is systematically examined for oxide films grown by a two-step, high-field anodization in phosphoric acid of three different concentrations using a commercial aluminum alloy. This is done for the as-synthesized AAO layers, after various degrees of pore widening by a wet chemical etching in phosphoric acid solution, and upon surface modification by either Lauric acid or a silane. The as-grown AAO films feature structurally disordered pore architectures with average pore openings in the range 140-190 nm but with similar interpore distances of about 405 nm. The formation of such AAO structures induces a transition from slightly hydrophilic to moderately hydrophobic surfaces up to film thicknesses of about 6 μm. Increased hydrophobicity is obtained by pore opening and a maximum value of the water contact angle (WCA) of about 128° is measured for AAO arrays with a surface porosity close to 60%. Higher surface porosity by prolonged wet chemical etching leads to a rapid decrease in the WCA as a result of the limited pore wall thickness and partial collapse of the dead-end pore structures. Modification of the AAO surfaces by Lauric acid results in 5-30° higher WCA's, whereas near-superhydrophobicity (WCA ~146°) is realized through silane coating. The "rose petal effect" of strongly hydrophobic wetting with high adhesive force on the produced AAO surfaces is explained by a partial penetration of water through capillary action into the dead-end pore cavities which leads to a wetting state in-between the Wenzel and Cassie states. Moreover, practical guidelines for the synthesis of rough, highly porous AAO structures with controlled wettability are provided and the possibility of forming superhydrophobic surfaces is evaluated.

  19. Titanium oxide antibacterial surfaces in biomedical devices.

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    Visai, Livia; De Nardo, Luigi; Punta, Carlo; Melone, Lucio; Cigada, Alberto; Imbriani, Marcello; Arciola, Carla Renata

    2011-09-01

    Titanium oxide is a heterogeneous catalyst whose efficient photoinduced activity, related to some of its allotropic forms, paved the way for its widespread technological use. Here, we offer a comparative analysis of the use of titanium oxide as coating for materials in biomedical devices. First, we introduce the photoinduced catalytic mechanisms of TiO2 and their action on biological environment and bacteria. Second, we overview the main physical and chemical technologies for structuring suitable TiO2 coatings on biomedical devices. We then present the approaches for in vitro characterization of these surfaces. Finally, we discuss the main aspects of TiO2 photoactivated antimicrobial activity on medical devices and limitations for these types of applications.

  20. Oxidation-driven surface dynamics on NiAl(100)

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    Qin, Hailang; Chen, Xidong; Li, Liang; Sutter, Peter W.; Zhou, Guangwen

    2015-01-01

    Atomic steps, a defect common to all crystal surfaces, can play an important role in many physical and chemical processes. However, attempts to predict surface dynamics under nonequilibrium conditions are usually frustrated by poor knowledge of the atomic processes of surface motion arising from mass transport from/to surface steps. Using low-energy electron microscopy that spatially and temporally resolves oxide film growth during the oxidation of NiAl(100) we demonstrate that surface steps are impermeable to oxide film growth. The advancement of the oxide occurs exclusively on the same terrace and requires the coordinated migration of surface steps. The resulting piling up of surface steps ahead of the oxide growth front progressively impedes the oxide growth. This process is reversed during oxide decomposition. The migration of the substrate steps is found to be a surface-step version of the well-known Hele-Shaw problem, governed by detachment (attachment) of Al atoms at step edges induced by the oxide growth (decomposition). By comparing with the oxidation of NiAl(110) that exhibits unimpeded oxide film growth over substrate steps we suggest that whenever steps are the source of atoms used for oxide growth they limit the oxidation process; when atoms are supplied from the bulk, the oxidation rate is not limited by the motion of surface steps. PMID:25548155

  1. Oxidation-driven surface dynamics on NiAl(100)

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    Qin, Hailang; Chen, Xidong; Li, Liang; ...

    2014-12-29

    Atomic steps, a defect common to all crystal surfaces, can play an important role in many physical and chemical processes. However, attempts to predict surface dynamics under nonequilibrium conditions are usually frustrated by poor knowledge of the atomic processes of surface motion arising from mass transport from/to surface steps. Using low-energy electron microscopy that spatially and temporally resolves oxide film growth during the oxidation of NiAl(100) we demonstrate that surface steps are impermeable to oxide film growth. The advancement of the oxide occurs exclusively on the same terrace and requires the coordinated migration of surface steps. The resulting piling upmore » of surface steps ahead of the oxide growth front progressively impedes the oxide growth. This process is reversed during oxide decomposition. The migration of the substrate steps is found to be a surface-step version of the well-known Hele-Shaw problem, governed by detachment (attachment) of Al atoms at step edges induced by the oxide growth (decomposition). As a result, by comparing with the oxidation of NiAl(110) that exhibits unimpeded oxide film growth over substrate steps, we suggest that whenever steps are the source of atoms used for oxide growth they limit the oxidation process; when atoms are supplied from the bulk, the oxidation rate is not limited by the motion of surface steps.« less

  2. Oxidation-driven surface dynamics on NiAl(100)

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    Qin, Hailang; Chen, Xidong; Li, Liang; Sutter, Peter W.; Zhou, Guangwen

    2015-01-01

    Atomic steps, a defect common to all crystal surfaces, can play an important role in many physical and chemical processes. However, attempts to predict surface dynamics under nonequilibrium conditions are usually frustrated by poor knowledge of the atomic processes of surface motion arising from mass transport from/to surface steps. Using low-energy electron microscopy that spatially and temporally resolves oxide film growth during the oxidation of NiAl(100) we demonstrate that surface steps are impermeable to oxide film growth. The advancement of the oxide occurs exclusively on the same terrace and requires the coordinated migration of surface steps. The resulting piling up of surface steps ahead of the oxide growth front progressively impedes the oxide growth. This process is reversed during oxide decomposition. The migration of the substrate steps is found to be a surface-step version of the well-known Hele-Shaw problem, governed by detachment (attachment) of Al atoms at step edges induced by the oxide growth (decomposition). By comparing with the oxidation of NiAl(110) that exhibits unimpeded oxide film growth over substrate steps we suggest that whenever steps are the source of atoms used for oxide growth they limit the oxidation process; when atoms are supplied from the bulk, the oxidation rate is not limited by the motion of surface steps.

  3. Oxidation-driven surface dynamics on NiAl(100)

    SciTech Connect

    Qin, Hailang; Chen, Xidong; Li, Liang; Sutter, Peter W.; Zhou, Guangwen

    2014-12-29

    Atomic steps, a defect common to all crystal surfaces, can play an important role in many physical and chemical processes. However, attempts to predict surface dynamics under nonequilibrium conditions are usually frustrated by poor knowledge of the atomic processes of surface motion arising from mass transport from/to surface steps. Using low-energy electron microscopy that spatially and temporally resolves oxide film growth during the oxidation of NiAl(100) we demonstrate that surface steps are impermeable to oxide film growth. The advancement of the oxide occurs exclusively on the same terrace and requires the coordinated migration of surface steps. The resulting piling up of surface steps ahead of the oxide growth front progressively impedes the oxide growth. This process is reversed during oxide decomposition. The migration of the substrate steps is found to be a surface-step version of the well-known Hele-Shaw problem, governed by detachment (attachment) of Al atoms at step edges induced by the oxide growth (decomposition). As a result, by comparing with the oxidation of NiAl(110) that exhibits unimpeded oxide film growth over substrate steps, we suggest that whenever steps are the source of atoms used for oxide growth they limit the oxidation process; when atoms are supplied from the bulk, the oxidation rate is not limited by the motion of surface steps.

  4. Structural Imaging of Surface Oxidation and Oxidation Catalysis on Ru(0001)

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    Flege, J.; Hrbek, J; Sutter, P

    2008-01-01

    Using simultaneous imaging and structural fingerprinting under reaction conditions, we probe the initial oxidation pathway and CO oxidation catalysis on Ru(0001). Oxidation beyond an initial (1 x 1)-O adlayer phase produces a heterogeneous surface, comprising a disordered trilayerlike surface oxide and an ordered RuO{sub 2}(110) thin-film oxide, which form independently and exhibit similar stability. The surface oxide and RuO{sub 2} phases both show high intrinsic catalytic activity. The oxygen adlayer is inactive in isolation but becomes active due to cooperative effects in close proximity to the surface oxide.

  5. Surface Structure of Aerobically Oxidized Diamond Nanocrystals

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    Wolcott, Abraham; Schiros, Theanne; Trusheim, Matthew E.; Chen, Edward H.; Nordlund, Dennis; Diaz, Rosa E.; Gaaton, Ophir; Englund, Dirk; Owen, Jonathan S.

    2014-10-27

    Here we investigate the aerobic oxidation of high-pressure, high-temperature nanodiamonds (5–50 nm dimensions) using a combination of carbon and oxygen K-edge X-ray absorption, wavelength-dependent X-ray photoelectron, and vibrational spectroscopies. Oxidation at 575 °C for 2 h eliminates graphitic carbon contamination (>98%) and produces nanocrystals with hydroxyl functionalized surfaces as well as a minor component (<5%) of carboxylic anhydrides. The low graphitic carbon content and the high crystallinity of HPHT are evident from Raman spectra acquired using visible wavelength excitation (λexcit = 633 nm) as well as carbon K-edge X-ray absorption spectra where the signature of a core–hole exciton is observed. Both spectroscopic features are similar to those of chemical vapor deposited (CVD) diamond but differ significantly from the spectra of detonation nanodiamond. Lastly, we discuss the importance of these findings to the functionalization of nanodiamond surfaces for biological labeling applications.

  6. Surface Structure of Aerobically Oxidized Diamond Nanocrystals

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    Wolcott, Abraham; Schiros, Theanne; Trusheim, Matthew E.; ...

    2014-10-27

    Here we investigate the aerobic oxidation of high-pressure, high-temperature nanodiamonds (5–50 nm dimensions) using a combination of carbon and oxygen K-edge X-ray absorption, wavelength-dependent X-ray photoelectron, and vibrational spectroscopies. Oxidation at 575 °C for 2 h eliminates graphitic carbon contamination (>98%) and produces nanocrystals with hydroxyl functionalized surfaces as well as a minor component (<5%) of carboxylic anhydrides. The low graphitic carbon content and the high crystallinity of HPHT are evident from Raman spectra acquired using visible wavelength excitation (λexcit = 633 nm) as well as carbon K-edge X-ray absorption spectra where the signature of a core–hole exciton is observed.more » Both spectroscopic features are similar to those of chemical vapor deposited (CVD) diamond but differ significantly from the spectra of detonation nanodiamond. Lastly, we discuss the importance of these findings to the functionalization of nanodiamond surfaces for biological labeling applications.« less

  7. Radiolysis of water with aluminum oxide surfaces

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    Reiff, Sarah C.; LaVerne, Jay A.

    2017-02-01

    Aluminum oxide, Al2O3, nanoparticles with water were irradiated with γ-rays and 5 MeV He ions followed by the determination of the production of molecular hydrogen, H2, and characterization of changes in the particle surface. Surface analysis techniques included: diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFT), nitrogen absorption with the Brunauer - Emmett - Teller (BET) methodology for surface area determination, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Production of H2 by γ-ray radiolysis was determined for samples with adsorbed water and for Al2O3 - water slurries. For Al2O3 samples with adsorbed water, the radiation chemical yield of H2 was measured as 80±20 molecules/100 eV (1 molecule/100 eV=1.04×10-7 mol/J). The yield of H2 was observed to decrease as the amount of water present in the Al2O3 - water slurries increased. Surface studies indicated that the α-phase Al2O3 samples changed phase following irradiation by He ions, and that the oxyhydroxide layer, present on the pristine sample, is removed by γ-ray and He ion irradiation.

  8. Non-conventional halide oxidation pathways : oxidation by imidazole triplet and surface specific oxidation by ozone

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    Ammann, Markus; Corral-Arroyo, Pablo; Aellig, Raphael; Orlando, Fabrizio; Lee, Ming-Tao; Artiglia, Luca

    2016-04-01

    Oxidation of halide ions (chloride, bromide, iodide) are the starting point of halogen release mechanisms out of sea water, marine aerosol or other halide containing continental aerosols. Slow oxidation of chloride and bromide by ozone in the bulk aqueous phase is of limited relevance. Faster surface specific oxidation has been suggested based on heterogeneous kinetics experiments. We provide first insight into very efficient bromide oxidation by ozone at the aqueous solution - air interface by surface sensitive X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicating significant build-up of an oxidized intermediate at the surface within millisecond time scales. The second source of oxidants in the condensed we have considered is the absorption of light by triplet forming photosensitizers at wavelengths longer than needed for direct photolysis and radical formation. We have performed coated wall flow tube experiments with mixtures of citric acid (CA) and imidazole-2-carboxaldehyde (IC) to represent secondary organic material rich marine aerosol. The halide ions bromide and iodide have been observed to act as efficient electron donors leading to their oxidation, HO2 formation and finally release of molecular halogen compounds. The photosensitization of imidazole-2-carboxaldehyde (IC) involves a well-known mechanism where the triplet excited state of IC is reduced by citric acid to a reduced ketyl radical that reacts with halide ions. A competition kinetics approach has been used to evaluate the rate limiting steps and to assess the significance of this source of halogens to the gas phase.

  9. Oxide modified air electrode surface for high temperature electrochemical cells

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    Singh, Prabhakar; Ruka, Roswell J.

    1992-01-01

    An electrochemical cell is made having a porous cermet electrode (16) and a porous lanthanum manganite electrode (14), with solid oxide electrolyte (15) between them, where the lanthanum manganite surface next to the electrolyte contains a thin discontinuous layer of high surface area cerium oxide and/or praseodymium oxide, preferably as discrete particles (30) in contact with the air electrode and electrolyte.

  10. Dynamics of photoinduced reactions at oxide surfaces

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    Al-Shamery, K.

    1996-11-01

    This report summarizes our work on UV-laser induced desorption of small molecules and atoms from transition metal oxides. The systems presented serve as examples for a simple photochemical reaction, the fission of the molecule surface bond. State resolved detection methods were used to record the final state distributions of the desorbing neutral molecules. Detailed results on the systems NO/NiO(1 1 1) and CO/Cr2O3(0 0 0 1) are presented. The experiments include investigations on stereodynamic aspects like the angular distributions of the desorbing molecules and, in the case of CO desorption, the rotational alignment with respect to the surface normal. Large desorption cross sections of (6±1) ṡ 10-17 cm2 for NO and (3.5±1) ṡ 10-17 cm2 for CO have been found for the desorption at 6.4 eV. The wavelength dependence indicates that the primary excitation step is substrate induced. The final state distributions show a high degree of translational, rotational and vibrational excitation and are clearly nonthermal of origin. The results are consistent with the formation of a negative ion intermediate state of the adsorbate. This observation is supported from a comparison to former results on NO/NiO(1 0 0) for which extensive ab initio calculations including electronically excited states exist. A spin state dependence of the vibrational excitation of NO could only be observed for NO/NiO(1 1 1) and is absent for NO/NiO(1 0 0). We attribute this observation to a spin state dependent coupling of the desorbing molecule to the surface in case the spin lattice orientation of the surface shows a preferential orientation. In the (1 1 1) plane the spin orientation is parallel within neighbour nickel ions while it is alternating in the (1 0 0) plane. For both systems studied the velocity component parallel to the surface is constant leading to a strong peaking along the surface normal for the fast molecules. The change from a preferred helicopter rotation (angular momentum

  11. Atomic species recognition on oxide surfaces using low temperature scanning probe microscopy

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    Ma, Zong Min; Shi, Yun Bo; Mu, Ji Liang; Qu, Zhang; Zhang, Xiao Ming; Qin, Li; Liu, Jun

    2017-02-01

    In scanning probe microscopy (SPM), the chemical properties and sharpness of the tips of the cantilever greatly influence the scanning of a sample surface. Variation in the chemical properties of the sharp tip apex can induce transformation of the SPM images. In this research, we explore the relationship between the tip and the structure of a sample surface using dynamic atomic force microscopy (AFM) on a Cu(110)-O surface under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) at low temperature (78 K). We observed two different c(6 × 2) phase types in which super-Cu atoms show as a bright spot when the tip apex is of O atoms and O atoms show as a bright spot when the tip apex is of Cu atoms. We also found that the electronic state of the tip has a serious effect on the resolution and stability of the sample surface, and provide an explanation for these phenomena. This technique can be used to identify atom species on sample surfaces, and represents an important development in the SPM technique.

  12. Pretreatment of lubricated surfaces with sputtered cadmium oxide

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    Fusaro, Robert L. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    Cadmium oxide is used with a dry solid lubricant on a surface to improve wear resistance. The surface topography is first altered by photochemical etching to a predetermined pattern. The cadmium oxide is then sputtered onto the altered surface to form an intermediate layer to more tightly hold the dry lubricant, such as graphite.

  13. The Wetting of Ceramic Opaque Suspensions on Oxidized Alloy Surfaces,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-06-10

    effective application of opaque porcelain, liquid mediums should wet oxidized metal surfaces well (indicated by a low contact angle ). The liquid-metal...of various metals, liquids, surface preparation, and possible interactions on wetting. Five opaque liquid mediums were evaluated photographically by sessile drop contact angle measurements on five oxidized metal surfaces.

  14. Mechanisms for the near-UV photodissociation of CH{sub 3}I on D{sub 2}O/Cu(110)

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    Miller, E. R.; Muirhead, G. D.; Jensen, E. T.

    2013-02-28

    The system of CH{sub 3}I adsorbed on submonolayer, monolayer, and multilayer thin films of D{sub 2}O on Cu(110) has been studied by measuring the time of flight (TOF) distributions of the desorbing CH{sub 3} fragments after photodissociation using linearly polarized {lambda} = 248 nm light. For multilayer D{sub 2}O films (2-120 ML), the photodissociation is dominated by neutral photodissociation via the 'A-band' absorption of CH{sub 3}I. The polarization and angle dependent variation in the observed TOF spectra of the CH{sub 3} photofragments find that dissociation is largely via the {sup 3}Q{sub 0} excited state, but that also a contribution via the {sup 1}Q{sub 1} excitation can be identified. The photodissociation results also indicate that the CH{sub 3}I adsorbed on D{sub 2}O forms close-packed islands at submonolayer coverages, with a mixture of C-I bond axis orientations. For monolayer and submonolayer quantities of D{sub 2}O we have observed a contribution to CH{sub 3}I photodissociation via dissociative electron attachment (DEA) by photoelectrons. The observed DEA is consistent with delocalized photoelectrons from the substrate causing the observed dissociation- we do not find evidence for an enhanced DEA mechanism via the temporary solvation of photoelectrons in localized states of the D{sub 2}O ice.

  15. Generation of singlet oxygen on the surface of metal oxides

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    Kiselev, V. M.; Kislyakov, I. M.; Burchinov, A. N.

    2016-04-01

    Generation of singlet oxygen on the surface of metal oxides is studied. It is shown that, under conditions of heterogeneous photo-catalysis, along with the conventional mechanism of singlet oxygen formation due to the formation of electron-hole pairs in the oxide structure, there is an additional and more efficient mechanism involving direct optical excitation of molecular oxygen adsorbed on the oxide surface. The excited adsorbate molecule then interacts with the surface or with other adsorbate molecules. It is shown that, with respect to singlet oxygen generation, yttrium oxide is more than an order of magnitude more efficient than other oxides, including titanium dioxide.

  16. Microwave properties of thermochromic metal oxide surfaces

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    Ousbäck, Jan-Olof; Kariis, Hans

    2006-09-01

    Thermochromic metal oxides with a Mott transition, such as vanadium dioxide (VO II) exhibit an extensive alteration in their infrared reflectivity when heated above the transition temperature. For VO II the infrared reflectivity increases as the material becomes more metal-like above the transition temperature at 68°C. Given these dynamic electromagnetic properties in the IR-range, it is interesting to study the reflection of the material also in other wavelength ranges. The microwave properties of VO II as a function of temperature have been investigated here. Measurements were made with an automated network analyzer combined with an electrical heating unit. Reflection properties of VO II in the microwave region were determined. Above the transition temperature, an increase in the reflection of the surface was observed. The VO II became more metal-like in the whole measured microwave frequency range, as in the infrared region. It is concluded that VO II not only can be used to adapt the thermal emissivity of a surface but also to control the microwave reflectivity. Possible applications are switchable radomes, switchable radarabsorbers and heat protection for antenna apertures.

  17. Control of Surface and Edge Oxidation on Phosphorene.

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    Kuntz, Kaci L; Wells, Rebekah A; Hu, Jun; Yang, Teng; Dong, Baojuan; Guo, Huaihong; Woomer, Adam H; Druffel, Daniel L; Alabanza, Anginelle; Tománek, David; Warren, Scott C

    2017-03-15

    Phosphorene is emerging as an important two-dimensional semiconductor, but controlling the surface chemistry of phosphorene remains a significant challenge. Here, we show that controlled oxidation of phosphorene determines the composition and spatial distribution of the resulting oxide. We used X-ray photoemission spectroscopy to measure the binding energy shifts that accompany oxidation. We interpreted these spectra by calculating the binding energy shift for 24 likely bonding configurations, including phosphorus oxides and hydroxides located on the basal surface or edges of flakes. After brief exposure to high-purity oxygen or high-purity water vapor at room temperature, we observed phosphorus in the +1 and +2 oxidation states; longer exposures led to a large population of phosphorus in the +3 oxidation state. To provide insight into the spatial distribution of the oxide, transmission electron microscopy was performed at several stages during the oxidation. We found crucial differences between oxygen and water oxidants: while pure oxygen produced an oxide layer on the van der Waals surface, water oxidized the material at pre-existing defects such as edges or steps. We propose a mechanism based on the thermodynamics of electron transfer to interpret these observations. This work opens a route to functionalize the basal surface or edges of two-dimensional (2D) black phosphorus through site-selective chemical reactions and presents the opportunity to explore the synthesis of 2D phosphorene oxide by oxidation.

  18. Engineering Polarons at a Metal Oxide Surface

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    Yim, C. M.; Watkins, M. B.; Wolf, M. J.; Pang, C. L.; Hermansson, K.; Thornton, G.

    2016-09-01

    Polarons in metal oxides are important in processes such as catalysis, high temperature superconductivity, and dielectric breakdown in nanoscale electronics. Here, we study the behavior of electron small polarons associated with oxygen vacancies at rutile TiO2(110 ) , using a combination of low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), density functional theory, and classical molecular dynamics calculations. We find that the electrons are symmetrically distributed around isolated vacancies at 78 K, but as the temperature is reduced, their distributions become increasingly asymmetric, confirming their polaronic nature. By manipulating isolated vacancies with the STM tip, we show that particular configurations of polarons are preferred for given locations of the vacancies, which we ascribe to small residual electric fields in the surface. We also form a series of vacancy complexes and manipulate the Ti ions surrounding them, both of which change the associated electronic distributions. Thus, we demonstrate that the configurations of polarons can be engineered, paving the way for the construction of conductive pathways relevant to resistive switching devices.

  19. Surface and sub-surface thermal oxidation of thin ruthenium films

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    Coloma Ribera, R.; van de Kruijs, R. W. E.; Kokke, S.; Zoethout, E.; Yakshin, A. E.; Bijkerk, F.

    2014-09-01

    A mixed 2D (film) and 3D (nano-column) growth of ruthenium oxide has been experimentally observed for thermally oxidized polycrystalline ruthenium thin films. Furthermore, in situ x-ray reflectivity upon annealing allowed the detection of 2D film growth as two separate layers consisting of low density and high density oxides. Nano-columns grow at the surface of the low density oxide layer, with the growth rate being limited by diffusion of ruthenium through the formed oxide film. Simultaneously, with the growth of the columns, sub-surface high density oxide continues to grow limited by diffusion of oxygen or ruthenium through the oxide film.

  20. Surface and sub-surface thermal oxidation of thin ruthenium films

    SciTech Connect

    Coloma Ribera, R.; Kruijs, R. W. E. van de; Yakshin, A. E.; Bijkerk, F.; Kokke, S.; Zoethout, E.

    2014-09-29

    A mixed 2D (film) and 3D (nano-column) growth of ruthenium oxide has been experimentally observed for thermally oxidized polycrystalline ruthenium thin films. Furthermore, in situ x-ray reflectivity upon annealing allowed the detection of 2D film growth as two separate layers consisting of low density and high density oxides. Nano-columns grow at the surface of the low density oxide layer, with the growth rate being limited by diffusion of ruthenium through the formed oxide film. Simultaneously, with the growth of the columns, sub-surface high density oxide continues to grow limited by diffusion of oxygen or ruthenium through the oxide film.

  1. Electrostatic potentials for metal-oxide surfaces and interfaces

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    Streitz, F. H.; Mintmire, J. W.

    1994-10-01

    As most technologically important metals will form oxides readily, any complete study of adhesion at real metal surfaces must include the metal-oxide interface. The role of this ubiquitous oxide layer cannot be overlooked, as the adhesive properties of the oxide or oxide-metal system can be expected to differ profoundly from the adhesive properties of a bare metal surface. We report on the development of a computational method for molecular-dynamics simulations, which explicitly includes variable charge transfer between anions and cations. This method is found to be capable of describing the elastic properties, surface energies, and surface relaxation of crystalline metal oxides accurately. We discuss in detail results using this method for α-alumina and several of its low-index faces.

  2. Biocompatilibity-related surface characteristics of oxidized NiTi.

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    Danilov, Anatoli; Tuukkanen, Tuomas; Tuukkanen, Juha; Jämsä, Timo

    2007-09-15

    In the present study, we examined the effect of NiTi oxidation on material surface characteristics related to biocompatibility. Correspondence between electron work function (EWF) and adhesive force predicted by electron theory of adsorption as well as the effect of surface mechanical stress on the adhesive force were studied on the nonoxidized and oxidized at 350, 450, and 600 degrees C NiTi alloy for medical application. The adhesive force generated by the material surface towards the drops of alpha-minimal essential medium (alpha-MEM) was used as a characteristic of NiTi adsorption properties. The study showed that variations in EWF and mechanical stress caused by surface treatment were accompanied by variations in adhesive force. NiTi oxidation at all temperatures used gave rise to decrease in adhesive force and surface stress values in comparison to the nonoxidized state. In contrary, the EWF value revealed increase under the same condition. Variations in surface oxide layer thickness and its phase composition were also followed. The important role of oxide crystallite size in EWF values within the range of crystallite dimensions typical for NiTi surface oxide as an instrument for the fine regulation of NiTi adsorption properties was demonstrated. The comparative oxidation of pure titanium and NiTi showed that the effect of Ni on the EWF value of NiTi surface oxide is negligible.

  3. Surface oxidation of metals by oxygen ion bombardment

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    Alov, Nikolai V.

    2007-03-01

    Surface oxidation of molybdenum, tungsten, niobium and tantalum by low-energy oxygen ion beams is investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Oxygen ion bombardment of molybdenum and tungsten surfaces leads to the formation of thin oxide films containing metals in oxidation states 4+, 5+ and 6+. At the initial stage of irradiation, rapid surface oxidation of molybdenum and tungsten was observed. At higher fluences the oxidation reaches saturation and the surface composition remains almost unchanged with increasing fluence. Oxygen ion bombardment of niobium and tantalum surfaces leads to the formation of thin oxide films containing niobium and tantalum in oxidation states 2+, 4+ and 5+. At the initial stage of irradiation, again rapid surface oxidation of niobium and tantalum was observed. At higher fluences the population of Nb2+ and Nb4+, Ta2+ and Ta4+ reaches a maximum and then begins to decrease. The population of Nb5+ and Ta5+ continues to increase and finally the entire oxide films consists of only Nb5+ and Ta5+, respectively.

  4. Oxide Cathode Mechanisms: Electronic and Structural Features of Oxide Cathode Surfaces.

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    1985-01-01

    journals shall ensue as follows: (i) in form by Elsevier under the title Isorption and (Cont) 17. COSATI CODES 18. SUBJECT TERMS ( Continue on reverse it...Lminescence from Oxide Surfaces 19. ABSTRACT ( Continue on reverse if necesary and identify by block number) Continued fran Blk 11: and Structural...Features of Oxide Cathode Surfaces. Continued fran Blk 16: Catalysis om Oxide Surfaces" (ii) in JCS Faraday Transaction I as two scientific papers

  5. Kinetics of thermally oxidation of Ge(100) surface

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    Sahari, S. K.; Ohta, A.; Matsui, M.; Mishima, K.; Murakami, H.; Higashi, S.; Miyazaki, S.

    2013-03-01

    Thermal oxidation of a Ge(100) surface was investigated by using spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Ge oxide was grown in the temperature range of 375 to 550°C in dry-O2 ambience at atmospheric pressure. Although the Ge-oxide growth rate shows a linear relationship in a log-log plot at a fixed temperature, and the slope indicates an enhancement of GeO desorption at oxidation temperatures over 490°C. The GeO desorption was also confirmed from the XPS analysis of the Si surface which was oxidized simultaneously with the Ge(100) surface. Thus, the Ge thermal oxidation at atmospheric pressure cannot be explained simply by the Deal-Grove model, in which the contribution of thermal desorption of Ge monoxide must be taken into account.

  6. Structure, Bonding and Surface Chemistry of Metal Oxide Nanoclusters

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-06-23

    AFRL-OSR-VA-TR-2015-0191 Structure , Bonding and Surface Chemistry of Metal Oxide Nanoclusters Michael Duncan UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA RESEARCH...2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Structure , Bonding and Surface Chemistry of Metal Oxide Nanoclusters 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER FA9550-12-1...Back (Rev. 8/98) DISTRIBUTION A: Distribution approved for public release. Final Report Project title: Structure , Bonding and Surface Chemistry of

  7. Surface etching and roughening in integrated processing of thermal oxides

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    Offenberg, M.; Liehr, M.; Rubloff, G. W.

    1991-04-01

    A multichamber UHV processing and analysis system has been used to study integrated thermal oxide processing, in which the final precleaning process and the thermal oxidation process are integrated by employing transfer of the wafers through ultraclean, inert ambients (purified, dry N2 and then ultrahigh vacuum). The Al-gate MOS capacitors show high breakdown fields (approximately 12 MV/cm) when a thin oxide passivation layer is present prior to oxidation, but low fields (less than 6 MV/cm) when the Si surface is initially oxygen free. This contrasting behavior is caused by the etching of Si surfaces which occurs at elevated temperature in the presence of trace concentration (approximately 100 ppb) of oxygen (e.g., 2 Si + O2 yields 2SiO2), leading to surface roughening and then field enhancement at asperities in the structure. Oxide surface passivation prevents etching and assures the dielectric integrity of the structure.

  8. Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Surface Functionalization Strategies

    PubMed Central

    2008-01-01

    Surface functionalized magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) are a kind of novel functional materials, which have been widely used in the biotechnology and catalysis. This review focuses on the recent development and various strategies in preparation, structure, and magnetic properties of naked and surface functionalized iron oxide NPs and their corresponding application briefly. In order to implement the practical application, the particles must have combined properties of high magnetic saturation, stability, biocompatibility, and interactive functions at the surface. Moreover, the surface of iron oxide NPs could be modified by organic materials or inorganic materials, such as polymers, biomolecules, silica, metals, etc. The problems and major challenges, along with the directions for the synthesis and surface functionalization of iron oxide NPs, are considered. Finally, some future trends and prospective in these research areas are also discussed. PMID:21749733

  9. High-Temperature Oxide Regrowth on Mechanically-Damaged Surfaces

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    Blau, Peter Julian; Lowe, Tracie M

    2008-01-01

    Here we report the effects of mechanical damage from a sharp stylus on the regrowth of oxide layers on a Ni-based superalloy known as Pyromet 80A . It was found that the oxide that reformed on the damaged portion of a pre-oxidized surface differed from that which formed on undamaged areas after the equal exposures to elevated temperature in air. These findings have broad implications for modeling the processes of material degradation in applications such as exhaust valves in internal combustion engines because they imply that static oxidation data for candidate materials may not adequately reflect their reaction to operating environments that involve both mechanical contact and oxidation.

  10. Interactions of graphene oxide nanomaterials with natural organic matter and metal oxide surfaces.

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    Chowdhury, Indranil; Duch, Matthew C; Mansukhani, Nikhita D; Hersam, Mark C; Bouchard, Dermont

    2014-08-19

    Interactions of graphene oxide (GO) nanomaterials with natural organic matter (NOM) and metal oxide surfaces were investigated using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). Three different types of NOM were studied: Suwannee River humic and fulvic acids (SRHA and SRFA) and alginate. Aluminum oxide surface was used as a model metal oxide surface. Deposition trends show that GO has the highest attachment on alginate, followed by SRFA, SRHA, and aluminum oxide surfaces, and that GO displayed higher interactions with all investigated surfaces than with silica. Deposition and release behavior of GO on aluminum oxide surface is very similar to positively charged poly-L-lysine-coated surface. Higher interactions of GO with NOM-coated surfaces are attributed to the hydroxyl, epoxy, and carboxyl functional groups of GO; higher deposition on alginate-coated surfaces is attributed to the rougher surface created by the extended conformation of the larger alginate macromolecules. Both ionic strength (IS) and ion valence (Na(+) vs Ca(2+)) had notable impact on interactions of GO with different environmental surfaces. Due to charge screening, increased IS resulted in greater deposition for NOM-coated surfaces. Release behavior of deposited GO varied significantly between different environmental surfaces. All surfaces showed significant release of deposited GO upon introduction of low IS water, indicating that deposition of GO on these surfaces is reversible. Release of GO from NOM-coated surfaces decreased with IS due to charge screening. Release rates of deposited GO from alginate-coated surface were significantly lower than from SRHA and SRFA-coated surfaces due to trapping of GO within the rough surface of the alginate layer.

  11. Reporting central tendencies of chamber measured surface emission and oxidation.

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    Abichou, Tarek; Clark, Jeremy; Chanton, Jeffery

    2011-05-01

    Methane emissions, concentrations, and oxidation were measured on eleven MSW landfills in eleven states spanning from California to Pennsylvania during the three year study. The flux measurements were performed using a static chamber technique. Initial concentration samples were collected immediately after placement of the flux chamber. Oxidation of the emitted methane was evaluated using stable isotope techniques. When reporting overall surface emissions and percent oxidation for a landfill cover, central tendencies are typically used to report "averages" of the collected data. The objective of this study was to determine the best way to determine and report central tendencies. Results showed that 89% of the data sets of collected surface flux have lognormal distributions, 83% of the surface concentration data sets are also lognormal. Sixty seven percent (67%) of the isotope measured percent oxidation data sets are normally distributed. The distribution of data for all eleven landfills provides insight of the central tendencies of emissions, concentrations, and percent oxidation. When reporting the "average" measurement for both flux and concentration data collected at the surface of a landfill, statistical analyses provided insight supporting the use of the geometric mean. But the arithmetic mean can accurately represent the percent oxidation, as measured with the stable isotope technique. We examined correlations between surface CH(4) emissions and surface air CH(4) concentrations. Correlation of the concentration and flux values using the geometric mean proved to be a good fit (R(2)=0.86), indicating that surface scans are a good way of identifying locations of high emissions.

  12. Rates of oxidative weathering on the surface of Mars

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    Burns, Roger G.

    1992-01-01

    Implicit in the mnemonic 'MSATT' (Mars surface and atmosphere through time) is that rates of surface processes on Mars through time should be investigated, including studies of the kinetics and mechanism of oxidative weathering reactions occurring in the Martian regolith. Such measurements are described. Two major elements analyzed in the Viking Lander XRF experiment that are most vulnerable to atmospheric oxidation are iron and sulfur. Originally, they occurred as Fe(2+)-bearing silicate and sulfide minerals in basaltic rocks on the surface of Mars. However, chemical weathering reactions through time have produced ferric- and sulfate-bearing assemblages now visible in the Martian regolith. Such observations raise several question about: (1) when the oxidative weathering reactions took place on Mars; (2) whether or not the oxidized regolith is a fossilized remnant of past weathering processes; (3) deducting chemical interactions of the ancient Martian atmosphere with its surface from surviving phases; (4) possible weathering reactions still occurring in the frozen regolith; and (5) the kinetics and mechanism of past and present-day oxidative reactions on Mars. These questions may be addressed experimentally by studying reaction rates of dissolution and oxidation of basaltic minerals, and by identifying reaction products forming on the mineral surfaces. Results for the oxidation of pyrrhotite and dissolved ferrous iron are reported.

  13. Improve oxidation resistance at high temperature by nanocrystalline surface layer

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    Xia, Z. X.; Zhang, C.; Huang, X. F.; Liu, W. B.; Yang, Z. G.

    2015-08-01

    An interesting change of scale sequence occurred during oxidation of nanocrystalline surface layer by means of a surface mechanical attrition treatment. The three-layer oxide structure from the surface towards the matrix is Fe3O4, spinel FeCr2O4 and corundum (Fe,Cr)2O3, which is different from the typical two-layer scale consisted of an Fe3O4 outer layer and an FeCr2O4 inner layer in conventional P91 steel. The diffusivity of Cr, Fe and O is enhanced concurrently in the nanocrystalline surface layer, which causes the fast oxidation in the initial oxidation stage. The formation of (Fe,Cr)2O3 inner layer would inhabit fast diffusion of alloy elements in the nanocrystalline surface layer of P91 steel in the later oxidation stage, and it causes a decrease in the parabolic oxidation rate compared with conventional specimens. This study provides a novel approach to improve the oxidation resistance of heat resistant steel without changing its Cr content.

  14. Improve oxidation resistance at high temperature by nanocrystalline surface layer

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    Xia, Z. X.; Zhang, C.; Huang, X. F.; Liu, W. B.; Yang, Z. G.

    2015-01-01

    An interesting change of scale sequence occurred during oxidation of nanocrystalline surface layer by means of a surface mechanical attrition treatment. The three-layer oxide structure from the surface towards the matrix is Fe3O4, spinel FeCr2O4 and corundum (Fe,Cr)2O3, which is different from the typical two-layer scale consisted of an Fe3O4 outer layer and an FeCr2O4 inner layer in conventional P91 steel. The diffusivity of Cr, Fe and O is enhanced concurrently in the nanocrystalline surface layer, which causes the fast oxidation in the initial oxidation stage. The formation of (Fe,Cr)2O3 inner layer would inhabit fast diffusion of alloy elements in the nanocrystalline surface layer of P91 steel in the later oxidation stage, and it causes a decrease in the parabolic oxidation rate compared with conventional specimens. This study provides a novel approach to improve the oxidation resistance of heat resistant steel without changing its Cr content. PMID:26269034

  15. MOISTURE AND SURFACE AREA MEASUREMENTS OF PLUTONIUM-BEARING OXIDES

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    Crowder, M.; Duffey, J.; Livingston, R.; Scogin, J.; Kessinger, G.; Almond, P.

    2009-09-28

    To ensure safe storage, plutonium-bearing oxides are stabilized at 950 C for at least two hours in an oxidizing atmosphere. Stabilization conditions are expected to decompose organic impurities, convert metals to oxides, and result in moisture content below 0.5 wt%. During stabilization, the specific surface area is reduced, which minimizes readsorption of water onto the oxide surface. Plutonium oxides stabilized according to these criteria were sampled and analyzed to determine moisture content and surface area. In addition, samples were leached in water to identify water-soluble chloride impurity content. Results of these analyses for seven samples showed that the stabilization process produced low moisture materials (< 0.2 wt %) with low surface area ({le} 1 m{sup 2}/g). For relatively pure materials, the amount of water per unit surface area corresponded to 1.5 to 3.5 molecular layers of water. For materials with chloride content > 360 ppm, the calculated amount of water per unit surface area increased with chloride content, indicating hydration of hygroscopic salts present in the impure PuO{sub 2}-containing materials. The low moisture, low surface area materials in this study did not generate detectable hydrogen during storage of four or more years.

  16. New perspectives on thermal and hyperthermal oxidation of silicon surfaces

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    Khalilov, Umedjon

    The growth of (ultra)thin silica (SiO2) layers on crystalline silicon (c-Si) and controlling the thickness of SiO2 is an important issue in the fabrication of microelectronics and photovoltaic devices (e.g., MOSFETs, solar cells, optical fibers etc.). Such ultrathin oxide can be grown and tuned even at low temperature (including room temperature), by hyperthermal oxidation or when performed on non-planar Si surfaces (e.g., Si nanowires or spheres). However, hyperthermal silica growth as well as small Si-NW oxidation in general and the initial stages in particular have not yet been investigated in full detail. This work is therefore devoted to controlling ultrathin silica thickness on planar and non-planar Si surfaces, which can open new perspectives in nanodevice fabrication. The simulation of hyperthermal (1-100 eV) Si oxidation demonstrate that at low impact energy (<10 eV), oxygen does not damage the Si surface and this energy region could thus beneficially be used for Si oxidation. In contrast to thermal oxidation, 10 eV species can directly oxidize Si subsurface layers. A transition temperature of about 700 K was found: below this temperature, the oxide thickness only depends on the impact energy of the impinging species. Above this temperature, the oxide thickness depends on the impact energy, type of oxidant and the surface temperature. The results show that control over the ultrathin oxide (a-SiO2) thickness is possible by hyperthermal oxidation of silicon surfaces at temperatures below the transition temperature. In small Si-NWs, oxidation is a self-limiting process that occurs at low temperature, resulting in small Si core - SiO2 shell (semiconductor + dielectric) or c-Si|SiOx| a-SiO2 nanowire, which has also being envisaged to be used as nanowire field-effect transistors and photovoltaic devices in near-future nanotechnology. Above the transition temperature such core-shell nanowires are completely converted to a-SiO2 nanowires. It can be concluded that

  17. Surface passivation of semiconducting oxides by self-assembled nanoparticles

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    Park, Dae-Sung; Wang, Haiyuan; Vasheghani Farahani, Sepehr K.; Walker, Marc; Bhatnagar, Akash; Seghier, Djelloul; Choi, Chel-Jong; Kang, Jie-Hun; McConville, Chris F.

    2016-01-01

    Physiochemical interactions which occur at the surfaces of oxide materials can significantly impair their performance in many device applications. As a result, surface passivation of oxide materials has been attempted via several deposition methods and with a number of different inert materials. Here, we demonstrate a novel approach to passivate the surface of a versatile semiconducting oxide, zinc oxide (ZnO), evoking a self-assembly methodology. This is achieved via thermodynamic phase transformation, to passivate the surface of ZnO thin films with BeO nanoparticles. Our unique approach involves the use of BexZn1-xO (BZO) alloy as a starting material that ultimately yields the required coverage of secondary phase BeO nanoparticles, and prevents thermally-induced lattice dissociation and defect-mediated chemisorption, which are undesirable features observed at the surface of undoped ZnO. This approach to surface passivation will allow the use of semiconducting oxides in a variety of different electronic applications, while maintaining the inherent properties of the materials. PMID:26757827

  18. Solid-state, surface, and catalytic properties of oxides

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    Kung, H. H.

    1981-08-01

    Catalysis by transition metal oxides was investigated and four areas are emphasized. In the first area, an adsorbed oxygen species on iron oxide was characterized. This species desorb, with an activation energy of 38 kcal/mole, and it has a coverage of 1.4 x 10(16) molecules/m(2). Its desorption follows a second order kinetics suggesting that it is an atomic species. The high activation energy suggests that the species may only be active in total oxidation. In the second area, ZnO surfaces containing controlled defects in the form of steps were studied. It is found that the nonpolar flat a stepped and a polar surface behave differently. The CO2 adsorbs with increasing strength on these three surfaces in this order. Methanol does not decompose on a stoichiometric. The stepped surface is active in methanol decomposition in the manner like the vacancy.

  19. A molecular catalyst for water oxidation that binds to metal oxide surfaces

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    Sheehan, Stafford W.; Thomsen, Julianne M.; Hintermair, Ulrich; Crabtree, Robert H.; Brudvig, Gary W.; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A.

    2015-01-01

    Molecular catalysts are known for their high activity and tunability, but their solubility and limited stability often restrict their use in practical applications. Here we describe how a molecular iridium catalyst for water oxidation directly and robustly binds to oxide surfaces without the need for any external stimulus or additional linking groups. On conductive electrode surfaces, this heterogenized molecular catalyst oxidizes water with low overpotential, high turnover frequency and minimal degradation. Spectroscopic and electrochemical studies show that it does not decompose into iridium oxide, thus preserving its molecular identity, and that it is capable of sustaining high activity towards water oxidation with stability comparable to state-of-the-art bulk metal oxide catalysts. PMID:25757425

  20. Comparison of thermal oxidation and plasma oxidation of 4H-SiC (0001) for surface flattening

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    Deng, Hui; Endo, Katsuyoshi; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2014-03-10

    The thermal oxidation and water vapor plasma oxidation of 4H-SiC (0001) were investigated. The initial oxidation rate of helium-based atmospheric-pressure plasma oxidation was six times higher than that of thermal oxidation. The oxide-SiC interface generated by plasma oxidation became flatter with increasing thickness of the oxide, whereas the interface generated by thermal oxidation was atomically flat regardless of the oxide thickness. Many pits were generated on the thermally oxidized surface, whereas few pits were observed on the surface oxidized by plasma. After the oxide layer generated plasma oxidation was removed, an atomically flat and pit-free SiC surface was obtained.

  1. A characterization study of a hydroxylated polycrystalline tin oxide surface

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    Hoflund, Gar B.; Grogan, Austin L., Jr.; Asbury, Douglas A.; Schryer, David R.

    1989-01-01

    In this study Auger electron spectroscopy, electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA) and electron-stimulated desorption (ESD) have been used to examine a polycrystalline tin oxide surface before and after annealing in vacuum at 500 C. Features due to surface hydroxyl groups are present in both the ESCA and ESD spectra, and ESD shows that several chemical states of hydrogen are present. Annealing at 500 C causes a large reduction in the surface hydrogen concentration but not complete removal.

  2. Surface-catalyzed air oxidation of hydrazines: Environmental chamber studies

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    Kilduff, Jan E.; Davis, Dennis D.; Koontz, Steven L.

    1988-01-01

    The surface-catalyzed air oxidation reactions of fuel hydrazines were studied in a 6500-liter fluorocarbon-film chamber at 80 to 100 ppm concentrations. First-order rate constants for the reactions catalyzed by aluminum, water-damaged aluminum (Al/Al2O3), stainless steel 304L, galvanized steel and titanium plates with surface areas of 2 to 24 sq m were determined. With 23.8 sq m of Al/Al2O3 the surface-catalyzed air oxidation of hydrazine had a half-life of 2 hours, diimide (N2H2) was observed as an intermediate and traces of ammonia were present in the final product mixture. The Al/Al2O3 catalyzed oxidation of monomethylhydrazine yielded methyldiazine (HN = NCH3) as an intermediate and traces of methanol. Unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine gave no detectable products. The relative reactivities of hydrazine, MMH and UDMH were 130 : 7.3 : 1.0, respectively. The rate constants for Al/Al2O3-catalyzed oxidation of hydrazine and MMH were proportional to the square of the surface area of the plates. Mechanisms for the surface-catalyzed oxidation of hydrazine and diimide and the formation of ammonia are proposed.

  3. Recent applications of liquid metals featuring nanoscale surface oxides

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    Neumann, Taylor V.; Dickey, Michael D.

    2016-05-01

    This proceeding describes recent efforts from our group to control the shape and actuation of liquid metal. The liquid metal is an alloy of gallium and indium which is non-toxic, has negligible vapor pressure, and develops a thin, passivating surface oxide layer. The surface oxide allows the liquid metal to be patterned and shaped into structures that do not minimize interfacial energy. The surface oxide can be selectively removed by changes in pH or by applying a voltage. The surface oxide allows the liquid metal to be 3D printed to form free-standing structures. It also allows for the liquid metal to be injected into microfluidic channels and to maintain its shape within the channels. The selective removal of the oxide results in drastic changes in surface tension that can be used to control the flow behavior of the liquid metal. The metal can also wet thin, solid films of metal that accelerates droplets of the liquid along the metal traces .Here we discuss the properties and applications of liquid metal to make soft, reconfigurable electronics.

  4. Tribological interaction between polytetrafluoroethylene and silicon oxide surfaces

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    Uçar, A.; Çopuroğlu, M.; Suzer, S.; Baykara, M. Z.; Arıkan, O.

    2014-10-28

    We investigated the tribological interaction between polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and silicon oxide surfaces. A simple rig was designed to bring about a friction between the surfaces via sliding a piece of PTFE on a thermally oxidized silicon wafer specimen. A very mild inclination (∼0.5°) along the sliding motion was also employed in order to monitor the tribological interaction in a gradual manner as a function of increasing contact force. Additionally, some patterns were sketched on the silicon oxide surface using the PTFE tip to investigate changes produced in the hydrophobicity of the surface, where the approximate water contact angle was 45° before the transfer. The nature of the transferred materials was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XPS results revealed that PTFE was faithfully transferred onto the silicon oxide surface upon even at the slightest contact and SEM images demonstrated that stable morphological changes could be imparted onto the surface. The minimum apparent contact pressure to realize the PTFE transfer is estimated as 5 kPa, much lower than reported previously. Stability of the patterns imparted towards many chemical washing processes lead us to postulate that the interaction is most likely to be chemical. Contact angle measurements, which were carried out to characterize and monitor the hydrophobicity of the silicon oxide surface, showed that upon PTFE transfer the hydrophobicity of the SiO{sub 2} surface could be significantly enhanced, which might also depend upon the pattern sketched onto the surface. Contact angle values above 100° were obtained.

  5. Reporting central tendencies of chamber measured surface emission and oxidation

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    Abichou, Tarek; Clark, Jeremy; Chanton, Jeffery

    2011-05-15

    Methane emissions, concentrations, and oxidation were measured on eleven MSW landfills in eleven states spanning from California to Pennsylvania during the three year study. The flux measurements were performed using a static chamber technique. Initial concentration samples were collected immediately after placement of the flux chamber. Oxidation of the emitted methane was evaluated using stable isotope techniques. When reporting overall surface emissions and percent oxidation for a landfill cover, central tendencies are typically used to report 'averages' of the collected data. The objective of this study was to determine the best way to determine and report central tendencies. Results showed that 89% of the data sets of collected surface flux have lognormal distributions, 83% of the surface concentration data sets are also lognormal. Sixty seven percent (67%) of the isotope measured percent oxidation data sets are normally distributed. The distribution of data for all eleven landfills provides insight of the central tendencies of emissions, concentrations, and percent oxidation. When reporting the 'average' measurement for both flux and concentration data collected at the surface of a landfill, statistical analyses provided insight supporting the use of the geometric mean. But the arithmetic mean can accurately represent the percent oxidation, as measured with the stable isotope technique. We examined correlations between surface CH{sub 4} emissions and surface air CH{sub 4} concentrations. Correlation of the concentration and flux values using the geometric mean proved to be a good fit (R{sup 2} = 0.86), indicating that surface scans are a good way of identifying locations of high emissions.

  6. Rate law analysis of water oxidation on a hematite surface.

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    Le Formal, Florian; Pastor, Ernest; Tilley, S David; Mesa, Camilo A; Pendlebury, Stephanie R; Grätzel, Michael; Durrant, James R

    2015-05-27

    Water oxidation is a key chemical reaction, central to both biological photosynthesis and artificial solar fuel synthesis strategies. Despite recent progress on the structure of the natural catalytic site, and on inorganic catalyst function, determining the mechanistic details of this multiredox reaction remains a significant challenge. We report herein a rate law analysis of the order of water oxidation as a function of surface hole density on a hematite photoanode employing photoinduced absorption spectroscopy. Our study reveals a transition from a slow, first order reaction at low accumulated hole density to a faster, third order mechanism once the surface hole density is sufficient to enable the oxidation of nearest neighbor metal atoms. This study thus provides direct evidence for the multihole catalysis of water oxidation by hematite, and demonstrates the hole accumulation level required to achieve this, leading to key insights both for reaction mechanism and strategies to enhance function.

  7. Rate Law Analysis of Water Oxidation on a Hematite Surface

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Water oxidation is a key chemical reaction, central to both biological photosynthesis and artificial solar fuel synthesis strategies. Despite recent progress on the structure of the natural catalytic site, and on inorganic catalyst function, determining the mechanistic details of this multiredox reaction remains a significant challenge. We report herein a rate law analysis of the order of water oxidation as a function of surface hole density on a hematite photoanode employing photoinduced absorption spectroscopy. Our study reveals a transition from a slow, first order reaction at low accumulated hole density to a faster, third order mechanism once the surface hole density is sufficient to enable the oxidation of nearest neighbor metal atoms. This study thus provides direct evidence for the multihole catalysis of water oxidation by hematite, and demonstrates the hole accumulation level required to achieve this, leading to key insights both for reaction mechanism and strategies to enhance function. PMID:25936408

  8. Surface Properties of Photo-Oxidized Bituminous Coals: Final report

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    1998-09-01

    Natural weathering has a detrimental effect on the hydrophobic nature of coal, which in turn can influence clean-coal recovery during flotation. Few techniques are available that can establish the quality of coal surfaces and that have a short analysis time to provide input for process control. Luminescence emissions which can be quantified with an optical microscope and photometer system, are measurably influenced by degree of weathering as well as by mild storage deterioration. In addition, it has been shown that when vitrinite is irradiated with a relatively high intensity flux of violet- or ultraviolet- light in the presence of air, photo-oxidation of the surface occurs. The combination of measuring the change in luminescence emission intensity with degree of surface oxidation provided the impetus for the current investigation. The principal aim of this research was to determine whether clear correlations could be established among surface oxygen functionality, hydrophobicity induced by photo-oxidation, and measurements of luminescence intensity and alteration. If successful, the project would result in quantitative luminescence techniques based on optical microscopy that would provide a measure of the changes in surface properties as a function of oxidation and relate them to coal cleanability. Two analytical techniques were designed to achieve these goals. Polished surfaces of vitrain bands or a narrow size fraction of powdered vitrain concentrates were photo-oxidized using violet or ultraviolet light fluxes and then changes in surface properties and chemistry were measured using a variety of near-surface analytical techniques. Results from this investigation demonstrate that quantitative luminescence intensity measurements can be performed on fracture surfaces of bituminous rank coals (vitrains) and that the data obtained do reveal significant variations depending upon the level of surface oxidation. Photo-oxidation induced by violet or ultraviolet light

  9. The oxidation state of the surface of Venus. [Abstract only

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    Fegley, B., Jr.; Klingelhofer, G.; Brackett, R. A.; Izenberg, N.

    1994-01-01

    We present experimental results showing that basalt is oxidized in CO-CO2 gas mixtures having CO number densities close to those (approximately 2 times higher) at the surface of Venus. The results suggest that the red color observed by Pieters et al at the Venera 9 and 10 landing sites is due to subaerial oxidation of Fe(2+)-bearing basalt on the surface of Venus, and that hematite, instead of magnetite, is present on the surface of Venus. Well-characterized basalt powder was iosthermally heated in 1000 ppm CO-CO2 gas mixtures at atmospheric pressure for several days. The starting material and reacted samples were analyzed by Mossbauer spectroscopy to determine the amount of Fe(2+) and Fe(3+) in the samples. X-ray diffraction and optical microscopy were also used to characterize samples. The basalt oxidation occurs because the CO and CO2 do not equilibrate in the gas mixture at the low temperatures used. Thus, the basalt reacts with the more abundant CO2 and is oxidized. We propose that the red color of the surface of Venus is due to failure of CO and CO2 to equilibrate with one another in the near-surface atmosphere of Venus, leading to subaerial oxidation of erupted Fe(2+)-bearing basalts. Our interpretation is supported by our studies of magnetite oxidation, which show that synthetic magnetite powders are oxidized to hematite in CO-CO2 gas mixtures inside the magnetite stability field, by our studies of pyrite decomposition, and by independent work on CO-CO2 equilibration in furnace gases.

  10. Surface chemistry of rare-earth oxide surfaces at ambient conditions: reactions with water and hydrocarbons

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    Külah, Elçin; Marot, Laurent; Steiner, Roland; Romanyuk, Andriy; Jung, Thomas A.; Wäckerlin, Aneliia; Meyer, Ernst

    2017-01-01

    Rare-earth (RE) oxide surfaces are of significant importance for catalysis and were recently reported to possess intrinsic hydrophobicity. The surface chemistry of these oxides in the low temperature regime, however, remains to a large extent unexplored. The reactions occurring at RE surfaces at room temperature (RT) in real air environment, in particular, in presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), were not addressed until now. Discovering these reactions would shed light onto intermediate steps occurring in automotive exhaust catalysts before reaching the final high operational temperature and full conversion of organics. Here we first address physical properties of the RE oxide, nitride and fluoride surfaces modified by exposure to ambient air and then we report a room temperature reaction between PAH and RE oxide surfaces, exemplified by tetracene (C18H12) on a Gd2O3. Our study evidences a novel effect – oxidation of higher hydrocarbons at significantly lower temperatures (~300 K) than previously reported (>500 K). The evolution of the surface chemical composition of RE compounds in ambient air is investigated and correlated with the surface wetting. Our surprising results reveal the complex behavior of RE surfaces and motivate follow-up studies of reactions between PAH and catalytic surfaces at the single molecule level. PMID:28327642

  11. Surface chemistry of rare-earth oxide surfaces at ambient conditions: reactions with water and hydrocarbons.

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    Külah, Elçin; Marot, Laurent; Steiner, Roland; Romanyuk, Andriy; Jung, Thomas A; Wäckerlin, Aneliia; Meyer, Ernst

    2017-03-22

    Rare-earth (RE) oxide surfaces are of significant importance for catalysis and were recently reported to possess intrinsic hydrophobicity. The surface chemistry of these oxides in the low temperature regime, however, remains to a large extent unexplored. The reactions occurring at RE surfaces at room temperature (RT) in real air environment, in particular, in presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), were not addressed until now. Discovering these reactions would shed light onto intermediate steps occurring in automotive exhaust catalysts before reaching the final high operational temperature and full conversion of organics. Here we first address physical properties of the RE oxide, nitride and fluoride surfaces modified by exposure to ambient air and then we report a room temperature reaction between PAH and RE oxide surfaces, exemplified by tetracene (C18H12) on a Gd2O3. Our study evidences a novel effect - oxidation of higher hydrocarbons at significantly lower temperatures (~300 K) than previously reported (>500 K). The evolution of the surface chemical composition of RE compounds in ambient air is investigated and correlated with the surface wetting. Our surprising results reveal the complex behavior of RE surfaces and motivate follow-up studies of reactions between PAH and catalytic surfaces at the single molecule level.

  12. Surface chemistry of rare-earth oxide surfaces at ambient conditions: reactions with water and hydrocarbons

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    Külah, Elçin; Marot, Laurent; Steiner, Roland; Romanyuk, Andriy; Jung, Thomas A.; Wäckerlin, Aneliia; Meyer, Ernst

    2017-03-01

    Rare-earth (RE) oxide surfaces are of significant importance for catalysis and were recently reported to possess intrinsic hydrophobicity. The surface chemistry of these oxides in the low temperature regime, however, remains to a large extent unexplored. The reactions occurring at RE surfaces at room temperature (RT) in real air environment, in particular, in presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), were not addressed until now. Discovering these reactions would shed light onto intermediate steps occurring in automotive exhaust catalysts before reaching the final high operational temperature and full conversion of organics. Here we first address physical properties of the RE oxide, nitride and fluoride surfaces modified by exposure to ambient air and then we report a room temperature reaction between PAH and RE oxide surfaces, exemplified by tetracene (C18H12) on a Gd2O3. Our study evidences a novel effect – oxidation of higher hydrocarbons at significantly lower temperatures (~300 K) than previously reported (>500 K). The evolution of the surface chemical composition of RE compounds in ambient air is investigated and correlated with the surface wetting. Our surprising results reveal the complex behavior of RE surfaces and motivate follow-up studies of reactions between PAH and catalytic surfaces at the single molecule level.

  13. Surface Chemistry and Properties of Oxides as Catalyst Supports

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    DeBusk, Melanie Moses; Narula, Chaitanya Kumar; Contescu, Cristian I

    2015-01-01

    Heterogeneous catalysis relies on metal-oxides as supports for the catalysts. Catalyst supports are an indispensable component of most heterogeneous catalysts, but the role of the support is often minimized in light of the one played by the catalytically active species it supports. The active species of supported catalysts are located on the surface of the support where their contact with liquid or gas phase reactants will be greatest. Considering that support plays a major role in distribution and stability of active species, the absorption and retention of reactive species, and in some cases in catalytic reaction, the properties and chemistry that can occur at the surface of an oxide support are important for understanding their impact on the activity of a supported catalyst. This chapter examines this rich surface chemistry and properties of oxides used as catalyst supports, and explores the influence of their interaction with the active species.

  14. Surface nature of nanoparticle zinc-titanium oxide aerogel catalysts

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    Wang, Chien-Tsung; Lin, Jen-Chieh

    2008-05-01

    Nanoparticle zinc-titanium oxide materials were prepared by the aerogel approach. Their structure, surface state and reactivity were investigated. Zinc titanate powders formed at higher zinc loadings possessed a higher surface area and smaller particle size. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed a stronger electronic interaction between Zn and Ti atoms in the mixed oxide structure and showed the formation of oxygen vacancy due to zinc doping into titania or zinc titanate matrices. The 8-45 nm aerogel particles were evaluated as catalysts for methanol oxidation in an ambient flow reactor. Carbon dioxide was favorably produced on the oxides with anion defects. Titanium based oxides exhibited a high selectivity to dimethyl ether, so that a strong Lewis acidic character suggested for the catalysts was associated primarily with the Ti 4+ center. Both methanol conversion and dimethyl ether formation rates increased with increasing the zinc content added to the oxide support. Results demonstrate that cubic zinc titanate phases produce new Lewis acid sites having also a higher reactivity and that the nature of the catalytic surface transforms from Lewis acidic to basic characters due to the presence of reactive oxygen vacancies.

  15. Process of forming catalytic surfaces for wet oxidation reactions

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    Jagow, R. B. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    A wet oxidation process was developed for oxidizing waste materials, comprising dissolved ruthenium salt in a reactant feed stream containing the waste materials. The feed stream is introduced into a reactor, and the reactor contents are then raised to an elevated temperature to effect deposition of a catalytic surface of ruthenium black on the interior walls of the reactor. The feed stream is then maintained in the reactor for a period of time sufficient to effect at least partial oxidation of the waste materials.

  16. Formation and characterization of infrared absorbing copper oxide surfaces

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    Arslan, Burcu; Demirci, Gökhan; Erdoğan, Metehan; Karakaya, İshak

    2017-04-01

    Copper oxide formation has been investigated to combine the advantages of producing different size and shapes of coatings that possess good light absorbing properties. An aqueous blackening solution was investigated and optimum composition was found as 2.5 M NaOH and 0.225 M NaClO to form velvet copper oxide films. A two-step oxidation mechanism was proposed for the blackening process by carefully examining the experimental results. Formation of Cu2O was observed until the entire copper surface was covered at first. In the second step, Cu2O surface was further oxidized to CuO until the whole Cu2O surface was covered by CuO. Therefore, blackened copper surfaces consisted of Cu2O/CuO duplex oxides. Characterization of the coatings were performed in terms of microstructure, phase analysis, chemical state, infrared specular and total reflectivity by SEM, XRD, XPS, FTIR and UV-vis spectrophotometry, respectively.

  17. Activated Metal Oxide Surfaces as Highly Reactive Environments

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    1990-08-03

    underway. " Synthesis of Ultra-High Surface Area Fe203 by Precipitation Methods Yong-Xi Li A series of precipitations of Fe(OH) 3 (from FeCl 3) at...Progress was also made on developing new aerogel procedures for synthesis of ultra-high surface area magnesium oxide. Finally,’ome metal oxide molecules...were studied in chemical reactions and by theoretical methods .-) Three students earned Ph.D. degrees and one an M.S. degree. A visiting professor and

  18. Oxidized Zirconium Bearing Surfaces in Total Knee Arthroplasty: Lessons Learned.

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    Schüttler, Karl Friedrich; Efe, Turgay; Heyse, Thomas J; Haas, Steven B

    2015-10-01

    Polyethylene wear in total knee arthroplasty is a still unsolved problem resulting in osteolysis and long-term failure of knee joint replacement. To address the problem of polyethylene wear, research aimed for an optimal implant design and for an optimal combination of bearing surfaces. Oxidized zirconium was introduced to minimize surface wear and thus potentially increase long-term implant survival. This review comprises the current literature related to in vitro and in vivo studies evaluating performance of oxidized zirconium total knee arthroplasty and results from retrieval analyses.

  19. Surface fabrication of oxides via solution chemistry

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    Yan, Chenglin; Sun, Congting; Shi, Yong; Xue, Dongfeng

    2008-04-01

    A template- and catalyst-free strategy has been successfully designed to prepare MgO and hydrated magnesium carbonate hydroxide (Mg 5(CO 3) 4(OH) 2·4H 2O) nanosheets with different patterns (such as chrysalides- and rose-like morphology) on the substrate surface. Experimental results reveal that the temperature and substrate allow us to tune the morphology of patterns. Mg 5(CO 3) 4(OH) 2·4H 2O thermodynamically prefers to grow into the sheet-like crystal at the current solution growth environment, which has been successfully explained by using the chemical bonding theory. The predicted morphology can accord well with the current experimental results. The obtained MgO and its precursor Mg 5(CO 3) 4(OH) 2·4H 2O with novel patterns might find enhanced applications in catalysis, refractory materials, plastics, fire retardants, and functional nanodevices.

  20. Cr(OH)₃(s) Oxidation Induced by Surface Catalyzed Mn(II) Oxidation

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    Namgung, Seonyi; Kwon, M.; Qafoku, Nikolla; Lee, Gie Hyeon

    2014-09-16

    This study examined the feasibility of Cr(OH)₃(s) oxidation mediated by surface catalyzed Mn(II) oxidation under common groundwater pH conditions as a potential pathway of natural Cr(VI) contaminations. Dissolved Mn(II) (50 μM) was reacted with or without synthesized Cr(OH)₃(s) (1.0 g/L) at pH 7 – 9 under oxic or anoxic conditions. In the absence of Cr(OH)₃(s), homogeneous Mn(II) oxidation by dissolved O₂ was not observed at pH ≤ 8.0 for 50 d. At pH 9.0, by contrast, dissolved Mn(II) was completely removed within 8 d and precipitated as hausmannite. When Cr(OH)₃(s) was present, this solid was oxidized and released substantial amounts of Cr(VI) as dissolved Mn(II) was added into the suspension at pH ≥ 8.0 under oxic conditions. Our results suggest that Cr(OH)₃(s) was readily oxidized by a newly formed Mn oxide as a result of Mn(II) oxidation catalyzed on Cr(OH)₃(s) surface. XANES analysis of the residual solids after the reaction between 1.0 g/L Cr(OH)₃(s) and 204 μM Mn(II) at pH 9.0 for 22 d revealed that the product of surface catalyzed Mn(II) oxidation resembled birnessite. The rate and extent of Cr(OH)₃(s) oxidation was likely controlled by those of surface catalyzed Mn(II) oxidation as the production of Cr(VI) increased with increasing pH and initial Mn(II) concentrations. This study evokes the potential environmental hazard of sparingly soluble Cr(OH)₃(s) that can be a source of Cr(VI) in the presence of dissolved Mn(II).

  1. Surface structure and properties of mixed fumed oxides.

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    Gun'ko, V M; Blitz, J P; Gude, K; Zarko, V I; Goncharuk, E V; Nychiporuk, Y M; Leboda, R; Skubiszewska-Zieba, J; Osovskii, V D; Ptushinskii, Y G; Mishchuk, O A; Pakhovchishin, S V; Gorbik, P P

    2007-10-01

    A variety of fumed oxides such as silica, alumina, titania, silica/alumina (SA), silica/titania (ST), and alumina/silica/titania (AST) were characterized. These oxides have different specific surface areas and different primary particle composition in the bulk and at the surface. These materials were studied by FTIR, NMR, Auger electron spectroscopy, one-pass temperature-programmed desorption with mass spectrometry control (OP TPDMS), microcalorimetry, and nitrogen adsorption. Nonlinear changes in the surface content of alumina in SA and AST and titania in ST and AST samples with increasing oxide content along with simultaneous changes in their specific surface area cause complex dependencies of the heat of immersion in water and desorption of water on heating on the structural parameters. Simultaneous analysis of changes in the surface phase composition, in the concentration of hydroxyls, and in the structural characteristics reveals that at a low content of the second phase the structural characteristics (e.g., S(BET)) are predominant; however, at a large content of these oxides the phase composition plays a more important role.

  2. Surface chemistry of black phosphorus under a controlled oxidative environment

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    Luo, Wei; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y.; Milligan, Cory A.; Du, Yuchen; Yang, Lingming; Wu, Yanqing; Ye, Peide D.

    2016-10-01

    Black phosphorus (BP), the bulk counterpart of monolayer phosphorene, is a relatively stable phosphorus allotrope at room temperature. However, monolayer phosphorene and ultra-thin BP layers degrade in ambient atmosphere. In this paper, we report the investigation of BP oxidation and discuss the reaction mechanism based on the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data. The kinetics of BP oxidation was examined under various well-controlled conditions, namely in 5% O2/Ar, 2.3% H2O/Ar, and 5% O2 and 2.3% H2O/Ar. At room temperature, the BP surface is demonstrated not to be oxidized at a high oxidation rate in 5% O2/Ar nor in 2.3% H2O/Ar, according to XPS, with the thickness of the oxidized phosphorus layer <5 Å for 5 h. On the other hand, in the O2/H2O mixture, a 30 Å thickness oxide layer was detected already after 2 h of the treatment. This result points to a synergetic effect of water and oxygen in the BP oxidation. The oxidation effect was also studied in applications to the electrical measurements of BP field-effect transistors (FETs) with or without passivation. The electrical performance of BP FETs with atomic layer deposition (ALD) dielectric passivation or h-BN passivation formed in a glove-box environment are also presented.

  3. Surface oxide growth on platinum electrode in aqueous trifluoromethanesulfonic acid

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    Furuya, Yoshihisa; Mashio, Tetsuya; Ohma, Atsushi; Dale, Nilesh; Oshihara, Kenzo; Jerkiewicz, Gregory

    2014-10-01

    Platinum in the form of nanoparticles is the key and most expensive component of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, while trifluoromethanesulfonic acid (CF3SO3H) is the smallest fluorinated sulfonic acid. Nafion, which acts as both electrolyte and separator in fuel cells, contains -CF2SO3H groups. Consequently, research on the electrochemical behaviour of Pt in aqueous CF3SO3H solutions creates important background knowledge that can benefit fuel cell development. In this contribution, Pt electro-oxidation is studied in 0.1 M aqueous CF3SO3H as a function of the polarization potential (Ep, 1.10 ≤ Ep ≤ 1.50 V), polarization time (tp, 100 ≤ tp ≤ 104 s), and temperature (T, 278 ≤ T ≤ 333 K). The critical thicknesses (X1), which determines the applicability of oxide growth theories, is determined and related to the oxide thickness (dox). Because X1 > dox for the entire range of Ep, tp, and T values, the formation of Pt surface oxide follows the interfacial place-exchange or the metal cation escape mechanism. The mechanism of Pt electro-oxidation is revised and expanded by taking into account possible interactions of cations, anions, and water molecules with Pt. A modified kinetic equation for the interfacial place exchange is proposed. The application of the interfacial place-exchange and metal cation escape mechanisms leads to an estimation of the Ptδ+-Oδ- surface dipole (μPtO), and the potential drop (Vox) and electric field (Eox) within the oxide. The Pt-anion interactions affect the oxidation kinetics by indirectly influencing the electric field within the double layer and the surface oxide.

  4. Interactions of Graphene Oxide Nanomaterials with Natural Organic Matter and Metal Oxide Surfaces

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    Interactions of graphene oxide (GO) with silica surfaces were investigated using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). Both GO deposition and release were monitored on silica- and poly-l-lysine (PLL) coated surfaces as a function of GO concentration a...

  5. Surface morphology of RF plasma immersion H+ ion implanted and oxidized Si(100) surface

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    Anastasescu, M.; Stoica, M.; Gartner, M.; Bakalova, S.; Szekeres, A.; Alexandrova, S.

    2014-05-01

    The surface morphology of p-Si(100) wafers after RF plasma immersion (PII) H+ ion implantation into a shallow Si surface layer and after subsequent thermal oxidation was studied by atomic-force microscopic (AFM) imaging. After PII implantation of hydrogen ions with an energy of 2 keV and fluences ranging from 1013 cm-2 to 1015 cm-2 the Si wafers were oxidized in dry O2 at temperatures ranging from 700 °C to 800 °C. From the analysis of the AFM images, the surface amplitude parameters were evaluated and considered in terms of the technological conditions. The amplitude parameters showed a clear dependence on the H+ dose and the oxidation temperature, with the tendency of increasing with the increase of both the H+ ion fluence and the oxidation temperature. The implantation causes surface roughening, changing the RMS roughness value from 0.15 nm (typical for a polished Si(100) surface) to the highest value 0.6 nm for the H+ fluence of 1015 ions/cm2. Oxidation of the H+ implanted Si region, as the oxide is growing inward into Si, levels away the pits created by implants and results in a smoother surface, although keeping the RMS values larger than 0.2 nm.

  6. Thin water film formation on metal oxide crystal surfaces.

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    Gilbert, Benjamin; Katz, Jordan E; Rude, Bruce; Glover, T E; Hertlein, Marcus P; Kurz, Charles; Zhang, Xiaoyi

    2012-10-09

    Reactions taking place at hydrated metal oxide surfaces are of considerable environmental and technological importance. Surface-sensitive X-ray methods can provide structural and chemical information on stable interfacial species, but it is challenging to perform in situ studies of reaction kinetics in the presence of water. We have implemented a new approach to creating a micrometer-scale water film on a metal oxide surface by combining liquid and gas jets on a spinning crystal. The water films are stable indefinitely and sufficiently thin to allow grazing incidence X-ray reflectivity and spectroscopy measurements. The approach will enable studies of a wide range of surface reactions and is compatible with interfacial optical-pump/X-ray-probe studies.

  7. Aqueous Aggregation Behavior of Engineered Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: Effects of Oxidative Surface Aging.

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    Li, Wenlu; Lee, Seung Soo; Mittelman, Anjuliee M; Liu, Di; Wu, Jiewei; Hinton, Carl H; Abriola, Linda M; Pennell, Kurt D; Fortner, John D

    2016-12-06

    For successful aqueous-based applications, it is necessary to fundamentally understand and control nanoparticle dispersivity and stability over a range of dynamic conditions, including variable ionic strengths/types, redox chemistries, and surface ligand reactivity/degradation states (i.e., surface aging). Here, we quantitatively describe the behavior of artificially aged, oleic acid (OA) bilayer coated iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) under different scenarios. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), used here as a model oxidant under both dark and light ultraviolet (UVA) conditions, was employed to "age" materials, to varying degrees, without increasing ionic strength. Short-term stability experiments indicate that OA-IONPs, while stable in the dark, are effectively destabilized when exposed to UVA/H2O2/•OH based oxidation processes. Compared to bicarbonate, phosphate (1.0 mM) has a net stabilizing effect on OA-IONPs under oxidative conditions, which can be attributed to (surface-based) functional adsorption. Corresponding aggregation kinetics in the presence of monovalent (Na(+)) and divalent cations (Ca(2+)) show that attachment efficiencies (α) are strongly dependent on the cation concentrations/types and degree of surface aging. Taken together, our findings directly highlight the need to understand the critical role of particle surface transformation(s), via oxidative aging, among other routes, with regard to the ultimate stability and environmental fate of surface functionalized engineered nanoparticles.

  8. Aqueous solvation dynamics at metal oxide surfaces.

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    Portuondo-Campa, Erwin; Tortschanoff, Andreas; van Mourik, Frank; Moser, Jacques-Edouard; Kornherr, Andreas; Chergui, Majed

    2006-04-20

    Broadband transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy, three-pulse photon echo peak shift (3PEPS), and anisotropy decay measurements were used to study the solvation dynamics in bulk water and interfacial water at ZrO(2) surfaces, using Eosin Y as a probe. The 3PEPS results show a multiexponential behavior with two subpicosecond components that are similar in bulk and interfacial water, while a third component of several picoseconds is significantly lengthened at the interface. The bandwidth correlation function from TA spectra exhibits the same behavior, and the TA spectra are well reproduced using the doorway-window picture with the time constants from PEPS. Our results suggest that interfacial water is restricted to a thickness of less than 5 A. Also the high-frequency collective dynamics of water does not seem to be affected by the interface. On the other hand, the increase of the third component may point to a slowing down of diffusional motion at the interface, although other effects, may play a role, which are discussed.

  9. Oxidative nanopatterning of titanium generates mesoporous surfaces with antimicrobial properties

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    Variola, Fabio; Zalzal, Sylvia Francis; Leduc, Annie; Barbeau, Jean; Nanci, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Mesoporous surfaces generated by oxidative nanopatterning have the capacity to selectively regulate cell behavior, but their impact on microorganisms has not yet been explored. The main objective of this study was to test the effects of such surfaces on the adherence of two common bacteria and one yeast strain that are responsible for nosocomial infections in clinical settings and biomedical applications. In addition, because surface characteristics are known to affect bacterial adhesion, we further characterized the physicochemical properties of the mesoporous surfaces. Focused ion beam (FIB) was used to generate ultrathin sections for elemental analysis by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), nanobeam electron diffraction (NBED), and high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) imaging. The adherence of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans onto titanium disks with mesoporous and polished surfaces was compared. Disks with the two surfaces side-by-side were also used for direct visual comparison. Qualitative and quantitative results from this study indicate that bacterial adhesion is significantly hindered by the mesoporous surface. In addition, we provide evidence that it alters structural parameters of C. albicans that determine its invasiveness potential, suggesting that microorganisms can sense and respond to the mesoporous surface. Our findings demonstrate the efficiency of a simple chemical oxidative treatment in generating nanotextured surfaces with antimicrobial capacity with potential applications in the implant manufacturing industry and hospital setting. PMID:24872694

  10. Influence of mineral oil and additives on microhardness and surface chemistry of magnesium oxide (001) surface

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    Miyoshi, K.; Shigaki, H.; Buckley, D. H.

    1982-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses and hardness experiments were conducted with cleaved magnesium oxide /001/ surfaces. The magnesium oxide bulk crystals were cleaved into specimens along the /001/ surface, and indentations were made on the cleaved surface in laboratory air, in nitrogen gas, or in degassed mineral oil with and without an additive while not exposing specimen surface to any other environment. The various additives examined contained sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine, or oleic acid. The sulfur-containing additive exhibited the highest hardness and smallest dislocation patterns evidencing plastic deformation; the chlorine-containing additive exhibited the lowest hardness and largest dislocation patterns evidencing plastic deformation. Hydrocarbon and chloride (MgCl2) films formed on the magnesium oxide surface. A chloride film was responsible for the lowest measured hardness.

  11. EPR study of the surface basicity of calcium oxide. 3. Surface reactivity and nonstoichiometry.

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    Paganini, Maria Cristina; Chiesa, Mario; Dolci, Francesco; Martino, Paola; Giamello, Elio

    2006-06-22

    High surface area polycrystalline calcium oxide forms ozonide O3- ions upon O2 adsorption and NO3(2-) anions under low pressures of NO. Both radical anions, detected by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), are not observed in the case of the homologous magnesium oxide. This behavior reveals the presence, in CaO, of anomalies with respect to the ideal composition of an ionic oxide which are identified in terms of two main types of defects. The first type consists of positive holes dispersed in the bulk and originated by the unavoidable presence of Na+ ions in the composition of the solid. The decomposition of the surface ozonide shows the formation of a transient surface stabilized O- (the chemical notation of a positive hole associated to an oxide ion) which is for the first time reported at the surface of CaO. The second type of defect consists of surface peroxide groups (present at particular surface sites where they are formed by pairing of two distinct O-) which react with nitric oxide (NO) yielding NO3(2-) radical anions. The presence of peroxide is not related to the presence of impurities but, rather, to a certain propensity of the solid to form such ions at the surface along the dehydration process.

  12. Surface functionalization of dopamine coated iron oxide nanoparticles for various surface functionalities

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    Sherwood, Jennifer; Xu, Yaolin; Lovas, Kira; Qin, Ying; Bao, Yuping

    2017-04-01

    We present effective conjugation of four small molecules (glutathione, cysteine, lysine, and Tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane) onto dopamine-coated iron oxide nanoparticles. Conjugation of these molecules could improve the surface functionality of nanoparticles for more neutral surface charge at physiological pH and potentially reduce non-specific adsorption of proteins to nanoparticles surfaces. The success of conjugation was evaluated with dynamic light scattering by measuring the surface charge changes and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for surface chemistry analysis. The stability of dopamine-coated nanoparticles and the ability of conjugated nanoparticles to reduce the formation of protein corona were evaluated by measuring the size and charge of the nanoparticles in biological medium. This facile conjugation method opens up possibilities for attaching various surface functionalities onto iron oxide nanoparticle surfaces for biomedical applications.

  13. Emerging Applications of Liquid Metals Featuring Surface Oxides

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    2014-01-01

    Gallium and several of its alloys are liquid metals at or near room temperature. Gallium has low toxicity, essentially no vapor pressure, and a low viscosity. Despite these desirable properties, applications calling for liquid metal often use toxic mercury because gallium forms a thin oxide layer on its surface. The oxide interferes with electrochemical measurements, alters the physicochemical properties of the surface, and changes the fluid dynamic behavior of the metal in a way that has, until recently, been considered a nuisance. Here, we show that this solid oxide “skin” enables many new applications for liquid metals including soft electrodes and sensors, functional microcomponents for microfluidic devices, self-healing circuits, shape-reconfigurable conductors, and stretchable antennas, wires, and interconnects. PMID:25283244

  14. An AES study of surface oxidation of zirconium

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    Tomita, M.; Tanabe, T.; Imoto, S.

    1989-02-01

    A clean Zr surface, prepared by several cycles of heating and Ar ion sputtering, is exposed to oxygen gas under 10 -5-10 -6 Pa at room temperature (RT), and surface oxidation behavior is examined by in-situ AES measurements. Subsequent depth profiling of the oxidized sample is carried out and the oxygen diffusion coefficient in α-Zr is evaluated. All AES peaks of Zr and O are modified with increasing oxygen exposure. The changes of the AES peaks show three stages of oxidation which are attributed to (1) oxygen solution in α-Zr, (2) nucleation and growth of ZrO 2 on the surface and (3) growth of the ZrO 2 layer. Above 9000 L, the surface is completely covered with ZrO 2 and the present AES study shows no evidence of the appearance of suboxide suggested by Sen et al. and de Gonzalez et al. The depth profiling of the oxidized sample indicates coexistence of ZrO 2 and α-Zr(O) with an oxygen content of around 30 at% over a depth of several nm without any clear-cut boundary of ZrO 2 and α-Zr(O). The apparent oxygen diffusion coefficient at RT estimated using a simple model, 10 -21 m 2 s -1, is much larger than the extrapolated value, around 10 -40 m 2 s -1, from the literature at high temperatures.

  15. Samarium- and ytterbium-promoted oxidation of silicon and gallium arsenide surfaces

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    Franciosi, A.

    1989-02-21

    A method is described for promoting oxidation of a silicon or gallium arsenide surface comprising: depositing a ytterbium overlayer on the silicon or gallium arsenide surface prior to the oxidation of the surface.

  16. Electrochemically-Controlled Compositional Oscillations of Oxide Surfaces

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    Mutoro, Eva; Crumlin, Ethan; Pöpke, Hendrik; Luerssen, Bjoern; Amati, Matteo; Abyaneh, Majid; Biegalski, Michael D; Christen, Hans M; Gregoratti, Luca; Janek, Jürgen; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2012-01-01

    Perovskite oxides can exhibit a wide range of interesting characteristics such as being catalytically active and electronically and/or ionically conducting, and thus they have been used in a number of solid-state devices such as solid oxide fuel cells and sensors. As the surface compositions of perovskites can greatly influence the catalytic properties, knowing and controlling their surface chemistries is crucial to enhance device performance. In this study, we demonstrate that the surface strontium (Sr) and cobalt (Co) concentrations of perovskite-based thin films can be controlled reversibly at elevated temperatures by applying small electrical potential biases. The surface chemistry changes of La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 (LSC113), LaSrCoO4 (LSC214), and LSC214-decorated LSC113 films (LSC113/214) were investigated in situ by utilizing synchrotron-based X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), where the largest changes of surface Sr was found for the LSC113/214 surface. These findings offer the potential of reversibly controlling the surface functionality of perovskites.

  17. Bacterial adhesion to glass and metal-oxide surfaces.

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    Li, Baikun; Logan, Bruce E

    2004-07-15

    Metal oxides can increase the adhesion of negatively-charged bacteria to surfaces primarily due to their positive charge. However, the hydrophobicity of a metal-oxide surface can also increase adhesion of bacteria. In order to understand the relative contribution of charge and hydrophobicity to bacterial adhesion, we measured the adhesion of 8 strains of bacteria, under conditions of low and high-ionic strength (1 and 100 mM, respectively) to 11 different surfaces and examined adhesion as a function of charge, hydrophobicity (water contact angle) and surface energy. Inorganic surfaces included three uncoated glass surfaces and eight metal-oxide thin films prepared on the upper (non-tin-exposed) side of float glass by chemical vapor deposition. The Gram-negative bacteria differed in lengths of lipopolysaccharides on their outer surface (three Escherichia coli strains), the amounts of exopolysaccharides (two Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains), and their known relative adhesion to sand grains (two Burkholderia cepacia strains). One Gram positive bacterium was also used that had a lower adhesion to glass than these other bacteria (Bacillus subtilis). For all eight bacteria, there was a consistent increase in adhesion between with the type of inorganic surface in the order: float glass exposed to tin (coded here as Si-Sn), glass microscope slide (Si-m), uncoated air-side float glass surface (Si-a), followed by thin films of (Co(1-y-z)Fe(y)Cr(z))3O4, Ti/Fe/O, TiO2, SnO2, SnO2:F, SnO2:Sb, A1(2)O3, and Fe2O3 (the colon indicates metal doping, a slash indicates that the metal is a major component, while the dash is used to distinguish surfaces). Increasing the ionic strength from 1 to 100 mM increased adhesion by a factor of 2.0 +/- 0.6 (73% of the sample results were within the 95% CI) showing electrostatic charge was important in adhesion. However, adhesion was not significantly correlated with bacterial charge and contact angle. Adhesion (A) of the eight strains was

  18. The role of probe oxide in local surface conductivity measurements

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    Barnett, C. J.; Kryvchenkova, O.; Wilson, L. S. J.; Maffeis, T. G. G.; Cobley, R. J.; Kalna, K.

    2015-05-07

    Local probe methods can be used to measure nanoscale surface conductivity, but some techniques including nanoscale four point probe rely on at least two of the probes forming the same low resistivity non-rectifying contact to the sample. Here, the role of probe shank oxide has been examined by carrying out contact and non-contact I V measurements on GaAs when the probe oxide has been controllably reduced, both experimentally and in simulation. In contact, the barrier height is pinned but the barrier shape changes with probe shank oxide dimensions. In non-contact measurements, the oxide modifies the electrostatic interaction inducing a quantum dot that alters the tunneling behavior. For both, the contact resistance change is dependent on polarity, which violates the assumption required for four point probe to remove probe contact resistance from the measured conductivity. This has implications for all nanoscale surface probe measurements and macroscopic four point probe, both in air and vacuum, where the role of probe oxide contamination is not well understood.

  19. Reactions of metal ions at surfaces of hydrous iron oxide

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    Hem, J.D.

    1977-01-01

    Cu, Ag and Cr concentrations in natural water may be lowered by mild chemical reduction involving ferric hydroxide-ferrous ion redox processes. V and Mo solubilities may be controlled by precipitation of ferrous vanadate or molybdate. Concentrations as low as 10-8.00 or 10-9.00 M are readily attainable for all these metals in oxygen-depleted systems that are relatively rich in Fe. Deposition of manganese oxides such as Mn3O4 can be catalyzed in oxygenated water by coupling to ferrous-ferric redox reactions. Once formed, these oxides may disproportionate, giving Mn4+ oxides. This reaction produces strongly oxidizing conditions at manganese oxide surfaces. The solubility of As is significantly influenced by ferric iron only at low pH. Spinel structures such as chromite or ferrites of Cu, Ni, and Zn, are very stable and if locally developed on ferric hydroxide surfaces could bring about solubilities much below 10-9.00 M for divalent metals near neutral pH. Solubilities calculated from thermodynamic data are shown graphically and compared with observed concentrations in some natural systems. ?? 1977.

  20. Polarization-driven catalysis via ferroelectric oxide surfaces.

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    Kakekhani, Arvin; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab

    2016-07-20

    The surface chemistry and physics of oxide ferroelectric surfaces with a fixed polarization state have been studied experimentally for some time. Here, we discuss the possibility of using these materials in a different mode, namely under cyclically changing polarization conditions achievable via periodic perturbations by external fields (e.g., temperature, strain or electric field). We use Density Functional Theory (DFT) and electronic structure analysis to understand the polarization-dependent surface physics and chemistry of ferroelectric oxide PbTiO3 as an example of this class of materials. This knowledge is then applied to design catalytic cycles for industrially important reactions including NOx direct decomposition and SO2 oxidation into SO3. The possibility of catalyzing direct partial oxidation of methane to methanol is also investigated. More generally, we discuss how using ferroelectrics under cyclically changing polarization conditions can help overcome some of the fundamental challenges facing the catalysis community such as the limitations imposed by the Sabatier principle and scaling relations.

  1. Formation, Removal, and Reformation of Surface Coatings on Various Metal Oxide Surfaces Inspired by Mussel Adhesives.

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    Kang, Taegon; Oh, Dongyeop X; Heo, Jinhwa; Lee, Han-Koo; Choy, Seunghwan; Hawker, Craig J; Hwang, Dong Soo

    2015-11-11

    Mussels survive by strongly attaching to a variety of different surfaces, primarily subsurface rocks composed of metal oxides, through the formation of coordinative interactions driven by protein-based catechol repeating units contained within their adhesive secretions. From a chemistry perspective, catechols are known to form strong and reversible complexes with metal ions or metal oxides, with the binding affinity being dependent on the nature of the metal ion. As a result, catechol binding with metal oxides is reversible and can be broken in the presence of a free metal ion with a higher stability constant. It is proposed to exploit this competitive exchange in the design of a new strategy for the formation, removal, and reformation of surface coatings and self-assembled monolayers (SAM) based on catechols as the adhesive unit. In this study, catechol-functionalized tri(ethylene oxide) (TEO) was synthesized as a removable and recoverable self-assembled monolayer (SAM) for use on oxides surfaces. Attachment and detachment of these catechol derivatives on a variety of surfaces was shown to be reversible and controllable by exploiting the high stability constant of catechol to soluble metal ions, such as Fe(III). This tunable assembly based on catechol binding to metal oxides represents a new concept for reformable coatings with applications in fields ranging from friction/wettability control to biomolecular sensing and antifouling.

  2. Mechanically reliable surface oxides for high-temperature corrosion resistance

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    Natesan, K.; Veal, B.W.; Grimsditch, M.; Renusch, D.; Paulikas, A.P.

    1995-05-01

    Corrosion is widely recognized as being important, but an understanding of the underlying phenomena involves factors such as the chemistry and physics of early stages of oxidation, chemistry and bonding at the substrate/oxide interface, role of segregants on the strength of that bond, transport processes through scale, mechanisms of residual stress generation and relief, and fracture behavior at the oxide/substrate interface. Because of this complexity a multilaboratory program has been initiated under the auspices of the DOE Center of Excellence for the Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials, with strong interactions and cross-leveraging with DOE Fossil Energy and US industry. Objective is to systematically generate the knowledge required to establish a scientific basis for designing and synthesizing improved protective oxide scales/coatings (slow-growing, adherent, sound) on high-temperature materials without compromising the requisite properties of the bulk materials. The objectives of program work at Argonne are to (1) correlate actual corrosion performance with stresses, voids, segregants, interface roughness, initial stages of oxidation, and microstructures; (2) study such behavior in growing or as-grown films; and (3) define prescriptive design and synthesis routes to mechanically reliable surface oxides. Several techniques, such as Auger electron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray grazing incidence reflectance, grazing-angle X-ray fluorescence, optical fluorescence, and Raman spectroscopy, are used in the studies. Tne project has selected Fe-25 wt.% Cr-20 wt.% Ni and Fe-Cr-Al alloys, which are chromia- and alumina-formers respectively, for the studies. This paper presents some of the results on early stages of oxidation and on surface segregation of elements.

  3. Effect of Surface Roughness on the Oxidation Behavior of the Ni-Base Superalloy ME3

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    Evans, Jeffrey L.

    2010-10-01

    Ni-base superalloys are used in applications, such as jet aircraft engines and power production facilities that require excellent elevated temperature oxidation resistance. This present work evaluated the effect of surface roughness on the oxidation behavior of the Ni-base superalloy ME3. Isothermal oxidation tests were performed in air at different times to investigate the oxide growth kinetics. The surface oxides were also characterized using scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. The surface roughness was measured using a linear scanning profilometer. The surface roughness measurements were correlated to the oxidation rates and an empirical model is proposed to describe the effect of surface roughness on the oxidation behavior.

  4. Infrared characterization of biotinylated silicon oxide surfaces, surface stability, and specific attachment of streptavidin.

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    Lapin, Norman A; Chabal, Yves J

    2009-06-25

    Biotinylation of silicon oxide surfaces, surface stability, and evolution of these functionalized surfaces under biospecific attachment of streptavidin were studied using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Adsorption and stability of species or changes in the resulting surfaces were monitored after each step of the attachment processes. The silicon oxide surface was initially derivatized by 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane, and the quality of the 3-aminopropylsiloxane (APS) surface was monitored using the Si-O-Si and Si-O-C region of its vibrational spectrum. A strong correlation between surface quality and presilanization atmospheric moisture content was established. The vibrational fingerprint of biotinylation was determined, both for physisorption and chemisorption to the surface. A new band (i.e., not previously associated with biotin) at approximately 1250 cm(-1) was identified as a vibrational mode of the biotin ureido group, making it possible to track changes in the biotinylated surface in the presence of streptavidin. Some of the biotin ureido at the surface was found to be affected by the protein adsorption and rinse steps while remaining chemisorbed to the surface. The stability of the APS was found to impact the behavior of the biotinylated surface (measured using the Si-O-Si/Si-O-C and approximately 1250 cm(-1) absorption bands, respectively).

  5. Sorption, desorption, and surface oxidative fate of nicotine.

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    Petrick, Lauren; Destaillats, Hugo; Zouev, Irena; Sabach, Sara; Dubowski, Yael

    2010-09-21

    Nicotine dynamics in an indoor environment can be greatly affected by building parameters (e.g. relative humidity (RH), air exchange rate (AER), and presence of ozone), as well as surface parameters (e.g. surface area (SA) and polarity). To better understand the indoor fate of nicotine, these parameter effects on its sorption, desorption, and oxidation rates were investigated on model indoor surfaces that included fabrics, wallboard paper, and wood materials. Nicotine sorption under dry conditions was enhanced by higher SA and higher polarity of the substrate. Interestingly, nicotine sorption to cotton and nylon was facilitated by increased RH, while sorption to polyester was hindered by it. Desorption was affected by RH, AER, and surface type. Heterogeneous nicotine-ozone reaction was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry with attenuated total reflection (FTIR-ATR), and revealed a pseudo first-order surface reaction rate of 0.035 +/- 0.015 min(-1) (at [O(3)] = 6 +/- 0.3 x 10(15) molecules cm(-3)) that was partially inhibited at high RH. Extrapolation to a lower ozone level ([O(3)] = 42 ppb) showed oxidation on the order of 10(-5) min(-1) corresponding to a half-life of 1 week. In addition, similar surface products were identified in dry and high RH using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). However, FTIR analysis revealed different product spectra for these conditions, suggesting additional unidentified products and association with surface water. Knowing the indoor fate of condensed and gas phase nicotine and its oxidation products will provide a better understanding of nicotine's impact on personal exposures as well as overall indoor air quality.

  6. H₂O Dissociation-Induced Aluminum Oxide Growth on Oxidized Al(111) Surfaces.

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    Liu, Qianqian; Tong, Xiao; Zhou, Guangwen

    2015-12-08

    The interaction of water vapor with amorphous aluminum oxide films on Al(111) is studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to elucidate the passivation mechanism of the oxidized Al(111) surfaces. Exposure of the aluminum oxide film to water vapor results in self-limiting Al2O3/Al(OH)3 bilayer film growth via counter-diffusion of both ions, Al outward and OH inward, where a thinner starting aluminum oxide film is more reactive toward H2O dissociation-induced oxide growth because of the thickness-dependent ionic transport in the aluminum oxide film. The aluminum oxide film exhibits reactivity toward H2O dissociation in both low-vapor pressure [p(H2O) = 1 × 10(-6) Torr] and intermediate-vapor pressure [p(H2O) = 5 Torr] regimes. Compared to the oxide film growth by exposure to a p(H2O) of 1 × 10(-6) Torr, the exposure to a p(H2O) of 5 Torr results in the formation of a more open structure of the inner Al(OH)3 layer and a more compact outer Al2O3 layer, demonstrating the vapor-pressure-dependent atomic structure in the passivating layer.

  7. Ammonia modification of oxide-free Si(111) surfaces

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    Chopra, Tatiana Peixoto; Longo, Roberto C.; Cho, Kyeongjae; Chabal, Yves J.

    2016-08-01

    Amination of surfaces is useful in a variety of fields, ranging from device manufacturing to biological applications. Previous studies of ammonia reaction on silicon surfaces have concentrated on vapor phase rather than wet chemical processes, and mostly on clean Si surfaces. In this work, the interaction of liquid and vapor-phase ammonia is examined on three types of oxide-free surfaces - passivated by hydrogen, fluorine (1/3 monolayer) or chlorine - combining infrared absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and first-principles calculations. The resulting chemical composition highly depends on the starting surface; there is a stronger reaction on both F- and Cl-terminated than on the H-terminated Si surfaces, as evidenced by the formation of Si-NH2. Side reactions can also occur, such as solvent reaction with surfaces, formation of ammonium salt by-products (in the case of 0.2 M ammonia in dioxane solution), and nitridation of silicon (in the case of neat and gas-phase ammonia reactions for instance). Unexpectedly, there is formation of Si-H bonds on hydrogen-free Cl-terminated Si(111) surfaces in all cases, whether vapor phase of neat liquid ammonia is used. The first-principles modeling of this complex system suggests that step-edge surface defects may play a key role in enabling the reaction under certain circumstances, despite the endothermic nature for Si-H bond formation.

  8. Influence of Surface Morphology on the Antimicrobial Effect of Transition Metal Oxides in Polymer Surface.

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    Oh, Yoo Jin; Hubauer-Brenner, Michael; Hinterdorfer, Peter

    2015-10-01

    In this study, the physical properties of transition metal oxide surfaces were examined using scanning probe microscopic (SPM) techniques for elucidating the antimicrobial activity of molybdenum trioxide (MoO3), tungsten trioxide (WO3), and zinc oxide (ZnO) embedded into the polymers thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polypropylene (PP). We utilized atomic force microscopy (AFM) in the contact imaging mode and its derivative single-pass Kelvin probe force microscopy for investigating samples that were presumably identical in their compositions, but showed different antimicrobial activity in bacterial adhesion tests. Our results revealed that surfaces with larger roughness and higher surface potential variation showed stronger antimicrobial activities compared to smoother and homogeneously charge-distributed surfaces. In addition, capacitance gradient (dC/dZ) measurements were performed to elucidate the antimicrobial activity arising from the different dielectric behavior of the transition metal oxides in this heterogeneous polymer surface. We found that the nano-scale exposure of transition metal oxides on polymer surfaces provided strong antimicrobial effects. Applications arising from our studies will be useful for public and healthcare environments.

  9. Band energy control of molybdenum oxide by surface hydration

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    Butler, Keith T. Walsh, Aron; Crespo-Otero, Rachel; Buckeridge, John; Scanlon, David O.; Bovill, Edward; Lidzey, David

    2015-12-07

    The application of oxide buffer layers for improved carrier extraction is ubiquitous in organic electronics. However, the performance is highly susceptible to processing conditions. Notably, the interface stability and electronic structure is extremely sensitive to the uptake of ambient water. In this study we use density functional theory calculations to asses the effects of adsorbed water on the electronic structure of MoO{sub x}, in the context of polymer-fullerene solar cells based on PCDTBT. We obtain excellent agreement with experimental values of the ionization potential for pristine MoO{sub 3} (010). We find that IP and EA values can vary by as much as 2.5 eV depending on the oxidation state of the surface and that adsorbed water can either increase or decrease the IP and EA depending on the concentration of surface water.

  10. Water-Mediated Proton Hopping on an Iron Oxide Surface

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    Merte, L. R.; Peng, Guowen; Bechstein, Ralf; Rieboldt, Felix; Farberow, Carrie A.; Grabow, Lars C.; Kudernatsch, Wilhelmine; Wendt, Stefen; Laegsgaard, E.; Mavrikakis, Manos; Besenbacher, Fleming

    2012-05-18

    The diffusion of hydrogen atoms across solid oxide surfaces is often assumed to be accelerated by the presence of water molecules. Here we present a high-resolution, high-speed scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) study of the diffusion of H atoms on an FeO thin film. STM movies directly reveal a water-mediated hydrogen diffusion mechanism on the oxide surface at temperatures between 100 and 300 kelvin. Density functional theory calculations and isotope-exchange experiments confirm the STM observations, and a proton-transfer mechanism that proceeds via an H3O+-like transition state is revealed. This mechanism differs from that observed previously for rutile TiO2(110), where water dissociation is a key step in proton diffusion.

  11. Band energy control of molybdenum oxide by surface hydration

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    Butler, Keith T.; Crespo-Otero, Rachel; Buckeridge, John; Scanlon, David O.; Bovill, Edward; Lidzey, David; Walsh, Aron

    2015-12-01

    The application of oxide buffer layers for improved carrier extraction is ubiquitous in organic electronics. However, the performance is highly susceptible to processing conditions. Notably, the interface stability and electronic structure is extremely sensitive to the uptake of ambient water. In this study we use density functional theory calculations to asses the effects of adsorbed water on the electronic structure of MoOx, in the context of polymer-fullerene solar cells based on PCDTBT. We obtain excellent agreement with experimental values of the ionization potential for pristine MoO3 (010). We find that IP and EA values can vary by as much as 2.5 eV depending on the oxidation state of the surface and that adsorbed water can either increase or decrease the IP and EA depending on the concentration of surface water.

  12. New advanced surface modification technique: titanium oxide ceramic surface implants: long-term clinical results

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    Szabo, Gyorgy; Kovacs, Lajos; Barabas, Jozsef; Nemeth, Zsolt; Maironna, Carlo

    2001-11-01

    The purpose of this paper is to discuss the background to advanced surface modification technologies and to present a new technique, involving the formation of a titanium oxide ceramic coating, with relatively long-term results of its clinical utilization. Three general techniques are used to modify surfaces: the addition or removal of material and the change of material already present. Surface properties can also be changed without the addition or removal of material, through the laser or electron beam thermal treatment. The new technique outlined in this paper relates to the production of a corrosion-resistant 2000-2500 A thick, ceramic oxide layer with a coherent crystalline structure on the surface of titanium implants. The layer is grown electrochemically from the bulk of the metal and is modified by heat treatment. Such oxide ceramic-coated implants have a number of advantageous properties relative to implants covered with various other coatings: a higher external hardness, a greater force of adherence between the titanium and the oxide ceramic coating, a virtually perfect insulation between the organism and the metal (no possibility of metal allergy), etc. The coated implants were subjected to various physical, chemical, electronmicroscopic, etc. tests for a qualitative characterization. Finally, these implants (plates, screws for maxillofacial osteosynthesis and dental root implants) were applied in surgical practice for a period of 10 years. Tests and the experience acquired demonstrated the good properties of the titanium oxide ceramic-coated implants.

  13. In Situ Atomic Scale Visualization Of Surface Kinetics Driven Dynamics Of Oxide Growth On A Ni–Cr Surface

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    Luo, Langli; Zou, Lianfeng; Schreiber, Daniel K.; Olszta, Matthew J.; Baer, Donald R.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.; Zhou, Guangwen; Wang, Chong M.

    2016-01-20

    We report in situ atomic-scale visualization of the dynamical three-dimensional (3D) growth of NiO during initial oxidation of Ni-10at%Cr using environmental transmission electron microscopy (ETEM). Despite the thermodynamic preference for Cr2O3 formation, cubic NiO oxides nucleated and grew epitaxially as the dominating oxide phase on the Ni-Cr (100) surface during initial oxidation. The growth of NiO islands proceeds through step-by-step adatom mechanism in 3D, which is sustained by surface diffusion of Ni and O atoms. Although the shapes of oxide islands are controlled by strain energy between oxide and alloy substrate, local surface kinetic variations can lead to the change of surface planes of oxide islands. These results demonstrate that surface diffusion dominates initial oxidation of Ni-Cr in these test conditions.

  14. The role of nitric oxide in ocular surface cells.

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    Kim, Jae Chan; Park, Gun Sic; Kim, Jin Kook; Kim, Young Myeong

    2002-01-01

    The role of nitric oxide (NO) in the ocular surface remains unknown. We investigated the conditions leading to an increase of NO generation in tear and the main sources of NO in ocular surface tissue. We evaluated the dual action (cell survival or cell death) of NO depending on its amount. We measured the concentration of nitrite plus nitrate in the tears of ocular surface diseases and examined the main source of nitric oxide synthase (NOS). When cultured human corneal fibroblast were treated with NO producing donor with or without serum, the viabilities of cells was studied. We found that the main sources of NO in ocular surface tissue were corneal epithelium, fibroblast, endothelium, and inflammatory cells. Three forms of NOS (eNOS, bNOS, and iNOS) were expressed in experimentally induced inflammation. In the fibroblast culture system, the NO donor (SNAP, S-nitroso-N-acetyl-D, L-penicillamine) prevented the death of corneal fibroblast cells caused by serum deprivation in a dose dependent manner up to 500 micrometer SNAP, but a higher dose decreased cell viability. This study suggested that NO might act as a double-edged sword in ocular surface diseases depending on the degree of inflammation related with NO concentration. PMID:12068145

  15. The Growth of Metal Overlayers on Oxide Surfaces.

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    Mayer, Jeffrey Thomas

    1995-01-01

    The structural and chemical properties of metals on oxides have been analyzed by examining two very different adsorption systems. The first, Ni/SiO_2 , is representative of systems with a rather weak interaction between the metal overlayer and oxide substrate. The second system analyzed, Ti/TiO_2, is an example with very strong reactive adsorbate/substrate interaction. The surface and interface behavior of both systems are investigated using basic thermodynamic and kinetic concepts. The surface diffusion of nickel on a thermally -grown silicon dioxide thin film (5-50A), and the bulk diffusion of Ni through the SiO_2 film into the single crystal silicon substrate have been studied by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Nickel agglomeration on the oxide occurs in the 100-850K regime, while bulk Ni diffusion through the thin oxide layer occurs in the 700-1050K regime. The onset of bulk Ni diffusion is dependent on oxide thickness; thicker oxides reduce the rate of Ni penetration. Above 950-1100K, the oxide desorbs leaving nickel disilicide on silicon. The study of nickel disilicide island formation on Si(111) (an outgrowth of the Ni/SiO_2 experiments) is reported. The kinetics of this system control a rather interesting series of metastable growth structures. Visually striking NiSi_2 crystallites are observed on the Si(111) surface by AFM. The nickel disilicide islands coalesce following a high temperature anneal (~1260K). The islands differ from those formed at lower temperature in both shape and orientation. These differences are explained by kinetically limited growth accompanying phase and surface segregation of Ni from the bulk silicon wafer, and condensation of a Ni-rich NiSi_{rm 2-x} liquid phase at the surface. Condensation from the liquid phase to NiSi_2 is concluded to be responsible for the structure of the crystallites

  16. Adsorption of T4 bacteriophages on planar indium tin oxide surface via controlled surface tailoring.

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    Liana, Ayu Ekajayanthi; Chia, Ed Win; Marquis, Christopher P; Gunawan, Cindy; Gooding, J Justin; Amal, Rose

    2016-04-15

    The work investigates the influence of surface physicochemical properties of planar indium tin oxide (ITO) as a model substrate on T4 bacteriophage adsorption. A comparative T4 bacteriophage adsorption study shows a significant difference in bacteriophage adsorption observed on chemically modified planar ITO when compared to similarly modified particulate ITO, which infers that trends observed in virus-particle interaction studies are not necessarily transferrable to predict virus-planar surface adsorption behaviour. We also found that ITO surfaces modified with methyl groups, (resulting in increased surface roughness and hydrophobicity) remained capable of adsorbing T4 bacteriophage. The adsorption of T4 onto bare, amine and carboxylic functionalised planar ITO suggests the presence of a unique binding behaviour involving specific functional groups on planar ITO surface beyond the non-specific electrostatic interactions that dominate phage to particle interactions. The paper demonstrates the significance of physicochemical properties of surfaces on bacteriophage-surface interactions.

  17. Inhibition of Sulfide Mineral Oxidation by Surface Coating Agents: Batch

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    Choi, J.; Ji, M. K.; Yun, H. S.; Park, Y. T.; Gee, E. D.; Lee, W. R.; Jeon, B.-H.

    2012-04-01

    Mining activities and mineral industries have impacted on rapid oxidation of sulfide minerals such as pyrite (FeS2) which leads to Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) formation. Some of the abandoned mines discharge polluted water without proper environmental remediation treatments, largely because of financial constraints in treating AMD. Magnitude of the problem is considerable, especially in countries with a long history of mining. As metal sulfides become oxidized during mining activities, the aqueous environment becomes acid and rich in many metals, including iron, lead, mercury, arsenic and many others. The toxic heavy metals are responsible for the environmental deterioration of stream, groundwater and soils. Several strategies to remediate AMD contaminated sites have been proposed. Among the source inhibition and prevention technologies, microencapsulation (coating) has been considered as a promising technology. The encapsulation is based on inhibition of O2 diffusion by surface coating agent and is expected to control the oxidation of pyrite for a long time. Potential of several surface coating agents for preventing oxidation of metal sulfide minerals from both Young-Dong coal mine and Il-Gwang gold mine were examined by conducting batch experiments and field tests. Powdered pyrite as a standard sulfide mineral and rock samples from two mine outcrops were mixed with six coating agents (KH2PO4, MgO and KMnO4 as chemical agents, and apatite, cement and manganite as mineral agents) and incubated with oxidizing agents (H2O2 or NaClO). Batch experiments with Young-Dong coal mine samples showed least SO42- production in presence of KMnO4 (16% sulfate production compared to no surface coating agents) or cement (4%) within 8 days. In the case of Il-Gwang mine samples, least SO42- production was observed in presence of KH2PO4 (8%) or cement (2%) within 8 days. Field-scale pilot tests at Il-Gwang site also showed that addition of KH2PO4 decreased sulfate production from 200 to

  18. Effects of surface oxide formation on germanium nanowire band-edge photoluminescence

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    Minaye Hashemi, Fatemeh Sadat; Thombare, Shruti; Brongersma, Mark L.; Morral, Anna Fontcuberta i; McIntyre, Paul C.

    2013-06-24

    The effect of intentional surface oxide formation on band-edge photoluminescence (PL) of Ge nanowires was investigated. Thermal oxidation in molecular O{sub 2} was used to produce a surface oxide layer on assemblies of single crystal nanowires grown by the vapor-liquid-solid method. With increasing oxidation of the wires, the band-edge PL associated with the indirect gap transition becomes more intense. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirms the formation of an increasingly GeO{sub 2}-like surface oxide under annealing conditions that enhance the indirect-gap PL, consistent with surface oxide passivation of nonradiative recombination centers initially present on the nanowire surface.

  19. Surface Proton Hopping and Coupling Pathway of Water Oxidation on Cobalt Oxide Catalyst

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    Pham, Hieu; Cheng, Mu-Jeng; Frei, Heinz; Wang, Lin-Wang

    We propose an oxidation pathway of water splitting on cobalt oxide surface with clear thermodynamic and kinetic details. The density-functional theory studies suggest that the coupled proton-electron transfer is not necessarily sequential and implicit in every elementary step of this mechanistic cycle. Instead, the initial O-O bond could be formed by the landing of water molecule on the surface oxos, which is then followed by the dispatch of protons through the hopping manner and subsequent release of di-oxygen. Our theoretical investigations of intermediates and transition states indicate that all chemical conversions in this pathway, including the proton transfers, are possible with low activation barriers, in addition to their favorable thermodynamics. Our hypothesis is supported by recent experimental observations of surface superoxide that is stabilized by hydrogen bonding to adjacent hydroxyl group, as an intermediate on fast-kinetics catalytic site.

  20. Surface activity of poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers

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    Alexandridis, P.; Athanassiou, V.; Fukuda, Shinya; Hatton, T.A. )

    1994-08-01

    The surface tension of aqueous solutions of seven poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) Pluronic copolymers, covering a wide range of molecular weights (3400-14600) and PPO/PEO ratios (0.19-1.79), was determined over the 10[sup [minus]5]-10% w/v concentration range, at two temperatures (25 and 35[degree]C). Two breaks (changes in slope) were observed in the surface tension vs log concentration curve for most of the copolymers. The low-concentration break, occurring at bulk copolymer concentrations of approximately 10[sup [minus]3]%, is believed to originate from rearrangement of the copolymer molecules on the surface at complete coverage of the air/water interface. The breaks at the high-concentration part of the surface tension curve occurred at concentrations that correspond to the critical micellization concentration values as determined by a dye solubilization technique. The surface area per copolymer molecule, A, increased as a function of the number of EO segments, N[sub EO], obeying a scaling law (A [approx] N[sub EO][sup 1/2]) similar to that of lower molecular weight C[sub i]E[sub j] nonionic surfactants. 56 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  1. Enhanced biogenic emissions of nitric oxide and nitrous oxide following surface biomass burning

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    Anderson, Iris C.; Levine, Joel S.; Poth, Mark A.; Riggan, Philip J.

    1988-01-01

    Recent measurements indicate significantly enhanced biogenic soil emissions of both nitric oxide (NO) and nitrous oxide (N2O) following surface burning. These enhanced fluxes persisted for at least six months following the burn. Simultaneous measurements indicate enhanced levels of exchangeable ammonium in the soil following the burn. Biomass burning is known to be an instantaneous source of NO and N2O resulting from high-temperature combustion. Now it is found that biomass burning also results in significantly enhanced biogenic emissions of these gases, which persist for months following the burn.

  2. Tantalum surface oxidation: Bond relaxation, energy entrapment, and electron polarization

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    Guo, Yongling; Bo, Maolin; Wang, Yan; Liu, Yonghui; Sun, Chang Q.; Huang, Yongli

    2017-02-01

    A combination of photoelectron spectrometric analysis and density functional theory calculations has enabled reconciliation of the bond-energy-electron relaxation for the Ta(100, 110, 111) surfaces chemisorbed with oxygen at different coverages. Results show that increasing oxygen coverage lowers the adsorption energy associated with lattice reconstruction. Valence electrons transfer from Ta surface atoms to oxygen to create four excessive DOS features in terms of Osbnd Ta bonding, lone pairs of oxygen, Ta+ electron holes, and polarized Ta dipoles. Oxidation proceeds in the following dynamics: oxygen gets electrons from two neighboring Ta atoms left behind Ta+; the sp3-orbital hybridization takes place with additional two electron lone pairs, the lone pairs polarize the other two Ta neighbors becoming dipoles. X-ray photoelectron spectral analysis results in the 4f binding energy of an isolated Ta atom and its shift upon bond formation and oxidation. Exercises provide not only a promising numerical approach for the quantitative information about the bond and electronic behavior but also consistent insight into the electronic dynamics of metal oxidation.

  3. Reflection spectra and magnetochemistry of iron oxides and natural surfaces

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    Wasilewski, P.

    1978-01-01

    The magnetic properties and spectral characteristics of iron oxides are distinctive. Diagnostic features in reflectance spectra (0.5 to 2.4 micron) for alpha Fe2O3, gamma Fe2O3, and FeOOH include location of Fe3(+) absorption features, intensity ratios at various wavelengths, and the curve shape between 1.2 micron and 2.4 micron. The reflection spectrum of natural rock surfaces are seldom those of the bulk rock because of weathering effects. Coatings are found to be dominated by iron oxides and clay. A simple macroscopic model of rock spectra (based on concepts of stains and coatings) is considered adequate for interpretation of LANDSAT data. The magnetic properties of materials associated with specific spectral types and systematic changes in both spectra and magnetic properties are considered.

  4. Influence of corrosive solutions on microhardness and chemistry of magnesium oxide /001/ surfaces

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    Ishigaki, H.; Miyoshi, K.; Buckley, D. H.

    1982-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses and hardness experiments were conducted on cleaved magnesium oxide /001/ surfaces. The magnesium oxide bulk crystals were cleaved to specimen size along the /001/ surface, and indentations were made on the cleaved surface in corrosive solutions containing HCl, NaOH, or HNO3 and in water without exposing the specimen to any other environment. The results indicated that chloride (such as MgCl2) and sodium films are formed on the magnesium oxide surface as a result of interactions between an HCl-containing solution and a cleaved magnesium oxide surface. The chloride films soften the magnesium oxide surface. In this case microhardness is strongly influenced by the pH value of the solution. The lower the pH, the lower the microhardness. Sodium films, which are formed on the magnesium oxide surface exposed to an NaOH containing solution, do not soften the magnesium oxide surface.

  5. Multifunctional Indium Tin Oxide Electrode Generated by Unusual Surface Modification

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    Bouden, Sarra; Dahi, Antoine; Hauquier, Fanny; Randriamahazaka, Hyacinthe; Ghilane, Jalal

    2016-11-01

    The indium tin oxide (ITO) material has been widely used in various scientific fields and has been successfully implemented in several devices. Herein, the electrochemical reduction of ITO electrode in an organic electrolytic solution containing alkali metal, NaI, or redox molecule, N-(ferrocenylmethyl) imidazolium iodide, was investigated. The reduced ITO surfaces were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and grazing incident XRD demonstrating the presence of the electrolyte cation inside the material. Reversibility of this process after re-oxidation was evidenced by XPS. Using a redox molecule based ionic liquid as supporting electrolyte leads to fellow electrochemically the intercalation process. As a result, modified ITO containing ferrocenyl imidazolium was easily generated. This reduction process occurs at mild reducing potential around ‑1.8 V and causes for higher reducing potential a drastic morphological change accompanied with a decrease of the electrode conductivity at the macroscopic scale. Finally, the self-reducing power of the reduced ITO phase was used to initiate the spontaneous reduction of silver ions leading to the growth of Ag nanoparticles. As a result, transparent and multifunctional active ITO surfaces were generated bearing redox active molecules inside the material and Ag nanoparticles onto the surface.

  6. Multifunctional Indium Tin Oxide Electrode Generated by Unusual Surface Modification

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    Bouden, Sarra; Dahi, Antoine; Hauquier, Fanny; Randriamahazaka, Hyacinthe; Ghilane, Jalal

    2016-01-01

    The indium tin oxide (ITO) material has been widely used in various scientific fields and has been successfully implemented in several devices. Herein, the electrochemical reduction of ITO electrode in an organic electrolytic solution containing alkali metal, NaI, or redox molecule, N-(ferrocenylmethyl) imidazolium iodide, was investigated. The reduced ITO surfaces were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and grazing incident XRD demonstrating the presence of the electrolyte cation inside the material. Reversibility of this process after re-oxidation was evidenced by XPS. Using a redox molecule based ionic liquid as supporting electrolyte leads to fellow electrochemically the intercalation process. As a result, modified ITO containing ferrocenyl imidazolium was easily generated. This reduction process occurs at mild reducing potential around −1.8 V and causes for higher reducing potential a drastic morphological change accompanied with a decrease of the electrode conductivity at the macroscopic scale. Finally, the self-reducing power of the reduced ITO phase was used to initiate the spontaneous reduction of silver ions leading to the growth of Ag nanoparticles. As a result, transparent and multifunctional active ITO surfaces were generated bearing redox active molecules inside the material and Ag nanoparticles onto the surface. PMID:27857192

  7. Ultralyophobic oxidized aluminum surfaces exhibiting negligible contact angle hysteresis.

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    Hozumi, Atsushi; McCarthy, Thomas J

    2010-02-16

    Ultralyophobic oxidized aluminum surfaces exhibiting negligible contact angle hysteresis for probe liquids were prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of bis((tridecafluoro-1,1,2,2,-tetrahydrooctyl)-dimethylsiloxy)methylsilane (CF(3)(CF(2))(5)CH(2)CH(2)Si(CH(3))(2)O)(2)SiCH(3)H, (R(F)Si(Me)(2)O)(2)SiMeH). Oxidized aluminum surfaces were prepared by photooxidation/cleaning of sputter-coated aluminum on silicon wafers (Si/Al(Al(2)(O(3)))) using oxygen plasma. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) confirmed that this facile CVD method produces a monolayer with a thickness of 1.1 nm on the Si/Al(Al(2)(O(3))) surface without a discernible change in surface morphology. After monolayer deposition, the hydrophilic Si/Al(Al(2)(O(3))) surface became both hydrophobic and oleophobic and exhibited essentially no contact angle hysteresis for water and n-hexadecane (advancing/receding contact angles (theta(A)/theta(R)) = 110 degrees/109 degrees and 52 degrees/50 degrees, respectively). Droplets move very easily on this surface and roll off of slightly tilted surfaces, independently of the contact angle (which is a practical definition of ultralyophobic). A conventional fluoroalkylsilane monolayer was also prepared from 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltrimethoxysilane (CF(3)(CF(2))(7)CH(2)CH(2)Si(OCH(3))(3), R(F)Si(OMe)(3)) for comparison. The theta(A)/theta(R) values for water and n-hexadecane are 121 degrees/106 degrees and 76 degrees/71 degrees, respectively. The larger hysteresis values indicate the "pinning" of probe liquids, even though advancing contact angles are larger than those of the (R(F)Si(Me)(2)O)(2)SiMeH-derived monolayers. The (R(F)Si(Me)(2)O)(2)SiMeH-derived monolayers have excellent hydrolytic stability in water. We propose that the (R(F)Si(Me)(2)O)(2)SiMeH-derived monolayers are flexible and liquidlike and that drops in contact with these surfaces experience very low energy barriers between metastable states, leading to the

  8. Positive Biomechanical Effects of Titanium Oxide for Sandblasting Implant Surface as an Alternative to Aluminium Oxide.

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    Gehrke, Sergio Alexandre; Taschieri, Silvio; Del Fabbro, Massimo; Coelho, Paulo Guilherme

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the physico-chemical properties and the in vivo host response of a surface sandblasted with particles of titanium oxide (TiO2) followed by acid etching as an alternative to aluminium oxide. Thirty titanium disks manufactured in the same conditions as the implants and 24 conventional cylindrical implants were used. Half of the implants had a machined surface (Gcon) while in the other half; the surface was treated with particles of TiO2 followed by acid etching (Gexp). Surface characterization was assessed by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), profilometry, and wettability. For the in vivo test, 12 implants of each group were implanted in the tibia of 6 rabbits, and were reverse torque tested after periods of 30 or 60 days after implantation. Following torque, SEM was utilized to assess residual bone-implant contact. The surface characterization by SEM showed a very homogeneous surface with uniform irregularities for Gexp and a small amount of residues of the blasting procedure, while Gcon presented a surface with minimal irregularities from the machining tools. Wettability test showed decreased contact angle for the Gcon relative to the Gexp. The Gexp removal torque at 30 and 60 days was 28.7%, and 33.2% higher relative to the Gcon, respectively. Blasting the surface with particles of TiO2 represents an adequate option for the surface treatment of dental implants, with minimal risk of contamination by the residual debris from the blasting procedure.

  9. Asbestos surface provides a niche for oxidative modification.

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    Nagai, Hirotaka; Ishihara, Toshikazu; Lee, Wen-Hua; Ohara, Hiroki; Okazaki, Yasumasa; Okawa, Katsuya; Toyokuni, Shinya

    2011-12-01

    Asbestos is a potent carcinogen associated with increased risks of malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer in humans. Although the mechanism of carcinogenesis remains elusive, the physicochemical characteristics of asbestos play a role in the progression of asbestos-induced diseases. Among these characteristics, a high capacity to adsorb and accommodate biomolecules on its abundant surface area has been linked to cellular and genetic toxicity. Several previous studies identified asbestos-interacting proteins. Here, with the use of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry, we systematically identified proteins from various lysates that adsorbed to the surface of commercially used asbestos and classified them into the following groups: chromatin/nucleotide/RNA-binding proteins, ribosomal proteins, cytoprotective proteins, cytoskeleton-associated proteins, histones and hemoglobin. The surfaces of crocidolite and amosite, two iron-rich types of asbestos, caused more protein scissions and oxidative modifications than that of chrysotile by in situ-generated 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal. In contrast, we confirmed the intense hemolytic activity of chrysotile and found that hemoglobin attached to chrysotile, but not silica, can work as a catalyst to induce oxidative DNA damage. This process generates 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine and thus corroborates the involvement of iron in the carcinogenicity of chrysotile. This evidence demonstrates that all three types of asbestos adsorb DNA and specific proteins, providing a niche for oxidative modification via catalytic iron. Therefore, considering the affinity of asbestos for histones/DNA and the internalization of asbestos into mesothelial cells, our results suggest a novel hypothetical mechanism causing genetic alterations during asbestos-induced carcinogenesis.

  10. How surface reparation prevents catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide on atomic gold at defective magnesium oxide surfaces.

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    Töpfer, Kai; Tremblay, Jean Christophe

    2016-07-21

    In this contribution, we study using first principles the co-adsorption and catalytic behaviors of CO and O2 on a single gold atom deposited at defective magnesium oxide surfaces. Using cluster models and point charge embedding within a density functional theory framework, we simulate the CO oxidation reaction for Au1 on differently charged oxygen vacancies of MgO(001) to rationalize its experimentally observed lack of catalytic activity. Our results show that: (1) co-adsorption is weakly supported at F(0) and F(2+) defects but not at F(1+) sites, (2) electron redistribution from the F(0) vacancy via the Au1 cluster to the adsorbed molecular oxygen weakens the O2 bond, as required for a sustainable catalytic cycle, (3) a metastable carbonate intermediate can form on defects of the F(0) type, (4) only a small activation barrier exists for the highly favorable dissociation of CO2 from F(0), and (5) the moderate adsorption energy of the gold atom on the F(0) defect cannot prevent insertion of molecular oxygen inside the defect. Due to the lack of protection of the color centers, the surface becomes invariably repaired by the surrounding oxygen and the catalytic cycle is irreversibly broken in the first oxidation step.

  11. The Reduction of Aqueous Metal Species on the Surfaces of Fe(II)-Containing Oxides: The Role of Surface Passivation

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    White, A.F.; Peterson, M.L.

    1998-01-01

    The reduction of aqueous transition metal species at the surfaces of Fe(II)- containing oxides has important ramifications in predicting the transport behavior in ground water aquifers. Experimental studies using mineral suspensions and electrodes demonstrate that structural Fe(II) heterogeneously reduces aqueous ferric, cupric, vanadate and chromate ions on magnetite and ilmenite surfaces. The rates of metal reduction on natural oxides is strongly dependent on the extent of surface passivation and redox conditions in the weathering environment. Synchrotron studies show that surface oxidation of Fe(II)-containing oxide minerals decreases their capacity for Cr(VI) reduction at hazardous waste disposal sites.

  12. Electrogenerated indium tin oxide-coated glass surface with photosensitive interfaces: surface analysis.

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    Konry, Tania; Bouhifd, Mounir; Cosnier, Serge; Whelan, Maurice; Valsesia, Andrea; Rossi, Francois; Marks, Robert S

    2007-04-15

    We present herein a photo-immobilization technique for the localized and specific conjugation of biochip platforms with different proteinaceous bioreceptors, such as antigen or antibodies. This methodology based on a photoactivable electrogenerated polymer film, pyrrole-benzophenone, allows the covalent immobilization of biomolecules through light mediation. The surface-conductive glass platform electropolymerized with poly(pyrrole-benzophenone) thin film may then be used to affinity-coat the chip with molecular recognition probes. This glass chip electroconductive surface modification is done by the deposition of a thin layer of indium tin oxide (ITO). Thereafter, pyrrole-benzophenone monomers are electropolymerized onto the conductive metal oxide surface and then exposed to an antigen Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B (SEB)) solution and illuminated with UV light (wavelength approximately 345 nm) through a mask. As a result of the photochemical reaction, a pattern thin layer of the antigen was covalently bound to the benzophenone-modified surface. Then the sample to be analyzed, along with its specific target antibody (anti-SEB antibodies), is introduced onto the glass surface and left to react with the previously photo-immobilized antigen. When the immuno-reaction is completed, the specifically attached immunoglobulin analytes are detected by using secondary antibodies conjugated with Fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC). The fluorescence signal emanating from the biochip surface is then quantified by two methods, using a filtered intensified charge-coupled device (CCD) camera and a grating spectrometer.

  13. The electrochemisty of surface modified <10 nm metal oxide nanoparticles

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    Roberts, Joseph J. P.

    Chapter One provides a general introduction of the research on metal oxide nanoparticles (MOx), highlighting their synthesis, surface modification, and functionalization. Emphasis is given to the different synthetic route for producing small (<10 nm) MOx nanoparticles with narrow size distributions. Different methods for modifying their surface with small organic molecules are discussed with focus given to silanes and phosphates. Furthermore, functionalizing surface modified nanoparticles for specific functions is addressed, with markers for analytically relevant nanoscale quantification being the primary focus. Chapter Two describes in detail the thermal degradation synthesis used for the generation of small MOx nanoparticles. It demonstrates the versatile of the synthesis by successfully synthesizing ZrO 2 and IrO2 nanoparticles. Preliminary work involving the formation of Bi2S3, Bi2O3, and RuO2 nanomaterials is also addressed. The solvothermal synthesis of indium tin oxide (ITO) is also shown for comparison to ITO produced by thermal degradation. Chapter Three details the surface modification of ITO nanoparticles and subsequent electrochemical tagging with a ferrocene moiety. ITO nanoparticles were synthesized via thermal degradation. These nanoparticles underwent a ligand exchange with a covalently binding mondentate silane terminated with a primary amine. Acyl chloride coupling between the amine and chlorocarbonylferrocene provided an electrochemical tag to quantify the level of surface modification. Electrochemisty of the quasi-diffusing nanoparticles was evaluated via cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA), and mircodisk electrode (microE) experiments. Chapter Four investigates spectroscopic tagging of ITO and ZrO2 nanoparticles as well as electrochemical tagging of ZrO 2 and IrO2 nanoparticles. An unbound azo-dye was synthesized and attempts were made to attach the dye to the surface of ITO nanoparticles. Imine couple between a spectroscopic tag

  14. Ceramic oxides: Surfaces and amorphous/crystalline interfaces

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    Gilliss, Shelley Rae

    Model studies have been carried out to further the basic understanding of ceramic oxide surfaces and the interface between ceramic oxides and amorphous films. Boundary-migration studies using model geometries of alumina and rutile bicrystals have been carried out. In the case of the rutile boundary, migration proceeds faster near the surface, while in the alumina bicrystal migration proceeds faster away from the boundary. A solution/reprecipitation mechanism is proposed for the alumina case, while a mechanism similar to diffusion-induced grain boundary migration (DIGM) is proposed for the rutile case. Three distinct faceting behaviors for the m-plane of alumina have been identified. The low-energy configuration was observed within a glass droplet whereas higher-energy configurations were observed outside dewet droplets and within a migrating grain boundary. These high-energy configurations are due to kinetic limitations. A method for monitoring the evolution of faceting over the course of several heat treatments has been developed which uses a combination of visible-light microscopy (VLM) and atomic-force microscopy (AFM) with the aid of fiducial marks (indentations) as reference markers. Grooves at migrating grain boundaries in high-purity alumina have been studied using a combination of VLM, AFM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) through a progression of heat treatments at 1650°C. The partial angles of grooves that developed at migrating grain boundaries were found to be asymmetric compared with those that developed at stationary boundaries. The wetting behavior of an amorphous SiO2 film on single-crystal substrates of TiO2 has been extensively studied. A model involving the initiation of an instability due to surface-tension gradients is proposed as the mechanism for the complex patterns observed. It is proposed that the surface-tension gradients are caused by the changing composition of the SiO 2 thin film due to dissolution of the TiO2 substrate into

  15. Oxidic copper on the Au(111) surface: A theoretical surface science approach

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    Lee, Taehun; Lee, Yonghyuk; Kang, Kisung; Soon, Aloysius

    Recently, via reactive Cu deposition in an oxygen ambience, high quality gold-supported cuprous oxide (Cu2O) ultrathin nanofilms have been prepared as a model system to further such catalytic studies. Nonetheless, an accurate atomic picture of these ultrathin Cu2O nanofilms, which largely depends on its immediate oxygen environment, is currently lacking. In this work, we perform density-functional theory (DFT) calculations using the Vienna ab initio Simulation Package in combination with ab initio atomistic thermodynamics to investigate stability of Cu2O thin films on Au(111) as a function of oxygen chemical potential. Our results indeed show that some of the surface structures suggested in Ref. are energetically more stable than the traditional copper oxide thin film structures on copper substrate, and elucidated the electronic structure of these ultrathin copper oxide films on gold, in comparison with available experimental data.

  16. Uranyl and Arsenate Cosorption on Aluminum Oxide Surface

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    Tang, Y.; Reeder, R

    2009-01-01

    In this study, we examined the effects of simultaneous adsorption of aqueous arsenate and uranyl onto aluminum oxide over a range of pH and concentration conditions. Arsenate was used as a chemical analog for phosphate, and offers advantages for characterization via X-ray absorption spectroscopy. By combining batch experiments, speciation calculations, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction, we investigated the uptake behavior of uranyl, as well as the local and long-range structure of the final sorption products. In the presence of arsenate, uranyl sorption was greatly enhanced in the acidic pH range, and the amount of enhancement is positively correlated to the initial arsenate and uranyl concentrations. At pH 4-6, U L{sub III-} and As K-edge EXAFS results suggest the formation of surface-sorbed uranyl and arsenate species as well as uranyl arsenate surface precipitate(s) that have a structure similar to tr{umlt o}gerite. Uranyl polymeric species or oxyhydroxide precipitate(s) become more important with increasing pH values. Our results provide the basis for predictive models of the uptake of uranyl by aluminum oxide in the presence of arsenate and (by analogy) phosphate, which can be especially important for understanding phosphate-based uranium remediation systems.

  17. Surface complexation of organic arsenic on nanocrystalline titanium oxide.

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    Jing, Chuanyong; Meng, Xiaoguang; Liu, Suqin; Baidas, Salem; Patraju, Ravi; Christodoulatos, Christos; Korfiatis, George P

    2005-10-01

    The adsorption mechanisms of monomethylarsonic acid (MMA) and dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) on nanocrystalline titanium oxide (TiO2) were investigated with X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), surface charge and zeta potential measurements, adsorption edge, and surface complexation modeling. XAS data demonstrated that MMA and DMA formed bidentate and monodentate inner sphere complexes with the TiO2 surface, respectively. The charge and zeta potential behaviors of TiO2 as a function of ionic strength suggested that the point of zero charge (PZC) and isoelectric point (IEP) of TiO2 were identical at pH 5.8. Adsorption of MMA and DMA on TiO2 shifted the IEP to pH 4.1 and 4.8, respectively, indicating the formation of negatively charged surface complexes. A satisfactory interpretation of the experimental data was provided by the charge distribution (CD) multi-site complexation (MUSIC) model with the triple plane option under the constraint of the XAS evidence.

  18. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Oxide Surface Structure

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    Novak, David S.

    The structural properties of several oxide and metal/oxide systems have been investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Oxide materials find wide use in many very important technological applications, and many of these applications depend on nanometer scale structure of the material. STM provides a unique tool for probing the properties of materials in real-space on the atomic ({~}1A) and nanometer distance scales. Oxides are also scientifically interesting for the wide range of physical properties that they exhibit. In these investigations we have studied the surface structure of the metallic oxide Rb _{0.3}MoO_3, the wide band gap semiconductor TiO_2(110), and metal thin films of copper on TiO_2 (110). Much of this research was performed with a UHV STM system which was built in-house at Rutgers. The design and construction of this UHV STM system, including the STM scanners and control electronics, is described in this dissertation. We have prepared nearly perfect TiO_2 (110) (1 x 1) surfaces which are observed with STM to be atomically flat over large areas. The atomic scale structure of the (1 x 1) surface has been successfully imaged with the STM, and the periodicity found in the images is consistent with the bulk truncated (charge neutral) model for the TiO_2(110) (1 x 1) surface. A discussion is given as to whether the STM is imaging the bridging oxygen atom rows (geometric structure dominating) or the five-fold coordinated titanium site (electronic structure dominating). Under certain preparation conditions, a line defect structure is observed on this surface. The defect structure consists of a rowlike feature of approximately 2 A height oriented along the (001). It is believed that these defect rows are the initial steps in the formation of the "high temperature" (1 x 2) phase which has been observed by several groups. A comparison is made between the experimental data and the various models that have been proposed for the defect rows and the

  19. Methane oxidation and methane fluxes in the ocean surface layer and deep anoxic waters

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    Ward, B. B.; Kilpatrick, K. A.; Novelli, P. C.; Scranton, M. I.

    1987-01-01

    Measured biological oxidation rates of methane in near-surface waters of the Cariaco Basin are compared with the diffusional fluxes computed from concentration gradients of methane in the surface layer. Methane fluxes and oxidation rates were investigated in surface waters, at the oxic/anoxic interface, and in deep anoxic waters. It is shown that the surface-waters oxidation of methane is a mechanism which modulates the flux of methane from marine waters to the atmosphere.

  20. Probing and mapping electrode surfaces in solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Blinn, Kevin S; Li, Xiaxi; Liu, Mingfei; Bottomley, Lawrence A; Liu, Meilin

    2012-09-20

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are potentially the most efficient and cost-effective solution to utilization of a wide variety of fuels beyond hydrogen (1-7). The performance of SOFCs and the rates of many chemical and energy transformation processes in energy storage and conversion devices in general are limited primarily by charge and mass transfer along electrode surfaces and across interfaces. Unfortunately, the mechanistic understanding of these processes is still lacking, due largely to the difficulty of characterizing these processes under in situ conditions. This knowledge gap is a chief obstacle to SOFC commercialization. The development of tools for probing and mapping surface chemistries relevant to electrode reactions is vital to unraveling the mechanisms of surface processes and to achieving rational design of new electrode materials for more efficient energy storage and conversion(2). Among the relatively few in situ surface analysis methods, Raman spectroscopy can be performed even with high temperatures and harsh atmospheres, making it ideal for characterizing chemical processes relevant to SOFC anode performance and degradation(8-12). It can also be used alongside electrochemical measurements, potentially allowing direct correlation of electrochemistry to surface chemistry in an operating cell. Proper in situ Raman mapping measurements would be useful for pin-pointing important anode reaction mechanisms because of its sensitivity to the relevant species, including anode performance degradation through carbon deposition(8, 10, 13, 14) ("coking") and sulfur poisoning(11, 15) and the manner in which surface modifications stave off this degradation(16). The current work demonstrates significant progress towards this capability. In addition, the family of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques provides a special approach to interrogate the electrode surface with nanoscale resolution. Besides the surface topography that is routinely collected by AFM

  1. A surface science investigation of silicon carbide: Oxidation, crystal growth and surface structural analysis

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    Powers, J.M.

    1991-11-01

    For the semiconductor SiC to fulfill its potential as an electronic material, methods must be developed to produce insulating surface oxide layers in a reproducible fashion. Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to investigate the oxidation of single crystal {alpha}-SiC over a wide temperature and O{sub 2} pressure range. The {alpha}-SiC surface becomes graphitic at high temperatures and low O{sub 2} pressures due to Si and SiO sublimation from the surface. Amorphous SiO{sub 2} surface layers from on {alpha}-SiC at elevated O{sub 2} pressures and temperatures. Both the graphitization and oxidation of {alpha}-SiC appears to be enhanced by surface roughness. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is currently the preferred method of producing single crystal SiC, although the method is slow and prone to contamination. We have attempted to produce SiC films at lower temperatures and higher deposition rates using plasma enhanced CVD with CH{sub 3}SiH{sub 3}. Scanning AES, XPS and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were utilized to study the composition and morphology of the deposited Si{sub x}C{sub y}H{sub z} films as a function of substrate temperature, plasma power and ion flux bombardment of the film during deposition. High energy ion bombardment during deposition was found to increase film density and substrate adhesion while simultaneously reducing hydrogen and oxygen incorporation in the film. Under all deposition conditions the Si{sub x}C{sub y}H{sub z} films were found to be amorphous, with the ion bombarded films showing promise as hard protective coatings. Studies with LEED and AES have shown that {beta}-SiC (100) exhibits multiple surface reconstructions, depending on the surface composition. These surface reconstructions possess substantially different surface reactivities at elevated temperatures, which can complicate the fabrication of metal on SiC junctions.

  2. Cleaning and passivation of copper surfaces to remove surface radioactivity and prevent oxide formation

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    Hoppe, E. W.; Seifert, A.; Aalseth, C. E.; Bachelor, P. P.; Day, A. R.; Edwards, D. J.; Hossbach, T. W.; Litke, K. E.; McIntyre, J. I.; Miley, H. S.; Schulte, S. M.; Smart, J. E.; Warren, G. A.

    2007-08-01

    High-purity copper is an attractive material for constructing ultra-low-background radiation measurement devices. Many low-background experiments using high-purity copper have indicated surface contamination emerges as the dominant background. Radon daughters plate out on exposed surfaces, leaving a residual 210Pb background that is difficult to avoid. Dust is also a problem; even under cleanroom conditions, the amount of U and Th deposited on surfaces can represent the largest remaining background. To control these backgrounds, a copper cleaning chemistry has been developed. Designed to replace an effective, but overly aggressive concentrated nitric acid etch, this peroxide-based solution allows for a more controlled cleaning of surfaces. The acidified hydrogen peroxide solution will generally target the Cu +/Cu 2+ species which are the predominant surface participants, leaving the bulk of copper metal intact. This preserves the critical tolerances of parts and eliminates significant waste disposal issues. Accompanying passivation chemistry has also been developed that protects copper surfaces from oxidation. Using a high-activity polonium surface spike, the most difficult-to-remove daughter isotope of radon, the performance of these methods are quantified.

  3. Cleaning and passivation of copper surfaces to remove surface radioactivity and prevent oxide formation

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    Hoppe, Eric W.; Seifert, Allen; Aalseth, Craig E.; Bachelor, Paula P.; Day, Anthony R.; Edwards, Danny J.; Hossbach, Todd W.; Litke, Kevin E.; McIntyre, Justin I.; Miley, Harry S.; Schulte, Shannon M.; Smart, John E.; Warren, Glen A.

    2007-08-21

    High-purity copper is an attractive material for constructing ultra-low-background radiation measurement devices. Many low-background experiments using high-purity copper have indicated surface contamination emerges as the dominant background. Radon daughters plate out on exposed surfaces, leaving a residual 210Pb background that is difficult to avoid. Dust is also a problem; even under cleanroom conditions, the amount of U and Th deposited on surfaces can represent the largest remaining background. To control these backgrounds, a copper cleaning chemistry has been developed. Designed to replace an effective, but overly aggressive concentrated nitric acid etch, this peroxide-based solution allows for a more controlled cleaning of surfaces. The acidified hydrogen peroxide solution will generally target the Cu+/Cu2+ species which are the predominant surface participants, leaving the bulk of copper metal intact. This preserves the critical tolerances of parts and eliminates significant waste disposal issues. Accompanying passivation chemistry has also been developed that protects copper surfaces from oxidation. Using a high-activity polonium surface spike, the most difficult-to-remove daughter isotope of radon, the performance of these methods are quantified. © 2001 Elsevier Science. All rights reserved

  4. Giant and switchable surface activity of liquid metal via surface oxidation

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    Khan, Mohammad Rashed; Eaker, Collin B.; Bowden, Edmond F.; Dickey, Michael D.

    2014-01-01

    We present a method to control the interfacial tension of a liquid alloy of gallium via electrochemical deposition (or removal) of the oxide layer on its surface. In sharp contrast with conventional surfactants, this method provides unprecedented lowering of surface tension (∼500 mJ/m2 to near zero) using very low voltage, and the change is completely reversible. This dramatic change in the interfacial tension enables a variety of electrohydrodynamic phenomena. The ability to manipulate the interfacial properties of the metal promises rich opportunities in shape-reconfigurable metallic components in electronic, electromagnetic, and microfluidic devices without the use of toxic mercury. This work suggests that the wetting properties of surface oxides—which are ubiquitous on most metals and semiconductors—are intrinsic “surfactants.” The inherent asymmetric nature of the surface coupled with the ability to actively manipulate its energetics is expected to have important applications in electrohydrodynamics, composites, and melt processing of oxide-forming materials. PMID:25228767

  5. Surface modification of Cu metal particles by the chemical reaction between the surface oxide layer and a halogen surfactant

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    Yokoyama, Shun; Takahashi, Hideyuki; Itoh, Takashi; Motomiya, Kenichi; Tohji, Kazuyuki

    2014-01-01

    Surface oxides on small (2-5 μm) copper metal particles can be removed by chemical reaction with tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) isocyanurate (TIC) in diethylene glycol mono-n-hexyl ether (DGHE) solution under mild conditions where metal particles are not damaged. Surface oxides convert to copper bromide species and subsequently dissolve into the solvent. It was found that resultant surface species are resistant to re-oxidation due to remaining surface bromides. This finding opens up a possibility to create microclines based on cheap copper nanoparticles.

  6. High surface area, electrically conductive nanocarbon-supported metal oxide

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    Worsley, Marcus A.; Han, Thomas Yong-Jin; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Cervantes, Octavio; Gash, Alexander E.; Baumann, Theodore F.; Satcher, Jr., Joe H.

    2015-07-14

    A metal oxide-carbon composite includes a carbon aerogel with an oxide overcoat. The metal oxide-carbon composite is made by providing a carbon aerogel, immersing the carbon aerogel in a metal oxide sol under a vacuum, raising the carbon aerogel with the metal oxide sol to atmospheric pressure, curing the carbon aerogel with the metal oxide sol at room temperature, and drying the carbon aerogel with the metal oxide sol to produce the metal oxide-carbon composite. The step of providing a carbon aerogel can provide an activated carbon aerogel or provide a carbon aerogel with carbon nanotubes that make the carbon aerogel mechanically robust.

  7. High surface area, electrically conductive nanocarbon-supported metal oxide

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    Worsley, Marcus A; Han, Thomas Yong-Jin; Kuntz, Joshua D; Cervanted, Octavio; Gash, Alexander E; Baumann, Theodore F; Satcher, Jr., Joe H

    2014-03-04

    A metal oxide-carbon composite includes a carbon aerogel with an oxide overcoat. The metal oxide-carbon composite is made by providing a carbon aerogel, immersing the carbon aerogel in a metal oxide sol under a vacuum, raising the carbon aerogel with the metal oxide sol to atmospheric pressure, curing the carbon aerogel with the metal oxide sol at room temperature, and drying the carbon aerogel with the metal oxide sol to produce the metal oxide-carbon composite. The step of providing a carbon aerogel can provide an activated carbon aerogel or provide a carbon aerogel with carbon nanotubes that make the carbon aerogel mechanically robust.

  8. Activation of carbon dioxide on metal and metal oxide surfaces

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    Tan, C.D.; Chuang, S.S.C.

    1995-12-31

    The environmental concern about the impact of CO{sub 2} has grown recently due to its rapidly increasing concentration. Deforestation strongly affects the natural reduction of CO{sub 2} by water into carbohydrates by photosynthesis. Industrial utilization of CO{sub 2} by heterogeneous catalytic reactions can be one of the effective ways to cut the CO{sub 2} level. The first step in catalytic reaction of CO{sub 2} is the adsorption. The objective of this study is to investigate the adsorption of CO{sub 2} on the Rh/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} surfaces. Rh is selected for this study because of its unique activity to catalyze a number of CO{sub 2} related reactions. In situ infrared results show that CO{sub 2} adsorbed on the alumina oxide support as bidentate carbonate and non-coordinated carbon which are the dominant species during the CO{sub 2} adsorption.

  9. The aniline-to-azobenzene oxidation reaction on monolayer graphene or graphene oxide surfaces fabricated by benzoic acid.

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    Lee, Myungjin; Kim, Kijeong; Lee, Hangil

    2013-09-02

    The oxidation of aniline to azobenzene was conducted in the presence of either monolayer graphene (EG) or graphene-oxide-like surface, such as GOx, under ultra-high vacuum conditions maintaining a 365-nm UV light exposure to enhance the oxidation reaction. The surface-bound products were investigated using micro Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy, and work function measurements. The oxygen carriers present on the GOx surfaces, but not on the EG surfaces, acted as reaction reagents to facilitate the oxidation reaction from aniline to azobenzene. Increasing the aniline concentration at 300 K confirmed that the exchange ratio from the aniline to the azobenzene was enhanced, as determined by the intensity ratio between the aniline- and azobenzene-induced N 1 s core-level spectra. The work function changed dramatically as the aniline concentration increased, indicating that the aniline on the GOx surface conveyed n-type doping characteristics at a low coverage level. A higher aniline concentration increased the p-type doping character by increasing the azobenzene concentration on the GOx surface. A comparison of the oxidation reactivity of aniline molecules on the EG or GOx surfaces revealed the role of the oxygen carriers on the GOx surfaces in the context of catalytic oxidation.

  10. The aniline-to-azobenzene oxidation reaction on monolayer graphene or graphene oxide surfaces fabricated by benzoic acid

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    2013-01-01

    The oxidation of aniline to azobenzene was conducted in the presence of either monolayer graphene (EG) or graphene-oxide-like surface, such as GOx, under ultra-high vacuum conditions maintaining a 365-nm UV light exposure to enhance the oxidation reaction. The surface-bound products were investigated using micro Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy, and work function measurements. The oxygen carriers present on the GOx surfaces, but not on the EG surfaces, acted as reaction reagents to facilitate the oxidation reaction from aniline to azobenzene. Increasing the aniline concentration at 300 K confirmed that the exchange ratio from the aniline to the azobenzene was enhanced, as determined by the intensity ratio between the aniline- and azobenzene-induced N 1 s core-level spectra. The work function changed dramatically as the aniline concentration increased, indicating that the aniline on the GOx surface conveyed n-type doping characteristics at a low coverage level. A higher aniline concentration increased the p-type doping character by increasing the azobenzene concentration on the GOx surface. A comparison of the oxidation reactivity of aniline molecules on the EG or GOx surfaces revealed the role of the oxygen carriers on the GOx surfaces in the context of catalytic oxidation. PMID:24229051

  11. Transition metal oxides deposited on rhodium and platinum: Surface chemistry and catalysis

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    Boffa, Alexander Bowman

    1994-07-01

    The surface chemistry and catalytic reactivity of transition metal oxides deposited on Rh and Pt substrates has been examined in order to establish the role of oxide-metal interactions in influencing catalytic activity. The oxides investigated included titanium oxide (TiOx), vanadium oxide (VOx), iron oxide (FeOx), zirconium oxide (ZrOx), niobium oxide (NbOx), tantalum oxide (TaOx), and tungsten oxide (WOx). The techniques used to characterize the sample included AES, XPS, LEED, TPD, ISS, and STM. After characterization of the surface in UHV, the sample was enclosed in an atmospheric reaction cell to measure the influence of the oxide deposits on the catalytic activity of the pure metal for CO and CO2 hydrogenation. The oxide deposits were found to strongly enhance the reactivity of the Rh foil. The rates of methane formation were promoted by up to 15 fold with the maximum in rate enhancement occurring at oxide coverages of approximately 0.5 ML. TiOx TaOx, and NbOx were the most effective promoters and were stable in the highest oxidation states during both reactions (compared to VOx, WOx, and FeOx). The trend in promoter effectiveness was attributed to the direct relationship between oxidation state and Lewis acidity. Bonding at the metal oxide/metal interface between the oxygen end of adsorbed CO and the Lewis acidic oxide was postulated to facilitate C-O bond dissociation and subsequent hydrogenation. 192 refs.

  12. Modification of surface oxide layers of titanium targets for increasing lifetime of neutron tubes

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    Zakharov, A. M. Dvoichenkova, O. A.; Evsin, A. E.

    2015-12-15

    The peculiarities of interaction of hydrogen ions with a titanium target and its surface oxide layer were studied. Two ways of modification of the surface oxide layers of titanium targets for increasing the lifetime of neutron tubes were proposed: (1) deposition of an yttrium oxide barrier layer on the target surface; (2) implementation of neutron tube work regime in which the target is irradiated with ions with energies lower than 1000 eV between high-energy ion irradiation pulses.

  13. Modification of surface oxide layers of titanium targets for increasing lifetime of neutron tubes

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    Zakharov, A. M.; Dvoichenkova, O. A.; Evsin, A. E.

    2015-12-01

    The peculiarities of interaction of hydrogen ions with a titanium target and its surface oxide layer were studied. Two ways of modification of the surface oxide layers of titanium targets for increasing the lifetime of neutron tubes were proposed: (1) deposition of an yttrium oxide barrier layer on the target surface; (2) implementation of neutron tube work regime in which the target is irradiated with ions with energies lower than 1000 eV between high-energy ion irradiation pulses.

  14. Optically Reconfigurable Monolayer of Azobenzene Donor Molecules on Oxide Surfaces.

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    McElhinny, Kyle M; Huang, Peishen; Joo, Yongho; Kanimozhi, Catherine; Lakkham, Arunee; Sakurai, Kenji; Evans, Paul G; Gopalan, Padma

    2017-03-07

    The structural configuration of molecules assembled at organic-inorganic interfaces within electronic materials strongly influences the functional electronic and vibrational properties relevant to applications ranging from energy storage to photovoltaics. Controlling and characterizing the structural state of an interface and its evolution under external stimuli is crucial both for the fundamental understanding of the factors influenced by molecular structure and for the development of methods for material synthesis. It has been challenging to create complete molecular monolayers that exhibit external reversible control of the structure and electronic configuration. We report a monolayer/inorganic interface consisting of an organic monolayer assembled on an oxide surface, exhibiting structural and electronic reconfiguration under ultraviolet illumination. The molecular monolayer is linked to the surface through a carboxylate link, with the backbone bearing an azobenzene functional group and the head group consisting of a rhenium-bipyridine group. Optical spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray reflectivity show that closely packed monolayers are formed from these molecules via the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Reversible photoisomerization is observed in solution and in monolayers assembled on Si and quartz substrates. The reconfiguration of these monolayers provides additional means to control excitation and charge transfer processes that are important in applications in catalysis, molecular electronics, and solar energy conversion.

  15. PEGylated graphene oxide elicits strong immunological responses despite surface passivation

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    Luo, Nana; Weber, Jeffrey K.; Wang, Shuang; Luan, Binquan; Yue, Hua; Xi, Xiaobo; Du, Jing; Yang, Zaixing; Wei, Wei; Zhou, Ruhong; Ma, Guanghui

    2017-01-01

    Engineered nanomaterials promise to transform medicine at the bio–nano interface. However, it is important to elucidate how synthetic nanomaterials interact with critical biological systems before such products can be safely utilized in humans. Past evidence suggests that polyethylene glycol-functionalized (PEGylated) nanomaterials are largely biocompatible and elicit less dramatic immune responses than their pristine counterparts. We here report results that contradict these findings. We find that PEGylated graphene oxide nanosheets (nGO-PEGs) stimulate potent cytokine responses in peritoneal macrophages, despite not being internalized. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations support a mechanism by which nGO-PEGs preferentially adsorb onto and/or partially insert into cell membranes, thereby amplifying interactions with stimulatory surface receptors. Further experiments demonstrate that nGO-PEG indeed provokes cytokine secretion by enhancing integrin β8-related signalling pathways. The present results inform that surface passivation does not always prevent immunological reactions to 2D nanomaterials but also suggest applications for PEGylated nanomaterials wherein immune stimulation is desired. PMID:28233871

  16. PEGylated graphene oxide elicits strong immunological responses despite surface passivation

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    Luo, Nana; Weber, Jeffrey K.; Wang, Shuang; Luan, Binquan; Yue, Hua; Xi, Xiaobo; Du, Jing; Yang, Zaixing; Wei, Wei; Zhou, Ruhong; Ma, Guanghui

    2017-02-01

    Engineered nanomaterials promise to transform medicine at the bio-nano interface. However, it is important to elucidate how synthetic nanomaterials interact with critical biological systems before such products can be safely utilized in humans. Past evidence suggests that polyethylene glycol-functionalized (PEGylated) nanomaterials are largely biocompatible and elicit less dramatic immune responses than their pristine counterparts. We here report results that contradict these findings. We find that PEGylated graphene oxide nanosheets (nGO-PEGs) stimulate potent cytokine responses in peritoneal macrophages, despite not being internalized. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations support a mechanism by which nGO-PEGs preferentially adsorb onto and/or partially insert into cell membranes, thereby amplifying interactions with stimulatory surface receptors. Further experiments demonstrate that nGO-PEG indeed provokes cytokine secretion by enhancing integrin β8-related signalling pathways. The present results inform that surface passivation does not always prevent immunological reactions to 2D nanomaterials but also suggest applications for PEGylated nanomaterials wherein immune stimulation is desired.

  17. Insight into metal-enhanced oxidation using barium on 4H-SiC surfaces

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    Chanthaphan, Atthawut; Katsu, Yoshihito; Hosoi, Takuji; Shimura, Takayoshi; Watanabe, Heiji

    2016-12-01

    Metal-enhanced oxidation (MEO) using ultrathin Ba layers on 4H-SiC surfaces was investigated by physical and electrical characterizations. We found that while comparable oxidation rates were enhanced for Si- and C-face surfaces even at a low temperature, significant surface and interface roughness were induced by initial MEO termed the incubation period. Depth profiling revealed that although most Ba atoms aggregated on the oxide surface, a tiny amount (˜1014 cm-2) remaining at the oxide interface was responsible for the following stable MEO reaction and the reduced interface state density with the drawbacks of degraded leakage current and breakdown characteristics of SiC-MOS devices.

  18. Characterization of the thrombogenic potential of surface oxides on stainless steel for implant purposes

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    Shih, Chun-Che; Shih, Chun-Ming; Su, Yea-Yang; Chang, Mau-Song; Lin, Shing-Jong

    2003-12-01

    Marketed stents are manufactured from various metals and passivated with different degrees of surface oxidation. The functional surface oxides on the degree of antithrombotic potential were explored through a canine femoral extracorporeal circuit model. Related properties of these oxide films were studied by open-circuit potential, current density detected at open-circuit potential, the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Auger spectroscopy (AES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning electron microscopy. Experimental evidences showed that blood clot weight after a 30-min follow-up was significantly lower for the stainless steel wire passivated with amorphous oxide (AO) compared to the wire passivated with polycrystalline oxide (PO) or commercial as-received wire coils (AS). Surface characterizations showed that a stable negative current density at open-circuit potential and a significant lower potential were found for the wire surface passivated with AO than for the surface passivated with PO. Time constant of AO is about 25 times larger than that of polycrystalline oxide. Significant difference in oxide grain sizes was found between PO and AO. Surface chemistries revealed by the AES and XPS spectra indicated the presence of a Cr- and oxygen-rich surface oxide for AO, and a Fe-rich and oxygen-lean surface oxide for PO. These remarkable characteristics of AO surface film might have a potential to provide for excellent antithrombotic characteristics for the 316L stainless steel stents.

  19. Oxidant Loading of Icy Surfaces via Re-deposition of Sputtered Molecular Fragments: Laboratory Simulations (Invited)

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    Cooper, P. D.; Do, N.; Ammann, L. M.

    2009-12-01

    The formation of oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), molecular oxygen (O2) and ozone (O3) on icy satellite surfaces is widely accepted to be a result of the molecular dissociations that occurs from incident energetic radiation impacting the surface ice. New laboratory measurements show that an additional, and previously unrecognized mechanism, may contribute to the oxidant loading of the icy surfaces. This mechanism involves the re-condensation of reactive molecular fragments and subsequent reactions of these on the surface to produce oxidants. Modelling is needed to determine the amount that this process may contribute to the oxidant concentrations and the timescales involved.

  20. Decontamination of U-metal Surface by an Oxidation Etching System

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    Stout, R B; Kansa, E J; Shaffer, R J; Weed, H C

    2000-12-18

    A surface oxidation treatment is described to remove surface contamination from uranium (U) metal and/or hydrides of uranium and heavy metals (HM) from U-metal parts. In the case of heavy metal atomic contamination on a surface, and potentially several atomic layers beneath, the surface oxidation treatment combines both chemical and chemically driven mechanical processes. The chemical process is a controlled temperature-time oxidization process that creates a thin film of uranium oxide (UO{sub 2} and higher oxides) on the U-metal surface. The chemically driven mechanical process is strain induced by the volume increase as the U-metal surface transforms to a UO{sub 2} surface film. These volume strains are sufficiently large to cause surface failure spalling/scale formation and thus, removal of a U-oxide film that contains the HM-contaminated surface. The case of a HM-hydride surface contamination layer can be treated similarly by using inert hot gas to decompose the U-hydrides and/or HM-hydrides that are contiguous with the surface. A preliminary analysis to design and to plan for a sequence of tests is developed. The tests will provide necessary and sufficient data to evaluate the effective implementation and operational characteristics of a safe and reliable system. The following description is limited to only a surface oxidation process for HM-decontamination.

  1. The electrochemical surface forces apparatus: the effect of surface roughness, electrostatic surface potentials, and anodic oxide growth on interaction forces, and friction between dissimilar surfaces in aqueous solutions.

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    Valtiner, Markus; Banquy, Xavier; Kristiansen, Kai; Greene, George W; Israelachvili, Jacob N

    2012-09-11

    We present a newly designed electrochemical surface forces apparatus (EC-SFA) that allows control and measurement of surface potentials and interfacial electrochemical reactions with simultaneous measurement of normal interaction forces (with nN resolution), friction forces (with μN resolution), and distances (with Å resolution) between apposing surfaces. We describe three applications of the developed EC-SFA and discuss the wide-range of potential other applications. In particular, we describe measurements of (1) force-distance profiles between smooth and rough gold surfaces and apposing self-assembled monolayer-covered smooth mica surfaces; (2) the effective changing thickness of anodically growing oxide layers with Å-accuracy on rough and smooth surfaces; and (3) friction forces evolving at a metal-ceramic contact, all as a function of the applied electrochemical potential. Interaction forces between atomically smooth surfaces are well-described using DLVO theory and the Hogg-Healy-Fuerstenau approximation for electric double layer interactions between dissimilar surfaces, which unintuitively predicts the possibility of attractive double layer forces between dissimilar surfaces whose surface potentials have similar sign, and repulsive forces between surfaces whose surface potentials have opposite sign. Surface roughness of the gold electrodes leads to an additional exponentially repulsive force in the force-distance profiles that is qualitatively well described by an extended DLVO model that includes repulsive hydration and steric forces. Comparing the measured thickness of the anodic gold oxide layer and the charge consumed for generating this layer allowed the identification of its chemical structure as a hydrated Au(OH)(3) phase formed at the gold surface at high positive potentials. The EC-SFA allows, for the first time, one to look at complex long-term transient effects of dynamic processes (e.g., relaxation times), which are also reflected in friction

  2. Surface modification and chemistry of hematite-based catalysts for water oxidation: Model surfaces, nanomaterials, and thin films

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    Zhao, Peng

    Hematite-based electrocatalysts are widely used for water oxidation, but these catalysts suffer from its low reaction kinetics. To help elucidate detailed reaction mechanisms associated with water oxidation, water chemisorption and reaction as well as structural changes induced by Ni incorporation into the alpha-Fe2O3(0001) surface was studied. Incorporation of Ni into the near-surface region of hematite changes the structure of the (0001) surface by the formation of FeO-like domains on the topmost layer. Electrochemical measurements demonstrated that Ni incorporation leads to higher current density and lower onset potential than the unmodified alpha-Fe 2O3 surface. To extend the surface science study to real catalysts, hematite nanocrystals were synthesized with continuous tuning of the aspect-ratio and fine control of the surface area ratio (from 98% to 30%) of the (0001) facet with respect to other surfaces. Ni doping forms a uniformly doped NixFe 2-xO3 surface overlayer that improves the electrocatalytic activity of water oxidation. The enhancement of water oxidation activity by Ni-doping increased as the surface area ratio of the (0001) facet of hematite nanocrystals increased, consistent with the theoretical predictions and surface science studies. Then, a composite oxide film photoelectrode comprised of alpha-Fe 2O3 and WO3 were prepared, and exhibited a water oxidation photocurrent onset potential as low as 0.43 V vs. RHE. This result represents one of the lowest onset potentials measured for hematite-based PEC water oxidation systems. The composition of the films differs between the surfaces and bulk, with tungsten found to be concentrated in the surface region. Post-reaction Raman spectroscopy characterization demonstrates that water interacts with surface WO3 crystals, an event that is associated with the formation of a hydrated form of the oxide. Lastly, the surface chemistry of H2O on hematite nanoplates is investigated by studying water adsorption and

  3. Hydrophobic cotton textile surfaces using an amphiphilic graphene oxide (GO) coating

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    Tissera, Nadeeka D.; Wijesena, Ruchira N.; Perera, J. Rangana; de Silva, K. M. Nalin; Amaratunge, Gehan A. J.

    2015-01-01

    We report for the first time hydrophobic properties on cotton fabric successfully achieved by grafting graphene oxide on the fabric surface, using a dyeing method. Graphite oxide synthesized by oxidizing natural flake graphite employing improved Hummer's method showed an inter layer spacing of ∼1 nm from XRD. Synthesized graphite oxide was exfoliated in water using ultrasound energy to obtain graphene oxide (GO). AFM data obtained for the graphene oxide dispersed in an aqueous medium revealed a non-uniform size distribution. FTIR characterization of the synthesized GO sheets showed both hydrophilic and hydrophobic functional groups present on the nano sheets giving them an amphiphilic property. GO flakes of different sizes were successfully grafted on to a cotton fabric surface using a dip dry method. Loading different amounts of graphene oxide on the cotton fiber surface allowed the fabric to demonstrate different degrees of hydrophobicity. The highest observed water contact angle was at 143° with the highest loading of graphene oxide. The fabric surfaces grafted with GO also exhibits adhesive type hydrophobicity. Microscopic characterization of the fiber surface using SEM and AFM reveals the deposition of GO sheets on the fiber surface as a conformal coating. Analysis of the fabric surface using UV-vis absorption allowed identification of the ratio of hydrophobic to hydrophilic domains present on the GO coated cotton fabric surface. Hydrophobic properties on cotton fabric are ascribed to two dimensional amphiphilic properties of deposited GO nano sheets, which successfully lower the interfacial energy of the fabric surface.

  4. Resistance given by tiling grain surface with micro surface structures in polycrystalline metal oxide

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    Moriyama, T.; Yamasaki, T.; Ohno, T.; Kishida, S.; Kinoshita, K.

    2016-12-01

    Practical use of Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM) depends on thorough understanding of the resistive switching (RS) mechanism in transition metal oxides. Although most of ReRAM samples have polycrystalline structures, both experimental studies and theoretical calculations do not often consider the effects that grain boundaries have on the RS mechanism. This paper discusses what determines resistance values in a Pt/polycrystalline NiO/Pt ReRAM structures by using both experiments and first-principles calculations. Electrical measurements suggest that the RS is caused in the grain boundaries of NiO films. First-principles calculations indicate that slight displacements of atoms with a small energy change of 0.04 eV per atom on the surfaces exposed in the grain boundaries can drastically change conductivities. We propose the tiling model, in which grain surfaces are composed by insulating and conductive micro surface structures, and the surface resistances are determined by the tiling patterns.

  5. Effect of surface roughness on oxidation : changes in scale thickness, composition, and residual stress.

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    Uran, S.; Veal, B.; Grimsditch, M.; Pearson, J.; Berger, A.; Materials Science Division

    2000-08-01

    The effect of surface roughness on the properties of the oxide scale formed on Fe-Cr-Al alloys during oxidation in air at high temperatures has been investigated. Large and systematic differences in scale thickness, in the composition of the oxides forming the scale, and in the residual stress levels are found.

  6. Soot Surface Oxidation in Laminar Hydrocarbon/Air Diffusion Flames at Atmospheric Pressure. Appendix I

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    Xu, F.; El-Leathy, A. M.; Kim, C. H.; Faeth, G. M.; Yuan, Z.-G. (Technical Monitor); Urban, D. L. (Technical Monitor); Yuan, Z.-G. (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    Soot surface oxidation was studied experimentally in laminar hydrocarbon/air diffusion flames at atmospheric pressure. Measurements were carried out along the axes of round fuel jets burning in coflowing dry air considering acetylene-nitrogen, ethylene, propyiene-nitrogen, propane and acetylene-benzene-nitrogen in the fuel stream. Measurements were limited to the initial stages of soot oxidation (carbon consumption less than 70%) where soot oxidation occurs at the surface of primary soot particles. The following properties were measured as a function of distance above the burner exit: soot concentrations by deconvoluted laser extinction, soot temperatures by deconvoluted multiline emission, soot structure by thermophoretic sampling and analysis using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), concentrations of major stable gas species (N2, H2O, H2, O2, CO, CO2, CH4, C2H2, C2H6, C3H6, C3H8, and C6H6) by sampling and gas chromatography, concentrations of some radical species (H, OH, O) by deconvoluted Li/LiOH atomic absorption and flow velocities by laser velocimetry. For present test conditions, it was found that soot surface oxidation rates were not affected by fuel type, that direct rates of soot surface oxidation by O2 estimated from Nagle and Strickland-Constable (1962) were small compared to observed soot surface oxidation rates because soot surface oxidation was completed near the flame sheet where O2 concentrations were less than 3% by volume, and that soot surface oxidation rates were described by the OH soot surface oxidation mechanism with a collision efficiency of 0.14 and an uncertainty (95% confidence) of +/- 0.04 when allowing for direct soot surface oxidation by O2, which is in reasonably good agreement with earlier observations of soot surface oxidation rates in both premixed and diffusion flames at atmospheric pressure.

  7. Mechanism of the Initial Oxidation of Hydrogen andHalogen Terminated Ge(111) Surfaces in Air

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    Sun, Shiyu; Sun, Yun; Liu, Zhi; Lee, Dong-Ick; Pianetta, Piero; /SLAC, SSRL

    2006-08-23

    The initial stage of the oxidation of Ge(111) surfaces etched by HF, HCl and HBr solutions is systematically studied using synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy (SR-PES). We perform controlled experiments to differentiate the effects of different oxidation factors. SR-PES results show that both moisture and oxygen contribute to the oxidation of the surfaces; however, they play different roles in the oxidation process. Moisture effectively replaces the hydrogen and halogen termination layers with hydroxyl (OH), but hardly oxidizes the surfaces further. On the other hand, dry oxygen does not replace the termination layers, but breaks the Ge-Ge back bonds and oxidizes the substrates with the aid of moisture. In addition, room light enhances the oxidation rate significantly.

  8. Oxidation of coal and coal pyrite mechanisms and influence on surface characteristics. Progress report

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    Doyle, F.M.

    1995-02-28

    The objective of this research is to develop a mechanistic understanding of the oxidation of coal and coal pyrite, and to correlate the intrinsic physical and chemical properties of these minerals, along with changes resulting from oxidation, with those surface properties that influence the behavior in physical cleaning processes. Work during the eighteenth quarter has focused on severe oxidation of coal by thermal and chemical treatment, and on investigating the partition of metal ions between such strongly oxidized coal samples and aqueous solutions. This partitioning behavior is being followed to obtain further information on the chemistry of the coal surfaces after different oxidation treatments, for example, whether partition occurs by an ion-exchange mechanism, or whether the surface is capable of changing the oxidation state of metallic species, with concurrent surface or bulk precipitation.

  9. Mercury Underpotential Deposition to Determine Iridium and Iridium Oxide Electrochemical Surface Areas

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    Alia, Shaun M.; Hurst, Katherine E.; Kocha, Shyam S.; Pivovar, Bryan S.

    2016-06-02

    Determining the surface areas of electrocatalysts is critical for separating the key properties of area-specific activity and electrochemical surface area from mass activity. Hydrogen underpotential deposition and carbon monoxide oxidation are typically used to evaluate iridium (Ir) surface areas, but are ineffective on oxides and can be sensitive to surface oxides formed on Ir metals. Mercury underpotential deposition is presented in this study as an alternative, able to produce reasonable surface areas on Ir and Ir oxide nanoparticles, and able to produce similar surface areas prior to and following characterization in oxygen evolution. Reliable electrochemical surface areas allow for comparative studies of different catalyst types and the characterization of advanced oxygen evolution catalysts. Lastly, they also enable the study of catalyst degradation in durability testing, both areas of increasing importance within electrolysis and electrocatalysis.

  10. Mercury Underpotential Deposition to Determine Iridium and Iridium Oxide Electrochemical Surface Areas

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    Alia, Shaun M.; Hurst, Katherine E.; Kocha, Shyam S.; ...

    2016-06-02

    Determining the surface areas of electrocatalysts is critical for separating the key properties of area-specific activity and electrochemical surface area from mass activity. Hydrogen underpotential deposition and carbon monoxide oxidation are typically used to evaluate iridium (Ir) surface areas, but are ineffective on oxides and can be sensitive to surface oxides formed on Ir metals. Mercury underpotential deposition is presented in this study as an alternative, able to produce reasonable surface areas on Ir and Ir oxide nanoparticles, and able to produce similar surface areas prior to and following characterization in oxygen evolution. Reliable electrochemical surface areas allow for comparativemore » studies of different catalyst types and the characterization of advanced oxygen evolution catalysts. Lastly, they also enable the study of catalyst degradation in durability testing, both areas of increasing importance within electrolysis and electrocatalysis.« less

  11. Superhydrophilicity and antibacterial property of a Cu-dotted oxide coating surface

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    2010-01-01

    Background Aluminum-made settings are widely used in healthcare, schools, public facilities and transit systems. Frequently-touched surfaces of those settings are likely to harbour bacteria and be a potential source of infection. One method to utilize the effectiveness of copper (Cu) in eliminating pathogens for these surfaces would be to coat the aluminum (Al) items with a Cu coating. However, such a combination of Cu and Al metals is susceptible to galvanic corrosion because of their different electrochemical potentials. Methods In this work, a new approach was proposed in which electrolytic plasma oxidation (EPO) of Al was used to form an oxide surface layer followed by electroplating of Cu metal on the top of the oxide layer. The oxide was designed to function as a corrosion protective and biocompatible layer, and the Cu in the form of dots was utilized as an antibacterial material. The antibacterial property enhanced by superhydrophilicity of the Cu-dotted oxide coating was evaluated. Results A superhydrophilic surface was successfully prepared using electrolytic plasma oxidation of aluminum (Al) followed by electroplating of copper (Cu) in a Cu-dotted form. Both Cu plate and Cu-dotted oxide surfaces had excellent antimicrobial activities against E. coli ATCC 25922, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ATCC 43300 and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) ATCC 51299. However, its Cu-dotted surface morphology allowed the Cu-dotted oxide surface to be more antibacterial than the smooth Cu plate surface. The enhanced antibacterial property was attributed to the superhydrophilic behaviour of the Cu-dotted oxide surface that allowed the bacteria to have a more effective killing contact with Cu due to spreading of the bacterial suspension media. Conclusion The superhydrophilic Cu-dotted oxide coating surface provided an effective method of controlling bacterial growth and survival on contact surfaces and thus reduces the risk of infection and

  12. Influence of surface defects and local structure on acid/base properties and oxidation pathways over metal oxide surfaces. Final report, June 1990--January 1997

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    Cox, D.F.

    1997-12-31

    This final report covers work done during project period one and project period two. All the work in project period one was focused on the selective oxidation of oxygenated hydrocarbons over the SnO{sub 2}(110) single crystal surface. In project period two, the emphasis was on the acid/base properties of SnO{sub 2}(110) as well as two different Cu{sub 2}O single crystal surfaces. Prior to the summary of results, a description of these different surfaces is given as background information. Results are described for the dissociation and reaction of Bronsted acids (methanol, formic acid, water, formaldehyde, acetone, propene, acetic acid, and carbon monoxide). Results from project period two include: ammonia adsorption, CO{sub 2} adsorption, propene adsorption and oxidation, with tin oxides; complimentary work with copper oxides; and STM investigations.

  13. The Effect of Anodic Surface Treatment on the Oxidation of Catechols at Ultrasmall Carbon Ring Electrodes

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    1991-07-09

    selectivity. A model of the surface formed following anodic oxidation is consistent with previous models involving both surface cleanliness and carbon...involving both surface cleanliness and carbon structure orientation. 2 INTRODUCTION Because of the vast electroanalytical utility of carbon electrodes...of the electron transfer rate following treatment are a function of the surface cleanliness and the orientation of the carbon structure

  14. Surface Catalysis and Oxidation on Stagnation Point Heat Flux Measurements in High Enthalpy Arc Jets

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    Nawaz, Anuscheh; Driver, David M.; Terrazas-Salinas

    2013-01-01

    Heat flux sensors are routinely used in arc jet facilities to determine heat transfer rates from plasma plume. The goal of this study is to assess the impact of surface composition changes on these heat flux sensors. Surface compositions can change due to oxidation and material deposition from the arc jet. Systematic surface analyses of the sensors were conducted before and after exposure to plasma. Currently copper is commonly used as surface material. Other surface materials were studied including nickel, constantan gold, platinum and silicon dioxide. The surfaces were exposed to plasma between 0.3 seconds and 3 seconds. Surface changes due to oxidation as well as copper deposition from the arc jets were observed. Results from changes in measured heat flux as a function of surface catalycity is given, along with a first assessment of enthalpy for these measurements. The use of cupric oxide is recommended for future heat flux measurements, due to its consistent surface composition arc jets.

  15. Influence of controlled surface oxidation on the magnetic anisotropy of Co ultrathin films

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    Di, N.; Maroun, F. Allongue, P.; Kubal, J.; Zeng, Z.; Greeley, J.

    2015-03-23

    We studied the influence of controlled surface-limited oxidation of electrodeposited epitaxial Co(0001)/Au(111) films on their magnetic anisotropy energy using real time in situ magneto optical Kerr effect and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We investigated the Co first electrochemical oxidation step which we demonstrate to be completely reversible and determined the structure of this oxide layer. We show that the interface magnetic anisotropy of the Co film increases by 0.36 erg/cm{sup 2} upon Co surface oxidation. We performed DFT calculations to determine the different surface structures in a wide potential range as well as the charge transfer at the Co surface. Our results suggest that the magnetic anisotropy change is correlated with a positive charge increase of 0.54 e{sup −} for the Co surface atom upon oxidation.

  16. Designed synthesis and surface engineering strategies of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

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    Wu, Wei; Jiang, Chang Zhong; Roy, Vellaisamy A L

    2016-12-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) hold great promise for future biomedical applications because of their magnetic properties as well as other intrinsic properties such as low toxicity, colloidal stability, and surface engineering capability. Numerous related studies on iron oxide NPs have been conducted. Recent progress in nanochemistry has enabled fine control over the size, crystallinity, uniformity, and surface properties of iron oxide NPs. This review examines various synthetic approaches and surface engineering strategies for preparing naked and functional iron oxide NPs with different physicochemical properties. Growing interest in designed and surface-engineered iron oxide NPs with multifunctionalities was explored in in vitro/in vivo biomedical applications, focusing on their combined roles in bioseparation, as a biosensor, targeted-drug delivery, MR contrast agents, and magnetic fluid hyperthermia. This review outlines the limitations of extant surface engineering strategies and several developing strategies that may overcome these limitations. This study also details the promising future directions of this active research field.

  17. Origin of complex impact craters on native oxide coated silicon surfaces

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    Samela, Juha; Nordlund, Kai; Popok, Vladimir N.; Campbell, Eleanor E. B.

    2008-02-01

    Crater structures induced by impact of keV-energy Arn+ cluster ions on silicon surfaces are measured with atomic force microscopy. Complex crater structures consisting of a central hillock and outer rim are observed more often on targets covered with a native silicon oxide layer than on targets without the oxide layer. To explain the formation of these complex crater structures, classical molecular dynamics simulations of Ar cluster impacts on oxide coated silicon surfaces, as well as on bulk amorphous silica, amorphous Si, and crystalline Si substrates, are carried out. The diameter of the simulated hillock structures in the silicon oxide layer is in agreement with the experimental results, but the simulations cannot directly explain the height of hillocks and the outer rim structures when the oxide coated silicon substrate is free of defects. However, in simulations of 5keV /atom Ar12 cluster impacts, transient displacements of the amorphous silicon or silicon oxide substrate surfaces are induced in an approximately 50nm wide area surrounding the impact point. In silicon oxide, the transient displacements induce small topographical changes on the surface in the vicinity of the central hillock. The comparison of cluster stopping mechanisms in the various silicon oxide and silicon structures shows that the largest lateral momentum is induced in the silicon oxide layer during the impact; thus, the transient displacements on the surface are stronger than in the other substrates. This can be a reason for the higher frequency of occurrence of the complex craters on oxide coated silicon.

  18. Surface x-ray diffraction of complex metal oxide surfaces and interfaces--a new era

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    Schlepuetz, C. M.; Willmott, P. R.; Pauli, S. A.; Herger, R.; Martoccia, D.; Bjoerck, M.; Kumah, D.; Clarke, R.; Yacoby, Y.

    2009-01-29

    The availability of high-brilliance hard x-ray synchrotron radiation and the advent of novel photon counting area detectors have brought surface x-ray diffraction (SXRD) into a new era. It is now possible to record large numbers of structure factors with much improved reliability within reasonable beamtime durations. As a result, structural determination of the surfaces and interfaces of complex crystallographic systems and heterostructures has now become feasible, especially in conjunction with phase-retrieval methods. It is thereby hoped that detailed structural information will shed light on the unusual physical properties of these systems. Complex metal oxide systems investigated at the Materials Science beamline of the Swiss Light Source, including the surface of SrTiO{sub 3}, the interface between LaAlO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}, and the structure of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} grown on NdGaO{sub 3}, SrTiO{sub 3}, and (LaSr)(AlTa)O{sub 3} will be presented as examples of what is now possible using SXRD.

  19. Surface oxidation study of single wall carbon nanotubes

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    Lebrón-Colón, M.; Meador, M. A.; Lukco, D.; Solá, F.; Santos-Pérez, J.; McCorkle, L. S.

    2011-11-01

    Functionalization of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is desirable to enhance their ability to be incorporated into polymers and enhance their bonding with the matrix. One approach to carbon nanotube functionalization is by oxidation via a strong oxidizing agent or refluxing in strong acids. However, this approach can damage the nanotubes, leading to the introduction of defects and/or shorter nanotubes. Such damage can adversely affect the mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. A more benign approach to nanotube functionalization has been developed involving photo-oxidation. Chemical analysis by XPS revealed that the oxygen content of the photo-oxidized SWCNTs was 11.3 at.% compared to 6.7 at.% for SWCNTs oxidized by acid treatment. The photo-oxidized SWCNTs produced by this method can be used directly in various polymer matrices or can be further modified by additional chemical reactions.

  20. Curvature effect on the surface topography evolution during oxidation at small scale

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    Fang, Xufei; Li, Yan; Feng, Xue

    2017-03-01

    We use high temperature scanning probe microscopy (SPM) to in situ and real time characterize the evolution of surface topography of metals during oxidation. A nanoindentation method was used to create nanoindents as markers to pinpoint the locations where the evolution of the surface topography was studied. The SPM images reveal that during oxidation, the originally sharp tip of the indented pits exhibits a chamfering and flattening effect, suggesting that the tip curvature affects the surface topography evolution at the nanoscale/sub-microscale during the oxidation process. A model is proposed to explain the experimental result by considering the surface diffusion as well as the curvature effect.

  1. Dopamine Serves as a Stable Surface Modifier for Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Chi, Xiaoqin; Wang, Xiaomin; Hu, Juan; Wang, Lirong; Gao, Jinhao; Zhang, Bei; Zhang, Xixiang

    2013-03-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles are an important class of nanomaterials in a broad range of biomedical applications because of their superparamagnetism and biocompatibility. The success of biomedical applications of iron oxide nanoparticles relies on the particles' surface functionalization, which requires robust and versatile surface anchors. Here, we report on a detailed examination of the dopamine-based surface modification of iron oxide nanoparticles. We used dopamine (2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)ethylamine) and L-dopa (3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine) as two surface modifiers and chose Fe2O3 hollow nanoparticles and Fe3O4 nanoparticles as two representative substrates. Optical and TEM images showed that iron oxide nanoparticles dispersed very well in water after surface modification. The analysis of the UV-Vis spectra indicated that dopamine and L-dopa are stable after being immobilized on the surface of iron oxide nanoparticles when the pH value of the environment is about 7. The magnetic properties analysis further showed that the blocking temperature of the dopamine- or L-dopa-decorated iron oxide nanoparticles hardly changed over 20 days, confirming long-term stability of these surface modified nanoparticles. Cell assay indicated that these dopamine- or L-dopa-modified iron oxide nanoparticles were biocompatible. These results confirm that dopamine serves as a stable modifier and a robust anchor to functionalize iron oxide nanoparticles in biomedical applications.

  2. Friction-induced surface activity of some hydrocarbons with clean and oxide-covered iron

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    Buckley, D. H.

    1973-01-01

    Sliding friction studies were conducted on a clean and oxide-covered iron surface with exposure of that surface to various hydrocarbons. The hydrocarbons included ethane, ethylene ethyl chloride, methyl chloride, and vinyl chloride. Auger cylindrical mirror analysis was used to follow interactions of the hydrocarbon with the iron surface. Results with vinyl chloride indicate friction induced surface reactivity, adsorption to surface oxides, friction sensitivity to concentration and polymerization. Variation in the loads employed influence adsorption and accordingly friction. In contrast with ethyl and vinyl chloride, friction induced surface reactivity was not observed with ethane and ethylene.

  3. Surface heterogeneity of passively oxidized silicon carbide particles: vapor adsorption isotherms.

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    Médout-Marère, V; Partyka, S; Dutartre, R; Chauveteau, G; Douillard, J M

    2003-06-15

    The surfaces of silicon carbide particles subjected to two different passive oxidation treatments have been characterized by immersion calorimetry and vapor adsorption techniques. Surface enthalpies and surface free energies have been computed using semiempirical models and are compared to theoretical estimations. The surface entropy term appears higher than in the case of other solids studied with the same analysis. The definition of the surface entropy term is discussed in order to explain the discrepancy between calculation and experiment. An explanation of results is proposed, which is related to the constitution of silicon oxide layers at the surface of silicon carbide, a fact demonstrated by previous XPS measurements.

  4. Robust hybrid elastomer/metal-oxide superhydrophobic surfaces.

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    Hoshian, S; Jokinen, V; Franssila, S

    2016-08-21

    We introduce a new type of hybrid material: a nanostructured elastomer covered by a hard photoactive metal-oxide thin film resembling the exoskeleton of insects. It has extreme water repellency and fast self-recovery after damage. A new fabrication method for replicating high aspect ratio, hierarchical re-entrant aluminum structures into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is presented. The method is based on a protective titania layer deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) on the aluminum template. The ALD titania transfers to the elastomeric scaffold via sacrificial release etching. The sacrificial release method allows for high aspect ratio, even 100 μm deep and successful release of overhanging structures, unlike conventional peeling. The ALD titania conformally covers the 3D multihierarchical structures of the template and protects the polymer during the release etch. Afterwards it prevents the high aspect ratio nanostructures from elasticity based collapse. The resulting nanostructured hybrid PDMS/titania replicas display robust superhydrophobicity without any further fluoro-coating or modification. Their mechanical and thermal robustness results from a thick nanostructured elastomeric layer which is conformally covered by ceramic titania instead of a monolayer hydrophobic coating. We have demonstrated the durability of these replicas against mechanical abrasion, knife scratches, rubbing, bending, peel tape test, high temperature annealing, UV exposure, water jet impingement and long term underwater storage. Though the material loses its superhydrophobicity in oxygen plasma exposure, a fast recovery from superhydrophilic to superhydrophobic can be achieved after 20 min UV irradiation. UV-assisted recovery is correlated with the high photoactivity of ALD titania film. This novel hybrid material will be applicable to the large area superhydrophobic surfaces in practical outdoor applications.

  5. Surface functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles formed by self-associating hydrophobized oxidized dextrans

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    Farber, Shimon; Ickowicz, Diana E.; Melnik, Kristie; Yudovin-Farber, Ira; Recko, Daniel; Rampersaud, Arfaan; Domb, Abraham J.

    2014-06-01

    Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles surface covered with oleic acid layer followed by a second layer of hydrophobized oxidized dextran aldehyde were prepared and tested for physico-chemical properties and ligand- and cell-specific binding. It was demonstrated that oleic acid-iron oxide nanoparticles coated with an additional layer of hydrophobized oxidized dextran were dispersible in buffer solutions and possess surface aldehyde active groups available for further binding of ligands or markers via imine or amine bond formation. Hydrophobized dextrans were synthesized by periodate oxidation and conjugation of various alkanamines to oxidized dextran by imination. Physico-chemical properties, as separation using magnetic field, magnetite concentration, and particle diameter, of the prepared magnetic samples are reported. The biotin-binding protein, neutravidin, was coupled to the particle surface by a simple reductive amination procedure. The particles were used for specific cell separation with high specificity.

  6. Effect of Surface Oxidation on Interfacial Water Structure at a Pyrite (100) Surface as Studied by Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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    Jin, Jiaqi; Miller, Jan D.; Dang, Liem X.; Wick, Collin D.

    2015-06-01

    In the first part of this paper, a Scanning Electron Microscopy and contact angle study of a pyrite surface (100) is reported describing the relationship between surface oxidation and the hydrophilic surface state. In addition to these experimental results, the following simulated surface states were examined using Molecular Dynamics Simulation (MDS): fresh unoxidized (100) surface; polysulfide at the (100) surface; elemental sulfur at the (100) surface. Crystal structures for the polysulfide and elemental sulfur at the (100) surface were simulated using Density Functional Theory (DFT) quantum chemical calculations. The well known oxidation mechanism which involves formation of a metal deficient layer was also described with DFT. Our MDS results of the behavior of interfacial water at the fresh and oxidized pyrite (100) surfaces without/with the presence of ferric hydroxide include simulated contact angles, number density distribution for water, water dipole orientation, water residence time, and hydrogen-bonding considerations. The significance of the formation of ferric hydroxide islands in accounting for the corresponding hydrophilic surface state is revealed not only from experimental contact angle measurements but also from simulated contact angle measurements using MDS. The hydrophilic surface state developed at oxidized pyrite surfaces has been described by MDS, on which basis the surface state is explained based on interfacial water structure. The Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), of the DOE funded work performed by Liem X. Dang. Battelle operates the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for DOE. The calculations were carried out using computer resources provided by BES.

  7. Process for growing a film epitaxially upon an oxide surface and structures formed with the process

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    McKee, Rodney Allen; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    1998-01-01

    A process and structure wherein a film comprised of a perovskite or a spinel is built epitaxially upon a surface, such as an alkaline earth oxide surface, involves the epitaxial build up of alternating constituent metal oxide planes of the perovskite or spinel. The first layer of metal oxide built upon the surface includes a metal element which provides a small cation in the crystalline structure of the perovskite or spinel, and the second layer of metal oxide built upon the surface includes a metal element which provides a large cation in the crystalline structure of the perovskite or spinel. The layering sequence involved in the film build up reduces problems which would otherwise result from the interfacial electrostatics at the first atomic layers, and these oxides can be stabilized as commensurate thin films at a unit cell thickness or grown with high crystal quality to thicknesses of 0.5-0.7 .mu.m for optical device applications.

  8. Process for growing a film epitaxially upon an oxide surface and structures formed with the process

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    McKee, Rodney A.; Walker, Frederick J.

    1995-01-01

    A process and structure wherein a film comprised of a perovskite or a spinel is built epitaxially upon a surface, such as an alkaline earth oxide surface, involves the epitaxial build up of alternating constituent metal oxide planes of the perovskite or spinel. The first layer of metal oxide built upon the surface includes a metal element which provides a small cation in the crystalline structure of the perovskite or spinel, and the second layer of metal oxide built upon the surface includes a metal element which provides a large cation in the crystalline structure of the perovskite or spinel. The layering sequence involved in the film build up reduces problems which would otherwise result from the interfacial electrostatics at the first atomic layers, and these oxides can be stabilized as commensurate thin films at a unit cell thickness or grown with high crystal quality to thicknesses of 0.5-0.7 .mu.m for optical device applications.

  9. Deformation of graphene on an oxidizing nickel surface: the role of graphene layer number

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    George, Lijin; Shaina, P. R.; Gupta, Aparna; Das Gupta, Nandita; Jaiswal, Manu

    2016-11-01

    Few-layer graphene grown on nickel substrates by chemical vapour deposition is typically characterised by thickness inhomogeneity. In this work, we investigate the thickness-dependent changes induced in graphene during the surface oxidation of the underlying metal. Temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy are used to monitor the lattice strain and defect formation induced in graphene, as well as the oxidation of Ni surface. Significant lattice strain is induced in thin layers of graphene (1-2 layers) during the oxidation process, for T > 400 °C. This is followed by the formation of boundary-type defects, and graphene loses structural integrity. In contrast, lattice strain induced in thicker graphene (up to 7 layers) during the metal surface oxidation is quite subdued. These thicker layers de-pin and remain structurally intact even after the underneath metal surface has oxidized.

  10. Ab initio atomistic thermodynamics study on the oxidation mechanism of binary and ternary alloy surfaces

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    Liu, Shi-Yu; Liu, Shiyang; Li, De-Jun; Wang, Sanwu; Guo, Jing; Shen, Yaogen

    2015-02-14

    Utilizing a combination of ab initio density-functional theory and thermodynamics formalism, we have established the microscopic mechanisms for oxidation of the binary and ternary alloy surfaces and provided a clear explanation for the experimental results of the oxidation. We construct three-dimensional surface phase diagrams (SPDs) for oxygen adsorption on three different Nb-X(110) (X = Ti, Al or Si) binary alloy surfaces. On the basis of the obtained SPDs, we conclude a general microscopic mechanism for the thermodynamic oxidation, that is, under O-rich conditions, a uniform single-phase SPD (type I) and a nonuniform double-phase SPD (type II) correspond to the sustained complete selective oxidation and the non-sustained partial selective oxidation by adding the X element, respectively. Furthermore, by revealing the framework of thermodynamics for the oxidation mechanism of ternary alloys through the comparison of the surface energies of two separated binary alloys, we provide an understanding for the selective oxidation behavior of the Nb ternary alloy surfaces. Using these general microscopic mechanisms, one could predict the oxidation behavior of any binary and multi-component alloy surfaces based on thermodynamics considerations.

  11. Effect of Surface Treatments after HF Etching on Oxidation of Si

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    Egawa, Masatoshi; Ikoma, Hideaki

    1994-02-01

    Oxidation of the Si surfaces treated in various solvents after HF etching was investigated by means of the Schottky diode characteristics and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The solvents employed were deionized water, ethanol ( C2H5OH), trichloroethylene ( CHCl:CCl2), 1,1,1-trichloroethane ( CH3CCl3), dichloromethane ( CH2Cl2) and acetone ( CH3COCH3). The effect of rinsing of the Si substrate in deionized water under a reduced pressure was also studied. The XPS data showed that the Si surface is oxidized the most in acetone. The degree of oxidation was the next highest in deionized water and then in ethanol. On the other hand, Si oxidation was substantially suppressed in solvents which do not include oxidant groups such as OH and CO. In deionized water under reduced pressure, oxidation was also considerably retarded. A possible oxidation kinetics are proposed to explain the experimental results. In this model, co-existence of both oxidant groups such as OH radicals and dissolved oxygen in the solvent is assumed to enhance oxidation. First OH radicals attack the Si-F and/or the Si-H bonds on the Si surface, resulting in the formation of the unterminated and the OH-terminated Si surface. Then, the Si surface is predominantly oxidized further by dissolved oxygen. Hence, oxidation can efficiently be suppressed by removing either the oxidant group or dissolved oxygen. This is in good agreement with the experimental results. The oxidation kinetics in acetone is also speculated.

  12. Surface and bulk aspects of mixed oxide catalytic nanoparticles: oxidation and dehydration of CH(3)OH by polyoxometallates.

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    Nakka, Lingaiah; Molinari, Julie E; Wachs, Israel E

    2009-10-28

    The molecular structures and surface chemistry of mixed metal oxide heteropolyoxo vanadium tungstate (H(3+x)PW(12-x)V(x)O(40) with x = 0, 1, 2, and 3) Keggin nanoparticles (NPs), where vanadium is incorporated into the primary Keggin structure, and supported VO(x) on tungstophosphoric acid (TPA, H(3)PW(12)O(40)), where vanadium is present on the surface of the Keggin unit, were investigated with solid-state magic angle spinning (51)V NMR, FT-IR, in situ Raman, in situ UV-vis, CH(3)OH temperature-programmed surface reaction (TPSR), and steady-state methanol oxidation. The incorporated VO(x) unit possesses one terminal V horizontal lineO bond, four bridging V-O-W/V bonds, and one long V-O-P bond in the primary Keggin structure, and the supported VO(x) unit possesses a similar coordination in the secondary structure under ambient conditions. The specific redox reaction rate for VO(x) in the Keggin primary structure is comparable to that of bulk V(2)O(5) and the more active supported vanadium oxide catalysts. The specific acidic reaction rate for the WO(x) in the TPA Keggin, however, is orders of magnitude greater than found for bulk WO(3), supported tungsten oxide catalysts, and even the highly acidic WO(3)-ZrO(2) catalyst synthesized by coprecipitation of ammonium metatungstate and ZrO(OH)(2). From CH(3)OH-TPSR and in situ Raman spectroscopy it was found that incorporation of vanadium oxide into the primary Keggin structure is also accompanied by the formation of surface VO(x) species at secondary sites on the Keggin outer surface. Both CH(3)OH-TPSR and steady-state methanol oxidation studies demonstrated that the surface VO(x) species on the Keggin outer surface are significantly less active than the VO(x) species incorporated into the primary Keggin structure. The presence of the less active surface VO(x) sites in the Keggins, thus, decreases the specific reaction rates for both methanol oxidation and methanol dehydration. During methanol oxidation/dehydration (O(2

  13. Oxidants at the Surface of Mars: A Review in Light of Recent Exploration Results.

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    Lasne, J; Noblet, A; Szopa, C; Navarro-González, R; Cabane, M; Poch, O; Stalport, F; François, P; Atreya, S K; Coll, P

    2016-12-01

    In 1976, the Viking landers carried out the most comprehensive search for organics and microbial life in the martian regolith. Their results indicate that Mars' surface is lifeless and, surprisingly, depleted in organics at part-per-billion levels. Several biology experiments on the Viking landers gave controversial results that have since been explained by the presence of oxidizing agents on the surface of Mars. These oxidants may degrade abiotic or biological organics, resulting in their nondetection in the regolith. As several exploration missions currently focus on the detection of organics on Mars (or will do so in the near future), knowledge of the oxidative state of the surface is fundamental. It will allow for determination of the capability of organics to survive on a geological timescale, the most favorable places to seek them, and the best methods to process the samples collected at the surface. With this aim, we review the main oxidants assumed to be present on Mars, their possible formation pathways, and those laboratory studies in which their reactivity with organics under Mars-like conditions has been evaluated. Among the oxidants assumed to be present on Mars, only four have been detected so far: perchlorate ions (ClO4(-)) in salts, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the atmosphere, and clays and metal oxides composing surface minerals. Clays have been suggested as catalysts for the oxidation of organics but are treated as oxidants in the following to keep the structure of this article straightforward. This work provides an insight into the oxidizing potential of the surface of Mars and an estimate of the stability of organic matter in an oxidizing environment. Key Words: Mars surface-Astrobiology-Oxidant-Chemical reactions. Astrobiology 16, 977-996.

  14. High-energy-surface engineered metal oxide micro- and nanocrystallites and their applications.

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    Kuang, Qin; Wang, Xue; Jiang, Zhiyuan; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Zheng, Lansun

    2014-02-18

    Because many physical and chemical processes occur at surfaces, surface atomic structure is a critical factor affecting the properties of materials. Due to the presence of high-density atomic steps and edges and abundant unsaturated coordination sites, micro- and nanocrystallites with high-energy surfaces usually exhibit greater reactivity than those with low-energy surfaces. However, high-energy crystal surfaces are usually lost during crystal growth as the total surface energy is minimized. Therefore, the selective exposure of high-energy facets at the surface of micro- and nanocrystallites is an important and challenging research topic. Metal oxides play important roles in surface-associated applications, including catalysis, gas sensing, luminescence, and antibiosis. The synthesis of metal oxide micro- and nanocrystallites with specific surfaces, particularly those with high surface energies, is more challenging than the synthesis of metal crystals due to the presence of strong metal-oxygen bonds and diverse crystal structures. In this Account, we briefly summarize recent progress in the surface-structure-controlled synthesis of several typical metal oxide micro- and nanocrystallites, including wurtzite ZnO, anatase TiO2, rutile SnO2, and rocksalt-type metal oxides. We also discuss the improvement of surface properties, focusing on high-energy surfaces. Because of the huge quantity and diverse structure of metal oxides, this Account is not intended to be comprehensive. Instead, we discuss salient features of metal oxide micro- and nanocrystallites using examples primarily from our group. We first discuss general strategies for tuning the surface structure of metal oxide micro- and nanocrystallites, presenting several typical examples. For each example, we describe the basic crystallographic characteristics as well as the thermodynamic (i.e., tuning surface energy) or kinetic (i.e., tuning reaction rates) strategies we have used to synthesize micro- and

  15. Chemically modified Si(111) surfaces simultaneously demonstrating hydrophilicity, resistance against oxidation, and low trap state densities

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    Brown, Elizabeth S.; Hlynchuk, Sofiya; Maldonado, Stephen

    2016-03-01

    Chemically modified Si(111) surfaces have been prepared through a series of wet chemical surface treatments that simultaneously show resistance towards surface oxidation, selective reactivity towards chemical reagents, and areal defect densities comparable to unannealed thermal oxides. Specifically, grazing angle attenuated total reflectance infrared and X-ray photoelectron (XP) spectroscopies were used to characterize allyl-, 3,4-methylenedioxybenzene-, or 4-[bis(trimethylsilyl)amino]phenyl-terminated surfaces and the subsequently hydroxylated surfaces. Hydroxylated surfaces were confirmed through reaction with 4-(trifluoromethyl)benzyl bromide and quantified by XP spectroscopy. Contact angle measurements indicated all surfaces remained hydrophilic, even after secondary backfilling with CH3sbnd groups. Surface recombination velocity measurements by way of microwave photoconductivity transients showed the relative defect-character of as-prepared and aged surfaces. The relative merits for each investigated surface type are discussed.

  16. Formation of surface oxides and Ag2O thin films with atomic oxygen on Ag(111)

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    Derouin, Jonathan; Farber, Rachael G.; Heslop, Stacy L.; Killelea, Daniel R.

    2015-11-01

    The nature of the oxygen species adsorbed to silver surfaces is a key component of the heterogeneously catalyzed epoxidation of ethylene and partial oxidation of methanol over silver catalysts. We report the formation of two different silver-oxygen species depending on the flux and energy of incident gas-phase oxygen atoms on an Ag(111) surface. A combination of surface science techniques was used to characterize the oxidized surfaces. Atomic oxygen was generated with an Ir filament; lower temperatures created surface oxides previously reported. When O was deposited with a higher filament temperature, the surface became highly corrugated, little subsurface oxygen was observed, and thin layers of Ag2O were likely formed. These results show that the energy and flux of oxygen are important parameters in the chemical identity and abundance of oxygen on silver surfaces and suggest that formation of the Ag2O thin film hinders formation of subsurface oxygen.

  17. Experimental estimation of oxidation-induced Si atoms emission on Si(001) surfaces

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    Ogawa, Shuichi; Tang, Jiayi; Takakuwa, Yuji

    2015-08-01

    Kinetics of Si atoms emission during the oxidation of Si(001) surfaces have been investigated using reflection high energy electron diffraction combined with Auger electron spectroscopy. The area ratio of the 1 × 2 and the 2 × 1 domains on a clean Si(001) surface changed with the oxidation of the surface by Langmuir-type adsorption. This change in the domain ratio is attributed to the emission of Si atoms. We can describe the changes in the domain ratio using the Si emission kinetics model, which states that (1) the emission rate is proportional to the oxide coverage, and (2) the emitted Si atoms migrate on the surface and are trapped at SB steps. Based on our model, we find experimentally that up to 0.4 ML of Si atoms are emitted during the oxidation of a Si(001) surface at 576 °C.

  18. Experimental estimation of oxidation-induced Si atoms emission on Si(001) surfaces

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    Ogawa, Shuichi Tang, Jiayi; Takakuwa, Yuji

    2015-08-15

    Kinetics of Si atoms emission during the oxidation of Si(001) surfaces have been investigated using reflection high energy electron diffraction combined with Auger electron spectroscopy. The area ratio of the 1 × 2 and the 2 × 1 domains on a clean Si(001) surface changed with the oxidation of the surface by Langmuir-type adsorption. This change in the domain ratio is attributed to the emission of Si atoms. We can describe the changes in the domain ratio using the Si emission kinetics model, which states that (1) the emission rate is proportional to the oxide coverage, and (2) the emitted Si atoms migrate on the surface and are trapped at S{sub B} steps. Based on our model, we find experimentally that up to 0.4 ML of Si atoms are emitted during the oxidation of a Si(001) surface at 576 °C.

  19. Surface oxidation effect on the electrical behaviour of Bi2Te2Se nanoplatelets

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    Gehring, Pascal; Reusch, Frieder B.; Mashhadi, Soudabeh S.; Burghard, Marko; Kern, Klaus

    2016-07-01

    Charge transport in topological insulators is notably influenced by moisture and air in the surrounding environment. At present, however, little is known about the detailed composition of the oxidized surface and its impact on the electrical characteristics of these materials. Here, we investigate the surface oxide formation on the topological insulator Bi2Te2Se (BTS) and how this affects its electrical behavior. While ambient exposure of BTS nanoplatelets predominantly creates surface hydroxyl groups, oxygen plasma treatment yields a compact, few-nanometer thick surface oxide layer. The plasma causes p-type doping, accompanied by a decrease of the effective platelet thickness, the interplay of which is manifested in a resistance maximum as a function of plasma treatment time. It is furthermore demonstrated that the structural integrity of the plasma-derived surface oxide is sufficient to enable its use as a gate insulator layer in combination with a top gate.

  20. Composition of Uranium Oxide Surface Layers Analyzed by m-Raman Spectroscopy

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    Siekhaus, W J

    2003-11-24

    Oxide thickness and composition averaged over a few square millimeter has been measured with nm thickness resolution by diffuse reflectance fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. {mu}-Raman spectroscopy has been done on powders and bulk samples in the past, and can now be done on surfaces layers with {micro}m lateral and depth resolution using con-focal microscopy. Here we apply con-focal-microscopy-based {mu}-Raman spectroscopy to a freshly polished/lightly oxidized and to heavily oxidized uranium to determine its sensitivity. The spectra show that {mu}-Raman spectroscopy does detect oxide thickness and oxide composition with high sensitivity.

  1. Solid State, Surface and Catalytic Studies of Oxides

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    Kung, H. H.

    2004-11-23

    This project investigates the catalytic properties of oxides for the selective oxidative dehydrogenation of light alkanes and for hydrocarbon reduction of NO{sub x}. Various vanadium oxide based catalysts were investigated to elucidate the relationship between the chemical and structural properties of the catalysts and their selectivity for the formation of alkenes. It was found that vanadium oxide units that are less reducible give higher selectivities. For hydrocarbon reduction of NO{sub x}, it was found that alumina-based catalysts can be effective at higher temperatures than the corresponding zeolite-based catalysts. On some catalysts, such as SnO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Ag/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the alumina participates directly in the reaction, making the catalyst bifunctional. These results are useful in research to improve the performance of this stress of catalysts.

  2. UO2 surface oxidation by mixtures of water vapor and hydrogen as a function of temperature

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    Espriu-Gascon, A.; Llorca, J.; Domínguez, M.; Giménez, J.; Casas, I.; de Pablo, J.

    2015-12-01

    In the present work, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was used to study the effect of water vapor on the UO2 surface as a function of temperature. The experiments were performed in situ inside a high pressure chamber attached to the XPS instrument. UO2 samples were put in contact with either hydrogen or argon streams, saturated with water at room temperature, and the sample surface evolution was analyzed by XPS. In the case of the water vapor/argon experiments, one experiment at 350 °C was performed and, in the case of the water vapor/hydrogen experiments, the temperatures used inside the reactor were 60, 120, 200 and 350 °C. On one hand, in presence of argon, the results obtained showed that the water vapor in the argon stream oxidized 93% of the U(IV) in the sample surface. On the other hand, the degree of UO2 surface oxidation showed a different dependence on the temperature in the experiments performed in the presence of hydrogen: the maximum surface oxidation occurred at 120 °C, where 65.4% of U(IV) in the sample surface was oxidized, while at higher temperatures, the surface oxidation decreased. This observation is attributed to the increase of hydrogen reducing effect when temperature increases which prevents part of the oxidation of the UO2 surface by the water vapor.

  3. Vacancy segregation in the initial oxidation stages of the TiN(100) surface.

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    Zimmermann, Janina; Finnis, Mike W; Ciacchi, Lucio Colombi

    2009-04-07

    The well-known corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of TiN depend on the structural and chemical properties of the stable oxide film that forms spontaneously on its surface after exposure to air. In the present work, we focus on the atomistic structure and stability of the TiN(100) surface in contact with an oxidizing atmosphere. The early oxidation stages of TiN(100) are investigated by means of first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD). We observe selective oxidation of Ti atoms and formation of an ultrathin Ti oxide layer, while Ti vacancies are left behind at the metal/oxide interface. Within the formalism of ab initio thermodynamics we compute the segregation energies of vacancies and vacancy clusters at the metal/oxide interface, comparing the stability of the system obtained by FPMD simulations with ideally reconstructed models. We find that the localization of Ti vacancies in the thin oxide layer and at the TiN/oxide interface is thermodynamically stable and may account for the early removal of N atoms from the interface by segregation of N vacancies from the bulk reservoir. We suggest that superficial oxidation may proceed along two distinct possible pathways: a thermodynamically stable path along the potential energy minimum surface and a metastable, kinetically driven path that results from the high heat release during the dissociation of O(2).

  4. Comprehensive study on initial thermal oxidation of GaN(0001) surface and subsequent oxide growth in dry oxygen ambient

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    Yamada, Takahiro; Ito, Joyo; Asahara, Ryohei; Watanabe, Kenta; Nozaki, Mikito; Nakazawa, Satoshi; Anda, Yoshiharu; Ishida, Masahiro; Ueda, Tetsuzo; Yoshigoe, Akitaka; Hosoi, Takuji; Shimura, Takayoshi; Watanabe, Heiji

    2017-01-01

    Initial oxidation of gallium nitride (GaN) (0001) epilayers and subsequent growth of thermal oxides in dry oxygen ambient were investigated by means of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray diffraction measurements. It was found that initial oxide formation tends to saturate at temperatures below 800 °C, whereas the selective growth of small oxide grains proceeds at dislocations in the epilayers, followed by noticeable grain growth, leading to a rough surface morphology at higher oxidation temperatures. This indicates that oxide growth and its morphology are crucially dependent on the defect density in the GaN epilayers. Structural characterizations also reveal that polycrystalline α- and β-phase Ga2O3 grains in an epitaxial relation with the GaN substrate are formed from the initial stage of the oxide growth. We propose a comprehensive model for GaN oxidation mediated by nitrogen removal and mass transport and discuss the model on the basis of experimental findings.

  5. Effects of additives on volume change on melting, surface tension, and viscosity of liquid aluminum oxide

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    Bates, J. L.; Rasmussen, J. J.

    1972-01-01

    The effects of various oxide additives on the volume change on melting, the surface tension, and the viscosity of liquid Al2O3 were studied. Additives of Sm2O3, MgO, and Y2O3 which form solid solutions, compounds, and multiphase solids with Al2O3 were studied. A review of the property data for Al2O3 and Al2O3 containing oxide additives is presented. Oxide additives to Al2O3 reduce the volume change on melting and with the exception of SiO2 lower the viscosity; surface tensions change with oxide additives, but changes vary with different container material. Viscosity and volume change on melting appeared to be significantly more important for studying the properties of liquid oxides than surface tension. Supercooling of 270 K of yttrium aluminum garnet was observed.

  6. Surface Reactions of Uranium Oxide Powder, Thin Films and Single Crystals

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    Idriss, H.

    2010-01-01

    The review deals with surface reactions of the complex uranium oxide systems with relevance to catalysis and the environment. After a brief introduction on the properties of uranium oxides, the focus of the review is on surface science studies of defined structures of uranium oxides which are entirely on UO{sub 2} because of the lack of available model on other uranium oxide systems. Powder work is also included as it has given considerable information related to the dynamics between the many phases of uranium oxides. Many chemical reactions are mapped and these include water dissociative adsorption and reaction, CO oxidation and reductive coupling, as well as the reaction of oxygen containing organic compounds such as alcohols, aldehydes, ketones and carboxylic acids in addition to a few examples of sulfur and nitrogen containing compounds.

  7. Thin film lubrication of hexadecane confined by iron and iron oxide surfaces: A crucial role of surface structure

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    Ta, D. T.; Tieu, A. K.; Zhu, H. T. Kosasih, B.

    2015-10-28

    A comparative analysis of thin film lubrication of hexadecane between different iron and its oxide surfaces has been carried out using classical molecular dynamic simulation. An ab initio force-field, COMPASS, was applied for n-hexadecane using explicit atom model. An effective potential derived from density functional theory calculation was utilized for the interfacial interaction between hexadecane and the tribo-surfaces. A quantitative surface parameterization was introduced to investigate the influence of surface properties on the structure, rheological properties, and tribological performance of the lubricant. The results show that although the wall-fluid attraction of hexadecane on pure iron surfaces is significantly stronger than its oxides, there is a considerable reduction of shear stress of confined n-hexadecane film between Fe(100) and Fe(110) surfaces compared with FeO(110), FeO(111), Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001), and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(012). It was found that, in thin film lubrication of hexadecane between smooth iron and iron oxide surfaces, the surface corrugation plays a role more important than the wall-fluid adhesion strength.

  8. Thin film lubrication of hexadecane confined by iron and iron oxide surfaces: A crucial role of surface structure.

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    Ta, D T; Tieu, A K; Zhu, H T; Kosasih, B

    2015-10-28

    A comparative analysis of thin film lubrication of hexadecane between different iron and its oxide surfaces has been carried out using classical molecular dynamic simulation. An ab initio force-field, COMPASS, was applied for n-hexadecane using explicit atom model. An effective potential derived from density functional theory calculation was utilized for the interfacial interaction between hexadecane and the tribo-surfaces. A quantitative surface parameterization was introduced to investigate the influence of surface properties on the structure, rheological properties, and tribological performance of the lubricant. The results show that although the wall-fluid attraction of hexadecane on pure iron surfaces is significantly stronger than its oxides, there is a considerable reduction of shear stress of confined n-hexadecane film between Fe(100) and Fe(110) surfaces compared with FeO(110), FeO(111), Fe2O3(001), and Fe2O3(012). It was found that, in thin film lubrication of hexadecane between smooth iron and iron oxide surfaces, the surface corrugation plays a role more important than the wall-fluid adhesion strength.

  9. Understanding Surface Processes on Mars Through Study of Iron Oxides/Oxyhydroxides: Clues to Surface Alteration and Aqueous Processes

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    Bishop, J. L.; Mancinelli, R. L.; Dyar, M. D.; Parente, M.; Drief, A.; Lane, M. D.; Murad, E.

    2006-01-01

    We are performing oxidation and reduction reactions on hydrated ferric oxide minerals in order to investigate how these might alter under a variety of conditions on the surface of Mars. Preliminary experiments on ferrihydrite and goethite showed that heating these minerals in a dry oxidizing environment produces fine-grained hematite, while heating these minerals in a reducing environment produces fine-grained magnetite. Under Mars-like oxidation levels this magnetite then oxidizes to maghemite. These reactions are dependent on the presence of water and organic material that can act as a reductant. We are using reflectance and Mossbauer spectroscopy to characterize the reaction products and TEM to analyze the sample texture. Our preliminary results indicate that magnetite and maghemite could be formed in the soil on Mars from ferrihydrite and goethite if organics were present on early Mars.

  10. Influence of surface oxidation on ion dynamics and capacitance in porous and nonporous carbon electrodes

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    Dyatkin, Boris; Zhang, Yu; Mamontov, Eugene; ...

    2016-04-07

    Here, we investigate the influence of surface chemistry and ion confinement on capacitance and electrosorption dynamics of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) in supercapacitors. Using air oxidation and vacuum annealing, we produced defunctionalized and oxygen-rich surfaces of carbide-derived carbons (CDCs) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs). While oxidized surfaces of porous CDCs improve capacitance and rate handling abilities of ions, defunctionalized nonporous GNPs improve charge storage densities on planar electrodes. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) probed the structure, dynamics, and orientation of RTIL ions confined in divergently functionalized pores. Oxidized, ionophilic surfaces draw ions closer to pore surfaces andmore » enhance potential-driven ion transport during electrosorption. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations corroborated experimental data and demonstrated the significance of surface functional groups on ion orientations, accumulation densities, and capacitance.« less

  11. Influence of surface oxidation on ion dynamics and capacitance in porous and nonporous carbon electrodes

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    Dyatkin, Boris; Zhang, Yu; Mamontov, Eugene; Kolesnikov, Alexander I.; Cheng, Yongqiang; Meyer, III, Harry M.; Cummings, Peter T.; Gogotsi, Yury G.

    2016-04-07

    Here, we investigate the influence of surface chemistry and ion confinement on capacitance and electrosorption dynamics of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) in supercapacitors. Using air oxidation and vacuum annealing, we produced defunctionalized and oxygen-rich surfaces of carbide-derived carbons (CDCs) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs). While oxidized surfaces of porous CDCs improve capacitance and rate handling abilities of ions, defunctionalized nonporous GNPs improve charge storage densities on planar electrodes. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) probed the structure, dynamics, and orientation of RTIL ions confined in divergently functionalized pores. Oxidized, ionophilic surfaces draw ions closer to pore surfaces and enhance potential-driven ion transport during electrosorption. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations corroborated experimental data and demonstrated the significance of surface functional groups on ion orientations, accumulation densities, and capacitance.

  12. Influence of a Cerium surface treatment on the oxidation behavior of type 347 stainless steel

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    Alman, D.E.; Jablonski, P.D.

    2007-04-01

    A surface treatment was applied to the surface of Type 347 stainless steel to enhance oxidation resistance. The treatment consisted of dip coating coupons in a CeO2 and halide activator slurry, followed by a thermal treatment at 900C in an inert atmosphere for 12 hours. Cyclical oxidation tests were conducted at 800C in either dry air or air+3%H2O. In dry air, the treatment reduced the oxidation rate (reduced the magnitude of weight gain) of the alloy by a factor of three. Protective chromium based oxide and spinel ((Mn,Cr)3O4 and (Cr,Fe)2O3) phases formed on the surface of the untreated and treated alloy. More significantly, the treatment suppressed the oxide scale spallation that occurred upon cyclical exposure of this alloy to moist air. In moist air, less protective chromite (FeCr2O4), magnetite (Fe+2Fe2+3O4), and hematite (Fe2O3) formed as oxide products on the surface of the base alloy. The treated alloy did not spall during exposure to moist air, and interestingly, the treated alloy possessed similar oxidation rates (magnitude of weight gain) in both moist and dry air. The same protective chromium based oxide and spinel ((Mn,Cr)3O4 and (Cr,Fe)2O3) phases formed on the surface of the treated alloy exposed to both moist and dry air. In the aggressive moist environment, the Ce surface treatment suppressed the formation of less protective iron-oxides, and concomitant oxide scale spallation during thermal cycling.

  13. Oxidants at the Surface of Mars: A Review in Light of Recent Exploration Results

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    Lasne, J.; Noblet, A.; Szopa, C.; Navarro-González, R.; Cabane, M.; Poch, O.; Stalport, F.; François, P.; Atreya, S. K.; Coll, P.

    2016-12-01

    In 1976, the Viking landers carried out the most comprehensive search for organics and microbial life in the martian regolith. Their results indicate that Mars' surface is lifeless and, surprisingly, depleted in organics at part-per-billion levels. Several biology experiments on the Viking landers gave controversial results that have since been explained by the presence of oxidizing agents on the surface of Mars. These oxidants may degrade abiotic or biological organics, resulting in their nondetection in the regolith. As several exploration missions currently focus on the detection of organics on Mars (or will do so in the near future), knowledge of the oxidative state of the surface is fundamental. It will allow for determination of the capability of organics to survive on a geological timescale, the most favorable places to seek them, and the best methods to process the samples collected at the surface. With this aim, we review the main oxidants assumed to be present on Mars, their possible formation pathways, and those laboratory studies in which their reactivity with organics under Mars-like conditions has been evaluated. Among the oxidants assumed to be present on Mars, only four have been detected so far: perchlorate ions (ClO4-) in salts, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the atmosphere, and clays and metal oxides composing surface minerals. Clays have been suggested as catalysts for the oxidation of organics but are treated as oxidants in the following to keep the structure of this article straightforward. This work provides an insight into the oxidizing potential of the surface of Mars and an estimate of the stability of organic matter in an oxidizing environment.

  14. The effect of the material surface oxidation on laser light absorption

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    Hruška, M.; Tesař, J.; Vostřák, M.; Smazalová, E.

    2017-02-01

    This study examines the influence of surface condition on its interaction with a laser beam. The relation was tested on milled C45 steel samples with a different width of created oxide layer. The milled surface with roughness 1.6 was modified by the creation of oxide layer. The oxide layers were created by solid state pulsed laser with scanning optics. The modified samples were processed by high power diode laser with a wide spread beam. The surface temperature was measured by the thermal camera during this process. The surface hardness and hardness depth profile were measured for all modified samples and the emissivity values were measured. The effect of pretreatment on hardness and microstructure will be discussed. The goal of this paper is to describe the relation between the parameters of created oxide layer and its effect on laser beam absorption.

  15. Modification of implant material surface properties by means of oxide nano-structured coatings deposition

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    Safonov, Vladimir; Zykova, Anna; Smolik, Jerzy; Rogowska, Renata; Lukyanchenko, Vladimir; Kolesnikov, Dmitrii

    2014-08-01

    The deposition of functional coatings on the metal surface of artificial joints is an effective way of enhancing joint tribological characteristics. It is well-known that nanostructured oxide coatings have specific properties advantageous for future implant applications. In the present study, we measured the high hardness parameters, the adhesion strength and the low friction coefficient of the oxide magnetron sputtered coatings. The corrosion test results show that the oxide coating deposition had improved the corrosion resistance by a factor of ten for both stainless steel and titanium alloy substrates. Moreover, the hydrophilic nature of coated surfaces in comparison with the metal ones was investigated in the tensiometric tests. The surfaces with nanostructured oxide coatings demonstrated improved biocompatibility for in vitro and in vivo tests, attributed to the high dielectric constants and the high values of the surface free energy parameters.

  16. Intrinsic stress evolution during amorphous oxide film growth on Al surfaces

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    Flötotto, D. Wang, Z. M.; Jeurgens, L. P. H.; Mittemeijer, E. J.

    2014-03-03

    The intrinsic stress evolution during formation of ultrathin amorphous oxide films on Al(111) and Al(100) surfaces by thermal oxidation at room temperature was investigated in real-time by in-situ substrate curvature measurements and detailed atomic-scale microstructural analyses. During thickening of the oxide a considerable amount of growth stresses is generated in, remarkably even amorphous, ultrathin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films. The surface orientation-dependent stress evolutions during O adsorption on the bare Al surfaces and during subsequent oxide-film growth can be interpreted as a result of (i) adsorption-induced surface stress changes and (ii) competing processes of free volume generation and structural relaxation, respectively.

  17. One-sided surface modification of cellulose fabric by printing a modified TEMPO-mediated oxidant.

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    Fitz-Binder, Christa; Bechtold, Thomas

    2014-06-15

    One-sided surface oxidation of lyocell type cellulose fabric can be achieved by use of a modified TEMPO-mediated oxidation system. A borate-based buffer was used to maintain stable pH conditions and screen printing was applied to achieve oxidation on the fabric surface only. To formulate an applicable procedure, the TEMPO/NaBr/NaOCl system was split into two treatment steps: firstly, the fabric was impregnated with a buffered TEMPO/NaBr solution and dried, then a thickened NaOCl paste was printed on the fabric. FTIR-ATR spectra and methylene blue sorption experiments demonstrated successful modification on the printed side of the fabric. Substantial increases in carboxylic group content and water retention value were observed. The higher concentration of carboxylic groups on the fabric surface also led to a localised increase in binding capacity for Ca(2+)-ions. This new concept permits controlled oxidation of cellulose surfaces by printing techniques.

  18. Reaction-driven surface restructuring and selectivity control in allylic alcohol catalytic aerobic oxidation over Pd.

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    Lee, Adam F; Ellis, Christine V; Naughton, James N; Newton, Mark A; Parlett, Christopher M A; Wilson, Karen

    2011-04-20

    Synchronous, time-resolved DRIFTS/MS/XAS cycling studies of the vapor-phase selective aerobic oxidation of crotyl alcohol over nanoparticulate Pd have revealed surface oxide as the desired catalytically active phase, with dynamic, reaction-induced Pd redox processes controlling selective versus combustion pathways.

  19. Further studies of the effects of oxidation on the surface properties of coal and coal pyrite

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    Herrera, Miguel Nicolas

    1994-01-01

    The objective of this research was to investigate the oxidation behavior of coal and coal pyrite and to correlate the changes in the surface properties induced by oxidation, along with the intrinsic physical and chemical properties of these organic and inorganic materials, with the behavior in physical coal cleaning processes. This provide more fundamental knowledge for understanding the way in which different factors interact in a medium as heterogeneous as coal. Fourteen coal samples of different ranks ranging from high to medium sulfur content were studied by dry oxidation tests at different temperatures and humidities, and by wet oxidation tests using different oxidizing agents. The concentration of surface oxygen functional groups was determined by ion-exchange methods. The changes in the coal composition with oxidation were analyzed by spectroscopic techniques. The wettability of as-received and oxidized coal and coal pyrite samples was assessed by film flotation tests. The electrokinetic behavior of different coals and coal pyrite samples was studied by electrokinetic tests using electrophoresis. Possible oxidation mechanisms have been proposed to explain the changes on the coal surface induced by different oxidation treatments.

  20. Dynamic oxidation behavior of TD-NiCr alloy with different surface pretreatments

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    Young, C. T.; Tenney, D. R.; Herring, H. W.

    1975-01-01

    Oxidation tests of TD-NiCr alloy with different surface pretreatments were conducted in a Mach-5 arc-jet at 1200 C and 0.002 lb/sec flowing air environment. The mechanisms responsible for the observed oxidation behavior are examined. The presence of atomic oxygen in the air stream plays a significant role in determining the oxidation characteristic of the alloy. The rate of Cr2O3 vaporization by formation of volatile CrO3 is greatly enhanced by the flowing conditions. The typical microstructure of oxides formed in the dynamic tests consists of an external layer of NiO with a porous mushroom-type morphology, an intermediate layer of NiO and Cr2O3 oxide mixture, and a continuous inner layer of Cr2O3 in contact with the Cr-depleted alloy substrate. Three basic processes underlying the formation of mushroom-type NiO are identified and discussed. The oxidation rate is determined by the rate of vaporization of NiO. Surface pretreatment has a significant effect on the oxidation behavior of the alloy in the early stage of oxidation, but becomes less important as exposure time increases. Mechanical polishing induces surface recrystallization, but promotes the concurrence of external growth of NiO and internal oxidation of the alloy in the dynamic atmosphere.

  1. Oxidation of coal and coal pyrite mechanisms and influence on surface characteristics. Technical progress report

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    Doyle, F.M.

    1995-05-31

    The objective of this research is to develop a mechanistic understanding of the oxidation of coal and coal pyrite, and to correlate the intrinsic physical and chemical properties of these minerals, along with changes resulting from oxidation, with those surface properties that influence the behavior in physical cleaning processes. Work during the nineteenth quarter has concluded studies of the surface functional groups produced on coal by severe thermal and chemical oxidation, and on investigating the partition of metal ions between such strongly oxidized coal samples and aqueous solutions. This partitioning behavior was being followed to obtain further information on the chemistry of the coal surfaces after different oxidation treatments. Adsorption isotherms for the uptake of Cd{sup 2+} on coal oxidized by different methods were obtained, and these and the Cu{sup 2+} adsorption isotherms reported in the last report have been scrutinized, and interpreted more exhaustively. The apparent discrepancies noted in the last report for the analysis of surface functional groups have been investigated further. The adsorption behavior has been related to the surface chemistry of Upper Freeport coal oxidized by different methods.

  2. Improved Performance of Protected Catecholic Polysiloxanes for Bioinspired Wet Adhesion to Surface Oxides

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    2012-11-26

    REPORT Improved Performance of Protected Catecholic Polysiloxanes for Bioinspired Wet Adhesion to Surface Oxides 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY...Prescribed by ANSI Std. Z39.18 - Improved Performance of Protected Catecholic Polysiloxanes for Bioinspired Wet Adhesion to Surface Oxides Report Title...Protected Catecholic P Block 13: Supplementary Note © 2012 . Published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. Ed. 0 134, (49) (2012), ( (49). DoD

  3. Surface thermal oxidation on titanium implants to enhance osteogenic activity and in vivo osseointegration

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    Wang, Guifang; Li, Jinhua; Lv, Kaige; Zhang, Wenjie; Ding, Xun; Yang, Guangzheng; Liu, Xuanyong; Jiang, Xinquan

    2016-01-01

    Thermal oxidation, which serves as a low-cost, effective and relatively simple/facile method, was used to modify a micro-structured titanium surface in ambient atmosphere at 450 °C for different time periods to improve in vitro and in vivo bioactivity. The surface morphology, crystallinity of the surface layers, chemical composition and chemical states were evaluated by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Cell behaviours including cell adhesion, attachment, proliferation, and osteogenic differentiation were observed in vitro study. The ability of the titanium surface to promote osseointegration was evaluated in an in vivo animal model. Surface thermal oxidation on titanium implants maintained the microstructure and, thus, both slightly changed the nanoscale structure of titanium and enhanced the crystallinity of the titanium surface layer. Cells cultured on the three oxidized titanium surfaces grew well and exhibited better osteogenic activity than did the control samples. The in vivo bone-implant contact also showed enhanced osseointegration after several hours of oxidization. This heat-treated titanium enhanced the osteogenic differentiation activity of rBMMSCs and improved osseointegration in vivo, suggesting that surface thermal oxidation could potentially be used in clinical applications to improve bone-implant integration. PMID:27546196

  4. Surface thermal oxidation on titanium implants to enhance osteogenic activity and in vivo osseointegration

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    Wang, Guifang; Li, Jinhua; Lv, Kaige; Zhang, Wenjie; Ding, Xun; Yang, Guangzheng; Liu, Xuanyong; Jiang, Xinquan

    2016-08-01

    Thermal oxidation, which serves as a low-cost, effective and relatively simple/facile method, was used to modify a micro-structured titanium surface in ambient atmosphere at 450 °C for different time periods to improve in vitro and in vivo bioactivity. The surface morphology, crystallinity of the surface layers, chemical composition and chemical states were evaluated by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Cell behaviours including cell adhesion, attachment, proliferation, and osteogenic differentiation were observed in vitro study. The ability of the titanium surface to promote osseointegration was evaluated in an in vivo animal model. Surface thermal oxidation on titanium implants maintained the microstructure and, thus, both slightly changed the nanoscale structure of titanium and enhanced the crystallinity of the titanium surface layer. Cells cultured on the three oxidized titanium surfaces grew well and exhibited better osteogenic activity than did the control samples. The in vivo bone-implant contact also showed enhanced osseointegration after several hours of oxidization. This heat-treated titanium enhanced the osteogenic differentiation activity of rBMMSCs and improved osseointegration in vivo, suggesting that surface thermal oxidation could potentially be used in clinical applications to improve bone-implant integration.

  5. Surface structure and properties of biomedical NiTi shape memory alloy after Fenton's oxidation.

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    Chu, C L; Hu, T; Wu, S L; Dong, Y S; Yin, L H; Pu, Y P; Lin, P H; Chung, C Y; Yeung, K W K; Chu, Paul K

    2007-09-01

    Fenton's oxidation is traditionally used to remove inorganic and organic pollutants from water in waster water treatment. It is an advanced oxidation process in which H2O2 is catalytically decomposed by ferrous irons into hydroxyl radicals (*OH) which have a higher oxidation potential (2.8V) than H2O2. In the work reported here, we for the first time use Fenton's oxidation to modify the surface of biomedical NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA). The influences of Fenton's oxidation on the surface microstructure, blood compatibility, leaching of harmful Ni ions and corrosion resistance in simulated body fluids is assessed using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, electrochemical tests, hemolysis analysis and the blood platelet adhesion test. The mechanical stability of the surface titania film produced by Fenton's oxidation as well as their effects on the shape memory behavior of the SMA are studied by bending tests. Our results show that Fenton's oxidation produces a novel nanostructured titania gel film with a graded structure on the NiTi substrate without an intermediate Ni-rich layer that is typical of high-temperature oxidation. Moreover, there is a clear Ni-free zone near the top surface of the titania film. The surface structural changes introduced by Fenton's oxidation improve the electrochemical corrosion resistance and mitigate Ni release. The latter effects are comparable to those observed after oxygen plasma immersion ion implantation reported previously and better than those of high-temperature oxidation. Aging in boiling water improves the crystallinity of the titania film and further reduces Ni leaching. Blood platelet adhesion is remarkably reduced after Fenton's oxidation, suggesting that the treated SMA has improved thrombo resistance. Enhancement of blood compatibility is believed to stem from the improved hemolysis resistance, the surface wettability and the

  6. Adsorption of V on a Hematite (0001) Surface and its Oxidation: Submonolayer Coverage

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    Jin, J.; Ma, X.; Kim, C.-Y.; Ellis, D.E.; Bedzyk, M.J.

    2008-10-06

    The adsorption of submonolayer V on an idealized model hematite (0 0 0 1) surface and subsequent oxidation under atomic O adsorption are studied by density functional theory. The preferred adsorption sites, adsorption energy and configuration changes due to V and O adsorption are investigated. It is found that in most cases V forms threefold bonds with surface O atoms, inducing a large geometry change at the hematite surface and near surface region and a bond stretch between surface Fe and O. The adsorption energy is mainly decided by interplay between adsorbed metal-surface oxygen bonding and adsorbed metal - subsurface metal interaction. The relative energy of subsequent O adsorption and geometry depends on the reformed V/hematite structure. Electronic properties such as projected densities of states and chemical state change upon V adsorption are studied through both periodic slab and embedded cluster localized orbital calculations; both strong vanadium-oxygen and vanadium-iron interactions are found. While V generally donates electrons to a hematite surface, causing nearby Fe to be partially reduced, the Fe and V oxidization state depends very much on the coverage and detailed adsorption configuration. When the V/hematite system is exposed to atomic O, V is further oxidized and surface/near surface Fe is re-oxidized. Our theoretical results are compared with X-ray surface standing wave and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic measurements. The influence of d-electron correlation on the predicted structures is briefly discussed, making use of the DFT + U scheme.

  7. XPS study of nitrogen dioxide adsorption on metal oxide particle surfaces under different environmental conditions.

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    Baltrusaitis, Jonas; Jayaweera, Pradeep M; Grassian, Vicki H

    2009-10-01

    The adsorption of nitrogen dioxide on gamma aluminium oxide (gamma-Al(2)O(3)) and alpha iron oxide (alpha-Fe(2)O(3)) particle surfaces under various conditions of relative humidity, presence of molecular oxygen and UV light has been investigated. X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to monitor the different surface species that form under these environmental conditions. Adsorption of NO(2) on aluminum oxide particle surfaces results primarily in the formation of surface nitrate, NO(3)(-) with an oxidation state of +5, as indicated by a peak with binding energy of 407.3 eV in the N1s region. An additional minority species, sensitive to the presence of relative humidity and molecular oxygen, is also observed in the N1s region with lower binding energy of 405.9 eV. This peak is assigned to a surface species in the +4 oxidation state. When irradiated with UV light, other species form on the surface. These surface-bound photochemical products all have lower binding energy, between 400 and 402 eV, indicating reduced nitrogen species in the range of N oxidations states spanning +1 to -1. Co-adsorbed water decreases the amount of these reduced surface-bound products while the presence of molecular oxygen completely suppresses the formation of all reduced nitrogen species on aluminum oxide particle surfaces. For NO(2) on iron oxide particle surfaces, photoreduction is enhanced relative to gamma-Al(2)O(3) and surface bound photoreduced species are observed under all environmental conditions. Complementing the experimental data, N1s core electron binding energies (CEBEs) were calculated using DFT for a number of nitrogen-containing species in the gas phase and adsorbed on an Al(8)O(12) cluster. A range of CEBEs is calculated for various nitrogen species in different adsorption modes and oxidation states. These calculated values are discussed in light of the peaks observed in the XPS N1s region and the possible species that form following NO(2) adsorption and

  8. Rates of oxidative weathering on the surface of Mars

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    Burns, Roger G.; Fisher, Duncan S.

    1993-01-01

    A model of acid weathering is proposed for the iron-rich basalts on Mars. Aqueous oxidation of iron sulfides released SO4(2-) and H(+) ions that initiated the dissolution of basaltic ferromagnesian silicates and released Fe(2+) ions. The Fe(2+) ions eventually underwent ferrolysis reactions and produced insoluble hydrous ferric oxide phases. Measurements of the time-dependence of acid weathering reactions show that pyrrhotite is rapidly converted to pyrite plus dissolved ferrous iron, the rate of pyrite formation decreasing with rising pH and lower temperatures. On Mars, oxidation rates of dissolved Fe(2+) ions in equatorial melt-waters in contact with the atmosphere are estimated to lie in the range 0.3-3.0 ppb Fe/yr over the pH range 2 to 6. Oxidation of Fe(2+) ions is estimated to be extremely slow in brine eutectic solutions that might be present on Mars and to be negligible in the frozen regolith.

  9. Shape-selective sieving layers on an oxide catalyst surface

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    Canlas, Christian P.; Lu, Junling; Ray, Natalie A.; Grosso-Giordano, Nicolas A.; Lee, Sungsik; Elam, Jeffrey W.; Winans, Randall E.; van Duyne, Richard P.; Stair, Peter C.; Notestein, Justin M.

    2012-12-01

    New porous materials such as zeolites, metal-organic frameworks and mesostructured oxides are of immense practical utility for gas storage, separations and heterogeneous catalysis. Their extended pore structures enable selective uptake of molecules or can modify the product selectivity (regioselectivity or enantioselectivity) of catalyst sites contained within. However, diffusion within pores can be problematic for biomass and fine chemicals, and not all catalyst classes can be readily synthesized with pores of the correct dimensions. Here, we present a novel approach that adds reactant selectivity to existing, non-porous oxide catalysts by first grafting the catalyst particles with single-molecule sacrificial templates, then partially overcoating the catalyst with a second oxide through atomic layer deposition. This technique is used to create sieving layers of Al2O3 (thickness, 0.4-0.7 nm) with ‘nanocavities’ (<2 nm in diameter) on a TiO2 photocatalyst. The additional layers result in selectivity (up to 9:1) towards less hindered reactants in otherwise unselective, competitive photocatalytic oxidations and transfer hydrogenations.

  10. Interaction of Oxygen and Water with the (100) Surface of Pyrite: Mechanism of Sulfur Oxidation.

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    Sit, Patrick H-L; Cohen, Morrel H; Selloni, Annabella

    2012-09-06

    We present a density-functional study of the adsorption and reactions of oxygen and water with the (100) surface of pyrite. We find that dissociative adsorption is energetically favorable for oxygen, forming ferryl-oxo, Fe(4+)═O(2-), species. These transform easily to ferric-hydroxy, Fe(3+)-OH(-), in the presence of coadsorbed water, and the latter fully covers the surface under room conditions. A mechanism for surface oxidation is identified, which involves successive reactions with molecular oxygen and water, and leads to the complete oxidation of a surface sulfur to SO4(2-). The crucial recurring process is the surface O(2-) and OH(-) species acting as proton acceptors for incoming water molecules. Using a recently proposed method, we examine the oxidation state changes of the surface ions and the electron flow during the adsorption and oxidation processes. The oxidation mechanism is consistent with isotopic labeling experiments, suggesting that the oxygens in SO4(2-) from gas-phase oxidation are derived from water.

  11. Theoretical studies of positron states and annihilation characteristics at the oxidized Cu(100) surface

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    Fazleev, N. G.; Weiss, A. H.

    2013-04-19

    In this work we present the results of theoretical studies of positron surface and bulk states and annihilation probabilities of surface-trapped positrons with relevant core electrons at the oxidized Cu(100) surface under conditions of high oxygen coverage. An ab-initio study of the electronic properties of the Cu(100) missing row reconstructed surface at various on surface and sub-surface oxygen coverages has been performed on the basis of the density functional theory (DFT) using the Dmol3 code and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Surface structures in calculations have been constructed by adding oxygen atoms to various surface hollow and sub-surface octahedral sites of the 0.5 monolayer (ML) missing row reconstructed phase of the Cu(100) surface with oxygen coverages ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 ML. The charge redistribution at the surface and variations in atomic structure and chemical composition of the topmost layers associated with oxidation and surface reconstruction have been found to affect the spatial extent and localization of the positron surface state wave function and annihilation probabilities of surface trapped positrons with relevant core electrons. Theoretical results are compared with experimental data obtained from studies of oxidation of the Cu(100) surface using positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES). It has been shown that positron annihilation probabilities with Cu 3s and 3p core electrons decrease when total (on-surface and sub-surface) oxygen coverage of the Cu(100) surface increases up to 1 ML. The calculations show that for high oxygen coverage when total oxygen coverage is 1. 5 ML the positron is not bound to the surface.

  12. Outer cell surface components essential for Fe(III) oxide reduction by Geobacter metallireducens.

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    Smith, Jessica A; Lovley, Derek R; Tremblay, Pier-Luc

    2013-02-01

    Geobacter species are important Fe(III) reducers in a diversity of soils and sediments. Mechanisms for Fe(III) oxide reduction have been studied in detail in Geobacter sulfurreducens, but a number of the most thoroughly studied outer surface components of G. sulfurreducens, particularly c-type cytochromes, are not well conserved among Geobacter species. In order to identify cellular components potentially important for Fe(III) oxide reduction in Geobacter metallireducens, gene transcript abundance was compared in cells grown on Fe(III) oxide or soluble Fe(III) citrate with whole-genome microarrays. Outer-surface cytochromes were also identified. Deletion of genes for c-type cytochromes that had higher transcript abundance during growth on Fe(III) oxides and/or were detected in the outer-surface protein fraction identified six c-type cytochrome genes, that when deleted removed the capacity for Fe(III) oxide reduction. Several of the c-type cytochromes which were essential for Fe(III) oxide reduction in G. metallireducens have homologs in G. sulfurreducens that are not important for Fe(III) oxide reduction. Other genes essential for Fe(III) oxide reduction included a gene predicted to encode an NHL (Ncl-1-HT2A-Lin-41) repeat-containing protein and a gene potentially involved in pili glycosylation. Genes associated with flagellum-based motility, chemotaxis, and pili had higher transcript abundance during growth on Fe(III) oxide, consistent with the previously proposed importance of these components in Fe(III) oxide reduction. These results demonstrate that there are similarities in extracellular electron transfer between G. metallireducens and G. sulfurreducens but the outer-surface c-type cytochromes involved in Fe(III) oxide reduction are different.

  13. Microelectrode arrays: a general strategy for using oxidation reactions to site selectively modify electrode surfaces.

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    Nguyen, Bichlien H; Kesselring, David; Tesfu, Eden; Moeller, Kevin D

    2014-03-04

    Oxidation reactions are powerful tools for synthesis because they allow for the functionalization of molecules. Here, we present a general method for conducting these reactions on a microelectrode array in a site-selective fashion. The reactions are run as a competition between generation of a chemical oxidant at the electrodes in the array and reduction of the oxidant by a "confining agent" in the solution above the array. The "confining agent" does not need to be more reactive than the substrate fixed to the surface of the array. In many cases, the same substrate placed on the surface of the array can also be used in solution as the confining agent.

  14. Obtaining composite Zr-Al-O coating on the surface of zirconium by microplasma oxidation

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    Gubaidulina, Tatiana A. E-mail: ostk@mail2000ru; Kuzmin, Oleg S. E-mail: ostk@mail2000ru; Fedorischva, Marina V. E-mail: kmp1980@mail.ru; Kalashnikov, Mark P. E-mail: kmp1980@mail.ru; Sergeev, Viktor P.

    2014-11-14

    The paper describes the application of the microplasma oxidation for production of Zr-Al-O composition on the surface of zirconium. Certification of a new-type power supply for depositing oxide ceramic coatings by microplasma oxidation was also carried out. The growth rate of Zr-Al-O coating amounted around 0.2 nm/s, which around 10 times exceeds that for depositing similar coatings using the similar equipment. We have studied the change of surface morphology and the chemical composition of the formed ceramic coating by means of EVO 50 scanning electron microscope and X-ray spectral analysis.

  15. Studies of high coverage oxidation of the Cu(100) surface using low energy positrons

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    Fazleev, N. G.; Maddox, W. B.; Weiss, A. H.

    2012-02-01

    The study of oxidation of single crystal metal surfaces is important in understanding the corrosive and catalytic processes associated with thin film metal oxides. The structures formed on oxidized transition metal surfaces vary from simple adlayers of chemisorbed oxygen to more complex structures which result from the diffusion of oxygen into subsurface regions. In this work we present the results of theoretical studies of positron surface and bulk states and annihilation probabilities of surface-trapped positrons with relevant core electrons at the oxidized Cu(100) surface under conditions of high oxygen coverage. Calculations are performed for various high coverage missing row structures ranging between 0.50 and 1.50 ML oxygen coverage. The results of calculations of positron binding energy, positron work function, and annihilation characteristics of surface trapped positrons with relevant core electrons as function of oxygen coverage are compared with experimental data obtained from studies of oxidation of the Cu(100) surface using positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES).

  16. High-Resolution Electron Energy Loss Studies of Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Nitric Oxide, and Nitrous Oxide Adsorption on Germanium Surfaces.

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    Entringer, Anthony G.

    The first high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) studies of the oxidation and nitridation of germanium surfaces are reported. Both single crystal Ge(111) and disordered surfaces were studied. Surfaces were exposed to H, O_2, NO, N _2O, and N, after cleaning in ultra-high vacuum. The Ge surfaces were found to be non-reactive to molecular hydrogen (H_2) at room temperature. Exposure to atomic hydrogen (H) resulted hydrogen adsorption as demonstrated by the presence of Ge-H vibrational modes. The HREEL spectrum of the native oxide of Ge characteristic of nu -GeO_2 was obtained by heating the oxide to 200^circC. Three peaks were observed at 33, 62, and 106 meV for molecular oxygen (O_2) adsorbed on clean Ge(111) at room temperature. These peaks are indicative of dissociative bonding and a dominant Ge-O-Ge bridge structure. Subsequent hydrogen exposure resulted in a shift of the Ge-H stretch from its isolated value of 247 meV to 267 meV, indicative of a dominant +3 oxidation state. A high density of dangling bonds and defects and deeper oxygen penetration at the amorphous Ge surface result in a dilute bridge structure with a predominant +1 oxidation state for similar exposures. Molecules of N_2O decompose at the surfaces to desorbed N_2 molecules and chemisorbed oxygen atoms. In contrast, both oxygen and nitrogen are detected at the surfaces following exposure to NO molecules. Both NO and N_2O appear to dissociate and bond at the top surface layer. Molecular nitrogen (N_2) does not react with the Ge surfaces, however, a precursor Ge nitride is observed at room temperature following exposure to nitrogen atoms and ions. Removal of oxygen by heating of the NO-exposed surface to 550^circC enabled the identification of the Ge-N vibrational modes. These modes show a structure similar to that of germanium nitride. This spectrum is also identical to that of the N-exposed surface heated to 550^circC. Surface phonon modes of the narrow-gap semiconducting

  17. Oxidation of coal and coal pyrite mechanisms and influence on surface characteristics

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    Doyle, F.M.

    1992-06-30

    during the seventh quarter, electrokinetic, humic acid extraction and film flotation tests were done on oxidized samples of Upper Freeport coal from the Troutville {number sign} 2 Mine, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis was done to characterize the morphology and composition of the surface of as-received coal, oxidized coal, oxidized coal after extraction of humic acids and humic acid extracted from oxidized coal. In addition, electrochemical studies were done on electrodes prepared from coal pyrite samples.

  18. Isothermal oxidation behavior and microstructure of plasma surface Ta coating on γ-TiAl

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    Song, Jian; Zhang, Ping-Ze Wei, Dong-Bo; Wei, Xiang-Fei; Wang, Ya

    2014-12-15

    The oxidation behavior of γ-TiAl with Ta surface coating fabricated by double glow plasma surface alloying technology was investigated by thermogravimetric method. Oxidation experiments were carried out at 750 °C and 850 °C in air for 100 h. The modification layer was comprised of deposition layer and diffusion layer, which metallurgically adhered to the substrate. Tantalum element decreased with the case depth. The oxidation morphology was studied by a scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffraction. The results highlighted that in the oxidizing process of the oxidation, the phase containing Ta-richer may restrain diffusing outward of the element Al in the matrix. Ti diffused outward, and formed the TiO{sub 2} scales, while the middle layer was rich in Al, and formed the continuous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scales after oxidation, which was effective to prevent further infiltration of oxygen atoms, and as a result the oxidation resistance increased immensely. - Highlights: • A Ta modified coating was prepared on γ-TiAl using DGP surface alloying technology. • The modification layer metallurgically adhered to the substrate. • The bonding force is about 60 N, satisfying the demands of practical use. • The oxidation resistance increased immensely at 750 °C and 850 °C.

  19. Ester oxidation on an aluminum surface using chemiluminescence

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    Jones, William R., Jr.; Meador, Michael A.; Morales, Wilfredo

    1986-01-01

    The oxidation characteristics of a pure ester (trimethyolpropane triheptanoate) were studied by using a chemiluminescence technique. Tests were run in a thin film microoxidation apparatus with an aluminum alloy catalyst. Conditions included a pure oxygen atmosphere and a temperature range of 176 to 206 C. Results indicated that oxidation of the ester (containing .001 M diphenylanthracene as an intensifier) was accompanied by emission of light. The maximum intensity of light emission was a function of the amount of ester, the concentration of intensifier, and the test temperature. The induction period, or the time to reach one-half of maximum intensity was inversely proportional to test temperature. Decreases in light emission at the later stages of a test were caused by depletion of the intensifier.

  20. Fe(VI) as a Possible Oxidant on the Martian Surface

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    Tsapin, A. I.; Goldfeld, M. G.; McDonald, G. D.; Nealson, K. H.

    1999-01-01

    The essential findings of the three biological experiments (Gas Exchange, Labeled Released, and Pyrolitic Release) aboard the Viking Mars landers were the discovery of the presence of one or more strong oxidants on the Martian surface. The Gas Exchange experiments showed that wetting Martian soil leads to the evolution of oxygen, while in the Labeled Release experiment addition of a nutrient solution containing C-14-labeled formate, glycine, lactate, alanine, and glycolic acid induced CO2 evolution. A general consensus was reached that all data taken together pointed to the presence on Martian surface of a strong oxidant, or most probably several different types of oxidants. Several candidates have been proposed as oxidants, including superoxides, hydrogen peroxide, and iron oxides (possibly gamma-Fe2O3). Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  1. Intermolecular potential energy surface and thermophysical properties of ethylene oxide

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    Crusius, Johann-Philipp; Hellmann, Robert; Hassel, Egon; Bich, Eckard

    2014-10-01

    A six-dimensional potential energy hypersurface (PES) for two interacting rigid ethylene oxide (C2H4O) molecules was determined from high-level quantum-chemical ab initio calculations. The counterpoise-corrected supermolecular approach at the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels of theory was utilized to determine interaction energies for 10178 configurations of two molecules. An analytical site-site potential function with 19 sites per ethylene oxide molecule was fitted to the interaction energies and fine tuned to agree with data for the second acoustic virial coefficient from accurate speed of sound measurements. The PES was validated by computing the second virial coefficient, shear viscosity, and thermal conductivity. The values of these properties are substantiated by the best experimental data as they tend to fall within the uncertainty intervals and also obey the experimental temperature functions, except for viscosity, where experimental data are insufficient. Due to the lack of reliable data, especially for the transport properties, our calculated values are currently the most accurate estimates for these properties of ethylene oxide.

  2. Intermolecular potential energy surface and thermophysical properties of ethylene oxide

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    Crusius, Johann-Philipp Hassel, Egon; Hellmann, Robert; Bich, Eckard

    2014-10-28

    A six-dimensional potential energy hypersurface (PES) for two interacting rigid ethylene oxide (C{sub 2}H{sub 4}O) molecules was determined from high-level quantum-chemical ab initio calculations. The counterpoise-corrected supermolecular approach at the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels of theory was utilized to determine interaction energies for 10178 configurations of two molecules. An analytical site-site potential function with 19 sites per ethylene oxide molecule was fitted to the interaction energies and fine tuned to agree with data for the second acoustic virial coefficient from accurate speed of sound measurements. The PES was validated by computing the second virial coefficient, shear viscosity, and thermal conductivity. The values of these properties are substantiated by the best experimental data as they tend to fall within the uncertainty intervals and also obey the experimental temperature functions, except for viscosity, where experimental data are insufficient. Due to the lack of reliable data, especially for the transport properties, our calculated values are currently the most accurate estimates for these properties of ethylene oxide.

  3. Electrically polarized micro-arc oxidized TiO2 coatings with enhanced surface hydrophilicity.

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    Ma, Chufan; Nagai, Akiko; Yamazaki, Yuko; Toyama, Takeshi; Tsutsumi, Yusuke; Hanawa, Takao; Wang, Wei; Yamashita, Kimihiro

    2012-02-01

    The use of micro-arc oxidation titania (MAO TiO2) coatings to modify titanium surfaces improves the biocompatibility of implant surfaces. To obtain hydrophilic MAO TiO2 coating surfaces electric polarization, which induces surface electric fields in the materials and produces surface charges, was performed in this study. Electric polarization of the MAO TiO2 coatings was confirmed by measuring the thermally stimulated depolarization current. After electric polarization treatment the MAO TiO2 coatings did not exhibit any obvious changes in surface roughness, morphology, or phase components. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicated that electric polarization resulted in oxidation of the cathodic-faced surfaces and reduction of the anodic-faced surfaces. This result suggests that the existence of a concentration gradient of oxide ions/oxygen vacancies produced the stored space charge in the coatings. Reduction of the deionized water contact angle on the polarized MAO TiO2 surfaces was maintained for longer periods compared with the non-polarized surface. Our study demonstrated that metastable electric fields across the MAO TiO2 coating produced by electric polarization made it durably wettable by reducing the interfacial surface tension between the material and water.

  4. Surface-catalyzed air oxidation reactions of hydrazines: Tubular reactor studies

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    Kilduff, Jan E.; Davis, Dennis D.; Koontz, Steven L.

    1988-01-01

    The surface-catalyzed air oxidation reactions of hydrazine, monomethylhydrazine, unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine, symmetrical dimethylhydrazine, trimethylhydrazine and tetramethylhydrazine were investigated in a metal-powder packed turbular flow reactor at 55 plus or minus 3 C. Hydrazine was completely reacted on all surfaces studied. The major products of monomethylhydrazine (MMH) oxidation were methanol, methane and methyldiazene. The di-, tri- and tetra-methyl hydrazines were essentially unreactive under these conditions. The relative catalytic reactivities toward MMH are: Fe greater than Al2O3 greater than Ti greater than Zn greater than 316 SS greater than Cr greater than Ni greater than Al greater than 304L SS. A kinetic scheme and mechanism involving adsorption, oxidative dehydrogenation and reductive elimination reactions on a metal oxide surface are proposed.

  5. Simple quantification of surface carboxylic acids on chemically oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Gong, Hyejin; Kim, Seong-Taek; Lee, Jong Doo; Yim, Sanggyu

    2013-02-01

    The surface of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) was chemically oxidized using nitric acid and sulfuric-nitric acid mixtures. Thermogravimetric analysis, transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy revealed that the use of acid mixtures led to higher degree of oxidation. More quantitative identification of surface carboxylic acids was carried out using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and acid-base titration. However, these techniques are costly and require very long analysis times to promptly respond to the extent of the reaction. We propose a much simpler method using pH measurements and pre-determined pKa value in order to estimate the concentration of carboxylic acids on the oxidized MWCNT surfaces. The results from this technique were consistent with those obtained from XPS and titration, and it is expected that this simple quantification method can provide a cheap and fast way to monitor and control the oxidation reaction of MWCNT.

  6. Surface modification of silicon oxide with trialkoxysilanes toward close-packed monolayer formation.

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    Tanaka, Mutsuo; Sawaguchi, Takahiro; Kuwahara, Masashi; Niwa, Osamu

    2013-05-28

    In order to scrutinize potential of trialkoxysilanes to form close-packed monolayer, surface modification of silicon oxide was carried out with the trialkoxysilanes bearing a ferrocene moiety for analysis by electrochemical methods. As it was found that hydrogen-terminated silicon reacts with trialkoxysilane through natural oxidation in organic solvents, where the silicon oxide layer is thin enough to afford conductivity for electrochemical analysis, hydrogen-terminated silicon wafer was immersed in trialkoxysilane solution for surface modification without oxidation treatment. Cyclic voltammetry measurements to determine surface concentrations of the immobilized ferrocene-silane on silicon surface were carried out with various temperature, concentration, solvent, and molecular structure, while the blocking effect in the cyclic voltammogram was investigated to obtain insight into density leading to the close-packed layer. The results suggested that a monolayer modification tended to occur under milder conditions when the ferrocene-silane had a longer alkyl chain, and formation of a close-packed layer to show significant blocking effect was observed. However, the surface modification proceeded even when surface concentration of the immobilized ferrocene-silane was greater than that expected for the monolayer. On the basis of these tendencies, the surface of silicon oxide modified with trialkoxysilane is considered to be a partial multilayer rather than monolayer although a close-packed layer is formed. This result is supported by the comparison with carbon surface modified with ferrocene-diazonium, in which a significant blocking effect was observed when surface concentrations of the immobilized ferrocene moiety are lower than that for silicon oxide modified with ferrocene-silane.

  7. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface.

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    Tsvetkov, Nikolai; Lu, Qiyang; Sun, Lixin; Crumlin, Ethan J; Yildiz, Bilge

    2016-09-01

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO3) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H2O and CO2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, ) by the positively charged oxygen vacancies () enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O2 molecules. We take La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a 'volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss.

  8. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface

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    Tsvetkov, Nikolai; Lu, Qiyang; Sun, Lixin; Crumlin, Ethan J.; Yildiz, Bilge

    2016-09-01

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO3) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H2O and CO2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, ) by the positively charged oxygen vacancies () enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O2 molecules. We take La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a `volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss.

  9. Laser forming of structures of zinc oxide on a surface of products from copper alloys

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    Abramov, D. V.; Gorudko, T. N.; Koblov, A. N.; Nogtev, D. S.; Novikova, O. A.

    Laser formation of a protective zinc oxide layer on a surface of products from copper alloys is present. This layer is formed with using of carbon nanotubes. Destructions of the basic material are avoided or minimized at laser nanostructuring of product surfaces. Such laser processing can be made repeatedly. Offered covering have self-clearing and water-repellent properties.

  10. Aqueous phase deposition of dense tin oxide films with nano-structured surfaces

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    Masuda, Yoshitake Ohji, Tatsuki; Kato, Kazumi

    2014-06-01

    Dense tin oxide films were successfully fabricated in an aqueous solution. The pH of the solutions was controlled to pH 1.3 by addition of HCl. Precise control of solution condition and crystal growth allowed us to obtain dense tin oxide films. Concave–convex surface of fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates was entirely-covered with the continuous films. The films were about 65 nm in thickness and had nano-structured surfaces. Morphology of the films was strikingly different from our previous reported nano-sheet assembled structures. The films were not removed from the substrates by strong water flow or air blow to show strong adhesion strength. The aqueous solution process can be applied to surface coating of various materials such as nano/micro-structured surfaces, particles, fibers, polymers, metals or biomaterials. - Graphical abstract: Dense tin oxide films of 65 nm were successfully fabricated in an aqueous solution. They had nano-structured surfaces. Concave-convex substrates were entirely-covered with the continuous films. - Highlights: • Dense tin oxide films of 65 nm were successfully fabricated in an aqueous solution. • They had nano-structured surfaces. • Concave–convex substrates were entirely-covered with the continuous films.

  11. Surface reaction network of CO oxidation on CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts.

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    Ding, Liangbing; Xiong, Feng; Jin, Yuekang; Wang, Zhengming; Sun, Guanghui; Huang, Weixin

    2016-11-30

    CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts were prepared and their activity toward the adsorption and co-adsorption of O2, CO, CO2 and water was studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, low energy electron diffraction, thermal desorption spectra and temperature-programmed reaction spectra. The Au surface of CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts molecularly adsorbs CO, CO2 and water, and the polycrystalline CeO2 surface of CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts molecularly adsorbs O2, and molecularly and reactively adsorbs CO, CO2 and water. By controllably preparing co-adsorbed surface species on CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts, we successfully identified various surface reaction pathways of CO oxidation to produce CO2 with different barriers both on the CeO2 surface and at the Au-CeO2 interface, including CO oxidation by various oxygen species, and water/hydroxyl group-involved CO oxidation. These results establish a surface reaction network of CO oxidation catalyzed by Au/CeO2 catalysts, greatly advancing the fundamental understandings of catalytic CO oxidation reactions.

  12. Wet etching of InSb surfaces in aqueous solutions: Controlled oxide formation

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    Aureau, D.; Chaghi, R.; Gerard, I.; Sik, H.; Fleury, J.; Etcheberry, A.

    2013-07-01

    This paper investigates the wet etching of InSb surfaces by two different oxidant agents: Br2 and H2O2 and the consecutive oxides generation onto the surfaces. The strong dependence between the chemical composition of the etching baths and the nature of the final surface chemistry of this low band-gap III-V semiconductor will be especially highlighted. One aqueous etching solution combined hydrobromic acid and Bromine (HBr-Br2:H2O) with adjusted concentrations. The other solution combines orthophosphoric and citric acids with hydrogen peroxide (H3PO4-H2O2:H2O). Depending on its composition, each formulation gave rise to variable etching rate. The dosage of Indium traces in the etching solution by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) gives the kinetic variation of the dissolution process. The variations on etching rates are associated to the properties and the nature of the formed oxides on InSb surfaces. Surface characterization is specifically performed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A clear evidence of the differences between the formed oxides is highlighted. Atomic force microscopy is used to monitor the surface morphology and pointed out that very different final morphologies can be reached. This paper presents new results on the strong variability of the InSb oxides in relation with the InSb reactivity toward environment interaction.

  13. Anomalous hexagonal superstructure of aluminum oxide layer grown on NiAl(110) surface.

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    Krukowski, Pawel; Chaunchaiyakul, Songpol; Minagawa, Yuto; Yajima, Nami; Akai-Kasaya, Megumi; Saito, Akira; Kuwahara, Yuji

    2016-11-11

    A modified method for the fabrication of a highly crystallized layer of aluminum oxide on a NiAl(110) surface is reported. The fabrication method involves the multistep selective oxidation of aluminum atoms on a NiAl(110) surface resulting from successive oxygen deposition and annealing. The surface morphology and local electronic structure of the novel aluminum oxide layer were investigated by high-resolution imaging using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and current imaging tunneling spectroscopy. In contrast to the standard fabrication method of aluminum oxide on a NiAl(110) surface, the proposed method produces an atomically flat surface exhibiting a hexagonal superstructure. The superstructure exhibits a slightly distorted hexagonal array of close-packed bright protrusions with a periodicity of 4.5 ± 0.2 nm. Atomically resolved STM imaging of the aluminum oxide layer reveals a hexagonal arrangement of dark contrast spots with a periodicity of 0.27 ± 0.02 nm. On the basis of the atomic structure of the fabricated layer, the formation of α-Al2O3(0001) on the NiAl(110) surface is suggested.

  14. Chemical speciation of adsorbed glycine on metal surfaces

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    Han, Jeong Woo; James, Joanna N.; Sholl, David S.

    2011-07-01

    Experimental studies have reported that glycine is adsorbed on the Cu(110) and Cu(100) surfaces in its deprotonated form at room temperature, but in its zwitterionic form on Pd(111) and Pt(111). In contrast, recent density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicated that the deprotonated molecules are thermodynamically favored on Cu(110), Cu(100), and Pd(111). To explore the source of this disagreement, we have tested three possible hypotheses. Using DFT calculations, we first show that the kinetic barrier for the deprotonation reaction of glycine on Pd(111) is larger than on Cu(110) or Cu(100). We then report that the presence of excess hydrogen would have little influence on the experimentally observed results, especially for Pd(111). Lastly, we perform Monte Carlo simulations to demonstrate that the aggregates of zwitterionic species on Pt(111) are energetically preferred to those of neutral species. Our results strongly suggest that the formation of aggregates with relatively large numbers of adsorbed molecules is favored under experimentally relevant conditions and that the adsorbate-adsorbate interactions in these aggregates stabilize the zwitterionic species.

  15. Surface Selective Oxidation of Sn-Added CMnSi TRIP Steel

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    Cho, Lawrence; Seo, Eun Jung; Jung, Geun Su; Suh, Dong Woo; De Cooman, Bruno C.

    2016-04-01

    The influence of the addition of Sn on the selective oxidation and the reactive wetting of CMnSi transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) steels was studied by means of galvanizing simulator tests. A reference TRIP steel and TRIP steels containing Sn in the range of 0.05 to 1 wt pct were intercritically annealed at 1093 K (820 °C) in an N2+ 5 pct H2 gas atmosphere with a dew point of -60 °C. The thin-film oxides formed on the surface of the Sn-added CMnSi TRIP steel were investigated using transmission electron microscopy and 3-dimensional atom probe tomography. The addition of Sn (≥0.05 wt pct) changed the morphology of the xMnO·SiO2 surface oxides from a continuous film morphology to a lens-shaped island morphology. It also suppressed the formation of the Mn-rich oxides of MnO and 2MnO·SiO2. The changes in the morphology and chemistry of the surface oxides were clearly related to the surface segregation of Sn, which appeared to result in a decrease of the oxygen permeability at the surface. The formation of lens-shaped oxides improved the wettability of the CMnSi TRIP steel surface by the molten Zn. The improved wetting effect was attributed to an increased area fraction of the surface where the oxide layer was thinner. This enabled a direct, unhindered reaction between Fe and the Al in the liquid Zn and the formation of the inhibition layer in the initial stages of the hot dipping. The addition of a small amount of Sn was also found to decrease significantly the density of Zn-coating defects on CMnSi TRIP steel.

  16. Catechol versus bisphosphonate ligand exchange at the surface of iron oxide nanoparticles: towards multi-functionalization

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    Guénin, Erwann; Lalatonne, Yoann; Bolley, Julie; Milosevic, Irena; Platas-Iglesias, Carlos; Motte, Laurence

    2014-11-01

    We report an investigation of the ligand exchange at the surface of iron oxide nanoparticles in water. For this purpose we compared two strong chelating agents on the iron oxide surface containing catechol and bisphosphonate moieties. Interactions between the coating agents (catechol/bisphosphonate) and the nanoparticle's surface were studied by FTIR and DFT calculations. Ligand exchange experiments were performed using sonication and the exchange yield was characterized by FTIR and EDX. This methodology allowed introducing bisphosphonates with various functionalities (alkyne or biotin) permitting multi-functionalization.

  17. Peculiar surface-interface properties of nanocrystalline ceria-cobalt oxides with enhanced oxygen storage capacity.

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    Qiu, Nan; Zhang, Jing; Wu, Ziyu

    2014-11-07

    Peculiar surface-interface properties of nanocrystalline ceria-cobalt oxides were evidenced by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. It was found that cobalt foreign cations modify the surface oxygen vacancies of ceria at the atomic level, inducing the exposure of well-defined reactive faces between the ceria-host and the cobalt oxide interface. These modifications of the surface-interface structure promoted a remarkable increase in the oxygen storage capacity of ceria nanocrystals.

  18. Surface dilational moduli of poly (ethylene oxide), poly (methyl methacrylate), and their blend films.

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    Kato, Satoaki; Kawaguchi, Masami

    2012-10-15

    Surface dilational moduli of poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), and compatible PEO/PMMA blend films spread at the air-water interface were investigated as a function of surface concentration. The surface dilational modulus of an expanded PEO film increased as the surface concentration increased to 0.4 mg/m(2), which corresponds to the limiting surface area of PEO. After peaking at this value, the surface dilational modulus decreased with an increase in the PEO concentration. Lissajous orbits of PEO films exhibited positive hysteresis loops for all surface concentration ranges. On the other hand, the surface dilational modulus of a condensed PMMA film steeply increased as the surface concentration increased. Lissajous orbits of PMMA films changed from positive hysteresis loops to negative loops at the surface concentration at which the surface pressure reached in the plateau region. The magnitude of the surface dilational modulus of PMMA was larger than that of PEO at a fixed surface concentration. The surface dilational moduli of the PEO/PMMA blend films increased with the total surface concentration and their magnitudes were less than those of the individual PMMA films and larger than those of the individual PEO films at fixed surface concentrations. Lissajous orbits of the PEO/PMMA blend films also changed from positive hysteresis loops to negative loops beyond the surface concentration at which the plateau surface pressure of PEO was attained.

  19. Dynamics of cathode spots in low-pressure arc plasma removing oxide layer on steel surfaces

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    Tang, Z. L.; Yang, K.; Liu, H. X.; Zhang, Y. C.; Li, H.; Zhu, X. D.

    2016-03-01

    The dynamics of cathode spots has been investigated in low-pressure arc plasma for removing oxide layer on low carbon steel surfaces. The motion of cathode spots was observed with a high speed camera, and the arc voltage was analyzed by fast Fourier transform. The spots move on clean steel surface as a random walk, and the low-frequency components dominated the voltage waveform. However, the spots on steel surfaces with oxide layer tend to burn on the rim of the eroded area formed in the previous arcing, and the low-frequency components decrease correspondingly. The "color" of the colored random noise for arc voltage varies from the approximate brown noise for clean steel surface to pink noise for thick oxide layer, where the edge effect of boundary is considered to play a significant role.

  20. Influence of the Structure of the Titanium Oxide Coating Surface on Immunocompetent Tumor Cells

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    Khlusov, I. A.; Sharkeev, Yu. P.; Pichugin, V. F.; Legostaeva, E. V.; Litvinova, L. S.; Shupletsova, V. V.; Sokhonevich, N. A.; Khaziakhmatova, O. G.; Khlusova, M. Yu.; Gutor, S. S.; Tolkacheva, T. V.

    2016-03-01

    Results of a study of the properties of titanium oxide based coatings deposited on titanium substrates by microarc oxidation are presented that establish a relationship between physical and mechanical properties of the coating surface and their medical and biological properties. The required surface topography is formed by sandblasting of the substrate and is controlled by values of the roughness index Ra. A linear dependence of the amplitude of negative electrostatic potential of the oxide coating on the Ra value is established. The topography of the micro-arc coating surface determines its negative surface potential that apparently reduces the viability of the leukemia T cells of the Jurkat line via electrostatic and biological mechanisms unrelated to the generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species.

  1. Oxidation of the silicon terminated (1 0 0) diamond surface

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    Schenk, A. K.; Sear, M. J.; Tadich, A.; Stacey, A.; Pakes, C. I.

    2017-01-01

    The oxidation of the silicon terminated (1 0 0) diamond surface is investigated with a combination of high resolution photoelectron spectroscopy, low energy electron diffraction and near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The effects of molecular {{\\text{O}}2} and {{\\text{H}}2}\\text{O} dosing under UHV conditions, as well as exposure to ambient conditions, have been explored. Our findings indicate that the choice of oxidant has little influence over the resulting surface chemistry, and we attribute approximately 85% of the surface oxygen to a peroxide-bridging arrangement. Additionally, oxidation does not alter the silicon-carbon bonding at the surface and therefore the ≤ft(3× 1\\right) reconstruction is still present.

  2. Surface aspects of hydrogen photogeneration on titanium oxides

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    Wagner, F. T.; Ferrer, S.; Somorjai, G. A.

    1980-07-01

    The effects of surface platinization on photoactivity are discussed and evidence for a thermal reaction between Pd and TiO2 surfaces is given. No Auger detectable changes in surfaces composition correlate with the higher rates of hydrogen photogeneration on metal-free SrTiO3 observed in highly concentrated aqueous alkaline electrolyte. Platinized crystals and photoelectrochemical cells show similar enhancement of photoactivity at high hydroxide concentrations. Although no hydrogen photogeneration is seen from water vapor at pressures up to 20 Torr on crystals near room temperatures, hydrogen photogeneration does occur on prereduced crystals at temperatures where oxygen diffusion into the bulk is rapid. Kinetics of hole transfer or hydroxylation may determine the overall reaction rate at zero applied potential.

  3. Interaction of cobalt with a stainless steel oxide surface

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    Taylor, J.B. )

    1991-01-01

    The deposition of radioactive cobalt ions from aqueous solutions in the pH range from 1 to 12 onto the internal surface of a stainless steel vessel or pipework can lead to the buildup of tenacious surface activity. For liquid streams of low specific activity (measured in becquerels per millilitre), the surface activity buildup may create a more dominant gamma radiation field than the activity suspended in the liquid. Failure to adequately predict this buildup for an operational nuclear plant can lead to an underestimate of potential gamma dose rates. This may lead to an economic penalty if additional shielding or other protective measures are necessary following plant operation. A theoretical method of determining the cobalt mass/activity deposition from aqueous liquor onto stainless steel is outlined in this paper. A validation of the method is given, and the limits of its application are discussed.

  4. Effects of surface charges of graphene oxide on neuronal outgrowth and branching.

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    Tu, Qin; Pang, Long; Chen, Yun; Zhang, Yanrong; Zhang, Rui; Lu, Bingzhang; Wang, Jinyi

    2014-01-07

    Graphene oxides with different surface charges were fabricated from carboxylated graphene oxide by chemical modification with amino- (-NH2), poly-m-aminobenzene sulfonic acid- (-NH2/-SO3H), or methoxyl- (-OCH3) terminated functional groups. The chemically functionalized graphene oxides and the carboxylated graphene oxide were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectrometry, ζ potential measurements, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and contact angle analyses. Subsequently, the resulting graphene oxides were used as substrates for culturing primary rat hippocampal neurons to investigate neurite outgrowth and branching. The morphological features of neurons that directly reflect their potential capability in synaptic transmission were characterized. The results demonstrate that the chemical properties of graphene oxide can be systematically modified by attaching different functional groups that confer known characteristics to the substrate. By manipulating the charge carried by the functionalized graphene oxides, the outgrowth and branching of neuronal processes can be controlled. Compared with neutral, zwitterionic, or negatively charged graphene oxides, positively charged graphene oxide was found to be more beneficial for neurite outgrowth and branching. The ability to chemically modify graphene oxide to control neurite outgrowth could be implemented clinically, especially in cases wherein long-term presence of outgrowth modulation is necessary.

  5. Aspirin degradation in surface-charged TEMPO-oxidized mesoporous crystalline nanocellulose.

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    Carlsson, Daniel O; Hua, Kai; Forsgren, Johan; Mihranyan, Albert

    2014-01-30

    TEMPO-mediated surface oxidation of mesoporous highly crystalline Cladophora cellulose was used to introduce negative surface charges onto cellulose nanofibrils without significantly altering other structural characteristics. This enabled the investigation of the influence of mesoporous nanocellulose surface charges on aspirin chemical stability to be conducted. The negative surface charges (carboxylate content 0.44±0.01 mmol/g) introduced on the mesoporous crystalline nanocellulose significantly accelerated aspirin degradation, compared to the starting material which had significantly less surface charge (0.06±0.01 mmol/g). This effect followed from an increased aspirin amorphisation ability in mesopores of the oxidized nanocellulose. These results highlight the importance of surface charges in formulating nanocellulose for drug delivery.

  6. Surface energetics of alkaline-earth metal oxides: Trends in stability and adsorption of small molecules

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    Bajdich, Michal; Nørskov, Jens K.; Vojvodic, Aleksandra

    2015-04-01

    We present a systematic theoretical investigation of the surface properties, stability, and reactivity of rocksalt type alkaline-earth metal oxides including MgO, CaO, SrO, and BaO. The accuracy of commonly used exchange-correlation density functionals (LDA, PBE, RPBE, PBEsol, BEEF-vdW, and hybrid HSE) and random-phase approximation (RPA) is evaluated and compared to existing experimental values. Calculated surface energies of the four most stable surface facets under vacuum conditions, the (100) surface, the metal and oxygen terminated octopolar (111), and the (110) surfaces, exhibit a monotonic increase in stability from MgO to BaO. On the MgO(100) surface, adsorption of CO, NO, and CH4 is characterized by physisorption while H2O chemisorbs, which is in agreement with experimental findings. We further use the on-top metal adsorption of CO and NO molecules to map out the surface energetics of each alkaline-earth metal oxide surface. The considered functionals all qualitatively predict similar adsorption energy trends. The ordering between the adsorption energies on different surface facets can be attributed to differences in the local geometrical surface structure and the electronic structure of the metal constituent of the alkaline-earth metal oxide. The striking observation that CO adsorption strength is weaker than NO adsorption on the (100) terraces as the period of the alkaline-earth metal in the oxide increases is analyzed in detail in terms of charge redistribution within the σ and π channels of adsorbates. Finally, we also present oxygen adsorption and oxygen vacancy formation energies in these oxide systems.

  7. Modifying zirconia solid electrolyte surface property to enhance oxide transport

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    Liaw, B.Y.; Song, S.Y.

    1996-12-31

    Bismuth-strontium-calcium-copper oxide (Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}, BSCCO) is known for its high T{sub c} superconducting behavior and mixed conducting property. The applicability of similar high T{sub c} cuprates for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) application has been studied recently. We investigated the electrochemical behavior of several Ag{vert_bar}BSCCO{vert_bar}10 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ){vert_bar}Ag and Ag{vert_bar}YSZ{vert_bar}Ag cells using complex impedance spectroscopy. A highly uniform and porous microstructure was observed at the interface of the YSZ and BSCCO. The ionic conductivity determined from the Nyquest plots in the temperature range of 200-700{degrees}C agrees with the values reported in the literature. The specific resistance of the BSCCO{vert_bar}YSZ interface was also determined to be lower than those of the conventional manganite electrode, suggesting that BSCCO seems attractive for cathode applications in SOFC.

  8. Surface modification of PLGA nanoparticles to deliver nitric oxide to inhibit Escherichia coli growth

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    Reger, Nina A.; Meng, Wilson S.; Gawalt, Ellen S.

    2017-04-01

    Polymer nanoparticles consisting of poly (DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) were surface functionalized to deliver nitric oxide. These biodegradable and biocompatible nanoparticles were modified with an S-nitrosothiol molecule, S-nitrosocysteamine, as the nitric oxide delivery molecule. S-nitrosocysteamine was covalently immobilized on the nanoparticle surface using small organic molecule linkers and carbodiimide coupling. Nanoparticle size, zeta potential, and morphology were determined using dynamic light scattering and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. Subsequent attachment of the S-nitrosothiol resulted in a nitric oxide release of 37.1 ± 1.1 nmol per milligram of nanoparticles under physiological conditions. This low concentration of nitric oxide reduced Escherichia coli culture growth by 31.8%, indicating that the nitric oxide donor was effective at releasing nitric oxide even after attachment to the nanoparticle surface. Combining the nitric oxide modified nanoparticles with tetracycline, a commonly prescribed antibiotic for E. coli infections, increased the effectiveness of the antibiotic by 87.8%, which allows for lower doses of antibiotics to be used in order to achieve the same effect. The functionalized nanoparticles were not cytotoxic to mouse fibroblasts.

  9. Exploring the Role of Adsorption and Surface State on the Hydrophobicity of Rare Earth Oxides.

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    Lundy, Ross; Byrne, Conor; Bogan, Justin; Nolan, Kevin; Collins, Maurice N; Dalton, Eric; Enright, Ryan

    2017-04-06

    Rare earth oxides (REOs) are attracting attention for use as cost-effective, high-performance dropwise condensers because of their favorable thermal properties and robust nature. However, to engineer a suitable surface for industrial applications, the mechanism governing wetting must be first fully elucidated. Recent studies exploring the water-wetting state of REOs have suggested that these oxides are intrinsically hydrophobic owing to the unique electronic structure of the lanthanide series. These claims have been countered with evidence that they are inherently hydrophilic and that adsorption of contaminants from the environment is responsible for the apparent hydrophobic nature of these surfaces. Here, using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and dynamic water contact angle measurements, we provide further evidence to show that REOs are intrinsically hydrophilic, with ceria demonstrating advancing water contact angles of ≈6° in a clean surface state and similar surface energies to two transition metal oxides (≳72 mJ/m(2)). Using two model volatile species, it is shown that an adsorption mechanism is responsible for the apparent hydrophobic property observed in REOs as well as in transition metal oxides and silica. This is correlated with the screening of the polar surface energy contribution of the underlying oxide with apparent surface energies reduced to <40 mJ/m(2) for the case of nonane adsorption. Moreover, we show that the degree of surface hydroxylation plays an important role in the observed contact angle hysteresis with the receding contact angle of ceria increasing from ∼10° to 45° following thermal annealing in an inert atmosphere. Our findings suggest that high atomic number metal oxides capable of strongly adsorbing volatile species may represent a viable paradigm toward realizing robust surface coating for industrial condensers if certain challenges can be overcome.

  10. Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: Synthesis and surface coating techniques for biomedical applications

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    Sun, Sheng-Nan; Wei, Chao; Zhu, Zan-Zan; Hou, Yang-Long; Subbu, S. Venkatraman; Xu, Zhi-Chuan

    2014-03-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles are the most popular magnetic nanoparticles used in biomedical applications due to their low cost, low toxicity, and unique magnetic property. Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, including magnetite (Fe3O4) and maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), usually exhibit a superparamagnetic property as their size goes smaller than 20 nm, which are often denoted as superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) and utilized for drug delivery, diagnosis, therapy, and etc. This review article gives a brief introduction on magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles in terms of their fundamentals of magnetism, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and drug delivery, as well as the synthesis approaches, surface coating, and application examples from recent key literatures. Because the quality and surface chemistry play important roles in biomedical applications, our review focuses on the synthesis approaches and surface modifications of iron oxide nanoparticles. We aim to provide a detailed introduction to readers who are new to this field, helping them to choose suitable synthesis methods and to optimize the surface chemistry of iron oxide nanoparticles for their interests.

  11. Evidence of alloy formation during reduction of platinized tin oxide surfaces

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    Gardner, Steven D.; Hoflund, Gar B.; Davidson, Mark R.; Schryer, David R.

    1989-01-01

    Ion scattering spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis have been used to examine a platinized tin oxide catalyst surface before, during, and after reduction by annealing under vacuum at 250 to 450 C. These techniques were then used to examine the reduced surface after a room-temperature, low-pressure oxygen exposure. The spectral results and the behavior of the reduced surface toward oxygen exposure both indicate that a Pt/Sn alloy is produced during reduction.

  12. Prebiotic Oxidative Polymerization of 2,3 Dimercaptopropanol on the Surface of Iron(III) Hydroxide Oxide

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    Weber, Arthur L.

    1994-01-01

    The oxidation of 2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanol by ferric ions on the surface of iron (III) hydroxide oxide yielded polydisulfide polymers. This polymerization occured readily at low dithiol concentration under mild aqueous conditions. Polydisulfide polymers up to the 15-mer were synthesized from 1 mM dithiol in 5 ml water reacted with iron (III) hydroxide oxide (20 mg, 160 micro mole Fe) for 3 days under anaerobic conditions at 40 C and pH 4. About 91% of the dithiol was converted to short soluble oligomers and 9% to insoluble larger oligomers that were isolated with the mineral phase. Reactions at higher dithiol concentrations with the same ratio of dithiol to mineral gave a higher yield of the larger insoluble oligomers. The relationship of these results to prebiotic polymer synthesis will be discussed.

  13. Prebiotic Polymerization: Oxidative Polymerization of 2,3 Dimercapto-1- Propanol on the Surface of Iron(III) Hydroxide Oxide

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    Weber, Arthur L.

    1995-01-01

    The oxidation of 2,3-dimercapto-1-propanol by ferric ions on the surface of iron(III) hydroxide oxide (Fe(OH)O) yielded polydisulfide oligomers. This polymerization occurred readily at low dithiol concentration under mild aqueous conditions. Polydisulfide polymers up to the 15-mer were synthesized from 1 mM dithiol in 5 ml water reacted with iron(III) hydroxide oxide (20 mg, 160 micromole Fe) for 3 days under anaerobic conditions at 40 C and pH 4. About 91% of the dithiol was converted to short soluble oligomers and 9% to insoluble larger oligomers that were isolated with the FE(OH)O phase. Reactions carried out at the same ratio of dithiol to FE(OH)O but at higher dithiol concentrations gave higher yields of the larger insoluble oligomers. The relationship of these results to prebiotic polymer synthesis is discussed.

  14. Prebiotic polymerization: Oxidative polymerization of 2, 3-dimercapto-1-propanol on the surface of iron(III) hydroxide oxide

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    Weber, Arthur L.

    1995-01-01

    The oxidation of 2, 3-dimercapto-1-propanol by ferric ions on the surface of iron(III) hydroxide oxide (Fe(OH)O) yielded polydisulfide oligomers. This polymerization occurred readily at low dithiol concentration under mild aqueous conditions. Polydisulfide polymers up to the 15-mer were synthesized from 1 mM dithiol in 5 ml water reacted with iron(III) hydroxide oxide (20 mg, 160 micromole Fe) for 3 days under anaerobic conditions at 40 C and pH 4. About 91% of the dithiol was converted to short soluble oligomers and 9% to insoluble larger oligomers that were isolated with the Fe(OH)O phase. Reactions carried out at the same ratio of dithiol to Fe(OH)O but at higher dithiol concentrations gave higher yields of the larger insoluble oligomers. The relationship of these results to prebiotic polymer synthesis is discussed.

  15. The roles of the surface oxide film and metal-oxide interfacial defects in corrosion initiation on aluminum

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    Wu, Huiquan

    In the first part, a mathematical model was developed for oxide thickness and faradaic current, assuming high-field conduction and a uniform oxide layer thickness, and incorporating as input the measured potential. Electrochemical current and potential transients were measured during anodic oxidation of aluminum. The ratio of the experimental faradaic current density to the predicted one using high field model, p, was calculated. The measured faradaic current is about 104 times smaller than that predicted by this model initially, but the two converge after the initial period of time when p approaches 1. This discrepancy may be caused by several reasons. Our nonuniform oxide thickness hypothesis was supported by: similar p˜x characteristics for the same film obtained from different polarization experiments, where x is the solid-state barrier layer thickness of the oxide film; model's capability of predicting film structure change due to pretreatment such as NaOH dissolution, H2SO4 immersion, and electropolishing; the capacity of predicting long-time current decays using high field model; the lower anodic current of the foils subjected a short anodic pulse previously. In the second part, the effect of H3PO4 immersion on pit nucleation on aluminum during anodic etching in hot HCl solution was investigated. It was found that the phosphoric acid immersion dramatically enhances the susceptibility of aluminum foil to anodic pitting corrosion, and the trend of the pit number density with the immersion time corresponds to decrease of surface oxide film thickness. AFM observation of the topography of foils which were experienced phosphoric acid treatment followed by oxide stripping in chromic-phosphoric acid solution revealed presence of cavities. PAS measurements show the existence of interfacial voids of nm dimensions, whose metallic surface is oxide-free. These defects can be introduced by electropolishing and H3PO4 immersion. The strong similarity between the surface

  16. Determination of the Surface Oxidation Degree of the Carbonaceous Materials by Quantitative TG-MS Analysis.

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    Hotová, Gabriela; Slovák, Václav

    2017-02-07

    The developed quantitative TG-MS analysis was used for the determination of the surface oxidation degree of activated carbon cryogels. The surface chemistry of a prepared carbon cryogels pyrolyzed at 400 and 500 °C was modified using H3PO4, Fenton-like reaction, (NH4)2S2O8 with H2SO4 and HNO3 with H2O2 into a different surface oxidation degree. The influence of activation method and the amount of oxygen surface groups were characterized by elemental analysis, immersion calorimetry, water vapor adsorption, and Boehm titration. The obtained results from these methods were compared with the amount of surface oxygen determined by TG-MS. It was found out, that with the more intensive oxidation method (Fenton < (NH4)2S2O8 with H2SO4 < HNO3 with H2O2) the concentration of oxygen-containing surface groups increases, which lead to considerably higher parameters of immersion heat, amount of adsorbed water and acidity of the sample surface. The H3PO4 treatment of carbon cryogels causes no significant changes in the surface chemistry. The results obtained from the TG-MS analysis imply the good agreement with the results obtained from other used methods. It was proved that the quantitative TG-MS analysis could be a useful tool for the characterization of the surface of the carbonaceous materials.

  17. Surface structure of crystalline and amorphous chromia catalysts for the selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide

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    Schraml-Marth, M.; Wokaun, A. ); Baiker, A. )

    1992-11-01

    Adsorption of NO onto the oxidized surfaces of both crystalline and amorphous chromia results in the formation of nitrato complexes, by the reaction of NO with surface oxygen. Up to six differently bound species exhibiting different thermal stabilities have been identified. As the catalyst surfaces are saturated with adsorbed oxygen, the bound NO molecules are not decomposed: Upon heating, NO is molecularly desorbed, and neither formation of N[sub 2]O nor of N[sub 2] is observed. Reduced chromia surfaces, which are partially depleted in surface oxygen, are more reactive towards NO. Decomposition of NO, to form N[sub 2]O and N[sub 2], is taking place already at room temperature and is accompanied by a partial reoxidation of the catalyst surface. Nitrato complexes are the most abundant surface species also on the reduced chromia: signals of adsorbed mono- and dinitrosyl complexes are comparatively weak. This observation shows that NO preferentially binds to the Lewis basic surface oxygen ions. As a consequence of the decreased surface oxygen concentration, the coverage of bridging surface nitrate species (requiring two adjacent surface oxygens) is smaller than on the oxidized catalysts. The reaction of NO with surface hydroxyl groups, producing N[sub 2] and NO[sub 2][sup [minus

  18. Surface functionalization of fluorine-doped tin oxide samples through electrochemical grafting.

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    Lamberti, F; Agnoli, S; Brigo, L; Granozzi, G; Giomo, M; Elvassore, N

    2013-12-26

    Transparent conductive oxides are emerging materials in several fields, such as photovoltaics, photoelectrochemistry, and optical biosensing. Their high chemical inertia, which ensured long-term stability on one side, makes challenging the surface modification of transparent conductive oxides; long-term robust modification, high yields, and selective surface modifications are essential prerequisite for any further developments. In this work, we aim at inducing chemical functionality on fluorine-doped tin oxide surfaces (one of the most inexpensive transparent conductive oxide) by means of electrochemical grafting of aryl diazonium cations. The grafted layers are fully characterized by photoemission spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and atomic force microscopy showing linear correlation between surface coverage and degree of modification. The electrochemical barrier effect of modified surfaces was studied at different pH to characterize the chemical nature of the coating. We showed immuno recognition of biotin complex built onto grafted fluorine-doped tin oxides, which opens the perspective of integrating FTO samples with biological-based devices.

  19. Physical and chemical analysis of elemental sulfur formation during galena surface oxidation.

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    Hampton, Marc A; Plackowski, Chris; Nguyen, Anh V

    2011-04-05

    The surface oxidation of sulfide minerals, such as galena (PbS), in aqueous solutions is of critical importance in a number of applications. A comprehensive understanding of the formation of oxidation species at the galena surface is still lacking. Much controversy over the nature of these oxidation products exists. A number of oxidation pathways have been proposed, and experimental evidence for the formation of elemental sulfur, metal polysulfides, and metal-deficient lead sulfides in acidic conditions has been shown and argued. This paper provides further insight into the electrochemical behavior of galena at pH 4.5. Utilizing a novel experimental system that combines in situ electrochemical control and AC mode atomic force microscopy (AFM) surface imaging, the formation and growth of nanoscopic domains on the galena surface are detected and examined at anodic potentials. AFM phase images indicate that these domains have different material properties to the underlying galena. Continued oxidation results in nanoscopic pitting and the formation of microscopic surface domains, which are confirmed to be elemental sulfur by Raman spectroscopy. Further clarification of the presence of elemental sulfur is provided by Cryo-XPS. Polysulfide and metal-deficient sulfide could not be detected within this system.

  20. Zinc (hydr)oxide/graphite oxide/AuNPs composites: role of surface features in H₂S reactive adsorption.

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    Giannakoudakis, Dimitrios A; Bandosz, Teresa J

    2014-12-15

    Zinc hydroxide/graphite oxide/AuNPs composites with various levels of complexity were synthesized using an in situ precipitation method. Then they were used as H2S adsorbents in visible light. The materials' surfaces were characterized before and after H2S adsorption by various physical and chemical methods (XRD, FTIR, thermal analysis, potentiometric titration, adsorption of nitrogen and SEM/EDX). Significant differences in surface features and synergistic effects were found depending on the materials' composition. Addition of graphite oxide and the deposition of gold nanoparticles resulted in a marked increase in the adsorption capacity in comparison with that on the zinc hydroxide and zinc hydroxide/AuNP. Addition of AuNPs to zinc hydroxide led to a crystalline ZnO/AuNP composite while the zinc hydroxide/graphite oxide/AuNP composite was amorphous. The ZnOH/GO/AuNPs composite exhibited the greatest H2S adsorption capacity due to the increased number of OH terminal groups and the conductive properties of GO that facilitated the electron transfer and consequently the formation of superoxide ions promoting oxidation of hydrogen sulfide. AuNPs present in the composite increased the conductivity, helped with electron transfer to oxygen, and prevented the fast recombination of the electrons and holes.

  1. Studies of the kinetics and mechanisms of perfluoroether reactions on iron and oxidized iron surfaces

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    Napier, Mary E.; Stair, Peter C.

    1992-01-01

    Polymeric perfluoroalkylethers are being considered for use as lubricants in high temperature applications, but have been observed to catalytically decompose in the presence of metals. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD) were used to explore the decomposition of three model fluorinated ethers on clean polycrystalline iron surfaces and iron surfaces chemically modified with oxygen. Low temperature adsorption of the model fluorinated ethers on the clean, oxygen modified and oxidized iron surfaces was molecular. Thermally activated defluorination of the three model compounds was observed on the clean iron surface at remarkably low temperatures, 155 K and below, with formation of iron fluoride. Preferential C-F bond scission occurred at the terminal fluoromethoxy, CF3O, of perfluoro-1-methoxy-2-ethoxy ethane and perfluoro-1-methoxy-2-ethoxy propane and at CF3/CF2O of perfluoro-1,3-diethoxy propane. The reactivity of the clean iron toward perfluoroalkylether decomposition when compared to other metals is due to the strength of the iron fluoride bond and the strong electron donating ability of the metallic iron. Chemisorption of an oxygen overlayer lowered the reactivity of the iron surface to the adsorption and decomposition of the three model fluorinated ethers by blocking active sites on the metal surface. Incomplete coverage of the iron surface with chemisorbed oxygen results in a reaction which resembles the defluorination reaction observed on the clean iron surface. Perfluoro-1-methoxy-2-ethoxy ethane reacts on the oxidized iron surface at 138 K, through a Lewis acid assisted cleavage of the carbon oxygen bond, with preferential attack at the terminal fluoromethoxy, CF3O. The oxidized iron surface did not passivate, but became more reactive with time. Perfluoro-1-methoxy-2-ethoxy propane and perfluoro-1,3-diethoxy propane desorbed prior to the observation of decomposition on the oxidized iron surface.

  2. Boundary effects in a surface reaction model for CO oxidation

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    Brosilow, Benjamin J.; Gulari, Erdogan; Ziff, Robert M.

    1993-01-01

    The surface reaction model of Ziff, Gulari, and Barshad (ZGB) is investigated on finite systems with ``hard'' oxygen boundary conditions. The rate of production of CO2 is calculated as a function of y and system size. When the rate of CO adsorption y is above the first-order transition value y2, the reactive region is found to extend into the system a distance ξ which scales as (y-y2)-0.40 when y→y2.

  3. Passivation of SiC device surfaces by aluminum oxide

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    Hallén, A.; Usman, M.; Suvanam, S.; Henkel, C.; Martin, D.; Linnarsson, M. K.

    2014-03-01

    A steady improvement in material quality and process technology has made electronic silicon carbide devices commercially available. Both rectifying and switched devices can today be purchased from several vendors. This successful SiC development over the last 25 years can also be utilized for other types of devices, such as light emitting and photovoltaic devices, however, there are still critical problems related to material properties and reliability that need to be addressed. This contribution will focus on surface passivation of SiC devices. This issue is of utmost importance for further development of SiC MOSFETs, which so far has been limited by reliability and low charge carrier surface mobilities. Also bipolar devices, such as BJTs, LEDs, or PV devices will benefit from more efficient and reliable surface passivation techniques in order to maintain long charge carrier lifetimes. Silicon carbide material enables the devices to operate at higher electric fields, higher temperatures and in more radiation dense applications than silicon devices. To be able to utilize the full potential of the SiC material, it is therefore necessary to develop passivation layers that can sustain these more demanding operation conditions. In this presentation it will also be shown that passivation layers of Al2O3 deposited by atomic layer deposition have shown superior radiation hardness properties compared to traditional SiO2-based passivation layers.

  4. Oxidation of coal and coal pyrite mechanisms and influence on surface characteristics. [Coal pyrite electrodes

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    Doyle, F.M.

    1992-01-01

    The objective of this research is to develop a mechanistic understanding of the oxidation of coal and coal pyrite, and to correlate the intrinsic physical and chemical properties of these minerals, along with changes resulting from oxidation, with those surface properties that influence the behavior in physical cleaning processes. The results will provide fundamental insight into oxidation, in terms of the bulk and surface chemistry, the microstructure, and the semiconductor properties of the pyrite. During the eighth quarter, wet chemical and dry oxidation tests were done on Upper Freeport coal from the Troutville [number sign]2 Mine, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. In addition electrochemical experiments were done on electrodes prepared from Upper Freeport coal pyrite and Pittsburgh coal pyrite samples provided by the US Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh Research Center, Pennsylvania.

  5. Laser surface treatment of porous ceramic substrate for application in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Mahmod, D. S. A.; Khan, A. A.; Munot, M. A.; Glandut, N.; Labbe, J. C.

    2016-08-01

    Laser has offered a large number of benefits for surface treatment of ceramics due to possibility of localized heating, very high heating/cooling rates and possibility of growth of structural configurations only produced under non-equilibrium high temperature conditions. The present work investigates oxidation of porous ZrB2-SiC sintered ceramic substrates through treatment by a 1072 ± 10 nm ytterbium fiber laser. A multi-layer structure is hence produced showing successively oxygen rich distinct layers. The porous bulk beneath these layers remained unaffected as this laser-formed oxide scale and protected the substrate from oxidation. A glassy SiO2 structure thus obtained on the surface of the substrate becomes subject of interest for further research, specifically for its utilization as solid protonic conductor in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs).

  6. MOF-Graphite Oxide Nanocomposites: Surface Characterization and Evaluation as Adsorbents of Ammonia

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    2009-01-01

    July 2009 DOI: 10.1039/b908862h Metal-organic framework (MOF-5)–graphite oxide (GO) composite was synthesized using a solvothermal synthesis route. The...restacked and their degree of orientation depends on the method of drying. Our recent studies demonstrate that graphite oxide can be an efficient adsorbent...parent materials and the nanocomposite is fol- lowed by their surface characterization using a range of experi- mental methods . Then, their

  7. Implementation of Inverse Photoelectron Spectroscopy for Measuring the Empty Electronic States of Metal Oxide Surfaces

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    2014-11-05

    and initial results on oxidized zirconium have been performed. (a) Papers published in peer-reviewed journals (N/A for none) Enter List of papers...the electronic states of the surface with changes in the photoluminescence spectrum. The results of some of our first experiments on zirconium ...clean” zirconium oxide. The occupied valence electronic states are mainly composed of oxygen 2p electrons. The unoccupied states are zirconium 4d

  8. Processing surface sizing starch using oxidation, enzymatic hydrolysis and ultrasonic treatment methods--Preparation and application.

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    Brenner, Tobias; Kiessler, Birgit; Radosta, Sylvia; Arndt, Tiemo

    2016-03-15

    The surface application of starch is a well-established method for increasing paper strength. In surface sizing, a solution of degraded starch is applied to the paper. Two procedures have proved valuable for starch degradation in the paper mill: enzymatic and thermo-oxidative degradation. The objective of this study was to determine achievable efficiencies of cavitation in preparing degraded starch for surface application on paper. It was found that ultrasonic-assisted starch degradation can provide a starch solution that is suitable for surface sizing. The molecular composition of starch solutions prepared by ultrasonic treatment differed from that of starch solutions degraded by enzymes or by thermo-oxidation. Compared to commercial degradation processes, this resulted in intensified film formation and in greater penetration during surface sizing and ultimately in a higher starch content of the paper. Paper sized with ultrasonically treated starch solutions show the same strength properties compared to commercially sized paper.

  9. Influence of O 2 and oxide on Cl/Si surface reactions

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    Aoto, Nahomi; Ikawa, Eiji; Kikkawa, Takamaro; Kurogi, Yukinori

    1991-05-01

    Variation of Si(111) and Si(100) surface conditions under sequential Cl 2 exposure, O 2 exposure, and other O-related treatments are examined by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and low-energy electron energy loss spectroscopy (LEELS). Cl-adsorbed Si surfaces, particularly Cl-adsorbed Si(111) surfaces, have a passivation effect under dry O 2 atmosphere, where O adsorption and oxidation are suppressed. On the other hand, Cl desorption and oxidation take place immediately on Cl-adsorbed surfaces when exposed to wet environments: humid clean-room air or de-ionized water. When O 2-treated Si surfaces are exposed to Cl 2 atmospheres, Cl adsorption occurs on SiO x but not on SiO 2.

  10. Initial oxidation behaviors of nitride surfaces of uranium by XPS analysis

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    Liu, Kezhao; Luo, Lizu; Luo, Lili; Long, Zhong; Hong, Zhanglian; Yang, Hui; Wu, Sheng

    2013-09-01

    The nitride surfaces of uranium were prepared by the surface glow plasma nitriding (SGPN) and plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) methods. The initial oxidation behaviors of modified surfaces were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The SGPN on the uranium surface led to a single layer of uranium sesquinitride (U2N3), while the PIII on the surface resulted in a compound layer composed of U2N3 and uranium dioxide (UO2). The oxygen covered on these modified layers led to the formation of UO2 from U2N3 and U2N3 from UN. The oxidized nitrogen species were also observed on the two types of nitriding layers, with the discussion of the N-O coaction behaviors.

  11. Communication between nitric oxide synthase and positively-charged surface and bone formation promotion.

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    Zhang, Wei; Liu, Jun; Shi, Haigang; Yang, Kun; Wang, Pingli; Wang, Gexia; Liu, Na; Wang, Huaiyu; Ji, Junhui; Chu, Paul K

    2016-12-01

    Despite the effects on physiology of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and bone tissue, biological signal communication between bone implants and them is seldom employed as a guidance to create an osteo-inductive interface. Herein, the positively-charged surface is constructed on bone implant from the perspective of mediation of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) expression to signal BMSCs osteo-differentiation. In vitro and in vivo results indicate that the proper surface potential on the positively-charged surface affects NOS to express a high level of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in three NOS isoforms of the contacted BMSCs, upregulates their osteogenetic expression, and ultimately foster new bone growth. However, an excessively high surface potential produces substantial immunomodulatory effects thereby offsetting the aforementioned advantages. This study demonstrates that fine-tuning of the positively-charged surface and proper utilization of the communication between NOS and bone implants promote bone formation.

  12. A theoretical investigation on photocatalytic oxidation on the TiO2 surface

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    Suzuki, Satoshi; Tsuneda, Takao; Hirao, Kimihiko

    2012-01-01

    The TiO2 photocatalytic oxidation mechanism was theoretically investigated by using long-range corrected time-dependent density functional theory (LC-TDDFT) with a cluster model of the anatase TiO2(001) surface. We found that LC-TDDFT with the cluster model quantitatively reproduces the photoexcitations of the TiO2 surface by calculating the electronic spectra of a clean TiO2 surface and one with oxygen defects. We calculated the electronic spectra of a molecularly adsorbed TiO2 surface for the adsorptions of phenol, methanol, and methane molecules as typical organic molecules. We obtained the surprising result that the main peak of the phenol-adsorbed TiO2 surface, which overlaps with the main peak of the clean TiO2 surface, corresponds to charge transfers from the phenol molecule to the TiO2 surface. This indicates that the TiO2 photocatalytic oxidation proceeds through direct charge transfer excitation from the substrate molecules to the TiO2 surface. In contrast, we found slight and no charge transfer for methanol and methane adsorption, respectively, in agreement with the experimental findings for their reactivities. In light of these results, we propose a new mechanism for heterogeneous TiO2 photocatalytic oxidations.

  13. A theoretical investigation on photocatalytic oxidation on the TiO2 surface.

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    Suzuki, Satoshi; Tsuneda, Takao; Hirao, Kimihiko

    2012-01-14

    The TiO(2) photocatalytic oxidation mechanism was theoretically investigated by using long-range corrected time-dependent density functional theory (LC-TDDFT) with a cluster model of the anatase TiO(2)(001) surface. We found that LC-TDDFT with the cluster model quantitatively reproduces the photoexcitations of the TiO(2) surface by calculating the electronic spectra of a clean TiO(2) surface and one with oxygen defects. We calculated the electronic spectra of a molecularly adsorbed TiO(2) surface for the adsorptions of phenol, methanol, and methane molecules as typical organic molecules. We obtained the surprising result that the main peak of the phenol-adsorbed TiO(2) surface, which overlaps with the main peak of the clean TiO(2) surface, corresponds to charge transfers from the phenol molecule to the TiO(2) surface. This indicates that the TiO(2) photocatalytic oxidation proceeds through direct charge transfer excitation from the substrate molecules to the TiO(2) surface. In contrast, we found slight and no charge transfer for methanol and methane adsorption, respectively, in agreement with the experimental findings for their reactivities. In light of these results, we propose a new mechanism for heterogeneous TiO(2) photocatalytic oxidations.

  14. Surface passivation limited UO2 oxidative dissolution in the presence of FeS.

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    Bi, Yuqiang; Hayes, Kim F

    2014-11-18

    Iron sulfide minerals produced during in situ bioremediation of U can serve as an oxygen scavenger to retard uraninite (UO2) oxidation upon oxygen intrusion. Under persistent oxygen supply, however, iron sulfides become oxidized and depleted, giving rise to elevated dissolved oxygen (DO) levels and remobilization of U(IV). The present study investigated the mechanism that regulates UO2 oxidative dissolution rate in a flow-through system when oxygen breakthrough occurred as a function of mackinawite (FeS) and carbonate concentrations. The formation and evolution of surface layers on UO2 were characterized using XAS and XPS. During FeS inhibition period, the continuous supply of carbonate and calcium in the influent effectively complexed and removed oxidized U(VI) to preserve an intermediate U4O9 surface. When the FeS became depleted by oxidization, a transient, rapid dissolution of UO2 was observed along with DO breakthrough in the reactor. This rate was greater than during the preceding FeS inhibition period and control experiments in the absence of FeS. With increasing DO, the rate slowed and the rate-limiting step shifted from surface oxidation to U(VI) detachment as U(VI) passivation layers developed. In contrast, increasing the carbonate concentrations facilitated detachment of surface-associated U(VI) complexes and impeded the formation of U(VI) passivation layer. This study demonstrates the critical role of U(VI) surface layer formation versus U(VI) detachment in controlling UO2 oxidative dissolution rate during periods of variable oxygen presence under simulated groundwater conditions.

  15. Elucidation of the reaction mechanism during the removal of copper oxide by halogen surfactant at the surface of copper plate

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    Yokoyama, Shun; Takahashi, Hideyuki; Itoh, Takashi; Motomiya, Kenichi; Tohji, Kazuyuki

    2013-01-01

    Although copper nanoparticles have various attractive properties, electrical applications of these was not achieved because of its surface oxide layer which prohibited electrical conduction. Thus, it can be considered that a new elimination method of the oxide on Cu surface, which simultaneously provide the resistance to re-oxidized, should be developed. In this study, the reaction between the metal oxide on Cu plate surface and halogen surfactant was introduced into development as a new elimination method of surface oxide layer. Since electrochemical and surface analysis are effective for analyzing the reaction mechanism which expected to be the reduction reaction of the oxide on metal surface, Cu electrode, which represented material of Cu nanoparticles surface, was used for the reaction mechanism analysis. The oxide is removed by controlling the temperature and selecting the optimal combination of solvents and the halogen surfactant (TIC). Results of electrochemical measurements strongly suggest that the chemical reaction between the oxides on the surface with the halogen surfactant is a substitution reaction which converts Cu oxide to Cu bromide, and continuously formed Cu bromide was dissolved into solvent. Totally, the oxide on the Cu surface was successfully eliminated.

  16. Hot hole-induced dissociation of NO dimers on a copper surface

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    Garcia Rey, Natalia; Arnolds, Heike

    2011-12-14

    We use reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) to study the photochemistry of NO on Cu(110) in the UV-visible range. We observe that the only photoactive species of NO on Cu(110) is the NO dimer, which is asymmetrically bound to the surface. RAIRS shows that photoinduced dissociation proceeds via breaking of the weak N-N bond of the dimer, photodesorbing one NO{sub g} to the gas phase and leaving one NO{sub ads} adsorbed on the surface in a metastable atop position. We model the measured wavelength-dependent cross sections assuming both electron- and hole-induced processes and find that the photochemistry can be described by either electron attachment to a level 0.3 eV above the Fermi energy E{sub F} or hole attachment to a level 2.2 eV below E{sub F}. While there is no experimental or theoretical evidence for an electron attachment level so close to E{sub F}, an occupied NO-related molecular orbital is known to exist at E{sub F}- 2.52 eV on the Cu(111) surface [I. Kinoshita, A. Misu, and T. Munakata, J. Chem. Phys. 102, 2970 (1995)]. We, therefore, propose that photoinduced dissociation of NO dimers on Cu(110) in the visible wavelength region proceeds by the creation of hot holes at the top of the copper d-band.

  17. Surface functionalization by gold nanoparticles and its prospects for application in conductometric metal oxide gas sensors

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    Korotcenkov, G.; Brinzari, V.; Cho, B. K.

    2017-03-01

    Approaches to surface functionalizing by gold nanoparticles of metal oxides aimed for gas sensors applications are discussed in this paper. It is demonstrated that surface modification by gold nanoparticles is accompanied by improvement of sensor performance. However, analysis of obtained results has shown that the achievement of strong improvement of gas sensor parameters is not a trivial task. For its reduction, it is necessary to ensure several specific conditions related to the size and density of gold clusters on the surface of metal oxide crystallites, the state of gold in the cluster, and to the properties of the metal oxide support used. It is also demonstrated that additional studies are required before conductometric gas sensors modified by gold nanoclusters will appear in gas-sensor market.

  18. Hematite Surface Activation by Chemical Addition of Tin Oxide Layer.

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    Carvalho, Waldemir M; Souza, Flavio L

    2016-09-05

    In this study, the effect of tin (Sn(4+) ) modification on the surface of hematite electrodes synthesized by an aqueous solution route at different times (2, 5, 10, 18, and 24 h) is investigated. As confirmed from X-ray diffraction results, the as-synthesized electrode exhibits an oxyhydroxide phase, which is converted into a pure hematite phase after being subjected to additional thermal treatment at 750 °C for 30 min. The tin-modified hematite electrode is prepared by depositing a solution of Sn(4+) precursor on the as-synthesized electrode, followed by thermal treatment under the same abovementioned conditions. This modification results in an enhancement of the photocurrent response for all hematite electrodes investigated and attains the highest values of around 1.62 and 2.3 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 and 1.4 V versus RHE, respectively, for electrodes obtained in short synthesis times (2 h). Contact angle measurements suggest that the deposition of Sn(4+) on the hematite electrode provides a more hydrophilic surface, which favors a chemical reaction at the interface between the electrode and electrolyte. This result generates new perspectives for understanding the deposition of Sn(4+) on the hematite electrode surface, which is in contrast with several studies previously reported; these studies state that the enhancement in photocurrent density is related to either the induction of an increased donor charge density or shift in the flat-band potential, which favors charge separation.

  19. Chlorine activation indoors and outdoors via surface-mediated reactions of nitrogen oxides with hydrogen chloride.

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    Raff, Jonathan D; Njegic, Bosiljka; Chang, Wayne L; Gordon, Mark S; Dabdub, Donald; Gerber, R Benny; Finlayson-Pitts, Barbara J

    2009-08-18

    Gaseous HCl generated from a variety of sources is ubiquitous in both outdoor and indoor air. Oxides of nitrogen (NO(y)) are also globally distributed, because NO formed in combustion processes is oxidized to NO(2), HNO(3), N(2)O(5) and a variety of other nitrogen oxides during transport. Deposition of HCl and NO(y) onto surfaces is commonly regarded as providing permanent removal mechanisms. However, we show here a new surface-mediated coupling of nitrogen oxide and halogen activation cycles in which uptake of gaseous NO(2) or N(2)O(5) on solid substrates generates adsorbed intermediates that react with HCl to generate gaseous nitrosyl chloride (ClNO) and nitryl chloride (ClNO(2)), respectively. These are potentially harmful gases that photolyze to form highly reactive chlorine atoms. The reactions are shown both experimentally and theoretically to be enhanced by water, a surprising result given the availability of competing hydrolysis reaction pathways. Airshed modeling incorporating HCl generated from sea salt shows that in coastal urban regions, this heterogeneous chemistry increases surface-level ozone, a criteria air pollutant, greenhouse gas and source of atmospheric oxidants. In addition, it may contribute to recently measured high levels of ClNO(2) in the polluted coastal marine boundary layer. This work also suggests the potential for chlorine atom chemistry to occur indoors where significant concentrations of oxides of nitrogen and HCl coexist.

  20. Defects in oxide surfaces studied by atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    König, Thomas; Simon, Georg H; Heinke, Lars; Lichtenstein, Leonid; Heyde, Markus

    2011-01-01

    Surfaces of thin oxide films were investigated by means of a dual mode NC-AFM/STM. Apart from imaging the surface termination by NC-AFM with atomic resolution, point defects in magnesium oxide on Ag(001) and line defects in aluminum oxide on NiAl(110), respectively, were thoroughly studied. The contact potential was determined by Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) and the electronic structure by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). On magnesium oxide, different color centers, i.e., F(0), F(+), F(2+) and divacancies, have different effects on the contact potential. These differences enabled classification and unambiguous differentiation by KPFM. True atomic resolution shows the topography at line defects in aluminum oxide. At these domain boundaries, STS and KPFM verify F(2+)-like centers, which have been predicted by density functional theory calculations. Thus, by determining the contact potential and the electronic structure with a spatial resolution in the nanometer range, NC-AFM and STM can be successfully applied on thin oxide films beyond imaging the topography of the surface atoms.

  1. Single Silver Adatoms on Nanostructured Manganese Oxide Surfaces: Boosting Oxygen Activation for Benzene Abatement.

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    Chen, Yaxin; Huang, Zhiwei; Zhou, Meijuan; Ma, Zhen; Chen, Jianmin; Tang, Xingfu

    2017-02-21

    The involvement of a great amount of active oxygen species is a crucial requirement for catalytic oxidation of benzene, because complete mineralization of one benzene molecule needs 15 oxygen atoms. Here, we disperse single silver adatoms on nanostructured hollandite manganese oxide (HMO) surfaces by using a thermal diffusion method. The single-atom silver catalyst (Ag1/HMO) shows high catalytic activity in benzene oxidation, and 100% conversion is achieved at 220 °C at a high space velocity of 23 000 h(-1). The Mars-van Krevelen mechanism is valid in our case as the reaction orders for both benzene and O2 approach one, according to reaction kinetics data. Data from H2 temperature-programmed reduction and O core-level X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) reveal that Ag1/HMO possesses a great amount of active surface lattice oxygen available for benzene oxidation. Valence-band XPS and density functional theoretical calculations demonstrate that the single Ag adatoms have the upshifted 4d orbitals, thus facilitating the activation of gaseous oxygen. Therefore, the excellent activation abilities of Ag1/HMO toward both surface lattice oxygen and gaseous oxygen account for its high catalytic activity in benzene oxidation. This work may assist with the rational design of efficient metal-oxide catalysts for the abatement of volatile organic compounds such as benzene.

  2. Super-oxidation of silicon nanoclusters: magnetism and reactive oxygen species at the surface

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    Lepeshkin, Sergey; Baturin, Vladimir; Tikhonov, Evgeny; Matsko, Nikita; Uspenskii, Yurii; Naumova, Anastasia; Feya, Oleg; Schoonen, Martin A.; Oganov, Artem R.

    2016-01-01

    Oxidation of silicon nanoclusters depending on the temperature and oxygen pressure is explored from first principles using the evolutionary algorithm, and structural and thermodynamic analysis. From our calculations of 90 SinOm clusters we found that under normal conditions oxidation does not stop at the stoichiometric SiO2 composition, as it does in bulk silicon, but goes further placing extra oxygen atoms on the cluster surface. These extra atoms are responsible for light emission, relevant to reactive oxygen species and many of them are magnetic. We argue that the super-oxidation effect is size-independent and discuss its relevance to nanotechnology and miscellaneous applications, including biomedical ones.

  3. Oxide properties of a gamma titanium aluminide: A surface science study

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    Taylor, T.N.; Paffett, M.T.

    1991-01-01

    The surface properties of oxides grown on a gamma titanium aluminide (2 at. % Nb) have been examined using a x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and secondary-ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS). An oxide formed on the sample during air exposure at room temperature was thermally destabilized in ultra-high vacuum. The heating largely decomposed the advanced Ti oxidation states to give a predominate +2 valence configuration at 600{degrees}C, while the Al oxide was somewhat enhanced for the same treatment. Growth of a post chemisorption oxide for various temperatures and exposure times at pressures {le} 10{sup {minus}6} Torr oxygen revealed the progressive development of Ti and AL oxide. At a temperature of 600{degrees}C the Ti component was greatly enhanced relative to the Al content in the surface region. This separation of Ti from Al was clearly visible in SIMS measurements. The development and thermal stability of these oxides is in agreement with the heats of formation and available valence states for the two majority components in the material. 12 refs., 4 figs.

  4. Structure and the catalysis mechanism of oxidative chlorination in nanostructural layers of a surface of alumina

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    2014-01-01

    On the basis of X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometric analysis of carrier γ-Al2O3 and catalysts CuCl2/CuCl on its surface, the chemical structure of the active centers of two types oxidative chlorination catalysts applied and permeated type of industrial brands “Harshow” and “MEDС-B” was investigated. On the basis of quantum-mechanical theory of the crystal, field complexes were detected by the presence of CuCl2 cation stoichiometry and structure of the proposed model crystal quasichemical industrial catalyst permeated type MEDС-B for oxidative chlorination of ethylene. On the basis of quantum-mechanical calculations, we propose a new mechanism of catalysis crystal quasichemical oxidative chlorination of ethylene reaction for the catalysts of this type (MEDС-B) and confirmed the possibility of such a mechanism after the analysis of mass spectrometric studies of the active phase (H2 [CuCl4]) catalyst oxidative chlorination of ethylene. The possibility of the formation of atomic and molecular chlorine on the oxidative chlorination of ethylene catalyst surface during Deacon reaction was displaying, which may react with ethylene to produce 1,2-dichloroethane. For the active phase (H [CuCl2]), catalyst offered another model of the metal complex catalyst oxidative chlorination of ethylene deposited type (firm ‘Harshow,’ USA) and the mechanism of catalysis of oxidative chlorination of ethylene with this catalyst. PMID:25258594

  5. Influence of Al-oxide on pesticide sorption to woody biochars with different surface areas.

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    Shou, Jianxin; Dong, Huaping; Li, Jianfa; Zhong, Jiaxing; Li, Saijun; Lü, Jinhong; Li, Yimin

    2016-10-01

    Biochars' properties will change after application in soil due to the interactions with soil constituents, which would then impact the performance of biochars as soil amendment. For a better understanding on these interactions, two woody biochars of different surface areas (SA) were physically treated with aluminum oxide (Al-oxide) to investigate its potential influence on biochars' sorption property. Both the micropore area and mesopore (17∼500 Å in diameter) area of the low-SA biochar were enhanced by at least 1.5 times after treatment with Al-oxide, whereas the same treatment did not change the surface characteristics of the high-SA biochar due partly to its well-developed porosity. The enhanced sorption of the pesticide isoproturon to the Al-oxide-treated low-SA biochar was observed and is positively related to the increased mesopore area. The desorption hysteresis of pesticide from the low-SA biochar was strengthened because of more pesticide molecules entrapped in the expanded pores by Al-oxide. However, no obvious change of pesticide sorption to the high-SA biochar after Al-oxide treatment was observed, corresponding to its unchanged porosity. The results suggest that the influence of Al-oxide on the biochars' sorption property is dependent on their porosity. This study will provide valuable information on the use of biochars for reducing the bioavailability of pesticides.

  6. Inhibition of pyrite oxidation by surface coating: a long-term field study.

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    Kang, Chan-Ung; Jeon, Byong-Hun; Park, Seong-Sook; Kang, Jin-Soo; Kim, Kang-Ho; Kim, Dong-Kwan; Choi, Ui-Kyu; Kim, Sun-Joon

    2016-10-01

    Pyrite and other iron sulfides are readily oxidized by dissolved oxygen in aqueous phase, producing acidity and Fe(2+), which causes significant environmental problems. Applications of surface coating agents (Na2SiO3 and KH2PO4) were conducted at Boeun (Chungbuk, South Korea) outcrop site, and their efficiencies to inhibit the oxidation of sulfide minerals were monitored for a long-term period (449 days). The rock sample showed positive Net Acid Production Potential (NAPP = 20.23) and low Net Acid Generation pH (NAGpH = 2.42) values, suggesting that the rock sample was categorized in the potential acid-forming group. For the monitored time period (449 days), field study results showed that the application of Na2SiO3 effectively inhibited the pyrite oxidation as compared to KH2PO4. Na2SiO3 as a surface coating agent maintained pH 5-6 and reduced oxidation of pyrite surface up to 99.95 and 97.70 % indicated by Fe(2+) and SO4 (2-) release, respectively. The scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer analysis indicated that the morphology of rock surface was completely changed attributable to formation of iron silicate coating. The experimental results suggested that the treatment with Na2SiO3 was highly effective and it might be applicable on field for inhibition of iron sulfide oxidation.

  7. Speciation of adsorbed yttrium and rare earth elements on oxide surfaces

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    Piasecki, Wojciech; Sverjensky, Dimitri A.

    2008-08-01

    The distribution of yttrium and the rare earth elements (YREE) between natural waters and oxide mineral surfaces depends on adsorption reactions, which in turn depend on the specific way in which YREE are coordinated to mineral surfaces. Recent X-ray studies have established that Y 3+ is adsorbed to the rutile (1 1 0) surface as a distinctive tetranuclear species. However, the hydrolysis state of the adsorbed cation is not known from experiment. Previous surface complexation models of YREE adsorption have suggested two to four cation hydrolysis states coexisting on oxide surfaces. In the present study, we investigate the applicability of the X-ray results to rare earth elements and to several oxides in addition to rutile using the extended triple-layer surface complexation model. The reaction producing a hydrolyzed tetranuclear surface species 4>SOH+M+2HO=(>SOH)2_M(OH)2++4H was found to account for a significant fraction of the adsorbed Y 3+, La 3+, Nd 3+, Gd 3+, and Yb 3+ on rutile, hematite, alumina and silica over wide ranges of pH and ionic strength. Where adsorption data were available as a function of surface coverage for hematite and silica, an additional reaction involving a mononuclear species could be used to account for the higher surface coverages. However, it is also possible that some of the higher surface coverage data refer to surface precipitation rather than adsorption. The results of the present study provide an internally consistent basis for describing YREE adsorption which could be used to investigate more complex systems in which YREE compete both in aqueous solution and on mineral surfaces with alkaline earths and ligands such as carbonate, sulfate, chloride and organic species, in order to build a predictive adsorption model applicable to natural waters.

  8. Iron oxidation kinetics and phosphorus immobilization at the groundwater-surface water interface

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    van der Grift, Bas; Rozemeijer, Joachim; Griffioen, Jasper; van der Velde, Ype

    2014-05-01

    Eutrophication of freshwater environments following diffuse nutrient loads is a widely recognized water quality problem in catchments. Fluxes of non-point P sources to surface waters originate from surface runoff and flow from soil water and groundwater into surface water. The availability of P in surface waters is controlled strongly by biogeochemical nutrient cycling processes at the soil-water interface. The mechanisms and rates of the iron oxidation process with associated binding of phosphate during exfiltration of anaerobic Fe(II) bearing groundwater are among the key unknowns in P retention processes in surface waters in delta areas where the shallow groundwater is typically pH-neutral to slightly acid, anoxic, iron-rich. We developed an experimental field set-up to study the dynamics in Fe(II) oxidation and mechanisms of P immobilization at the groundwater-surface water interface in an agricultural experimental catchment of a small lowland river. We physically separated tube drain effluent from groundwater discharge before it entered a ditch in an agricultural field. The exfiltrating groundwater was captured in in-stream reservoirs constructed in the ditch. Through continuous discharge measurements and weekly water quality sampling of groundwater, tube drain water, exfiltrated groundwater, and ditch water, we quantified Fe(II) oxidation kinetics and P immobilization processes across the seasons. This study showed that seasonal changes in climatic conditions affect the Fe(II) oxidation process. In winter time the dissolved iron concentrations in the in-stream reservoirs reached the levels of the anaerobic groundwater. In summer time, the dissolved iron concentrations of the water in the reservoirs are low, indicating that dissolved Fe(II) is completely oxidized prior to inflow into the reservoirs. Higher discharges, lower temperatures and lower pH of the exfiltrated groundwater in winter compared to summer shifts the location of the redox transition zone

  9. First-principles investigations for the catalytic dissociation and oxidation of methane on the Cu surfaces

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    Li, Ying; Mahadevan, Jagan; Wang, Sanwu

    2010-03-01

    The catalytic reactions of dissociation and oxidation of methane on the copper surfaces play a key role in, for example, the development of high-performance solid oxide fuel cells. We used first-principles quantum theory and large-scale parallel calculations to investigate the atomic-scale mechanism of the catalytic chemical reactions. We report the calculated results, which provide fundamental information and understanding about the atomic-scale dynamics and electronic structures pertinent to the reactions and specifically the catalytic role of the Cu(100) and Cu(111) surfaces. We also report comparison of our results with available experimental data and previous theoretical investigations.

  10. Solution and inhibition of iron in neutral solution in the presence of a nonstoichiometric surface oxide

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    Oshe, E.K.; Fokin, M.N.; Zimina, T.Y.

    1986-07-01

    This paper suggests a mechanism of solution and passivation of iron in neutral solution in the presence of a surface oxide. The influence of sodium tungstate on these processes is discussed and it is shown that the oxyanion WO/sup 2 -//sub 4/ possesses electron-acceptor properties. Using the photoelectric data the authors make an estimate of the quantity of tungstate ion adsorbed on the oxide surface for a protective concentration of the inhibitors. If the centers of preferential adsorption are anion vacancies, the minimal quantity of adsorbed tungstate giving complete protection corresponds to the initial concentration of vacancies in the absence of the inhibitor.

  11. Preparation of atomically flat rutile TiO2(001) surfaces for oxide film growth

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    Wang, Yang; Lee, Shinbuhm; Vilmercati, P.; ...

    2016-01-01

    The availability of low-index rutile TiO2 single crystal substrates with atomically flat surfaces is essential for enabling epitaxialgrowth of rutile transition metal oxide films. The high surface energy of the rutile (001) surface often leads to surface faceting, which precludes the sputter and annealing treatment commonly used for the preparation of clean and atomically flat TiO2(110) substrate surfaces. In this work, we reveal that stable and atomically flat rutile TiO2(001) surfaces can be prepared with an atomically ordered reconstructedsurface already during a furnace annealing treatment in air. We tentatively ascribe this result to the decrease in surface energy associated withmore » the surface reconstruction, which removes the driving force for faceting. Despite the narrow temperature window where this morphology can initially be formed, we demonstrate that it persists in homoepitaxialgrowth of TiO2(001) thin films. The stabilization of surface reconstructions that prevent faceting of high-surface-energy crystal faces may offer a promising avenue towards the realization of a wider range of high quality epitaxial transition metal oxide heterostructures.« less

  12. Reconstructing Earth's Surface Oxidation Across The Archean- Proterozoic Transition

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    Kaufman, A. J.; Guo, Q.; Strauss, H.; Schröder, S.; Gutzmer, J.; Wing, B. A.; Baker, M.; Bekker, A.; Jin, Q.; Kim, S.; Farquhar, J.

    2010-12-01

    The Archean-Proterozoic transition is characterized by the widespread deposition of organic-rich shale, sedimentary iron formation, glacial diamictite, and marine carbonates recording profound carbon isotope anomalies, but notably lacks bedded evaporites. All deposits reflect environmental changes in oceanic and atmospheric redox states, in part associated with Earth’s earliest ice ages. Time-series data for multiple sulfur isotopes from carbonate associated sulfate as well as sulfides in the glaciogenic Duitschland Formation of the Transvaal Supergroup, South Africa, capture the concomitant buildup of sulfate in the ocean and the loss of mass independent sulfur isotope fractionation. This is arguably associated with the atmospheric rise of oxygen (as well as the protective ozone layer) coincident with profound changes in ocean chemistry and biology. The loss of the MIF signal within the Duitschland succession is in phase with the earliest recorded positive carbon isotope anomaly, convincingly linking these environmental perturbations to the Great Oxidation Event (ca. 2.3 Ga). The emergence of cyanobacteria and oxygenic photosynthesis may be associated with a geochemical “whiff of oxygen” recorded in 2.5 Ga sediments. If true, the delay in the GOE can then be understood in terms of a finite sink for molecular oxygen - ferrous iron, which was abundant in deep Neoarchean seawater and sequestered in a worldwide episode of iron formation deposition ending shortly before accumulation of the Duitschland Formation. Insofar as early Paleoproterozoic glaciation is associated with oxygenation of a methane-rich atmosphere, we conclude that Earth’s earliest ice age(s) and the onset of a modern and far more energetic carbon cycle are directly related to the global expansion of cyanobacteria that released oxygen to the environment, and of eukaryotes that respired it.

  13. Fabrication of condensate microdrop self-propelling porous films of cerium oxide nanoparticles on copper surfaces.

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    Luo, Yuting; Li, Juan; Zhu, Jie; Zhao, Ye; Gao, Xuefeng

    2015-04-13

    Condensate microdrop self-propelling (CMDSP) surfaces have attracted intensive interest. However, it is still challenging to form metal-based CMDSP surfaces. We design and fabricate a type of copper-based CMDSP porous nanoparticle film. An electrodeposition method based on control over the preferential crystal growth of isotropic nanoparticles and synergistic utilization of tiny hydrogen bubbles as pore-making templates is adopted for the in situ growth of cerium oxide porous nanoparticle films on copper surfaces. After characterizing their microscopic morphology, crystal structure and surface chemistry, we explore their CMDSP properties. The nanostructure can realize the efficient ejection of condensate microdrops with sizes below 50 μm.

  14. Tailoring surface conditions for enhanced reactivity of aluminum powders with solid oxidizing agents

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    Padhye, Richa; Smith, Dylan K.; Korzeniewski, Carol; Pantoya, Michelle L.

    2017-04-01

    The effect of processing liquids on particle surface hydration and subsequent reactivity of mixtures containing aluminum (Al) with different oxidizing agents was investigated. Recently, polar processing liquids were shown to significantly increase the surface hydration layer on Al particles and effect the reactivity of Al combined with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Processing mixtures of Al and PTFE using hexane (e.g., a non-polar liquid) limited surface hydration and produced significantly lower flame speeds than the same mixture processed in isopropanol (e.g., a polar liquid). Increased surface hydroxyl concentration was linked to higher exothermic behavior within a pre-ignition reaction (PIR) which may contribute to higher overall flame speed. This study extends the previous analysis toward assessing the influence of processing liquid on reactivity of aluminum with other oxidizing agents, specifically CuO, MoO3 and I2O5. Results from DSC analysis show no PIR kinetics associated with Al and CuO or MoO3, and Al+ CuO showed no difference in reactivity as a function of processing liquid. But, MoO3 FTIR shows modified surface structures after treatment in a polar solvent. Correspondingly, Al + MoO3 processed in polar solvent exhibited increased flame speed by 19% when compared to Al + MoO3 processed in a non-polar liquid. For Al + I2O5, water in polar processing liquids produces various hydrated states of iodic acid (i.e., HIO3 and HI3O8). Changing the hydration state of I2O5 significantly impacts reactivity. Results from this study confirm that carrier fluid used to process Al with metal oxides can also alter the surface structure of the metal oxide, thereby promoting greater reactivity with Al. A polar carrier fluid not only modifies the surface of Al but also hydration sensitive metal oxides such as MoO3 and correspondingly promotes greater reactivity.

  15. Effects of the Thickness of Niobium Surface Oxide Layers on Field Emission

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    A.T. Wu, S. Jin, J.D. Mammosser, R.A. Rimmer, X.Y. Lu, K. Zhao

    2011-09-01

    Field emission on the inner surfaces of niobium superconducting radio frequency cavities is still one of the major obstacles for reaching high accelerating gradients for SRF community. Our previous experimental results* seemed to imply that the threshold of field emission was related to the thickness of Nb surface oxide layers. In this contribution, a more detailed study on the influences of the surface oxide layers on the field emission on Nb surfaces will be reported. By anodization technique, the thickness of the surface pentoxide layer was artificially fabricated from 3 nm up to 460 nm. A home-made scanning field emission microscope was employed to perform the scans on the surfaces. Emitters were characterized using a scanning electron microscope together with an energy dispersive x-ray analyzer. The SFEM experimental results were analyzed in terms of surface morphology and oxide thickness of Nb samples and chemical composition and geographic shape of the emitters. A model based on the classic electromagnetic theory was developed trying to understand the experimental results. Possibly implications for Nb SRF cavity applications from this study will be discussed.

  16. Tuning Oleophobicity of Silicon Oxide Surfaces with Mixed Monolayers of Aliphatic and Fluorinated Alcohols.

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    Lee, Austin W H; Gates, Byron D

    2016-12-13

    We demonstrate the formation of mixed monolayers derived from a microwave-assisted reaction of alcohols with silicon oxide surfaces in order to tune their surface oleophobicity. This simple, rapid method provides an opportunity to precisely tune the constituents of the monolayers. As a demonstration, we sought fluorinated alcohols and aliphatic alcohols as reagents to form monolayers from two distinct constituents for tuning the surface oleophobicity. The first aspect of this study sought to identify a fluorinated alcohol that formed monolayers with a relatively high surface coverage. It was determined that 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluoro-1-octanol yielded high quality monolayers with a water contact angle (WCA) value of ∼110° and contact angle values of ∼80° with toluene and hexadecane exhibiting both an excellent hydrophobicity and oleophobicity. Tuning of the oleophobicity of the modified silicon oxide surfaces was achieved by controlling the molar ratio of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluoro-1-octanol within the reaction mixtures. Surface oleophobicity progressively decreased with a decrease in the fluorinated alcohol content while the monolayers maintained their hydrophobicity with WCA values of ∼110°. The simple and reliable approach to preparing monolayers of a tuned composition that is described in this article can be utilized to control the fluorocarbon content of the hydrophobic monolayers on silicon oxide surfaces.

  17. Aspects of native oxides etching on n-GaSb(1 0 0) surface

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    Cotirlan, C.; Ghita, R. V.; Negrila, C. C.; Logofatu, C.; Frumosu, F.; Lungu, G. A.

    2016-02-01

    Gallium antimonide (GaSb) is the basis of the most photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems and its innovative technological aspects based on modern ultra-high vacuum techniques are in trend for device achievement. The real surface of GaSb is modified by technological processes that can conduce to problems related to the reproducible control of its surface properties. The GaSb surface is reactive in atmosphere due to oxygen presence and exhibits a native oxide layer. The evolution of native oxides during the ion sputtering, chemical etching and thermal annealing processes for preparing the surface is presented in detailed way. Ratios of surface constituents are obtained by Angle Resolved X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (ARXPS). Moreover, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Low-Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) are used for characterization. The surface stoichiometry is changed using a specific etchant (e.g. citric acid) at different etching time and is analyzed by ARXPS, SEM, EDS and AFM methods. The experimental results provide useful information regarding surface native oxides characteristics on n-GaSb(1 0 0) to be taken into account for development of low resistance contacts for TPV devices based on GaSb alloy.

  18. Redox activity of surface oxygen anions in oxygen-deficient perovskite oxides during electrochemical reactions.

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    Mueller, David N; Machala, Michael L; Bluhm, Hendrik; Chueh, William C

    2015-01-19

    Surface redox-active centres in transition-metal oxides play a key role in determining the efficacy of electrocatalysts. The extreme sensitivity of surface redox states to temperatures, to gas pressures and to electrochemical reaction conditions renders them difficult to investigate by conventional surface-science techniques. Here we report the direct observation of surface redox processes by surface-sensitive, operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy using thin-film iron and cobalt perovskite oxides as model electrodes for elevated-temperature oxygen incorporation and evolution reactions. In contrast to the conventional view that the transition metal cations are the dominant redox-active centres, we find that the oxygen anions near the surface are a significant redox partner to molecular oxygen due to the strong hybridization between oxygen 2p and transition metal 3d electronic states. We propose that a narrow electronic state of significant oxygen 2p character near the Fermi level exchanges electrons with the oxygen adsorbates. This result highlights the importance of surface anion-redox chemistry in oxygen-deficient transition-metal oxides.

  19. Surface effects and phase stability in metal oxides nanoparticles under visible irradiation

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    Ricci, Pier Carlo Carbonaro, C. M. Corpino, R. Chiriu, D. Stagi, L.

    2014-10-21

    The light induced phase transformation between stable phases of metal oxides nanoparticles is analyzed. The surrounding atmosphere as well as the defect density at the surface play a fundamental role. It has been found that in oxygen poor chamber atmosphere the phase transformation is favored, while the phase transition cannot be achieved if the defects at the surface are properly passivated. The phase transition is activated by intragap irradiation, able to activate the F- center at the surface connected to oxygen vacancies, and promoting the activation of the surface and the nucleation of neighboring crystallites. The phase transition was studied in Titanium oxide (TiO{sub 2}) and in Iron oxide (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}): Maghemite is subjected to a phase transformation to α−Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (hematite), Anatase nanoparticles converts to Rutile. The general mechanism of the phase transition and, more in general, the possibility to optically control the surface activity of metal oxides is discussed.

  20. Reduction of aqueous transition metal species on the surfaces of Fe(II)-containing oxides

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    White, A.F.; Peterson, M.L.

    1996-01-01

    Experimental studies demonstrate that structural Fe(II) in magnetite and ilmenite heterogeneously reduce aqueous ferric, cupric, vanadate, and chromate ions at the oxide surfaces over a pH range of 1-7 at 25??C. For an aqueous transition metal m, such reactions are 3[Fe2+Fe3+2]O4(magnetite) + 2/nmz ??? 4[Fe3+2]O3(maghemite) + Fe2+ + 2/nmz-n and 3[Fe2+Ti]O3(ilmenite) + 2/nmz ??? Fe3+2Ti3O9(pseudorutile) + Fe2+ + 2/nmz-n, where z is the valance state and n is the charge transfer number. The half cell potential range for solid state oxidation [Fe(II)] ??? [Fe(III)] is -0.34 to -0.65 V, making structural Fe(II) a stronger reducing agent than aqueous Fe2+ (-0.77 V). Reduction rates for aqueous metal species are linear with time (up to 36 h), decrease with pH, and have rate constants between 0.1 and 3.3 ?? 10-10 mol m-2 s-1. Iron is released to solution both from the above reactions and from dissolution of the oxide surface. In the presence of chromate, Fe2+ is oxidized homogeneously in solution to Fe3+. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) denotes a Fe(III) oxide surface containing reduced Cr(III) and V(IV) species. Magnetite and ilmenite electrode potentials are insensitive to increases in divalent transition metals including Zn(II), Co(II), Mn(II), and Ni(II) and reduced V(IV) and Cr(III) but exhibit a log-linear concentration-potential response to Fe(III) and Cu(II). Complex positive electrode responses occur with increasing Cr(VI) and V(V) concentrations. Potential dynamic scans indicate that the high oxidation potential of dichromate is capable of suppressing the cathodic reductive dissolution of magnetite. Oxide electrode potentials are determined by the Fe(II)/Fe(III) composition of the oxide surface and respond to aqueous ion potentials which accelerate this oxidation process. Natural magnetite sands weathered under anoxic conditions are electrochemically reactive as demonstrated by rapid chromate reduction and the release of aqueous Fe(III) to experimental

  1. Monte Carlo simulations of catalytic CO oxidation on fractal surfaces of dimension between two and three

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    Park, Hwangseo; Kim, Hojing; Lee, Sangyoub

    1997-05-01

    We present a method for generating fractal surfaces of dimension between two and three. By using the method, five fractal surfaces with dimension 2.262, 2.402, 2.524, 2.631, and 2.771 are created. For each of these surfaces, the reaction of carbon monoxide and oxygen is simulated by using a Monte Carlo method based on the ZGB model [Phys. Rev. Lett. 24 (1986) 2553]. The results show that the catalytic CO oxidation proceeds more efficiently on a surface with higher fractal dimension. It is also found that as the fractal dimension of the surface becomes higher, the first-order kinetic phase transition point (y 2) is shifted to a higher partial pressure of CO. This implies that poisoning of the catalyst surface due to CO segregation sets in at a higher CO partial pressure for surfaces with more complexity.

  2. Estimating the extent of surface oxidation by measuring the porosity dependent dielectrics of oxygenated porous silicon [rapid communication

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    Pan, L. K.; Sun, Chang Q.; Li, C. M.

    2005-02-01

    Surface oxidation and porosity variation play significant roles in the dielectric performance of porous silicon (PS) yet discriminating the contribution of these events is a challenge. Here we present an analytical solution that covers contributions from the components of silicon oxide surface, silicon backbone and voids using a serial-parallel capacitance structure. Agreement between modeling predictions and measurement has been realized, which turns out an effective method that enables us to estimate the extent of surface oxidation of a specimen by measuring the porosity dependent dielectric response of the chemically passivated PS, and provides guidelines that could be useful for designing dielectric porous structures with surface oxidation.

  3. Development of highly faceted reduced graphene oxide-coated copper oxide and copper nanoparticles on a copper foil surface.

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    Ortega-Amaya, Rebeca; Matsumoto, Yasuhiro; Espinoza-Rivas, Andrés M; Pérez-Guzmán, Manuel A; Ortega-López, Mauricio

    2016-01-01

    This work describes the formation of reduced graphene oxide-coated copper oxide and copper nanoparticles (rGO-Cu2ONPs, rGO-CuNPs) on the surface of a copper foil supporting graphene oxide (GO) at annealing temperatures of 200-1000 °C, under an Ar atmosphere. These hybrid nanostructures were developed from bare copper oxide nanoparticles which grew at an annealing temperature of 80 °C under nitrogen flux. The predominant phase as well as the particle size and shape strongly depend on the process temperature. Characterization with transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy indicates that Cu or Cu2O nanoparticles take rGO sheets from the rGO network to form core-shell Cu-rGO or Cu2O-rGO nanostructures. It is noted that such ones increase in size from 5 to 800 nm as the annealing temperature increases in the 200-1000 °C range. At 1000 °C, Cu nanoparticles develop a highly faceted morphology, displaying arm-like carbon nanorods that originate from different facets of the copper crystal structure.

  4. Influences of various Pt dopants over surface platinized TiO2 on the photocatalytic oxidation of nitric oxide.

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    Wang, Haiqiang; Wu, Zhongbiao; Liu, Yue; Wang, Yuejun

    2009-02-01

    Various surface platinized TiO(2) were prepared by four different preparation methods and investigated with respect to their behaviors in UV photocatalytic oxidation of nitric oxide. The physicochemical properties of the Pt modified TiO(2) were investigated by X-ray diffraction analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectrum analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence spectra. From the experimental results, it was found that new electronic states were observed above the valence bands of PtOx-TiO(2) and PtClx-TiO(2). And the lifetime of electrons and holes was found prolonged in the PtOx-TiO(2) catalysts. The activity tests showed that the dopants existed as metallic Pt and platinum chloride had little contribution to the photocatalytic oxidation of NO in gas phase. However, the dopant which existed as PtOx could improve the NO photocatalytic oxidation efficiency and the reaction rate. The photocatalytic activity of the 0.05 at% PtOx-TiO(2) was nearly three times higher than that of the pure Degussa P25 with an inlet NO concentration of 200 ppm.

  5. Development of highly faceted reduced graphene oxide-coated copper oxide and copper nanoparticles on a copper foil surface

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    Matsumoto, Yasuhiro; Espinoza-Rivas, Andrés M; Pérez-Guzmán, Manuel A; Ortega-López, Mauricio

    2016-01-01

    Summary This work describes the formation of reduced graphene oxide-coated copper oxide and copper nanoparticles (rGO-Cu2ONPs, rGO-CuNPs) on the surface of a copper foil supporting graphene oxide (GO) at annealing temperatures of 200–1000 °C, under an Ar atmosphere. These hybrid nanostructures were developed from bare copper oxide nanoparticles which grew at an annealing temperature of 80 °C under nitrogen flux. The predominant phase as well as the particle size and shape strongly depend on the process temperature. Characterization with transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy indicates that Cu or Cu2O nanoparticles take rGO sheets from the rGO network to form core–shell Cu–rGO or Cu2O–rGO nanostructures. It is noted that such ones increase in size from 5 to 800 nm as the annealing temperature increases in the 200–1000 °C range. At 1000 °C, Cu nanoparticles develop a highly faceted morphology, displaying arm-like carbon nanorods that originate from different facets of the copper crystal structure. PMID:27547618

  6. Ultrasmooth reaction-sintered silicon carbide surface resulting from combination of thermal oxidation and ceria slurry polishing.

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    Shen, Xinmin; Dai, Yifan; Deng, Hui; Guan, Chaoliang; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2013-06-17

    An ultrasmooth reaction-sintered silicon carbide surface with an rms roughness of 0.424 nm is obtained after thermal oxidation for 30 min followed by ceria slurry polishing for 30 min. By SEM-EDX analysis, we investigated the thermal oxidation behavior of RS-SiC, in which the main components are Si and SiC. As the oxidation rate is higher in the area with defects, there are no scratches or cracks on the surface after oxidation. However, a bumpy structure is formed after oxidation because the oxidation rates of Si and SiC differ. Through a theoretical analysis of thermal oxidation using the Deal-Grove model and the removal of the oxide layer by ceria slurry polishing in accordance with the Preston equation, a model for obtaining an ultrasmooth surface is proposed and the optimal processing conditions are presented.

  7. Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes. Unraveling the Relationship Between Structure, Surface Chemistry and Oxygen Reduction

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    Gopalan, Srikanth

    2013-03-31

    In this work we have considered oxygen reduction reaction on LSM and LSCF cathode materials. In particular we have used various spectroscopic techniques to explore the surface composition, transition metal oxidation state, and the bonding environment of oxygen to understand the changes that occur to the surface during the oxygen reduction process. In a parallel study we have employed patterned cathodes of both LSM and LSCF cathodes to extract transport and kinetic parameters associated with the oxygen reduction process.

  8. Surface plasmon dispersion analysis in the metal-oxide-metal tunnel diode

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    Donohue, J. F.; Wang, E. Y.

    1987-01-01

    A detailed model of surface plasmon dispersion in the metal-oxide-metal tunnel diode is presented in order to clarify the spectral emission from this diode. The model predicts the location of the spectral peaks and the emission between the peaks by considering the effects of retardation on the surface plasmon. A nonradiative mode is found to play a major role in the transition from the visible to UV peaks in the diode spectra.

  9. Surface electronic structure and isomerization reactions of alkanes on some transition metal oxides

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    Katrib, A.; Logie, V.; Saurel, N.; Wehrer, P.; Hilaire, L.; Maire, G.

    1997-04-01

    XP spectra of some reduced transition metal oxides are presented. Different number of free nd,( n + 1)s valence electrons in each case could be observed by the presence of a certain density of states (DOS) at the Fermi-level in the valence band (VB) energy region of the XP spectrum. Catalytic isomerization reactions of 2-methylpentane yielding 3-methylpentane and n-hexane at 350°C have been observed on these reduced valence surface states. The bifunctionel mechanism in terms of metallic and acidic sites required for such reactions is proposed by considering the metallic properties of the rutile deformed structure through the C-axis in the case of MoO 2 and WO 2, while the oxygen atom(s) in the lattice structure exhibit Brönsted acidic properties. On the other hand, highly reduced or clean surfaces of these transition metals yield hydrogenolysis catalytic reactions for the same reactant with methane as the major product. In all cases, the exposure of the lower valence oxidation states of bulk transition metal oxides to air results in the surface partial oxidation to the stable oxides such as MoO 3, WO 3, V 2O 5 and Nb 2O 5.

  10. Determination of surface oxide compositions on Alloy 600 using Rutherford backscattering

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    Hanson, A.L.; Isaacs, H.S.; Kraner, H.W.

    1984-01-01

    The surface composition of oxides formed on Alloy 600 under conditions similar to those in the primary side of PWR heat exchangers has been studied as a function of potential using Rutherford backscattering and proton inelastic scattering. Electropolished samples of Alloy 600 were exposed at several potentials to a solution of 0.18M H/sub 3/BO/sub 3/(2000 ppM B) with 0.28M LiOH (1.4 ppM Li) at 300/sup 0/C for 450 hours. The potentials relative to an internal hydrogen electrode ranged from -.09 to 750 mV. RBS analysis showed little or no oxide formation on samples exposed at 0 mV. Above 0 mV oxide layers formed whose thicknesses increased with potential. In addition the RBS showed a significantly enhanced concentration of aluminum and silicon in oxide. Both the oxygen and the sum of the aluminum and silicon content appeared to maintain a fixed surface concentration independent of the oxide thickness. Boron and lithium concentration were analyzed with proton inelastic scattering. No lithium was found in any sample. The boron concentration was found to follow the thickness of the oxide.

  11. Reduction of a thin chromium oxide film on Inconel surface upon treatment with hydrogen plasma

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    Vesel, Alenka; Mozetic, Miran; Balat-Pichelin, Marianne

    2016-11-01

    Inconel samples with a surface oxide film composed of solely chromium oxide with a thickness of approximately 700 nm were exposed to low-pressure hydrogen plasma at elevated temperatures to determine the suitable parameters for reduction of the oxide film. The hydrogen pressure during treatment was set to 60 Pa. Plasma was created by a surfaguide microwave discharge in a quartz glass tube to allow for a high dissociation fraction of hydrogen molecules. Auger electron depth profiling (AES) was used to determine the decay of the oxygen in the surface film and X-ray diffraction (XRD) to measure structural modifications. During hydrogen plasma treatment, the oxidized Inconel samples were heated to elevated temperatures. The reduction of the oxide film started at temperatures of approximately 1300 K (considering the emissivity of 0.85) and the oxide was reduced in about 10 s of treatment as revealed by AES. The XRD showed sharper substrate peaks after the reduction. Samples treated in hydrogen atmosphere under the same conditions have not been reduced up to approximately 1500 K indicating usefulness of plasma treatment.

  12. Preparation of gallium nitride surfaces for atomic layer deposition of aluminum oxide

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    Kerr, A. J.; Chagarov, E.; Kaufman-Osborn, T.; Kummel, A. C.; Gu, S.; Wu, J.; Asbeck, P. M.; Madisetti, S.; Oktyabrsky, S.

    2014-09-14

    A combined wet and dry cleaning process for GaN(0001) has been investigated with XPS and DFT-MD modeling to determine the molecular-level mechanisms for cleaning and the subsequent nucleation of gate oxide atomic layer deposition (ALD). In situ XPS studies show that for the wet sulfur treatment on GaN(0001), sulfur desorbs at room temperature in vacuum prior to gate oxide deposition. Angle resolved depth profiling XPS post-ALD deposition shows that the a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} gate oxide bonds directly to the GaN substrate leaving both the gallium surface atoms and the oxide interfacial atoms with XPS chemical shifts consistent with bulk-like charge. These results are in agreement with DFT calculations that predict the oxide/GaN(0001) interface will have bulk-like charges and a low density of band gap states. This passivation is consistent with the oxide restoring the surface gallium atoms to tetrahedral bonding by eliminating the gallium empty dangling bonds on bulk terminated GaN(0001)

  13. Surface point defects on bulk oxides: atomically-resolved scanning probe microscopy.

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    Setvín, Martin; Wagner, Margareta; Schmid, Michael; Parkinson, Gareth S; Diebold, Ulrike

    2017-03-17

    Metal oxides are abundant in nature and they are some of the most versatile materials for applications ranging from catalysis to novel electronics. The physical and chemical properties of metal oxides are dramatically influenced, and can be judiciously tailored, by defects. Small changes in stoichiometry introduce so-called intrinsic defects, e.g., atomic vacancies and/or interstitials. This review gives an overview of using Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM), in particular Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), to study the changes in the local geometric and electronic structure related to these intrinsic point defects at the surfaces of metal oxides. Three prototypical systems are discussed: titanium dioxide (TiO2), iron oxides (Fe3O4), and, as an example for a post-transition-metal oxide, indium oxide (In2O3). Each of these three materials prefers a different type of surface point defect: oxygen vacancies, cation vacancies, and cation adatoms, respectively. The different modes of STM imaging and the promising capabilities of non-contact Atomic Force Microscopy (nc-AFM) techniques are discussed, as well as the capability of STM to manipulate single point defects.

  14. Preparation of gallium nitride surfaces for atomic layer deposition of aluminum oxide

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    Kerr, A. J.; Chagarov, E.; Gu, S.; Kaufman-Osborn, T.; Madisetti, S.; Wu, J.; Asbeck, P. M.; Oktyabrsky, S.; Kummel, A. C.

    2014-09-01

    A combined wet and dry cleaning process for GaN(0001) has been investigated with XPS and DFT-MD modeling to determine the molecular-level mechanisms for cleaning and the subsequent nucleation of gate oxide atomic layer deposition (ALD). In situ XPS studies show that for the wet sulfur treatment on GaN(0001), sulfur desorbs at room temperature in vacuum prior to gate oxide deposition. Angle resolved depth profiling XPS post-ALD deposition shows that the a-Al2O3 gate oxide bonds directly to the GaN substrate leaving both the gallium surface atoms and the oxide interfacial atoms with XPS chemical shifts consistent with bulk-like charge. These results are in agreement with DFT calculations that predict the oxide/GaN(0001) interface will have bulk-like charges and a low density of band gap states. This passivation is consistent with the oxide restoring the surface gallium atoms to tetrahedral bonding by eliminating the gallium empty dangling bonds on bulk terminated GaN(0001).

  15. Preparation of gallium nitride surfaces for atomic layer deposition of aluminum oxide.

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    Kerr, A J; Chagarov, E; Gu, S; Kaufman-Osborn, T; Madisetti, S; Wu, J; Asbeck, P M; Oktyabrsky, S; Kummel, A C

    2014-09-14

    A combined wet and dry cleaning process for GaN(0001) has been investigated with XPS and DFT-MD modeling to determine the molecular-level mechanisms for cleaning and the subsequent nucleation of gate oxide atomic layer deposition (ALD). In situ XPS studies show that for the wet sulfur treatment on GaN(0001), sulfur desorbs at room temperature in vacuum prior to gate oxide deposition. Angle resolved depth profiling XPS post-ALD deposition shows that the a-Al2O3 gate oxide bonds directly to the GaN substrate leaving both the gallium surface atoms and the oxide interfacial atoms with XPS chemical shifts consistent with bulk-like charge. These results are in agreement with DFT calculations that predict the oxide/GaN(0001) interface will have bulk-like charges and a low density of band gap states. This passivation is consistent with the oxide restoring the surface gallium atoms to tetrahedral bonding by eliminating the gallium empty dangling bonds on bulk terminated GaN(0001).

  16. Growth of Metal Nano-Clusters on Metal and Oxide Surfaces:. a Rheed Study

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    Zei, M. S.

    The powerful RHEED technique has been demonstrated for the structural determination of the nano-crystals grown on metal and oxide substrate surfaces. Pt was electrochemically deposited onto a Ru(10bar {1}0) electrode, while Pb and cobalt were vapor deposited onto Ag(111) and oxide film/NiAl(100), respectively under UHV conditions. At any Pt coverage, 3D-clusters develop for which the Pt clusters grow in (311) orientation on the Ru(10bar {1}0) substrate surface, where the [01bar {1}] atomic rows of the (311) facet are parallel to the [1bar {2}10] atomic rows of the Ru(10bar {1}0) surface. Due to the strong bonding at Pb/Ag(111) interface, the Pb deposit grows in 2D-islands with a (√ {3} × √ {3})R30o phase (Θ < 1 ML). On the other hand, the β-crystallites of ≈ 1 nm in diameter with inclusion of smaller-sized particles (D < 1 nm) are observed on Θ-Al2O3 after Co deposition at room temperature. Annealing at 900 K Co clusters (≈ 3 nm) grow larger at expense of small particles on thin oxide film on NiAl(100) and become better ordered, where the [110] axis of the Co(001) facet is parallel to the [100] direction of the (001)-oxide surface. The in-plane lattice constant of Co clusters is ca. 4 larger than that of bulk Co, yielding less strain at the (001)-oxide surface. These results demonstrate that both orientation and phase of metal nano-clusters are governed by surface structure of the substrate.

  17. In situ work function study of oxidation and thin film growth on clean surfaces

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    Baikie, I. D.; Petermann, U.; Lägel, B.

    1999-08-01

    Using a novel ultra high vacuum compatible Kelvin probe we have studied the work function ( φ) changes on semiconductors and metals occurring during basic surface processing, for example, surface cleaning, sputtering, oxidation and thin film growth. We show that damage of the 7×7 reconstruction due to Ar ion bombardment has a profound influence on the work function changes (Δ φ) during oxidation on the Si(111) surface, tending to decrease or even reverse the surface dipole. We have also followed the variable temperature oxidation kinetics of Si(111) in the range of 100-600 K and show that magnitude of the Δ φpeak during the initial adsorption curve decreases in a linear fashion with increasing substrate temperature. We interpret this as being due to the rapid onset of oxygen permeation through the surface layer at higher temperatures producing a reverse or zero net dipole. Combining work function data with a localized technique such as scanning tunnelling microscopy permits monitoring of surface processes at both microscopic and macroscopic levels. In conjunction with Professor Behm's group at Ulm University, Germany, we have monitored work function changes during evaporation of Al on Ru(0001) and show correlation between changes in φ with topographic features such as island growth mechanism, monolayer formation, etc.

  18. Intrinsic activity and poisoning rate for HCOOH oxidation on platinum stepped surfaces.

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    Grozovski, Vitali; Climent, Víctor; Herrero, Enrique; Feliu, Juan M

    2010-08-21

    Pulsed voltammetry has been used to study formic acid oxidation on platinum stepped surfaces to determine the kinetics of the reaction and the role of the surface structure in the reactivity. From the current transients at different potentials, the intrinsic activity of the electrode through the active intermediate reaction path (j(theta = 0)), as well as the rate constant for the CO formation (k(ads)) have been calculated. The kinetics for formic acid oxidation through the active intermediate reaction path is strongly dependent on the surface structure of the electrode, with the highest activity found for the Pt(100) surface. The presence of steps, both on (100) and (111) terraces, does not increase the activity of these surfaces. CO formation only takes place in a narrow potential window very close to the local potential of zero total charge. The extrapolation of the results obtained with stepped surfaces with (111) terraces to zero step density indicates that CO formation should not occur on an ideal Pt(111) electrode. Additionally, the analysis of the Tafel slopes obtained for the different electrodes suggests that the oxidation of formic acid is strongly affected by the presence of adsorbed anions, hydrogen and water.

  19. In situ transmission infrared spectroscopy of high-kappa oxide atomic layer deposition onto silicon surfaces

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    Ho, Ming-Tsung

    Ultra-thin aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and hafnium oxide (HfO2) layers have been grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using tri-methyl-aluminum (TMA) and tetrakis-ethyl-methyl-amino-hafnium (TEMAH) respectively with heavy water (D2O) as the oxidizing agent. Several different silicon surfaces were used as substrates such as hydrogen terminated silicon (H/Si), SC2 (or RCA 2) cleaned native silicon oxide (SiO 2/Si), and silicon (oxy)nitride. In-situ transmission Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) has been adopted for the study of the growth mechanisms during ALD of these films. The vibrational spectra of gas phase TEMAH and its reaction byproducts with oxidants have also been investigated. Density functional theory (DFT) normal mode calculations show a good agreement with the experimental data when it is combined with linear wave-number scaling method and Fermi resonance mechanism. Ether (-C-O-C-) and tertiary alkylamine (N(R1R 2R3)) compounds are the two most dominant products of TEMAH reacting with oxygen gas and water. When ozone is used as the oxidant, gas phase CH2O, CH3NO2, CH3-N=C=O and other compounds containing -(C=O)- and --C-O-C- (or --O-C-) segments are observed. With substrate temperatures less than 400°C and 300°C for TMA and TEMAH respectively, Al oxide and Hf oxide ALD can be appropriately performed on silicon surfaces. Thin silicon (oxy)nitride thermally grown in ammonia on silicon substrate can significantly reduce silicon oxide interlayer formation during ALD and post-deposition annealing. The crystallization temperature of amorphous ALD grown HfO2 on nitridized silicon is 600°C, which is 100°C higher than on the other silicon surfaces. When HfO2 is grown on H/Si(111) at 100°C deposition temperature, minimum 5--10 ALD cycles are required for the full surface coverage. The steric effect can be seen by the evolution of the H-Si stretching mode at 2083 cm-1. The observed red shift of H-Si stretching to ˜ 2060 cm-1 can be caused by Si

  20. Effect of Reacting Surface Density on the Overall Graphite Oxidation Rate

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    Chang H. Oh; Eung Kim; Jong Lim; Richard Schultz; David Petti

    2009-05-01

    Graphite oxidation in an air-ingress accident is presently a very important issue for the reactor safety of the very high temperature gas cooled-reactor (VHTR), the concept of the next generation nuclear plant (NGNP) because of its potential problems such as mechanical degradation of the supporting graphite in the lower plenum of the VHTR might lead to core collapse if the countermeasure is taken carefully. The oxidation process of graphite has known to be affected by various factors, including temperature, pressure, oxygen concentration, types of graphite, graphite shape and size, flow distribution, etc. However, our recent study reveals that the internal pore characteristics play very important roles in the overall graphite oxidation rate. One of the main issues regarding graphite oxidation is the potential core collapse problem that may occur following the degradation of graphite mechanical strength. In analyzing this phenomenon, it is very important to understand the relationship between the degree of oxidization and strength degradation. In addition, the change of oxidation rate by graphite oxidation degree characterization by burn-off (ratio of the oxidized graphite density to the original density) should be quantified because graphite strength degradation is followed by graphite density decrease, which highly affects oxidation rates and patterns. Because the density change is proportional to the internal pore surface area, they should be quantified in advance. In order to understand the above issues, the following experiments were performed: (1)Experiment on the fracture of the oxidized graphite and validation of the previous correlations, (2) Experiment on the change of oxidation rate using graphite density and data collection, (3) Measure the BET surface area of the graphite. The experiments were performed using H451 (Great Lakes Carbon Corporation) and IG-110 (Toyo Tanso Co., Ltd) graphite. The reason for the use of those graphite materials is because

  1. Ethanol oxidation on Pt single-crystal electrodes: surface-structure effects in alkaline medium.

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    Busó-Rogero, Carlos; Herrero, Enrique; Feliu, Juan M

    2014-07-21

    Ethanol oxidation in 0.1 M NaOH on single-crystal electrodes has been studied using electrochemical and FTIR techniques. The results show that the activity order is the opposite of that found in acidic solutions. The Pt(111) electrode displays the highest currents and also the highest onset potential of all the electrodes. The onset potential for the oxidation of ethanol is linked to the adsorption of OH on the electrode surface. However, small (or even negligible) amounts of CO(ads) and carbonate are detected by FTIR, which implies that cleavage of the C-C bond is not favored in this medium. The activity of the electrodes diminishes quickly upon cycling. The diminution of the activity is proportional to the measured currents and is linked to the formation and polymerization of acetaldehyde, which adsorbs onto the electrode surface and prevents further oxidation.

  2. A charge transport study in diamond, surface passivated by high-k dielectric oxides

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    Kovi, Kiran Kumar Majdi, Saman; Gabrysch, Markus; Isberg, Jan

    2014-11-17

    The recent progress in the growth of high-quality single-crystalline diamond films has sparked interest in the realization of efficient diamond power electronic devices. However, finding a suitable passivation is essential to improve the reliability and electrical performance of devices. In the current work, high-k dielectric materials such as aluminum oxide and hafnium oxide were deposited by atomic layer deposition on intrinsic diamond as a surface passivation layer. The hole transport properties in the diamond films were evaluated and compared to unpassivated films using the lateral time-of-flight technique. An enhancement of the near surface hole mobility in diamond films of up to 27% is observed when using aluminum oxide passivation.

  3. Preparation of Thin Melanin-Type Films by Surface-Controlled Oxidation.

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    Salomäki, Mikko; Tupala, Matti; Parviainen, Timo; Leiro, Jarkko; Karonen, Maarit; Lukkari, Jukka

    2016-04-26

    The preparation of thin melanin films suitable for applications is challenging. In this work, we present a new alternative approach to thin melanin-type films using oxidative multilayers prepared by the sequential layer-by-layer deposition of cerium(IV) and inorganic polyphosphate. The interfacial reaction between cerium(IV) in the multilayer and 5,6-dihydroxyindole (DHI) in the adjacent aqueous solution leads to the formation of a thin uniform film. The oxidation of DHI by cerium(IV) proceeds via known melanin intermediates. We have characterized the formed DHI-melanin films using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-vis spectroscopy, and spectroelectrochemistry. When a five-bilayer oxidative multilayer is used, the film is uniform with a thickness of ca. 10 nm. Its chemical composition, as determined using XPS, is typical for melanin. It is also redox active, and its oxidation occurs in two steps, which can be assigned to semiquinone and quinone formation within the indole structural motif. Oxidative multilayers can also oxidize dopamine, but the reaction stops at the dopamine quinone stage because of the limited amount of the multilayer-based oxidizing agent. However, dopamine oxidation by Ce(IV) was studied also in solution by UV-vis spectroscopy and mass spectrometry in order to verify the reaction mechanism and the final product. In solution, the oxidation of dopamine by cerium shows that the indole ring formation takes place already at low pH and that the mass spectrum of the final product is practically identical with that of commercial melanin. Therefore, layer-by-layer formed oxidative multilayers can be used to deposit functional melanin-type thin films on arbitrary substrates by a surface-controlled reaction.

  4. Formation and reactivity of surface-bound high oxidation state Ruthenium-oxo complexes.

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    Hornstein, B. J.; Dattelbaum, D. M.; Schoonover, J. R.; Meyer, T. J.

    2004-01-01

    Ruthenium polypyridyl oxalate complexes are precursors to high oxidation state species that can catalyze the oxidation of a variety of substrates. Covalent attachment of these reactive species to surfaces such at ZrO{sub 2} or TiO{sub 2} inhibit catalyst deactivation and provide supports from which to build electrocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic devices. Unfortunately, few details of the effects of surface binding on reactivity are available in the literature. To this end, precursors such as, Ru(H{sub 2}O{sub 3}Ptpy)(C{sub 2}O{sub 4})(H{sub 2}O) and (C{sub 2}O{sub 4})(H{sub 2}O{sub 3}Ptpy)Ru-O-Ru(H{sub 2}O{sub 3}Ptpy)(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}) (tpy is terpyridine) have been synthesized and attached to TiO{sub 2}. Quantitative surface binding studies were carried out and acid catalyzed solvolysis was used to form the aqua species. The complexes were oxidized with Ce(IV) to their high-valent analogs and their reactivity toward selected substrates was tested. These studies not only provide information about the effects of surface binding on the reactivity of metal oxides but also have implications for the development of light-driven catalysts.

  5. Work function changes and surface chemistry of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon on indium tin oxide

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    Chaney, John A.; Pehrsson, Pehr E.

    2001-08-01

    The surface chemistry of indium tin oxide (ITO) has been investigated with Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). A vibrating Kelvin probe (KP) with a graphite reference was used to monitor the absolute work function ( Φ) of ITO as a function of chemical modification. The ITO was exposed in situ to molecular hydrogen (H 2), hot-filament-activated oxygen ( O2∗), and hot-filament-activated deuterium ( D2∗). The initial Φ of ITO was determined to be 5.2 eV, and surface chemical changes had strong effects on this value, as seen by KP. Exposure of clean ITO to O2∗ increased Φ to ˜5.6 eV, but the increase was short-lived. The changes in Φ over time were correlated with the uptake of carbon impurities in ultra high vacuum (UHV), as monitored by AES. The HREELS of ITO revealed significant hydrocarbon impurities. Chemical reduction of ITO produced a metallic surface and dehydrogenated the adsorbed hydrocarbons. Both re-oxidation of metallic ITO and oxidation of clean ITO temporarily removed adventitious carbon from the surface, but oxidized ITO adsorbed an even larger quantity of carbon over time.

  6. Oxidation of the Ru(0001) surface covered by weakly bound, ultrathin silicate films

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    Emmez, Emre; Anibal Boscoboinik, J.; Tenney, Samuel; ...

    2015-06-30

    Bilayer silicate films grown on metal substrates are weakly bound to the metal surfaces, which allows ambient gas molecules to intercalate the oxide/metal interface. In this work, we studied the interaction of oxygen with Ru(0001) supported ultrathin silicate and aluminosilicate films at elevated O2 pressures (10-5–10 mbar) and temperatures (450–923 K). The results show that the silicate films stay essentially intact under these conditions, and oxygen in the film does not exchange with oxygen in the ambient. O2 molecules readily penetrate the film and dissociate on the underlying Ru surface underneath. Also, the silicate layer does however strongly passivate themore » Ru surface towards RuO2(110) oxide formation that readily occurs on bare Ru(0001) under the same conditions. Lastly, the results indicate considerable spatial effects for oxidation reactions on metal surfaces in the confined space at the interface. Moreover, the aluminosilicate films completely suppress the Ru oxidation, providing some rationale for using crystalline aluminosilicates in anti-corrosion coatings.« less

  7. Oxidation of carbon fiber surfaces for use as reinforcement in high-temperature cementitious material systems

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    Sugama, Toshifumi

    1990-01-01

    The interfacial bond characteristics between carbon fiber and a cement matrix, in high temperature fiber-reinforced cementitious composite systems, can be improved by the oxidative treatment of the fiber surfaces. Compositions and the process for producing the compositions are disclosed.

  8. Oxidation of carbon fiber surfaces for use as reinforcement in high-temperature cementitious material systems

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    Sugama, Toshifumi.

    1990-05-22

    The interfacial bond characteristics between carbon fiber and a cement matrix, in high temperature fiber-reinforced cementitious composite systems, can be improved by the oxidative treatment of the fiber surfaces. Compositions and the process for producing the compositions are disclosed. 2 figs.

  9. Effects of oxide charge and surface recombination velocity on the excess base current of BJTs

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    Kosier, S.L.; Schrimpf, R.D.; Wei, A.; DeLaus, M.; Fleetwood, D.M.; Combs, W.E.

    1993-12-01

    The role of net positive oxide trapped charge and surface recombination velocity on excess base current in BJTs is identified. The effects of the two types of damage can be detected by plotting the excess base current versus base-emitter voltage. Differences and similarities between ionizing-radiation-induced and hot electron-induced degradation are discussed.

  10. Role of surface chemistry in modified ACF (activated carbon fiber)-catalyzed peroxymonosulfate oxidation

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    Yang, Shiying; Li, Lei; Xiao, Tuo; Zheng, Di; Zhang, Yitao

    2016-10-01

    A commercial activated carbon fiber (ACF-0) was modified by three different methods: nitration treatment (ACF-N), heat treatment (ACF-H) and heat treatment after nitration (ACF-NH), and the effects of textural and chemical properties on the ability of the metal-free ACF-catalyzed peroxymonosulfate (PMS) oxidation of Reactive Black 5 (RB5), an azo dye being difficultly adsorbed onto ACF, in aqueous solution were investigated in this work. Surface density of functional groups, surface area changes, surface morphology and the chemical state inside ACF samples were characterized by Boehm titration, N2 adsorption, scanning electron microscopy in couple with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. XPS spectra deconvolution was applied to figure out the importance of surface nitrogen-containing function groups. We found that π-π, pyridine and amine have promoting effect on the catalytic oxidation while the -NO2 has inhibitory effect on the ACF/PMS systems for RB5 destroy. Sustainability and renewability of the typical ACF-NH for catalytic oxidation of RB5 were also discussed in detail. Information about our conclusions are useful to control and improve the performance of ACF-catalyzed PMS oxidation for organic pollutants in wastewater treatment.

  11. Effects of Oxide Surface on the Detonation Initiation of Energetic Materials from First Principles

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    Wang, Fenggong; Tsyshevsky, Roman; Kuklja, Maija; UMD Team

    Organic-inorganic interface provides both intrigues and opportunities for designing systems possessing properties and functionalities inaccessible by individual component. The electronic, catalytic, and defect properties of inorganic surfaces can affect the adsorption, chemical reaction, and photo-responsive properties of organic molecules. In particular, the presence of a particular oxide additive prompts the energy absorption for detonation initiation. Here, we choose the highly catalytic oxide TiO2 and explosive trinitrotoluene (TNT) as prototypical examples to explore the role of oxide surface on the detonation initiation of explosives from first principles. We show that the TNT-TiO2 (110) interface induces optical transitions between TiO2 and TNT, shifting the light absorption edge to lower energy. This helps to control the detonation initiation by laser light with a modest optical energy. In addition, the presence of surface oxygen vacancies leads to electron transfer from surface to molecule, facilitating the decomposition of TNT. Our results not only provide guidelines for designing a controllable oxide-explosive formulation that can be initiated by available lasers, but also help to understand interfaces with target properties and functionalities.

  12. Oxidation of the Ru(0001) surface covered by weakly bound, ultrathin silicate films

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    Emmez, Emre; Anibal Boscoboinik, J.; Tenney, Samuel; Sutter, Peter; Shaikhutdinov, Shamil; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2015-06-30

    Bilayer silicate films grown on metal substrates are weakly bound to the metal surfaces, which allows ambient gas molecules to intercalate the oxide/metal interface. In this work, we studied the interaction of oxygen with Ru(0001) supported ultrathin silicate and aluminosilicate films at elevated O2 pressures (10-5–10 mbar) and temperatures (450–923 K). The results show that the silicate films stay essentially intact under these conditions, and oxygen in the film does not exchange with oxygen in the ambient. O2 molecules readily penetrate the film and dissociate on the underlying Ru surface underneath. Also, the silicate layer does however strongly passivate the Ru surface towards RuO2(110) oxide formation that readily occurs on bare Ru(0001) under the same conditions. Lastly, the results indicate considerable spatial effects for oxidation reactions on metal surfaces in the confined space at the interface. Moreover, the aluminosilicate films completely suppress the Ru oxidation, providing some rationale for using crystalline aluminosilicates in anti-corrosion coatings.

  13. Chemical changes in secondary electron emission during oxidation of nickel /100/ and /111/ crystal surfaces

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    Holloway, P. H.; Hudson, J. B.

    1975-01-01

    Changes in the secondary electron spectra (which include chemical shifts of Auger transitions) between 0-70 eV during the oxidation of both (100) and (111) nickel surfaces are reported. The reaction sequence between oxygen and nickel is also briefly described. Emission rate changes are correlated with changes in the work function of the solid.

  14. Electrochemical oxidation of hydrazine and its derivatives on the surface of metal electrodes in alkaline media

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    Asazawa, Koichiro; Yamada, Koji; Tanaka, Hirohisa; Taniguchi, Masatoshi; Oguro, Keisuke

    Electrochemical oxidation of hydrazine and its derivatives on the surface of various metal electrodes in alkaline media was investigated. A comparison of various polycrystalline metal electrodes (Ni, Co, Fe, Cu, Ag, Au, and Pt) showed that Co and Ni electrodes have a lower onset potential for hydrazine oxidation than the Pt electrode. The onset oxidation potential of APA (aminopolyacrylamide), a hydrazine derivative (-0.127 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode, RHE), was similar to that of hydrazine hydrate (-0.178 V vs. RHE) in the case of the Co electrode. APA oxidation was possible because of hydrazine desorption that was caused by APA hydrolysis. The hydrolysis reaction was brought about by a heat treatment. This result suggests that the hydrazine hydrolysis reaction of hydrazine derivatives makes it possible to store hydrazine hydrate safely.

  15. Controllable deposition of platinum layers on oxide surfaces for the synthesis of fuel cell catalysts

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    Vukmirovic, Miomir B.; Kuttiyiel, Kurian A.; Meng, Hui; Adzic, Radoslav R.

    2016-09-13

    Reducing the amount of Pt, the most costly component of both anode and cathode fuel cell catalysts, has attracted considerable attention from the research community. An approach is reported herein to deposit sub-monolayer to multilayer amounts of Pt and other noble metals on metal oxides and oxidized carbon materials. The process is exemplified by Pt deposition on RuO2(110). The Pt deposit consists of Pt atoms arranged in a c(2×2) array, that is, a 0.25 monolayer (ML). The deposit has lower catalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and similar activity for the hydrogen oxidation reaction compared to Pt(111). These activities are explained by a large calculated upshift of the d-band center of Pt atoms and larger Pt–Pt interatomic distances than those of Pt(111). A catalyst with Pt coverage larger than 0.25 ML on oxide surfaces and oxidized carbon materials is shown to be active for the ORR as well as for other electrocatalytic reactions. A PtRhSnO2/C catalyst shows high activity for ethanol oxidation as a result of its ability to effectively cleave the C–C bond in ethanol. Furthermore, Pt deposited on reduced graphene oxide shows high Pt mass ORR activity and good stability.

  16. Controllable deposition of platinum layers on oxide surfaces for the synthesis of fuel cell catalysts

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    Vukmirovic, Miomir B.; Kuttiyiel, Kurian A.; Meng, Hui; ...

    2016-09-13

    Reducing the amount of Pt, the most costly component of both anode and cathode fuel cell catalysts, has attracted considerable attention from the research community. An approach is reported herein to deposit sub-monolayer to multilayer amounts of Pt and other noble metals on metal oxides and oxidized carbon materials. The process is exemplified by Pt deposition on RuO2(110). The Pt deposit consists of Pt atoms arranged in a c(2×2) array, that is, a 0.25 monolayer (ML). The deposit has lower catalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and similar activity for the hydrogen oxidation reaction compared to Pt(111). Thesemore » activities are explained by a large calculated upshift of the d-band center of Pt atoms and larger Pt–Pt interatomic distances than those of Pt(111). A catalyst with Pt coverage larger than 0.25 ML on oxide surfaces and oxidized carbon materials is shown to be active for the ORR as well as for other electrocatalytic reactions. A PtRhSnO2/C catalyst shows high activity for ethanol oxidation as a result of its ability to effectively cleave the C–C bond in ethanol. Furthermore, Pt deposited on reduced graphene oxide shows high Pt mass ORR activity and good stability.« less

  17. Modification of surface layer of magnesium oxide via partial dissolution and re-growth of crystallites

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    Gao, Zhiming; Wei, Lingyan; Yan, Tingting; Zhou, Ming

    2011-02-01

    A procedure to modify surface layer of metal oxide is presented. By way of partial dissolution and re-growth of crystallites, a new MgO surface layer on the “core” of the original MgO particles was formed. XRD analyses indicate that the new surface layer is different from the original MgO particles in crystallinity. Thus a higher reducibility of surface non-lattice oxygen species is generated. As the extent of dissolution and re-growth of crystallites increased, reducible surface non-lattice oxygen species increased, which led to a lowering of surface non-lattice oxygen concentration on the X%-MgO catalysts in the OCM reaction atmosphere. This is considered to be the major reason for decreasing of CO2 formation.

  18. Effect of surface roughness on leakage current and corrosion resistance of oxide layer on AZ91 Mg alloy prepared by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Yoo, Bongyoung; Shin, Ki Ryoung; Hwang, Duck Young; Lee, Dong Heon; Shin, Dong Hyuk

    2010-09-01

    The influence of the surface roughness of Mg alloys on the electrical properties and corrosion resistance of oxide layers obtained by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) were studied. The leakage current in the insulating oxide layer was enhanced by increasing the surface roughness, which is a favorable characteristic for the material when applied to hand-held electronic devices. The variation of corrosion resistance with surface roughness was also investigated. The corrosion resistance was degraded by the increasing surface roughness, which was confirmed with DC polarization and impedance spectroscopy. Pitting corrosion on the passive oxide layer was also analyzed with a salt spray test, which showed that the number of pits was not affected by the surface roughness when the spray time reached 96 h.

  19. Oxidation and metal-insertion in molybdenite surfaces: evaluation of charge-transfer mechanisms and dynamics

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    Ramana, CV; Becker, U; Shutthanandan, V; Julien, CM

    2008-01-01

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a layered transition-metal dichalcogenide, has been of special importance to the research community of geochemistry, materials and environmental chemistry, and geotechnical engineering. Understanding the oxidation behavior and charge-transfer mechanisms in MoS2 is important to gain better insight into the degradation of this mineral in the environment. In addition, understanding the insertion of metals into molybdenite and evaluation of charge-transfer mechanism and dynamics is important to utilize these minerals in technological applications. Furthermore, a detailed investigation of thermal oxidation behavior and metal-insertion will provide a basis to further explore and model the mechanism of adsorption of metal ions onto geomedia. The present work was performed to understand thermal oxidation and metal-insertion processes of molybdenite surfaces. The analysis was performed using atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Structural studies using SEM and TEM indicate the local-disordering of the structure as a result of charge-transfer process between the inserted lithium and the molybdenite layer. Selected area electron diffraction measurements indicate the large variations in the diffusivity of lithium confirming that the charge-transfer is different along and perpendicular to the layers in molybdenite. Thermal heating of molybenite surface in air at 400°C induces surface oxidation, which is slow during the first hour of heating and then increases significantly. The SEM results indicate that the crystals formed on the molybdenite surface as a result of thermal oxidation exhibit regular thin-elongated shape. The average size and density of the crystals on the surface is dependent on the time of annealing; smaller size and high density during the first one-hour and significant increase in

  20. Effect of surface oxidation layer on tensile strength of Cu-Ni alloy in friction stir welding

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    Yoon, Taejin; Park, Sangwon; Chung, Sungwook; Noh, Joongsuk; Kim, Kwangho; Kang, Chungyun

    2016-05-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) of thick Cu-Ni plate was successfully completed. The fracture position after tensile testing was located at the weld nugget zone (WNZ), where surface oxidation occurred. The oxidation morphologies on the surface of the base metal were analyzed by SEM, EPMA and XRD, with the oxide layer being obtained by simple and useful way to analyze the oxide products, namely, collecting oxide powders after immersing of the oxidized specimen into HNO3 solution. The results highlighted that an oxide layer of 30 μm thickness consists of a mixture of two phases, Cu2O and NiO, on the surface of the base metal. After FSW, the thickness of the oxide layer on the surface was decreased to approximately 5 μm, and broken oxide particles, which is NiO, penetrated into the WNZ by the rotating tool. NiO was preferentially formed at the surface after FSW because it has a lower Gibbs free energy value at 950 °C, which is the peak temperature measured during FSW. Oxide layer of Cu-Ni plate was clearly only removed by mechanical method grinding with 1200-grit SiC paper. The removal of oxide layer results in improved mechanical strength.

  1. Surface activity and molecular characteristics of cuttlefish skin gelatin modified by oxidized linoleic acid.

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    Aewsiri, Tanong; Benjakul, Soottawat; Visessanguan, Wonnop; Wierenga, Peter A; Gruppen, Harry

    2011-05-01

    Surface activity and molecular changes of cuttlefish skin gelatin modified with oxidized linoleic acid (OLA) prepared at 60, 70 and 80 °C at different times were investigated. Modification of gelatin with OLA could improve surface activity of resulting gelatin as evidenced by the decreased surface tension and the increased foaming and emulsifying properties. Interaction between OLA and gelatin led to the generation of carbonyl groups, loss of free amino content and the increase in particle size of resulting gelatin. Emulsion stabilized by modified gelatin had the smaller mean particle diameter with higher stability, compared with that stabilized by gelatin without modification.

  2. Metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor humidity sensor using surface conductance

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    Song, Seok-Ho; Yang, Hyun-Ho; Han, Chang-Hoon; Ko, Seung-Deok; Lee, Seok-Hee; Yoon, Jun-Bo

    2012-03-01

    This letter presents a metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor based humidity sensor which does not use any specific materials to sense the relative humidity. We simply make use of the low pressure chemical vapor deposited (LPCVD) silicon dioxide's surface conductance change. When the gate is biased and then floated, the electrical charge in the gate is dissipated through the LPCVD silicon dioxide's surface to the surrounding ground with a time constant depending on the surface conductance which, in turn, varies with humidity. With this method, extremely high sensitivity was achieved—the charge dissipation speed increased thousand times as the relative humidity increased.

  3. Characterization study of polycrystalline tin oxide surfaces before and after reduction in CO

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    Drawdy, Jean E.; Hoflund, Gar B.; Davidson, Mark R.; Schryer, David R.

    1990-01-01

    Polycrystalline tin oxide surfaces have been examined before and after reduction in 40 Torr of CO at 100 and 175 C using Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA), ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS) and electron stimulated desorption (ESD). The changes in the surface composition and chemical states of the surface species generally are subtle for the reductive conditions used. However, significant changes do occur with regard to the amounts and the chemical forms of the hydrogen-containing species remaining after both the 100 and 175 C reductions.

  4. Effect of lipoxygenase oxidation on surface deposition of unsaturated fatty acids.

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    Tayeb, Ali H; Hubbe, Martin Allen; Zhang, Yanxia; Rojas, Orlando J

    2017-04-14

    We studied the interactions of lipid molecules (linoleic acid, glycerol trilinoleate and a complex mixture of wood extractives) with hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces (cellulose nanofibrils, CNF, and polyethylene terephthalate, PET, respectively). The effect of lipoxygenase treatment to minimize the affinity of the lipids with the given surface was considered. Application of an electroacoustic sensing technique (QCM) allowed the monitoring of the kinetics of oxidation as well as dynamics of lipid deposition on CNF and PET. The effect of the lipoxygenase enzymes (LOX) was elucidated with regards to their ability to reduce the formation of soiling lipid layers. The results pointed to the fact that the rate of colloidal oxidation depended on the type of lipid substrate. The pre-treatment of the lipids with LOX reduced substantially their affinity to the surfaces, especially PET. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensograms confirmed the effect of oxidation in decreasing the extent of deposition on the hydrophilic CNF. QCM energy dissipation analyses revealed the possible presence of a loosely adsorbed lipid layer on the PET surface. The morphology of the deposits accumulated on the solids was determined by atomic force microscopy and indicated important changes upon lipid treatment with LOX. The results highlighted the benefit of enzyme as a bio-based treatment to reduce hydrophobic interactions, thus providing a viable solution to the control of lipid deposition from aqueous media.

  5. Natural and pyrogenic humic acids at goethite and natural oxide surfaces interacting with phosphate.

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    Hiemstra, Tjisse; Mia, Shamim; Duhaut, Pierre-Benoît; Molleman, Bastiaan

    2013-08-20

    Fulvic and humic acids have a large variability in binding to metal (hydr) oxide surfaces and interact differently with oxyanions, as examined here experimentally. Pyrogenic humic acid has been included in our study since it will be released to the environment in the case of large-scale application of biochar, potentially creating Darks Earths or Terra Preta soils. A surface complexation approach has been developed that aims to describe the competitive behavior of natural organic matter (NOM) in soil as well as model systems. Modeling points unexpectedly to a strong change of the molecular conformation of humic acid (HA) with a predominant adsorption in the Stern layer domain at low NOM loading. In soil, mineral oxide surfaces remain efficiently loaded by mineral-protected organic carbon (OC), equivalent with a layer thickness of ≥ ~0.5 nm that represents at least 0.1-1.0% OC, while surface-associated OC may be even three times higher. In natural systems, surface complexation modeling should account for this pervasive NOM coverage. With our charge distribution model for NOM (NOM-CD), the pH-dependent oxyanion competition of the organo-mineral oxide fraction can be described. For pyrogenic HA, a more than 10-fold increase in dissolved phosphate is predicted at long-term applications of biochar or black carbon.

  6. Activated carbon enhanced ozonation of oxalate attributed to HO oxidation in bulk solution and surface oxidation: effect of activated carbon dosage and pH.

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    Xing, Linlin; Xie, Yongbing; Minakata, Daisuke; Cao, Hongbin; Xiao, Jiadong; Zhang, Yi; Crittenden, John C

    2014-10-01

    Ozonation of oxalate in aqueous phase was performed with a commercial activated carbon (AC) in this work. The effect of AC dosage and solution pH on the contribution of hydroxyl radicals (HO) in bulk solution and oxidation on the AC surface to the removal of oxalate was studied. We found that the removal of oxalate was reduced by tert-butyl alcohol (tBA) with low dosages of AC, while it was hardly affected by tBA when the AC dosage was greater than 0.3g/L. tBA also inhibited ozone decomposition when the AC dosage was no more than 0.05g/L, but it did not work when the AC dosage was no less than 0.1g/L. These observations indicate that HO in bulk solution and oxidation on the AC surface both contribute to the removal of oxalate. HO oxidation in bulk solution is significant when the dosage of AC is low, whereas surface oxidation is dominant when the dosage of AC is high. The oxalate removal decreased with increasing pH of the solution with an AC dosage of 0.5g/L. The degradation of oxalate occurs mainly through surface oxidation in acid and neutral solution, but through HO oxidation in basic bulk solution. A mechanism involving both HO oxidation in bulk solution and surface oxidation was proposed for AC enhanced ozonation of oxalate.

  7. Sputtered cadmium oxide as a surface pretreatment for graphite solid lubricant films

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    Fusaro, R. L.

    1986-01-01

    Sputtered films of cadmium oxide were applied to sand blasted AISI 440C HT stainless steel disks as a surface pretreatment for the application of rubbed graphite films. Mixtures of cadmium oxide and graphite were applied to the nonpretreated sandblasted metal and evaluated. The results were compared to graphite films applied to other commercially available surface pretreatments. It is found that sputtered CdO pretreated surfaces increase the endurance lives of the graphite films and decrease the counterface steady state wear rate of the pins almost an order of magnitude compared to commercially available pretreatments. The CdO additions in general improved the tribological properties of graphite. The greatest benefit occurred when it was applied to the substrate rather than mixing it with the graphite and that sputtered films of CdO perform much better than rubbed CdO films.

  8. Imaging of a thin oxide film formation from the combination of surface reflectivity and electrochemical methods.

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    Chakri, Sara; Patel, Anisha N; Frateur, Isabelle; Kanoufi, Frédéric; Sutter, Eliane Marie Madeleine; Tran, T T Mai; Tribollet, Bernard; Vivier, Vincent

    2017-04-13

    Electrochemical methods (cyclic voltammetry (CV), potential steps, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy), were successfully combined with in situ reflectometry measurements for a detailed analysis of the passive layer evolution as a function of the electrode potential. Interestingly, both EIS and surface reflectivity allowed a film thickness in the nanometer range to be readily determined. In addition, transient analyses of the reflectivity simultaneously recorded with CVs show the formation of both Fe2O3 and Fe3O4 oxides. The image analysis showed that the steel surface reactivity is heterogeneous and presents micrometric islands coated with thicker oxide layer than the surrounding surface. The in situ combination of these techniques thus offers a powerful analytical description of the interface on local scale and its transient response to a perturbation.

  9. Hydrophobic/superhydrophobic oxidized metal surfaces showing negligible contact angle hysteresis.

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    Hozumi, Atsushi; Cheng, Dalton F; Yagihashi, Makoto

    2011-01-15

    Dynamic wettability of oxidized metal (aluminum and titanium) surfaces could be tuned by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of 1,3,5,7-tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D(4)(H)). This facile CVD method produces not only monomeric layers but also particulate films by changing the CVD temperature, resulting in a marked difference in the final wetting properties. In the samples prepared at 80°C for ~3 days, D(4)(H) layers with thicknesses of ~0.5 nm were formed on the surfaces without discernible change in surface morphology, as evidenced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. After this D(4)(H) monomeric layer formation, the hydrophilic oxidized aluminum and titanium surfaces became hydrophobic (advancing/receding water contact angles (θ(A)/θ(R))=102-104°/99-102°) showing essentially negligible contact angle hysteresis. Performing CVD of D(4)(H) at 180°C for ~1 day produced opaque film with particulate morphologies with diameters in the range of 500 nm to 4 μm observed on the surfaces. This geometric morphology enhanced the surface hydrophobicity (θ(A)/θ(R)=163°/160-161°). Droplets on these negligible-hysteresis surfaces moved very easily without "pinning".

  10. Laboratory evaluation of wipe testing based on lead oxide surface contamination

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    Chavalitnitikul, C.; Levin, L.

    1984-05-01

    Although wipe testing has been used extensively as a measure of surface contamination in industrial hygiene, few scientific studies have been reported to validate the procedure with respect to quantitative recovery, repeatability or methodology. Consequently, a laboratory evaluation of wipe testing with particular attention to the OSHA procedure was undertaken using lead oxide dust as the test contaminant. A dust dispersion system was devised using a Wright dust feeder to produce relatively uniform surface concentrations in an aerosol chamber. Wipe materials included moistened filter paper, commercial paper towels, adhesive paper labels and adhesive tape. The quantitative recovery and repeatability of the wipe procedures were related to surface concentrations and the operational and material variables. Significant improvements in recoveries of up to 90% can be obtained with good repeatability for removable lead oxide dust on non-porous surfaces using moist paper on a fixed test surface area. For porous surfaces, which show significantly lower recovery by all methods, adhesive sampling materials applied at maximum pressure provided an optimum recovery of 77%. The importance of reliable surface contamination measurements in assessing potential health hazards underscores the desirability of improving the demonstrated deficiencies of the OSHA and other wipe sampling procedures.

  11. Rod-like cyanophenyl probe molecules nanoconfined to oxide particles: Density of adsorbed surface species

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    Frunza, Stefan; Frunza, Ligia; Ganea, Constantin Paul; Zgura, Irina; Brás, Ana Rita; Schönhals, Andreas

    2016-02-01

    Surface layers have already been observed by broadband dielectric spectroscopy for composite systems formed by adsorption of rod-like cyanophenyl derivates as probe molecules on the surface of oxide particles. In this work, features of the surface layer are reported; samples with different amounts of the probe molecules adsorbed onto oxide (nano) particles were prepared in order to study their interactions with the surface. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was applied to analyze the amount of loaded probe molecules. The density of the surface species ns was introduced and its values were estimated from quantitative Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) coupled with TGA. This parameter allows discriminating the composites into several groups assuming a similar interaction of the probe molecules with the hosts of a given group. An influence factor H is further proposed as the ratio of the number of molecules in the surface layer showing a glassy dynamics and the number of molecules adsorbed tightly on the surface of the support: It was found for aerosil composites and used for calculating the maximum filling degree of partially filled silica MCM-41 composites showing only one dielectric process characteristic for glass-forming liquids and a bulk behavior for higher filling degrees.

  12. Influence of substrate preparation on the shaping of the topography of the surface of nanoceramic oxide layers

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    Bara, Marek; Kubica, Marek

    2014-02-01

    The paper discusses the shaping mechanism and changes occurring in the structure and topography of the surface of nanoceramic oxide layers during their formation. The paper presents the influence of substrate preparation on the surface topography of oxide layers. The layers were produced via hard anodizing on the EN AW-5251 aluminum alloy. The layers obtained were subjected to microscope examinations, image and chemical composition analyses, and stereometric examinations. Heredity of substrate properties in the topography of the surface of nanoceramic oxide layers formed as a result of electrochemical oxidation has been shown.

  13. Oxidation of elemental mercury by chlorine: Gas phase, Surface,and Photo-induced reaction pathways

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    Yan, Nai-Qiang; Liu, Shou-Heng; Chang, Shih-Ger

    2004-10-22

    Accurate oxidation rate constants of mercury gas are needed for determining its dispersion and lifetime in the atmosphere. They would also help in developing a technology for the control of mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. However, it is difficult to establish the accurate rate constants primarily due to the fact that mercury easily adsorbs on solid surface and its reactions can be catalyzed by the surface. We have demonstrated a procedure that allows the determination of gas phase, surface-induced, and photo-induced contributions in the kinetic study of the oxidation of mercury by chlorine gas. The kinetics was studied using reactors with various surface to volume ratios. The effect of the surface and the photo irradiation on the reaction was taken into consideration. The pressure dependent study revealed that the gas phase oxidation was a three-body collision process. The third order rate constant was determined to be 7.5({+-}0.2) x 10{sup -39} mL{sup 2} molecules{sup -2}s{sup -1} with N{sub 2} as the third body at 297 {+-} 1 K. The surface induced reaction on quartz window was second order and the rate constant was 2.7 x 10{sup -17} mL{sup 2} molecules{sup -1} cm{sup -2} sec. Meanwhile, the 253.7 nm photon employed for mercury detection was found to accelerate the reaction. The utilization efficiency of 253.7 nm photon for Hg{sup 0} oxidation was 6.7 x 10{sup -4} molecules photon{sup -1} under the conditions employed in this study.

  14. Role of an Oxidant Mixture as Surface Modifier of Porous Silicon Microstructures Evaluated by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry

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    Montiel-González, Zeuz; Escobar, Salvador; Nava, Rocío; Del Río, J. Antonio; Tagüeña-Martínez, Julia

    2016-04-01

    Current research on porous silicon includes the construction of complex structures with luminescent and/or photonic properties. However, their preparation with both characteristics is still challenging. Recently, our group reported a possible method to achieve that by adding an oxidant mixture to the electrolyte used to produce porous silicon. This mixture can chemically modify their microstructure by changing the thickness and surface passivation of the pore walls. In this work, we prepared a series of samples (with and without oxidant mixture) and we evaluated the structural differences through their scanning electron micrographs and their optical properties determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The results showed that ellipsometry is sensitive to slight variations in the porous silicon structure, caused by changes in their preparation. The fitting process, based on models constructed from the features observed in the micrographs, allowed us to see that the mayor effect of the oxidant mixture is on samples of high porosity, where the surface oxidation strongly contributes to the skeleton thinning during the electrochemical etching. This suggests the existence of a porosity threshold for the action of the oxidant mixture. These results could have a significant impact on the design of complex porous silicon structures for different optoelectronic applications.

  15. Two-dimensional manganese oxide nanolayers on Pd(100): the surface phase diagram.

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    Li, F; Parteder, G; Allegretti, F; Franchini, C; Podloucky, R; Surnev, S; Netzer, F P

    2009-04-01

    Two-dimensional manganese oxide layers have been grown on Pd(100) and have been characterized by means of scanning tunnelling microscopy, low energy electron diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The complex surface phase diagram of MnO(x) on Pd(100) is reported, where nine different novel Mn oxide phases have been detected as a function of the chemical potential of oxygen μ(O). Three regions of the chemical potential of oxygen can be identified, in which structurally related oxide phases are formed, often in coexistence at the surface. The different regions of μ(O) are reflected in the oxidation states of the respective Mn oxide nanolayers as revealed by the Mn 2p and O 1s XPS binding energies. The MnO(x) nanolayers form two-dimensional wetting layers and it is speculated that they mediate the epitaxial growth of MnO on Pd(100) by providing structurally graded interfaces.

  16. Role of an Oxidant Mixture as Surface Modifier of Porous Silicon Microstructures Evaluated by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry

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    Montiel-González, Zeuz; Escobar, Salvador; Nava, Rocío; del Río, J. Antonio; Tagüeña-Martínez, Julia

    2016-01-01

    Current research on porous silicon includes the construction of complex structures with luminescent and/or photonic properties. However, their preparation with both characteristics is still challenging. Recently, our group reported a possible method to achieve that by adding an oxidant mixture to the electrolyte used to produce porous silicon. This mixture can chemically modify their microstructure by changing the thickness and surface passivation of the pore walls. In this work, we prepared a series of samples (with and without oxidant mixture) and we evaluated the structural differences through their scanning electron micrographs and their optical properties determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The results showed that ellipsometry is sensitive to slight variations in the porous silicon structure, caused by changes in their preparation. The fitting process, based on models constructed from the features observed in the micrographs, allowed us to see that the mayor effect of the oxidant mixture is on samples of high porosity, where the surface oxidation strongly contributes to the skeleton thinning during the electrochemical etching. This suggests the existence of a porosity threshold for the action of the oxidant mixture. These results could have a significant impact on the design of complex porous silicon structures for different optoelectronic applications. PMID:27097767

  17. Role of an Oxidant Mixture as Surface Modifier of Porous Silicon Microstructures Evaluated by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry.

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    Montiel-González, Zeuz; Escobar, Salvador; Nava, Rocío; del Río, J Antonio; Tagüeña-Martínez, Julia

    2016-04-21

    Current research on porous silicon includes the construction of complex structures with luminescent and/or photonic properties. However, their preparation with both characteristics is still challenging. Recently, our group reported a possible method to achieve that by adding an oxidant mixture to the electrolyte used to produce porous silicon. This mixture can chemically modify their microstructure by changing the thickness and surface passivation of the pore walls. In this work, we prepared a series of samples (with and without oxidant mixture) and we evaluated the structural differences through their scanning electron micrographs and their optical properties determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The results showed that ellipsometry is sensitive to slight variations in the porous silicon structure, caused by changes in their preparation. The fitting process, based on models constructed from the features observed in the micrographs, allowed us to see that the mayor effect of the oxidant mixture is on samples of high porosity, where the surface oxidation strongly contributes to the skeleton thinning during the electrochemical etching. This suggests the existence of a porosity threshold for the action of the oxidant mixture. These results could have a significant impact on the design of complex porous silicon structures for different optoelectronic applications.

  18. Generalized molybdenum oxide surface chemical state XPS determination via informed amorphous sample model

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    Baltrusaitis, Jonas; Mendoza-Sanchez, Beatriz; Fernandez, Vincent; Veenstra, Rick; Dukstiene, Nijole; Roberts, Adam; Fairley, Neal

    2015-01-01

    Accurate elemental oxidation state determination for the outer surface of a complex material is of crucial importance in many science and engineering disciplines, including chemistry, fundamental and applied surface science, catalysis, semiconductors and many others. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is the primary tool used for this purpose. The spectral data obtained, however, is often very complex and can be subject to incorrect interpretation. Unlike traditional XPS spectra fitting procedures using purely synthetic spectral components, here we develop and present an XPS data processing method based on vector analysis that allows creating XPS spectral components by incorporating key information, obtained experimentally. XPS spectral data, obtained from series of molybdenum oxide samples with varying oxidation states and degree of crystallinity, were processed using this method and the corresponding oxidation states present, as well as their relative distribution was elucidated. It was shown that monitoring the evolution of the chemistry and crystal structure of a molybdenum oxide sample due to an invasive X-ray probe could be used to infer solutions to complex spectral envelopes.

  19. The effect of boron oxide on the composition, structure, and adsorptivity of glass surfaces

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    Schaut, Robert A.

    Boron oxide has been added to commercial silicate glasses for many years to aid in lowering melting temperatures, lowering thermal expansion, and controlling chemical durability. The fact that simple borate glasses have rather high thermal expansion and low chemical durability attests to the unique influence of boron oxide additions upon the properties of silicate glasses. However, the impact of boron oxide additions upon surface properties of multicomponent borosilicates such as adsorption and reactivity is not yet well understood. In particular, the presence of multiple coordination states for boron is expected to introduce adsorption sites with different acidic or basic behavior, but their existence is yet unproven. To investigate these effects, multicomponent sodium aluminosilicate glasses have been prepared with varying sodium and boron concentrations and drawn into moderately high-surface-area continuous filament fibers. A relatively new technique, boron K-edge Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is applied to study the local boron coordination at fracture and melt-derived fiber surfaces of these glasses. This structural information is combined with surface compositional information by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) to characterize the local atomic structure of boron at the as-formed glass surface. Finally, this information is used to interpret the adsorptivity of these as-formed and leached surfaces toward short-chain alcohol molecules through a new Inverse Gas Chromatography---Temperature Programmed Desorption (IGC-TPD) experiment. The results clearly show that boron additions to alkali-free glass surfaces introduce a unique adsorption site which is not present on boron-free glass surfaces and is easily removed by leaching in acidic solutions.

  20. Early stages of the oxidation of metal surfaces. [photoelectron spectroscopy of zinc oxide

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    Gatos, H. C.; Johnson, K. H.

    1978-01-01

    Photoemission cross sections were calculated for the ZnO4(-6) cluster using the self consistent-chi alpha- scattered wave theory to display the main features of the ultraviolet and X-ray photoemission data from ZnO. A solid model is suggested for an absolute photoemission intensity comparison resulting in chi alpha intensities which are roughly 70% of the experimental values. Together with the experimental data, the calculations allow a complete determination of the electronic structure of a ZnO surface.

  1. Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of Flows in an Oxidation Ditch Driven by a New Surface Aerator.

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    Huang, Weidong; Li, Kun; Wang, Gan; Wang, Yingzhe

    2013-11-01

    In this article, we present a newly designed inverse umbrella surface aerator, and tested its performance in driving flow of an oxidation ditch. Results show that it has a better performance in driving the oxidation ditch than the original one with higher average velocity and more uniform flow field. We also present a computational fluid dynamics model for predicting the flow field in an oxidation ditch driven by a surface aerator. The improved momentum source term approach to simulate the flow field of the oxidation ditch driven by an inverse umbrella surface aerator was developed and validated through experiments. Four kinds of turbulent models were investigated with the approach, including the standard k-ɛ model, RNG k-ɛ model, realizable k-ɛ model, and Reynolds stress model, and the predicted data were compared with those calculated with the multiple rotating reference frame approach (MRF) and sliding mesh approach (SM). Results of the momentum source term approach are in good agreement with the experimental data, and its prediction accuracy is better than MRF, close to SM. It is also found that the momentum source term approach has lower computational expenses, is simpler to preprocess, and is easier to use.

  2. Surface cleaning effects on reliability for devices with ultrathin oxides or oxynitrides

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    Lai, Kafai; Hao, Ming-Yin; Chen, Wei-Ming; Lee, Jack C.

    1994-09-01

    A new wafer cleaning procedure has been developed for ultra-thin thermal oxidation process (oxides (48 angstrom) and oxynitrides grown in N2O (42 angstrom) were prepared using this new cleaning and other commonly used cleaning methods to investigate the effects of surface preparation on dielectric integrity. It has been found that this two-dip method produces dielectrics with reduced leakage current and stress-induced leakage current, which are believed to be the critical parameters for ultrathin oxides. Furthermore, this new cleaning procedure improves both intrinsic and defect-related breakdown as well as the uniformity of the current- voltage characteristics across a 4-inch wafer. The methanol/HF dip time has also been optimized. The improvement is believed to be due to enhanced silicon surface passivation by hydrogen, the reduced surface micro-roughness and the absence of native oxide.

  3. Toxicity of bare and surfaced functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles towards microalgae.

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    Toh, Pey Yi; Tai, Wan Yii; Ahmad, Abdul Latif; Lim, Jit Kang; Chan, Derek Juinn Chieh

    2016-01-01

    This study investigates the toxicity of bare iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) and surface functionalization iron oxide nanoparticles (SF-IONPs) to the growth of freshwater microalgae Chlorella sp. This study is important due to the increased interest on the application of the magnetic responsive IONPs in various fields, such as biomedical, wastewater treatment, and microalgae harvesting. This study demonstrated that the toxicity of IONPs was mainly contributed by the indirect light shading effect from the suspending nanoparticles which is nanoparticles concentration-dependent, direct light shading effect caused by the attachment of IONPs on cell and the cell aggregation, and the oxidative stress from the internalization of IONPs into the cells. The results showed that the layer of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) tended to mask the IONPs and hence eliminated oxidative stress toward the protein yield but it in turn tended to enhance the toxicity of IONPs by enabling the IONPs to attach on cell surfaces and cause cell aggregation. Therefore, the choice of the polymer that used for surface functionalize the IONPs is the key factor to determine the toxicity of the IONPs.

  4. Production of hydroxyapatite layers on the plasma electrolytically oxidized surface of titanium alloys.

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    Lugovskoy, Alex; Lugovskoy, Svetlana

    2014-10-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a bioactive material that is widely used for improving the osseointegration of titanium dental implants. Titanium can be coated with HA by various methods, such as chemical vapor deposition (CVD), thermal spray, or plasma spray. HA coatings can also be grown on titanium surfaces by hydrothermal, chemical, and electrochemical methods. Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO), or microarc oxidation (MAO), is an electrochemical method that enables the production of a thick porous oxide layer on the surface of a titanium implant. If the electrolyte in which PEO is performed contains calcium and phosphate ions, the oxide layer produced may contain hydroxyapatite. The HA content can then be increased by subsequent hydrothermal treatment. The HA thus produced on titanium surfaces has attractive properties, such as a high porosity, a controllable thickness, and a considerable density, which favor its use in dental and bone surgery. This review summarizes the state of the art and possible further development of PEO for the production of HA on Ti implants.

  5. Oxidative stress and antioxidants at biosurfaces: plants, skin, and respiratory tract surfaces.

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    Cross, C E; van der Vliet, A; Louie, S; Thiele, J J; Halliwell, B

    1998-01-01

    Atmospheric pollutants represent an important source of oxidative and nitrosative stress to both terrestrial plants and to animals. The exposed biosurfaces of plants and animals are directly exposed to these pollutant stresses. Not surprisingly, living organisms have developed complex integrated extracellular and intracellular defense systems against stresses related to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS, RNS), including O3 and NO2. Plant and animal epithelial surfaces and respiratory tract surfaces contain antioxidants that would be expected to provide defense against environmental stress caused by ambient ROS and RNS, thus ameliorating their injurious effects on more delicate underlying cellular constituents. Parallelisms among these surfaces with regard to their antioxidant constituents and environmental oxidants are presented. The reactive substances at these biosurfaces not only represent an important protective system against oxidizing environments, but products of their reactions with ROS/RNS may also serve as biomarkers of environmental oxidative stress. Moreover, the reaction products may also induce injury to underlying cells or cause cell activation, resulting in production of proinflammatory substances including cytokines. In this review we discuss antioxidant defense systems against environmental toxins in plant cell wall/apoplastic fluids, dead keratinized cells/interstitial fluids of stratum corneum (the outermost skin layer), and mucus/respiratory tract lining fluids. Images Figure 1 Figure 3 PMID:9788905

  6. Surface reaction mechanisms during ozone and oxygen plasma assisted atomic layer deposition of aluminum oxide.

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    Rai, Vikrant R; Vandalon, Vincent; Agarwal, Sumit

    2010-09-07

    We have elucidated the reaction mechanism and the role of the reactive intermediates in the atomic layer deposition (ALD) of aluminum oxide from trimethyl aluminum in conjunction with O(3) and an O(2) plasma. In situ attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy data show that both -OH groups and carbonates are formed on the surface during the oxidation cycle. These carbonates, once formed on the surface, are stable to prolonged O(3) exposure in the same cycle. However, in the case of plasma-assisted ALD, the carbonates decompose upon prolonged O(2) plasma exposure via a series reaction kinetics of the type, A (CH(3)) --> B (carbonates) --> C (Al(2)O(3)). The ratio of -OH groups to carbonates on the surface strongly depends on the oxidizing agent, and also the duration of the oxidation cycle in plasma-assisted ALD. However, in both O(3) and O(2) plasma cycles, carbonates are a small fraction of the total number of reactive sites compared to the hydroxyl groups.

  7. Interaction and reactivity of nitric oxide and carbon monoxide on ruthenium surfaces

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    Quick, E.E.

    1980-03-01

    A multifaceted investigation of the reduction of nitric oxide by carbon monoxide using a ruthenium (102) single crystal catalyst in the pressure range 10/sup -3/ to 10 Torr and temperature range of 300 to 475/sup 0/C has been undertaken. Kinetic and isotopic results indicate that the reaction products CO/sub 2/ and N/sub 2/ were produced via two reaction mechanisms. Using a reducing gas mixture (low P/sub NO//P/sub CO/ ratio) a two site mechanism was operative involving NO dissociation. The carbon monoxide kinetic order varied from +1 to -3 and the nitric oxide order varied from +1 to 0. The catalyst under these conditions was determined to be metallic ruthenium with oxygen bonded within the first surface layer. The oxygen was unreactive and formed a (1 x 3)-0 LEED pattern. Under oxidizing conditions (high P/sub NO//P/sub CO/ ratio) the catalyst was ruthenium dioxide and the functional mechanism under these reaction conditions yielded a nitric oxide order of +2 to -4. Inclusion of a site poisoning mechanism under reducing conditions and an RuO/sub 2/ growth mechanism involving ruthenium cation transfer under oxidizing conditions into the kinetic rate laws led to an overall rate law which could be fit to the carbon monoxide and nitric oxide order plots. Using isotopically oxygen labelled reactants, it was observed that the three possible isotopes of carbon dioxide were produced. A ..gamma..-CO surface species is postulated as an intermediate in the exchange process. The reaction was observed to be initially surface structure insensitive and the reaction kinetics were derived using a Langmuir-Hinshelwood formalism.

  8. Surface Binding and Organization of Sensitizing Dyes on Metal Oxide Single Crystal Surfaces

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    Parkinson, Bruce

    2010-06-04

    Even though investigations of dye-sensitized nanocrystalline semiconductors in solar cells has dominated research on dye-sensitized semiconductors over the past two decades. Single crystal electrodes represent far simpler model systems for studying the sensitization process with a continuing train of studies dating back more than forty years. Even today single crystal surfaces prove to be more controlled experimental models for the study of dye-sensitized semiconductors than the nanocrystalline substrates. We analyzed the scientific advances in the model sensitized single crystal systems that preceded the introduction of nanocrystalline semiconductor electrodes. It then follows the single crystal research to the present, illustrating both their striking simplicity of use and clarity of interpretation relative to nanocrystalline electrodes. Researchers have employed many electrochemical, photochemical and scanning probe techniques for studying monolayer quantities of sensitizing dyes at specific crystallographic faces of different semiconductors. These methods include photochronocoulometry, electronic spectroscopy and flash photolysis of dyes at potential-controlled semiconductor electrodes and the use of total internal reflection methods. In addition, we describe the preparation of surfaces of single crystal SnS2 and TiO2 electrodes to serve as reproducible model systems for charge separation at dye sensitized solar cells. This process involves cleaving the SnS2 electrodes and a photoelectrochemical surface treatment for TiO2 that produces clean surfaces for sensitization (as verified by AFM) resulting in near unity yields for electron transfer from the molecular excited dyes into the conduction band.

  9. Interfacial Cu+ promoted surface reactivity: Carbon monoxide oxidation reaction over polycrystalline copper-titania catalysts

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    Senanayake, S. D.; Pappoe, N. A.; Nguyen-Phan, T. -D.; ...

    2016-10-01

    We have studied the catalytic carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation (CO+0.5O2 → CO2) reaction using a powder catalyst composed of both copper (5wt% loading) and titania (CuOx-TiO2). Our study was focused on revealing the role of Cu, and the interaction between Cu and TiO2, by systematic comparison between two nanocatalysts, CuOx-TiO2 and pure CuOx. We interrogated these catalysts under in situ conditions using X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) and Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS) to probe the structure and electronic properties of the catalyst at all stages of the reaction and simultaneously probe the surface statesmore » or intermediates of this reaction. With the aid of several ex situ characterization techniques including Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), the local catalyst morphology and structure was also studied. Our results show that a CuOx-TiO2 system is more active than bulk CuOx for the CO oxidation reaction due to its lower onset temperature and better stability at higher temperatures. Our results also suggests that a surface Cu+ species observed in the CuOx-TiO2 interface are likely to be a key player in the CO oxidation mechanism, while implicating that the stabilization of this species is probably associated with the oxide-oxide interface. Both in situ DRIFTS and XAFS measurements reveal that there is likely to be a Cu(Ti)-O mixed oxide at this interface. We discuss the nature of this Cu(Ti)-O interface and interpret its role on the CO oxidation reaction.« less

  10. Interfacial Cu+ promoted surface reactivity: Carbon monoxide oxidation reaction over polycrystalline copper-titania catalysts

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    Senanayake, Sanjaya D.; Pappoe, Naa Adokaley; Nguyen-Phan, Thuy-Duong; Luo, Si; Li, Yuanyuan; Xu, Wenqian; Liu, Zongyuan; Mudiyanselage, Kumudu; Johnston-Peck, Aaron C.; Frenkel, Anatoly I.; Heckler, Ilana; Stacchiola, Dario; Rodriguez, José A.

    2016-10-01

    We have studied the catalytic carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation (CO + 0.5O2 → CO2) reaction using a powder catalyst composed of both copper (5 wt.% loading) and titania (CuOx-TiO2). Our study was focused on revealing the role of Cu, and the interaction between Cu and TiO2, by systematic comparison between two nanocatalysts, CuOx-TiO2 and pure CuOx. We interrogated these catalysts under in situ conditions using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) to probe the structure and electronic properties of the catalyst at all stages of the reaction and simultaneously probe the surface states or intermediates of this reaction. With the aid of several ex situ characterization techniques including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the local catalyst morphology and structure were also studied. Our results show that a CuOx-TiO2 system is more active than bulk CuOx for the CO oxidation reaction due to its lower onset temperature and better stability at higher temperatures. Our results also suggest that surface Cu+ species observed in the CuOx-TiO2 interface are likely to be a key player in the CO oxidation mechanism, while implicating that the stabilization of this species is probably associated with the oxide-oxide interface. Both in situ DRIFTS and XAFS measurements reveal that there is likely to be a Cu(Ti)-O mixed oxide at this interface. We discuss the nature of this Cu(Ti)-O interface and interpret its role on the CO oxidation reaction.

  11. Oxide/Water Interfaces: How the Surface Chemistry Modifies the Electronic Energy Alignment

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    Sprik, Michiel

    2014-03-01

    The minimum of the d-electron conduction band of an aqueous transition metal oxide electrode is typically no more than a few 100 mV away from the standard hydrogen electrode (SHE). Because of this favourable alignment of the electronic energy levels (near) metallic transition metal oxides with partly filled d bands can be used as electrocatalysts while the compounds with finite electronic gap can be used as photocatalysts. However, because of their ionic character, transition metal-oxide surfaces also show amphiphilic acid-base activity. At low pH the basic sites are protonated and at high pH the acidic sites deprotonated creating an electrical double layer with corresponding surface potential. The alignment of the electronic energy levels, and by implication their redox activity, is therefore pH dependent. In fact, even in absence of protonic surface charge, the coordination with water molecules is already capable of shifting the electronic energy levels of the oxide by 1 eV or more. Computation of the electronic energies in transition metal oxide electrodes requires therefore a detailed modeling of their aqueous surface chemistry. The solvation energy of the proton is the common energy reference for both redox potentials on the SHE scale and acidity constants (pKa). Computation of the H+ solvation energy is therefore a key component in a unified treatment of redox and acid-base chemistry. In this talk we outline the Density Functional Theory based Molecular Dynamics (DFTMD) method we have developed for this purpose. The central tool of our approach is a method for reversible insertion of protons in the aqueous part of the DFTMD model system. As an illustration we discuss the application to the rutile TiO2/water and MnO2/water interface.

  12. Surface characterization of InP trenches embedded in oxide using scanning probe microscopy

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    Mannarino, Manuel; Chintala, Ravi; Moussa, Alain; Merckling, Clement; Eyben, Pierre; Paredis, Kristof; Vandervorst, Wilfried

    2015-12-01

    Metrology for structural and electrical analyses at device level has been identified as one of the major challenges to be resolved for the sub-14 nm technology nodes. In these advanced nodes, new high mobility semiconductors, such as III-V compounds, are grown in narrow trenches on a Si substrate. Probing the nature of the defects, the defect density, and the role of processing steps on the surface of such structures are prime metrology requirements. In order to enable defect analysis on a (III-V) surface, a proper sample preparation for oxide removal is of primary importance. In this work, the effectiveness of different chemical cleanings and thermal annealing procedures is investigated on both blanket InP and oxide embedded InP trenches by means of scanning probe microscopy techniques. It is found that the most effective approach is a combination of an HCl-based chemical cleaning combined with a low-temperature thermal annealing leading to an oxide free surface with atomically flat areas. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been the preferred method for such investigations on blanket films due to its intrinsic sub-nm spatial resolution. However, its application on oxide embedded structures is non-trivial. To perform STM on the trenches of interest (generally <20 nm wide), we propose a combination of non-contact atomic force microscopy and STM using the same conductive atomic force microscopy tip Our results prove that with these procedures, it is possible to perform STM in narrow InP trenches showing stacking faults and surface reconstruction. Significant differences in terms of roughness and terrace formation are also observed between the blanket and the oxide embedded InP.

  13. Surface characterization of InP trenches embedded in oxide using scanning probe microscopy

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    Mannarino, Manuel E-mail: manuelmannarino@gmail.com; Chintala, Ravi; Vandervorst, Wilfried; Moussa, Alain; Merckling, Clement; Eyben, Pierre; Paredis, Kristof

    2015-12-14

    Metrology for structural and electrical analyses at device level has been identified as one of the major challenges to be resolved for the sub-14 nm technology nodes. In these advanced nodes, new high mobility semiconductors, such as III–V compounds, are grown in narrow trenches on a Si substrate. Probing the nature of the defects, the defect density, and the role of processing steps on the surface of such structures are prime metrology requirements. In order to enable defect analysis on a (III–V) surface, a proper sample preparation for oxide removal is of primary importance. In this work, the effectiveness of different chemical cleanings and thermal annealing procedures is investigated on both blanket InP and oxide embedded InP trenches by means of scanning probe microscopy techniques. It is found that the most effective approach is a combination of an HCl-based chemical cleaning combined with a low-temperature thermal annealing leading to an oxide free surface with atomically flat areas. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been the preferred method for such investigations on blanket films due to its intrinsic sub-nm spatial resolution. However, its application on oxide embedded structures is non-trivial. To perform STM on the trenches of interest (generally <20 nm wide), we propose a combination of non-contact atomic force microscopy and STM using the same conductive atomic force microscopy tip Our results prove that with these procedures, it is possible to perform STM in narrow InP trenches showing stacking faults and surface reconstruction. Significant differences in terms of roughness and terrace formation are also observed between the blanket and the oxide embedded InP.

  14. Studies of Oxidation of the Cu(100) Surface Using Low Energy Positrons

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    Fazleev, N. G.; Maddox, W. B.; Nadesalingam, M.; Rajeshwar, K.; Weiss, A. H.

    2009-03-10

    Changes in the surface of an oxidized Cu(100) single crystal resulting from vacuum annealing have been investigated using positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES). PAES measurements show a large increase in the intensity of the positron annihilation induced Cu M{sub 2,3}VV Auger peak as the sample is subjected to a series of isochronal anneals in vacuum up to annealing temperature 300 deg. C. The intensity then decreases monotonically as the annealing temperature is increased to {approx}600 deg. C. Experimental PAES results are analyzed by performing calculations of positron surface states and annihilation probabilities of surface-trapped positrons with relevant core electrons taking into account the charge redistribution at the surface, surface reconstructions, and electron-positron correlations effects. Possible explanation for the observed behavior of the intensity of positron annihilation induced Cu M{sub 2,3}VV Auger peak with changes of the annealing temperature is proposed.

  15. Effects of surface crystallization and oxidation in nanocrystalline FeNbCuSiB(P) ribbons

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    Butvinová, B.; Butvin, P.; Brzózka, K.; Kuzminski, M.; Maťko, I.; Švec, P., Sr.; Chromčíková, M.

    2017-02-01

    Si-poor Fe74Nb3Cu1Si8B14-xPx, (x=0, 3) nanocrystalline ribbon-form alloys often form surfaces, which exert in-plane force on underlying ribbon interior when nanocrystallized in even modest presence of oxygen. Mostly unwanted hard-ribbon-axis magnetic anisotropy is standard result. Essential sources of the surface-caused stress have been sought and influence of P instead of B substitution on this effect was studied too. Preferred surface crystallization (PSC) was found to be the major reason. However P substitution suppresses PSC and promotes Fe-oxide formation, which eases the stress, softens the surfaces and provides different annealing evolution of surface properties.

  16. Sputtering and native oxide formation on (110) surfaces of Cd(1-x)Mn(x)Te

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    Neff, H.; Lay, K. Y.; Abid, B.; Lange, P.; Lucovsky, G.

    1986-01-01

    Native oxides on the surface of Cd(1-x)Mn(x)Te (X between 0 and 0.7) have been analyzed on the basis of X-ray photoemission spectroscopy measurements. Depth profile analysis revealed a significant increase in the thickness at higher Mn concentrations and a strong Mn segregation to the surface, respectively. Sputter-induced damage on cleaved (110)-oriented surfaces was analyzed by photoreflectance and photoluminescence measurements. The damage was found to be larger on CdTe than on the alloy. Thermal annealing showed nearly complete restoration for the surface of the alloy, while CdTe revealed irreversible modifications in the near-surface regime upon sputtering and post annealing.

  17. The surface hydro-oxidation of LaNiO(3-delta) thin films.

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    Mickevicius, S; Grebinskij, S; Bondarenka, V; Lisauskas, V; Sliuziene, K; Tvardauskas, H; Vengalis, B; Orlowski, B A; Osinniy, V; Drube, W

    2009-01-01

    The chemical structure and possible hydro-oxidation of LaNiO(3-delta) films were studied by means of tuneable high-energy X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation. It was shown that the hydroxyl-containing phase, located near the film surface, may be attributed to the lanthanum and nickel hydroxide species. The thickness of a hydroxide-enriched layer was estimated from the oxide/hydroxide ratio measured at normal and grazing conditions. The hydroxide layer thickness was about 2 nm for step and/or exponential hydroxide spatial distribution.

  18. NO oxidation on Zeolite Supported Cu Catalysts: Formation and Reactivity of Surface Nitrates

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    Chen, Hai-Ying; Wei, Zhehao; Kollar, Marton; Gao, Feng; Wang, Yilin; Szanyi, Janos; Peden, Charles HF

    2016-04-18

    The comparative activities of a small-pore Cu-CHA and a large-pore Cu-BEA catalyst for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3, and for the oxidation of NO to NO2 and the subsequent formation of surface nitrates were investigated. Although both catalysts are highly active in SCR reactions, they exhibit very low NO oxidation activity. Furthermore, Cu-CHA is even less active than Cu-BEA in catalyzing NO oxidation but is clearly more active for SCR reactions. Temperature-programed desorption (TPD) experiments following the adsorption of (NO2 + NO + O2) with different NO2:NO ratios reveal that the poor NO oxidation activity of the two catalysts is not due to the formation of stable surface nitrates. On the contrary, NO is found to reduce and decompose the surface nitrates on both catalysts. To monitor the reaction pathways, isotope exchange experiments were conducted by using 15NO to react with 14N-nitrate covered catalyst surfaces. The evolution of FTIR spectra during the isotope exchange process demonstrates that 14N-nitrates are simply displaced with no formation of 15N-nitrates on the Cu-CHA sample, which is clearly different from that observed on the Cu-BEA sample where formation of 15N-nitrates is apparent. The results suggest that the formal oxidation state of N during the NO oxidation on Cu-CHA mainly proceeds from its original +2 to a +3 oxidation state, whereas reaching a higher oxidation state for N, such as +4 or +5, is possible on Cu-BEA. The authors at PNNL gratefully acknowledge the US Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office 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.

  19. Low-temperature CO oxidation on Ni(111) and on a Au/Ni(111) surface alloy.

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    Knudsen, Jan; Merte, Lindsay R; Peng, Guowen; Vang, Ronnie T; Resta, Andrea; Laegsgaard, Erik; Andersen, Jesper N; Mavrikakis, Manos; Besenbacher, Flemming

    2010-08-24

    From an interplay between scanning tunneling microscopy, temperature programmed desorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations we have studied low-temperature CO oxidation on Au/Ni(111) surface alloys and on Ni(111). We show that an oxide is formed on both the Ni(111) and the Au/Ni(111) surfaces when oxygen is dosed at 100 K, and that CO can be oxidized at 100 K on both of these surfaces in the presence of weakly bound oxygen. We suggest that low-temperature CO oxidation can be rationalized by CO oxidation on O(2)-saturated NiO(111) surfaces, and show that the main effect of Au in the Au/Ni(111) surface alloy is to block the formation of carbonate and thereby increase the low-temperature CO(2) production.

  20. Structure and growth kinetics of the oxidation process of Fe(001) whisker surfaces over a 10-decade pressure range

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    Ferrer, Salvador; Robach, Odile; Balmes, Olivier; Isern, Helena; Popa, Iona; Ackerman, Marcelo

    2010-10-01

    Fe(001) surfaces of whiskers of good crystalline quality were oxidized in a pressure range from 10 - 7 mbar to 1 bar at different temperatures. Epitaxial Fe 3O 4 and FeO thin films with negligible strain were grown depending on the oxidation temperatures. The kinetics of the oxide thickness growth was measured and compared with the predictions of the Fromhold-Cook theory for oxidation of metals. Some discrepancies were found and a possible explanation is presented.

  1. The growth and evolution of thin oxide films on delta-plutonium surfaces

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    Garcia Flores, Harry G; Pugmire, David L

    2009-01-01

    The common oxides of plutonium are the dioxide (PuO{sub 2}) and the sesquioxide (Pu{sub 2}O{sub 3}). The structure of an oxide on plutonium metal under air at room temperature is typically described as a thick PuO{sub 2} film at the gas-oxide interface with a thinner PuO{sub 2} film near the oxide-metal substrate interface. In a reducing environment, such as ultra high vacuum, the dioxide (Pu{sup 4+}; O/Pu = 2.0) readily converts to the sesquioxide (Pu{sup 3+}; O/Pu = 1.5) with time. In this work, the growth and evolution of thin plutonium oxide films is studied with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) under varying conditions. The results indicate that, like the dioxide, the sesquioxide is not stable on a very clean metal substrate under reducing conditions, resulting in substoichiometric films (Pu{sub 2}O{sub 3-y}). The Pu{sub 2}O{sub 3-y} films prepared exhibit a variety of stoichiometries (y = 0.2-1) as a function of preparation conditions, highlighting the fact that caution must be exercised when studying plutonium oxide surfaces under these conditions and interpreting resulting data.

  2. How surface potential determines the kinetics of the first hole transfer of photocatalytic water oxidation.

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    Waegele, Matthias M; Chen, Xihan; Herlihy, David M; Cuk, Tanja

    2014-07-30

    Interfacial hole transfer between n-SrTiO3 and OH(-) was investigated by surface sensitive transient optical spectroscopy of an in situ photoelectrochemical cell during water oxidation. The kinetics reveal a single rate constant with an exponential dependence on the surface hole potential, spanning time scales from 3 ns to 8 ps over a ≈1 V increase. A voltage- and laser illumination-induced process moves the valence band edge at the n-type semiconductor/water interface to continuously change the surface hole potential. This single step of the water oxidation reaction is assigned to the first hole transfer h(+) + OH(-) → OH(•). The kinetics quantify how much a change in the free energy difference driving this first hole transfer reduces the activation barrier. They are also used to extrapolate the kinetic rate due to the activation barrier when that free energy difference is zero, or the Nernstian potential. This is the first time transient spectroscopy has enabled the separation of the first hole transfer from the full four hole transfer cycle and a direct determination of these two quantities. The Nernstian potential for OH(-)/OH(•) is also suggested, in rough agreement with gas-phase studies. The observation of a distinct, much longer time scale upon picosecond hole transfer to OH(-) suggests that a dominant, more stable intermediate of the water oxidation reaction, possibly a surface bound oxo, may result.

  3. Biomimetic Phospholipid Membrane Organization on Graphene and Graphene Oxide Surfaces: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study.

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    Willems, Nathalie; Urtizberea, Ainhoa; Verre, Andrea F; Iliut, Maria; Lelimousin, Mickael; Hirtz, Michael; Vijayaraghavan, Aravind; Sansom, Mark S P

    2017-02-28

    Supported phospholipid membrane patches stabilized on graphene surfaces have shown potential in sensor device functionalization, including biosensors and biocatalysis. Lipid dip-pen nanolithography (L-DPN) is a method useful in generating supported membrane structures that maintain lipid functionality, such as exhibiting specific interactions with protein molecules. Here, we have integrated L-DPN, atomic force microscopy, and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation methods to characterize the molecular properties of supported lipid membranes (SLMs) on graphene and graphene oxide supports. We observed substantial differences in the topologies of the stabilized lipid structures depending on the nature of the surface (polar graphene oxide vs nonpolar graphene). Furthermore, the addition of water to SLM systems resulted in large-scale reorganization of the lipid structures, with measurable effects on lipid lateral mobility within the supported membranes. We also observed reduced lipid ordering within the supported structures relative to free-standing lipid bilayers, attributed to the strong hydrophobic interactions between the lipids and support. Together, our results provide insight into the molecular effects of graphene and graphene oxide surfaces on lipid bilayer membranes. This will be important in the design of these surfaces for applications such as biosensor devices.

  4. Characterization of oxidized platinum surfaces by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Peuckert, M.; Bonzel, H. P.

    1984-09-01

    Various adlayers were grown on the (111) surface of a platinum crystal by four different oxidizing treatments. The resulting surface phases were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. According to the Pt 4f and O 1s XPS spectra, treatment in 0.1 MPa O 2 at 900 K yielded about two monolayers of PtO 2; anodic polarization in 0.5M H 2SO 4 acid electrolyte at 3 V versus standard hydrogen electrode gave a thick (> 5 nm) layer of Pt(OH) 4, while by polarization in 1M NaOH base electrolyte at 3 V versus Ag/AgCl reference electrode a thick film of an oxyhydroxide (approximately PtO(OH) 2) was formed. Etching in boiling conc. HNO 3 led to a thin layer of about 1 nm of a hydrated oxide, PtO 2 · xH 2O. Identification of the different surface phases was supported by comparative experiments with bulk PtO 2. The thermal stability of all compounds was investigated by heating the samples in ultrahigh vacuum. They all decomposed at about 400 K. Initially, not a pure metal phase was formed, but a mixed phase containing Pt metal and oxide, which was stable over a wide temperature range. No oxygen could be detected on the surface at 1070 K by XPS or Auger spectroscopy.

  5. Excellent c-Si surface passivation by low-temperature atomic layer deposited titanium oxide

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    Liao, Baochen; Hoex, Bram; Aberle, Armin G.; Chi, Dongzhi; Bhatia, Charanjit S.

    2014-06-01

    In this work, we demonstrate that thermal atomic layer deposited (ALD) titanium oxide (TiOx) films are able to provide a—up to now unprecedented—level of surface passivation on undiffused low-resistivity crystalline silicon (c-Si). The surface passivation provided by the ALD TiOx films is activated by a post-deposition anneal and subsequent light soaking treatment. Ultralow effective surface recombination velocities down to 2.8 cm/s and 8.3 cm/s, respectively, are achieved on n-type and p-type float-zone c-Si wafers. Detailed analysis confirms that the TiOx films are nearly stoichiometric, have no significant level of contaminants, and are of amorphous nature. The passivation is found to be stable after storage in the dark for eight months. These results demonstrate that TiOx films are also capable of providing excellent passivation of undiffused c-Si surfaces on a comparable level to thermal silicon oxide, silicon nitride, and aluminum oxide. In addition, it is well known that TiOx has an optimal refractive index of 2.4 in the visible range for glass encapsulated solar cells, as well as a low extinction coefficient. Thus, the results presented in this work could facilitate the re-emergence of TiOx in the field of high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cells.

  6. Excellent c-Si surface passivation by low-temperature atomic layer deposited titanium oxide

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    Liao, Baochen; Hoex, Bram; Aberle, Armin G.; Bhatia, Charanjit S.; Chi, Dongzhi

    2014-06-23

    In this work, we demonstrate that thermal atomic layer deposited (ALD) titanium oxide (TiO{sub x}) films are able to provide a—up to now unprecedented—level of surface passivation on undiffused low-resistivity crystalline silicon (c-Si). The surface passivation provided by the ALD TiO{sub x} films is activated by a post-deposition anneal and subsequent light soaking treatment. Ultralow effective surface recombination velocities down to 2.8 cm/s and 8.3 cm/s, respectively, are achieved on n-type and p-type float-zone c-Si wafers. Detailed analysis confirms that the TiO{sub x} films are nearly stoichiometric, have no significant level of contaminants, and are of amorphous nature. The passivation is found to be stable after storage in the dark for eight months. These results demonstrate that TiO{sub x} films are also capable of providing excellent passivation of undiffused c-Si surfaces on a comparable level to thermal silicon oxide, silicon nitride, and aluminum oxide. In addition, it is well known that TiO{sub x} has an optimal refractive index of 2.4 in the visible range for glass encapsulated solar cells, as well as a low extinction coefficient. Thus, the results presented in this work could facilitate the re-emergence of TiO{sub x} in the field of high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cells.

  7. Fabricating nanostructures through a combination of nano-oxidation and wet etching on silicon wafers with different surface conditions.

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    Huang, Jen-Ching

    2012-01-01

    This study investigates the surface conditions of silicon wafers with native oxide layers (NOL) or hydrogen passivated layers (HPL) and how they influence the processes of nano-oxidation and wet etching. We also explore the combination of nano-oxidation and wet etching processes to produce nanostructures. Experimental results reveal that the surface conditions of silicon wafers have a considerable impact on the results of nano-oxidation when combined with wet etching. The height and width of oxides on NOL samples exceeded the dimensions of oxides on HPL samples, and this difference became increasingly evident with an increase in applied bias voltage. The height of oxidized nanolines on the HPL sample increased after wet etching; however, the width of the lines increased only marginally. After wet etching, the height and width of oxides on the NOL were more than two times greater than those on the HPL. Increasing the applied bias voltage during nano-oxidation on NOL samples increased both the height and width of the oxides. After wet etching however, the increase in bias voltage appeared to have little effect on the height of oxidized nanolines, but the width of oxidized lines increased. This study also discovered that the use of higher applied bias voltages on NOL samples followed by wet etching results in nanostructures with a section profile closely resembling a curved surface. The use of this technique enabled researchers to create molds in the shape of a silicon nanolens array and an elegantly shaped nanoscale complex structures mold.

  8. Observation of surface oxidation resistant Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations in Sb2SeTe2 topological insulator

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    Huang, Shiu-Ming; Huang, Chih-Yang; Huang, Shih-Jhe; Hsu, Ching; Yu, Shih-Hsun; Chou, Mitch; Wadekar, Paritosh V.; Chen, Quark Yung-Sung; Tu, Li-Wei

    2017-02-01

    The robustness of Sb2SeTe2 topological insulators against surface oxidation has been comparatively investigated through their magneto-transport and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic properties with samples freshly cleaved or exposed to air over various timeframes. The magnetoresistance data exhibit Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations with the same period of oscillations for all samples regardless of surface oxidation, whereas the core-level electron binding energies of the constituent elements vary. That there is no shift in Fermi levels and no smearing-out in the amplitude of oscillations suggests that the surface states of the studied topological insulators are impervious to surface oxidation.

  9. Surface oxidation of GaN(0001): Nitrogen plasma-assisted cleaning for ultrahigh vacuum applications

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    Gangopadhyay, Subhashis; Schmidt, Thomas Kruse, Carsten; Figge, Stephan; Hommel, Detlef; Falta, Jens

    2014-09-01

    The cleaning of metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxial GaN(0001) template layers grown on sapphire has been investigated. Different procedures, performed under ultrahigh vacuum conditions, including degassing and exposure to active nitrogen from a radio frequency nitrogen plasma source have been compared. For this purpose, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, reflection high-energy electron diffraction, and scanning tunneling microscopy have been employed in order to assess chemical as well as structural and morphological surface properties. Initial degassing at 600 °C under ultrahigh vacuum conditions only partially eliminates the surface contaminants. In contrast to plasma assisted nitrogen cleaning at temperatures as low as 300 °C, active-nitrogen exposure at temperatures as high as 700 °C removes the majority of oxide species from the surface. However, extended high-temperature active-nitrogen cleaning leads to severe surface roughening. Optimum results regarding both the removal of surface oxides as well as the surface structural and morphological quality have been achieved for a combination of initial low-temperature plasma-assisted cleaning, followed by a rapid nitrogen plasma-assisted cleaning at high temperature.

  10. Adsorption kinetics of organophosphonic acids on plasma-modified oxide-covered aluminum surfaces.

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    Giza, M; Thissen, P; Grundmeier, G

    2008-08-19

    Tailoring of oxide chemistry on aluminum by means of low-pressure water and argon plasma surface modification was performed to influence the kinetics of the self-assembly process of octadecylphosphonic acid monolayers. The plasma-induced surface chemistry was studied by in situ FTIR reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS). Ex situ IRRAS and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were applied for the analysis of the adsorbed self-assembled monolayers. The plasma-induced variation of the hydroxide to oxide ratio led to different adsorption kinetics of the phosphonic acid from dilute ethanol solutions as measured by means of a quartz crystal microbalance. Water plasma treatment caused a significant increase in the density of surface hydroxyl groups in comparison to that of the argon-plasma-treated surface. The hydroxyl-rich surface led to significantly accelerated adsorption kinetics of the phosphonic acid with a time of monolayer formation of less than 1 min. On the contrary, decreasing the surface hydroxyl density slowed the adsorption kinetics.

  11. New oxidation treatment of NiTi shape memory alloys to obtain Ni-free surfaces and to improve biocompatibility.

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    Michiardi, A; Aparicio, C; Planell, J A; Gil, F J

    2006-05-01

    Various oxidation treatments were applied to nearly equiatomic NiTi alloys so as to form a Ni-free protective oxide on the surface. Sample surfaces were analyzed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, and NiTi transformation temperatures were determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) before and after the surface treatment. An ion release experiment was carried out up to one month of immersion in SBF for both oxidized and untreated surfaces. The results show that oxidation treatment in a low-oxygen pressure atmosphere leads to a high surface Ti/Ni ratio, a very low Ni surface concentration and a thick oxide layer. This oxidation treatment does not significantly affect the shape memory properties of the alloy. Moreover, the oxide formed significantly decreases Ni release into exterior medium comparing with untreated surfaces. As a consequence, this new oxidation treatment could be of great interest for biomedical applications, as it could minimize sensitization and allergies and improve biocompatibility and corrosion resistance of NiTi shape memory alloys.

  12. Chemisorption of poly(methylhydrogensiloxane) on oxide surfaces: a quantitative investigation using static SIMS

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    Reihs, K.; Aguiar Colom, R.; Gleditzsch, S.; Deimel, M.; Hagenhoff, B.; Benninghoven, A.

    1995-01-01

    Monolayers of poly(methylhydrogensiloxane) (PMHS) were prepared on oxide powder surfaces consisting mostly of SiO 2. The polymer is covalently bonded via SiOSi bonds formed by reaction of SiH groups with surface SiOH groups. The large powder surface area allows the determination of the average number of surface bonds by classical chemical titration. Depending on the coverage of PMHS the average number of surface bonds ranges from 15 to 25 for a linear polymer chain with an average length of 30 repeat units. Static SIMS spectra of the samples show peak patterns similar to those obtained from PMHS prepared on silver targets. However, the fragment ion intensity distributions strongly depend on the average number of surface bonds per polymer chain. These intensity distributions are quantitatively analyzed using a simple statistical fragmentation model. The model assumes that fragments having the structure of the polymer backbone with different lengths are released from nonbonded polymer sections only. The probability of bond cleavage in the backbone is assumed to be constant. The model predicts the experimentally obtained intensity distributions very well. The average numbers of surface bonds calculated from fragment ion intensities are in very good agreement with the independent data obtained by chemical titration. Some information about the population distribution of surface bonds can also be obtained. This example shows that appropriate physical models of the secondary ion emission process in static SIMS can be used to obtain very detailed quantitative information about the molecular structure of polymer surfaces.

  13. Oxidation of aqueous Cr(III) at birnessite surfaces: Constraints on reaction mechanism

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    Banerjee, D.; Nesbitt, H.W.

    1999-06-01

    X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was used to investigate oxidation of aqueous Cr(III) at the surface of 7 {angstrom}-birnessite [MnO{sub 1.75}(OH){sub 0.25}]. Special emphasis was placed on detection of intermediate oxidation states of chromium due to their critical environmental significance. No previous studies have been able to identify these intermediate oxidation states of chromium (namely, Cr[IV], and Cr[V]) on mineral surfaces or in natural solutions. Mn(2p{sub 3/2}), Cr(2p{sub 3/2}) and O(1s) spectra of the reacted surfaces reveal that Mn(IV) of synthetic birnessite undergoes reductive dissolution in two steps. The first step involves Mn(IV) reduction to Mn(III), that forms at the oxide surface probably as an oxyhydroxide (MnOOH), and in the second step Mn(III) is reduced to Mn(II) that is subsequently taken into solution. Each reductive reaction step involves transfer of only one electron to the Mn ion. After Cr(III){sub aq} is adsorbed onto the MnO{sub 2} surface, it undergoes oxidation in three separate steps, each involving the loss of one electron to Mn ions, so that Cr(IV), Cr(V) and Cr(VI) are produced. The intermediate reaction products, namely Mn(III), and Cr(V) were positively identified by XPS spectral analyses. Similarity in XPS binding energy values of Cr(III) and Cr(IV) as well as that of Cr(V) and Cr(VI), however, preclude separate identification of Cr(III) from Cr(IV) and Cr(VI) from Cr(V) multiplets on the near-surface of the solid. A parallel reaction scheme (exclusive of sorption reactions) best describes the birnessite-Cr(III){sub aq} redox reactions. The two parallel reactions proceed by separate mechanisms with a monodentate complex formed in one mechanism and a bidentate complex in another. The bulk of Cr(IV) probably is formed via the monodentate complex and Cr(V) via the bidentate complex. The rate expressions associated with these reactions display near-perfect correlation with changing surface abundances of Cr(IV) and Cr

  14. Surface grafting of reduced graphene oxide using nanocrystalline cellulose via click reaction

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    Kabiri, Roya; Namazi, Hassan

    2014-07-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheet was functionalized with nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) via click coupling between azide-functionalized graphene oxide (GO-N3) and terminal propargyl-functionalized nanocrystalline cellulose (PG-NCC). First, the reactive azide groups were introduced on the surface of GO with azidation of 2-chloroethyl isocyanate-treated graphene oxide (GO-Cl). Then, the resulted compounds were reacted with PG-NCC utilizing copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition. During the click reaction, GO was simultaneously reduced to graphene. The coupling was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared, Raman, DEPT135, and 13C NMR spectroscopy, and the complete exfoliation of graphene in the NCC matrix was confirmed with X-ray diffraction measurement. The degree of functionalization from the gradual mass loss of RGO-NCC suggests that around 23 mass % has been functionalized covalently. The size of both NCC and GO was found to be in nanometric range, which decreased after click reaction.

  15. Experimental simulations of oxidizing conditions and organic decomposition on the surface of Mars

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    Stoker, C. R.; Mancinelli, Rocco L.; Mckay, Christopher P.

    1988-01-01

    One important scientific objective of a Mars Rover Sample Return mission would be to look for traces of living and extinct life on Mars. An instrument to search for organic carbon may be the simplest instrument that could screen samples which are interesting from a biological point of view. An experimental program is described which would help to understand the nature of the oxidizing soil on Mars and the mechanism responsible for organic degradation on the Martian surface. This is approached by lab simulations of the actual conditions that occur on Mars, particularly the oxidant production by atmospheric photochemistry, and the combined effects of UV light and oxidants in decomposing organic compounds. The results will be used to formulate models of the photochemistry of the atmospheric, the atmosphere-soil interaction, and the diffusion of reactive compounds into the soils. This information will provide insights and constraints on the design of a sampling strategy to search for organic compounds on Mars.

  16. Efficient chemisorption of organophosphorous redox probes on indium tin oxide surfaces under mild conditions.

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    Forget, Amélie; Limoges, Benoît; Balland, Véronique

    2015-02-17

    We report a mild and straightforward one-step chemical surface functionalization of indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes by redox-active molecules bearing an organophosphoryl anchoring group (i.e., alkyl phosphate or alkyl phosphonate group). The method takes advantage of simple passive adsorption in an aqueous solution at room temperature. We show that organophosphorus compounds can adsorb much more strongly and stably on an ITO surface than analogous redox-active molecules bearing a carboxylate or a boronate moiety. We provide evidence, through quantitative electrochemical characterization (i.e., by cyclic voltammetry) of the adsorbed organophosphoryl redox-active molecules, of the occurrence of three different adsorbate fractions on ITO, exhibiting different stabilities on the surface. Among these three fractions, one is observed to be strongly chemisorbed, exhibiting high stability and resistance to desorption/hydrolysis in a free-redox probe aqueous buffer. We attribute this remarkable stability to the formation of chemical bonds between the organophosphorus anchoring group and the metal oxide surface, likely occurring through a heterocondensation reaction in water. From XPS analysis, we also demonstrate that the surface coverage of the chemisorbed molecules is highly affected by the degree of surface hydroxylation, a parameter that can be tuned by simply preconditioning the freshly cleaned ITO surfaces in water. The lower the relative surface hydroxide density on ITO, the higher was the surface coverage of the chemisorbed species. This behavior is in line with a chemisorption mechanism involving coordination of a deprotonated phosphoryl oxygen atom to the non-hydroxylated acidic metal sites of ITO.

  17. Surface chemistry of the atomic layer deposition of metals and group III oxides

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    Goldstein, David Nathan

    Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is a thin-film growth technique offering precise control of film thickness and the ability to coat high-aspect-ratio features such as trenches and nanopowders. Unlike other film growth techniques, ALD does not require harsh processing conditions and is not limited by line-of-sight deposition. Emerging applications for ALD materials include semiconductor devices, gas sensors, and water-diffusion barriers. The chemistry behind ALD involves understanding how the precursors interact with surfaces to deposit the desired material. All ALD precursors need to be stable on the substrate to ensure self-limiting behavior yet reactive enough to be easily removed with the second reagent. Recent precursor development has provided many volatile organometallic compounds for most of the periodic table. As the number of precursors increases, proper precursor choice becomes crucial. This is because the film properties, growth rates, and growth temperature vary widely between the precursors. Many of the above traits can be predicted with knowledge of the precursor reaction mechanisms. This thesis aims to link surface reaction mechanisms to observed growth and nucleation trends in metal and oxide ALD systems. The first portion of this thesis explores the mechanisms of two ALD oxide systems. First, I examine the mechanism of ALD alumina with ozone. Ozone is used as an oxidant in the semiconductor industry because the deposited Al 2O3 films possess better insulating properties and ozone is easier to purge from a vacuum system. FT-IR analysis reveals a complicated array of surface intermediates such as formate, carbonate, and methoxy groups that form during Al2O3 growth with ozone. Next, a new method to deposit thin films of Ga2O3 is introduced. Gallium oxide is a transparent conducting oxide that needs expensive solid precursors to be deposited by ALD. I show that trimethylgallium is a good high-temperature ALD precursor that deposits films of Ga2O 3 with

  18. Sub-surface oxide features at the aluminum-sapphire interface after low temperature annealing

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    Dutta, Sreya

    This work focuses on the formation of sub-surface oxide features that form at the aluminum-sapphire interface during a low temperature heat-treatment. The features consist of two parts, stable alpha-alumina ridges on the substrate, and faceted pyramidal structures composed of thin, low-temperature oxide shells that are bounded by the ridges. It is surprising to observe the formation of thermodynamically stable alpha-alumina at a low temperature. The ridges are epitaxial with the (0001) sapphire substrate and the overlying metal. The pyramidal features resemble closely the Wulff shape in aluminum. Experiments show that these features are underlying the annealing hillocks. This work is a detailed study of such oxide interfacial features associated with hollow hillocks. At the annealing temperatures (below the melting point of aluminum), the aluminum thin film is subjected to compressive stresses arising from the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch and this is aided by dewetting at the aluminum-sapphire interface. Creep cavitation and grain boundary sliding are postulated to help in the cavity formation. Annealing holes are also observed in the thin films. Two different types of holes are seen: dendritic branched holes and hexagonal faceted holes (drums). At lower temperature and thickness, dendritic holes are seen to be formed at the grain boundaries. The drums form within the grains at higher temperatures and in thicker films. The drums have a surface oxide layer suspended on the top. It is postulated that clustering of vacancies due to the presence of irregularities, defects, and dislocations at the interface as well as dewetting causes the nucleation of the drums at the interface. Numerous hillock-hole couples were seen. Thinning of the metal in areas near the hillocks could possibly aid in the hole formation process. It is speculated that the hole growth occurred during the cooling stage when the film was subjected to tensile stresses. Another interesting

  19. Narrow titanium oxide nanowires induced by femtosecond laser pulses on a titanium surface

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    Li, Hui; Li, Xian-Feng; Zhang, Cheng-Yun; Tie, Shao-Long; Lan, Sheng

    2017-02-01

    The evolution of the nanostructure induced on a titanium (Ti) surface with increasing irradiation pulse number by using a 400-nm femtosecond laser was examined by using scanning electron microscopy. High spatial frequency periodic structures of TiO2 parallel to the laser polarization were initially observed because of the laser-induced oxidation of the Ti surface and the larger efficacy factor of TiO2 in this direction. Periodically aligned TiO2 nanowires with featured width as small as 20 nm were obtained. With increasing pulse number, however, low spatial frequency periodic structures of Ti perpendicular to the laser polarization became dominant because Ti possesses a larger efficacy factor in this direction. The competition between the high- and low-spatial frequency periodic structures is in good agreement with the prediction of the efficacy factor theory and it should also be observed in the femtosecond laser ablation of other metals which are easily oxidized in air.