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  1. Sol-gel derived sorbents

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    Sigman, Michael E.; Dindal, Amy B.

    2003-11-11

    Described is a method for producing copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent particles for the production of copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent material. The method for producing copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent particles comprises adding a basic solution to an aqueous metal alkoxide mixture for a pH.ltoreq.8 to hydrolyze the metal alkoxides. Then, allowing the mixture to react at room temperature for a precalculated period of time for the mixture to undergo an increased in viscosity to obtain a desired pore size and surface area. The copolymerized mixture is then added to an immiscible, nonpolar solvent that has been heated to a sufficient temperature wherein the copolymerized mixture forms a solid upon the addition. The solid is recovered from the mixture, and is ready for use in an active sampling trap or activated for use in a passive sampling trap.

  2. Investigations on the structural, microstructural, dielectric, ferroelectric, and leakage characteristics of sol-gel derived lanthanum modified lead titanate systems

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    Srinivasan, Bhaskar

    The first part of the work was devoted to understand and optimize the effect of various complex process variables such as the precursor chemistry, effect of thickness, and role of bottom electrodes to grow high quality, stable and reproducible electrical properties of sol-gel derived ferroelectric thin films. The next phase was to systematically study the effect of La doping (0.0 to 30 at.%) in lead titanate thin films on the structural, microstructural evolution, optical, and electrical properties. The choice of precursor materials, have significant impact on the structural and electrical properties of PLT thin films. The process variables are adjusted to get films with good electrical properties. Raman scattering and x-ray diffraction techniques were used to study the correlation between the film thickness and the structural changes in PT films of 21, 64, 128, 210, 310, and 420 nm thicknesses. An exponential decrease in stress with increasing film thickness was observed because of the structural changes in the lattice. Accordingly, a downshift in the transition temperature with decreasing film thickness has been interpreted using the Landau-Devonshire approach. Dielectric, ferroelectric and leakage current characteristics of PLT films deposited on Pt, Pt/Si, RuO2/Pt/Si and RuO2/Si bottom electrodes were evaluated. Observed ferroelectric and dielectric properties of the films have been correlated with large interfacial resistance at the film-electrode interface. The La modified lead titanate Pb1-xLaxTi1-x/4 O 3 (PLT) (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 and 0.30) thin films were deposited by sol-gel technique. The films were characterized, using various techniques, in terms of their phase formation behavior, composition, microstructure and electrical characteristics. The X-ray diffraction data and micro-Raman analysis show that with the increase in La content the crystal quality of the PLT films undergoes a tetragonal-to-cubic transformation. The optical

  3. Sol-Gel Derived Hafnia Coatings

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    Feldman, Jay D.; Stackpoole, Mairead; Blum, Yigal; Sacks, Michael; Ellerby, Don; Johnson, Sylvia M.; Venkatapathy, Ethiras (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Sol-gel derived hafnia coatings are being developed to provide an oxidation protection layer on ultra-high temperature ceramics for potential use in turbine engines (ultra-efficient engine technology being developed by NASA). Coatings using hafnia sol hafnia filler particles will be discussed along with sol synthesis and characterization.

  4. Sol-Gel Derived Hafnia Coatings

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    Feldman, Jay D.; Stackpoole, Mairead; Blum, Yigal; Sacks, Michael; Ellerby, Don; Johnson, Sylvia M.; Venkatapathy, Ethiras (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Sol-gel derived hafnia coatings are being developed to provide an oxidation protection layer on ultra-high temperature ceramics for potential use in turbine engines (ultra-efficient engine technology being developed by NASA). Coatings using hafnia sol hafnia filler particles will be discussed along with sol synthesis and characterization.

  5. Effects of rare earth incorporation on the ferroelectric and dielectric properties of sol-gel derived PbTiO{sub 3} films

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    Teowee, G.; Baertlein, C.D.; Schlegel, S.A.; Boulton, J.M.; Uhlmann, D.R.

    1994-12-31

    Ferroelectric (FE) films, especially PZT films, have received increasing attention for microelectronics applications such as FE memory and in high density DRAM`S. While rare earth doped PbTiO{sub 3} ceramics have been studied for SAW and piezoelectric applications, rare earth doped films seldom have been systematically explored. A series of sol-gel derived PbTiO{sub 3} films with varying amounts (5--15 mole %) of rare earths (such as, Nd, Sm, Tb, Dy, Er Yb and La) have been prepared using acetates and alkoxides as precursors. The solutions were spin coated onto platinized Si wafers. The effects of the type and amount of rare incorporation on the phase assembly and microstructure have been quantified. The results of dielectric characterization (e.g., dielectric constant, dissipation factor and leakage currents) and FE behaviors (viz.remanent polarization, and coercive field) are presented these films exhibited low leakage currents (3E-10 A/cm{sup 2}) and much higher dielectric constant (up to 525) compared to undoped PbTiO{sub 3} films.

  6. Determination of the existence of the ferroelectric phase transition in sol-gel derived barium titanate thin film using micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)

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    Chang, David Ta-I.

    The existence of a well-defined ferroelectric phase transition in BaTiOsb3 (BTO) thin film of submicron thickness has been widely debated. In this work, key properties of BTO thin films synthesized by the sol-gel method are investigated. Using micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) based on integrated circuit materials and processes, several novel BTO devices have been fabricated for optical, electrical, and thermal measurements. Pyroelectric response and scanning electron microscopy have confirmed that a 0.36 mum thick BTO thin film on a degenerately doped, p-type silicon substrate exhibits ferroelectric behavior at room temperature. Temperature-dependent measurements detecting pyroelectric coefficient anomaly demonstrate that ferroelectric phase transition of this BTO thin film occurs at a Curie point of ˜125sp°C.

  7. Safe and Environmentally Acceptable Sol-Gel-Derived Pyrophoric Pyrotechnics

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2004-07-01

    i Final Report 2003 Safe and Environmentally Acceptable Sol-Gel-Derived Pyrophoric Pyrotechnics PP-1276 Lawrence Livermore...REPORT TYPE Final 3. DATES COVERED - 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Safe and Environmentally Acceptable Sol-Gel-Derived Pyrophoric Pyrotechnics 5a...Background Pyrotechnics can be grouped into six families; decoy flares, illuminating flares, colored flares, smokes, igniters/starters and

  8. Surface photovoltage characterization of sol-gel derived Bi 4Ti 3O 12 ferroelectric thin film on F-doped SnO 2 conducting glass

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    Wang, W. C.; Zheng, H. W.; Liu, X. Y.; Liu, X. S.; Gu, Y. Z.; Zhang, H. R.; Zhang, W. F.

    2010-03-01

    The surface photovoltage response was investigated in partly c-axis oriented Bi 4Ti 3O 12 thin film deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide conductive glass substrate by a sol-gel technology. The maximum SPV of BiT film reaches 1.8 mV under the dc bias voltage (+1 V) and is three times larger than that under the zero bias. It is also found that the SPV response intensity increases with the increasing positive field, and the intensity of the SPV signal becomes weak with a reverse response when the negative field increases. It is suggested that the SPV is strongly related to the ferroelectric polarization.

  9. Large remanent polarization and small leakage in sol-gel derived Bi(Zn(1/2)Zr(1/2))O3-PbTiO3 ferroelectric thin films.

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    Zhang, Linxing; Chen, Jun; Zhao, Hanqing; Fan, Longlong; Rong, Yangchun; Deng, Jinxia; Yu, Ranbo; Xing, Xianran

    2013-01-14

    The applications of ferroelectric thin films such as the sensitivity of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memories are closely linked with large remnant polarization. The high-T(C) (1-x)Bi(Zn(1/2)Zr(1/2))O(3)-xPbTiO(3) (x = 0.7-0.9) thin films with high (100) orientation were fabricated on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO(2)/Si substrates via a sol-gel method. The thin films could be crystallized well in a phase-pure perovskite structure. The electrical properties of the sol-gel-derived BZZ-PT thin films were investigated. A large remanent polarization with 2P(r) up to 110 μC cm(-2) and a small leakage current of 3.8 × 10(-7) A cm(-2) under an electric field of 150 kV cm(-1) are observed on the 0.2BZZ-0.8PT thin films. Furthermore, a relatively stable polarization fatigue property was achieved, indicating a potential application in high-temperature ferroelectric devices.

  10. Sol-gel derived PZT films doped with vanadium pentoxide

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    Shen Hongfang; Guo Qing; Zhao Zhiman; Cao Guozhong

    2009-11-15

    The present research investigated the sol-gel preparation, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of PZT films doped with 5 mol% vanadium oxide. Stable PZTV sols can be readily formed, and homogeneous, micrometer thick and pinhole-free PZTV films were obtained by using spin coating followed with rapid annealing. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that no parasitic or secondary phases were formed in the sol-gel PZT films with the addition of vanadium oxide. The material doped with vanadium pentoxide showed enhanced dielectric constant and remanent polarization with reduced loss tangent and coercive field.

  11. Safe and Environmentally Acceptable Sol-gel Derived Pyrophoric Pyrotechnics

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    Simspon, R L; Satcher, J H; Gash, A

    2004-06-10

    It was demonstrated that highly porous sol-gel derived iron (III) oxide materials could be reduced to sub-micron-sized metallic iron by heating the materials to intermediate temperatures in a hydrogen atmosphere. Through a large number of experiments complete reduction of the sol-gel based materials was realized with a variety of hydrogen-based atmospheres (25-100% H{sub 2} in Ar, N{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}, or CO) at intermediate temperatures (350 C to 700 C). All of the resulting sol-gel-derived metallic iron powders were ignitable by thermal methods, however none were pyrophoric. For comparison several types of commercial micron sized iron oxides Fe2O3, and NANOCAT were also reduced under identical conditions. All resulting materials were characterized by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM). In addition, the reduction of the iron oxide materials was monitored by TGA. In general the sol-gel materials were more rapidly reduced to metallic iron and the resulting iron powders had smaller particle sizes and were more easily oxidized than the metallic powders derived from the micron sized materials. The lack of pyrophoricity of the smaller fine metallic powders was unexpected and may in part be due to impurities in the materials that create a passivation layer on the iron. Several recommendations for future study directions on this project are detailed.

  12. Protein interactions with nanoporous sol-gel derived bioactive glasses.

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    Lin, Sen; Van den Bergh, Wouter; Baker, Simon; Jones, Julian R

    2011-10-01

    Sol-gel derived bioactive glasses are excellent candidates for bone regenerative implant materials as they bond with bone, stimulate bone growth and degrade in the body. Their interactions with proteins are critical to understanding their performance after implantation. This study focuses on the interactions between fibrinogen and sol-gel glass particles of the 70S30C (70 mol.% SiO(2), 30 mol.% CaO composition). Sol-gel silica and melt-derived Bioglass® were also used for comparison. Fibrinogen penetration into the nanoporous glasses was observed by live tracking the fluorescent-labelled fibrinogen with confocal microscopy. The effect of pore size on protein penetration was investigated. Nanoporous networks with modal pore diameters larger than 6 nm were accessible to fibrinogen. When the modal nanopore diameter was decreased to 2 nm or less, the penetration of fibrinogen was inhibited. The surface properties of the glasses, which can be modulated by media pH, glass composition and final stabilisation temperature in the sol-gel process, have effects on fibrinogen adsorption via long-range Coulombic forces before the adsorption and via short-range interactions such as hydrogen bonding after the adsorption.

  13. Magnetic and ferroelectric properties of sol - gel synthesized rhombohedral phase AlFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Shirolkar, Mandar M.; Li, Ming; Wang, Haiqian

    2017-06-01

    We report the preparation of a rhombohedral phase (space group R\\bar{3}c) AlFeO3 nanoparticles (NPs) and its magnetic and ferroelectric properties. The high purity rhombohedral phase AFO NPs of an average size 50 nm were prepared by sol - gel route followed by annealing at 700 °C. The NPs show antiferromagnetic nature at room temperature and near room temperature, weak ferroelectric properties. The coexistence of magnetic and ferroelectric features indicate that AFO NPs can be used as a prospective lead free multiferroic material for the spintronics applications.

  14. Sol Gel-Derived SBA-16 Mesoporous Material

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    Rivera-Muñoz, Eric M.; Huirache-Acuña, Rafael

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this article is to review current knowledge related to the synthesis and characterization of sol gel-derived SBA-16 mesoporous silicas, as well as a review of the state of the art in this issue, to take stock of knowledge about current and future applications. The ease of the method of preparation, the orderly structure, size and shape of their pores and control, all these achievable through simple changes in the method of synthesis, makes SBA-16 a very versatile material, potentially applicable in many areas of science and molecular engineering of materials. PMID:20957080

  15. Phase purity of sol-gel-derived hydroxyapatite ceramic.

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    Hsieh, M F; Perng, L H; Chin, T S; Perng, H G

    2001-10-01

    Calcium oxide was reported in the sol-gel-derived hydroxyapatite (HA) as an unavoidable major impurity. In this study phase purity of HA synthesized by sol-gel route was explored using precursors of calcium nitrate tetrahydrate and triethyl phosphate. Two different drying methods, the fast drying of as-prepared precursors and the slow drying of aged precursors were adopted as major processing variables. The dried gels were subsequently calcined up to 600 degrees C. In the calcined powder from fast-dried gel, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed an intense CaO peak. For the slow-dried gel, thermogravimetric analysis revealed a 2-step weight-loss behavior during heating. XRD analysis of the calcined powder, corresponding to the second weight-loss step, showed major peaks of hydroxyapatite and a very weak CaO peak. P-31 NMR analysis indicated formation of calcium phosphate complex during aging. Complete incorporation of Ca(NO3)2 into the complex due to proper aging therefore diminishes CaO formation. It was also found that the minor CaO derived in the slow drying method can be easily and completely washed out just by distilled water.

  16. Granulation of sol-gel-derived nanostructured alumina

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    Deng, S.G.; Lin, Y.S.

    1997-02-01

    A sol-gel granulation process was developed to prepare porous nanostructured {gamma}-alumina granules as supports for catalysts and adsorbents. The process, which starts with an aqueous sol of gelatinous boehmite, involves droplet formation, gelation in paraffin oil, conditioning in ammonia solution, and drying and calcination in air under controlled conditions. The {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} granules prepared are 1--3 mm-dia. spherical particles with large surface area (380 m{sup 2}/g) and pore volume (0.5 cm{sup 3}/g), uniform pore-size distribution (20--60 {angstrom}), and controllable average pore size (35 {angstrom}). These sol-gel-derived granules have excellent mechanical properties with crush strength (>100 N per granule) and attrition resistance (<0.01 wt.%/h), much better than the commercial alumina and zeolite granules. Supported CuO sorbents were prepared on these granules for SO{sub 2} removal applications. The alumina-supported CuO sorbents contain higher loading of well-dispersed CuO and better sulfation properties than similar sorbents reported in the literature.

  17. Sol-gel derived ceramic electrolyte films on porous substrates

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    Kueper, T.W.

    1992-05-01

    A process for the deposition of sol-gel derived thin films on porous substrates has been developed; such films should be useful for solid oxide fuel cells and related applications. Yttria-stabilized zirconia films have been formed from metal alkoxide starting solutions. Dense films have been deposited on metal substrates and ceramic substrates, both dense and porous, through dip-coating and spin-coating techniques, followed by a heat treatment in air. X-ray diffraction has been used to determine the crystalline phases formed and the extent of reactions with various substrates which may be encountered in gas/gas devices. Surface coatings have been successfully applied to porous substrates through the control of substrate pore size and deposition parameters. Wetting of the substrate pores by the coating solution is discussed, and conditions are defined for which films can be deposited over the pores without filling the interiors of the pores. Shrinkage cracking was encountered in films thicker than a critical value, which depended on the sol-gel process parameters and on the substrate characteristics. Local discontinuities were also observed in films which were thinner than a critical value which depended on the substrate pore size. A theoretical discussion of cracking mechanisms is presented for both types of cracking, and the conditions necessary for successful thin formation are defined. The applicability of these film gas/gas devices is discussed.

  18. Dielectric Measurements on Sol-Gel Derived Titania Films

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    Capan, Rifat; Ray, Asim K.

    2017-07-01

    Alternating current (AC) impedance measurements were performed on 37 nm thick nanostructured sol-gel derived anatase titania films on ultrasonically cleaned (100) p-silicon substrates at temperatures T ranging from 100 K to 300 K over a frequency range between 20 Hz and 1 MHz. The frequency-dependent behavior of the AC conductivity σ ac(f, T) obeys the universal power law, and the values of the effective hopping barrier and hopping distance were found to be 0.79 eV and 6.7 × 10-11 m from an analysis due to the correlated barrier-hopping model. The dielectric relaxation was identified as a thermally activated non-Debye process involving an activation energy of 41.5 meV.

  19. Structure and Electrical Properties of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 Ferroelectric Thick Films Derived From a Polymer Modified Sol-Gel Method

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    Ji, Hongfen; Ren, Wei; Wang, Lingyan; Shi, Peng; Chen, Xiaofeng; Wu, Xiaoqing; Yao, Xi; Lau, Sien-Ting; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K. Kirk

    2011-01-01

    Lead-free Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) ferroelectric thick films were prepared by a poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) modified sol-gel method. The NBT thick films annealed from 500°C to 750°C exhibit a perovskite structure. The relationship between annealing temperature, thickness, and electrical properties of the thick films has been investigated. The dielectric constants and remnant polarizations of the thick films increase with annealing temperature. The electrical properties of the NBT films show strong thickness dependence. As thickness increases from 1.0 to 4.8 μm, the dielectric constant of the NBT films increases from 620 to 848, whereas the dielectric loss is nearly independent of the thickness. The remnant polarization of the NBT thick films also increases with increasing thickness. The leakage current density first decreases and then increases with film thickness. PMID:21989868

  20. Sol-gel derived contamination resistant antireflective coatings

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    Shen, Jun; Liu, Yuan; Wu, Guangming; Zhou, Bin; Zhang, Zhihua; Zhu, Yumei

    2011-02-01

    Silica-based sol-gel antireflective (AR) optical coatings are critical components for high peak power laser systems. It is well known that water vapor and volatile organic compounds in both the laser bay and target bay environments will reduce the antireflective efficiency and laser-damage resistance of the sol-gel AR coating. In this study, alkylation with organosilanes in the vapor state was investigated. Sol-gel AR coatings were vapor-phase treated with hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS) and trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) at room temperature, and the resulting post-treated sol-gel AR coatings were tested for their resistance to contamination by a series of volatile organic compounds. Contact angle measurements were taken to discern the degree of silanization. After the vapor treatment of sol-gel AR coatings with organosilanes, the spectral performance of the coatings were analyzed by spectrophotometer, both before and after the exposure to volatile organic compounds. It is found that the coatings treated with ammonia and HMDS show a better contamination resistant capability. After being contaminated 70 hours with hexane, the transmittance of the coatings presents no obvious decrease. And the vapor treatment produces an increase in their damage threshold at 1064 nm (10ns pulse width) as compared to untreated control samples.

  1. Sol-gel derived contamination resistant antireflective coatings

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    Shen, Jun; Liu, Yuan; Wu, Guangming; Zhou, Bin; Zhang, Zhihua; Zhu, Yumei

    2010-10-01

    Silica-based sol-gel antireflective (AR) optical coatings are critical components for high peak power laser systems. It is well known that water vapor and volatile organic compounds in both the laser bay and target bay environments will reduce the antireflective efficiency and laser-damage resistance of the sol-gel AR coating. In this study, alkylation with organosilanes in the vapor state was investigated. Sol-gel AR coatings were vapor-phase treated with hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS) and trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) at room temperature, and the resulting post-treated sol-gel AR coatings were tested for their resistance to contamination by a series of volatile organic compounds. Contact angle measurements were taken to discern the degree of silanization. After the vapor treatment of sol-gel AR coatings with organosilanes, the spectral performance of the coatings were analyzed by spectrophotometer, both before and after the exposure to volatile organic compounds. It is found that the coatings treated with ammonia and HMDS show a better contamination resistant capability. After being contaminated 70 hours with hexane, the transmittance of the coatings presents no obvious decrease. And the vapor treatment produces an increase in their damage threshold at 1064 nm (10ns pulse width) as compared to untreated control samples.

  2. Infrared properties of sol-gel derived zirconia film

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    Yamada, Itsunari; Torii, Hiroki; Ishihara, Yoshiro

    2017-07-01

    We examined infrared transmission characteristics of a sol-gel derived zirconia film and the antireflective (AR) effect of this film for an Si substrate in the midinfrared region. The surface reflection loss of an Si plate is high (˜30%) because of the high refractive index (3.42) in the infrared region. We employed zirconia nanoparticle dispersion with 15 wt. % (1-butanol solvent) as starting sol solution. Then, the dispersion was coated with Si substrate at a spin-coating speed of 2000 rpm, and the substrate was heated to 150°C. The number of coatings was repeated seven times. As a result, the transmittance at 5.6-μm wavelength was enhanced to 66.2%, and we found that the coated film worked efficiently as the AR film up to 10-μm wavelength. Additionally, by heating the substrate to 800°C, the large absorptions at 2.9-, 6.4-, and 6.9-μm wavelengths could be suppressed because the hydroxy group in the film was reduced. Its peak transmittance was 67.9% at 4.9-μm wavelength.

  3. Iron Oxide Silica Derived from Sol-Gel Synthesis

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    Darmawan, Adi; Smart, Simon; Julbe, Anne; Diniz da Costa, João Carlos

    2011-01-01

    In this work we investigate the effect of iron oxide embedded in silica matrices as a function of Fe/Si molar ratio and sol pH. To achieve homogeneous dispersion of iron oxide particles, iron nitrate nonahydrate was dissolved in hydrogen peroxide and was mixed with tetraethyl orthosilicate and ethanol in a sol-gel synthesis method. Increasing the calcination temperature led to a reduction in surface area, although the average pore radius remained almost constant at about 10 Å, independent of the Fe/Si molar ratio or sol pH. Hence, the densification of the matrix was accompanied by similar reduction in pore volume. However, calcination at 700 °C resulted in samples with similar surface area though the iron oxide content increased from 5% to 50% Fe/Si molar ratio. As metal oxide particles have lower surface area than polymeric silica structures, these results strongly suggest that the iron oxides opposed the silica structure collapse. The effect of sol pH was found to be less significant than the Fe/Si molar ratio in the formation of molecular sieve structures derived from iron oxide silica. PMID:28879999

  4. Optical properties of sol-gel-derived PZT thin films

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    Teowee, Gimtong T.; Boulton, J. M.; Motakef, Sharnaz; Uhlmann, Donald R.; Zelinski, Brian J.; Zanoni, Raymond; Moon, M.

    1992-12-01

    A series of sol-gel derived PT-based films, including PT, PZ, PZT, PLT, PLZ and PLZT, was prepared on platinized Si, fused SiO2 and Corning 7059 substrates. These films were fired at 400 - 700 C for 30 mins. The phase assembly and development were dependent on the precursor chemistries, processing and choice of substrates. The presence of Zr impacted significantly on the crystallization behavior, PbO loss and cracking behavior of the films. Crystallization was severely retarded, especially in Zr-containing PZT films when deposited on amorphous substrates compared to crystalline Pt substrates. Amorphous and crystalline PZT films can be utilized for passive and active optical applications. Waveguiding was achieved in an amorphous PZT 53/47 and a crystalline PLT 28 films and gave attenuation losses of 1.0 and 1.4 dB/cm respectively which represent the lowest values reported to date. The optical properties of the films were investigated using ellipsometry, UV-VIS transmission spectroscopy and waveguide loss measurements. Depending on composition and processing conditions, PZT films (2500 A thick) with refractive indices of 1.60 to 2.33 and absorption edges of 2900 - 3100 A can be obtained. It was ascertained that the resulting interfacial reaction layers between the films and substrates affected considerably the optical properties of thinner films (< 2000 A).

  5. Sol-gel derived planar waveguides for sensor applications

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    Karasinski, Pawel; Zielonka, Iwona

    2003-09-01

    The paper presents investigation results on the application of sol-gel technology for the production of planar waveguides. These waveguides are produced in a two-component system SiO2:TiO2. We discussed application potentials of the produced layers and presented the results of theoretical analysis involving future structures.

  6. Application of polyaniline/sol-gel derived tetraethylorthosilicate films to an amperometric lactate biosensor.

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    Chaubey, Asha; Pande, K K; Malhotra, B D

    2003-11-01

    The electrochemical entrapment of polyaniline (PANI) onto sol-gel derived tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) films deposited onto indium-tin-oxide (ITO) coated glass has been utilized for immobilization of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). The performance of these sol-gel/PANI/LDH electrodes has been investigated as a function of the lactate concentration, applied potential, pH of the medium and interferents. The amperometric response of the electrodes under optimum conditions exhibited a linear relationship from 1 mM to 4 mM. An attempt has been made to extend the linearity up to 10 mM for lactate by coating an external layer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) over the sol-gel/PANI/LDH electrodes with a correlation coefficient of 0.89. These sol-gel/PANI/LDH electrodes have a response time of about 60 s, a shelf life of about 8 weeks at 0-4 degrees C and have implications in a lactate biosensor.

  7. Sol-gel derived polymer composites for energy storage and conversion

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    Han, Kuo

    conduction are still open issues to be addressed before full potential can be realized. Herein we report the percolative composites based on ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) as the matrix and sol-gel derived SiO2 coated reduced graphene oxide nanosheets as the filler. By capitalizing on the SiO2 surface layers which have high electrical resistivity and breakdown strength, the composites exhibit superior dielectric performance as compared to the respective composites containing bare reduced graphene oxide nanosheet fillers. In addition to greatly reduced dielectric loss, little change in dielectric loss has been observed within medium frequency range (ie. 300 KHz-3 MHz) in the prepared composites even with a filler concentration beyond the percolation threshold, indicating significantly suppressed energy dissipation and the feasibility of using the conductor-insulator composites beyond the percolation threshold. Moreover, remarkable breakdown strength of 80 MV/m at the percolation threshold has been achieved in the composite, which far exceeds those of conventional percolative composites (lower than 0.1 MV/m in most cases) and thus enables the applications of the percolative composites at high electric fields. This work offers a new avenue to the percolative polymer composites exhibiting high permittivity, reduced loss and excellent breakdown strength for electrical energy storage applications. Flexible piezoelectric materials have attracted extensive attention because they can provide a practical way to scavenge energy from the environment and motions. It also provides the possibility to fabricate wearable and self-powered energy generator for powering small electronic devices. In the dissertation a new composite including BTO 3D structure and PDMS has been successfully fabricated using the sol-gel process. The structure, flexibility, dielectric and piezoelectric properties have been well studied. The new material shows a high g33 value of

  8. Sol-gel-derived AR coatings for solar receivers

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    Ashley, C. S.; Reed, S. T.

    1984-09-01

    A process for applying sol-gel antireflection (AR) coatings to solar receiver envelopes is investigated. The process consists of applying a porous film which is subsequently etched to achieve the optimum AR effect. The result is a single-layer interference film with a reflectance minimum at 550 nm. The solar transmittance of coated tubes is typically increased to 0.05 to 0.97, as compared with 0.91 for uncoated tubes. Coated tubes showed no significant decrease in solar transmittance after 16 weeks of operation in a parabolic trough collector system. Recommendations are included for process improvement before industrial scale-up.

  9. Nanostructured energetic materials derived from sol-gel chemistry

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    Simpson, R L; Tillotson, T M; Hrubesh, L W; Gash, A E

    2000-03-15

    Initiation and detonation properties are dramatically affected by an energetic material's microstructural properties. Sol-gel chemistry allows intimacy of mixing to be controlled and dramatically improved over existing methodologies. One material goal is to create very high power energetic materials which also have high energy densities. Using sol-gel chemistry we have made a nanostructured composite energetic material. Here a solid skeleton of fuel, based on resorcinol-formaldehyde, has nanocrystalline ammonium perchlorate, the oxidizer, trapped within its pores. At optimum stoichiometry it has approximately the energy density of HMX. Transmission electron microscopy indicated no ammonium perchlorate crystallites larger than 20 nm while near-edge soft x-ray absorption microscopy showed that nitrogen was uniformly distributed, at least on the scale of less than 80 nm. Small-angle neutron scattering studies were conducted on the material. Those results were consistent with historical ones for this class of nanostructured materials. The average skeletal primary particle size was on the order of 2.7 nm, while the nanocomposite showed the growth of small 1 nm size crystals of ammonium perchlorate with some clustering to form particles greater than 10 nm.

  10. Formation and prevention of fractures in sol-gel-derived thin films.

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    Kappert, Emiel J; Pavlenko, Denys; Malzbender, Jürgen; Nijmeijer, Arian; Benes, Nieck E; Tsai, Peichun Amy

    2015-02-07

    Sol-gel-derived thin films play an important role as the functional coatings for various applications that require crack-free films to fully function. However, the fast drying process of a standard sol-gel coating often induces mechanical stresses, which may fracture the thin films. An experimental study on the crack formation in sol-gel-derived silica and organosilica ultrathin (submicron) films is presented. The relationships among the crack density, inter-crack spacing, and film thickness were investigated by combining direct micrograph analysis with spectroscopic ellipsometry. It is found that silica thin films are more prone to fracturing than organosilica films and have a critical film thickness of 300 nm, above which the film fractures. In contrast, the organosilica films can be formed without cracks in the experimentally explored regime of film thickness up to at least 1250 nm. These results confirm that ultrathin organosilica coatings are a robust silica substitute for a wide range of applications.

  11. Sol-gel-derived biomaterials of silica and carrageenans.

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    Shchipunov, Yurii A

    2003-12-01

    A new precursor, tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) orthosilicate (THEOS), introduced by Hoffmann et al. (J. Phys. Chem. B 106 (2002) 1528-1533), was used to synthesize monolithic hybrid biomaterials on the basis of silica and three main types of carrageenans, kappa-, iota-, and lambda-carrageenans. The advantage of THEOS over the currently applied TEOS and TMOS is in its complete solubility in water. This negated the need to add organic solvents, thus excluding a denaturating effect on biopolymers. In their turn, carrageenans introduced into the precursor solution made use of common catalysts unneeded to trigger the sol-gel transition. It was found that they promoted the mineralization, acting as a template for the inorganic component. The kinetics of sol-gel processes, mechanical properties, phase behavior, and structure of novel hybrid biomaterials were studied by dynamic rheology, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy. The material properties were regulated by both the precursor and carrageenan. The increase of silicate concentration led to a rise in the stiffness and brittleness of the material, whereas the polysaccharide addition made it softer and more elastic. It was shown that the formation and properties of mixed gels were determined by the nature of carrageenan. kappa-Carrageenans brought about shrinkage of hybrid materials that led to water separation, while iota- and lambda-carrageenans did not induce the syneresis. This is in line with the difference in polysaccharide properties when they are in aqueous solutions without silicate. Furthermore, kappa- and iota-carrageenans experienced a thermoreversible phase transition in the hybrid materials owing to the helix-coil transition. This resulted in a step like change in the mechanical properties of mixed systems in the corresponding temperature range. lambda-Carrageenan is a nongelling polysaccharide, which is why the rheological parameters of its hybrid gel were unchanged with the

  12. Sol-gel derived electrode materials for supercapacitor applications

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    Lin, Chuan

    1998-12-01

    Electrochemical capacitors have been receiving increasing interest in recent years for use in energy storage systems because of their high energy and power density and long cycle lifes. Possible applications of electrochemical capacitors include high power pulsed lasers, hybrid power system for electric vehicles, etc. In this dissertation, the preparation of electrode materials for use as electrochemical capacitors has been studied using the sol-gel process. The high surface area electrode materials explored in this work include a synthetic carbon xerogel for use in a double-layer capacitor, a cobalt oxide xerogel for use in a pseudocapacitor, and a carbon-ruthenium xerogel composite, which utilizes both double-layer and faradaic capacitances. The preparation conditions of these materials were investigated in detail to maximize the surface area and optimize the pore size so that more energy could be stored while minimizing mass transfer limitations. The microstructures of the materials were also correlated with their performance as electrochemical capacitors to improve their energy and power densities. Finally, an idealistic mathematical model, including both double-layer and faradaic processes, was developed and solved numerically. This model can be used to perform the parametric studies of an electrochemical capacitor so as to gain a better understanding of how the capacitor works and also how to improve cell operations and electrode materials design.

  13. Effect of calcium source on structure and properties of sol-gel derived bioactive glasses.

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    Yu, Bobo; Turdean-Ionescu, Claudia A; Martin, Richard A; Newport, Robert J; Hanna, John V; Smith, Mark E; Jones, Julian R

    2012-12-18

    The aim was to determine the most effective calcium precursor for synthesis of sol-gel hybrids and for improving homogeneity of sol-gel bioactive glasses. Sol-gel derived bioactive calcium silicate glasses are one of the most promising materials for bone regeneration. Inorganic/organic hybrid materials, which are synthesized by incorporating a polymer into the sol-gel process, have also recently been produced to improve toughness. Calcium nitrate is conventionally used as the calcium source, but it has several disadvantages. Calcium nitrate causes inhomogeneity by forming calcium-rich regions, and it requires high temperature treatment (>400 °C) for calcium to be incorporated into the silicate network. Nitrates are also toxic and need to be burnt off. Calcium nitrate therefore cannot be used in the synthesis of hybrids as the highest temperature used in the process is typically 40-60 °C. Therefore, a different precursor is needed that can incorporate calcium into the silica network and enhance the homogeneity of the glasses at low (room) temperature. In this work, calcium methoxyethoxide (CME) was used to synthesize sol-gel bioactive glasses with a range of final processing temperatures from 60 to 800 °C. Comparison is made between the use of CME and calcium chloride and calcium nitrate. Using advanced probe techniques, the temperature at which Ca is incorporated into the network was identified for 70S30C (70 mol % SiO(2), 30 mol % CaO) for each of the calcium precursors. When CaCl(2) was used, the Ca did not seem to enter the network at any of the temperatures used. In contrast, Ca from CME entered the silica network at room temperature, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction, (29)Si magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and dissolution studies. CME should be used in preference to calcium salts for hybrid synthesis and may improve homogeneity of sol-gel glasses.

  14. Copper loaded on sol-gel-derived alumina adsorbents for phosphine removal.

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    Hsu, Jung-Nan; Bai, Hsunling; Li, Shou-Nan; Tsai, Chuen-Jinn

    2010-05-01

    The hydride gas of phosphine (PH3) is commonly used for semiconductor and optoelectronic industries. The local scrubbers must immediately abate it because of its high toxicity. In this study, copper (Cu) loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-alumina (Al2O3) adsorbents are prepared and tested to investigate the possibility of PH3 removal and sorbent regeneration. Test results showed that during the breakthrough time of over 99% PH3 removal efficiency, the maximum adsorption capacity of Cu loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-Al2O3 adsorbent is 18 mg-PH3/g-adsorbent. This is much higher than that of Cu loaded on the commercial gamma-Al2O3 adsorbent--8.6 mg-PH3/g-adsorbent. The high specific surface area, narrow pore size distribution, and well dispersion of Cu loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-Al2O3 could be the reasons for its high PH3 adsorption capacity. The regeneration test shows that Cu loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-Al2O3 adsorbent can be regenerated after a simple air purging procedure. The cumulative adsorption capacity for five regeneration cycles is 65 mg-PH3/g-adsorbent, which is approximately double that of the Cu/zeolite adsorbent demonstrated in the literature.

  15. Effect of lanthanum doping on the electrical properties of sol-gel derived ferroelectric lead-zirconate-titanate for ultra-large-scale integration dynamic random acccess memory applications

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    Sudhama, C.; Kim, J.; Lee, J.

    1993-07-01

    Thin films of lead-zirconate-titanate [(PZT) PbZr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}] possess demonstrably adequate charge storage densities and endurance to read/write cycling for ultra-large-scale integration dynamic random access memory (DRAM) applications. Lanthanum (donor) doping is expected to reduce the (p-type) conductivity to acceptable levels (<10{sup -6} A/cm{sup 2}). In this study, six thin films of 200 nm sol-gel derived lanthanum-doped PZT, with the [La]/([La] + [Pb]) concentration ratio varying from 0 to 0.23, have been examined for electrical and reliability properties. The difference between the maximum polarization attained (P{sub max}, bit {open_quotes}1{close_quotes}) and remanent polarization (P{sub r}, bit {open_quotes}0{close_quotes} is denoted as Q{prime}{sub c}, and is the relevant charge storage density in the DRAM cell. Q{prime}{sub c} is seen to decrease with an increase in La concentration, contrary to predictions based on an assumption of stoichiometric compositions. A 5% La content results in more than a decade drop in leakage current density (J{sub L}) in comparison with undoped PZT, and after refresh annealing (at 450{degrees}C for 1/2 h in O{sub 2}), the film exhibits a Q{prime}{sub c} value of 7.2 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} at 3 V, which is believed to satisfy the 64 Mb DRAM requirements. J{sub L} increases almost exponentially with the La concentration beyond 5%, indicating that the increasing volatility of Pb in the oxygen-rich ambient overwhelms the effect of the enhanced La doping concentration, probably due to a departure from the equilibrium composition Pb{sub (1-1.5x)}La{sub x}V{sub x/2}(Zr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, (where V represents a Pb vacancy). Constant voltage stressing indicates an operating lifetime (at room temperature) of about ten years (at 3 V) for the 5/50/50 film. Good fatigue properties are also observed. 25 refs., 15 figs.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of polymer-silica hybrid latexes and sol-gel-derived films

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    Petcu, Cristian; Purcar, Violeta; Ianchiş, Raluca; Spătaru, Cătălin-Ilie; Ghiurea, Marius; Nicolae, Cristian Andi; Stroescu, Hermine; Atanase, Leonard-Ionuţ; Frone, Adriana Nicoleta; Trică, Bogdan; Donescu, Dan

    2016-12-01

    Sol-gel derived organic-inorganic hybrid systems were obtained by applying alkaline-catalyzed co-hydrolysis and copolycondensation reactions of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), methyltriethoxysilane (MTES), isobutyltriethoxysilane (IBTES), diethoxydimethylsilane (DMDES), and vinyltriethoxysilane (VTES), respectively, into a polymer latex functionalized with vinyltriethoxysilane (VTES). The properties of the latex hybrid materials were analyzed by FTIR, water contact angle, environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), TEM and AFM analysis, respectively. FT-IR spectra confirmed that the chemical structures of the sol-gel derived organic-inorganic materials are changed as function of inorganic precursor and Sisbnd Osbnd Si networks are formed during the co-hydrolysis and copolycondensation reactions. The water contact angle on the sol-gel latex film containing TEOS + VTES increased to 135° ± 2 compared to 65° ± 5 for the blank latex, due VTES incorporation into latex material. TGA curves of hybrid sample modifies against neat polymer, the thermal stability being influenced by the presence of the inorganic partner. ESEM analysis showed that the latex hybrid films prepared with different inorganic precursors were formed and the Si-based polymers were distributed on the surface of the dried sol-gel hybrid films. TEM and AFM photos revealed that the latex emulsion morphology was modified due to the VTES incorporation into system.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of sol-gel derived 45S5 Bioglass®-ceramic scaffolds.

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    Chen, Qi-Zhi; Thouas, George A

    2011-10-01

    Although Bioglass® has existed for nearly half a century its ability to trigger bone formation and tuneable degradability is vastly superior to other bioceramics, such as SiO(2)-CaO bioactive glasses. The sol-gel process of producing glass foams is well established for SiO(2)-CaO compositions, but not yet established for 45S5 composites containing Na(2)O. In this work the sol-gel derived 45S5 Bioglass® has for the first time been foamed into highly porous three-dimensional scaffolds using a surfactant, combined with vigorous mechanical stirring and subsequent sintering at 1000°C for 2 h. It was found that the mechanical strength of the sintered sol-gel derived Bioglass® scaffolds was significantly improved, attributable to the small fraction of material on the pore walls. More importantly, the compressive strength of the three-dimensional scaffolds produced by this surfactant foaming method could be predicted using Gibson and Ashby's closed cell model of porous networks. A comparative experiment revealed that ion release from the sol-gel derived Bioglass® foams was faster than that of counterparts produced by the replication technique. In vitro evaluation using osteoblast-like cells demonstrated that the sol-gel derived 45S5 Bioglass foams supported the proliferation of viable cell populations on the surface of the scaffolds, although few cells were observed to migrate into the virtually closed pores within the foams. Further work should be focused on modifications of the reaction conditions or alternative foaming techniques to improve pore interconnection.

  18. Flow injection fluorescence immunoassay for gentamicin using sol-gel-derived mesoporous biomaterial.

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    Yang, Huang-Hao; Zhu, Qing-Zhi; Qu, Hui-Ying; Chen, Xiao-Lan; Ding, Ma-Tai; Xu, Jin-Gou

    2002-09-01

    Sol-gel-derived mesoporous biomaterials were used for the first time in the flow-injection fluorescence immunoassay system. Anti-gentamicin antibody was immobilized in a mesoporous sol-gel material using tetramethoxysilane as a precursor and poly(ethylene glycol) as a template. The sol-gel glass was used to develop an immunoaffinity column for the flow-injection immunoassay of gentamicin. Little unspecific adsorption of gentamicin on the sol-gel and no antibody leaching under harsh elution conditions were found. The immunoassay is based on the competition between gentamicin and fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled gentamicin for a limited number of encapsulated antibody binding sites. NaOH solution of 5 x 10(-3)mol/L is used for the regeneration of encapsulated antibody binding sites after each measurement, which allows the immunoreactor to be used for up to 20 times without any loss of reactivity. Sample preconcentration is not needed and a single assay can be performed within 10 min. The calibration for gentamicin has a working range of 250-5000 ng/mL with a detection limit of 200 ng/mL, which is close to that of the fluorescence immunoassay and fluorescence polarization immunoassay using the same reactants. Comparison of the results from this method with that obtained from HPLC showed an excellent correlation.

  19. Studies of ferroelectric and dielectric properties of pure and doped barium titanate prepared by sol-gel method

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    Bisen, Supriya; Mishra, Ashutosh; Jarabana, Kanaka M.

    2016-05-23

    In this work, Barium Titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) powders were synthesized via Sol-Gel auto combustion method using citric acid as a chelating agent. We study the behavior of ferroelectric and dielectric properties of pure and doped BaTiO{sub 3} on different concentration. To understand the phase and structure of the powder calcined at 900°C were characterized by X-ray Diffraction shows that tetragonal phase is dominant for pure and doped BTO and data fitted by Rietveld Refinement. Electric and Dielectric properties were characterized by P-E Hysteresis and Dielectric measurement. In P-E measurement ferroelectric loop tracer applied for different voltage. The temperature dependant dielectric constant behavior was observed as a function of frequency recorded on hp-Hewlett Packard 4192A, LF impedance, 5Hz-13Hz analyzer.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of sol-gel-derived nanomaterials and nanocrystalline electroless metal coatings

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    Shukla, Satyajit Vishnu

    CuS (minimum size of 2.5 nm), Ag2S (minimum and average size of 2.5 nm and 26 nm respectively), and Au (with minimum size of <10 nm) nanoparticles dispersed within the sol-gel derived hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC)-silica films are synthesized using the gas diffusion technique. The effectiveness of HPC polymer, as a 'compatibilizer', to synthesize semiconductor and metal nanoparticles distributed uniformly within the silica film is demonstrated. The sol-gel derived HPC-silica films containing dispersed nanoparticles are characterized using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to understand the mechanism of formation of nanoparticles within the film. The XPS core-level binding energies (B.E.) for the nanoparticles are observed to be sensitive to the variation in the chemical composition at the surface and their size. The 'cluster size effect' is shown to be useful in predicting the average nanoparticle size. Nanocrystalline ZrO2 particles are successfully synthesized using sol-gel technique utilizing HPC polymer as a 'steric barrier'. The use of HPC polymer is demonstrated to synthesize submicron-sized, non-agglomerated, and spherical as well as nanocrystalline ZrO2 particles by adjusting the sol-gel synthesis parameters. The effect of sol-gel synthesis parameters on ZrO2 nanocrystallite size, its distribution, and the phase evolution behavior of ZrO2 is studied. The optimum sol-gel synthesis parameters for synthesizing nanocrystalline ZrO2 with 100% tetragonal phase are identified. Cu/CuO-ZrO2 composite powder is synthesized using the electroless metal deposition technique. The mechanism of electroless deposition of Cu over ZrO2 particle surface is investigated using XPS. On the basis of 'cluster size effect', it is suggested that, the electroless metal deposition process activates the non-catalytic ceramic substrate surface by depositing metallic Pd0 clusters and not by the accepted Pd-Sn alloy catalyst. Fly ash cenosphere particle surface is also activated by

  1. Sol-gel derived bioactive coating on zirconia: Effect on flexural strength and cell proliferation.

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    Shahramian, Khalil; Leminen, Heidi; Meretoja, Ville; Linderbäck, Paula; Kangasniemi, Ilkka; Lassila, Lippo; Abdulmajeed, Aous; Närhi, Timo

    2016-09-07

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of sol-gel derived bioactive coatings on the biaxial flexural strength and fibroblast proliferation of zirconia, aimed to be used as an implant abutment material. Yttrium stabilized zirconia disc-shaped specimens were cut, ground, sintered, and finally cleansed ultrasonically in each of acetone and ethanol for 5 minutes. Three experimental groups (n = 15) were fabricated, zirconia with sol-gel derived titania (TiO2 ) coating, zirconia with sol-gel derived zirconia (ZrO2 ) coating, and non-coated zirconia as a control. The surfaces of the specimens were analyzed through images taken using a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and a non-contact tapping mode atomic force microscope (AFM) was used to record the surface topography and roughness of the coated specimens. Biaxial flexural strength values were determined using the piston-on-three ball technique. Human gingival fibroblast proliferation on the surface of the specimens was evaluated using AlamarBlue assay™. Data were analyzed using a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Tukey's post-hoc test. Additionally, the biaxial flexural strength data was also statistically analyzed with the Weibull distribution. The biaxial flexural strength of zirconia specimens was unaffected (p > 0.05). Weibull modulus of TiO2 coated and ZrO2 coated groups (5.7 and 5.4, respectively) were lower than the control (8.0). Specimens coated with ZrO2 showed significantly lower fibroblast proliferation compared to other groups (p < 0.05). In conclusion, sol-gel derived coatings have no influence on the flexural strength of zirconia. ZrO2 coated specimens showed significantly lower cell proliferation after 12 days than TiO2 coated or non-coated control. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Determination of Insulator-to-Semiconductor Transition in Sol-Gel Oxide Semiconductors Using Derivative Spectroscopy.

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    Lee, Woobin; Choi, Seungbeom; Kim, Kyung Tae; Kang, Jingu; Park, Sung Kyu; Kim, Yong-Hoon

    2015-12-23

    We report a derivative spectroscopic method for determining insulator-to-semiconductor transition during sol-gel metal-oxide semiconductor formation. When an as-spun sol-gel precursor film is photochemically activated and changes to semiconducting state, the light absorption characteristics of the metal-oxide film is considerable changed particularly in the ultraviolet region. As a result, a peak is generated in the first-order derivatives of light absorption (A') vs. wavelength (λ) plots, and by tracing the peak center shift and peak intensity, transition from insulating-to-semiconducting state of the film can be monitored. The peak generation and peak center shift are described based on photon-energy-dependent absorption coefficient of metal-oxide films. We discuss detailed analysis method for metal-oxide semiconductor films and its application in thin-film transistor fabrication. We believe this derivative spectroscopy based determination can be beneficial for a non-destructive and a rapid monitoring of the insulator-to-semiconductor transition in sol-gel oxide semiconductor formation.

  3. Use of sol-gel-derived titania coating for direct soft tissue attachment.

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    Areva, Sami; Paldan, Hannu; Peltola, Timo; Närhi, Timo; Jokinen, Mika; Lindén, Mika

    2004-08-01

    A firm bond between an implant and the surrounding soft tissue is important for the performance of many medical devices (e.g., stents, canyls, and dental implants). In this study, the performance of nonresorbable and reactive sol-gel-derived nano-porous titania (TiO(2)) coatings in a soft tissue environment was investigated. A direct attachment between the soft tissue and the sol-gel-derived titania coatings was found in vivo after 2 days of implantation, whereas the titanium control implants showed no evidence of soft tissue attachment. The coated implants were in immediate contact with the connective tissue, whereas the titanium controls formed a gap and a fibrous capsule on the implant-tissue interface. The good soft tissue attachment of titania coatings may result from their ability to initiate calcium phosphate nucleation and growth on their surfaces (although the formation of poorly crystalline bonelike apatite does not occur). Thus, the formation of a bonelike CaP layer is not crucial for their integration in soft tissue. The formation of bonelike apatite was hindered by the adsorption of proteins onto the initially formed amorphous calcium phosphate growth centers, thus preventing the dissolution/reprecipitation processes required for the formation of poorly crystalline bonelike apatite. These findings might open novel application areas for sol-gel-derived titania-based coatings.

  4. β-Diketones and their derivatives in sol-gel processes

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    Zolotareva, N. V.; Semenov, V. V.

    2013-10-01

    Published data on the use of β-diketones, metal β-diketonates and some structurally related compounds in sol-gel synthesis of new organic-inorganic hybrid materials are analyzed. Functionalization methods of β-diketones with carbofunctional organosilicon compounds are considered. Ways of insertion of a metal cation into the organic-inorganic hybrid matrix using non-functionalized β-diketonates are demonstrated. Particular attention is devoted to luminescent lanthanide derivatives, which is due to the prospects of practical application of materials obtained from them in photonics, integrated optics and medical diagnosis. The types and properties of most widely used sol-gel monomers and oligomers and the luminescence behaviour of lanthanide β-diketonates and metal-free silica matrices are considered. The bibliography includes 220 references.

  5. Sol-gel derived aluminosilicate coatings on alumina as substrate for osteoblasts.

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    Leivo, Jarkko; Meretoja, Ville; Vippola, Minnamari; Levänen, Erkki; Vallittu, Pekka; Mäntylä, Tapio A

    2006-11-01

    Rat bone marrow stromal cell differentiation on aluminosilicate 3Al(2)O(3)-2SiO(2) coatings was investigated. Thin ceramic coatings were prepared on alpha-alumina substrates by the sol-gel process and calcined in order to establish an amorphous aluminosilicate ceramic phase with and without nanosized transitional mullite crystals. In addition, coatings of thermally sprayed aluminosilicate and diphasic gamma-alumina-silica nanosized colloids were prepared. Cell culture testing by rat osteoblasts showed good biocompatibility for aluminosilicates with sustained normal osteoblast functions. Despite mutual disparities in physical and chemical nanostructures, the culture findings suggested fairly similar osteoblast response to all tested coatings. The results suggest that topographical frequency parameters and chemical uniformity are important parameters in determining the best conditions for osteoblasts on sol-gel derived aluminosilicate materials.

  6. Wet powder processing of sol-gel derived mesoporous silica-hydroxyapatite hybrid powders.

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    Andersson, Jenny; Johannessen, Espen; Areva, Sami; Järn, Mikael; Lindén, Mika

    2006-08-01

    This paper describes a method by which a porous silica coating layer can be obtained on different apatite particles through a simple sol-gel synthesis route. Sol-gel derived powders of hydroxyapatite (HAP) and beta tricalciumphosphate (beta-TCP) were coated with a mesoporous silica using C16TAB (hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide) as a template in order to induce mesophase formation. Further calcination of the material removes the template from the mesophase and leaves a highly ordered hexagonal arranged mesoporous silica structure with a core of HAP/beta-TCP. The phase purity of the SiO2/apatite composites has been thoroughly investigated by the means of FT-IR, XRD, and solid state 31P MAS NMR. The phase purity of these materials is shown to be dependent on the solubility properties of the used apatites. The hybrid materials are suitable as a multifunctional biomaterial where osteoconductive properties can be combined with drug delivery.

  7. Infiltration of methylammonium metal halide in highly porous membranes using sol-gel-derived coating method

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    Kwon, Seung Lee; Jin, Young Un; Kim, Byeong Jo; Han, Man Hyung; Han, Gill Sang; Shin, Seunghak; Lee, Sangwook; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2017-09-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskites (OIHPs) has emerged as promising optoelectronic materials for solar cells and light-emitting diodes. OIHPs are usually coated on a flat surface or mesoporous scaffold for the applications. Herein, we report a facile sol-gel-derived solution route for coating methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) perovskite layers onto various nanoporous structures. We found that lead-acetate solution has superior infiltration property onto surface of oxide membranes, and it can easily be converted to MAPbI3 by sequential transform to PbO, PbI2, and finally MAPbI3. Excellent pore-filling and full coverage of the nanostructures with the final MAPbI3 perovskite material are demonstrated via this sol-gel-derived solution route, using mesoporous TiO2, TiO2 nanorods, and high-aspect ratio nanopores in anodic aluminum oxide membranes. Given that this sol-gel-based method fills nanopores better than other conventional coating methods for OIHPs, this method may find wide applications in nanostructured OIHPs-based optoelectronic systems.

  8. Structural characterization of some sol-gel derived phosphosilicate glasses

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    Todan, L.; Anghel, E. M.; Osiceanu, P.; Turcu, R. V. F.; Atkinson, I.; Simon, S.; Zaharescu, M.

    2015-04-01

    A comparative study of three phosphosilicate gels of the 90SiO2-10P2O5 composition obtained from tetraethoxysilane and three phosphorous precursors: triethylphosphate (TEP), triethylphosphite (TEPI) and H3PO4 is performed. 29Si and 31P Magic Angle Spining NMR, X-ray Photoelectron, X-ray Fluorescence and Raman spectroscopies as well as TG analysis are used in order to establish phosphorous precursors and annealing influence on composition and structure of the outcome materials. Unlike the three dimensional silicate network made of Si(OSi)x(OH)4-x species, unreacted TEP (100% Q1 condensed phosphorous units) from TEP derived gel and a large amount of isolated phosphorous species (39.7% Q0) in the H3PO4 derived gel are identified. Annealing at 700 °C of the three gels give similar structure with the 90SiO2-10P2O5 glass, excepting the triethylphosphate derived glass that has a much lower P content. Thus, the H3PO4 derived glass at 700 and 1000 °C shows 1.89 and 1.94 times higher P2O5/SiO2 ratios than in the case of the TEP derived one.

  9. Exploring encapsulation mechanism of DNA and mononucleotides in sol-gel derived silica.

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    Kapusuz, Derya; Durucan, Caner

    2017-07-01

    The encapsulation mechanism of DNA in sol-gel derived silica has been explored in order to elucidate the effect of DNA conformation on encapsulation and to identify the nature of chemical/physical interaction of DNA with silica during and after sol-gel transition. In this respect, double stranded DNA and dAMP (2'-deoxyadenosine 5'-monophosphate) were encapsulated in silica using an alkoxide-based sol-gel route. Biomolecule-encapsulating gels have been characterized using UV-Vis, (29)Si NMR, FTIR spectroscopy and gas adsorption (BET) to investigate chemical interactions of biomolecules with the porous silica network and to examine the extent of sol-gel reactions upon encapsulation. Ethidium bromide intercalation and leach out tests showed that helix conformation of DNA was preserved after encapsulation. For both biomolecules, high water-to-alkoxide ratio promoted water-producing condensation and prevented alcoholic denaturation. NMR and FTIR analyses confirmed high hydraulic reactivity (water adsorption) for more silanol groups-containing DNA and dAMP encapsulated gels than plain silica gel. No chemical binding/interaction occurred between biomolecules and silica network. DNA and dAMP encapsulated silica gelled faster than plain silica due to basic nature of DNA or dAMP containing buffer solutions. DNA was not released from silica gels to aqueous environment up to 9 days. The chemical association between DNA/dAMP and silica host was through phosphate groups and molecular water attached to silanols, acting as a barrier around biomolecules. The helix morphology was found not to be essential for such interaction. BET analyses showed that interconnected, inkbottle-shaped mesoporous silica network was condensed around DNA and dAMP molecules.

  10. Sol-gel derived CuO/alumina sorbents for SO{sub 2}/NOx removal from flue gas

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    Lin, Y.S.; Buelna, G.; Wang, Z.

    1998-12-31

    Nanostructured alumina supported copper oxide granular sorbents of 2--3 mm in diameter were prepared by the sol-gel method. The properties of the sol-gel derived sorbents are compared with a similar commercial sorbent which has been used in pilot scale fluidized-bed copper oxide process for flue gas treatment. The sol-gel derived sorbents have surface area of about 300m{sup 2}/g, pore volume of 0.50 and pore diameter of 4 nm. The crushing strength of the sol-gel derived sorbents is about 5 times that of the commercial samples, while the attrition rate of the former is at least 3 times smaller than the latter. Performance of the sol-gel derived alumina supported copper oxide sorbents for SO{sub 2} removal was studied in a fixed-bed adsorption system. At temperatures lower than 400 C, SO{sub 2} sorption capacity of the sol-gel derived sorbent is about 3 times that of the commercial sorbent with a similar amount of CuO loading (7--9 wt.%).

  11. Optoelectronic properties of sol-gel derived ZnO:Co: Effect of Co concentration

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    Bu, Ian Yi-Yu

    2014-11-01

    This paper studies the sol-gel synthesis of ZnO:Co thin films as function of Co doping concentration. The derived films were evaluated by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction measurements, Raman spectroscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. SEM images show that the films are smooth with grains size ∼50 nm. It was also found that Co incorporation can decreased the preferential growth in the (0 0 2) orientation and optical transparency. Electrical characterization reveals that the derived films are n-type that can be paired with a p-type material to form rectifying pn junctions.

  12. Structural, Optical and Electrical Properties of Sol-Gel Derived Titanium Dioxide Thin Film

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    Taşkin, Dilek; Dumludaǧ, Fatih; Altindal, Ahmet

    2007-04-01

    Optical, structural and electrical (dc and ac) properties of sol-gel derived TiO2 film in a wide range of temperature (290 - 652 K) were investigated. XRD analysis was used for investigation the crystallinity of the films. Optical bad gap of the film were determined from transmission spectra. With the examination of the impedance spectra clear differences could be seen in the dependence of ω on both real and imaginary part of impedance between 290 K and 652 K. The impedance response is significantly changed with the increase of temperature.

  13. Sol-gel derived C-SiC composites and protective coatings for sustained durability in the space environment

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    Haruvy, Yair; Liedtke, Volker

    2003-09-01

    Composites and coatings were produced via the fast sol-gel process of a mixture of alkoxysilane precursors. The composites were comprised of carbon fibers, fabrics, or their precursors as reinforcement, and sol-gel-derived silicon carbide as matrix, aiming at high-temperature stable ceramics that can be utilized for re-entry structures. The protective coatings were comprised of fluorine-rich sol-gel derived resins, which exhibit high flexibility and coherence to provide sustained ATOX protection necessary for LEO space-exposed elements. For producing the composites, the sol-gel-derived resin is cast onto the reinforcement fibers/fabrics mat (carbon or its precursors) to produce a 'green' composite that is being cured. The 'green' composite is converted into a C-SiC composite via a gradual heat-pressure process under inert atmosphere, during which the organic substituents on the silicon atoms undergo internal oxidative pyrolysis via the schematic reaction: (SiRO3/2)n -> SiC + CO2 + H2O. The composition of the resultant silicon-oxi-carbide is tailorable via modifying the composition of the sol-gel reactants. The reinforcement, when made of carbon precursors, is converted into carbon during the heat-and-pressure processing as well. The C-SiC composites thus derived exhibit superior thermal stability and comparable thermal conductivity, combined with good mechanical strength features and failure resistance, which render them greatly applicable for re-entry shielding, heat-exchange pipes, and the like. Fluorine rich sol-gel derived coatings were developed as well, via the use of HF rich sol-gel process. These coatings provide oxidation-protection via the silica formation process, together with flexibility that allows 18,000 repetitive folding of the coating without cracking.

  14. Micropatterning and crystallization of sol-gel-derived dielectric film by laser direct writing

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    Watanabe, Akira; Tanase, Tomokazu; Miyajima, Kenji; Kobayashi, Yoshio; Konno, Mikio

    2010-02-01

    Low temperature crystallization and the micropatterning of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) film were achieved by laser direct writing method using a sol-gel derived precursor film. After scanning of an Ar ion laser beam through an objective lens, the etching of the unirradiated area of the precursor film with an acidic solution gave micropatterns with a resolution of several ìm. The formation of crystalline micropatterns was confirmed by micro-Raman spectroscopy. The laser direct writing method provides a low-temperature processing of crystalline PZT film while the crystallization of PZT needs the heat treatment above 600 °C in the case of convenient methods. The influences of the power density of the laser beam were investigated. With increasing the laser power density, the change from tetragonal to rombohedral phase was observed. The micropattern with tetragonal phase showed residual carbon. The carbon contamination could be removed by heat treatment in air. The direct laser writing of crystalline barium titanate (BT) film was also successfully performed using sol-gel derived BT films containing BT nano-crystalline seeds. The dielectric constant of the crystalline BT micropatterns reached 76.2 at 100 kHz.

  15. Entrapment of fluorescence signaling DNA enzymes in sol-gel-derived materials for metal ion sensing.

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    Shen, Yutu; Mackey, Gillian; Rupcich, Nicholas; Gloster, Darin; Chiuman, William; Li, Yingfu; Brennan, John D

    2007-05-01

    Three fluorescence signaling DNA enzymes (deoxyribozymes or DNAzymes) were successfully immobilized within a series of sol-gel-derived matrixes and used for sensing of various metal ions. The DNAzymes are designed such that binding of appropriate metal ions induces the formation of a catalytic site that cleaves a ribonucleotide linkage within a DNA substrate. A fluorophore (fluorescein) and a quencher (DABCYL, [4-(4-dimethylaminophenylazo)benzoic acid]) were placed on the two deoxythymidines flanking the ribonucleotide to allow the generation of fluorescence upon the catalytic cleavage at the RNA linkage. In general, all DNAzymes retained at least partial catalytic function when entrapped in either hydrophilic or hydrophobic silica-based materials, but displayed slower response times and lower overall signal changes relative to solution. Interestingly, it was determined that maximum sensitivity toward metal ions was obtained when DNAzymes were entrapped into composite materials containing approximately 40% of methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) and approximately 60% tetramethoxysilane (TMOS). Highly polar materials derived from sodium silicate, diglycerylsilane, or TMOS had relatively low signal enhancements, while materials with very high levels of MTMS showed significant leaching and low signal enhancements. Entrapment into the hybrid silica material also reduced signal interferences that were related to metal-induced quenching; such interferences were a significant problem for solution-based assays and for polar materials. Extension of the solid-phase DNAzyme assay toward a multiplexed assay format for metal detection is demonstrated, and shows that sol-gel technology can provide new opportunities for the development of DNAzyme-based biosensors.

  16. A Guided Materials Screening Approach for Developing Quantitative Sol-gel Derived Protein Microarrays

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    Helka, Blake-Joseph; Brennan, John D.

    2013-01-01

    Microarrays have found use in the development of high-throughput assays for new materials and discovery of small-molecule drug leads. Herein we describe a guided material screening approach to identify sol-gel based materials that are suitable for producing three-dimensional protein microarrays. The approach first identifies materials that can be printed as microarrays, narrows down the number of materials by identifying those that are compatible with a given enzyme assay, and then hones in on optimal materials based on retention of maximum enzyme activity. This approach is applied to develop microarrays suitable for two different enzyme assays, one using acetylcholinesterase and the other using a set of four key kinases involved in cancer. In each case, it was possible to produce microarrays that could be used for quantitative small-molecule screening assays and production of dose-dependent inhibitor response curves. Importantly, the ability to screen many materials produced information on the types of materials that best suited both microarray production and retention of enzyme activity. The materials data provide insight into basic material requirements necessary for tailoring optimal, high-density sol-gel derived microarrays. PMID:24022739

  17. Sol-Gel Derived Hydroxyapatite Coating on Mg-3Zn Alloy for Orthopedic Application

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    Singh, Sanjay; Manoj Kumar, R.; Kuntal, Kishor Kumar; Gupta, Pallavi; Das, Snehashish; Jayaganthan, R.; Roy, Partha; Lahiri, Debrupa

    2015-04-01

    In recent years, magnesium and its alloys have gained a lot of interest as orthopedic implant constituents because their biodegradability and mechanical properties are closer to that of human bone. However, one major concern with Mg in orthopedics is its high corrosion rate that results in the reduction of mechanical integrity before healing the bone tissue. The current study evaluates the sol-gel-derived hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on a selected Mg alloy (Mg-3Zn) for decreasing the corrosion rate and increasing the bioactivity of the Mg surface. The mechanical integrity of the coating is established as a function of the surface roughness of the substrate and the sintering temperature of the coating. Coating on a substrate roughness of 15-20 nm and sintering at 400°C shows the mechanical properties in similar range of bone, thus making it suitable to avoid the stress-shielding effect. The hydroxyapatite coating on the Mg alloy surface also increases corrosion resistance very significantly by 40 times. Bone cells are also found proliferating better in the HA-coated surface. All these benefits together establish the candidature of sol-gel HA-coated Mg-3Zn alloy in orthopedic application.

  18. Synthesis, Consolidation and Characterization of Sol-gel Derived Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composites

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    Cervantes, O

    2010-06-01

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel (SG) derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition-tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO3) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g·cm-3 or 93% relative density. In addition, those samples were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus retaining their stored chemical energy.

  19. Combined removal of SO2 and NO using sol-gel-derived copper oxide coated alumina sorbents/catalysts.

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    Buelna, G; Lin, Y S

    2003-09-01

    The present paper reports experimental results on the removal of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from simulated flue gas using a copper oxide coated on alumina sorbent/catalyst prepared by the sol-gel method. Selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide by ammonia over sol-gel derived CuO/gamma-Al2O3 sorbents/catalysts with different degrees of sulfation was studied in a fixed-bed packed reactor. The optimum temperature for NO reduction was found at 350 degrees C for both fresh and sulfated catalysts. The properties for simultaneous removal of SO2 and NO by the sol-gel-derived CuO/gamma-Al2O3 sorbents were studied using simulated dry flue gas. The optimum operating temperature for the combined deSO2/deNO operations was identified at 350 degrees C. At the space velocity of 5200 h(-1) and 350 degrees C, a fixed-bed reactor packed with the 7.9 wt% CuO/gamma-Al2O3 sorbent prepared by the sol-gel method offers SO2 sorption capacity of 2.3 mmol g(-1) and NO conversion of 92% with a dry simulated flue gas as the feed. Under these experimental conditions, the sol-gel derived sorbents/catalysts have comparable efficiency for removal of SO2 and NOx as their commercial counterparts. The significantly higher crush strength of the sol-gel derived sorbents/catalysts make them very promising for their use in the copper oxide process for combined removal of SO2 and NOx from flue gas in a single unit operation.

  20. Radiation hardening in sol-gel derived Er{sup 3+}-doped silica glasses

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    Hari Babu, B. E-mail: matthieu.lancry@u-psud.fr; León Pichel, Mónica; Ollier, Nadège; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bigot, Laurent; Savelii, Inna; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Poumellec, Bertrand; Lancry, Matthieu E-mail: matthieu.lancry@u-psud.fr; Ibarra, Angel

    2015-09-28

    The aim of the present paper is to report the effect of radiation on the Er{sup 3+}-doped sol-gel silica glasses. A possible application of these sol-gel glasses could be their use in harsh radiation environments. The sol-gel glasses are fabricated by densification of erbium salt-soaked nanoporous silica xerogels through polymeric sol-gel technique. The radiation-induced attenuation of Er{sup 3+}-doped sol-gel silica is found to increase with erbium content. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies reveal the presence of E′{sub δ} point defects. This happens in the sol-gel aluminum-silica glass after an exposure to γ-rays (kGy) and in sol-gel silica glass after an exposure to electrons (MGy). The concentration levels of these point defects are much lower in γ-ray irradiated sol-gel silica glasses. When the samples are co-doped with Al, the exposure to γ-ray radiation causes a possible reduction of the erbium valence from Er{sup 3+} to Er{sup 2+} ions. This process occurs in association with the formation of aluminum oxygen hole centers and different intrinsic point defects.

  1. Sol-gel science

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    Brinker, C.J. ); Scherer, G.W. )

    1990-01-01

    Although the science and technology of sol-gel processing has experienced enormous growth in the last decade, few books have been available to help researchers cope with the flood of results published in various journals and conference proceedings. This book presents and understanding of sol-gel processing. Following the sol-gel processing sequence from beginning to end, it includes discussions on the chemistry of hydrolysis and condensation of metalorganics and inorganic salts, the growth of polymeric or particulate species in sols, gelation, aging of gels, drying, structure of gels, and sintering. In addition, it compares the properties of gel-derived and conventionally prepared ceramics, examines films in detail, and presents a variety of applications.

  2. Sol-gel reaction stability studied: Influence in the formation temperature and properties of ferroelectric thin films

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    Perez, J. Vilarinho, P.M.; Kholkin, A.L.; Almeida, A.

    2009-03-05

    Lead zirconium titanate (PZT) sol-gel solutions were prepared based on distilled lead acetate precursor solutions. A detailed analysis of the distillation effect on the lead precursor and the final PZT solution were carried out by Infrared and Raman techniques. It was found that the increase in the number of distillation steps experienced by the lead precursor solutions removes the constitutional water and increases the lead acetate-2-methoxyethanol interconnectivity; thus improving stability and avoiding the aging effect of the resulting PZT solutions. The thermal decomposition process of the PZT solutions was analyzed based on the thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermogravimetric analysis (DTA) measurements. It was found that as the number of distillation steps in the lead precursor solutions increases, the decomposition rate increases and the formation temperature of pure perovskite PZT films decreases. X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique was used to study the film phase formation. A pure perovskite phase at 500 deg. C was found by the XRD analysis after the second distillation step. Scanning electron microscope technique was used to carry out the microstructural analysis. Dense microstructure was found in all analyzed films and an incipient columnar grain growth was revealed in PZT films prepared based on lead precursor solution with more than three distillation steps. The dependence of the dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties on the number of distillation steps was revealed and a correlation between the distillation process, film microstructure properties and electrical performance was established.

  3. Magnetic, ferroelectric and leakage current properties of gadolinium doped bismuth ferrite thin films by sol-gel method

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    Chen, Hone-Zern; Kao, Ming-Cheng; Young, San-Lin; Hwang, Jun-Dar; Chiang, Jung-Lung; Chen, Po-Yen

    2015-05-01

    Bi0.9Gd0.1FeO3 (BGFO) thin films were fabricated on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrates by using the sol-gel technology. The effects of annealing temperature (400-700 °C) on microstructure and multiferroic properties of thin films were investigated. The X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the BGFO thin films had an orthorhombic structure. The thin films showed ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties with remanent polarization (2Pr) of 10 μC/cm2, remnant magnetization (2Mr) of 2.4 emu/g and saturation magnetization (Ms) of 5.3 emu/g. A small leakage current density (J) was 4.64×10-8 A/cm2 under applied field 100 kV/cm. It was found that more than one conduction mechanism is involved in the electric field range used in these experiments. The leakage current mechanisms were controlled by Poole-Frenkel emission in the low electric field region and by Schottky emission from the Pt electrode in the high field region.

  4. Sol-gel derived antireflective structures for applications in silicon solar cells

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    Karasiński, Paweł; Skolik, Marcin

    2016-12-01

    This work presents theoretical and experimental results of antireflective coatings (ARCs) obtained for applications in silicon solar cells. ARCs were derived from sol-gel process and dip-coated using silica (SiO2) and titania (TiO2). Theoretical results were obtained using 2×2 transfer matrix calculation method. Technological process of SiO2 and TiO2 thin film fabrication as well as measurement techniques are described in this paper. Strong correlation between theoretical and experimental data is demonstrated. It is shown, that weighted average reflection from a substrate can be reduced ten times with the use of SiO2/TiO2/Si double layer ARCs, when compared to a bare silica substrate.

  5. Organic-inorganic hybrid superhydrophobic surfaces using methyltriethoxysilane and tetraethoxysilane sol-gel derived materials in emulsion

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    Wen, Xiu-Fang; Wang, Kun; Pi, Pi-Hui; Yang, Jin-Xin; Cai, Zhi-Qi; Zhang, Li-juan; Qian, Yu; Yang, Zhuo-Ru; Zheng, Da-feng; Cheng, Jiang

    2011-11-01

    By applying alkaline-catalyzed co-hydrolysis and copolycondensation reactions of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) in organic siloxane modified polyacrylate emulsion (OSPA emulsion), we are able to demonstrate the potential for developing a sol-gel derived organic-inorganic hybrid emulsion for a superhydrophobic surface research. TEOS and MTES derived sol-gel moieties can be designed for a physical roughness and hydrophobic characteristic (Si-CH3) of the hybrid superhydrophobic surface, while OSPA emulsion can be endowed for good film-forming property. The effect of formulation parameters on superhydrophobicity and film-forming property was analyzed. The water contact angle (WCA) on the sol-gel derived hybrid film is determined to be 156°, and the contact angle hysteresis is 5° by keeping the mole ratio of TEOS:MTES:C2H5OH:NH3·H2O:AMP-95 at 1:4:30:10:0.63 and the mass percentage of OSPA emulsion at 25%. The nanoparticle-based silica rough surface is observed as the mole ratio of MTES/TEOS at 4:1. The sol-gel derived organic-inorganic hybrid emulsion shows remarkable film-forming property when the mole ratio of MTES/TEOS reaches or exceeds 4:1. With the primer coating, the performance of superhydrophobic film achieve actual use standard. It reveals that this new procedure is an effective shortcut to obtain a superhydrophobic surface with potential applications.

  6. Extradiol dioxygenase-SiO₂ sol-gel modified electrode for catechol and its derivatives detection.

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    Zhang, Qiang; Qu, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Xuwang; Zhou, Jiti; Wang, Hongtao

    2011-07-15

    A feasible and sensitive biosensor for catechol and its derivatives using 2,3-dihydroxybiphenyl 1,2-dioxygenase (BphC)-modified glassy carbon electrode was successfully constructed by polyvinyl alcohol-modified SiO₂ sol-gel method. The as-prepared biosensor was characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and the surface topography of the film was imaged by atomic force microscope. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry was applied to reveal the catalytic mechanism. BphC embedded in SiO₂ gel maintained its bioactivity well and exhibited excellent eletrocatalytical response to both catechol and some of its derivatives (such as 3-methylcatechol and 4-methylcatechol). The biosensor showed a linear amperometric response range between 0.002 mM and 0.8 mM catechol. And the sensitivity was 1.268 mA/(mM cm²) with a detection limit of 0.428 μM for catechol (S/N = 3). Furthermore, the BphC biosensor exhibited perfect selectivity for catechol in the mixtures of catechol and phenol. It was suggested that this flexible protocol would open up a new avenue for designing other ring-cleavage enzyme biosensors, which could be widely used for monitoring various kinds of environmental pollutants.

  7. Radiation hardening of sol gel-derived silica fiber preforms through fictive temperature reduction.

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    Hari Babu, B; Lancry, Matthieu; Ollier, Nadege; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Poumellec, Bertrand

    2016-09-20

    The impact of fictive temperature (Tf) on the evolution of point defects and optical attenuation in non-doped and Er3+-doped sol-gel silica glasses was studied and compared to Suprasil F300 and Infrasil 301 glasses before and after γ-irradiation. To this aim, sol-gel optical fiber preforms have been fabricated by the densification of erbium salt-soaked nanoporous silica xerogels through the polymeric sol-gel technique. These γ-irradiated fiber preforms have been characterized by FTIR, UV-vis-NIR absorption spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance, and photoluminescence measurements. We showed that a decrease in the glass fictive temperature leads to a decrease in the glass disorder and strained bonds. This mainly results in a lower defect generation rate and thus less radiation-induced attenuation in the UV-vis range. Furthermore, it was found that γ-radiation "hardness" is higher in Er3+-doped sol-gel silica compared to un-doped sol-gel silica and standard synthetic silica glasses. The present work demonstrates an effective strategy to improve the radiation resistance of optical fiber preforms and glasses through glass fictive temperature reduction.

  8. Ferroelectric Properties of CaBi4Ti4O15 Thin Films on Ito/glass Substrates Prepared by Sol-Gel Technology

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    Cheng, Chien-Min; Kuan, Ming-Chang; Chen, Kai-Hunag; Tsai, Jen-Hwan

    In this study, ferroelectric CaBi4Ti4O15 (CBT) thin films prepared by sol-gel method and deposited on ITO/glass substrates for applications in system-on-panel (SOP) devices were fabricated and investigated. The electrical and physical characteristics of as-deposited and annealed CBT thin films for metal-ferroelectric-metal (MFM) structures was discussed and investigated. In addition, the ferroelectric properties in annealed CBT thin films on ITO/glass substrate showed and exhibited clear polarization versus electrical field curves. From p-E curves, the 2Pr value and coercive field of annealed CBT thin films were calculated to be 10μC/cm2 and 180 kV/cm, respectively. Finally, the maximum capacitance, leakage current density, and transmittance within the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrum were also investigated and discussed.

  9. Sol-gel-derived AgCl photochromic coating on glass for holographic application

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    Mennig, Martin; Krug, Herbert; Fink-Straube, Claudia; Oliveira, Peter W.; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1992-12-01

    A sol-gel derived photochromic glass coating of about 1.5 micrometers in thickness is synthesized by infiltration of Ag+ into a predried Na-Al-B-Si gel layer. The formation of small Ag colloids is initiated by a soft heat treatment and the colloids are converted by a HCl vapor treatment into AgCl crystallites of about 40 nm in diameter. The coating darkens by UV irradiation, forming Ag crystallites of about 5 nm in size. This process is completely reversible at 400 degree(s)C and no decay is observed in numerous cycles. An amplitude hologram which acts as a diffraction grating with a grating period of about 10 micrometers can be produced within this layer by a two-wave mixing experiment with laser light of 351 nm wavelength. The diffraction efficiency of this grating is determined to 0.11%. After thermal erasing the diffraction pattern can be rewritten and erased repeatedly without any loss of efficiency.

  10. Luminescence behavior of terbium sulphosalicylic acid complexes in sol-gel derived host materials

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    Fan, X.; Wang, M.; Wang, Z.; Hong, Z.

    1997-08-01

    The formation and luminescence behavior of terbium sulphosalicylic acid (TbSSA) complexes in sol-gel derived host materials have been investigated. The 5-sulphosalicylic acid (H{sub 3}SSA) was dissolved in ethanol in advance, and then the TbCl{sub 3} and ethanol containing H{sub 3}SSA were introduced into the initial precursor sol, respectively. The resulting sol exhibits intramolecular energy transfer from the coordinated sulphosalicylic acid to the terbium ion. The TbSSA complex has formed in the TbCl{sub 3} and H{sub 3}SSA codoped sol. The complexes were found to have notably higher fluorescence intensities than TbCl{sub 3} in both the sol and the gel. In the sol, the concentration quenching was a diffusion-controlled process due to aggregation and effective collision between molecules and the fluorescence was decreased with increase of H{sub 3}SSA concentration. On the other hand, the molecules in the gel were isolated in the pores of the silica network. The fluorescence intensities of TbSSA in the gel were increased with the increase of concentration ratio of H{sub 3}SSA/TbCl{sub 3}. Maximum fluorescence intensity was obtained at H{sub 3}SSA/TbCl{sub 3} = 2.

  11. Structural characterization of sol-gel derived siloxane-oxide materials

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    Babonneau, F.; Dire, S.

    1993-12-31

    Sol-gel processing of hybrid siloxane-oxide materials is currently widely investigated due to a large amount of potential applications for these systems. They are usually based on silicon alkoxides and derivatives. Various new materials have been prepared combining a modified silicon alkoxide, diethoxydimethylsilane (DEDMS) and a transition metal alkoxide, M(OR){sub n} with M=Ti and Zr. Transparent monolithic pieces or thick films can be obtained over a wide range of compositions. The hydrolysis process of various preparations was followed by {sup 29}Si liquid NMR, and indicates the formation of Si-O-M bonds. The structure of the final gels was essentially characterized by solid state NMR ({sup 1}H, {sup 13}C and {sup 29}Si) and X-ray absorption spectroscopies (Ti K-edge), and leads to propose structural models for these gels. This study points out that titanium and zirconium alkoxides does not only act as cross linking agents, such as silicon alkoxides, but behave as catalysts for the formation of polydimethylsiloxane chains within the materials.

  12. Examination of the structure of sol-gel derived matrices for optoelectronic sensors

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    Ulatowska, Agnieszka; Podbielska, Halina; Lechna, Monika; Grzegorzewski, Bronisław

    2001-06-01

    Sol-gel technology was used to produce glass-like materials doped with different compounds. The sol-gel matrices were prepared on the way of acid hydrolysis. Two types of materials in the form of thin layers were examined: sol-gel bulk type (type I) and thin film type (type II). The structure was visualized by means of a light microscope. The microscopic images were digitized and their luminances were calculated. The thin film type (type II) matrices were investigated also by means of small-angle light scattering. The material properties with dopants such as albumin, ruthenium complex and osmium tetraoxide were examined. The type II matrices showed more homogeneous structure. Lower scattering in doped materials than in the pure matrices was observed.

  13. The influence of sol-gel-derived silica coatings functionalized with betamethasone on adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs).

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    Donesz-Sikorska, Anna; Grzesiak, Jakub; Smieszeka, Agnieszk; Krzak, Justyna; Marycz, Krzysztof

    2014-09-01

    Silica-based sol-gel coatings have gained attention in bone therapies and orthopedic applications, due to the biocompatibility and bioactivity, including a high potential for the controlled release both in vitro and in vivo. Bioactive materials are created to facilitate the biocompatibility of orthopedic implants. One of the promising alternatives is biomaterials with immobilized drugs. In this study we demonstrated for the first time novel sol-gel-derived silica coatings with active amino groups (SiO2(NH2)) functionalized with a steroid drug-betamethasone, applied to a substrate 316 L using dip coating technique. The presence of betamethasone in functionalized coatings was directly confirmed by Raman spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic analysis. The wettability was evaluated by the sessile drop method, while the surface free energy was estimated based on the contact angles measured. Our results showed a shift in surface properties from hydrophobic to hydrophilic after application of the coatings. We have investigated the morphology, proliferation factor, and the population doubling time of adipose-derived stem cells for biological purposes. Moreover, the analysis of the distribution and localization of cellular microvesicles was performed to evaluate the influence of functionalized surfaces on cellular cytophysiological activity. Increased proliferation and activation of cells, determined by the observations of microvesicles shedding processes, provided evidence of the availability of the drug. Therefore, we conclude that the sol-gel synthesis proposed here allows to improve the metal substrates and can be successfully used for immobilization of betamethasone. This in turn enables the direct delivery of the drug with implanted material into the wound site, and to stimulate the activity of cells to enhance tissue regeneration. © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  14. Bioactivity of sol-gel-derived TiO2 coating on polyetheretherketone: In vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Shimizu, Takayoshi; Fujibayashi, Shunsuke; Yamaguchi, Seiji; Yamamoto, Koji; Otsuki, Bungo; Takemoto, Mitsuru; Tsukanaka, Masako; Kizuki, Takashi; Matsushita, Tomiharu; Kokubo, Tadashi; Matsuda, Shuichi

    2016-04-15

    A polyetheretherketone (PEEK) surface was modified using a sol-gel-derived TiO2 coating in order to confer bone-bonding ability. To enhance the bonding strength of the coating layer, pretreatment with either O2 plasma or sandblasting was performed prior to sol-gel coating. Additionally, post-treatment with acid was carried out to confer apatite (calcium phosphate)-forming ability to the surface. Biomechanical and histological analyses performed using an in vivo rabbit tibia model showed that PEEK surfaces modified with sol-gel-derived TiO2 and acid post-treatment had better bone-bonding properties than uncoated PEEK surfaces. These modified surfaces also performed well in terms of their in vitro cell responses due to their modified surface chemistries and topographies. Although O2 plasma or sandblasting treatment were, for the most part, equivocal in terms of performance, we conclude that sol-gel-derived TiO2 coating followed by acid post-treatment significantly improves the bone bonding ability of PEEK surfaces, thus rendering them optimal for their use in surgical implants. The role of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) as an alternative biomaterial to conventional metallic implant materials has become increasingly important. However, its low bone bonding ability is yet to be resolved. This in vivo and in vitro investigation on the functionalization of PEEK surfaces highlights the utility of this material in clinical interventions that require implants, and may extend range of applications of PEEK. Copyright © 2016 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40.

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K; Smart, Simon; da Costa, João C Diniz

    2015-09-28

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification.

  16. Optical and low temperature magnetic properties study on sol-gel derived misfit calcium cobaltite

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    Mishra, Avinna; Mahana, Sudipta; Topwal, Dinesh; Manju, U.; Bhattacharjee, Sarama

    2017-05-01

    Phase pure Calcium cobaltite is prepared by sol-gel method using citric acid as complexing agent. Optical properties are characterized by FTIR and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Magnetic measurement at 5-390 shows presence of ferromagnetic to paramagnetic transition around 20 K.

  17. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2015-09-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification.

  18. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2015-01-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification. PMID:26411484

  19. Surface aspects of sol-gel derived hematite films for the photoelectrochemical oxidation of water.

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    Herrmann-Geppert, Iris; Bogdanoff, Peter; Radnik, Jörg; Fengler, Steffen; Dittrich, Thomas; Fiechter, Sebastian

    2013-02-07

    α-Fe(2)O(3) (hematite) photoanodes for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) were prepared by a cost-efficient sol-gel procedure. Due to low active photoelectrochemical properties observed, it is assumed that the sol-gel procedure leads to hematite films with defects and surface states on which generated charge carriers are recombined or immobilized in trap processes. Electrochemical activation was proven to diminish unfavourable surface groups to some extent. More efficiently, a plasma treatment improves significantly the photoelectrochemical properties of the OER. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis reveals an oxygen enriched surface layer with new oxygen species which may be responsible for the improved electrochemical activity. Due to surface photovoltage an increased fraction of transferred charge carriers from these newly produced surface defects are identified.

  20. Molecular imprinting in sol-gel matrix.

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    Gupta, Radha; Kumar, Ashok

    2008-01-01

    Molecular imprinting is a newly developed methodology which provides molecular assemblies of desired structures and properties and is being increasingly used for several applications such as in separation processes, microreactors, immunoassays and antibody mimics, catalysis, artificial enzymes, biosensor recognition elements and bio- and chemo-sensors. The ambient processing conditions and versatility of the sol-gel process makes sol-gel glassy matrix suitable for molecular imprinting. The progress of sol-gel based molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs) for various applications can be seen from the growing number of publications. The main focus of the review is molecular imprinting in sol-gel matrix and applications of molecular imprinted sol-gel derived materials for the development of sensors. Combining sol-gel process with molecular imprinting enables to procure the sensors with greater sensitivity and selectivity necessary for sensing applications. The merits, problems, challenges and factors affecting molecular imprinting in sol-gel matrix have been discussed. Considerable attention has been drawn on recent developments like use of organically modified silane precursors (ORMOSILS) for the synthesis of hybrid molecular imprinted polymers (HMIPs) and applying surface sol-gel process for molecular imprinting. The development of molecular imprinted sol-gel nanotubes for biochemical separation and bio-imprinting is a new advancement and is under progress. Templated xerogels and molecularly imprinted sol-gel films provide a good platform for various sensor applications.

  1. Sol-gel hosts doped with porphyrin derivatives. Part I. Spectroscopy, hole-burning and spectral diffusion

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    Kulikov, S. G.; Veret-Lemarinier, A. V.; Galaup, J. P.; Chaput, F.; Boilot, J. P.

    1997-03-01

    Pure inorganic sol-gel matrices as well as hybrid organic/inorganic xerogels have been doped with porphyrins derivatives and studied using line narrowing techniques. The role of residual hydroxyl groups is investigated. Free-base porphyrins are protonated in pure inorganic hosts, but the matrix acidity is reduced in hybrid matrices or when fluorinated porphyrins derivatives are used. The linear electron-phonon coupling can be controlled with the choice of the organic group in organic/inorganic matrices. Persistent spectral hole widths increase with temperature according a glass-like Tn dependence and evidence of spectral diffusion is shown in one of these systems.

  2. Sol-gel derived precursors to Group 14 semiconductor nanocrystals - Convenient materials for enabling nanocrystal-based applications

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    Veinot, Jonathan G. C.; Henderson, Eric J.; Hessel, Colin M.

    2009-11-01

    Semiconductor nanocrystals are intriguing because of their electronic, optical, and chemical characteristics. Silicon nanocrystals (Si-NCs) of sub-5 nm dimension are of particular interest due to their intense photoluminescent response and the promise of linking silicon photonics and electronics. Other related nanomaterials of technological importance include SiC and Ge. The following contribution describes key experimental findings pertaining to synthetic methodology, investigation of nanodomain formation and growth, as determined by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy for a series of sol-gel derived prepolymers suitable for preparing Group 14 based nanocrystal containing composites.

  3. Effects of hydrogen plasma treatment on sol-gel-derived ZnO studied by impedance spectroscopy

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    Kim, Se-Hun; Han, J. H.; Oh, B. H.; Park, J. K.; Lee, S.; Jeong, S.-Y.; Lee, Cheol Eui

    2017-07-01

    Effects of hydrogen plasma treatment on the electrical properties of a sol-gel-derived polycrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) system have been studied by employing impedance spectroscopy. Complex impedance data were analyzed by employing an equivalent circuit. Hydrogen plasma treatment markedly increased the low-frequency range of constant values of the real part of complex impedance. As a result of plasma treatment, electrical conductivity was found to increase by about two orders of magnitude, with the activation energy being reduced from 0.62 eV to 0.30 eV. The dielectric constant also showed a two-fold increase following the plasma treatment.

  4. Sol-gel Derived Warfarin - Silica Composites for Controlled Drug Release.

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    Dolinina, Ekaterina S; Parfenyuk, Elena V

    2017-01-01

    Warfarin, commonly used anticoagulant in clinic, has serious shortcomings due to its unsatisfactory pharmacodynamics. One of the efficient ways for the improvement of pharmacological and consumer properties of drugs is the development of optimal drug delivery systems. The aim of this work is to synthesize novel warfarin - silica composites and to study in vitro the drug release kinetics to obtain the composites with controlled release. The composites of warfarin with unmodified (UMS) and mercaptopropyl modified silica (MPMS) were synthesized by sol-gel method. The composite formation was confirmed by FTIR spectra. The concentrations of warfarin released to media with pH 1.6, 6.8 and 7.4 were measured using UV spectroscopy. The drug release profiles from the solid composites were described by a series of kinetic models which includes zero order kinetics, first order kinetics, the modified Korsmeyer-Peppas model and Hixson-Crowell model. The synthesized sol-gel composites have different kinetic behavior in the studied media. In contrast to the warfarin composite with unmodified silica, the drug release from the composite with mercaptopropyl modified silica follows zero order kinetics for 24 h irrespective to the release medium pH due to mixed mechanism (duffusion + degradation and/or disintegration of silica matrix). The obtained results showed that warfarin - silica sol-gel composites have a potential application for the development of novel oral formulation of the drug with controlled delivery. Copyright© Bentham Science Publishers; For any queries, please email at epub@benthamscience.org.

  5. Scanning electron microscopy analysis of sol-gel derived biocompatible glass

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    Holmes-Smith, A. S.; Hungerford, G.; Uttamlal, M.; Amaro, M.; Martins, P.; McBrearty, L.; Love, G.; Ferreira, M. I. C.

    2008-08-01

    Bioactive silica gels/polymer systems have been produced using a sol-gel route and their bio-compatibility has been investigated by immersing them in simulated body fluid (SBF). The porous monoliths have been characterised by SEM and EDX analysis where images obtained show pores on the surface of 10-200 μm. The silica gels are not homogeneous and distinct regions of silicon and calcium are observed. The growth of an apatite layer on the surface of the gels was evident after steeping in SBF.

  6. NO reactions with sol-gel and solution phase samples of the ferric nitrite derivative of HbA

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    Roche, Camille J.; Friedman, Joel M.

    2010-01-01

    The reaction of nitric oxide (NO) with the ferric (met) nitrite derivative of human adult hemoglobin Hb is probed for both solution phase and sol-gel encapsulated populations. The evolution of both the Q band absorption spectrum and fitted populations of Hb derivatives are used to show the sequence of events occurring when NO interacts with nitrite bound to a ferric heme in Hb. The sol-gel is used to compare the evolving populations as a function of quaternary state for the starting met nitrite populations. The redox status of intermediates is probed using the CN− anion to trap ferric heme species. The emergent presence of reactive NO species such as N2O3 during the course of the reaction is probed using the fluorescent probe DAF-2 whereas the fluorophore Chemi-fluor is used as an indirect measure of the ability of the reaction to create S-nitrosothiols on glutathione. The results are consistent with the formation of a stable reactive intermediate capable of generating bioactive forms of NO. The patterns observed are consistent with a proposed mechanism whereby NO reacts with the ferric nitrite derivative to generate N2O3. PMID:19919854

  7. Growth of vertically aligned one-dimensional ZnO nanowire arrays on sol-gel derived ZnO thin films

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    Kitazawa, Nobuaki; Aono, Masami; Watanabe, Yoshihisa

    2014-11-01

    Vertically aligned one-dimensional ZnO nanowire arrays have been synthesized by a hydrothermal method on sol-gel derived ZnO films. Sol-gel derived ZnO films and corresponding ZnO nanowire arrays have been characterized by X-ray diffraction and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. The effect of sol-gel derived ZnO film surface on the morphology of ZnO nanowire arrays has been investigated. The authors suggest from our investigation that sol-gel derived ZnO films affect the growth of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures. Not only crystalline ZnO films but also amorphous ones can act as a scaffold for ZnO nucleus. Tilted ZnO micro-rods are grown on ZnO gel films, whereas vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays are grown on nanometer-sized ZnO grains. The average diameter of ZnO nanowire arrays are correlated strongly with the grain size of sol-gel derived ZnO films.

  8. Sol gel derived hydroxyapatite coatings on titanium and its alloy Ti6Al4V

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    Stoch, A.; Jastrzebski, W.; Długoń, E.; Lejda, W.; Trybalska, B.; Stoch, G. J.; Adamczyk, A.

    2005-06-01

    Titanium has been used for many medical and dental applications; however, its joining to a living bone is not satisfactorily good or the implant integration with bone tissue takes several months.The aim of this work is to produce hydroxyapatite (HAP) coatings on titanium and its alloy for facilitating and shortening the processes towards osseointegration. HAP coatings were obtained by sol-gel method with sol solutions prepared from calcium nitrate tetrahydrate and triammonium phosphate trihydrate as the calcium and phosphorous sources. Two types of gelatine were added to the sol: agar-agar or animals gelatine. Both were found to enhance the formation and stability of amorphous HAP using soluble salts as the sources of calcium and phosphate. HAP coatings were deposited from HAP-GEL sol using dip-withdrawal technique, then the plates were dried and annealed at temperatures 460-750 °C. FTIR spectroscopy and XRD analysis were used to study the phase composition of phosphate coatings. Morphology and chemical analysis of HAP layers was performed using a scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray analyser (SEM+EDX). The biological activity of sol-gel phosphate coatings was observed during thermostatic held in simulated body fluid (SBF). It was found that chemical composition and structure of HAP coatings depends on pH and final thermal treatment of the layer.

  9. Dielectric Properties of Sol-Gel Derived Barium Strontium Titanate and Microwave Sintering of Ceramics

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    Selmi, Fathi A.

    This thesis consists of two areas of research: (1) sol-gel processing of Ba_{rm 1-x}Sr_{rm x} TiO_3 ceramics and their dielectric properties measurement; and (2) microwave versus conventional sintering of ceramics such as Al_2 O_3, Ba_{ rm 1-x}Sr_{rm x}TiO_3, Sb-doped SnO _2 and YBa_2Cu _3O_7. Sol-gel powders of BaTiO_3, SrTiO_3, and their solid solutions were synthesized by the hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide and Ba and Sr methoxyethoxides. The loss tangent and dielectric constant of both sol-gel and conventionally prepared and sintered Ba_{rm 1-x}Sr _{rm x}TiO _3 ceramics were investigated at high frequencies. The sol-gel prepared ceramics showed higher dielectric constant and lower loss compared to those prepared conventionally. Ba _{rm 1-x}Sr _{rm x}TiO_3 ceramics were tunable with applied bias, indicating the potential use of this material for phase shifter applications. Porous Ba_{0.65}Sr _{0.35}TiO_3 was also investigated to lower the dielectric constant. Microwave sintering of alpha -Al_2O_3 and SrTiO_3 was investigated using an ordinary kitchen microwave oven (2.45 GHz; 600 Watts). The use of microwaves with good insulation of alpha -Al_2O_3 and SrTiO_3 samples resulted in their rapid sintering with good final densities of 96 and 98% of the theoretical density, respectively. A comparison of grain size for conventionally and microwave sintered SrTiO_3 samples did not show a noticeable difference. However, the grain size of microwave sintered alpha-Al_2O _3 was found to be larger than that of conventionally sintered sample. These results show that rapid sintering of ceramics can be achieved by using microwave radiation. The sintering behavior of coprecipitated Sb-doped SnO_2 was investigated using microwave power absorption. With microwave power, samples were sintered at 1450^circC for 20 minutes and showed a density as high as 99.9% of theoretical. However, samples fired in a conventional electric furnace at the same temperature for 4 hours showed only

  10. Identification of Ti clusters during nucleation and growth of sol-gel-derived TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Simonsen, Morten Enggrob; Søgaard, Erik Gydesen

    2013-01-01

    In the present work, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) was used to investigate the titanium clusters present during nucleation and growth of sol-gel derived TiO2 nanoparticles. Depending on the alkoxide precursor used, Ti clusters of different sizes were identified [titanium isopropoxide (TTIP)-11-12 Ti atoms, titanium butoxide (TTB)-10-11 Ti atoms and titanium tetraethoxide (TTE)-5-7 Ti atoms]. The Ti-O-Ti backbone/core of the titanium clusters were found to be quite stable after formation and do not easily break up into smaller clusters. The results of this investigation suggest that these clusters are used as building blocks in the growth during the induction period. The h-ratio (n H2O/n alcoxide) and the pH were not found to influence the identity of the Ti clusters present during nucleation of the growth of sol-gel derived TiO2 nano-particles, although the induction period was greatly influenced. The reactivity of the alkoxy group are OEt > OPri > OBu. The difference in reactivity of the alkoxides is generally believed to be due to the increasing size of the alkoxy group which causes sterical hindrance during the nucleophilic substitution reaction.

  11. In situ growth of sol-gel-derived nano-VO2 film and its phase transition characteristics

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    Shi, Qiwu; Huang, Wanxia; Lu, Tiecheng; Yue, Fang; Xiao, Yang; Hu, Yanyan

    2014-10-01

    We reported the growth of VO2 film deposited by an inorganic sol-gel method, followed by post-annealing. An in situ evolution of the grain size in the films with different annealing temperatures (300, 500, and 700 °C for 90 min), annealing times (500 °C for 20, 40, 60, and 90 min), and film thicknesses (30, 150 and 320 nm) was observed. The results indicated that the grain size distribution in the sol-gel-derived VO2 films was mediated by the density of nucleation center, which was varied in the films with different extents of thermal deformation during the annealing. By increasing the film thickness from 30 to 320 nm, a compact nanostructure with uniform distribution of grain size could be formed. It suggested that the in situ-evolved nanostructure in the thicker VO2 film will lead to lower threshold temperature and enhanced transition intensity in the phase transition. The effect of nanoscale grain size on the lower phase transition temperature in the VO2 film was discussed.

  12. Synthesis of sol-gel derived glass powder and in vitro bioactivity property tested in simulated body fluid

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    Fadzli, S. A. Syed Nuzul; Roslinda, S.; Zainuddin, Firuz; Ismail, Hamisah

    2016-11-01

    The objective of this study is to determine the apatite forming ability of sol-gel derived glass based on chemical composition 50%(SiO2)-40%(CaO)-10%(PO4) by examine the reacted sample surface after soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF). The glass was synthesized via an acid catalyzed low temperature sol-gel route, dried, crushed and uniaxial pressed into pellets before finally heated at 600°C to maintain the amorphous nature and to obtain stabilized glass pellets. The bioactivity test of the glass was carried out in vitro by soaking the pellets into simulated body fluid (SBF) for various times up to 14 days. It was revealed that apatite-like structures were rapidly formed on the surface of the glass showed by the glass surface was totally covered with these crystallized apatite within the first 24 hours of immersion. The formation of crystallized carbonated apatite (HCA) was proved within the first 24 hours of immersion via XRD, FTIR and FE-SEM analysis method. Increased in immersion time period to 14 days was significantly effects in enlargement of the apatite particle sizes and transformation these apatite into a typical coral-like apatite structures.

  13. Sol-gel derived nanoscale bioactive glass (NBG) particles reinforced poly(ε-caprolactone) composites for bone tissue engineering.

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    Lei, Bo; Shin, Kwan-Ha; Noh, Da-Young; Jo, In-Hwan; Koh, Young-Hag; Kim, Hyoun-Ee; Kim, Sung Eun

    2013-04-01

    This study investigated the effect of the addition of sol-gel derived nanoscale bioactive glass (NBG) particles on the mechanical properties and biological performances of PCL polymer, in order to evaluate the potential applications of PCL/NBG composites for bone tissue regeneration. Regardless of the NBG contents (10, 20, and 30 wt.%), the NBG particles, which were synthesized through the sol-gel process using polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer as a template, could be uniformly dispersed in the PCL matrix, while generating pores in the PCL/NBG composites. The elastic modulus of the PCL/NBG composites increased remarkably from 89±11 MPa to 383±50 MPa with increasing NBG content from 0 to 30 wt.%, while still showing good ultimate tensile strength in the range of 15-19 MPa. The hydrophilicity, water absorption and degradation behavior of the PCL/NBG composites were also enhanced by the addition of the NBG particles. Furthermore, the PCL/NBG composite with a NBG content of 30 wt.% showed significantly enhanced in vitro bioactivity and cellular response compared to those of the pure PCL.

  14. Electrochemical characterization of thio sol-gel derived titanium sulfide (TiS{sub 2}) powders with unique morphologies

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    Sriram, M.A.; Kumta, P.N.

    1996-12-31

    A novel thio sol-gel process utilizing titanium alkoxide as the metal source has been used to synthesize TiS{sub 2} powders exhibiting uniquely different morphologies. The pure alkoxide and its partially modified form using benzene sulfonic acid (BSA) have been reacted with H{sub 2}S to yield a solid precursor. Upon heat treatment in flowing H{sub 2}S the precursors were converted to TiS{sub 2} exhibiting distinctly different morphologies. These powders have been characterized for their chemical stoichiometry (using X-ray diffraction). At the same time the sulfide was also prepared using conventional techniques involving the reaction of the individual elements in a sealed evacuated quartz ampoule at elevated temperatures of 500{degrees}C. The morphologies of both, the thio sol-gel derived and conventionally synthesized powders have been compared using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Preliminary electrochemical tests were also performed by fabricating test cathodes of these materials and using them in {open_quotes}hockey puck{close_quotes} cells incorporating lithium as both the anode and the reference electrodes. These studies were conducted to analyze the effect of the different morphologies of the synthesized powders on their electrochemical performance.

  15. Optical Fiber Chemical Sensor with Sol-Gel Derived Refractive Material as Transducer for High Temperature Gas Sensing in Clean Coal Technology

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    Shiquan Tao

    2006-12-31

    The chemistry of sol-gel derived silica and refractive metal oxide has been systematically studied. Sol-gel processes have been developed for preparing porous silica and semiconductor metal oxide materials. Micelle/reversed micelle techniques have been developed for preparing nanometer sized semiconductor metal oxides and noble metal particles. Techniques for doping metal ions, metal oxides and nanosized metal particles into porous sol-gel material have also been developed. Optical properties of sol-gel derived materials in ambient and high temperature gases have been studied by using fiber optic spectroscopic techniques, such as fiber optic ultraviolet/visible absorption spectrometry, fiber optic near infrared absorption spectrometry and fiber optic fluorescence spectrometry. Fiber optic spectrometric techniques have been developed for investigating the optical properties of these sol-gel derived materials prepared as porous optical fibers or as coatings on the surface of silica optical fibers. Optical and electron microscopic techniques have been used to observe the microstructure, such as pore size, pore shape, sensing agent distribution, of sol-gel derived material, as well as the size and morphology of nanometer metal particle doped in sol-gel derived porous silica, the nature of coating of sol-gel derived materials on silica optical fiber surface. In addition, the chemical reactions of metal ion, nanostructured semiconductor metal oxides and nanometer sized metal particles with gas components at room temperature and high temperatures have also been investigated with fiber optic spectrometric methods. Three classes of fiber optic sensors have been developed based on the thorough investigation of sol-gel chemistry and sol-gel derived materials. The first group of fiber optic sensors uses porous silica optical fibers doped with metal ions or metal oxide as transducers for sensing trace NH{sub 3} and H{sub 2}S in high temperature gas samples. The second group of

  16. Photodegradation characteristics of sol-gel-derived glass-coated Eu-complex fabricated by solvothermal process using several silane alkoxides and solvents

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    Fukuda, Takeshi; Kato, Sayaka; Akiyama, Shinnosuke; Honda, Zentaro; Kamata, Norihiko

    2012-11-01

    Instabilities of Eu-complex against ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation and annealing are important problems to solve before they can be practically applied in several applications, such as white light-emitting diodes, bioimaging sensors, and wavelength conversion films for silicon photovoltaic cells. By now, our research group demonstrated an encapsulation technique of tris (2-thenoyltrifluoroacetonato)(1,10-phenanthroline) europium (III) (Eu (TTA)3phen) using the solvothermal process as a final annealing process of sol-gel synthesis. In this paper, we investigated the optimized starting solution of the sol-gel process to improve the long-term stability of Eu (TTA)3phen by changing the silane alkoxide and solvent. The long-term stability was improved by annealing at the high pressure condition (solvothermal process), and the longest half brightness time of 9.8 h was achieved while irradiating with the UV light of 360 nm and 5 mW/cm2. One possible reason for this result is that the hydrolysis of the sol-gel based glass network occurs more efficiently with the high-pressure annealing. As a result, the high-encapsulating efficiency was achieved due to the low organic component in the sol-gel-derived glass network around Eu (TTA)3phen. Furthermore, the particle structure with the diameter of less than 50 nm was obtained by coating the sol-gel-derived silica glass around Eu (TTA)3phen.

  17. Thermal stability of a modified sol-gel derived hydroxyapatite nanopowders

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    Herradi, S.; El Bali, B.; Khaldi, M.; Lachkar, M.

    2017-03-01

    Hydroxyapatite Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 (HA) powder was successfully synthesized by a modified sol-gel method using a solution of calcium nitrate in ethanol, along with a solution of diammonium hydrogen phosphate in water and NH4OH as starting materials. The Ca/P molar ratio was maintained at 1.67. The powder was subjected to furnace and microwave heating to compare the decomposition of HA and study the crystallite sizes. It was found that microwave heated powders were pure HAP up to 230°C with absence of secondary phases. However, XRD patterns show that furnace heated powders convert completely to β-TCP when treated at 750°C and 1000°C. This result was confirmed by the absence of hydroxyl bands in the FT-IR spectra for these temperatures.

  18. Optical and morphological properties of sol gel derived titanium dioxide films

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    Sharma, A. B.; Sharma, S. K.; M, Vishwas; Rao, K. Narasimha

    2015-08-01

    Titanium oxide (Titania) thin films were synthesized on different substrates via the sol-gel dip-coating method using alkoxide solution. Some selected samples were also prepared with different percentage of Lead (Pb). The influence of Pb addition in precursor sol on the optical properties of titanium dioxide thin films was studied. The optical transmittance in the visible region has increased with increase in weight percentage of lead. The refractive index was slightly decreased with Pb addition. Crystallization of these coatings was achieved through thermal annealing at temperatures above 400 °C. The structural properties and surface morphology of the crystallized coatings were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy. Increase in average grain size from 250 nm to 350 nm with increase in Pb concentration is observed. Films were appeared to more coarse with increase in Pb addition. An increase in Pb addition resulted increase in average roughness from 12 nm to 25 nm.

  19. Optical and morphological properties of sol gel derived titanium dioxide films

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    Sharma, A. B.; Sharma, S. K.; M, Vishwas; Rao, K. Narasimha

    2015-08-28

    Titanium oxide (Titania) thin films were synthesized on different substrates via the sol-gel dip-coating method using alkoxide solution. Some selected samples were also prepared with different percentage of Lead (Pb). The influence of Pb addition in precursor sol on the optical properties of titanium dioxide thin films was studied. The optical transmittance in the visible region has increased with increase in weight percentage of lead. The refractive index was slightly decreased with Pb addition. Crystallization of these coatings was achieved through thermal annealing at temperatures above 400 °C. The structural properties and surface morphology of the crystallized coatings were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy. Increase in average grain size from 250 nm to 350 nm with increase in Pb concentration is observed. Films were appeared to more coarse with increase in Pb addition. An increase in Pb addition resulted increase in average roughness from 12 nm to 25 nm.

  20. Sol-gel derived porous bioactive nanocomposites: Synthesis and in vitro bioactivity

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    Shankhwar, Nisha; Kothiyal, G. P.; Srinivasan, A.

    2013-06-01

    Porous bioactive composites consisting of SiO2-CaO-Na2O-P2O5 bioactive glass-ceramic and synthetic water soluble polymer Polyvinylpyrrolidone [PVP (C6H9NO)n, MW˜40000 g/mol] have been synthesized by sol-gel route. As-prepared polymeric composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. Two major bone mineral phases, viz., hydroxyapatite [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2] and wollastonite [calcium silicate (CaSiO3)] have been identified in the XRD patterns of the composites. Presence of these bone minerals indicates the bioactive nature of the composites. In vitro bioactivity tests confirm bioactivity in the porous composites. The flexibility offered by these bioactive polymer composites is advantageous for its application as implant material.

  1. Study of optical properties of Macrophomina phaseolina impregnated sol-gel derived silica matrices.

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    Sharma, Sunita; Vandana; Ghoshal, S K; Arora, Pooja; Dilbaghi, Neeraj; Chaudhury, Ashok

    2009-11-01

    In the present frame of work, Macrophomina phaseolina is encapsulated in silica matrices at various concentrations by low temperature sol-gel technique using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) as precursor. The optical and photophysical properties of these samples have been studied by second harmonics of Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm. UV-visible absorption spectra of samples have been recorded and it is found that the absorption increases with increase in concentration of fungus. Further, a decrease in output transmission intensity of the laser has been observed with increase in fungus concentration. The temporal response of these samples has also been examined. The results show that the fungus concentration can be measured within approximately 15-20 min. This method of optical sensing of fungus in test sample is faster than other techniques, such as the conventional colorimetric method which takes about 1 h.

  2. Magnetization and Magnetocaloric Effect in Sol-Gel Derived Nanocrystalline Copper-Zinc Ferrite.

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    Anwar, M S; Ahmed, Faheem; Koo, Bon Heun

    2015-02-01

    We report the sol-gel synthesis and magnetocaloric effect in nanocrystalline copper-zinc ferrite (Cu0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4). The synthesized powder was characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and magnetization measurements. The XRD results confirm the formation of single phase spinel structure. The average particle size was found to be ~58 nm. FE-SEM results suggested that the nanoparticles are agglomerated and spherical in shape. Magnetization measurement reveals that Cu0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles exhibit transition temperature (Tc) above room temperature. The maximum magnetic entropy change (ΔSM)max shows interesting behaviour and was found to vary with the applied magnetic field. This nanopowder can be considered as potential material for magnetic refrigeration above room temperature.

  3. Optical, dielectric and morphological studies of sol-gel derived nanocrystalline TiO2 films.

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    Vishwas, M; Sharma, Sudhir Kumar; Narasimha Rao, K; Mohan, S; Gowda, K V Arjuna; Chakradhar, R P S

    2009-10-15

    Nanocrystalline TiO(2) films have been synthesized on glass and silicon substrates by sol-gel technique. The films have been characterized with optical reflectance/transmittance in the wavelength range 300-1000 nm and the optical constants (n, k) were estimated by using envelope technique as well as spectroscopic ellipsometry. Morphological studies have been carried out using atomic force microscope (AFM). Metal-Oxide-Silicon (MOS) capacitor was fabricated using conducting coating on TiO(2) film deposited on silicon. The C-V measurements show that the film annealed at 300 degrees C has a dielectric constant of 19.80. The high percentage of transmittance, low surface roughness and high dielectric constant suggests that it can be used as an efficient anti-reflection coating on silicon and other optical coating applications and also as a MOS capacitor.

  4. Active fibers from sol-gel derived granulated silica: state of the art and potential

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    Romano, Valerio; Sandoz, Frederic

    2010-10-01

    In the recent past we have studied the granulated silica method as a versatile and cost effective way of fiber preform production. We have used the sol-gel technology combined with a laser-assisted remelting step to produce high homogeneity Rare Earth or Transition Metal - activated microsized particles for the fiber core. For the fiber cladding pure or index-raised granulated Silica has been employed. Silica glass tubes, appropriately filled with these granular materials, are then drawn to fibers, eventually after an optional quality enhancing vitrification step. The process offers a high degree of compositional flexibility with respect to dopants; it further facilitates to achieve high concentrations even in cases when several dopants are used. By this "rapid preform production" technique, that is also ideally suited for the preparation of microstructured optical fibers, several fibers ranging from broadband emitters, PCFs and large mode area fibers have been produced and will be presented here.

  5. Sol-gel derived optical waveguide films: technological platform for development of planar evanescent wave sensors

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    Karasiński, Paweł

    2015-12-01

    Plane evanescent wave sensors are being developed for over thirty years. However, their full development is somehow limited by the lack of relatively cheap and stable waveguide layers of high refractive index, low optical losses and at the same time resistance to the impact of chemical substances. The paper involves waveguide layers SiO2:TiO2 of high refractive index (˜1.81) satisfying these criteria, fabricated via sol-gel method and dip-coating technique. The parameters of the waveguide layers SiO2:TiO2 were determined using elipsometric and spectrophotometric methods. The presented waveguide layers have excellent optical properties and are suitable for the application in the planar evanescent wave sensors technology. For the best waveguide SiO2:TiO2 layers, the obtained level of optical loss was below 0.2 dB/cm.

  6. Fundamental studies for sol-gel derived gas-separation membranes

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    Brinker, C.J.; Sehgal, R.

    1995-07-01

    We prepared silica membranes using sol-gel techniques and explored the effects of postdeposition sintering, capillary stresses developed during drying, and surface derivatization of the membranes with titanium iso-propoxide. We observed that both partial sintering of membranes and development of larger-capillary stresses during membrane formation lead to consolidation of the membrane structure as evidenced by increased ideal separation factors, e.g. {alpha}CO{sub 2}2/CH{sub 4} > 250 over the temperature range of 160 to 220 C. Surface derivatization was also shown to be an effective tool to reduce the membrane pore size in an angstrom by angstrom fashion, resulting in comparable separation factors. What`s more, the altered pore surface chemistry of TiO{sub 2} derivatized membranes may lead to improved stability and impart catalytic properties to the membrane surface.

  7. Characterization of the structure of sol-gel-derived hydroxyapatite thin films

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    Lopatin, Craig Michael

    The synthesis and processing of hydroxyapatite (Ca10[PO 4]6[OH]2, HA) thin films was investigated. Films 10 to 900 nm thick were synthesized using solution chemistry sol-gel techniques and processed under various conditions. Analytical chemistry techniques (NMR, TLC, titration) were used to study the initial reactions. It was found that several key sol-gel synthesis steps were either absent (hydrolysis) or minimally present (network formation). These results are consistent with the findings that the films have little skeletal structure, but are composed of crystalline aggregates and inter-granular pores. Ion-implantation using silicon ions was used to densify the films from a density of 36% (of fully dense HA) to 83%. High temperature annealing was also used to densify the films, and 40% densification could be achieved after firing at 800°C. While larger densification can be reached at higher temperatures, the film transforms from HA to other calcium phosphate phases. The kinetics of transformation from the amorphous gel state was studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Time-Temperature-Transformation (TTT) curves were constructed. These curves demonstrated that the transformation kinetics are extremely rapid and likely related to the short chain phosphate groups (dimers and trimers) present in the amorphous gel. Thus, high temperature sintering, even using rapid heating rates, can not be used to achieve high densities. A new technique, solute impregnation, was developed to further characterize the porosity of the films. The results of the solute impregnation tests demonstrated that (a) the films have an open pore structure and (b) high temperature firing and ion implantation decreased the porosity of the films. Studies with transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that the porosity is due to inter-granular pores, and that the grains were essentially fully dense, a result confirmed by pycnometry. These results are consistent with the observation that the

  8. Sol-gel derived silica/siloxane composite materials: The effect of loading level and catalyst activity on silica domain formation

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    Black, E.P.; Ulibarri, T.A.; Beaucage, G.; Schaefer, D.W.; Assink, R.A.; Bergstrom, D.F.; Giwa-Agbomeirele, P.A.; Burns, G.T.

    1993-11-01

    Currently, the production of in situ reinforcement in polymeric systems by sol-gel methods is undergoing rapid development. However, understanding of synthesis/structure/property relationships is still lacking. In order to produce sol-gel derived composite materials with sufficient mechanical properties for commercial applications, this deficit of information must be addressed. We have completed a detailed investigation of in situ silica growth in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) systems. Factors which affect the domain growth, such as catalyst activity and silica loading, have been examined by solid state {sup 29}Si NMR, SEM, mechanical testing and small angle neutron scattering.

  9. Sol-gel-derived silica films with tailored microstructures for applications requiring organic dyes

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    Logan, M.N.; Prabakar, S.; Brinker, C.J. |

    1994-09-01

    A three-step sol-gel process was developed to prepare organic dye-doped thin films with tailored porosity for applications in chemical sensing and optoelectronics. Varying the acid- and base-catalyzed hydrolysis steps of sols prepared from tetraethoxysilane with identical final H{sub 2}O/Si ratios, dilution factors and pH resulted in considerably different distributions of the silicate polymers in the sol (determined by {sup 29}Si NMR) and considerably different structures for the polymer clusters (determined by SAXS). During film formation these kinetic effects cause differences in the packing and collapse of the silicate network, leading to thin films with different refractive indices and volume fraction porosities. Under conditions where small pore-plugging species were avoided, the porosities of as-deposited films could be varied by aging the sol prior to film deposition. This strategy, which relies on the growth and aggregation of fractal polymeric clusters, is compatible with the low temperature and near neutral pH requirements of organic dyes.

  10. Adsorption characteristics of sol gel-derived zirconia for cesium ions from aqueous solutions.

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    Yakout, Sobhy M; Hassan, Hisham S

    2014-07-01

    Zirconia powder was synthesized via a sol gel method and placed in a batch reactor for cesium removal investigation. X-ray analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were utilized for the evaluation of the developed adsorbent. The adsorption process has been investigated as a function of pH, contact time and temperature. The adsorption is strongly dependent on the pH of the medium whereby the removal efficiency increases as the pH turns to the alkaline range. The process was initially very fast and the maximum adsorption was attained within 60 min of contact. A pseudo-second-order model and homogeneous particle diffusion model (HPDM) were found to be the best to correlate the diffusion of cesium into the zirconia particles. Furthermore, adsorption thermodynamic parameters, namely the standard enthalpy, entropy, and Gibbs free energy, were calculated. The results indicate that cesium adsorption by zirconia is an endothermic (ΔH>0) process and good affinity of cesium ions towards the sorbent (ΔS>0) was observed.

  11. Sol-Gel Derived Active Material for Yb Thin-Disk Lasers.

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    Almeida, Rui M; Ribeiro, Tiago; Santos, Luís F

    2017-09-02

    A ytterbium doped active material for thin-disk laser was developed based on aluminosilicate and phosphosilicate glass matrices containing up to 30 mol% YbO1.5. Thick films and bulk samples were prepared by sol-gel processing. The structural nature of the base material was assessed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy and the film morphology was evidenced by scanning electron microscopy. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of different compositions, including emission spectra and lifetimes, were also studied. Er(3+) was used as an internal reference to compare the intensities of the Yb(3+) PL peaks at ~ 1020 nm. The Yb(3+) PL lifetimes were found to vary between 1.0 and 0.5 ms when the Yb concentration increased from 3 to 30 mol%. Based on a figure of merit, the best active material selected was the aluminosilicate glass composition 71 SiO₂-14 AlO1.5-15 YbO1.5 (in mol%). An active disk, ~ 36 μm thick, consisting of a Bragg mirror, an aluminosilicate layer doped with 15 mol% Yb and an anti-reflective coating, was fabricated.

  12. Preparation of sol-gel derived microcrystalline corundum abrasives with hexagonal platelets

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    Li, Na; Zhu, Yu-Mei; Gao, Kai; Li, Zhi-Hong

    2013-01-01

    The effects of different additives on the mechanical properties, microstructures, and wear behavior of corundum abrasives were investigated. When the number of additive phases increases, the sintering temperature and wear rate decrease, while the densification and mechanical properties increase. The additive SiO2 is responsible for the development of equiaxed grains, whereas both CaO and MgO promote the development of platelike grains. By controlling the molar ratio of additives, it is possible to obtain different microstructures. With SiO2-MgO-CaO (molar ratio, 2:1:1) as the additives and nano α-Al2O3 powders as the seed, microcrystalline corundum abrasives with hexagonal platelets were obtained using sol-gel process by sintering at 1300°C for 0.5 h. The average diameter and thickness of hexagonal platelets are 1.38 μm and 360 nm respectively, the single-particle compressive strength is 26.44 N, and the wear rate is (3.06±0.21)×10-7 mm3/(N·m).

  13. Surface properties of in vitro bioactive and non-bioactive sol-gel derived materials.

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    Viitala, R; Jokinen, M; Peltola, T; Gunnelius, K; Rosenholm, J B

    2002-08-01

    The acid-base properties of several in vitro bioactive (able to form bone mineral-like calcium phosphate on their surfaces) and non-bioactive sol-gel processed oxides are studied. The amount of Lewis acid sites was calculated from the pyridine adsorption using the Langmuir adsorption model. The Henry adsorption model was used in cases where no specific affinity between the adsorbent and the probe molecule was observed. The results were used to calculate the specific amounts of acidic and basic sites on SiO2- and TiO2-based materials. The zeta potential was measured for dip-coated TiO2 films, calcium- and phosphate-doped TiO2 films and for a non-bioactive Al2O3 film. Also, the calcium phosphate formation in simulated body fluid on in vitro bioactive TiO2 film was studied with zeta potential measurements. The results showed dependence on the negative surface charge and the important role of calcium adsorption in the beginning of the calcium phosphate formation. Surface topography of the films was investigated with atomic force microscopy, including a detailed analysis of the peak heights and distribution over cross sections. It was observed that in vitro bioactivity was strongly dependent on the nanoscale dimensions. Consequently, the in vitro calcium phosphate formation seems to be due to both the chemical interactions and the surface structure.

  14. Synthesis and in vitro investigation of sol-gel derived bioglass-58S nanopowders

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    Joughehdoust, S.; Manafi, S.

    2012-03-01

    The aim of this research is the synthesis of bioglass-58S nanopowders by sol-gel method. Also, the effect of aging time of parent sols on the morphology, structure and particle size was investigated. Bioglass-58S powders were analyzed by X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), zetasizer instrument, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD results showed that the powder is amorphous and glassy. According to FTIR spectroscopy, silicate bonds were formed in all powders. Zetasizer curves proved that the particle sizes of the powders and agglomerates have increased with aging time. The SEM images confirmed these results, too. Additionally, the TEM observations revealed that the increase of aging time caused the growth of grains with the size between 50-200 nm. The in vitro biological behavior of bioglass-58S powders were investigated by immersing the bioglass discs (made from the powders) in the simulated body fluid (SBF). The XRD patterns and SEM images confirmed the formation of the hydroxyapatite (HA) phase.

  15. Sol-Gel-Derived Hydroxyapatite-Carbon Nanotube/Titania Coatings on Titanium Substrates

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    Ji, Xiaoli; Lou, Weiwei; Wang, Qi; Ma, Jianfeng; Xu, Haihong; Bai, Qing; Liu, Chuantong; Liu, Jinsong

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, hydroxyapatite-carbon nanotube/titania (HA-CNT/TiO2) double layer coatings were successfully developed on titanium (Ti) substrates intended for biomedical applications. A TiO2 coating was firstly developed by anodization to improve bonding between HA and Ti, and then the layer of HA and CNTs was coated on the surface by the sol-gel process to improve the biocompatibility and mechanical properties of Ti. The surfaces of double layer coatings were uniform and crack-free with a thickness of about 7 μm. The bonding strength of the HA-CNT/TiO2 coating was higher than that of the pure HA and HA-CNT coatings. Additionally, in vitro cell experiments showed that CNTs promoted the adhesion of preosteoblasts on the HA-CNT/TiO2 double layer coatings. These unique surfaces combined with the osteoconductive properties of HA exhibited the excellent mechanical properties of CNTs. Therefore, the developed HA-CNT/TiO2 coatings on Ti substrates might be a promising material for bone replacement. PMID:22606041

  16. Multifunctional sol-gel derived thin film based on nanocrystaline hydroxyapatite powders

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    El hadad, A. A.; Barranco, V.; Jiménez-Morales, A.; Peon, E.; Galván, J. C.

    2010-11-01

    The aim of this work was to prepare bioactive hydroxyapatite coatings by sol-gel method and to study the effect of thermal treatment temperature upon the bioactivity and corrosion protection of these coatings on Ti6Al4V alloy. The application of (DTA/TGA) and (XRD) has provided valuable information about the phase transformation, mass loss, identification of the phases developed, crystallite size and degree of crystallinity. (SEM/EDX) has been applied to study the surface morphology of coated samples before and after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) to detect the biomimetic precipitation of the bonelike apatite. The obtained results show that all the prepared samples are ceramic nanocrystalline with crystal structure and composition like hydroxyapatite, with little deviations from that present in the human bone. The bioactivity of the studied samples is found to be closely related to the thermal treatments applied. That is, the bioactivity decreases as the temperature of the thermal treatment increase. Coatings from such prepared hydroxyapatite sol have been accomplished by dip-coating technique on non-toxic Ti6Al4V alloy for biomedical applications. The corrosion behaviour of the resulting hydroxyapatite coatings in a (SBF) has been studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The hydroxyapatite coated Ti6Al4V alloy displayed excellent bioactivity when soaked in the (SBF) and acceptable corrosion protection behaviour.

  17. Antibacterial effects of sol-gel-derived bioactive glass nanoparticle on aerobic bacteria.

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    Mortazavi, V; Nahrkhalaji, M Mehdikhani; Fathi, M H; Mousavi, S B; Esfahani, B Nasr

    2010-07-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the antibacterial effect of bioactive glass nanopowders. The 58S, 63S, and 72S compositions were prepared via the sol-gel technique. Characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Zetasizer, and X-ray fluorescent were used. The antibacterial activity was studied using Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhi, and Staphylococcus aureus. Cytotoxicity of the samples was evaluated using mouse fibroblast L929 cell line. The chemical compositions of the prepared samples were as predicted, and the particle size of the samples with an amorphous structure mainly ranged over 20-90 nm. At broth concentrations below 50 mg/mL, they showed no antibacterial activity. The 58S showed the highest antibacterial activity with the minimum bactericidal concentrations of 50 and 100 mg/mL for E. coli plus S. aureus and for P. aeruginosa, respectively. The 63S exhibited bactericidal and bacteriostatic effects on E. coli and S. aureus at concentrations of 100 and 50 mg/mL, respectively, at an minimum bactericidal concentrations of 100 mg/mL. However, 72S bioactive glass nanopowder showed no antibacterial effect. They showed no cytotoxicity. It was concluded that bioactive glass nanopowders could be considered as good candidates for the treatment of oral bone defects and root canal disinfection. (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res, 2010.

  18. Mechanical properties of sol gel derived lead zirconate titanate thin films by nanoindentation

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    Wu, Huaping; Wu, Linzhi; Sun, Qiu; Fei, Weidong; Du, Shanyi

    2008-06-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films are deposited on platinized silicon substrate by sol-gel process. The crystal structure and surface morphology of PZT thin films are characterized by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. Depth-sensing nanoindentation system is used to measure mechanical characteristics of PZT thin films. X-ray diffraction analyses confirm the single-phase perovskite structures of all PZT thin films. Nanoindentation measurements reveal that the indentation modulus and hardness of PZT thin films are related with the grain size and crystalline orientation. The increases of the indentation modulus and hardness with grain size are observed, indicating the reverse Hall-Petch effect. Furthermore, the indentation modulus of (1 1 1)-oriented PZT thin film is higher than those of (1 0 0)- and random-oriented films. The consistency between experimental data and numerical results of the effective indentation moduli for fiber-textured PZT thin films using Voigt-Reuss-Hill model is obtained.

  19. Sol-gel-derived hybrid materials multi-doped with rare-earth metal ions

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    Zelazowska, E.; Rysiakiewicz-Pasek, E.; Borczuch-Laczka, M.; Cholewa-Kowalska, K.

    2012-06-01

    Four different hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on TiO2-SiO2 matrices with organic additives and doped with rare-earth metal ions (III) from the group of europium, cerium, terbium, neodymium, dysprosium and samarium, were synthesized by sol-gel method. Tetraethyl orthosilicate, titanium (IV) isopropoxide and organic compounds, such as butyl acrylate, butyl methacrylate, ethyl acetoacetate, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, ethyl acetate, propylene carbonate, organic solvents and certain inorganic salts were used in the synthesis. The inorganic part of the sols, which were used in the synthesis of all the hybrid materials, was prepared separately and then the organic parts were added. The materials obtained were aged for three weeks at room temperature and then heated in an electric oven for three hours at temperatures of 80 °C-150 °C. Scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX); X-ray diffraction (XRD); Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (KBr technique); 29Si magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance; and fluorescence spectroscopy were used for the examination of morphology, microstructure and luminescence properties, respectively. Photoluminescence properties with relatively intense narrow emission lines of Tb, Eu, Dy, Nd, Sm respectively to the RE-ions doping, were observed for all the hybrid materials.

  20. Sol-gel derived fluor-hydroxyapatite biocoatings on zirconia substrate.

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    Kim, Hae-Won; Kong, Young-Min; Bae, Chang-Jun; Noh, Yoon-Jung; Kim, Hyoun-Ee

    2004-07-01

    Fluor-hydroxyapatite (FHA) film was coated on a zirconia (ZrO(2)) substrate by a sol-gel method. An appropriate amount of F ions was incorporated into the hydroxyapatite (HA) during the preparation of the sols. The apatite phase began to crystallize after heat treatment at 400 degrees C, and increased in intensity above 500 degrees C. No decomposition was detected by X-ray diffraction analyses up to 800 degrees C, which illustrates the high thermal stability of the FHA films. The films showed a uniform and dense morphology with a thickness of approximately 1 microm after a precisely controlled heat treatment process. These FHA films adhered firmly to the zirconia substrate, representing notable adhesion strengths of approximately 70 MPa after heat treatment above 500 degrees C. The dissolution rate of the FHA coating layer varied according to the heat treatment temperature, which was closely related to the film crystallinity. The dissolution rate of the FHA film was lower than that of the HA film, suggesting the possibility of a functional gradient coating of HA and FHA. The MG63 cells seeded onto the FHA films proliferated in a similar manner to those seeded onto pure HA ceramic and a plastic control.

  1. Low density lipoprotein adsorption on sol-gel derived alumina for blood purification therapy.

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    Asano, Takuji; Tsuru, Kanji; Hayakawa, Satoshi; Osaka, Akiyoshi

    2008-01-01

    Among the clinical treatments of Familial Hyper cholesterolemia patients to reduce the concentration of low density lipoprotein (LDL), blood purification therapy is most suitable in which a blood-compatible adsorbent is employed. In the present study, alumina powders were prepared via a sol-gel route to develop a LDL-adsorbent Aluminum tri2-propoxide was hydrolyzed and subsequently calcined up to 1200 degrees C. Surface charge density and pore size distribution were measured, and the phases were identified. The alumina calcined above 400 degrees C had excellent blood compatibility in terms of endogenous clotting parameters, i.e., partial thromboplastin time: (PTT), prothrombin time: (PT), and the amount of fibrinogen: (Fib). The amount of LDL-adsorption (DeltaW(LDL)) increased with the calcining temperature, showing a good linear correlation to surface charge density. The 1200 degrees C sample consisted only of alpha-alumina, and was greatest in DeltaW(LDL). All samples involved pores smaller than 20 nm but not the pores large enough to accommodate LDL molecules (20-25 nm). From those results, it was concluded for the present alumina particles that the surface charge density was the primary factor and that the chemical activity of alpha-alumina also contributed to the excellent LDL-adsorption for the 1200 degrees C sample, while entrapping LDL in the pores was not an active mechanism.

  2. Electrochemical Urea Biosensor Based on Sol-gel Derived Nanostructured Cerium Oxide

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    Ansari, Anees A.; Azahar, Md; Malhotra, B. D.

    2012-04-01

    Urease (Urs) and glutamate dehydrogenase (GLDH) have been co-immobilized onto a nanostructured-cerium oxide (Nano-CeO2) film deposited onto a indium-tin-oxide (ITO) coated glass substrate by dip-coating via sol-gel process for urea detection. This nanostructured film has characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electrochemical techniques, respectively. The particle size of the Nano-CeO2 film has been found to be 23 nm. Electrochemcial response (CV) studies show that Ur-GLDH/Nano-CeO2/ITO bioelectrode is found to be sensitive in the 10-80 mg/dL urea concentration range and can detect urea concentration upto 0.1 mg/dL level. The value of Michaelis-Menten constant (Km) estimated using Lineweaver-Burke plot found as 6.09 mg/dL indicates enhancement in the affinity and/or activity of enzyme attached to their nanobiocomposite. This bioelectrode retained 95% of enzyme activity after 6 months at 4°C.

  3. Effect of aging temperature on formation of sol-gel derived fluor-hydroxyapatite nanoparticles.

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    Joughehdoust, S; Behnamghader, A; Jahandideh, R; Manafi, S

    2010-04-01

    Synthetic hydroxyapatite (HA) has been recognized as one of the most important bone substitute materials in orthopaedics and dentistry over past few decades because of its chemical and biological similarity to the mineral phase of human bone. One solution for reduction the solubility of HA in biological environments is replacing F- by OH in HA structure and forming fluor-hydroxyapatite (FHA) solid solution. In this paper, FHA nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by a sol-gel method. Also, the influence of aging temperature on formation of FHA powder was studied. Equimolar solutions of calcium nitrate tetrahydrate, triethyl phosphite and ammonium fluoride in ethanol were used as Ca, P and F precursors. After aging at different temperatures, the synthesized powders were heat treated at 550 degrees C. The powders were investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction pattern (SAED), energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX) and zetasizer measurement. The results of XRD proved the presence of fluorapatite (FA) and HA in all samples. In addition, the formation of FHA was confirmed by FT-IR results. XRD studies also showed that the crystallites were in nanometric scale. At the same time, this result was in good agreement with the result of zetasizer analysis.

  4. Characterization in vitro studies and antibacterial properties on a sol-gel derived silver incorporated bioglass

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    Bouhazma, S.; Chajri, S.; Khaldi, M.; Sadiki, M.; Barkai, H.; Elabed, S.; Ibnsouda Koraichi, S.; El Bali, B.; Lachkar, M.

    2017-03-01

    The SiO2-CaO, SiO2-CaO-P2O5 and SiO2-CaO-P2O5-Ag2O glass systems were synthesized by the sol-gel technique and characterized with different techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM). In vitro bioactivity tests were performed in Simulated Body Fluid (SBF). The antibacterial action of 65S5Ag (65%SiO2 + 24%CaO + 6%P2O5 + 5% Ag2O) is attributed exclusively to the leaching of Ag+ ions from the glass matrix. The activity of SiO2-CaO-P2O5-Ag2O was compared with that of its binary and ternary counterpart glass system. The concentrations of Ag-bioglass, in the range of 0.05 mg/mL of culture medium, were found to inhibit the growth of these bacteria.

  5. Sol-gel-derived hydroxyapatite-carbon nanotube/titania coatings on titanium substrates.

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    Ji, Xiaoli; Lou, Weiwei; Wang, Qi; Ma, Jianfeng; Xu, Haihong; Bai, Qing; Liu, Chuantong; Liu, Jinsong

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, hydroxyapatite-carbon nanotube/titania (HA-CNT/TiO(2)) double layer coatings were successfully developed on titanium (Ti) substrates intended for biomedical applications. A TiO(2) coating was firstly developed by anodization to improve bonding between HA and Ti, and then the layer of HA and CNTs was coated on the surface by the sol-gel process to improve the biocompatibility and mechanical properties of Ti. The surfaces of double layer coatings were uniform and crack-free with a thickness of about 7 μm. The bonding strength of the HA-CNT/TiO(2) coating was higher than that of the pure HA and HA-CNT coatings. Additionally, in vitro cell experiments showed that CNTs promoted the adhesion of preosteoblasts on the HA-CNT/TiO(2) double layer coatings. These unique surfaces combined with the osteoconductive properties of HA exhibited the excellent mechanical properties of CNTs. Therefore, the developed HA-CNT/TiO(2) coatings on Ti substrates might be a promising material for bone replacement.

  6. Sol-gel derived ZnO as an electron transport layer (ETL) for inverted organic solar cells

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    Tiwari, D. C.; Dwivedi, Shailendra Kumar; Dipak, Phukhrambam; Chandel, Tarun; Sharma, Rishi

    2017-05-01

    In this work, we present the study of the fabrication process of the sol-gel derived zinc oxide (ZnO) as an electron transport layer (ETL.). The solution processed inverted bulk heterojunction organic solar cells based on a thin film blend of poly (3-hexylthiophene 2, 5-diyl) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester is prepared. ZnO thin films are annealed at different temperature to optimize the solar cell performance and their characterization for their structural and optical properties are carried out. We have observed Voc=70mV, Jsc=1.33 µA/cm2 and FF=26% from the inverted heterojunction solar cell.

  7. Characterization of the bioactive and mechanical behavior of dental ceramic/sol-gel derived bioactive glass mixtures.

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    Abbasi, Zahra; Bahrololoum, Mohammad E; Bagheri, Rafat; Shariat, Mohammad H

    2016-02-01

    Dental ceramics can be modified by bioactive glasses in order to develop apatite layer on their surface. One of the benefits of such modification is to prolong the lifetime of the fixed dental prosthesis by preventing the formation of secondary caries. Dental ceramic/sol-gel derived bioactive glass mixture is one of the options for this modification. In the current study, mixtures of dental ceramic/bioactive glass with different compositions were successfully produced. To evaluate their bioactive behavior, prepared samples were immersed in a simulated body fluid at various time intervals. The prepared and soaked specimens were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy. Since bioactive glasses have deleterious effects on the mechanical properties of dental ceramics, 3-point bending tests were used to evaluate the flexural strength, flexural strain, tangent modulus of elasticity and Weibull modulus of the specimens in order to find the optimal relationship between mechanical and bioactive properties.

  8. Regulation of cellular behaviors of fibroblasts related to wound healing by sol-gel derived bioactive glass particles.

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    Xie, Weihan; Chen, Xiaofeng; Miao, Guohou; Tang, Jieying; Fu, Xiaoling

    2016-10-01

    Sol-gel derived bioactive glass (BG) holds great potential in the application of skin repair. However, the specific regulation of BG on skin cells is still unclear and demands more investigation. Herein, we synthesized sol-gel derived BGs with different compositions (60S, 70S, 80S, and 90S) and found 90S BGs (90 mol % SiO2 , 6 mol % CaO, 4 mol % P2 O5 ) exhibited the best supportiveness for the proliferation of normal human foreskin fibroblasts. Thus, 90S BG particles were used as a model to systematically study the wound healing related cellular response of fibroblasts to BGs. Time-lapse imaging revealed a promoted fibroblast motility stimulated by 90S BG particles. Results on the expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) related genes illustrated that 90S BG particles modulated the synthesis capacity for critical ECM molecules including type I collagen, type III collagen, fibronectin, and tenascin-C. Moreover, the myofibroblastic differentiation of fibroblasts was greatly inhibited by 90S BG particles. Further analysis on the intracellular signaling pathways demonstrated that 90S BG particles down-regulated the collagen synthesis and fibroblast-to-myofibroblast differentiation via TGF-β1-Smad2 signaling, evidenced by the decreased expression levels of TGF-β receptor I and its downstream effector Smad2. Our study provided a further understanding of the specific regulation of 90S BG particles on fibroblasts, which may guide the future design of BG based wound dressing and benefit the clinical application of BG particles in skin repair. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 2420-2429, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. The effect of heat treatment on the physical properties of sol-gel derived ZnO thin films

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    Raoufi, Davood; Raoufi, Taha

    2009-03-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on microscope glass substrates by sol-gel spin coating method. Zinc acetate (ZnAc) dehydrate was used as the starting salt material source. A homogeneous and stable solution was prepared by dissolving ZnAc in the solution of monoethanolamine (MEA). ZnO thin films were obtained after preheating the spin coated thin films at 250 °C for 5 min after each coating. The films, after the deposition of the eighth layer, were annealed in air at temperatures of 300 °C, 400 °C and 500 °C for 1 h. The effect of thermal annealing in air on the physical properties of the sol-gel derived ZnO thin films are studied. The powder and its thin film were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD) method. XRD analysis revealed that the annealed ZnO thin films consist of single phase ZnO with wurtzite structure (JCPDS 36-1451) and show the c-axis grain orientation. Increasing annealing temperature increased the c-axis orientation and the crystallite size of the film. The annealed films are highly transparent with average transmission exceeding 80% in the visible range (400-700 nm). The measured optical band gap values of the ZnO thin films were between 3.26 eV and 3.28 eV, which were in the range of band gap values of intrinsic ZnO (3.2-3.3 eV). SEM analysis of annealed thin films has shown a completely different surface morphology behavior.

  10. Microstructure and ferroelectric properties of Bi 3.2Y 0.8Ti 3O 12 thin films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Kao, M. C.; Chen, H. Z.; Young, S. L.; Shi, J. B.; Lin, C. H.

    2008-05-01

    Yttrium-substituted bismuth titanate (Bi 3.2Y 0.8Ti 3O 12, BYT) thin films were successfully deposited on Pt(1 1 1)/Ti/SiO 2/Si(1 0 0) substrates by spin coating with a sol-gel technology and rapid thermal annealing. The effects of annealing temperature (500-800 °C) on microstructure and electrical properties of thin films were investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the BYT thin films have a bismuth-layered perovskite structure with preferred (1 1 7) orientation. The intensities of (1 1 7) peaks increases with increasing annealing temperature. With the increase of annealing temperature from 500 to 800 °C, the grain size of BYT thin films increases. The highly (1 1 7)-oriented BYT thin films exhibit a high-remnant polarization (2 Pr) of 58 μC/cm 2 and a low-coercive field (2 Ec) of 116 kV/cm, fatigue free characteristics up to >10 8 switching cycles. The leakage current density ( J) were 4.38×10 -8 A/cm 2 at 200 kV/cm. These results indicate that the highly (1 1 7)-oriented BYT thin film is useful in nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory applications.

  11. Hydroxyapatite formation on sol-gel derived poly(ε-caprolactone)/bioactive glass hybrid biomaterials.

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    Allo, Bedilu A; Rizkalla, Amin S; Mequanint, Kibret

    2012-06-27

    Investigation of novel biomaterials for bone regeneration is based on the development of scaffolds that exhibit bone-bonding ability, biocompatibility, and sufficient mechanical strength. In this study, using novel poly (ε-caprolactone)/bioactive glass (PCL/BG) hybrids with different organic/inorganic ratios, the effects of BG contents on the in vitro bone-like hydroxyapatite (HA) formation, mechanical properties, and biocompatibility were investigated. Rapid precipitation of HA on the PCL/BG hybrid surfaces were observed after incubating in simulated body fluid (SBF) for only 6 h, as confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICPS). The ICPS elemental analysis results were further analyzed in terms of the Ca(2+) and PO4(3-) which were consumed to form the apatite layer. The results revealed that the rate and total amount of HA deposition decreased with an increase in PCL content. The compressive modulus and strength of the PCL/BG hybrids increased with the decrease in PCL content. The highest values were achieved at the lowest PCL content (10 wt %) and were around, 90 MPa and 1.4 GPa, respectively. To evaluate the cytotoxicity of PCL/BG bioactive hybrids, MC3T3-E1 osteoblast-like cells were cultured for up to 72 h. Our data indicated that whereas initial cell attachment was marginally lower than the control tissue culture poly styrene (TCPS) surface, the hybrid materials promoted cell growth in a time-dependent manner. Cell viability within the different PCL/BG hybrid samples appeared to be influenced by compositional differences whereby higher PCL contents correlated with slight reduction in cell viability. Taken together, this study adds important new information to our knowledge on hydroxyapatite formation, mechanical properties, and cytotoxic effects of PCL/BG hybrids prepared by the sol-gel process

  12. Combinatorial methods in sol-gel technology

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    Rantala, Juha T.; Kololuoma, Terho K.; Kivimaki, L.

    2000-05-01

    Sol-gel processing consists several variable parameters during materials synthesis and post processing steps. The sol-gel synthesis is rather sensitive for the parameters such as pH, temperature, type of catalyst, reaction time etc. However, this sensitivity can be taken as an advantage when developing and studying new materials and their properties. Furthermore, since the sol-gel technology mainly describes the fabrication of solid state materials from a liquid phase by applying metal alkoxides or metal salts as precursors, the post processing such as sintering has critical effects on the final form and properties of the solid material. Combinatorial chemistry and methods are valuable tools to estimate the effects of different variables and to build-up combinatorial libraries for the sol-gel technique. This paper generally describes potentials and the usage motivation of combinatorial chemistry in the sol-gel technology by taking into account some major steps in the synthesis and processing which are valuable for the estimation of the final product properties. Different kind of post processing steps in the combinatorial manner are studied in details. As an example the post processing of sol-gel derived semiconductor oxides and photosensitivity of hybrid sol-gel glasses are presented. The combinatorial treatment and measurement methods for these materials are explained.

  13. The Osteogenic Properties of Multipotent Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Cultures on TiO2 Sol-Gel-Derived Biomaterial

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    Marycz, Krzysztof; Śmieszek, Agnieszka; Grzesiak, Jakub; Siudzińska, Anna; Marędziak, Monika; Donesz-Sikorska, Anna; Krzak, Justyna

    2015-01-01

    The biocompatibility of the bone implants is a crucial factor determining the successful tissue regeneration. The aim of this work was to compare cellular behavior and osteogenic properties of rat adipose-derived multipotent stromal cells (ASCs) and bone marrow multipotent stromal cells (BMSCs) cultured on metallic substrate covered with TiO2 sol-gel-derived nanolayer. The morphology, proliferation rate, and osteogenic differentiation potential of both ASCs and BMSCs propagated on the biomaterials were examined. The potential for osteogenic differentiation of ASCs and BMSCs was determined based on the presence of specific markers of osteogenesis, that is, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), osteopontin (OPN), and osteocalcin (OCL). Additionally, the concentration of calcium and phosphorus in extracellular matrix was determined using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). Obtained results showed that TiO2 layer influenced proliferation activity of ASCs, which manifested by shortening of population doubling time and increase of OPN secretion. However, characteristic features of cells morphology and growth pattern of cultures prompted us to conclude that ultrathin TiO2 layer might also enhance osteodifferentiation of BMSCs. Therefore in our opinion, both populations of MSCs should be used for biological evaluation of biomaterials compatibility, such results may enhance the area of investigations related to regenerative medicine. PMID:25710015

  14. Characteristic coordination structure around Nd Ions in sol-gel-derived Nd-Al-codoped silica glasses.

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    Funabiki, Fuji; Kajihara, Koichi; Kaneko, Ken; Kanamura, Kiyoshi; Hosono, Hideo

    2014-07-24

    Al codoping can improve the poor solubility of rare-earth ions in silica glasses. However, the mechanism is not well understood. The coordination structure around Nd ions in sol-gel-derived Nd-Al-codoped silica glasses with different Al content was investigated by optical and pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies. Both tetrahedral AlO4 and octahedral AlO6 units were observed around Nd ions as ligands. The average total number of these two types of ligands for each Nd(3+) ion was ∼ 2 irrespective of Al content and was larger by 1-2 orders of magnitude than that calculated for a uniform distribution of codopant ions (∼ 0.08-0.25). With increasing Al content, AlO4 units disappeared and AlO6 units became dominant. The preferential coordination of AlOx (x = 4, 6) units to Nd ions enabled the amount of Al necessary to dissolve Nd ions uniformly in silica glass at a relatively low temperature of 1150-1200 °C to be minimized, and the conversion of AlO4 units to AlO6 units around Nd ions caused the asymmetry of the crystal field at the Nd sites to increase and the site-to-site distribution to decrease.

  15. Luminescent features of novel sol-gel derived lanthanide multi-doped oxyfluoride nano-structured phosphors for white LED

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    Gouveia-Neto, Artur S.; da Silva, Andréa F.; Bueno, Luciano A.; Costa, Ernande B.

    2011-03-01

    Rare-earth doped oxyfluoride 75SiO2:25PbF2 nano-structured phosphors for white-light-emitting diodes were synthesized by thermal treatment of precursor sol-gel derived glasses. Room temperature luminescence features of Eu3+, Sm3+, Tb3+, Eu3+/Tb3+ and Sm3+/Tb3+ ions incorporated into low-phonon-energy PbF2 nanocrystals dispersed in the aluminosilicate glass matrix and excited with UV(395 nm) and blue(405 nm) light emitting diodes was investigated. The luminescence spectra exhibited strong emission signals in the red(600, 610, 625, 646 nm), green(548, and 560 nm) and blue(485 nm) wavelength regions. White-light emission was observed in Sm/Tb and Eu/Tb double-doped activated phosphors employing UV-LED excitation at 395 nm. The dependence of the luminescence emission intensities upon annealing temperature, and rare-earth concentration was also examined. The results indicated that there exist optimum annealing temperature and activator ion concentration in order to obtain intense visible emission light with high color rendering index. The study suggest that the nanocomposite phosphor based upon 75SiO2:25PbF2 host herein reported is a promising contender for white-light LED applications.

  16. Effect of various parameters on viability and growth of bacteria immobilized in sol-gel-derived silica matrices.

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    Alvarez, Gisela S; Foglia, María L; Copello, Guillermo J; Desimone, Martín F; Diaz, Luis E

    2009-03-01

    Immobilized bacteria are being extensively used for metabolite production, biocatalysts, and biosensor construction. However, long-term viability and metabolic activity of entrapped bacteria is affected by several conditions such as their physiological state, the presence of high-osmolarity environments, porous structure and shrinkage of the matrix. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of various parameters on bacteria immobilized in sol-gel-derived silica matrices. With this purpose, we evaluated the stress of immobilization over bacteria cultures obtained from different growing states, the effect of cell density and bacteria capability to proliferate inside matrices. Best results to attain longer preservation times were obtained when we immobilized suspensions with an optimized bacterial number of 1 x 10(7) cfu/gel in the presence of LB medium using aqueous silica precursors. Furthermore, the impact of osmotic stress with the subsequent intracellular trehalose accumulation and the addition of osmolites were investigated. Shorter preservation times were found for bacteria immobilized in the presence of osmolites while trehalose accumulation in stressed cells did not produce changes on entrapped bacteria viability. Finally, nutrient addition in silica matrices was studied indicating that the presence of a carbon source without the simultaneous addition of nitrogen was detrimental for immobilized E. coli. However, when both carbon and nitrogen sources were present, bacteria were able to survive longer periods of time.

  17. The effect of post annealing treatment on the citrate sol-gel derived nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powder: structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties

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    Brightlin, B. C.; Balamurugan, S.

    2016-11-01

    The nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powders were obtained from citrate sol-gel combustion-derived powder upon annealing at 800-1100 °C, and explored their structural, micro-structural, optical and magnetic properties. The thermal decomposition of citrate sol-gel combustion product was verified by means of thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis. Structural identification of the citrate sol-gel combustion powder and annealed samples were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction. Though the combustion product exhibits cubic spinel phase material, the annealed powder yields good quality nanocrystalline hexagonal BaFe12O19 phase materials. The thin plate-like flakes morphology with random particle sizes of 100-200 nm with slightly agglomerated particles of BaFe12O19 phase is analyzed by high resolution scanning electron microscopy for the good quality annealed sample. Photoluminescence emission spectrum of BaFe12O19 material reveals broad emission peak at 360 nm under the excitation wavelength of 270 nm. Interestingly, the near infrared relative reflectivity of the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by citrate sol-gel synthesis method is higher than the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by mechano-thermal and co-precipitation method. The present dark brown colored BaFe12O19 materials can be applied as a ceramic color pigment which includes several applications. The room temperature magnetic hysteresis loop of the annealed BaFe12O19 sample exhibits a ferromagnetic saturation magnetization, M s of 55.774 emu/g at 15 kOe.

  18. Controlling the degradation rate of AZ91 magnesium alloy via sol-gel derived nanostructured hydroxyapatite coating.

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    Rojaee, Ramin; Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Raeissi, Keyvan

    2013-10-01

    Magnesium (Mg) alloys have been introduced as new generation of biodegradable orthopedic materials in recent years since it has been proved that Mg is one of the main minerals required for osseous tissue revival. The main goal of the present study was to establish a desired harmony between the necessities of orthopedic patient body to Mg(2+) ions and degradation rate of the Mg based implants as a new class of biodegradable/bioresorbable materials. This prospect was followed by providing a sol-gel derived nanostructured hydroxyapatite (n-HAp) coating on AZ91 alloy using dip coating technique. Phase structural analysis, morphology study, microstructure characterization, and functional group identification were performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The prepared samples were immersed in simulated body fluid in order to study the formation of apatite-like precipitations, barricade properties of the n-HAp coating, and to estimate the dosage of released Mg(2+) ions within a specified and limited time of implantation. Electrochemical polarization tests were carried out to evaluate and compare the corrosion behavior of the n-HAp coated and uncoated samples. The changes of the in vitro pH values were also evaluated. Results posed the noticeable capability of n-HAp coating on stabilizing alkalization behavior and improving the corrosion resistance of AZ91 alloy. It was concluded that n-HAp coated AZ91 alloy could be a good candidate as a type of biodegradable implant material for biomedical applications.

  19. Development of beta-tricalcium phosphate/sol-gel derived bioactive glass composites: physical, mechanical, and in vitro biological evaluations.

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    Hesaraki, Saeed; Safari, Mojgan; Shokrgozar, Mohammad Ali

    2009-10-01

    In this study, composites of beta-tricalcium phosphate (beta-TCP) and sol gel derived bioactive glass (10, 25, and 40 wt %) based on the SiO(2)-CaO-MgO-P(2)O(5) system were prepared and sintered at 1000-1200 degrees C. The mechanical properties were investigated by measuring bending strength, Vickers hardness and fracture toughness. Structural properties were evaluated by XRD and SEM analysis, and the biological properties were studied by soaking the samples in simulated body fluid (SBF) and in contact with osteoblastic cell for viability assay. When the samples were sintered at 1200 degrees C, the mechanical strength increased, up to 34%, by increasing the amount of bioactive glass phase. In contrast, it decreased when the samples were sintered at 1000 and 1100 degrees C. The results showed that the strength could be improved up to 56% when more firing period was used. Incorporation of the bioactive glass phase into beta-TCP increased the microhardness but did not significantly change the fracture toughness. Phase analysis revealed that beta-TCP or magnesium-substituted beta-TCP was the main crystalline phase of the composites beside some calcium silicate crystallized in the bioactive glass phase. Plenty precipitation of calcium phosphate layer onto the surfaces of the beta-TCP/bioactive glass composites soaked in SBF indicated superior bioactivity of these materials compared to pure beta-TCP without any precipitation. The ability of beta-TCP/bioactive glass composites to support the growth of human osteoblastic cells was considerably better than that of pure beta-TCP. These results may be used to indicate which compositions and processing conditions can provide appropriate materials for hard tissue regeneration.

  20. In vitro toxicity assessment of extracts derived from sol-gel coatings on polycarbonate intended to be used in food contact applications.

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    Séverin, Isabelle; Lionti, Krystelle; Dahbi, Laurence; Loriot, Catherine; Toury, Bérangère; Chagnon, Marie-Christine

    2016-07-01

    Polycarbonate is a widely used polymer in food contact applications all around the world. However, due to the potential release of Bisphenol A (BPA) during repeated washing cycles, its use becomes compromised as BPA is known for being an endocrine disruptor for rodents. In order to tackle this issue, sol-gel coatings based on organoalkoxysiloxane were developed on PC, to act as a physical barrier. To this end, two sol-gel systems based on tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) and 3-glycidyloxypropyltriethoxysilane (GPTES), three common sol-gel precursors, were prepared. The coatings derived from the latter two systems were then studied with regards to their potential toxicity in vitro. Migration tests were performed in food simulants, and the maximal migration was obtained in ethanol 10% (v/v) for one system and in isooctane for the other one. In vitro genotoxicity was assessed with the Ames test (OECD 471) and the micronucleus assay (OECD 487), and no genotoxic effect was observed. Moreover, the estrogenic activity of the extracts was studied with a transcriptional activation assay using transient transfection in human cells; none of the extracts was found estrogenic. These negative in vitro results are highly promising for the future use of these new barrier coating formulations onto food contact materials. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Hybrid Sol-Gel-Derived Films That Spontaneously Form Complex Surface Topographies.

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    Destino, Joel F; Jones, Zachary R; Gatley, Caitlyn M; Zhang, Yi; Craft, Andrew K; Detty, Michael R; Bright, Frank V

    2016-10-04

    Surface patterns over multiple length scales are known to influence various biological processes. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of new, two-component xerogel thin films derived from carboxyethylsilanetriol (COE) and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) reveals films surface with branched and hyper branched architectures that are ∼2 to 30 μm in diameter, that extend ∼3 to 1300 nm above the film base plane with surface densities that range from 2 to 77% surface area coverage. Colocalized AFM and Raman spectroscopy show that these branched structures are COE-rich domains, which are slightly stiffer (as shown from phase AFM imaging) and exhibit lower capacitive force in comparison with film base plane. Raman mapping reveals there are also discrete domains (≤300 nm in diameter) that are rich in COE dimers and densified TEOS, which do not appear to correspond with any surface structure seen by AFM.

  2. Bioactive materials for biomedical applications using sol-gel technology.

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    Gupta, Radha; Kumar, Ashok

    2008-09-01

    This review paper focuses on the sol-gel technology that has been applied in many of the potential research areas and highlights the importance of sol-gel technology for preparing bioactive materials for biomedical applications. The versatility of sol-gel chemistry enables us to manipulate the characteristics of material required for particular applications. Sol-gel derived materials have proved to be good biomaterials for coating films and for the construction of super-paramagnetic nanoparticles, bioactive glasses and fiberoptic applicators for various biomedical applications. The introduction of the sol-gel route in a conventional method of preparing implants improves the mechanical strength, biocompatibility and bioactivity of scaffolds and prevents corrosion of metallic implants. The use of organically modified silanes (ORMOSILS) yields flexible and bioactive materials for soft and hard tissue replacement. A novel approach of nitric-oxide-releasing sol-gels as antibacterial coatings for reducing the infection around orthopedic implants has also been discussed.

  3. Evaluating interface strength of calcium phosphate sol-gel-derived thin films to Ti6Al4V substrate.

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    Gan, Lu; Wang, Jian; Pilliar, Robert M

    2005-01-01

    The interface shear strength of Ca-P thin films applied to Ti6Al4V substrates have been evaluated in this study using a substrate straining method--a shear lag model. The Ca-P films were synthesized using sol-gel methods from either an inorganic or organic precursor solution. Strong interface bonding was demonstrated for both film types. The films were identified as non-stoichiometric hydroxyapatite but with different Ca/P ratios. The Ca-P films were 1-1.5 microm thick and testing and analysis using the shear lag approach revealed a shear strength of approximately 347 and 280 MPa for Inorganic and Organic Route-formed films, respectively. Overall, the exceptional mechanical properties of Ca-P/Ti6Al4V system along with the inherent advantages of sol-gel processing support continued studies to utilize this technology for bone-interfacing implant surface modification.

  4. Stimuli-Triggered Sol-Gel Transitions of Polypeptides Derived from α-Amino Acid N-Carboxyanhydride (NCA) Polymerizations.

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    He, Xun; Fan, Jingwei; Wooley, Karen L

    2016-02-18

    The past decade has witnessed significantly increased interest in the development of smart polypeptide-based organo- and hydrogel systems with stimuli responsiveness, especially those that exhibit sol-gel phase-transition properties, with an anticipation of their utility in the construction of adaptive materials, sensor designs, and controlled release systems, among other applications. Such developments have been facilitated by dramatic progress in controlled polymerizations of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides (NCAs), together with advanced orthogonal functionalization techniques, which have enabled economical and practical syntheses of well-defined polypeptides and peptide hybrid polymeric materials. One-dimensional stacking of polypeptides or peptide aggregations in the forms of certain ordered conformations, such as α helices and β sheets, in combination with further physical or chemical cross-linking, result in the construction of three-dimensional matrices of polypeptide gel systems. The macroscopic sol-gel transitions, resulting from the construction or deconstruction of gel networks and the conformational changes between secondary structures, can be triggered by external stimuli, including environmental factors, electromagnetic fields, and (bio)chemical species. Herein, the most recent advances in polypeptide gel systems are described, covering synthetic strategies, gelation mechanisms, and stimuli-triggered sol-gel transitions, with the aim of demonstrating the relationships between chemical compositions, supramolecular structures, and responsive properties of polypeptide-based organo- and hydrogels. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Structural investigations of sol-gel-derived LiYF{sub 4} and LiGdF{sub 4} powders

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    Lepoutre, S.; Boyer, D. Potdevin, A.; Dubois, M.; Briois, V.; Mahiou, R.

    2007-11-15

    A soft synthesis route based on the sol-gel process was used for preparing rare-earth tetrafluoride powders from alkoxide precursors. In-situ fluorination was performed by decomposition of a fluorine containing organic compound named 1,1,1-trifluoro-5-methyl-2,4-hexanedione when sintering the as-prepared xerogel to produce crystallized samples. Both to insure complete departure of organic residues as well as to avoid any oxidation into oxyfluoride, annealing treatment was carried out under fluorine atmosphere. Free-oxygen content of resulting samples was evidenced by infrared and Raman spectroscopies. X-ray absorption spectroscopies (XAS) and {sup 19}F nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies showed that samples heat treated at 300 deg. C are already crystallized but for a full crystallization in LiGdF{sub 4} and LiYF{sub 4} a thermal treatment at 550 deg. C is needed. Temperature dependence of powder morphology was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). - Graphical abstract: The sol-gel route is a soft process, which allows developing versatile-shaped compounds. A fluorine organic compound named 1,1,1-trifluoro-5-methyl-2,4-hexadione was used to synthesis LiGdF{sub 4} and LiYF{sub 4} powders based on the sol-gel method. These materials can be used as host lattices for rare-earth ions to provide phosphors.

  6. Sol gel-derived hydroxyapatite films over porous calcium polyphosphate substrates for improved tissue engineering of osteochondral-like constructs.

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    Lee, Whitaik David; Gawri, Rahul; Pilliar, Robert M; Stanford, William L; Kandel, Rita A

    2017-08-14

    Integration of in vitro-formed cartilage on a suitable substrate to form tissue-engineered implants for osteochondral defect repair is a considerable challenge. In healthy cartilage, a zone of calcified cartilage (ZCC) act as an intermediary for mechanical force transfer from soft to hard tissue, as well as an effective interlocking structure to better resist interfacial shear forces. We have developed biphasic constructs that consist of scaffold-free cartilage tissue grown in vitro on, and interdigitated with, porous calcium polyphosphate (CPP) substrates. However, as CPP degrades, it releases inorganic polyphosphates (polyP) that can inhibit local mineralization, thereby preventing the formation of a ZCC at the interface. Thus, we hypothesize that coating CPP substrate with a layer of hydroxyapatite (HA) might prevent or limit this polyP release. To investigate this we tested both inorganic or organic sol-gel processing methods, as a barrier coating on CPP substrate to inhibit polyP release. Both types of coating supported the formation of ZCC in direct contact with the substrate, however the ZCC appeared more continuous in the tissue formed on the organic HA sol gel coated CPP. Tissues formed on coated substrates accumulated comparable quantities of extracellular matrix and mineral, but tissues formed on organic sol-gel (OSG)-coated substrates accumulated less polyP than tissues formed on inorganic sol-gel (ISG)-coated substrates. Constructs formed with OSG-coated CPP substrates had greater interfacial shear strength than those formed with ISG-coated and non-coated substrates. These results suggest that the OSG coating method can modify the location and distribution of ZCC and can be used to improve the mechanical integrity of tissue-engineered constructs formed on porous CPP substrates. Articular cartilage interfaces with bone through a zone of calcified cartilage. This study describes a method to generate an "osteochondral-like" implant that mimics this

  7. The optical properties of rare-earth multi-ferroelectric thin-film LuFeO3 and LuFe1-xMnxO3fabricated with Sol-gel method

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    Xu, Tingjing; Zhu, Lipin; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Junhao

    2009-08-01

    RMO3 (R=rare earth, M=Fe, Mn, Ni) is a kind of multi-ferroelectric material1 while Lu is a element which has been widely used in electroluminescence area. Material constituted with Fe and Lu is thought to have special properties on electromagnetic coupling due to the reactivity of Lu and the magnetism of Fe. For example, LuFe2O4 is a new type of electric ferroelectric material which has become more and more concerned after Ikeda reported it in the Nature magazine in 2005.2 We successfully fabricated another LuFeO3 thin film with sol-gel method on Si substrates with different constituents, and analyzed the structural, optical properties of the samples. We investigated the optical properties with UV-Vis, PL, etc. After Mn was doped, the properties were compared with the previous ones.

  8. A new precursor for the immobilization of enzymes inside sol-gel-derived hybrid silica nanocomposites containing polysaccharides.

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    Shchipunov, Yurii A; Karpenko, Tat'yana Yu; Bakunina, Irina Yu; Burtseva, Yuliya V; Zvyagintseva, Tat'yana N

    2004-01-30

    Tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) orthosilicate (THEOS) introduced by Hoffmann et al. (J. Phys. Chem. B., 106 (2002) 1528) was first used to prepare hybrid nanocomposites containing various polysaccharides and immobilize enzymes in these materials. Two different types of O-glycoside hydrolyses (EC3.2.1), 1-->3-beta-D-glucanase LIV from marine mollusk Spisula sacchalinensis and alpha-D-galactosidase from marine bacterium Pseudoalteromonas sp. KMM 701, were taken for the immobilization. To reveal whether the polysaccharide inside the hybrid material influences the enzyme entrapment and functioning, negatively charged xanthan, cationic derivative of hydroxyethylcellulose and uncharged locust bean gum were examined. The mechanical properties of these nanocomposites were characterized by a dynamic rheology and their structure by a scanning electron microscopy. It was found that 1-->3-beta-D-glucanase was usually immobilized without the loss of its activity, while the alpha-D-galactosidase activity in the immobilized state depended on the polysaccharide type of material. An important point is that the amount of immobilized enzymes was small, comparable to their content in the living cells. It was shown by the scanning electron microscopy that the hybrid nanocomposites are sufficiently porous that allows the enzymatic substrates and products to diffuse from an external aqueous solution to the enzymes, whereas protein molecules were immobilized firmly and not easily washed out of the silica matrix. A sharp increase of the enzyme lifetime (more than a hundred times) was observed after the immobilization. As established, the efficient entrapment of enzymes is caused by few advantages of new precursor over the currently used TEOS and TMOS: (i) organic solvents and catalysts are not needed owing to the complete solubility of THEOS in water and the catalytic effect of polysaccharides on the sol-gel processes; (ii) the entrapment of enzymes can be performed at any pH which is suitable

  9. Influence of processing parameters on the luminescence of sol-gel derived PrPO{sub 4}

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    Chadeyron-Bertrand, G. . E-mail: chadeyr@chimtp.univ-bpclermont.fr; Vial, S.; Cellier, J.; Boyer, D.; Mahiou, R.

    2005-09-01

    PrPO{sub 4} synthesis by the sol-gel process was carried out using an alkoxide route. Powders purity and morphology were analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction, laser granulometry and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, praseodymium fluorescence in that lattice was recorded by laser induced spectroscopy at room temperature. Upon excitation into the {sup 3}P{sub 0} high energy level, emission in the red wavelength range is observed from this state as well as from the {sup 1}D{sub 2} level. Finally, dependence of the phosphorus precursor and hydrolysis rate on the quantum efficiency was investigated.

  10. Fabrication of regular TiO2 nanoporous films derived by combining nanoimprint technique with sol-gel method.

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    Zhong, Peng; Que, Wenxiu; Zhang, Jin

    2010-11-01

    In this paper, honeycomb-like regular TiO2 nanoporous films deposited on different substrates including ITO glass and silicon wafer are fabricated by combining a nanoimprint technique with a sol-gel method. A novel soft polymer mold containing a thin layer of polymethylmethacrylate and a thicker layer of polydimethylsiloxane, which is obtained from an anodic aluminum oxide template, is carried out for the nanoimprint process. TiO2 precursor solution prepared by the sol-gel processing is used as the nanoimprinted material. After imprinting, the polydimethylsiloxane back layer is easily peeled off before the polymethylmethacrylate mold is chemically removed to avoid any demolding problem. The SEM images show that the honeycomb-like regular nanostructure of the initial anodic aluminum oxide template can be preserved completely on TiO2 via this method, and the XRD results indicate that there is a crystalline transition from amorphous to anatase of TiO2 after 450 degrees C heat treatment.

  11. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

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    Petruska, Melissa A [Los Alamos, NM; Klimov, Victor L [Los Alamos, NM

    2012-06-12

    The present invention is directed to solid composites including colloidal nanocrystals within a sol-gel host or matrix and to processes of forming such solid composites. The present invention is further directed to alcohol soluble colloidal nanocrystals useful in formation of sol-gel based solid composites

  12. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

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    Petruska, Melissa A [Los Alamos, NM; Klimov, Victor L [Los Alamos, NM

    2007-06-05

    The present invention is directed to solid composites including colloidal nanocrystals within a sol-gel host or matrix and to processes of forming such solid composites. The present invention is further directed to alcohol soluble colloidal nanocrystals useful in formation of sol-gel based solid composites.

  13. The evaluation of physical properties and in vitro cell behavior of PHB/PCL/sol-gel derived silica hybrid scaffolds and PHB/PCL/fumed silica composite scaffolds.

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    Ding, Yaping; Yao, Qingqing; Li, Wei; Schubert, Dirk W; Boccaccini, Aldo R; Roether, Judith A

    2015-12-01

    PHB/PCL/sol-gel derived silica hybrid scaffolds (P5S1S) and PHB/PCL/fumed silica composite scaffolds (P5S1N) with a 5:1 organic/inorganic ratio were fabricated through a combination of electrospinning and sol-gel methods and dispersion electrospinning, respectively. In contrast to the silica nanoparticle aggregates appearing on the fiber surface of P5S1N, smooth and uniform fibers were obtained for P5S1S. The fiber diameter distribution, tensile strength, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), and cellular behavior of both types of scaffolds were characterized and studied. The tensile strength results and TGA indicated that the interfacial interaction between the organic and the inorganic phase was enhanced in P5S1S over the nanocomposite scaffolds, and cells exhibited significantly higher alkaline phosphate activity (ALP) for P5S1S, which makes P5S1S hybrid scaffolds candidate materials for bone tissue engineering applications.

  14. Effect of aluminum on the formation of silver metal quantum dots in sol-gel derived alumino-silicate glass film.

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    Kim, Bok Hyeon; Son, Dong Hoon; Ju, Seongmin; Jeong, Chaehwan; Boo, Seongjae; Kim, Cheol Jin; Hanl, Won-Taek

    2006-11-01

    The effect of aluminum incorporation on silver metal quantum dots formation in the alumino-silicate glass film processed by sol-gel process was investigated. The sol-gel derived glass was coated onto the silica glass plate by spin coating with the mixture solution of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), C2H5OH, H2O, AgNO3, Al(NO3)3. 39H2O, and HNO3 with the molar ratios of Ag/Si = 0.12 and Al/Si varying from 0 to 0.12. The formation of the silver metal quantum dots was confirmed by the measurements of the UV/VIS optical spectra, the X-ray diffraction patterns, and the transmission electron microscope images. While the radius of silver metal quantum dots increased with the increase of aluminum concentration, the concentration of the silver metal quantum dots decreased. The formation of the silver metal quantum dots was found strongly suppressed by incorporation of aluminum ions in the glass. The change in the glass structure due to the aluminum incorporation was investigated by the analysis of the Raman spectra. The silver ions in the glass contributed to form stable (Al:Ag)O4 tetrahedra by pairing with aluminum ions and thus clustering of silver metal quantum dots was hindered.

  15. Microstructural changes in NiFe2O4 ceramics prepared with powders derived from different fuels in sol-gel auto-combustion technique

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    Chauhan, Lalita; Bokolia, Renuka; Sreenivas, K.

    2016-05-01

    Structural properties of Nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) ceramics prepared from powders derived from sol gel auto-combustion method using different fuels (citric acid, glycine and Dl-alanine) are compared. Changes in the structural properties at different sintering temperatures are investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms the formation of single phase material with cubic structure. Ceramics prepared using the different powders obtained from different fuels show that that there are no significant changes in lattice parameters. However increasing sintering temperatures show significant improvement in density and grain size. The DL-alanine fuel is found to be the most effective fuel for producing NIFe2O4 powders by the sol-gel auto combustion method and yields highly crystalline powders in the as-burnt stage itself at a low temperature (80 °C). Subsequent use of the powders in ceramic manufacturing produces dense NiFe2O4 ceramics with a uniform microstructure and a large grain size.

  16. Microstructural changes in NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramics prepared with powders derived from different fuels in sol-gel auto-combustion technique

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    Chauhan, Lalita Sreenivas, K.; Bokolia, Renuka

    2016-05-23

    Structural properties of Nickel ferrite (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) ceramics prepared from powders derived from sol gel auto-combustion method using different fuels (citric acid, glycine and Dl-alanine) are compared. Changes in the structural properties at different sintering temperatures are investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms the formation of single phase material with cubic structure. Ceramics prepared using the different powders obtained from different fuels show that that there are no significant changes in lattice parameters. However increasing sintering temperatures show significant improvement in density and grain size. The DL-alanine fuel is found to be the most effective fuel for producing NIFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders by the sol-gel auto combustion method and yields highly crystalline powders in the as-burnt stage itself at a low temperature (80 °C). Subsequent use of the powders in ceramic manufacturing produces dense NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramics with a uniform microstructure and a large grain size.

  17. Selective disordering of InAs/InGaAs dots-in-a-well structure patterned with sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2} strips imprinted by soft mold technique

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    Chia, C. K.; Suryana, M.; Low, H. Y.; Zhao, W.; Hopkinson, M.

    2008-08-18

    Selective impurity free vacancy disordering of InAs/InGaAs quantum dot (QD) structures imprinted with sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2} strips via a polyethylene terepthalate soft mold has been investigated. Wavelength blueshift of up to 220 nm for areas capped with the sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2} is demonstrated. The imprinted SiO{sub 2} strips were used as hard mask for plasma etching of GaAs ridge waveguide structures and were found to have similar hardness as the SiO{sub 2} prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. QD intermixing using sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2} with step-thickness profile was demonstrated, and a one-step SiO{sub 2} imprinting technique for multiple band gap QD intermixing is proposed.

  18. Chances and limitations of sol-gel-derived metal oxide and chalcogenide nanocomposites for optic and photonic application

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    Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1997-07-01

    Sol-gel technologies represent a powerful tool for making almost all kinds of transparent materials with interesting optical or photonic properties. During the last two decades, a large number of materials, mainly in form of coatings, have been developed. It is to say that the materials properties would be suitable for many applications. Draw- backs in many cases are processing, chemical engineering for quality-assured material production, availability of materials, skills for combining chemistry, engineering and device making in academia as well as in many industries, especially SMEs. These definitions in combination with the lack of knowledge lead to a situation that despite of the interesting prospects the industrial breakthrough has still not yet taken place.

  19. Influence of Eu(3+) doping content on antioxidant properties of Lu2O3 sol-gel derived nanoparticles.

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    Olvera Salazar, Arturo; García Hernández, Margarita; López Camacho, Perla Yolanda; López Marure, Arturo; Reyes de la Torre, Adriana Isabel; Morales Ramírez, Ángel de Jesús; Hernández Santiago, Felipe; Aguilera Vázquez, Luciano

    2016-12-01

    This paper presents the synthesis of pure and europium-doped lutetium oxide (Lu2O3) powders prepared by sol-gel method. The influence of europium ion concentration into Lu2O3 nanocrystallites was investigated for first time in an in vitro system using a modified ABTS radical cation decolorization assay to determine the antioxidant activity. The crystalline structure of Lu2O3 and Eu:Lu2O3 powders was elucidated by XRD obtaining cubic phase in all system without secondary products in accordance with FT-IR results. By TEM and Scherrer equation, it was determined that Lu2O3 and Eu:Lu2O3 powders presented nearly spherical particle morphology with crystallites sizes in the range of 8 to 13nm. The antioxidant assays results revealed that europium ion enhance Lu2O3 powders antioxidant properties, showing that 12.5mol% of europium is sufficient to reach its maximum capacity.

  20. Effect of measuring factors on ferroelectric properties of Bi3.15Nd0.85Ti3O12 thin films prepared by sol-gel method for non-volatile memory

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    Guo, Dongyun; Wang, Chuanbin; Shen, Qiang; Zhang, Lianmeng; Li, Meiya; Liu, Jun

    2009-12-01

    Bi3.15Nd0.85Ti3O12 (BNT) thin films were prepared on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by the sol-gel method. The phase composition was detected by XRD, the microstructure was characterized by AFM, and the effect of measuring factors (such as environmental temperature, working frequency, and voltage) on the ferroelectric properties was investigated. The films show the single Bi-layered Aurivillius phase with random orientation. At room temperature, the remanent polarization (2 P r) and the coercive field (2 E c) are 39.1 μC/cm2 and 160.5 kV/cm, respectively, and a BNT capacitor shows fatigue-free behavior and memory retention. With the decrease of temperature, 2 V c increases, J decreases slightly, and the general trend of 2 P r is decreased. With the increase of frequency, 2 P r declines and 2 V c increases.

  1. Sol-Gel-Derived Lithium Superionic Conductor Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO4)3 Electrolyte for Solid-State Lithium-Oxygen Batteries

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    2014-03-12

    AFRL-RQ-WP-TP-2015-0055 SOL-GEL-DERIVED LITHIUM SUPERIONIC CONDUCTOR LI1.5AL0.5GE1.5(PO4)3 ELECTROLYTE FOR SOLID -STATE LITHIUM -OXYGEN...2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE SOL-GEL-DERIVED LITHIUM SUPERIONIC CONDUCTOR LI1.5AL0.5GE1.5(PO4)3 ELECTROLYTE FOR SOLID -STATE LITHIUM -OXYGEN BATTERIES...attracting a great deal of attention as a solid electrolyte for lithium -oxygen (Li- O2) batteries due to its high ionic conductivity. In this study, LAGP

  2. Effect of PbO-coated layer on the microstructure and electrical properties of sol-gel-derived PZT thin films

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    Sun, Jinglan; Meng, Xiangjian; Bo, L. X.; Ma, Zhixun; Huang, Zhiming; Guo, Shaoling; Chu, Junhao

    2000-11-01

    Highly (100)-oriented lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 thin films with and without a PbO- coated layer were prepared on LaNiO3 (LNO)-coated silicon substrates by a simple sol-gel process. X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscope were applied to study the microstructure of the films. The ferroelectric and fatigue properties were measured by a RT66A system. An infrared spectroscopic ellipsometer was used to determine the thickness of the thin films. The leakage current density (J-t) was carried out with a Keithley 617 programmable electrometer. All measurements were conducted on a Pt-PZT- LNO capacitor structure. It was observed that the PbO-coated layer has no effect on the texture of the PZT thin films while it leads to a great improvement in the surface morphology. The results indicated that samples with a PbO- coated layer show higher remnant polarization and lower coercive field (18.6 (mu) C/cm2 and 58.5 kV/cm) than that of samples without PbO-coated layer. After 108 switching cycles, the net-switched polarization for the film with a PbO-coated layer does not show any drop.

  3. Effects of lithium doping on microstructure, electrical properties, and chemical bonds of sol-gel derived NKN thin films

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    Lin, Chun-Cheng; Chen, Chan-Ching; Weng, Chung-Ming; Chu, Sheng-Yuan; Tsai, Cheng-Che

    2015-02-28

    Highly (100/110) oriented lead-free Li{sub x}(Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}){sub 1−x}NbO{sub 3} (LNKN, x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, and 0.06) thin films are fabricated on Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates via a sol-gel processing method. The lithium (Li) dopants modify the microstructure and chemical bonds of the LNKN films, and therefore improve their electrical properties. The optimal values of the remnant polarization (P{sub r} = 14.3 μC/cm{sup 2}), piezoelectric coefficient (d{sub 33} = 48.1 pm/V), and leakage current (<10{sup −5} A/cm{sup 2}) are obtained for a lithium addition of x = 0.04 (i.e., 4 at. %). The observation results suggest that the superior electrical properties are the result of an improved crystallization, a larger grain size, and a smoother surface morphology. It is shown that the ion transport mechanism is dominated by an Ohmic behavior under low electric fields and the Poole-Frenkel emission effect under high electric fields.

  4. Structural and spectroelectrochemical investigations of sol-gel derived electrochromic spinel Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} films

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    Svegl, F.; Orel, B.; Hutchins, M.G.; Kalcher, K.

    1996-05-01

    Thin films of the cubic spinel Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} were prepared by the sol-gel route from a Co(II) sulfate precursor using a dip-coating technique. The films (50 to 60 nm thick) were deposited on indium-tin oxide glass substrates with a single dipping. The electrochromic properties of the films were studied in an aqueous alkaline electrolyte (0.1 M LiOH) using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and in situ UV-vis spectroelectrochemistry. The intermediate oxide products that appeared during cycling at current peak potentials were analyzed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and ex situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) reflection-absorption spectroscopy performed at near-grazing incidence angle conditions (NGIA). High hydration of the spinel structure enables complex redox processes to take place inside the structure or on the surface of the film when potential cycling is performed. Vibrational bands characteristic of the formation of CoO, Co(OH){sub 2}, and hydrated Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} phases have been assigned and discussed according to the results obtained from ex situ NGIA FTIR, CV, and XRD studies. The change in transmittance ({lambda} = 634 nm) between bleached and colored states for single-dipped films was 25%, and for electrochromic efficiency ({eta}) was approximately 25 cm{sup 2}/C.

  5. Effects of withdrawal speed on the structural and optical properties of sol-gel derived ZnO thin films

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    Aydemir, Sinem; Karakaya, Seniye

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructured zinc oxide (ZnO) of hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure was successfully prepared on corning glass substrates by sol-gel method using dip coating technique. The effects of withdrawal speed (WS) on the crystalline structure, morphology and optical properties of the pure ZnO thin films were investigated using x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and optical transmittance measurements. It was found that, the WS significantly affects the crystalline structure, morphology and optical properties of the films. All ZnO films were observed to grow along the c-axis with a preferential orientation of (0 0 2). The lower the withdrawal speed of the substrate the higher the tendency toward preferred orientation along (0 0 2) plane. The surface roughness mean square (RMS) of the films as estimated from AFM measurements rises from 6 to 19 nm, when the withdrawal speed increased from 20 to 80 mm/min, respectively. The optical transmittance of the films within the visible and near infrared region was found to be about 80%. The optical constants of the films such as refractive index (n) and extinction coefficient (k) were determined using spectroscopic ellipsometer (SE) technique. The optical constants (n and k) were fitted according to Cauchy model.

  6. Structural studies of the NaCaPO 4-SiO 2 sol-gel derived materials

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    Sitarz, M.; Rokita, M.; Handke, M.; Galuskin, E.

    2003-06-01

    Structural studies of the NaCaPO 4-SiO 2 materials have been carried out. Amorphous materials from this system, after controlled crystallization process, can be used as potential nanomaterials. Structural studies of nanomaterials are of fundamental importance in view their future applications. Materials of different [PO 4] 3-/[SiO 4] 4- tetrahedra proportion have been prepared. Na + and Ca 2+ cations have compensated the negative charge of the lattice. Amorphous and crystalline materials have been obtained by sol-gel as well as conventional melting methods. The XRD phase identification has enabled amorphous and crystalline materials identification and suggests the separation of phosphorus and silicate crystalline phases. The obtained materials were examined using the electron scanning microscope and EDX spectrometer. Analysis of electron scanning microscope maps shows considerable inhomogeneity of crystalline samples. Fluctuations in ions distribution, in case of amorphous materials, have been noted too. DTA investigations have enabled to find the probable characteristic temperatures of glass crystallization. Detailed infrared spectroscopy measurements have been carried out. The spectra of obtained materials have been compared with the spectra of cristobalite. Spectroscopic studies confirm the inhomogeneity of materials.

  7. Low dark current metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors based on sol-gel-derived TiO2 films

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    Xie, Yannan; Huang, Huolin; Yang, Weifeng; Wu, Zhengyun

    2011-01-01

    The titanium dioxide (TiO2) films prepared by sol-gel processing were used to fabricate metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors. A very low dark current of 5.38 pA (current density of 3.84 nA/cm2) at 5 V bias is obtained, which is ascribed to the high effective Schottky barrier between Au and TiO2 films. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis demonstrates that the concentration of oxygen vacancies is very low in the surface of the TiO2 films, which is responsible for the high effective Schottky barrier. The devices exhibit a cutoff wavelength at about 380 nm and a large UV-to-visible rejection ratio (340 versus 400 nm) of three orders of magnitude. The peak responsivity of the devices is 17.5 A/W at 5 V bias, indicating the presence of internal photoconductive gain induced by desorption of oxygen on the TiO2 surface.

  8. Structural, Morphological and Antibacterial Investigation of Ag-Impregnated Sol-Gel-Derived 45S5 NanoBioglass Systems.

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    Durgalakshmi, D; Balakumar, S; Raja, C Ashok; George, Rani P; Mudali, U Kamachi

    2015-06-01

    An increasing percentage of ageing population requires 30-year survivability of orthopedic devices that is not possible with the current bioinert materials, having a maximum of 15-year survivability. To satisfy this growing need, a shift is needed from replacement of tissues to regeneration of tissues. This is highly possible through the use of silica-bioactive glasses. However, a failure of implant can occur due to infections even by using such materials. Advances in using silver for antibacterial applications have been commercialized. However, higher concentrations of silver also lead to toxic effects. In this study, nanoBioglass 45S5 (NBG) and Ag-NBG were synthesized by using sol-gel method followed by solution-phase method, respectively. The bioactive crystals such as Na2Ca2Si3O9, CaCO3, and AgPO3, very much needed in the field of bone tissue engineering and in antibacterial strategies, were obtained in the NBG Matrix. The morphological investigation of NBG with 1 mM Ag+ concentrations shows the nanospikes arrangement of size 30-40 nm with spherical porous structure of size 10-20 nm, which supports the formation of collagen molecular fibrils on the surface of NBG matrices and enhances osseointegration. Both gram-positive and gram-negative strains show higher antibacterial activity for nanoBioglass with 1 mM Ag+ concentration.

  9. Properties of sol-gel derived YAG:Eu3+ hierarchical nanostructures with their time evolution studies

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    Sharma, Prashant K.; Kumar, Manvendra; Singh, Prashant K.; Pandey, Avinash C.; Singh, V. N.

    2009-02-01

    Eu3+ doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method. The samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy including vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) PL spectroscopy. XRD confirmed that each and every phases of YAG were present, indicating very good quality of sample. The crystallite size, estimated by XRD, increased from 10 to 30 nm with annealing temperatures and significant changes in morphology with annealing temperature was also found in TEM study. The particles were in spherical shape initially but agglomeration of particles started at higher temperatures resulting in hierarchical nanostructures having dimension more than 50 nm. The annealed YAG:Eu3+ hierarchical nanostructures showed strong red luminescence under VUV excitation, corresponding to D50→F72 transition. PL spectra also showed significant increase in luminescence intensity with the increase in annealing temperature. Time evolution studies were also performed continuously for 150 days to check the stability of prepared hierarchical nanostructures and were found to be extremely stable, making them one of the most feasible candidate for red phosphor and seize great potential in flat panel display application that underlies the importance of the current work.

  10. Photocatalytic activity and characterization of sol-gel-derived Ni-doped TiO2-coated active carbon composites

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    Bhosale, R. R.; Pujari, S. R.; Lande, M. K.; Arbad, B. R.; Pawar, S. B.; Gambhire, A. B.

    2012-11-01

    Ni-doped, TiO2-coated active carbon (Ni-TiO2/AC) were prepared by a sol-gel method. The effect of supports, including TiO2 and active carbon (AC), on the molecular structure and photocatalytic activity of nickel oxide for complete decomposition of methylene blue has been examined with respect to the content of Ni on the catalyst surface. The photocatalytic activities of the Ni-TiO2/AC composites were evaluated in the decomposition of methylene blue solution under visible-light irradiation. The results indicate that Ni-TiO2/AC has a higher efficiency in decomposition of methylene blue than TiO2 and TiO2/AC. This was attributed to the different functions of active carbon and nickel species. First, nanosize TiO2 particles on composites were not reunited, possible because active carbon retards transformation of anatase into rutile and decrease the crystallite size. Second, production of high concentrations of organic compound near Ni-TiO2. Third, carbon in active carbon causes some of the TiO2 to reduce to Ti3+ ions, which prevents electron-hole pair recombination. It was found that the addition of Ni to TiO2 sol could suppress the grain growth of TiO2 crystals and increase the hydroxyl content on the surface of TiO2/AC. The photocatalytic efficiency and activity of the composites remained good, even after three cycles.

  11. Sol-gel derived mesoporous cobalt silica catalyst: Synthesis, characterization and its activity in the oxidation of phenol

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    Andas, Jeyashelly; Adam, Farook; Rahman, Ismail Ab.

    2014-10-01

    Highly mesoporous cobalt silica rice husk catalysts with (5-15 wt.%) Co2+ loading were prepared via a simple sol-gel technique at room temperature. The successful insertion of cobalt ions into silica matrix was evidenced from FT-IR, NMR, XPS and AAS analyses. Preservation of the mesoporosity nature of silica upon incorporating Co2+ was confirmed from the N2-sorption studies. The topography and morphology viewed by TEM analysis differs as the cobalt concentration varies from 5 to 15 wt.%. Parallel pore channels and spherical nanoparticles of 9.44 nm were achieved for cobalt silica catalysts with 10 and 15 wt.% respectively. Cobalt catalysts were active in the liquid-phase oxidation of phenol with H2O2 as an oxygen source. The performances of the catalysts were greatly influenced by various parameters such as reaction temperature, catalyst amount, molar ratio of substrate to oxidant, nature of solvent, metal loading and homogeneous precursor salt. Water served as the best reaction medium for this oxidation system. The regeneration studies confirmed cobalt catalyst could be reused for five cycles without experiencing large loss in the conversion. Both leaching and reusability studies testified that the catalysts were truly heterogeneous.

  12. Substrate effect on structural and humidity sensing of sol-gel derived Er-BaTiO3 thin films

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    Saif, Ala'eddin A.; Ooi, Zeen Vee; Teh, Yen Chin

    2017-04-01

    Sol-gel erbium doped barium titanate (Er-BaTiO3) thin films have been coated on SiO2/Si, fused silica, and Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates. The crystallinity and phase of the thin films have been identified using X-ray diffractometer (XRD). The effect of substrate type on the surface morphologies of the films has been investigated using atomic force microscope (AFM). The influence of humidity on the electrical properties of Er-BaTiO3 films has been carried out using semiconductor parameter analyzer (SPA). XRD patterns show that the films are crystallized with perovskite structure. AFM microimages show well-distributed grains, dense and crack-free surface for the films. The film fabricated on fused silica substrate gives the smoothest surface with smallest grain size, whereas the film coated on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si gives a relatively rough surface with the largest grain size among the other substrates. The resistance values of the Er-BaTiO3 films at different humidity percentages show that a decrement trend with the humidity percentage and the coated film on SiO2/Si substrate has the lowest resistance values compared with the films on other substrates, indicating that SiO2/Si substrate gives the best conduction and it could be a good candidate for humidity sensor for such type of material.

  13. Sol-gel derived Al-Ga co-doped transparent conducting oxide ZnO thin films

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    Serrao, Felcy Jyothi; Sandeep, K. M.; Bhat, Shreesha; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2016-05-23

    Transparent conducting ZnO doped with Al, Ga and co-doped Al and Ga (1:1) (AGZO) thin films were grown on glass substrates by cost effective sol-gel spin coating method. The XRD results showed that all the films are polycrystalline in nature and highly textured along the (002) plane. Enhanced grain size was observed in the case of AGZO thin films. The transmittance of all the films was more than 83% in the visible region of light. The electrical properties such as carrier concentration and mobility values are increased in case of AGZO compared to that of Al and Ga doped ZnO thin films. The minimum resistivity of 2.54 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm was observed in AGZO thin film. The co-doped AGZO thin films exhibited minimum resistivity and high optical transmittance, indicate that co-doped ZnO thin films could be used in transparent electronics mainly in display applications.

  14. Biocompatibility and Corrosion Protection Behaviour of Hydroxyapatite Sol-Gel-Derived Coatings on Ti6Al4V Alloy.

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    El Hadad, Amir A; Peón, Eduardo; García-Galván, Federico R; Barranco, Violeta; Parra, Juan; Jiménez-Morales, Antonia; Galván, Juan Carlos

    2017-01-24

    The aim of this work was to prepare hydroxyapatite coatings (HAp) by a sol-gel method on Ti6Al4V alloy and to study the bioactivity, biocompatibility and corrosion protection behaviour of these coatings in presence of simulated body fluids (SBFs). Thermogravimetric/Differential Thermal Analyses (TG/DTA) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) have been applied to obtain information about the phase transformations, mass loss, identification of the phases developed, crystallite size and degree of crystallinity of the obtained HAp powders. Fourier Transformer Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) has been utilized for studying the functional groups of the prepared structures. The surface morphology of the resulting HAp coatings was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The bioactivity was evaluated by soaking the HAp-coatings/Ti6Al4V system in Kokubo's Simulated Body Fluid (SBF) applying Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) spectrometry. 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) and Alamar blue cell viability assays were used to study the biocompatibility. Finally, the corrosion behaviour of HAp-coatings/Ti6Al4V system was researched by means of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). The obtained results showed that the prepared powders were nanocrystalline HAp with little deviations from that present in the human bone. All the prepared HAp coatings deposited on Ti6Al4V showed well-behaved biocompatibility, good bioactivity and corrosion protection properties.

  15. Biocompatibility and Corrosion Protection Behaviour of Hydroxyapatite Sol-Gel-Derived Coatings on Ti6Al4V Alloy

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    El Hadad, Amir A.; Peón, Eduardo; García-Galván, Federico R.; Barranco, Violeta; Parra, Juan; Jiménez-Morales, Antonia; Galván, Juan Carlos

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this work was to prepare hydroxyapatite coatings (HAp) by a sol-gel method on Ti6Al4V alloy and to study the bioactivity, biocompatibility and corrosion protection behaviour of these coatings in presence of simulated body fluids (SBFs). Thermogravimetric/Differential Thermal Analyses (TG/DTA) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) have been applied to obtain information about the phase transformations, mass loss, identification of the phases developed, crystallite size and degree of crystallinity of the obtained HAp powders. Fourier Transformer Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) has been utilized for studying the functional groups of the prepared structures. The surface morphology of the resulting HAp coatings was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The bioactivity was evaluated by soaking the HAp-coatings/Ti6Al4V system in Kokubo’s Simulated Body Fluid (SBF) applying Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) spectrometry. 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) and Alamar blue cell viability assays were used to study the biocompatibility. Finally, the corrosion behaviour of HAp-coatings/Ti6Al4V system was researched by means of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). The obtained results showed that the prepared powders were nanocrystalline HAp with little deviations from that present in the human bone. All the prepared HAp coatings deposited on Ti6Al4V showed well-behaved biocompatibility, good bioactivity and corrosion protection properties. PMID:28772455

  16. Effect of Fe incorporation on the optical behavior of ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel derived spin coating techniques

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    Rakkesh, R. Ajay; Malathi, R.; Balakumar, S.

    2013-02-01

    In this work, Fe doped Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin films were fabricated on the glass substrate by sol-gel derived spin coating technique. X-ray Diffraction studies revealed that the obtained pure and Fe doped ZnO thin films were in the wurtzite and spinel phase respectively. The three well defined Raman lines at 432, 543 and 1091 cm-1 also confirmed the lattice structure of the ZnO thin film has wurtzite symmetry. While doping Fe atoms in the ZnO, there was a significant change in the phase from wurtzite to spinel structure; owing to Fe (III) ions being incorporated into the lattice through substitution of Zn (II) ions. Room temperature PL spectra showed that the role of defect mediated red emissions at 612 nm was due to radial recombination of a photogenerated hole with an electron that belongs to the Fe atoms, which were discussed in detail.

  17. Microstructure and Electrical Properties of Sol-Gel Derived Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.7Ti0.3O3 Thin Films with Single Perovskite Phase

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    Fan, Huiqing; Kim, Hyoun-Ee

    2002-11-01

    Sol-gel derived Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.7Ti0.3O3 (PMNT) thin films were prepared by sping coating using a PbO cover coat technique, and investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), auger electron spectroscopy (AES), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The phase development of the PMNT film was significantly affected by the final annealing time. A perovskite PMNT film was obtained after annealing at 850°C for 1 min. The electrical properties of the perovskite PMNT films were analyzed, by measuring the temperature and frequency dependence of dielectric properties, as well as the polarization hysteresis loop. The relaxor-like behavior and relatively low dielectric constant of the PMNT film is thought to be related to needle-like ferroelectric domains, which were formed due to self-coarsening of the polar microregion along the preferred orientation, as a result of extensive defects in the PMNT films.

  18. Dielectric properties of tape cast Ba0.65Sr0.35TiO3 derived from sol gel for application in multilayered capacitors

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    Sharma, Pramod K.; Varadan, V. V.; Varadan, V. K.

    2003-10-01

    The tape casting technique using a doctor-blade is used to fabricate thin dielectric sheets of barium strontium titanate (Ba1-xSrxTiO3) with x = 0.35 (abbreviated as BST). Initially, fine powder of Ba0.65Sr0.35TiO3 is prepared by the sol-gel method. Two kinds of tape are used for the stacks, i.e. ∥ (the direction of the layer is along the tape direction (in the casting direction)) and perp (the direction of the layer is perpendicular to the tape direction (across the tape)). Further, two stacking sequences are used for stacking layers of tape, i.e. ∥ layers. It has been observed that the green density remains unaffected by any change of sequence. However, the density of fired tape cast BST changes significantly with change of sequence. For example, the density of multilayered BST with eleven layers is enhanced from approx 3.5 g cm-3 to approx 4 g cm-3 when the sequence changes from ∥ and perp. Observations of the microstructure of multilayered BST under the scanning electron microscope suggest that the packings of particles and pores are strongly dependent on the sequence. The dielectric permittivity of sintered tape cast BST is found to increase with increasing number of layers and temperature; however, it is higher for the perp sequence. A comparison has also been made of the dielectric properties of tape cast BST derived from powders obtained from sol-gel and by conventional methods. Investigations on BST are highly desirable in relation to applications in multilayered capacitors in the electronics and communications industries.

  19. Sol-gel derived Al and Ga co-doped ZnO thin films: An optoelectronic study

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    Ebrahimifard, Reza; Golobostanfard, Mohammad Reza; Abdizadeh, Hossein

    2014-01-01

    Al and Ga co-doped ZnO (AGZO) thin films with different doping contents of 0.5-4 at.% were synthesized via sol-gel route using dip coating method and the results were compared to the single doped specimens Al:ZnO (AZO) and Ga:ZnO (GZO). All samples were highly transparent in visible region (T > 85%) with band gap values around 3.3 eV. Introduction of Al and Ga to the ZnO crystal structure decreased the crystallinity and reduced the particle size of the films. Electrical resistivity was investigated and engineered in this study as the main parameter. Single doped samples showed reduction of resistivity compared to the un-doped ZnO. In this regard, Ga was more efficient than Al in decreasing the electrical resistivity. Furthermore, samples with 1 at.% Al and 1 at.% Ga showed the minimum amount of electrical resistivity. Co-doping was performed with two different approaches including variable doping content (Al + Ga ≠ cte) and constant doping content (Al + Ga = 0.5, 1, and 2 at.%) for the sake of the comparison with single doped samples. Samples with Al = 1 at.% and Ga = 1 at.% showed the lowest electrical resistivity in AGZO samples of former approach. However, in latter approach the lowest resistivity was obtained in Al + Ga = 2 at.% sample. The results proved the capability of co-doped samples in optoelectronic industry regarding partially substitution of expensive Ga with Al and obtaining co-doped AGZO transparent conductive thin films with lower resistivity compared to conventional AZO thin films and also achieving commercial advantages compared to costly GZO thin films.

  20. Thermal decomposition and crystallization of aqueous sol-gel derived zirconium acetate gels occurring during the preparation of ceramic coatings

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    Geiculescu, Araldina Corina

    1998-12-01

    A sol-gel procedure using an aqueous zirconium acetate precursor was used to form continuous, crack- and bridge-free zirconia coatings on graphite fibers. A comprehensive understanding of the precursor's structure and structural evolution during the sol to gel and gel to solid transitions is required to control the properties of the coating. Decomposition of the gel prepared by desiccation of the solution of zirconium acetate and pyrolyzed to form crystalline zirconia powders in N2, Air and O2 and the transformations occurring during pyrolysis to 800°C was investigated. Three transition temperatures were detected: the amorphous-to-cubic (am-c), cubic-to-tetragonal (c-t) and tetragonal-to-monoclinic (t-m) transition. The presence of molecular oxygen decreased the crystallization temperature, increased the grain size of the tetragonal crystals formed and decreased the temperature at which the t-m transformation was initiated. Decomposition and transition temperatures occurring in the pyrolysis and the polymorph distribution were dependent on the pH of the precursor solution and on the presence of additive anions such as chloride, nitrate or sulfate. Lowering the pH of the precursor solution produced changes in the relative concentration of zirconium complexes present in the solution and, hence, reduced the carbon content in the crystalline zirconia obtained by pyrolysis at 555°C and reduced transition temperatures. The presence of counterions altered the ratio of m/t polymorph in the zirconia powders because of the structural and compositional changes in the precursor gel. Controlling the chemistry involved in crystal formation results in controlling the polymorph composition, consequently gaining control of the properties of the coating of graphite fibers.

  1. Sol-gel derived silica/chitosan/Fe3O4 nanocomposite for direct electrochemistry and hydrogen peroxide biosensing

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    Satvekar, R. K.; Rohiwal, S. S.; Tiwari, A. P.; Raut, A. V.; Tiwale, B. M.; Pawar, S. H.

    2015-01-01

    A novel strategy to fabricate hydrogen peroxide third generation biosensor has been developed from sol-gel of silica/chitosan (SC) organic-inorganic hybrid material assimilated with iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4). The large surface area of Fe3O4 and porous morphology of the SC composite facilitates a high loading of horseradish peroxidase (HRP). Moreover, the entrapped enzyme preserves its conformation and biofunctionality. The fabrication of hydrogen peroxide biosensor has been carried out by drop casting of the SC/F/HRP nanocomposite on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for study of direct electrochemistry. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirms the phase purity and particle size of as-synthesized Fe3O4 nanoparticles, respectively. The nanocomposite was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) for the characteristic structure and conformation of enzyme. The surface topographies of the nanocomposite thin films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Dynamic light scattering (DLS) was used to determine the particle size distribution. The electrostatic interactions of the SC composite with Fe3O4 nanoparticles were studied by the zeta potential measurement. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) of the SC/F/HRP/GCE electrode displays Fe3O4 nanoparticles as an excellent candidate for electron transfer. The SC/F/HRP/GCE exhibited a pair of well-defined quasi reversible cyclic voltammetry peaks due to the redox couple of HRP-heme Fe (III)/Fe (II) in pH 7.0 potassium phosphate buffer. The biosensor was employed to detect H2O2 with linear range of 5 μM to 40 μM and detection limit of 5 μM. The sensor displays excellent selectivity, sensitivity, good reproducibility and long term stability.

  2. Effect of ambient oxygen on the photoluminescence of sol-gel-derived nanocrystalline ZrO2:Eu,Nb

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    Puust, Laurits; Kiisk, Valter; Eltermann, Marko; Mändar, Hugo; Saar, Rando; Lange, Sven; Sildos, Ilmo; Dolgov, Leonid; Matisen, Leonard; Jaaniso, Raivo

    2017-06-01

    The development of inorganic nanophosphors is an active research field due to many applications, including optical gas sensing materials. We found a systematic dependence of the photoluminescence (PL) of europium (Eu3+) impurity ions in zirconia (ZrO2) nanocrystals on the ambient oxygen concentration in a O2/N2 mixture at normal pressure. Europium-doped ZrO2 powders were synthesized via a sol-gel route. Heat-treatment at 1200 °C resulted in a well-developed monoclinic phase (XRD crystallite size of ~50 nm) and an intense PL of Eu3+ ions residing in the dominant phase (Eu3+ was excited directly at 395 or 464 nm). Co-doping with niobium resulted in a narrowing of the PL emission lines. Only Nb5+ was detected by XPS and is believed to charge-compensate Eu3+ activators throughout the material leading to a more regular crystal lattice. At room temperature, the exposure to oxygen suppressed the Eu3+ fluorescence, whereas, at elevated temperatures (300 °C), the effect was reversed. At 300 °C and under a focused continuous laser beam, a substantial PL response (>50%) was achieved when switching 100% of N2 for 100% of O2. PL decay kinetics clearly showed that at 300 °C fluorescence quenching centers were induced within the material by oxygen desorption. The relatively fast (<5 min) and sub-linear PL response to the changes of oxygen concentration shows that ZrO2:Eu,Nb is a promising PL-based oxygen sensing material over a wide-range of oxygen pressures.

  3. Effects of tantalum doping on microstructure and ferroelectric properties of Bi 4Ti 3O 12 thin films prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Kao, M. C.; Chen, H. Z.; Young, S. L.; Chuang, B. N.; Jiang, W. W.; Song, J. S.; Jhan, S. S.; Chiang, J. L.; Wu, L. T.

    2012-01-01

    Tantalum-substituted Bi 4Ti 3O 12 (Bi 4Ti 3- x/5 Ta x/5 O 12, BTTO) thin films were fabricated on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO 2/Si(100) substrates by sol-gel technology. The effects of various processing parameters, including Ta content ( x=0˜0.08) and annealing temperature (500˜800 °C), on the growth and properties of thin films were investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the BTTO thin films have a bismuth-layered perovskite structure with preferred (117) orientation. With the increase of Ta content, the grain size of film decreased slightly, and highly (117)-oriented BTTO films were obtained in the composition of x=0.06. Ta doping on the B-site of Bi 4Ti 3O 12 could induce the distortion of oxygen octahedral and decrease the oxygen vacancy concentration by a compensating effect. The highly (117)-oriented BTTO thin films with x=0.06 exhibits the maximum remanent polarization (2 Pr) of 50 μC/cm 2 and a low coercive field (2 Ec) of 104 kV/cm, fatigue free characteristics up to ≧ 10 8 switching cycles.

  4. Sintering Effects on Morphology, Thermal Stability and Surface Area of Sol-Gel Derived Nano-Hydroxyapatite Powder

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    Kapoor, Seema; Batra, Uma; Kohli, Suchita

    2011-12-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) ceramics have been recognized as substitute materials for bone and teeth in orthopedic and dentistry field due to their chemical and biological similarity to human hard tissue. The nanosized and nanocrystalline forms of HAP have great potential to revolutionize the hard tissue-engineering field, starting from bone repair and augmentation to controlled drug delivery systems. This paper reports the synthesis of biomimetic nano-hydroxyapatite (HAP) by sol-gel method using calcium nitrate tetrahydrate (CNT) and potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) as calcium and phosphorus precursors, respectively to obtain a desired Ca/P ratio of 1.67. Deionized water was used as a diluting media for HAP sol preparation and ammonia was used to adjust the pH to 11. After aging, the HAP gel was dried at 55 °C and sintered to different temperatures (200 °C, 400 °C, 600 °C, 800 °C, 1000 °C and 1200 °C). The dried and sintered powders were characterized for phase composition using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The particle size and morphology was studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thermal behavior of the dried HAP nanopowder was studied in the temperature range of 55 °C to 1000 °C using thermal gravimetric analyser (TGA). The BET surface area of absorbance was determined by Nitrogen adsorption using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. The presence of characteristic peaks of the phosphate and OH groups in FTIR spectrums confirmed the formation of pure HAP in dried as well as sintered powders. XRD results also confirmed the formation of stoichiometric nano-HAP. Sintering revealed that with increase in temperature, both the crystallinity and crystallite size of nano-HAP particles increased. The synthesized nano-HAP powder was found to be stable upto 1000 °C without any additional phase other than HAP, whereas peak of β-TCP (tricalcium phosphate) was observed at 1200 °C. Photomicrograph of

  5. Thin Films Derived by a Particulate Sol-Gel Route with Various Cr:Ti Molar Ratios

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    Mohammadi, M. R.; Fray, D. J.

    2014-11-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured TiO2-Cr2O3 thin films and powders were prepared by a facile and straightforward aqueous particulate sol-gel route at low temperature of 400°C. The prepared sols showed a narrow particle size distribution with hydrodynamic diameter in the range of 17.7 nm to 19.0 nm. Moreover, the sols were stable over 4 months, with constant zeta potential measured during this period. The effect of the Cr:Ti molar ratio on the crystallization behavior of the products was studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that the powders crystallized at low temperature of 400°C, containing anatase-TiO2, rutile-TiO2, and Cr2O3 phases, depending on the annealing temperature and Cr:Ti molar ratio. Furthermore, it was found that Cr2O3 retarded the anatase to rutile transformation up to 800°C. The activation energy of crystallite growth was calculated to be in the range of 1.3 kJ/mol to 2.9 kJ/mol. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging showed that one of the smallest crystallite sizes was obtained for TiO2-Cr2O3 binary mixed oxide, being 5 nm at 500°C. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) analysis revealed that the deposited thin films had nanostructured morphology with average grain size in the range of 20 nm to 40 nm at 500°C. Thin films produced under optimized conditions showed excellent microstructural properties for gas sensing applications. They exhibited a remarkable response towards low concentrations of NO2 gas at low operating temperature of 200°C, resulting in increased thermal stability of sensing films as well as a decrease in their power consumption. Furthermore, calibration curves revealed that TiO2-Cr2O3 sensors followed the power law (where S is the sensor response, the coefficients A and B are constants, and [gas] is the gas concentration) for two types of gas, exhibiting excellent capability for detection of low gas concentrations.

  6. Sintering Effects on Morphology, Thermal Stability and Surface Area of Sol-Gel Derived Nano-Hydroxyapatite Powder

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    Kapoor, Seema; Batra, Uma; Kohli, Suchita

    2011-12-12

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) ceramics have been recognized as substitute materials for bone and teeth in orthopedic and dentistry field due to their chemical and biological similarity to human hard tissue. The nanosized and nanocrystalline forms of HAP have great potential to revolutionize the hard tissue-engineering field, starting from bone repair and augmentation to controlled drug delivery systems. This paper reports the synthesis of biomimetic nano-hydroxyapatite (HAP) by sol-gel method using calcium nitrate tetrahydrate (CNT) and potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) as calcium and phosphorus precursors, respectively to obtain a desired Ca/P ratio of 1.67. Deionized water was used as a diluting media for HAP sol preparation and ammonia was used to adjust the pH to 11. After aging, the HAP gel was dried at 55 deg. C and sintered to different temperatures (200 deg. C, 400 deg. C, 600 deg. C, 800 deg. C, 1000 deg. C and 1200 deg. C). The dried and sintered powders were characterized for phase composition using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The particle size and morphology was studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thermal behavior of the dried HAP nanopowder was studied in the temperature range of 55 deg. C to 1000 deg. C using thermal gravimetric analyser (TGA). The BET surface area of absorbance was determined by Nitrogen adsorption using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. The presence of characteristic peaks of the phosphate and OH groups in FTIR spectrums confirmed the formation of pure HAP in dried as well as sintered powders. XRD results also confirmed the formation of stoichiometric nano-HAP. Sintering revealed that with increase in temperature, both the crystallinity and crystallite size of nano-HAP particles increased. The synthesized nano-HAP powder was found to be stable upto 1000 deg. C without any additional phase other than HAP, whereas peak of {beta}-TCP (tricalcium phosphate) was observed

  7. BNT-BT0.08 wires derived from sol-gel precursor and their piezoelectric behavior

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    Cernea, M.; Pintilie, L.; Trupina, L.; Vasile, B. S.; Chirila, C.; Pasuk, I.

    2013-05-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric (Bi0.5Na0.5)0.92Ba0.08TiO3, (abbreviated as BNT-BT0.08) wires were prepared using its corresponding precursor sol and, a polycarbonate template membrane. The polycarbonate membrane used has a thickness of 30 μm and pore diameter of 300 nm. Uniform surface morphology of the wires with average diameter of 145 nm and a length of about 20 μm was obtained when the concentration of the sol was 0.3 M. The ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of an individual BNT-BT0.08 wire were investigated using the PFM technique. The hysteresis loops between the PFM phase and DC bias and, the characteristic butterfly loops of the PFM amplitude versus DC bias, indicated a ferroelectric and piezoelectric behavior of as-obtained BNT-BT0.08 wires.

  8. Sol-gel-derived NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} oxygen carriers for chemical-looping combustion by coal char

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    Haibo Zhao; Liming Liu; Baowen Wang; Di Xu; Linlin Jiang; Chuguang Zheng

    2008-03-15

    This paper focuses on the investigation of Ni-based oxygen carriers for CLC by coal char. First, Al(OC{sub 3}H{sub 7}){sub 3} and Ni(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} are selected as the main raw materials to prepare sol-gel-derived NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} oxygen carriers. The oxygen carrier with a mass content of 60% NiO, a sintering temperature of 1300{sup o}C, and a sintering time of 6 h performs comparatively well. Second, the reduction reaction of the NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} oxygen carriers with char and the circular reduction/oxidation reactions of the NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} oxygen carriers with char/air or hydrogen/air are carried out in a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) instrument to investigate the reactivities and chemical life of the prepared NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} oxygen carriers. The experimental results show that (a) when the TGA temperature is higher than 850{sup o}C, NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} starts to react with coal char rapidly, which indicates that CLC of coal char using NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} as oxygen carriers is a feasible technology of energy utilization in principle; (b) NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, which maintains its activity over single-cycle reduction/oxidation reactions with char/air or multiple-cycle reduction/oxidation reactions with hydrogen/air, exhibits extremely good recyclablity; (c) the porous beehive structure of the NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} particle is maintained, and the sintering behavior between different particles is not observed during cyclic studies. Those experimental results prove the sol-gel-derived oxygen carrier NiO/NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} is capable of being used in chemical-looping combustion fueled by coal char or H{sub 2}. 51 refs., 5 figs., 5 tabs.

  9. Structural and dielectric/ferroelectric properties of (La{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}){sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} synthesized by sol-gel route

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    Shao Zhenmian; Saitzek, Sebastien; Roussel, Pascal; Mentre, Olivier; Prihor Gheorghiu, Felicia; Mitoseriu, Liliana; Desfeux, Rachel

    2010-07-15

    A series of compounds with the general formula (La{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}){sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} (0.0{<=}x{<=}1.0) has been prepared by the sol-gel method. The decomposition of the gel was characterized by thermo-gravimetric analysis coupled to mass spectrometry, indicating the reaction is achieved above 850 {sup o}C. The lattice parameters versus x show an expected decrease in the a and b parameters while c and the {beta} angle remain almost unchanged with respect to the monoclinic symmetry conserved for the full solid solution. Dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties were measured on the entire series. - Graphical abstract: XRD patterns of (La{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}){sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} powders for various x values. The (hkl) peaks positions (with h and k{ne}0) change with x values while the (00l) peaks positions remain unaffected.

  10. Sol-gel-based biosensing applied to medicinal science.

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    Moreira, Felismina T C; Moreira-Tavares, Ana P; Sales, M Goreti F

    2015-01-01

    Biosensors have opened new horizons in biomedical analysis, by ensuring increased assay speed and flexibility, and allowing point-of-care applications, multi-target analyses, automation and reduced costs of testing. This has been a result of many studies merging nanotechnology with biochemistry over the years, thereby enabling the creation of more suitable environments to biological receptors and their substitution by synthetic analogue materials. Sol-gel chemistry, among other materials, is deeply involved in this process. Sol-gel processing allows the immobilization of organic molecules, biomacromolecules and cells maintaining their properties and activities, permitting their integration into different transduction devices, of electrochemical or optical nature, for single or multiple analyses. Sol-gel also allows to the production of synthetic materials mimicking the activity of natural receptors, while bringing advantages, mostly in terms of cost and stability. Moreover, the biocompatibility of sol-gel materials structures of biological nature allowed the use of these materials in emerging in vivo applications. In this chapter, biosensors for biomedical applications based on sol-gel derived composites are presented, compared and described, along with current emerging applications in vivo, concerning drug delivery or biomaterials. Sol-gel materials are shown as a promising tool for current, emerging and future medical applications.

  11. Carbon nanotubes incorporated with sol-gel derived La(OH)3 nanorods as platform to simultaneously determine ascorbic acid, dopamine, uric acid and nitrite.

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    Zhang, Yu; Yuan, Ruo; Chai, Yaqin; Zhong, Xia; Zhong, Huaan

    2012-12-01

    A novel material, sol-gel derived La(OH)(3) nanorods (La(OH)(3)NRs) with excellent film forming ability was prepared, and it was first designed to incorporate with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to modify glassy carbon electrode (GCE) to simultaneously voltammetric determine ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), uric acid (UA), and nitrite (NO(2)(-)). Cyclic voltammetry (CV), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were employed to characterize the sensor. Under optimal conditions, the linear response range for AA, DA, UA, and NO(2)(-) were 0.5 μmol L(-1) to 1.46 mmol L(-1), 50 nmol L(-1) to 35.36 μmol L(-1), 50 nmol L(-1) to 0.79 mmol L(-1), and 0.55 μmol L(-1) to 0.72 mmol L(-1), respectively and the detection limits were 1.67 μmol L(-1), 1.67 nmol L(-1), 1.67 nmol L(-1), and 0.18 μmol L(-1). The sensor demonstrated well stability, high selectivity and sensitivity. More importance, this material can be extended to construct other electrochemical sensors by the immobilization of enzymes and antibodies.

  12. Wood-Based Nanocomposite Derived by in Situ Formation of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Polymer within Wood via a Sol-Gel Method.

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    Dong, Xiaoying; Zhuo, Xiao; Wei, Jie; Zhang, Gang; Li, Yongfeng

    2017-03-15

    Solid wood materials and wood-plastic composites as two kinds of lightweight materials are attracting great interest from academia and industry due to their green and recycling nature. However, the relatively lower specific strength limits their wider applications. In particular, solid wood is vulnerable to moisture and decay fungi in nature, resulting in its poor durability for effectively long-term utilization. Inspired from the porous structure of wood, we propose a new design to build a wood-based nanocomposite with higher specific strength and satisfactory durability by in situ generation of organic-inorganic hybrid polymer within wood via a sol-gel method. The derived composite has 50-1200% improvement of impact toughness, 56-192% improvement of tensile strength, and 110-291% improvement of flexural strength over those of typical wood-plastic composites, respectively; and even 34% improvement of specific tensile strength than that of 36A steel; 208% enhancement of hardness; and 156% enhancement of compression strength than those of compared solid wood, respectively; as well as significantly improved dimensional stability and decay resistance over those of untreated natural wood. Such materials could be potentially utilized as lightweight and high-strength materials for applications in construction and automotive industries. This method could be extended to constitute other inorganic nanomaterials for novel organic-inorganic hybrid polymer within wood.

  13. Development of sol-gel derived lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films with a nonporous Pt/Ti bottom electrode

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    Guo, Qing; Cao, G. Z.; Shen, I. Y.

    2011-04-01

    Lead Zirconate Titanate Oxide (PbZrxTi1-xO3 or PZT) thin films have been widely used in various microsensors and microactuators for their high bandwidth and sensitivity. A typical configuration is to use a Pt/Ti bi-layer as the bottom electrode. Before the PZT film is deposited, Pt/Ti bi-layer must be annealed at high temperature (e.g., 800°C) to obtain a condensed structure with a rough micro surface texture. A condensed Pt/Ti structure prevents delamination of the bottom electrode, while a rough micro surface texture ensures PZT thin films anchored firmly onto the bottom electrodes. Although the annealing process is necessary, its high temperature causes Pt/Ti bi-layer to become porous, thus degrading electrical and ferroelectric properties of the PZT thin films. In this paper, we present a non-porous Pt/Ti bottom electrode via a two-step deposition and annealing process. The first step is the traditional fabrication process that leads to a porous Pt/Ti electrode. A second round of deposition and annealing then seals the pores and strengthens the electrode. To evaluate the performance of the non-porous bottom electrode, PZT thin films with porous and non-porous bottom electrodes are fabricated simultaneously. Experimental measurements show that piezoelectric constant d33 of the PZT film increases from 10 pC/N to 20 pC/N when the bottom electrode is changed from the porous to non-porous electrode.

  14. Comparisons between surfactant-templated mesoporous and conventional sol-gel-derived CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} glasses: Compositional, textural and in vitro bioactive properties

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    Xiu Tongping; Liu Qian Wang Jiacheng

    2008-04-15

    Compositional, textural and in vitro bioactive comparisons between surfactant-templated mesoporous (MCBS) and conventional sol-gel-derived CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} (CBS) glasses are studied in this paper. CBS glasses are heterogeneous in composition. Due to the heterogeneity, melting boron oxide that formed during the heat treatment will fill in the pores that should have been generated by decomposition of calcium species. So, unlike other conventional sol-gel-derived bioactive glasses that have disordered and widely distributed mesopores, the CBS glasses are almost nonporous. MCBS glasses are more homogeneous in composition than CBS glasses, mainly ascribed to the effect of the surfactant. MCBS glasses of different compositions possess wormhole-like mesoporous structure and have similar pore size. In vitro bioactive tests show that wormhole-like MCBS glasses are more bioactive than CBS glasses, due to their high porosity. - Graphical abstract: Surfactant-templated mesoporous CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} glasses (MCBS) are superior to conventional sol-gel-derived CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} glasses (CBS) in compositional homogeneity, textural properties and in vitro bioactivity. Display Omitted.

  15. Sol-gel processes and materials. (Latest citations from the Aerospace database). Published Search

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    1994-11-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning design and development of sol-gel processes and sol-gel derived materials. Sol-gel derived materials include protective and transparent films, ceramic coatings, nanocomposites and microcomposites, porous and dense composites, fiber reinforced composites, oxides, and ductile ceramics. Topics include preparation of high temperature superconducting oxides and films, glass-ceramic composites and ceramic matrix composites for high temperature applications, sol-gel processes for advanced ceramics, coatings on semiconductors, infrared optical coatings, and coatings on carbon/carbon composites. (Contains 250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  16. Grafting of organosilane derived from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and thiourea onto magnesium phyllosilicate by sol-gel process and investigation of metal adsorption properties

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    Dey, R.K.; Oliveira, Andrea S.; Patnaik, Tanushree; Singh, V.K.; Tiwary, D.; Airoldi, Claudio

    2009-08-15

    A layered inorganic-organic magnesium silicate (Mg-GTPS-TU) has been successfully synthesized by using sol-gel based precursor under mild temperature conditions and a new silylaing agent (GTPS-TU) derived from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GTPS) and thiourea (TU) as the silicon source. The hybrid material was characterized through elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, thermogravimetry, and carbon and silicon solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The result confirmed the attachment of organic functionality to the inorganic silicon network. The inter-lamellar distance for the hybrid material was found to be 18.8 A. Metal adsorption characteristics follows Cr(III) >Mn(II)>Zn(II) with more affinity towards Cr(III) in dilute aqueous solution. Evaluation of thermodynamic parameters DELTAH and DELTAS for Cr(III) were found to be 25.44 J mol{sup -1} and 79.9 J mol{sup -1} K{sup -1}, respectively, indicating adsorption process to be endothermic in nature. The negative value of DELTAG indicated the feasibility and spontaneity of ongoing adsorption process at relatively higher temperature. The presence of multiple coordination sites in the attached organic functionality expresses the potentiality of the hybrid material containing new silylating agent for heavy cation removal from eco-system. - Abstract: We report the synthesis and adsorption properties of a layered inorganic-organic magnesium silicate (Mg-GTPS-TU) derived from a new silylaing agent from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GTPS) and thiourea (TU) as the silicon source. Display Omitted

  17. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

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    Klimov, Victor L.; Petruska, Melissa A.

    2010-05-25

    The present invention is directed to a process for preparing a solid composite having colloidal nanocrystals dispersed within a sol-gel matrix, the process including admixing colloidal nanocrystals with an amphiphilic polymer including hydrophilic groups selected from the group consisting of --COOH, --OH, --SO.sub.3H, --NH.sub.2, and --PO.sub.3H.sub.2 within a solvent to form an alcohol-soluble colloidal nanocrystal-polymer complex, admixing the alcohol-soluble colloidal nanocrystal-polymer complex and a sol-gel precursor material, and, forming the solid composite from the admixture. The present invention is also directed to the resultant solid composites and to the alcohol-soluble colloidal nanocrystal-polymer complexes.

  18. Transferability and Adhesion of Sol-Gel-Derived Crystalline TiO2 Thin Films to Different Types of Plastic Substrates.

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    Amano, Natsumi; Takahashi, Mitsuru; Uchiyama, Hiroaki; Kozuka, Hiromitsu

    2017-01-31

    Anatase thin films were prepared on various plastic substrates by our recently developed sol-gel transfer technique. Polycarbonate (PC), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyether ether ketone (PEEK), and polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) were employed as plastic substrates. A Si(100) substrate was first coated with a polyimide (PI)/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) mixture layer, and an alkoxide-derived titania gel film was deposited on it by spin-coating. The resulting titania gel film was heated to 600 °C, during which the PI/PVP layer decomposed and the gel film was converted into a 60 nm thick anatase film. The anatase film was then transferred from the Si(100) substrate to the plastic substrate. This was achieved by heating the plastic/anatase/Si(100) stack in a near-infrared image furnace to 120-350 °C, depending on the type of plastic substrate, under unidirectional pressure. The anatase film cracked during transfer to PE, PP, PEEK, and PVDC substrates but did not crack during transfer to PC, PMMA, and PET substrates. The fraction of the total film area that was successfully transferred was assessed with the aid of image analysis. This fraction tended to be large for plastics with C═O and C-O groups and small for those without these groups. The film/substrate adhesion assessed by cross-cut tape tests also tended to be high for plastics with C═O and C-O groups and low for those without these groups. The adhesion to plastics without C═O or C-O groups could be enhanced and their transfer area fraction increased by oxidizing the native plastic surface by ultraviolet-ozone treatment prior to transfer.

  19. Surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of TiN thin film prepared via nitridation of sol-gel derived TiO2 film

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    Dong, Zhanliang; Wei, Hengyong; Chen, Ying; Wang, Ruisheng; Zhao, Junhong; Lin, Jian; Bu, Jinglong; Wei, Yingna; Cui, Yi; Yu, Yun

    2015-10-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a powerful and non-destructive analytical technique tool for chemical and biological sensing applications. Metal-free SERS substrates have recently been developed by using semiconductor nanostructures. The optical property of TiN film is similar to that of gold. Besides that, its good chemical inertness and thermodynamic stability make TiN thin film an excellent candidate for SERS. In order to investigate its SERS activity, the TiN thin film was successfully prepared via direct nitridation of the sol-gel derived TiO2 thin film on the quartz substrate using ammonia gas as reducing agent. The crystallite structures and morphology of TiN thin film were determined by XRD, RAMAN and FE-SEM. The results show that the thin film obtained is cubic titanium nitride with a lattice parameter of 4.2349 Å. The surface of TiN thin film is rough and with the particles of 50 nm in average sizes. The thickness of TiN thin film is about 130 nm. The TiN thin film displays a surface Plasmon resonance absorption peak at around 476 nm, which can lead to a strong enhancement of the EM field on the interface. The Raman signal of the probe molecule R6G was greatly enhanced through TiN thin film substrates. The enhancement factor is about 4.1×103 and the detection limit achieves 10-6 M for R6G. The TiN thin film substrate also shows a good reproducibility of SERS performance. The results indicate that TiN thin film is an attractive material with potential application in SERS substrates.

  20. Ferroelectric PLZT thick films grown by poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) (PVP/VA)-modified sol-gel process

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    Hu, Zhongqiang; Ma, Beihai; Li, Meiya; Koritala, Rachel E.; Balachandran, Uthamalingam

    2016-03-01

    We report the growth of ferroelectric Pb0.92La0.08Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PLZT) thick films using a poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) (PVP/VA)-modified sol–gel process. A per-coating thickness of ≈0.66 μm has been demonstrated using PVP/VA-modified solution, which is more than doubled that of the PLZT films grown by PVP-modified method, and nearly 6 times the per-coating thickness of films prepared by conventional sol–gel process. PLZT thick films grown on LNO/Ni substrates exhibited denser microstructure, higher remanent polarization (11 μC/cm2) and dielectric tunability (45%), lower leakage current density (≈1.2 × 10-8 A/cm2), and higher breakdown strength (≈1.6 MV/cm) than those for the samples grown on PtSi substrates. These results demonstrated great potential of using PVP/VA-modified sol–gel process for high power film capacitor applications.

  1. Sol-Gel Glasses

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    Mukherjee, S. P.

    1985-01-01

    Multicomponent homogeneous, ultrapure noncrystalline gels/gel derived glasses are promising batch materials for the containerless glass melting experiments in microgravity. Hence, ultrapure, homogeneous gel precursors could be used to: (1) investigate the effect of the container induced nucleation on the glass forming ability of marginally glass forming compositions; and (2) investigate the influence of gravity on the phase separation and coarsening behavior of gel derived glasses in the liquid-liquid immiscibility zone of the nonsilicate systems having a high density phase. The structure and crystallization behavior of gels in the SiO2-GeO2 as a function of gel chemistry and thermal treatment were investigated. As are the chemical principles involved in the distribution of a second network former in silica gel matrix being investigated. The procedures for synthesizing noncrystalline gels/gel-monoliths in the SiO2-GeO2, GeO2-PbO systems were developed. Preliminary investigations on the levitation and thermal treatment of germania silicate gel-monoliths in the Pressure Facility Acoustic Levitator were done.

  2. Metal-silica sol-gel materials

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    Stiegman, Albert E. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a single phase metal-silica sol-gel glass formed by the co-condensation of a transition metal with silicon atoms where the metal atoms are uniformly distributed within the sol-gel glass as individual metal centers. Any transition metal may be used in the sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to sensor materials where the sensor material is formed using the single phase metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The sensor materials may be in the form of a thin film or may be attached to an optical fiber. The present invention also relates to a method of sensing chemicals using the chemical sensors by monitoring the chromatic change of the metal-silica sol-gel glass when the chemical binds to the sensor. The present invention also relates to oxidation catalysts where a metal-silica sol-gel glass catalyzes the reaction. The present invention also relates to a method of performing oxidation reactions using the metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to organopolymer metal-silica sol-gel composites where the pores of the metal-silica sol-gel glasses are filled with an organic polymer polymerized by the sol-gel glass.

  3. In-situ transmission electron microscopy crystallization studies of sol-gel-derived barium titanate thin films

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    Gust, M.C.; Mecartney, M.L.; Evans, N.D.; Momoda, L.A.

    1997-11-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) thin films that were derived from methoxypropoxide precursors were deposited onto (100) Si, Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/(100) Si, and molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown (MBE-grown) (100) BaTiO{sub 3} on (100) Si substrates by spin coating. The crystallization behavior of the amorphous-gel films was characterized using in-situ transmission electron microscopy heating experiments, glancing-angle X-ray diffraction, and differential thermal analysis/thermogravimetric analysis. Amorphous-gel films crystallized at a temperature of {approximately}600 C to an intermediate nanoscale (5--10 nm) barium titanium carbonate phase, presumably BaTiO{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, that subsequently transformed to nanocrystalline (20--50 nm) BaTiO{sub 3}. Random nucleation in the bulk of the gel film was observed on all substrates. In addition, oriented growth of BaTiO{sub 3} was concurrently observed on MBE-grown BaTiO{sub 3} on (100) Si. High-temperature decomposition of the intermediate carbonate phase contributed to nanometer-scale residual porosity in the films. High concentrations of water of hydrolysis inhibited the formation of the intermediate carbonate phase; however, these sols precipitated and were not suitable for spin coating.

  4. Passive and active sol-gel materials and devices

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    Andrews, Mark P.; Najafi, S. Iraj

    1997-07-01

    This paper examines sol-gel materials for photonics in terms of partnerships with other material contenders for processing optical devices. The discussion in four sections identifies semiconductors, amorphous and crystalline inorganic dielectrics, and amorphous and crystalline organic dielectrics as strategic agents in the rapidly evolving area of materials and devices for data communications and telecommunications. With Zyss, we trace the hierarchical lineage that connects molecular hybridization (chemical functionality), through supramolecular hybridization (collective properties and responses), to functional hybridization (device and system level constructs). These three concepts thread their way through discussions of the roles sol-gel glasses might be anticipated to assume in a photonics marketplace. We assign a special place to glass integrated optics and show how high temperature consolidated sol-gel derived glasses fit into competitive glass fabrication technologies. Low temperature hybrid sol-gel glasses that combine attractive features of organic polymers and inorganic glasses are considered by drawing on examples of our own new processes for fabricating couplers, power splitters, waveguides and gratings by combining chemical synthesis and sol-gel processing with simple photomask techniques.

  5. Single-molecule studies of diffusion by oligomer-bound dyes in organically modified sol-gel-derived silicate films.

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    Martin-Brown, Skylar A; Fu, Yi; Saroja, Ginagunta; Collinson, Maryanne M; Higgins, Daniel A

    2005-01-15

    Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy is used to study dye diffusion within organically modified silicate (ORMOSIL) films. ORMOSIL films are prepared from sols containing tetraethoxysilane and isobutyltrimethoxysilane in 2:1 and 1:9 molar ratios. Nile red and a new silanized form of nile red that can be covalently attached to the silicate matrix are used as fluorescent probe molecules. The number and rate of single molecules diffusing through these films increases dramatically with increasing film organic content. Autocorrelation of the fluorescence images yields a quantitative measure of the relative populations of fixed and diffusing species. Surprisingly, both "free" and silicate-bound nile red exhibit relatively facile translational motions. Single-molecule/single-point fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) is used to measure the dye diffusion coefficients in submicrometer-scale film regions. The most common diffusion coefficients for "free" and silicate-bound nile red molecules in the 1:9 films are 3.9 x 10(-10) and 1.6 x 10(-10) cm(2)/s, respectively. The unexpectedly rapid diffusion of silicate-bound nile red is attributed to the presence of liquidlike silicate oligomers in the films. A lower bound for the molecular weight of the oligomers is estimated at 2900. Bulk solution-phase FCS experiments performed on "free" and silicate-bound nile red species extracted into chloroform solutions provide valuable support for these conclusions. Comparison of the results derived from experimental and simulated time transients indicates film heterogeneity occurs on sub-100-nm-length scales and likely results from the presence of inorganic- and organic-rich domains.

  6. Electrochromic investigation of sol-gel-derived thin films of TiO{sub 2}-V{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Ivanova, T. . E-mail: tativan@phys.bas.bg; Harizanova, A.

    2005-03-08

    Thin films of TiO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} were obtained by dip-coating sol-gel technique. Sols were prepared from titanium ethoxide and inorganic V{sub 2}O{sub 5} sol received by dissolution of vanadium pentoxide in hydrogen peroxide. Sol-gel TiO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} films are deposited on conductive glass substrates. TiO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} systems were characterized by FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. Optical transmittance measurements were carried out. Electrochromic characterization was recorded by cyclic voltammetry using three-electrode arrangement. All samples demonstrated electrochromic effect.

  7. Photorefractive sol-gel materials

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    Chaput, F.; Boilot, J.P.; Gacoin, T.; Darracq, B.; Riehl, D.; Canva, M.; Levy, Y.; Brun, A.

    1996-12-31

    The authors report the synthesis and characterization of photorefractive sol-gel materials that possess covalently attached push-pull azobenzene and carbazole moieties. Molecular structural characterization of the modified silane monomers was achieved by {sup 1}H NMR and infra red spectroscopy. The second-order nonlinear optical properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid films prepared from modified silane monomers were evaluated by second-harmonic generation. The stabilized value of the second harmonic coefficient, d{sub 33}, of films poled by corona discharge, at 1,064 nm fundamental wavelength was found to be 107 pm/V. Photorefractivity was clearly displayed from a two beam coupling experiment.

  8. Sol-gel precursors and products thereof

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    Warren, Scott C.; DiSalvo, Jr., Francis J.; Weisner, Ulrich B.

    2017-02-14

    The present invention provides a generalizable single-source sol-gel precursor capable of introducing a wide range of functionalities to metal oxides such as silica. The sol-gel precursor facilitates a one-molecule, one-step approach to the synthesis of metal-silica hybrids with combinations of biological, catalytic, magnetic, and optical functionalities. The single-source precursor also provides a flexible route for simultaneously incorporating functional species of many different types. The ligands employed for functionalizing the metal oxides are derived from a library of amino acids, hydroxy acids, or peptides and a silicon alkoxide, allowing many biological functionalities to be built into silica hybrids. The ligands can coordinate with a wide range of metals via a carboxylic acid, thereby allowing direct incorporation of inorganic functionalities from across the periodic table. Using the single-source precursor a wide range of functionalized nanostructures such as monolith structures, mesostructures, multiple metal gradient mesostructures and Stober-type nanoparticles can be synthesized. ##STR00001##

  9. Structural and electrical properties of ferroelectric Na{sub 0.5} (Bi{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x} ){sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (x=0.00 and 0.10) ceramics synthesized by Sol-Gel method

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    Shalini, K.; Muneeswaran, M.; Giridharan, N. V.

    2016-05-23

    Ferroelectric Na{sub 0.5}(Bi{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}){sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (x=0.00, 0.10) ceramics have been synthesized through sol-gel method. The phase formation has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis of ceramics annealed at 800°C. The relaxation mechanism is observed from variation of dielectric constant with respect to temperature and frequency. Substitution of Pr reduces vacancies and defects identified from leakage current measurements. Further, the polarization Vs electric field (P-E) measurements have been performed at room temperature.

  10. Fabrication of advanced electrochemical energy materials using sol-gel processing techniques

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    Chu, C. T.; Chu, Jay; Zheng, Haixing

    1995-01-01

    Advanced materials play an important role in electrochemical energy devices such as batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors. They are being used as both electrodes and electrolytes. Sol-gel processing is a versatile solution technique used in fabrication of ceramic materials with tailored stoichiometry, microstructure, and properties. The application of sol-gel processing in the fabrication of advanced electrochemical energy materials will be presented. The potentials of sol-gel derived materials for electrochemical energy applications will be discussed along with some examples of successful applications. Sol-gel derived metal oxide electrode materials such as V2O5 cathodes have been demonstrated in solid-slate thin film batteries; solid electrolytes materials such as beta-alumina for advanced secondary batteries had been prepared by the sol-gel technique long time ago; and high surface area transition metal compounds for capacitive energy storage applications can also be synthesized with this method.

  11. Fabrication of advanced electrochemical energy materials using sol-gel processing techniques

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    Chu, C. T.; Chu, Jay; Zheng, Haixing

    1995-01-01

    Advanced materials play an important role in electrochemical energy devices such as batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors. They are being used as both electrodes and electrolytes. Sol-gel processing is a versatile solution technique used in fabrication of ceramic materials with tailored stoichiometry, microstructure, and properties. The application of sol-gel processing in the fabrication of advanced electrochemical energy materials will be presented. The potentials of sol-gel derived materials for electrochemical energy applications will be discussed along with some examples of successful applications. Sol-gel derived metal oxide electrode materials such as V2O5 cathodes have been demonstrated in solid-slate thin film batteries; solid electrolytes materials such as beta-alumina for advanced secondary batteries had been prepared by the sol-gel technique long time ago; and high surface area transition metal compounds for capacitive energy storage applications can also be synthesized with this method.

  12. The Orientation and Grain Texture Effect on Life Time Reliability of Sol-Gel Derived PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 Films

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    Doi, Toshihiro; Noguchi, Takashi; Fuji, Jun; Soyama, Nobuyuki; Sakurai, Hideaki

    2012-09-01

    We fabricated Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) films with different orientations and grain textures by the sol-gel method. The fabricated films were tested using the high accelerated lifetime testing system. As a result, films with coarse grain texture exhibited longer lifetimes and a higher acceleration factor than those with fine-grained texture. The film orientation did not affect the mean time to failure of the film. This suggests that breaking phenomena are strongly dependent on the number of grain boundaries.

  13. Study of catalytic properties of sol-gel-derived CoO x -SiO2 film systems by the example of the growth of carbon nanomaterials

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    Levitskii, V. S.; Maksimov, A. I.; Moshnikov, V. A.; Terukov, E. I.

    2014-07-01

    Film catalytic samples in the Si-Co-O system in the composition range from 15 to 90 mol % Co have been prepared using the sol-gel technology. Carbon nanomaterials have been fabricated by pyrolytic synthesis using these films as catalysts. Raman spectroscopy of materials has shown that multiwalled carbon nanotubes are formed by pyrolysis on catalytic films containing Co3O4. The dependence of the carbon material length on the synthesis time has been considered. It has been shown that the average growth rate of tubes and fibers is ˜3 μm/min.

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Ferroelectric BaTi0.91(Hf0.5, Zr0.5)0.09O3 Thin Films by Sol-Gel Process Using Titanium and Zirconium Alkoxides

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    Thongrueng, Jirawat; Nishio, Keishi; Nagata, Kunihiro; Tsuchiya, Toshio

    2000-09-01

    Sol-gel-derived BaTi0.91(Hf0.5, Zr0.5)0.09O3 (BTHZ-9) thin films have been successfully prepared on Pt and Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrates by spin-coating and sintering from 550 to 900°C for 2 h in oxygen ambient. X-ray diffraction measurement indicated that the single perovskite phase of the BTHZ-9 thin films was obtained at heat treatment above 650°C. The formation temperature of the double-alkoxy-derived BTHZ-9 thin films was lower by at least 80°C than that of the films prepared from only titanium alkoxide. The microstructure of the films was observed by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The grain size of the films increased from 70 to 200 nm with increasing sintering temperature ranging from 650 to 850°C. The maximum peak for the dielectric constant, corresponding to the Curie point (87°C), was broad and lower in magnitude compared with that of the BTHZ-9 bulk ceramics. Tensile stresses resulting from the differences between thermal expansion coefficients of the substrate and the film caused poor electrical properties. BTHZ-9 thin films exhibited a well-saturated polarization-electric field hysteresis loop. The polarization and coercive field for the 850-nm-thick BTHZ-9 thin film prepared on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate at 750°C were determined to be 8 μC/cm2 and 15 kV/cm, respectively. Those of the BTHZ-9 thin film prepared on Pt substrate at 850°C were found to be 9 μC/cm2 and 18 kV/cm, respectively.

  15. Sol-gel composite material characteristics caused by different dielectric constant sol-gel phases

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    Kimoto, Keisuke; Matsumoto, Makoto; Kaneko, Tsukasa; Kobayashi, Makiko

    2016-07-01

    Ultrasonic transducers prepared by a sol-gel composite method have been investigated in the field of nondestructive testing (NDT). Sol-gel composite materials could be ideal piezoelectric materials for ultrasonic transducer applications in the NDT field, and a new sol-gel composite with desirable characteristics has been developed. Three kinds of sol-gel composite materials composed of different dielectric constant sol-gel phases, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), Bi4Ti3O12 (BiT), and BaTiO3 (BT), and the same piezoelectric powder phase, PbTiO3 (PT), were fabricated and their properties were compared quantitatively. As a result, the PT/BT, sol-gel composite with the highest dielectric constant sol-gel phase showed the highest d 33 and signal strength. In addition, only PT/BT was successfully poled by room-temperature corona poling with reasonable signal strength.

  16. Incorporation of sol-gel-derived Mg into InZnO semiconductor thin films for metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors

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    Tsay, Chien-Yie; Wu, Po-Hsien

    2017-03-01

    We incorporated Mg into InZnO (MIZO) semiconductor thin films and fabricated metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) UV photodetectors by the sol-gel method. The effects of incorporating Mg into IZO films on the electrical and UV photoresponse properties were investigated and photoconductive UV detectors were realized using IZO-based films. The Mg content ([Mg]/[In + Zn]) was varied from 0 to 20% in the resultant solutions. Each as-coated sol-gel film was preheated at 300 °C for 10 min and annealed at 450 °C for 2 h to form dense oxide films. Results showed that all as-prepared IZO-based films had an amorphous phase structure, displayed a flat surface, and exhibited a high visible transmittance (≥90.0%). We found that UV light illumination increased the photocurrents in all IZO-based films, and that MIZO photodetectors exhibited better photocurrent generation than pure IZO photodetectors. The 20% Mg-doped IZO photodetectors exhibited the highest I light-to-I dark ratio (8.57) and the highest percentage of sensitivity (756.9).

  17. Preparation of Gd2O2S: Yb3+, Er3+, Tm3+ sub-micro phosphors by sulfurization of the oxides derived from sol-gel method and the upconversion luminescence properties

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    Wang, Nengli; Liu, Zuojie; Tong, Huanzhe; Zhang, Xiyan; Bai, Zhaohui

    2017-07-01

    Yb3+, Er3+ and Tm3+ co-doped Gd2O2S sub-micro phosphors were synthesized by solid-state sulfurization of the oxide powders derived from sol-gel method. The crystal structure, morphology and upconversion luminescence properties of the phosphors were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopic and fluorescence spectrum analysis methods. The phosphors exhibited typical hexagonal Gd2O2S phase when sulfurized at 800 °C for 2 h. Under the excitation of 980 nm laser diode, the Gd2O2S: Yb3+, Er3+, Tm3+ phosphors displayed distinct blue, green and red upconversion emissions centered at 481, 546 and 669 nm, respectively. The Gd2O2S phosphors using acetic acid as a chelating agent in the sol-gel process had the optimal upconversion emission property. The upconversion mechanism analysis revealed that the two-photon absorption was mainly responsible for the green and red upconversion emission of Er3+ ions, and the three-photon absorption was responsible for the blue upconversion emission of Tm3+ ions in the Gd2O2S: Yb3+, Er3+, Tm3+ phosphors.

  18. Preferred crystal orientation of sol-gel-derived Bi4-xLaxTi3O12 thin films on silicon substrates.

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    Tajiri, Takayuki; Sumitani, Kazushi; Haruki, Rie; Kohno, Atsushi

    2007-12-01

    Polycrystalline thin films of La-substituted bismuth titanate (BLT) were formed directly on p-type Si(100) substrates by using sol-gel and spin coat methods. The BLT film and interfacial layer between BLT and Si were quantitatively investigated by the X-ray reflectivity method. Also, crystal orientations of sub-100-nm-thick BLT thin films were confirmed by X-ray diffraction using a synchrotron radiation source. The preferred c-axis orientation normal to the surface depended on the crystallization temperature. The difference in the preferred c-axis orientations of the BLT films caused the difference in the hysteresis voltage width in the capacitance-voltage characteristics of Au/BLT/p-Si structures. Furthermore, the c-axis of the Bilayered structure was preferentially oriented and aligned in the in-plane direction.

  19. Sol-gel synthesis of Y xGd 2- xSiO 5:Eu 3+ phosphors derived from the in situ assembly of multicomponent hybrid precursors

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    Huang, Honghua; Yan, Bing

    2006-04-01

    Using rare earth coordination polymers with salicylic acid as precursors for the luminescence species Y xGd 2- xSiO 5:Eu 3+, composing the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as dispersing media, nanophosphors of Y xGd 2- xSiO 5:Eu 3+ ( x = 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 0.90) with different molar ratio of Y and Gd were synthesized by the sol-gel process. Both X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscope show that these materials have the nanometer size of 100-200 nm. These nanometer materials exhibit red emission at 612 nm. When x = 0.5, Y 0.5Gd 1.5SiO 5:Eu 3+ shows the strongest emission intensity comparing with other molar ratio of Y to Gd.

  20. Enhanced self-repairing capability of sol-gel derived SrTiO{sub 3}/nano Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite films

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    Yao, Manwen Peng, Yong; Xiao, Ruihua; Li, Qiuxia; Yao, Xi

    2016-08-29

    SrTiO{sub 3}/nano Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} inorganic nanocomposites were prepared by using a conventional sol-gel spin coating process. For comparison, SrTiO{sub 3} films doped by equivalent amount of sol-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} have also been investigated. Aluminum deposited by using vacuum evaporation was used as the top electrode. The nanocomposites exhibited a significantly enhanced dielectric strength of 506.9 MV/m, which was increased by 97.4% as compared with the SrTiO{sub 3} films doped with sol-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The leakage current maintained of the same order of microampere until the ultimate breakdown of the nanocomposites. The excellent electrical performances are ascribed to the anodic oxidation reaction in origin, which can repair the internal and/or surface defects of the films.

  1. Optical and electrical properties study of sol-gel derived Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} thin films for solar cells

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    Guo, B. L.; Liu, X. J.; Li, A. D. E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn; Chen, Y. H.; Liu, W. C. E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn

    2014-09-15

    The fabrication of environmental-friendly Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) thin films with pure kesterite phase is always a challenge to researchers in the field of solar cells. We introduce a simple non-vacuum sol-gel method to fabricate kesterite CZTS films. Ethylenediamine is used as the chelating agent and stabilizer and plays an important role in preparing stable precursor. X-ray diffraction, Raman and scanning electron microscopy studies suggest that the microstructure and optical properties of CZTS films depend strongly on annealing temperatures. The temperature dependence of conductivity of 500 °C annealed CZTS film shows that the Mott law dominates in the low temperature region and thermionic emission is predominant at high temperatures.

  2. Optical and electrical properties study of sol-gel derived Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films for solar cells

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    Guo, B. L.; Chen, Y. H.; Liu, X. J.; Liu, W. C.; Li, A. D.

    2014-09-01

    The fabrication of environmental-friendly Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films with pure kesterite phase is always a challenge to researchers in the field of solar cells. We introduce a simple non-vacuum sol-gel method to fabricate kesterite CZTS films. Ethylenediamine is used as the chelating agent and stabilizer and plays an important role in preparing stable precursor. X-ray diffraction, Raman and scanning electron microscopy studies suggest that the microstructure and optical properties of CZTS films depend strongly on annealing temperatures. The temperature dependence of conductivity of 500 °C annealed CZTS film shows that the Mott law dominates in the low temperature region and thermionic emission is predominant at high temperatures.

  3. Effect of magnesia on the degradability and bioactivity of sol-gel derived SiO2-CaO-MgO-P2O5 system glasses.

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    Ma, J; Chen, C Z; Wang, D G; Jiao, Y; Shi, J Z

    2010-11-01

    Mesoporous 58SiO(2)-(38-x)CaO-xMgO-4P(2)O(5) glasses (where x=0, 5, 10 and 20 mol%) have been prepared by the sol-gel synthesis route. The effects of the substitution of MgO for CaO on glass degradation and bioactivity were studied in tris-(hydroxymethyl)-aminomethane and hydrochloric acid buffer solution (Tris-HCl) and simulated body fluid (SBF), respectively. It is observed that the synthesized glasses with various MgO contents possess the similar textural properties. The studies of in vitro degradability and bioactivity show that the rate of glass degradation gradually decreases with the increase of MgO and the formation of apatite layer on glass surface is retarded. The influences of the composition upon glass properties are explained in terms of their internal structures.

  4. Effect of interface structure on the chemical composition and electrical properties of sol-gel-derived LaNiO3 films

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    Zhu, M. W.; Wang, H. L.; Han, H. J.; Wang, Z. J.; Zhang, Z. D.

    2015-06-01

    In the present work, lanthanum nickel oxide (LNO) thin films are prepared with the sol-gel multilayer coating method. Lattice-matched SrTiO3 (STO) buffer layer is introduced to tailor the film-substrate interface. The effect of interface structure on the electrical properties, microstructure and chemical composition of LNO films is investigated. The results show that the improvement in the interface structure minimizes the effect of interface on the electrical properties of LNO films and leads to a sharp decrease in room-temperature resistivity of LNO films to 570 μΩ cm, comparable to that of the LNO films on single-crystal STO substrate. This is ascribed to the decrease in structural disorder and the concentration of oxygen vacancies in the LNO films.

  5. Investigation of the structure and composition of film sol-gel-derived CoO x -SiO2 systems

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    Levitskii, V. S.; Maksimov, A. I.; Moshnikov, V. A.; Terukov, E. I.

    2014-02-01

    Samples of Si-Co-O ranging in composition from 15 to 90% of cobalt content have been synthesized by the sol-gel technology. The results of atomic force microscopy have demonstrated that the preliminary centrifugation of the solutions makes it possible to control the size of the nanospheres obtained in the stage of sol formation. For diagnostics of the phase composition of the film and bulk materials, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction analysis have been used. The results of X-ray powder diffraction analysis and Raman spectroscopy have revealed that the nanospheres belong to the Co3O4 spinel phase. It has been found that there is a correlation between the positions of the Raman band maxima and the nanosphere size.

  6. Influence of (Co-Mn) co-doping on the microstructures, optical properties of sol-gel derived ZnO nanoparticles

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    Neena, D.; Shah, A. H.; Deshmukh, K.; Ahmad, H.; Fu, D. J.; Kondamareddy, K. K.; Kumar, P.; Dwivedi, R. K.; Sing, V.

    2016-03-01

    A systematic investigation on the synthesis, characterization, optical and magnetic properties of (Co-Mn) co doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method is reported. Structural, Optical and magnetic properties of present sample have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy and VSM techniques. The single- phased wurtzite structure has been confirmed by XRD analysis. The nanoparticles nature of the samples and their crystallinity has been investigated by TEM measurements. Optical studies revealed red shift (3.315-3.289 eV) with increasing Mn doping concentration in the absorbance spectrum. Magnetization studies showed that Zn0.7Co0.2Mn0.1O exhibits ferromagnetic behavior.

  7. Biomass-Derived Heteroatom-Doped Carbon Aerogels from a Salt Melt Sol-Gel Synthesis and their Performance in Li-S Batteries.

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    Schipper, Florian; Vizintin, Alen; Ren, Jiawen; Dominko, Robert; Fellinger, Tim-Patrick

    2015-09-21

    An ionothermal sol-gel strategy to synthesize hierarchically porous carbon aerogels doped with different heteroatoms is presented by using biomass precursors in a scalable process. Morphologically similar but chemically different materials are used to study the influence of heteroatoms in Li-S batteries. The materials show capacities as high as 1290 mAh g(-1) in the first cycle using 50 wt % S loading. Heteroatom doping reduces the capacity fading and the polarization throughout cycling. Zeta potential measurements reveal positive surface charges for heteroatom-doped carbons and indicate attractive interactions with polysulfides causing reduced fading. A polysulfide-selective sorption study reveals strongly different adsorption behavior depending on the carbon's chemical composition. Interestingly, the polysulfide fraction is also crucial. The results indicate that improved adsorption of long-chain polysulfides to doped carbons is related to improved capacity retention.

  8. Sol-gel deposited electrochromic coatings

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    Ozer, N.; Lampert, C.M.

    1995-06-01

    Electrochromic devices have increasing application in display devices, switchable mirrors and smart windows. A variety of vacuum deposition technologies have been used to make electrochromic devices. The sol- gel process offers an alternative approach to the synthesis of optical quality and low cost electrochromic device layers. This study summarizes the developments in sol-gel deposited electrochromic films. The sol-gel process involves the formation of oxide networks upon hydrolysis-condensation of alkoxide precursors. In this study we cover the sol-gel deposited oxides of WO[sub 3], V[sub 2]O[sub 5], TiO[sub 2], Nb[sub 2]O[sub 5], and NiO[sub x].

  9. Sol-gel antireflective coating on plastics

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    Ashley, C.S.; Reed, S.T.

    1988-01-26

    An antireflection film made from reliquified sol-gel hydrolyzation, condensation polymeric reaction product of a silicon, alkoxides and/or metal alkoxides, or mixtures thereof. The film is particularly useful for coating plastics.

  10. Sol-gel antireflective coating on plastics

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    Ashley, Carol S.; Reed, Scott T.

    1990-01-01

    An antireflection film made from a reliquified sol-gel hydrolyzation, condensation polymeric reaction product of a silicon, alkoxides and/or metal alkoxides, or mixtures thereof. The film is particularly useful for coating plastics.

  11. Sol-gel antireflective coating on plastics

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    Ashley, Carol S.; Reed, Scott T.

    1990-01-01

    An antireflection film made from a reliquified sol-gel hydrolyzation, condensation polymeric reaction product of a silicon, alkoxides and/or metal alkoxides, or mixtures thereof. The film is particularly useful for coating plastics.

  12. A silica sol-gel design strategy for nanostructured metallic materials.

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    Warren, Scott C; Perkins, Matthew R; Adams, Ashley M; Kamperman, Marleen; Burns, Andrew A; Arora, Hitesh; Herz, Erik; Suteewong, Teeraporn; Sai, Hiroaki; Li, Zihui; Werner, Jörg; Song, Juho; Werner-Zwanziger, Ulrike; Zwanziger, Josef W; Grätzel, Michael; DiSalvo, Francis J; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2012-03-18

    Batteries, fuel cells and solar cells, among many other high-current-density devices, could benefit from the precise meso- to macroscopic structure control afforded by the silica sol-gel process. The porous materials made by silica sol-gel chemistry are typically insulators, however, which has restricted their application. Here we present a simple, yet highly versatile silica sol-gel process built around a multifunctional sol-gel precursor that is derived from the following: amino acids, hydroxy acids or peptides; a silicon alkoxide; and a metal acetate. This approach allows a wide range of biological functionalities and metals--including noble metals--to be combined into a library of sol-gel materials with a high degree of control over composition and structure. We demonstrate that the sol-gel process based on these precursors is compatible with block-copolymer self-assembly, colloidal crystal templating and the Stöber process. As a result of the exceptionally high metal content, these materials can be thermally processed to make porous nanocomposites with metallic percolation networks that have an electrical conductivity of over 1,000 S cm(-1). This improves the electrical conductivity of porous silica sol-gel nanocomposites by three orders of magnitude over existing approaches, opening applications to high-current-density devices.

  13. Preparation and application of the sol-gel-derived acrylate/silicone co-polymer coatings for headspace solid-phase microextraction of 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide in soil.

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    Liu, Mingming; Zeng, Zhaorui; Fang, Huaifang

    2005-05-27

    Three types of novel acrylate/silicone co-polymer coatings, including co-poly(methyl acrylate/hydroxy-terminated silicone oil) (MA/OH-TSO), co-poly(methyl methacrylate/OH-TSO) (MMA/OH-TSO) and co-poly(butyl methacrylate/OH-TSO) (BMA/OH-TSO), were prepared for the first time by sol-gel method and cross-linking technology and subsequently applied to headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) of 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide (CEES), a surrogate of mustard, in soil. The underlying mechanisms of the coating process were discussed and confirmed by IR spectra. The selectivity of the three types of sol-gel-derived acrylate/silicone coated fibers was studied, and the BMA/OH-TSO coated fibers exhibited the highest extraction ability to CEES. The concentration of BMA and OH-TSO in sol solution was optimized, and the BMA/OH-TSO (3:1)-coated fibers possessed the highest extraction efficiency. Compared with commercially available polyacrylate (PA) fiber, the sol-gel-derived BMA/OH-TSO (3:1) fibers showed much higher extraction efficiency to CEES. Therefore, the BMA/OH-TSO (3:1)-coated fibers were chosen for the analysis of CEES in soil matrix. The reproducibility of coating preparation was satisfactory, with the RSD 2.39% within batch and 3.52% between batches, respectively. The coatings proved to be quite stable at high temperature (to 350 degrees C) and in different solvents (organic or inorganic), thus their lifetimes (to 150 times) are longer than conventional fibers. Extraction parameters, such as the volume of water added to the soil, extraction temperature and time, and the ionic strength were optimized. The linearity was from 0.1 to 10 microg/g, the limit of detection (LOD) was 2.7 ng/g, and the RSD was 2.19%. The recovery of CEES was 88.06% in agriculture soil, 92.61% in red clay, and 101.95% in sandy soil, respectively.

  14. Strain-induced crystallization in elastomeric polymer networks prepared in solution and sol-gel derived high-temperature organic-inorganic hybrid materials

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    Premachandra, Jagath Kumara

    Cross-linking polymer chains in solution should bring about fewer inter-chain entanglements in the resulting network. The subsequent drying of this network should compress the chains into a "super-contracted" state. The opposing effects of these changes on strain-induced crystallization in cis-1,4-polyisoprene networks formed in solution were investigated. Higher elongations were required to achieve strain-induced crystallinity in the networks prepared at higher dilutions, suggesting that in this regard the compressed states of the chains was more important than their reduced entangling. The constrained-junction theory was applied to strain-induced crystallization in the above networks. The stress-strain isotherms generated from this theory were in satisfactory agreement with experiment. It was found that the constraint parameter kappa decreases with increase in dilution during cross-linking mainly due to the fact that cross-linking in solution decreases chain interpenetration. The dependence of hydrolysis and condensation of gamma-ureidopropyltrimethoxysilane on pH in the water-methanol system at 23sp°C was investigated by FTIR spectroscopy. Quantitative analysis of rates of hydrolysis showed that gamma-ureidopropyltrimethoxysilane is most stable in the water-methanol system at pH 7.7. The rate of overall condensation of silanols produced by the hydrolysis was qualitatively analyzed. These silanol groups are relatively more stable around pH 4.87. The mechanical properties, thermal stability and water absorption of high-temperature sulfopolybenzobisthiazole-silica hybrid materials were investigated. The use of a bonding agent N,N-diethylaminopropyltrimethoxysilane facilitated the interfacial bonding between the organic and inorganic phases in these materials prepared through the sol-gel process. Tensile modulus, thermal stability and the resistant to water absorption were increased with increase in silica content in the resulting composites

  15. A sol-gel derived pH-responsive bovine serum albumin molecularly imprinted poly(ionic liquids) on the surface of multiwall carbon nanotubes.

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    Liu, Mingming; Pi, Jiangyan; Wang, Xiaojie; Huang, Rong; Du, Yamei; Yu, Xiaoyang; Tan, Wenfeng; Liu, Fan; Shea, Kenneth J

    2016-08-17

    A pH-responsive surface molecularly imprinted poly(ionic liquids) (MIPILs) was prepared on the surface of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by a sol-gel technique. The material was synthesized using a 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane modified multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT-APTES) as the substrate, bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the template molecule, an alkoxy-functionalized IL 1-(3-trimethoxysilyl propyl)-3-methyl imidazolium chloride ([TMSPMIM]Cl) as both the functional monomer and the sol-gel catalyst, and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the crosslinking agent. The molecular interaction between BSA and [TMSPMIM]Cl was quantitatively evaluated by UV-vis spectroscopy prior to polymerization so as to identify an optimal template/monomer ratio and the most suitable pH value for the preparation of the MWCNTs@BSA-MIPILs. This strategy was found to be effective to overcome the problems of trial-and-error protocol in molecular imprinting. The optimum synthesis conditions were as follows: template/monomer ratio 7:20, crosslinking agent content 2.0-2.5 mL, temperature 4 °C and pH 8.9 Tris-HCl buffer. The influence of incubation pH on adsorption was also studied. The result showed that the imprinting effect and selectivity improved significantly with increasing incubation pH from 7.7 to 9.9. This is mainly because the non-specific binding from electrostatic and hydrogen bonding interactions decreased greatly with the increase of pH value, which made the specific binding affinity from shape selectivity strengthened instead. The polymers synthesized under the optimal conditions were then characterized by BET surface area measurement, FTIR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The adsorption capacity, imprinting effect, selective recognition and reusability were also evaluated. The as-prepared MWCNTs@BSA-MIPILs were also found to have a number of advantages including high surface area (134.2 m(2) g(-1)), high adsorption capacity (55.52

  16. Sol-gel-derived bioactive glass containing SiO2-MgO-CaO-P2O5 as an antibacterial scaffold.

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    Fooladi, Abbas Ali Imani; Hosseini, Hamideh Mahmoodzadeh; Hafezi, Forough; Hosseinnejad, Fatemeh; Nourani, Mohammad Reza

    2013-06-01

    Bioactive glass (BG) composites with a base of SiO2-Na2O-CaO-P2O5 are biocompatible biomaterials. The assessment of their abilities for medical applications has interested researchers. We produced a BG-containing SiO2-MgO-CaO-P2O5 by the sol-gel method. To determine the antibacterial effects, we analyzed the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC) properties of this product on three microorganisms, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, known causative agents for biofilm formation on implant surfaces. In addition, we performed the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay to study the cytotoxic effects of our composite on animal cells. Our results demonstrated that our BG product inhibited the growth of bacteria in a concentration-dependent manner without any cytotoxic effects. Therefore, our BG product can be utilized as an appropriate implant for treating bone and tooth defects.

  17. In vitro characterisation of a sol-gel derived in situ silica-coated silicate and carbonate co-doped hydroxyapatite nanopowder for bone grafting.

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    Latifi, Seyed Mohsen; Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Sharifnabi, Ali; Varshosaz, Jaleh

    2017-06-01

    Design and synthesis of materials with better properties and performance are essential requirements in the field of biomaterials science that would directly improve patient quality of life. For this purpose, in situ silica-coated silicate and carbonate co-doped hydroxyapatite (Sc/S.C.HA) nanopowder was synthesized via the sol-gel method. Characterisation of the prepared nanopowder was carried out by XRD, FTIR, TEM, SEM, EDX, ICP, zeta potential, acid dissolution test, and cell culture test. The substitution of the silicate and carbonate ions into hydroxyapatite structure was confirmed by FTIR analysis. XRD analysis showed that silica is an amorphous phase, which played a role in covering the surface of the S.C.HA nanoparticles as confirmed by acid dissolution test. Low thickness and low integrity of the amorphous silica surface layer facilitated ions release from S.C.HA nanoparticles into physiological saline solution. Zeta potential of the prepared nanopowder suspended in physiological saline solution was -27.3±0.2mV at pH7.4. This negatively charged surface, due to the presence of amorphous silica layer upon the S.C.HA nanoparticles, not only had an accelerating effect on in vitro biomineralization of apatite, but also had a positive effect on cell attachment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Sr and Mn co-doped sol-gel derived BiFeO3 ceramics with enhanced magnetism and reduced leakage current

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    Sharma, Nandni; Kumar, Sanjeev; Mall, Ashish Kumar; Gupta, Rajeev; Garg, Ashish

    2017-01-01

    In this manuscript, we report the effect of Sr and Mn doping on the electrical and magnetic characteristics of BiFeO3 nanoparticles, synthesized by sol-gel technique. While powder diffraction analysis of the samples suggested absence of any structural distortion in both Sr-doped and Sr and Mn co-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles, Rietveld refinement of the data suggested that the unit cell volume decreases with doping. Room temperature Raman studies of the samples confirmed the incorporation of Sr and Mn in BiFeO3. It was seen that Sr doping of BiFeO3 showed substantial reduction in the leakage current whilst co-doping with Sr and Mn led to lower reduction in the leakage current through offering better performance over undoped BiFeO3, due to changes brought in the defect chemistry upon doping. Additionally, Sr and Mn co-doped BiFeO3 samples exhibit enhanced magnetization in comparison to undoped and Sr doped BiFeO3, possibly due to interruptions in the spin cycloid of BiFeO3.

  19. Microstructure evolution of zinc oxide films derived from dip-coating sol-gel technique: formation of nanorods through orientation attachment.

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    Huang, Nan; Sun, Chao; Zhu, Mingwei; Zhang, Bin; Gong, Jun; Jiang, Xin

    2011-07-01

    ZnO:Al thin films with Al incorporation of 0-20 at.% were deposited through the sol-gel technique. Such a film undergoes a significant microstructure development, from columnar to granular structures and then nanorod arrays with increasing Al content. The important role of Al incorporation level in the microstructure evolution was determined using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. At low Al level, the transition from columnar to granular grains can be attributed to the coarsening barrier resulting from the introduction of Al into the matrix. However, oriented structures of ZnO nanorod arrays are formed at a high Al level. TEM investigation reveals that a nanorod with smooth morphology at the top and rough morphology at the bottom has a single-crystalline wurtzite structure, which is the aggregation of nanoparticles of a few nanometers in size formed through the orientation attachment mechanism followed by epitaxial growth on the aggregated particles. Finally, the physical properties of the ZnO films with different degrees of Al concentration are discussed. Such detailed microstructure studies may aid the understanding of the doping effect process on the growth of a film, which is essential to altering its physical or chemical properties.

  20. Effects of rare earth ions (Tb, Ce, Eu, Dy) on the thermoluminescence characteristics of sol-gel derived and γ-irradiated SiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Bajpai, Namrata; Tiwari, Ashish; Khan, S A; Kher, R S; Bramhe, Namita; Dhoble, S J

    2014-09-01

    Highly pure SiO2 and SiO2 :RE nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol-gel method. The morphological, structural and optical properties of the nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD results indicate that all the samples studied were free from impurities. SEM/TEM results indicate that the samples were well dispersed. Surface characterization of the nanocrystals by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy has been carried out and the structure of surface-bound SiO2 based on spectral analysis is proposed. Thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics were investigated to study the influence of rare earth dopants (Tb, Ce, Eu, Dy) on SiO2 matrix subjected to 0.5 kG (1 h) γ-irradiation. Among these rare earth elements, Eu(3+) was found to be the most efficient dopant for SiO2 showing maximum thermoluminescence intensity. SiO2 :Eu0.5 seems to be a promising candidate for use as a TL dosimeter.

  1. Morphological and optical properties of sol-gel derived 6SrO·6BaO·7Al 2O 3 thin films

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    Chavhan, P. M.; Sharma, Anubha; Sharma, R. K.; Kaushik, N. K.

    2010-01-01

    A novel 6SrO·6BaO·7Al 2O 3 (S6B6A7) thin film deposited onto soda lime float glass via sol-gel dip coating technique is reported. The morphological and compositional properties of the S6B6A7 thin films have been investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealing that the films were composed of S6B6A7 nanoparticles. The optical properties of the S6B6A7 films are affected by sol concentration, film thickness and annealing temperature as revealed by UV-vis transmittance. The transparency of S6B6A7 films improved on increasing annealing temperature up to 450 °C in air. The S6B6A7 films prepared using 2, 5, and 8 (wt.%) sols and annealed at 450 °C exhibit an average transmittance of over ˜91% in wide visible range.

  2. Modulation of zinc release from bioactive sol-gel derived SiO(2)-CaO-ZnO glasses and ceramics.

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    Jaroch, D B; Clupper, D C

    2007-09-01

    Zinc is an essential trace element which may be effective in promoting hard tissue healing. Glasses in the SiO(2)-CaO-ZnO system were synthesized via sol-gel methods. Using a constant silica content (70 mol %), the ratio of Ca to Zn was varied (1.5, 3.5, or 6.5), as was the stabilization temperature (650, 750, or 850 degrees C), to examine such effects on the bioactive response and zinc release in simulated body fluid (SBF). XRD revealed the development of CaSiO(3) and Ca(2)ZnSi(2)O(7) crystalline phases during stabilization at 850 degrees C only. N(2) adsorption analysis determined that the specific surface area (BET) varied between 14 and 179 m(2)/g and was dependent on composition and stabilization temperature, as was the average initial pore size (51-125 A). The formation of hydroxycarbonate (HCA) and amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) was observed at 14 days for samples stabilized at 650 or 750 degrees C. Only ACP layers were observed on such samples prior to 14 day. Relative to the Ca levels at 14 day (60-485 microg/ml), Zn levels in solution were relatively low (0.06-1.18 microg/ml). EDX and ICP data suggested that released Zn was incorporated into the forming calcium phosphate reaction layer, thereby preventing concentrations of the essential trace element from reaching potentially toxic levels.

  3. Sol-gel derived Zn1-xFexS diluted magnetic semiconductor thin films: Compositional dependent room or above room temperature ferromagnetism

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    Goktas, A.

    2015-06-01

    Zn1-xFexS (where x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2) thin films were synthesized by sol-gel method. To investigate the origin of room or above room temperature ferromagnetism in these films several tools such as XRD, SEM, XPS, UV-Vis spectrophotometer and SQUİD magnetometer were used. The XRD studies showed that the phase singularity of ZnS zinc blende (hexagonal) structure. The SEM images indicated the homogeneous film surface with no cracking and increased particle size with increasing Fe-doping ratio except for 1 at.% Fe dopant. The presence of Zn, Fe, S, Si and O atoms in the films was observed in EDS spectrum. The XPS studies confirmed that the existence of Fe3+ ions in host ZnS thin films. In the UV-Vis measurements the band gap energy corresponding to the absorption edge was estimated to be approximately in the range of 3.59-2.08 eV, depending on the Fe doping level. The magnetization measurements revealed that the films had paramagnetic or ferromagnetic order depending on Fe doping ratio at 5, 100, 200, 300 and 350 K. The observed room or above room temperature ferromagnetism can be attributed to the strong p-d exchange interaction between Fe3+ d and anion (S2-) p orbitals as well as impurities.

  4. Influence of heat treatment on bond strength and corrosion resistance of sol-gel derived bioglass-ceramic coatings on magnesium alloy.

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    Shen, Sibo; Cai, Shu; Xu, Guohua; Zhao, Huan; Niu, Shuxin; Zhang, Ruiyue

    2015-05-01

    In this study, bioglass-ceramic coatings were prepared on magnesium alloy substrates through sol-gel dip-coating route followed by heat treatment at the temperature range of 350-500°C. Structure evolution, bond strength and corrosion resistance of samples were studied. It was shown that increasing heat treatment temperature resulted in denser coating structure as well as increased interfacial residual stress. A failure mode transition from cohesive to adhesive combined with a maximum on the measured bond strength together suggested that heat treatment enhanced the cohesion strength of coating on the one hand, while deteriorated the adhesion strength of coating/substrate on the other, thus leading to the highest bond strength of 27.0MPa for the sample heat-treated at 450°C. This sample also exhibited the best corrosion resistance. Electrochemical tests revealed that relative dense coating matrix and good interfacial adhesion can effectively retard the penetration of simulated body fluid through the coating, thus providing excellent protection for the underlying magnesium alloy.

  5. [Solid-phase microextraction coupled with capillary electrophoresis for doping analysis of propranolol enantiomers in urine using a sol-gel derived calix [4] arene fiber].

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    Zhou, Xingwang; Li, Xiujuan; Zeng, Zhaorui

    2006-01-01

    A new type fiber coated with diglycidyloxy calix [4] arene/hydroxy-terminated silicone oil (diglycidyloxy-C [4] arene/OH-TSO) made by sol-gel method was prepared for capillary electrophoresis (CE) sample pretreatment. By using headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) combined with a novel back-extraction facility coupled off-line to capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE), the determination of propranolol enantiomers in urine was achieved with combination of ultrasonic back-extraction and field amplified sample injection (FASI) technologies. Extraction and back-extraction parameters were optimized. The clean-up effect and preconcentration effect were realized without derivatization during the SPME process in terms of this strongly polar and thermally stable compound. Preconcentration of the sample by calix [4] arene fiber increased the sensitivity, yielding a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.01 mg/L by CZE-diode array detection (DAD). Method repeatability (relative standard deviations (RSD) < 6.5%) and fiber reusability (> 150 extraction procedures) were observed over a wide linear range of propranolol (0.05 - 10 mg/L) in urine samples. Compared with commercial SPME stationary phases, the new coating showed higher extraction efficiency and this SPME-CZE-DAD procedures could meet the demand of minimum required performance limits (MRPL) set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for the detection of propranolol in urine samples.

  6. Solid-phase microextraction coupled with capillary electrophoresis for the determination of propranolol enantiomers in urine using a sol-gel derived calix[4]arene fiber.

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    Zhou, Xingwang; Li, Xiujuan; Zeng, Zhaorui

    2006-02-03

    A new type of diglycidyloxy-calix[4]arene coated fiber made by sol-gel method was initially prepared for capillary electrophoresis (CE) sample pretreatment. By using headspace solid-phase microextraction (SPME) combined with a novel back-extraction facility coupled off-line to capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE), the simultaneous determination of propranolol enantiomers in human urine was achieved. The clean up effect and preconcentration effect were realized for the first time without derivatization during the SPME process in terms of these strong polarity and thermal stable compounds. Ultrasonic back-extraction and field amplified sample injection (FASI) technologies were employed. Extraction and back-extraction parameters were optimized. Preconcentration of the sample by calix[4]arene fiber based SPME and FASI increased the sensitivity, yielding a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.01microg/ml by CZE-diode array detection (DAD). Method repeatability (RSD<6.5%) and fiber reusability (>150 extraction procedures) were observed over a linear range (0.05-10microg/ml) in urine samples. Based on the superior thermal stability, high alkali- and solvent-resistant ability, marvelous repeatability and long lifetime of the novel fiber, this SPME-FASI-CZE procedure could meet the demand of minimum required performance limit (MRPL) set by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) for the detection of propranolol in urine samples.

  7. Synthesis, characterization and application of sol-gel derived mesoporous TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Khan, M. Alam; Shaheer Akhtar, M.; Yang, O-Bong

    2010-12-15

    Nanocrystalline mesoporous titania of anatase crystal phase were prepared by sol-gel route by varying calcination (400 C and 600 C) conditions, and the photo-electrochemical properties were investigated for dye-sensitized solar cell applications. The TTIP precursor in n-heptane solvent with ratio of water to TTIP (5:1) was found to be effective substrate for the working electrodes. The overall conversion efficiency of 7.59% was achieved under 1 sun irradiation with open circuit voltage of 0.77 V, current density of 17.00 mA/cm{sup 2} and FF of 51.12. The high efficiency of the 400 C calcined sample were attributed to its mesopores, high BET surface area (80.1 m{sup 2}/g) and large pore volume of prepared titania substrate which provide better surface for the absorption of dye, improves light harvesting efficiency and better charge injection. The prepared samples were characterized by XRD, small angle XRD, FE-SEM, TEM, IPCE, I-V curve, BET surface area and BJH plot techniques. (author)

  8. In vitro antibacterial evaluation of sol-gel-derived Zn-, Ag-, and (Zn + Ag)-doped hydroxyapatite coatings against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Samani, S; Hossainalipour, S M; Tamizifar, M; Rezaie, H R

    2013-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) coatings were applied using sol-gel method. Phosphor pentoxide and calcium nitrate were used as phosphorous and calcium precursors, respectively. Zinc nitrate and silver nitrate were used as substitute of calcium in HAp structure. As a base concentration, 1.5 wt %Ag and 2.5 wt %Zn were used. The weight percent of Ag was increased at 0.3 wt% and Zn content was scaled down at 0.5 wt%. Phase analysis and chemical bonds of synthesized materials were studied by XRD and FTIR. Antibacterial activity of Ag- and Zn-doped samples against methicilin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) were assessed by the plate-counting method. The XRD and FTIR results proved formation of HAp compound. Colony counting showed that silver and zinc ions prevent proliferation and growth of MRSA. Interestingly, co-presence of metal ions improves the antibacterial effectiveness of the coatings and the combined effect was greater than sum of the individual effects when each was administered alone. Overall, synergism between antibacterial activities of Zn(2+) and Ag(+) ions against MRSA can be suggested. Thus, cell toxicity decreases and biocompatibility increases without any decrement in antibacterial activity.

  9. Influence of surfactant and annealing temperature on optical properties of sol-gel derived nano-crystalline TiO2 thin films.

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    Vishwas, M; Sharma, Sudhir Kumar; Rao, K Narasimha; Mohan, S; Gowda, K V Arjuna; Chakradhar, R P S

    2010-03-01

    Titanium dioxide thin films have been synthesized by sol-gel spin coating technique on glass and silicon substrates with and without surfactant polyethylene glycol (PEG). XRD and SEM results confirm the presence of nano-crystalline (anatase) phase at an annealing temperature of 300 degrees C. The influence of surfactant and annealing temperature on optical properties of TiO(2) thin films has been studied. Optical constants and film thickness were estimated by Swanepoel's (envelope) method and by ellipsometric measurements in the visible spectral range. The optical transmittance and reflectance were found to decrease with an increase in PEG percentage. Refractive index of the films decreased and film thickness increased with the increase in percentage of surfactant. The refractive index of the un-doped TiO(2) films was estimated at different annealing temperatures and it has increased with the increasing annealing temperature. The optical band gap of pure TiO(2) films was estimated by Tauc's method at different annealing temperature.

  10. First observation of sol-gel derived Al:CsZnO/CsZnO bilayer thin film for solar cells application

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    Ahmadi, Mehdi; Rashidi Dafeh, Sajjad; Alinazmabadi, Saeid

    2016-10-01

    In this research, we fabricated CsZnO and Al:CsZnO/CsZnO bilayer thin films grown by the spin-coating-assisted sol-gel method on ITO substrate. The influence of diverse velocity of spin-coating (500, 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500 and 3000RPM) and also annealing times (30, 60, 90, 120, 150 and 180min) on the characteristics of the ZnO thin film was examined. The samples were examined by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Uv-Vis spectrometer and conductivity measurement. With the optimization of the velocity of spin-coating (2500RPM) and annealing times (60min), we fabricated Al:CsZnO/CsZnO bilayer thin films with diverse dopant concentration. By comparing the effect of dopant concentration with different dopant ratio (0, 0.5, 1.0 and 2%), 0.5% of CsZnO and Al:CsZnO/CsZnO bilayer was found as the most effective doping level with the best conductivity properties among the selected doping concentrations.

  11. Influences of film thickness and annealing temperature on properties of sol-gel derived ZnO-SnO2 nanocomposite thin film

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    Lee, Sang-Min; Joo, Young-Hee; Kim, Chang-Il

    2014-11-01

    In this study, ZnO-SnO2 nanocomposite thin film was prepared on glass substrates with different film thicknesses and annealing temperatures through a sol-gel method. From the results of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), it was deduced that the ZnO-SnO2 thin film could be sufficiently formed at approximately 500 °C. The XRD patterns showed enhanced crystallinity of the ZnO-SnO2 thin film with increasing film thickness and annealing temperature. However, it was also revealed that the crystallinity deteriorated when the film thickness and annealing temperature are 270 nm and 700 °C, respectively. The variation in electrical resistivity corresponded to intensities of the (0 0 2) diffraction peaks shown in the XRD patterns. It was also found that the increase of film thickness and annealing temperature led to rougher surface morphology and to an increase in grain size. The optical properties deteriorated with increasing film thickness and annealing temperature of the ZnO-SnO2 thin films.

  12. Organic-inorganic crosslinked and hybrid membranes derived from sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone)/silica via sol-gel process

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    Feng, Shaoguang; Shang, Yuming; Wang, Yingzi; Xie, Xiaofeng; Mathur, V. K.; Xu, Jingming

    A series of covalently crosslinkable organic-inorganic hybrid membranes have been prepared from sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone) (SPAES) with pendant propenyl moiety and various amounts of vinyl substituted silica via sol-gel process which are then thermally crosslinked in the presence of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) initiator. The obtained membranes are characterized in terms of oxidative stability, thermal property, ion exchange capacity (IEC), water uptake, swelling ratio in methanol aqueous solution, proton conductivity, and methanol permeability coefficient. The results indicate that the oxidative stability and thermal stability of the hybrid membranes are improved. Moreover, introduction of silica reduces the water uptake and methanol swelling of membranes. The swelling ratio of membranes in 2 mol L -1 methanol aqueous solution at 80 °C slowly decreases from 26 to 19% with the increase of SiO 2 content from 0 to 12 wt.%. Furthermore, with the increase in silica content, the methanol permeability coefficient of the hybrid membranes decreases at first and then increases. When the silica content reaches 8 wt.%, the methanol permeability coefficient is at the minimum of 6.02 × 10 -7 cm 2 s -1, a 2.64-fold decrease compared with that of the pristine SPAES membrane. Moreover, the proton conductivity is found to be at about 95% of that of pristine polymer at that silica content.

  13. The influence of silver nanostructures formed in situ in silica sol-gel derived films on the rate of Förster resonance energy transfer.

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    Holmes-Smith, A Sheila; McDowell, Gary R; Toury, Marion; McLoskey, David; Hungerford, Graham

    2012-02-01

    The efficiency of Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) can be enhanced in the presence of a metal. Herein, we demonstrate the increased efficiency for a novel model sensor system where FRET is shown to occur between Rhodamine 6G in the bulk sol-gel matrix and Texas Red, which is held a fixed distance away by covalent attachment onto a silane spacer. Silver colloids are formed using light to initiate the reduction of a silver salt, which can be achieved at controlled locations within the film. Both the fluorescence intensity and lifetime maps and analysis indicate that an enhanced FRET efficiency has been achieved in the presence of silver nanoparticles. An increase in efficiency of 1.2-1.5 times is demonstrated depending on the spacer used. The novelty of our approach lies in the method of silver-nanoparticle formation, which allows for the accurate positioning of the silver nanoparticles and hence selective fluorescence enhancement within a biocompatible host material. Our work gives a practical demonstration of metal-enhanced FRET and demonstrates the ability of such systems to be developed for molecular-recognition applications that could find use in lab-on-a-chip technologies.

  14. Hole injection/transport materials derived from Heck and sol-gel chemistry for application in solution-processed organic electronic devices.

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    Lim, Younhee; Park, Young-Seo; Kang, Yerang; Jang, Do Young; Kim, Joo Hyun; Kim, Jang-Joo; Sellinger, Alan; Yoon, Do Y

    2011-02-09

    An organosilicate polymer, based on N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(4-((E)-2-(triethoxysilyl)vinyl)phenyl)biphenyl-4,4'-diamine (TEVS-TPD) with extended conjugation between the Si atom and the aromatic amine, was prepared under mild conditions via sequential Heck and sol-gel chemistry and used as an alternative to poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), the most widely used planarizing hole injection/transport layer in solution-processed organic electronic devices. Spin-coating TEVS-TPD polymer solutions yield defect-free, uniform, thin films with excellent adhesion to the ITO electrode. Upon thermal cross-linking at 180 °C, the cross-linked polymer exhibits excellent solvent resistance and electrochemical stability. Solution-processed organic light emitting diode (OLED) devices using iridium-based triplet emitting layers and cross-linked TEVS-TPD films as a hole injection/transport layer show significantly improved performance including lower leakage current, lower turn-on voltage, higher luminance, and stability at high current density, as compared to the control device prepared with PEDOT:PSS.

  15. Sol-gel Technology and Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage Materials

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    Chu, Chung-tse; Zheng, Haixing

    1996-01-01

    Advanced materials play an important role in the development of electrochemical energy devices such as batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors. The sol-gel process is a versatile solution for use in the fabrication of ceramic materials with tailored stoichiometry, microstructure, and properties. This processing technique is particularly useful in producing porous materials with high surface area and low density, two of the most desirable characteristics for electrode materials. In addition,the porous surface of gels can be modified chemically to create tailored surface properties, and inorganic/organic micro-composites can be prepared for improved material performance device fabrication. Applications of several sol-gel derived electrode materials in different energy storage devices are illustrated in this paper. V2O5 gels are shown to be a promising cathode material for solid state lithium batteries. Carbon aerogels, amorphous RuO2 gels and sol-gel derived hafnium compounds have been studied as electrode materials for high energy density and high power density electrochemical capacitors.

  16. Sol-gel Technology and Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage Materials

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    Chu, Chung-tse; Zheng, Haixing

    1996-01-01

    Advanced materials play an important role in the development of electrochemical energy devices such as batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors. The sol-gel process is a versatile solution for use in the fabrication of ceramic materials with tailored stoichiometry, microstructure, and properties. This processing technique is particularly useful in producing porous materials with high surface area and low density, two of the most desirable characteristics for electrode materials. In addition,the porous surface of gels can be modified chemically to create tailored surface properties, and inorganic/organic micro-composites can be prepared for improved material performance device fabrication. Applications of several sol-gel derived electrode materials in different energy storage devices are illustrated in this paper. V2O5 gels are shown to be a promising cathode material for solid state lithium batteries. Carbon aerogels, amorphous RuO2 gels and sol-gel derived hafnium compounds have been studied as electrode materials for high energy density and high power density electrochemical capacitors.

  17. Processing and mechanical behavior of Nicalon/SiC and Nextel/SiC composites with sol-gel derived oxide interfacial coatings

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    Shanmugham, Subramaniam

    Mullite and aluminum titanate precursor sols were developed for coating applications. High temperature X-ray diffraction studies in air identified that mullite crystallizes between 950sp°C and 1050sp°C, while aluminum titanate forms between 1200sp°C and 1400sp°C. The crystallization temperature of mullite was lowered by 100sp°C compared to those reported in the literature. Nicalon tows are embrittled during the formation of mullite at 1000sp°C, and hence, there is a need to protect the fibers by a relatively inert material during the sol-gel oxide processing. The aluminum titanate formation temperature is high and would damage Nicalon and Nextel fibers. However, Nicalon fibers dip-coated in an aluminum titanate sol and heat-treated at 1000sp°C for up to 10 h in air, forming an alumina-titania (Alsb2Osb3-TiOsb2) mixture, were not embrittled. Based on the non-embrittlement of the fibers, the Alsb2Osb3-TiOsb2 mixture was chosen as an alternative to aluminum titanate for an interface material. To study the effect of protecting the fibers by an inert material during sol-gel oxide coating, oxide/C, and C/oxide/C interfaces were considered for Nicalon/SiC and Nextel/SiC composites. Since composites with C/oxide/C interfaces exhibited higher flexural strengths than composites with oxide/C interfaces in the as-processed condition, C/oxide/C interfaces were studied. Also, Nicalon/SiC composites with C/oxide/C interfaces retained damage-tolerant behavior and substantial amount of their as-processed strengths even after 24 h oxidation at 1000sp°C in air than Nextel/SiC composites with C/oxide/C interfaces. On these basis, Nicalon/SiC composites with C/oxide/C interfaces were chosen for further investigation. Transmission electron microscopy studies identified that the obtained oxide coatings were very thin ($73%). Nicalon/SiC composites with C/oxide/C interfaces performed poorly at 750spcircC, so Nicalon/SiC composites with BN/oxide/BN interfaces were fabricated and

  18. Study of post annealing effects on structural and optical properties of sol-gel derived ZnO thin films grown on n-Si substrate

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    Bahadur Yadav, Aniruddh; Periasamy, C.; Jit, S.

    2015-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were grown on n-type silicon (100) substrates by sol- gel spin coating technique. The prepared thin films were annealed in the presence of Ar at three different temperatures (at 450°C, 550°C and 650°C) to study the impact of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of the ZnO thin films. The structural, surface morphology and optical properties of the thin film were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements respectively. The grown ZnO thin films are polycrystalline in nature with wurtzite hexagonal structure as evident from the XRD and SEM analyses. It further indicates that the crystalline size increases with increasing annealing temperature. The post annealing is also found to influence the optical properties in the terms of band gap energy of the ZnO thin films. The optical energy band gap was found to be decreased from 3.205 to 3.13eV as the annealing temperature is increased from 450°C to 650°C. However, our results concerning the growth of ZnO thin films on Si substrates suggest that there is an intermediate growth temperature allowing for the optimization of the ZnO film growth. The results of the study can be used as a guideline for growing ZnO thin films on n-Si substrates with a homogenous surface morphology, high surface to volume ratio and desired particle size, which are suited for optoelectronic/ gas sensing applications.

  19. Simultaneous, real-time measurement of nitric oxide and oxygen dynamics during cardiac ischemia-reperfusion of the rat utilizing sol-gel-derived electrochemical microsensors.

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    Kang, Sung Wook; Kim, Ok Kyun; Seo, Bochan; Lee, Sung Ho; Quan, Fu Shi; Shin, Jae Ho; Lee, Gi-Ja; Park, Hun-Kuk

    2013-11-13

    In this study, we simultaneously measured nitric oxide (NO) and oxygen (O2) dynamics in the myocardium during myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (IR) utilizing sol-gel modified electrochemical NO and O2 microsensors. In addition, we attempted to clarify the correlation between NO release in the ischemic period and O2 restoration in the myocardium after reperfusion, comparing a control heart with a remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC)-treated heart as an attractive strategy for myocardial protection. Rat hearts were randomly divided into two groups: a control group (n=5) and an RIPC group (n=5, with RIPC treatment). Myocardia that underwent RIPC treatment (182±70 nM, p<0.05) released more NO during the ischemic period than those of the control group (63±41 nM). The restoration value of oxygen tension (pO2) in the RIPC group significantly increased and was restored to pre-ischemic levels (92.6±36.8%); however, the pO2 of the control group did not increase throughout the reperfusion period (5.7±7.5%, p=0.001). Myocardial infarct size measurements revealed a significant decrease in cell death in the myocardium region of the RIPC group (41.44±6.42%, p=0.001) compared with the control group (60.05±10.91%). As a result, we showed that the cardioprotective effect of RIPC could be attributed to endogenous NO production during the ischemic period, which subsequently promoted reoxygenation in post-ischemic myocardia during early reperfusion. Our results suggest that the promotion of endogenous formation during an ischemic episode might be helpful as a therapeutic strategy for protecting the myocardium from IR injury. Additionally, our NO and O2 perm-selective microsensors could be utilized to evaluate the effect of drug or treatment.

  20. Application of energy-dispersive X-ray elemental mapping to probe the homogeneity of sol-gel derived YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} and related phases

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    Houk, C.S.; Burgoine, G.A.; Page, C.J.

    1995-04-01

    The authors describe results obtained using energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) elemental mapping to probe the homogeneity of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}. Sol-gel synthesis and conventional solid-state synthesis of the ceramic with firing to 950{degrees}C and sol-gel synthesis with firing at 700{degrees}C are the synthetic routes considered. It was found that the low temperature sol-gel method yields high-quality YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} provided the firing stage is of sufficient duration.

  1. Sol-gel optical coatings for lasers, 3

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    Floch, H.G.; Belleville, P.F.; Priotton, J.J.; Pegon, P.M.; Dijonneau, C.S.; Guerain, J.

    1995-12-01

    The planned megajoule-class neodymium-glass laser system will be the world`s largest. The proposed CEL-V design, based on the use of 240 beams, will use 50--150 times more optical material than did Phebus. Almost 10,000 m{sup 2} of coated area are required for optical coatings; this is a factor of almost 500 increase over Phebus. Lens, flashlamp, blastshield, harmonic converter, debris shield, window and cavity-end mirror coatings by the sol-gel process represent >96% of the entire coated area. The remaining <4% are high-rejection-ratio polarizers, pick-off cavity mirrors and transport mirrors. Cost estimates show that, for coating deposition, the sol-gel technique provides considerable saving compared to the more conventional e-beam deposition technique. Highly reflective and polarizing sol-gel-derived optical coatings have been prepared and tested for the proposed French megajoule neodymium-glass laser. Laser damage studies are reported here.

  2. Neutron detector using sol-gel absorber

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    Hiller, John M.; Wallace, Steven A.; Dai, Sheng

    1999-01-01

    An neutron detector composed of fissionable material having ions of lithium, uranium, thorium, plutonium, or neptunium, contained within a glass film fabricated using a sol-gel method combined with a particle detector is disclosed. When the glass film is bombarded with neutrons, the fissionable material emits fission particles and electrons. Prompt emitting activated elements yielding a high energy electron contained within a sol-gel glass film in combination with a particle detector is also disclosed. The emissions resulting from neutron bombardment can then be detected using standard UV and particle detection methods well known in the art, such as microchannel plates, channeltrons, and silicon avalanche photodiodes.

  3. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

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    Zeigler, J.M.

    1993-04-20

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  4. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

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    Zeigler, John M.

    1993-01-01

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  5. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

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    Zeigler, John M.

    1992-01-01

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  6. New infrared-assisted method for sol-gel derived ZnO:Ag thin films: Structural and bacterial inhibition properties.

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    González-Penguelly, Brenely; Morales-Ramírez, Ángel de Jesús; Rodríguez-Rosales, Miriam Guadalupe; Rodríguez-Nava, Celestino Odín; Carrera-Jota, María Luz

    2017-09-01

    A new sol-gel method, based on crystallization with Infrared heating, was developed to obtain ZnO:Ag thin films. The common sol, with zinc acetate as precursor and silver nitrate as doping source (1, 3 and 5 % molar), isopropanol and distilled water as solvents and monoethanolamine as stabilizer agent; was modified with Pluronic F127 and diethylene glycol as rheological agents, and with urea as fuel to produce enough energy to the combustion and to promote the crystallization process. Later, Corning glass-substrates were dipped into the sol at a constant speed of 3mms(-1). To provide the necessary energy for obtaining the hexagonal ZnO structure of the coatings during the drying and consolidation process, instead of using the common furnace heat-treatment, the films were heated by means of an infrared (IR) ceramic lamp (800W) for 15, 30, 45, 60 and 180 minutes, and the effect of this annealing method was analyzed. The structural properties were examined by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), whereas morphology was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The examination revealed a homogeneous distribution of particles with the characteristic pores of pluronic F127, and the coating roughness had an average value of 100nm by AFM. To evaluate the effect on the number of dipping cycles and the IR-treatment on the thickness, ellipsometry results for 1, 3 and 5 deposits were analyzed and showed increments of 780, 945 and 1082nm, respectively. Finally, to test of the antibacterial activity, instead of the common one-microorganism approach, environmental microorganisms that grow with expose of the broth to the ambient conditions were employed (microbial consortium), which is a real environmental condition. The biological test was carried out by kinetic growth inhibition (optical density) of heterotrophic bacteria in culture liquid media under conditions of light, light-dark and

  7. Influence of texture on the switching behavior of Pb(Zr{sub 0.70}Ti{sub 0.30})O{sub 3} sol-gel derived thin films

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    Brooks, K.G.; Klissurska, R.D.; Moeckli, P.; Setter, N.

    1997-02-01

    Rhombohedral Pb(Zr{sub 0.70}Ti{sub 0.30})O{sub 3} thin films of four different well-defined textures, namely, (100), (111), and bimodal (110)/(111), and (100)/(111), were prepared by a sol-gel method. The films were characterized in terms of grain size, presence of second phases, surface roughness, columnarity of grains and other microstructural features. The dielectric, ferroelectric, and fatigue properties were investigated, with emphasis on the hysteresis switching characteristics. Results are discussed from the reference point of the allowable spontaneous polarization directions available for the different textures. The values of coercive field, remanent and saturation polarization, and slope of the loop at the coercive field, at saturating fields can be qualitatively explained based on the texture, independent of microstructural differences. The occurrence of surface pyrochlore, however, is observed to affect the functionality of the saturation curves, particularly for the samples of bimodal texture. Shearing of the hysteresis curves of the bimodal films is also attributed to surface microstructural features. The occurrence of nonswitching 71 or 190{degree} domains in the (111) and (110)/(111) textured films is hypothesized based on a comparison with the data from the (100) textured film. Corrected saturation polarization values agree with the spontaneous polarization values of rhombohedral PZT single crystals and published calculated values for rhombohedral PZT ceramics. The fatigue characteristics show increases in the switching component of polarization in the range 10{sup 3}{endash}10{sup 7} bipolar cycles, particularly for the (111) textured sample. Onset of fatigue is observed for all samples between 10{sup 7} and 10{sup 8} switching cycles. {copyright} {ital 1997 Materials Research Society.}

  8. Sol-Gel Synthesis Of Aluminoborosilicate Powders

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    Bull, Jeffrey; Leiser, Daniel; Selvaduray, Guna

    1992-01-01

    Application of sol-gel process to synthesis of aluminoborosilicate powders shows potential for control of microstructures of materials. Development of materials having enhanced processing characteristics prove advantageous in extending high-temperature endurance of fibrous refractory composite insulation made from ceramic fibers.

  9. Sol-gel modification of wood substrates to retard weathering

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    Mandla A Tshabalala; Sam Williams

    2008-01-01

    Wood specimens were treated with sol-gel systems based on metalorganic precursors of silicon (Si), iron (Fe), zirconium (Zr), and titanium (Ti). The effect of these sol-gel systems on weathering properties of wood was investigated. These sol-gel systems were found to have a positive effect on surface color stability and water vapor resistance of the specimens. Under...

  10. Innovative materials based on sol gel technology

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    Reisfeld, Renata; Saraidarov, Tsiala

    2006-01-01

    We review the sol-gel based new materials which were prepared in our laboratory including: tunable lasers, active waveguides, luminescent solar concentrators, electrochromic, photochromic and gasochromic plates for smart windows, chemical and biological sensors, semiconductor quantum dots and complexes of rare earth ions. In this paper we present the firstly obtained results of the Eu sulfide nanocrystalline (NCs) powder material and doped in the sol-gel based zirconia films. The powder and films were studied by high resolution transmittance electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis (EDS) and luminescence spectroscopy. Eu sulfide nanocrystals (NCs) ranging between 8 and 10 nm were obtained as powder and 3-4 nm incorporated in zirconia film.

  11. Droplet Spreading with Sol-Gel Transition

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    Jalaal, Maziyar; Stoeber, Boris; Balmforth, Neil J.

    2014-11-01

    The impact and spreading of liquid droplets on a smooth solid substrate is a classical subject with several industrial applications such as ink-jet printing, spray cooling, coating, and many others. For many of these deposition processes, controlling the final shape of the drop is critical. In the current research, a new technique for controlling the spreading of droplets impacting a substrate is presented. This technique exploits the rheology of a thermo-responsive polymer solution that undergoes a reversible sol/gel transition above a critical temperature. Experiments are conducted using a combination of shadowgraphy and micro-PIV to observe spreading drops. It is shown that the final diameter of a droplet can be controlled through the temperature of the substrate and the tunable sol/gel transition temperature of the fluid.A mathematical model is provided to further elucidate the flow dynamics.

  12. Sol-gel precursors for group 14 nanocrystals.

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    Kelly, Joel A; Henderson, Eric J; Veinot, Jonathan G C

    2010-12-14

    The synthesis of Group 14 nanocrystals with controlled size dispersity and composition is an area of considerable interest due to their size-dependent optical and electronic properties, thought to enable their use in a wide range of applications such as fluorophores for biological imaging and photovoltaics. In this review, the use of sol-gel derived polymers as precursors for oxide-embedded Group 14 nanocrystals is presented. This versatile approach can yield tangible quantities of both oxide-embedded and freestanding materials with controllable size, narrow size distributions, and tailorable composition.

  13. Up-conversion in sol-gel derived nano-glass-ceramics comprising NaYF 4 nano-crystals doped with Yb 3+, Ho 3+ and Tm 3+

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    Santana-Alonso, A.; Méndez-Ramos, J.; Yanes, A. C.; del-Castillo, J.; Rodríguez, V. D.

    2010-07-01

    NaYF 4 is an excellent host material for rare-earth ions presenting very high efficiencies in up-conversion processes. Thus, nano-glass-ceramics containing NaYF 4 nano-crystals emerge as promising candidates for general lighting appliances and integrated optical devices. Here we report highly transparent sol-gel derived nano-glass-ceramics comprising Yb 3+-Ho 3+ and Yb 3+-Ho 3+-Tm 3+ co-doped NaYF 4 nano-crystals. A structural analysis by means of X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the formation of NaYF 4 nano-crystals during thermal treatment. Luminescence features have been related to the crystallinity degree of the samples. Violet, blue, green and red up-conversion emissions were obtained under infrared excitation at 980 nm and corresponding mechanisms involved have been analysed. Additionally, the total visible up-conversion emission has been quantified in terms of the standard chromaticity coordinates. In particular, an overall colour emission, very close to the standard equal energy white-light illumination point of the chromaticity diagram, was obtained in the Yb 3+-Ho 3+-Tm 3+ triply-doped samples.

  14. Ring-Resonator/Sol-Gel Interferometric Immunosensor

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    Bearman, Gregory; Cohen, David

    2007-01-01

    A proposed biosensing system would be based on a combination of (1) a sensing volume containing antibodies immobilized in a sol-gel matrix and (2) an optical interferometer having a ring resonator configuration. The antibodies would be specific to an antigen species that one seeks to detect. In the ring resonator of the proposed system, light would make multiple passes through the sensing volume, affording greater interaction length and, hence, greater antibody- detection sensitivity.

  15. Sol-Gel Manufactured Energetic Materials

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    Simpson, Randall L.; Lee, Ronald S.; Tillotson, Thomas M.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.; Swansiger, Rosalind W.; Fox, Glenn A.

    2005-05-17

    Sol-gel chemistry is used for the preparation of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) with improved homogeneity, and/or which can be cast to near-net shape, and/or made into precision molding powders. The sol-gel method is a synthetic chemical process where reactive monomers are mixed into a solution, polymerization occurs leading to a highly cross-linked three dimensional solid network resulting in a gel. The energetic materials can be incorporated during the formation of the solution or during the gel stage of the process. The composition, pore, and primary particle sizes, gel time, surface areas, and density may be tailored and controlled by the solution chemistry. The gel is then dried using supercritical extraction to produce a highly porous low density aerogel or by controlled slow evaporation to produce a xerogel. Applying stress during the extraction phase can result in high density materials. Thus, the sol-gel method can be used for precision detonator explosive manufacturing as well as producing precision explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, along with high power composite energetic materials.

  16. Sol-gel manufactured energetic materials

    DOEpatents

    Simpson, Randall L.; Lee, Ronald S.; Tillotson, Thomas M.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.; Swansiger, Rosalind W.; Fox, Glenn A.

    2003-12-23

    Sol-gel chemistry is used for the preparation of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) with improved homogeneity, and/or which can be cast to near-net shape, and/or made into precision molding powders. The sol-gel method is a synthetic chemical process where reactive monomers are mixed into a solution, polymerization occurs leading to a highly cross-linked three dimensional solid network resulting in a gel. The energetic materials can be incorporated during the formation of the solution or during the gel stage of the process. The composition, pore, and primary particle sizes, gel time, surface areas, and density may be tailored and controlled by the solution chemistry. The gel is then dried using supercritical extraction to produce a highly porous low density aerogel or by controlled slow evaporation to produce a xerogel. Applying stress during the extraction phase can result in high density materials. Thus, the sol-gel method can be used for precision detonator explosive manufacturing as well as producing precision explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, along with high power composite energetic materials.

  17. Sol-gel based optical chemical sensors

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    Lobnik, Aleksandra; Korent Urek, Špela; Turel, Matejka; Frančič, Nina

    2011-05-01

    The growing activity in the field of optical chemical sensors has resulted in numerous sensing schemes, new indicator dyes, various polymeric matrix, size and shapes and highly diversified methods of immobilization. The sensor characteristics are dependent upon the choice of indicator, polymer, immobilization technique, and also size. Sol-gel technology provides a low-temperature method for obtaining porous silicate glass matrices. It enables to obtain material in the form of films, powders, monoliths, fibres or nanoparticles. Organic reagents and molecular receptors can be easily immobilized in the matrices. Moreover, one of the unique features of the sol-gel process is that the properties of the final network structure, such as hydrophobicity, thickness, porosity, flexibility, reactivity and stability can be easily tailored by controlling the process conditions, the type and the size of the precursors and catalysis. Here we will report about several sensor designed over the years based on sol-gel materials for monitoring and controlling different parameters, such as heavy metals, amines, phosphates, organophosphates.

  18. BiFeO3 doped-BNT-BT0.08 piezoelectric and magnetic nanowires, derived from sol-gel precursor

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    Cernea, M.; Trupina, L.; Vasile, B. S.; Bartha, C.; Radu, R.; Chirila, C.; Teodorescu, Andrei

    2014-02-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric (Bi0.5Na0.5)0.92Ba0.08TiO3, doped with 5 mol %BiFeO3 (BNT-BT-BFO) nanowires was prepared from its corresponding precursor sol. A polycarbonate membrane with the thickness of 30 μm and the pore diameter of 100 nm was used as template. Nanowires with average diameter of 80 nm and different lengths of a few microns were prepared from BNT-BT-BFO precursor sol with 0.03 M concentration. Ferroelectric and piezoelectric characterizations of BNT-BT-BFO nanowires were performed using AFM-PFM equipment. The HR-TEM micrograph of nanocrystals, SAED patterns, and XRD pattern indicated that BNT-BT-BFO nanowires crystallized on the lattice of rhombohedral (Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3) phase. The BNT-BT-BFO nanowires showed a significant piezoelectric response, suggesting a good piezoelectric behavior. The saturation magnetization of the nanowires, measured at room temperature and at 5 kOe magnetic field, was Ms = 0.061 emu/g. A saturated ferromagnetic hysteresis loop has been also obtained.

  19. Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composite Prepared by Sol-Gel Synthesis and Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Cervantes, O; Kuntz, J; Gash, A; Munir, Z

    2009-02-13

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO{sub 3}) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g.cm{sup -3} or 93% relative density. In addition those parts were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus the sample retained its stored chemical energy.

  20. Ferroelectric Self-Assembled PbTiO3 Perovskite Nanostructures Onto (100)SrTiO3 Substrates From a Novel Microemulsion Aided Sol-Gel Preparation Method

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    Calzada, M.L.; Torres, M.; Fuentes-Cobas, L.E.; Mehta, A.; Ricote, J.; Pardo, L.; /Madrid, ICM

    2007-10-17

    A novel preparation method, which involves the use of microemulsions, sol-gel chemistry and chemical solution deposition, has been developed in this work for the preparation of layers of PbTiO3 nanostructures supported on SrTiO3 substrates. A transparent solution was first prepared by mixing a PbTiO3 precursor sol and a microemulsion formed by water, cyclohexane and the surfactant Brij 30 (polyoxyethylene(4) lauryl ether). The solution was deposited onto the SrTiO3 substrate by spin-coating and dried under controlled conditions (temperature, time and relative humidity) to favor the rearrangement of the micelles in the deposited coat. After a rapid thermal treatment of crystallization at 650 C, nanostructures with uniform sizes of 40 nm diameter and showing periodicity in some zones of the substrate are obtained. The analysis of these nanostructures by grazing-incidence x-ray synchrotron radiation indicates that they have a perovskite structure with a <100> preferred orientation and that they are under strained conditions. Thermal treatments at higher temperatures produce the collapse of the ordered nanoparticles' network and the formation of larger isolated particles of PbTiO3 with a truncated-pyramid morphology. Piezoresponse force microscopy studies demonstrate that the spontaneous polarization of these PbTiO3 nanostructures can be switched and that they have piezoelectric activity. These results support the fabrication strategy here proposed as a promising approach for the preparation of nanoferroelectrics onto substrates of possible interest in future nanoelectronic devices.

  1. Preparation and characterization of urease-encapsulated biosensors in poly(vinyl alcohol)-modified silica sol-gel materials.

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    Tsai, Hsiao-chung; Doong, Ruey-an

    2007-08-30

    The microenvironments of the sol-gel-derived urease biosensors in terms of elemental ratio, surface morphology, specific surface area and pore size were investigated to characterize the physicochemical properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-modified sol-gel materials. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and surface area analyzer were used to identify the surface species, topography and pore distribution of the organically doped sol-gel network. XPS results showed that stoichiometric ratios of oxygen-to-silicon in sol-gel materials were in the range 2.08-2.11. The sol-gel materials were partially dried and negatively charged, which retained 6-8% water content to maintain urease activity. The surface morphology of the sol-gel altered obviously when macromolecules were encapsulated, resulting in the increase in surface mean roughness from 0.207 to 2.636 nm. The specific surface area decreased dramatically after the immobilization of biomolecules and organic additives, which clearly depicts that PVA and urease were co-encapsulated into the sol-gel network. However, there still exist enough pore volumes for analytes to mass transport. The apparent Michaelis-Menten constant value (Km) of the encapsulated urease was similar to that in solution and the overall catalytic efficiency in PVA-doped sol-gel-derived glasses only decreased by a factor of 3.2 relative to the value in solution. In addition, the analytical performance of the entrapped urease in PVA-doped sol-gel materials was examined by determining the Cu(II) concentration in aqueous solution. The analytical range of Cu(II) was in the range 2x10(-6) to 2x10(-2) M with a detection limit of 1.5 microg L(-1). Results obtained in this study demonstrate a strategy for maintaining urease activity for biomedical and environmental applications.

  2. Ionogel Electrolytes through Sol-Gel Processing

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    Horowitz, Ariel I.

    Electrical energy needs have intensified due to the ubiquity of personal electronics, the decarbonization of energy services through electrification, and the use of intermittent renewable energy sources. Despite developments in mechanical and thermal methods, electrochemical technologies are the most convenient and effective means of storing electrical energy. These technologies include both electrochemical cells, commonly called batteries, and electrochemical double-layer capacitors, or "supercapacitors", which store energy electrostatically. Both device types require an ion-conducting electrolyte. Current devices use solutions of complex salts in organic solvents, leading to both toxicity and flammability concerns. These drawbacks can be avoided by replacing conventional electrolytes with room-temperature molten salts, known as ionic liquids (ILs). ILs are non-volatile, non-flammable, and offer high conductivity and good electrochemical stability. Device mass can be reduced by combining ILs with a solid scaffold material to form an "ionogel," further improving performance metrics. In this work, sol-gel chemistry is explored as a means of forming ionogel electrolytes. Sol-gel chemistry is a solution-based, industrially-relevant, well-studied technique by which solids such as silica can be formed in situ. Previous works used a simple acid-catalyzed sol-gel reaction to create brittle, glassy ionogels. Here, both the range of products that can be accomplished through sol-gel processing and the understanding of interactions between ILs and the sol-gel reaction network are greatly expanded. This work introduces novel ionogel materials, including soft and compliant silica-supported ionogels and PDMS-supported ionogels. The impacts of the reactive formulation, IL identity, and casting time are detailed. It is demonstrated that variations in formulation can lead to rapid gelation and open pore structures in the silica scaffold or slow gelation and more dense silica

  3. Sol-gel processing to form doped sol-gel monoliths inside hollow core optical fiber and sol-gel core fiber devices made thereby

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    Shaw, Harry C. (Inventor); Ott, Melanie N. (Inventor); Manuel, Michele V. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    A process of fabricating a fiber device includes providing a hollow core fiber, and forming a sol-gel material inside the hollow core fiber. The hollow core fiber is preferably an optical fiber, and the sol-gel material is doped with a dopant. Devices made in this manner includes a wide variety of sensors.

  4. Ultrafast Sol-Gel Synthesis of Graphene Aerogel Materials

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    Lim, Mathew; Hu, Matthew; Manandhar, Sandeep; Sakshaug, Avery; Strong, Adam; Riley, Leah; Pauzauskie, Peter J.

    2015-12-01

    Graphene aerogels derived from graphene-oxide (GO) starting materials recently have been shown to exhibit a combination of high electrical conductivity, chemical stability, and low cost that has enabled a range of electrochemical applications. Standard synthesis protocols for manufacturing graphene aerogels require the use of sol-gel chemical reactions that are maintained at high temperatures for long periods of time ranging from 12 hours to several days. Here we report an ultrafast, acid-catalyzed sol-gel formation process in acetonitrile in which wet GO-loaded gels are realized within 2 hours at temperatures below 45°C. Spectroscopic and electrochemical analysis following supercritical drying and pyrolysis confirms the reduction of the GO in the aerogels to sp2 carbon crystallites with no residual carbon–nitrogen bonds from the acetonitrile or its derivatives. This rapid synthesis enhances the prospects for large-scale manufacturing of graphene aerogels for use in numerous applications including sorbents for environmental toxins, support materials for electrocatalysis, and high-performance electrodes for electrochemical capacitors and solar cells.

  5. Effects of phosphorus-doping on energy band-gap, structural, surface, and photocatalytic characteristics of emulsion-based sol-gel derived TiO2 nano-powder

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    Ganesh, Ibram

    2017-08-01

    Different amounts of phosphorus (P)-doped TiO2 (PDT) nano-powders (P = 0-10 wt.%) were synthesized by following a new emulsion-based sol-gel (EBSG) route and calcined at 400 °C-800 °C for 6 h. These calcined PDT powders were then thoroughly characterized by means of XRD, XPS, SEM, FT-IR, FT-Raman, DRS, BET surface area, zeta-potential, cyclic-voltammetry and photocatalytic evaluation using methylene blue (MB) as a model-pollutant and established the effects of phosphorous doping on structural, surface, band-gap energy, and photocatalytic characteristics of TiO2 nano-powder formed in EBSG route. The characterization results suggest that the EBSG derived TiO2 nano-powder after calcination at 400 °C for 6 h is in the form of anatase phase when it was doped with <8 wt.% P, and it is in the amorphous state when doped with >8 wt.% P. Furthermore, these EBSG derived PDT powders own high negative zeta-potentials, high specific surface areas (up to >250 m2/g), and suitable band-gap energies (<3.34 eV). Surprisingly, these PDT powders exhibit very high MB adsorption (up to 50%) from its aqueous 0.01 mM, 0.02 mM and 0.03 mM solutions during 30 min stirring in the dark, whereas, the commercial Degussa P-25 TiO2 nano-powder shows no adsorption. Among various photocatalysts investigated in this study, the 1 wt.% P-doped TiO2 nano-powder formed in EBSG route exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity for MB degradation reaction.

  6. Photochromic organic-inorganic composite materials prepared by sol-gel processing: properties and potentials

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    Hou, Lisong; Mennig, Martin; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1994-09-01

    The sol-gel method which features a low-temperature wet-chemical process opens vast possibilities to incorporating organic dyes into solid matrices for various optical applications. In this paper we present our experimental results on the sol-gel derived photochromic organic- inorganic composite (Ormocer) materials following an introductory description of the sol-gel process and a brief review on the state of the art of the photochromic solids prepared using this method. Our photochromic spirooxazine-Ormocer gels and coatings possess better photochromic response and color-change speed than the corresponding photochromic polymer coatings and similar photochemical stability to the latter. Further developments are proposed as to tackle the temperature dependence problem and further tap the potentialities of the photochromic dye-Ormocer material for practical applications.

  7. The Sol-Gel-Xerogel Transition

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    1993-11-01

    cases, on the matrix of the gel. They showed that photofading of methylene blue in thin films prepared from methyltriethoxy-silane is faster than In films...thin films doped with zeolite crystals (>1 pim, ZSM-5) benefit from the size exclusion selectivity of the encased zeolites . 2. Control of the surface...exposed to H2S due to the formation of CdS crystals. Zink and 0 Dunn [33] reported that sol-gel glasses doped with iron(III) produce an intense blue

  8. Sol-gel optical coatings for lasers, 2

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    Floch, H.G.; Belleville, P.F.; Priotton, J.J.; Pegon, P.M.; Dijonneau, C.S.; Guerain, J.

    1995-11-01

    There are three basic types of antireflective (AR) coatings. The first is a single-layer coating in which the coating index is equal to the square root of the index of the substrate, assuming air is the external medium. The second type is a system of two or more layers of different indexes. The third type is a graded-index system, where the index is uniformly and continuously graded from the substrate to the external medium. Low reflection ranges from narrow for the single-layer to broad for the graded-layer and multilayered with a large number of layers. Four types of sol-gel AR coatings have been developed at CEL-V. They are based on single-layer or multilayer designs. They consist mainly of amorphous silica in the polymeric and/or colloidal state, combined in certain cases with other metallic oxides, binders, fillers, hydrophobic and lubricating agents, and adhesion promoters. These antireflective sol-gel-derived optical coatings have been prepared and tested for the proposed French megajoule neodymium-glass laser.

  9. Spontaneous Pattern Formation Induced by Bénard-Marangoni Convection for Sol-Gel-Derived Titania Dip-Coating Films: Effect of Co-solvents with a High Surface Tension and Low Volatility.

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    Uchiyama, Hiroaki; Matsui, Tadayuki; Kozuka, Hiromitsu

    2015-11-17

    Evaporation-driven surface tension gradient in the liquid layer often causes the convective flow, i.e., Bénard-Marangoni convection, resulting in the formation of cell-like patterns on the surface. Here, we prepared sol-gel-derived titania films from Ti(OC3H7(i))4 solutions by dip coating and discussed the effect of the addition of co-solvents with a high surface tension and low volatility on the spontaneous pattern formation induced by Bénard-Marangoni convection. Propylene glycol (PG, with a surface tension of 38.6 mN m(-1)) and dipropylene glycol (DPG, with a surface tension of 33.9 mN m(-1)) were added to the coating solutions containing 2-propanol (2-Pr, with a surface tension of 22.9 mN m(-1)) for controlling the evaporation-driven surface tension gradient in the coating layer on a substrate. During dip coating at a substrate withdrawal speed of 50 cm min(-1) in a thermostatic oven at 60 °C, linearly arranged cell-like patterns on a micrometer scale were spontaneously formed on the titania gel films, irrespective of the composition of coating solutions. Such surface patterns remained even after the heat treatment at 200 and 600 °C, where the densification and crystallization of the titania films progressed. The width and height of the cell-like patterns increased with increasing PG and DPG contents in the coating solutions, where the addition of PG resulted in the formation of cells with a larger height than DPG.

  10. Alkali cold gelation of whey proteins. Part I: sol-gel-sol(-gel) transitions.

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    Mercadé-Prieto, Ruben; Gunasekaran, Sundaram

    2009-05-19

    The cold gelation of preheated whey protein isolate (WPI) solutions at alkaline conditions (pH>10) has been studied to better understand the effect of NaOH in the formation and destruction of whey protein aggregates and gels. Oscillatory rheology has been used to follow the gelation process, resulting in novel and different gelation profiles with the gelation pH. At low alkaline pH, typical sol-gel transitions are observed, as in many other biopolymers. At pH>11.5, the system gels quickly, after approximately 300 s, followed by a slow degelation step that transforms the gel to a viscous solution. Finally, there is a second gelation step. This results in a surprising sol-gel-sol-gel transition in time at constant gelation conditions. At very high pH (>12.5), the degelation step is very severe, and the second gelation step is not observed, resulting in a sol-gel-sol transition. The first quick gelation step is related to the quick swelling of the WPI aggregates in alkali, as observed from light scattering, which enables the formation of new noncovalent interactions to form a gel network. These interactions are argued to be destroyed in the subsequent degelation step. Disulfide cross-linking is observed only in the second gelation step, not in the first step.

  11. Hydroxyapatite, fluor-hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite produced via the sol-gel method. Optimisation, characterisation and rheology.

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    Tredwin, Christopher J; Young, Anne M; Georgiou, George; Shin, Song-Hee; Kim, Hae-Won; Knowles, Jonathan C

    2013-02-01

    Currently, most titanium implant coatings are made using hydroxyapatite and a plasma spraying technique. There are however limitations associated with plasma spraying processes including poor adherence, high porosity and cost. An alternative method utilising the sol-gel technique offers many potential advantages but is currently lacking research data for this application. It was the objective of this study to characterise and optimise the production of Hydroxyapatite (HA), fluorhydroxyapatite (FHA) and fluorapatite (FA) using a sol-gel technique and assess the rheological properties of these materials. HA, FHA and FA were synthesised by a sol-gel method. Calcium nitrate and triethylphosphite were used as precursors under an ethanol-water based solution. Different amounts of ammonium fluoride (NH4F) were incorporated for the preparation of the sol-gel derived FHA and FA. Optimisation of the chemistry and subsequent characterisation of the sol-gel derived materials was carried out using X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA). Rheology of the sol-gels was investigated using a viscometer and contact angle measurement. A protocol was established that allowed synthesis of HA, FHA and FA that were at least 99% phase pure. The more fluoride incorporated into the apatite structure; the lower the crystallisation temperature, the smaller the unit cell size (changes in the a-axis), the higher the viscosity and contact angle of the sol-gel derived apatite. A technique has been developed for the production of HA, FHA and FA by the sol-gel technique. Increasing fluoride substitution in the apatite structure alters the potential coating properties. Crown Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Sol-gel method for encapsulating molecules

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    Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Ashley, Carol S.; Bhatia, Rimple; Singh, Anup K.

    2002-01-01

    A method for encapsulating organic molecules, and in particular, biomolecules using sol-gel chemistry. A silica sol is prepared from an aqueous alkali metal silicate solution, such as a mixture of silicon dioxide and sodium or potassium oxide in water. The pH is adjusted to a suitably low value to stabilize the sol by minimizing the rate of siloxane condensation, thereby allowing storage stability of the sol prior to gelation. The organic molecules, generally in solution, is then added with the organic molecules being encapsulated in the sol matrix. After aging, either a thin film can be prepared or a gel can be formed with the encapsulated molecules. Depending upon the acid used, pH, and other processing conditions, the gelation time can be from one minute up to several days. In the method of the present invention, no alcohols are generated as by-products during the sol-gel and encapsulation steps. The organic molecules can be added at any desired pH value, where the pH value is generally chosen to achieve the desired reactivity of the organic molecules. The method of the present invention thereby presents a sufficiently mild encapsulation method to retain a significant portion of the activity of the biomolecules, compared with the activity of the biomolecules in free solution.

  13. Method of making ionic liquid mediated sol-gel sorbents

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    Malik, Abdul; Shearrow, Anne M.

    2017-01-31

    Ionic liquid (IL)-mediated sol-gel hybrid organic-inorganic materials present enormous potential for effective use in analytical microextraction. One obstacle to materializing this prospect arises from high viscosity of ILs significantly slowing down sol-gel reactions. A method was developed which provides phosphonium-based, pyridinium-based, and imidazolium-based IL-mediated advanced sol-gel organic-inorganic hybrid materials for capillary microextraction. Scanning electron microscopy results demonstrate that ILs can serve as porogenic agents in sol-gel reactions. IL-mediated sol-gel coatings prepared with silanol-terminated polymers provided up to 28 times higher extractions compared to analogous sol-gel coatings prepared without any IL in the sol solution. This study shows that IL-generated porous morphology alone is not enough to provide effective extraction media: careful choice of the organic polymer and the precursor with close sol-gel reactivity must be made to ensure effective chemical bonding of the organic polymer to the created sol-gel material to be able to provide the desired sorbent characteristics.

  14. Outdoor weathering of sol-gel-treated wood

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    Mandla A Tshabalala; Ryan Libert; Nancy Ross Sutherland

    2009-01-01

    Outdoor weathering of wood specimens treated with sol-gel formulations based on methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMOS), hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HDTMOS), and ferric-zirconia-titania (Fe-Zr-Ti) sol was evaluated. The sol-gel process allowed deposition of a thin film of hybrid inorganic-organic networks (gel) in the wood cell wall that resulted in improved outdoor weathering...

  15. Biocatalysis with Sol-Gel Encapsulated Acid Phosphatase

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    Kulkarni, Suhasini; Tran, Vu; Ho, Maggie K.-M.; Phan, Chieu; Chin, Elizabeth; Wemmer, Zeke; Sommerhalter, Monika

    2010-01-01

    This experiment was performed in an upper-level undergraduate biochemistry laboratory course. Students learned how to immobilize an enzyme in a sol-gel matrix and how to perform and evaluate enzyme-activity measurements. The enzyme acid phosphatase (APase) from wheat germ was encapsulated in sol-gel beads that were prepared from the precursor…

  16. Biocatalysis with Sol-Gel Encapsulated Acid Phosphatase

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    Kulkarni, Suhasini; Tran, Vu; Ho, Maggie K.-M.; Phan, Chieu; Chin, Elizabeth; Wemmer, Zeke; Sommerhalter, Monika

    2010-01-01

    This experiment was performed in an upper-level undergraduate biochemistry laboratory course. Students learned how to immobilize an enzyme in a sol-gel matrix and how to perform and evaluate enzyme-activity measurements. The enzyme acid phosphatase (APase) from wheat germ was encapsulated in sol-gel beads that were prepared from the precursor…

  17. Wick materials by sol-gel processing

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    Nazeri, Azar; Kim, Jeong

    1997-01-10

    In capillary pumped loops (CPL) devices, the fine porous wick, located in the evaporator, provides the means for passively pumping the fluid through the system, using surface tension forces exerted onto a liquid in a small diameter pore at the liquid/vapor interface. The Naval Research Laboratory's Materials Science and technology Division and Naval Center for Space Technology have been investigating the use of sol-gel processing for development of organically modified ceramic wicks with micron or submicron pores, high porosity, low thermal conductivity and structural flexibility. Gels with average pore sizes as small as 0.5 {mu}m, 30-80% continuous porosity, some flexibility and thermal stability to at least 473K were successfully prepared. Microstructures of these hybrids were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and some conventional wick property testing were performed.

  18. Amorphous sol-gel insulating films

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    Brinker, C.J. |; Warren, W.L.; Logan, M.N.; Ashley, C.S.

    1993-05-01

    The porosity of sol-gel thin films may be tailored for specific applications through control of the size and structure of inorganic polymers within the coating sol, the extent of polymer reaction and interpenetration during film formation, and the magnitude of the capillary pressure exerted during the final stage of drying. By maximizing the capillary pressure and avoiding excessive condensation, dense insulating films may be prepared as passivation layers on silicon substrates. Such films can exhibit excellent dielectric integrity, viz., low interface trap densities and insulating properties approaching those of thermally grown SiO{sub 2}. Alternatively, through exploitation of the scaling relationship of mass and density of fractal objects, silica films can be prepared that show a variation in porosity (7--29 %) and refractive index (1.42--1.31) desired for applications in sensors, membranes, and photonics.

  19. Amorphous sol-gel insulating films

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    Brinker, C.J. New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque, NM . Center for Micro-Engineered Ceramics); Warren, W.L.; Logan, M.N.; Ashley, C.S. )

    1993-01-01

    The porosity of sol-gel thin films may be tailored for specific applications through control of the size and structure of inorganic polymers within the coating sol, the extent of polymer reaction and interpenetration during film formation, and the magnitude of the capillary pressure exerted during the final stage of drying. By maximizing the capillary pressure and avoiding excessive condensation, dense insulating films may be prepared as passivation layers on silicon substrates. Such films can exhibit excellent dielectric integrity, viz., low interface trap densities and insulating properties approaching those of thermally grown SiO[sub 2]. Alternatively, through exploitation of the scaling relationship of mass and density of fractal objects, silica films can be prepared that show a variation in porosity (7--29 %) and refractive index (1.42--1.31) desired for applications in sensors, membranes, and photonics.

  20. Schiff base mediated sol-gel polymerization

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    Lindquist, D.A.; Harrison, C.M.; Williams, B.; Morris, R.D.

    1996-12-31

    Formation of a Schiff base imine by reacting a primary amine with either an aldehyde or ketone was initiated by an aluminum compound acting as a Lewis acid catalyst. The water byproduct of the reaction then was used as an in situ reagent for subsequent hydrolysis and sol-gel condensation of the aluminum species. These reactions yielded a gel network containing the entrained Schiff base. Two examples of this synthetic approach are described with two different aluminum catalyst/reagents: a diethylaluminum diethylphosphate ester [(CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}){sub 2}Al-O-P(O)(OCH{sub 2}CH{sub 3}){sub 2}] and triethyl aluminum [Al(CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}){sub 3}]. Anhydrous ammonia and acetone were used as the Schiff base precursors.

  1. Sol-gel processing of energetic materials

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    Tillotson, T.M.; Hrubesh, L.H.; Fox, G.L.; Simpson, R.L.; Lee, R.W.; Swansiger, R.W.; Simpson, L.R.

    1997-08-18

    As part of a new materials effort, we are exploring the use of sol- gel chemistry to manufacture energetic materials. Traditional manufacturing of energetic materials involves processing of granular solids. One application is the production of detonators where powders of energetic material and a binder are typically mixed and compacted at high pressure to make pellets. Performance properties are strongly dependent on particle size distribution, surface area of its constituents, homogeneity of the mix, and void volume. The goal is to produce detonators with fast energy release rate the are insensitive to unintended initiation. In this paper, we report results of our early work in this field of research, including the preparation of detonators from xerogel molding powders and aerogels, comparing the material properties with present state-of-the-art technology.

  2. Chemical preparation of ferroelectric mesoporous barium titanate thin films: drastic enhancement of Curie temperature induced by mesopore-derived strain.

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    Suzuki, Norihiro; Jiang, Xiangfen; Salunkhe, Rahul R; Osada, Minoru; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2014-09-01

    Mesoporous barium titanate (BT) thin films are synthesized by a surfactant-assisted sol-gel method. The obtained mesoporous BT thin films show enhanced ferroelectricity due to the effective strains induced by mesopores. The Curie temperature (T(c)) of the mesoporous BT reaches approximately 470 °C.

  3. Preparation and complex characterization of silica holmium sol-gel monoliths.

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    Cacaina, D; Areva, S; Laaksonen, H; Simon, S; Ylänen, H

    2011-01-01

    Amorphous, sol-gel derived SiO(2) are known to biocompatible and bioresorbable materials. Biodegradable and inert materials containing radioactive isotopes have potential application as delivery vehicles of the beta radiation to the cancer tumors inside the body. Incorporation of holmium in the sol-gel derived SiO(2) could lead to the formation of a biodegradable material which could be used as carrier biomaterial for the radiation of radioactive holmium to the various cancer sites. The homogeneity of the prepared sol-gel silica holmium monoliths was investigated by Back Scattered Electron Imaging of Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis, X-ray Induced Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. The biodegradation of the monoliths was investigated in Simulated Body Fluid and TRIS (Trizma pre-set Crystals) solution. The results show that by suitable tailoring of the sol-gel processing parameters holmium can be homogeneously incorporated in the silica matrix with a controlled biodegradation rate.

  4. Sol-Gel Processing Science Using a Sol-Gel Optics Research Facility (SGORF)

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    1989-09-10

    property of the sol-gel process can be used to make optics with special shapes and surface features such as lightweight mirrors, Fresnel lenses and...lightweight mirrors, Fresnel lenses and aspheric optical components.I Acknowledgements The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support of Air Force...e.g. Fresnel lenses ) - internal structures3 - reduced grinding - reduced polishing ! Improved Physical Properties (Type V) - lower coefficient of

  5. Environmentally benign sol-gel antifouling and foul-releasing coatings.

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    Detty, Michael R; Ciriminna, Rosaria; Bright, Frank V; Pagliaro, Mario

    2014-02-18

    application, and the waterborne nature of sol-gel coatings all support the diffusion of these paints to efficiently reduce the accumulation of fouling layers on valued surfaces immersed in marine or fluvial waters. Furthermore, sol-gel glassy coatings are transparent and can be effectively applied to optical devices, windows, and solar panels used in lake, fluvial, or marine environments. Sol-gel technology is eminently versatile, and the first generation sol-gel paints have already shown good performance. Even so, vast opportunities still exist for chemists to develop novel sol-gel derived coatings to both prevent biofouling and enhance the hydrodynamic properties of boat and ship hulls. Moreover, researchers have prepared and applied multifunctional sol-gel coatings providing protection against both biofouling and corrosion. They have tested these in the marine environment with good preliminary results. In this Account, we discuss some of our new strategies for the controlled functionalization of surfaces for the development of efficient antifouling and foul-releasing systems and summarize the main achievements with biocidal and nonbiocidal sol-gel coatings. We conclude by giving insight into the marine coatings and sol-gel products markets, providing arguments to justify our conclusion that the sol-gel coatings technology is now a mature platform for the development of economically viable and environmentally friendly antifouling and foul-release formulations of enhanced performance.

  6. Renewable-surface sol-gel derived carbon ceramic electrode fabricated by [Ru(bpy)(tpy)Cl]PF6 and its application as an amperometric sensor for sulfide and sulfur oxoanions.

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    Salimi, Abdollah; Pourbeyram, Sima; Amini, Mohamad Kazem

    2002-12-01

    A highly sensitive and fast responding sensor for the determination of thiosulfate, sulfite, sulfide and dithionite is described. It consists of a chemically modified carbon ceramic composite electrode (CCE) containing [Ru(bpy)(tpy)Cl]PF6 complex that was constructed by the sol-gel technique. A reversible redox couple of Ru(II)/Ru(III) was observed as a solute in acetonitrile solution and as a component of carbon based conducting composite electrode. Electrochemical behavior and stability of modified CCE were investigated by cyclic voltametry, the apparent electron transfer rate constant (kappa(S)) and transfer coefficient (a) were determined by cyclic voltametry which were about 28 s(-1) and 0.43 respectively. Electrocatalytic oxidation of S(2-), SO3(2-), S2O4(2-) and S2O3(2-) were effective at the modified electrode at significantly reduced overpotentials and in the pH range 1-11. Optimum pH values for amperometric detection of thiosulfate, dithionite, sulfide and sulfite are 7, 9, 2 and 2. Under the optimized conditions the calibration curves are linear in the concentration ranges 1-500, 3-80, 2-90 and 1-100 microM for S2O3(2-), SO3(2-), S2- and S2O4(2-) determination. The detection limit (signal to noise is 3) and sensitivity are 0.5 and 12, 2.8 and 6, 1.6 and 8, and 0.65 microM and 80 nA microM(-1) for thiosulfate, sulfite, sulfide and dithionite detection. The modified carbon ceramic electrode doped with Ru-complex shows good reproducibility, a short response time (t < 2 s), remarkable long term stability (> 6 month) and especially good surface renewability by simple mechanical polishing (RSD for eight successive polishing is 2%). The advantages of this sulfur compound amperometric detector based on ruthenium doped CCE are high sensitivity, inherent stability at a broader pH range, excellent catalytic activity, less expense and simplicity of preparation in comparison with recently published papers. This sensor can be used as a chromatographic detector for

  7. Oxide Ceramic Fibers by the Sol-Gel Methods

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    1989-02-10

    prepared by the sol-gel method . 3 Table 2. List of candidates for fibers via the sol-gel method . 4 Table 3. Solvents, raw materials and catalysts ...reaction chemistry. The synthesis method will be discussed in Section 3.1.3 Using commercially available precursors the production of lanthanum chromite via...AFWAL-TR-88-4199 OXIDE CERAMIC FIBERS BY THE SOL-GEL METHOD J. D. Mackenzie If) K. Ono The Regents of the University of California (Los Angeles) V

  8. Gradient Index Lenses From Sol-Gel Layering.

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    2008-02-15

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  9. Sol/Gel Processing Techniques for Glass Matrix Composites.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1987-11-01

    development of a general technique (i.e., Pyrex is less susceptible to devitrification than SiO2 or TiO2 -SiO 2 ). In addition. the properties of these sol / gel ...of a sol / gel process for SIC 2 and SiO2 - TiO2 - together with a data base for their densification - are prerequisite to the successful fabrication of...S~%ad~ 5~ ~ ~ *~~~~;:>;::L-; 1: ’*~~’~ ’S. AFWL-TN-86-59 AFWL-TN- 86-59 00 SOL / GEL PROCESSING TECHNIQUES FOR GLASS MATRIX COMPOSITES 0) C. G

  10. Electrophoretic Porosimetry of Sol-Gels

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    Snow, L. A.; Smith, D. D.; Sibille, L.; Hunt, A. J.; Ng, J.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    It has been hypothesized that gravity has an effect on the formation and resulting microstructure of sol-gels. In order to more clearly resolve the effect of gravity, pores may be non-destructively analyzed in the wet gel, circumventing the shrinkage and coarsening associated with the drying procedure. We discuss the development of an electrophoretic technique, analogous to affinity chromatography, for the determination of pore size distribution and its application to silica gels. Specifically a monodisperse charged dye is monitored by an optical densitometer as it moves through the wet gel under the influence of an electric field. The transmittance data (output) represents the convolution of the dye concentration profile at the beginning of the run (input) with the pore size distribution (transfer function), i.e. linear systems theory applies. Because of the practical difficulty in producing a delta function input dye profile we prefer instead to use a step function. Average pore size is then related to the velocity of this dye front, while the pore size distribution is related to the spreading of the front. Preliminary results of this electrophoretic porosimetry and its application to ground and space-grown samples will be discussed.

  11. Sol-gel entrapped cobalt complex

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    Lima, Omar J. de; Papacidero, Andrea T.; Rocha, Lucas A.; Sacco, Herica C.; Nassar, Eduardo J.; Ciuffi, Katia J.; Bueno, Luciano A.; Messaddeq, Younes; Ribeiro, Sidney J.L

    2003-03-15

    This work describes optimized conditions for preparation of a cobalt complex entrapped in alumina amorphous materials in the form of powder. The hybrid materials, CoNHG, were obtained by a nonhydrolytic sol-gel route through condensation of aluminum chloride with diisopropylether in the presence of cobalt chloride. The materials were calcined at various temperatures. The presence of cobalt entrapped in the alumina matrix is confirmed by ultraviolet visible spectroscopy. The materials have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface area analysis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analyses (DTA) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The prepared alumina matrix materials are amorphous, even after heat treatment up to 750 deg. C. The XRD, TGA/DTA and TEM data support the increase of sample crystallization with increasing temperature. The specific surface area, pore size and pore diameter changed as a function of the heat treatment temperature employed. Different heat treatment temperatures result in materials with different compositions and structures, and influence their catalytic activity. The entrapped cobalt materials calcined at 750 deg. C efficiently catalyzed the epoxidation of (Z)-cyclooctene using iodozylbenzene as the oxygen donor.

  12. Electrophoretic Porosimetry of Sol-Gels

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    Snow, L. A.; Smith, D. D.; Sibille, L.; Hunt, A. J.; Ng, J.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    It has been hypothesized that gravity has an effect on the formation and resulting microstructure of sol-gels. In order to more clearly resolve the effect of gravity, pores may be non-destructively analyzed in the wet gel, circumventing the shrinkage and coarsening associated with the drying procedure. We discuss the development of an electrophoretic technique, analogous to affinity chromatography, for the determination of pore size distribution and its application to silica gels. Specifically a monodisperse charged dye is monitored by an optical densitometer as it moves through the wet gel under the influence of an electric field. The transmittance data (output) represents the convolution of the dye concentration profile at the beginning of the run (input) with the pore size distribution (transfer function), i.e. linear systems theory applies. Because of the practical difficulty in producing a delta function input dye profile we prefer instead to use a step function. Average pore size is then related to the velocity of this dye front, while the pore size distribution is related to the spreading of the front. Preliminary results of this electrophoretic porosimetry and its application to ground and space-grown samples will be discussed.

  13. Production of continuous mullite fiber via sol-gel processing

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; Sparks, J. Scott; Esker, David C.

    1990-01-01

    The development of a continuous ceramic fiber which could be used in rocket engine and rocket boosters applications was investigated at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Methods of ceramic fiber production such as melt spinning, chemical vapor deposition, and precursor polymeric fiber decomposition are discussed and compared with sol-gel processing. The production of ceramics via the sol-gel method consists of two steps, hydrolysis and polycondensation, to form the preceramic, followed by consolidation into the glass or ceramic structure. The advantages of the sol-gel method include better homogeneity and purity, lower preparation temperature, and the ability to form unique compositions. The disadvantages are the high cost of raw materials, large shrinkage during drying and firing which can lead to cracks, and long processing times. Preparation procedures for aluminosilicate sol-gel and for continuous mullite fibers are described.

  14. Technology and applications of sol-gel materials

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    Maruszewski, K.; Strek, W.; Jasiorski, M.; Ucyk, A.

    2003-01-01

    A brief review of some aspects of technology and applications of the sol-gel technology is presented. The content is divided into three parts concerning: (1) synthetic aspects of this technique, (2) optical sensors (optodes) and (3) pure and doped silica nanopowders manufactured by the sol-gel method. The versatility and applicability of the method is discussed. Also, several examples of active ("smart") materials obtained by this technique are presented.

  15. Electrochemical and spectroscopic characterization of surface sol-gel processes.

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    Chen, Xiaohong; Wilson, George S

    2004-09-28

    (3-Mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MTS) forms a unique film on a platinum substrate by self-assembly and sol-gel cross-linking. The gelating and drying states of the self-assembled MTS sol-gel films were probed by use of electrochemical and spectroscopic methods. The thiol moiety was the only active group within the sol-gel network. Gold nanoparticles were employed to detect the availability of the thiol group and their interaction further indicated the physicochemical states of the sol-gel inner structure. It was found that the thiol groups in the open porous MTS aerogel matrix were accessible to the gold nanoparticles while thiol groups in the compact MTS xerogel network were not accessible to the gold nanoparticles. The characteristics of the sol-gel matrix change with time because of its own irreversible gelating and drying process. The present work provides direct evidence of gold nanoparticle binding with thiol groups within the sol-gel structures and explains the different permeability of "aerogel" and "xerogel" films of MTS on the basis of electrochemical and spectroscopic results. Two endogenous species, hydrogen peroxide and ascorbic acid, were used to test the permeability of the self-assembled sol-gel film in different states. The MTS xerogel film on the platinum electrode was extremely selective against ascorbic acid while maintaining high sensitivity to hydrogen peroxide in contrast to the relatively high permeability of ascorbic acid in the MTS aerogel film. This study showed the potential of the MTS sol-gel film as a nanoporous material in biosensor development.

  16. Prospects of sol-gel technology towards luminescent materials

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    Reisfeld, R.

    2001-02-01

    Sol-gel method for producing glasses or glass films at relatively low temperature allows incorporation of a large number of inorganic and organic additives during the process of glass formation. We outline some of the sophisticated products and devices obtained by the sol-gel method. Luminecence solar concentrators, tunable lasers in the visible part of the spectrum, active waveguides, semiconductor particles and sensors for environmental impurities.

  17. Preparation of chitosan-graft-(β-cyclodextrin) based sol-gel stationary phase for open-tubular capillary electrochromatography.

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    Lü, Haixia; Li, Qingyin; Yu, Xiaowei; Yi, Jiaojiao; Xie, Zenghong

    2013-07-01

    A novel open-tubular CEC column coated with chitosan-graft-(β-CD) (CDCS) was prepared using sol-gel technique. In the sol-gel approach, owing to the 3D network of sol-gel and the strong chemical bond between the stationary phase and the surface of capillary columns, good chromatographic characteristics and unique selectivity in separating isomers were shown. The column efficiencies of 55,000∼163,000 plates/m for the isomeric xanthopterin and phenoxy acid herbicides using the sol-gel-derived CDCS columns were achieved. Good stabilities were demonstrated that the RSD values for the retention time of thiourea and isoxanthopterin were 1.3 and 1.4% (run to run, n = 5), 1.6 and 2.0% (day to day, n = 3), 2.9 and 3.1% (column to column, n = 3), respectively. The sol-gel-coated CDCS columns have shown improved separations of isomeric xanthopterin in comparison with CDCS-bonded capillary column. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Electrical properties of sol-gel-derived Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 thin films on a PbTiO3-coated stainless steel substrate

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    Cheng, Jin-Rong; Zhu, Wenyi; Li, Nan; Cross, L. Eric

    2002-12-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films were deposited on stainless steel (SS) substrates by a sol-gel spin-on technique, and crystallized by a low-temperature annealing process. A lead titanate thin coating was deposited between the PZT film and SS substrate in order to decrease the annealing temperature. X-ray diffraction revealed that amorphous PZT thin layers crystallized into a perovskite phase on annealed at 550 °C for 0.5 h. No second phase formation, due to chemical reactions with the substrate, was observed. For films with a thickness of 1.68 μm, the dielectric constant, tan δ, remnant polarization and coercive field were determined to be 280, 0.07, 35 μC/cm2, and 99 kV/cm, respectively. The transverse piezoelectric constant d31 was measured using a wafer flexural technique.

  19. CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PHYSICS AND RELATED AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Effect of Annealing Conditions on Properties of Sol-Gel Derived Al-Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Gao, Mei-Zhen; Zhang, Feng; Liu, Jing; Sun, Hui-Na

    2009-08-01

    Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films are prepared on normal glass substrates by the sol-gel spin coating method. The effects of drying conditions, annealing temperature and cooling rate on the structural, electrical and optical properties of AZO films are investigated by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, the four-point probe method and UV-VIS spectrophotometry, respectively. The deposited films show a hexagonal wurtzite structure and high preferential c-axis orientation. As the drying temperature increases from 100°C to 300°C the resistivity of AZO films decreases dramatically. In contrast to the annealed films cooled in a furnace and in air, the resistivity of the annealed film which is cooled at -15°C is greatly reduced. Increasing the cooling rate dramatically increases the electrical conductivity of AZO films.

  20. Perovskite phase transformation in 0.65Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.35PbTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles derived by sol-gel

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    Singh, Satyendra; Krupanidhi, S. B.

    2012-01-15

    Fabrication of 0.65Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.35PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-PT) nanoparticles with an average size of about 40 nm and their phase transformation behavior from pyrochlore to perovskite phase is investigated. A novel sol-gel method was used for the synthesis of air-stable and precipitate-free diol-based sol of PMN-PT which was dried and partially calcined at 450 deg. C for 1 h to decompose organics and bring down the free energy barrier for perovskite crystallization and then finally annealed in the temperature range 600 to 700 deg. C. Annealed at around 700 deg. C for 1 h, PMN-PT gel powder exhibited nanocrystalline morphology with perovskite phase as confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques.

  1. Slow Release of Plant Volatiles Using Sol-Gel Dispensers.

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    Bian, L; Sun, X L; Cai, X M; Chen, Z M

    2014-12-01

    The black citrus aphid, also known as the tea aphid, (Toxoptera aurantii Boyer) attacks economically important crops, including tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze). In the current study, silica sol-gel formulations were screened to find one that could carry and release C. sinensis plant volatiles to lure black citrus aphids in a greenhouse. The common plant volatile trans-2-hexen-1-al was used as a model molecule to screen for suitable sol-gel formulations. A zNose (Electronic Sensor Technology, Newbury Park, CA) transportable gas chromatograph was used to continuously monitor the volatile emissions. A sol-gel formulation containing tetramethyl orthosilicate and methyltrimethoxysilane in an 8:2 (vol:vol) ratio was selected to develop a slow-release dispenser. The half-life of trans-2-hexen-1-al in the sol-gel dispenser increased slightly with the volume of this compound in the dispenser. Ten different volatiles were tested in the sol-gel dispenser. Alcohols of 6-10 carbons had the longest half-lives (3.01-3.77 d), while esters of 6-12 carbons had the shortest (1.53-2.28 d). Release of these volatiles from the dispensers could not be detected by the zNose after 16 d (cis-3-hexenyl acetate) to 26 d (3,7-dimethylocta-1,6-dien-3-ol). In greenhouse experiments, trans-2-hexen-1-al and cis-3-hexen-1-ol released from the sol-gel dispensers attracted aphids for ≍17 d, and release of these volatiles could not be detected by the zNose after ≍24 d. The sol-gel dispensers performed adequately for the slow release of plant volatiles to trap aphids in the greenhouse. © 2014 Entomological Society of America.

  2. Sol-gel encapsulation for controlled drug release and biosensing

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    Fang, Jonathan

    The main focus of this dissertation is to investigate the use of sol-gel encapsulation of biomolecules for controlled drug release and biosensing. Controlled drug release has advantages over conventional therapies in that it maintains a constant, therapeutic drug level in the body for prolonged periods of time. The anti-hypertensive drug Captopril was encapsulated in sol-gel materials of various forms, such as silica xerogels and nanoparticles. The primary objective was to show that sol-gel silica materials are promising drug carriers for controlled release by releasing Captopril at a release rate that is within a therapeutic range. We were able to demonstrate desired release for over a week from Captopril-doped silica xerogels and overall release from Captopril-doped silica nanoparticles. As an aside, the antibiotic Vancomycin was also encapsulated in these porous silica nanoparticles and desired release was obtained for several days in-vitro. The second part of the dissertation focuses on immobilizing antibodies and proteins in sol-gel to detect various analytes, such as hormones and amino acids. Sol-gel competitive immunoassays on antibody-doped silica xerogels were used for hormone detection. Calibration for insulin and C-peptide in standard solutions was obtained in the nM range. In addition, NASA-Ames is also interested in developing a reagentless biosensor using bacterial periplasmic binding proteins (bPBPs) to detect specific biomarkers, such as amino acids and phosphate. These bPBPs were doubly labeled with two different fluorophores and encapsulated in silica xerogels. Ligand-binding experiments were performed on the bPBPs in solution and in sol-gel. Ligand-binding was monitored by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the two fluorophores on the bPBP. Titration data show that one bPBP has retained its ligand-binding properties in sol-gel.

  3. MOS solar cells with oxides deposited by sol-gel spin-coating techniques

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    Huang, Chia-Hong; Chang, Chung-Cheng; Tsai, Jung-Hui

    2013-06-15

    The metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) solar cells with sol-gel derived silicon dioxides (SiO{sub 2}) deposited by spin coating are proposed in this study. The sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2} layer is prepared at low temperature of 450 Degree-Sign C. Such processes are simple and low-cost. These techniques are, therefore, useful for largescale and large-amount manufacturing in MOS solar cells. It is observed that the short-circuit current (I{sub sc}) of 2.48 mA, the open-circuit voltage (V{sub os}) of 0.44 V, the fill factor (FF) of 0.46 and the conversion efficiency ({eta}%) of 2.01% were obtained by means of the current-voltage (I-V) measurements under AM 1.5 (100 mW/cm{sup 2}) irradiance at 25 Degree-Sign C in the MOS solar cell with sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2}.

  4. Glucose microbiosensor based on alumina sol-gel matrix/electropolymerized composite membrane.

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    Chen, Xiaohong; Hu, Yibai; Wilson, George S

    2002-12-01

    A procedure is described that provides co-immobilization of enzyme and bovine serum albumin (BSA) within an alumina sol-gel matrix and a polyphenol layer permselective for endogenous electroactive species. BSA has first been employed for the immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) on a Pt electrode in a sol-gel to produce a uniform, thin and compact film with enhanced enzyme activity. Electropolymerization of phenol was then employed to form an anti-interference and protective polyphenol film within the enzyme layer. In addition, a stability-reinforcing membrane derived from (3-aminopropyl)-trimethoxysilane was constructed by electrochemically-assisted crosslinking. This hybrid film outside the enzyme layer contributed both to the improved stability and to permselectivity. The resulting glucose sensor was characterized by a short response time (<10 s), high sensitivity (10.4 nA/mM mm(2)), low interference from endogenous electroactive species, and a working lifetime of at least 60 days.

  5. Sol-gel production of bioactive nanocoatings for medical applications. Part 1: an introduction.

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    Ben-Nissan, Besim; Choi, Andy H

    2006-10-01

    Coatings offer the possibility of modifying the surface properties of surgical-grade materials to achieve improvements in performance, reliability and biocompatibility. Sol-gel-derived coatings demonstrate promise owing to their relative ease of production, ability to form a physically and chemically pure and uniform coating over complex geometric shapes and potential to deliver exceptional mechanical properties owing to their nanocrystalline structure. Other advantages unique to sol-gel include the production of a homogeneous material, since mixing takes place on the atomic scale, and its relatively low processing temperature avoids decomposition of the coating materials and limits the damage to metallic substrate materials as a result of exposure to elevated temperatures. A range of materials can be adapted easily for a number of biomedical and engineering applications.

  6. Sol-gel synthesized silver nanoparticles doped silica/titanosilicate films for plasmonic solar cell applications

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    Arun Kumar, K. V.; Seema, R.; Aiswarya, R.; Vineetha, V. R.

    2017-06-01

    Metal nanoparticles with plasmonic effect are being given considerable attention for the past few decades due to their potential applications in solar cell. Silver nanoparticles doped silica/titanosilicate films were synthesized by means of hydrolytic and non hydrolytic sol-gel method. The sol-gel derived samples were effectively coated on silica substrate by dip coating method and annealed at 400 °C. The absorption spectrum of the nanoparticle doped films were analyzed and reveals that there is a broad peak around 360-380 nm is due to plasmonic effect of the silver nanoparticles. The samples were characterized structurally by means of XRD and TEM. The XRD data confirmed the crystalline nature of Ag nanoparticles and size is calculated around 14-15 nm. The TEM observations was also confirmed the crystalline planes of silver nanoparticles and is found to be around 15nm.

  7. Sol-gel technologies for multimode waveguide structures

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    Karioja, Pentti; Kusevic, Maja; Hiltunen, Marianne; Paaso, Janne; Maekinen, Jukka-Tapani; Hiltunen, Jussi A.; Kautio, Kari; Kopola, Harri K.

    2002-06-01

    Lithographic patterning of organic-inorganic hybrid materials processed by the use of sol-gel technology allows for the generation of waveguide structures at low temperatures onto polymer or ceramic substrates. In addition, sol-gel technology provides the possibility to process precision structures, such as, grooves and cavities, which are applicable for the passive alignment of photonic devices. This provides the possibility for the realization of mass-producible photonic circuits onto large-area substrates. At the moment, the most potential applications are systems based on then use of multimode waveguide structures. Actually, when utilizing sol-gel technology, the challenge is how to process homogenous, low-loss and high-aspect-ratio structures. In addition, when aiming to highly mass-producible multimode modules, the key issue is the alignment of photonic devices preferably by the use of passive precision structures. In the future, when the systems need to be more complicated, the modeling of systems requires sophisticated 3D modeling tools. In this paper, the processing of multimode structures with sol-gel technologies is described, and the characterization results of prototype devices are reported. In addition, molding and cofiring technologies potentially applicable for the hybrid integration of photonic modules are reviewed. Finally, the future research aims for the commercialization of photonic modules based on the use of sol-gel technologies are envisioned.

  8. Analysis of Zinc Oxide Thin Films Synthesized by Sol-Gel via Spin Coating

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    Wolgamott, Jon Carl

    Transparent conductive oxides are gaining an increasingly important role in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells. Doped zinc oxide is a candidate as a low cost and nontoxic alternative to tin doped indium oxide. Lab results have shown that both n-type and p-type zinc oxide can be created on a small scale. This can allow zinc oxide to be used as either an electrode as well as a buffer layer to increase efficiency and protect the active layer in solar cells. Sol-gel synthesis is emerging as a low temperature, low cost, and resource efficient alternative to producing transparent conducting oxides such as zinc oxide. For sol-gel derived zinc oxide thin films to reach their potential, research in this topic must continue to optimize the known processing parameters and expand to new parameters to tighten control and create novel processing techniques that improve performance. The processing parameters of drying and annealing temperatures as well as cooling rate were analyzed to see their effect on the structure of the prepared zinc oxide thin films. There were also preliminary tests done to modify the sol-gel process to include silver as a dopant to produce a p-type thin film. The results from this work show that the pre- and post- heating temperatures as well as the cooling rate all play their own unique role in the crystallization of the film. Results from silver doping show that more work needs to be done to create a sol-gel derived p-type zinc oxide thin film.

  9. Optical Sensors for Biomolecules Using Nanoporous Sol-Gel Materials

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    Fang, Jonathan; Zhou, Jing C.; Lan, Esther H.; Dunn, Bruce; Gillman, Patricia L.; Smith, Scott M.

    2004-01-01

    An important consideration for space missions to Mars is the ability to detect biosignatures. Solid-state sensing elements for optical detection of biological entities are possible using sol-gel based biologically active materials. We have used these materials as optical sensing elements in a variety of bioassays, including immunoassays and enzyme assays. By immobilizing an appropriate biomolecule in the sol-gel sensing element, we have successfully detected analytes such as amino acids and hormones. In the case of the amino acid glutamate, the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase was the immobilized molecule, whereas in the case of the hormone cortisol, an anti-cortisol antibody was immobilized in the sensing element. In this previous work with immobilized enzymes and antibodies, excellent sensitivity and specificity were demonstrated in a variety of formats including bulk materials, thin films and fibers. We believe that the sol-gel approach is an attractive platform for bioastronautics sensing applications because of the ability to detect a wide range of entities such as amino acids, fatty acids, hopanes, porphyrins, etc. The sol-gel approach produces an optically transparent 3D silica matrix that forms around the biomolecule of interest, thus stabilizing its structure and functionality while allowing for optical detection. This encapsulation process protects the biomolecule and leads to a more "rugged" sensor. The nanoporous structure of the sol-gel matrix allows diffusion of small target molecules but keeps larger, biomolecules immobilized in the pores. We are currently developing these biologically active sol-gel materials into small portable devices for on-orbit cortisol detection

  10. Optical Sensors for Biomolecules Using Nanoporous Sol-Gel Materials

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    Fang, Jonathan; Zhou, Jing C.; Lan, Esther H.; Dunn, Bruce; Gillman, Patricia L.; Smith, Scott M.

    2004-01-01

    An important consideration for space missions to Mars is the ability to detect biosignatures. Solid-state sensing elements for optical detection of biological entities are possible using sol-gel based biologically active materials. We have used these materials as optical sensing elements in a variety of bioassays, including immunoassays and enzyme assays. By immobilizing an appropriate biomolecule in the sol-gel sensing element, we have successfully detected analytes such as amino acids and hormones. In the case of the amino acid glutamate, the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase was the immobilized molecule, whereas in the case of the hormone cortisol, an anti-cortisol antibody was immobilized in the sensing element. In this previous work with immobilized enzymes and antibodies, excellent sensitivity and specificity were demonstrated in a variety of formats including bulk materials, thin films and fibers. We believe that the sol-gel approach is an attractive platform for bioastronautics sensing applications because of the ability to detect a wide range of entities such as amino acids, fatty acids, hopanes, porphyrins, etc. The sol-gel approach produces an optically transparent 3D silica matrix that forms around the biomolecule of interest, thus stabilizing its structure and functionality while allowing for optical detection. This encapsulation process protects the biomolecule and leads to a more "rugged" sensor. The nanoporous structure of the sol-gel matrix allows diffusion of small target molecules but keeps larger, biomolecules immobilized in the pores. We are currently developing these biologically active sol-gel materials into small portable devices for on-orbit cortisol detection

  11. Synthesis of Sol-Gel Matrices for Encapsulation of Enzymes Using an Aqueous Route

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    Ashley, C.S.; Bhatia, R.B.; Brinker, C.J.; Harris, T.M.

    1998-11-23

    Sol-gel matrices are promising host materials for potential chemical and biosensor applications. Previous studies have focused on modified sol-gel routes using alkoxides for encapsulation of enzymes. However the formation of alcohol as a byproduct during hydrolysis and condensation reactions poses limitations. We report the immobilization of glucose oxidase and peroxidase in silica prepared by an aqueous route which may provide a more favorable environment for the biomolecules. A two step aqueous sol-gel procedure using sodium silicate as the precursor was developed to encapsulate the enzymes and the dye precursor, o-dianisidine. Glucose oxidase catalyzes the oxidation of glucose to give gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Peroxidase then catalyzes the reaction of the dye precursor with hydrogen peroxide to produce a colored product. The kinetics of the coupled enzymatic reactions were monitored by optical spectroscopy and compared to those occurring in tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) derived silica matrices developed by Yamanaka. Enhanced kinetics in the aqueous silicate matrices were related to differences in the host microstructure as elucidated by microstructural comparisons of the corresponding aerogels.

  12. Synthesis of garnet structure compounds using aqueous sol-gel processing

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    Leleckaite, A.; Kareiva, A.

    2004-07-01

    The sol-gel method based on metal chelates in aqueous solvents has been developed to prepare different oxides having garnet crystal structure. This synthetic approach has been used to prepare rare-earth doped yttrium aluminum garnet Y 3Al 5O 12:Ce, Y 3Al 5O 12:Nd, Y 3Al 5O 12:Ho, and Y 3Al 5O 12:Er samples (YAG:Ln). The polycrystalline powders sintered at 1000 °C are formed as single-phase garnet materials. The formation of pure and neodymium-doped lanthanum aluminum garnets (La 3Al 5O 12 (LAG), and La 3Al 5O 12:Nd (LAG:Nd)) at the same synthesis conditions, however, does not proceed. A systematic study of sol-gel technique synthesized Y 3Ga 5O 12 (YGG) is presented using six different complexing agents. These complexing agents were found to influence the characteristics of the end products, in particular the homogeneity. Finally, some specific features of sol-gel derived mixed-metal Y 3Sc xAl 5- x- yGa yO 12 (0⩽ x, y⩽5) (YSAGG) garnets are discussed in the present paper. The phase purity, composition and microstructural features in the polycrystalline samples were studied by XRD analysis, IR spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

  13. Thermolithographic patterning of sol-gel metal oxides on micro hot plate sensing arrays using organosilanes.

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    Savage, Nancy Ortins; Roberson, Sonya; Gillen, Greg; Tarlov, Michael J; Semancik, Steve

    2003-09-01

    Sol-gel-derived SnO2 and Fe2O3 were selectively deposited on elements of micro hot plate (microHP) arrays. The silicon micromachined microHP arrays contain heating elements (100 microm x 100 microm) that are electronically addressable and thermally isolated from each other. Thin films of (tridecafluoro-1,1,2,2-tetrahydrooctyl)trichlorosilane (TFS) or hexyltrichlorosilane (HFS) assembled on surfaces of the arrays served as thermally sensitive resists whereby heating of specific microHPs resulted in removal of organosilane films only in heated areas. TFS-masked surfaces were characterized with condensation figures and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) imaging. TFS was removed from regions heated above 400 degrees C to expose hydrophilic surfaces, while TFS films in unheated areas were unaffected and remained hydrophobic. Sol-gel tin oxide spin-coated on the thermally patterned arrays adhered only to the hydrophilic regions and was repelled from the hydrophobic areas masked by the TFS films. By using HFS films, it was possible to selectively deposit two sol-gel materials, SnO2 and Fe2O3, on different microHPs in the same array as confirmed by SIMS imaging. Both materials showed varying degrees of electrical response to hydrogen and methanol in gas-sensing measurements.

  14. Silica scintillating materials prepared by sol-gel methods

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    Werst, D.W.; Sauer, M.C. Jr.; Cromack, K.R.; Lin, Y.; Tartakovsky, E.A.; Trifunac, A.D.

    1993-12-31

    Silica was investigated as a rad-hard alternative to organic polymer hosts for organic scintillators. Silica sol-gels were prepared by hydrolysis of tetramethoxysilane in alcohol solutions. organic dyes were incorporated into the gels by dissolving in methanol at the sol stage of gel formation. The silica sol-gel matrix is very rad-hard. The radiation stability of silica scintillators prepared by this method is dye-limited. Transient radioluminescence was measured following excitation with 30 ps pulses of 20 MeV electrons.

  15. Sol-gel processing with inorganic metal salt precursors

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    Hu, Zhong-Cheng

    2004-10-19

    Methods for sol-gel processing that generally involve mixing together an inorganic metal salt, water, and a water miscible alcohol or other organic solvent, at room temperature with a macromolecular dispersant material, such as hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) added. The resulting homogenous solution is incubated at a desired temperature and time to result in a desired product. The methods enable production of high quality sols and gels at lower temperatures than standard methods. The methods enable production of nanosize sols from inorganic metal salts. The methods offer sol-gel processing from inorganic metal salts.

  16. Sol-gel laser coatings at CEA Limeil-Valenton

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    Floch, Herve G.; Belleville, Philippe F.

    1997-10-01

    CEA Limeil-Valenton has embarked in a project called 'laser megajoule' (LMJ) consisting of the construction of a 2-MJ/500- TW (351-nm) pulsed Nd:glass laser and devoted to inertial confinement fusion research in France. Room temperature and atmospheric pressure deposited sol-gel coatings for antireflective (AR), highly reflective (HR) and polarizer uses, and silicone films for environmental protection have displayed remarkable optical and laser strength performance. Such coatings can be applied onto large area and at a low cost compared to conventional vacuum deposition techniques. CEA Limeil-Valenton is also maintaining sustained efforts to promote the sol-gel technology in other areas.

  17. THE THICKNESS DEPENDENCE OF OXYGEN PERMEABILITY IN SOL-GEL DERIVED CGO-COFE2O4 THIN FILMS ON POROUS CERAMIC SUBSTRATES: A SPUTTERED BLOCKING LAYER FOR THICKNESS CONTROL

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    Brinkman, K

    2009-01-08

    Mixed conductive oxides are a topic of interest for applications in oxygen separation membranes as well as use in producing hydrogen fuel through the partial oxidation of methane. The oxygen flux through the membrane is governed both by the oxygen ionic conductivity as well as the material's electronic conductivity; composite membranes like Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 2-{delta}} (CGO)-CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (CFO) use gadolinium doped ceria oxides as the ionic conducting material combined with cobalt iron spinel which serves as the electronic conductor. In this study we employ {approx} 50 nm sputtered CeO{sub 2} layers on the surface of porous CGO ceramic substrates which serve as solution 'blocking' layers during the thin film fabrication process facilitating the control of film thickness. Films with thickness of {approx} 2 and 4 microns were prepared by depositing 40 and 95 separate sol-gel layers respectively. Oxygen flux measurements indicated that the permeation increased with decreasing membrane thickness; thin film membrane with thickness on the micron level showed flux values an order of magnitude greater (0.03 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2} s) at 800 C as compared to 1mm thick bulk ceramic membranes (0.003 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2}).

  18. Effect of pH on the formation and combustion process of sol-gel auto-combustion derived NiZn ferrite/SiO{sub 2} composites

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    Wu, K.H. . E-mail: khwu@ccit.edu.tw; Yu, C.H.; Chang, Y.C.; Horng, D.N.

    2004-11-01

    A nitrate-citrate-silica gel was prepared from metallic nitrates, citric acid, and silica powder by sol-gel process, and it was further used to synthesize Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/5wt% SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites by auto-combustion. The effect of pH on the formation of NiZn ferrite/SiO{sub 2} and thermal properties of gel precursors was studied by XRD, IR, EPR, TGA and DTA techniques. The results revealed that the ratio of the citrate ion to the nitrate ion is directly related to the pH of the solution. The pH in the starting solution affects the combustion process, and then determines the particle size of the as-synthesized powder. The EPR parameters (peak-to-peak linewidth, g factor, and spin number) increased with increasing pH, whereas the spin-spin relaxation time (T2) decreased. The thermal stability and enthalpy of the decomposition process in air decreased with increasing pH, whereas the enthalpy in nitrogen increased. Moreover, the activation energy (Ea) of thermo-oxidative degradation of the gel precursor at pH 3 was much lower than the gel precursor at pH 5 and 7, and that increased with increasing pH.

  19. Influence of calcinated and non calcinated nanobioglass particles on hardness and bioactivity of sol-gel-derived TiO2-SiO2 nano composite coatings on stainless steel substrates.

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    Dadash, Mohammad Saleh; Karbasi, Saeed; Esfahani, Mojtaba Nasr; Ebrahimi, Mohammad Reza; Vali, Hojatollah

    2011-04-01

    Thick films of calcinated and non calcinated nanobioglass (NBG)-titania composite coatings were prepared on stainless steel substrates by alkoxide sol-gel process. Dip-coating method was used for the films preparation. The morphology, structure and composition of the nano composite films were evaluated using environmental scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscope. The SEM investigation results showed that prepared thick NBG-titania films are smooth and free of macrocracking, fracture or flaking. The grain size of these films was uniform and nano scale (50-60 nm) which confirmed with TEM. Also FTIR confirmed the presence of Si-O-Si bands on the calcinated NBG-titania films. The hardness of the prepared films (TiO(2)-calcinated NBG and TiO(2)-Non calcinated NBG) was compared by using micro hardness test method. The results verified that the presence of calcinated NBG particles in NBG-titania composite enhanced gradually the mechanical data of the prepared films. The in vitro bioactivity of these films was discussed based on the analysis of the variations of Ca and P concentrations in the simulated body fluid (SBF) and their surface morphologies against immersion time. Surface morphology and Si-O-Si bands were found to be of great importance with respect to the bioactivity of the studied films. The results showed that calcinated NBG-titania films have better bioactivity than non calcinated NBG-titania films.

  20. A needle trap device packed with a sol-gel derived, multi-walled carbon nanotubes/silica composite for sampling and analysis of volatile organohalogen compounds in air.

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    Heidari, Mahmoud; Bahrami, Abdolrahman; Ghiasvand, Ali Reza; Shahna, Farshid Ghorbani; Soltanian, Ali Reza

    2013-06-27

    A needle trap device (NTD) packed with silica composite of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) prepared based on sol-gel technique was utilized for sampling and analysis of volatile organohalogen compounds (HVOCs) in air. The performance of the NTD packed with MWCNTs/silica composite as sorbent was examined in a variety of sampling conditions and was compared with NTDs packed with PDMS as well as SPME with Carboxen/PDMS-coated fibers. The limit of detection of NTDs for the GC/MS detection system was 0.01-0.05 ng mL(-1) and the limit of quantitation was 0.04-0.18 ng mL(-1). The RSD were 1.1-7.8% for intra-NTD comparison intended for repeatability of technique. The NTD-MWCNTs/silica composite showed better analytical performances compared to the NTD-PDMS composite and had the same analytical performances when compared to the SPME-Carboxen/PDMS fibers. The results show that NTD-MWCNTs-GC/MS is a powerful technique for active sampling of occupational/environmental pollutants in air.

  1. Conformal sol-gel coatings on three-dimensional nanostructured templates

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    Weatherspoon, Michael R.

    Sol-gel processing techniques, such as spin coating and dip coating, have successfully been utilized over the past several decades to apply conformal coatings on planar substrates; however, controlled film growth on three-dimensional (3-D) nanostructured templates using the sol-gel process remains a significant challenge. Obstacles such as, uncontrolled hydrolyzation and condensation of metal alkoxide precursors on nanostructured surfaces are a few of the obstacles which lead to coatings with undesirable thicknesses and excess inorganic particles. A little over a decade ago, a surface sol-gel process was developed which utilizes stepwise film growth of anhydrous metal alkoxide precursors with hydroxylated surfaces. The surface sol-gel process provides control over the applied coating thickness and is viewed as a wet chemical analog to atomic layer deposition (ALD). The work presented in this dissertation has focused on applying conformal sol-gel derived coatings with controlled thicknesses on 3-D nanostructured templates. The templates utilized in this work were derived from biological species, such as diatoms and butterflies, as well as a synthetic photoresist polymer (SU-8). Coatings were applied on the templates using a conventional reflux/evaporation deposition process and a custom-built computer controlled surface sol-gel pumping system. The coatings applied using the reflux/evaporation process yielded conformal coatings with uncontrolled film thicknesses whereas the coatings applied using the surface sol-gel process yielded conformal coatings with controlled thicknesses. Barium titanate and europium-doped barium titanate coatings were applied on diatom frustules using the reflux/evaporation deposition process. The silica-based diatom frustules had to first be converted into magnesia/silicon composite replicas using a gas/solid displacement reaction to render the template chemically compatible with the barium titanate-based coating. Conformal titanate

  2. Sol-gel chemistry by ring-opening polymerization

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    RAHIMIAN,KAMYAR; LOY,DOUGLAS A.

    2000-02-07

    Sol-gel processing of materials is plagued by shrinkage during polymerization of the alkoxide monomers and processing (aging and drying) of the resulting gels. The authors have developed a new class of hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on the solventless ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of monomers bearing the 2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-2,5-disilaoxacyclopentyl group, which permits them to drastically reduce shrinkage in sol-gel processed materials. Because the monomers are polymerized through a chain growth mechanism catalyzed by base rather than the step growth mechanism normally used in sol-gel systems, hydrolysis and condensation products are entirely eliminated. Furthermore, since water is not required for hydrolysis, an alcohol solvent is not necessary. Monomers with two disilaoxacyclopentyl groups, separated by a rigid phenylene group or a more flexible alkylene group, were prepared through disilylation of the corresponding diacetylenes, followed by ring closure and hydrogenation. Anionic polymerization of these materials, either neat or with 2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-2,5-disila-1-oxacyclopentane as a copolymer, affords thermally stable transparent gels with no visible shrinkage. These materials provide an easy route to the introduction of sol-gel type materials in encapsulation of microelectronics, which they have successfully demonstrated.

  3. ARSENIC REMOVAL USING SOL-GEL SYNTHESIZED TITANIUM DIOXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    In this study, the effectiveness of TiO2 nanoparticles in arsenic adsorption was examined. TiO2 particles (LS) were synthesized via sol-gel techniques and characterized for their crystallinity, surface area and pore volume. Batch adsorption studies were perf...

  4. Photolithography fabrication of sol-gel ridge waveguides

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    Sara, Rahmani; Touam, Tahar; Blanchetiere, Chantal; Saddiki, Z.; Saravanamuttu, Kalaichelvi; Du, Xin M.; Chrostowski, Jacek; Andrews, Mark P.; Najafi, S. Iraj

    1998-07-01

    We report on fabrication of ridge waveguides in UV-light sensitive glass sol-gel thin films, deposited on silicon substrate, using a simple photolithography process. The single-layer films are prepared at low temperature and deep UV-light (DUV) is employed to make the waveguides. The effect of fabrication parameters on waveguide shape is investigated.

  5. Inorganic Sensing Using Organofunctional Sol-Gel Materials

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    Carrington, Nathan A.; Xue, Zi-Ling

    2007-01-01

    This Account describes recent work in the development and applications of sol-gel sensors for concentrated strong acids/bases and metal ions. The use of sol-gel films doped with organic indicators for the optical sensing of concentrated strong acids (HCl 1-10 M) and bases (NaOH 1-10 M) has been explored, and the development of dual optical sensor approaches for ternary systems (HCl-salt-H2O and NaOH-alcohol-H2O) to give acid and salt as well as base and alcohol concentrations is discussed. The preparation of transparent, ligand-grafted sol-gel monoliths is also described, and their use in the analysis of both metal cations (Cu2+) and anions [Cr(VI)] is presented. A new model using both metal ion diffusion and immobilization by the ligands in such monoliths has been developed to give metal concentrations using the optical monolith sensors. In addition to optical sensing, a method utilizing ligand-grafted sol-gel films for analyte preconcentration in the electrochemical determination of Cr(VI) has been explored and is discussed. PMID:17465520

  6. Process of forming a sol-gel/metal hydride composite

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    Congdon, James W

    2009-03-17

    An external gelation process is described which produces granules of metal hydride particles contained within a sol-gel matrix. The resulting granules are dimensionally stable and are useful for applications such as hydrogen separation and hydrogen purification. An additional coating technique for strengthening the granules is also provided.

  7. Sol-Gel Matrices For Direct Colorimetric Detection Of Analytes

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    Charych, Deborah H.; Sasaki, Darryl; Yamanaka, Stacey

    2002-11-26

    The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the direct detection of analytes using color changes that occur in immobilized biopolymeric material in response to selective binding of analytes to their surface. In particular, the present invention provides methods and compositions related to the encapsulation of biopolymeric material into metal oxide glass using the sol-gel method.

  8. Sol-gel matrices for direct colorimetric detection of analytes

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    Charych, Deborah H.; Sasaki, Darryl; Yamanaka, Stacey

    2000-01-01

    The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the direct detection of analytes using color changes that occur in immobilized biopolymeric material in response to selective binding of analytes to their surface. In particular, the present invention provides methods and compositions related to the encapsulation of biopolymeric material into metal oxide glass using the sol-gel method.

  9. Bioactive glass nanoparticles obtained through sol-gel chemistry.

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    Lukowiak, Anna; Lao, Jonathan; Lacroix, Josephine; Nedelec, Jean-Marie

    2013-07-28

    Different sol-gel strategies based on the Stöber method are proposed enabling preparation of nanoparticles of SiO2-CaO bioactive glass with different size, narrow size distribution and good dispersion capability. Eu(3+)-doped glass nanoparticles with luminescent properties can also be obtained.

  10. ARSENIC REMOVAL USING SOL-GEL SYNTHESIZED TITANIUM DIOXIDE NANOPARTICLES

    EPA Science Inventory

    In this study, the effectiveness of TiO2 nanoparticles in arsenic adsorption was examined. TiO2 particles (LS) were synthesized via sol-gel techniques and characterized for their crystallinity, surface area and pore volume. Batch adsorption studies were perf...

  11. On sol-gel derived Au-enriched TiO2 and TiO2-ZrO2 photocatalysts and their investigation in photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide

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    Matějová, Lenka; Kočí, Kamila; Reli, Martin; Čapek, Libor; Matějka, Vlastimil; Šolcová, Olga; Obalová, Lucie

    2013-11-01

    Gold-enriched TiO2 and TiO2-ZrO2 and their parent counterparts were prepared by using the sol-gel process controlled within the reverse micelles environment, followed by impregnation in AuCl3 solution. Catalysts were characterized by organic elementary analysis (OEA), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP MS), N2 physisorption, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) combined with electron diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, and tested in CO2 photocatalytic reduction. The performance of photocatalysts iluminated by UV-lamp with the wavelenght maximum at 254 nm was decreasing in the order TiO2-ZrO2 > Au/TiO2-ZrO2 > TiO2 > Au/TiO2 > TiO2 Evonic P25. The photocatalytic performance decrease over Au/TiO2-ZrO2 and Au/TiO2, compared to their parent counterparts, can be explained by the presence of too large Au particles, which block the oxide surface and either reduce the light absorption capability of the catalysts, or serve as the recombination centres. Higher photocatalytic performance of the amorphous TiO2-ZrO2 than of the nanocrystalline TiO2 can be ascribed to the enlarged surface area and higher photoactivity of titania-zirconia oxide mixture under the UV lamp with the wavelenght maximum at 254 nm. With regard to crystalline materials the appropriate anatase crystallite-size plays a key role in performance of CO2 photocatalytic reduction. Moreover, correlation between the adsorption edge and the anatase crystallite-size was revealed.

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

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

    2002-11-01

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

  13. New insights into uranium (VI) sol-gel processing

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    King, C.M.; Thompson, M.C.; Buchanan, B.R. ); King, R.B. . Dept. of Chemistry); Garber, A.R. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1990-01-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) investigations on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory process for sol-gel synthesis of microspherical nuclear fuel (UO{sub 2}), has been extremely useful in sorting out the chemical mechanism in the sol-gel steps. {sup 13}C, {sup 15}N, and {sup 1}H NMR studies on the HMTA gelation agent (Hexamethylene tetramine, C{sub 6}H{sub 12}N{sub 4}) has revealed near quantitative stability of this adamantane-like compound in the sol-gel process, contrary to its historical role as an ammonia source for gelation from the worldwide technical literature. {sup 17}O NMR of uranyl (UO{sub 2}{sup ++}) hydrolysis fragments produced in colloidal sols has revealed the selective formation of a uranyl trimer, ((UO{sub 2}){sub 3}({mu}{sub 3}-O)({mu}{sub 2}-OH){sub 3}){sup +}, induced by basic hydrolysis with the HMTA gelation agent. Spectroscopic results will be presented to illustrate that trimer condensation occurs during sol-gel processing leading to layered polyanionic hydrous uranium oxides in which HMTAH{sup +} is occluded as an intercalation'' cation. Subsequent sol-gel processing of microspheres by ammonia washing results in in-situ exchange and formation of a layered hydrous ammonium uranate with a proposed structural formula of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2} ((UO{sub 2}){sub 8} O{sub 4} (OH){sub 10}) {center dot} 8H{sub 2}O. This compound is the precursor to sintered UO{sub 2} ceramic fuel. 23 refs., 10 figs.

  14. Nanotubes of piezoelectric BNT-BT0.08 obtained from sol-gel precursor

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    Cernea, Marin; Trupina, Lucian; Vasile, Bogdan S.; Trusca, Roxana; Chirila, Cristina

    2013-07-01

    Barium titanate-substituted bismuth titanate ((Bi0.5Na0.5)0.92Ba0.08TiO3, BNT-BT0.08) nanotubes were fabricated using sol-gel chemistry, spin casting, and a porous polycarbonate membrane template. The structure and morphology of the tubes have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The diameter and length of these tubes were about 650 nm and 20 μm, respectively, and their wall thickness was about 50 nm. The tubes were polycrystalline with average grain size of 40 nm. The BNT-BT0.08 nanotubes exhibited ferroelectric behavior as evidenced by saturated piezoresponse hysteresis loops and phase switching. BNT-BT0.08 piezoelectric nanotubes promise novel device architectures and enhanced electric properties.

  15. Evaluation of sol-gel based magnetic 45S5 bioglass and bioglass-ceramics containing iron oxide.

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    Shankhwar, Nisha; Srinivasan, A

    2016-05-01

    Multicomponent oxide powders with nominal compositions of (45-x)·SiO2·24.5CaO·24.5Na2O·6P2O5xFe2O3 (in wt.%) were prepared by a modified sol-gel procedure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and high resolution transmission electron microscope images of the sol-gel products show fully amorphous structure for Fe2O3 substitutions up to 2 wt.%. Sol-gel derived 43SiO2·24.5CaO·24.5Na2O·6P2O5·2Fe2O3 glass (or bioglass 45S5 with SiO2 substituted with 2 wt.% Fe2O3), exhibited magnetic behavior with a coercive field of 21 Oe, hysteresis loop area of 33.25 erg/g and saturation magnetization of 0.66 emu/g at an applied field of 15 kOe at room temperature. XRD pattern of this glass annealed at 850 °C for 1h revealed the formation of a glass-ceramic containing sodium calcium silicate and magnetite phases in nanocrystalline form. Temperature dependent magnetization and room temperature electron spin resonance data have been used to obtain information on the magnetic phase and distribution of iron ions in the sol-gel glass and glass-ceramic samples. Sol-gel derived glass and glass-ceramic exhibit in-vitro bioactivity by forming a hydroxyapatite surface layer under simulated physiological conditions and their bio-response is superior to their melt quenched bulk counterparts. This new form of magnetic bioglass and bioglass ceramics opens up new and more effective biomedical applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Synthesis and properties of nanostructured sol-gel sorbents for simultaneous removal of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from flue gas

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    Buelna Quijada, Genoveva

    2001-07-01

    Regenerative, alumina-supported, copper-based sorbent/catalysts provide a promising technique for simultaneous removal of SO2 and NO x from flue gas. These sorbents can remove over 90% of SO2 and 70+% of NOx while generating no wastes, reducing energy consumption, and producing valuable by-products. The lack of a cost-effective sorbent with low attrition rate and good reactivity has been the main hurdle to commercialization of this copper oxide process. Developing such a sorbent is the focus of this dissertation. This work examines using sol-gel techniques rather than traditional processes to produce gamma-alumina and copper coated 7-alumina granular sorbents. Important modifications to the established sol-gel synthesis process were made, which minimized generated wastes and reduced preparation time and sorbent cost. A laboratory scale semi-continuous process providing a basis for large-scale synthesis was developed. The effect of the copper content on the surface area and dispersion of the active species on sol-gel-derived sorbents coated by the one step and wet-impregnation methods was studied. The sol-gel-derived sorbents showed superior sulfation and regeneration properties than the existing commercial sorbents used in the copper oxide process in terms of sulfation capacity, fast regeneration, recovery of sorption capacity, and SO2 concentration in the regenerated effluent. The optimum temperature for NO reduction by NH3 over sol-gel-derived CuO/gamma-Al2O3 was found to be 350°C for both fresh and sulfated catalysts. This was also the optimum operating temperature for simultaneous removal of SO2 and NOx from simulated flue gas. At 350°C, the adsorption capacity of the sol-gel sorbent/catalyst was higher than UOP's sorbent, and very close to the capacity of ALCOA's sorbent, while the catalytic activity for NO reduction of the sol-gel-derived CuO/gamma-Al 2O3 sorbent fell between the commercial sorbents. The new mesoporous sol-gel-derived materials showed

  17. Nanostructured energetic materials using sol-gel methodologies

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    Tillotson, T M; Simpson, R L; Hrubesh, L W; Gash, A E; Thomas, I M; Poco, J F

    2000-09-27

    The fundamental differences between energetic composites and energetic materials made from a monomolecular approach are the energy density attainable and the energy release rates. For the past 4 years, we have been exploiting sol-gel chemistry as a route to process energetic materials on a microstructural scale. At the last ISA conference, we described four specific sol-gel approaches to fabricating energetic materials and presented our early work and results on two methods - solution crystallization and powder addition. Here, we detail our work on a third approach, energetic nanocomposites. Synthesis of thermitic types of energetic nanocomposites are presented using transition and main group metal-oxide skeletons. Results on characterization of structure and performance will also be given.

  18. Optical detection of parasitic protozoa in sol-gel matrices

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    Livage, Jacques; Barreau, J. Y.; Da Costa, J. M.; Desportes, I.

    1994-10-01

    Whole cell parasitic protozoa have been entrapped within sol-gel porous silica matrices. Stationary phase promastigote cells of Leishmania donovani infantum are mixed with a silica sol before gelation occurs. They remain trapped within the growing oxide network and their cellular organization appears to be well preserved. Moreover protozoa retain their antigenic properties in the porous gel. They are still able to detect parasite specific antibodies in serum samples from infected patients via an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Antigen- antibody associations occurring in the gel are optically detected via the reactions of a peroxidase conjugate with ortho-phenylenediamine leading to the formation of a yellow coloration. A clear-cut difference in optical density is measured between positive and negative sera. Such an entrapment of antigenic species into porous sol-gel matrices avoids the main problems due to non specific binding and could be advantageously used in diagnostic kits.

  19. Molecularly imprinted sol-gel nanotubes membrane for biochemical separations.

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    Yang, Huang-Hao; Zhang, Shu-Qiong; Yang, Wei; Chen, Xiao-Lan; Zhuang, Zhi-Xia; Xu, Jin-Gou; Wang, Xiao-Ru

    2004-04-07

    In this study, we report a simple procedure for applying molecular imprinting functional groups to the inner surfaces of the template-synthesized sol-gel nanotubes for chemical separation of estrone. The silica nanotubes were synthesized within the pores of nanopore alumina template membranes using a sol-gel method by simultaneous hydrolysis of a silica monomer-imprinted molecule complex and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). A covalent imprinting strategy was employed by generating a sacrificial spacer through the reaction of the isocyanate group of 3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl isocyanate and a phenol moiety of estrone to form a thermally cleavable urethane bond. This allowed us to remove the imprinted estrone by simple thermal reaction and to simultaneously introduce functional groups into the cavity formed by the silica nanotubes. Experiments indicated that estrone could be bound selectively by such an approach and have a binding affinity of 864 +/- 137 (n = 3).

  20. Tunable Optical Properties of Metal Nanoparticle Sol-Gel Composites

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    Smith, David D.; Snow, Lanee A.; Sibille, Laurent; Ignont, Erica

    2001-01-01

    We demonstrate that the linear and non-linear optical properties of sol-gels containing metal nanoparticles are highly tunable with porosity. Moreover, we extend the technique of immersion spectroscopy to inhomogeneous hosts, such as aerogels, and determine rigorous bounds for the average fractional composition of each component, i.e., the porosity of the aerogel, or equivalently, for these materials, the catalytic dispersion. Sol-gels containing noble metal nanoparticles were fabricated and a significant blue-shift in the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) was observed upon formation of an aerogel, as a result of the decrease in the dielectric constant of the matrix upon supercritical extraction of the solvent. However, as a result of chemical interface damping and aggregation this blue-shift does not strictly obey standard effective medium theories. Mitigation of these complications is achieved by avoiding the use of alcohol and by annealing the samples in a reducing atmosphere.

  1. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of yttrium gallium garnets

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    Leleckaite, Asta; Urbonaite, Sigita; Tõnsuaadu, Kaia; Kareiva, Aivaras

    2005-08-01

    Precursor powders for yttrium gallium garnet (Y3Ga5O12, YGG) were prepared by a simple sol-gel method based on the formation of metal chelates in aqueous solvents. A systematic study of sol-gel technique synthesized YGG samples is presented using different complexing agents. Six high-purity organic substances were used as complexing agents, namely, tartaric acid, 1,2-ethanediol, citric acid, ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), malonic acid, and oxalic acid. These agents were found to influence the characteristics of the end products, in particular their homogeneity. The phase purity, composition, and microstructure of the polycrystalline samples were studied by thermoanalytical methods (TGADTA), x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, IR spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). From the typical XRD patterns of different synthesis products it is concluded that only the use tartaric acid, 1,2-ethanediol, citric acid, and EDTA yields a single YGG phase.

  2. Superhydrophobic sol-gel nanocomposite coatings with enhanced hardness

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    Lakshmi, R. V.; Bharathidasan, T.; Basu, Bharathibai J.

    2011-10-01

    Sol-gel superhydrophobic coatings with improved hardness were prepared by embedding fumed silica nanoparticles in a partially condensed hybrid sol of methyltriethoxysilane (MTEOS) and colloidal silica. Fumed silica particles of size 25-30 nm were incorporated in the sol and the mixture was spray-coated on glass substrate. Water contact angle (WCA) of the composite coating increased with increase in silica content of the sol mixture. The concentration of silica in the sol mixture was optimized to obtain robust superhydrophobic coatings with a WCA of 162.5° and a pencil hardness of 5H. The wetting state of water droplet on the sol-gel composite coatings was analysed with both Wenzel and Cassie-Baxter models.

  3. Tunable Optical Properties of Metal Nanoparticle Sol-Gel Composites

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    Smith, David D.; Snow, Lanee A.; Sibille, Laurent; Ignont, Erica

    2001-01-01

    We demonstrate that the linear and non-linear optical properties of sol-gels containing metal nanoparticles are highly tunable with porosity. Moreover, we extend the technique of immersion spectroscopy to inhomogeneous hosts, such as aerogels, and determine rigorous bounds for the average fractional composition of each component, i.e., the porosity of the aerogel, or equivalently, for these materials, the catalytic dispersion. Sol-gels containing noble metal nanoparticles were fabricated and a significant blue-shift in the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) was observed upon formation of an aerogel, as a result of the decrease in the dielectric constant of the matrix upon supercritical extraction of the solvent. However, as a result of chemical interface damping and aggregation this blue-shift does not strictly obey standard effective medium theories. Mitigation of these complications is achieved by avoiding the use of alcohol and by annealing the samples in a reducing atmosphere.

  4. Nanostructured Energetci Matreials with sol-gel Chemistry

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    Gash, A; Satcher, J; Simpson, R; Clapsaddle, B

    2003-11-18

    The utilization of nanomaterials in the synthesis and processing of energetic materials (i.e., pyrotechnics, explosives, and propellants) is a relatively new area of science and technology. Previous energetic nanomaterials have displayed new and potentially beneficial properties, relative to their conventional analogs. Unfortunately some of the energetic nanomaterials are difficult and or expensive to produce. At LLNL we are studying the application of sol-gel chemical methodology to the synthesis of energetic nanomaterials components and their formulation into energetic nanocomposites. Here sol-gel synthesis and formulation techniques are used to prepare Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al pyrotechnic nanocomposites. The preliminary characterization of their thermal properties and the degree of mixing between fuel and oxidizer phases is contrasted with that of a conventional pyrotechnic mixture.

  5. Sol-Gel Thin Films for Plasmonic Gas Sensors

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    Della Gaspera, Enrico; Martucci, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    Plasmonic gas sensors are optical sensors that use localized surface plasmons or extended surface plasmons as transducing platform. Surface plasmons are very sensitive to dielectric variations of the environment or to electron exchange, and these effects have been exploited for the realization of sensitive gas sensors. In this paper, we review our research work of the last few years on the synthesis and the gas sensing properties of sol-gel based nanomaterials for plasmonic sensors. PMID:26184216

  6. Sol-Gel Thin Films for Plasmonic Gas Sensors.

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    Della Gaspera, Enrico; Martucci, Alessandro

    2015-07-13

    Plasmonic gas sensors are optical sensors that use localized surface plasmons or extended surface plasmons as transducing platform. Surface plasmons are very sensitive to dielectric variations of the environment or to electron exchange, and these effects have been exploited for the realization of sensitive gas sensors. In this paper, we review our research work of the last few years on the synthesis and the gas sensing properties of sol-gel based nanomaterials for plasmonic sensors.

  7. Synthesis of zirconium oxide nanoparticle by sol-gel technique

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    Lim, H. S.; Ahmad, A.; Hamzah, H.

    2013-11-27

    Zirconium oxide nanoparticle is synthesized using sol-gel technique. Various mole ratio of ammonia solution and nitric acid relative to zirconium propoxide is added in the reaction to study the effect on the crystallinity and particle size on zirconium oxide particle. Zirconium oxide synthesized with nitric acid have the smallest particle size under FESEM image and show the increasing formation of crystalline tetragonal phase under XRD diffractogram.

  8. Sol-Gel Synthesis of Non-Silica Monolithic Materials

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    Gaweł, Bartłomiej; Gaweł, Kamila; Øye, Gisle

    2010-01-01

    Monolithic materials have become very popular because of various applications, especially within chromatography and catalysis. Large surface areas and multimodal porosities are great advantages for these applications. New sol-gel preparation methods utilizing phase separation or nanocasting have opened the possibility for preparing materials of other oxides than silica. In this review, we present different synthesis methods for inorganic, non-silica monolithic materials. Some examples of application of the materials are also included.

  9. New developments for sol-gel film and fiber processing

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    Hurd, A.J.

    1995-03-01

    New insights into the development of microstructure in sol-gel films have recently been revealed by several diagnostic techniques, including imaging ellipsometry, {open_quotes}chemical imaging{close_quotes} by fluorescent tracers, light scattering from capillary waves, and finite-element modeling. The evolution of porosity during the continuous transition from dilute sol to porous solid in restricted geometries such as films and fibers is becoming clearer through fundamental understanding of evaporation dynamics and capillarity.

  10. Sol-gel processing of bioactive glass nanoparticles: A review.

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    Zheng, Kai; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2017-03-21

    Silicate-based bioactive glass nanoparticles (BGN) are gaining increasing attention in various biomedical applications due to their unique properties. Controlled synthesis of BGN is critical to their effective use in biomedical applications since BGN characteristics, such as morphology and composition, determining the properties of BGN, are highly related to the synthesis process. In the last decade, numerous investigations focusing on BGN synthesis have been reported. BGN can mainly be produced through the conventional melt-quench approach or by sol-gel methods. The latter approaches are drawing widespread attention, considering the convenience and versatility they offer to tune the properties of BGN. In this paper, we review the strategies of sol-gel processing of BGN, including those adopting different catalysts for initiating the hydrolysis and condensation of silicate precursors as well as those combining sol-gel chemistry with other techniques. The processes and mechanism of different synthesis approaches are introduced and discussed in detail. Considering the importance of the BGN morphology and composition to their biomedical applications, strategies put forward to control the size, shape, pore structure and composition of BGN are discussed. BGN are particularly interesting biomaterials for bone-related applications, however, they also have potential for other biomedical applications, e.g. in soft tissue regeneration/repair. Therefore, in the last part of this review, recently reported applications of BGN in soft tissue repair and wound healing are presented. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. CdS nanoparticles and the sol-gel process

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    Gacoin, Thierry; Malier, Laurent; Counio, G.; Boilot, Jean-Pierre

    1997-10-01

    We present two approaches for the sol-gel synthesis of transparent solids in which CdS nanoparticles are homogeneously dispersed. In any case CdS nanocrystals are obtained by precipitation either in reverse micelles or in the presence of a complexing thiol. The grafting of the 4- fluorothiophenol at the surface of the particles leads to highly concentrated colloids in acetone. In a first approach, CdS/silica nanocomposites are prepared introducing this concentrated CdS colloid in a silica sol which contains 3- mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane to ensure the homogeneity of the CdS dispersion. The luminescence properties of the materials are improved by using methyltriethoxysilane instead of tetraethoxysilane as the alkoxide precursor of the silica matrix. Further increase of the luminescence efficiency is also observed if a single Mn2+ ion is present inside the CdS particle. In a second approach, pure CdS nanocrystalline materials (bulk or thin films) are obtained from the sol-gel processing of the concentrated colloids stabilized by 4- fluorothiophenol. The mechanisms driving the aggregation of the particles and the gelation of the system are explicited. Thin films as well as monoliths can be produced. The general principles of this method are not restricted to chalcogenide materials, and should therefore enlarge the applications of the sol-gel proces to other non-oxide materials.

  12. Piezoelectric Sol-Gel Composite Film Fabrication by Stencil Printing.

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    Kaneko, Tsukasa; Iwata, Kazuki; Kobayashi, Makiko

    2015-09-01

    Piezoelectric films using sol-gel composites could be useful as ultrasonic transducers in various industrial fields. For sol-gel composite film fabrication, the spray coating technique has been used often because of its adaptability for various substrates. However, the spray technique requires multiple spray coating processes and heating processes and this is an issue of concern, especially for on-site fabrication in controlled areas. Stencil printing has been developed to solve this issue because this method can be used to fabricate thick sol-gel composite films with one coating process. In this study, PbTiO3 (PT)/Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) films, PZT/PZT films, and Bi4Ti3O12 (BiT)/PZT films were fabricated by stencil printing, and PT/ PZT films were also fabricated using the spray technique. After fabrication, a thermal cycle test was performed for the samples to compare their ultrasonic performance. The sensitivity and signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) of the ultrasonic response of PT/PZT fabricated by stencil printing were equivalent to those of PT/PZT fabricated by the spray technique, and better than those of other samples between room temperature and 300°C. Therefore, PT/PZT films fabricated by stencil printing could be a good candidate for nondestructive testing (NDT) ultrasonic transducers from room temperature to 300°C.

  13. The Influence of Microgravity on Silica Sol-Gel Formation

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    Sibille, L.; Smith, D. D.; Cronise, R.; Hunt, A. J.; Wolfe, D. B.; Snow, L. A.; Oldenberg, S.; Halas, N.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We discuss space-flight experiments involving the growth of silica particles and gels. The effect of microgravity on the growth of silica particles via the sol-gel route is profound. In four different recipes spanning a large range of the parameter space that typically produces silica nanoparticles in unit-gravity, low-density gel structures were instead formed in microgravity. The particles that did form were generally smaller and more polydisperse than those grown on the ground. These observations suggest that microgravity reduces the particle growth rate, allowing unincorporated species to form aggregates and ultimately gel. Hence microgravity favors the formation of more rarefied structures, providing a bias towards diffusion-limited cluster-cluster aggregation. These results further suggest that in unit gravity, fluid flows and sedimentation can significantly perturb sol-gel substructures prior to gelation and these deleterious perturbations may be "frozen" into the resulting microstructure. Hence, sol-gel pores may be expected to be smaller, more uniform, and less rough when formed in microgravity.

  14. The Influence of Microgravity on Silica Sol-Gel Formation

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    Sibille, L.; Smith, D. D.; Cronise, R.; Hunt, A. J.; Wolfe, D. B.; Snow, L. A.; Oldenberg, S.; Halas, N.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We discuss space-flight experiments involving the growth of silica particles and gels. The effect of microgravity on the growth of silica particles via the sol-gel route is profound. In four different recipes spanning a large range of the parameter space that typically produces silica nanoparticles in unit-gravity, low-density gel structures were instead formed in microgravity. The particles that did form were generally smaller and more polydisperse than those grown on the ground. These observations suggest that microgravity reduces the particle growth rate, allowing unincorporated species to form aggregates and ultimately gel. Hence microgravity favors the formation of more rarefied structures, providing a bias towards diffusion-limited cluster-cluster aggregation. These results further suggest that in unit gravity, fluid flows and sedimentation can significantly perturb sol-gel substructures prior to gelation and these deleterious perturbations may be "frozen" into the resulting microstructure. Hence, sol-gel pores may be expected to be smaller, more uniform, and less rough when formed in microgravity.

  15. Development of polymeric materials for sol-gel waveguides

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    Kusevic, Maja; Hiltunen, Marianne

    2002-06-01

    The scalability to mass production and low cost are two driving forces towards multimode waveguide technologies. Organic-inorganic hybrid materials realized by sol-gel technology are promising choices for the fabrication of integrated optical circuits. This paper describes fabrication and characterization of the photo-patternable materials that are based on the sol-gel technology. The materials can be processed directly, using UV lithographic processing. Tailored polymeric materials are achieved, avoiding the use of the previously developed pre-hydrolyzed zirconium sol-gel precursors, which exhibit a lack of environmental stability. Films, which behave as a negative tone photoresist under UV-exposure, are fabricated by the spin-coating method on various substrates. The procedure shows the possibility for tailoring the refractive index and birefringence of the materials by varying the composition concentrations of the hybrid polymer system. Refractive indices vary from 1.4770 to 1.4950. The synthesized material also exhibits the possibility for birefringence optimization depending on the composition concentrations. The direct lithography process was demonstrated on various substrate materials (i.e., silicon wafer, glass, quartz, as well as flexible plastics, LTCC and semiconductor materials). The film waveguides are characterized by using of prism coupling technique at various wavelengths. The morphology of the optical structures is measured with a white-light interferometer.

  16. Structural and optoelectronic characterization of TiO2 films prepared using the sol gel technique

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    Jiménez González, A. E.; Gelover Santiago, S.

    2007-07-01

    TiO2 is a versatile material that makes for fascinating study in any of its several physical forms: monocrystal, polycrystal, powder or thin film. Its enhanced photosensitivity to UV radiation and excellent chemical stability in acidic and aqueous media point to its excellent potential for use in a variety of applications, such as solar cells, electronic devices, chemical sensors and photocatalysts. Of late, thin films of TiO2 have permitted the study of physical and chemical properties that are almost impossible to examine in powders. Using the sol-gel technique, it was possible to prepare TiO2 films, and to specifically modify their characteristic properties by means of annealing treatments. Optical measurements carried out on sol-gel derived films produced results similar to those found in films prepared using the sputtering technique. The use of TiO2 films facilitates the study of the behaviour of crystalline structure, grain size, photoresponse, electrical conductivity in both darkness and light and energy band gap (Eg) as a function of treatment temperature. For the first time, it has been demonstrated that the photoconductivity of TiO2 becomes apparent at a treatment temperature of 350 °C, which means that below this temperature the material is not photosensitive. The photosensitivity (S) of TiO2 films prepared by the sol-gel technique reaches values between 100 and 104, surpassing by more than two orders of magnitude the photosensitivity of TiO2 in powder form. In addition, it was possible to study the surface crystalline structure, where TEM studies clearly revealed both the polycrystalline order and the atomic arrangements of the TiO2 films. Our findings will afford us an opportunity to better study the nature of TiO2 and to enhance its performance with respect to the above-mentioned applications.

  17. Comparative study of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide obtained through sol-gel and sol-gel-hydrothermal synthesis.

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    Seck, E I; Doña-Rodríguez, J M; Pulido Melián, E; Fernández-Rodríguez, C; González-Díaz, O M; Portillo-Carrizo, D; Pérez-Peña, J

    2013-06-15

    TiO2 particles were prepared by sol-gel method alone and by sol-gel method combined with hydrothermal treatment. The structural and photocatalytic properties of the two series of photocatalysts were compared. XRD studies revealed that rutilization was faster in the series of photocatalysts, which had been additionally subjected to a hydrothermal process (SG-HT). The hydrothermally treated photocatalysts also displayed a higher specific surface area than those which had only been synthesized using the sol-gel process (SG) and subjected to low calcination temperatures of up to 873 K, while this tendency was inverted at higher temperatures. In accordance with the above observation, the hydrothermally treated series of photocatalysts had a lower particle size than the SG series calcined immediately after the sol-gel process up to 873 K, with this relation being inverted for the highest two temperatures which were studied (973 K and 1023 K) and which saw the commencement of rutilization. Increases in average particle size were observed for both series, with a polyhedral morphology seen as calcination temperature rose. FTIR studies highlighted the presence of the band at 2351 cm(-1) in the SG-HT photocatalysts, characteristic of surface-adsorbed CO2. This was not seen in the SG or P25 photocatalysts. In terms of photoreactivity, the best photocatalyst in the SG-HT series was that calcined at 923 K and in the SG series at 1023 K (SG-1023). Comparing these two photocatalysts and the commercial P25 photocatalyst, SG-1023 was found to be the most photoactive in both the photodegradation and the mineralization of phenol. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Synthesis of phthalocyanine doped sol-gel materials

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    Dunn, Bruce

    1993-01-01

    The synthesis of sol-gel silica materials doped with three different types of metallophthalocyanines has been studied. Homogeneous materials of good optical quality were prepared and the first optical limiting measurements of dyes in sol-gel hosts were carried out. The properties of these solid state limiters are similar to limiters based on phthalocyanine (Pc) in solution. Sol-gel silica materials containing copper, tin and germanium phthalocyanines were investigated. The initial step in all cases was to prepare silica sols by the sonogel method using tetramethoxy silane (TMOS), HCl and distilled water. Thereafter, the synthesis depended upon the specific Pc and its solubility characteristics. Copper phthalocyanine tetrasulfonic acid tetra sodium salt (CuPc4S) is soluble in water and various doping levels (1 x 10 (exp -4) M to 1 x 10 (exp -5) M) were added to the sol. The group IV Pc's, SnPc(OSi(n-hexyl)3)2 and GePc(OSi(n-hexyl)3)2, are insoluble in water and the process was changed accordingly. In these cases, the compounds were dissolved in THF and then added to the sol. The Pc concentration in the sol was 2 x 10(exp -5)M. The samples were then aged and dried in the standard method of making xerogel monoliths. Comparative nanosecond optical limiting experiments were performed on silica xerogels that were doped with the different metallophthalocyanines. The ratio of the net excited state absorption cross section (sigma(sub e)) to the ground state cross section (sigma(sub g)) is an important figure of merit that is used to characterize these materials. By this standard the SnPc sample exhibits the best limiting for the Pc doped sol-gel materials. Its cross section ratio of 19 compares favorably with the value of 22 that was measured in toluene. The GePc materials appear to not be as useful as those containing SnPc. The GePc doped solids exhibit a higher onset energy (2.5 mj and lower cross section ratio, 7. The CuPc4S sol-gel material has a still lower cross

  19. Mediator-free phenol sensor based on titania sol-gel encapsulation matrix for immobilization of tyrosinase by a vapor deposition method.

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    Yu, Jiuhong; Liu, Songqin; Ju, Huangxian

    2003-12-30

    A novel amperometric phenol sensor was constructed by immobilizing tyrosinase in a titania sol-gel matrix. The tyrosinase entrapped sol-gel film was obtained with a vapor deposition method, which simplified the traditional sol-gel process and avoided the shrinkage and cracking of conventional sol-gel-derived glasses. This matrix provided a microenvironment for retaining the native structure and activity of the entrapped enzyme and a very low mass transport barrier to the enzyme substrates. Phenol could be oxidized by dissolving oxygen in presence of immobilized tyrosinase to form a detectable product, which was determined at -150 mV without any mediator. The phenol sensor exhibited a fast response (less than 5 s) and sensitivity as high as 103 microA/mM, which resulted from the porous structure and high enzyme loading of the sol-gel matrix. The linear range for phenol determination was from 1.2x10(-7) to 2.6x10(-4) M with a detection limit of 1.0x10(-7) M. The apparent Michaelis-Menten constant of the encapsulated tyrosinase was calculated to be (0.29+/-0.02) mM. The stability of the biosensor was also evaluated.

  20. Synthesis of 45S5 Bioglass® via a straightforward organic, nitrate-free sol-gel process.

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    Rezabeigi, Ehsan; Wood-Adams, Paula M; Drew, Robin A L

    2014-07-01

    More than four decades after the discovery of 45S5 Bioglass® as the first bioactive material, this composition is still one of the most promising materials in the tissue engineering field. Sol-gel-derived bioactive glasses generally possess improved properties over other bioactive glasses, because of their highly porous microstructure and unique surface chemistry which accelerate hydroxyapatite formation. In the current study, a new combination of precursors with lactic acid as the hydrolysis catalyst have been employed to design an organic, nitrate-free sol-gel procedure for synthesizing of 45S5 Bioglass®. This straightforward route is able to produce fully amorphous submicron particles of this glass with an appropriately high specific surface area on the order of ten times higher than that of the melt-derived glasses. These characteristics are expected to lead to rapid hydroxyapatite formation and consequently more efficient bone bonding.

  1. Phenyl Functionalized Sol-gel Silica Sorbent for Capillary Microextraction and Chromia-Based Sol-gel Ucon Stationary Phase for Capillary Gas Chromatography

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    McLean, Michael M.

    The first chapter of this thesis presents an introduction to sol-gel methodology whose usefulness as a synthetic route will be demonstrated with two applications in chromatography. The first application involves the fabrication of a capillary micro-extraction (CME) device by coating a phenyl functionalized extracting phase on the inner surface of a fused silica capillary for analyte pre-concentration. The device was coupled on-line to a RP-HPLC system and practicality was demonstrated using allergens as target analytes. The allergens chosen as model analytes are typically found in fragrance products and food. Most of the 26 fragrance allergens that are monitored by various government authorities have a phenyl organic moiety (a strong chromophore), thus making them appropriate probes for exploring the extraction efficiency of the coating using a UV detector. The CME device showed ppt level limit of detection which makes it suitable for trace analyses of allergens and similar compounds in a variety of matrices. The second application explores the feasibility of using sol-gel derived chromia-based stationary phase in gas chromatographic columns. The organic moiety of the stationary phase was derived from Ucon 75-H-90,000 while the inorganic backbone was prepared using chromium(III) dichloride hydroxide - methacrylic acid - aqua complex, 40% in isopropanol/acetone . Usefulness of prepared chromia-based GC stationary phase was examined for petrochemical application. Promising results were obtained using aliphatic-aromatics, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, BTEX test mixture, cycloalkanes, branched alkanes and akylbenzenes. The column was able to perform without degradation despite being rinsed multiples times sequentially with the following solvents: dichloromethane, methanol, water and finally methanol again. Maximum theoretical plate number calculated is around 2,400 plates/m. The plate number clearly needs improvement but is a promising result for the newly explored

  2. Effect of ethanol variation on the internal environment of sol-gel bulk and thin films with aging.

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    Gupta, R; Mozumdar, S; Chaudhury, N K

    2005-10-15

    Sol-gel derived bulk and thin films were prepared from different compositions at low pH ( approximately 2.0) containing varying concentrations of ethanol from 15 to 60% at constant water (H(2)O)/tetraethyl-orthosilicate (TEOS) ratio (R=4). The fluorescence microscopic and spectroscopic measurements on fluorescent probe, Hoechst 33258 (H258) entrapped in these compositions were carried out at different days of storage to monitor the effects of concentration of ethanol on the internal environment of sol-gel materials. Fluorescence microscopic observations on sol-gel thin films, prepared by dip coating technique depicted uniform and cracked surface at withdrawal speed 1cm/min (high speed) and 0.1cm/min (low speed) respectively, which did not change during aging. Fluorescence spectral measurements showed emission maximum of H258 at approximately 535 nm in fresh sols at all concentrations of ethanol which depicted slight blue shift to 512 nm during aging in bulk. No such spectral shift has been observed in sol-gel thin films coated at high speed whereas thin films coated at low speed clearly showed an additional band at approximately 404 nm at 45 and 60% concentration of ethanol after about one month of storage. Analysis of the fluorescence lifetime data indicated single exponential decay (1.6-1.8 ns) in fresh sol and from third day onwards, invariably double exponential decay with a short (tau(1)) and a long (tau(2)) component were observed in sol-gel bulk with a dominant tau(1) at approximately 1.2 ns at all concentrations of ethanol. A double exponential decay consisting of a short component (tau(1)) at approximately 0.2 ns and a long component (tau(2)) at approximately 3.5 ns were observed at all ethanol concentrations in both fresh and aged sol-gel thin films. Further, distribution analysis of lifetimes of H258 showed two mean lifetimes with increased width in aged bulk and thin films. These results are likely to have strong implications in designing the internal

  3. Solventless sol-gel chemistry through ring-opening polymerization of bridged disilaoxacyclopentanes

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    RAHIMIAN,KAMYAR; LOY,DOUGLAS A.

    2000-04-04

    Disilaoxacyclopentanes have proven to be excellent precursors to sol-gel type materials. These materials have shown promise as precursors for encapsulation and microelectronics applications. The polymers are highly crosslinked and are structurally similar to traditional sol-gels, but unlike typical sol-gels they are prepared without the use of solvents and water, they have low VOC's and show little shrinkage during processing.

  4. Silica fibers doped with erbium ions obtained by the sol gel method

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    Pawlik, Elzbieta; Strek, Wieslaw; Wojcik, Jan; Wojciechowski, C.; Malashkevich, G. E.; Melnichenko, I. M.; Poddenezhny, E. N.

    1997-08-01

    The paper presents the optical properties of glasses and optical fibers from quartz glass, obtained by the sol-gel method. A new technique of sol-gel glass preparation is described. Rods were formed from the glass thus produced from which PCS-type fibers were next drawn. Using the same sol-gel technology, the erbium-doped quartz glasses were obtained. The transmission and luminescence characteristics were measured for the glasses as well as for fibers drawn from them.

  5. Synthesis of lithium doped zinc oxide by sol gel

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    MEZIANE, K.; ELHICHOU, A.; ELHAMIDI, A.; ALMAGGOUSSI, A.; CHHIBA, M.

    2016-10-01

    Li-doped ZnO thin films were prepared by sol-gel method and deposed on glass substrate using spin coating technique. The effects of Li on structural and optical properties were investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that Li incorporation leads to the great improvement of the crystalline quality of ZnO thin films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that nanowires are aligned nearly perpendicular to the substrate plane and are affected significantly by Li incorporation. The optical transmission of the films was higher than 80% in the visible region. It is found that the optical gap and the refractive index remain practically constant.

  6. Durable hydrophobic sol-gel finishing for textiles

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    Vihodceva, S.; Kukle, S.; Bitenieks, J.

    2015-03-01

    The surface of cotton textile was modified to create a water-repellent finishing by depositing a modifying coatings using the sol-gel technique. Treated textiles evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, X-Ray powder diffraction (XRD). The wettability of treated fabrics was characterized by water contact angle and drop test. The results showed that the cotton textile treated with 7.5 wt.% zinc acetate dihydrate sol showed excellent hydrophobic properties, water contact angle could reach 145°C without decreasing after 50 hydrothermal treatment cycles.

  7. Uncooled microbolometer IR FPA based on sol-gel VOx

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    Ovsyuk, V. N.; Shashkin, V. V.; Dem'yanenko, M. A.; Fomin, B. I.; Vasil'ieva, L. L.; Soloviev, A. P.

    2005-06-01

    The technology of high-quality uncooled focal plane arrays (FPA) fabrication has been developed. Simple and cheap sol-gel technology of thermosensitive vanadium oxide layers preparation is underlain in its basis. Uncooled 160x120 and 320x240 FPA for 8-14 microns spectral range have been fabricated. The noise equivalent temperature difference less than 8OmK has been achieved at frame rate 60 Hz for 160x120 FPA and at use of optics with 1/1 relative aperture.

  8. Composite Biomaterials Based on Sol-Gel Mesoporous Silicate Glasses: A Review

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    Baino, Francesco; Fiorilli, Sonia; Vitale-Brovarone, Chiara

    2017-01-01

    Bioactive glasses are able to bond to bone and stimulate the growth of new tissue while dissolving over time, which makes them ideal materials for regenerative medicine. The advent of mesoporous glasses, which are typically synthesized via sol-gel routes, allowed researchers to develop a broad and versatile class of novel biomaterials that combine superior bone regenerative potential (compared to traditional melt-derived glasses) with the ability of incorporating drugs and various biomolecules for targeted therapy in situ. Mesoporous glass particles can be directly embedded as a bioactive phase within a non-porous (e.g., microspheres), porous (3D scaffolds) or injectable matrix, or be processed to manufacture a surface coating on inorganic or organic (macro)porous substrates, thereby obtaining hierarchical structures with multiscale porosity. This review provides a picture of composite systems and coatings based on mesoporous glasses and highlights the challenges for the future, including the great potential of inorganic–organic hybrid sol-gel biomaterials.

  9. Magnetic nanosized rare earth iron garnets R3Fe5O12: Sol-gel fabrication, characterization and reinspection

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    Opuchovic, Olga; Kareiva, Aivaras; Mazeika, Kestutis; Baltrunas, Dalis

    2017-01-01

    The magnetic nanosized rare earth iron garnets (R3Fe5O12, where R=Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu) were prepared by an aqueous sol-gel method. Herein we present, that all these garnets can be obtained by this effective synthesis method simply by changing the temperature of the final annealing. It was also demonstrated, that a different annealing temperature leads to a different particle size distribution of the final product. The SEM analysis results revealed that the smallest particles were formed in the range of 75-130 nm. The phase purity and structure of the rare earth iron garnets were estimated using XRD analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Magnetic properties were determined by magnetization measurements. The relation between the particle size, composition and magnetic properties of the sol-gel derived garnets were also discussed in this study.

  10. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of undoped and Al-doped ZnO thin films for memristive application

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    Ayana, Dawit G.; Prusakova, Valentina; Collini, Cristian; Nardi, Marco V.; Tatti, Roberta; Bortolotti, Mauro; Lorenzelli, Leandro; Chiappini, Andrea; Chiasera, Alessandro; Ferrari, Maurizio; Lunelli, Lorenzo; Dirè, Sandra

    2016-11-01

    The Sol-gel route is a versatile method to fabricate multi-layer, dense and homogeneous ZnO thin films with a controlled thickness and defects for a memristive application. In this work, sol-gel derived multi-layer undoped and Al-doped ZnO thin films were prepared by a spin-coating technique on SiO2/Ti/Pt and silica glass substrates. The effect of both Al doping and curing conditions on the structural and morphological features of ZnO films was investigated by complementary techniques, including electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction analysis. Electrical measurements were performed on SiO2/Ti/Pt/ZnO/Pt(dishes) and SiO2/Ti/Pt/ZnO(Al)/Pt(dishes) fabricated memristive cells and preliminary current-voltage curves were acquired.

  11. Ceria nanoparticles vis-à-vis cerium nitrate as corrosion inhibitors for silica-alumina hybrid sol-gel coating

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    R. V., Lakshmi; S. T., Aruna; Sampath, S.

    2017-01-01

    The present work provides a comparative study on the corrosion protection efficiency of defect free sol-gel hybrid coating containing ceria nanoparticles and cerium nitrate ions as corrosion inhibitors. Less explored organically modified alumina-silica hybrid sol-gel coatings are synthesized from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and aluminium-tri-sec-butoxide. The microemulsion derived nanoparticles and the hybrid coatings are characterized and compared with coatings containing cerium nitrate. Corrosion inhibiting capability is assessed using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Scanning Kelvin probe measurements are also conducted on the coatings for identifying the apparent corrosion prone regions. Detailed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis is carried out to comprehend the bonding and corrosion protection rendered by the hybrid coatings.

  12. Ceria nanoparticles vis-à-vis cerium nitrate as corrosion inhibitors for silica-alumina hybrid sol-gel coating

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    Lakshmi, R. V.; Aruna, S. T.; Sampath, S.

    2017-01-01

    The present work provides a comparative study on the corrosion protection efficiency of defect free sol-gel hybrid coating containing ceria nanoparticles and cerium nitrate ions as corrosion inhibitors. Less explored organically modified alumina-silica hybrid sol-gel coatings are synthesized from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and aluminium-tri-sec-butoxide. The microemulsion derived nanoparticles and the hybrid coatings are characterized and compared with coatings containing cerium nitrate. Corrosion inhibiting capability is assessed using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Scanning Kelvin probe measurements are also conducted on the coatings for identifying the apparent corrosion prone regions. Detailed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis is carried out to comprehend the bonding and corrosion protection rendered by the hybrid coatings.

  13. High-coercivity CoFe2O4 thin films on Si substrates by sol-gel

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    Tang, Xianwu; Jin, Linghua; Wei, Renhuai; Zhu, Xiaoguang; Yang, Jie; Dai, Jianming; Song, Wenhai; Zhu, Xuebin; Sun, Yuping

    2017-01-01

    CoFe2O4 (CFO) thin films with high coercivity HC are desirable in applications. The difficulty in achieving large-area CFO thin films with high coercivity by sol-gel has hindered the development of CFO thin films. Herein, polycrystalline CFO thin films with the room temperature out-of-plane and in-plane coercivity HC respectively reached ~5.9 and 3.6 kOe has been achieved on the silicon substrate by sol-gel. The room-temperature maximum magnetic energy product (BH)max and remanence ratio Mr/Ms are of 1.66 MG Oe and 0.58 respectively, which are also the largest values amongst the CFO thin films prepared by solution methods. At the same time, annealing temperature and thickness effects on the HC, (BH)max and Mr/Ms of the derived CFO thin films have been investigated. It is observed that grain size and residual tensile strain in the derived films play an important role in the variations of HC and Mr/Ms. These results will provide an effective route for fabricating larger-area high-coercivity CFO thin films with low-cost by sol-gel on silicon wafers.

  14. Excimer UV-assisted rapid thermal annealing of PbLa(Zr ,Ti)O3 thin films by a sol-gel deposition method

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    Shannigrahi, S. R.; Lim, X.; Tay, F. E. H.

    2007-01-01

    Excimer UV-assisted rapid thermal annealing (UV-RTA) process has been employed to fabricate sol-gel derived ferroelectric Pb0.97La0.03(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 (PLZT) thin films on Pt /Ti/SiO2/Si substrates. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the single phase PLZT thin film can be achieved at a relatively low processing temperature of 580°C. The films appeared to have improved dielectric properties with dielectric constant (ɛ) and loss (tanδ) values of 3300 and 0.03 at 1kHz, respectively. Comparatively good remnant polarization (Pr) value of 36μCcm-2 and coercive field (Ec) value of 60kVcm-1 along with a good fatigue resistance up to 1010 switching cycles have been observed. This method of fabrication of the Pb-based material with the aid of UV-RTA at a comparatively lower temperature opens the door for their better employability in the Si integrated circuit technology.

  15. Electrospun sol-gel fibers for fluorescence-based sensing

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    Memisevic, Jasenka; Riley, Lela; Grant, Sheila A.

    2009-05-01

    Fluorescence based biosensors have the ability to provide reliable pathogen detection. However, the performance could be improved by enhancing the effective surface area of the biosensor. We report on a new nanofibrous fluorescencebased biosensor, whereas a sol-gel platform mesh was constructed by utilizing electrospinning techniques. Furthermore, incorporating cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and conducting pore-forming techniques resulted in a high surface area material suitable for biosensor immobilization. The biosensor was designed to detect Helicobacter hepaticus bacterium by sandwiching the pathogen between two antibodies, one labeled with Alexa Fluor 546 fluorescent dye and the other with 20nm Au nanoparticles. In the presence of pathogen, the close proximity of Au nanoparticles quenched the Alexa Fluor fluorescence, suggesting that the electrospun fiber platforms are suitable for sensing H. Hepaticus. Additionally, sol-gel fibers used as biosensor platform have the added benefit of increased immobilization, as fluorescence intensity from immobilized biosensors is 8.5x106 cps higher on fibers than on a flat, non-porous substrate.

  16. Titanium (IV) sol-gel chemistry in varied gravity environments

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    Hales, Matthew; Martens, Wayde; Steinberg, Theodore

    Sol-gel synthesis in reduced gravity is a relatively new topic in the literature and further inves-tigation is essential to realise its potential and application to other sol-gel systems. The sol-gel technique has been successfully applied to the synthesis of silica systems of varying porosity for many diverse applications [1-5]. It is proposed that current methods for the synthesis of silica sol-gels in reduced gravity may be applied to titanium sol-gel processing in order to enhance desirable physical and chemical characteristics of the final materials. The physical and chemical formation mechanisms for titanium alkoxide based sol-gels, to date, is not fully understood. However, various authors [6-9] have described potential methods to control the hydrolysis and condensation reactions of titanium alkoxides through the use of chemical inhibitors. A preliminary study of the reaction kinetics of titanium alkoxide sol-gel reaction in normal gravity was undertaken in order to determine reactant mixtures suitable for further testing under varied gravity conditions of limited duration. Through the use of 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) for structural analysis of precursor materials, Ultra-Violet-Visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS) and viscosity measurements, it was demonstrated that not only could the rate of the chemical reaction could be controlled, but directed linear chain growth within the resulting gel structure was achievable through the use of increased inhibitor concentrations. Two unique test systems have been fabricated to study the effects of varied gravity (reduced, normal, high) on the formation of titanium sol-gels. Whilst the first system is to be used in conjunction with the recently commissioned drop tower facility at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia to produce reduced gravity conditions. The second system is a centrifuge capable of providing high gravity environments of up to 70 G's for extended periods of time

  17. Sol - Gel synthesis and characterization of magnesium peroxide nanoparticles

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    Jaison, J.; Ashok raja, C.; Balakumar, S.; Chan, Y. S.

    2015-04-01

    Magnesium peroxide is an excellent source of oxygen in agriculture applications, for instance it is used in waste management as a material for soil bioremediation to remove contaminants from polluted underground water, biological wastes treatment to break down hydrocarbon, etc. In the present study, sol-gel synthesis of magnesium peroxide (MgO2) nanoparticles is reported. Magnesium peroxide is odourless; fine peroxide which releases oxygen when reacts with water. During the sol-gel synthesis, the magnesium malonate intermediate is formed which was then calcinated to obtain MgO2 nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using Thermo gravimetric -Differential Thermal Analysis (TG- DTA), X-Ray Diffraction studies (XRD) and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM). Our study provides a clear insight that the formation of magnesium malonate during the synthesis was due to the reaction between magnesium acetate, oxalic acid and ethanol. In our study, we can conclude that the calcination temperature has a strong influence on particle size, morphology, monodispersity and the chemistry of the particles.

  18. Novel hybrid sol-gel materials for smart sensor windows

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    Wencel, Dorota; Higgins, Clare; Guckian, Adrian; McDonagh, Colette; MacCraith, Brian D.

    2005-06-01

    Current sensor trends, such as multianalyte capability, miniaturisation and patternability are important drivers for materials requirements in optical chemical sensors. In particular, issues such as enhanced sensitivity and printablity are key in developing optimised sensor materials for smart windows for bioprocessing applications. This study focuses on combining novel sol-gel-based hybrid matrices with engineered luminescent complexes to produce stable luminescence-based optical sensors with enhanced sensitivity for a range of analytes including oxygen, pH and carbon dioxide. As well as optimising sensor performance, issues such as surface modification of the plastic substrate and compatibility with different deposition techniques were addressed. Hybrid sol-gel matrices were developed using a range of precursors including tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), methyltriethoxysilane (MTEOS), ethyltriethoxysilane (ETEOS), n-propyltriethoxysilane (PTEOS), phenyltriethoxysilane (PhTEOS), and n-octyltriethoxysilane (C8TEOS). Oxygen sensing, based on luminescence quenching of ruthenium phenanthroline complexes, has been realised with each of these hybrid materials. Furthermore, the possibility of immobilising pH-indicators for pH and carbon dioxide sensing has been investigated with some success. In the context of in-situ monitoring of bioprocesses, issues such as humidity interference as well as the chemical robustness of the multianalyte platform, were addressed.

  19. Study of silica sol-gel materials for sensor development

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    Lei, Qiong

    Silica sol-gel is a transparent, highly porous silicon oxide glass made at room temperature by sol-gel process. The name of silica sol-gel comes from the observable physical phase transition from liquid sol to solid gel during its preparation. Silica sol-gel is chemically inert, thermally stable, and photostable, it can be fabricated into different desired shapes during or after gelation, and its porous structure allows encapsulation of guest molecules either before or after gelation while still retaining their functions and sensitivities to surrounding environments. All those distinctive features make silica sol-gel ideal for sensor development. Study of guest-host interactions in silica sol-gel is important for silica-based sensor development, because it helps to tailor local environments inside sol-gel matrix so that higher guest loading, longer shelf-life, higher sensitivity and faster response of silica gel based sensors could be achieved. We focused on pore surface modification of two different types of silica sol-gel by post-grafting method, and construction of stable silica hydrogel-like thin films for sensor development. By monitoring the mobility and photostability of rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules in silica alcogel thin films through single molecule spectroscopy (SMS), the guest-host interactions altered by post-synthesis grafting were examined. While physical confinement remains the major factor that controls mobility in modified alcogels, both R6G mobility and photostability register discernable changes after surface charges are respectively reversed and neutralized by aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) grafting. The change in R6G photostability was found to be more sensitive to surface grafting than that of mobility. In addition, silica film modification by 0.4% APTS is as efficient as that by pure MTES in lowering R6G photostability, which suggests that surface charge reversal is more effective than charge neutralization

  20. Optical materials by a modified sol-gel nanoparticle process

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    Schmidt, Helmut K.; Mennig, Martin

    2000-05-01

    Optical sol-gel materials have been of interest for many years. The reason is that through the preparation of sold with nanoparticulate liquid structures, transparent coatings of many inorganic oxides can be produced. By using oxides for example, with different refractive indices, reflective or antireflective coatings can be fabricated. To obtain stable layers, the gel coating have to be densified at higher temperatures, in general between 400 and 600 degrees C. This may be suitable for glass surfaces, but not for temperature sensitive substrates like plastics. In addition to this, if multilayer coatings have to be produced, between each step a densification process has to be carried out before the net coating step takes place. This leads to an unsatisfying situation if industrial low cost processing is required. In addition to this, the dip coating process is not suitable for high speed or large area coating techniques. This is one of the reasons whey the sol-gel process never has gained a real high significance for industrial coatings on glass and is limited to special products so far.

  1. Sol-gel based sensor for selective formaldehyde determination.

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    Bunkoed, Opas; Davis, Frank; Kanatharana, Proespichaya; Thavarungkul, Panote; Higson, Séamus P J

    2010-02-05

    We report the development of transparent sol-gels with entrapped sensitive and selective reagents for the detection of formaldehyde. The sampling method is based on the adsorption of formaldehyde from the air and reaction with beta-diketones (for example acetylacetone) in a sol-gel matrix to produce a yellow product, lutidine, which was detected directly. The proposed method does not require preparation of samples prior to analysis and allows both screening by visual detection and quantitative measurement by simple spectrophotometry. The detection limit of 0.03 ppmv formaldehyde is reported which is lower than the maximum exposure concentrations recommended by both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This sampling method was found to give good reproducibility, the relative standard deviation at 0.2 and 1 ppmv being 6.3% and 4.6%, respectively. Other carbonyl compounds i.e. acetaldehyde, benzaldehyde, acetone and butanone do not interfere with this analytical approach. Results are provided for the determination of formaldehyde in indoor air. Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Sol gel-fluorination synthesis of amorphous magnesium fluoride

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    Krishna Murthy, J.; Groß, Udo; Rüdiger, Stephan; Kemnitz, Erhard; Winfield, John M.

    2006-03-01

    The sol-gel fluorination process is discussed for the reaction of magnesium alkoxides with HF in non-aqueous solvents to give X-ray amorphous nano-sized magnesium fluoride with high surface areas in the range of 150-350 m 2/g (HS-MgF 2). The H2 type hysteresis of nitrogen adsorption-desorption BET-isotherms is indicative for mesoporous solids. A highly distorted structure causes quite high Lewis acidity, shown by NH 3 temperature-programmed desorption (NH 3-TPD) and catalytic test reactions. XPS data of amorphous and conventionally crystalline MgF 2 are compared, both show octahedral coordination at the metal site. Thermal analysis, F-MAS NMR- and IR-spectroscopy give information on composition and structure of the precursor intermediate as well as of the final metal fluoride. The preparation of complex fluorides, M +MgF 3-, by the sol-gel route is reported. From the magnesium fluoride gel of the above process thin films for optical application are obtained by, e.g., spin coating.

  3. Processing and Characterization of Sol-Gel Cerium Oxide Microspheres

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    McClure, Zachary D.; Padilla Cintron, Cristina

    2016-09-27

    Of interest to space exploration and power generation, Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) can provide long-term power to remote electronic systems without the need for refueling or replacement. Plutonium-238 (Pu-238) remains one of the more promising materials for thermoelectric power generation due to its high power density, long half-life, and low gamma emissions. Traditional methods for processing Pu-238 include ball milling irregular precipitated powders before pressing and sintering into a dense pellet. The resulting submicron particulates of Pu-238 quickly accumulate and contaminate glove boxes. An alternative and dust-free method for Pu-238 processing is internal gelation via sol-gel techniques. Sol-gel methodology creates monodisperse and uniform microspheres that can be packed and pressed into a pellet. For this study cerium oxide microspheres were produced as a surrogate to Pu-238. The similar electronic orbitals between cerium and plutonium make cerium an ideal choice for non-radioactive work. Before the microspheres can be sintered and pressed they must be washed to remove the processing oil and any unreacted substituents. An investigation was performed on the washing step to find an appropriate wash solution that reduced waste and flammable risk. Cerium oxide microspheres were processed, washed, and characterized to determine the effectiveness of the new wash solution.

  4. Nanostructured Energetic Materials with Sol-Gel Methods

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    Gash, A; Satcher, J; Simpson, R; Clapsaddle, B

    2003-11-25

    The utilization of sol-gel chemical methodology to prepare nanostructured energetic materials as well as the concepts of nanoenergetics is described. The preparation and characterization of two totally different compositions is detailed. In one example, nanostructured aerogel and xerogel composites of sol-gel iron (III) oxide and ultra fine grained aluminum (UFG Al) are prepared, characterized, and compared to a conventional micron-sized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al thermite. The exquisite degree of mixing and intimate nanostructuring of this material is illustrated using transmission and scanning electron microscopies (TEM and SEM). The nanocomposite material has markedly different energy release (burn rate) and thermal properties compared to the conventional composite, results of which will be discussed. Small-scale safety characterization was performed aerogels and xerogels of the nanostructured thermite. The second nanostructured energetic material consists of a nanostructured hydrocarbon resin fuel network with fine ammonium perchlorate (NH{sub 4}ClO{sub 4}) oxidizer present.

  5. Sol-gel applications for ceramic membrane preparation

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    Erdem, I.

    2017-02-01

    Ceramic membranes possessing superior properties compared to polymeric membranes are more durable under severe working conditions and therefore their service life is longer. The ceramic membranes are composed of some layers. The support is the layer composed of coarser ceramic structure and responsible for mechanical durability under filtration pressure and it is prepared by consolidation of ceramic powders. The top layer is composed of a finer ceramic micro-structure mainly responsible for the separation of components present in the fluid to be filtered and sol-gel method is a versatile tool to prepare such a tailor-made ceramic filtration structure with finer pores. Depending on the type of filtration (e.g. micro-filtration, ultra-filtration, nano-filtration) aiming separation of components with different sizes, sols with different particulate sizes should be prepared and consolidated with varying precursors and preparation conditions. The coating of sol on the support layer and heat treatment application to have a stable ceramic micro-structure are also important steps determining the final properties of the top layer. Sol-gel method with various controllable parameters (e.g. precursor type, sol formation kinetics, heat treatment conditions) is a practical tool for the preparation of top layers of ceramic composite membranes with desired physicochemical properties.

  6. Sol-gel hydroxyapatite coatings on stainless steel substrates.

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    Liu, Dean-Mo; Yang, Quanzu; Troczynski, Tom

    2002-02-01

    Thin film hydroxyapatite deposits onto sandblasted 316L stainless steel substrates were prepared using water-based sol-gel technique recently developed in our lab. The coatings were annealed in air at 375 degrees C, 400 degrees C, and 500 degrees C. Phase formation, surface morphology, interfacial microstructure, and interfacial bonding strength of the coatings were investigated. Apatitic structure developed within the coatings while annealing at temperatures > or = 400 degrees C, while those heat-treated at 375 degrees C showed poor crystallinity. The coatings were dense and firmly attached to the underlying substrates, reaching an average bonding strength (as determined through the pull-out test) of 44 MPa. Nano-porous structure was found for the coatings annealed at 500 degrees C, believed to result from grain growth, and causing a slight decrease in the bonding strength. Surface microcracking, although not extensive, occurred after annealing at temperatures > or = 400 degrees C, and was linked to non-uniform thickness of the coating due to roughness of the substrate. A contraction of the coatings as a result of sintering, and phase transition from amorphous (or poor crystalline) to reasonably good crystalline apatite, may be responsible for the loss of structural integrity of the thicker sections of the coatings. It seems quite promising that a dense and adhesive apatite coating can be achieved through water-based sol gel technology after short-term annealing at around 400 degrees C in air.

  7. Preparation of superhydrophobic surface with a novel sol-gel system

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    Su, Dong; Huang, Chengya; Hu, You; Jiang, Qiangwei; Zhang, Long; Zhu, Yunfeng

    2011-11-01

    Sol-gel method is a simple and cheap way to prepare superhydrophobic coatings or films, however, most of the researches on sol-gel focus on silica or ZnO sol-gel. The present paper proposes a novel sol-gel which is made from hydrolysis and condensation of the by-product of polymethylhydrosiloxane (PMHS) reacting with γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (KH550). The mechanism of formation of the by-product and the sol-gel is discussed and the by-product is characterized by FT-IR. The mass ratio of KH550/PMHS of the sol-gel influences the water contact angle (WCA) and water sliding angle (WSA) of the film made of spraying the sol-gel to microscope glass. When the mass ratio of KH550/PMHS of the sol-gel reaches 0.25, WCA of the corresponding film is 157° and WSA of it is less than 1°. The mechanism of formation of the sol-gel is discussed, and the size of the sol-gel is characterized by polarization microscope as well. The morphology of the film made of the sol-gel is analyzed by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM). It was found that the diameter of the particle of the superhydrophobic film is about 40 μm, nevertheless, from the larger magnification picture, the particle is found to be composed of micro-balls whose diameter is about 2 μm, and the micro-ball is composed of nano-sphere whose diameter is less than 200 nm.

  8. Functionalized silicate sol-gel-supported TiO2-Au core-shell nanomaterials and their photoelectrocatalytic activity.

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    Pandikumar, Alagarsamy; Murugesan, Sepperumal; Ramaraj, Ramasamy

    2010-07-01

    The N-[3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl]ethylenediamine (EDAS) derived silicate matrix supported core-shell TiO(2)-Au nanoparticles (EDAS/(TiO(2)-Au)(nps)) were prepared by NaBH(4) reduction of HAuCl(4) precursor on preformed TiO(2) nanoparticles in the presence of EDAS monomer. The core-shell (TiO(2)-Au)(nps) nanoparticles were stabilized by the amine functional group of the EDAS silicate sol-gel network. The potential application of this EDAS/(TiO(2)-Au)(nps) modified electrode toward the photoelectrochemical oxidation of methanol was explored. The EDAS/(TiO(2)-Au)(nps) modified electrode showed a 12-fold enhancement in the catalytic activity toward photoelectrooxidation of methanol when compared to TiO(2) dispersed in EDAS silicate sol-gel matrix. This improved photoelectrochemical performance is explained on the basis of beneficial promotion of interfacial charge transfer processes of the EDAS/(TiO(2)-Au)(nps) nanocomposite. A methanol oxidation peak current density of 12.3 mA cm(-2) was achieved at an optimum loading of Au(nps) on TiO(2) particles. This novel amine functionalized EDAS silicate sol-gel stabilized core-shell (TiO(2)-Au)(nps) nanomaterial could be an excellent candidate for the photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical applications.

  9. Bactericidal micron-thin sol-gel films prevent pin tract and periprosthetic infection.

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    Qu, Haibo; Knabe, Christine; Burke, Megan; Radin, Shula; Garino, Jonathan; Schaer, Thomas; Ducheyne, Paul

    2014-08-01

    Orthopedic injuries constitute the majority of wounds sustained by U.S. soldiers in recent conflicts. The risk of infection is considerable with fracture fixation devices. In this pilot study, we examined the use of unique bactericidal micron-thin sol-gel films on fracture fixation devices and their ability to prevent and eradicate infections. External fixation was studied with micron-thin sol-gel coated percutaneous pins releasing triclosan and inserted medially into rabbit tibiae. A total of 11 rabbits received percutaneous pins that were either uncoated or sol-gel/triclosan coated. Internal fracture fixation was also studied using sol-gel coated intramedullary (IM) nails releasing vancomycin in the intramedullary tibiae. Six sheep received IM nails that were coated with a sol-gel film that either contained vancomycin or did not contain vancomycin. All animals were challenged with Staphylococcus aureus around the implant. Animals were euthanized at 1 month postoperative. Rabbits receiving triclosan/sol-gel coated percutaneous pins did not show signs of infection. Uncoated percutaneous pins had a significantly higher infection rate. In the sheep study, there were no radiographic signs of osteomyelitis with vancomycin/sol-gel coated IM nails, in contrast to the observations in the control cohort. Hence, the nanostructured sol-gel controlled release technology offers the promise of a reliable and continuous delivery system of bactericidals from orthopedic devices to prevent and treat infection. Reprint & Copyright © 2014 Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

  10. Organoaluminophosphate sol-gel silica glass thin films for integrated optics

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    Touam, Tahar; Milova, Galina; Saddiki, Z.; Fardad, M. A.; Andrews, Mark P.; Juma, Salim K.; Chrostowski, Jacek; Najafi, S. Iraj

    1997-01-01

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of waveguide thin films on silicon by ultraviolet light imprinting in a new photosensitive, organically modified aluminophosphate sol-gel silica glass prepared by a one-step dip-coating process. Appropriate combinations of ultraviolet light exposure time, sol-gel film thickness and postbake parameters produce waveguides suitable for optical telecommunication applications.

  11. Sol-gel based oxidation catalyst and coating system using same

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    Watkins, Anthony N. (Inventor); Leighty, Bradley D. (Inventor); Oglesby, Donald M. (Inventor); Patry, JoAnne L. (Inventor); Schryer, Jacqueline L. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An oxidation catalyst system is formed by particles of an oxidation catalyst dispersed in a porous sol-gel binder. The oxidation catalyst system can be applied by brush or spray painting while the sol-gel binder is in its sol state.

  12. Development of sol-gel formulations for slow release of phermones

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    A new type of dispenser for slow-release of semiochemicals and sex pheromones was developed based on sol-gel polymers that can be useful in monitoring, mass trapping, and mating disruption in integrated pest management (IPM). Sol-gel matrices exhibit glass characteristics and allow control of the de...

  13. Sol-gel based oxidation catalyst and coating system using same

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    Watkins, Anthony N. (Inventor); Leighty, Bradley D. (Inventor); Oglesby, Donald M. (Inventor); Ingram, JoAnne L. (Inventor); Schryer, Jacqueline L. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An oxidation catalyst system is formed by particles of an oxidation catalyst dispersed in a porous sol-gel binder. The oxidation catalyst system can be applied by brush or spray painting while the sol-gel binder is in its sol state.

  14. Sol-gel microextraction phases for sample preconcentration in chromatographic analysis.

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    Segro, Scott S; Tran, Minh Phuong; Kesani, Sheshanka; Alhendal, Abdullah; Turner, Erica B

    2010-10-01

    Sol-gel technology provides a simple and reliable method for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber preparation through in situ creation of surface-bonded organic-inorganic hybrid coatings characterized by enhanced thermal stability and solvent-resistance properties that are important for the coupling of SPME with GC and HPLC, respectively. The sol-gel coating technology has led to the development of an extensive array of sol-gel sorbent coatings for SPME. In this article, sol-gel microextraction coatings are reviewed, with particular attention on their synthesis, characterization, and applications in conjunction with GC and HPLC analyses. In addition, the development of sol-gel-coated stir bars, their inherent advantages, and applications are discussed. Next, the development and applications of sol-gel capillary microextraction (CME) in hyphenation with GC and HPLC is extensively reviewed. The newly emerging germania- and titania-based sol-gel microextraction phases look promising, especially in terms of pH and hot solvent stability. Finally, sol-gel monolithic beds for CME are reviewed. Such monolithic beds are in a position to greatly improve the extracting capabilities and enhanced sensitivity in CME.

  15. Accelerated weathering of wood surfaces coated with multifunctional allkoxysilanes by sol-gel deposition

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    Mandla A. Tshabalala; John E. Gangstad

    2003-01-01

    Accelerated weathering of wood surfaces coated with hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HDTMOS) in the presence of methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMOS) by the sol-gel process was investigated. The sol-gel process allowed the deposition of a covalently bound thin layer of polysiloxane networks on the wood surface that was resistant to water sorption and water leaching. The rate of...

  16. Optical fiber sensor having a sol-gel fiber core and a method of making

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    Tao, Shiquan; Jindal, Rajeev; Winstead, Christopher; Singh, Jagdish P.

    2006-06-06

    A simple, economic wet chemical procedure is described for making sol-gel fibers. The sol-gel fibers made from this process are transparent to ultraviolet, visible and near infrared light. Light can be guided in these fibers by using an organic polymer as a fiber cladding. Alternatively, air can be used as a low refractive index medium. The sol-gel fibers have a micro pore structure which allows molecules to diffuse into the fiber core from the surrounding environment. Chemical and biochemical reagents can be doped into the fiber core. The sol-gel fiber can be used as a transducer for constructing an optical fiber sensor. The optical fiber sensor having an active sol-gel fiber core is more sensitive than conventional evanescent wave absorption based optical fiber sensors.

  17. Sol-gel multilayers applied by a meniscus coating process

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    Britten, J.A.; Thomas, I.M.

    1992-03-19

    We describe a meniscus coating method to produce high-laser damage threshold, silica/alumina sol-gel multilayer reflectors on 30 {plus} cm substrates for laser-fusion applications. This process involves forcing a small suspension flow through a porous applicator tube, forming a falling film on the tube. A substrate contacts this film to form a meniscus. Motion of the substrate relative to the applicator entrains a thin film on the substrate, which leaves behind a porous, optical quality film upon solvent evaporation. We develop a solution for the entrained film thickness as a function of geometry, flow and fluid properties by an analysis similar to that of the classical dip-coating problem. This solution is compared with experimental measurements. Also, preliminary results of multilayer coating experiments with a prototype coater are presented, which focus on coating uniformity and laser damage threshold (LDT).

  18. Raman Studies of the Nanostructure of Sol-Gel Materials

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    Doss, Calvin James

    Four sol-gel systems (alumina, aluminum hydroxide, zirconia, and magnesia) were investigated, primarily by laser spectroscopy, on several series of materials prepared by systematically varying the synthesis procedures. Nanocrystalline boehmite, gamma -AlO(OH), was found to be the principal component in the sol-gel alumina system. Materials were prepared by the hot-water hydrolysis/condensation of rm Al(OC_4H_9)_3, the Yoldas process, as a function of process variables such as the time spent in the sol phase. Small but systematic changes, as a function of sol aging time, were discovered in the lineshape and position of the dominant boehmite Raman band observed in the alumina hydrogels. These spectral changes were interpreted in terms of nanocrystallinity-induced finite-size effects associated with the slow growth of AlO(OH) nanocrystals in the sol. X-ray diffraction experiments were used to determine nanocrystal sizes (as small as 3 nm for gels prepared from fresh sols) and to estimate growth kinetics from the Raman-lineshape results. These results appear to be among the first available for crystallite growth kinetics (ripening) in the near-atomic-scale nanocrystal regime. The trihydroxide polymorph system is closely related to the sol-gel alumina system. The processing temperature and the method of hydrolysis were varied, in order to determine their effect on the trihydroxide phase mix. The trihydroxide phase mix does not change with time; it depends only on the initial hydrolysis conditions. Bayerite is the primary phase present for materials processed at 25 C, while nordstrandite is the primary phase present for materials processed at 60 C. It is shown that the trihydroxide crystal nucleation kinetics are responsible for the Al(OH)_3 phase mix. Hydroxide/oxyhydroxide phase-mix kinetics were also studied; this ratio increases with time. The associated rate constant decreases with increasing temperature. Sol-gel zirconia was prepared by using atmospheric water to

  19. Holographic gratings in hybrid sol-gel films

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    Raschella, R.; Marino, I.-G.; Lottici, P. P.; Bersani, D.; Lorenzi, A.; Montenero, A.

    2003-08-01

    Organic-inorganic films based on SiO2, containing Disperse Red 1 (DR1), carbazole units and 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone (TNF), have been prepared by a sol-gel technique. Diffraction gratings have been produced through different effects: photoinduced birefringence and photorefractivity, using 488.0 nm and 632.8 nm light, respectively. Pure polarization holographic birefringence gratings have been investigated and diffraction efficiencies higher than those obtained by light intensity modulation have been measured. The study of the temporal behavior of the diffraction efficiencies makes possible the identification of different processes involved in the DR1 molecular orientation: angular hole burning (AHB), angular redistribution (AR), Cis molecules gain has been determined by two-beam coupling (2BC) measurements. The effect of the polarization of the writing beams on the grating and of a circularly polarized photoisomerizing radiation during grating erasure has been interpreted in terms of an orientation contribution to the grating formation.

  20. Polymer sol-gel composite inverse opal structures.

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    Zhang, Xiaoran; Blanchard, G J

    2015-03-25

    We report on the formation of composite inverse opal structures where the matrix used to form the inverse opal contains both silica, formed using sol-gel chemistry, and poly(ethylene glycol), PEG. We find that the morphology of the inverse opal structure depends on both the amount of PEG incorporated into the matrix and its molecular weight. The extent of organization in the inverse opal structure, which is characterized by scanning electron microscopy and optical reflectance data, is mediated by the chemical bonding interactions between the silica and PEG constituents in the hybrid matrix. Both polymer chain terminus Si-O-C bonding and hydrogen bonding between the polymer backbone oxygens and silanol functionalities can contribute, with the polymer mediating the extent to which Si-O-Si bonds can form within the silica regions of the matrix due to hydrogen-bonding interactions.

  1. Photochromic gratings in sol gel films containing diazo sulfonamide chromophore

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    Kucharski, Stanisław; Janik, Ryszard

    2005-09-01

    The photochromic sol-gel hybrid materials were prepared by incorporation of an azo chromophore containing sulfonamide fragment into polysiloxane cross-linked network. The materials were used to form transparent films on glass by spin-coating and/or casting. The reversible change of refraction index of the films on illumination with white light was observed by ellipsometry. The experiments with two beam coupling (TBC) and four wave mixing (4 WM) arrangement with green or blue laser beams as writing beams showed formation of a diffraction grating. The diffraction efficiency of the first order was 0.025-0.038 which yielded refraction index modulation in the range of up to 0.0066.

  2. Manufacture of Regularly Shaped Sol-Gel Pellets

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    Leventis, Nicholas; Johnston, James C.; Kinder, James D.

    2006-01-01

    An extrusion batch process for manufacturing regularly shaped sol-gel pellets has been devised as an improved alternative to a spray process that yields irregularly shaped pellets. The aspect ratio of regularly shaped pellets can be controlled more easily, while regularly shaped pellets pack more efficiently. In the extrusion process, a wet gel is pushed out of a mold and chopped repetitively into short, cylindrical pieces as it emerges from the mold. The pieces are collected and can be either (1) dried at ambient pressure to xerogel, (2) solvent exchanged and dried under ambient pressure to ambigels, or (3) supercritically dried to aerogel. Advantageously, the extruded pellets can be dropped directly in a cross-linking bath, where they develop a conformal polymer coating around the skeletal framework of the wet gel via reaction with the cross linker. These pellets can be dried to mechanically robust X-Aerogel.

  3. Photosensitivity in a silica-based sol-gel glass

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    Korwin, D.M.; Pye, L.D.

    1996-12-31

    Photosensitivity in glasses containing Au and Ce was first reported by Dalton in 1943 and later reaffirmed by Stookey. The photothermal reduction of Au ions to form metallic colloids was determined to be responsible for the {open_quotes}ruby{close_quotes} color produced in these glasses. In this work, the photosensitive effect has been confirmed for the first time in a silica sol-gel glass containing Au and Ce. Two methods of producing Au colloids in this glass were investigated, one involved a short ultraviolet (UV) exposure followed by a thermal treatment, the other a simultaneous UV irradiation and thermal treatment. Colloid formation was studied using optical absorption spectroscopy, whereas the role of Ce in the photosensitive process was elucidated using optical absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic techniques.

  4. Substituent effects on the sol-gel chemistry of organotrialkoxysilanes

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    LOY, DOUGLAS A.; BAUGHER, BRIGITTA M.; BAUGHER, COLLEEN R.; SCHNEIDER, DUANE A.; RAHIMIAN, KAMYAR

    2000-05-09

    Silsesquioxanes have been the subject of intensive study in the past and are becoming important again as a vehicle for introducing organic functionalities into hybrid organic-inorganic materials through sol-gel processing. Depending on the application, the target hybrid material may be required to be a highly cross-linked, insoluble gel or a soluble polymer that can be cast as a thin film or coating. The former has applications such as catalyst supports and separations media; the latter is an economically important method for surface modification or compatiblization for applying adhesives or introducing fillers. Polysilsesquioxanes are readily prepared through the hydrolysis and condensation of organotrialkoxysilanes, though organotriaminosilane and organotrihalosilane monomers can also be used. This paper explores the kinetics of the preparation route.

  5. Sol-Gel Glass Holographic Light-Shaping Diffusers

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    Yu, Kevin; Lee, Kang; Savant, Gajendra; Yin, Khin Swe (Lillian)

    2005-01-01

    Holographic glass light-shaping diffusers (GLSDs) are optical components for use in special-purpose illumination systems (see figure). When properly positioned with respect to lamps and areas to be illuminated, holographic GLSDs efficiently channel light from the lamps onto specified areas with specified distributions of illumination for example, uniform or nearly uniform irradiance can be concentrated with intensity confined to a peak a few degrees wide about normal incidence, over a circular or elliptical area. Holographic light diffusers were developed during the 1990s. The development of the present holographic GLSDs extends the prior development to incorporate sol-gel optical glass. To fabricate a holographic GLSD, one records a hologram on a sol-gel silica film formulated specially for this purpose. The hologram is a quasi-random, micro-sculpted pattern of smoothly varying changes in the index of refraction of the glass. The structures in this pattern act as an array of numerous miniature lenses that refract light passing through the GLSD, such that the transmitted light beam exhibits a precisely tailored energy distribution. In comparison with other light diffusers, holographic GLSDs function with remarkably high efficiency: they typically transmit 90 percent or more of the incident lamp light onto the designated areas. In addition, they can withstand temperatures in excess of 1,000 C. These characteristics make holographic GLSDs attractive for use in diverse lighting applications that involve high temperatures and/or requirements for high transmission efficiency for ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light. Examples include projectors, automobile headlights, aircraft landing lights, high-power laser illuminators, and industrial and scientific illuminators.

  6. Sol-Gel processing of silica nanoparticles and their applications.

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    Singh, Lok P; Bhattacharyya, Sriman K; Kumar, Rahul; Mishra, Geetika; Sharma, Usha; Singh, Garima; Ahalawat, Saurabh

    2014-11-06

    Recently, silica nanoparticles (SNPs) have drawn widespread attention due to their applications in many emerging areas because of their tailorable morphology. During the last decade, remarkable efforts have been made on the investigations for novel processing methodologies to prepare SNPs, resulting in better control of the size, shape, porosity and significant improvements in the physio-chemical properties. A number of techniques available for preparing SNPs namely, flame spray pyrolysis, chemical vapour deposition, micro-emulsion, ball milling, sol-gel etc. have resulted, a number of publications. Among these, preparation by sol-gel has been the focus of research as the synthesis is straightforward, scalable and controllable. Therefore, this review focuses on the recent progress in the field of synthesis of SNPs exhibiting ordered mesoporous structure, their distribution pattern, morphological attributes and applications. The mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNPs) with good dispersion, varying morphology, narrow size distribution and homogeneous porous structure have been successfully prepared using organic and inorganic templates. The soft template assisted synthesis using surfactants for obtaining desirable shapes, pores, morphology and mechanisms proposed has been reviewed. Apart from single template, double and mixed surfactants, electrolytes, polymers etc. as templates have also been intensively discussed. The influence of reaction conditions such as temperature, pH, concentration of reagents, drying techniques, solvents, precursor, aging time etc. have also been deliberated. These MSNPs are suitable for a variety of applications viz., in the drug delivery systems, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), biosensors, cosmetics as well as construction materials. The applications of these SNPs have also been briefly summarized.

  7. Mayenite Synthesized Using the Citrate Sol-Gel Method

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    Ude, Sabina N; Rawn, Claudia J; Meisner, Roberta A; Kirkham, Melanie J; Jones, Gregory L.; Payzant, E Andrew

    2014-01-01

    A citrate sol-gel method has been used to synthesize mayenite (Ca12Al14O33). X-ray powder diffraction data show that the samples synthesized using the citrate sol-gel method contained CaAl2O4 and CaCO3 along with mayenite when fired ex-situ in air at 800 C but were single phase when fired at 900 C and above. Using high temperature x-ray diffraction, data collected in-situ in air at temperatures of 600 C and below showed only amorphous content; however, data collected at higher temperatures indicated the first phase to crystallize is CaCO3. High temperature x-ray diffraction data collected in 4% H2/96% N2 does not show the presence of CaCO3, and Ca12Al14O33 starts to form around 850 C. In comparison, x-ray powder diffraction data collected ex-situ on samples synthesized using traditional solid-state synthesis shows that single phase was not reached until samples were fired at 1350 C. DTA/TGA data collected either in a nitrogen environment or air on samples synthesized using the citrate gel method suggest the complete decomposition of metastable phases and the formation of mayenite at 900 C, although the phase evolution is very different depending on the environment. Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements showed a slightly higher surface area of 7.4 0.1 m2/g in the citrate gel synthesized samples compared to solid-state synthesized sample with a surface area of 1.61 0.02 m2/g. SEM images show a larger particle size for samples synthesized using the solid-state method compared to those synthesized using the citrate gel method.

  8. Evolution of microstructure in mixed niobia-hybrid silica thin films from sol-gel precursors.

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    Besselink, Rogier; Stawski, Tomasz M; Castricum, Hessel L; ten Elshof, Johan E

    2013-08-15

    The evolution of structure in sol-gel derived mixed bridged silsesquioxane-niobium alkoxide sols and drying thin films was monitored in situ by small-angle X-ray scattering. Since sol-gel condensation of metal alkoxides proceeds much faster than that of silicon alkoxides, the incorporation of d-block metal dopants into silica typically leads to formation of densely packed nano-sized metal oxide clusters that we refer as metal oxide building blocks in a silica-based matrix. SAXS was used to study the process of niobia building block formation while drying the sol as a thin film at 40-80°C. The SAXS curves of mixed niobia-hybrid silica sols were dominated by the electron density contrast between sol particles and surrounding solvent. As the solvent evaporated and the sol particles approached each other, a correlation peak emerged. Since TEM microscopy revealed the absence of mesopores, the correlation peak was caused by a heterogeneous system of electron-rich regions and electron poor regions. The regions were assigned to small clusters that are rich in niobium and which are dispersed in a matrix that mainly consisted of hybrid silica. The correlation peak was associated with the typical distances between the electron dense clusters and corresponded with distances in real space of 1-3 nm. A relationship between the prehydrolysis time of the silica precursor and the size of the niobia building blocks was observed. When 1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane was first hydrolyzed for 30 min before adding niobium penta-ethoxide, the niobia building blocks reached a radius of 0.4 nm. Simultaneous hydrolysis of the two precursors resulted in somewhat larger average building block radii of 0.5-0.6 nm. This study shows that acid-catalyzed sol-gel polymerization of mixed hybrid silica niobium alkoxides can be rationalized and optimized by monitoring the structural evolution using time-resolved SAXS. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Acrylate-silica polymer nanocomposites obtained by sol-gel reactions. Structure, properties and scaffold preparation

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    Rodriguez Hernandez, Jose Carlos

    The manuscript deals with the development and characterization of hybrid materials based on poly(hydroxyethyl acrylate) (hereafter PHEA) reinforced by the inclusion of an amorphous silica phase. Both phases were simultaneously synthesized: the organic phase underwent a free radical polymerization reaction induced by the small addition of a thermal initiator (benzoyl peroxide); besides, silica (SiO2) was polymerized by an acid catalyzed sol-gel reaction of the silicon alkoxide tetraethoxysilane (hereafter TEOS). The sol-gel reaction conditions where silicon dioxide is formed influence the final silica structure: degree of condensation, linear versus branched intermediate species, average size, and so on. Some of the key parameters to control SiO2 topology on sol-gel derived composites include the catalyst nature used to increase the alkoxide reactivity (as well as its amount, pH), the available water to hydrolyze the silica precursor (referred to the stoichiometric amount needed to fully hydrolyze one molecule of TEOS) and ratio between the organic and inorganic phases on the final hybrid. The former (catalyst) and the second (water) conditions were fixed so as to synthesize materials with silica average sizes around tens of nanometres (nanocomposites); the latter, the relative ratio between organic and inorganic phases, was systematically changed. Besides, it is introduced a methodology to prepare a new kind of scaffolds made by nanocomposites whose pore morphology consists of a cylindrical channel mesh, which are perpendicular between themselves. The procedure is based on the well-known method of intermediate templates, this time prepared by a stack of woven fabrics which are first pressed and afterwards sintered. After the filling of the holes left inside the template by the monomeric solution and subsequent thermal polymerization, templates are removed by the selective solvent of the material it is made up. A suitable template preparation is found to be crucial

  10. Sol-gel synthesis and densification of aluminoborosilicate powders. Part 1: Synthesis

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    Bull, Jeffrey; Selvaduray, Guna; Leiser, Daniel

    1992-01-01

    Aluminoborosilicate powders high in alumina content were synthesized by the sol-gel process utilizing various methods of preparation. Properties and microstructural effects related to these syntheses were examined. After heating to 600 C for 2 h in flowing air, the powders were amorphous with the metal oxides comprising 87 percent of the weight and uncombusted organics the remainder. DTA of dried powders revealed a T(sub g) at approximately 835 C and an exotherm near 900 C due to crystallization. Powders derived from aluminum secbutoxide consisted of particles with a mean diameter 5 microns less than those from aluminum isopropoxide. Powders synthesized with aluminum isopropoxide produced agglomerates comprised of rod shaped particulates while powders made with the secbutoxide precursor produced irregular glassy shards. Compacts formed from these powders required different loadings for equivalent densities according to the method of synthesis.

  11. Sol-gel silica platforms for microalgae-based optical biosensors.

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    Perullini, Mercedes; Ferro, Yannis; Durrieu, Claude; Jobbágy, Matías; Bilmes, Sara A

    2014-06-10

    An advanced hybrid biosensing platform with improved optical quality is developed based on the acidic encapsulation of microalgi in silica matrices synthesized by TAFR (tetraethoxysilane derived alcohol free route). The three microalgi (Chlorella vulgaris, Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii) were previously immobilized in alginate following the two-step procedure. Tuning the alginate protecting function with the aid of Tris-HCl buffer, the sol-gel synthesis was conducted at pH 4.0 well below the tolerance limit imposed by the encapsulated microalgae. The acidic condensation of Si(IV) generates silica matrices with outstanding optical properties that suit the requirements of biosensors based on optical detection methods. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Spectroscopic study of protoporphyrin IX zinc(II) encapsulated in sol-gel glass.

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    Zaitoun, Mohammed A

    2005-06-01

    Previous studies indicated that the organization of native porphyrins and their intentionally designated derivatives in solid substrates is of current interest because of the biological and practical importance of these compounds. In this paper, we report herein for the first time the incorporation of a functionalized diacid, protoporphyrin IX Zn(II) (Zn-pp-IX), successfully in a silica based transparent organic-inorganic hybrid material by choosing proper alkoxy silane containing amino-group via the sol-gel method. The entrapped guest was diagnosed using UV-vis sectrophotometry, emission spectroscopy, and infrared spectrometry; the properties of the encapsulated porphyrin were compared to those of the compound in solution. The results indicate that Zn-pp-IX is well distributed and homogeneously in the glass.

  13. Improving endothelialization on 316L stainless steel through wettability controllable coating by sol-gel technology

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    Wang, Mingqi; Wang, Yao; Chen, Yijie; Gu, Hongchen

    2013-03-01

    Rapid endothelialization by surface coverage is considered as a way to increase blood compatibility of the vascular stent and reduce smooth muscle cell (SMC) mediated restenosis. Coatings on 316L stainless steels with different wettabilities and similar topographies were obtained through sol-gel process by regulating the proportions of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). Adhesion and proliferation of vascular endothelial cells (EC) and SMC on these substrates have been evaluated by cell numbers, cell morphology, and expression of cytoskeletal protein. Results showed that EC and SMC responded differently to the coated surfaces. Enhanced endothelialization of bare 316L was found at the moderately hydrophilic coating (contact angle 45.3°) which exhibited effective inhibition of SMC and negligible influence on EC. These results are expected to lay foundation for the solution of the vascular restenosis which was mainly derived from the hyperplasia of SMC.

  14. Manipulation and characterization of thin-film interfacial chemistry: Sol-gel deposition and single molecule tracking experiments

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    Barhoum, Moussa

    fabricated optical materials. Finally, magnetic functionalization studies of sol-gel derived Co-ion doped titania thin films using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry and an attempt to measure their magneto-optical properties using a home-built Faraday rotation setup are discussed. The experimental limitations in reliably measuring magnetization responses of these thin films are introduced and discussed in detail. The summary and outlook chapters summarize the scientific significance of each research project and briefly introduce ongoing research based on the work and the results presented in this dissertation.

  15. Sol-Gel deposition of inorganic alkoxides on wood surfaces to enhance their durability under exposure to sunlight and moisture

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    Mandla A. Tshabalala

    2005-01-01

    Wood specimens were coated with sol-gel deposits of aluminum isopropoxide, titanium isopropoxide, or zirconium propoxide in the presence of methytrimethoxysilane. Both zirconium propoxide and titanium isopropoxide sol-gel deposits reduced water sorption, whereas aluminum isopropoxide sol-gel deposit increased water sorption, compared with uncoated wood specimens. There...

  16. Proton conduction in and structure of P2O5-TiO2-CaO-Na2O sol-gel glasses

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    Kim, Dae Sung; Shin, Jae Young; Ryu, Bong Ki

    2017-06-01

    Phosphate sol-gel-derived glasses in a P2O5-CaO-Na2O-TiO2 system with a high TiO2 content of up to 50 mol% were synthesized. A sol-gel method was chosen because incorporating a high percentage of titanium into the phosphate network via traditional melt-quench methods is not trivial. The structural and the thermal properties of the obtained stabilized sol-gel glasses were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. The XRD results confirmed the amorphous and glassy nature of the prepared samples. The FTIR results revealed that, with the addition of TiO2, titanium oxide (TiO6) (which likely acts as a modifier oxide) entered the network. Consequently, the number of terminal oxygen atoms increased, leading to an increase in the number of P-OH bonds. The proton conductivity of the sol-gel glass samples was as high as 0.0102 S·cm-1 at a relative humidity of 100% and a temperature of 100 ° C. The FTIR analysis confirmed the presence of (HPO4)2- - and (H2PO4)--coordinated phosphorous. These functional groups acted as a bridge in the Grotthuss proton-conduction mechanism.

  17. Influence of Ce3+ doping on molecular organization of Si-based organic/inorganic sol-gel layers for corrosion protection

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    Fedel, Michele; Callone, Emanuela; Fabbian, Matias; Deflorian, Flavio; Dirè, Sandra

    2017-08-01

    In this work, organosilane-derived sol-gel films containing different amounts of cerium ions applied on AA 1050 were investigated. The sol-gel coatings were prepared from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) mixtures with the addition of cerium nitrate in order to achieve different concentrations of Ce ions (from 10-5 M to 10-2 M). The effect of the cerium load on the structure of the cured sol-gel films was investigated by means of solid state NMR and FT-IR spectroscopy. The corrosion protection properties of the different sol-gel layers were investigated mainly by means potentiodynamic curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). FT-IR and solid state NMR suggested a significant influence of the Ce cations on the network structure: not only the degree of condensation decreases with Ce addition but also the structural modification of the silsesquioxane network is observed with preferential formation of ladder-like species for low Ce3+ content and cages predominance for Ce/Si molar ratio greater than 0.039, i.e. [Ce3+] = 1·10-4 M. Electrochemical tests revealed that the effect of Ce ions on the structure of the coatings does not lead to remarkable changes in the barrier properties. Moreover, it was found that the Ce ions seems to be present in the cured films and are able to migrate towards the metal/coating interface thus providing a stabilization of the metal interface.

  18. Glucose biosensor based on covalent immobilization of enzyme in sol-gel composite film combined with Prussian blue/carbon nanotubes hybrid.

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    Fu, Guanglei; Yue, Xiuli; Dai, Zhifei

    2011-05-15

    A novel electrochemical glucose biosensor was developed based on in situ covalent immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) by one-pot chitosan (CS)-incorporated sol-gel process in the presence of Prussian blue deposited multi-walled carbon nanotubes hybrids (PB/MWNTs) using 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane (ICPTES) as both a sol-gel precursor and a covalent coupling agent for GOx and CS. The electrode modified with the PB/MWNTs-GOx-CS-ICPTES sol-gel composite film showed good electrical conductivity and effective low-potential electron transfer mediation toward H2O2 reduction attributed to the incorporation of PB/MWNTs. The biosensor exhibited a linear response to glucose in the concentration range from 2.5×10(-5) to 1.3×10(-3) M with a correlation coefficient of 0.9998, a detection limit of 7.5×10(-6) M, a low response time (10s ), good sensitivity and high anti-interference ability. Compared with the control biosensor based on the traditional tetraethoxysilane derived sol-gel composite film, the biosensor showed a similarly small apparent Michaelis-Menten constant of 3.67 mM but much higher electrochemical and biosensing stability.

  19. Encapsulation of enzymes and cells in sol-gel matrices for biosensor applications

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    Singh, Anup K.; Gupta, Alok; Mulchandani, Ashok; Chen, Wilfred; Bhatia, Rimple B.; Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Ashley, Carol S.; Brinker, C. J.

    1999-12-01

    Porous silicate materials made by low temperature sol-gel process are promising host matrices for encapsulation of biomolecules. Their mechanical strength, chemical inertness, hydrophilic nature, and above all, their optical transparency makes them an exciting platform for development of biosensors. To date, researchers have focused on sol-gel routes using alkoxides for encapsulation of biomolecules. However, formation of alcohol as a byproduct is an undesired complication as it can have detrimental effect on the activity of entrapped biomolecules. We have developed a novel sol-gel process to encapsulate biological molecules (such as enzymes, antibodies and cells) that uses neutral pH, room temperature, and does not generate alcohol as a byproduct. The process uses sodium silicate as precursor and is carried out in two steps--preparation of a low pH silicate sol followed by gelation at neutral pH in a buffer containing biomolecules. We developed a novel homogeneous immunoassay for 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), and have encapsulated the immunoassay reagents in sol-gel matrices to product dispersible biosensors for the detection of TNT. Using the sol-gel doped with immunoassay reagents, we can detect TNT at low ppm levels. We also report encapsulation of E. Coli cells expressing the enzyme organophosphorus hydrolase on the cell surface in sol-gel matrices. The cell- doped sol-gel material can be used to develop biosensors for detection of organophosphates.

  20. Progress in the fabrication of optical fibers by the sol-gel-based granulated silica method

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    Pilz, S.; Najafi, H.; El Sayed, A.; Boas, J.; Kummer, D.; Scheuner, J.; Etissa, D.; Ryser, M.; Raisin, P.; Berger, S.; Romano, V.

    2016-04-01

    Novel special optical fibers nowadays can take advantage of several new preform production techniques. During the last years we have devoted our attention to the granulated silica method. It is one of the variants of the powder-in-tube technique and potentially offers a high degree of freedom regarding the usable dopants, the maximum possible dopant concentration, the homogeneity of the dopants, the geometry and minimal refractive index contrast. We developed and refined an approach for the production of doped granulated silica material based on the sol-gel process. Here, we present material analysis results of an ytterbium (Yb) doped, aluminum (Al) and phosphorous (P) co-doped glass on the basis of our sol-gel glass based granulated silica method as well as first measurements of two LMA fibers obtained from this material. For the material analysis we used advanced analysis techniques, such as HAADF-STEM and STEM-EDX spectroscopy to determine the composition of the material and the distribution of the dopants and the codopants. The chemical mapping of the STEM-EDX shows an extremely homogeneous distribution of the dopants and co-dopants in nano-scale. Based on self-made LMA fibers, we measured the refractive index contrast of the sol-gelbased granulated silica derived core compared to the pure silica cladding. In addition we quantified optical characteristics such as the emission and absorption spectrum. The measured upper state lifetime of the optical active dopant ytterbium was 0.99ms, which in turn confirms the homogeneous distribution of the Yb atoms. The propagation losses were determined to be 0.2dB/m at 633nm and 0.02414dB/m at1550nm.

  1. Sol-gel chemistry-based Ucon-coated columns for capillary electrophoresis.

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    Hayes, J D; Malik, A

    1997-07-18

    A sol-gel chemistry-based novel approach for the preparation of a Ucon-coated fused-silica capillary column in capillary electrophoresis is presented. In this approach the sol-gel process is carried out inside 25 microm I.D. fused-silica capillaries. The sol solution contained appropriate quantities of an alkoxide-based sol-gel precursor, a polymeric coating material (Ucon), a crosslinking reagent, a surface derivatizing reagent, controlled amounts of water and a catalyst dissolved in a suitable solvent system. The coating procedure involves filling a capillary with the sol solution and allowing the sol-gel process to proceed for an optimum period. Hydrolysis of the alkoxide precursor and polycondensation of the hydrolyzed products with the surface silanol groups and the hydroxy-terminated Ucon molecules lead to the formation of a surface-bonded sol-gel coating on the inner walls of the capillary. The thickness of the coated film can be controlled by varying the reaction time, coating solution composition and experimental conditions. Commercial availability of high purity sol-gel precursors (e.g., TEOS 99.999%), the ease of coating, run-to-run and column-to-column reproducibility, and long column lifetimes make sol-gel coating chemistry very much suitable for being applied in analytical microseparations column technology. Test samples of basic proteins and nucleotides were used to evaluate the column performance. These results show that the sol-gel coating scheme has allowed for the generation of bio-compatible surfaces characterized by high separation efficiencies in CE. For different types of solutes, the sol-gel coated Ucon column consistently provided migration time R.S.D. values of the order of 0.5%.

  2. Microwave sintering of sol-gel derived abrasive grain

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    Plovnick, Ross; Celikkaya, Ahmet; Blake, Rodger D.

    1997-01-01

    A method is provided for making microwave-sintered, free flowing alpha alumina-based ceramic abrasive grain, under conditions effective to couple microwaves with calcined alpha alumina-based abrasive gain precursor and sinter it at a temperature of at least about 1150.degree. C.

  3. Domain walls and ferroelectric reversal in corundum derivatives

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    Ye, Meng; Vanderbilt, David

    2017-01-01

    Domain walls are the topological defects that mediate polarization reversal in ferroelectrics, and they may exhibit quite different geometric and electronic structures compared to the bulk. Therefore, a detailed atomic-scale understanding of the static and dynamic properties of domain walls is of pressing interest. In this work, we use first-principles methods to study the structures of 180∘ domain walls, both in their relaxed state and along the ferroelectric reversal pathway, in ferroelectrics belonging to the family of corundum derivatives. Our calculations predict their orientation, formation energy, and migration energy and also identify important couplings between polarization, magnetization, and chirality at the domain walls. Finally, we point out a strong empirical correlation between the height of the domain-wall-mediated polarization reversal barrier and the local bonding environment of the mobile A cations as measured by bond-valence sums. Our results thus provide both theoretical and empirical guidance for future searches for ferroelectric candidates in materials of the corundum derivative family.

  4. Ultrasound-assisted sol-gel synthesis of ZrO2.

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    Guel, Marlene Lariza Andrade; Jiménez, Lourdes Díaz; Hernández, Dora Alicia Cortés

    2017-03-01

    Synthesis of tetragonal ZrO2 by both conventional sol-gel and ultrasound-assisted sol-gel methods and using a non-ionic surfactant Tween-20, was performed. A porous microstructure composed of nanometric particles was observed. Tetragonal ZrO2 was obtained using a low heat treatment temperature of powders, 500°C by both methods. A higher crystallinity and a shorter reaction time were observed when ultrasound was used in the sol-gel method due to the cavitation phenomenon. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Mediated patterning of sol-gel thin layers: Shrinkage, decohesion, and lift-off

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    Mikalsen, Erik Arthur

    This thesis explores the unique de-cohesion and lift-off processes that occur during mediated patterning of integrated sol-gel thin films of functional materials. Mediated deposition, an additive patterning approach, was introduced by Jeon et al. (J. Mater. Res., 10[12]: 2996--9 (1995)), where microcontact printing (mu-CP) facilitated the selective transfer of a molecular 'ink' (e.g., octadecyltrichlorosilane, ODTS) to the substrate, and de-cohesion of sol-gel films occurred exclusively above the printed ink regions after heat treatment (<150°C). Patterned sol-gel films of uniform thickness were revealed after facile lift-off of cracked fragments, without the use of etchants. In this thesis, the origin and mechanics of de-cohesion and lift-off were determined through direct observations and measurements. The disparate mechanical behaviors of sol-gel films on functionalized and unmodified surfaces were determined, with emphasis on interfacial strength, in-plane biaxial stress, thin film mechanics, and crack propagation for sol-gel layers on silicon, glass and fused silica substrates. In addition, direct patterning of sol-gel layers was demonstrated for the first time on curved glassy surfaces using mu-CP and mediated patterning methods. The shrinkage and densification of sol-gel layers were determined by in-situ and ex-situ measurements, where a ˜30% decrease in thickness (t) was typical during drying of sol-gel layers (T < 300°C). Constrained shrinkage, resulting from adhesion to the supporting silicon substrate, led to a coherent (crack-free) film with biaxial stresses of ˜200 MPa (t ˜ 50 nm). For ODTS-mediated sol-gel films, however, precise in-situ wafer curvature measurements determined that film stresses never exceeded 75 MPa. Additionally, interfacial adhesive strength between the substrate and the sol-gel film were evaluated for the first time using a unique pulsed-laser stress-wave technique. An adhesive strength threshold of 15 MPa was determined for

  6. Examination of light distribution from sol-gel based applicators for interstitial laser therapy

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    Hołowacz, I.; Ulatowska-Jarża, A.; Podbielska, H.; Garbaczewska, I.

    2006-02-01

    We describe here the construction of sol-gel based applicators for interstitial thermotheraphy. The silica sol-gel coatings were prepared from silicate precursor TEOS (tetraethylorthosilicate) mixed with ethyl alcohol in acid catalyzed hydrolysis. The matrices were produced with various ratios R=5, 10, 20, 32, 50, whereas R denotes the number of solvent molds (here ethanol) to the number of TEOS moles. The spatial light intensity distribution was examined in order to find out the influence of R factor on the light distribution shape. It was shows that the most homogeneous patterns are observed for sol-gel coatings with R factors equal 10 and 20.

  7. Solventless sol-gel chemistry through ring-opening polymerization of bridged disilaoxacyclopentanes

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    RAHIMIAN,KAMYAR; LOY,DOUGLAS A.

    2000-05-01

    Ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of disilaoxacyclopentanes has proven to be an excellent approach to sol-gel type hybrid organic-inorganic materials. These materials have shown promise as precursors for encapsulation and microelectronics applications. The polymers are highly crosslinked and are structurally similar to traditional sol-gels, but unlike typical sol-gels they are prepared by an organic base or Bronsted acid (formic or triflic acid), without the use of solvents and water, they have low VOC's and show little shrinkage during processing.

  8. Barium zirconate-titanate/barium calcium-titanate ceramics via sol-gel process: novel high-energy-density capacitors

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    Sreenivas Puli, Venkata; Kumar, Ashok; Chrisey, Douglas B.; Tomozawa, M.; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2011-10-01

    Lead-free barium zirconate-titanate/barium calcium-titanate, [(BaZr0.2Ti0.80)O3]1-x-[(Ba0.70Ca0.30)TiO3]x (x = 0.10, 0.15, 0.20) (BZT-BCT) ceramics with high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss and moderate electric breakdown field were prepared by the sol-gel synthesis technique. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed tetragonal crystal structure and this was further confirmed by Raman spectra. Well-behaved ferroelectric hysteresis loops and moderate polarizations (spontaneous polarization, Ps ~ 3-6 µC cm-2) were obtained in these BZT-BCT ceramics. Frequency-dependent dielectric spectra confirmed that ferroelectric diffuse phase transition (DPT) exists near room temperature. Scanning electron microscope images revealed monolithic grain growth in samples sintered at 1280 °C. 1000/ɛ versus (T) plots revealed ferroelectric DPT behaviour with estimated γ values of ~1.52, 1.51 and 1.88, respectively, for the studied BZT-BCT compositions. All three compositions showed packing-limited breakdown fields of ~47-73 kV cm-1 with an energy density of 0.05-0.6 J cm-3 for thick ceramics (>1 mm). Therefore these compositions might be useful in Y5V-type capacitor applications.

  9. Sol-gel synthesis of a diepoxy-crosslinked ormocer adhesive for Cu/polyimide sealing systems

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    Kasemann, R.; Burkhart, T.; Schmidt, H.

    1995-12-31

    Sol-gel-derived Omocer adhesives starting from methyl-vinyl silanes, diphenyl silanes and tetraethoxy silanes with tailored strain dissipation properties have been synthesized and tailored as hot-melt sealing adhesives for Cu to polyimide. In order to establish an appropriate strain dissipation mechanism within the brittle Ormocer systems used as starting materials, an organic polymer chain based crosslinking reaction, linking amino groupings bonded to silanes together with difunctional epoxides was investigated. For controlling the process, spectroscopic data were used and correlated to peel strength. The system shows a peel strength of 10 N/cm, good dielectric properties and a high heat stability.

  10. Calcium and phosphate adsorption as initial steps of apatite nucleation on sol-gel-prepared titania surface.

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    Coreño, Juan; Martínez, Antonia; Coreño, Oscar; Bolarín, Ana; Sánchez, Félix

    2003-01-01

    Titania powders have been prepared by the sol-gel route from Ti (IV) ethoxide under acidic conditions. Adsorption experiments of calcium and phosphate ions on gel-derived titania suspensions were performed to suggest a likely initial step of apatite growth on its surface. Experiments were performed as a function of time and pH at 37 degrees C with and without NaCl present in the suspensions. Also, zeta (zeta) potential experiments were performed to determine the kind of calcium adsorption. Results suggest that, apparently, calcium and phosphate adsorption can act as two different initial steps for apatite growth.

  11. Processing, properties, and applications of sol-gel silica optics

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    Nogues, Jean-Luc R.; LaPaglia, Anthony J.

    1989-12-01

    For many years the market share maintained by U.S. optics manufacturers has been declining continuously caused in part by intense competition principally from countries in the Far East, and in part by the lack of a highly trained cadre of opticians to replace the current generation. This fact could place in jeopardy the defense system of the United States in case of international war. For example, in 1987, optical glass component imports accounted for approximately 50 percent of the Department of Defense (DOD) consumption. GELTECH's sol-gel technology is a new process for making a high quality optical glass and components for commercial and military uses. This technology offers in addition to being a local source of optics, the possibility to create new materials for high-tech optical applications, and the elimination of the major part of grinding and polishing for which the skill moved off-shore. This paper presents a summary of the solgel technology for the manufacture of high quality optical glass and components. Properties of pure silica glass made by solgel process (Type V and Type VI silicas) are given and include: ultraviolet, visible and near infrared spectrophotometry, optical homogeneity and thermal expansion. Many applications such as near net shape casting or Fresnel lens surface replication are discussed. Several potential new applications offered by the solgel technology such as organic-inorganic composites for non linear optics or scintillation detection are also reported in this paper.

  12. Sol-gel synthesis and catalytic properties of sulfated zirconia

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    Li, Binghui; Gonzalez, R.D.

    1996-10-01

    Sulfate zirconia catalysts were prepared using a two-step sol-gel method with zirconium n-propoxide as the alcoxide precursor and a water/alcoxide ratio of 40. The resulting xerogel was pretreated prior to sulfation in flowing He at 385{degrees}C for 3 hours. The sulfation step was performed by immersing the dried xerogel in 15 ml of H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution per gram of sample for 15 min followed by drying in an oven at 130{degrees}C for 16 hours. The sulfated zirconia was activated in flowing oxygen at 600{degrees}C for 1 hour. A thermal desorption study of the deactivated catalyst showed two SO{sub 2} (m/e=64) peaks at 600{degrees}C and 900{degrees}C. The SO{sub 2} desorption peak at 600{degrees}C was coincidental with a CO{sub 2} (m/e=44) peak at the same temperature. These results are interpreted in terms of an organo-sulfur complex on the surface of the deactivated catalyst.

  13. Mesoporous nanocomposite coatings for photonic devices: sol-gel approach

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    Islam, Shumaila; Bidin, Noriah; Riaz, Saira; Suan, Lau Pik; Naseem, Shahzad; Sanagi, Mohd. Marsin

    2016-10-01

    Thermally stable, optically active inorganic nanocomposites, i.e., aluminum-silicate (AS) and silica-titania (ST), are synthesized via acid-catalyzed low-temperature sol-gel method in order to get stable, crack-free coating material for photonic devices. The samples are characterized by atomic force microscope, field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Brunauer-Emmett--Teller (BET) surface area, Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) pore size distribution surface analysis and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Microscopic results show good incorporation of ST and AS particles as composites with grain size within range of 12-17 and 62-109 nm, respectively. EDX analysis substantiated the stoichiometric formation of homogeneous nanocomposites. XRD of the films reveals primary polycrystalline anatase titania phase and mullite phase of ST and AS nanocomposites. FTIR confirms the heterogeneous bond linkage between titania, silica and alumina species. Furthermore, the fabricated samples have mesoporous nature with high surface area, large pore volume and diameter. The tunable refractive index of 1.33-1.35 with high transparency is obtained for synthesized nanocomposites. The experimental findings show that these physically modified and thermally stable alumina- and titania-doped silica-based composite coatings are promising for photonic devices modification.

  14. Specific recognition of flavin in a sol-gel matrix

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    Greaves, Michael D.; Rotello, Vincent M.

    1997-10-01

    A wide variety of biomolecules have been incorporated into sol-gel matrices, retaining their ability to function once immobilized. The interactions required for their activity occur within the macromolecular structure of these dopants. As a result, there is relatively little known about impact of the silicate matrix on fundamental recognition events. To investigate thai effects of the silicate matrix upon the specific hydrogen bond recognition between an immobilized species and a substrate at the molecular level, we have incorporated the biological cofactor flavin mononucleotide (FMN) into a silicate matrix. Molecular recognition of the flavin isoalloxazine unit immobilized within the gel cybotactic regions has been investigated via co-doping with a synthetic diaminopyridine receptor. The presence and specificity of the host-guest interaction was established via quenching of the flavin fluorophore by the receptor, and complete absence of quenching by a non-hydrogen bonding control. The degree of recognition achieved was quantified via fluorescence titration, demonstrating significantly enhanced binding relative to methanolic solution. Investigations into this recognition proces are discussed.

  15. "Non-hydrolytic" sol-gel synthesis of molybdenum sulfides

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    Leidich, Saskia; Buechele, Dominique; Lauenstein, Raphael; Kluenker, Martin; Lind, Cora

    2016-10-01

    Non-hydrolytic sol-gel reactions provide a low temperature solution based synthetic approach to solid-state materials. In this paper, reactions between molybdenum chloride and hexamethyldisilthiane in chloroform were explored, which gave access to both MoS2 and Mo2S3 after heat treatment of as-recovered amorphous samples to 600-1000 °C. Interesting morphologies were obtained for MoS2, ranging from fused spherical particles to well-defined nanoplatelets and nanoflakes. Both 2H- and 3R-MoS2 were observed, which formed thin hexagonal and triangular platelets, respectively. The platelets exhibited thicknesses of 10-30 nm, which corresponds to 15-50 MoS2 layers. No attempts to prevent agglomeration were made, however, well separated platelets were observed for many samples. Heating at 1000 °C led to formation of Mo2S3 for samples that showed well-defined MoS2 at lower temperatures, while less crystalline samples had a tendency to retain the MoS2 structure.

  16. Enantioselective, chirally templated sol-gel thin films.

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    Fireman-Shoresh, Sharon; Popov, Inna; Avnir, David; Marx, Sharon

    2005-03-02

    Enantioselective surfactant-templated thin films were fabricated through the sol-gel (SG) process. The enantioselectivity is general in the sense that it discriminates between pairs of enantiomers not used for the imprinting process. The chiral cationic surfactant (-)-N-dodecyl-N-methylephedrinium bromide (1) was used as the surfactant template, and after its extraction chiral domains were created. The chiral discriminative feature of these films was examined by challenging with pure enantiomer solutions for rebinding. Selective adsorption was shown using (R)- and (S)-propranolol, (R)-2 and (S)-2, respectively, and (R)- and (S)-2,2,2-trifluoro-1-(9-anthryl)ethanol, (R)-3 and (S)-3, respectively, as the chiral probes. The selective adsorption was measured by fluorescence analysis, and the chiral selectivity factors were found to be 1.6 for 2 and 2.25 for 3. In both cases, (R)-enantiomer was adsorbed preferably. The resulting material was characterized by transmission electron microscopy, by diffraction, and by surface area measurements, and was found to be semicrystalline with short-range ordered domains (50 A) of hexagonal symmetry.

  17. Cobalt silicon mixed oxide nanocomposites by modified sol gel method

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    Esposito, Serena; Turco, Maria; Ramis, Gianguido; Bagnasco, Giovanni; Pernice, Pasquale; Pagliuca, Concetta; Bevilacqua, Maria; Aronne, Antonio

    2007-12-01

    Cobalt-silicon mixed oxide materials (Co/Si=0.111, 0.250 and 0.428) were synthesised starting from Co(NO 3) 2·6H 2O and Si(OC 2H 5) 4 using a modified sol-gel method. Structural, textural and surface chemical properties were investigated by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analyses (TG/DTA), XRD, UV-vis, FT-IR spectroscopy and N 2 adsorption at -196 °C. The nature of cobalt species and their interactions with the siloxane matrix were strongly depending on both the cobalt loading and the heat treatment. All dried gels were amorphous and contained Co 2+ ions forming both tetrahedral and octahedral complexes with the siloxane matrix. After treatment at 400 °C, the sample with lowest Co content appeared amorphous and contained only Co 2+ tetrahedral complexes, while at higher cobalt loading Co 3O 4 was present as the only crystalline phase, besides Co 2+ ions strongly interacting with siloxane matrix. At 850 °C, in all samples crystalline Co 2SiO 4 was formed and was the only crystallising phase for the nanocomposite with the lowest cobalt content. All materials retained high surface areas also after treatments at 600 °C and exhibited surface Lewis acidity, due to cationic sites. The presence of cobalt affected the textural properties of the siloxane matrix decreasing microporosity and increasing mesoporosity.

  18. Sol-gel template synthesis of semiconductor nanostructures

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    Lakshmi, B.B.; Dorhout, P.K.; Martin, C.R.

    1997-03-01

    The template method for preparing nanostructures entails synthesis of the desired material within the pores of a nanoporous membrane or other solid. A nonofibril or tubule of the desired material is obtained within each pore. Methods used previously to deposit materials within the pores of such membranes include electrochemical and electroless deposition and in situ polymerization. This paper describes the first use of sol-gel chemistry to prepare semiconductor nanofibrils and tubules within the pores of an alumina template membrane. TiO{sub 2}, WO{sub 3}, and ZnO nanostructures have been prepared. TiO{sub 2} nanofibrils with diameters of 22 nm were found to be single crystals of anatase with the c-axis oriented along the fibril axis. Bundles of these fibrils were also found to be single crystalline, suggesting that the individual fibrils are arranged in a highly organized fashion within the bundle. Finally, 200 nm diameter TiO{sub 2} fibrils were used as photocatalysts for the decomposition of salicylic acid. 30 refs., 8 figs.

  19. Thin Film Deposition Using SOL-GEL Technology

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    Puyane, R.; Gonzalez-Oliver, C. J. R.

    1983-11-01

    Sol-Gel technology can be used to deposit a wide variety of oxide coatings on substrates such as glass, ceramics or metals. This presentation outlines the fundamentals of the process and the possibilities offered by this technique. Several oxide layers have been prepared in our laboratories including single oxides like SiO2, TiO2, ZrO2, VO2+x, V205, as well as multicomponent systems such as SiO2-Ge02, SiO2-TiO2, SiO2-Y203 and SiO2-TiO2-Al203. The coatings are deposited by dipping the substrate into a solution containing the appropriate organometallic compound with control of the surrounding atmosphere. Subsequent thermal treatments are required to eliminate the volatile solvents, which are physically and chemically absorbed into the oxide layer and to densify the layers. The first thermal treatments are carried out at temperatures up to 150°C. Further treatments up to about 600°C (depending on oxide composition) are necessary to eliminate organic traces and residual moisture as well as to harden further the oxide coating.

  20. /dopamine films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; Prado-Prone, G.; Vergara-Aragón, P.; Garcia-Macedo, J.; Santiago, Patricia; Rendón, Luis

    2014-09-01

    Dopamine was encapsulated into nanoporous amorphous TiO2 matrix by sol-gel method under atmospheric conditions. A second sample was obtained by the addition of the crown-ether 15C5 in this previous sample. Thin films were spin-coated on glass wafers. No heat treatment was employed in both films. All films were characterized using infrared spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction, optical absorption and scanning electronic microscopy. Despite the films prepared with 15C5 were no calcined, a partial crystallization was identified. Anatase and rutile nanoparticles with sizes of 4-5 nm were obtained. Photoconductivity technique was used to determine the charge transport mechanism on these films. Experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination wavelengths at 320, 400, and 515 nm. It indicates an ohmic behavior. Photovoltaic and photoconductivity parameters were determined from the current density vs. the applied-electrical-field results. Amorphous film has bigger photovoltaic and photoconductive parameters than the partially crystalline film. Results observed in the present investigation prove that the nanoporous TiO2 matrix can protect the dopamine inhibiting its chemical instability. This fact modifies the optical, physical and electrical properties of the film, and is intensified when 15C5 is added.

  1. Amoeba-like self-oscillating polymeric fluids with autonomous sol-gel transition

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    Onoda, Michika; Ueki, Takeshi; Tamate, Ryota; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro; Yoshida, Ryo

    2017-07-01

    In the field of polymer science, many kinds of polymeric material systems that show a sol-gel transition have been created. However, most systems are unidirectional stimuli-responsive systems that require physical signals such as a change in temperature. Here, we report on the design of a block copolymer solution that undergoes autonomous and periodic sol-gel transition under constant conditions without any on-off switching through external stimuli. The amplitude of this self-oscillation of the viscosity is about 2,000 mPa s. We also demonstrate an intermittent forward motion of a droplet of the polymer solution synchronized with the autonomous sol-gel transition. This polymer solution bears the potential to become the base for a type of slime-like soft robot that can transform its shape kaleidoscopically and move autonomously, which is associated with the living amoeba that moves forward by a repeated sol-gel transition.

  2. Synthesis of Hollow Sphere and 1D Structural Materials by Sol-Gel Process.

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    Li, Fa-Liang; Zhang, Hai-Jun

    2017-08-25

    The sol-gel method is a simple and facile wet chemical process for fabricating advanced materials with high homogeneity, high purity, and excellent chemical reactivity at a relatively low temperature. By adjusting the processing parameters, the sol-gel technique can be used to prepare hollow sphere and 1D structural materials that exhibit a wide application in the fields of catalyst, drug or gene carriers, photoactive, sensors and Li-ion batteries. This feature article reviewed the development of the preparation of hollow sphere and 1D structural materials using the sol-gel method. The effects of calcination temperature, soaking time, pH value, surfactant, etc., on the preparation of hollow sphere and 1D structural materials were summarized, and their formation mechanisms were generalized. Finally, possible future research directions of the sol-gel technique were outlined.

  3. Amoeba-like self-oscillating polymeric fluids with autonomous sol-gel transition.

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    Onoda, Michika; Ueki, Takeshi; Tamate, Ryota; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro; Yoshida, Ryo

    2017-07-13

    In the field of polymer science, many kinds of polymeric material systems that show a sol-gel transition have been created. However, most systems are unidirectional stimuli-responsive systems that require physical signals such as a change in temperature. Here, we report on the design of a block copolymer solution that undergoes autonomous and periodic sol-gel transition under constant conditions without any on-off switching through external stimuli. The amplitude of this self-oscillation of the viscosity is about 2,000 mPa s. We also demonstrate an intermittent forward motion of a droplet of the polymer solution synchronized with the autonomous sol-gel transition. This polymer solution bears the potential to become the base for a type of slime-like soft robot that can transform its shape kaleidoscopically and move autonomously, which is associated with the living amoeba that moves forward by a repeated sol-gel transition.

  4. Synthesis of Hollow Sphere and 1D Structural Materials by Sol-Gel Process

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    Li, Fa-Liang; Zhang, Hai-Jun

    2017-01-01

    The sol-gel method is a simple and facile wet chemical process for fabricating advanced materials with high homogeneity, high purity, and excellent chemical reactivity at a relatively low temperature. By adjusting the processing parameters, the sol-gel technique can be used to prepare hollow sphere and 1D structural materials that exhibit a wide application in the fields of catalyst, drug or gene carriers, photoactive, sensors and Li-ion batteries. This feature article reviewed the development of the preparation of hollow sphere and 1D structural materials using the sol-gel method. The effects of calcination temperature, soaking time, pH value, surfactant, etc., on the preparation of hollow sphere and 1D structural materials were summarized, and their formation mechanisms were generalized. Finally, possible future research directions of the sol-gel technique were outlined. PMID:28841188

  5. Optical pH detector based on LTCC and sol-gel technologies

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    Tadaszak, R. J.; Łukowiak, A.; Golonka, L. J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents an investigation on using sol-gel thin film as a material for sensors application in LTCC (Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics) technology. This material gives the opportunity to make new, low-cost highly integrated optoelectronic devices. Sensors with optical detection are a significant part of these applications. They can be used for quick and safe diagnostics of some parameters. Authors present a pH detector with the optical detection system made of the LTCC material. The main part of the device is a flow channel with the chamber and sol-gel active material. The silica sol-gel with bromocresol green indicator was used. As the absorbance of sol-gel layer changes with the pH value of a measured medium, the transmitted light power was measured. The pH detector was integrated with the electronic components on the LTCC substrate.

  6. Molecular receptors in metal oxide sol-gel materials prepared via molecular imprinting

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    Sasaki, Darryl Y.; Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Ashley, Carol S.; Daitch, Charles E.; Shea, Kenneth J.; Rush, Daniel J.

    2000-01-01

    A method is provided for molecularly imprinting the surface of a sol-gel material, by forming a solution comprised of a sol-gel material, a solvent, an imprinting molecule, and a functionalizing siloxane monomer of the form Si(OR).sub.3-n X.sub.n, wherein n is an integer between zero and three and X is a functional group capable of reacting with the imprinting molecule, evaporating the solvent, and removing the imprinting molecule to form the molecularly imprinted metal oxide sol-gel material. The use of metal oxide sol-gels allows the material porosity, pore size, density, surface area, hardness, electrostatic charge, polarity, optical density, and surface hydrophobicity to be tailored and be employed as sensors and in catalytic and separations operations.

  7. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of composite sol-gel thick films evaluated using piezoresponse force microscopy

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    Liu, Yuanming; Lam, Kwok Ho; Kirk Shung, K.; Li, Jiangyu; Zhou, Qifa

    2013-01-01

    Conventional composite sol-gel method has been modified to enhance the piezoelectric performance of ceramic thick films. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and lead magnesium niobate–lead titanate (PMN-PT) thick films were fabricated using the modified sol-gel method for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this work, piezoresponse force microscopy was employed to evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics of PZT and PMN-PT composite sol-gel thick films. The images of the piezoelectric response and the strain-electric field hysteresis loop behavior were measured. The effective piezoelectric coefficient (d33,eff) of the films was determined from the measured loop data. It was found that the effective local piezoelectric coefficient of both PZT and PMN-PT composite films is comparable to that of their bulk ceramics. The promising results suggest that the modified composite sol-gel method is a promising way to prepare the high-quality, crack-free ceramic thick films. PMID:23798771

  8. Dye-doped sol-gel materials for two-photon absorption induced fluorescence

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    Canva, Michael; Roger, Gisèle; Cassagne, Florence; Lévy, Yves; Brun, Alain; Chaput, Frédéric; Boilot, Jean-Pierre; Rapaport, Alexandra; Heerdt, Céline; Bass, Michael

    2002-01-01

    Two-photon absorption (TPA) and subsequent fluorescence properties of laser dyes are retained when doped into solid state sol-gel materials. These properties were demonstrated to be applicable in true 3D displays.

  9. Silica and silica-titania sol-gel materials: synthesis and analytical application.

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    Morosanova, Elena I

    2012-12-15

    This review describes last decade progress in the synthesis of sol-gel materials with analytically relevant properties and their application for the determination of metal ions, non-metal and organic compounds. The following types of materials are discussed: silica sol-gel materials doped with various analytical reagents, organofunctional silica sol-gel materials, and silica titania sol-gel materials. The variety of obtained materials allows their application for a wide range of analytical systems: electrochemical sensors, solid phase spectrophotometrical and SIA determination, and also for test determination including the employment of "length-of-stain" indicator tubes. This review surveys the results of studies on mentioned above subjects and summarizes the works accomplished in the field by author's team in Moscow State University.

  10. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of composite sol-gel thick films evaluated using piezoresponse force microscopy.

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    Liu, Yuanming; Lam, Kwok Ho; Kirk Shung, K; Li, Jiangyu; Zhou, Qifa

    2013-05-14

    Conventional composite sol-gel method has been modified to enhance the piezoelectric performance of ceramic thick films. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) thick films were fabricated using the modified sol-gel method for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this work, piezoresponse force microscopy was employed to evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics of PZT and PMN-PT composite sol-gel thick films. The images of the piezoelectric response and the strain-electric field hysteresis loop behavior were measured. The effective piezoelectric coefficient (d33,eff) of the films was determined from the measured loop data. It was found that the effective local piezoelectric coefficient of both PZT and PMN-PT composite films is comparable to that of their bulk ceramics. The promising results suggest that the modified composite sol-gel method is a promising way to prepare the high-quality, crack-free ceramic thick films.

  11. Preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by sol-gel method

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    Kamiya, K.; Yoko, T.; Sakka, S.

    1987-01-01

    An investigation is carried out on the types of siloxane polymers produced in the course of the hydrolysis of silicon tetraethoxide, as well as the preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by the sol-gel method.

  12. Surface treatment of cotton using β-cyclodextrins sol gel method

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    Wang, C. X.; Chen, Sh. L.

    2006-07-01

    β-Cyclodextrin can be added into sol-gel solution which consists of 3-glycidyloxypropyl-trimethoxysilane (GPTMS), tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), catalyzer and solvent. This β-cyclodextrianto sol-gel solution is able to anchor β-cyclodextrin on cotton fabrics in gelation process in order to impart new surface property of cotton. The suitable technical conditions of forming stable β-cyclodextrin sol-gel solution were presented. β-Cyclodextrins are able to form inclusion complexes with other guest components. As a result of the inclusions, the treated fabrics achieved new functional properties by the selective inclusion of the guest substances into the fixed cavities on fabrics. A novel functional surface treatment of fabrics is presented by sol-gel methods. The new functionalities were verified simply by decreasing the rate of volatile fragrance substances.

  13. Sol-gel coatings for high pressure polarized ^3He nuclear targets

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    Deur, Alexandre; Cates, Gordon D.; Chaput, Julien; Singh, Jaideep; Tobias, William A.

    2001-11-01

    Sol-gel coated glass cells have been shown to exhibit longitudinal lifetimes T1 in excess of 350 hours for ^3He that is polarized by spin-exchange optical pumping.( Ming F. Hsu shape et al, Appl. Phys. Lett.) series 77 (2000) 2069. The sol-gel technique was designed to minimize spin-relaxation due to wall collisions so that only dipole-dipole interactions between colliding ^3He atoms dominate in the relaxation process. Until now, sol-gel technology has not been applied to high pressure ^3He gas targets used in nuclear scattering experiments. Latest developments on incorporating the sol-gel technique in the production of these ^3He targets will be presented.

  14. Application of Sol-Gel Technology to High Pressure Polarized 3HE Nuclear Targets

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    Tobias, W. A.; Cates, G. D.; Chaput, J.; Deur, A.; Rohrbaugh, S.; Singh, J.

    2003-01-01

    High-purity sol-gel solutions have been developed to coat the interior surface of glass vessels used for polarizing 3He by spin-exchange optical pumping. Such cells have been shown to exhibit 3He longitudinal lifetimes T1 in excess of 350 hours1. The sol-gel technique was designed to minimize spin-relaxation due to wall collisions so that only dipole-dipole interactions between colliding 3He atoms dominate in the relaxation process. Until now, sol-gel technology had not been applied to high pressure 3He gas targets used in nuclear scattering experiments. A description of the sol-gel technique and recent developments on its integration into the production of 3He targets will be presented.

  15. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Neodymium-Ion Doped Nanostructured Titania Thin Films

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    2001-11-01

    reactions, which break down harmful organic pollutants to relatively harmless constituent chemicals. Semiconductor photocatalysis takes advantage of the...UNCLASSIFIED Defense Technical Information Center Compilation Part Notice ADP012201 TITLE: Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Neodymium-Ion...Society V5.2 SOL-GEL SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NEODYMIUM-ION DOPED NANOSTRUCTURED TITANIA THIN FILMS Andrew Burns~ln, W. Li("t, C. Baker"l) and

  16. Making MgO/SiO2 Glasses By The Sol-Gel Process

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1989-01-01

    Silicon dioxide glasses containing 15 mole percent magnesium oxide prepared by sol-gel process. Not made by conventional melting because ingredients immiscible liquids. Synthesis of MgO/SiO2 glass starts with mixing of magnesium nitrate hexahydrate with silicon tetraethoxide, both in alcohol. Water added, and transparent gel forms. Subsequent processing converts gel into glass. Besides producing glasses of new composition at lower processing temperatures, sol-gel method leads to improved homogeneity and higher purity.

  17. Strength of interactions between immobilized dye molecules and sol-gel matrices.

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    Ismail, Fanya; Schoenleber, Monika; Mansour, Rolan; Bastani, Behnam; Fielden, Peter; Goddard, Nicholas J

    2011-02-21

    In this paper we present a new theory to re-examine the immobilization technique of dye doped sol-gel films, define the strength and types of possible bonds between the immobilized molecule and sol-gel glass, and show that the immobilized molecule is not free inside the pores as was previously thought. Immobilizing three different pH sensitive dyes with different size and functional groups inside the same sol-gel films revealed important information about the nature of the interaction between the doped molecule and the sol-gel matrix. The samples were characterized by means of ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-VIS), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), mercury porosimetry (MP), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((29)Si NMR) and field-emission environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM-FEG). It was found that the doped molecule itself has a great effect on the strength and types of the bonds. A number of factors were identified, such as number and types of the functional groups, overall charge, size, pK(a) and number of the silanol groups which surround the immobilized molecule. These results were confirmed by the successful immobilization of bromocresol green (BCG) after a completely polymerized sol-gel was made. The sol-gel consisted of 50% tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 50% methyltriethoxysilane (MTEOS) (w/w). Moreover, the effect of the immobilized molecule on the structure of the sol-gel was studied by means of a leaky waveguide (LW) mode for doped films made before and after polymerization of the sol-gel.

  18. Protein micropatterning on bifunctional organic-inorganic sol-gel hybrid materials.

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    Kim, Woo-Soo; Kim, Min-Gon; Ahn, Jun-Hyeong; Bae, Byeong-Soo; Park, Chan Beum

    2007-04-24

    Active protein micropatterns and microarrays made by selective localization are popular candidates for medical diagnostics, such as biosensors, bioMEMS, and basic protein studies. In this paper, we present a simple fabrication process of thick (approximately 20 microm) protein micropatterning using capillary force lithography with bifunctional sol-gel hybrid materials. Because bifunctional sol-gel hybrid material can have both an amine function for linking with protein and a methacryl function for photocuring, proteins such as streptavidin can be immobilized directly on thick bifunctional sol-gel hybrid micropatterns. Another advantage of the bifunctional sol-gel hybrid materials is the high selective stability of the amine group on bifunctional sol-gel hybrid patterns. Because amine function is regularly contained in each siloxane oligomers, immobilizing sites for streptavidin are widely distributed on the surface of thick hybrid micropatterns. The micropatterning processes of active proteins using efficient bifunctional sol-gel hybrid materials will be useful for the development of future bioengineered systems because they can save several processing steps and reduce costs.

  19. Preparation and antioxidant capacity of element selenium nanoparticles sol-gel compounds.

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    Bai, Yan; Qin, Biyin; Zhou, Yanhui; Wang, Yudong; Wang, Zi; Zheng, Wenjie

    2011-06-01

    This paper reported the preparation and antioxidant capacities of element selenium nanoparticles (nanoSe(0))-ascorbic acid (Vc) sol and nanSe(0)/Vc/selenocystine (SeCys) sol-gel compounds. NanoSe(0)-Vc sol was prepared by reduction of selenious dioxide (SeO2) with Vc. In the nanoSe(0)-Vc sol, highly concentrated Vc was also used as a modifier to modulate the diameter of Se(0) nanoparticles in the liquid phase. Then excellent nanoSe(0) sol-gel compounds were obtained by adding SeCys into the nanoSe(0)-Vc sol. The structure of the nanoSe(0)/Vc/SeCys sol-gel compounds was defined, which was constructed via C-Se, Se-H and O=C-Se valences and by interaction between SeCys and Vc via peptide bonds, esterification and dehydration. The antioxidant capacities of the nanoSe(0)-Vc sol and the nanoSe(0)Vc/SeCys sol-gel compounds were estimated by oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC) assay. The nanoSe(0)/Vc/SeCys sol-gel compounds possessed a strong antioxidant capacity due to forming the perfect three-dimensional (3D) frameworks structure. The results suggested that the nanoSe(0)-Vc sol and the nanoSe(0)Vc/SeCys sol-gel compounds might be potential medicine, especially antioxidant.

  20. One-step sol-gel imprint lithography for guided-mode resonance structures.

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    Huang, Yin; Liu, Longju; Johnson, Michael; C Hillier, Andrew; Lu, Meng

    2016-03-04

    Guided-mode resonance (GMR) structures consisting of sub-wavelength periodic gratings are capable of producing narrow-linewidth optical resonances. This paper describes a sol-gel-based imprint lithography method for the fabrication of submicron 1D and 2D GMR structures. This method utilizes a patterned polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mold to fabricate the grating coupler and waveguide for a GMR device using a sol-gel thin film in a single step. An organic-inorganic hybrid sol-gel film was selected as the imprint material because of its relatively high refractive index. The optical responses of several sol-gel GMR devices were characterized, and the experimental results were in good agreement with the results of electromagnetic simulations. The influence of processing parameters was investigated in order to determine how finely the spectral response and resonant wavelength of the GMR devices could be tuned. As an example potential application, refractometric sensing experiments were performed using a 1D sol-gel device. The results demonstrated a refractive index sensitivity of 50 nm/refractive index unit. This one-step fabrication process offers a simple, rapid, and low-cost means of fabricating GMR structures. We anticipate that this method can be valuable in the development of various GMR-based devices as it can readily enable the fabrication of complex shapes and allow the doping of optically active materials into sol-gel thin film.

  1. Preparation and characterization of conductive and transparent ruthenium dioxide sol-gel films.

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    Allhusen, John S; Conboy, John C

    2013-11-27

    RuO2 conductive thin films were synthesized using the sol-gel method and deposited onto transparent insulating substrates. The optical transmission, film thickness, surface morphology and composition, resistivity, and spectroelectrochemical performance have been characterized. The optical transmission values of these films ranged from 70 to 89% in the visible region and from 56 to 88% in the infrared region. Resistivity values of the RuO2 sol-gel films varied from 1.02 × 10(-3) to 1.13 Ω cm and are highly dependent on the initial solution concentration of RuO2 in the sol-gel. The RuO2 sol-gel films were used as electrodes for the electrochemical oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol. The electrochemical behavior of our novel RuO2 sol-gel films was compared to that of a standard platinum disk electrode and showed no appreciable differences in the half-wave potential (E1/2). The mechanical and chemical stability of the coatings was tested by physical abrasion and exposure to highly acidic, oxidizing Piranha solution. Repeated exposure to these extreme conditions did not result in any appreciable decline in electrochemical performance. Finally, the use of the novel RuO2 sol-gel conductive and transparent films was demonstrated in a spectroelectrochemistry experiment in which the oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol was monitored via UV-vis spectroscopy as the applied potential was cycled.

  2. Robust aptamer sol-gel solid phase microextraction of very polar adenosine from human plasma.

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    Mu, Li; Hu, Xiangang; Wen, Jianping; Zhou, Qixing

    2013-03-01

    Conventional solid phase microextraction (SPME) has a limited capacity to extract very polar analytes, such as adenosine. To solve this problem, aptamer conjugating sol-gel methodology was coupled with an SPME fiber. According to the authors' knowledge, this is the first reported use of aptamer SPME. The fiber of aptamer sol-gel SPME with a mesoporous structure has high porosity, large surface area, and small water contact angle. Rather than employing direct entrapment, covalent immobilization was the dominant method of aptamer loading in sol-gel. Aptamer sol-gel fiber captured a specified analyte from among the analog molecules, thereby, exhibiting an excellent selective property. Compared with commercial SPME fibers, this aptamer fiber was suitable for extracting adenosine, presenting an extraction efficiency higher than 20-fold. The values of repeatability and reproducibility expressed by relative standard deviation were low (9.4%). Interestingly, the sol-gel network enhanced the resistance of aptamer SPME to both nuclease and nonspecific proteins. Furthermore, the aptamer sol-gel fiber was applied in human plasma with LOQ 1.5 μg/L, which is an acceptable level. This fiber also demonstrates durability and regeneration over 20-cycles without significant loss of efficiency. Given the various targets (from metal ions to biomacromolecules and cells) of aptamers, this methodology will extend the multi-domain applications of SPME.

  3. One-step sol-gel imprint lithography for guided-mode resonance structures

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    Huang, Yin; Liu, Longju; Johnson, Michael; Hillier, Andrew C.; Lu, Meng

    2016-03-01

    Guided-mode resonance (GMR) structures consisting of sub-wavelength periodic gratings are capable of producing narrow-linewidth optical resonances. This paper describes a sol-gel-based imprint lithography method for the fabrication of submicron 1D and 2D GMR structures. This method utilizes a patterned polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mold to fabricate the grating coupler and waveguide for a GMR device using a sol-gel thin film in a single step. An organic-inorganic hybrid sol-gel film was selected as the imprint material because of its relatively high refractive index. The optical responses of several sol-gel GMR devices were characterized, and the experimental results were in good agreement with the results of electromagnetic simulations. The influence of processing parameters was investigated in order to determine how finely the spectral response and resonant wavelength of the GMR devices could be tuned. As an example potential application, refractometric sensing experiments were performed using a 1D sol-gel device. The results demonstrated a refractive index sensitivity of 50 nm/refractive index unit. This one-step fabrication process offers a simple, rapid, and low-cost means of fabricating GMR structures. We anticipate that this method can be valuable in the development of various GMR-based devices as it can readily enable the fabrication of complex shapes and allow the doping of optically active materials into sol-gel thin film.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Sol-Gel Prepared Silver Nanoparticles

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    Ahlawat, Dharamvir Singh; Kumari, Rekha; Rachna; Yadav, Indu

    2014-03-01

    Silver nanoparticles (SNPs) have been successfully prepared using sol-gel method by annealing the sample at 550°C for 30 min. The SNPs were not confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis when the annealing temperature was considered at 450°C. They were also not confirmed without calcination of the sample. The physical mechanism of silver clusters formation in the densified silica matrix with respect to thermal treatment has been understood. The presence of silver metal in the silica matrix was confirmed by XRD analysis and TEM image of the samples. The average size of nanoparticles dispersed in silica matrix was determined as 10.2 nm by the XRD technique. The synthesized nanocomposites were also characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy with a peak in the absorption spectra at around 375 nm. The distribution of particle size has been reported here in the range from 8 nm to 25 nm by TEM observations of the sample prepared at 550°C. The spherically smaller size (≈10 nm) SNPs have reported the surface plasmons resonance (SPR) peak less than or near to 400 nm due to blue-shifting and effect of local refractive index. Without annealing the silica samples the absorption spectra does not show any peak around 375 nm. The FTIR spectroscopy of the three types of samples prepared at different temperatures (room temperature, 450°C and 550°C) has also been reported. This spectra have provided the identification of different chemical groups in the prepared samples. It has been predicted that the size of SNPs by XRD, UV-Visible and TEM results have agreed well with each other. It may be concluded that formation of SNPs is a function of annealing temperature.

  5. Sol-gel preparation of silica and titania thin films

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    Thoř, Tomáš; Václavík, Jan

    2016-11-01

    Thin films of silicon dioxide (SiO2) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) for application in precision optics prepared via the solgel route are being investigated in this paper. The sol-gel process presents a low cost approach, which is capable of tailoring thin films of various materials in optical grade quality. Both SiO2 and TiO2 are materials well known for their application in the field of anti-reflective and also highly reflective optical coatings. For precision optics purposes, thickness control and high quality of such coatings are of utmost importance. In this work, thin films were deposited on microscope glass slides substrates using the dip-coating technique from a solution based on alkoxide precursors of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and titanium isopropoxide (TIP) for SiO2 and TiO2, respectively. As-deposited films were studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry to determine their thickness and refractive index. Using a semi-empirical equation, a relationship between the coating speed and the heat-treated film thickness was described for both SiO2 and TiO2 thin films. This allows us to control the final heat-treated thin film thickness by simply adjusting the coating speed. Furthermore, films' surface was studied using the white-light interferometry. As-prepared films exhibited low surface roughness with the area roughness parameter Sq being on average of 0.799 nm and 0.33 nm for SiO2 and TiO2, respectively.

  6. Development of electrochromic smart windows by sol-gel techniques

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    Munro, Brian; Kraemer, S.; Zapp, P.; Krug, Herbert; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1997-10-01

    A novel nanocomposite lithium ion-conducting electrolyte has been developed, based on organically modified silanes, which is suitable for application in a sol-gel electrochromic system. The system developed consists of FTO-coated (fluorine doped tin oxide) glass coated with tungsten oxide, WO3, at one side of the device as the electrochromic layer, with a cerium oxide-titanium oxide layer, CeO2-TiO2, acting as ion-storage layer or counter electrode. The adhesive properties of the electrolyte enabled the manufacture of electrochromic devices in a laminated structure: glassFTOWO3nanocomp.elect.CeO2-TiO2FTOglass. The conductivity of the nanocomposite electrolyte system varies between 10-4 and 10-5 Scm-1 at 25 degrees Celsius depending on the exact composition. The temperature dependence of the conductivity exhibits typical Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher (VTF) behavior. The thickness of the electrolyte between the two halves of the device could be adjusted by the use of a spacer technique in the range 10 - 150 micrometer. Optoelectrochemical measurements were conducted on electrochromic devices to study the kinetics of coloration and bleaching as a function of the number of switching cycles. At present, cells are constructed in two formats: 10 multiplied by 15 cm2 and 35 multiplied by 35 cm2. Switching times under one minute were achieved for the smaller format with a corresponding optical modulation between 75% to 20% (at lambda equals 0.633 micrometer). In the case of the larger format the switching time increases to several minutes due to the increase in geometric area.

  7. Study of the structure and interface of NiTi SMA/FC composite films prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Liu, Q.S. Liu, Y.F.; Ma, X.; Han, X.

    2008-02-15

    Ferroelectric ceramic (FC) films were prepared on a NiTi shape memory alloy (NiTi SMA) substrate by the sol-gel method. The effect of the heat treatment temperature on the crystallization of both the NiTi SMA and ferroelectric ceramic is discussed. The heterostructure of the interface was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results indicate that aging reactions in the NiTi SMA substrate were restricted by the presence of the ceramic film. Also, the transitional TiO{sub 2} layer produced in-situ by the oxidation of the surface of the NiTi SMA substrate improves the adhesion between the ceramic film and NiTi SMA.

  8. Densification and crystallization of zirconia thin films prepared by sol-gel processing

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    Schwartz, R.W.; Voigt, J.A.; Buchheit, C.D.; Boyle, T.J.

    1993-12-31

    We have investigated the effects of precursor nature and heat treatment schedule on the densification and crystallization behavior of sol-gel derived zirconia thin films. Precursor solutions were prepared from n-propanol, zirconium (IV) n-propoxide, and either acetic acid, or 2,4-pentanedione (acac) and water additions. By controlling the ligand type and ligand-to-metal ratio, we were able to prepare films which displayed significant differences in densification behavior. We attribute the dissimilarity in densification to variations in the nature of the as-deposited films, as influenced by ligand type and concentration. While the acac- derived film was a physical gel, (i.e., a physical aggregation of the oligomeric species), the acetic acid-derived film, which exhibited less consolidation, was a chemical gel that could not be redissolved in the parent solvent. Films prepared with large acac/metal ratios and small water additions exhibited minimal crosslinking at 25{degree}C, displayed the greatest consolidation ({approximately}86% shrinkage) and the highest refractive index (n = 2.071) when heat treated. These results indicate the importance that M-O-M bonds (crosslinks) formed at low temperature can have on densification behavior. We also report on the effects of heat-treatment schedules and ramp rates on densification behavior. All of the films of the present study crystallized into the cubic phase, at temperatures ranging from {approximately}400{degree}C to greater than 700{degree}C, depending on the heating rate.

  9. Entrapment of subtilisin in ceramic sol-gel coating for antifouling applications.

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    Regina, Viduthalai Rasheedkhan; Søhoel, Helmer; Lokanathan, Arcot Raghupathi; Bischoff, Claus; Kingshott, Peter; Revsbech, Niels Peter; Meyer, Rikke Louise

    2012-11-01

    Enzymes with antifouling properties are of great interest in developing nontoxic antifouling coatings. A bottleneck in developing enzyme-based antifouling coatings is to immobilize the enzyme in a suitable coating matrix without compromising its activity and stability. Entrapment of enzymes in ceramics using the sol-gel method is known to have several advantages over other immobilization methods. The sol-gel method can be used to make robust coatings, and the aim of this study was to explore if sol-gel technology can be used to develop robust coatings harboring active enzymes for antifouling applications. We successfully entrapped a protease, subtilisin (Savinase, Novozymes), in a ceramic coating using a sol-gel method. The sol-gel formulation, when coated on a stainless steel surface, adhered strongly and cured at room temperature in less than 8 h. The resultant coating was smoother and less hydrophobic than stainless steel. Changes in the coating's surface structure, thickness and chemistry indicate that the coating undergoes gradual erosion in aqueous medium, which results in release of subtilisin. Subtilisin activity in the coating increased initially, and then gradually decreased. After 9 months, 13% of the initial enzyme activity remained. Compared to stainless steel, the sol-gel-coated surfaces with active subtilisin were able to reduce bacterial attachment of both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria by 2 orders of magnitude. Together, our results demonstrate that the sol-gel method is a promising coating technology for entrapping active enzymes, presenting an interesting avenue for enzyme-based antifouling solutions.

  10. Low-temperature deposition of the high-performance anatase-titania optical films via a modified sol gel route

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    Sheng, Yonggang; Liang, Liping; Xu, Yao; Wu, Dong; Sun, Yuhan

    2008-04-01

    Anatase-titania films with high optical performances have been deposited via a modified sol-gel route. This involved several precisely controlled processes including a sufficient hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) with excessive water, a peptization at pH value of 1-2, a restrained condensation under the hydrothermal conditions at 373 K, and finally a spin-coating process at 293 K. A full characterization of the sols and films indicated that such a well-controlled hydrolysis and condensation of TTIP enabled the formation of high-quality precursor sols consisting of anatase-titania colloidal particles with the mean hydrodynamic diameter of about 17.2 nm, and then endowed the as-deposited films with nanocrystalline structure and the corresponding high refractive index of 1.92 (at 632.8 nm). Moreover, the prepared films exhibited large optical bandgap of 3.38 eV and high laser-induced damage threshold of 16.3 J/cm 2 (at 1064 nm, 3 ns pulse duration and R/1 testing mode), which must be closely related to their homogeneous and nearly defect-free network structures derived from the low-temperature sol-gel deposition route.

  11. Diamond nanoparticles as a way to improve electron transfer in sol-gel L-lactate biosensing platforms.

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    Briones, M; Casero, E; Vázquez, L; Pariente, F; Lorenzo, E; Petit-Domínguez, M D

    2016-02-18

    In the present work, we have included for the first time diamond nanoparticles (DNPs) in a sol-gel matrix derived from (3-mercaptopropyl)-trimethoxysilane (MPTS) in order to improve electron transfer in a lactate oxidase (LOx) based electrochemical biosensing platform. Firstly, an exhaustive AFM study, including topographical, surface potential (KFM) and capacitance gradient (CG) measurements, of each step involved in the biosensing platform development was performed. The platform is based on gold electrodes (Au) modified with the sol-gel matrix (Au/MPTS) in which diamond nanoparticles (Au/MPTS/DNPs) and lactate oxidase (Au/MPTS/DNPs/LOx) have been included. For the sake of comparison, we have also characterized a gold electrode directly modified with DNPs (Au/DNPs). Secondly, the electrochemical behavior of a redox mediator (hydroxymethyl-ferrocene, HMF) was evaluated at the platforms mentioned above. The response of Au/MPTS/DNPs/LOx towards lactate was obtained. A linear concentration range from 0.053 mM to 1.6 mM, a sensitivity of 2.6 μA mM(-1) and a detection limit of 16 μM were obtained. These analytical properties are comparable to other biosensors, presenting also as advantages that DNPs are inexpensive, environment-friendly and easy-handled nanomaterials. Finally, the developed biosensor was applied for lactate determination in wine samples. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. An interesting sol-gel route to prepare oxyfluoride Sr 2CuO 2F 2+δ superconductors

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    Fujihara, S.; Masuda, Y.; Jin, J.-S.; Kimura, T.; Tanabe, K.

    1997-02-01

    The oxyfluoride superconductor, Sr 2CuO 2F 2+δ, was prepared by a sol-gel method. Two different routes were examined; one was an attempt to prepare the Sr 2CuO 2F 2+δ phase directly from fluorine-containing sols, and the other was the fluorination of sol-gel-derived Sr 2CuO 3 fine powders by F 2 gas. The former route did not lead to the formation of oxyfluorides because of the precipitation of SrF 2 by the heat treatments of the gel. The latter route led to the formation of the Sr 2CuO 2F 2+δ phase. The amount of the Sr 2CuO 2F 2+δ phase and superconducting properties of the powders depended on the fluorinating condition such as F 2 gas concentration and fluorinating time. The Tc values reached 45-47 K by annealing the fluorinated samples in vacuo. The magnetization hysteresis loop was measured for the first time in the oxyfluoride superconductors.

  13. Structural, optical and electrical properties of delafossite CuGaO2 films grown by sol-gel method

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    Han, M. J.; Huang, T.; Zhang, J. Z.; Li, Y. W.; Hu, Z. G.

    2013-12-01

    Transparent p-type conductive CuGaO2 films have been fabricated on sapphire substrates by sol-gel method. The stable sol solution for CuGaO2 were formed by copper(II) acetate monohydrate and gallium(III) nitrate hydrate, and the c-axis orientation of CuGaO2 films were strengthened with increasing annealing temperature. The pure phase CuGaO2 film was obtained at 900°C for 30 min in N2 atmosphere, and its microstructure, compositions, optical and electrical properties were analyzed. It was found that the sol-gel derived CuGaO2 films show a high optical transparency (60-80%) in the visible region, the direct and indirect band gaps were approximately 3.56 and 3.24 eV, respectively. It shows a crossover from the thermal activation behavior to that of three-dimensional variable range hopping from the temperature-dependent electrical conductivity at about 160 K.

  14. Asymmetric bioreduction of acetophenones by Baker's yeast and its cell-free extract encapsulated in sol-gel silica materials

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    Kato, Katsuya; Nakamura, Hitomi; Nakanishi, Kazuma

    2014-02-01

    Baker's yeast (BY) encapsulated in silica materials was synthesized using a yeast cell suspension and its cell-free extract during a sol-gel reaction of tetramethoxysilane with nitric acid as a catalyst. The synthesized samples were fully characterized using various methods, such as scanning electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, and differential thermal analysis. The BY cells were easily encapsulated inside silica-gel networks, and the ratio of the cells in the silica gel was approximately 75 wt%, which indicated that a large volume of BY was trapped with a small amount of silica. The enzyme activity (asymmetric reduction of prochiral ketones) of BY and its cell-free extract encapsulated in silica gel was investigated in detail. The activities and enantioselectivities of free and encapsulated BY were similar to those of acetophenone and its fluorine derivatives, which indicated that the conformation structure of BY enzymes inside silica-gel networks did not change. In addition, the encapsulated BY exhibited considerably better solvent (methanol) stability and recyclability compared to free BY solution. We expect that the development of BY encapsulated in sol-gel silica materials will significantly impact the industrial-scale advancement of high-efficiency and low-cost biocatalysts for the synthesis of valuable chiral alcohols.

  15. Review and the state of the art: Sol-gel and melt quenched bioactive glasses for tissue engineering.

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    Kaur, Gurbinder; Pickrell, Gary; Sriranganathan, Nammalwar; Kumar, Vishal; Homa, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    Biomaterial development is currently the most active research area in the field of biomedical engineering. The bioglasses possess immense potential for being the ideal biomaterials due to their high adaptiveness to the biological environment as well as tunable properties. Bioglasses like 45S5 has shown great clinical success over the past 10 years. The bioglasses like 45S5 were prepared using melt-quenching techniques but recently porous bioactive glasses have been derived through sol-gel process. The synthesis route exhibits marked effect on the specific surface area, as well as degradability of the material. This article is an attempt to provide state of the art of the sol-gel and melt quenched bioactive bioglasses for tissue regeneration. Fabrication routes for bioglasses suitable for bone tissue engineering are highlighted and the effect of these fabrication techniques on the porosity, pore-volume, mechanical properties, cytocompatibilty and especially apatite layer formation on the surface of bioglasses is analyzed in detail. Drug delivery capability of bioglasses is addressed shortly along with the bioactivity of mesoporous glasses. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 1248-1275, 2016.

  16. Preparation of new Calix[4]arene-immobilized biopolymers for enhancing catalytic properties of Candida rugosa lipase by sol-gel encapsulation.

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    Ozyilmaz, Elif; Sayin, Serkan

    2013-08-01

    The article describes preparation of new calixarene biopolymers consisting of the immobilization of convenience calixarene derivative onto cellulose and chitosan biopolymers, and the encapsulation of these calixarene biopolymers with Candida rugosa lipase within a chemical inert sol-gel supported by polycondensation with tetraethoxysilane and octyltriethoxysilane. The catalytic properties of immobilized lipase were evaluated into model reactions employing the hydrolysis of p-nitrophenylpalmitate and the enantioselective hydrolysis of naproxen methyl esters from racemic prodrugs in aqueous buffer solution/isooctane reaction system. The resolution studies using sol-gel support have observed more improvement in the enantioselectivity of naproxen E = 300 with Cel-Calix-E than with encapsulated lipase without calixarene-based materials. Furthermore, the encapsulated lipase (Cel-Calix-E) was still retained about 39 % of their conversion ratios after the fifth reuse in the enantioselective reaction.

  17. Nonlinear optical absorption and switching properties of gold nanoparticle doped SiO2-TiO2 sol-gel films.

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    Venkatram, N; Kumar, R Sai Santosh; Rao, D Narayana; Medda, S K; De, Sucheta; De, Goutam

    2006-07-01

    The nonlinear optical absorption and switching properties of sol-gel derived of Au nanoparticle doped SiO2-TiO2 sol-gel films having different Au-surface plasmon absorption positions are reported in this paper. The Au nanoparticles are embedded in SiO2 and SiO2-TiO2 mixed glassy film matrices with different refractive index values. To study the nonlinear absorption properties, lasers with three different wavelengths are used. The optical switching behavior is studied by using the pump-probe technique with 532 nm as the excitation wavelength. Ground state conduction band, surface plasmon band, and the free carrier band are taken as three level model to explain theoretically the obtained RSA and SA behaviors.

  18. Surface modification of stainless steel orthopedic implants by sol-gel ZrTiO4 and ZrTiO4-PMMA coatings.

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    Salahinejad, E; Hadianfard, M J; Macdonald, D D; Sharifi Asl, S; Mozafari, M; Walker, K J; Rad, A Tahmasbi; Madihally, S V; Vashaee, D; Tayebi, L

    2013-08-01

    In this paper, the biocompatibility of a medical-grade stainless steel coated with sol-gel derived, nanostructured inorganic ZrTiO4 and hybrid ZrTiO4-PMMA thin films is correlated with surface characteristics. The surfaces of the samples are characterized by atomic force microscopy, the sessile drop technique, and electrochemical corrosion experiments. The viability of adult human mesenchymal stem cells on the surfaces after one day of culture is also assessed quantitatively and morphologically. According to the results, both of the coatings improve the hydrophilicity, corrosion resistance, and thereby cytocompatibility of the substrate. Despite the higher corrosion protection by the hybrid coating, the sample coated with the inorganic thin film exhibits a better cell response, suggesting the domination of wettability. In summary, the ZrTiO4-based sol-gel films can be considered to improve the biocompatibility of metallic implants.

  19. Ferroelectric nanofibers with an embedded optically nonlinear benzothiazole derivative

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    Baptista, Rosa M. F.; Isakov, Dmitry; Raposo, M. Manuela M.; Belsley, Michael; Bdikin, Igor; Kholkin, Andrei L.; Costa, Susana P. G.; de Matos Gomes, Etelvina

    2014-07-01

    We report measurements of the molecular first hyperpolarizability, thermal stability, photophysical, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of a benzothiazole derivative bearing an arylthiophene π-conjugated bridge both in solution and when embedded into a poly ( l-lactic acid) matrix in the form of electrospun fibers with an average diameter of roughly 500 nm. The embedded nanocrystalline phenylthienyl-benzothiazole with crystal sizes of about 1.4 nm resulted in a good piezoelectric response from these functionalized electrospun fibers, indicative of a polar crystalline structure.

  20. Mechanical compatibility of sol-gel annealing with titanium for orthopaedic prostheses.

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    Greer, Andrew I M; Lim, Teoh S; Brydone, Alistair S; Gadegaard, Nikolaj

    2016-01-01

    Sol-gel processing is an attractive method for large-scale surface coating due to its facile and inexpensive preparation, even with the inclusion of precision nanotopographies. These are desirable traits for metal orthopaedic prostheses where ceramic coatings are known to be osteoinductive and the effects may be amplified through nanotexturing. However there are a few concerns associated with the application of sol-gel technology to orthopaedics. Primarily, the annealing stage required to transform the sol-gel into a ceramic may compromise the physical integrity of the underlying metal. Secondly, loose particles on medical implants can be carcinogenic and cause inflammation so the coating needs to be strongly bonded to the implant. These concerns are addressed in this paper. Titanium, the dominant material for orthopaedics at present, is examined before and after sol-gel processing for changes in hardness and flexural modulus. Wear resistance, bending and pull tests are also performed to evaluate the ceramic coating. The findings suggest that sol-gel coatings will be compatible with titanium implants for an optimum temperature of 500 °C.