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  1. Bimorphic polymeric photomechanical actuator

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    Sarkisov, Sergey S. (Inventor); Curley, Michael J. (Inventor); Adamovsky, Grigory (Inventor); Sarkisov, Jr., Sergey S. (Inventor); Fields, Aisha B. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    A bimorphic polymeric photomechanical actuator, in one embodiment using polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as a photosensitive body, transmitting light over fiber optic cables, and controlling the shape and pulse duration of the light pulse to control movement of the actuator. Multiple light beams are utilized to generate different ranges of motion for the actuator from a single photomechanical body and alternative designs use multiple light beams and multiple photomechanical bodies to provide controlled movement. Actuator movement using one or more ranges of motion is utilized to control motion to position an actuating element in three dimensional space.

  2. Network representation for piezoelectric bimorphs.

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    Ballato, A; Smits, J G

    1991-01-01

    The networks associated with the bimorph matrix are presented. The bimorph matrix is diagonalized and eigenvalues and eigenstates are found for the extremes of nonpiezoelectric and strong piezoelectric coupling. A physical interpretation of the eigenvalues and eigenstates is proposed. The bimorph matrix is also diagonalized through elementary operation matrices, which give the matrix in equivalent form. The transformation matrices are of upper triangular form. This transformation yields networks of the simplest possible connection schemes. It is shown that when fewer than the maximum number of boundary conditions are applied, the networks are easily simplified. The networks of the admittance and impedance matrix are presented.

  3. A piezoelectric pseudo-bimorph actuator

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    Shi, Huaduo; Chen, Jianguo; Liu, Guoxi; Xiao, Wenlei; Dong, Shuxiang

    2013-06-01

    We report a piezoelectric pseudo-bimorph actuator, which is made of only one single plate with interdigitated electrodes on both sides and polarized alternately in longitudinal direction. Like a bimorph actuator, it can also produce a large bending actuation based on anti-symmetrically longitudinal piezoelectric d33 strain effect under an applied electric field. The presented pseudo-bimorph actuator shows much better temperature stability than conventional piezoelectric bimorph actuators from room temperature to the depolarization temperature of the material due to lacking of interface strain loss.

  4. Morphing of Segmented Bimorph Mirrors

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    Rodrigues, Gonçalo; Bastaits, Renaud; Preumont, André

    2010-08-01

    Atmospheric turbulence compensation for the next generation of terrestrial telescopes (30-40 m diameter) will require deformable mirrors of increasing size and a number of actuators reaching several thousands. However, the mere extrapolation of existing designs leads to complicated and extremely expensive mirrors. This article discusses an alternative solution based on the use of segmented identical hexagonal bimorph mirrors. This allows to indefinitely increase the degree of correction while maintaining the first mechanical resonance at the level of a single segment, and shows an increase in price only proportional to the number of segments. Extensive simulations using random turbulent screens show that the segmentation produces only moderate reductions of the Strehl number, compared to a monolithic bimorph mirror with the same number of actuators (S = 0.86 instead of S = 0.89 in this study).

  5. Note: Helical nanobelt force sensors

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    Hwang, G.; Hashimoto, H.

    2012-12-15

    We present the fabrication and characterization of helical nanobelt force sensors. These self-sensing force sensors are based on the giant piezoresistivity of helical nanobelts. The three-dimensional helical nanobelts are self-formed from 27 nm-thick n-type InGaAs/GaAs bilayers using rolled-up techniques, and assembled onto electrodes on a micropipette using nanorobotic manipulations. The helical nanobelt force sensors can be calibrated using a calibrated atomic force microscope cantilever system under scanning electron microscope. Thanks to their giant piezoresistance coefficient (515 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -10} Pa{sup -1}), low stiffness (0.03125 N/m), large-displacement capability ({approx}10 {mu}m), and good fatigue resistance, they are well suited to function as stand-alone, compact ({approx}20 {mu}m without the plug-in support), light ({approx}5 g including the plug-in support), versatile and large range ({approx}{mu}N) and high resolution ({approx}nN) force sensors.

  6. Note: Helical nanobelt force sensors

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    Hwang, G.; Hashimoto, H.

    2012-12-01

    We present the fabrication and characterization of helical nanobelt force sensors. These self-sensing force sensors are based on the giant piezoresistivity of helical nanobelts. The three-dimensional helical nanobelts are self-formed from 27 nm-thick n-type InGaAs/GaAs bilayers using rolled-up techniques, and assembled onto electrodes on a micropipette using nanorobotic manipulations. The helical nanobelt force sensors can be calibrated using a calibrated atomic force microscope cantilever system under scanning electron microscope. Thanks to their giant piezoresistance coefficient (515 × 10-10 Pa-1), low stiffness (0.03125 N/m), large-displacement capability (˜10 μm), and good fatigue resistance, they are well suited to function as stand-alone, compact (˜20 μm without the plug-in support), light (˜5 g including the plug-in support), versatile and large range (˜μN) and high resolution (˜nN) force sensors.

  7. Capacitive Behavior of Single Gallium Oxide Nanobelt

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    Cai, Haitao; Liu, Hang; Zhu, Huichao; Shao, Pai; Hou, Changmin

    2015-01-01

    In this research, monocrystalline gallium oxide (Ga2O3) nanobelts were synthesized through oxidation of metal gallium at high temperature. An electronic device, based on an individual Ga2O3 nanobelt on Pt interdigital electrodes (IDEs), was fabricated to investigate the electrical characteristics of the Ga2O3 nanobelt in a dry atmosphere at room temperature. The current-voltage (I-V) and I/V-t characteristics show the capacitive behavior of the Ga2O3 nanobelt, indicating the existence of capacitive elements in the Pt/Ga2O3/Pt structure. PMID:28793506

  8. Highly polarized single mode nanobelt laser

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    Xu, P.; Liu, S.; Tang, M.; Xu, X.; Lin, X.; Wu, Z.; ZhuGe, M.; Ren, Z.; Wang, Z.; Liu, X.; Yang, Z.; Raghavan, N.; Yang, Q.

    2017-05-01

    We demonstrate a highly polarized single mode nanobelt laser with a low threshold. Different from the traditional nanobelt lasers, the laser cavity is formed along the lateral direction of the nanobelt and the wavelength is centered at 712.6 nm with a linewidth of about 0.18 nm. The single mode lasing emission is highly polarized with a polarization ratio of about 0.91. Moreover, the threshold is as low as 18 μJ/cm2 which is about an order of magnitude lower than that of the traditional CdSe nanobelt lasers. These low threshold high polarization single mode nanobelt lasers offer great potential as a low cost and energy efficient choice of technology for applications in visible light communications, displays, optical sensing, and environmental monitoring.

  9. Bi nanobelts, nanocubes and their thermoelectric properties

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    Wang, Wenzhong; Chen, Shuo; Huang, Jianyu; Ren, Zhifeng; Harris, T.; Chen, Gang; Dresselhaus, M.

    2006-03-01

    Highly crystallized Bi nanobelts and monodispersed nanocubes have been synthesized via a low-temperature organic solution approach, in which sodium bismuthate was reduced by ethylene glycol in the presence of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP). By changing some experimental conditions, Bi nanobelts and nanocubes have been prepared successfully. The as-prepared Bi nanobelts are single crystal with high crystallinity. The width of the nanobelts is in the range of 50-500 nanometers and the length is up to of several tens of micrometers. The as-synthesized Bi nanocubes are highly crystallized and monodispersed with edge length of 50-60 nm. The electrical, thermal, and Seebeck properties of the as-grown nanobelts were studied by a TEM-STM probe inside a high resolution TEM. The same studies were also carried out on bulk samples made by hot-press using the nanocubes.

  10. Light-Driven Polymeric Bimorph Actuators

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    Adamovsky, Gregory; Sarkisov, Sergey S.; Curley, Michael J.

    2009-01-01

    Light-driven polymeric bimorph actuators are being developed as alternatives to prior electrically and optically driven actuators in advanced, highly miniaturized devices and systems exemplified by microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), micro-electro-optical-mechanical systems (MEOMS), and sensor and actuator arrays in smart structures. These light-driven polymeric bimorph actuators are intended to satisfy a need for actuators that (1) in comparison with the prior actuators, are simpler and less power-hungry; (2) can be driven by low-power visible or mid-infrared light delivered through conventional optic fibers; and (3) are suitable for integration with optical sensors and multiple actuators of the same or different type. The immediate predecessors of the present light-driven polymeric bimorph actuators are bimorph actuators that exploit a photorestrictive effect in lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) ceramics. The disadvantages of the PLZT-based actuators are that (1) it is difficult to shape the PLZT ceramics, which are hard and brittle; (2) for actuation, it is necessary to use ultraviolet light (wavelengths < 380 nm), which must be generated by use of high-power, high-pressure arc lamps or lasers; (3) it is difficult to deliver sufficient ultraviolet light through conventional optical fibers because of significant losses in the fibers; (4) the response times of the PLZT actuators are of the order of several seconds unacceptably long for typical applications; and (5) the maximum mechanical displacements of the PLZT-based actuators are limited to those characterized by low strains beyond which PLZT ceramics disintegrate because of their brittleness. The basic element of a light-driven bimorph actuator of the present developmental type is a cantilever beam comprising two layers, at least one of which is a polymer that exhibits a photomechanical effect (see figure). The dominant mechanism of the photomechanical effect is a photothermal one: absorption of

  11. Simple Fabrication of Gold Nanobelts and Patterns

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    Zhang, Renyun; Hummelgård, Magnus; Olin, Håkan

    2012-01-01

    Gold nanobelts are of interest in several areas; however, there are only few methods available to produce these belts. We report here on a simple evaporation induced self-assembly (EISA) method to produce porous gold nanobelts with dimensions that scale across nanometer (thickness ∼80 nm) and micrometer (width ∼20 µm), to decimeter (length ∼0.15 m). The gold nanobelts are well packed on the beaker wall and can be easily made to float on the surface of the solution for depositing onto other substrates. Microscopy showed that gold nanobelts had a different structure on the two sides of the belt; the density of gold nanowires on one side was greater than on the other side. Electrical measurements showed that these nanobelts were sensitive to compressive or tensile forces, indicating a potential use as a strain sensor. The patterned nanobelts were further used as a template to grow ZnO nanowires for potential use in applications such as piezo-electronics. PMID:22291962

  12. Dual-use bimorph deformable mirrors

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    Griffith, M. S.; Laycock, L. C.; Bagshaw, J. M.; Rowe, D.

    2005-11-01

    Adaptive Optics (AO) is a critical underpinning technology for future optical countermeasures, laser delivery, target illumination and imaging systems. It measures and compensates for optical distortion caused by transmission through the atmosphere, resulting in the ability to deploy smaller lasers and identify targets at greater ranges. AO is also well established in ground based astronomy, and is finding applications in free space optical communications and ophthalmology. One of the key components in an AO system is the wavefront modifier, which acts on the incoming or outgoing beam to counter the effects of the atmosphere. BAE SYSTEMS ATC is developing multi-element Deformable Bimorph Mirrors (DBMs) for such applications. A traditional bimorph deformable mirror uses a set of edge electrodes outside the active area in order to meet the required boundary conditions for the active aperture. This inflicts a significant penalty in terms of bandwidth, which is inversely proportional to the square of the full mirror diameter. We have devised a number of novel mounting arrangements that reduce dead space and thus provide a much improved trade-off between bandwidth and stroke. These schemes include a novel method for providing vertical displacement at the periphery of the aperture, a method for providing a continuous compliant support underneath the bimorph mirror, and a method for providing a three point support underneath the bimorph. In all three cases, there is no requirement for edge electrodes to provide the boundary conditions, resulting in devices of much higher bandwidth. The target is to broaden the use of these types of mirror beyond the current limits of either low order/low bandwidth, to address the high order, high bandwidth systems required by long range, horizontal path applications. This paper will discuss the different mirror designs, and present experimental results for the most recently assembled mirrors.

  13. Membrane Mirrors With Bimorph Shape Actuators

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    Yang, Eui-Hyeok

    2003-01-01

    Deformable mirrors of a proposed type would be equipped with relatively-large-stroke microscopic piezoelectric actuators that would be used to maintain their reflective surfaces in precise shapes. These mirrors would be members of the class of MEMS-DM (for microelectromechanical system deformable mirror) devices, which offer potential for a precise optical control in adaptive-optics applications in such diverse fields as astronomy and vision science. The proposed mirror would be fabricated, in part, by use of a membrane-transfer technique. The actuator design would contain bimorph-type piezoelectric actuators.

  14. Functional oxide nanobelts - from materials to nanodevices

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    Lin, Zhong; Wang

    2003-11-01

    Nanowire and nanotube based materials have been demonstrated as building blocks for nanocircuits, nanosystems and nano-optoelectronics. Recently, ultra-long belt-like, quasi-one-dimensional nanostructures (so called nanobelts or nanoribbons) have been successfully synthesized for semiconducting oxides of zinc, tin, indium, cadmium and gallium, by simply evaporating the desired commercial metal oxide powders at high temperatures [1]. The as-synthesized oxide nanobelts are pure, structurally uniform, single crystalline and most of them free from dislocations; they have a rectangular-like cross-section with typical widths of 30 - 300 nm, width-to-thickness ratios of 5 - 10 and lengths of up to a few millimeters. The belt-like morphology appears to be a unique and common structural characteristic for the family of semiconducting oxides with cations of different valence states and materials of distinct crystallographic structures. Using the technique demonstrated for measuring the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes based on in-situ transmission electron microscopy [2,3], the bending modulus of the oxide nanobelts has been measured and the nanobelt is shown to be a dual mode nanoresonator for NEMS technology. Field effect transistors [4] and ultra-sensitive nano-size gas sensors [5], nanoresonators and nanocantilevers [6] have also been fabricated based on individual nanobelts. Thermal transport along the nanobelt has also been measured. Nanocantilevers based on nanobelts have been fabricated. Very recently, structurally nanobelts exhibiting piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties have been synthesized, which could be a candidate for nano-scale traducers, actuators and sensors. [1] Z.W. Pan, Z.R. Dai and Z.L. Wang, Science, 209 (2001) 1947. [2] P. Poncharal, Z.L. Wang, D. Ugarte and W.A. de Heer, Science, 283 (1999) 1513; Electron Microscopy of Nanotubes, ed. Z.L. Wang and C. Hui, Kluwer Academic Publisher (2003). [3] R.P. Gao, Z.L. Wang, Z.G. Bai, W. de Heer

  15. Flow energy piezoelectric bimorph nozzle harvester

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Walkemeyer, Phillip; Hasenoehrl, Jennifer; Hall, Jeffrey L.; Colonius, Tim; Tosi, Luis Phillipe; Arrazola, Alvaro; Kim, Namhyo; Sun, Kai; Corbett, Gary

    2014-04-01

    There is a need for a long-life power generation scheme that could be used downhole in an oil well to produce 1 Watt average power. There are a variety of existing or proposed energy harvesting schemes that could be used in this environment but each of these has its own limitations. The vibrating piezoelectric structure is in principle capable of operating for very long lifetimes (decades) thereby possibly overcoming a principle limitation of existing technology based on rotating turbo-machinery. In order to determine the feasibility of using piezoelectrics to produce suitable flow energy harvesting, we surveyed experimentally a variety of nozzle configurations that could be used to excite a vibrating piezoelectric structure in such a way as to enable conversion of flow energy into useful amounts of electrical power. These included reed structures, spring mass-structures, drag and lift bluff bodies and a variety of nozzles with varying flow profiles. Although not an exhaustive survey we identified a spline nozzle/piezoelectric bimorph system that experimentally produced up to 3.4 mW per bimorph. This paper will discuss these results and present our initial analyses of the device using dimensional analysis and constitutive electromechanical modeling. The analysis suggests that an order-of-magnitude improvement in power generation from the current design is possible.

  16. Flow Energy Piezoelectric Bimorph Nozzle Harvester

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Kim, Namhyo; Sun, Kai; Corbett, Gary; Walkemeyer, Phillip; Hasenoehrl, Jennifer; Hall, Jeffery L.; Colonius, Tim; Tosi, Luis Phillipe; hide

    2014-01-01

    There is a need for a long-life power generation scheme that could be used downhole in an oil well to produce 1 Watt average power. There are a variety of existing or proposed energy harvesting schemes that could be used in this environment but each of these has its own limitations. The vibrating piezoelectric structure is in principle capable of operating for very long lifetimes (decades) thereby possibly overcoming a principle limitation of existing technology based on rotating turbo-machinery. In order to determine the feasibility of using piezoelectrics to produce suitable flow energy harvesting, we surveyed experimentally a variety of nozzle configurations that could be used to excite a vibrating piezoelectric structure in such a way as to enable conversion of flow energy into useful amounts of electrical power. These included reed structures, spring mass-structures, drag and lift bluff bodies and a variety of nozzles with varying flow profiles. Although not an exhaustive survey we identified a spline nozzle/piezoelectric bimorph system that experimentally produced up to 3.4 mW per bimorph. This paper will discuss these results and present our initial analyses of the device using dimensional analysis and constitutive electromechanical modeling. The analysis suggests that an order-of-magnitude improvement in power generation from the current design is possible.

  17. Ferromagnetic ZnO bicrystal nanobelts fabricated in low temperature

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    Xu Congkang; Chun, Junghwan; Rho, Keehan; Lee, Hyo Jin; Jeong, Yoon Hee; Kim, Dong-Eon; Chon, Bonghwan; Hong, Sangsu; Joo, Taiha

    2006-08-28

    Zinc oxide bicrystal nanobelts were fabricated via a vapor phase transport of a powder mixture of Zn, BiI{sub 3}, and MnCl{sub 2}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O at temperatures as low as 300 deg. C. The bicrystal nanobelts, growing along the [011{sup -}3] direction, have the widths of 40-150 nm and lengths of tens of microns. The energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy result verifies that the bicrystal nanobelts contain higher concentration of both Bi and Mn along the grain boundary. The investigation of the growth mechanism proposes that MnBi may induce the formation of bicrystal nanobelts. Photoluminescence spectra show that the ultraviolet emission of the bicrystal nanobelts has a blueshift of 18 meV as compared to Bi-ZnO nanowires at 10 K. The bicrystal nanobelts also exhibit ferromagnetism at room temperature.

  18. NiMnGa/Si Shape Memory Bimorph Nanoactuation

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    Lambrecht, Franziska; Lay, Christian; Aseguinolaza, Iván R.; Chernenko, Volodymyr; Kohl, Manfred

    2016-12-01

    The size dependences of thermal bimorph and shape memory effect of nanoscale shape memory alloy (SMA)/Si bimorph actuators are investigated in situ in a scanning electron microscope and by finite element simulations. By combining silicon nanomachining and magnetron sputtering, freestanding NiMnGa/Si bimorph cantilever structures with film/substrate thickness of 200/250 nm and decreasing lateral dimensions are fabricated. Electrical resistance and mechanical beam bending tests upon direct Joule heating demonstrate martensitic phase transformation and reversible thermal bimorph effect, respectively. Corresponding characteristics are strongly affected by the large temperature gradient in the order of 50 K/µm forming along the nano bimorph cantilever upon electro-thermal actuation, which, in addition, depends on the size-dependent heat conductivity in the Si nano layer. Furthermore, the martensitic transformation temperatures show a size-dependent decrease by about 40 K for decreasing lateral dimensions down to 200 nm. The effects of heating temperature and stress distribution on the nanoactuation performance are analyzed by finite element simulations revealing thickness ratio of SMA/Si of 90/250 nm to achieve an optimum SME. Differential thermal expansion and thermo-elastic effects are discriminated by comparative measurements and simulations on Ni/Si bimorph reference actuators.

  19. Development of a Micro-Gripper Using Piezoelectric Bimorphs

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    El-Sayed, Amr M.; Abo-Ismail, Ahmed; El-Melegy, Moumen T.; Hamzaid, Nur Azah; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2013-01-01

    Piezoelectric bimorphs have been used as a micro-gripper in many applications, but the system might be complex and the response performance might not have been fully characterized. In this study the dynamic characteristics of bending piezoelectric bimorphs actuators were theoretically and experimentally investigated for micro-gripping applications in terms of deflection along the length, transient response, and frequency response with varying driving voltages and driving signals. In addition, the implementation of a parallel micro-gripper using bending piezoelectric bimorphs was presented. Both fingers were actuated separately to perform mini object handling. The bending piezoelectric bimorphs were fixed as cantilevers and individually driven using a high voltage amplifier and the bimorph deflection was measured using a non contact proximity sensor attached at the tip of one finger. The micro-gripper could perform precise micro-manipulation tasks and could handle objects down to 50 μm in size. This eliminates the need for external actuator extension of the microgripper as the grasping action was achieved directly with the piezoelectric bimorph, thus minimizing the weight and the complexity of the micro-gripper. PMID:23653051

  20. Bimorph mirrors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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    Alcock, Simon G.; Sutter, John P.; Sawhney, Kawal J. S.; Hall, David R.; McAuley, Katherine; Sorensen, Thomas

    2013-05-01

    Bimorph mirrors are widely used by the X-ray, Laser, Space, and Astronomy communities to focus or collimate photon beams. Applying voltages to the embedded piezo ceramics enables the user to globally bend the optical substrate to a range of figures (including cylindrical, parabolic, and elliptical), and finely correct low spatial frequency errors, thus improving optical performance. Bimorph mirrors are employed on numerous synchrotron X-ray beamlines, including several at Diamond Light Source. However, many such beamlines were not achieving the desired size and shape of the reflected X-ray beam. Metrology data from ex-situ, slope measuring profilometry (using the Diamond-NOM) and in-situ, synchrotron X-ray "pencil-beam" scans, revealed sharp defects on the optical substrate directly above the locations at which the piezo ceramics are bonded together. This so-called "junction effect" has been observed on a variety of bimorph mirrors with different numbers of piezos, substrate length, and thickness. To repair this damage, three pairs of bimorph mirrors were re-polished at Thales-SESO. We review the re-polishing process, and show that it successfully removed the junction effect, and significantly improved beamline performance. Since the internal structure of the bimorph mirrors was not modified during re-polishing, it is hoped that the mirrors will retain their surface quality, and remain operational for many years. We also highlight the combination of super-polishing techniques with bimorph technology to create the "Ultimate" mirror, and discuss a next generation, bimorph mirror which is predicted not to suffer from the junction effect.

  1. Development of an innovative energy harvesting device using MFC bimorphs

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    Tabesh, Majid; Nguyen, The; Motlagh, Amin M.; Elahinia, Mohammad

    2009-03-01

    Recently, widespread attention has been directed towards scavenging energy from renewable sources such as wind. Piezoelectric materials are particularly suitable for capturing energy from motion since mechanical deflection of a piezoelectric specimen results in an electric displacement. This electricity can be stored in batteries or used to power portable devices. The present work is on the development of a device that can generate electricity from an oscillating motion using a piezoelectric Macro Fiber Composite (MFC) bimorph. Previously, bimorph vibration was created by a rotating or reciprocating part hitting the bimorph tip; whereas in the current work, base reciprocation excites the piezoelectric bimorph. The device includes a fan blade, which aligns with the direction of the wind and moves a rod in vertical direction. The microfiber composite beams (MFC) are attached to the upper end of the rod. Reciprocation of the rod acts as a harmonic excitation for the MFC bimorphs. Vibration of the MFCs produces electricity which is stored in a capacitor to be used to power electronic systems such as different types of remote sensors. Simulation and experimental results have been compared. In vibration and wind tunnel experiments, comparable amounts of energy were collected and accumulated in a capacitor.

  2. Distributed Sensing and Shape Control of Piezoelectric Bimorph Mirrors

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    Redmond, James M.; Barney, Patrick S.; Henson, Tammy D.

    1999-07-28

    As part of a collaborative effort between Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Kentucky to develop a deployable mirror for remote sensing applications, research in shape sensing and control algorithms that leverage the distributed nature of electron gun excitation for piezoelectric bimorph mirrors is summarized. A coarse shape sensing technique is developed that uses reflected light rays from the sample surface to provide discrete slope measurements. Estimates of surface profiles are obtained with a cubic spline curve fitting algorithm. Experiments on a PZT bimorph illustrate appropriate deformation trends as a function of excitation voltage. A parallel effort to effect desired shape changes through electron gun excitation is also summarized. A one dimensional model-based algorithm is developed to correct profile errors in bimorph beams. A more useful two dimensional algorithm is also developed that relies on measured voltage-curvature sensitivities to provide corrective excitation profiles for the top and bottom surfaces of bimorph plates. The two algorithms are illustrated using finite element models of PZT bimorph structures subjected to arbitrary disturbances. Corrective excitation profiles that yield desired parabolic forms are computed, and are shown to provide the necessary corrective action.

  3. Direct preparation of carbon nanotubes and nanobelts from polymer

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    Lu, Bingan; Guo, Xiaosong; Bao, Zhong; Li, Xiaodong; Liu, Yanxia; Zhu, Chengquan; Wang, Youqing; Xie, Erqing

    2011-05-01

    Carbon nanotubes and carbon nanobelts were obtained via single-needle electrospinning on a basis of water-in-oil (W/O) emulsion technique, respectively. The morphology of electrospun products can be controlled by controlling the temperature of the collector during the electrospinning process. The mechanism of fabricating PAN nanotubes and nanobelts by emulsion electrospinning is discussed in detail. Transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscope results show that the carbon nanotubes (the inner diameter of 25-50 nm and the outer diameter of 50-100 nm) have a wall thickness of 10-50 nm, and the width and thickness of the nanobelts range from 100 to 300 nm, and 1 to 5 nm, respectively. A slight difference of bonding configuration of the carbon nanofibers, carbon nanotubes and carbon nanobelts is attributed partly to their different topological structures. The novel method is versatile and could be extended to the fabrication of various types of nanotubes and nanobelts.

  4. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Using PZT Bimorphs and Multilayered Stacks

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    Panda, Prasanta Kumar; Sahoo, Benudhar; Chandraiah, M.; Raghavan, Sreekumari; Manoj, Bindu; Ramakrishna, J.; Kiran, P.

    2015-11-01

    Piezoelectric materials have a unique ability to interchange electrical and mechanical energy. This property allows the absorption of mechanical energy such as ambient vibration and its transformation into electrical energy. The electrical energy generated can be used to power low-power electronic devices. In the present study, energy harvesting by lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer (ML) stacks and bimorphs is presented. The devices were fabricated by a tape casting technique and were poled at 2 kV/mm for 30 min immersed in a silicone oil bath maintained at 60°C. The energy harvesting characteristics of the fabricated devices were measured in a suitably assembled test setup. The output voltage obtained from the PZT bimorphs and ML stacks was 450 mV and 125 mV, respectively. The higher output voltage from the bimorph is due to its low capacitance.

  5. Novel high-bandwidth bimorph deformable mirrors

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    Griffith, Michael S.; Laycock, Leslie C.; Archer, Nick J.

    2004-12-01

    Adaptive Optics (AO) is a critical underpinning technology for future laser delivery (including free-space optical communications), target illumination and imaging systems. It measures and compensates for optical distortion caused by transmission through the atmosphere, resulting in the ability to deploy smaller lasers and identify targets at greater ranges. One of the key components in an AO system is the wavefront modifier, which acts on the incoming or outgoing beam to counter the effects of the atmosphere. BAE SYSTEMS Advanced Technology Centre is developing multi-element bimorph deformable mirrors for such an applications. Our initial designs were based on a standard construction and exhibited a resonant frequency of 1kHz with a maximum stroke of +/-20μm for an active aperture of 50mm. These devices were limited by the necessity to have a 'dead space' between the inner active area and the mirror boundary; this ensured that both the requirements for the stroke and the fixed boundary conditions could be met simultaneously. However, there was a significant penalty to pay in terms of bandwidth, which is inversely proportional to the square of the full mirror diameter. In a series of iteration steps, we have created novel mounting arrangements that reduce dead space and thus provide the optimum trade-off between bandwidth and stroke. These schemes include supporting the mirror from underneath, rather than at its edge. As a result, models of 60mm active diameter mirrors predict a resonance in excess of 5kHz, combined with a maximum stroke greater than +/-40μm. This paper will discuss a number of different mirror designs and present experimental results for recently assembled devices.

  6. Laser cooling of CdS nanobelts: thickness matters.

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    Li, Dehui; Zhang, Jun; Xiong, Qihua

    2013-08-12

    We report on the thickness dependent laser cooling in CdS nanobelts pumped by a 532 nm green laser. The lowest achievable cooling temperature is found to strongly depend on thickness. No net cooling can be achieved in nanobelts with a thickness below 65 nm due to nearly zero absorption and larger surface nonradiative recombination. While for nanobelts thicker than ~120 nm, the reabsorption effect leads to the reduction of the cooling temperature. Based on the thickness dependent photoconductivity gain, mean emission energy and external quantum efficiency, the modeling of the normalized temperature change suggests a good agreement with the experimental results.

  7. Integration of metal oxide nanobelts with microsystems for nerve agent detection

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    Yu, Choongho; Hao, Qing; Saha, Sanjoy; Shi, Li; Kong, Xiangyang; Wang, Z. L.

    2005-02-01

    We have assembled tin dioxide nanobelts with low-power microheaters for detecting dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), a nerve agent simulant. The electrical conductance of a heated nanobelt increased for 5% upon exposure to 78 parts per billion DMMP in air. The nanobelt conductance recovered fully quickly after the DMMP was shut off, suggesting that the single-crystal nanobelt was not subject to poisoning often observed in polycrystalline metal oxide sensors. While the sensitivity can be improved via doping nanobelts with catalytic additives, directed assembly or growth of nanobelts on microsystems will potentially allow for the large-scale fabrication of nanosensor arrays.

  8. Optical sensor based on a single CdS nanobelt.

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    Li, Lei; Yang, Shuming; Han, Feng; Wang, Liangjun; Zhang, Xiaotong; Jiang, Zhuangde; Pan, Anlian

    2014-04-23

    In this paper, an optical sensor based on a cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanobelt has been developed. The CdS nanobelt was synthesized by the vapor phase transportation (VPT) method. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) results revealed that the nanobelt had a hexagonal wurtzite structure of CdS and presented good crystal quality. A single nanobelt Schottky contact optical sensor was fabricated by the electron beam lithography (EBL) technique, and the device current-voltage results showed back-to-back Schottky diode characteristics. The photosensitivity, dark current and the decay time of the sensor were 4 × 10⁴, 31 ms and 0.2 pA, respectively. The high photosensitivity and the short decay time were because of the exponential dependence of photocurrent on the number of the surface charges and the configuration of the back to back Schottky junctions.

  9. Reactivity of gold nanobelts with unique {110} facets.

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    Chen, Ying; Milenkovic, Srdjan; Hassel, Achim Walter

    2010-09-10

    Gold nanobelts were synthesized by directional solidification of the Fe-Au eutectoid followed by selective phase dissolution. Cleaning from organic molecules was performed in alkaline solution by PbO(2) deposition/dissolution to avoid surface reconstruction. The electrochemical behaviour of the Au nanobelts was determined by structure-sensitive electrochemical reactions, and the findings confirm the results obtained by selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The underpotential deposition (UPD) of lead under alkaline conditions and cyclic voltammograms (CVs) in sulphuric acid revealed an unusual large amount of (110) domains (>65%). Finally, after cleaning the Au nanobelts showed a higher and stable electrocatalytic behaviour toward methanol oxidation in alkaline media. The possible mechanism and the potential applications of the Au nanobelts are discussed.

  10. Optical Sensor Based on a Single CdS Nanobelt

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    Li, Lei; Yang, Shuming; Han, Feng; Wang, Liangjun; Zhang, Xiaotong; Jiang, Zhuangde; Pan, Anlian

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, an optical sensor based on a cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanobelt has been developed. The CdS nanobelt was synthesized by the vapor phase transportation (VPT) method. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) results revealed that the nanobelt had a hexagonal wurtzite structure of CdS and presented good crystal quality. A single nanobelt Schottky contact optical sensor was fabricated by the electron beam lithography (EBL) technique, and the device current-voltage results showed back-to-back Schottky diode characteristics. The photosensitivity, dark current and the decay time of the sensor were 4 × 104, 31 ms and 0.2 pA, respectively. The high photosensitivity and the short decay time were because of the exponential dependence of photocurrent on the number of the surface charges and the configuration of the back to back Schottky junctions. PMID:24763211

  11. Electromechanical properties of nanotube-PVA composite actuator bimorphs.

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    Bartholome, Christèle; Derré, Alain; Roubeau, Olivier; Zakri, Cécile; Poulin, Philippe

    2008-08-13

    Oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotube (oxidized-MWNT)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite sheets have been prepared for electromechanical actuator applications. MWNT have been oxidized by nitric acid treatments. They were then dispersed in water and mixed with various amounts of PVA of high molecular weight (198 000 g mol(-1)). The composite sheets were then obtained through a membrane filtration process. The composition of the systems has been optimized to combine suitable mechanical and electrical properties. Thermogravimetric analysis, mechanical tensile tests and conductivity measurements show that the best compromise of mechanical and electrical properties was obtained for a PVA weight fraction of about 30 wt%. In addition, one face of the sheets was coated with gold to increase the conductivity of the sheets and promote uniform actuation. Pseudo-bimorph devices have been realized by subsequently coating the composite sheets with an inert layer of PVA. The devices have been tested electromechanically in a liquid electrolyte (tetrabutylammonium/tetrafluoroborate (TBA/TFB) in acetonitrile) at constant frequency and different applied voltages, from 2 to 10 V. Measurements of the bimorph deflections were used to determine the stress generated by the nanotube-PVA sheets. The results show that the stress generated increases with increasing amplitude of the applied voltage and can reach 1.8 MPa. This value compares well with and even exceeds the stress generated by recently obtained bimorphs made of gold nanoparticles.

  12. New Interfacial Nanochemistry on Sensory Bioscaffold-Membranes of Nanobelts

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    Chen, Feng

    Nanostructured bioscaffolds and biosensors are evolving as popular and powerful tools in life science and biotechnology, due to the possible control of their surface and structural properties at the nm-scale. Being seldom discussed in literature and long-underexploited in materials and biomedical sciences, development of nanofiber-based sensory bioscaffolds has great promises and grand challenges in finding an ideal platform for low-cost quantifications of biological and chemical species in real-time, label-free, and ultrasensitive fashion. In this study, titanate nanobelts were first of all synthesized, from hydrothermal reactions of a NaOH (or KOH solution) with TiO2 powder, to possess underexploited structure and surface vital to the rapid and label-free electrochemical detections of protein (cytochrome c) and neurotransmitter (dopamine). This work is based on a suite of new physical and chemical properties on the titanate nanobelt in water, including high surface area, zwitterionic surface, chemical- and photochemical-durability, cation-exchange and anion- and cation-sorption capacities, protein- and cell-compatibility, thermal-stability, and charge conductivity. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) was used for identifying any denaturing of the cytochrome c pre-immobilized on the titanate nanobelts. On that basis, the pheochromocytoma cells (PC-12 cell) were chosen to grow on the titanate nanobelts. These experiments prove that the sensory bioscaffolds of titanate nanobelt-membrane is a multiplex platform for developing new tools for energy, environmental and life sciences.

  13. Syntax-Directed Translations and Quasi-alphabetic Tree Bimorphisms — Revisited

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    Maletti, Andreas; Tîrnăucă, Cătălin Ionuţ

    Quasi-alphabetic tree bimorphisms [ Steinby, Tîrnă ucă: Defining syntax-directed translations by tree bimorphisms. Theor. Comput. Sci., to appear. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tcs.2009.03.009 , 2009] are reconsidered. It is known that the class of (string) translations defined by such bimorphisms coincides with the class of syntax-directed translations. This result is extended to a smaller class of tree bimorphisms namely (linear and complete) symbol-to-symbol tree bimorphisms. Moreover, it is shown that the class of simple syntax-directed translations coincides with the class of translations defined by alphabetic tree bimorphisms (also known as finite-state relabelings). This proves that alphabetic tree bimorphisms are not sufficiently powerful to model all syntax-directed translations. Finally, it is shown that the class of tree transformations defined by quasi-alphabetic tree bimorphisms is closed under composition. The corresponding result is known in the variable-free case. Overall, the main results of [ Steinby, Tîrnă ucă] are strengthened.

  14. Novel hybrid materials based on the vanadium oxide nanobelts

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    Zabrodina, G. S.; Makarov, S. G.; Kremlev, K. V.; Yunin, P. A.; Gusev, S. A.; Kaverin, B. S.; Kaverina, L. B.; Ketkov, S. Yu.

    2016-04-01

    Novel hybrid materials based on zinc phthalocyanine and nanostructured vanadium oxides have attracted extensive attention for the development of academic research and innovative industrial applications such as flexible electronics, optical sensors and heterogeneous catalysts. Vanadium oxides nanobelts were synthesized via a hydrothermal treatment V2O5·nH2O gel with surfactants (TBAB, CTAB) used as structure-directing agents, where CTAB - cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, TBAB - tetrabutylammonium bromide. Hybrid materials were prepared decoration of (CTA)0.33V2O5 flexible nanobelts with cationic zinc phthalocyanine by the ion-exchange route. Investigations of the thermal stability, morphologies and structures of the (CTA)0.33V2O5, (TBA)0.16V2O5 nanobelts and zinc phthalocyanine exchange product were carried out. The hybrid materials based on the nanostructured vanadium oxide and zinc phthalocyanine were tested as photocatalysts for oxidation of citronellol and 2-mercaptoethanol by dioxygen.

  15. Tailoring insoluble nanobelts into soluble anti-UV nanopotpourris

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    Wang, Jinmin; Sun, Xiao Wei; Jiao, Zhihui; Khoo, Eugene; Lee, Pooi See; Ma, Jan; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2011-11-01

    Soluble, transparent and anti-UV nanopotpourris have been prepared by tailoring long nanobelts. The strains and layered structures facilitate the breaking of the as-synthesized nanobelts under an applied mechanical action. The developed tailoring process of nanobelts is a general top-down secondary processing of layered nanostructures at the nanoscale level, which can be expended to the modifications of layered nanowires, nanotubes and hierarchical nanostructures. By tailoring, the size, morphology and solubility are modified, which may open up an area of advanced processing of nanomaterials and hint at some potential applications. Because of the excellent solubility of the tailored nanopotpourris, they are easily dispersed in cosmetics or polymer films, which are quite useful for some anti-UV protection applications, such as anti-UV sunscreen creams and anti-UV window films for vehicles and buildings.

  16. Bimorph mirrors for adaptive optics in space telescopes

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    Alaluf, D.; Bastaits, R.; Wang, K.; Horodinca, M.; Burda, I.; Martic, G.; Preumont, A.

    2016-07-01

    This paper discusses a concept of bimorph deformable mirror used in adaptive optics to compensate for manufacturing errors, gravity release and thermal distortion affecting large lightweight mirrors in space telescopes. The mirror consists of a single-crystal Silicon wafer (D=75 mm t=500μm) covered with an optical coating on the front side and an array of 25 independent PZT actuators acting in d31 mode on the back side. The mirror is mounted on an isostatic support with three linear PZT actuators controlling the rigid-body motion. The paper presents the experimental results obtained with this design and a new, more compact alternative.

  17. Piezoelectric Bimorph Cantilever for Vibration-Producing-Hydrogen

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    Zhang, Jun; Wu, Zheng; Jia, Yanmin; Kan, Junwu; Cheng, Guangming

    2013-01-01

    A device composed of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever and a water electrolysis device was fabricated to realize piezoelectrochemical hydrogen production. The obvious output of the hydrogen and oxygen through application of a mechanical vibration of ∼0.07 N and ∼46.2 Hz was observed. This method provides a cost-effective, recyclable, environment-friendly and simple way to directly split water for hydrogen fuels by scavenging mechanical waste energy forms such as noise or traffic vibration in the environment. PMID:23271601

  18. Viability study of oscillatory flow pumps using bimorph piezoelectric actuators

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    Vatanabe, Sandro L.; Pires, Rogério F.; Choi, Andres; Nakasone, Paulo H.; Silva, Emílio C. N.

    2007-04-01

    Precision flow pumps have been widely studied over the last three decades. They have been applied in the areas of Biology, Pharmacy and Medicine in applications usually related to the dosage of medicine and chemical reagents. In addition, thermal management solutions for electronic devices have also been recently developed using these kinds of pumps offering better performance with low noise and low power consumption. In a previous work, the working principle of a pump based on the use of a bimorph piezoelectric actuator inserted in a fluid channel to generate flow was presented. In this work, a novel configuration of this piezoelectric flow pump that consists of a flow pump using two bimorph piezoelectric actuators in parallel configuration has been studied and it is presented. This configuration was inspired on fish swimming modes. The complete cycle of pump development was conducted, consisting in designing, manufacturing, and experimental characterization steps. Load-loss and flow rate characterization experimental tests were conducted, generating data that allows us to analyze the influence of geometric parameters in the pump performance. Comparisons among numerical and experimental results were made to validate the computational results and improve the accuracy of the implemented models.

  19. New configurations of oscillatory flow pumps using bimorph piezoelectric actuators

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    Vatanabe, Sandro L.; Pires, Rogério F.; Nakasone, Paulo H.; Silva, Emílio C. N.

    2008-03-01

    Precision flow pumps have been widely studied over the last three decades. They have been applied in the areas of Biology, Pharmacy and Medicine in applications usually related to the dosage of medicine and chemical reagents. In addition, thermal management solutions for electronic devices have also been recently developed using these kinds of pumps offering better performance with low noise and low power consumption. In previous works was presented the working principle of a pump based on the use of a bimorph piezoelectric actuator inserted in a fluid channel to generate flow. This work presents a novel configuration of piezoelectric flow pumps using a bimorph piezoelectric actuator of different aspect ratio. Sensibility studies of the rectangular cross-sectional area channel are conducted computationally (CFD) and three parameters are investigated: resonance frequency and oscillation amplitude of the piezoelectric actuator, and pressure inside the channel. Also, experimental tests are conducted to verify the influence of clamps' rigidity and actuator's insulator. The experimental results show that improving these two aspects it is possible to achieve higher flow rates.

  20. Porous and single-crystalline ZnO nanobelts: fabrication with annealing precursor nanobelts, and gas-sensing and optoelectronic performance.

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    Jin, Xiao-Bo; Li, Yi-Xiang; Su, Yao; Guo, Zheng; Gu, Cui-Ping; Huang, Jia-Rui; Meng, Fan-Li; Huang, Xing-Jiu; Li, Min-Qiang; Liu, Jin-Huai

    2016-09-02

    Porous and single-crystalline ZnO nanobelts have been prepared through annealing precursors of ZnSe · 0.5N2H4 well-defined and smooth nanobelts, which have been synthesized via a simple hydrothermal method. The composition and morphology evolutions with the calcination temperatures have been investigated in detail for as-prepared precursor nanobelts, suggesting that they can be easily transformed into ZnO nanobelts by preserving their initial morphology via calcination in air. In contrast, the obtained ZnO nanobelts are densely porous, owing to the thermal decomposition and oxidization of the precursor nanobelts. More importantly, the achieved porous ZnO nanobelts are single-crystalline, different from previously reported ones. Motivated by the intrinsic properties of the porous structure and good electronic transporting ability of single crystals, their gas-sensing performance has been further explored. It is demonstrated that porous ZnO single-crystalline nanobelts exhibit high response and repeatability toward volatile organic compounds, such as ethanol and acetone, with a short response/recovery time. Furthermore, their optoelectronic behaviors indicate that they can be promisingly employed to fabricate photoelectrochemical sensors.

  1. Porous and single-crystalline ZnO nanobelts: fabrication with annealing precursor nanobelts, and gas-sensing and optoelectronic performance

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    Jin, Xiao-Bo; Li, Yi-Xiang; Su, Yao; Guo, Zheng; Gu, Cui-Ping; Huang, Jia-Rui; Meng, Fan-Li; Huang, Xing-Jiu; Li, Min-Qiang; Liu, Jin-Huai

    2016-09-01

    Porous and single-crystalline ZnO nanobelts have been prepared through annealing precursors of ZnSe · 0.5N2H4 well-defined and smooth nanobelts, which have been synthesized via a simple hydrothermal method. The composition and morphology evolutions with the calcination temperatures have been investigated in detail for as-prepared precursor nanobelts, suggesting that they can be easily transformed into ZnO nanobelts by preserving their initial morphology via calcination in air. In contrast, the obtained ZnO nanobelts are densely porous, owing to the thermal decomposition and oxidization of the precursor nanobelts. More importantly, the achieved porous ZnO nanobelts are single-crystalline, different from previously reported ones. Motivated by the intrinsic properties of the porous structure and good electronic transporting ability of single crystals, their gas-sensing performance has been further explored. It is demonstrated that porous ZnO single-crystalline nanobelts exhibit high response and repeatability toward volatile organic compounds, such as ethanol and acetone, with a short response/recovery time. Furthermore, their optoelectronic behaviors indicate that they can be promisingly employed to fabricate photoelectrochemical sensors.

  2. Enhanced Magnetoelectric Coupling in Layered Structure of Piezoelectric Bimorph and Metallic Alloy

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    Petrov, V. M.; Bichurin, M. I.; Lavrentyeva, K. V.; Leontiev, V. S.

    2016-08-01

    We have investigated the enhanced magnetoelectric (ME) coupling in a layered structure of piezoelectric bimorph and magnetostrictive metallic alloy. The observed ME coefficient in the piezoelectric bimorph-based structure was found to be two times higher than in the traditional piezoelectric/magnetostrictive bilayer. The observed enhancement in ME coupling strength is related to equal signs of induced voltage in both lead zirconate titanate layers with opposite poling directions due to the flexural deformations. The piezoelectric bimorph-based structure has promising potential for sensor and technological applications.

  3. Suspended microfluidics.

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    Casavant, Benjamin P; Berthier, Erwin; Theberge, Ashleigh B; Berthier, Jean; Montanez-Sauri, Sara I; Bischel, Lauren L; Brakke, Kenneth; Hedman, Curtis J; Bushman, Wade; Keller, Nancy P; Beebe, David J

    2013-06-18

    Although the field of microfluidics has made significant progress in bringing new tools to address biological questions, the accessibility and adoption of microfluidics within the life sciences are still limited. Open microfluidic systems have the potential to lower the barriers to adoption, but the absence of robust design rules has hindered their use. Here, we present an open microfluidic platform, suspended microfluidics, that uses surface tension to fill and maintain a fluid in microscale structures devoid of a ceiling and floor. We developed a simple and ubiquitous model predicting fluid flow in suspended microfluidic systems and show that it encompasses many known capillary phenomena. Suspended microfluidics was used to create arrays of collagen membranes, mico Dots (μDots), in a horizontal plane separating two fluidic chambers, demonstrating a transwell platform able to discern collective or individual cellular invasion. Further, we demonstrated that μDots can also be used as a simple multiplexed 3D cellular growth platform. Using the μDot array, we probed the combined effects of soluble factors and matrix components, finding that laminin mitigates the growth suppression properties of the matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor GM6001. Based on the same fluidic principles, we created a suspended microfluidic metabolite extraction platform using a multilayer biphasic system that leverages the accessibility of open microchannels to retrieve steroids and other metabolites readily from cell culture. Suspended microfluidics brings the high degree of fluidic control and unique functionality of closed microfluidics into the highly accessible and robust platform of open microfluidics.

  4. Suspended microfluidics

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    Casavant, Benjamin P.; Berthier, Erwin; Theberge, Ashleigh B.; Berthier, Jean; Montanez-Sauri, Sara I.; Bischel, Lauren L.; Brakke, Kenneth; Hedman, Curtis J.; Bushman, Wade; Keller, Nancy P.; Beebe, David J.

    2013-01-01

    Although the field of microfluidics has made significant progress in bringing new tools to address biological questions, the accessibility and adoption of microfluidics within the life sciences are still limited. Open microfluidic systems have the potential to lower the barriers to adoption, but the absence of robust design rules has hindered their use. Here, we present an open microfluidic platform, suspended microfluidics, that uses surface tension to fill and maintain a fluid in microscale structures devoid of a ceiling and floor. We developed a simple and ubiquitous model predicting fluid flow in suspended microfluidic systems and show that it encompasses many known capillary phenomena. Suspended microfluidics was used to create arrays of collagen membranes, mico Dots (μDots), in a horizontal plane separating two fluidic chambers, demonstrating a transwell platform able to discern collective or individual cellular invasion. Further, we demonstrated that μDots can also be used as a simple multiplexed 3D cellular growth platform. Using the μDot array, we probed the combined effects of soluble factors and matrix components, finding that laminin mitigates the growth suppression properties of the matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor GM6001. Based on the same fluidic principles, we created a suspended microfluidic metabolite extraction platform using a multilayer biphasic system that leverages the accessibility of open microchannels to retrieve steroids and other metabolites readily from cell culture. Suspended microfluidics brings the high degree of fluidic control and unique functionality of closed microfluidics into the highly accessible and robust platform of open microfluidics. PMID:23729815

  5. Large-scale growth of millimeter-long single-crystalline ZnS nanobelts

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    Li Jianye Zhang Qi; An Lei; Qin Luchang; Liu Jie

    2008-11-15

    Millimeter-long single-crystalline hexagonal ZnS nanobelts were grown on specific locations on a wafer scale. This is the first time that the millimeter-scale ZnS nanobelt has been synthesized. The longest nanobelts are about 3 mm. The as-grown nanobelts were characterized by means of field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and selected area electron diffraction. The results indicate that the ultra-long nanobelts are pure single-crystalline hexagonal ZnS. There are two kinds of ZnS nanobelts existing in the products. One is the nanobelts that have two smooth sides and grow along the [0 0 1] longitudinal direction, and the other is the nanobelts that have one smooth side and one saw-teeth-like side, namely nanosaws, and grow along the [2 1 0] longitudinal direction. A vapor-liquid-solid mechanism is suggested for the lengthwise growth of the ZnS nanobelts (nanosaws) and a vapor-solid mechanism for the side direction growth of the saw-teeth of the nanosaws. - Graphical Abstract: Millimeter-long single-crystalline ZnS nanobelts were grown on specific locations on a large scale. There are two kinds of nanobelts in the products-one has two smooth sides, and the other has one smooth side and one saw-teeth-like side, namely nanosaws. Mechanisms for the longitudinal direction growth of the nanobelts/nanosaws and the side saw-teeth direction growth of the nanosaws are discussed.

  6. Controllable synthesis of ultrathin vanadium oxide nanobelts via an EDTA-mediated hydrothermal process

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    Yu-Xiang, Qin; Cheng, Liu; Wei-Wei, Xie; Meng-Yang, Cui

    2016-02-01

    Ultrathin VO2 nanobelts with rough alignment features are prepared on the induction layer-coated substrates by an ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-mediated hydrothermal process. EDTA acts as a chelating reagent and capping agent to facilitate the one-dimensional (1D) preferential growth of ultrathin VO2 nanobelts with high crystallinities and good uniformities. The annealed induction layer and concentration of EDTA are found to play crucial roles in the formation of aligned and ultrathin nanobelts. Variation in EDTA concentration can change the VO2 morphology of ultrathin nanobelts into that of thick nanoplates. Mild annealing of ultrathin VO2 nanobelts at 350 °C in air results in the formation of V2O5 nanobelts with a nearly unchanged ultrathin structure. The nucleation and growth mechanism involved in the formations of nanobelts and nanoplates are proposed. The ethanol gas sensing properties of the V2O5 nanobelt networks-based sensor are investigated in a temperature range from 100 °C to 300 °C over ethanol concentrations ranging from 3 ppm to 500 ppm. The results indicate that the V2O5 nanobelt network sensor exhibits high sensitivity, good reversibility, and fast response-recovery characteristics with an optimal working temperature of 250 °C. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61274074, 61271070, and 61574100).

  7. Noble metal nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanobelts for enhanced photocatalysis

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    He, Haiyan; Yang, Ping; Jia, Changchao; Miao, Yanping; Zhao, Jie; Du, Yingying

    2014-07-01

    TiO2 nanobelts have been fabricated through a hydrothermal method and subsequently sulfuric-acid-corrosion-treated for a rough surface. Noble metal nanoparticles such as Ag and Au were deposited on the coarse surface of TiO2 nanobelts via a coprecipitation procedure. Ag-TiO2 nanobelts were prepared in ethanolic solution contained silver nitrate (AgNO3) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Au-TiO2 nanobelts were obtained in chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as the reductant. It is confirmed by the results of XRD patterns together with the SEM images that the composite of noble metal and TiO2 nanobelts were obtained successfully and the Ag or Au nanoparticles were well-dispersed on the TiO2 nanobelts. Moreover, the as-prepared Ag and Au nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanobelts represent an enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with pure TiO2 nanobelts, which is due to the fact that the Ag and Au nanoparticles on the surface of TiO2 nanobelts act as sinks for the photogenerated electrons and promote the separation of the electrons and holes.

  8. Y-shaped ZnO Nanobelts Driven from Twinned Dislocations

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    Shi, Yuan; Bao, Shuhan; Shi, Run; Huang, Chengzi; Amini, Abbas; Wu, Zefei; Zhang, Linfei; Wang, Ning; Cheng, Chun

    2016-03-01

    Y-shaped ZnO nanobelts are fabricated by a simple thermal evaporation method. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) investigation shows that these ZnO nanobelts are crystals with twinned planes {11–21}. Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction studies show that the two sides of twinned nanobelts are O-terminated towards the twinned boundary and Zn-terminated outwards. The two branches of twinned ZnO nanobelts grow along [11–26] from the trunk and then turn to the polarization direction [0001]. The featured Y-shape morphology and TEM characterizations indicate that the growth of these novel nanostructures is driven by an unusual twinned dislocation growth mechanism.

  9. Temperature effect on electrospinning of nanobelts: the case of hafnium oxide

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    Su, Yurong; Lu, Bingan; Xie, Yizhu; Ma, Ziwei; Liu, Lixin; Zhao, Haiting; Zhang, Jia; Duan, Huigao; Zhang, Hongliang; Li, Jian; Xiong, Yuqing; Xie, Erqing

    2011-07-01

    Electrospinning is a convenient and versatile method for fabricating different kinds of one-dimensional nanostructures such as nanofibres, nanotubes and nanobelts. Environmental parameters have a great influence on the electrospinning nanostructure. Here we report a new method to fabricate hafnium oxide (HfO2) nanobelts. HfO2 nanobelts were prepared by electrospinning a sol-gel solution with the implementation of heating and subsequent calcination treatment. We investigate the temperature dependence of the products by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy. The heating temperature of spinning ambient is found to be crucial to the formation of HfO2 nanobelts. By tuning the temperature, the morphological transformation of HfO2 from nanowires to nanobelts was achieved. It was found that the rapid evaporation of solvent played an important role in the formation process of HfO2 nanobelts. It is shown that nanobelts can only be obtained with the temperature higher than 50 °C and they are in the high quality monoclinic phase. A possible growth mechanism of the nanobelts based on phase separation is proposed. The enhanced photoluminescence (PL) of HfO2:Eu3 + nanobelts is also illustrated.

  10. An exceptional bimorph effect and a low quality factor from carbon nanotube-polymer composites.

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    Hsu, Wen-Kuang; Chu, Huai-Yuan; Chen, Ting-Hsien; Cheng, Tung-Wen; Fang, Weileun

    2008-04-02

    Microcantilever actuators made from carbon nanotube polymer are driven at very low pull-in voltages and the thermal bimorph effect reaches 325 microm at 26-110 degrees C, much greater than the values for existing devices.

  11. Characterization of polymer films for use in bimorph chemical sensors

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    Chatzandroulis, S.; Goustouridis, D.; Raptis, I.

    2005-01-01

    In the present work white light interferometry is applied for the characterization of polymer films commonly used in bimorph chemical sensors. The study focuses on methacrylate polymers with positive tone patterning capabilities. The behavior upon exposure to controlled concentrations volatile organic compound and water vapors of thin poly (hydroxy ethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) and poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) layers was evaluated. The normalized film expansion for PHEMA, compared to PMMA, is higher in the case of water and methanol vapors, almost equal for ethanol and significantly lower in the case of acetone. This behavior could be attributed to the combination of polarity and hydrogen bonding capability of the analytes. A wide polymer film thickness range was examined and it was revealed that the normalized film expansion in both PHEMA and PMMA is nearly constant for films thicker than 100 nm and increases for thinner films.

  12. Degradation of bimorph piezoelectric bending beams in energy harvesting applications

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    Pillatsch, P.; Xiao, B. L.; Shashoua, N.; Gramling, H. M.; Yeatman, E. M.; Wright, P. K.

    2017-03-01

    Piezoelectric energy harvesting is an attractive alternative to battery powering for wireless sensor networks. However, in order for it to be a viable long term solution the fatigue life needs to be assessed. Many vibration harvesting devices employ bimorph piezoelectric bending beams as transduction elements to convert mechanical to electrical energy. This paper introduces two degradation studies performed under symmetrical and asymmetrical sinusoidal loading. It is shown that besides a loss in output power, the most dramatic effect of degradation is a shift in resonance frequency which is highly detrimental to resonant harvester designs. In addition, micro-cracking was shown to occur predominantly in piezoelectric layers under tensile stress. This opens the opportunity for increased life time through compressive operation or pre-loading of piezoceramic layers.

  13. Cantilevered bimorph-based scanner for high speed atomic force microscopy with large scanning range.

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    Zhou, Yusheng; Shang, Guangyi; Cai, Wei; Yao, Jun-en

    2010-05-01

    A cantilevered bimorph-based resonance-mode scanner for high speed atomic force microscope (AFM) imaging is presented. The free end of the bimorph is used for mounting a sample stage and the other one of that is fixed on the top of a conventional single tube scanner. High speed scanning is realized with the bimorph-based scanner vibrating at resonant frequency driven by a sine wave voltage applied to one piezolayer of the bimorph, while slow scanning is performed by the tube scanner. The other piezolayer provides information on vibration amplitude and phase of the bimorph itself simultaneously, which is used for real-time data processing and image calibration. By adjusting the free length of the bimorph, the line scan rate can be preset ranging from several hundred hertz to several kilohertz, which would be beneficial for the observation of samples with different properties. Combined with a home-made AFM system and a commercially available data acquisition card, AFM images of various samples have been obtained, and as an example, images of the silicon grating taken at a line rate of 1.5 kHz with the scan size of 20 microm are given. By manually moving the sample of polished Al foil surface while scanning, the capability of dynamic imaging is demonstrated.

  14. Taming excitons in II-VI semiconductor nanowires and nanobelts

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    Xu, Xinlong; Zhang, Qing; Zhang, Jun; Zhou, Yixuan; Xiong, Qihua

    2014-10-01

    Excitons are one of the most important fundamental quasi-particles, and are involved in a variety of processes forming the basis of a wide range of opto-electronic and photonic devices based on II-VI semiconductor nanowires and nanobelts, such as light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells, photodetectors and nanolasers. A clear understanding of their properties and unveiling the potential engineering for excitons is of particular importance for the design and optimization of nanoscale opto-electronic and photonic devices. Herein, we present a comprehensive review on discussing the fundamental behaviours of the excitons in one-dimensional (1D) II-VI semiconductor nanomaterials (nanowires and nanobelts). We will start with a focus on the unique properties (origin, generation, etc) and dynamics of excitons and exciton complexes in the II-VI semiconductor nanowires and nanobelts. Then we move to the recent progress on the excitonic response in 1D nanomaterials and focus on the tailoring and engineering of excitonic properties through rational controlling of the physical parameters and conditions, intrinsically and extrinsically. These include (1) exciton-exciton interaction, which is important for 1D nanomaterial nanolasing; (2) exciton-phonon interaction, which has interesting applications for laser cooling; and (3) exciton-plasmon interaction, which is the cornerstone towards the realization of plasmonic lasers. The potential of electric field, morphology and size control for excitonic properties is also discussed. Unveiling and controlling excitonic properties in II-VI semiconductor nanowires and nanobelts would promote the development of 1D nanoscience and nanotechnology.

  15. Controllable fabrication and electromechanical characterization of single crystalline Sb-doped ZnO nanobelts

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    Yang, Ya; Qi, Junjie; Zhang, Yue; Liao, Qingliang; Tang, Lidan; Qin, Zi

    2008-05-01

    We report the fabrication of the high-quality Sb-doped ZnO nanobelts by using a simple chemical vapor deposition method. The nanobelts consist of single-crystalline wurtzite ZnO crystal and grow along [011¯2] direction. An electromechanical system is constructed to explore the transverse electrical properties of a single nanobelt under the different applied loading forces. The I-V results indicate that a little barrier exists in between the nanobelt and the atomic force microscopy tip. An almost linear relationship between the force and the resistance was found at small deformation regions, which demonstrates that the nanobelts have potential applications as force/pressure sensor for measuring the nano-Newton forces.

  16. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of porous TiO2 nanobelts with phase junctions

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    Pang, Lai-xue; Wang, Xiao-ying; Tang, Xin-de

    2015-01-01

    Porous TiO2 nanobelts with rutile/anatase phase junctions are successfully prepared through a hydrothermal route and ion exchange process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were conducted to characterize the products. The photocatalytic performance of the porous nanobelts was evaluated by measuring the degradation of methyl blue under UV light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity of the porous nanobelts is much superior to that of P-25 and pristine non-porous nanobelts. The excellent photocatalytic of porous nanobelts can be attributed to pores which enhanced ability in UV-light harvesting. What's more, the existence of rutile/anatase phase junction is favorable for the formation and separation of the hole-electron pair, resulting in a reduced electron-hole recombination.

  17. Sb2O3 nanobelt networks for excellent visible-light-range photodetectors

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    Li, L.; Zhang, Y. X.; Fang, X. S.; Zhai, T. Y.; Liao, M. Y.; Wang, H. Q.; Li, G. H.; Koide, Y.; Bando, Y.; Golberg, D.

    2011-04-01

    Excellent photoconductive properties have been found in Sb2O3 nanobelts synthesized by a surfactant-assisted solvothermal method. Visible-light photodetectors have been designed from Sb2O3 nanobelt networks using micrometer-wide gold wires as masks. Photodetectors show high sensitivity to visible light, high stability, and reproducibility. Fast response and decay times (<0.3 s) are comparable or even better than these parameters in many other metal oxide nanoscale photodetectors. The dominant mechanism of excellent photoconductivity is attributed to the barrier height modulations in the nanobelt-to-nanobelt contact regions. These results demonstrate that Sb2O3 nanobelt networks can indeed serve as high-performance photodetectors in the visible light range.

  18. Highly-stable silver nanobelts joined via diffusion-free attachment.

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    Rivers, Geoff; Marzbanrad, Ehsan; Hook, Michael David; Lee-Sullivan, Pearl; Zhou, Y Norman; Zhao, Boxin

    2016-07-22

    Silver nanobelts are demonstrated here to undergo inter-particle joining at relatively low temperatures of less than 180 °C. For surface-coated networks of nanobelts this joining reduced the network sheet resistance by 95%. The joining mechanism appears to be non-diffusional oriented attachment, caused by the thermal reactivation of the halted oriented attachment mechanism that occurred originally at room temperature during the rapid nanobelt synthesis. This self-assembly mechanism was explored by in situ electrical and calorimetric experiments, and supported by electron microscopy. Unlike pentagonal silver nanowires, silver nanobelts do not rely on diffusional instability to achieve workably low joining temperatures. The oriented attachment displayed by nanobelts represents a new approach to achieving valuable reductions in network resistance, disentangled from the instability and diffusion-driven failure by nanoparticle degradation displayed by competing silver nanoparticles.

  19. Catalyst-assisted vapor-liquid-solid growth of single-crystal Ga2O3 nanobelts.

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    Zhang, Jun; Jiang, Feihong; Yang, Yongdong; Li, Jianping

    2005-07-14

    Mass production of quasi-one-dimensional gallium oxide nanobelts is accomplished through graphite-thermal reduction of a mixture of gallium oxide powders and SnO2 nanopowders under controlled experimental conditions. Sn nanoparticles are located at or close to the tips of the nanobelts and served as the catalyst for the nanobelt growth by a vapor-liquid-solid mechanism. The morphology and microstructure of the nanobelts were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Ga2O3 nanobelts grow along the [104] direction, the widths ranged from several tens to several hundreds of nanometers, and the lengths ranged from several tens to several hundreds of micrometers. The growth of Ga2O3 nanobelts is initiated by Sn nanoparticles via a catalyst-assisted vapor-liquid-solid process, which makes it possible to control the sizes of Ga2O3 nanobelts.

  20. Characterization of a next-generation piezo bimorph X-ray mirror for synchrotron beamlines

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    Alcock, Simon G.; Nistea, Ioana; Sutter, John P.; Sawhney, Kawal; Fermé, Jean-Jacques; Thellièr, Christophe; Peverini, Luca

    2015-01-01

    Piezo bimorph mirrors are versatile active optics used on many synchrotron beamlines. However, many bimorphs suffer from the ‘junction effect’: a periodic deformation of the optical surface which causes major aberrations to the reflected X-ray beam. This effect is linked to the construction of such mirrors, where piezo ceramics are glued directly below the thin optical substrate. In order to address this problem, a next-generation bimorph with piezos bonded to the side faces of a monolithic substrate was developed at Thales-SESO and optimized at Diamond Light Source. Using metrology feedback from the Diamond-NOM, the optical slope error was reduced to ∼0.5 µrad r.m.s. for a range of ellipses. To maximize usability, a novel holder was built to accommodate the substrate in any orientation. When replacing a first-generation bimorph on a synchrotron beamline, the new mirror significantly improved the size and shape of the reflected X-ray beam. Most importantly, there was no evidence of the junction effect even after eight months of continuous beamline usage. It is hoped that this new design will reinvigorate the use of active bimorph optics at synchrotron and free-electron laser facilities to manipulate and correct X-ray wavefronts. PMID:25537582

  1. Piezoelectric Bimorphs' Characteristics as In-Socket Sensors for Transfemoral Amputees

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    El-Sayed, Amr M.; Hamzaid, Nur Azah; Osman, Noor Azuan Abu

    2014-01-01

    Alternative sensory systems for the development of prosthetic knees are being increasingly highlighted nowadays, due to the rapid advancements in the field of lower limb prosthetics. This study presents the use of piezoelectric bimorphs as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. An Instron machine was used in the calibration procedure and the corresponding output data were further analyzed to determine the static and dynamic characteristics of the piezoelectric bimorph. The piezoelectric bimorph showed appropriate static operating range, repeatability, hysteresis, and frequency response for application in lower prosthesis, with a force range of 0–100 N. To further validate this finding, an experiment was conducted with a single transfemoral amputee subject to measure the stump/socket pressure using the piezoelectric bimorph embedded inside the socket. The results showed that a maximum interface pressure of about 27 kPa occurred at the anterior proximal site compared to the anterior distal and posterior sites, consistent with values published in other studies. This paper highlighted the capacity of piezoelectric bimorphs to perform as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. However, further experiments are recommended to be conducted with different amputees with different socket types. PMID:25513823

  2. Piezoelectric bimorphs' characteristics as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees.

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    El-Sayed, Amr M; Hamzaid, Nur Azah; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2014-12-10

    Alternative sensory systems for the development of prosthetic knees are being increasingly highlighted nowadays, due to the rapid advancements in the field of lower limb prosthetics. This study presents the use of piezoelectric bimorphs as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. An Instron machine was used in the calibration procedure and the corresponding output data were further analyzed to determine the static and dynamic characteristics of the piezoelectric bimorph. The piezoelectric bimorph showed appropriate static operating range, repeatability, hysteresis, and frequency response for application in lower prosthesis, with a force range of 0-100 N. To further validate this finding, an experiment was conducted with a single transfemoral amputee subject to measure the stump/socket pressure using the piezoelectric bimorph embedded inside the socket. The results showed that a maximum interface pressure of about 27 kPa occurred at the anterior proximal site compared to the anterior distal and posterior sites, consistent with values published in other studies. This paper highlighted the capacity of piezoelectric bimorphs to perform as in-socket sensors for transfemoral amputees. However, further experiments are recommended to be conducted with different amputees with different socket types.

  3. Resonant frequency of a polyvinylidene flouride piezoelectric bimorph: the effect of surrounding fluid

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    Abedian, Behrouz; Cundari, Michael

    1993-07-01

    This work presents experimental and theoretical results on the dynamic behavior of piezoelectric cantilever bimorph in the presence of surrounding air. The bimorph is composed of a pair of piezoelectric sheets bonded by a uniform elastic layer of adhesive in the center. The transverse motion of the bimorph is generated by a sequential application of two opposing electric fields on the piezoelectric sheets. Theoretically, the tip deflection and the natural frequency of the bimorph are obtained making use of an energy balance technique. The fluid in modeled as inviscid and incompressible whose motion induces locally additional mass in the transverse direction. An expression for the kinetic energy of the system is derived based on this additional mass from which the natural frequency of the combined system is obtained. Tests were performed on the piezoelectric bimorphs with similar geometries and varying adhesive thickness in a vacuum chamber. The air pressure in the chamber was varied from 10 kPa to one atmosphere. Good agreements between the theoretical predictions and the observed values were obtained. This study could have applications in the use of piezoelectric materials for fluid property measurements.

  4. Symmetry Breaking by Surface Blocking: Synthesis of Bimorphic Silver Nanoparticles, Nanoscale Fishes and Apples.

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    Cathcart, Nicole; Kitaev, Vladimir

    2016-09-08

    A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed by using an adsorbing polymer, poly(acrylic acid), PAA, to block the surface of a decahedral AgNP seed and restricting growth of new silver to a single nucleation point. First, we have realized 2-D growth of platelets attached to decahedra producing nanoscale shapes reminiscent of apples, fishes, mushrooms and kites. 1-D bimorphic growth of rods (with chloride) and 3-D bimorphic growth of cubes and bipyramids (with bromide) were achieved by using halides to induce preferential (100) stabilization over (111) of platelets. Furthermore, the universality of the formation of bimorphic nanoparticles was demonstrated by using different seeds. Bi-AgNPs exhibit strong SERS enhancement due to regular cavities at the necks. Overall, the reported approach to symmetry breaking and bimorphic nanoparticle growth offers a powerful methodology for nanoscale shape design.

  5. Symmetry Breaking by Surface Blocking: Synthesis of Bimorphic Silver Nanoparticles, Nanoscale Fishes and Apples

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    Cathcart, Nicole; Kitaev, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed by using an adsorbing polymer, poly(acrylic acid), PAA, to block the surface of a decahedral AgNP seed and restricting growth of new silver to a single nucleation point. First, we have realized 2-D growth of platelets attached to decahedra producing nanoscale shapes reminiscent of apples, fishes, mushrooms and kites. 1-D bimorphic growth of rods (with chloride) and 3-D bimorphic growth of cubes and bipyramids (with bromide) were achieved by using halides to induce preferential (100) stabilization over (111) of platelets. Furthermore, the universality of the formation of bimorphic nanoparticles was demonstrated by using different seeds. Bi-AgNPs exhibit strong SERS enhancement due to regular cavities at the necks. Overall, the reported approach to symmetry breaking and bimorphic nanoparticle growth offers a powerful methodology for nanoscale shape design. PMID:27605125

  6. Characterization of a next-generation piezo bimorph X-ray mirror for synchrotron beamlines.

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    Alcock, Simon G; Nistea, Ioana; Sutter, John P; Sawhney, Kawal; Fermé, Jean Jacques; Thellièr, Christophe; Peverini, Luca

    2015-01-01

    Piezo bimorph mirrors are versatile active optics used on many synchrotron beamlines. However, many bimorphs suffer from the `junction effect': a periodic deformation of the optical surface which causes major aberrations to the reflected X-ray beam. This effect is linked to the construction of such mirrors, where piezo ceramics are glued directly below the thin optical substrate. In order to address this problem, a next-generation bimorph with piezos bonded to the side faces of a monolithic substrate was developed at Thales-SESO and optimized at Diamond Light Source. Using metrology feedback from the Diamond-NOM, the optical slope error was reduced to ∼ 0.5 µrad r.m.s. for a range of ellipses. To maximize usability, a novel holder was built to accommodate the substrate in any orientation. When replacing a first-generation bimorph on a synchrotron beamline, the new mirror significantly improved the size and shape of the reflected X-ray beam. Most importantly, there was no evidence of the junction effect even after eight months of continuous beamline usage. It is hoped that this new design will reinvigorate the use of active bimorph optics at synchrotron and free-electron laser facilities to manipulate and correct X-ray wavefronts.

  7. Symmetry Breaking by Surface Blocking: Synthesis of Bimorphic Silver Nanoparticles, Nanoscale Fishes and Apples

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    Cathcart, Nicole; Kitaev, Vladimir

    2016-09-01

    A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed by using an adsorbing polymer, poly(acrylic acid), PAA, to block the surface of a decahedral AgNP seed and restricting growth of new silver to a single nucleation point. First, we have realized 2-D growth of platelets attached to decahedra producing nanoscale shapes reminiscent of apples, fishes, mushrooms and kites. 1-D bimorphic growth of rods (with chloride) and 3-D bimorphic growth of cubes and bipyramids (with bromide) were achieved by using halides to induce preferential (100) stabilization over (111) of platelets. Furthermore, the universality of the formation of bimorphic nanoparticles was demonstrated by using different seeds. Bi-AgNPs exhibit strong SERS enhancement due to regular cavities at the necks. Overall, the reported approach to symmetry breaking and bimorphic nanoparticle growth offers a powerful methodology for nanoscale shape design.

  8. The Development and Optimisation of High Bandwidth Bimorph Deformable Mirrors

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    Rowe, D.; Laycock, L.; Griffith, M.; Archer, N.

    Our first mirror designs were based on a standard bimorph construction and exhibited a resonant frequency of 1 kHz with a maximum stroke of ±5 μm. These devices were limited by the requirement to have a "dead space" between the inner active area and the mirror boundary. This was necessary to ensure that the requirements for both the stroke and the static boundary conditions at the edge of the mirror could be met simultaneously, but there was a significant penalty to pay in terms of bandwidth, which is inversely proportional to the square of the full mirror diameter. In a series of design iteration steps, we have created mounting arrangements that seek not only to reduce dead space, but also to improve ruggedness and temperature stability through the use of a repeatable and reliable assembly procedure. As a result, the most recently modeled mirrors display a resonance in excess of 5 kHz, combined with a maximum stroke in excess of ±10 μm. This has been achieved by virtually eliminating the "dead space" around the mirror. By careful thermal matching of the mirror and piezoelectric substrates, operation over a wide temperature range is possible. This paper will discuss the outcomes from the design study and present our initial experimental results for the most recently assembled mirror.

  9. R&D program on bimorph mirrors at the ESRF

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    Susini, Jean; Labergerie, Danielle R.; Hignette, Olivier

    1996-11-01

    The very low emittance of new synchrotron sources and the increasing number of micro-focusing applications make the production of highly stable and well defined beams increasingly necessary. The use of flexible mirrors whose curvature can be changed while maintaining a correct figure appeared to be a very attractive solution. For over two years, the ESRF has been developing a new approach which consists of making an X-ray mirror from an active material such as piezoelectric ceramics. With respect to conventional bender this concept, already used in astronomical and laser applications, has the advantages to be mechanics free, very compact and relatively cost effective. This paper presents the status of the ESRF's developments in this field. First, theoretical and technical descriptions of the system are given. Experimental tests of various configurations confirmed the potential of this concept. For example, two 150 mm long bimorph mirrors set into a Kirkpatrick-Baez geometry gave a focused spot of 10 micrometers (vertical) X 20 micrometers (horizontal). Finally, the developments of in-situ control systems (strain gauges, optical devices), necessary to fully exploit the capabilities of these active optics, are discussed.

  10. Optical MEMS-based bimorph for thermal sensing

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    Rinaldi, Gino; Packirisamy, Muthukumaran; Stiharu, Ion G.

    2004-12-01

    Micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) offer many advantages for sensing a variety of physical parameters such as accceleration, pressure and temperature. Their small size allows them to operate in close proximity where conventional sensors cannot be introduced especially for thermal measurements. Temperature measurement and control is of fundamental importance to the optimal operating conditions of materials and machinery such as gas turbine engines, space exploration, etc. The temperature characterization will allow proper diagnosis of operating conditions and hence the optimization of controls and environment in order to augment performance and useful lifetime. MEMS based thermal measurements will be very useful as they are sensitive to small fluctuations in the operating conditions. Here, this paper proposes a novel MEMS based bimorph optical device as a thermal sensor. The paper includes the theoretical and experimental analysis on the thermal behavior of optical MEMS devices under different geometrical and parametric conditions. The paper also presents the static and dynamic behavior of optical MEMS based devices under different thermal environments. The results obtained verify the validity of the proposed designs for thermal sensing.

  11. Mg-doping experiment and electrical transport measurement of boron nanobelts

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    Kirihara, K. . E-mail: kz-kirihara@aist.go.jp; Hyodo, H.; Fujihisa, H.; Wang, Z.; Kawaguchi, K.; Shimizu, Y.; Sasaki, T.; Koshizaki, N.; Soga, K.; Kimura, K.

    2006-09-15

    We measured electrical conductance of single crystalline boron nanobelts having {alpha}-tetragonal crystalline structure. The doping experiment of Mg was carried out by vapor diffusion method. The pure boron nanobelt is a p-type semiconductor and its electrical conductivity was estimated to be on the order of 10{sup -3} ({omega} cm){sup -1} at room temperature. The carrier mobility of pure boron nanobelt was measured to be on the order of 10{sup -3} (cm{sup 2} Vs{sup -1}) at room temperature and has an activation energy of {approx}0.19 eV. The Mg-doped boron nanobelts have the same {alpha}-tetragonal crystalline structure as the pristine nanobelts. After Mg vapor diffusion, the nanobelts were still semiconductor, while the electrical conductance increased by a factor of 100-500. Transition to metal or superconductor by doping was not observed. - Graphical abstract: SEM micrographs of boron nanobelt after Ni/Au electrode fabrication by electron beam lithography. Display Omitted.

  12. Flexible Heteroepitaxy of CoFe 2 O 4 /Muscovite Bimorph with Large Magnetostriction

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    Liu, Heng-Jui; Wang, Chih-Kuo; Su, Dong; ...

    2017-02-03

    Van der Waals epitaxy was used to fabricate a bimorph composed of ferrimagnetic cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4, CFO) and flexible muscovite. The combination of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy was conducted to reveal the heteroepitaxy of the CFO/muscovite system. The robust magnetic behaviors against mechanical bending were characterized by hysteresis measurements and magnetic force microscopy, which maintain a saturation magnetization (Ms) of ~120–150 emu/cm3 under different bending states. The large magnetostrictive response of the CFO film was then determined by digital holographic microscopy, where the difference of magnetostrction coefficient (Δλ) is -104 ppm. We attribute the superior performance of thismore » bimorph to the nature of weak interaction between film and substrate. Such a flexible CFO/muscovite bimorph provides a new platform to develop next-generation flexible magnetic devices.« less

  13. Parameter identification of piezoelectric bimorphs for dynamic applications considering strain and velocity dependent effects

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    Richter, Björn; Twiefel, Jens

    2009-03-01

    Piezoelectric bimorph elements are commonly used in a wide area of applications, among them various actuator applications in textile machines, applications in sensing like medical tissue identification, or the use in energy harvesting systems. Especially the last field may create a mass market for piezoelectric elements. Due to their easy use and low resonance frequency, bimorphs seem to fit energy harvesting demands quite well. To get the best possible power output, the element has to be designed as good as possible to fit the environmental excitation characteristics as excitation frequency and amplitude. Due to the need of a good understanding of the resulting system, a model based approach is desirable for the design of the used bimorphs. This is the case not only in Energy Harvesting systems but in most of the mentioned applications.

  14. Flexible Heteroepitaxy of CoFe2O4/Muscovite Bimorph with Large Magnetostriction.

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    Liu, Heng-Jui; Wang, Chih-Kuo; Su, Dong; Amrillah, Tahta; Hsieh, Ying-Hui; Wu, Kun-Hong; Chen, Yi-Chun; Juang, Jenh-Yih; Eng, Lukas M; Jen, Shien-Uang; Chu, Ying-Hao

    2017-03-01

    A bimorph composed of ferrimagnetic cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4, CFO) and flexible muscovite was fabricated via van der Waals epitaxy. The combination of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy was conducted to reveal the heteroepitaxy of the CFO/muscovite system. The robust magnetic behaviors against mechanical bending were characterized by hysteresis measurements and magnetic force microscopy, which maintain a saturation magnetization (Ms) of ∼120-150 emu/cm(3) under different bending states. The large magnetostrictive response of the CFO film was then determined by digital holographic microscopy, where the difference of magnetostrction coefficient (Δλ) is -104 ppm. The superior performance of this bimorph is attributed to the nature of weak interaction between film and substrate. Such a flexible CFO/muscovite bimorph provides a new platform to develop next-generation flexible magnetic devices.

  15. Flexible piezoresistive strain sensor based on single Sb-doped ZnO nanobelts

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    Yang, Ya; Guo, Wen; Qi, Junjie; Zhang, Yue

    2010-11-01

    Using a two-end bonded Sb-doped ZnO nanobelt on a flexible polystyrene substrate, the decrease of the resistance with increasing compressed strains in the nanobelt has been observed, which is suggested to be attributed to the piezoresistance effect. The longitudinal piezoresistance coefficient of the Sb-doped ZnO nanobelt is about 350. On the basis of this finding, we made a flexible piezoresistive strain sensor in a signature pen, which can be used to detect the corresponding compressed strains when the characters are recorded.

  16. Surface depletion induced quantum confinement in CdS nanobelts.

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    Li, Dehui; Zhang, Jun; Xiong, Qihua

    2012-06-26

    We investigate the surface depletion induced quantum confinement in CdS nanobelts beyond the quantum confinement regime, where the thickness is much larger than the bulk exciton Bohr radius. From room temperature to 77 K, the emission energy of free exciton A scales linearly versus 1/L(2) when the thickness L is less than 100 nm, while a deviation occurs for those belts thicker than 100 nm due to the reabsorption effect. The 1/L(2) dependence can be explained by the surface depletion induced quantum confinement, which modifies the confinement potential leading to a quasi-square potential well smaller than the geometric thickness of nanobelts, giving rise to the confinement effect to exciton emission beyond the quantum confinement regime. The surface depletion is sensitive to carrier concentration and surface states. As the temperature decreases, the decrease of the electrostatic potential drop in the surface depletion region leads to a weaker confinement due to the decrease of carrier concentration. With a layer of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) passivation, PL spectra exhibit pronounced red shifts due to the decrease of the surface states at room temperature. No shift is found at 10 K both with or without PMMA passivation, suggesting a much weaker depletion field due to the freezing-out of donors.

  17. Hierarchical nanosheet-based MoS2/graphene nanobelts with high electrochemical energy storage performance

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    Jia, Yulong; Wan, Hongqi; Chen, Lei; Zhou, Huidi; Chen, Jianmin

    2017-06-01

    Novel hierarchical MoS2/graphene (MoS2/G) nanobelts were synthesized through a facile hydrothermal reaction. In this work, the MoO3 nanobelts and graphene nanosheets played the important roles in the preparation of the nanosheet-built nanobelt architecture. Ascribed to the ordered porous hierarchical nanobelt structure and introduction of graphene, the hybrid electrode exhibits much higher electrochemical capacity than pure MoS2 particles. Moreover, the unique ordered hierarchical architecture could greatly relieve the volume change and stack during the electrochemical process, resulting in the excellent cycling stability. Specifically, the hybrid electrode possesses a capacitance of 445.71 F g-1 at 0.8 A g-1 with a high capacity retention of 96.75% at 2 A g-1 after 1000 cycles.

  18. Growth and low-temperature photoluminescence properties of hybrid ZnO-SnO2 nanobelts

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    Sinha, S. K.; Rakshit, T.; Ray, S. K.; Bysakh, S.; Manna, I.

    2012-09-01

    Hybrid ZnO-SnO2 nanobelts were synthesized through a simple thermal evaporation technique without using any catalyst. Detailed microstructural investigation showed that the nanobelts possessed doped/alloyed wurtzite (ZnO) and rutile (SnO2) structures. The diameter and length of the nanobelts were in the ranges 100-200 and 20-40 µm, respectively. Low-temperature photoluminescence properties of the hybrid ZnO-SnO2 nanostructured aggregate revealed a red shift of near-band-edge emission peaks of ZnO with increasing temperature. The method of synthesis offers a convenient and effective technique of producing hybrid ZnO-SnO2 nanobelts for gas sensing in the large quantity.

  19. Tunable growth of silver nanobelts on monolithic activated carbon with size-dependent plasmonic response

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    Zhao, Hong; Ning, Yuesheng; Zhao, Binyuan; Yin, Fujun; Du, Cuiling; Wang, Fei; Lai, Yijian; Zheng, Junwei; Li, Shuan; Chen, Li

    2015-09-01

    Silver is one of the most important materials in plasmonics. Tuning the size of various silver nanostructures has been actively pursued in the last decade. However, silver nanobelt, a typical one-dimensional silver nanostructure, has not been systematically studied as to tuning its size for controllable plasmonic response. Here we show that silver nanobelts, with mean width ranging from 45 to 105 nm and thickness at ca. 13 nm, can grow abundantly on monolithic activated carbon (MAC) through a galvanic-cell reaction mechanism. The widths of silver nanobelts are positively correlated to the growth temperatures. The width/thickness ratio of the silver nanobelts can be adjusted so that their transversal plasmonic absorption peaks can nearly span the whole visible light band, which endows them with different colours. This work demonstrates the great versatility of a simple, green and conceptually novel approach in controlled synthesis of noble metal nanostructures.

  20. Tunable growth of silver nanobelts on monolithic activated carbon with size-dependent plasmonic response.

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    Zhao, Hong; Ning, Yuesheng; Zhao, Binyuan; Yin, Fujun; Du, Cuiling; Wang, Fei; Lai, Yijian; Zheng, Junwei; Li, Shuan; Chen, Li

    2015-09-04

    Silver is one of the most important materials in plasmonics. Tuning the size of various silver nanostructures has been actively pursued in the last decade. However, silver nanobelt, a typical one-dimensional silver nanostructure, has not been systematically studied as to tuning its size for controllable plasmonic response. Here we show that silver nanobelts, with mean width ranging from 45 to 105 nm and thickness at ca. 13 nm, can grow abundantly on monolithic activated carbon (MAC) through a galvanic-cell reaction mechanism. The widths of silver nanobelts are positively correlated to the growth temperatures. The width/thickness ratio of the silver nanobelts can be adjusted so that their transversal plasmonic absorption peaks can nearly span the whole visible light band, which endows them with different colours. This work demonstrates the great versatility of a simple, green and conceptually novel approach in controlled synthesis of noble metal nanostructures.

  1. Tunable growth of silver nanobelts on monolithic activated carbon with size-dependent plasmonic response

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    Zhao, Hong; Ning, Yuesheng; Zhao, Binyuan; Yin, Fujun; Du, Cuiling; Wang, Fei; Lai, Yijian; Zheng, Junwei; Li, Shuan; Chen, Li

    2015-01-01

    Silver is one of the most important materials in plasmonics. Tuning the size of various silver nanostructures has been actively pursued in the last decade. However, silver nanobelt, a typical one-dimensional silver nanostructure, has not been systematically studied as to tuning its size for controllable plasmonic response. Here we show that silver nanobelts, with mean width ranging from 45 to 105 nm and thickness at ca. 13 nm, can grow abundantly on monolithic activated carbon (MAC) through a galvanic-cell reaction mechanism. The widths of silver nanobelts are positively correlated to the growth temperatures. The width/thickness ratio of the silver nanobelts can be adjusted so that their transversal plasmonic absorption peaks can nearly span the whole visible light band, which endows them with different colours. This work demonstrates the great versatility of a simple, green and conceptually novel approach in controlled synthesis of noble metal nanostructures. PMID:26337008

  2. Investigation of photoelectrical properties of α-Si3N4 nanobelts with surface modifications using first-principles calculations.

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    Xiong, Li; Dai, Jianhong; Song, Yan; Wen, Guangwu; Qin, Chunlin

    2016-06-21

    The structural stability, electronic and optical properties of α-Si3N4 nanobelts orientating along the different directions with surface H, F and Cl modifications are investigated using first-principles methods. The stabilities of α-Si3N4 nanobelts are greatly affected by the surface modifications and increased in the order of H, Cl and F. All the modified α-Si3N4 nanobelts exhibit semiconductor characteristics. The effective masses of nanobelts are mainly affected by their orientations as well as surface modifications. The band gaps of α-Si3N4 nanobelts are found to be modulated by surface modifications. The Cl-modified nanobelts result in a smaller band gap than that of H- or F-modified ones. The electronic properties of α-Si3N4 nanobelts have significantly affected their optical properties. The linear light response ranges are mainly located in the ultraviolet region, where the absorption and refraction of light mainly occur, while the reflection is very weak. As the halogen coverage increases to 100%, the absorption edges of α-Si3N4 nanobelts have an obvious red-shift and new dielectric peaks appear. The Cl-modified nanobelts possess higher ε2(ω) peaks, lower absorption edges and better photoelectric characteristics than those of H- or F-modified nanobelts. The static optical parameters ε(0) and n(0) of 100% Cl-modified α-Si3N4 nanobelts are significantly larger than those of other nanobelts, indicating special applications in certain optical components.

  3. Hexagonal NiS nanobelts as advanced cathode materials for rechargeable Al-ion batteries.

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    Yu, Zhijing; Kang, Zepeng; Hu, Zongqian; Lu, Jianhong; Zhou, Zhigang; Jiao, Shuqiang

    2016-08-16

    Hexagonal NiS nanobelts served as novel cathode materials for rechargeable Al-ion batteries based on an AlCl3/[EMIm]Cl ionic liquid electrolyte system. The nano-banded structure of the materials can facilitate the electrolyte immersion and enhance Al(3+) diffusion. The hexagonal NiS nanobelt based cathodes exhibit high storage capacity, good cyclability and low overpotential.

  4. FUNCTIONAL OXIDE NANOBELTS: Materials, Properties and Potential Applications in Nanosystems and Biotechnology

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    Wang, Zhong Lin

    2004-01-01

    Nanobelt is a quasi-one-dimensional structurally controlled nanomaterial that has well-defined chemical composition, crystallographic structure, and surfaces (e.g., growth direction, top/bottom surface, and side surfaces). This article reviews the nanobelt family of functional oxides, including ZnO, SnO2, In2O3, Ga2O3, CdO, and PbO2 and the relevant hierarchical and complex nanorods and nanowires that have been synthesized by a solid-vapor process. The nanobelts are single crystalline and dislocation free, and their surfaces are atomically flat. The oxides are semiconductors that have been used for fabrication of nanosize functional devices of key importance for nanosystems and biotechnology, such as field-effect transistors, gas sensors, nanoresonators, and nanocantilevers. The structurally controlled ZnO nanobelts that exhibit piezoelectric properties are also reviewed. By controlling growth kinetics, we show the success of growing nanobelt-based novel structures whose surfaces are dominated by the polarized +-(0001) facets. Owing to the positive and negative ionic charges on the zinc- and oxygen-terminated +-(0001) surfaces, respectively, a spontaneous polarization is induced across the nanobelt thickness. As a result, helical nanostructures and nanorings are formed by rolling up single-crystal nanobelts; this phenomenon is a consequence of minimizing the total energy contributed by spontaneous polarization and elasticity. The polar surface-dominated ZnO nanobelts are likely to be an ideal system for understanding piezoelectricity and polarization-induced ferroelectricity at nano-scale and they could have applications as one-dimensional nano-scale sensors, transducers, and resonators.

  5. Self-powered ultraviolet photodetector based on a single Sb-doped ZnO nanobelt

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    Yang, Ya; Guo, Wen; Qi, Junjie; Zhao, Jing; Zhang, Yue

    2010-11-01

    We report a self-powered ultraviolet photodetector based on a single Sb-doped ZnO nanobelt bridging an Ohmic contact and a Schottky contact. The photoresponse sensitivity and the response time of the fabricated device are as high as 2200% and less than 100 ms, respectively. The performance of the device dramatically degrades as the Sb-doping concentration decreases in the ZnO nanobelt. The possible mechanisms have been proposed and discussed.

  6. A versatile MEMS bimorph actuator with large vertical displacement and high resolution: Design and fabrication process

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    Rangra, Aarushee; Maninder, K.; Soni, Shilpi; Rangra, K. J.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents design, simulation results and envisaged fabrication process for a versatile MEMS bimorph actuator with large out of plane displacement and high resolution. A comparative study of mechanical, thermal and electrical response of the micro-actuator is presented by using two well-known MEMS simulation tools. The bimorph structure measuring 700 × 1280 mm2 is fully integrable with CMOS fabrication process. It is indented for tunable filter applications where the precise vertical motion of the payload, the top metallic electrode anchored rigidly to bimorph `springs' spans the vertical range of 250-300 microns with submicron resolution. Each bimorph spring resembles a hair pin structure and is composed of materials with large difference in thermal expansion coefficients e.g. electroplated gold and polysilicon for optimal out-of-the plane deflection. The novel structure can also be configured for analog micro-mirror based optical and IR spectroscopy applications by controlling the actuation bias and top electrode surface parameters.

  7. Non-linear temperature-dependent curvature of a phase change composite bimorph beam

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    Blonder, Greg

    2017-06-01

    Bimorph films curl in response to temperature. The degree of curvature typically varies in proportion to the difference in thermal expansion of the individual layers, and linearly with temperature. In many applications, such as controlling a thermostat, this gentle linear behavior is acceptable. In other cases, such as opening or closing a valve or latching a deployable column into place, an abrupt motion at a fixed temperature is preferred. To achieve this non-linear motion, we describe the fabrication and performance of a new bilayer structure we call a ‘phase change composite bimorph (PCBM)’. In a PCBM, one layer in the bimorph is a composite containing small inclusions of phase change materials. When the inclusions melt, their large (generally positive and  >1%) expansion coefficient induces a strong, reversible step function jump in bimorph curvature. The measured jump amplitude and thermal response is consistent with theory, and can be harnessed by a new class of actuators and sensors.

  8. Synthesis of CaCO3 Nanobelts for Drug Delivery in Cancer Therapy.

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    Sun, Dongmei; Peng, Haibao; Wang, Shilong; Zhu, Dazhang

    2015-12-01

    Nanobelt carriers have demonstrated some advantages such as good biocompatibility, biodegradability, and strain-accommodating properties. We prepared an optimized nanobelt carrier formulation for drug (etoposide) as an oral delivery system and estimated the potential of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) nanobelts. The nanobelts were prepared by the method of binary solvent approach and were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectra. MTT (3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2, 5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide) assay test exhibited that etoposide-loaded calcium carbonate nanobelts (ECCNBs) showed a higher cell kill ratio against SGC-7901 cells compared with free drug. The apoptosis test and cell cycle test analysis revealed that etoposide entrapped in calcium carbonate nanobelts (CCNBs) could enhance the delivery efficiencies of drug and improved inhibition effect. The present findings demonstrated that ECCNBs might induce cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase and cell apoptosis in a p53-related manner. It can be foreseen that CCNBs are a promising drug carrier to store the anti-cancer drug for cancer therapy and drug delivery.

  9. Synthesis of CaCO3 Nanobelts for Drug Delivery in Cancer Therapy

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    Sun, Dongmei; Peng, Haibao; Wang, Shilong; Zhu, Dazhang

    2015-05-01

    Nanobelt carriers have demonstrated some advantages such as good biocompatibility, biodegradability, and strain-accommodating properties. We prepared an optimized nanobelt carrier formulation for drug (etoposide) as an oral delivery system and estimated the potential of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) nanobelts. The nanobelts were prepared by the method of binary solvent approach and were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectra. MTT (3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2, 5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide) assay test exhibited that etoposide-loaded calcium carbonate nanobelts (ECCNBs) showed a higher cell kill ratio against SGC-7901 cells compared with free drug. The apoptosis test and cell cycle test analysis revealed that etoposide entrapped in calcium carbonate nanobelts (CCNBs) could enhance the delivery efficiencies of drug and improved inhibition effect. The present findings demonstrated that ECCNBs might induce cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase and cell apoptosis in a p53-related manner. It can be foreseen that CCNBs are a promising drug carrier to store the anti-cancer drug for cancer therapy and drug delivery.

  10. Centimeter-long Ta3N5 nanobelts: synthesis, electrical transport, and photoconductive properties

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    Wu, X. C.; Tao, Y. R.; Li, L.; Bando, Y.; Golberg, D.

    2013-05-01

    Centimeter-long Ta3N5 nanobelts were synthesized by a reaction of centimeter-long TaS3 nanobelt templates with flowing NH3 at 800 °C for 2 h. The nanobelts have cross-sections of about 50 × 100 nm2, and lengths up to 0.5 cm. A field effect transistor (FET) made of a single Ta3N5 nanobelt was fabricated on silica/silicon substrate. The electric transport of the individual nanobelt revealed that the nanobelt is a semiconductor with a room-temperature resistivity of 11.88 Ω m, and can be fitted well with an empirical formula ρ = 10831 exp(-T/43.8) - 22.6, where ρ is resistivity (Ω m) and T is absolute temperature (K). The FET showed decent photoconductive performance under light irradiation in the range 250-630 nm. The photocurrent increased by nearly 10 times the dark current under 450 nm light irradiation at an applied voltage of 5.0 V.

  11. Synthesis of B4C nanobelts in porous SiC bodies.

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    Jung, In-Chul; Kwon, Yong-Duk; Lee, Jaehyung; Min, Bong-Ki

    2011-07-01

    B4C nanobelts were synthesized in porous SiC bodies, which had a sponge structure. The interconnected pore size of the SiC bodies was around 600 microm. The raw materials used for the B4C nanobelts were B2O3 for boron and phenolic resin and carbon black for carbon. The nanobelts grew fully inside the porous SiC when heat treated at 1400 degrees C for 1 h using LiCl as a volatilizing agent and cobalt as a catalyst. The thickness of the rhombohedral B4C nanobelts ranged from 0.1 to 1 microm, and their width was 0.5 to 10 microm. The length of the grown B4C belts was up to several hundreds of micrometers, and their growth direction was [110]. These single crystal nanobelts did not show any structural defects such as stacking faults, steps and twins. The low temperature synthesis in this study is attributed for the clean surface. It is suggested that the nanobelts were nucleated by the VLS mechanism, and then grew by the VS mechanism.

  12. Orientation- and passivation-dependent stability and electronic properties of α-Si3N4 nanobelts.

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    Xiong, Li; Dai, Jianhong; Zhong, Bo; Wen, Guangwu; Song, Yan

    2014-11-28

    The energetic stability and electronic properties of unpassivated, hydrogen (-H) and hydroxyl (-OH) passivated α-Si3N4 nanobelts orientating along the [101], [210], [011], [100], [001], and [110] directions are investigated by first-principles calculations. Calculations show that the energetic stabilities of α-Si3N4 nanobelts depend weakly upon orientations of nanobelts, but sensitively on passivation treatments. The most stable nanobelt is the OH cluster partially passivated α-Si3N4, followed by the H atom fully passivated and the unpassivated systems. All the unpassivated nanobelts show metallic characteristics due to the presence of dangling bonds of surficial atoms in nanobelts, while all the passivated nanobelts exhibit semiconducting characteristics. The valence band maximum (VBM) and the conduction band minimum (CBM) mainly originate from the surface N-2p and Si-3p states, respectively. For α-Si3N4 nanobelts orientating along [101], [210], [011] and [110] directions, the OH passivated systems exhibit a much smaller band gap than the H passivated systems, while the [100] and [001] orientated nanobelts exhibit the opposite band-gap properties.

  13. In situ Precursor-Template Route to Semi-Ordered NaNbO3 Nanobelt Arrays

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    2011-01-01

    We exploited a precursor-template route to chemically synthesize NaNbO3 nanobelt arrays. Na7(H3O)Nb6O19·14H2O nanobelt precursor was firstly prepared via a hydrothermal synthetic route using Nb foil. The aspect ratio of the precursor is controllable facilely depending on the concentration of NaOH aqueous solution. The precursor was calcined in air to yield single-crystalline monoclinic NaNbO3 nanobelt arrays. The proposed scheme for NaNbO3 nanobelt formation starting from Nb metal may be extended to the chemical fabrication of more niobate arrays. PMID:27502638

  14. Electronic transport properties of In-doped ZnO nanobelts with different concentration

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    Su, Jia; Li, Huifeng; Huang, Yunhua; Xing, Xiujun; Zhao, Jing; Zhang, Yue

    2011-05-01

    In this paper, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanobelts with five different indium (In) concentrations (1.98, 2.73, 3.33, 4.20, and 5.16 wt%) were prepared by simple vapor deposition with HAuCl4 (1% solution) as catalyst. Detailed structural and compositional characterizations were performed by XRD, TEM, EDS, PL, and Raman spectroscopy. Moreover, the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of In-doped ZnO nanobelts with different In concentrations were determined by nano-manipulation and measurement systems. The results show that the resistivity of these nanobelts decreases with increasing In concentration when the doping concentration of In is lower than 4.20%, but, on the contrary, when the In concentration is higher than 4.20% their resistivity increases. Also, all of the nanobelts keep ohmic contact very well. Simultaneously, the influence of electron beam irradiation (20 kV) on the nanobelts was studied, and it was found that electron beam irradiation can improve the conductivity of the nanobelts. Under the same voltage, the current increased gradually during irradiation until equilibrium was reached. The degree of influence of the irradiation on the resistivity of the nanobelts is the greatest when the In dopant concentration is 4.20%, which is suitable for making irradiation sensors.In this paper, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanobelts with five different indium (In) concentrations (1.98, 2.73, 3.33, 4.20, and 5.16 wt%) were prepared by simple vapor deposition with HAuCl4 (1% solution) as catalyst. Detailed structural and compositional characterizations were performed by XRD, TEM, EDS, PL, and Raman spectroscopy. Moreover, the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of In-doped ZnO nanobelts with different In concentrations were determined by nano-manipulation and measurement systems. The results show that the resistivity of these nanobelts decreases with increasing In concentration when the doping concentration of In is lower than 4.20%, but, on the contrary, when the In concentration

  15. Structural and optical properties of hydrothermally synthesized vanadium oxides nanobelts

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    Derkaoui, I.; Khenfouch, M.; Elmokri, I.; Mothudi, B. M.; Dhlamini, M. S.; Moloi, S. J.; Zorkani, I.; Jorio, A.; Maaza, M.

    2017-03-01

    Nanostructured metal oxides have attracted a lot of attention recently owning to their unique structural advantages, and demonstrated promising chemical and physical properties for various applications. In this study, we report the structural and optical properties of vanadium oxide nanoparticles (VO-NPs) prepared via a hydrothermal method. Our results are revealing that the components of VO-NPs films are having a belt-like shape with a uniform size distribution. The nanobelts with very smooth and flat surfaces have a typical length of up to 1μm and a width of about 9-14 nm. Moreover, The UV-Visible spectroscopy revealed an excellent optical propertiesshowing clearly the good stoichiometry and crystallinity of our VO-NPs films. This synthesis method provides a new simple route to fabricate one-dimensional nanostructured metal oxides which is suitable for a large field of applications.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of α-cobalt hydroxide nanobelts

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    Tian, L.; Zhu, J. L.; Chen, L.; An, B.; Liu, Q. Q.; Huang, K. L.

    2011-08-01

    α-Cobalt hydroxide was synthesized by a facile hydrothermal process from Co(Ac)2 and NH3·H2O in the presence of 1,3-propanediol. The large-scale-prepared cobalt hydroxide has a uniform nanobelt morphology with a considerably high aspect-ratio more than 20 which may be advantageous for exploration of their physicochemical properties. This synthetic method is convenient, economical, and controllable. The samples were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectrum, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, CHN element analysis, thermogravimetric and differential-thermogravimetric analysis, which revealed the compound is lamellar structural cobalt organic-inorganic hybrid with the chemical formula of Co(OH)1.49(NH3)0.01(CO3 2-)0.22(Ac-)0.07(H2O)0.11 and single-crystalline.

  17. A finger-like hardness tester based on the contact electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever.

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    Fu, Ji; Li, Faxin

    2015-10-01

    We proposed a finger-like hardness tester based on the electromechanical impedance of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever. A Vickers indenter was fabricated to the free end of the bimorph to contact the sample. The contact force was monitored by a strain gauge and the contact area was obtained by tracking the bimorph's resonance frequency. The bimorph-sample contact system was modeled by the electromechanical equivalent circuit method. Verification experiments on standard hardness samples were conducted and the measured hardness values agreed well with those given by a conventional Vickers hardness tester. Further hardness measurement on a gear wheel showed that the proposed hardness tester is very adaptive and can be used for inner surface testing or in situ testing, where other hardness testers may not be applicable. The proposed hardness tester can be regarded as an improved ultrasonic hardness tester.

  18. Three-Dimensional Bending Analysis of Functionally-Modified Bimorph PZT Actuator for cm-Scale Flapping Wing

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    2011-07-01

    equations for quasi- static three-dimensional bending of functionally–modified bimorph designs intended for active bend-twist actuation of cm-scale flapping...have also been presented that use energy methods (10) and elasticity solutions (11) to develop quasi- static bending solutions that yielded...Effect of orientation angle θ on functionally-modified bimorph deflection for L/b = 1.3. 5. Conclusions A quasi- static three-dimensional bending

  19. Modeling of the Through-the-Thickness Electric Potentials of a Piezoelectric Bimorph Using the Spectral Element Method

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    Dong, Xingjian; Peng, Zhike; Hua, Hongxing; Meng, Guang

    2014-01-01

    An efficient spectral element (SE) with electric potential degrees of freedom (DOF) is proposed to investigate the static electromechanical responses of a piezoelectric bimorph for its actuator and sensor functions. A sublayer model based on the piecewise linear approximation for the electric potential is used to describe the nonlinear distribution of electric potential through the thickness of the piezoelectric layers. An equivalent single layer (ESL) model based on first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT) is used to describe the displacement field. The Legendre orthogonal polynomials of order 5 are used in the element interpolation functions. The validity and the capability of the present SE model for investigation of global and local responses of the piezoelectric bimorph are confirmed by comparing the present solutions with those obtained from coupled 3-D finite element (FE) analysis. It is shown that, without introducing any higher-order electric potential assumptions, the current method can accurately describe the distribution of the electric potential across the thickness even for a rather thick bimorph. It is revealed that the effect of electric potential is significant when the bimorph is used as sensor while the effect is insignificant when the bimorph is used as actuator, and therefore, the present study may provide a better understanding of the nonlinear induced electric potential for bimorph sensor and actuator. PMID:24561399

  20. Indium-doped SnO2 nanobelts for high-performance transparent and flexible photosensors by a facile assembly

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    Shahid, Muhammad; Wang, Yuting; Yang, Jun; Li, Tianjun; Xing, Yan; Cheng, Jing; Zhang, Mengfei; Wan, Chunlei; Pan, Wei

    2017-08-01

    Flexible and transparent electronics is the emerging future technology for optoelectronic devices. Recently, it has attracted considerable attention from the research community due to its prodigious commercial applications. Herein, we report highly flexible and transparent ultraviolet photosensors based on indium-doped tin oxide nanobelts with enhanced simultaneous photosensitivity and recovery speed, compared to pure SnO2 nanobelts. Optoelectronic properties of the nanobelt photosensors have been found to be strongly related to the indium doping concentration and grain size of the nanobelts. A facile assembly method has been used to prepare the well-aligned nanobelt device for UV photosensors. Excellent flexible properties of the nanobelts have been explored, which show a superior response during bending tests and almost maintain their properties after 300 bending cycles. The enhanced photosensitivity of about 70 times that of undoped SnO2 nanobelts along with a highly enhanced recovery speed of less than 1.75 s have been achieved by the precise doping of In3+ into SnO2 lattice nanobelts. All these results show that our prepared photosensors demonstrate superior mechanical, electrical, and optical properties for their use in flexible and transparent electronics.

  1. The effect of dopant and optical micro-cavity on the photoluminescence of Mn-doped ZnSe nanobelts

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    2013-01-01

    Pure and Mn-doped ZnSe nanobelts were synthesized by a convenient thermal evaporation method. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and corresponding element mapping, and transmission electron microscope were used to examine the morphology, phase structure, crystallinity, composition, and growth direction of as-prepared nanobelts. Raman spectra were used to confirm the effective doping of Mn2+ into ZnSe nanobelts. Micro-photoluminescence (PL) spectra were used to investigate the emission property of as-prepared samples. A dominant trapped-state emission band is observed in single ZnSeMn nanobelt. However, we cannot observe the transition emission of Mn ion in this ZnSeMn nanobelt, which confirm that Mn powder act as poor dopant. There are weak near-bandgap emission and strong 4T1 → 6A1 transition emission of Mn2+ in single ZnSeMnCl2 and ZnSeMn(CH3COO)2 nanobelt. More interesting, the 4T1 → 6A1 transition emission in ZnSeMn(CH3COO)2 nanobelt split into multi-bands. PL mapping of individual splitted sub-bands were carried out to explore the origin of multi-bands. These doped nanobelts with novel multi-bands emission can find application in frequency convertor and wavelength-tunable light emission devices. PMID:23829706

  2. The Sensing Properties of Single Y-Doped SnO2 Nanobelt Device to Acetone.

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    Li, Xinmin; Liu, Yingkai; Li, Shuanghui; Huang, Jieqing; Wu, Yuemei; Yu, Dapeng

    2016-12-01

    Pure SnO2 and Y-doped SnO2 nanobelts were prepared by thermal evaporation at 1350 °C in the presence of Ar carrier gas (30 sccm). The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersion spectrometer (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FTIR). The sensing properties of the devices based on a single SnO2 nanobelt and Y-doped SnO2 nanobelt were explored to acetone, ethanol, and ethanediol. It reveals that the sensitivity of single Y-doped SnO2 nanobelt device is 11.4 to 100 ppm of acetone at 210 °C, which is the highest response among the three tested VOC gases. Y(3+) ions improve the sensitivity of SnO2 sensor and have an influence on the optical properties of Y-doped SnO2 nanobelts.

  3. Enhanced photocatalytic performances of CeO2/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures.

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    Tian, Jian; Sang, Yuanhua; Zhao, Zhenhuan; Zhou, Weijia; Wang, Dongzhou; Kang, Xueliang; Liu, Hong; Wang, Jiyang; Chen, Shaowei; Cai, Huaqiang; Huang, Hui

    2013-11-25

    CeO2 /TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures are synthesized via a cost-effective hydrothermal method. The as-prepared nanocomposites consist of CeO2 nanoparticles assembled on the rough surface of TiO2 nanobelts. In comparison with P25 TiO2 colloids, surface-coarsened TiO2 nanobelts, and CeO2 nanoparticles, the CeO2 /TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures exhibit a markedly enhanced photocatalytic activity in the degradation of organic pollutants such as methyl orange (MO) under either UV or visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to a novel capture-photodegradation-release mechanism. During the photocatalytic process, MO molecules are captured by CeO2 nanoparticles, degraded by photogenerated free radicals, and then released to the solution. With its high degradation efficiency, broad active light wavelength, and good stability, the CeO2 /TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures represent a new effective photocatalyst that is low-cost, recyclable, and will have wide application in photodegradation of various organic pollutants. The new capture-photodegradation-release mechanism for improved photocatalysis properties is of importance in the rational design and synthesis of new photocatalysts. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Formation of Ba bismuthate nanobelts and sensitive electrochemical determination of tartaric acid

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    Pei, L. Z.; Lin, F. F.; Qiu, F. L.; Wang, W. L.; Zhang, Y.; Fan, C. G.

    2017-07-01

    A facile hydrothermal route without additives was used to prepare novel Ba bismuthate nanobelts. The Ba bismuthate nanobelts were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM and electrochemical method. The obtained nanobelts are composed of single crystalline monoclinic BaBiO2.5 phase with the thickness, width and length of about 50 nm, 1 µm and several dozens of micrometers, respectively. The formation of the Ba bismuthate nanobelts is dependent on the temperature and reaction time. Electrochemical measurements display that the Ba bismuthate nanobelts modified glassy carbon electrode has good electrochemical activity toward tartaric acid. A pair of semi-reversible cyclic voltammetry (CV) peaks are observed at  -0.49 V and  +0.01 V, respectively. The peak current is linearly relative to the scan rate and tartaric acid concentration. The limit of detection (LOD) is 0.12 µM with the linear range of 0.001-2 mM. The work provides new electrode modified materials for the sensor to detect tartaric acid.

  5. One-dimensional copper hydroxide nitrate nanorods and nanobelts for radiochemical applications.

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    Liu, Bin

    2012-11-21

    I report a facile wet-chemical method for the synthesis of one-dimensional copper hydroxide nitrate nanostructures in 2-propanol under solvothermal conditions. Single-crystalline nearly monodispersed copper hydroxide nitrate nanorods and nanobelts with selected breadths in the range of 100 nm to 1 μm have been successfully prepared by a solvothermal method through controlling the experimental parameters, including initial concentrations of reagents, reaction temperature, solvent and reaction time. The resultant nanorods and nanobelts were characterized using FESEM, TEM, XRD, FTIR and TGA techniques. Upon thermal calcination, the copper hydroxide nitrate nanorods and nanobelts self-assemble into one-dimensional arrays (rods, belts or tubes) of copper oxide nanoparticles. The as-prepared copper hydroxide nitrate nanorods and nanobelts were tested as ion exchangers for removal of long-lived radioactive anions such as (129)I(-) and (99)TcO(4)(-). The copper hydroxide nitrate nanorods or nanobelts were over two times more active in the removal of anion species than copper hydroxide nitrate nanoplatelets.

  6. Piezoelectric bimorph-based translation device for two-dimensional, remote micropositioning

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    Peters, D. J.; Blackford, B. L.

    1989-01-01

    We describe a two-dimensional, remote micropositioning device that uses the bending mode of a piezoelectric bimorph for walking in the forward/reverse direction of motion. For this mode of operation step sizes range from ˜50 to 5000 nm, with a voltage sensitivity of ˜10 nm/V. Speeds of about 1 mm/s are possible. In the lateral direction of motion, the linear extension mode of the bimorph is used, giving step sizes from ˜50 to 1000 nm, with a sensitivity of ˜2 nm/V. For the walking sequence, anodized aluminum feet are electrostatically clamped to an anodized aluminum baseplate. When used as the coarse positioner in a scanning tunneling microscope, the device requires less than 100 V operating voltage, thus eliminating the high-voltage supply needed for previous piezoelectric walking devices. A circuit diagram for ``joystick'' control of the micropositioner is also described.

  7. Adaptive optics vision simulation and perceptual learning system based on a 35-element bimorph deformable mirror.

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    Dai, Yun; Zhao, Lina; Xiao, Fei; Zhao, Haoxin; Bao, Hua; Zhou, Hong; Zhou, Yifeng; Zhang, Yudong

    2015-02-10

    An adaptive optics visual simulation combined with a perceptual learning (PL) system based on a 35-element bimorph deformable mirror (DM) was established. The larger stroke and smaller size of the bimorph DM made the system have larger aberration correction or superposition ability and be more compact. By simply modifying the control matrix or the reference matrix, select correction or superposition of aberrations was realized in real time similar to a conventional adaptive optics closed-loop correction. PL function was first integrated in addition to conventional adaptive optics visual simulation. PL training undertaken with high-order aberrations correction obviously improved the visual function of adult anisometropic amblyopia. The preliminary application of high-order aberrations correction with PL training on amblyopia treatment was being validated with a large scale population, which might have great potential in amblyopia treatment and visual performance maintenance.

  8. Analysis of an x-ray mirror made from piezoelectric bimorph

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    Zhang, Yao; Li, Ming; Tang, Shanzhi; Gao, Junxiang; Zhang, Weiwei; Zhu, Peiping

    2017-07-01

    Theoretical analysis of the mechanical behavior of an x-ray mirror made from piezoelectric bimorph is presented. A complete two-dimensional relationship between the radius of curvature of the mirror and the applied voltage is derived. The accuracy of this relationship is studied by comparing the figures calculated by the relationship and Finite Element Analysis. The influences of several critical parameters in the relationship on the radius of curvature are analyzed. It is found that piezoelectric coefficient d31 is the main material property parameter that dominates the radius of curvature, and that the optimal thickness of PZT plate corresponding to largest bending range is 2.5 times of that of faceplate. It is demonstrated that the relationship is helpful for us to complete the primary design of the x-ray mirror made from piezoelectric bimorph.

  9. Miniature proportional control valve with top-mounted piezo bimorph actuator with millisecond response time

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    Groen, Maarten S.; Brouwer, Dannis M.; Lötters, Joost C.; Wiegerink, Remco J.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper we demonstrate the realization of a micro control valve with a top-mounted piezoelectric bimorph actuator, to obtain a high-bandwidth proportional control valve for gases in the range of several grams per hour. Dynamic fluidic and mechanical characterization shows that the valve is suitable for high-speed flow control with response times on the order of milliseconds. The microvalve contains an integrated capacitive displacement sensor for position-based control, which can be used to improve the control precision. The microvalve is realized in a straight-forward fabrication process based on a single SOI wafer. A high level of integration of the piezo actuator is achieved using a flexible silicone rubber support between the bimorph and the silicon. This leads to a small volume, high speed device.

  10. An experimentally validated bimorph cantilever model for piezoelectric energy harvesting from base excitations

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    Erturk, A.; Inman, D. J.

    2009-02-01

    Piezoelectric transduction has received great attention for vibration-to-electric energy conversion over the last five years. A typical piezoelectric energy harvester is a unimorph or a bimorph cantilever located on a vibrating host structure, to generate electrical energy from base excitations. Several authors have investigated modeling of cantilevered piezoelectric energy harvesters under base excitation. The existing mathematical modeling approaches range from elementary single-degree-of-freedom models to approximate distributed parameter solutions in the sense of Rayleigh-Ritz discretization as well as analytical solution attempts with certain simplifications. Recently, the authors have presented the closed-form analytical solution for a unimorph cantilever under base excitation based on the Euler-Bernoulli beam assumptions. In this paper, the analytical solution is applied to bimorph cantilever configurations with series and parallel connections of piezoceramic layers. The base excitation is assumed to be translation in the transverse direction with a superimposed small rotation. The closed-form steady state response expressions are obtained for harmonic excitations at arbitrary frequencies, which are then reduced to simple but accurate single-mode expressions for modal excitations. The electromechanical frequency response functions (FRFs) that relate the voltage output and vibration response to translational and rotational base accelerations are identified from the multi-mode and single-mode solutions. Experimental validation of the single-mode coupled voltage output and vibration response expressions is presented for a bimorph cantilever with a tip mass. It is observed that the closed-form single-mode FRFs obtained from the analytical solution can successfully predict the coupled system dynamics for a wide range of electrical load resistance. The performance of the bimorph device is analyzed extensively for the short circuit and open circuit resonance

  11. Bi-metal foil gas dynamic bearings with bimorph piezoelectric foils

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    Sytin, A.; Rodichev, A.; Kulkov, A.

    2017-08-01

    The present paper considers application of bi-metal materials and coatings to provide necessary strength and wear resistance of the surfaces of rigid and elastic gas dynamic bearings. Authors suggest using multi-layer foils with bimorph piezoelectric elements that operate in the generator regime to determine the deformation of elastic elements, and in the actuator regime to form an optimal shape of the surface of the bearing.

  12. Analytical and experimental comparisons of electromechanical vibration response of a piezoelectric bimorph beam for power harvesting

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    Lumentut, M. F.; Howard, I. M.

    2013-03-01

    Power harvesters that extract energy from vibrating systems via piezoelectric transduction show strong potential for powering smart wireless sensor devices in applications of health condition monitoring of rotating machinery and structures. This paper presents an analytical method for modelling an electromechanical piezoelectric bimorph beam with tip mass under two input base transverse and longitudinal excitations. The Euler-Bernoulli beam equations were used to model the piezoelectric bimorph beam. The polarity-electric field of the piezoelectric element is excited by the strain field caused by base input excitation, resulting in electrical charge. The governing electromechanical dynamic equations were derived analytically using the weak form of the Hamiltonian principle to obtain the constitutive equations. Three constitutive electromechanical dynamic equations based on independent coefficients of virtual displacement vectors were formulated and then further modelled using the normalised Ritz eigenfunction series. The electromechanical formulations include both the series and parallel connections of the piezoelectric bimorph. The multi-mode frequency response functions (FRFs) under varying electrical load resistance were formulated using Laplace transformation for the multi-input mechanical vibrations to provide the multi-output dynamic displacement, velocity, voltage, current and power. The experimental and theoretical validations reduced for the single mode system were shown to provide reasonable predictions. The model results from polar base excitation for off-axis input motions were validated with experimental results showing the change to the electrical power frequency response amplitude as a function of excitation angle, with relevance for practical implementation.

  13. AlN-based piezoelectric bimorph microgenerator utilizing low-level non-resonant excitation

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    Hampl, Stefan; Cimalla, Volker; Polster, Tobias; Hoffmann, Martin

    2011-06-01

    This work aims for utilizing human ocular motion for the self-sufficient power supply of a minimally invasive implantable monitoring system for intraocular pressure (IOP). With a proven piezoelectric functionality (d33>5 pm/V), nanocrystalline thin films of aluminum nitride (AlN) provide a good capability for micromechanical energy harvesting (EH) in medical applications. Many d31-mode microcantilever architectures are poorly suited for human-induced EH: Resonant mass-spring-damper systems are tested under high, narrow-band excitation frequencies. However, human motions, e.g. vibrations of eyeballs are marked by their low frequency, unpredictable, mainly aperiodic and time-varying signature. Different vibration types and directions are 3-dimensionally superimposed. Saccadic eye movements are favorable for inertial microgenerators because of their high dynamic loading (ω<=1000°/s). Our generator concept (symmetric active/active-parallel-bimorph cantilever) enables a high structural compliance by maximizing the piezoactive volume at very low cantilever thicknesses (<1 μm). An increased length and seismic mass enable an effective excitation by low-level aperiodic vibrations such as saccadic acceleration impulses. Analytic calculations and FEA-simulations investigate the potential distribution and transient response of different bimorph structures (length 200- 1000 μm, width 20-200 μm) on broadband vibrations. First released monomorph and bimorph structures show very low resonant frequencies and an adequate robustness.

  14. Design of a Compact, Bimorph Deformable Mirror-Based Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope.

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    He, Yi; Deng, Guohua; Wei, Ling; Li, Xiqi; Yang, Jinsheng; Shi, Guohua; Zhang, Yudong

    2016-01-01

    We have designed, constructed and tested an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) using a bimorph mirror. The simulated AOSLO system achieves diffraction-limited criterion through all the raster scanning fields (6.4 mm pupil, 3° × 3° on pupil). The bimorph mirror-based AOSLO corrected ocular aberrations in model eyes to less than 0.1 μm RMS wavefront error with a closed-loop bandwidth of a few Hz. Facilitated with a bimorph mirror at a stroke of ±15 μm with 35 elements and an aperture of 20 mm, the new AOSLO system has a size only half that of the first-generation AOSLO system. The significant increase in stroke allows for large ocular aberrations such as defocus in the range of ±600° and astigmatism in the range of ±200°, thereby fully exploiting the AO correcting capabilities for diseased human eyes in the future.

  15. Morphology evolution of MoS2: From monodisperse nanoparticles to self-assembled nanobelts

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    Yu, Ting; Luo, Xingfang; Han, Shuming; Cao, Yingjie; Yuan, Cailei; Yang, Yong; Li, Qinliang

    2016-02-01

    The MoS2 nanobelts were successfully synthesized on SiO2/Si substrates using a vapor phase sulfurization process. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques are employed to comprehensively study the morphology evolution of MoS2 from monodisperse nanoparticles to self-assembled nanobelts on the SiO2/Si substrates. A possible three-step morphology evolution process, which includes initial nucleation process, self-assembly process, and subsequent crystal growth process (Ostwald ripening), is proposed to explain the formation of MoS2. Moreover, MoS2 nanobelts are characterized by Raman spectroscopy and photo-luminescence (PL). These results provide the possibility to develop an easier-to-cooperate and morphology-controllable approach to fabricate novel architectures.

  16. Deep-ultraviolet solar-blind photoconductivity of individual gallium oxide nanobelts

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    Li, Liang; Auer, Erwin; Liao, Meiyong; Fang, Xiaosheng; Zhai, Tianyou; Gautam, Ujjal K.; Lugstein, Alois; Koide, Yasuo; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri

    2011-03-01

    We designed solar-blind deep-ultraviolet semiconductor photodetectors using individual Ga2O3 nanobelts. The photoconductive behavior was systematically studied. The photodetectors demonstrate high selectivity towards 250 nm light, fast response times of less than 0.3 s, and a large photocurrent to dark current ratio of up to 4 orders of magnitude. The photoresponse parameters such as photocurrent, response time, and quantum efficiency depend strongly on the intensity of light, the detector environment, and the nanobelt size. The photoresponse mechanism was discussed, which was mainly attributed to the band bending, surface traps, and distribution of traps in the bandgap. Present Ga2O3 nanobelts can be exploited for future applications in photo sensing, light-emitting diodes, and optical switches.

  17. Size-tunable Synthesis of Silver Nanobelts Using a Polyaniline Derived Polymer as a Template

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    Padmanaban, Sudakar; Kim, Minog; Yoon, Sungho

    2017-03-01

    Silver nanobelts (AgNBs) have attracted a great interest due to their excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical strength, leading a facile synthesis of these AgNBs in great demand. In here, we are reporting a simple, aqueous phase, size tunable synthesis of smooth surfaced 1D-silver nanobelts using a Polyaniline (PANi) derived polymer at room temperature. The specifically designed PANi polymer, comprising a pendant carboxyl group in the chain, acted as both a reducing agent and template. The resulting Ag nanobelts have more than 10 μm of length, mean width values ranging from 41.1 (11.5) nm to 118.5 (8.8) nm and a mean thickness value of 36.7 (12.5) nm. The UV-Visible spectrum of the AgNBs has shown two Surface Plasmon Resonance peaks at 352 nm and 383 nm.

  18. Size-tunable Synthesis of Silver Nanobelts Using a Polyaniline Derived Polymer as a Template

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    Padmanaban, Sudakar; Kim, Minog; Yoon, Sungho

    2017-01-01

    Silver nanobelts (AgNBs) have attracted a great interest due to their excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical strength, leading a facile synthesis of these AgNBs in great demand. In here, we are reporting a simple, aqueous phase, size tunable synthesis of smooth surfaced 1D-silver nanobelts using a Polyaniline (PANi) derived polymer at room temperature. The specifically designed PANi polymer, comprising a pendant carboxyl group in the chain, acted as both a reducing agent and template. The resulting Ag nanobelts have more than 10 μm of length, mean width values ranging from 41.1 (11.5) nm to 118.5 (8.8) nm and a mean thickness value of 36.7 (12.5) nm. The UV-Visible spectrum of the AgNBs has shown two Surface Plasmon Resonance peaks at 352 nm and 383 nm. PMID:28317940

  19. A wearable, highly stable, strain and bending sensor based on high aspect ratio graphite nanobelts

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    Alaferdov, A. V.; Savu, R.; Rackauskas, T. A.; Rackauskas, S.; Canesqui, M. A.; de Lara, D. S.; Setti, G. O.; Joanni, E.; de Trindade, G. M.; Lima, U. B.; de Souza, A. S.; Moshkalev, S. A.

    2016-09-01

    A simple and scalable method was developed for the fabrication of wearable strain and bending sensors, based on high aspect ratio (length/thickness ˜103) graphite nanobelt thin films deposited by a modified Langmuir-Blodgett technique onto flexible polymer substrates. The sensing mechanism is based on the changes in contact resistance between individual nanobelts upon substrate deformation. Very high sensor response stability for more than 5000 strain-release cycles and a device power consumption as low as 1 nW were achieved. The device maximum stretchability is limited by the metal electrodes and the polymer substrate; the maximum strain that could be applied to the polymer used in this work was 40%. Bending tests carried out for various radii of curvature demonstrated distinct sensor responses for positive and negative curvatures. The graphite nanobelt thin flexible films were successfully tested for acoustic vibration and heartbeat sensing.

  20. A wearable, highly stable, strain and bending sensor based on high aspect ratio graphite nanobelts.

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    Alaferdov, A V; Savu, R; Rackauskas, T A; Rackauskas, S; Canesqui, M A; de Lara, D S; Setti, G O; Joanni, E; de Trindade, G M; Lima, U B; de Souza, A S; Moshkalev, S A

    2016-09-16

    A simple and scalable method was developed for the fabrication of wearable strain and bending sensors, based on high aspect ratio (length/thickness ∼10(3)) graphite nanobelt thin films deposited by a modified Langmuir-Blodgett technique onto flexible polymer substrates. The sensing mechanism is based on the changes in contact resistance between individual nanobelts upon substrate deformation. Very high sensor response stability for more than 5000 strain-release cycles and a device power consumption as low as 1 nW were achieved. The device maximum stretchability is limited by the metal electrodes and the polymer substrate; the maximum strain that could be applied to the polymer used in this work was 40%. Bending tests carried out for various radii of curvature demonstrated distinct sensor responses for positive and negative curvatures. The graphite nanobelt thin flexible films were successfully tested for acoustic vibration and heartbeat sensing.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of α-MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite positive electrode materials for lithium battery application

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    Nadimicherla, Reddeppa; Chen, Wen; Guo, Xin

    2015-06-15

    Graphical abstract: (a) TEM image of MoO{sub 3}/PEO nanobelts composite, (b) CV curves of MoO{sub 3}/PEO nanobelts composite. - Highlights: • α-MoO{sub 3} and PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts were synthesized by solvothermal method. • The capacity retention of 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts is 88.78%. • The specific capacity of 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts is 352 mAh g{sup −1}. • MoO{sub 3}/PEO nanobelts composite material demonstrates good cycling stability as cathode. - Abstract: α-MoO{sub 3} and PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts were synthesized by a solvothermal method. The morphology and nanostructure of samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Bare α-MoO{sub 3} and 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelts have an initial specific capacities of 279 and 352 mAh g{sup −1}, respectively, at constant current density 30 mA g{sup −1} with potential range of 1.5–4.0 V vs. Li/Li{sup +}. While MoO{sub 3} is modified by the intercalation of PEO, it is effectively shielded against electrostatic interaction between the MoO{sub 3} interlayer and Li{sup +} ions. We reported positive material, a nanocomposite of MoO{sub 3} coated with polyethylene oxide. It presents good cycling stability due to existence of the conductive and protective polyethylene oxide coating and the nanobelt morphology of MoO{sub 3}. The polyethylene oxide acts as a conducting matrix, a binder and an active material, as well as a volume change buffer agent, which holds the MoO{sub 3} particles in place during the discharge cycles. The cyclic voltammograms of the 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite displayed better cyclic performance compared with pure MoO{sub 3} nanobelts. The specific capacity of the pure MoO{sub 3} nanobelts and 12.5 wt% PEO surfactant MoO{sub 3

  2. Novel optoelectronic devices based on single semiconductor nanowires (nanobelts).

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    Ye, Yu; Dai, Lun; Gan, Lin; Meng, Hu; Dai, Yu; Guo, Xuefeng; Qin, Guogang

    2012-04-13

    Semiconductor nanowires (NWs) or nanobelts (NBs) have attracted more and more attention due to their potential application in novel optoelectronic devices. In this review, we present our recent work on novel NB photodetectors, where a three-terminal metal-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MESFET) device structure was exploited. In contrast to the common two-terminal NB (NW) photodetectors, the MESFET-based photodetector can make a balance among overall performance parameters, which is desired for practical device applications. We also present our recent work on graphene nanoribbon/semiconductor NW (SNW) heterojunction light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Herein, by taking advantage of both graphene and SNWs, we have fabricated, for the first time, the graphene-based nano-LEDs. This achievement opens a new avenue for developing graphene-based nano-electroluminescence devices. Moreover, the novel graphene/SNW hybrid devices can also find use in other applications, such as high-sensitivity sensor and transparent flexible devices in the future.

  3. Ag nanoparticle mediated growth of CdS nanobelts

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    Sreejith, K.; Nuwad, J.; Thinaharan, C.; Dey, G. K.; Pillai, C. G. S.

    2007-06-01

    Catalytic growth of CdS have been carried out on large scale by evaporation of bulk CdS on Ag deposited Si (1 1 1) at atmospheric pressure. The as prepared CdS had wurtzite structure as evidenced by X-ray diffraction. The nanostructures were beltlike with several tens of micrometers length, several micrometers width and few nanometers to tens of nanometers thick as seen by scanning electron microscope and confirmed by TEM studies. The nanobelts were single crystalline in nature and showed reflection corresponding to (1 1 2) and (0 0 2) planes in SAED. The PL studies revealed the green band due to band gap emission and red band due to emission from the surface states. The higher intensity of the defect emission indicated the presence of considerable concentration of surface defects in the as prepared sample. The deposition of CdS could be explained on the basis of catalyst assisted vapor-liquid-solid and vapor-solid mechanism.

  4. Gas dependent sensing mechanism in ZnO nanobelt sensor

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    Kaur, Manmeet; Kailasaganapathi, S.; Ramgir, Niranjan; Datta, Niyanta; Kumar, Sushil; Debnath, A. K.; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K.

    2017-02-01

    Gas sensing properties of ZnO nanobelts synthesized using carbothermal reduction method has been investigated. At room temperature (28 °C), the sensor films exhibit an appreciable response towards H2S and NO and response of these two gases were studied as a function of concentration. For NO the sensor films exhibit a complete reversible curve for the concentration range between 1 and 60 ppm. However, for H2S a complete recovery was obtained for concentration <5 ppm and for higher concentration a partial recovery of the baseline resistance was observed. The reason for the incomplete recovery was investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies of the sample before and after the H2S exposure. After exposure, appearance of an additional peak at 26.6° corresponding to the formation of ZnS was observed in XRD. Formation of additional phase was further corroborated using the results of XPS. H2S exposure causes decrease in the intensity of O 1s peak and appearance of sulphide peaks at binding energies of 162.8 and 161.8 eV corresponding to S-2p peaks - 2p3/2 and 2p1/2, confirms the formation of ZnS upon exposure.

  5. Synthesis, structure and electrochemical properties of polyaniline/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite for lithium battery

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    Mohan, Varishetty Madhu; Chen, Wen; Murakami, Kenji

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Hydrothermal method was introduced for the synthesis of MoO{sub 3} nanobelts and polyaniline (PANI)/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composites. The structure and morphology of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared radiation (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. We can see the presence of polyaniline on the MoO{sub 3} nanobelts surface in the TEM pictures as shown in Fig. (a). The pure MoO{sub 3} nanobelts exhibit the initial specific capacity 276 mAhg{sup −1}, whereas PANI/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite shows little low initially 228 mAhg{sup −1} after that it has more stabilized specific capacity with increasing cycle numbers as shown in Fig. (b). The cyclic voltammograms of the PANI/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite show better cyclic performance compared to pure MoO{sub 3} nanobelts. The electrochemical impedance spectres were studied for both the pure and PANI/MoO{sub 3} samples at 2.0 and 3.5 potentials. The role of the PANI polymeric component of the composite material seems to be the stabilization of the specific capacity due to probable homogeneous distribution of the induced stress during cycling. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Hydrothermal synthesis of MoO{sub 3}, PANI/MoO{sub 3} nanobelts. ► Samples were characterised by XRD, FTIR, DSC, SEM, TEM, CV and impedance. ► MoO{sub 3} nanobelts cathode battery shows initial specific capacity 276 mAhg{sup −1}. ► PANI/MoO{sub 3} nanobelts show initial specific capacity 228 mAhg{sup −1} but high stability. ► PANI/MoO{sub 3} sample studies by impedance at the potentials of 2.0 and 3.5 V. -- Abstract: The MoO{sub 3} nanobelts and polyaniline (PANI)/MoO{sub 3} nanobelt composite were synthesized using hydrothermal method. The crystal structure and morphology of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared radiation (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and

  6. Visible photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical activities of TiO2 nanobelts modified by In2O3 nanoparticles.

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    Yang, Hongru; Tian, Jian; Bo, Yanyan; Zhou, Yanli; Wang, Xinzhen; Cui, Hongzhi

    2017-02-01

    Novel In2O3 nanoparticle/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance were successfully prepared via a facile hydrothermal method. Well-dispersed In2O3 nanoparticles with small sizes are uniformly attached on the surface of TiO2 nanobelts to form In2O3 nanoparticle/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures. The TiO2 nanobelts as backbones restrict the aggregation of In2O3 nanoparticles, resulting in the formation of smaller In2O3 nanoparticles with more interaction sites for pollutants. The visible photocatalytic activity of as-prepared heterostructures for degradation of methyl blue (MB) is higher than those of TiO2 nanobelts and In2O3 nanoparticles alone. Moreover, the In2O3 nanoparticle/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructure shows an enhanced PEC performance under irradiation of visible light. The enhanced photocatalytic and PEC activities are mainly ascribed to the synergic effect of efficient charge separation of heterostructure, visible-light harvesting ability of In2O3, and the formation of preferential adsorption sites by the small size of In2O3 nanoparticles. Finally, based on the experimental results of Mott-Schottky, UV-vis DRS, photocurrent and open-circuit voltage response, a possible photocatalytic mechanism over the In2O3 nanoparticle/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructure is proposed.

  7. TiO₂ Nanobelt@Co₉S₈ Composites as Promising Anode Materials for Lithium and Sodium Ion Batteries.

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    Zhou, Yanli; Zhu, Qian; Tian, Jian; Jiang, Fuyi

    2017-09-02

    TiO₂ anodes have attracted great attention due to their good cycling stability for lithium ion batteries and sodium ion batteries (LIBs and SIBs). Unfortunately, the low specific capacity and poor conductivity limit their practical application. The mixed phase TiO₂ nanobelt (anatase and TiO₂-B) based Co₉S₈ composites have been synthesized via the solvothermal reaction and subsequent calcination. During the formation process of hierarchical composites, glucose between TiO₂ nanobelts and Co₉S₈ serves as a linker to increase the nucleation and growth of sulfides on the surface of TiO₂ nanobelts. As anode materials for LIBs and SIBs, the composites combine the advantages of TiO₂ nanobelts with those of Co₉S₈ nanomaterials. The reversible specific capacity of TiO₂ nanobelt@Co₉S₈ composites is up to 889 and 387 mAh·g(-1) at 0.1 A·g(-1) after 100 cycles, respectively. The cooperation of excellent cycling stability of TiO₂ nanobelts and high capacities of Co₉S₈ nanoparticles leads to the good electrochemical performances of TiO₂ nanobelt@Co₉S₈ composites.

  8. Structure and resistivity of bismuth nanobelts in situ synthesized on silicon wafer through an ethanol-thermal method

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    Gao Zheng; Qin Haiming; Yan Tao

    2011-12-15

    Bismuth nanobelts in situ grown on a silicon wafer were synthesized through an ethanol-thermal method without any capping agent. The structure of the bismuth belt-silicon composite nanostructure was characterized by scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and high resolution transmission electron microscope. The nanobelt is a multilayered structure 100-800 nm in width and over 50 {mu}m in length. One layer has a thickness of about 50 nm. A unique sword-like nanostructure is observed as the initial structure of the nanobelts. From these observations, a possible growth mechanism of the nanobelt is proposed. Current-voltage property measurements indicate that the resistivity of the nanobelts is slightly larger than that of the bulk bismuth material. - Graphical Abstract: TEM images, EDS, and electron diffraction pattern of bismuth nanobelts. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bismuth nanobelts in situ grown on silicon wafer were achieved. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Special bismuth-silicon nanostructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Potential application in sensitive magnetic sensor and other electronic devices.

  9. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange over nitrogen-fluorine codoped TiO2 nanobelts prepared by solvothermal synthesis.

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    He, Zuoli; Que, Wenxiu; Chen, Jing; Yin, Xingtian; He, Yucheng; Ren, Jiangbo

    2012-12-01

    Anatase type nitrogen-fluorine (N-F) codoped TiO(2) nanobelts were prepared by a solvothermal method in which amorphous titania microspheres were used as the precursors. The as-prepared TiO(2) nanobelts are composed of thin narrow nanobelts and it is noted that there are large amount of wormhole-like mesopores on these narrow nanobelts. Photocatalytic activity of the N-F codoped TiO(2) nanobelts was measured by the reaction of photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange. Results indicate that the photocatalytic activity of the N-F codoped TiO(2) nanobelts is higher than that of P25, which is mainly ascribed to wormhole-like mesopores like prison, larger surface area, and enhanced absorption of light due to N-F codoping. Interestingly, it is also found that the photocatalytic activity can be further enhanced when tested in a new testing method because more photons can be captured by the nanobelts to stimulate the formation of the hole-electron pair.

  10. X-ray beam expansion by the application of re-entrant surface profiles to deformable bimorph mirrors

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    Sutter, John P.; Alcock, Simon G.; Kashyap, Yogesh; Nistea, Ioana; Wang, Hongchang; Sawhney, Kawal

    2016-09-01

    Deformable, piezo bimorph mirrors are often used to expand X-ray beams to a continuous range of sizes. However, optical polishing errors present on all X-ray mirrors introduce striations into the reflected beam. To counteract them, reentrant surface modifications with alternating concave and convex curvature have been proposed and applied to mirrors of fixed shape or bimorph mirrors. For the latter, a new method of constructing re-entrant surface modifications on segments of unequal length is described. This allows the re-entrant modification required for a desired beam size at the focal point to be matched to the bimorph mirror's polishing errors, thus reducing the voltage variations. Optical profilometry using the Diamond-NOM showed that a 5-segment and a 7-segment modification could be suitably applied to a deformable bimorph mirror. X-ray tests showed that striations caused by the 5-segment modification in the beam at the focus are concentrated at the beam edges, while the beam center is left clear. This is in contrast to simple defocusing, in which a strong side shoulder appears. The 7-segment modification produces a pattern of evenly spaced striations. The intensity spikes seen with the re-entrant modifications are caused chiefly by the finite curvature of the mirror at the turning points. The question of whether deformable bimorph mirrors with different piezo response functions could sharpen the curvature changes will be investigated. Optimal modifications of continuous curvature, which could more realistically be applied, will be sought.

  11. Gap States Assisted MoO3 Nanobelt Photodetector with Wide Spectrum Response

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    Xiang, Du; Han, Cheng; Zhang, Jialin; Chen, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Molybdenum oxides have been widely investigated for their broad applications ranging from electronics to energy storage. Photodetectors based on molybdenum trioxide (MoO3), however, were seldom reported owing to their low conductivity and weak photoresponse. Herein we report a photodetector based on single MoO3 nanobelt with wide visible spectrum response by introducing substantial gap states via H2 annealing. The pristine MoO3 nanobelt possessed low electrical conductance and no photoresponse for nearly all visible lights. The H2 annealing can significantly improve the conductance of MoO3 nanobelt, and result in a good photodetector with wide visible spectrum response. Under illumination of 680 nm light, the photodetector exhibited high responsivity of ~56 A/W and external quantum efficiency of ~10200%. As corroborated by in situ ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations, such strong wide spectrum photoresponse arises from the largely enriched gap states in the MoO3 nanobelt after H2 annealing. PMID:24809461

  12. Synthesis and characterization of graphite-like carbon nitride nanobelts and nanotubes

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    Li, Jie; Cao, Chuanbao; Zhu, Hesun

    2007-03-01

    Carbon nitride nanobelts and nanotubes were synthesized through polycondensation of dicyandiamide (H4C2N4) and melamine (C3N6H6) at 290 °C and 4.5-5 MPa. The as-synthesized samples were investigated by powder x-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis and photoluminescence spectra. The results indicate that a new kind of graphite-like carbon nitride nanobelt and nanotube has been synthesized. The widths of the nanobelts range from 100 nm to 3 µm, the thickness is about 5-50 nm, and lengths range from several micrometres to tens of micrometres or longer. The nanotubes have outer diameters of 70-200 nm, inner diameters of 5-20 nm, and lengths of several micrometres. These nanobelts and nanotubes have luminescent properties and may have potential uses as components of optical nanoscale devices. The mechanism of formation is also investigated.

  13. Zn doped MoO3 nanobelts and the enhanced gas sensing properties to ethanol

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    Yang, Shuang; Liu, Yueli; Chen, Tao; Jin, Wei; Yang, Tingqiang; Cao, Minchi; Liu, Shunshun; Zhou, Jing; Zakharova, Galina S.; Chen, Wen

    2017-01-01

    Zn doped MoO3 nanobelts with the thickness of 120-275 nm, width of 0.3-1.4 μm and length of more than 100 μm are prepared by hydrothermal reaction. The operating temperature of sensors based on Zn doped MoO3 nanobelts is 100-380 °C with a better response to low concentration of ethanol. The highest response value of sensors based on Zn doped MoO3 to 1000 ppm ethanol at 240 °C is 321, which is about 15 times higher than that of pure MoO3 nanobelts. The gas sensors based on Zn doped MoO3 nanobelts possess good selectivity to ethanol compared with methanol, ammonia, acetone and toluene, which implies that it would be a good candidate in the potential application. The improvement of gas sensing properties may be attributed to the increasing absorbed ethanol, the decreasing probability of ethoxy recombination, the promoted dehydrogenation progress at lower temperature, and the narrowed band gap by Zn doping.

  14. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Xu, Shiyou; Yao, Nan

    2016-03-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 ‑ x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 ‑ xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from the precise orientation control during its fabrication. As a demonstration of its application in energy scavenging, a piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) is built on the single PMN-PT nanobelt, generating a maximum output voltage of ~1.2 V. This value is ~4 times higher than that of a single-CdTe PNG, ~13 times higher than that of a single-ZnSnO3 PNG, and ~26 times higher than that of a single-ZnO PNG. The profoundly increased output voltage of a lateral PNG built on a single PMN-PT nanobelt demonstrates the potential application of PMN-PT nanostructures in energy harvesting, thus enriching the material choices for PNGs.

  15. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Xu, Shiyou; Yao, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 − x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 − xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from the precise orientation control during its fabrication. As a demonstration of its application in energy scavenging, a piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) is built on the single PMN-PT nanobelt, generating a maximum output voltage of ~1.2 V. This value is ~4 times higher than that of a single-CdTe PNG, ~13 times higher than that of a single-ZnSnO3 PNG, and ~26 times higher than that of a single-ZnO PNG. The profoundly increased output voltage of a lateral PNG built on a single PMN-PT nanobelt demonstrates the potential application of PMN-PT nanostructures in energy harvesting, thus enriching the material choices for PNGs. PMID:26928788

  16. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt.

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Xu, Shiyou; Yao, Nan

    2016-03-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 - x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 - xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from the precise orientation control during its fabrication. As a demonstration of its application in energy scavenging, a piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) is built on the single PMN-PT nanobelt, generating a maximum output voltage of ~1.2 V. This value is ~4 times higher than that of a single-CdTe PNG, ~13 times higher than that of a single-ZnSnO3 PNG, and ~26 times higher than that of a single-ZnO PNG. The profoundly increased output voltage of a lateral PNG built on a single PMN-PT nanobelt demonstrates the potential application of PMN-PT nanostructures in energy harvesting, thus enriching the material choices for PNGs.

  17. Sensitivity Enhancement in Magnetic Sensors Based on Ferroelectric-Bimorphs and Multiferroic Composites

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    Sreenivasulu, Gollapudi; Qu, Peng; Petrov, Vladimir; Qu, Hongwei; Srinivasan, Gopalan

    2016-01-01

    Multiferroic composites with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases have been studied in recent years for use as sensors of AC and DC magnetic fields. Their operation is based on magneto-electric (ME) coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems and is mediated by mechanical strain. Such sensors for AC magnetic fields require a bias magnetic field to achieve pT-sensitivity. Novel magnetic sensors with a permanent magnet proof mass, either on a ferroelectric bimorph or a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric composite, are discussed. In both types, the interaction between the applied AC magnetic field and remnant magnetization of the magnet results in a mechanical strain and a voltage response in the ferroelectric. Our studies have been performed on sensors with a Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet proof mass on (i) a bimorph of oppositely-poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) platelets and (ii) a layered multiferroic composite of PZT-Metglas-Ni. The sensors have been characterized in terms of sensitivity and equivalent magnetic noise N. Noise N in both type of sensors is on the order of 200 pT/√Hz at 1 Hz, a factor of 10 improvement compared to multiferroic sensors without a proof mass. When the AC magnetic field is applied at the bending resonance for the bimorph, the measured N ≈ 700 pT/√Hz. We discuss models based on magneto-electro-mechanical coupling at low frequency and bending resonance in the sensors and theoretical estimates of ME voltage coefficients are in very good agreement with the data. PMID:26907290

  18. Sensitivity Enhancement in Magnetic Sensors Based on Ferroelectric-Bimorphs and Multiferroic Composites.

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    Sreenivasulu, Gollapudi; Qu, Peng; Petrov, Vladimir; Qu, Hongwei; Srinivasan, Gopalan

    2016-02-20

    Multiferroic composites with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases have been studied in recent years for use as sensors of AC and DC magnetic fields. Their operation is based on magneto-electric (ME) coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems and is mediated by mechanical strain. Such sensors for AC magnetic fields require a bias magnetic field to achieve pT-sensitivity. Novel magnetic sensors with a permanent magnet proof mass, either on a ferroelectric bimorph or a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric composite, are discussed. In both types, the interaction between the applied AC magnetic field and remnant magnetization of the magnet results in a mechanical strain and a voltage response in the ferroelectric. Our studies have been performed on sensors with a Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet proof mass on (i) a bimorph of oppositely-poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) platelets and (ii) a layered multiferroic composite of PZT-Metglas-Ni. The sensors have been characterized in terms of sensitivity and equivalent magnetic noise N. Noise N in both type of sensors is on the order of 200 pT/√Hz at 1 Hz, a factor of 10 improvement compared to multiferroic sensors without a proof mass. When the AC magnetic field is applied at the bending resonance for the bimorph, the measured N ≈ 700 pT/√Hz. We discuss models based on magneto-electro-mechanical coupling at low frequency and bending resonance in the sensors and theoretical estimates of ME voltage coefficients are in very good agreement with the data.

  19. Electrothermally-Actuated Micromirrors with Bimorph Actuators—Bending-Type and Torsion-Type

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    Tsai, Cheng-Hua; Tsai, Chun-Wei; Chang, Hsu-Tang; Liu, Shih-Hsiang; Tsai, Jui-Che

    2015-01-01

    Three different electrothermally-actuated MEMS micromirrors with Cr/Au-Si bimorph actuators are proposed. The devices are fabricated with the SOIMUMPs process developed by MEMSCAP, Inc. (Durham, NC, USA). A silicon-on-insulator MEMS process has been employed for the fabrication of these micromirrors. Electrothermal actuation has achieved a large angular movement in the micromirrors. Application of an external electric current 0.04 A to the bending-type, restricted-torsion-type, and free-torsion-type mirrors achieved rotation angles of 1.69°, 3.28°, and 3.64°, respectively. PMID:26110409

  20. The effects of first-order strain gradient in micro piezoelectric-bimorph power harvesters.

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    Hu, Yuantai; Wang, Jining; Yang, Feng; Xue, Huan; Hu, Hongping; Wang, Ji

    2011-04-01

    The effects of first-order strain gradient in micro piezoelectric-bimorph (PB) power harvesters are investigated by including the first-order gradient terms in the energy density functions. For a PB, the gradient effects can be focused on the analysis of the strain gradient effect in the thickness direction through choosing the strains and the electric displacements as the independent constitutive variables. It is shown theoretically that the first-order gradient effects have raised the natural frequency of the PB and effectively enhanced the output power density of the harvester.

  1. Electrothermally-Actuated Micromirrors with Bimorph Actuators--Bending-Type and Torsion-Type.

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    Tsai, Cheng-Hua; Tsai, Chun-Wei; Chang, Hsu-Tang; Liu, Shih-Hsiang; Tsai, Jui-Che

    2015-06-22

    Three different electrothermally-actuated MEMS micromirrors with Cr/Au-Si bimorph actuators are proposed. The devices are fabricated with the SOIMUMPs process developed by MEMSCAP, Inc. (Durham, NC, USA). A silicon-on-insulator MEMS process has been employed for the fabrication of these micromirrors. Electrothermal actuation has achieved a large angular movement in the micromirrors. Application of an external electric current 0.04 A to the bending-type, restricted-torsion-type, and free-torsion-type mirrors achieved rotation angles of 1.69°, 3.28°, and 3.64°, respectively.

  2. Automated in-situ optimization of bimorph mirrors at Diamond Light Source

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    Sutter, John P.; Alcock, Simon G.; Sawhney, Kawal J. S.

    2011-09-01

    Bimorph mirrors are used on many synchrotron beamlines to focus or collimate light. They are highly adaptable because not only their overall figure but also their local slope errors can be corrected. However, the optimization procedure is complex. At Diamond Light Source, highly repeatable and accurate pencil beam measurements are used to determine a mirror's slope errors. These data are then used by automated scripts to calculate the necessary corrections. This procedure may be applied to any type of active mirror, but for hard X-ray mirrors, diffraction from the slits must be considered.

  3. Synthesis and electrochemical performance of cable-like copper vanadates/polypyrrole nanobelts as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Shaoyan; Hou, Menghua; Hou, Linlin; Lu, Min

    2016-08-01

    Cable-like CuV2O6/polypyrrole (CVO/PPy) nanobelts have been synthesized via in-situ oxidative polymerization of pyrrole monomers on the surface of hydrothermally synthesized α-CuV2O6 (CVO) nanobelts. The microscope analysis revealed that the diameter of cable-like CVO/PPy nanobelts focused on 80-110 nm and the shell thickness was about 10-30 nm. The electrochemical properties of the cable-like CVO/PPy nanobelts as anode materials were systematically investigated and compared with bare α-CuV2O6 nanobelts. It was found that the electrochemical performance of the CVO/PPy nanobelts was significantly enhanced. The results suggest that the conductive PPy nanolayer coating help to preserve high capacity, maintain high electrochemical stability, and reduce charge transfer resistance during cycling performance.

  4. Facile solution synthesis and photoelectric properties of monolithic tin(II) sulfide nanobelt arrays.

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    Zhang, Xing; Yang, Long; Jiang, Yan; Yu, Bin-Bin; Zou, Yu-Gang; Fang, Ying; Hu, Jin-Song; Wan, Li-Jun

    2013-10-01

    The tremendous future energy demand and environmental concerns prompt the lasting search for new materials for low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells. SnS, as a low-cost, earth-abundant, and environmentally friendly material with proper band gap and absorption coefficient, has received attention as a potential candidate for solar absorber, but it is still under-developed due to insufficient conversion efficiency. Fabricating SnS nanostructured films for solar cell design could be effective to boost photovoltaic performance and pave the way for applications in photovoltaics. Herein, a facile surfactant-free solution-based approach has been developed to prepare monolithic SnS nanostructured films directly on tin foil substrate. The morphologies of nanostructured films could be tuned from well-defined orthorhombic SnS nanobelt arrays to nanorods, nanosheets, or nanoflakes by simply changing the ratio of used solvents. The photoelectric response and electronic transportation properties of SnS nanobelts were investigated by fabricating single-nanobelt-based nanodevices. The SnS nanobelt exhibited a fast and reliable photoresponse even at illumination intensity as weak as 0.103 mW cm(-2). The measurements on SnS FET devices also indicated that the synthesized SnS nanobelts demonstrated a hole mobility as high as 12.33 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). These results reveal that the reported approach for preparing monolithic SnS nanostructured films could be useful to further develop SnS as an alternative material for low-cost solar cells and electronic devices.

  5. Enhanced electrochemical performance of orientated VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays through direct lithiation for lithium ion batteries

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    Liu, Liang; Liu, Qiang; Zhao, Wen; Li, Guochun; Wang, Limei; Shi, Weidong; Chen, Long

    2017-02-01

    Lithiation modification of VO2(B) has been carried out by a facile hydrothermal process, and the compact and locally ordered VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays have been prepared. The synthesis route provides a new approach to elaborate a VO2(B) nanostructure under a mild environment condition. It is found that the growth mechanism of VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays is different from the traditional nucleation-growth process. A novel chemical lithiating-exfoliating-splitting model is proposed. Compared with the bulk counterpart, the lithiated VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays as cathodes exhibit a higher discharge capacity and an enhanced high-rate performance owing to their increased structural anisotropy and decreased polarization. This work indicates that VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays have great potential applications as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.

  6. Enhanced electrochemical performance of orientated VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays through direct lithiation for lithium ion batteries.

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    Liu, Liang; Liu, Qiang; Zhao, Wen; Li, Guochun; Wang, Limei; Shi, Weidong; Chen, Long

    2017-02-10

    Lithiation modification of VO2(B) has been carried out by a facile hydrothermal process, and the compact and locally ordered VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays have been prepared. The synthesis route provides a new approach to elaborate a VO2(B) nanostructure under a mild environment condition. It is found that the growth mechanism of VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays is different from the traditional nucleation-growth process. A novel chemical lithiating-exfoliating-splitting model is proposed. Compared with the bulk counterpart, the lithiated VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays as cathodes exhibit a higher discharge capacity and an enhanced high-rate performance owing to their increased structural anisotropy and decreased polarization. This work indicates that VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays have great potential applications as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.

  7. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Silver Vanadium Oxide (Ag0.35V2O5) Nanobelts for Sensing Amines

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    Fu, Haitao; Xie, Hui; Yang, Xiaohong; An, Xizhong; Jiang, Xuchuan; Yu, Aibing

    2015-10-01

    A simple hydrothermal method for the synthesis of Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts with the assistance of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is reported in this study. The experimental variables that may affect the nanoparticle structures were investigated. And several advanced techniques, such as TEM, HRTEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), were used to characterize the morphology and composition of the as-prepared nanobelts. The mechanism of the formation and growth of Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts was also investigated and discussed. The results show that SDS, as a weak reducing agent, plays a crucial role in the formation of Ag0.35V2O5. According to N2 sorption isothermals, the as-prepared Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts are found to exhibit relative high surface area. The gas sensing performance of the Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts towards organic amine was tested. It is found that the nanobelts show superior sensitivity of amine(s) to V2O5 particles, lower detection limit (5 ppm), and higher selectivity of amine versus ammonia at an optimized working temperature of ~260 °C. Moreover, the density functional theory (DFT) simulation was conducted to better understand the sensing mechanism. These findings may be useful in designing promising materials to detect amine gases for medical or food industrial applications.

  8. Synthesis of porous and nonporous ZnO nanobelt, multipod, and hierarchical nanostructure from Zn-HDS

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    Jang, Eue-Soon; Won, Jung-Hee; Kim, Young-Woon; Cheng, Zhen; Choy, Jin-Ho

    2010-08-15

    Zn based hydroxide double salts (Zn-HDS) with an interlayer spacing of 20 A was produced by dissolving dumbbell-like ZnO crystal. The resulting Zn-HDS with a ribbon-like shape has a suitable morphology to explore the remarkably mild procedure for synthesis of ZnO nanobelts. We found that the intercalated water molecules into the Zn-HDS could play a key role in the ZnO nanobelts porosity. The nonporous ZnO nanobelts were successfully synthesized from the Zn-HDS by soft-solution process at 95 {sup o}C through mild dehydration agent as Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. As-synthesized ZnO nanobelts were grown along not only the [0 1 -1 0], but also the [2 -1 -1 0]. On the other hand, the porous ZnO nanobelts were obtained from the Zn-HDS by calcinations at 200 and 400 {sup o}C. In addition, flower-like ZnO multipod and hierarchical nanostructures were produced from the Zn-HDS by using of strong dehydration agent (NaOH) through hydrothermal reaction at 150 and 230 {sup o}C. - Graphical abstract: Porous and nonporous ZnO nanobelts, multipod, and hierarchical nanostructure were successfully synthesized from Zn based hydroxyl double salts by hydrothermal reaction.

  9. Electrochemical performance of new α-MoO3 nanobelt cathode materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries

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    Nadimicherla, Reddeppa; Liu, Yueli; Chen, Keqiang; Chen, Wen

    2014-08-01

    The orthorhombic molybdenum trioxide (α-MoO3) nanobelts and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) surfactant MoO3 nanobelts with high quality were prepared through hydrothermal synthesis. The morphology and microstructure of the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanobelts with rectangular cross-section have an orthorhombic phase structure, preferentially grow in [001] direction. The results showed that the H atoms in polyvinyl pyrrolidone are H-bonded with the O atoms in the Modbnd O bonds of MoO3 nanobelts. When MoO3 is modified by the intercalation of PVP, it is effectively shielded against electrostatic interaction between the MoO3 interlayer and Li+ ions. The specific capacity of pure MoO3 nanobelts battery and (PVP)0.2MoO3 nanobelts exhibit as 195 mAh g-1 and 237 mAh g-1, respectively after 14 cycles, suggests that the stability of surfactant material is worthy.

  10. Vapor-phase synthesis, growth mechanism and thickness-independent elastic modulus of single-crystal tungsten nanobelts.

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    Wang, Shiliang; Chen, Guoliang; Huang, Han; Ma, Shujun; Xu, Hongyi; He, Yuehui; Zou, Jin

    2013-12-20

    Single-crystal tungsten nanobelts with thicknesses from tens to hundreds of nanometers, widths of several micrometers and lengths of tens of micrometers were synthesized using chemical vapor deposition. Surface energy minimization was believed to have played a crucial role in the growth of the synthesized nanobelts enclosed by the low-energy {110} crystal planes of body-centered-cubic structure. The anisotropic growth of the crystallographically equivalent {110} crystal planes could be attributable to the asymmetric concentration distribution of the tungsten atom vapor around the nanobelts during the growth process. The elastic moduli of the synthesized tungsten nanobelts with thicknesses ranging from 65 to 306 nm were accurately measured using a newly developed thermal vibration method. The measured modulus values of the tungsten nanobelts were thickness-dependent. After eliminating the effect of surface oxidization using a core-shell model, the elastic modulus of tungsten nanobelts became constant, which is close to that of the bulk tungsten value of 410 GPa.

  11. Study of oscillatory piezoelectric flow pumps using bimorph actuators with different tip geometries

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    Pires, Rogério F.; Koga, Adriano A.; Nakasone, Paulo H.; Silva, Emílio C. N.

    2008-03-01

    Precision flow pumps have been widely studied over the last three decades. They have been applied in the areas of Biology, Pharmacy and Medicine in applications usually related to the dosage of medicine and chemical reagents. In addition, thermal management solutions for electronic devices have also been recently developed using these kinds of pumps offering better performance with low noise and low power consumption. In a previous work, the working principle of a pump based on the use of bimorph piezoelectric actuators inserted in a fluid channel to generate flow was presented. The present work aims at the development of novel configurations of piezoelectric flow pumps based on the use of bimorph actuators with biomimetic tip geometries that are inspired in fish caudal fin shapes, such as ostraciiform, subcarangiform, carangiform and thunniform. The pump development consists in designing, manufacturing and experimental characterization steps. In the design step, computational models of pump configurations are built to perform sensitivity studies and to apply optimization techniques using ANSYS finite element analysis software. The prototype manufacturing is guided by the computational simulations. Electronic circuits for pump electrical excitation and control are developed and implemented. Comparisons among numerical and experimental results are also made.

  12. Ion-assisted coating for large-scale Bimorph deformable mirror

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    Mikami, Takuya; Okamoto, Takayuki; Yoshida, Kunio; Jitsuno, Takahisa; Motokoshi, Shinji; Samarkin, Vadim V.; Kudryashov, Alexis V.; Kawanaka, Junji; Miyanaga, Noriaki

    2016-07-01

    We have fabricated a 410 x 468 mm size deformable mirror with 100 Bimorph piezoceramic actuators for the LFEX laser system at Osaka University. In the case of Bimorph-type deformable mirrors, the mirror surface had to be polished and coated after bonding the piezoceramic actuators to the rear side of the thin mirror substrate. This provides a good surface figure, but the coating temperature for the high-reflection mirror was strictly limited because of the thermal fragility of piezoceramic actuators. The mirror substrate with the actuators was polished, and an ion-assisted multilayer dielectric coating was produced at 60 degrees Celsius with our 80-inch coating chamber. The flatness of the mirror just after coating was 7 μm, and reduced by aging to 3.2 μm when the mirror was assembled. The surface figure of the assembled mirror with 20 piezostack bonded actuators is demonstrated and a laser-induced damage threshold tested with a witness sample is also reported.

  13. Fabrication and Characterization of Nitinol-Copper Shape Memory Alloy Bimorph Actuators

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    Wongweerayoot, E.; Srituravanich, W.; Pimpin, A.

    2015-02-01

    This study aims to examine the effect of annealing conditions on nitinol (NiTi) characteristics and applies this knowledge to fabricate a NiTi-copper shape memory alloy bimorph actuator. The effect of the annealing conditions was investigated at various temperatures, i.e., 500, 600, and 650 °C, for 30 min. With the characterizations using x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry techniques, the results showed that annealing temperatures at 600 and 650 °C were able to appropriately form the crystalline structure of NiTi. However, at these high annealing temperatures, the oxide on a surface was unavoidable. In the fabrication of actuator, the annealing at 650 °C for 30 min was chosen, and it was performed at two pre-stressing conditions, i.e., straight and curved molds. From static and dynamic response experiments, the results suggested that the annealing temperature significantly affected the deflection of the actuator. On the other hand, the effect of pre-stressing conditions was relatively small. Furthermore, the micro gripper consisting of two NiTi-copper bimorph actuators successfully demonstrated for the viability of small object manipulation as the gripper was able to grasp and hold a small plastic ball with its weight of around 0.5 mg.

  14. Research on the optimization of a bimorph piezoelectric deformable mirror based on zeroth-order method

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    Wang, Hairen; Hu, Lin

    2016-07-01

    The deformable mirror adjusts the mirror surface shape to compensate the wavefront error in the adaptive optics system. Recently, the adaptive optics has been widely used in many applications, such as astronomical telescopes, high power laser systems, etc. These applications require large diameter deformable mirrors with large stroke, high speed and low cost. Thus, the bimorph piezoelectric deformable mirror, which is a good match for the applications, has attracted more and more attentions. In this paper, we use zeroth-order optimization method to optimize the physical parameters of a bimorph piezoelectric deformable mirror that consists of a metal reflective layer deposited on the top of a slim piezoelectric ceramic surface layer. The electrodes are deposited on the bottom of the piezoelectric ceramic layer. The physical parameters to be optimized include the optimal thickness ratio between the piezoelectric layer and reflective layer, inter-electrode distance, and so on. A few reasonable designs are obtained by a comparative study presented for three geometries of electrodes, which are circular, square and hexagon, respectively.

  15. Construction of a Fish‐like Robot Based on High Performance Graphene/PVDF Bimorph Actuation Materials

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    Xiao, Peishuang; Yi, Ningbo; Zhang, Tengfei; Chang, Huicong; Yang, Yang; Zhou, Ying

    2016-01-01

    Smart actuators have many potential applications in various areas, so the development of novel actuation materials, with facile fabricating methods and excellent performances, are still urgent needs. In this work, a novel electromechanical bimorph actuator constituted by a graphene layer and a PVDF layer, is fabricated through a simple yet versatile solution approach. The bimorph actuator can deflect toward the graphene side under electrical stimulus, due to the differences in coefficient of thermal expansion between the two layers and the converse piezoelectric effect and electrostrictive property of the PVDF layer. Under low voltage stimulus, the actuator (length: 20 mm, width: 3 mm) can generate large actuation motion with a maximum deflection of about 14.0 mm within 0.262 s and produce high actuation stress (more than 312.7 MPa/g). The bimorph actuator also can display reversible swing behavior with long cycle life under high frequencies. on this basis, a fish‐like robot that can swim at the speed of 5.02 mm/s is designed and demonstrated. The designed graphene‐PVDF bimorph actuator exhibits the overall novel performance compared with many other electromechanical avtuators, and may contribute to the practical actuation applications of graphene‐based materials at a macro scale. PMID:27818900

  16. Construction of a Fish-like Robot Based on High Performance Graphene/PVDF Bimorph Actuation Materials.

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    Xiao, Peishuang; Yi, Ningbo; Zhang, Tengfei; Huang, Yi; Chang, Huicong; Yang, Yang; Zhou, Ying; Chen, Yongsheng

    2016-06-01

    Smart actuators have many potential applications in various areas, so the development of novel actuation materials, with facile fabricating methods and excellent performances, are still urgent needs. In this work, a novel electromechanical bimorph actuator constituted by a graphene layer and a PVDF layer, is fabricated through a simple yet versatile solution approach. The bimorph actuator can deflect toward the graphene side under electrical stimulus, due to the differences in coefficient of thermal expansion between the two layers and the converse piezoelectric effect and electrostrictive property of the PVDF layer. Under low voltage stimulus, the actuator (length: 20 mm, width: 3 mm) can generate large actuation motion with a maximum deflection of about 14.0 mm within 0.262 s and produce high actuation stress (more than 312.7 MPa/g). The bimorph actuator also can display reversible swing behavior with long cycle life under high frequencies. on this basis, a fish-like robot that can swim at the speed of 5.02 mm/s is designed and demonstrated. The designed graphene-PVDF bimorph actuator exhibits the overall novel performance compared with many other electromechanical avtuators, and may contribute to the practical actuation applications of graphene-based materials at a macro scale.

  17. A novel polytype - the stacking fault based γ-MoO3 nanobelts.

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    Sławiński, Wojciech A; Fjellvåg, Øystein S; Ruud, Amund; Fjellvåg, Helmer

    2016-04-01

    γ-MoO3 nanobelts prepared by hydrothermal synthesis were studied by synchrotron radiation powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. Their nm dimensions, in particular in two crystallographic directions, have a profound influence on electrochemical properties during cycling as the cathode material in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). The diffraction analysis shows clearly that the crystal structure for the γ-MoO3 nanobelts differs significantly from that of bulk α-MoO3. The observed powder diffraction pattern, with asymmetric peaks, extremely broad peaks, as well as additional or absent diffraction peaks, is fully described by means of a model based on stacking disorder of MoO3 slabs.

  18. Production of large-scale, freestanding vanadium pentoxide nanobelt porous structures.

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    Yun, Yong Ju; Kim, Byung Hoon; Hong, Won G; Kim, Chang Hee; Kim, Yark Yeon; Jeong, Eun-ju; Jang, Won Ick; Yu, Han Young

    2012-03-07

    Large-scale, freestanding, porous structures of vanadium pentoxide nanobelts (VPNs) were successfully prepared using the template-free freeze-drying method. The porous and multi-layered VPN macrostructures are composed of randomly oriented long nanobelts (over 100 μm) and their side length can be controlled up to a few tens of centimetres. Also, the bulk density and surface area of these macrostructures are 3-5 mg cm(-3) and 40-80 m(2) g(-1), respectively, which are similar to those of the excellent adsorbents. In addition, the removal efficiency measurements of ammonia molecules revealed that the VPN porous structures can adsorb the ammonia molecules with the combinations of van der Waals forces and strong chemical bonding by functional groups on the VPN surface.

  19. Production of large-scale, freestanding vanadium pentoxide nanobelt porous structures

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    Yun, Yong Ju; Kim, Byung Hoon; Hong, Won G.; Kim, Chang Hee; Kim, Yark Yeon; Jeong, Eun-Ju; Jang, Won Ick; Yu, Han Young

    2012-02-01

    Large-scale, freestanding, porous structures of vanadium pentoxide nanobelts (VPNs) were successfully prepared using the template-free freeze-drying method. The porous and multi-layered VPN macrostructures are composed of randomly oriented long nanobelts (over 100 μm) and their side length can be controlled up to a few tens of centimetres. Also, the bulk density and surface area of these macrostructures are 3-5 mg cm-3 and 40-80 m2 g-1, respectively, which are similar to those of the excellent adsorbents. In addition, the removal efficiency measurements of ammonia molecules revealed that the VPN porous structures can adsorb the ammonia molecules with the combinations of van der Waals forces and strong chemical bonding by functional groups on the VPN surface.

  20. Raman selection rule for surface optical phonons in ZnS nanobelts

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    Ho, Chih-Hsiang; Varadhan, Purushothaman; Wang, Hsin-Hua; Chen, Cheng-Ying; Fang, Xiaosheng; He-Hau, Jr.

    2016-03-01

    We report Raman scattering results for high-quality wurtzite ZnS nanobelts (NBs) grown by chemical vapor deposition. In the Raman spectrum, the ensembles of ZnS NBs exhibit first order phonon modes at 274 cm-1 and 350 cm-1, corresponding to A1/E1 transverse optical and A1/E1 longitudinal optical phonons, in addition to a strong surface optical (SO) phonon mode at 329 cm-1. The existence of the SO band is confirmed by its shift with different surrounding dielectric media. Polarization dependent Raman spectra were recorded on a single ZnS NB and for the first time a SO phonon band has been detected on a single nanobelt. Different selection rules for the SO phonon mode are shown from their corresponding E1/A1 phonon modes, and were attributed to the breaking of anisotropic translational symmetry on the NB surface.

  1. Carbon-coated SnO2 nanobelts and nanoparticles by single catalytic step

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    Carreño, Neftali L. V.; Nunes, Michael R.; Garcia, Irene T. S.; Orlandi, Marcelo O.; Fajardo, Humberto V.; Longo, Elson

    2009-05-01

    Several types of carbon nanostructures (amorphous and graphitic), for the coating of SnO2 nanobelts and nanoparticles were obtained by a single catalytic process, during methane, natural gas, and methanol decomposition using the reactivity of surface-modified SnO2 nanostructure as a nanotemplate. The nanostructured catalyst templates were based on transition metal nanoparticles supported on SnO2 nanobelts previously prepared by a carbothermal reduction process. Carbon-coated SnO2 nanopowders were also successfully synthesized for the fabrication of carbon spheres. The carbon coating process and yield, along with the nature of the nanostructured carbon, are strongly influenced by the chemically modified surface of the SnO2 nanostructure template and the chemical reaction gas composition. The preliminary catalytic activity and gas-sensing properties of these novel materials based on metal nanoparticles and carbon-coated SnO2 were determined.

  2. Solid-state semiconductor optical cryocooler based on CdS nanobelts.

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    Li, Dehui; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Xinjiang; Huang, Baoling; Xiong, Qihua

    2014-08-13

    We demonstrate the laser cooling of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate using CdS nanobelts. The local temperature change of the SOI substrate exactly beneath the CdS nanobelts is deduced from the ratio of the Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman intensities from the Si layer on the top of the SOI substrate. We have achieved a 30 and 20 K net cooling starting from 290 K under a 3.8 mW 514 nm and a 4.4 mW 532 nm pumping, respectively. In contrast, a laser heating effect has been observed pumped by 502 and 488 nm lasers. Theoretical analysis based on the general static heat conduction module in the Ansys program package is conducted, which agrees well with the experimental results. Our investigations demonstrate the laser cooling capability of an external thermal load, suggesting the applications of II-VI semiconductors in all-solid-state optical cryocoolers.

  3. S-induced modifications of the optoelectronic properties of ZnO mesoporous nanobelts

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    Fabbri, Filippo; Nasi, Lucia; Fedeli, Paolo; Ferro, Patrizia; Salviati, Giancarlo; Mosca, Roberto; Calzolari, Arrigo; Catellani, Alessandra

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of ZnO porous nanobelts with high surface-to-volume ratio is envisaged to enhance the zinc oxide sensing and photocatalytic properties. Yet, controlled stoichiometry, doping and compensation of as-grown n-type behavior remain open problems for this compound. Here, we demonstrate the effect of residual sulfur atoms on the optical properties of ZnO highly porous, albeit purely wurtzite, nanobelts synthesized by solvothermal decomposition of ZnS hybrids. By means of combined cathodoluminescence analyses and density functional theory calculations, we attribute a feature appearing at 2.36 eV in the optical emission spectra to sulfur related intra-gap states. A comparison of different sulfur configurations in the ZnO matrix demonstrates the complex compensating effect on the electronic properties of the system induced by S-inclusion. PMID:27301986

  4. Bifunctional Ag/C3N4.5 composite nanobelts for photocatalysis and antibacterium

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    Lei, Renbo; Jian, Jikang; Zhang, Zhihua; Song, Bo; Wu, Rong

    2016-09-01

    Multiple functions can be achieved in carbon nitride-based composite nanomaterials by tuning their components and structures. Here, we report on a large-scale synthesis of novel bifunctional Ag/C3N4.5 composite nanobelts (CNBs) with efficient photocatalytic and antibacterial activity. The Ag/C3N4.5 CNBs were synthesized in high yield by a two-step route including a homogeneous precipitation process and a subsequent calcination treatment. The structural, morphological, compositional, and spectroscopic characterizations revealed that the Ag/C3N4.5 CNBs are composed of N-deficient melem ultrathin nanobelts and crystalline Ag nanoparticles attached to the surface of the nanobelts with good contact. The band gap of the Ag/C3N4.5 CNBs is determined to be about 3.04 eV. The efficient photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of the composite nanomaterials are verified by testing the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and the inhibition zone to bacterium E. coli. The work provides a facile route to bifunctional carbon nitride-based composites with potential applications in the fields of the environment and biology.

  5. Hydrogen gas sensors from polysilicon nanobelt devices selectively modified with sensing materials.

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    Tran, Nhan Ai; Pan, Fu-Ming; Sheu, Jeng-Tzong

    2016-12-16

    Double-junction n(+)/n(-)/n(+) polysilicon nanobelts featuring selectively deposited sensing materials have been investigated for application as H2 gas sensors. The selective modification of the devices was performed through a combination of localized ablation of a resist and lift-off of a previous catalyst material deposited through e-beam evaporation. Four nanobelt devices, differentiated by their doping concentrations at the n(-) region (from 2.5 × 10(13) to 2.5 × 10(14) cm(-2)), were analyzed in terms of the responses to H2 and their self-heating effects. A low doping concentration improved the response at room temperature, owing to a longer Debye length. The variation in the H2-induced surface potential associated with temperature, accounting for degradation in the response of the nanobelts with Joule heating bias, was analyzed in terms of the I-V characteristics of the double-junction device. Among various catalysts (Pt, Pd, Pt/Pd) evaluated for their H2 sensing characteristics, an ultrathin film of Pt/Pd was most favorable.

  6. Synthesis and Gas Sensing Properties of Single La-Doped SnO₂ Nanobelts.

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    Wu, Yuemei; Zhang, Heng; Liu, Yingkai; Chen, Weiwu; Ma, Jiang; Li, Shuanghui; Qin, Zhaojun

    2015-06-16

    Single crystal SnO2 nanobelts (SnO2 NBs) and La-SnO2 nanobelts (La-SnO2 NBs) were synthesized by thermal evaporation. Both a single SnO2 NB sensor and a single La-SnO2 NB sensor were developed and their sensing properties were investigated. It is found that the single La-SnO2 NB sensor had a high sensitivity of 8.76 to ethanediol at a concentration of 100 ppm at 230 °C, which is the highest sensitivity of a single SnO2 NB to ethanediol among three kinds of volatile organic (VOC) liquids studied, including ethanediol, ethanol, and acetone. The La-SnO2 NBs sensor also exhibits a high sensitivity, good selectivity and long-term stability with prompt response time to ethanediol. The mechanism behind the enhanced sensing performance of La-doped SnO2 nanobelts is discussed.

  7. Fabrication of Silicon Nanobelts and Nanopillars by Soft Lithography for Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Photonic Surfaces

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    Baquedano, Estela; Martinez, Ramses V.; Llorens, José M.; Postigo, Pablo A.

    2017-01-01

    Soft lithography allows for the simple and low-cost fabrication of nanopatterns with different shapes and sizes over large areas. However, the resolution and the aspect ratio of the nanostructures fabricated by soft lithography are limited by the depth and the physical properties of the stamp. In this work, silicon nanobelts and nanostructures were achieved by combining soft nanolithography patterning with optimized reactive ion etching (RIE) in silicon. Using polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) nanopatterned layers with thicknesses ranging between 14 and 50 nm, we obtained silicon nanobelts in areas of square centimeters with aspect ratios up to ~1.6 and linewidths of 225 nm. The soft lithographic process was assisted by a thin film of SiOx (less than 15 nm) used as a hard mask and RIE. This simple patterning method was also used to fabricate 2D nanostructures (nanopillars) with aspect ratios of ~2.7 and diameters of ~200 nm. We demonstrate that large areas patterned with silicon nanobelts exhibit a high reflectivity peak in the ultraviolet C (UVC) spectral region (280 nm) where some aminoacids and peptides have a strong absorption. We also demonstrated how to tailor the aspect ratio and the wettability of these photonic surfaces (contact angles ranging from 8.1 to 96.2°) by changing the RIE power applied during the fabrication process. PMID:28492474

  8. Bifunctional Ag/C3N4.5 composite nanobelts for photocatalysis and antibacterium.

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    Lei, Renbo; Jian, Jikang; Zhang, Zhihua; Song, Bo; Wu, Rong

    2016-09-30

    Multiple functions can be achieved in carbon nitride-based composite nanomaterials by tuning their components and structures. Here, we report on a large-scale synthesis of novel bifunctional Ag/C3N4.5 composite nanobelts (CNBs) with efficient photocatalytic and antibacterial activity. The Ag/C3N4.5 CNBs were synthesized in high yield by a two-step route including a homogeneous precipitation process and a subsequent calcination treatment. The structural, morphological, compositional, and spectroscopic characterizations revealed that the Ag/C3N4.5 CNBs are composed of N-deficient melem ultrathin nanobelts and crystalline Ag nanoparticles attached to the surface of the nanobelts with good contact. The band gap of the Ag/C3N4.5 CNBs is determined to be about 3.04 eV. The efficient photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of the composite nanomaterials are verified by testing the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and the inhibition zone to bacterium E. coli. The work provides a facile route to bifunctional carbon nitride-based composites with potential applications in the fields of the environment and biology.

  9. Fabrication of Silicon Nanobelts and Nanopillars by Soft Lithography for Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Photonic Surfaces.

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    Baquedano, Estela; Martinez, Ramses V; Llorens, José M; Postigo, Pablo A

    2017-05-11

    Soft lithography allows for the simple and low-cost fabrication of nanopatterns with different shapes and sizes over large areas. However, the resolution and the aspect ratio of the nanostructures fabricated by soft lithography are limited by the depth and the physical properties of the stamp. In this work, silicon nanobelts and nanostructures were achieved by combining soft nanolithography patterning with optimized reactive ion etching (RIE) in silicon. Using polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) nanopatterned layers with thicknesses ranging between 14 and 50 nm, we obtained silicon nanobelts in areas of square centimeters with aspect ratios up to ~1.6 and linewidths of 225 nm. The soft lithographic process was assisted by a thin film of SiOx (less than 15 nm) used as a hard mask and RIE. This simple patterning method was also used to fabricate 2D nanostructures (nanopillars) with aspect ratios of ~2.7 and diameters of ~200 nm. We demonstrate that large areas patterned with silicon nanobelts exhibit a high reflectivity peak in the ultraviolet C (UVC) spectral region (280 nm) where some aminoacids and peptides have a strong absorption. We also demonstrated how to tailor the aspect ratio and the wettability of these photonic surfaces (contact angles ranging from 8.1 to 96.2°) by changing the RIE power applied during the fabrication process.

  10. Oriented free-standing ammonium vanadium oxide nanobelt membranes: highly selective absorbent materials.

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    Zou, Rujia; Zhang, Zhenyu; Yu, Li; Tian, Qiwei; Wu, Jianghong; Sun, Yangang; Chen, Zhigang; Hu, Junqing

    2010-12-27

    Highly selective, absorbent, free-standing, paper-like membranes made of ammonium vanadium oxide (NH(4)V(4)O(14)) nanobelts have been engineered by taking advantage of the nanoscaled self-assembly of architectures that display a mesh structure with an average periodic pore size of about 5 to 10 nm. The NH(4)V(4)O(14) nanobelts are synthesized by using a simple hydrothermal process, and exhibit the same orientation and assemble into bundles, each about 40 to 80 nm in width, 3 to 5 nm in thickness, and up to several millimeters in length. Importantly, the as-obtained NH(4)V(4)O(14) nanobelt membranes can highly selectively absorb a variety of organic solvents, covering both polar and non-polar solvents, for example, the absorbent capacity of glycol is 28 times as high as the initial weight of the membrane, and it can even separate organic solvents with similar polarities and absorb solid contaminants in organic solvents. These highly selective, absorbent membrane materials can be an ideal candidate for the separation and removal of pollution in industrial and environmental applications.

  11. Hydrogen gas sensors from polysilicon nanobelt devices selectively modified with sensing materials

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    Tran, Nhan Ai; Pan, Fu-Ming; Sheu, Jeng-Tzong

    2016-12-01

    Double-junction n+/n-/n+ polysilicon nanobelts featuring selectively deposited sensing materials have been investigated for application as H2 gas sensors. The selective modification of the devices was performed through a combination of localized ablation of a resist and lift-off of a previous catalyst material deposited through e-beam evaporation. Four nanobelt devices, differentiated by their doping concentrations at the n- region (from 2.5 × 1013 to 2.5 × 1014 cm-2), were analyzed in terms of the responses to H2 and their self-heating effects. A low doping concentration improved the response at room temperature, owing to a longer Debye length. The variation in the H2-induced surface potential associated with temperature, accounting for degradation in the response of the nanobelts with Joule heating bias, was analyzed in terms of the I-V characteristics of the double-junction device. Among various catalysts (Pt, Pd, Pt/Pd) evaluated for their H2 sensing characteristics, an ultrathin film of Pt/Pd was most favorable.

  12. Ultrathin Na1.1V3O7.9 nanobelts with superior performance as cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Liang, Shuquan; Zhou, Jiang; Fang, Guozhao; Liu, Jing; Tang, Yan; Li, Xilin; Pan, Anqiang

    2013-09-11

    The Na1.1V3O7.9 nanobelts have been synthesized by a facile and scalable hydrothermal reaction with subsequent calcinations. The morphologies and the crystallinity of the nanobelts are largely determined by the calcination temperatures. Ultrathin nanobelts with a thickness around 20 nm can be obtained, and the TEM reveals that the nanobelts are composed of many stacked thinner belts. When evaluated as a cathode material for lithium batteries, the Na1.1V3O7.9 nanobelts exhibit high specific capacity, good rate capability, and superior long-term cyclic stability. A high specific capacity of 204 mA h g(-1) can be delivered at the current density of 100 mA g(-1). It shows excellent capacity retention of 95% after 200 cycles at the current density of 1500 mA g(-1). As demonstrated by the ex situ XRD results, the Na1.1V3O7.9 nanobelts have very good structural stability upon cycling. The superior electrochemical performances can be attributed to the ultra-thin nanobelts and the good structural stability of the Na1.1V3O7.9 nanobelts.

  13. Characterization of Sputtered Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) Stress and Thermally Actuated Cantilever Bimorphs Based on NiTi Shape Memory Alloy (SMA)

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    2015-11-01

    Actuated Cantilever Bimorphs Based on NiTi Shape Memory Alloy ( SMA ) by Merric D Srour, Cory R Knick, and Christopher J Morris...Actuated Cantilever Bimorphs Based on NiTi Shape Memory Alloy ( SMA ) by Merric D Srour, Cory R Knick, and Christopher J Morris Sensors and...Shape Memory Alloy ( SMA ) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Merric D Srour, Cory R Knick, and

  14. Primary bimorphic adrenocortical disease: cause of hypercortisolism in McCune-Albright syndrome.

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    Carney, J Aidan; Young, William F; Stratakis, Constantine A

    2011-09-01

    McCune-Albright syndrome (polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, café-au-lait skin spots, and precocious puberty) is a genetically mosaic disorder with populations of mutant and normal cells in affected organs. Cushing syndrome, a rare feature of the condition, usually affects infants and is the result of corticotropin-independent primary bilateral adrenal disease, usually interpreted as nodular adrenocortical hyperplasia. In this study of 9 patients with Cushing syndrome and McCune-Albright syndrome, light microscopy revealed a characteristic bimorphic pattern of diffuse and nodular hyperplasia and a distinctive form of cortical atrophy with apparent zona glomerulosa hyperplasia in 8 patients, all very young. The pattern could be explained by the presence of a mosaic distribution of mutant and normal cells in the adrenal glands. The findings are different from those in inherited or other forms of genetically caused Cushing syndrome. The ninth patient, aged 17 years, had an adrenal adenoma and diffuse cortical hyperplasia in each adrenal gland.

  15. Adaptive optics vision simulator based on 35 element bimorph deformable mirror

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    Zhao, Lina; Dai, Yun; Xiao, Fei; Kang, Jian; Zhao, Haoxin; Bao, Hua; Zhou, Hong; Zhou, Yifeng; Zhang, Yudong

    2014-09-01

    A novel adaptive optics vision simulator (AOVS) is presented and characterized for several design features, including automated measuring and compensating eye's aberrations up to the fifth order, which fully cover aberrations typically found in the human eye, even for the cases of highly aberrated eyes. Especially, it is equipped with 35 elements bimorph deformable mirror with bigger stroke and smaller size, which could help establish near-diffraction-limited ocular optics condition. To investigate the validity of this apparatus, pilot data under different aberration correction pattern from one subjects are collected, and contrast sensitivity function (CSF), an important psychophysical function in vision, is obtained also. Results from living eyes show a practically perfect aberration correction and demonstrate the utility of this system.

  16. Newly designed double surface bimorph mirror for BL-15A of the photon factory

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    Igarashi, Noriyuki Nitani, Hiroaki; Takeichi, Yasuo; Niwa, Yasuhiro; Abe, Hitoshi; Kimura, Masao; Mori, Takeharu; Nagatani, Yasuko; Kosuge, Takashi; Kamijo, Ai; Koyama, Atsushi; Shimizu, Nobutaka; Ohta, Hiromasa

    2016-07-27

    BL-15A is a new x-ray undulator beamline at the Photon Factory. It will be dedicated to two independent research activities, simultaneous XAFS/XRF/XRD experiments, and SAXS/WAXS/GI-SAXS studies. In order to supply a choice of micro-focus, low-divergence and collimated beams, a double surface bimorph mirror was recently developed. To achieve further mirror surface optimization, the pencil beam scanning method was applied for “in-situ” beam inspection and the Inverse Matrix method was used for determination of optimal voltages on the piezoelectric actuators. The corrected beam profiles at every focal spot gave good agreement with the theoretical values and the resultant beam performance is promising for both techniques. Quick and stable switching between highly focused and intense collimated beams was established using this new mirror with the simple motorized stages.

  17. Theoretical modeling and equivalent electric circuit of a bimorph piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer.

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    Sammoura, Firas; Kim, Sang-Gook

    2012-05-01

    An electric circuit model for a circular bimorph piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (PMUT) was developed for the first time. The model was made up of an electric mesh, which was coupled to a mechanical mesh via a transformer element. The bimorph PMUT consisted of two piezoelectric layers of the same material, having equal thicknesses, and sandwiched between three thin electrodes. The piezoelectric layers, having the same poling axis, were biased with electric potentials of the same magnitude but opposite polarity. The strain mismatches between the two layers created by the converse piezoelectric effect caused the membrane to vibrate and, hence, transmit a pressure wave. Upon receiving the echo of the acoustic wave, the membrane deformation led to the generation of electric charges as a result of the direct piezoelectric phenomenon. The membrane angular velocity and electric current were related to the applied electric field, the impinging acoustic pressure, and the moment at the edge of the membrane using two canonical equations. The transduction coefficients from the electrical to the mechanical domain and vice-versa were shown to be bilateral and the system was shown to be reversible. The circuit parameters of the derived model were extracted, including the transformer ratio, the clamped electric impedance, the spring-softening impedance, and the open-circuit mechanical impedance. The theoretical model was fully examined by generating the electrical input impedance and average plate displacement curves versus frequency under both air and water loading conditions. A PMUT composed of piezoelectric material with a lossy dielectric was also investigated and the maximum possible electroacoustical conversion efficiency was calculated.

  18. Global nonlinear electroelastic dynamics of a bimorph piezoelectric cantilever for energy harvesting, sensing, and actuation

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    Leadenham, Stephen; Erturk, Alper

    2014-04-01

    Inherent nonlinearities of piezoelectric materials are inevitably pronounced in various engineering applications such as sensing, actuation, their combined applications for vibration control, and most recently, energy harvesting from dynamical systems. The existing literature focusing on the dynamics of electroelastic structures made of piezoelectric materials have explored such nonlinearities in a disconnected way for the separate problems of mechanical and electrical excitation such that nonlinear resonance trends have been assumed to be due to different additional terms in constitutive equations by different researchers. Similar manifestations of softening nonlinearities have been attributed to purely elastic nonlinear terms, coupling nonlinearities, hysteresis, or a combination of these effects, by various authors. However, a reliable nonlinear constitutive equation for a given piezoelectric material is expected to be rather unique and valid regardless of the application, e.g. energy harvesting, sensing, or actuation. A systematic approach focusing on the two-way coupling can result in a sound mathematical framework. To this end, the present work investigates the nonlinear dynamic behavior of a bimorph piezoelectric cantilever under low-to-high mechanical and electrical excitation levels in energy harvesting, sensing, and actuation. A physical model is proposed including both ferroelastic hysteresis, stiffness, and electromechanical coupling nonlinearities. A lumped parameter electroelastic model is developed by accounting for these nonlinearities to analyze the primary resonance of a cantilever using the method of harmonic balance. Strong agreement between the model and experimental investigation is found, providing solid evidence that the the dominant source of observed softening nonlinear effects in geometrically linear piezolectric cantilever beams is well represented by a quadratic term resulting from ferroelastic hysteresis. Electromechanical coupling and

  19. Compact, planar, translational piezoelectric bimorph actuator with Archimedes’ spiral actuating tethers

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    Yang, Chenye; Liu, Sanwei; Xie, Xin; Livermore, Carol

    2016-12-01

    The design, analytical modelling, finite element analysis (FEA), and experimental characterization of a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) out-of-plane (vertical) translational piezoelectric lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) bimorph actuator supported on Archimedes’ spiral tethers are presented. Three types of bimorph actuators with different electrode patterns (with spiral tethers half actuated, fully actuated with uniform polarity, or fully actuated with reversed polarity) are designed and modelled. The two actuators with the highest predicted performance (half actuated and fully actuated with uniform polarity) are implemented and characterized. Both designs are fabricated by commercial processes and are compatible with integration into more complex MEMS systems. Analytical modelling and FEA are used to analyze and predict the actuators’ displacements and blocking forces. Experimental measurements of the deflections and blocking forces of actuators with full uniform actuation and half actuation validate the design. At an applied voltage of 110 V, the out-of-plane deflections of the actuators with half actuation and full uniform actuation are measured at about 17 µm and 29 µm respectively, in good agreement with analytical predictions of 17.3 µm and 34.2 µm and FEA predictions of 17.1 µm and 25.8 µm. The blocking force for devices with half-actuated tethers is predicted to be 12 mN (analytical) and 10 mN (FEA), close to the experimental value of 9 mN. The blocking force for devices with full uniform actuation is predicted to be 23 mN (analytical) and 17 mN (FEA), as compared with 15 mN in experiments.

  20. Metal-to-Insulator transition induced by UV illumination in a single SnO2 nanobelt.

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    Viana, E R; Ribeiro, G M; de Oliveira, A G; González, J C

    2017-08-18

    An individual tin oxide (SnO2) nanobelt was connected in a back-gate field-effect transistor (FET) configuration and the conductivity of the nanobelt were measured at different temperatures from 400K to 4K, in darkness and under UV illumination. In darkness, the SnO2 nanobelts show semiconductor behaviour for the whole temperature range measured. But when subject to UV illumination the photoinduced carriers was high enough that leads to a Metal-to-Insulator transition, near room temperature, at TMIT = 240 K. By measuring the current vs. gate-voltage curves, and considering the electrostatic properties of a non-ideal conductor, for the SnO2 nanobelt on top of a gate-oxide substrate, we could estimate the capacitance per unit length, mobility and density of carriers. In darkness, the density was estimated to be 5-10x10(18) cm(-3) corroborating with our previous reported result Phys. Status Solid. RRL 6, 262-264 (2012). But under, UV illumination the density of carriers was estimated to be 0.2-3.8x10(19) cm(-3) near TMIT, that exceeds the critical Mott density estimated to be 2.8x10(19) cm(-3) above 240K. These results show that the electrical properties of the SnO2 nanobelts can be drastically modified and easily tuned, from semiconducting to metallic states as a function of temperature and light. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  1. Electric-field-dependent photoconductivity in CdS nanowires and nanobelts: exciton ionization, Franz-Keldysh, and Stark effects.

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    Li, Dehui; Zhang, Jun; Zhang, Qing; Xiong, Qihua

    2012-06-13

    We report on the electric-field-dependent photoconductivity (PC) near the band-edge region of individual CdS nanowires and nanobelts. The quasi-periodic oscillations above the band edge in nanowires and nanobelts have been attributed to a Franz-Keldesh effect. The exciton peaks in PC spectra of the nanowires and thinner nanobelts show pronounced red-shifting due to the Stark effect as the electric field increases, while the exciton ionization is mainly facilitated by strong electron-longitudinal optical (LO) phonon coupling. However, the band-edge transition of thick nanobelts blue-shifts due to the field-enhanced exciton ionization, suggesting partial exciton ionization as the electron-LO phonon coupling is suppressed in the thicker belts. Large Stark shifts, up to 48 meV in the nanowire and 12 meV in the thinner nanobelts, have been achieved with a moderate electric field on the order of kV/cm, indicating a strong size and dimensionality implication due to confinement and surface depletion.

  2. Hysteresis-free high-temperature precise bimorph actuators produced by direct bonding of lithium niobate wafers

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    Shur, V. Ya.; Baturin, I. S.; Mingaliev, E. A.; Zorikhin, D. V.; Udalov, A. R.; Greshnyakov, E. D.

    2015-02-01

    The current paper presents a piezoelectric bimorph actuator produced by direct bonding of lithium niobate wafers with the mirrored Y and Z axes. Direct bonding technology allowed to fabricate bidomain plate with precise positioning of ideally flat domain boundary. By optimizing the cutting angle (128° Y-cut), the piezoelectric constant became as large as 27.3 pC/N. Investigation of voltage dependence of bending displacement confirmed that bimorph actuator has excellent linearity and hysteresis-free. Decrease of the applied voltage down to mV range showed the perfect linearity up to the sub-nm deflection amplitude. The frequency and temperature dependences of electromechanical transmission coefficient in wide temperature range (from 300 to 900 K) were investigated.

  3. Hysteresis-free high-temperature precise bimorph actuators produced by direct bonding of lithium niobate wafers

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    Shur, V. Ya.; Baturin, I. S.; Mingaliev, E. A.; Zorikhin, D. V.; Udalov, A. R.; Greshnyakov, E. D.

    2015-02-02

    The current paper presents a piezoelectric bimorph actuator produced by direct bonding of lithium niobate wafers with the mirrored Y and Z axes. Direct bonding technology allowed to fabricate bidomain plate with precise positioning of ideally flat domain boundary. By optimizing the cutting angle (128° Y-cut), the piezoelectric constant became as large as 27.3 pC/N. Investigation of voltage dependence of bending displacement confirmed that bimorph actuator has excellent linearity and hysteresis-free. Decrease of the applied voltage down to mV range showed the perfect linearity up to the sub-nm deflection amplitude. The frequency and temperature dependences of electromechanical transmission coefficient in wide temperature range (from 300 to 900 K) were investigated.

  4. Real-time observation of morphological transformations in II-VI semiconducting nanobelts via environmental transmission electron microscopy

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    Agarwal, Rahul; Zakharov, Dmitri N.; Krook, Nadia M.; ...

    2015-05-01

    It has been observed that wurtzite II–VI semiconducting nanobelts transform into single-crystal, periodically branched nanostructures upon heating. The mechanism of this novel transformation has been elucidated by heating II–VI nanobelts in an environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) in oxidizing, reducing and inert atmospheres while observing their structural changes with high spatial resolution. The interplay of surface reconstruction of high-energy surfaces of the wurtzite phase and environment-dependent anisotropic chemical etching of certain crystal surfaces in the branching mechanism of nanobelts has been observed. Understanding of structural and chemical transformations of materials via in situ microscopy techniques and their role in designingmore » new nanostructured materials is discussed.« less

  5. Hydrogenated TiO2 nanobelts as highly efficient photocatalytic organic dye degradation and hydrogen evolution photocatalyst.

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    Tian, Jian; Leng, Yanhua; Cui, Hongzhi; Liu, Hong

    2015-12-15

    TiO2 nanobelts have gained increasing interest because of its outstanding properties and promising applications in a wide range of fields. Here we report the facile synthesis of hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) nanobelts, which exhibit excellent UV and visible photocatalytic decomposing of methyl orange (MO) and water splitting for hydrogen production. The improved photocatalytic property can be attributed to the Ti(3+) ions and oxygen vacancies in TiO2 nanobelts created by hydrogenation. Ti(3+) ions and oxygen vacancies can enhance visible light absorption, promote charge carrier trapping, and hinder the photogenerated electron-hole recombination. This work offers a simple strategy for the fabrication of a wide solar spectrum of active photocatalysts, which possesses significant potential for more efficient photodegradation, photocatalytic water splitting, and enhanced solar cells using sunlight as light source.

  6. Synthesis of Cu0.95V2O5/polypyrrole core/sheath nanobelts and its electrochemical property

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    Zhang, Shaoyan; Han, Weirong; Chang, Yongfang; Sun, Yan; Li, Chunsheng

    2017-01-01

    A novel heterogeneous Cu0.95V2O5/polypyrrole core/sheath nanobelts have been synthesized via in-situ oxidative polymerization of pyrrole monomers on the surface of hydrothermally synthesized Cu0.95V2O5 nanobelts. The composite are several micrometers in length and 100-200 nm in width. The electrochemical performance of the composites for use as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries were investigated and compared with bare Cu0.95V2O5 nanobelts. It was found the electrochemical performance of Cu0.95V2O5/PPy was significantly enhanced. The remarkable electrochemical performance is mainly attributed to the heterogeneous core/sheath structure, the conductive PPy nanolayer coating help to preserve high capacity, maintain high electrochemical stability, and reduce charge transfer resistance during cycling performance.

  7. Real-time observation of morphological transformations in II-VI semiconducting nanobelts via environmental transmission electron microscopy

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    Agarwal, Rahul; Zakharov, Dmitri N.; Krook, Nadia M.; Liu, Wenjing; Berger, Jacob; Stach, Eric A.; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2015-05-01

    It has been observed that wurtzite II–VI semiconducting nanobelts transform into single-crystal, periodically branched nanostructures upon heating. The mechanism of this novel transformation has been elucidated by heating II–VI nanobelts in an environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) in oxidizing, reducing and inert atmospheres while observing their structural changes with high spatial resolution. The interplay of surface reconstruction of high-energy surfaces of the wurtzite phase and environment-dependent anisotropic chemical etching of certain crystal surfaces in the branching mechanism of nanobelts has been observed. Understanding of structural and chemical transformations of materials via in situ microscopy techniques and their role in designing new nanostructured materials is discussed.

  8. Carrier transport in graphite/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-nanobelt/PtIr Schottky barrier diodes

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    Bi, Jinghui; Wei, Guodong; Shang, Minghui; Gao, Fengmei; Yang, Weiyou E-mail: weiyouyang@tsinghua.org.cn; Tang, Bin E-mail: weiyouyang@tsinghua.org.cn

    2014-11-10

    Understanding the roles of contacts and interfaces between metals and semiconductors is critically important for exploring nanostructure-based nanodevices. The present study shed some light on the dominated mechanism of size-dependent carrier transfer in the Schottky barrier diodes configured by the Pt-Ir/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-nanobelt/graphite (metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM)) sandwiched structure via a conductive atomic force microscopy using nanobelts with various thicknesses. The observed I-V behaviors suggested that the charge transports under the low and high biases were dominated by the reverse-biased Schottky barrier and space-charge-limited current (SCLC), respectively. The intermediate region between the low and high biases presented the transition between the Ohmic and SCLC behaviors, in which the ≡Si and =N dangling bonds acted as the defects within the Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanobelt surface are predominant in the charge transfer.

  9. Facile synthesis and characterization of FeP x V1 - x O4 nanobelts with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Liu, Zhendong; Lu, Qifang; Guo, Enyan; Wei, Mingzhi; Wang, Qinyu; Yao, Linbing

    2017-09-01

    With doping a bit of phosphorus (P) into the lattice of FeVO4 nanobelts, FeP x V1 - x O4 solid solution nanobelts have been successfully synthesized for the first time via a simple electrospinning process. The as-prepared products were characterized by thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-vis absorbance spectroscopy, and electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS). The results demonstrated that the lattice constants of FeVO4 were changed and transport of charge carriers was improved after doping P element. Furthermore, the FeP0.005V0.995O4 nanobelts presented an admirable one-dimensional morphology and the excellent photocatalytic properties for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) solution under the visible light irradiation. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  10. Real-Time Observation of Morphological Transformations in II-VI Semiconducting Nanobelts via Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy.

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    Agarwal, Rahul; Zakharov, Dmitri N; Krook, Nadia M; Liu, Wenjing; Berger, Jacob S; Stach, Eric A; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2015-05-13

    It has been observed that wurtzite II-VI semiconducting nanobelts transform into single-crystal, periodically branched nanostructures upon heating. The mechanism of this novel transformation has been elucidated by heating II-VI nanobelts in an environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) in oxidizing, reducing, and inert atmospheres while observing their structural changes with high spatial resolution. The interplay of surface reconstruction of high-energy surfaces of the wurtzite phase and environment-dependent anisotropic chemical etching of certain crystal surfaces in the branching mechanism of nanobelts has been observed. Understanding of structural and chemical transformations of materials via in situ microscopy techniques and their role in designing new nanostructured materials is discussed.

  11. Ultrahigh quantum efficiency of CuO nanoparticle decorated In2Ge2O7 nanobelt deep-ultraviolet photodetectors

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    Tian, Wei; Zhi, Chunyi; Zhai, Tianyou; Wang, Xi; Liao, Meiyong; Li, Songlin; Chen, Shimou; Golberg, Dmitri; Bando, Yoshio

    2012-09-01

    Although there has been significant progress in the fabrication and performance optimization of 1-D nanostructure-based deep-ultraviolet photodetectors, it is still a challenge to develop an effective device with high performance characteristics, such as high photocurrent-dark current ratio and high quantum efficiency. Herein, an efficient and simple method to fabricate high performance CuO nanoparticle decorated In2Ge2O7 nanobelt deep-ultraviolet photodetectors is presented. A CuO coated In2Ge2O7 nanobelt based photodetector showed very high responsivity (7.34 × 105 A W-1) and high quantum efficiency (3.5 × 106). The underlying mechanism is proposed to be the formation of p-n heterojunctions between decorated nanoparticles and nanobelts, which enhances the spatial separation of photogenerated electrons and holes. This study opens up a new horizon for creation of novel photodetectors with high quantum efficiency.Although there has been significant progress in the fabrication and performance optimization of 1-D nanostructure-based deep-ultraviolet photodetectors, it is still a challenge to develop an effective device with high performance characteristics, such as high photocurrent-dark current ratio and high quantum efficiency. Herein, an efficient and simple method to fabricate high performance CuO nanoparticle decorated In2Ge2O7 nanobelt deep-ultraviolet photodetectors is presented. A CuO coated In2Ge2O7 nanobelt based photodetector showed very high responsivity (7.34 × 105 A W-1) and high quantum efficiency (3.5 × 106). The underlying mechanism is proposed to be the formation of p-n heterojunctions between decorated nanoparticles and nanobelts, which enhances the spatial separation of photogenerated electrons and holes. This study opens up a new horizon for creation of novel photodetectors with high quantum efficiency. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr31791e

  12. Piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner in the tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope.

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    Zhao, Jianyong; Gong, Weitao; Cai, Wei; Shang, Guangyi

    2013-08-01

    A piezoelectric bimorph-based scanner operating in tip-scan mode for high speed atomic force microscope (AFM) is first presented. The free end of the bimorph is used for fixing an AFM cantilever probe and the other one is mounted on the AFM head. The sample is placed on the top of a piezoelectric tube scanner. High speed scan is performed with the bimorph that vibrates at the resonant frequency, while slow scanning is carried out by the tube scanner. The design and performance of the scanner is discussed and given in detailed. Combined with a commercially available data acquisition system, a high speed AFM has been built successfully. By real-time observing the deformation of the pores on the surface of a commercial piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5) ceramics under electric field, the dynamic imaging capability of the AFM is demonstrated. The results show that the notable advantage of the AFM is that dynamic process of the sample with large dimensions can be easily investigated. In addition, this design could provide a way to study a sample in real time under the given experimental condition, such as under an external electric field, on a heating stage, or in a liquid cell.

  13. Electrospinning synthesis of InVO4/BiVO4 heterostructured nanobelts and their enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Liu, Zhendong; Lu, Qifang; Guo, Enyan; Liu, Suwen

    2016-08-01

    In the present work, one-dimensional InVO4/BiVO4 heterostructured nanobelts with the width of about 800 nm have been successfully prepared by a simple electrospinning technique followed by the subsequent calcination process. The prepared products were characterized by thermogravimetry, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-Vis absorbance spectroscopy, high-performance liquid chromatography, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The obtained InVO4/BiVO4 heterostructured nanobelts presented an admirable morphology and excellent photocatalytic properties for the degradation of methylene blue solution under visible-light irradiation.

  14. Synthesis of Peptide-Based Hybrid Nanobelts with Enhanced Color Emission by Heat Treatment or Water Induction.

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    Liu, Xingcen; Zhu, Pengli; Fei, Jinbo; Zhao, Jie; Yan, Xuehai; Li, Junbai

    2015-06-22

    We demonstrate that an inorganic lanthanide ion (Tb(3+)) or organic dye molecules were encapsulated in situ into diphenylalanine (FF) organogels by a general, simple, and efficient co-assembly process, which generated peptide-based hybrid nanobelts with a range of colored emissions. In the presence of a photosensitizer (salicylic acid), the organogel can serve as an excellent molecular-donor scaffold to investigate FRET to Tb(3+). More importantly, heat treatment or water induction instigated a morphology transition from nanofibers to nanobelts, after which the participation of guest molecules in the FF assembly was promoted and the stability and photoluminescence emission of the composite organogels were enhanced.

  15. TiO2 Nanobelt@Co9S8 Composites as Promising Anode Materials for Lithium and Sodium Ion Batteries

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    Zhou, Yanli; Zhu, Qian; Jiang, Fuyi

    2017-01-01

    TiO2 anodes have attracted great attention due to their good cycling stability for lithium ion batteries and sodium ion batteries (LIBs and SIBs). Unfortunately, the low specific capacity and poor conductivity limit their practical application. The mixed phase TiO2 nanobelt (anatase and TiO2-B) based Co9S8 composites have been synthesized via the solvothermal reaction and subsequent calcination. During the formation process of hierarchical composites, glucose between TiO2 nanobelts and Co9S8 serves as a linker to increase the nucleation and growth of sulfides on the surface of TiO2 nanobelts. As anode materials for LIBs and SIBs, the composites combine the advantages of TiO2 nanobelts with those of Co9S8 nanomaterials. The reversible specific capacity of TiO2 nanobelt@Co9S8 composites is up to 889 and 387 mAh·g−1 at 0.1 A·g−1 after 100 cycles, respectively. The cooperation of excellent cycling stability of TiO2 nanobelts and high capacities of Co9S8 nanoparticles leads to the good electrochemical performances of TiO2 nanobelt@Co9S8 composites. PMID:28869498

  16. A New Device for Bimorph Mirrors Technology: the A1902BS Bipolar Power Supply System

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    Cautero, M.; Cautero, G.; Krastanov, B.; Billè, F.; Borghes, R.; Iviani, L.; Cocco, D.; Sostero, G.; Signorato, R.

    2007-01-01

    An important feature of X-ray Piezoelectric Bimorph Mirror (PBM) is the possibility to continuously vary its curvature (dynamical bending); this ability allows the precise adjustment of their optical properties to different beamline geometries and permits the variation of the grazing angle of incidence or to optimize the focal spot dimensions in the experimental chamber. When a driving voltage is applied at a particular position of the mirror, one of the piezo plates shrinks while the other one expands and, as an example, it can result in a purely spherical bending of the device if the same voltage is applied to all electrodes. The applied voltages have to be kept extremely stable on a very long time scale (weeks or even months). This means that the performance and the general behavior of the mirror are strongly dependent on the power supply used to drive it. For this challenging application, Sincrotrone Trieste developed a particularly stable high voltage bipolar power supply system (ranging from -2kV to + 2kV, zero crossing). This system is controlled by an Intel SBC board and accessible via Ethernet through any common web browser, Lab VIEW client or some of the most popular synchrotron facility control systems (Epics and Tango for instance). The maximum drain and source capabilities are 500uA per channel. Voltage monitoring is achieved by sensing the real output and feeding it to a true 16bit ADC. The voltage resolution achieved is about 60mV while the current resolution is about 60nA. Noise and residual ripple (rms) are better than 15ppm/FS and, most important, the long term stability (1 week observation) is better than 100ppm/FS. Some metrological measurements, on different bimorph mirrors, was carried out at the optical laboratory of Elettra. These measures demonstrate the high level of resolution and stability of the power supplies, able to change considerably the radius of curvature of the mirror and, in the meantime, correct even very small shape error.

  17. Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction by Carbon-Coated Indium-Oxide Nanobelts.

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    Pan, Yun-Xiang; You, Ya; Xin, Sen; Li, Yutao; Fu, Gengtao; Cui, Zhiming; Men, Yu-Long; Cao, Fei-Fei; Yu, Shu-Hong; Goodenough, John B

    2017-03-22

    Indium-oxide (In2O3) nanobelts coated by a 5-nm-thick carbon layer provide an enhanced photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CO and CH4, yielding CO and CH4 evolution rates of 126.6 and 27.9 μmol h(-1), respectively, with water as reductant and Pt as co-catalyst. The carbon coat promotes the absorption of visible light, improves the separation of photoinduced electron-hole pairs, increases the chemisorption of CO2, makes more protons from water splitting participate in CO2 reduction, and thereby facilitates the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CO and CH4.

  18. Photoinduced stiffening and photoplastic effect of ZnS individual nanobelt in nanoindentation

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    Zheng, X. J.; Yu, G. C.; Chen, Y. Q.; Mao, S. X.; Zhang, T.

    2010-11-15

    The photoinduced stiffening (PIS) and photoplastic effect (PPE) of ZnS individual nanobelt (NB) were observed by using a nanoindenter in conjunction with an incident ultraviolet (UV) light source system. The results show that the elastic modulus and hardness of ZnS individual NB under UV illumination are at least 32% and 20% larger than those in darkness. The mechanisms of PIS and PPE are interpreted by the increase in electronic strain and Peierls barrier due to the photogeneration of free carriers in ZnS individual NB. The research may offer useful guidelines to the application of optoelectronic devices based on individual nanostructures.

  19. Synthesis of Tapered CdS Nanobelts and CdSe Nanowires with Good Optical Property by Hydrogen-Assisted Thermal Evaporation.

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    Wang, Min; Fei, Guangtao

    2009-07-10

    The tapered CdS nanobelts and CdSe nanowires were prepared by hydrogen-assisted thermal evaporation method. Different supersaturation leads to two different kinds of 1D nanostructures. The PL measurements recorded from the as-prepared tapered CdS nanobelts and CdSe nanowires show only a bandgap emission with relatively narrow full-width half maximum, which means that they possess good optical property. The as-synthesized high-quality tapered CdS nanobelts and CdSe nanowires may be excellent building blocks for photonic devices.

  20. Micromachining of a bimorph Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) cantilever using a micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) process for energy harvesting application.

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    Kim, Moonkeun; Hwang, Beomseok; Jeong, Jaehwa; Min, Nam Ki; Kwon, Kwang-Ho

    2012-07-01

    We designed and fabricated a bimorph Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) cantilever with an integrated Si proof mass to obtain a low resonant frequency for an energy harvesting application. The cantilevers were fabricated on the micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) scale. A mode of piezoelectric conversions were d31 and d33 mode in cantilever vibration Therefore, we designed and fabricated a single cantilever with d31 unimorph, d31 bimorph, d33 unimorph, and d33 bimorph modes. Finally, we fabricated a device with beam dimensions of about 5,400 microm x 480 microm x 14 microm (< +/- 5%), and an integrated Si proof mass with dimensions of about 1,481 microm x 988 microm x 450 microm (< +/- 5%). In order to measure the d31 and d33 modes, we fabricated top and bottom electrodes. The distance between the top electrodes was 50 microm and the resonant frequency was 89.4 Hz. The average powers of the d31 unimorph, d31 bimorph, d33 unimorph, and d33 bimorph modes were 3.90, 9.60, 21.42, and 22.47 nW at 0.8 g (g = 9.8 m/s2) and optimal resistance, respectively.

  1. Characterization of a bimorph deformable mirror using stroboscopic phase-shifting interferometry

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    Horsley, David A.; Park, Hyunkyu; Laut, Sophie P.; Werner, John S.

    2008-01-01

    The static and dynamic characteristics of a bimorph deformable mirror (DM) for use in an adaptive optics system are described. The DM is a 35-actuator device composed of two disks of lead magnesium niobate (PMN), an electrostrictive ceramic that produces a mechanical strain in response to an imposed electric field. A custom stroboscopic phase-shifting interferometer was developed to measure the deformation of the mirror in response to applied voltage. The ability of the mirror to replicate optical aberrations described by the Zernike polynomials was tested as a measure of the mirror’s static performance. The natural frequencies of the DM were measured up to 20 kHz using both stroboscopic interferometry as well as a commercial laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). Interferometric measurements of the DM surface profile were analyzed by fitting the surface with mode-shapes predicted using classical plate theory for an elastically supported disk. The measured natural frequencies were found to be in good agreement with the predictions of the theoretical model. PMID:19122798

  2. Experimental validation of a distributed parameter piezoelectric bimorph cantilever energy harvester

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    Rafique, S.; Bonello, P.

    2010-09-01

    Recent rapid advances in low-power portable electronic applications have motivated researchers and industry to explore schemes to embed an endless power supply mechanism within these systems. These self-charging embedded power supply systems convert ambient energy (vibration, solar, wind, etc) into electrical energy and subsequently provide power to these portable applications. Ambient vibration is one of the most promising sources of energy as it is abundantly present in indoor/outdoor systems. This paper discusses briefly the mathematical model of a bimorph piezoelectric cantilever beam with distributed inertia, and its experimental validation. Research on such a component typically included a tip mass, which reduced the influence of the distributed inertia of the beam and restricted effective operation to low frequencies. The present work excludes the tip mass and only the distributed mass of the harvester is considered. Due to the coupled electromechanical nature of piezoelectric materials, the effects of electrical coupling on the mechanical properties of the harvester are investigated, particularly the dependence of the induced additional stiffness and damping on the electrical load. Both the model and the experimental results show that the resonance frequency and the response amplitude of the harvester exhibit considerable shifts due to the electrical coupling. The experimental work uses both magnitude and Nyquist plots of the electromechanical frequency response functions to thoroughly validate the accuracy and applicability of the distributed parameter model at higher frequencies than previously considered.

  3. Development of in-series piezoelectric bimorph bending beam actuators for active flow control applications

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    Chan, Wilfred K.; Clingman, Dan J.; Amitay, Michael

    2016-04-01

    Piezoelectric materials have long been used for active flow control purposes in aerospace applications to increase the effectiveness of aerodynamic surfaces on aircraft, wind turbines, and more. Piezoelectric actuators are an appropriate choice due to their low mass, small dimensions, simplistic design, and frequency response. This investigation involves the development of piezoceramic-based actuators with two bimorphs placed in series. Here, the main desired characteristic was the achievable displacement amplitude at specific driving voltages and frequencies. A parametric study was performed, in which actuators with varying dimensions were fabricated and tested. These devices were actuated with a sinusoidal waveform, resulting in an oscillating platform on which to mount active flow control devices, such as dynamic vortex generators. The main quantification method consisted of driving these devices with different voltages and frequencies to determine their free displacement, blocking force, and frequency response. It was found that resonance frequency increased with shorter and thicker actuators, while free displacement increased with longer and thinner actuators. Integration of the devices into active flow control test modules is noted. In addition to physical testing, a quasi-static analytical model was developed and compared with experimental data, which showed close correlation for both free displacement and blocking force.

  4. Suspended-slurry reactor

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    2016-03-22

    An apparatus for generating a large volume of gas from a liquid stream is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first channel through which the liquid stream passes. The apparatus also includes a layer of catalyst particles suspended in a solid slurry for generating gas from the liquid stream. The apparatus further includes a second channel through which a mixture of converted liquid and generated gas passes. A heat exchange channel heats the liquid stream. A wicking structure located in the second channel separates the gas generated from the converted liquid.

  5. Anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts derived from room-temperature-synthesized titanates for fast and safe lithium storage

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    Wen, Wei; Wu, Jin-ming; Jiang, Yin-zhu; Yu, Sheng-lan; Bai, Jun-qiang; Cao, Min-hua; Cui, Jie

    2015-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are promising energy storage devices for portable electronics, electric vehicles, and power-grid applications. It is highly desirable yet challenging to develop a simple and scalable method for constructions of sustainable materials for fast and safe LIBs. Herein, we exploit a novel and scalable route to synthesize ultrathin nanobelts of anatase TiO2, which is resource abundant and is eligible for safe anodes in LIBs. The achieved ultrathin nanobelts demonstrate outstanding performances for lithium storage because of the unique nanoarchitecture and appropriate composition. Unlike conventional alkali-hydrothermal approaches to hydrogen titanates, the present room temperature alkaline-free wet chemistry strategy guarantees the ultrathin thickness for the resultant titanate nanobelts. The anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts were achieved simply by a subsequent calcination in air. The synthesis route is convenient for metal decoration and also for fabricating thin films of one/three dimensional arrays on various substrates at low temperatures, in absence of any seed layers. PMID:26133276

  6. Engineering the Electrical Conductivity of Lamellar Silver-Doped Cobalt(II) Selenide Nanobelts for Enhanced Oxygen Evolution.

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    Zhao, Xu; Zhang, Hantao; Yan, Yu; Cao, Jinhua; Li, Xingqi; Zhou, Shiming; Peng, Zhenmeng; Zeng, Jie

    2017-01-02

    Precisely engineering the electrical conductivity represents a promising strategy to design efficient catalysts towards oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Here, we demonstrate a versatile partial cation exchange method to fabricate lamellar Ag-CoSe2 nanobelts with controllable conductivity. The electrical conductivity of the materials was significantly enhanced by the addition of Ag(+) cations of less than 1.0 %. Moreover, such a trace amount of Ag induced a negligible loss of active sites which was compensated through the effective generation of active sites as shown by the excellent conductivity. Both the enhanced conductivity and the retained active sites contributed to the remarkable electrocatalytic performance of the Ag-CoSe2 nanobelts. Relative to the CoSe2 nanobelts, the as-prepared Ag-CoSe2 nanobelts exhibited a higher current density and a lower Tafel slope towards OER. This strategy represents a rational design of efficient electrocatalysts through finely tuning their electrical conductivities. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts derived from room-temperature-synthesized titanates for fast and safe lithium storage.

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    Wen, Wei; Wu, Jin-ming; Jiang, Yin-zhu; Yu, Sheng-lan; Bai, Jun-qiang; Cao, Min-hua; Cui, Jie

    2015-07-02

    Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are promising energy storage devices for portable electronics, electric vehicles, and power-grid applications. It is highly desirable yet challenging to develop a simple and scalable method for constructions of sustainable materials for fast and safe LIBs. Herein, we exploit a novel and scalable route to synthesize ultrathin nanobelts of anatase TiO2, which is resource abundant and is eligible for safe anodes in LIBs. The achieved ultrathin nanobelts demonstrate outstanding performances for lithium storage because of the unique nanoarchitecture and appropriate composition. Unlike conventional alkali-hydrothermal approaches to hydrogen titanates, the present room temperature alkaline-free wet chemistry strategy guarantees the ultrathin thickness for the resultant titanate nanobelts. The anatase TiO2 ultrathin nanobelts were achieved simply by a subsequent calcination in air. The synthesis route is convenient for metal decoration and also for fabricating thin films of one/three dimensional arrays on various substrates at low temperatures, in absence of any seed layers.

  8. NbSe3 nanobelts wrapped by reduced graphene oxide for lithium ion battery with enhanced electrochemical performance

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    Li, Jing; Sun, Qi; Wang, Zhijie; Xiang, Junxiang; Zhao, Benliang; Qu, Yan; Xiang, Bin

    2017-08-01

    Recently, layered transition metal chalcogenides (LTMCs) have attracted great attention as anode materials for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). However, the volume expansion and structure instability of LTMCs during the lithiation and delithiation process still remains challenging. Herein, we report NbSe3 nanobelts wrapped by reduced-graphene oxide (NbSe3@rGO) utilized as buffer layers with enhanced electrochemical performance. The X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to probe features of the NbSe3@rGO. The NbSe3@rGO nanobelts as anode exhibit a discharge capacity of 300 mAh/g at the current density of 100 mAh/g after 250 cycles, several times higher than pure NbSe3 nanobelts. The improved electrochemical performance of NbSe3@rGO is attributed to a buffer effect from the rGO, cushioning the volume-change-induced strain effect on the structure of NbSe3 nanobelts during cycling.

  9. Enhanced ultraviolet-visible light responses of phototransistors based on single and a few ZrS₃ nanobelts.

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    Tao, You-Rong; Wu, Jia-Jing; Wu, Xing-Cai

    2015-09-14

    Phototransistors based on single and three ZrS3 nanobelts were fabricated on SiO2/Si wafers by photolithography and the lift-off technique, respectively, and their light-induced electric properties were investigated in detail. Both the devices demonstrate a remarkable photoresponse from ultraviolet to near infrared light. The photoswitch current ratio (PCR) of the single-nanobelt phototransistor is 13 under the illumination of 405 nm light with an optical power of 10.5 mW cm(-2) at a bias of 5 V, while the PCR of the three-nanobelt device is 210 under the illumination of 405 nm light with an optical power of 5.57 mW cm(-2) at a bias of 1 V. On comparison of the photoresponses under the same conditions, the latter is found to be superior to the former, and both the devices show a much better photoresponse than the reported flexible ZrS3-nanobelt-film photodetector.

  10. Ti(3+)-Promoted High Oxygen-Reduction Activity of Pd Nanodots Supported by Black Titania Nanobelts.

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    Yuan, Xiaotao; Wang, Xin; Liu, Xiangye; Ge, Hongxin; Yin, Guoheng; Dong, Chenlong; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-10-04

    One-dimensional nanocrystals favoring efficient charge transfer have attracted enormous attentions, and conductive nanobelts of black titania with a unique band structure and high electrical conductivity would be interestingly used in electrocatalysis. Here, Pd nanodots supported by two kinds of black titania, the oxygen-deficient titania (TiO2-x) and nitrogen-doped titania (TiO2-x:N), were synthesized as efficient composite catalysts for oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR). These composite catalysts show improved catalytic activity with lower overpotential and higher limited current, compared to the Pd nanodots supported on the white titania (Pd/TiO2). The improved activity is attributed to the relatively high conductivity of black titania nanobelts for efficient charge transfer (CT) between Ti(3+) species and Pd nanodots. The CT process enhances the strong metal-support interaction (SMSI) between Pd and TiO2, which lowers the absorption energy of O2 on Pd and makes it more suitable for oxygen reduction. Because of the stronger interaction between Pd and support, the Pd/TiO2-x:N also shows excellent durability and immunity to methanol poisoning.

  11. A Single Nanobelt Transistor for Gas Identification: Using a Gas-Dielectric Strategy.

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    Cai, Bin; Song, Zhiqi; Tong, Yanhong; Tang, Qingxin; Shaymurat, Talgar; Liu, Yichun

    2016-06-21

    Despite tremendous potential and urgent demand in high-response low-cost gas identification, the development of gas identification based on a metal oxide semiconductor nanowire/nanobelt remains limited by fabrication complexity and redundant signals. Researchers have shown a multisensor-array strategy with "one key to one lock" configuration. Here, we describe a new strategy to create high-response room-temperature gas identification by employing gas as dielectric. This enables gas discrimination down to the part per billion (ppb) level only based on one pristine single nanobelt transistor, with the excellent average Mahalanobis distance (MD) as high as 35 at the linear discriminant analysis (LDA) space. The single device realizes the selective recognition function of electronic nose. The effect of the gas dielectric on the response of the multiple field-effect parameters is discussed by the comparative investigation of gas and solid-dielectric devices and the studies on trap density changes in the conductive channel. The current work opens up exciting opportunities for room-temperature gas recognition based on the pristine single device.

  12. Polypyrrole-coated samarium oxide nanobelts: fabrication, characterization, and application in supercapacitors

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    Liu, Peng; Wang, Yunjiao; Wang, Xue; Yang, Chao; Yi, Yanfeng

    2012-11-01

    Polypyrrole-coated samarium oxide nanobelts were synthesized by the in situ chemical oxidative surface polymerization technique based on the self-assembly of pyrrole on the surface of the amine-functionalized Sm2O3 nanobelts. The morphologies of the polypyrrole/samarium oxide (PPy/Sm2O3) nanocomposites were characterized using transmission electron microscope. The UV-vis absorbance of these samples was also investigated, and the remarkable enhancement was clearly observed. The electrochemical behaviors of the PPy/Sm2O3 composites were investigated by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and galvanostatic charge-discharge. The results indicated that the PPy/Sm2O3 composite electrode was fully reversible and achieved a very fast Faradaic reaction. After being corrected into the weight percentage of the PPy/Sm2O3 composite at a current density of 20 mA cm-2 in a 1.0 M NaNO3 electrolyte solution, a maximum discharge capacity of 771 F g-1 was achieved in a half-cell setup configuration for the PPy/Sm2O3 composites electrode with the potential application to electrode materials for electrochemical capacitors.

  13. A Single Nanobelt Transistor for Gas Identification: Using a Gas-Dielectric Strategy

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    Cai, Bin; Song, Zhiqi; Tong, Yanhong; Tang, Qingxin; Shaymurat, Talgar; Liu, Yichun

    2016-01-01

    Despite tremendous potential and urgent demand in high-response low-cost gas identification, the development of gas identification based on a metal oxide semiconductor nanowire/nanobelt remains limited by fabrication complexity and redundant signals. Researchers have shown a multisensor-array strategy with “one key to one lock” configuration. Here, we describe a new strategy to create high-response room-temperature gas identification by employing gas as dielectric. This enables gas discrimination down to the part per billion (ppb) level only based on one pristine single nanobelt transistor, with the excellent average Mahalanobis distance (MD) as high as 35 at the linear discriminant analysis (LDA) space. The single device realizes the selective recognition function of electronic nose. The effect of the gas dielectric on the response of the multiple field-effect parameters is discussed by the comparative investigation of gas and solid-dielectric devices and the studies on trap density changes in the conductive channel. The current work opens up exciting opportunities for room-temperature gas recognition based on the pristine single device. PMID:27338394

  14. Ultrafast spatially-resolved carrier dynamics in single CdSSe nanobelts

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    Gundlach, Lars; Piotrowiak, Piotr

    2009-03-01

    A recently constructed Kerr-gated microscope was applied to spatially, temporally, and spectrally resolve the ultrafast non-linear excitation relaxation dynamics in single CdSSe nanobelts. Luminescence movies with a 100 fs frame resolution were constructed. The ability to spatially resolve the femtosecond dynamics in a single emitting object gives insights which would be impossible to obtain in an ensemble measurement. By applying the Kerr-gated microscope we are able to monitor the dynamics in a single nanobelt with a sufficient time resolution to reveal the different pathways that compete with the dissociation of multiple excitons. We will show that ensemble averaging methods give results that are complicated because of ensemble inhomogeneities. Indeed, already a different orientation of the nanoparticles with respect to the light-field leads to different dynamic response and difficult to interpret results. The onset of nonlinear behavior and the subsequent dynamics are particularly sensitive to even the most subtle inhomogeneities in composition and morphology and hence most difficult to study under the condition of ensemble averaging making time-resolved wide-field fluorescence microscopy a perfect aid in disentangling the complex response.

  15. Local defect-induced red-shift of cathodoluminescence in individual ZnS nanobelts.

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    Liu, B D; Yang, B; Dierre, B; Sekiguchi, T; Jiang, X

    2014-11-07

    The luminescence of semiconductor nanostructures is strongly dependent on their size, dimensions, morphology, composition, or defects, and their band emissions can be properly and selectively tailored through the rational manipulation of these parameters during material growth. Using spatially-resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy, monochromatic contrast maps and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, an obvious red-shift of the near-band-edge emission of wurtzite ZnS nanobelts, resulting from a strip of stacking faults or a zinc-blende phase with tens of atomic layers in width, has been observed and its related mechanism has been discussed. This finding is not specific to the defect-dependent optical properties tailoring of ZnS nanostructures and represents a general validity for clarifying the mechanism of peak-shift (band-gap expansion or shrinking) of a wide range of semiconductor nanostructures with various defects. In addition, the general formation mechanism of the belt-like nanostructure was proposed based on precise microstructure analyses on a ZnS nanobelt with atomic terrace growth fronts.

  16. Large electrical manipulation of permittivity in BaTiO{sub 3} and Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} bimorph heterostructure

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    Ci, Penghong; Liu, Guoxi; Dong, Shuxiang; Zhang, Li

    2014-08-18

    We report a strain-mediated electric field manipulation of permittivity in BaTiO{sub 3} (barium titanate, BT) ceramic by a Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} (PZT) bimorph. This BT/PZT heterostructure exhibited a relatively large permittivity tunability of BT up to ±10% in a wide frequency range under an electric field of ±4 kV/cm applied to the PZT bimorph. The permittivity tunability is attributed to the strain in BT produced by the PZT bimorph. Calculations of the relationship between permittivity and applied electric field were developed, and corresponded well with measurements. The BT/PZT heterostructure has potential for applications in broadband field tunable smart electronic devices.

  17. Dispersive suspended microextraction.

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    Yang, Zhong-Hua; Liu, Yu; Lu, Yue-Le; Wu, Tong; Zhou, Zhi-Qiang; Liu, Dong-Hui

    2011-11-14

    A novel sample pre-treatment technique termed dispersive suspended microextraction (DSME) coupled with gas chromatography-flame photometric detection (GC-FPD) has been developed for the determination of eight organophosphorus pesticides (ethoprophos, malathion, chlorpyrifos, isocarbophos, methidathion, fenamiphos, profenofos, triazophos) in aqueous samples. In this method, both extraction and two phases' separation process were performed by the assistance of magnetic stirring. After separating the two phases, 1 μL of the suspended phase was injected into GC for further instrument analysis. Varieties of experiment factors which could affect the experiment results were optimized and the following were selected: 12.0 μL p-xylene was selected as extraction solvent, extraction speed was 1200 rpm, extraction time was 30 s, the restoration speed was 800 rpm, the restoration time was 8 min, and no salt was added. Under the optimum conditions, limits of detections (LODs) varied between 0.01 and 0.05 μg L(-1). The relative standard deviation (RSDs, n=6) ranged from 4.6% to 12.1%. The linearity was obtained by five points in the concentration range of 0.1-100.0 μg L(-1). Correlation coefficients (r) varied from 0.9964 to 0.9995. The enrichment factors (EFs) were between 206 and 243. In the final experiment, the developed method has been successfully applied to the determination of organophosphorus pesticides in wine and tap water samples and the obtained recoveries were between 83.8% and 101.3%. Compared with other pre-treatment methods, DSME has its own features and could achieve satisfied results for the analysis of trace components in complicated matrices.

  18. A soft-polymer piezoelectric bimorph cantilever-actuated peristaltic micropump

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    Graf, Neil J.

    2009-01-01

    A peristaltic micropump was fabricated and characterized. The micropump was fabricated using soft lithography, and actuated using piezoelectric bimorph cantilevers. The micropump channel was formed by bonding two layers of PDMS, mixed at 5 : 1 and 30 : 1 ratios. The channel was fabricated in the 5 : 1 layer using replica molding (REM), where a very simple and inexpensive template was made by straddling a 75 μm wire over a glass substrate, followed by covering and smoothing over the wire with a piece of aluminium foil. Not only was this template inexpensive and extremely simple to fabricate, it also created a rounded cross-sectional geometry which is favorable for complete valve shutoff. The cantilevers were driven at V p = ±90 V with amplified square wave signals generated by a virtual function generator created in LabVIEW. Connections to the micropump were made by placing capillary tubes in the channel, and then sealed between the two layers of PDMS. Machined aluminium clamps were adhered to the tips of the cantilevers with general purpose adhesive. These clamps allowed for aluminium valves, with finely machined tips of dimensions 3 mm by 200 μm, to be held firmly in place. The variables characterized for this micropump were flow rate, maximum attainable backpressure, free cantilever deflection, valve shutoff, and valve leakage. Three actuation patterns with phase differences of 60, 90, and 120° were compared for flow rate and maximum backpressure. It was determined that the 120° signal outperformed the 60° and 90° signals for both maximum flowrate and maximum attainable backpressure. The maximum and minimum flowrates demonstrated by the micropump were 289 nL min−1 and 53 nL min−1, respectively. The maximum backpressure attained was 35 300 Pa. It was also demonstrated that the valves fully closed the channels upon actuation, with minimal observed leakage. PMID:18813388

  19. A soft-polymer piezoelectric bimorph cantilever-actuated peristaltic micropump.

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    Graf, Neil J; Bowser, Michael T

    2008-10-01

    A peristaltic micropump was fabricated and characterized. The micropump was fabricated using soft lithography, and actuated using piezoelectric bimorph cantilevers. The micropump channel was formed by bonding two layers of PDMS, mixed at 5:1 and 30:1 ratios. The channel was fabricated in the 5:1 layer using replica molding (REM), where a very simple and inexpensive template was made by straddling a 75 microm wire over a glass substrate, followed by covering and smoothing over the wire with a piece of aluminium foil. Not only was this template inexpensive and extremely simple to fabricate, it also created a rounded cross-sectional geometry which is favorable for complete valve shutoff. The cantilevers were driven at Vp=+/-90 V with amplified square wave signals generated by a virtual function generator created in LabVIEW. Connections to the micropump were made by placing capillary tubes in the channel, and then sealed between the two layers of PDMS. Machined aluminium clamps were adhered to the tips of the cantilevers with general purpose adhesive. These clamps allowed for aluminium valves, with finely machined tips of dimensions 3 mm by 200 microm, to be held firmly in place. The variables characterized for this micropump were flow rate, maximum attainable backpressure, free cantilever deflection, valve shutoff, and valve leakage. Three actuation patterns with phase differences of 60, 90, and 120 degrees were compared for flow rate and maximum backpressure. It was determined that the 120 degrees signal outperformed the 60 degrees and 90 degrees signals for both maximum flowrate and maximum attainable backpressure. The maximum and minimum flowrates demonstrated by the micropump were 289 nL min(-1) and 53 nL min(-1), respectively. The maximum backpressure attained was 35 300 Pa. It was also demonstrated that the valves fully closed the channels upon actuation, with minimal observed leakage.

  20. Electroelastic modeling and experimental validations of piezoelectric energy harvesting from broadband random vibrations of cantilevered bimorphs

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    Zhao, S.; Erturk, A.

    2013-01-01

    We present electroelastic modeling, analytical and numerical solutions, and experimental validations of piezoelectric energy harvesting from broadband random vibrations. The modeling approach employed herein is based on a distributed-parameter electroelastic formulation to ensure that the effects of higher vibration modes are included, since broadband random vibrations, such as Gaussian white noise, might excite higher vibration modes. The goal is to predict the expected value of the power output and the mean-square shunted vibration response in terms of the given power spectral density (PSD) or time history of the random vibrational input. The analytical method is based on the PSD of random base excitation and distributed-parameter frequency response functions of the coupled voltage output and shunted vibration response. The first of the two numerical solution methods employs the Fourier series representation of the base acceleration history in an ordinary differential equation solver while the second method uses an Euler-Maruyama scheme to directly solve the resulting electroelastic stochastic differential equations. The analytical and numerical simulations are compared with several experiments for a brass-reinforced PZT-5H bimorph under different random excitation levels. The simulations exhibit very good agreement with the experimental measurements for a range of resistive electrical boundary conditions and input PSD levels. It is also shown that lightly damped higher vibration modes can alter the expected power curve under broadband random excitation. Therefore, the distributed-parameter modeling and solutions presented herein can be used as a more accurate alternative to the existing single-degree-of-freedom solutions for broadband random vibration energy harvesting.

  1. Suspended-sediment transport measurement

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    Gray, John R.

    2007-01-01

    Of the two operationally defined phases of fluvial-sediment transport – suspended load and bedload – collection of suspended-load data is the more common. This is a reflection of a number of factors including the general predominance of suspended load over bedload in mass transport and the greater difficulty and costs associated with collecting bedload data. Acquisition of suspended-sediment data for sediment-transport computations requires collection of water-sediment samples that represent, or can be reliably adjusted to represent, the mean discharge-weighted concentration and particle-size distribution in a cross section at the time of sample collection. Analytical results from a sufficient number of representative samples obtained with concurrent water-discharge values are needed to compute suspended-sediment discharge for the period of interest.

  2. Self-assembly of ultrathin Cu2MoS4 nanobelts for highly efficient visible light-driven degradation of methyl orange

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    Zhang, Ke; Chen, Wenxing; Lin, Yunxiang; Chen, Haiping; Haleem, Yasir A.; Wu, Chuanqiang; Ye, Fei; Wang, Tianxing; Song, Li

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate ultrathin self-assembled Cu2MoS4 nanobelts synthesized by using Cu2O as the starting sacrificial template via a hydrothermal method. The nanobelts exhibit strong light absorption over a broad wavelength spectrum, suggesting their potential application as photocatalysts. The photocatalytic activity of nanobelts is evaluated by the degradation of Methyl Orange (MO) dye under visible light irradiation. Notably, the nanobelts can completely degrade 100 mL of 15 mg mL-1 MO in 20 minutes with excellent recycling and structural stability, suggesting their excellent photocatalytic performance. In comparison with a sheet-like sample, the high efficiency of the self-assembled Cu2MoS4 nanobelts is attributed to a high surface area and a unique band gap, agreeing with the nitrogen adsorption analysis and photoluminescence spectra. This study offers a self-assembled synthetic route to create new multifunctional nanoarchitectures composed of atomic layers, and thus may open a window for greatly extending potential applications in water pollution treatment, photocatalytic water-splitting, solar cells and other related fields.We demonstrate ultrathin self-assembled Cu2MoS4 nanobelts synthesized by using Cu2O as the starting sacrificial template via a hydrothermal method. The nanobelts exhibit strong light absorption over a broad wavelength spectrum, suggesting their potential application as photocatalysts. The photocatalytic activity of nanobelts is evaluated by the degradation of Methyl Orange (MO) dye under visible light irradiation. Notably, the nanobelts can completely degrade 100 mL of 15 mg mL-1 MO in 20 minutes with excellent recycling and structural stability, suggesting their excellent photocatalytic performance. In comparison with a sheet-like sample, the high efficiency of the self-assembled Cu2MoS4 nanobelts is attributed to a high surface area and a unique band gap, agreeing with the nitrogen adsorption analysis and photoluminescence spectra. This study

  3. Fabrication of a self-sensing electroactive polymer bimorph actuator based on polyvinylidene fluoride and its electrostrictive terpolymer

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    Engel, Leeya; Van Volkinburg, Kyle R.; Ben-David, Moti; Washington, Gregory N.; Krylov, Slava; Shacham-Diamand, Yosi

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we report on the fabrication of a self-sensing electroactive polymer cantilevered bimorph beam actuator and its frequency response. Tip deflections of the beam, induced by applying an AC signal across ferroelectric relaxor polyvinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE)), reached a magnitude of 350μm under a field of ~55MV/m and were recorded externally using a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). Deflections were determined simultaneously by applying a sensing model to the voltage measured across the bimorph's integrated layer of piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The sensing model treats the structure as a simple Euler- Bernoulli cantilevered beam with two distributed active elements represented through the use of generalized functions and offers a method through which real time tip deflection can be measured without the need for external visualization. When not being used as a sensing element, the PVDF layer can provide an additional means for actuation of the beam via the converse piezoelectric effect, resulting in bidirectional control of the beam's deflections. Integration of flexible sensing elements together with modeling of the electroactive polymer beam can benefit the developing field of polymer microactuators which have applications in soft robotics as "smart" prosthetics/implants, haptic displays, tools for less invasive surgery, and sensing.

  4. Suspended graphene variable capacitor

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    AbdelGhany, M.; Mahvash, F.; Mukhopadhyay, M.; Favron, A.; Martel, R.; Siaj, M.; Szkopek, T.

    2016-12-01

    Electromechanical variable capacitors, or varactors, find a wide range of applications including sensing applications and the tuning of electrical circuit resonance. We demonstrate a nano-electromechanical graphene varactor, a variable capacitor wherein the capacitance is tuned by voltage controlled deflection of a dense array of suspended graphene membranes. The low flexural rigidity of graphene monolayers is exploited to achieve low actuation voltage and high tunable capacitance density in an ultra-thin structure. Large arrays comprising thousands of suspensions were fabricated to give a tunable capacitance of over 10 pF mm-2. This capacitance density suggests that graphene offers a potential solution to the challenge of reducing the size of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). A capacitance tuning of 55% was achieved with a 10 V actuating voltage, exceeding the 50% tuning limit of Hookean parallel plate pull-in without the use of complex mechanical schemes that occupy substrate area. Capacitor behavior was investigated experimentally, and described by a simple theoretical model. Mechanical properties of the graphene membranes were measured independently using atomic force microscopy. We present a comparison of state-of-the-art MEMS and graphene varactors. The quality factor of graphene varactors is limited by graphene sheet resistance, pull-in voltage can be improved with more aggressive scaling, while the power handling and cycling stability of graphene varactors remains unknown.

  5. Nickel-doped nanobelt structured molybdenum oxides as electrocatalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction

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    Kalasapurayil Kunhiraman, Aruna; Ramasamy, Manoharan

    2017-06-01

    In this work, nickel has been doped into α-MoO3 and the resulting Ni x Mo1 - x O3 nanostructured materials was examined as electrocatalysts for the cathodic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the synthesized materials indicated that Ni go into the orthorhombic structure of α-MoO3 up to x = 0.2. Above x = 0.2, NiMoO4 (monoclinic) phase was formed along with the formation of trace quantities of MoO3. Nanobelt (NB) morphologies were observed for oxides with x ≤ 0.2 in transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis and with the increase in the Ni concentration above 0.2, presence of broken belts along with few spherical particles were observed. The hydrogen evolving rates for various concentrations of Ni in MoO3 has been compared from the linear sweep voltammograms (LSVs) recorded at 500th cycle.

  6. Ultrathin strain-gated field effect transistor based on In-doped ZnO nanobelts

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    Zhang, Zheng; Du, Junli; Li, Bing; Zhang, Shuhao; Hong, Mengyu; Zhang, Xiaomei; Liao, Qingliang; Zhang, Yue

    2017-08-01

    In this work, we fabricated a strain-gated piezoelectric transistor based on single In-doped ZnO nanobelt with ±(0001) top/bottom polar surfaces. In the vertical structured transistor, the Pt tip of the AFM and Au film are used as source and drain electrode. The electrical transport performance of the transistor is gated by compressive strains. The working mechanism is attributed to the Schottky barrier height changed under the coupling effect of piezoresistive and piezoelectric. Uniquely, the transistor turns off under the compressive stress of 806 nN. The strain-gated transistor is likely to have important applications in high resolution mapping device and MEMS devices.

  7. Thermoelectric nanogenerators based on single Sb-doped ZnO micro/nanobelts.

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    Yang, Ya; Pradel, Ken C; Jing, Qingshen; Wu, Jyh Ming; Zhang, Fang; Zhou, Yusheng; Zhang, Yue; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2012-08-28

    We demonstrate a thermoelectric nanogenerator (NG) made from a single Sb-doped ZnO micro/nanobelt that generates an output power of about 1.94 nW under a temperature difference of 30 K between the two electrodes. A single Sb-doped ZnO microbelt was bonded at its ends on a glass substrate as a NG, which can give an output voltage of 10 mV and an output current of 194 nA. The single Sb-doped ZnO microbelt shows a Seebeck coefficient of about -350 μV/K and a high power factor of about 3.2 × 10(-4) W/mK(2). The fabricated NG demonstrated its potential to work as a self-powered temperature sensor with a reset time of about 9 s.

  8. Present perspectives of broadband photodetectors based on nanobelts, nanoribbons, nanosheets and the emerging 2D materials.

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    Dhanabalan, Sathish Chander; Ponraj, Joice Sophia; Zhang, Han; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-03-28

    Recent research on photodetectors has been mainly focused on nanostructured materials that form the building blocks of device fabrication. The selection of a suitable material with well-defined properties forms the key issue for the fabrication of photodetectors that cover different ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this review, the latest progress in light detection using nanobelts, nanoribbons, nanosheets and the emerging two-dimensional (2D) materials is reviewed. Particular emphasis is placed on the detection of light by the hybrid structures of the mentioned nanostructured materials in order to enhance the efficiency of the light-matter interaction. The booming research area of black phosphorus based photo-detection is also reviewed. This review provides an overview of basic concepts and new directions towards photodetectors, and highlights potential for the future development of high performance broadband photodetectors.

  9. Electrochemical sensing of bisphenol using a multilayer graphene nanobelt modified photolithography patterned platinum electrode

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    Karthick Kannan, Padmanathan; Hu, Chunxiao; Morgan, Hywel; Moshkalev, Stanislav A.; Sekhar Rout, Chandra

    2016-09-01

    An electrochemical sensor has been developed for the detection of Bisphenol-A (BPA) using photolithographically patterned platinum electrodes modified with multilayer graphene nanobelts (GNB). Compared to bare electrodes, the GNB modified electrode exhibited enhanced BPA oxidation current, due to the high effective surface area and high adsorption capacity of the GNB. The sensor showed a linear response over the concentration range from 0.5 μM-9 μM with a very low limit of detection = 37.33 nM. In addition, the sensor showed very good stability and reproducibility with good specificity, demonstrating that GNB is potentially a new material for the development of a practical BPA electrochemical sensor with application in both industrial and plastic industries.

  10. Nanotubes, nanobelts, nanowires, and nanorods of silicon carbide from the wheat husks

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    Qadri, S. B.; Rath, B. B.; Gorzkowski, E. P.; Feng, J.; Qadri, S. N.; Caldwell, J. D.

    2015-09-14

    Nanotubes, nanowires, nanobelts, and nanorods of SiC were synthesized from the thermal treatment of wheat husks at temperatures in excess of 1450 °C. From the analysis based on x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, it has been found that the processed samples of wheat husk consisted of 2H and 3C polytypes of SiC exhibiting the nanostructure shapes. These nanostructures of silicon carbide formed from wheat husks are of technological importance for designing advance composites, applications in biotechnology, and electro-optics. The thermodynamics of the formation of SiC is discussed in terms of the rapid solid state reaction between hydrocarbons and silica on the molecular scale, which is inherently present in the wheat husks.

  11. Enhancing the electrical and optoelectronic performance of nanobelt devices by molecular surface functionalization.

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    Lao, Changshi; Li, Yi; Wong, C P; Wang, Z L

    2007-05-01

    By functionalizing the surfaces of ZnO nanobelts (NBs) with a thin self-assembled molecular layer, the electrical and optoelectronic performances of a single NB-based device are drastically improved. For a single NB-based device, due to energy band tuning and surface modification, the conductance was enhanced by 6 orders of magnitude upon functionalization; a coating molecule layer has changed a Schottky contact into an Ohmic contact without sophisticated deposition of multilayered metals. A functionalized NB showed negative differential resistance and exhibited huge improved photoconductivity and gas sensing response. The functionalized molecular layer also greatly reduced the etching rate of the ZnO NBs by buffer solution, largely extending their life time for biomedical applications. Our study demonstrates a new approach for improving the physical properties of oxide NBs and nanowires for device applications.

  12. Width-to-thickness ratio dependence on photoplastic effect of ZnS nanobelt

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    Wei, Y.; Xu, L. H.; Tao, Y. W.; Zheng, X. J.; Yang, J. H.; Zou, D. F.; Mao, S. X.

    2012-08-01

    Photoplastic effect (PPE) of individual ZnS nanobelt with different width-to-thickness (w/t) ratios was investigated by using a nanoindenter in conjunction with an incident ultraviolet light source system. The results show that the positive and negative PPEs are observed for the w/t ratios 4.9-9.6 and 3.2-4.1. At the peak indentation loads 20-50 μN, the positive and negative PPEs occur for the w/t ratios 4.9 and 3.2, however, they disappear at 60 μN. PPE is determined by w/t ratio not peak indentation load, and it is interpreted by the competing mechanisms of increase of Peierls barrier and radiation enhanced dislocation glide.

  13. Present perspectives of broadband photodetectors based on nanobelts, nanoribbons, nanosheets and the emerging 2D materials

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    Dhanabalan, Sathish Chander; Ponraj, Joice Sophia; Zhang, Han; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-03-01

    Recent research on photodetectors has been mainly focused on nanostructured materials that form the building blocks of device fabrication. The selection of a suitable material with well-defined properties forms the key issue for the fabrication of photodetectors that cover different ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this review, the latest progress in light detection using nanobelts, nanoribbons, nanosheets and the emerging two-dimensional (2D) materials is reviewed. Particular emphasis is placed on the detection of light by the hybrid structures of the mentioned nanostructured materials in order to enhance the efficiency of the light-matter interaction. The booming research area of black phosphorus based photo-detection is also reviewed. This review provides an overview of basic concepts and new directions towards photodetectors, and highlights potential for the future development of high performance broadband photodetectors.

  14. Highly sensitive and selective electrochemical dopamine sensing properties of multilayer graphene nanobelts

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    Karthick Kannan, Padmanathan; Moshkalev, Stanislav A.; Sekhar Rout, Chandra

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, we report the electrochemical sensing property of multi-layer graphene nanobelts (GNBs) towards dopamine (DA). GNBs are synthesized from natural graphite and characterized by using techniques like field-emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. An electrochemical sensor based on GNBs is developed for the detection of DA. From the cyclic voltammetry and amperometry studies, it is found that GNBs possess excellent electrocatalytic activity towards DA molecules. The developed DA sensor showed a sensitivity value of 0.95 μA μM-1 cm-2 with a linear range of 2 μM to 0.2 mM. The interference data exhibited that GNB is highly selective to DA even in the presence of common interfering species like ascorbic acid, uric acid, glucose and lactic acid.

  15. Orthorhombic MoO3 nanobelts based NO2 gas sensor

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    Mane, A. A.; Moholkar, A. V.

    2017-05-01

    Molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) nanobelts have been deposited onto the glass substrates using chemical spray pyrolysis (CSP) deposition method. The XRD patterns reveal that films are polycrystalline having an orthorhombic crystal structure. Raman spectra confirm that the films are orthorhombic in phase. The XPS study shows the presence of two well resolved spectral lines of Mo-3d core levels appearing at the binding energy values of 232.82 eV and 235.95 eV corresponding to Mo-3d5/2 and Mo-3d3/2, respectively. These binding energy values are assigned to Mo6+ oxidation state of fully oxidized MoO3. The FE-SEM micrographs show the formation of nanobelts-like morphology. The AFM micrographs reveal that the RMS surface roughness increases from 16.5 nm to 17.5 nm with increase in film thickness from 470 nm to 612 nm and then decreases to 16 nm for 633 nm film thickness. The band gap energy is found to be decreased from 3.40 eV to 3.38 eV. To understand the electronic transport phenomenon in MoO3 thin films, dielectric properties are studied. For 612 nm film thickness, the highest NO2 gas response of 68% is obtained at an operating temperature of 200 °C for 100 ppm concentration with response and recovery times of 15 s and 150 s, respectively. The lower detection limit is found to be 10 ppm which is half of the immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) value of 20 ppm. Finally, NO2 gas sensing mechanism in an orthorhombic MoO3 crystal structure is discussed in detail.

  16. Differential Mouse Pulmonary Dose and Time Course Responses to Titanium Dioxide Nanospheres and Nanobelts

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    Porter, Dale W.

    2013-01-01

    Three anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared; nanospheres (NSs), short nanobelts (NB1), and long nanobelts (NB2). These NPs were used to investigate the effect of NP shape and length on lung toxicity. Mice were exposed (0–30 µg per mouse) by pharyngeal aspiration and pulmonary toxicity was assessed over a 112-day time course. Whole lung lavage data indicated that NB1- and NB2-exposed mice, but not NS-exposed mice, had significant dose- and time-dependent pulmonary inflammation and damage. Histopathological analyses at 112 days postexposure determined no interstitial fibrosis in any NS-exposed mice, an increased incidence in 30 µg NB1-exposed mice, and significant interstitial fibrosis in 30 µg NB2-exposed mice. At 112 days postexposure, lung burden of NS was decreased by 96.4% and NB2 by 80.5% from initial deposition levels. At 112 days postexposure, enhanced dark field microscopy determined that alveolar macro- phages were the dominant deposition site, but a fraction of NB1 and NB2 was observed in the alveolar interstitial spaces. For the 30 µg exposure groups at 112 days postexposure, confocal micro- scopy and immunofluorescent staining demonstrated that retained NB2 but not NS were present in the interstitium subjacent to the terminal bronchiole near the normal location of the smallest lymphatic capillaries in the lung. These lymphatic capillaries play a critical role in particle clearance, and the accumulation of NB2, but not NS, suggests possible impaired lymphatic clearance by the high aspect ratio particles. In summary, our data indicate that TiO2 NP shape alters pulmonary responses, with severity of responses being ranked as NS < NB1 < NB2. PMID:22956629

  17. Differential mouse pulmonary dose and time course responses to titanium dioxide nanospheres and nanobelts.

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    Porter, Dale W; Wu, Nianqiang; Hubbs, Ann F; Mercer, Robert R; Funk, Kathleen; Meng, Fanke; Li, Jiangtian; Wolfarth, Michael G; Battelli, Lori; Friend, Sherri; Andrew, Michael; Hamilton, Raymond; Sriram, Krishnan; Yang, Feng; Castranova, Vincent; Holian, Andrij

    2013-01-01

    Three anatase titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared; nanospheres (NSs), short nanobelts (NB1), and long nanobelts (NB2). These NPs were used to investigate the effect of NP shape and length on lung toxicity. Mice were exposed (0-30 µg per mouse) by pharyngeal aspiration and pulmonary toxicity was assessed over a 112-day time course. Whole lung lavage data indicated that NB1- and NB2-exposed mice, but not NS-exposed mice, had significant dose- and time-dependent pulmonary inflammation and damage. Histopathological analyses at 112 days postexposure determined no interstitial fibrosis in any NS-exposed mice, an increased incidence in 30 µg NB1-exposed mice, and significant interstitial fibrosis in 30 µg NB2-exposed mice. At 112 days postexposure, lung burden of NS was decreased by 96.4% and NB2 by 80.5% from initial deposition levels. At 112 days postexposure, enhanced dark field microscopy determined that alveolar macro- phages were the dominant deposition site, but a fraction of NB1 and NB2 was observed in the alveolar interstitial spaces. For the 30 µg exposure groups at 112 days postexposure, confocal micro- scopy and immunofluorescent staining demonstrated that retained NB2 but not NS were present in the interstitium subjacent to the terminal bronchiole near the normal location of the smallest lymphatic capillaries in the lung. These lymphatic capillaries play a critical role in particle clearance, and the accumulation of NB2, but not NS, suggests possible impaired lymphatic clearance by the high aspect ratio particles. In summary, our data indicate that TiO(2) NP shape alters pulmonary responses, with severity of responses being ranked as NS < NB1 < NB2.

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  7. High-aspect-ratio HfC nanobelts accompanied by HfC nanowires: Synthesis, characterization and field emission properties

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    Tian, Song; Zhang, Yulei; Ren, Jincui; Qiang, Xinfa; Zhang, Shouyang; Li, Hejun

    2017-04-01

    As a key refractory carbide, hafnium carbide (HfC) is commonly used as structural materials while the field emission (FE) application of HfC in the field of vacuum microelectronics is almost the only one for functional material purposes. Based on its outstanding physical and chemical characteristics, HfC is identified as a potential candidate with satisfactory mechanical properties and long-term and/or high-temperature FE stability for future applications in high-performance field emitters. However, the development of HfC in various FE applications is hindered because it is not facile to fabricate large-scale low-dimensional HfC field nanoemitters. Herein, High-aspect-ratio HfC nanobelts accompanied by HfC nanowires were synthesized on a large scale by a traditional and simple catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Classical vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) theory was employed to explain the growth of the HfC nanowires and nanobelts along axial direction. The thin HfO2 shell and thin C layer surrounding the nanostructures might give rise to the diameter fluctuation of HfC nanowires and the width increase of HfC nanobelts in lateral direction. Field emission results show that the high-aspect-ratio HfC nanobelts accompanied by the nanowires are promising field nanoemitters, which exhibit excellent field emission properties with a fairly low turn-on field of ∼1.5 V μm-1 and a low current fluctuation less than ∼10%. This suggests that HfC ceramics with high-aspect-ratio nanostructures are ideal cathode material for various field emission applications.

  8. Vanadium nanobelts coated nickel foam 3D bifunctional electrode with excellent catalytic activity and stability for water electrolysis

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    Yu, Yu; Li, Pei; Wang, Xiaofang; Gao, Wenyu; Shen, Zongxu; Zhu, Yanan; Yang, Shuliang; Song, Weiguo; Ding, Kejian

    2016-05-01

    Pursuit of highly active, stable and low-cost electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is the key point for large-scale water splitting. A vanadium nanobelts coating on a nickel foam (V/NF) is proposed as an excellent 3D bifunctional electrode for water electrolysis here, which exhibits high activities with overpotentials of 292 and 176 mV at 10 mA cm-2 for OER and HER, respectively. When employed as a bifunctional electrocatalyst in an alkaline water electrolyzer, a cell voltage of 1.80 V was required to achieve 20 mA cm-2 with a slight increase during a 24 h durability test. The existence of the appropriate amount of nitrogen and oxygen elements in the surface region of vanadium nanobelts is regarded to be responsible for the electrocatalytic activity.Pursuit of highly active, stable and low-cost electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is the key point for large-scale water splitting. A vanadium nanobelts coating on a nickel foam (V/NF) is proposed as an excellent 3D bifunctional electrode for water electrolysis here, which exhibits high activities with overpotentials of 292 and 176 mV at 10 mA cm-2 for OER and HER, respectively. When employed as a bifunctional electrocatalyst in an alkaline water electrolyzer, a cell voltage of 1.80 V was required to achieve 20 mA cm-2 with a slight increase during a 24 h durability test. The existence of the appropriate amount of nitrogen and oxygen elements in the surface region of vanadium nanobelts is regarded to be responsible for the electrocatalytic activity. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: More SEM, TEM images, XRD patterns, LSV curves, XPS spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02395a

  9. V2O5-C-SnO2 Hybrid Nanobelts as High Performance Anodes for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Zhang, Linfei; Yang, Mingyang; Zhang, Shengliang; Wu, Zefei; Amini, Abbas; Zhang, Yi; Wang, Dongyong; Bao, Shuhan; Lu, Zhouguang; Wang, Ning; Cheng, Chun

    2016-01-01

    The superior performance of metal oxide nanocomposites has introduced them as excellent candidates for emerging energy sources, and attracted significant attention in recent years. The drawback of these materials is their inherent structural pulverization which adversely impacts their performance and makes the rational design of stable nanocomposites a great challenge. In this work, functional V2O5-C-SnO2 hybrid nanobelts (VCSNs) with a stable structure are introduced where the ultradispersed SnO2 nanocrystals are tightly linked with glucose on the V2O5 surface. The nanostructured V2O5 acts as a supporting matrix as well as an active electrode component. Compared with existing carbon-V2O5 hybrid nanobelts, these hybrid nanobelts exhibit a much higher reversible capacity and architectural stability when used as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The superior cyclic performance of VCSNs can be attributed to the synergistic effects of SnO2 and V2O5. However, limited data are available for V2O5-based anodes in lithium-ion battery design. PMID:27677326

  10. A Single Eu-Doped In2O3 Nanobelt Device for Selective H2S Detection

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    Chen, Weiwu; Liu, Yingkai; Qin, Zhaojun; Wu, Yuemei; Li, Shuanghui; Ai, Peng

    2015-01-01

    Eu-doped In2O3 nanobelts (Eu-In2O3 NBs) and pure In2O3 nanobelts (In2O3 NBs) are synthesized by the carbon thermal reduction method. Single nanobelt sensors are fabricated via an ion beam deposition system with a mesh-grid mask. The gas-sensing response properties of the Eu-In2O3 NB device and its undoped counterpart are investigated with several kinds of gases (including H2S, CO, NO2, HCHO, and C2H5OH) at different concentrations and different temperatures. It is found that the response of the Eu-In2O3 NB device to 100 ppm of H2S is the best among these gases and the sensitivity reaches 5.74, which is five times that of pure In2O3 NB at 260 °C. We also found that the former has an excellent sensitive response and great selectivity to H2S compared to the latter. Besides, there is a linear relationship between the response and H2S concentration when its concentration changes from 5 to 100 ppm and from 100 to 1000 ppm. The response/recovery time is quite short and remains stable with an increase of H2S concentration. These results mean that the doping of Eu can improve the gas-sensing performance of In2O3 NB effectually. PMID:26633404

  11. Mechanism and optimization of pH sensing using SnO2 nanobelt field effect transistors.

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    Cheng, Yi; Xiong, P; Yun, C Steven; Strouse, G F; Zheng, J P; Yang, R S; Wang, Z L

    2008-12-01

    We report a systematic investigation about the mechanism of pH sensing using SnO2 nanobelt field effect transistors (FETs). The FETs, based on single SnO2 nanobelts, are channel-limited and with proper contact passivation; the pH sensing was conducted with sodium phosphate solutions through integrated microfluidics. The responses of the FET channel conductance to pH were measured at different gate voltages: a linear pH dependence was observed in the linear transport "on" state, while an exponential dependence was observed in the subthreshold regime. Measurements at the same pH but different ion concentrations demonstrated that the FET's pH sensitivity decreases logarithmically with the ion concentration. The effect of APTES-functionalization was evaluated by comparing the pH responses of the same device with and without the surface modification. The APTES functionalization results in a slight enhancement of the pH sensitivity and a large suppression of the noise level, leading to marked improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio. The results indicate that the pH sensing is based on a screened field-effect response of the FETs to the surface protonation/deprotonation on the nanobelt. This study provides several useful guidelines for optimizing the sensor performance for chemical and biomolecular detection.

  12. Functionalized SnO₂ nanobelt field-effect transistor sensors for label-free detection of cardiac troponin.

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    Cheng, Yi; Chen, Kan-Sheng; Meyer, Nancy L; Yuan, Jing; Hirst, Linda S; Chase, P Bryant; Xiong, Peng

    2011-07-15

    Real-time label-free electrical detection of proteins, including cardiac troponin (cTn), is demonstrated using functionalized SnO₂ nanobelt field-effect transistors (FETs) with integrated microfluidics. Selective biomolecular functionalization of the active SnO₂ nanobelt channel and effective passivation of the substrate surface were realized and verified through fluorescence microscopy. The validation/verification of the sensing scheme was initially demonstrated via detection of biotin-streptavidin binding: devices with single biotinylated SnO₂ nanobelts showed pronounced conductance changes in response to streptavidin binding. Importantly, the pH-dependence of the conductance changes was fully consistent with the charged states of streptavidin at different pH. Moreover, the specificity of the sensors' electrical responses was confirmed by co-labeling with quantum dots. Finally, the sensing platform was successfully applied for detection of the cardiac troponin I (cTnI) subunit within cTn, a clinically important protein marker for myocardial infarction.

  13. V2O5-C-SnO2 Hybrid Nanobelts as High Performance Anodes for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Zhang, Linfei; Yang, Mingyang; Zhang, Shengliang; Wu, Zefei; Amini, Abbas; Zhang, Yi; Wang, Dongyong; Bao, Shuhan; Lu, Zhouguang; Wang, Ning; Cheng, Chun

    2016-09-01

    The superior performance of metal oxide nanocomposites has introduced them as excellent candidates for emerging energy sources, and attracted significant attention in recent years. The drawback of these materials is their inherent structural pulverization which adversely impacts their performance and makes the rational design of stable nanocomposites a great challenge. In this work, functional V2O5-C-SnO2 hybrid nanobelts (VCSNs) with a stable structure are introduced where the ultradispersed SnO2 nanocrystals are tightly linked with glucose on the V2O5 surface. The nanostructured V2O5 acts as a supporting matrix as well as an active electrode component. Compared with existing carbon-V2O5 hybrid nanobelts, these hybrid nanobelts exhibit a much higher reversible capacity and architectural stability when used as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The superior cyclic performance of VCSNs can be attributed to the synergistic effects of SnO2 and V2O5. However, limited data are available for V2O5-based anodes in lithium-ion battery design.

  14. Enhanced degradation of persistent pharmaceuticals found in wastewater treatment effluents using TiO2 nanobelt photocatalysts

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    Liang, Robert; Hu, Anming; Li, Wenjuan; Zhou, Y. Norman

    2013-10-01

    Pharmaceuticals in wastewater effluents are a current and emerging global problem and the development of cost-effective methods to facilitate their removal is needed to mitigate this issue. Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), in particular UV/TiO2, have potential for wastewater treatment. In this study, TiO2 anatase phase nanobelts (30-100 nm in width and 10 μm in length) have been synthesized using a high temperature hydrothermal method as a means to photocatalyze the oxidation of pharmaceutical contaminants. We have investigated a model dye (malachite green), three pharmaceuticals and personal care products—naproxen, carbamazepine, and theophylline—that are difficult to oxidize without AOP processes. TiO2 nanobelts were exposed to 365 nm UV illumination and the measured photocatalytic degradation rates and adsorption parameters of pharmaceuticals were explored using kinetic models. Furthermore we have determined the degree of pharmaceutical degradation as a function of solution pH, illumination time, temperature, and concentration of contaminant. In addition, the roles of active oxygen species—hydroxyl radial (OH·), positive holes (h+), and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)—involved were also investigated in the degradation process. These studies offer additional applications of hierarchical TiO2 nanobelt membranes, including those harnessing sunlight for water treatment.

  15. Yellow-light generation and engineering in zinc-doped cadmium sulfide nanobelts with low-threshold two-photon excitation.

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    Wang, Xiaoxu; Li, Jing; Li, Qisong; Chen, Bingkun; Song, Guangli; Zhang, Wensheng; Shi, Lijie; Zou, Bingsuo; Liu, Ruibin

    2014-08-15

    Through a simple doping route with zinc ion as a dopant in cadmium sulfide nanobelts, a bright yellow-colored light was obtained. The detailed chromaticity and brightness of the light can be engineered by the dopant concentration and the pumping power, which are used to control the dominant wavelength to any fine yellow color, and even cover the sodium-yellow-line of 589 nm. The nanobelts were synthesized through a chemical vapor deposition method. The peak shift of the XRD result proves that the zinc ions as a dopant exist in the nanobelts rather than in the ZnCdS alloy formation. Time-resolved photoluminescence of the nanobelt reveals the existence of the defect-related state, which induces a red band to further mix with green band-edge emission to form the yellow light. Moreover, low-threshold two-photon excitation was observed in the proper Zn-doped cadmium sulfide nanobelts. The dopant and pumping power-tuned generation and engineering of the yellow light makes it possible to use this kind of material as yellow light-emitting source.

  16. Substrate-free fabrication of self-supported V2O5 nanobelt arrays by a low-temperature solvothermal method with high electrochemical performance

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    Xu, Haitao; Zhang, Huijuan; Liu, Li; Fang, Ling; Wang, Yu

    2016-08-01

    In the designed synthesis, self-supported NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were prepared via a low-temperature solvothermal method. Then the NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were calcined in air atmosphere. Finally, a self-supported pattern of oriented V2O5 nanobelts was obtained for the first time. Further characterization methods certified that the growth direction of NH4V3O8 nanobelts was perpendicular to the orientation plane of self-formed NH4V3O8 sheet-like substrates. As a result, the nanobelts should stretch easily on the sheet-like substrate in an oriented manner. We prove that the solvent of ethanol plays a key role in the reaction and crystal growth process. It balances the two competing oxolation and olation reactions. Furthermore, the unique pattern served as high performance a lithium-ion battery and supercapacitor. Overall, the excellent electrochemical performances, for example, outstanding rate stability, remarkable cycling capacitance and ultrahigh capacity verify that the self-supported alignments have great potential applications in lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

  17. Substrate-free fabrication of self-supported V2O5 nanobelt arrays by a low-temperature solvothermal method with high electrochemical performance.

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    Xu, Haitao; Zhang, Huijuan; Liu, Li; Fang, Ling; Wang, Yu

    2016-08-05

    In the designed synthesis, self-supported NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were prepared via a low-temperature solvothermal method. Then the NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were calcined in air atmosphere. Finally, a self-supported pattern of oriented V2O5 nanobelts was obtained for the first time. Further characterization methods certified that the growth direction of NH4V3O8 nanobelts was perpendicular to the orientation plane of self-formed NH4V3O8 sheet-like substrates. As a result, the nanobelts should stretch easily on the sheet-like substrate in an oriented manner. We prove that the solvent of ethanol plays a key role in the reaction and crystal growth process. It balances the two competing oxolation and olation reactions. Furthermore, the unique pattern served as high performance a lithium-ion battery and supercapacitor. Overall, the excellent electrochemical performances, for example, outstanding rate stability, remarkable cycling capacitance and ultrahigh capacity verify that the self-supported alignments have great potential applications in lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

  18. Carbon-coated Magnéli-phase TinO2n-1 nanobelts as anodes for Li-ion batteries and hybrid electrochemical cells

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    Han, Wei-Qiang; Wang, Xiao-Liang

    2010-12-01

    We describe a method for preparing carbon-coated Ti9O17 nanowires using H2Ti3O7 nanobelts as precursors to react with ethane and hydrogen at high-temperature. The carbon-coating layers play a key role in restraining the sintering growth of the core during the phase transformation from H2Ti3O7 to Magnéli-phase TinO2n-1, and in retaining the morphology of nanobelts. We demonstrated that the initial reversible capacity of these Ti9O17 nanobelts attained 182 mA h g-1, a value even higher than the theoretical value of a-TiO2 (167 mA h g-1). Cyclic-voltammetry measurement supports the pseudocapacitive lithium-storage behavior of these Magnéli-phase Ti9O17 nanobelts. Furthermore, the nanobelts exhibit high power density along with excellent cycling stability in their application as hybrid electrochemical cells.

  19. A Finite Element Model Of Self-Resonating Bimorph Microcantilever For Fast Temperature Cycling In A Pyroelectric Energy Harvester

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    Mostafa, Salwa; Lavrik, Nickolay V; Bannuru, Thirumalesh; Rajic, Slobodan; Islam, Syed K; Datskos, Panos G; Hunter, Scott Robert

    2011-01-01

    A self resonating bimorph cantilever structure for fast temperature cycling in a pyroelectric energy harvester has been modeled using a finite element method. The effect of constituting material properties and system parameters on the frequency and magnitude of temperature cycling and the efficiency of energy recycling using the proposed structure has been investigated. Results show that thermal contact conductance and heat source temperature play a key role in dominating the cycling frequency and efficiency of energy recycling. An optimal solution for the most efficient energy scavenging process has been sought by studying the performance trend with different variable parameters such as thermal contact conductance, heat source temperature, device aspect ratio and constituent materials of varying thermal conductivity and expansion coefficients.

  20. Creating flat-top X-ray beams by applying surface profiles of alternating curvature to deformable piezo bimorph mirrors

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    Sutter, John P.; Alcock, Simon G.; Kashyap, Yogesh; Nistea, Ioana; Wang, Hongchang; Sawhney, Kawal

    2016-01-01

    Beam shaping is becoming increasingly important for synchrotron X-ray applications. Although routine for visible light lasers, this is challenging for X-rays due to the limited source coherence and extreme optical tolerances required for the shaping mirrors. In deliberate defocusing, even surface errors <5 nm r.m.s. introduce damagingly large striations into the reflected beam. To counteract such problems, surface modifications with alternating concave and convex curvature on equal segments were polished onto the surface of non-active mirrors of fixed curvature. Such optics are useful for providing a fixed size of X-ray beam, but do not provide the adaptability required by many experiments. In contrast, deformable piezo bimorph mirrors permit a continuous range of X-ray beam sizes and shapes. A new theory is developed for applying non-periodic modifications of alternating curvature to optical surfaces. The position and length of the segments may be freely chosen. For the first time, surface modifications of alternating curvature are applied to bimorph mirrors to generate non-Gaussian X-ray beam profiles of specified width. The new theory’s freedom is exploited to choose the segments to match the polishing errors of medium wavelength (>10 mm) and the piezos’ influence on the mirror’s figure. Five- and seven-segment modifications of alternating curvature are calculated and verified by visible light and X-ray metrology. The latter yields beam profiles with less striation than those made by defocusing. Remaining beam striations are explained by applying geometrical optics to the deviations from the ideal surface modifications of alternating curvature. PMID:27787239

  1. Creating flat-top X-ray beams by applying surface profiles of alternating curvature to deformable piezo bimorph mirrors.

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    Sutter, John P; Alcock, Simon G; Kashyap, Yogesh; Nistea, Ioana; Wang, Hongchang; Sawhney, Kawal

    2016-11-01

    Beam shaping is becoming increasingly important for synchrotron X-ray applications. Although routine for visible light lasers, this is challenging for X-rays due to the limited source coherence and extreme optical tolerances required for the shaping mirrors. In deliberate defocusing, even surface errors <5 nm r.m.s. introduce damagingly large striations into the reflected beam. To counteract such problems, surface modifications with alternating concave and convex curvature on equal segments were polished onto the surface of non-active mirrors of fixed curvature. Such optics are useful for providing a fixed size of X-ray beam, but do not provide the adaptability required by many experiments. In contrast, deformable piezo bimorph mirrors permit a continuous range of X-ray beam sizes and shapes. A new theory is developed for applying non-periodic modifications of alternating curvature to optical surfaces. The position and length of the segments may be freely chosen. For the first time, surface modifications of alternating curvature are applied to bimorph mirrors to generate non-Gaussian X-ray beam profiles of specified width. The new theory's freedom is exploited to choose the segments to match the polishing errors of medium wavelength (>10 mm) and the piezos' influence on the mirror's figure. Five- and seven-segment modifications of alternating curvature are calculated and verified by visible light and X-ray metrology. The latter yields beam profiles with less striation than those made by defocusing. Remaining beam striations are explained by applying geometrical optics to the deviations from the ideal surface modifications of alternating curvature.

  2. Fabrication and performance evaluation of a metal-based bimorph piezoelectric MEMS generator for vibration energy harvesting

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    Kuo, Chun-Liang; Lin, Shun-Chiu; Wu, Wen-Jong

    2016-10-01

    This paper presents the development of a bimorph microelectromechanical system (MEMS) generator for vibration energy harvesting. The bimorph generator is in cantilever beam structure formed by laminating two lead zirconate titanate thick-film layers on both sides of a stainless steel substrate. Aiming to scavenge vibration energy efficiently from the environment and transform into useful electrical energy, the two piezoelectric layers on the device can be poled for serial and parallel connections to enhance the output voltage or output current respectively. In addition, a tungsten proof mass is bonded at the tip of the device to adjust the resonance frequency. The experimental result shows superior performance the generator. At the 0.5 g base excitation acceleration level, the devices pooled for serial connection and the device poled for parallel connection possess an open-circuit output voltage of 11.6 VP-P and 20.1 VP-P, respectively. The device poled for parallel connection reaches a maximum power output of 423 μW and an output voltage of 15.2 VP-P at an excitation frequency of 143.4 Hz and an externally applied based excitation acceleration of 1.5 g, whereas the device poled serial connection achieves a maximum power output of 413 μW and an output voltage of 33.0 VP-P at an excitation frequency of 140.8 Hz and an externally applied base excitation acceleration of 1.5 g. To demonstrate the feasibility of the MEMS generator for real applications, we finished the demonstration of a self-powered Bluetooth low energy wireless temperature sensor sending readings to a smartphone with only the power from the MEMS generator harvesting from vibration.

  3. Optimizing the electrode size of circular bimorph plates with different boundary conditions for maximum deflection of piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducers.

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    Sammoura, Firas; Smyth, Katherine; Kim, Sang-Gook

    2013-02-01

    The effect of plate electrode area on the deflection of a symmetric circular bimorph piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (pMUT) with clamped and simply supported boundary conditions was studied for the first time. Distinct plate displacement shape functions were defined for the regions underneath and outside the active electrodes. The plate shape functions were solved analytically using classic plate theory in conjunction with the external boundary conditions and the internal ones between the two regions in order to calculate the exact plate displacement under both external voltage stimulus and acoustic pressure. The model was used to study the effect of the electrode area on the overall plate deflection per unit input voltage such that the electromechanical coupling is optimized. While the center plate deflection increased monotonically with the electrode area for a simply supported plate, it followed a parabolic shape for a clamped one with a maximum deflection when the electrode radius covered 60% of the total plate radius. The simply supported plate exhibited four times the plate deflection capability of its clamped counterpart, when both are operating at their optimal electrode size. Both an experimental clamped bimorph aluminum nitride (AlN) pMUT, recently reported in the literature, and Finite Element Modeling (FEM) were used to verify the developed model. The theoretical model predicted a static displacement per unit voltage of 10.9nm/V and a resonant frequency of 196.5kHz, which were in excellent agreement with the FEM results of 10.32nm/V and 198.5kHz, respectively. The modeling data matched well with the experimental measurements and the error ranged from 2.7-22% due to process variations across the wafer. As such, the developed model can be used to design more sensitive pMUTs or extract the flexural piezoelectric coefficient using piezoelectrically actuated circular plates.

  4. Growth of Fe2O3/SnO2 nanobelt arrays on iron foil for efficient photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue

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    Lei, Rui; Ni, Hongwei; Chen, Rongsheng; Zhang, Bowei; Zhan, Weiting; Li, Yang

    2017-04-01

    Tin(IV) oxide has been intensively employed in optoelectronic devices due to its excellent electrical and optical properties. But the high recombination rates of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs of SnO2 nanomaterials often results in low photocatalytic efficiency. Herein, we proposed a facile route to prepare a novel Fe2O3/SnO2 heterojunction structure. The nanobelt arrays grown on iron foil naturally form a Schottky-type contact and provide a direct pathway for the photogenerated excitons. Hence, the Fe2O3/SnO2 nanobelt arrays exhibit much improved photocatalytic performance with the degradation rate constant on the Fe2O3/SnO2 film of approximately 12 times to that of α-Fe2O3 nanobelt arrays.

  5. Wettability of partially suspended graphene

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    Ondarçuhu, Thierry; Thomas, Vincent; Nuñez, Marc; ...

    2016-04-13

    Dependence on the wettability of graphene on the nature of the underlying substrate remains only partially understood. We systematically investigate the role of liquid-substrate interactions on the wettability of graphene by varying the area fraction of suspended graphene from 0 to 95% by means of nanotextured substrates. We find that completely suspended graphene exhibits the highest water contact angle (85° ± 5°) compared to partially suspended or supported graphene, regardless of the hydrophobicity (hydrophilicity) of the substrate. Moreover, 80% of the long-range water-substrate interactions are screened by the graphene monolayer, the wettability of which is primarily determined by short-range graphene-liquidmore » interactions. By its well-defined chemical and geometrical properties, supported graphene therefore provides a model system to elucidate the relative contribution of short and long range interactions to the macroscopic contact angle.« less

  6. Wettability of partially suspended graphene

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    Ondarçuhu, Thierry; Thomas, Vincent; Nuñez, Marc; Dujardin, Erik; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles T.; Checco, Antonio

    2016-04-13

    Dependence on the wettability of graphene on the nature of the underlying substrate remains only partially understood. We systematically investigate the role of liquid-substrate interactions on the wettability of graphene by varying the area fraction of suspended graphene from 0 to 95% by means of nanotextured substrates. We find that completely suspended graphene exhibits the highest water contact angle (85° ± 5°) compared to partially suspended or supported graphene, regardless of the hydrophobicity (hydrophilicity) of the substrate. Moreover, 80% of the long-range water-substrate interactions are screened by the graphene monolayer, the wettability of which is primarily determined by short-range graphene-liquid interactions. By its well-defined chemical and geometrical properties, supported graphene therefore provides a model system to elucidate the relative contribution of short and long range interactions to the macroscopic contact angle.

  7. Wettability of partially suspended graphene

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    Ondarçuhu, Thierry; Thomas, Vincent; Nuñez, Marc; Dujardin, Erik; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles T.; Checco, Antonio

    2016-01-01

    The dependence of the wettability of graphene on the nature of the underlying substrate remains only partially understood. Here, we systematically investigate the role of liquid-substrate interactions on the wettability of graphene by varying the area fraction of suspended graphene from 0 to 95% by means of nanotextured substrates. We find that completely suspended graphene exhibits the highest water contact angle (85° ± 5°) compared to partially suspended or supported graphene, regardless of the hydrophobicity (hydrophilicity) of the substrate. Further, 80% of the long-range water-substrate interactions are screened by the graphene monolayer, the wettability of which is primarily determined by short-range graphene-liquid interactions. By its well-defined chemical and geometrical properties, supported graphene therefore provides a model system to elucidate the relative contribution of short and long range interactions to the macroscopic contact angle. PMID:27072195

  8. Suspended animation for delayed resuscitation.

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    Bellamy, R; Safar, P; Tisherman, S A; Basford, R; Bruttig, S P; Capone, A; Dubick, M A; Ernster, L; Hattler, B G; Hochachka, P; Klain, M; Kochanek, P M; Kofke, W A; Lancaster, J R; McGowan, F X; Oeltgen, P R; Severinghaus, J W; Taylor, M J; Zar, H

    1996-02-01

    Suspended animation is defined as the therapeutic induction of a state of tolerance to temporary complete systemic ischemia, i.w., protection-preservation of the whole organism during prolonged circulatory arrest ( > or = 1 hr), followed by resuscitation to survival without brain damage. The objectives of suspended animation include: a) helping to save victims of temporarily uncontrollable (internal) traumatic (e.g., combat casualties) or nontraumatic (e.g., ruptured aortic aneurysm) exsanguination, without severe brain trauma, by enabling evacuation and resuscitative surgery during circulatory arrest, followed by delayed resuscitation; b) helping to save some nontraumatic cases of sudden death, seemingly unresuscitable before definite repair; and c) enabling selected (elective) surgical procedures to be performed which are only feasible during a state of no blood flow. In the discussion session, investigators with suspended animation-relevant research interests brainstorm on present knowledge, future research potentials, and the advisability of a major research effort concerning this subject. The following topics are addressed: the epidemiologic facts of sudden death in combat casualties, which require a totally new resuscitative approach; the limits and potentials of reanimation research; complete reversibility of circulatory arrest of 1 hr in dogs under profound hypothermia ( < 10 degrees C), induced and reversed by portable cardiopulmonary bypass; the need for a still elusive pharmacologic or chemical induction of suspended animation in the field; asanguinous profound hypothermic low-flow with cardiopulmonary bypass; electric anesthesia; opiate therapy; lessons learned by hypoxia tolerant vertebrate animals, hibernators, and freeze-tolerant animals (cryobiology); myocardial preservation during open-heart surgery; organ preservation for transplantation; and reperfusion-reoxygenation injury in vital organs, including the roles of nitric oxide and free radicals

  9. Synthesis of one-dimensional porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts and their ethanol gas sensing properties

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    Che, Hongwei; Liu, Aifeng; Hou, Junxian; Zhang, Xiaoliang; Bai, Yongmei; Mu, Jingbo; Wang, Renliang

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: 1D porous porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts were synthesized via a facile route without use of any surfactants or organic solvent, exhibiting ethanol gas sensing properties superior to the commercial Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} powders. - Highlights: • One-dimensional porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts were synthesized. • The belt-like morphology can be finely controlled via adjusting the reaction parameters. • The evolution process of porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts was investigated. • Porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts exhibit superior ethanol gas sensing properties. - Abstract: In this paper, one-dimensional porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts were synthesized via a facile template-free hydrothermal method and subsequent the thermal decomposition. Their microstructures and morphologies were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption techniques. The results indicate that the reaction parameters such as the molar ratio of Co(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O to C{sub 2}H{sub 4}N{sub 4}, the amount of Co(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O, the hydrothermal temperature and time play crucial rules in controlling the microstructures and morphologies of the as-prepared cobalt precursors. A possible formation mechanism was proposed. Moreover, the obtained porous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanobelts exhibit ethanol gas sensing properties superior to the commercial Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} powders at a working temperature of 200 °C, suggesting their potential applications as nanosensors.

  10. Magnetically suspended reaction wheel assembly

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    Stocking, G.

    1984-01-01

    The magnetically suspended reaction wheel assembly (MSRWA) is the product of a development effort funded by the Air Force Materials Laboratory (AFML) at Wright Patterson AFB. The specific objective of the project was to establish the manufacturing processes for samarium cobalt magnets and demonstrate their use in a space application. The development was successful on both counts. The application portion of the program, which involves the magnetically suspended reaction wheel assembly, is emphasized. The requirements for the reaction wheel were based on the bias wheel requirements of the DSP satellite. The tasks included the design, fabrication, and test of the unit to the DSP program qualification requirements.

  11. Electromechanically Tunable Suspended Optical Nanoantenna.

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    Chen, Kai; Razinskas, Gary; Feichtner, Thorsten; Grossmann, Swen; Christiansen, Silke; Hecht, Bert

    2016-04-13

    Coupling mechanical degrees of freedom with plasmonic resonances has potential applications in optomechanics, sensing, and active plasmonics. Here we demonstrate a suspended two-wire plasmonic nanoantenna acting like a nanoelectrometer. The antenna wires are supported and electrically connected via thin leads without disturbing the antenna resonance. As a voltage is applied, equal charges are induced on both antenna wires. The resulting equilibrium between the repulsive Coulomb force and the restoring elastic bending force enables us to precisely control the gap size. As a result the resonance wavelength and the field enhancement of the suspended optical nanoantenna can be reversibly tuned. Our experiments highlight the potential to realize large bandwidth optical nanoelectromechanical systems.

  12. A cracking-assisted micro-/nanofluidic fabrication platform for silver nanobelt arrays and nanosensors.

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    Kim, Dong-Joo; Ha, Dogyeong; Zhou, Qitao; Thokchom, Ashish Kumar; Lim, Ji Won; Lee, Jongwan; Park, Jun Gyu; Kim, Taesung

    2017-07-13

    Nanowires (NWs) with a high surface-to-volume ratio are advantageous for bio- or chemical sensor applications with high sensitivity, high selectivity, rapid response, and low power consumption. However, NWs are typically fabricated by combining several nanofabrication and even microfabrication processes, resulting in drawbacks such as high fabrication cost, extensive labor, and long processing time. Here, we show a novel NW fabrication platform based on "crack-photolithography" to produce a micro-/nanofluidic channel network. Solutions were loaded along the microchannel, while chemical synthesis was performed in the nanoslit-like nanochannels for fabricating silver nanobelts (AgNBs). In addition, the NW/NB fabrication platform not only made it possible to produce AgNBs in a repeatable, high-throughput, and low-cost manner but also allowed the simultaneous synthesis and alignment of AgNBs on a chip, eliminating the need for special micro- and/or nanofabrication equipment and dramatically reducing the processing time, labor, and cost. Finally, we demonstrated that the AgNBs can be used as chemical sensors, either as prepared or when integrated in a flexible substrate, to detect target analytes such as hydrogen peroxide.

  13. Gold nanoparticles-decorated silver-bipyridine nanobelts for the construction of mediatorless hydrogen peroxide biosensor.

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    Boujakhrout, Abderrahmane; Díez, Paula; Sánchez, Alfredo; Martínez-Ruíz, Paloma; Pingarrón, José M; Villalonga, Reynaldo

    2016-11-15

    Au nanoparticles modified with 4-mercaptopyridine and 6-mercapto-1-hexanol were used as coordination agents to prepare a novel hybrid nanomaterial with Ag:4,4'-bipyridine nanobelts. This nanohybrid was employed to modify glassy carbon electrodes and to construct a horseradish peroxidase-based mediatorless amperometric biosensor for H2O2. The electrode, poised at -100mV, exhibited a rapid response within 4s and a linear calibration range from 90pM to 6.5nM H2O2. The biosensor showed a high sensitivity of 283A/Mcm(2) and a very low detection limit of 45pM at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. The enzyme biosensor showed high stability when stored at 4°C under dry conditions, retaining over 96% and 78% of its initial activity after 15 and 30days of storage at 4°C, respectively. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Synthesis, optical, structural, and electrical properties of single-crystalline CdS nanobelts

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    Alqahtani, Mohammed S.; Hadia, N. M. A.; Mohamed, S. H.

    2017-04-01

    CdS nanobelts (NBs) were synthesized by vapor transport of CdS powders. The growth was carried out without any catalyst on quartz and Si (100) substrates. The synthesized CdS NBs were examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), energy dispersion analysis of X-ray (EDAX), spectrophotometer, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. CdS NBs were indexed as hexagonal wurtzite structure. The growth was via vapor-solid growth mechanism and along the [100] direction. The refractive index was evaluated in the transparent region, as suggested by Swanepoel, using the envelope method. The refractive index values and the extinction coefficient were decreased by increasing the wavelength. The calculated optical band gap was 2.50 eV. The photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of the synthesized CdS NBs exhibited a green emission peak at 510 nm and a broad red emission peak at 696 nm. The conductivity measurements were achieved, in the temperature range from 300 to 600 K, using the conventional two-probe technique. Two different slopes with different activation energies of 0.618 and 0.215 eV were obtained. The CdS NBs are likely being novel functional materials. Thus, they can be used in the manufacture of innovative optoelectronic nanodevices.

  15. Modulation of electronic properties of tin oxide nanobelts via thermal control of surface oxygen defects

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    Keiper, Timothy D.; Barreda, Jorge L.; Zheng, Jim P.; Xiong, Peng

    2017-02-01

    Nanomaterials made from binary metal oxides are of increasing interest because of their versatility in applications from flexible electronics to portable chemical and biological sensors. Controlling the electrical properties of these materials is the first step in device implementation. Tin dioxide (SnO2) nanobelts (NB) synthesized by the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism have shown much promise in this regard. We explore the modification of devices prepared with single crystalline NBs by thermal annealing in vacuum and oxygen, resulting in a viable field-effect transistor (FET) for numerous applications at ambient temperature. An oxygen annealing step initially increases the device conductance by up to a factor of 105, likely through the modification of the surface defects of the NB, leading to Schottky barrier limited devices. A multi-step annealing procedure leads to further increase of the conductance by approximately 350% and optimization of the electronic properties. The effects of each step is investigated systematically on a single NB. The optimization of the electrical properties of the NBs makes possible the consistent production of channel-limited FETs and control of the device performance. Understanding these improvements on the electrical properties over the as-grown materials provides a pathway to enhance and tailor the functionalities of tin oxide nanostructures for a wide variety of optical, electronic, optoelectronic, and sensing applications that operate at room temperature.

  16. Highly Doped Carbon Nanobelts with Ultrahigh Nitrogen Content as High-Performance Supercapacitor Materials.

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    Su, Congcong; Pei, Chengjie; Wu, Bingxia; Qian, Junfeng; Tan, Yiwei

    2017-08-01

    Nitrogen-doped and nitrogen and oxygen codoped carbon nanobelts (CNBs) (denoted as N-CNBs and N-O-CNBs, respectively) are respectively obtained by pyrolyzing the self-aligned polypyrrole (PPy) NBs and Se@poly(2-methoxy-5-nitroaniline) core@shell nanowires. Particularly, the uniform size, unique nanostructure, and well-defined edges of the PPy NBs result in the uniform size of the doped CNBs with an extraordinarily high N doping level (≈16 at%), especially the very large concentrations of the redox active pyridinic (9 at%) and pyrrolic N (3.5 at%) species. Furthermore, the precursors in highly self-aligned, dense arrays give rise to a very high packing density for the N-CNBs and N-O-CNBs. These incomparable features provide not only appropriate pathways for the introduction of pseudocapacitance via rapid Faradaic reactions and enhancement of volumetric capacitance but also structural design and synthesis approach to new types of nanostructured carbon. Notably, the N-CNBs obtained at the pyrolysis temperature of 800 °C (N-CNB8) in symmetric electrochemical cells deliver a specific capacitance of 458 F g(-1) and ultrahigh volumetric capacitance of 645 F cm(-3) in aqueous solution, which are among the best performance ever reported for carbon-based supercapacitive materials. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Modulation of electronic properties of tin oxide nanobelts via thermal control of surface oxygen defects.

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    Keiper, Timothy D; Barreda, Jorge L; Zheng, Jim P; Xiong, Peng

    2017-02-03

    Nanomaterials made from binary metal oxides are of increasing interest because of their versatility in applications from flexible electronics to portable chemical and biological sensors. Controlling the electrical properties of these materials is the first step in device implementation. Tin dioxide (SnO2) nanobelts (NB) synthesized by the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism have shown much promise in this regard. We explore the modification of devices prepared with single crystalline NBs by thermal annealing in vacuum and oxygen, resulting in a viable field-effect transistor (FET) for numerous applications at ambient temperature. An oxygen annealing step initially increases the device conductance by up to a factor of 10(5), likely through the modification of the surface defects of the NB, leading to Schottky barrier limited devices. A multi-step annealing procedure leads to further increase of the conductance by approximately 350% and optimization of the electronic properties. The effects of each step is investigated systematically on a single NB. The optimization of the electrical properties of the NBs makes possible the consistent production of channel-limited FETs and control of the device performance. Understanding these improvements on the electrical properties over the as-grown materials provides a pathway to enhance and tailor the functionalities of tin oxide nanostructures for a wide variety of optical, electronic, optoelectronic, and sensing applications that operate at room temperature.

  18. Schottky junction photovoltaic devices based on CdS single nanobelts.

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    Ye, Y; Dai, L; Wu, P C; Liu, C; Sun, T; Ma, R M; Qin, G G

    2009-09-16

    Schottky junction photovoltaic (PV) devices were fabricated on single CdS nanobelts (NBs). Au was used as the Schottky contact, and In/Au was used as the ohmic contact to CdS NB. Typically, the Schottky junction exhibits a well-defined rectifying behavior in the dark with a rectification ratio greater than 10(3) at +/- 0.3 V; and the PV device exhibits a clear PV behavior with an open circuit photovoltage of about 0.16 V, a short circuit current of about 23.8 pA, a maximum output power of about 1.6 pW, and a fill factor of 42%. Moreover, the output power can be multiplied by connecting two or more of the Schottky junction PV devices, made on a single CdS NB, in parallel or in series. This study demonstrates that the 1D Schottky junction PV devices, which have the merits of low cost, easy fabrication and material universality, can be an important candidate for power sources in nano-optoelectronic systems.

  19. Study the formation mechanism of silicon carbide polytype by silicon carbide nanobelts sintered under high pressure.

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    Wei, Guodong; Zhang, Guangqian; Gao, Fenmei; Zheng, Jinju; Qin, Yanfen; Han, Wei; Qin, Weiping; Yang, Weiyou

    2011-11-01

    In this paper, in order to reveal the formation mechanism of SiC polytype, four SiC specimens sintered under high pressure has been investigated, after being prepared from SiC nanobelts as initial powders. The structure and morphology variation dependence of SiC specimens with temperature and pressure was studied based on experimental data obtained by XRD, SEM, and Raman. The results show that SiC lattice structure and the crystallite size are greatly affected by pressure between 2 and 4 GPa under different sintering temperatures of 800 and 1200 degrees C. At the largest applied pressure and temperature, 4 GPa and 1200 degrees C, 3C-SiC crystal structure can be changed into to R-SiC due to the stress resulted in dislocations instead of planar defects. Based on our results, the multiquantum-well structure based a single one-dimensional nanostructure can be achieved by applying high pressure at certain sintered temperature.

  20. Toward clean suspended CVD graphene

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    Yulaev, Alexander; Cheng, Guangjun; Hight Walker, Angela R.; Vlassiouk, Ivan V.; Myers, Alline; Leite, Marina S.; Kolmakov, Andrei

    2016-08-26

    The application of suspended graphene as electron transparent supporting media in electron microscopy, vacuum electronics, and micromechanical devices requires the least destructive and maximally clean transfer from their original growth substrate to the target of interest. Here, we use thermally evaporated anthracene films as the sacrificial layer for graphene transfer onto an arbitrary substrate. We show that clean suspended graphene can be achieved via desorbing the anthracene layer at temperatures in the 100 °C to 150 °C range, followed by two sequential annealing steps for the final cleaning, using a Pt catalyst and activated carbon. The cleanliness of the suspended graphene membranes was analyzed employing the high surface sensitivity of low energy scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A quantitative comparison with two other commonly used transfer methods revealed the superiority of the anthracene approach to obtain a larger area of clean, suspended CVD graphene. Lastly, our graphene transfer method based on anthracene paves the way for integrating cleaner graphene in various types of complex devices, including the ones that are heat and humidity sensitive.

  1. Toward clean suspended CVD graphene

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    Yulaev, Alexander; Cheng, Guangjun; Hight Walker, Angela R.; Vlassiouk, Ivan V.; Myers, Alline; Leite, Marina S.; Kolmakov, Andrei

    2016-08-26

    The application of suspended graphene as electron transparent supporting media in electron microscopy, vacuum electronics, and micromechanical devices requires the least destructive and maximally clean transfer from their original growth substrate to the target of interest. Here, we use thermally evaporated anthracene films as the sacrificial layer for graphene transfer onto an arbitrary substrate. We show that clean suspended graphene can be achieved via desorbing the anthracene layer at temperatures in the 100 °C to 150 °C range, followed by two sequential annealing steps for the final cleaning, using a Pt catalyst and activated carbon. The cleanliness of the suspended graphene membranes was analyzed employing the high surface sensitivity of low energy scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A quantitative comparison with two other commonly used transfer methods revealed the superiority of the anthracene approach to obtain a larger area of clean, suspended CVD graphene. Lastly, our graphene transfer method based on anthracene paves the way for integrating cleaner graphene in various types of complex devices, including the ones that are heat and humidity sensitive.

  2. Toward Clean Suspended CVD Graphene.

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    Yulaev, Alexander; Cheng, Guangjun; Walker, Angela R Hight; Vlassiouk, Ivan V; Myers, Alline; Leite, Marina S; Kolmakov, Andrei

    2016-01-01

    The application of suspended graphene as electron transparent supporting media in electron microscopy, vacuum electronics, and micromechanical devices requires the least destructive and maximally clean transfer from their original growth substrate to the target of interest. Here, we use thermally evaporated anthracene films as the sacrificial layer for graphene transfer onto an arbitrary substrate. We show that clean suspended graphene can be achieved via desorbing the anthracene layer at temperatures in the 100 °C to 150 °C range, followed by two sequential annealing steps for the final cleaning, using Pt catalyst and activated carbon. The cleanliness of the suspended graphene membranes was analyzed employing the high surface sensitivity of low energy scanning electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A quantitative comparison with two other commonly used transfer methods revealed the superiority of the anthracene approach to obtain larger area of clean, suspended CVD graphene. Our graphene transfer method based on anthracene paves the way for integrating cleaner graphene in various types of complex devices, including the ones that are heat and humidity sensitive.

  3. Single step hydrothermal synthesis of carbon nanodot decorated V2O5 nanobelts as hybrid conducting material for supercapacitor application

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    Narayanan, Remya

    2017-09-01

    Carbon nanodot (C-dot) decorated V2O5 (C-dot@V2O5) nanobelts are synthesized by single step, low cost hydrothermal route at low temperature by using V2O5 and glucose as precursors. We have not added any extra organic solvents or surfactants which are commonly used for the preparation of different nanostructures of V2O5. Electron microscopy analyses demonstrate that C-dot is entrapped inside V2O5 nanobelts which in turn enhance the conductivity and ion propagation property of this composite material. The C-dot@V2O5 nanobelts exhibit an excellent three electrode electrochemical performance in 1 M Na2SO4 and which showed a specific capacitance of 270 F g-1 at 1 A g-1, which is 4.5 times higher than the pristine V2O5 electrode. The electrochemical energy storage capacity of this hybrid is investigated towards solid state supercapacitor application also for the first time by employing electrophoretically deposited C-dot as the counter electrode and Li based gel as the electrolyte. The hybrid material delivers an energy density of 60 W h kg-1 and a reasonably high power density of 4.1 kW kg-1 at 5 A g-1 and good cycling stability and capacitance retention of about 87% was observed even after 5000 cycles. Above mentioned results clearly show that C-dot embedded hybrid, nanostructured transition metal oxides has great potential towards fabrication of electrodes for energy storage devices.

  4. Controllable synthesis and electrochemical hydrogen storage properties of Sb2Se3 ultralong nanobelts with urchin-like structures

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    Jin, Rencheng; Chen, Gang; Pei, Jian; Sun, Jingxue; Wang, Yang

    2011-09-01

    The controlled synthesis of one-dimensional and three-dimensional Sb2Se3 nanostructures has been achieved by a facile solvothermal process in the presence of citric acid. By simply controlling the concentration of citric acid, the nucleation, growth direction and exposed facet can be readily tuned, which brings the different morphologies and nanostructures to the final products. The as-prepared products have been characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM and selected area electron diffraction. Based on the electron microscope observations, a possible growth mechanism of Sb2Se3 with distinctive morphologies including ultralong nanobelts, hierarchical urchin-like nanostructures is proposed and discussed in detail. The electrochemical hydrogen storage measurements reveal that the morphology plays a key role on the hydrogen storage capacity of Sb2Se3 nanostructures. The Sb2Se3 ultralong nanobelts with high percentage of {-111} facets exhibit higher hydrogen storage capacity (228.5 mA h g-1) and better cycle stability at room temperature.The controlled synthesis of one-dimensional and three-dimensional Sb2Se3 nanostructures has been achieved by a facile solvothermal process in the presence of citric acid. By simply controlling the concentration of citric acid, the nucleation, growth direction and exposed facet can be readily tuned, which brings the different morphologies and nanostructures to the final products. The as-prepared products have been characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM and selected area electron diffraction. Based on the electron microscope observations, a possible growth mechanism of Sb2Se3 with distinctive morphologies including ultralong nanobelts, hierarchical urchin-like nanostructures is proposed and discussed in detail. The

  5. 21 CFR 1404.1010 - Suspending official.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 9 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Suspending official. 1404.1010 Section 1404.1010 Food and Drugs OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY GOVERNMENTWIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION (NONPROCUREMENT) Definitions § 1404.1010 Suspending official. (a) Suspending official means an agency official...

  6. Suspended Solids Profiler Shop Test Report

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    STAEHR, T.W.

    2000-01-19

    The Suspended Solids Profiler (SSP) Instrument is planned to be installed in the AZ-101 tank to measure suspended solids concentrations during mixer pump testing. The SSP sensor uses a reflectance measurement principle to determine the suspended solids concentrations. The purpose of this test is to provide a documented means of verifying that the functional components of the SSP operate properly.

  7. Control of the threshold voltage in ZnO nanobelt field-effect transistors by using MoO x thin film.

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    Qian, Haolei; Fang, Yanjun; Gu, Lin; Lu, Ren; Zhao, Ming; Wang, Wei; Wang, Yewu; Sha, Jian

    2016-07-01

    We report on the feasible control of the threshold voltage (V th) in ultra-thin ZnO nanobelt FETs by using substoichiometric molybdenum trioxide (MoO x , x < 3) either as a modification layer on the surface of ZnO nanobelts or as electrodes instead of the widely used Ti/Au. ZnO nanobelt FETs using Ti/Au as the electrodes usually exhibit a negative threshold voltage, indicating n-channel depletion mode behavior, whereas ZnO FETs with MoO x /Au electrodes instead of Ti/Au show a positive shift of threshold voltage, exhibiting an n-channel type enhancement mode, which can be explained by a high Schottky barrier created at the interface of MoO x and the ZnO channel. In contrast, the decoration on the surface of ZnO channel by MoO x significantly increases the zero-bias conductivity and electron carrier concentration, and then negatively shifts the threshold voltage. We propose that MoO x thin film may play a passivation effect role, much more so than the doping effect role, due to the large amount of adsorbed species on as-grown ZnO nanobelts, especially oxygen species.

  8. Self-assembly of palladium nanoparticles: Synthesis of nanobelts, nanoplates and nanotrees using vitamin B1 and their application in carbon-carbon coupling reactions

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    An environmentally friendly one-step method to synthesize palladium (Pd) nanobelts, nanoplates and nanotrees using vitamin B1 without using any special capping agents at room temperature is described. This greener method, which uses water as benign solvent and vitamin B1 as a red...

  9. Highly porous NiCo2O4 Nanoflakes and nanobelts as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with excellent rate capability.

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    Mondal, Anjon Kumar; Su, Dawei; Chen, Shuangqiang; Xie, Xiuqiang; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-09-10

    Highly porous NiCo2O4 nanoflakes and nanobelts were synthesized by using a hydrothermal technique, followed by calcination of the NiCo2O4 precursors. The as-synthesized materials were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller methods. The NiCo2O4 nanoflakes and nanobelts were applied as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. Owing to the unique porous structural features, the NiCo2O4 nanoflakes and nanobelts exhibited high specific capacities of 1033 and 1056 mA h g(-1), respectively, and good cycling stability and rate capability. These exceptional electrochemical performances could be ascribed to the remarkable structural feature with a high surface area and void spaces within the surface of nanoflakes and nanobelts, which provide large contact areas between electrolyte and active materials for electrolyte diffusion and cushion the volume variation during the lithium-ion insertion/extraction process.

  10. Exfoliated β-Ga2O3 nano-belt field-effect transistors for air-stable high power and high temperature electronics.

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    Kim, Janghyuk; Oh, Sooyeoun; Mastro, Michael A; Kim, Jihyun

    2016-06-21

    This study demonstrated the exfoliation of a two-dimensional (2D) β-Ga2O3 nano-belt and subsequent processing into a thin film transistor structure. This mechanical exfoliation and transfer method produces β-Ga2O3 nano-belts with a pristine surface as well as a continuous defect-free interface with the SiO2/Si substrate. This β-Ga2O3 nano-belt based transistor displayed an on/off ratio that increased from approximately 10(4) to 10(7) over the operating temperature range of 20 °C to 250 °C. No electrical breakdown was observed in our measurements up to VDS = +40 V and VGS = -60 V between 25 °C and 250 °C. Additionally, the electrical characteristics were not degraded after a month-long storage in ambient air. The demonstration of high-temperature/high-voltage operation of quasi-2D β-Ga2O3 nano-belts contrasts with traditional 2D materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides that intrinsically have limited temperature and power operational envelopes owing to their narrow bandgap. This work motivates the application of 2D β-Ga2O3 to high power nano-electronic devices for harsh environments such as high temperature chemical sensors and photodetectors as well as the miniaturization of power circuits and cooling systems in nano-electronics.

  11. High detectivity solar-blind high-temperature deep-ultraviolet photodetector based on multi-layered (l00) facet-oriented β-Ga₂O₃ nanobelts.

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    Zou, Rujia; Zhang, Zhenyu; Liu, Qian; Hu, Junqing; Sang, Liwen; Liao, Meiyong; Zhang, Wenjun

    2014-05-14

    Fabrication of a high-temperature deep-ultraviolet photodetector working in the solar-blind spectrum range (190-280 nm) is a challenge due to the degradation in the dark current and photoresponse properties. Herein, β-Ga2O3 multi-layered nanobelts with (l00) facet-oriented were synthesized, and were demonstrated for the first time to possess excellent mechanical, electrical properties and stability at a high temperature inside a TEM studies. As-fabricated DUV solar-blind photodetectors using (l00) facet-oriented β-Ga2O3 multi-layered nanobelts demonstrated enhanced photodetective performances, that is, high sensitivity, high signal-to-noise ratio, high spectral selectivity, high speed, and high stability, importantly, at a temperature as high as 433 K, which are comparable to other reported semiconducting nanomaterial photodetectors. In particular, the characteristics of the photoresponsivity of the β-Ga2O3 nanobelt devices include a high photoexcited current (>21 nA), an ultralow dark current (below the detection limit of 10(-14) A), a fast time response (<0.3 s), a high R(λ) (≈851 A/W), and a high EQE (~4.2 × 10(3)). The present fabricated facet-oriented β-Ga2O3 multi-layered nanobelt based devices will find practical applications in photodetectors or optical switches for high-temperature environment.

  12. Self-assembly of palladium nanoparticles: Synthesis of nanobelts, nanoplates and nanotrees using vitamin B1 and their application in carbon-carbon coupling reactions

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    An environmentally friendly one-step method to synthesize palladium (Pd) nanobelts, nanoplates and nanotrees using vitamin B1 without using any special capping agents at room temperature is described. This greener method, which uses water as benign solvent and vitamin B1 as a red...

  13. Toward clean suspended CVD graphene

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    Yulaev, Alexander; Cheng, Guangjun; Hight Walker, Angela R.; ...

    2016-08-26

    The application of suspended graphene as electron transparent supporting media in electron microscopy, vacuum electronics, and micromechanical devices requires the least destructive and maximally clean transfer from their original growth substrate to the target of interest. Here, we use thermally evaporated anthracene films as the sacrificial layer for graphene transfer onto an arbitrary substrate. We show that clean suspended graphene can be achieved via desorbing the anthracene layer at temperatures in the 100 °C to 150 °C range, followed by two sequential annealing steps for the final cleaning, using a Pt catalyst and activated carbon. The cleanliness of the suspendedmore » graphene membranes was analyzed employing the high surface sensitivity of low energy scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A quantitative comparison with two other commonly used transfer methods revealed the superiority of the anthracene approach to obtain a larger area of clean, suspended CVD graphene. Lastly, our graphene transfer method based on anthracene paves the way for integrating cleaner graphene in various types of complex devices, including the ones that are heat and humidity sensitive.« less

  14. Synthesis, characterization, and variable range hopping transport of pyrite (FeS₂) nanorods, nanobelts, and nanoplates.

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    Cabán-Acevedo, Miguel; Liang, Dong; Chew, Kit S; Degrave, John P; Kaiser, Nicholas S; Jin, Song

    2013-02-26

    We report the growth, structural, and electrical characterization of single-crystalline iron pyrite (FeS₂) nanorods, nanobelts, and nanoplates synthesized via sulfidation reaction with iron dichloride (FeCl₂) and iron dibromide (FeBr₂). The as-synthesized products were confirmed to be single-crystal phase pure cubic iron pyrite using powder X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. An intermediate reaction temperature of 425 °C or a high sulfur vapor pressure under high temperatures was found to be critical for the formation of phase pure pyrite. Field effect transport measurements showed that these pyrite nanostructures appear to behave as a moderately p-doped semiconductor with an average resistivity of 2.19 ± 1.21 Ω·cm, an improved hole mobility of 0.2 cm² V⁻¹ s⁻¹, and a lower carrier concentration on the order of 10¹⁸-10¹⁹ cm⁻³ compared with previous reported pyrite nanowires. Temperature-dependent electrical transport measurements reveal Mott variable range hopping transport in the temperature range 40-220 K and transport via thermal activation of carriers with an activation energy of 100 meV above room temperature (300-400 K). Most importantly, the transport properties of the pyrite nanodevices do not change if highly pure (99.999%) precursors are utilized, suggesting that the electrical transport is dominated by intrinsic defects in pyrite. These single-crystal pyrite nanostructures are nice platforms to further study the carrier conduction mechanisms, semiconductor defect physics, and surface properties in depth, toward improving the physical properties of pyrite for efficient solar energy conversion.

  15. Controllable synthesis and electrochemical hydrogen storage properties of Sb₂Se₃ ultralong nanobelts with urchin-like structures.

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    Jin, Rencheng; Chen, Gang; Pei, Jian; Sun, Jingxue; Wang, Yang

    2011-09-01

    The controlled synthesis of one-dimensional and three-dimensional Sb(2)Se(3) nanostructures has been achieved by a facile solvothermal process in the presence of citric acid. By simply controlling the concentration of citric acid, the nucleation, growth direction and exposed facet can be readily tuned, which brings the different morphologies and nanostructures to the final products. The as-prepared products have been characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM and selected area electron diffraction. Based on the electron microscope observations, a possible growth mechanism of Sb(2)Se(3) with distinctive morphologies including ultralong nanobelts, hierarchical urchin-like nanostructures is proposed and discussed in detail. The electrochemical hydrogen storage measurements reveal that the morphology plays a key role on the hydrogen storage capacity of Sb(2)Se(3) nanostructures. The Sb(2)Se(3) ultralong nanobelts with high percentage of {-111} facets exhibit higher hydrogen storage capacity (228.5 mA h g(-1)) and better cycle stability at room temperature.

  16. Piezotronic effect in 1D van der Waals solid of elemental tellurium nanobelt for smart adaptive electronics

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    Gao, Shengjie; Wang, Yixiu; Wang, Ruoxing; Wu, Wenzhuo

    2017-10-01

    Emerging technologies in wearable systems demand that functional devices can adaptively interact with the human body, where mechanical stimuli are ubiquitous and abundant. However, the electrical manipulation of charge carriers underpins the operations of state-of-the-art devices, and the effective control of interfacial energetics for charge carriers by the dynamic mechanical stimuli is still a relatively unexplored degree of freedom for semiconductor nanodevices. Piezotronic effect in nanostructured piezoelectric semiconductors offers exciting opportunities in addressing the above challenges. Here we report the first experimental exploration of piezotronic effect in 1D van der Waals solid of p-type tellurium nanobelt and systematically investigate the strain-gated charge carriers transport properties. The strain-induced polarization charges at the [10\\bar{1}0] surfaces of Te nanobelt can modulate the electronic transport through the interfacial effect on the Schottky contacts and the volumetric effect on the conducting channel. The competing phenomenon between interfacial and volumetric effects has been studied for the first time in piezotronics. Our research allows the access to a broad range of characterization and application of Te nanomaterials for piezotronics and could guide the future study of piezotronic effect in other materials. This progress in piezotronics, together with emerging methods for deterministic production and assembly of nanomaterials, leads to compelling opportunities for research from basic studies of piezoelectricity and semiconductor properties in functional nanomaterials to the development of ‘smarter’ electronics and optoelectronics.

  17. Solvothermal synthesis of TiO2 nanocrystals with {001} facets using titanic acid nanobelts for superior photocatalytic activity

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    Cao, Yuhui; Zong, Lanlan; Li, Qiuye; Li, Chen; Li, Junli; Yang, Jianjun

    2017-01-01

    Anatase TiO2 nanocrystals exposed with {001} facets were fabricated by solvothermal strategy in HF-C4H9OH mixed solution, using titanic acid nanobelts (TAN) as a precursor. The shape of TAN is a long flat plane with a high aspect ratio, and F- is easily adsorbed on the surface of the nanobelts, inducing a higher exposure of {001} facet of TiO2 nanoparticles during the structure reorganization. The exposed percentage of {001} facets could vary from 40 to 77% by adjusting the amount of HF. The as-prepared samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope. The photocatalytic measurement showed that TiO2 nanocrystals with 77% {001} facets exhibited much superior photocatalytic activity for photodegradation of methyl orange, methylene blue, and rhodamine B. And what's more, the mineralization rate of methyl orange was as high as 96% within 60 min. The photocatalytic enhancement is due to a large amount of the high energetic {001} facets exposing, the special truncated octahedral morphology and a stronger ability for dyes adsorption.

  18. High-performance ultraviolet photodetectors based on solution-grown ZnS nanobelts sandwiched between graphene layers

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    Kim, Yeonho; Kim, Sang Jin; Cho, Sung-Pyo; Hong, Byung Hee; Jang, Du-Jeon

    2015-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) light photodetectors constructed from solely inorganic semiconductors still remain unsatisfactory because of their low electrical performances. To overcome this limitation, the hybridization is one of the key approaches that have been recently adopted to enhance the photocurrent. High-performance UV photodetectors showing stable on-off switching and excellent spectral selectivity have been fabricated based on the hybrid structure of solution-grown ZnS nanobelts and CVD-grown graphene. Sandwiched structures and multilayer stacking strategies have been applied to expand effective junction between graphene and photoactive ZnS nanobelts. A multiply sandwich-structured photodetector of graphene/ZnS has shown a photocurrent of 0.115 mA under illumination of 1.2 mWcm−2 in air at a bias of 1.0 V, which is higher 107 times than literature values. The multiple-sandwich structure of UV-light sensors with graphene having high conductivity, flexibility, and impermeability is suggested to be beneficial for the facile fabrication of UV photodetectors with extremely efficient performances. PMID:26197784

  19. High performance bimorph piezoelectric MEMS harvester via bulk PZT thick films on thin beryllium-bronze substrate

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    Yi, Zhiran; Yang, Bin; Li, Guimiao; Liu, Jingquan; Chen, Xiang; Wang, Xiaolin; Yang, Chunsheng

    2017-07-01

    This letter presents a high performance bimorph piezoelectric MEMS harvester with bulk PZT thick films on both sides of a flexible thin beryllium-bronze substrate via bonding and thinning technologies. The upper and lower PZT layers are thinned down to about 53 μm and 76 μm, respectively, and a commercial beryllium bronze with the thickness of about 50 μm is used as the substrate. The effective volume of this device is 30.6 mm3. The harvester with a tungsten proof mass generated the close-circuit peak-to-peak voltage of 53.1 V, the output power of 0.979 mW, and the power density of 31.99 mW/cm3 with the matching load resistance of 360 kΩ at the applied acceleration amplitude of 3.5 g and the applied frequency of 77.2 Hz. Meanwhile, in order to evaluate the stability, the device was measured continuously under applied acceleration amplitudes of 1.0 g and 3.5 g for one hour and demonstrated a good stability. Then, the harvester was utilized to light up LEDs and about twenty-one serial LEDs were lighted up at resonance under an applied acceleration amplitude of 3.0 g.

  20. Finite Element Study on Performance of Piezoelectric Bimorph Cantilevers Using Porous/Ceramic 0-3 Polymer Composites

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    Kiran, Raj; Kumar, Anuruddh; Chauhan, Vishal S.; Kumar, Rajeev; Vaish, Rahul

    2017-09-01

    Finite element analysis of 0-3 composites made of piezoceramic particles and pores embedded in polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) has been carried out. The representative volume element (RVE) approach was used to calculate the effective elastic and piezoelectric properties of the periodic isotropic 0-3 piezoelectric composites. It was observed that the elastic and piezoelectric properties increased with the volume fraction of {K}_{0.475} {Na}_{0.475} {Li}_{0.05} ( {{Nb}_{0.92} {Ta}_{0.05} {Sb}_{0.03} } ){O}3 (KNLNTS) particles but decreased for the porous composites. These effective properties were further used to analyze the potential use of such bimorph cantilever beams in sensing and energy harvesting applications. Sensing voltage continuously increased for KNLNTS filled composites while for porous materials it increased up to 15% volume fraction porosity and then decreased. The same trend was also observed for the power produced by the harvester. However, the sensing voltage and power produced by harvesters made of porous composites were lower than for harvesters made of pure PVDF.

  1. TiO{sub 2} nanobelts photocatalysts decorated with Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals: Preparation and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Li, Yang; Wu, Wenjian; Wu, Mingzai; Dai, Peng; Zhang, Lili; Sun, Zhaoqi; Li, Guang; Liu, Xiansong; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Zheng, Xiuwen

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanobelts decorated with Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals have been prepared. • The introduction of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals can induce red-shift of absorption edge. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/TiO{sub 2} composites show higher photocatalytic activity than TiO{sub 2} nanobelts. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/TiO{sub 2} composites have long-time recyclable ability of photodegradation. - Abstract: In this paper, the controllable preparation of one-dimensional TiO{sub 2} nanobelts decorated with Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals based on Ti foils was reported using two-step hydrothermal treatment method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurement results exhibited the binding energy changes of Ti and O elements, implying the strong adhesion of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals onto the surface of TiO{sub 2} nanobelts. The ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) absorption spectra showed that the introduction of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocrystals could induce the red-shift of absorption edge and exhibited a broad absorption band in the visible region, which extended the scope of absorption spectrum and help to improve the photocatalytic degradation efficiency. The photocatalytic experiment results revealed that Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/TiO{sub 2} composites possess higher photocatalytic activities toward methyl orange than pure TiO{sub 2} nanobelts. The degradation efficiency of 90% after 5 cycles indicated that the as-prepared composite photocatalysts exhibited excellent long-time recyclable ability for the degradation of contaminants.

  2. Fe(NO3)3-assisted large-scale synthesis of Si3N4 nanobelts from quartz and graphite by carbothermal reduction–nitridation and their photoluminescence properties

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    Liu, Shuyue; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui; Huang, Juntong; Ji, Haipeng; Liu, Haitao; Liu, Yan-gai; Wu, Xiaowen

    2015-01-01

    The large-scale synthesis of Si3N4 nanobelts from quartz and graphite on a graphite-felt substrate was successfully achieved by catalyst-assisted carbothermal reduction–nitridation. The phase composition, morphology, and microstructure of Si3N4 nanobelts were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Si3N4 nanobelts were ~4–5 mm long and ~60 nm thick and exhibited smooth surfaces and flexible shapes. The Si3N4 nanobelts were well crystallized and grow along the [101] direction. The growth is dominated by the combined mechanisms of vapor–liquid–solid base growth and vapor–solid tip growth. The Fe(NO3)3 played a crucial role in promoting the nanobelt formation in the initial stage. The room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum of Si3N4 nanobelts consists of three emission peaks centered at 413, 437, and 462 nm, indicating potential applications in optoelectronic nanodevices. PMID:25757903

  3. Measuring suspended sediment: Chapter 10

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    Gray, J.R.; Landers, M.N.

    2013-01-01

    Suspended sediment in streams and rivers can be measured using traditional instruments and techniques and (or) surrogate technologies. The former, as described herein, consists primarily of both manually deployed isokinetic samplers and their deployment protocols developed by the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project. They are used on all continents other than Antarctica. The reliability of the typically spatially rich but temporally sparse data produced by traditional means is supported by a broad base of scientific literature since 1940. However, the suspended sediment surrogate technologies described herein – based on hydroacoustic, nephelometric, laser, and pressure difference principles – tend to produce temporally rich but in some cases spatially sparse datasets. The value of temporally rich data in the accuracy of continuous sediment-discharge records is hard to overstate, in part because such data can often overcome the shortcomings of poor spatial coverage. Coupled with calibration data produced by traditional means, surrogate technologies show considerable promise toward providing the fluvial sediment data needed to increase and bring more consistency to sediment-discharge measurements worldwide.

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  15. Few-layered MoS2 nanosheets wrapped ultrafine TiO2 nanobelts with enhanced photocatalytic property

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    Li, Haidong; Wang, Yana; Chen, Guohui; Sang, Yuanhua; Jiang, Huaidong; He, Jiating; Li, Xu; Liu, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Photocatalytic materials comprised of semiconductor nanostructures have attracted tremendous scientific and technological interest over the last 30 years. This is due to the fact that these photocatalytic materials have unique properties that allow for an effective direct energy transfer from light to highly reactive chemical species which are applicable in the remediation of environmental pollutants and photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Heterostructured photocatalysts are a promising type of photocatalyst which can combine the properties of different components to generate a synergic effect, resulting in a high photocatalytic activity. In this work, a heterostructured photocatalyst comprised of few-layered MoS2 nanosheets coated on a TiO2 nanobelts surface was synthesized through a simple hydrothermal treatment. The hybrid heterostructures with enhanced broad spectrum photocatalytic properties can harness UV and visible light energy to decompose organic contaminants in aqueous solutions as well as split water to hydrogen and oxygen. The mechanism of the enhancement is that the MoS2/TiO2 nanobelts heterostructure can enhance the separation of the photo-induced carriers, which results in a higher photocurrent due to the special electronic characteristics of the graphene-like layered MoS2 nanosheets. This methodology is potentially applicable to the synthesis of a range of hybrid nanostructures with promising applications in photocatalysis and other relevant areas.Photocatalytic materials comprised of semiconductor nanostructures have attracted tremendous scientific and technological interest over the last 30 years. This is due to the fact that these photocatalytic materials have unique properties that allow for an effective direct energy transfer from light to highly reactive chemical species which are applicable in the remediation of environmental pollutants and photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Heterostructured photocatalysts are a promising type of

  16. Au/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures for the detection of cancer cells and anticancer drug activity by potential sensing

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    Cui, Jingjie; Chen, Jing; Chen, Shaowei; Gao, Li; Xu, Ping; Li, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Cancer is a cell dysfunction disease. The detection of cancer cells is extremely important for early diagnosis and clinical treatments. At present, the pretreatment for the detection of cancer cells is costly, complicated and time-consuming. As different species of the analytes may give rise to specific voltammetric signals at distinctly different potentials, simple potential sensing has the specificity to detect different cellular species. By taking advantage of the different electrochemical characteristics of normal cells, cancer cells and biointeractions between anticancer drugs and cancer cells, we develop a specific, sensitive, direct, cost-effective and rapid method for the detection of cancer cells by electrochemical potential sensing based on Au/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructure electrodes that will be of significance in early cancer diagnosis, in vitro screening of anticancer drugs and molecular biology research.

  17. Physical model construction for electrical anisotropy of single crystal zinc oxide micro/nanobelt using finite element method

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    Yu, Guangbin; Tang, Chaolong; Song, Jinhui E-mail: wqlu@cigit.ac.cn; Lu, Wenqiang E-mail: wqlu@cigit.ac.cn

    2014-04-14

    Based on conductivity characterization of single crystal zinc oxide (ZnO) micro/nanobelt (MB/NB), we further investigate the physical mechanism of nonlinear intrinsic resistance-length characteristic using finite element method. By taking the same parameters used in experiment, a model of nonlinear anisotropic resistance change with single crystal MB/NB has been deduced, which matched the experiment characterization well. The nonlinear resistance-length comes from the different electron moving speed in various crystal planes. As the direct outcome, crystallography of the anisotropic semiconducting MB/NB has been identified, which could serve as a simple but effective method to identify crystal growth direction of single crystal semiconducting or conductive nanomaterial.

  18. Diffusiophoretic Focusing of Suspended Colloids

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    Shi, Nan; Nery-Azevedo, Rodrigo; Abdel-Fattah, Amr I.; Squires, Todd M.

    2016-12-01

    Using a microfluidic system to impose and maintain controlled, steady-state multicomponent p H and electrolyte gradients, we present systems where the diffusiophoretic migration of suspended colloids leads them to focus at a particular position, even in steady-state gradients. We show that naively superpositing effects of each gradient may seem conceptually and qualitatively reasonable, yet is invalid due to the coupled transport of these multicomponent electrolytes. In fact, reformulating the classic theories in terms of the flux of each species (rather than local gradients) reveals rather stringent conditions that are necessary for diffusiophoretic focusing in steady gradients. Either particle surface properties must change as a function of local composition in solution (akin to isoelectric focusing in electrophoresis), or chemical reactions must occur between electrolyte species, for such focusing to be possible. The generality of these findings provides a conceptual picture for understanding, predicting, or designing diffusiophoretic systems.

  19. Synthesis of In2O3 nanowire-decorated Ga2O3 nanobelt heterostructures and their electrical and field-emission properties.

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    Lin, Jing; Huang, Yang; Bando, Yoshio; Tang, Chengchun; Li, Chun; Golberg, Dmitri

    2010-04-27

    We report on the synthesis of In2O3 nanowire-decorated Ga2O3 nanobelt heterostructures via a simple catalyst-free method. A typical heterostructure, where an In2O3 nanowire forms a sort of a "dorsal fin" on the Ga2O3 nanobelt, exhibits the T-shaped cross-section. The structure, electrical porperties, and field-emission properties of this material are systematically investigated. The heterostructures possess a typical n-type semiconducting behavior with enhanced conductivity. Field-emission measurements show that they have a low turn-on field (approximately 1.31 V/microm) and a high field-enhancement factor (over 4000). The excellent field-emission characteristics are attributed to their special geometry and good electrical properties. The present In2O3-decorated Ga2O3 heterostructures are envisaged to be decent field-emitters useful in advanced electronic and optoelectronic nanodevices.

  20. Optimization of Deposition Process and Microscopic Characterization of Highly Oriented Aluminum Nitride Thin Films for Bimorph Structures of Piezoelectric Tunable Capacitors

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    Nagano, Toshihiko; Nishigaki, Michihiko; Itaya, Kazuhiko; Kawakubo, Takashi

    2009-02-01

    Film deposition with RF sputtering to control residual stress in aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films has been investigated to fabricate the bimorph actuator for a piezoelectric tunable capacitor with low-voltage operation. The effects of conditions in sputtering and surface cleaning were studied both to obtain a preferable film orientation for piezoelectric actuation and to suppress structural deformation of the cantilever due to the residual stress in films. Microscopic analysis revealed that (0001)-oriented AlN and (111)-oriented Al films were epitaxially grown at each interface in the bimorph structure. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements showed a leakage current of less than 5 ×10-5 A m-2 in 500-nm thick AlN films up to 30 V. The effect of optimization of process parameters was demonstrated by the capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics of the folded-beam tunable capacitor, in which the suppression of residual stress in piezoelectric layers was shown to be effective to obtain low-voltage operation.

  1. Pre-stressed piezoelectric bimorph micro-actuators based on machined 40 µm PZT thick films: batch scale fabrication and integration with MEMS

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    Wilson, S. A.; Jourdain, R. P.; Owens, S.

    2010-09-01

    The projected force-displacement capability of piezoelectric ceramic films in the 20-50 µm thickness range suggests that they are well suited to many micro-fluidic and micro-pneumatic applications. Furthermore when they are configured as bending actuators and operated at ~ 1 V µm - 1 they do not necessarily conform to the high-voltage, very low-displacement piezoelectric stereotype. Even so they are rarely found today in commercial micro-electromechanical devices, such as micro-pumps and micro-valves, and the main barriers to making them much more widely available would appear to be processing incompatibilities rather than commercial desirability. In particular, the issues associated with integration of these devices into MEMS at the production level are highly significant and they have perhaps received less attention in the mainstream than they deserve. This paper describes a fabrication route based on ultra-precision ceramic machining and full-wafer bonding for cost-effective batch scale production of thick film PZT bimorph micro-actuators and their integration with MEMS. The resulting actuators are pre-stressed (ceramic in compression) which gives them added performance, they are true bimorphs with bi-directional capability and they exhibit full bulk piezoelectric ceramic properties. The devices are designed to integrate with ancillary systems components using transfer-bonding techniques. The work forms part of the European Framework 6 Project 'Q2M—Quality to Micro'.

  2. Measuring suspended sediment in small mountain streams

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    Robert B. Thomas

    1985-01-01

    Measuring suspended sediment concentration in streams provides a way of monitoring the effects of forest management activities on water quality. Collecting data on suspended sediment is an act of sampling. The nature of the delivery process and the circumstances under which data are collected combine to produce highly variable results that are difficult to analyze and...

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  5. Suspending and Reinstating Joint Activities with Dialogue

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    Chevalley, Eric; Bangerter, Adrian

    2010-01-01

    Interruptions are common in joint activities like conversations. Typically, interrupted participants suspend the activity, address the interruption, and then reinstate the activity. In conversation, people jointly commit to interact and to talk about a topic, establishing these commitments sequentially. When a commitment is suspended, face is…

  6. Probing microstructure and phase evolution of α-MoO3 nanobelts for sodium-ion batteries by in situ transmission electron microscopy

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    Xia, Weiwei; Xu, Feng; Zhu, Chongyang; ...

    2016-07-15

    The fundamental electrochemical reaction mechanisms and the phase transformation pathways of layer-structured α-MoO3 nanobelt during the sodiation/desodiation process to date remain largely unknown. In this study, to observe the real-time sodiation/desodiaton behaviors of α-MoO3 during electrochemical cycling, we construct a MoO3 anode sodium-ion battery inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Utilizing in situ TEM and electron diffraction pattern (EDP) observation, α-MoO3 nanobelts are found to undergo a unique multi-step phase transformation. Upon the first sodiation, α-MoO3 nanobelts initially form amorphous NaxMoO3 phase and are subsequently sodiated into intermediate phase of crystalline NaMoO2, finally resulting in the crystallized Mo nanograins embeddedmore » within the Na2O matrix. During the first desodiation process, Mo nanograins are firstly re-oxidized into intermediate phase NaMoO2 that is further transformed into amorphous Na2MoO3, resulting in an irreversible phase transformation. Upon subsequent sodiation/desodiation cycles, however, a stable and reversible phase transformation between crystalline Mo and amorphous Na2MoO3 phases has been revealed. In conclusion, our work provides an in-deepth understanding of the phase transformation pathways of α-MoO3 nanobelts upon electrochemical sodiation/desodiation processes, with the hope of assistance in designing sodium-ion batteries with enhanced performance.« less

  7. A novel 3D structure composed of strings of hierarchical TiO{sub 2} spheres formed on TiO{sub 2} nanobelts with high photocatalytic properties

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    Jiang, Yongjian; Li, Meicheng; Song, Dandan; Li, Xiaodan; Yu, Yue

    2014-03-15

    A novel hierarchical titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) composite nanostructure with strings of anatase TiO{sub 2} hierarchical micro-spheres and rutile nanobelts framework (TiO{sub 2} HSN) is successfully synthesized via a one-step hydrothermal method. Particularly, the strings of hierarchical spheres are assembled by very thin TiO{sub 2} nanosheets, which are composed of highly crystallized anatase nanocrystals. Meanwhile, the HSN has a large surface area of 191 m{sup 2}/g, which is about 3 times larger than Degussa P25. More importantly, the photocatalytic activity of HSN and P25 were evaluated by the photocatalytic oxidation decomposition of methyl orange (MO) under UV light illumination, and the TiO{sub 2} HSN shows enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with Degussa P25, as result of its continuous hierarchical structures, special conductive channel and large specific surface area. With these features, the hierarchical TiO{sub 2} may have more potential applications in the fields of dye-sensitized solar cells and lithium ion batteries. -- Graphical abstract: Novel TiO{sub 2} with anatase micro-spheres and rutile nanobelts is synthesized. Enhanced photocatalysis is attributed to hierarchical structures (3D spheres), conductive channel (1D nanobelts) and large specific surface area (2D nanosheet). Highlights: • The novel TiO{sub 2} nanostructure (HSN) is fabricated for the first time. • HSN is composed of strings of anatase hierarchical spheres and rutile nanobelt. • HSN presents a larger S{sub BET} of 191 m{sup 2}/g, 3 times larger than the Degussa P25 (59 m{sup 2}/g). • HSN owns three kinds of dimensional TiO{sub 2} (1D, 2D and 3D) simultaneously. • HSN exhibits better photocatalytic performance compared with Degussa P25.

  8. Synthesis of scaly Sn3O4/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures for enhanced UV-visible light photocatalytic activity.

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    Chen, Guohui; Ji, Shaozheng; Sang, Yuanhua; Chang, Sujie; Wang, Yana; Hao, Pin; Claverie, Jerome; Liu, Hong; Yu, Guangwei

    2015-02-21

    A novel scaly Sn3O4/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructured photocatalyst was fabricated via a facile hydrothermal route. The scaly Sn3O4 nanoflakes can be synthesized in situ and assembled on surface coarsened TiO2 nanobelts through a hydrothermal process. The morphology and distribution of Sn3O4 nanoflakes can be well-controlled by simply tuning the Sn/Ti molar ratio of the reactants. Compared with single phase nanostructures of Sn3O4 and TiO2, the scaly hybrid nanobelts exhibited markedly enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) response, which caused higher photocatalytic hydrogen evolution even without the assistance of Pt as a co-catalyst, and enhanced the degradation ability of organic pollutants under both UV and visible light irradiation. In addition to the increased exposure of active facets and broad light absorption, the outstanding performance is ascribed to the matching energy band structure between Sn3O4 and TiO2 at the two sides of the heterostructure, which efficiently reduces the recombination of photo-excited electron-hole pairs and prolongs the lifetime of charge carriers. Both photocatalytic assessment and PEC tests revealed that Sn3O4/TiO2 heterostructures with a molar ratio of Sn/Ti of 2/1 exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity. This study provides a facile and low-cost method for the large scale production of Sn3O4 based materials in various applications.

  9. Organic solvent-induced controllable crystallization of the inorganic salt Na3[Au(SO3)2] into ultralong nanobelts and hierarchical microstructures of nanowires

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    Liu, Sen; Tian, Jingqi; Wang, Lei; Li, Hailong; Sun, Xuping

    2011-04-01

    The present paper reports an organic solvent-induced controllable crystallization of a water-soluble inorganic salt Na3[Au(SO3)2] into ultralong nanobelts and hierarchical microstructures of one-dimensional (1D) nanowires. It was found that the morphology of the resulting crystals can be fine tuned by simply varying the experimental parameters, such as the ratios of water to organic solvent and gold salt to organic solvent, as well as the type of organic solvent.The present paper reports an organic solvent-induced controllable crystallization of a water-soluble inorganic salt Na3[Au(SO3)2] into ultralong nanobelts and hierarchical microstructures of one-dimensional (1D) nanowires. It was found that the morphology of the resulting crystals can be fine tuned by simply varying the experimental parameters, such as the ratios of water to organic solvent and gold salt to organic solvent, as well as the type of organic solvent. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: EDS and XRD analysis of nanobelts. See DOI: 10.1039/c0nr00690d

  10. Synthesis of few-layer MoS2 nanosheet-coated TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures for enhanced photocatalytic activities.

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    Zhou, Weijia; Yin, Zongyou; Du, Yaping; Huang, Xiao; Zeng, Zhiyuan; Fan, Zhanxi; Liu, Hong; Wang, Jiyang; Zhang, Hua

    2013-01-14

    MoS(2) nanosheet-coated TiO(2) nanobelt heterostructures--referred to as TiO(2)@MoS(2)--with a 3D hierarchical configuration are prepared via a hydrothermal reaction. The TiO(2) nanobelts used as a synthetic template inhibit the growth of MoS(2) crystals along the c-axis, resulting in a few-layer MoS(2) nanosheet coating on the TiO(2) nanobelts. The as-prepared TiO(2)@MoS(2) heterostructure shows a high photocatalytic hydrogen production even without the Pt co-catalyst. Importantly, the TiO(2)@MoS(2) heterostructure with 50 wt% of MoS(2) exhibits the highest hydrogen production rate of 1.6 mmol h(-1) g(-1). Moreover, such a heterostructure possesses a strong adsorption ability towards organic dyes and shows high performance in photocatalytic degradation of the dye molecules.

  11. Shenzhen: city of suspended possibility.

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    Bach, Jonathan

    2011-01-01

    This essay on Shenzhen, China, presents three vignettes addressing the question of home in a city of migrants. The first section explores the ubiquitous narratives of success forming the city's foundational myth. The second follows this myth into the world of a Shenzhen filmmaker and his characters, as they navigate the tension between the idea of home and the urge to start anew, resulting in the suspended possibility of the title. The last section looks at young architects who hope to preserve the city's heterotopic sites of migrants and original villagers through architectural innovations. The cases show how an economy of desire supplements the political economy of this export-driven city. The city appears as an urban desiring machine that produces itself as an object of desire for the migrants of all classes who flock to its factories, "urban villages", white-collar jobs, luxury villas and underground economy. The essay is an encounter with the mythology of success and failure, the intertwining of home as an end and home as the beginning, and with the manipulation of space that allows residents to control their own subjectivity.

  12. Improving suspended sediment measurements by automatic samplers.

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    Gettel, Melissa; Gulliver, John S; Kayhanian, Masoud; DeGroot, Gregory; Brand, Joshua; Mohseni, Omid; Erickson, Andrew J

    2011-10-01

    Suspended solids either as total suspended solids (TSS) or suspended sediment concentration (SSC) is an integral particulate water quality parameter that is important in assessing particle-bound contaminants. At present, nearly all stormwater runoff quality monitoring is performed with automatic samplers in which the sampling intake is typically installed at the bottom of a storm sewer or channel. This method of sampling often results in a less accurate measurement of suspended sediment and associated pollutants due to the vertical variation in particle concentration caused by particle settling. In this study, the inaccuracies associated with sampling by conventional intakes for automatic samplers have been verified by testing with known suspended sediment concentrations and known particle sizes ranging from approximately 20 μm to 355 μm under various flow rates. Experimental results show that, for samples collected at a typical automatic sampler intake position, the ratio of sampled to feed suspended sediment concentration is up to 6600% without an intake strainer and up to 300% with a strainer. When the sampling intake is modified with multiple sampling tubes and fitted with a wing to provide lift (winged arm sampler intake), the accuracy of sampling improves substantially. With this modification, the differences between sampled and feed suspended sediment concentration were more consistent and the sampled to feed concentration ratio was accurate to within 10% for particle sizes up to 250 μm.

  13. Structural evolution from Bi4.2K0.8Fe2O9+δ nanobelts to BiFeO3 nanochains in vacuum and their multiferroic properties.

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    Dong, Sining; Zhang, Dalong; Liu, Yukuai; Yang, Shengwei; Jiang, Tao; Yin, Yuewei; Li, Xiaoguang

    2014-12-21

    In this paper, we report the structural evolution of Bi(4.2)K(0.8)Fe(2)O(9+δ) nanobelts to BiFeO3 nanochains and the related variations in multiferroic properties. By using in situ transmission electron microscopy with comprehensive characterization, it was found that the layered perovskite multiferroic Bi(4.2)K(0.8)Fe(2)O(9+δ) nanobelts were very unstable in a vacuum environment, with Bi being easily removed. Based on this finding, a simple vacuum annealing method was designed which successfully transformed the Bi(4.2)K(0.8)Fe(2)O(9+δ) nanobelts into one-dimensional BiFeO(3) nanochains. Both the Bi(4.2)K(0.8)Fe(2)O(9+δ) nanobelts and the BiFeO3 nanochains showed multiferroic behavior, with their ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties clearly established by piezoresponse and magnetic measurements, respectively. Interestingly, the BiFeO(3) nanochains had a larger magnetization than the Bi(4.2)K(0.8)Fe(2)O(9+δ) nanobelts. Moreover, the BiFeO(3) nanochains exhibited a surprisingly large exchange bias with small training effects. This one-dimensional BiFeO(3) multiferroic nanostructure characterized by a relatively stable exchange bias offers important functionalities that may be attractive for device applications.

  14. Solution phase synthesis of Na{sub 0.28}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanobelts into nanorings and the electrochemical performance in Li battery

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    Nagaraju, Ganganagappa; Chandrappa, Gujjarahalli Thimmanna

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Hydrothermal method has been adopted first time to prepare Na{sub 0.28}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanorings/nanobelts without using any organic surfactant/solvents at 130–160 °C for 1–2 days. TEM analyses reveal that the products consist of nanorings of width about 500 nm and thickness of about 100 nm with inner diameter of 5–7 m. Nanobelts of width 70–100 nm and several tens of micrometers in length are observed. The electrochemical results show that Na{sub 0.28}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} exhibits an initial discharge capacity of 320 mAh g{sup −1} and its capacity still retained 175 mAh g{sup −1} even after 69 cycles. Highlights: ► We are the first to report Na{sub 0.28}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanorings/nanobelts by solution method. ► Synthesis via hydrothermal method at 130–160 °C/1–2d in acidic medium. ► We have carried out without using any surfactant/templates/organic solvents. ► Shows discharge capacity of 320 mAh g{sup −1} and reach 175 mAh g{sup −1} after 69 cycles. ► A probable reaction mechanism for Na{sub 0.28}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanorings formation is also proposed. -- Abstract: In this paper, we are the first to report a simple one step hydrothermal method to synthesize Na{sub 0.28}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanorings/nanobelts without using any organic surfactant/solvents at 130–160 °C for 1–2 days. The obtained products have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, morphology by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electrochemical discharge–charge test for lithium battery. XRD pattern exhibit a monoclinic Na{sub 0.28}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} structure. FTIR spectrum shows band at 958 cm{sup −1} is assigned to V=O stretching vibration, which is sensitive to intercalation and suggests that Na{sup +} ions are inserted between the vanadium oxide layers. TEM analyses reveal that the

  15. Satellite power using magnetically suspended flywheel stack

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    Kirk, James A.; Anand, Davinder K.

    1987-01-01

    Research activities with magnetically suspended flywheels are reported. The purpose of the effort is to critically examine and further the development of all the key technologies which impact the inertial energy storage system. The results presented discuss the concept of a magnetically suspended flywheel as it applies to a 500 Watt-hour energy storage system. The proposed system is currently under hardware development and is based upon two pancake magnetic bearings arranged in a vertical stack.

  16. Stability of suspended graphene under Casimir force

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    Chudnovsky, E. M.; Zarzuela, R.

    2016-08-01

    We consider a graphene sheet suspended above a conducting surface. Treating graphene as an elastic membrane subjected to Casimir force, we study its stability against sagging towards the conductor. There exists a critical elevation at the edges below which the central part of the suspended graphene nucleates a trunk that sinks under the action of the Casimir force. The dependence of the critical elevation on temperature, dimensions, and the elastic stress applied to the graphene sheet is computed.

  17. Temperature Effect on Suspended Cohesive Sediment Concentration

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    Ramalingam, S.; Chandra, V.

    2016-12-01

    The deposition of suspended cohesive sediments takes place in the form of flocculation which is governed by flow and sediment characteristics. Suspended cohesive sediments adsorb contaminants from surrounding environment during their transport from river to the ocean. These sediments partially settle at low velocity regions along the river and huge amount of sediments settle at the estuaries. The settled sediments affect both biological and chemical dynamics of aquatic environment. Hence, it is important to understand the behaviour of suspended cohesive sediments under different flow and sediment conditions. Temperature is one such parameter which influences the flow behaviour. In literature, the effect of water temperature on the behaviour of suspended cohesive sediments has received very little attention. Research studies based on settling column experiments have stated that cohesive sediment settling velocity increases with an increase of water temperature. In contrary, annular flume based studies have reported that the settling velocity increases with decrease of water temperature. Hence, this research work is mainly focussed to find the effect of temperature on suspended cohesive sediment concentration. Experiments are conducted at high water temperatures (30°, 40° and 50°C) in an annular flume using Kaolin (d50=7.9μm) at different bed shear stresses (0.01, 0.05 and 0.1Pa) and concentrations (1, 2 and 4g/L). Ionized water is used for conducting the experiments. The temporal variation of suspended cohesive sediment concentration and corresponding mean floc size are reported.

  18. Numerical Modeling and Experimental Validation by Calorimetric Detection of Energetic Materials Using Thermal Bimorph Microcantilever Array: A Case Study on Sensing Vapors of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

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    Kang, Seok-Won; Fragala, Joe; Banerjee, Debjyoti

    2015-08-31

    Bi-layer (Au-Si₃N₄) microcantilevers fabricated in an array were used to detect vapors of energetic materials such as explosives under ambient conditions. The changes in the bending response of each thermal bimorph (i.e., microcantilever) with changes in actuation currents were experimentally monitored by measuring the angle of the reflected ray from a laser source used to illuminate the gold nanocoating on the surface of silicon nitride microcantilevers in the absence and presence of a designated combustible species. Experiments were performed to determine the signature response of this nano-calorimeter platform for each explosive material considered for this study. Numerical modeling was performed to predict the bending response of the microcantilevers for various explosive materials, species concentrations, and actuation currents. The experimental validation of the numerical predictions demonstrated that in the presence of different explosive or combustible materials, the microcantilevers exhibited unique trends in their bending responses with increasing values of the actuation current.

  19. Size and Temperature Dependence of Electron Transfer between CdSe Quantum Dots and a TiO 2 Nanobelt

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    Tafen, De Nyago; Prezhdo, Oleg V.

    2015-02-24

    Understanding charge transfer reactions between quantum dots (QD) and metal oxides is fundamental for improving photocatalytic, photovoltaic and electronic devices. The complexity of these processes makes it difficult to find an optimum QD size with rapid charge injection and low recombination. We combine time-domain density functional theory with nonadiabatic molecular dynamics to investigate the size and temperature dependence of the experimentally studied electron transfer and charge recombination at CdSe QD-TiO2 nanobelt (NB) interfaces. The electron injection rate shows strong dependence on the QD size, increasing for small QDs. The rate exhibits Arrhenius temperature dependence, with the activation energy of themore » order of millielectronvolts. The charge recombination process occurs due to coupling of the electronic subsystem to vibrational modes of the TiO2 NB. Inelastic electron-phonon scattering happens on a picosecond time scale, with strong dependence on the QD size. Our simulations demonstrate that the electron-hole recombination rate decreases significantly as the QD size increases, in excellent agreement with experiments. The temperature dependence of the charge recombination rates can be successfully modeled within the framework of the Marcus theory through optimization of the electronic coupling and the reorganization energy. Our simulations indicate that by varying the QD size, one can modulate the photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination, fundamental aspects of the design principles for high efficiency devices.« less

  20. High-performance single CdS nanowire (nanobelt) Schottky junction solar cells with Au/graphene Schottky electrodes.

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    Ye, Yu; Dai, Yu; Dai, Lun; Shi, Zujin; Liu, Nan; Wang, Fei; Fu, Lei; Peng, Ruomin; Wen, Xiaonan; Chen, Zhijian; Liu, Zhongfan; Qin, Guogang

    2010-12-01

    High-performance single CdS nanowire (NW) as well as nanobelt (NB) Schottky junction solar cells were fabricated. Au (5 nm)/graphene combined layers were used as the Schottky contact electrodes to the NWs (NBs). Typical as-fabricated NW solar cell shows excellent photovoltaic behavior with an open circuit voltage of ∼0.15 V, a short circuit current of ∼275.0 pA, and an energy conversion efficiency of up to ∼1.65%. The physical mechanism of the combined Schottky electrode was discussed. We attribute the prominent capability of the devices to the high-performance Schottky combined electrode, which has the merits of low series resistance, high transparency, and good Schottky contact to the CdS NW (NB). Besides, a promising site-controllable patterned graphene transfer method, which has the advantages of economizing graphene material and free from additional etching process, was demonstrated in this work. Our results suggest that semiconductor NWs (NBs) are promising materials for novel solar cells, which have potential application in integrated nano-optoelectronic systems.

  1. Facile conversion of silicon nitride nanobelts into sandwich-like nanosaws II: growth mechanism and optical properties

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    Guo, Gang Feng; He, Mingsheng; Kong, Xiang Yang; Lin, Hong; Li, Jianbao; Fan, Li-Zhen

    2010-02-01

    In a previous paper (G.F. Guo et al., Appl. Phys. A, 2009), the microstructures of sandwich-like nanosaws have been revealed clearly. Here, the growth mechanism and optical properties of Si3N4 sandwich-like nanosaws were further investigated. It is assumed that the growth atmosphere with a large amount of *N (active nitrogen) from the decomposition of NH3 would be the key factor for the formation of sandwich-like nanosaws during the catalyst-assisted pyrolysis of the polymeric precursors. From the characterizations of TEM together with the systematic composition analysis, we found that a large excess of nitrogen element occurred in the central “soldering” region as well as high density defects, which induced the asymmetric growth of nanoteeth on the original nanobelt sidewall, forming into a sandwich-like nanosaw morphology. The unique optical properties of sandwich-like nanosaws could be attributed from the presence of a large amount of nitrogen dangling bond defects in the central “soldering” region, and a new optical band-gap model was proposed for the interpretation of the photoluminescence spectra.

  2. Self-powered flexible and transparent photovoltaic detectors based on CdSe nanobelt/graphene Schottky junctions.

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    Gao, Zhiwei; Jin, Weifeng; Zhou, Yu; Dai, Yu; Yu, Bin; Liu, Chu; Xu, Wanjin; Li, Yanping; Peng, Hailin; Liu, Zhongfan; Dai, Lun

    2013-06-21

    Flexible and transparent electronic and optoelectronic devices have attracted more and more research interest due to their potential applications in developing portable, wearable, low-cost, and implantable devices. We have fabricated and studied high-performance flexible and transparent CdSe nanobelt (NB)/graphene Schottky junction self-powered photovoltaic detectors for the first time. Under 633 nm light illumination, typical photosensitivity and responsivity of the devices are about 1.2 × 10(5) and 8.7 A W(-1), respectively. Under 3500 Hz switching frequency, the response and recovery times of them are about 70 and 137 μs, respectively, which, to the best of our knowledge, are the best reported values for nanomaterial based Schottky junction photodetectors up to date. The detailed properties of the photodetectors, such as the influences of incident light wavelength and light intensity on the external quantum efficiency and speed, are also investigated. Detailed discussions are made in order to understand the observed phenomena. Our work demonstrates that the self-powered flexible and transparent CdSe NB/graphene Schottky junction photovoltaic detectors have a bright application prospect.

  3. A simple and scalable graphenepatterning method and its application in CdSe nanobelt/graphene Schottky junction solar cells

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    Ye, Yu; Gan, Lin; Dai, Lun; Dai, Yu; Guo, Xuefeng; Meng, Hu; Yu, Bin; Shi, Zujin; Shang, Kuanping; Qin, Guogang

    2011-04-01

    We have developed a simple and scalable graphenepatterning method using electron-beam or ultraviolet lithography followed by a lift-off process. This method, with the merits of: high pattern resolution and high alignment accuracy, being free from additional etching or harsh processes, being universal to arbitrary substrates, and being compatible to Si microelectronic technology, can easily be applied to diverse graphene-based devices, especially in array-based applications, where large-scale graphene patterns are desired. We have applied this method to fabricate CdSe nanobelt (NB)/graphene Schottky junction solar cells, which have potential applications in integrated nano-optoelectronic systems. A typical as-fabricated solar cell shows excellent photovoltaic behavior, with an open-circuit voltage of ~0.51 V, a short-circuit current density of ~5.75 mA cm-2, and an energy conversion efficiency of ~1.25%. We attribute the high performance of the cell to the as-patterned high-performance graphene, which can form an ideal Schottky contact with CdSe NB. Our results suggest that both the developed graphenepatterning method and the as-fabricated CdSe NB/graphene Schottky junction solar cells have reachable application prospects.

  4. Acid-treated TiO2 nanobelt supported platinum nanoparticles for the catalytic oxidation of formaldehyde at ambient conditions

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    Cui, Weiyi; Xue, Dan; Yuan, Xiaoling; Zheng, Bin; Jia, Mingjun; Zhang, Wenxiang

    2017-07-01

    In this work, two kinds of novel Pt/TiO2 catalysts were prepared by impregnation method using hydrothermally synthesized TiO2 nanobelt (TiNB) and sulfuric acid-treated TiO2 nanoblet (TiNB-ac) as supports, and their catalytic properties were investigated in the oxidation of formaldehyde. It was found that Pt/TiNB-ac exhibits much higher catalytic activity, which can efficiently convert formaldehyde to CO2 and H2O at ambient temperature. The addition of water vapor into the feed stream can further promote the catalytic activity of Pt/TiNB-ac catalyst. A variety of characterization results showed that TiNB-ac possesses much rougher surface, and more defect sites (including abundant chemisorbed oxygen and surface hydroxyl species) due to the treatment by sulfuric acid. These features should be beneficial to achieve high dispersion of Pt nanoparticles on the rough-surface of TiNB-ac, to produce more interface active sites like Pt-O(OH)x-Ti species through the interaction between the Pt naoparticles and the surface hydroxyl species of TiNB-ac support, thus resulting in the formation of highly efficient Pt/TiNB-ac catalyst for the oxidation of formaldehyde under mild conditions.

  5. Electrochemical preparation of MnO2 nanobelts through pulse base-electrogeneration and evaluation of their electrochemical performance

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    Aghazadeh, Mustafa; Maragheh, Mohammad Ghannadi; Ganjali, Mohammad Reza; Norouzi, Parviz; Faridbod, Farnoush

    2016-02-01

    Cathodic electrodeposition of MnO2 from a nitrate solution, via pulsed base (OH-) electrogeneration was performed for the first time. The deposition experiments were performed in a pulse current mode in typical on-times and off-times (i.e. ton = 1 s and toff = 1 s) with a peak current density of 2 mA cm-2 (Ia = 2 mA cm-2). The structural characterizations conducted by XRD and FTIR techniques revealed that the prepared MnO2 is composed of both α and γ phases. Morphological observation by SEM and TEM showed that the prepared MnO2 is made up of nanobelts with uniform shapes (an average diameter and length of 50 nm and 1 μm, respectively). Further electrochemical measurements by cyclic voltammetry and charge-discharge techniques revealed that the prepared MnO2 nanostructures have excellent capacitive behaviors, like a specific capacitance of 235.5 F g-1 and capacity retention of 91.3% after 1000 cycling at the scan rate of 25 mV s-1.

  6. [Suspended particulates and lung health].

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    Neuberger, Manfred; Moshammer, Hanns

    2004-01-01

    Based on several severe air pollution episodes, a temporal correlation between high concentrations of particulate matter (PM) and SO2 pollution and acute increases in respiratory and cardiopulmonary mortality had been established in Vienna for the 1970's. After air pollution had decreased in Austria in the 1980's--as documented by data on SO2, and total suspended particles (TSP)--no such associations between day-to-day changes of SO2 and TSP and mortality have been documented any more, however, traffic related pollutants like fine particles and NO2 remained a problem. Therefore, short term effects of PM on lung function, morbidity and mortality were investigated in Vienna, Linz, Graz and a rural control area. Long-term exposure and chronic disease--even more important for public health--were studied in repeated cross-sectional, a mixed longitudinal and a birth cohort study on school children in the city of Linz. Lung function growth was found impaired from long-term exposure to air pollutants and improved in districts where ambient air pollution had decreased. Where only TSP and SO2 had decreased, no continuous improvement of small airway function was found and end-expiratory flow rates stayed impaired where NO2-reduction from technical improvements of cars and industry was counterbalanced by increase of motorized (diesel) traffic. Remaining acute effects of ambient air pollution in 2001 from PM, NO2 and co-pollutants found in a time series study also show that continuing efforts are necessary. Active surface of particles inhaled several hours to days before spirometry was found related to short-term reductions in forced vital capacity-FVC (p<0.01), forced expiratory volume in one second-FEV1 (p<0.01) and maximal expiratory flow rate at 50% of vital capacity-MEF50 (p<0.05). In pupils with asthma or previous airway obstruction 4-week-diaries proved that the following symptoms increased with acute exposure to higher active surface of particles: wheezing (p<0

  7. Monitoring baseline suspended sediment in forested basins: the effects of sampling on suspended sediment rating curves

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    Robert B. Thomas

    1988-01-01

    Abstract - Rating curves are widely used for directly assessing changes in the suspended sediment delivery process and indirectly for estimating total yields. Four sampling methods were simulated-over a 31-day record of suspended sediment from the North Fork of the Mad River near Korbel, California. The position and size of the four groups of plotted slope/intercept...

  8. Suspended two-dimensional electron and hole gases

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    Kazazis, D.; Bourhis, E.; Gierak, J.; Gennser, U.; Bourgeois, O.; Antoni, T.

    2013-12-04

    We report on the fabrication of fully suspended two-dimensional electron and hole gases in III-V heterostructures. Low temperature transport measurements verify that the properties of the suspended gases are only slightly degraded with respect to the non-suspended gases. Focused ion beam technology is used to pattern suspended nanostructures with minimum damage from the ion beam, due to the small width of the suspended membrane.

  9. Pyroelectric-field driven defects diffusion along c-axis in ZnO nanobelts under high-energy electron beam irradiation

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    Ding, Yong Liu, Ying; Niu, Simiao; Wu, Wenzhuo; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2014-10-21

    When ZnO nanobelts are exposed to a high-dose electron probe of several nanometers to hundred nanometers in diameter inside a transmission electron microscope, due to the radiolysis effect, part of oxygen atoms will be ejected into the vacuum and leaving a Zn-ion rich surface with a pit appearance at both the electron-entrance and electron-exit surfaces. At the same time, a temperature distribution is created around the electron probe due to local beam heating effect, which generates a unidirectional pyroelectric field. This pyroelectric field is strong enough to drive Zn ions moving along its positive c-axis direction as interstitial ions. In the first case, for the ZnO nanobelts with c-axis lie in their large surfaces, defects due to the aggregation of Zn interstitial ions will be formed at some distances of 30–50 nm approximately along the c-axis direction from the electron beam illuminated area. Alternatively, for the ZnO nanobelts with ±(0001) planes as their large surfaces, the incident electron beam is along its c-axis and the generated pyroelectric field will drive the interstitial Zn-ions to aggregate at the Zn terminated (0001) surface where the local electrical potential is the lowest. Such electron beam induced damage in ZnO nanostructures is suggested as a result of Zn ion diffusion driven by the temperature gradient induced pyroelectric field along c-axis. Our study shows a radiation damage caused by electron beam in transmission electron microscopy, especially when the electron energy is high.

  10. Fabrication of V2O3/C core-shell structured composite and VC nanobelts by the thermal treatment of VO2/C composite

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    Zhang, Yifu; Fan, Meijuan; Hu, Ling; Wu, Weibing; Zhang, Juecheng; Liu, Xinghai; Zhong, Yalan; Huang, Chi

    2012-10-01

    Belt-like V2O3 encapsulated into carbon tubes (V2O3/C) core-shell structured composite and vanadium carbide (VC) nanobelts have been successfully synthesized by the thermal treatment with VO2/C core-shell structured composite through adjusting the heating temperature for the first time. The amorphous carbon on the surface of VO2 plays a dual role in this thermal process, namely as the reductant to reduce VO2 to V2O3 or VC, and as the carbon precursor for the V2O3/C carbon shell and VC. The as-obtained samples were respectively characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer, Raman spectrum, elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller. V2O3/C was successfully synthesized at 700-900 °C for 2 h, and VC nanobelts were successfully prepared at 1000 °C for 2 h. The as-obtained V2O3/C composite and VC nanobelts contain C-H groups, which will facilitate the linkage of catalytic species or polymers to the surface in their potential applications. V2O3/C composite has higher specific surface area than that of VC due to the amorphous carbon coated on the surface of V2O3. Furthermore, the thermal stability of VC in air was investigated by Thermo-Gravimetric/Differential Thermal Analyzer, revealing that it had good thermal stability and oxidation resistance below 335 °C in air.

  11. Electrical bistability and negative differential resistance in single Sb-doped ZnO nanobelts/SiOx/p-Si heterostructured devices

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    Yang, Ya; Qi, Junjie; Guo, Wen; Qin, Zi; Zhang, Yue

    2010-03-01

    We report the electrical bistability and negative differential resistance (NDR) in single Sb-doped ZnO nanobelts/SiOx/p-type Si heterostructured devices. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of the devices were discussed in terms of the energy band diagram of the devices. The origin of the electrical bistability and NDR is suggested to be associated with the electric-field-induced charge transfer. The performance of the fabricated devices can be enhanced under the ultraviolet light illumination.

  12. Air-suspended polymer rib waveguides

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    Prokop, Christoph; Kleeßen, Philipp; Irmler, Nico; Mitchell, Arnan; Karnutsch, Christian

    2015-02-01

    In order to achieve a high refractive index contrast for air-suspended photonic devices, we present a method for laminating thin polymer films onto structured polymer layers that exhibit an air cavity. By using a flat PDMS stamp, polymer films can be transferred over areas of several hundred square microns. On top of the air-suspended slab a second layer of photoresist can be spun and subsequently every desired photonic structure can be defined by using standard photolithography. Here, to demonstrate the feasibility of our lamination method for polymer photonic devices, we present optical modeling and experimental results of air-suspended single mode rib waveguides. Waveguiding is shown for visible and infrared light and a beam profile for λ = 1550 nm is presented that underpins single mode behavior of the rib waveguide.

  13. Magnetically suspended momentum wheels for spacecraft stabilization

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    Henrikson, C. H.; Lyman, J.; Studer, P. A.

    1974-01-01

    Magnetic bearings for spacecraft momentum wheels offer the promise of low friction and unlimited life. This paper describes how magnetic bearings work and their advantages and disadvantages. The present status of magnetic bearings is described and examples are shown of the various and widely-different magnetically suspended momentum wheels that have been built to date. These include wheels whose bearings exhibit high stiffness and wheels with zero-power suspensions. The future of magnetically suspended momentum wheels is discussed including the possibility of wheels with neither spokes nor shaft.

  14. Photothermoelectric effect in suspended semiconducting carbon nanotubes.

    PubMed

    Deborde, Tristan; Aspitarte, Lee; Sharf, Tal; Kevek, Joshua W; Minot, Ethan D

    2014-01-28

    We have performed scanning photocurrent microscopy measurements of field-effect transistors (FETs) made from individual ultraclean suspended carbon nanotubes (CNTs). We investigate the spatial-dependence, polarization-dependence, and gate-dependence of photocurrent and photovoltage in this system. While previous studies of surface-bound CNT FET devices have identified the photovoltaic effect as the primary mechanism of photocurrent generation, our measurements show that photothermoelectric phenomena play a critical role in the optoelectronic properties of suspended CNT FETs. We have quantified the photothermoelectric mechanisms and identified regimes where they overwhelm the photovoltaic mechanism.

  15. Polymer microlasers with a suspended cavity design

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    Vanga, Sudheer Kumar; Nalla, Venkatram; Bettiol, Andrew A.

    2015-04-01

    We report on the fabrication of microlasers with suspended cavity design in a thin layer of Rhodamine B doped SU-8 polymer using proton beam writing. Optical characterization of the fabricated three-dimensional microlasers under ambient atmosphere results in low lasing threshold of 0.5 μJ/mm2, which is an improvement by factor of 2 when compared to planar microlasers. The directional behavior is also observed in whispering gallery mode microlasers with spiral cavity design. These microlasers with suspended cavity design are not only useful in reducing the lasing threshold but also have significance in 3D photonic integrated circuits.

  16. Suspending superconducting qubits by silicon micromachining

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    Chu, Y.; Axline, C.; Wang, C.; Brecht, T.; Gao, Y. Y.; Frunzio, L.; Schoelkopf, R. J.

    2016-09-01

    We present a method for relieving aluminum 3D transmon qubits from a silicon substrate using micromachining. Our technique is a high yield, one-step deep reactive ion etch that requires no additional fabrication processes and results in the suspension of the junction area and edges of the aluminum film. The drastic change in the device geometry affects both the dielectric and the flux noise environment experienced by the qubit. In particular, the participation ratios of various dielectric interfaces are significantly modified, and suspended qubits exhibited longer T1's than non-suspended ones. We also find that the suspension increases the flux noise experienced by tunable SQUID-based qubits.

  17. Effects of suspended sulfates on human health.

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    French, J G

    1975-01-01

    Recent evidence from epidemiologic studies conducted in several areas of the United States shows an association of excess risk of asthmatic attacks with elevated levels of suspended sulfates within specific temperature ranges. These findings are disscussed in the context of experimental animal studies which tend to support these observations. PMID:1157797

  18. 7 CFR 1212.28 - Suspend.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (MARKETING AGREEMENTS..., PROMOTION, CONSUMER EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY INFORMATION ORDER Honey Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer Education, and Industry Information Order Definitions § 1212.28 Suspend. “Suspend” means to...

  19. A Successful Retention Program for Suspended Students

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    Dill, Anna L.; Gilbert, Jerome A.; Hill, Jennifer P.; Minchew, Sue S.; Sempier, Tracie A.

    2011-01-01

    Traditionally at Mississippi State University (MSU), students who are placed on academic suspension are required to stay out of school one regular semester. As an alternative, the university designed a program for early readmission for suspended students who agree to follow the requirements outlined in the "Learning Skills Support…

  20. Size of Suspended Sediment Over Dunes

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    Samples of suspended sediment were collected at four elevations simultaneously over two-dimensional mobile dunes in 0.5 mm sand in a laboratory flume channel. A constant sampling position relative to the dunes was maintained by adjusting the translation rate of the sampling carriage to be the same ...

  1. Size of Suspended Sediment over Dunes

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Samples of suspended sediment were collected at four elevations simultaneously over two-dimensional mobile dunes in two mixtures of 0.5 mm sand in a laboratory flume channel. A constant sampling position relative to the dunes was maintained by adjusting the translation rate of the sampling carriage...

  2. The transport of 'suspended' sediment by water

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    Parsons, Anthony; Cooper, James; Wainwright, John; Sekiguichi, Tomohiro

    2013-04-01

    Coherent turbulent flow structures, such as eddy-like, macro-turbulent structures and smaller scale bursting events, cause a two-way vertical exchange of momentum between the sediment bed and the water surface. Thus movement of suspended particles in open channel flows has a strong correlation with the advection and propagation of these turbulent flow structures, controlling entrainment , travel and deposition. Consequently, there is an argument in favour of the view that suspended sediment merely travels in suspension, but that its distance of travel is finite, and that between periods of travel it is at rest on the bed of the river. To test his hypothesis we added 25 kg of fluorescent sand, fine enough to be transported in suspension, into a steady flow discharge of 0.95 cumecs in the 160-m-long flume at Tsukuba University. After the flow event, a few grains of the sand were identified less than 5 m from the point of introduction and progressively (but irregularly) more downflume. Although our results are both limited and preliminary due to the nature of the existing flume, they clearly show that suspended sediment has a virtual velocity that is less than that of the flow in which the sediment is suspended. For the sediment-size range and flow velocity used in our experiment this virtual velocity is of the order of 50% of the water velocity.

  3. MoS2 coating on MoO3 nanobelts: A novel approach for a high specific charge electrode for rechargeable Li-ion batteries

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    Villevieille, Claire; Wang, Xiao-Jun; Krumeich, Frank; Nesper, Reinhard; Novák, Petr

    2015-04-01

    The electrochemical properties of MoS2 coated MoO3 nanobelts in lithium-ion batteries were investigated. A thin layer of MoS2 was coated on the nanobelts of MoO3 successfully through a facile sulfur transfer method, and the X-ray synchrotron diffraction revealed the crystallographic features of this composite material. The specific charge of the coated sample was beyond 1100 Ah/kg (at 1C rate) and 1400 Ah/kg at C/10 rate when tested in the 0.05 V-3.5 V vs. Li+/Li range. It was found that, with coating the Coulombic efficiency was higher than 98% which indicates a highly reversible process. Additionally, the electrochemical reaction and the degradation mechanism were studied by in situ X-ray synchrotron diffraction (1st and 50th cycle), and by post mortem SEM analysis. Both revealed a structural degradation as well as a surface degradation of the electrode by means of a thick amorphous layer on the surface of the active material.

  4. Graphene oxide coated coordination polymer nanobelt composite material: a new type of visible light active and highly efficient photocatalyst for Cr(VI) reduction.

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    Shi, Gui-Mei; Zhang, Bin; Xu, Xin-Xin; Fu, Yan-Hong

    2015-06-28

    A visible light active photocatalyst was synthesized successfully by coating graphene oxide (GO) on a coordination polymer nanobelt (CPNB) using a simple colloidal blending process. Compared with neat CPNB, the resulting graphene oxide coated coordination polymer nanobelt composite material (GO/CPNB) exhibits excellent photocatalytic efficiency in the reduction of K2Cr2O7 under visible light irradiation. In the composite material, GO performs two functions. Firstly, it cuts down the band gap (E(g)) of the photocatalyst and extends its photoresponse region from the ultraviolet to visible light region. Secondly, GO exhibits excellent electron transportation ability that impedes its recombination with holes, and this can enhance photocatalytic efficiency. For GO, on its surface, the number of functional groups has a great influence on the photocatalytic performance of the resulting GO/CPNB composite material and an ideal GO"coater" to obtain a highly efficient GO/CPNB photocatalyst has been obtained. As a photocatalyst that may be used in the treatment of Cr(VI) in wastewater, GO/CPNB exhibited outstanding stability during the reduction of this pollutant.

  5. A high energy and power Li-ion capacitor based on a TiO2 nanobelt array anode and a graphene hydrogel cathode.

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    Wang, Huanwen; Guan, Cao; Wang, Xuefeng; Fan, Hong Jin

    2015-03-25

    A novel hybrid Li-ion capacitor (LIC) with high energy and power densities is constructed by combining an electrochemical double layer capacitor type cathode (graphene hydrogels) with a Li-ion battery type anode (TiO(2) nanobelt arrays). The high power source is provided by the graphene hydrogel cathode, which has a 3D porous network structure and high electrical conductivity, and the counter anode is made of free-standing TiO(2) nanobelt arrays (NBA) grown directly on Ti foil without any ancillary materials. Such a subtle designed hybrid Li-ion capacitor allows rapid electron and ion transport in the non-aqueous electrolyte. Within a voltage range of 0.0-3.8 V, a high energy of 82 Wh kg(-1) is achieved at a power density of 570 W kg(-1). Even at an 8.4 s charge/discharge rate, an energy density as high as 21 Wh kg(-1) can be retained. These results demonstrate that the TiO(2) NBA//graphene hydrogel LIC exhibits higher energy density than supercapacitors and better power density than Li-ion batteries, which makes it a promising electrochemical power source. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Loading of a coordination polymer nanobelt on a functional carbon fiber: a feasible strategy for visible-light-active and highly efficient coordination-polymer-based photocatalysts.

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    Xu, Xin-Xin; Yang, Hong-Yu; Li, Zhen-Yu; Liu, Xiao-Xia; Wang, Xiu-Li

    2015-02-23

    To improve the photocatalytic properties of coordination polymers under irradiation in the visible-light region, coordination polymer nanobelts (CPNB) were loaded on functional carbon fiber (FCF) through the use of a simple colloidal blending process. The resulting coordination polymer nanobelt loaded functional carbon fiber composite material (CPNB/FCF) exhibited dramatically improved photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. Optical and electrochemical methods illustrated the enhanced photocatalytic activity of CPNB/FCF originated from high separation efficiency of photogenerated electrons and holes on the interface of CPNB and FCF, which was produced by the synergy effect between them. In the composite material, the role of FCF could be described as photosensitizer and good electron transporter. For FCF, the number of functional groups on its surface has a significant influence on the photocatalytic performance of the resulting CPNB/FCF composite material, and an ideal FCF carrier was obtained as a highly efficient CPNB/FCF photocatalyst. CPNB/FCF showed outstanding stability during the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB); thus, the material is suitable for use as a photocatalyst in the treatment of organic dyes in water. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. N-Doped TiO2 Nanobelts with Coexposed (001) and (101) Facets and Their Highly Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production.

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    Sun, Shuchao; Gao, Peng; Yang, Yurong; Yang, Piaoping; Chen, Yujin; Wang, Yanbo

    2016-07-20

    To narrow the band gap (3.2 eV) of TiO2 and extend its practical applicability under sunlight, the doping with nonmetal elements has been used to tune TiO2 electronic structure. However, the doping also brings new recombination centers among the photoinduced charge carriers, which results in a quantum efficiency loss accordingly. It has been proved that the {101} facets of anatase TiO2 are beneficial to generating and transmitting more reductive electrons to promote the H2-evolution in the photoreduction reaction, and the {001} facets exhibit a higher photoreactivity to accelerate the reaction involved of photogenerated hole. Thus, it was considered by us that using the surface heterojunction composed of both {001} and {101} facets may depress the disadvantage of N doping. Fortunately, we successfully synthesized anatase N-doped TiO2 nanobelts with a surface heterojunction of coexposed (101) and (001) facets. As expected, it realized the charge pairs' spatial separation and showed higher photocatalytic activity under a visible-light ray: a hydrogen generation rate of 670 μmol h(-1) g(-1) (much higher than others reported previously in literature of N-doped TiO2 nanobelts).

  8. Fabrication of BiOBr nanosheets@TiO2 nanobelts p-n junction photocatalysts for enhanced visible-light activity

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    Zhao, Yang; Huang, Xiang; Tan, Xin; Yu, Tao; Li, Xiangli; Yang, Libin; Wang, Shucong

    2016-03-01

    The construction of p-n junction structure is a smart strategy for improving the photocatalytic activity, since p-n junctions can inhibit the recombination of photo-induced charges. Herein, BiOBr nanosheets@TiO2 nanobelts p-n junction photocatalysts were prepared by assembling BiOBr nanosheets on the surface of TiO2 nanobelts via a hydrothermal route followed by a co-precipitation process. BiOBr@TiO2 p-n junction photocatalysts exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity in photocatalytic H2 production over water splitting and photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. Mott-Schottky plots confirmed the formation of p-n junctions in the interface of BiOBr and TiO2. The enhanced photocatalytic performance can be ascribed to the 1D nanostructure and the formation of p-n junctions. This work shows a potential application of low cost BiOBr as a substitute for noble metals in photocatalytic H2 production under visible light irradiation.

  9. Modeling Total Suspended Solids (TSS) Concentrations in Narragansett Bay.

    EPA Science Inventory

    This work covers mechanistic modeling of suspended particulates in estuarine systems with an application to Narragansett Bay, RI. Suspended particles directly affect water clarity and attenuate light in the water column. Water clarity affects both phytoplankton and submerged aqua...

  10. Modeling Total Suspended Solids (TSS) Concentrations in Narragansett Bay.

    EPA Science Inventory

    This work covers mechanistic modeling of suspended particulates in estuarine systems with an application to Narragansett Bay, RI. Suspended particles directly affect water clarity and attenuate light in the water column. Water clarity affects both phytoplankton and submerged aqua...

  11. 40 CFR 230.21 - Suspended particulates/turbidity.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... Impacts on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.21 Suspended particulates/turbidity. (a) Suspended particulates in the aquatic ecosystem consist of fine-grained mineral particles...

  12. 40 CFR 230.21 - Suspended particulates/turbidity.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... Impacts on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.21 Suspended particulates/turbidity. (a) Suspended particulates in the aquatic ecosystem consist of fine-grained mineral particles...

  13. 40 CFR 230.21 - Suspended particulates/turbidity.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... Impacts on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.21 Suspended particulates/turbidity. (a) Suspended particulates in the aquatic ecosystem consist of fine-grained mineral particles...

  14. 40 CFR 230.21 - Suspended particulates/turbidity.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... Impacts on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.21 Suspended particulates/turbidity. (a) Suspended particulates in the aquatic ecosystem consist of fine-grained mineral particles...

  15. 40 CFR 230.21 - Suspended particulates/turbidity.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... Impacts on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.21 Suspended particulates/turbidity. (a) Suspended particulates in the aquatic ecosystem consist of fine-grained mineral particles...

  16. Suspended monolayer graphene under true uniaxial deformation

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    Polyzos, Ioannis; Bianchi, Massimiliano; Rizzi, Laura; Koukaras, Emmanuel N.; Parthenios, John; Papagelis, Konstantinos; Sordan, Roman; Galiotis, Costas

    2015-07-01

    2D crystals, such as graphene, exhibit the higher strength and stiffness of any other known man-made or natural material. So far, this assertion has been primarily based on modelling predictions and on bending experiments in combination with pertinent modelling. True uniaxial loading of suspended graphene is not easy to accomplish; however such an experiment is of paramount importance in order to assess the intrinsic properties of graphene without the influence of an underlying substrate. In this work we report on uniaxial tension of graphene up to moderate strains of ~0.8%. This has been made possible by sandwiching the graphene flake between two polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) layers and by suspending its central part by the removal of a section of PMMA with e-beam lithography. True uniaxial deformation is confirmed by the measured large phonon shifts with strain by Raman spectroscopy and the indication of lateral buckling (similar to what is observed for thin macroscopic membranes under tension). Finally, we also report on how the stress is transferred to the suspended specimen through the adhesive grips and determine the value of interfacial shear stress that is required for efficient axial loading in such a system.2D crystals, such as graphene, exhibit the higher strength and stiffness of any other known man-made or natural material. So far, this assertion has been primarily based on modelling predictions and on bending experiments in combination with pertinent modelling. True uniaxial loading of suspended graphene is not easy to accomplish; however such an experiment is of paramount importance in order to assess the intrinsic properties of graphene without the influence of an underlying substrate. In this work we report on uniaxial tension of graphene up to moderate strains of ~0.8%. This has been made possible by sandwiching the graphene flake between two polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) layers and by suspending its central part by the removal of a section of

  17. Estimating total suspended sediment yield with probability sampling

    Treesearch

    Robert B. Thomas

    1985-01-01

    The ""Selection At List Time"" (SALT) scheme controls sampling of concentration for estimating total suspended sediment yield. The probability of taking a sample is proportional to its estimated contribution to total suspended sediment discharge. This procedure gives unbiased estimates of total suspended sediment yield and the variance of the...

  18. Real-time deflection and friction force imaging by bimorph-based resonance-type high-speed scanning force microscopy in the contact mode

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    We report herein an alternative high-speed scanning force microscopy method in the contact mode based on a resonance-type piezoelectric bimorph scanner. The experimental setup, the modified optical beam deflection scheme suitable for smaller cantilevers, and a high-speed control program for simultaneous data capture are described in detail. The feature of the method is that the deflection and friction force images of the sample surface can be obtained simultaneously in real time. Images of various samples (e.g., a test grating, a thin gold film, and fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass slides) are acquired successfully. The imaging rate is 25 frames per second, and the average scan speed reaches a value of approximately 2.5 cm/s. The method combines the advantages of both observing the dynamic processes of the sample surface and monitoring the frictional properties on the nanometer scale. PACS 07.79.Lh; 07.79.Sp; 68.37.Ps PMID:25593555

  19. Numerical Modeling and Experimental Validation by Calorimetric Detection of Energetic Materials Using Thermal Bimorph Microcantilever Array: A Case Study on Sensing Vapors of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

    PubMed Central

    Kang, Seok-Won; Fragala, Joe; Banerjee, Debjyoti

    2015-01-01

    Bi-layer (Au-Si3N4) microcantilevers fabricated in an array were used to detect vapors of energetic materials such as explosives under ambient conditions. The changes in the bending response of each thermal bimorph (i.e., microcantilever) with changes in actuation currents were experimentally monitored by measuring the angle of the reflected ray from a laser source used to illuminate the gold nanocoating on the surface of silicon nitride microcantilevers in the absence and presence of a designated combustible species. Experiments were performed to determine the signature response of this nano-calorimeter platform for each explosive material considered for this study. Numerical modeling was performed to predict the bending response of the microcantilevers for various explosive materials, species concentrations, and actuation currents. The experimental validation of the numerical predictions demonstrated that in the presence of different explosive or combustible materials, the microcantilevers exhibited unique trends in their bending responses with increasing values of the actuation current. PMID:26334276

  20. Thermoacoustic transduction in individual suspended carbon nanotubes.

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    Mason, Blake J; Chang, Shun-Wen; Chen, Jihan; Cronin, Stephen B; Bushmaker, Adam W

    2015-05-26

    We report an experimental measurement of the acoustic signal emitted from an individual suspended carbon nanotube (CNT) approximate 2 μm in length, 1 nm in diameter, and 10(-21) kg in mass. This system represents the smallest thermoacoustic system studied to date. By applying an AC voltage of 1.4 V at 8 kHz to the suspended CNT, we are able to detect the acoustic signal using a commercial microphone. The acoustic power detected is found to span a range from 0.1 to 2.4 attoWatts or 0.2 to 1 μPa of sound pressure. This corresponds to thermoacoustic efficiencies ranging from 0.007 to 0.6 Pa/W for the seven devices that were measured in this study. Here, the small lateral dimensions of these devices cause large heat losses due to thermal conduction, which result in the relatively small observed thermoacoustic efficiencies.

  1. Oscillation Control of Suspended Load with Flywheels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tsuji, Toshiaki; Ohnishi, Kouhei

    This study is about an attitude control device applying flywheels. Reaction torque of a flywheel is applied for oscillation suppression of a suspended load. We suggest a sensorless estimation method of the attitude angular velocity. The band pass filter extracts the component of oscillation velocity from flywheel rotation velocity that contains various kinds of errors. A disturbance observer eliminates the steady state error on the wheel. Since the disturbance observer is for low frequency range, it does not interfere to angle velocity estimation. This attitude control device is convenient because it needs least calibrations when it is remounted on various suspended loads. The experimental result shows the validity of angle velocity estimation and the validity of oscillation suppression.

  2. Molybdenum-rhenium superconducting suspended nanostructures

    SciTech Connect

    Aziz, Mohsin; Christopher Hudson, David; Russo, Saverio

    2014-06-09

    Suspended superconducting nanostructures of MoRe 50%/50% by weight are fabricated employing commonly used fabrication steps in micro- and nano-meter scale devices followed by wet-etching with Hydro-fluoric acid of a SiO{sub 2} sacrificial layer. Suspended superconducting channels as narrow as 50 nm and length 3 μm have a critical temperature of ≈6.5 K, which can increase by 0.5 K upon annealing at 400 °C. A detailed study of the dependence of the superconducting critical current and critical temperature upon annealing and in devices with different channel widths reveals that desorption of contaminants is responsible for the improved superconducting properties. These findings pave the way for the development of superconducting electromechanical devices using standard fabrication techniques.

  3. Inclusions in freely suspended smectic films

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    Stannarius, Ralf; Harth, Kirsten

    Smectic liquid crystal phases have a unique property: Like soap solutions, they can form stable freely suspended films. Their aspect ratios can be larger than one million to one. Such films can serve as models for two-dimensional (2D) uids, with or without in-plane anisotropy. Solid or liquid inclusions trapped in these films by capillary forces can move in the film plane and interact with other inclusions, with film thickness gradients or the film boundaries, and even with the local orientation field. We describe preparation techniques to incorporate particles or droplets in thin smectic films, and optical observation methods. Several aspects make inclusions in freely suspended films interesting research objects: They provide rich information on capillary forces as well as surface and interfacial tensions, they can serve as platforms for hydrodynamic studies in 2D, and they may help to understand coalescence dynamics at the transition from 2D to 3D...

  4. Characterization of suspended particles in Everglades wetlands

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    Noe, G.B.; Harvey, J.W.; Saiers, J.E.

    2007-01-01

    We report the concentration, phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) content, and size and chemical fractionation of fine suspended particles (0.2-100 ??m) and colloids (3 kilodalton [kDa]-0.1 ??m) in the surface water of Everglades wetlands along regional and P-enrichment gradients. Total suspended sediment concentrations ranged from 0.7 to 2.7 mg L-1. Total particulate P concentrations increased from 0.05 ??mol L-1 to 0.31 ??mol L -1 along the P-enrichment gradient. Particles contained from 20% to 43% of total P but <12% of total N in surface water. Dissolved (<0.2 ??m) organic N contained about 90% of total N, with the 3-100-kDa colloidal size class containing the most N of any size class. The 0.45-2.7-??m size fraction held the most particulate P at all sites, whereas particulate N was most abundant in the 2.7-10-??m size class at most sites. Standard chemical fractionation of particles identified acid-hydrolyzable P as the most abundant species of particulate P, with little reactive or refractory organic P. Sequential chemical extraction revealed that about 65% of total particulate P was microbial, while about 25% was associated with humic and fulvic organic matter. The size and chemical fractionation information suggested that P-rich particles mostly consisted of suspended bacteria. Suspended particles in Everglades wetlands were small in size and had low concentrations, yet they stored a large proportion of surface-water P in intermediately reactive forms, but they held little N. ?? 2007, by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc.

  5. Pointwise plucking of suspended carbon nanotubes.

    PubMed

    Luo, Jun; Ouyang, Wengen; Li, Xiaopei; Jin, Zhong; Yang, Leijing; Chen, Changqing; Zhang, Jin; Li, Yan; Warner, Jamie H; Peng, Lian-Mao; Zheng, Quanshui; Zhu, Jing

    2012-07-11

    Vibration of nanotubes/wires is significant for fundamental and applied researches. However, it remains challenging to control the vibration with point-level precision. Herein, individual suspended carbon nanotubes are plucked point by point to vibrate in scanning electron microscope with the electron beam as a nanoscale pointer. The vibration is directly imaged, and its images fit well with simulations from the plucking mechanism. This demonstrates a new way to manipulate the nanotube vibration with unprecedented precision.

  6. Electromechanical instability in suspended carbon nanotubes.

    PubMed

    Jonsson, L Magnus; Gorelik, Leonid Y; Shekhter, Robert I; Jonson, Mats

    2005-06-01

    We have theoretically investigated electromechanical properties of freely suspended carbon nanotubes when a current is injected into the tubes using a scanning tunneling microscope. We show that a shuttle-like electromechanical instability can occur if the bias voltage exceeds a dissipation-dependent threshold value. An instability results in large amplitude vibrations of the carbon nanotube bending mode, which modify the current-voltage characteristics of the system.

  7. Suspended sediments limit coral sperm availability.

    PubMed

    Ricardo, Gerard F; Jones, Ross J; Clode, Peta L; Humanes, Adriana; Negri, Andrew P

    2015-12-14

    Suspended sediment from dredging activities and natural resuspension events represent a risk to the reproductive processes of coral, and therefore the ongoing maintenance of reefal populations. To investigate the underlying mechanisms that could reduce the fertilisation success in turbid water, we conducted several experiments exposing gametes of the corals Acropora tenuis and A. millepora to two sediment types. Sperm limitation was identified in the presence of siliciclastic sediment (230 and ~700 mg L(-1)), with 2-37 fold more sperm required to achieve maximum fertilisation rates, when compared with sediment-free treatments. This effect was more pronounced at sub-optimum sperm concentrations. Considerable (>45%) decreases in sperm concentration at the water's surface was recorded in the presence of siliciclastic sediment and a >20% decrease for carbonate sediment. Electron microscopy then confirmed sediment entangled sperm and we propose entrapment and sinking is the primary mechanism reducing sperm available to the egg. Longer exposure to suspended sediments and gamete aging further decreased fertilisation success when compared with a shorter exposure. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that high concentrations of suspended sediments effectively remove sperm from the water's surface during coral spawning events, reducing the window for fertilisation with potential subsequent flow-on effects for recruitment.

  8. Imaging Mechanical Vibrations in Suspended Graphene Sheets

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    Garcia-Sanchez, D.; van der Zande, A. M.; Paulo, A. San; Lassagne, B.; McEuen, P. L.; Bachtold, A.

    2008-05-01

    We carried out measurements on nanoelectromechanical systems based on multilayer graphene sheets suspended over trenches in silicon oxide. The motion of the suspended sheets was electrostatically driven at resonance using applied radio-frequency voltages. The mechanical vibrations were detected using a novel form of scanning probe microscopy, which allowed identification and spatial imaging of the shape of the mechanical eigenmodes. In as many as half the resonators measured, we observed a new class of exotic nanoscale vibration eigenmodes not predicted by the elastic beam theory, where the amplitude of vibration is maximum at the free edges. By modeling the suspended sheets with the finite element method, these edge eigenmodes are shown to be the result of non-uniform stress with remarkably large magnitudes (up to 1.5 GPa). This non-uniform stress, which arises from the way graphene is prepared by pressing or rubbing bulk graphite against another surface, should be taken into account in future studies on electronic and mechanical properties of graphene.

  9. Suspended sediments limit coral sperm availability

    PubMed Central

    Ricardo, Gerard F.; Jones, Ross J.; Clode, Peta L.; Humanes, Adriana; Negri, Andrew P.

    2015-01-01

    Suspended sediment from dredging activities and natural resuspension events represent a risk to the reproductive processes of coral, and therefore the ongoing maintenance of reefal populations. To investigate the underlying mechanisms that could reduce the fertilisation success in turbid water, we conducted several experiments exposing gametes of the corals Acropora tenuis and A. millepora to two sediment types. Sperm limitation was identified in the presence of siliciclastic sediment (230 and ~700 mg L−1), with 2–37 fold more sperm required to achieve maximum fertilisation rates, when compared with sediment-free treatments. This effect was more pronounced at sub-optimum sperm concentrations. Considerable (>45%) decreases in sperm concentration at the water’s surface was recorded in the presence of siliciclastic sediment and a >20% decrease for carbonate sediment. Electron microscopy then confirmed sediment entangled sperm and we propose entrapment and sinking is the primary mechanism reducing sperm available to the egg. Longer exposure to suspended sediments and gamete aging further decreased fertilisation success when compared with a shorter exposure. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that high concentrations of suspended sediments effectively remove sperm from the water’s surface during coral spawning events, reducing the window for fertilisation with potential subsequent flow-on effects for recruitment. PMID:26659008

  10. Acoustic vibrations of single suspended gold nanostructures

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    Major, Todd A.

    The acoustic vibrations for single gold nanowires and gold plates were studied using time-resolved ultrafast transient absorption. The objective of this work was to remove the contribution of the supporting substrate from the damping of the acoustic vibrations of the metal nano-objects. This was achieved by suspending the nano-objects across trenches created by photolithography and reactive ion etching. Transient absorption measurements for single suspended gold nanowires were initially completed in air and water environments. The acoustic vibrations for gold nanowires over the trench in air last typically for several nanoseconds, whereas gold nanowires in water are damped more quickly. Continuum mechanics models suggest that the acoustic impedance mismatch between air and water dominates the damping rate. Later transient absorption studies on single suspended gold nanowires were completed in glycerol and ethylene glycol environments. However, our continuum mechanical model suggests nearly complete damping in glycerol due to its high viscosity, but similar damping rates are seen between the two liquids. The continuum mechanics model thus incorrectly addresses high viscosity effects on the lifetimes of the acoustic vibrations, and more complicated viscoelastic interactions occur for the higher viscosity liquids. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  11. Suspended monolayer graphene under true uniaxial deformation.

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    Polyzos, Ioannis; Bianchi, Massimiliano; Rizzi, Laura; Koukaras, Emmanuel N; Parthenios, John; Papagelis, Konstantinos; Sordan, Roman; Galiotis, Costas

    2015-08-14

    2D crystals, such as graphene, exhibit the higher strength and stiffness of any other known man-made or natural material. So far, this assertion has been primarily based on modelling predictions and on bending experiments in combination with pertinent modelling. True uniaxial loading of suspended graphene is not easy to accomplish; however such an experiment is of paramount importance in order to assess the intrinsic properties of graphene without the influence of an underlying substrate. In this work we report on uniaxial tension of graphene up to moderate strains of ∼0.8%. This has been made possible by sandwiching the graphene flake between two polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) layers and by suspending its central part by the removal of a section of PMMA with e-beam lithography. True uniaxial deformation is confirmed by the measured large phonon shifts with strain by Raman spectroscopy and the indication of lateral buckling (similar to what is observed for thin macroscopic membranes under tension). Finally, we also report on how the stress is transferred to the suspended specimen through the adhesive grips and determine the value of interfacial shear stress that is required for efficient axial loading in such a system.

  12. Ballistic electron transport in structured suspended semiconductor membranes

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    Pogosov, A. G.; Budantsev, M. V.; Zhdanov, E. Yu.; Pokhabov, D. A.

    2013-12-04

    We study ballistic electron transport in freely suspended AlAs/GaAs microstructures containing a high mobility two-dimensional electron gas with square lattice of antidots. We found that the magnetoresistance of the samples demonstrates commensurability oscillations both for the case of non-suspended and suspended devices. The temperature dependence of the commensurability oscillations is similar for both cases. However, the critical dc current, that suppresses these oscillations, in suspended samples is three times lower than in non-suspended ones. The observed phenomenon can be explained by peculiarities of the heat transport in membranes.

  13. Transient dehydration of lungs in tail-suspended rats

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    Hargens, A. R.; Steskal, J.; Morey-Holton, E. R.

    1985-01-01

    The fluid balance in the lungs of rats exposed to head-down tilt is examined. Six Munich-Wister rats were suspended for 7 days and 10 Sprague-Dawley rats for 14 days using the technique of Morey (1979). The water contents of the lungs of the suspended and a control group are calculated and compared. The data reveal that the two-days suspended rats had dehydrated lungs; however, the lungs of the 14-day suspended and control group rats were similar. It is noted that the dehydration in the 2-day suspended rats is caused by general dehydration not the head-tilt position.

  14. Intrinsic non-ohmic electronic transport properties of the transparent In-Zn-O compound nanobelts under ohmic contact and out of the space charge limited transport region

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    Wen, Jing; Zhang, Xitian; Gao, Hong

    2016-02-01

    It is generally accepted that the nonlinear I-V characteristics for semiconductor nanostructures are mainly induced by the Schottky contacts or by the space charge limited transport mechanism. We perform I-V measurements on undoped and doped In-Zn-O compound nanobelts and confirm that their intrinsic non-ohmic transport behaviors are not caused by these mechanisms. A model based on the hopping assisted trap state electrons transport process is introduced to explain the nonlinear I-V characteristics and to extract their electrical parameters. An understanding of this trap-state influenced carrier transport can advance the progress of nanomaterials applications and enable us to distinguish their intrinsic transport behaviors from contact effects. The results also indicate that the material has good electrical properties and can be used as a potential substitute for In2O3.

  15. Monitoring of suspended sediment in South Tyrol

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    Nadalet, Rudi; Dinale, Roberto; Pernter, Martin; Maraldo, Luca; Peterlin, Dieter; Richter, Arnold; Comiti, Francesco

    2016-04-01

    In the context of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), which aims to achieve a good status of European water bodies, the Hydrographic Office of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italy) extended in 2014 its institutional activities including the monitoring of suspended sediment in the river channel network. Currently, the only active monitoring station is on the Adige River at the gauging station of Ponte Adige near Bolzano (drainage area 2705 km2). The applied monitoring strategy and the data analysis concept are both based on the guidelines issued by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW). The results indicates that the temporal variability strongly differs during the investigated period (2014-2015). In addition to the analysis of precipitation and water discharge, temperature and lightning activity were also included to better understand the sediment transport dynamics observed at the station. In summer 2015, the combination of constantly high daily temperature throughout the Adige basin (which drove intense glacier melting in the headwaters) with a high frequency of convective rainfall events (90% more than in 2014, obtained through lightning detection), led to an annual mass of transported suspended sediment of 260000 t. Interestingly, this value is similar to the one estimated for 2014 (300000 t), which was characterized by very different meteorological conditions (colder and wetter summer), but with the occurrence of an important flood in August, which transported half of the annual amount. Finally, we can conclude that the adopted monitoring strategy is applicable for institutional aims in terms of costs as well as in terms of time effort. During the next years, other stations for suspended sediment monitoring are planned to be installed in the Province to cover the most important river segments.

  16. DESORPTION OF PYRETHROIDS FROM SUSPENDED SOLIDS

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    Fojut, Tessa L.; Young, Thomas M.

    2014-01-01

    Pyrethroid insecticides have been widely detected in sediments at concentrations that can cause toxicity to aquatic organisms. Desorption rates play an important role in determining the bioavailability of hydrophobic organic compounds, such as pyrethroids, because these compounds are more likely to be sorbed to solids in the environment and times to reach sorptive equilibrium can be long. In this study, sequential Tenax desorption experiments were performed with three sorbents, three aging times, and four pyrethroids. A biphasic rate model was fit to the desorption data with r2 > 0.99 and the rapid and slow compartment desorption rate constants and compartment fractions are reported. Suspended solids from irrigation runoff water collected from a field that had been sprayed with permethrin one day prior were used in the experiments to compare desorption rates for field-applied pyrethroids to those for laboratory-spiked materials. Suspended solids were used in desorption experiments because suspended solids can be a key source of hydrophobic compounds to surface waters. The rapid desorption rate parameters of field-applied permethrin were not statistically different than those of laboratory spiked permethrin, indicating that the desorption of the spiked pyrethroids is comparable to those added and aged in the field. Sorbent characteristics had the greatest effect on desorption rate parameters; as organic carbon content of the solids increased, the rapid desorption fractions and rapid desorption rate constants both decreased. The desorption rate constant of the slow compartment for sediment containing permethrin aged for 28 d was significantly different from those aged 1 d and 7 d, while desorption in the rapid and slow compartments did not differ between these treatments. PMID:21538493

  17. Black TiO2 nanobelts/g-C3N4 nanosheets Laminated Heterojunctions with Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Performance

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    Shen, Liyan; Xing, Zipeng; Zou, Jinlong; Li, Zhenzi; Wu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Yuchi; Zhu, Qi; Yang, Shilin; Zhou, Wei

    2017-02-01

    Black TiO2 nanobelts/g-C3N4 nanosheets laminated heterojunctions (b-TiO2/g-C3N4) as visible-light-driven photocatalysts are fabricated through a simple hydrothermal-calcination process and an in-situ solid-state chemical reduction approach, followed by the mild thermal treatment (350 °C) in argon atmosphere. The prepared samples are evidently investigated by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N2 adsorption, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, respectively. The results show that special laminated heterojunctions are formed between black TiO2 nanobelts and g-C3N4 nanosheets, which favor the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. Furthermore, the presence of Ti3+ and g-C3N4 greatly enhance the absorption of visible light. The resultant b-TiO2/g-C3N4 materials exhibit higher photocatalytic activity than that of g-C3N4, TiO2, b-TiO2 and TiO2/g-C3N4 for degradation of methyl orange (95%) and hydrogen evolution (555.8 μmol h‑1 g‑1) under visible light irradiation. The apparent reaction rate constant (k) of b-TiO2/g-C3N4 is ~9 times higher than that of pristine TiO2. Therefore, the high-efficient laminated heterojunction composites will have potential applications in fields of environment and energy.

  18. Black TiO2 nanobelts/g-C3N4 nanosheets Laminated Heterojunctions with Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Performance.

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    Shen, Liyan; Xing, Zipeng; Zou, Jinlong; Li, Zhenzi; Wu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Yuchi; Zhu, Qi; Yang, Shilin; Zhou, Wei

    2017-02-06

    Black TiO2 nanobelts/g-C3N4 nanosheets laminated heterojunctions (b-TiO2/g-C3N4) as visible-light-driven photocatalysts are fabricated through a simple hydrothermal-calcination process and an in-situ solid-state chemical reduction approach, followed by the mild thermal treatment (350 °C) in argon atmosphere. The prepared samples are evidently investigated by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N2 adsorption, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, respectively. The results show that special laminated heterojunctions are formed between black TiO2 nanobelts and g-C3N4 nanosheets, which favor the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. Furthermore, the presence of Ti(3+) and g-C3N4 greatly enhance the absorption of visible light. The resultant b-TiO2/g-C3N4 materials exhibit higher photocatalytic activity than that of g-C3N4, TiO2, b-TiO2 and TiO2/g-C3N4 for degradation of methyl orange (95%) and hydrogen evolution (555.8 μmol h(-1 )g(-1)) under visible light irradiation. The apparent reaction rate constant (k) of b-TiO2/g-C3N4 is ~9 times higher than that of pristine TiO2. Therefore, the high-efficient laminated heterojunction composites will have potential applications in fields of environment and energy.

  19. Synergistic effect of nanocavities in anatase TiO2 nanobelts for photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange dye in aqueous solution.

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    Praveen Kumar, D; Lakshmana Reddy, N; Karthikeyan, M; Chinnaiah, N; Bramhaiah, V; Durga Kumari, V; Shankar, M V

    2016-09-01

    Nanocavities are empty voids exposed on the surface of one dimensional TiO2 nanostructured material. Often, they exhibited beneficial optical and electrical properties that leads to efficient photocatalytic reactions. This study reports formation of nanocavities on anatase TiO2 nanobelts (TNB) through dehydroxylation of surface hydroxyl groups during calcination process (350-600°C). The morphological and crystal structure analysis of TNB-500, -550 and -600 displayed the nanobelts shape with high density of nano-size cavities and increase in average diameter with calcination temperature. The SAED patterns confirm the anatase TiO2 phase. The enhanced light absorption properties of biphasic anatase/TiO2-B and anatase TiO2 than H2Ti3O7 are attributed to transformation of crystal structure upon calcination process. The catalytic activity was evaluated for degradation of methyl orange dye in aqueous solution under solar light irradiation. The reaction variables such as calcination temperature, amount of catalyst and pH of the methyl orange dye solution were studied and discussed in detail. Under optimal experimental conditions TNB-550 photocatalyst displayed highest degradation performance about 8 folds higher than H2Ti3O7. The high performance is explained as due to synergistic properties of one dimensional anatase TiO2 with high density of nanocavities leading to one dimensional transfer of electrons and high absorption co-efficient in UV-A spectrum are suitable for efficient red-ox reactions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Black TiO2 nanobelts/g-C3N4 nanosheets Laminated Heterojunctions with Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Performance

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    Shen, Liyan; Xing, Zipeng; Zou, Jinlong; Li, Zhenzi; Wu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Yuchi; Zhu, Qi; Yang, Shilin; Zhou, Wei

    2017-01-01

    Black TiO2 nanobelts/g-C3N4 nanosheets laminated heterojunctions (b-TiO2/g-C3N4) as visible-light-driven photocatalysts are fabricated through a simple hydrothermal-calcination process and an in-situ solid-state chemical reduction approach, followed by the mild thermal treatment (350 °C) in argon atmosphere. The prepared samples are evidently investigated by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N2 adsorption, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, respectively. The results show that special laminated heterojunctions are formed between black TiO2 nanobelts and g-C3N4 nanosheets, which favor the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. Furthermore, the presence of Ti3+ and g-C3N4 greatly enhance the absorption of visible light. The resultant b-TiO2/g-C3N4 materials exhibit higher photocatalytic activity than that of g-C3N4, TiO2, b-TiO2 and TiO2/g-C3N4 for degradation of methyl orange (95%) and hydrogen evolution (555.8 μmol h−1 g−1) under visible light irradiation. The apparent reaction rate constant (k) of b-TiO2/g-C3N4 is ~9 times higher than that of pristine TiO2. Therefore, the high-efficient laminated heterojunction composites will have potential applications in fields of environment and energy. PMID:28165021

  1. Safety Harness For Work Under Suspended Load

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    Sunoo, Su Young

    1994-01-01

    Safety device protects worker under suspended engine or other heavy load. Mechanically linked with load so if load should fall, worker yanked safely away. Worker wears chest-plate vest with straps crossing eye on back. Lower safety cable connected to eye extends horizontally away from worker to nearby wall, wrapped on pulley and extends upward to motion amplifier or reducer. Safety cables transform any sudden downward motion of overhanging load into rapid sideways motion of worker. Net catches worker, preventing worker from bumping against wall.

  2. Development of a magnetically suspended momentum wheel

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    Hamilton, S. B.

    1973-01-01

    An engineering model of a magnetically suspended momentum wheel was designed, fabricated, and tested under laboratory conditions. The basic unit consisted of two magnet bearings, a sculptured aluminum rotor, brushless dc spin motor, and electronics. The magnet bearings, utilizing rare-earth cobltrat-samarium magnets were active radially and passive axially. The results of the program showed that momentum wheels with magnetic bearings are feasible and operable, and that magnetic bearings of this type are capable of being used for applications where high capacity, high stiffness, and low power consumption are required. The tests performed developed criteria for improved performance for future designs.

  3. Elastic properties of suspended black phosphorus nanosheets

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    Wang, Jia-Ying; Li, Yang; Zhen, Liang; Xu, Cheng-Yan; Zhan, Zhao-Yao; Li, Tie

    2016-01-04

    The mechanical properties of black phosphorus (BP) nanosheets suspended over circular holes were measured by an atomic force microscope nanoindentation method. The continuum mechanic model was introduced to calculate the elastic modulus and pretension of BP nanosheets with thicknesses ranging from 14.3 to 34 nm. Elastic modulus of BP nanosheets declines with thickness, and the maximum value is 276 ± 32.4 GPa. Besides, the effective strain of BP ranges from 8 to 17% with a breaking strength of 25 GPa. Our results show that BP nanosheets serve as a promising candidate for flexible electronic applications.

  4. Tunable air-suspended polymer grating couplers

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    Prokop, Christoph; Schmalz, Tobias; Kleessen, Philipp; Laegel, Bert; Wolff, Sandra; Mitchell, Arnan; Karnutsch, Christian

    2017-06-01

    We present thermal tuning of air-suspended SU-8 polymer waveguide grating couplers for TE-polarized light. Numerical simulations have been performed to estimate the wavelength shift caused by the change of temperature. Due to the small positive thermal expansion and large negative thermo-optic coefficient of SU-8, a shift toward shorter wavelengths is expected. In the experimental evaluation, a negative wavelength shift from 1542 nm at 20°C toward 1527 nm at 56°C is obtained with approximately -0.42 nm K-1 matching the theoretical considerations.

  5. ... And now a suspended Cartesian diver

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    Fakhruddin, Hasan

    2011-01-01

    A Cartesian diver can be held suspended in a liquid in which there is a density gradient decreasing from bottom to the top if the density of the diver is between those of the liquid at the top and the bottom. This article adds to a number of Cartesian diver activities published in TPT. In a tall beaker of water, a large amount of sugar is added to the bottom. As the sugar dissolves at the bottom, a density gradient, decreasing from bottom to the top, is set up.

  6. Electronic thermal conductivity of suspended graphene

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    Begum, K. Rizwana Sankeshwar, N. S.

    2014-04-24

    Electronic thermal conductivity, κ{sub e}, of suspended graphene is studied for 20K 100K, becoming dominant for T > 250K. Good agreement with recent experimental data is obtained.

  7. Oscillation damped movement of suspended objects

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    Jones, J.F.; Petterson, B.J.

    1988-01-01

    Transportation of objects using overhead cranes or manipulators can induce pendulum motion of the object. Residual oscillation from transportation typically must be damped or allowed to decay before the next process can take place. By properly programming the acceleration of the transporting device (e.g., crane) an oscillation damped transport and swing free stop is obtainable. This paper reviews the theory associated with oscillation damped trajectories for simply suspended objects and describes a particular implementation using a CIMCORP XR 6100 gantry robot. 8 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Suspended-sediment inflows to Watts Bar Reservoir. Revision 1

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    Ewing, L.K.

    1993-09-01

    Suspended-sediment inflows to Watts Bar Reservoir are important data that are required in numerical modeling of transport and deposition of sediment in the reservoir. Acceptable numerical modeling requires sediment inflow rates and locations in order to be able to compute the location and quantity of sediment deposited within the reservoir. Therefore, the representativeness of modeling results is highly dependent on the characteristics of sediment input to the model. The following recommendations, that account for suspended-sediment inflows to be used in the numerical modeling of sediment transport and deposition in Watts Bar Reservoir, were developed through an evaluation of available watershed and sediment deposition data. (1) Use the suspended-sediment rating regression equations of Gaydos et al., for Emory River at Oakdale, TN, and for Poplar Creek near Oak Ridge, TN, to represent the suspended-sediment inflows into Watts Bar Reservoir from its tributaries; (2) Use a suspended-sediment rating regression equation that was derived from suspended-sediment and streamflow data of the Little Tennessee River at McGhee, TN, to represent sediment inflow from the Little Tennessee River for simulation of any historical year before the completion of Tellico Dam; (3) Check the appropriateness of any assumption for suspended-sediment inflows from upstream reservoirs by using its long-term relationship to local suspended-sediment inflows and to the suspended-sediment outflow through Watts Bar Dam; and (4) Focus refinements to suspended-sediment inflow rates on the Clinch arm of Watts Bar Reservoir.

  9. An equivalent network representation of a clamped bimorph piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer with circular and annular electrodes using matrix manipulation techniques.

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    Sammoura, Firas; Smyth, Katherine; Kim, Sang-Gook

    2013-09-01

    An electric circuit model for a clamped circular bimorph piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (pMUT) was developed for the first time. The pMUT consisted of two piezoelectric layers sandwiched between three thin electrodes. The top and bottom electrodes were separated into central and annular electrodes by a small gap. While the middle electrode was grounded, the central and annular electrodes were biased with two independent voltage sources. The strain mismatch between the piezoelectric layers caused the plate to vibrate and transmit a pressure wave, whereas the received echo generated electric charges resulting from plate deformation. The clamped pMUT plate was separated into a circular and an annular plate, and the respective electromechanical transformation matrices were derived. The force and velocity vectors were properly selected using Hamilton's principle and the necessary boundary conditions were invoked. The electromechanical transformation matrix for the clamped circular pMUT was deduced using simple matrix manipulation techniques. The pMUT performance under three biasing schemes was elaborated: 1) central electrode only, 2) central and annular electrodes with voltages of the same magnitude and polarity, and 3) central and annular electrodes with voltages of the same magnitude and opposite polarity. The circuit parameters of the pMUT were extracted for each biasing scheme, including the transformer ratio, the clamped electric impedance, and the open-circuit mechanical impedance. Each pMUT scheme was characterized under different acoustic loadings using the theoretically developed model, which was verified with finite element modeling (FEM) simulation. The electrode size was optimized to maximize the electromechanical transformer ratio. As such, the developed model could provide more insight into the design, optimization, and characterization of pMUTs and allow for performance comparison with their cMUT counterparts.

  10. Nanoscale coating of LiMO2 (M = Ni, Co, Mn) nanobelts with Li+-conductive Li2TiO3: toward better rate capabilities for Li-ion batteries.

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    Lu, Jun; Peng, Qing; Wang, Weiyang; Nan, Caiyun; Li, Lihong; Li, Yadong

    2013-02-06

    By using a novel coating approach based on the reaction between MC(2)O(4)·xH(2)O and Ti(OC(4)H(9))(4), a series of nanoscale Li(2)TiO(3)-coated LiMO(2) nanobelts with varied Ni, Co, and Mn contents was prepared for the first time. The complete, thin Li(2)TiO(3) coating layer strongly adheres to the host material and has a 3D diffusion path for Li(+) ions. It is doped with Ni(2+) and Co(3+) ions in addition to Ti(4+) in LiMO(2), both of which were found to favor Li(+)-ion transfer at the interface. As a result, the coated nanobelts show improved rate, cycling, and thermal capabilities when used as the cathode for Li-ion battery.

  11. A comparison of load estimates using total suspended solids and suspended-sediment concentration data

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    Glysson, G.D.; Gray, J.R.; Schwarz, G.E.

    2001-01-01

    This paper presents the results to-date from a continuing investigation into the differences between total suspended solids (TSS) and suspended-sediment concentration (SSC) data and the ramifications of using each type of data to estimate sediment loads. It compares estimates of annual suspended-sediment loads that were made using regression equations developed from paired TSS and SSC data, to annual loads computed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) using traditional techniques and SSC data. Load estimates were compared for 10 stations where sufficient TSS and SSC paired data were available to develop sediment-transport curves for the same time period that daily suspended-sediment records were available. Results of these analyses indicate that as the time frame over which the estimates were made increases, the overall errors associated with the estimates decreases with respect to loads computed using traditional USGS techniques. Using SSC data to compute loads tends to produce estimates closer to those computed by traditional techniques than those computed from TSS data. Loads computed from TSS data tend to be negatively biased with respect to those computed by traditional USGS techniques.

  12. Flank suspended supine position for percutaneous nephrolithotomy.

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    Pan, Tie-jun; Li, Gong-cheng; Ye, Zhang-qun; Wen, Han-dong; Shen, Guo-qiu; Zhang, Jia-qiao

    2012-01-01

    Prone and supine positions for percutaneous nephrolithotomy are widely used but have their drawbacks. We report a new positioning method called "flank suspended supine position" (FSSP) for PCNL and describe our experience with PCNL in this position to evaluate its safety and efficacy. Retrospective study of 150 cases of renal stone patients treated with PCNL in a new position called flank suspended supine position (FSSP) from June 2009 to July 2010. All patients were treated with PCNL in FSSP under epidural anesthesia. Operation time, bleeding rate, stone free rate, and complications were recorded. All patients tolerated FSSP. Mean operation time was 78.29±26.13 min. Initial stone-free rate was 83%. For those with residual stones (26 cases), 18 were stone-free after a second PCNL, 8 after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). Mean hospital stay was 7.63±2.39 days. No penetrating injury of the pleural cavity or injury to visceral organs was reported. FSSP is an effective and safe position for PCNL in our hands and its effectiveness relative to traditional prone position needs to be determined in future randomized studies.

  13. Dynamics of suspended sediment in Lake Ontario

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    Pluhowski, E. J. (Principal Investigator)

    1973-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. The suspended sediment plumes generated by the Welland Canal and the Genesee River are identifiable in most band 5 frames received from ERTS-1. In descending order of value for plume detection in Lake Ontario are bands 4, 6, and 7. Little or no information content relative to plume detection is available in band 7. The Oswego River plume was not visible during low flow periods; however, it was identifiable immediately following storms. Increased suspended sediment loading emanating from storm runoff increases turbidity levels to the point where the plume becomes visible in the ERTS-1 imagery. Despite the fact that it is detectable from high altitude (60,000 feet) photography, the Niagara River plume was not visible in any of the ERTS-1 frames. Numerous examples of shoreline erosion were evident in the December 7, 1972, imagery of western Lake Ontario. Near shore lake circulation patterns are usually apparent whenever turbidity plumes are sensed by the satellite.

  14. Acoustic measuring techniques for suspended sediment

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    Gruber, P.; Felix, D.; Storti, G.; Lattuada, M.; Fleckenstein, P.; Deschwanden, F.

    2016-11-01

    Acoustic signals can be used in various ways for suspended sediment monitoring. One possibility which lends itself particularly well in the context of hydropower plants (HPPs), is to use installations for acoustic discharge measurement (ADM). Such installations already exist at waterways of many HPPs. Similar to certain turbidimeters, the attenuation of the forward scattered signal travelling through the water-sediment mixture is correlated with suspended sediment concentration (SSC). This correlation can be based on reference SSCs, e.g. from gravimetric analyses of bottle samples. Without the need of additional sensors and practically maintenance-free, this method is used successfully in the HPP Fieschertal to warn the HPP operator of high SSC to prevent excessive turbine abrasion. Acoustic methods and systems that allow for estimating both SSC and particle size distribution (PSD) are under development. The simultaneous determination of SSC and PSD is not possible using a single frequency. Therefore, multi-frequency approaches are investigated for generally scattered signals. When backscattered signals are used, a stronger frequency dependency can be exploited. However, the reliable simultaneous determination of particle size (and distribution) and concentration is still a major challenge due to a low signal-to-noise ratio and an ill- posed problem of estimating concentration and size from recorded signals. The optimal setup configuration (angles, frequencies) for such a system is not unique and further investigations are recommended.

  15. Method for forming suspended micromechanical structures

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    Fleming, James G.

    2000-01-01

    A micromachining method is disclosed for forming a suspended micromechanical structure from {111} crystalline silicon. The micromachining method is based on the use of anisotropic dry etching to define lateral features of the structure which are etched down into a {111}-silicon substrate to a first etch depth, thereby forming sidewalls of the structure. The sidewalls are then coated with a protection layer, and the substrate is dry etched to a second etch depth to define a spacing of the structure from the substrate. A selective anisotropic wet etchant (e.g. KOH, EDP, TMAH, NaOH or CsOH) is used to laterally undercut the structure between the first and second etch depths, thereby forming a substantially planar lower surface of the structure along a {111} crystal plane that is parallel to an upper surface of the structure. The lateral extent of undercutting by the wet etchant is controlled and effectively terminated by either timing the etching, by the location of angled {111}-silicon planes or by the locations of preformed etch-stops. This present method allows the formation of suspended micromechanical structures having large vertical dimensions and large masses while allowing for detailed lateral features which can be provided by dry etch definition. Additionally, the method of the present invention is compatible with the formation of electronic circuitry on the substrate.

  16. Settling classes for fine suspended particles

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    Brach-Papa, Christophe; Boyer, Patrick; Ternat, Fabien; Amielh, Muriel; Anselmet, Fabien

    2006-08-01

    The modelling of pollutant transfer in freshwater systems can be refined by considering the heterogeneities of the sedimentary dynamics and of the chemical reactivities of fine suspended particles. One of the first steps is the fractionation of these fine particles into effective settling classes. Although several methods exist, most of them are based on either granulometric considerations and/or arbitrary threshold criteria. This article presents the bases of an experimental method focusing on the direct measurement of the settling velocities without considering the granulometry and/nor any threshold criteria. The experimental work consists in recording the temporal evolution of the vertical distribution of the suspended solid concentration in a settling tank. A mathematical analysis provides the number of particle groups, and the mass contribution and the settling velocity for each This procedure is described and applied for validation, as a first step, to calibrated suspensions. Additional work is needed for a further analysis of the physical constraints involved in the model, as well as for more extensive experimental validation. To cite this article: C. Brach-Papa et al., C. R. Mecanique 334 (2006).

  17. Blood Pump Having a Magnetically Suspended Rotor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Antaki, James F. (Inventor); Paden, Bradley (Inventor); Burgreen, Gregory (Inventor); Groom, Nelson J. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    A blood pump preferably has a magnetically suspended rotor that rotates within a housing. The rotor may rotate about a stator disposed within the housing. Radial magnetic bearings may be defined within the stator and the rotor in order to suspend the rotor. The radial magnetic bearings may be passive magnetic bearings that include permanent magnets disposed within the stator and the rotor or active magnetic bearings. The pump may further include an axial magnetic bearing that may be either a passive or an active magnetic bearing. A motor that drives the rotor may be disposed within the housing in order to more easily dissipate heat generated by the motor. A primary flow path is defined between the rotor and the stator, and a secondary flow path is defined between the stator and the rotor. Preferably, a substantial majority of blood passes through the primary flow path. The secondary flow path is large enough so that it provides adequate flushing of the secondary flow path while being small enough to permit efficient operation of the radial magnet bearings across the secondary flow path.

  18. Blood Pump Having a Magnetically Suspended Rotor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Antaki, James F. (Inventor); Paden, Bradley (Inventor); Burgreen, Gregory (Inventor); Groom, Nelson J. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A blood pump preferably has a magnetically suspended rotor that rotates within a housing. The rotor may rotate about a stator disposed within the housing. Radial magnetic bearings may be defined within the stator and the rotor in order to suspend the rotor. The radial magnetic bearings may be passive magnetic bearings that include permanent magnets disposed within the stator and the rotor or active magnetic bearings. The pump may further include an axial magnetic bearing that may be either a passive or an active magnetic bearing. A motor that drives the rotor may be disposed within the housing in order to more easily dissipate heat generated by the motor. A primary flow path is defined between the rotor and the stator, and a secondary flow path is defined between the stator and the rotor. Preferably, a substantial majority of blood passes through the primary flow path. The secondary flow path is large enough so that it provides adequate flushing of the secondary flow path while being small enough to permit efficient operation of the radial magnet bearings across the secondary flow path.

  19. Blood Pump Having a Magnetically Suspended Rotor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Antaki, James F. (Inventor); Paden, Bradley (Inventor); Burgreen, Gregory (Inventor); Groom, Nelson J. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    A blood pump preferably has a magnetically suspended rotor that rotates within a housing. The rotor may rotate about a stator disposed within the housing. Radial magnetic bearings may be defined within the stator and the rotor in order to suspend the rotor. The radial magnetic bearings may be passive magnetic bearings that include permanent magnets disposed within the stator and the rotor or active magnetic bearings. The pump may further include an axial magnetic bearing that may be either a passive or an active magnetic bearing. A motor that drives the rotor may be disposed within the housing in order to more easily dissipate heat generated by the motor. A primary flow path is defined between the rotor and the stator, and a secondary flow path is defined between the stator and the rotor. Preferably, a substantial majority of blood passes through the primary flow path. The secondary flow path is large enough so that it provides adequate flushing of the secondary flow path while being small enough to permit efficient operation of the radial magnet bearings across the secondary flow path.

  20. Blood Pump Having a Magnetically Suspended Rotor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Antaki, James F. (Inventor); Paden, Bradley (Inventor); Burgreen, Gregory (Inventor); Groom, Nelson J. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A blood pump preferably has a magnetically suspended rotor that rotates within a housing. The rotor may rotate about a stator disposed within the housing. Radial magnetic bearings may be defined within the stator and the rotor in order to suspend the rotor. The radial magnetic bearings may be passive magnetic bearings that include permanent magnets disposed within the stator and the rotor or active magnetic bearings. The pump may further include an axial magnetic bearing that may be either a passive or an active magnetic bearing. A motor that drives the rotor may be disposed within the housing in order to more easily dissipate heat generated by the motor. A primary flow path is defined between the rotor and the stator, and a secondary flow path is defined between the stator and the rotor. Preferably, a substantial majority of blood passes through the primary flow path. The secondary flow path is large enough so that it provides adequate flushing of the secondary flow path while being small enough to permit efficient operation of the radial magnet bearings across the secondary flow path.

  1. Elastic properties of suspended multilayer WSe2

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    Zhang, Rui; Koutsos, Vasileios; Cheung, Rebecca

    2016-01-01

    We report the experimental determination of the elastic properties of suspended multilayer WSe2, a promising two-dimensional (2D) semiconducting material combined with high optical quality. The suspended WSe2 membranes have been fabricated by mechanical exfoliation of bulk WSe2 and transfer of the exfoliated multilayer WSe2 flakes onto SiO2/Si substrates pre-patterned with hole arrays. Then, indentation experiments have been performed on these membranes with an atomic force microscope. The results show that the 2D elastic modulus of the multilayer WSe2 membranes increases linearly while the prestress decreases linearly as the number of layers increases. The interlayer interaction in WSe2 has been observed to be strong enough to prevent the interlayer sliding during the indentation experiments. The Young's modulus of multilayer WSe2 (167.3 ± 6.7 GPa) is statistically independent of the thickness of the membranes, whose value is about two thirds of other most investigated 2D semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides, namely, MoS2 and WS2. Moreover, the multilayer WSe2 can endure ˜12.4 GPa stress and ˜7.3% strain without fracture or mechanical degradation. The 2D WSe2 can be an attractive semiconducting material for application in flexible optoelectronic devices and nano-electromechanical systems.

  2. Electrodialytic remediation of suspended mine tailings.

    PubMed

    Hansen, Henrik K; Rojo, Adrian; Pino, Denisse; Ottosen, Lisbeth M; Ribeiro, Alexandra B

    2008-07-01

    This work shows the laboratory results of nine electrodialytic remediation experiments on copper mine tailings. A newly designed remediation cell, where the solids were kept in suspension by airflow, was tested. The results show that electric current could remove copper from suspended tailings applying 40 mA during 7 days. The liquid-to-solid ratios used were 3, 6 and 9 mL g(- 1). With addition of sulfuric acid, the process was enhanced because the pH decreased to either 2 or 4, and copper was therefore dissolved. The maximum copper removal was 80% with addition of sulfuric acid in 7-day experiment at 40 mA, with approximately 137.5 g mine tailings on dry basis. The removal for a static (baseline) experiment only amounted 15% when passing approximately the same amount of charge through 130 g of mine tailings. The use of air bubbling to keep the tailings suspended increased the removal efficiency from 1% to 80% compared to experiments with no stirring but with the same operational conditions. This showed the crucial importance of having the solids in suspension and not settled during the remediation.

  3. Probing microstructure and phase evolution of α-MoO3 nanobelts for sodium-ion batteries by in situ transmission electron microscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Xia, Weiwei; Xu, Feng; Zhu, Chongyang; Xin, Huolin L.; Xu, Qingyu; Sun, Pingping; Sun, Litao

    2016-07-15

    The fundamental electrochemical reaction mechanisms and the phase transformation pathways of layer-structured α-MoO3 nanobelt during the sodiation/desodiation process to date remain largely unknown. In this study, to observe the real-time sodiation/desodiaton behaviors of α-MoO3 during electrochemical cycling, we construct a MoO3 anode sodium-ion battery inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Utilizing in situ TEM and electron diffraction pattern (EDP) observation, α-MoO3 nanobelts are found to undergo a unique multi-step phase transformation. Upon the first sodiation, α-MoO3 nanobelts initially form amorphous NaxMoO3 phase and are subsequently sodiated into intermediate phase of crystalline NaMoO2, finally resulting in the crystallized Mo nanograins embedded within the Na2O matrix. During the first desodiation process, Mo nanograins are firstly re-oxidized into intermediate phase NaMoO2 that is further transformed into amorphous Na2MoO3, resulting in an irreversible phase transformation. Upon subsequent sodiation/desodiation cycles, however, a stable and reversible phase transformation between crystalline Mo and amorphous Na2MoO3 phases has been revealed. In conclusion, our work provides an in-deepth understanding of the phase transformation pathways of α-MoO3 nanobelts upon electrochemical sodiation/desodiation processes, with the hope of assistance in designing sodium-ion batteries with enhanced performance.

  4. Probing microstructure and phase evolution of α-MoO3 nanobelts for sodium-ion batteries by in situ transmission electron microscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Xia, Weiwei; Xu, Feng; Zhu, Chongyang; Xin, Huolin L.; Xu, Qingyu; Sun, Pingping; Sun, Litao

    2016-07-15

    The fundamental electrochemical reaction mechanisms and the phase transformation pathways of layer-structured α-MoO3 nanobelt during the sodiation/desodiation process to date remain largely unknown. In this study, to observe the real-time sodiation/desodiaton behaviors of α-MoO3 during electrochemical cycling, we construct a MoO3 anode sodium-ion battery inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Utilizing in situ TEM and electron diffraction pattern (EDP) observation, α-MoO3 nanobelts are found to undergo a unique multi-step phase transformation. Upon the first sodiation, α-MoO3 nanobelts initially form amorphous NaxMoO3 phase and are subsequently sodiated into intermediate phase of crystalline NaMoO2, finally resulting in the crystallized Mo nanograins embedded within the Na2O matrix. During the first desodiation process, Mo nanograins are firstly re-oxidized into intermediate phase NaMoO2 that is further transformed into amorphous Na2MoO3, resulting in an irreversible phase transformation. Upon subsequent sodiation/desodiation cycles, however, a stable and reversible phase transformation between crystalline Mo and amorphous Na2MoO3 phases has been revealed. In conclusion, our work provides an in-deepth understanding of the phase transformation pathways of α-MoO3 nanobelts upon electrochemical sodiation/desodiation processes, with the hope of assistance in designing sodium-ion batteries with enhanced performance.

  5. A V2O5/conductive-polymer core/shell nanobelt array on three-dimensional graphite foam: a high-rate, ultrastable, and freestanding cathode for lithium-ion batteries.

    PubMed

    Chao, Dongliang; Xia, Xinhui; Liu, Jilei; Fan, Zhanxi; Ng, Chin Fan; Lin, Jianyi; Zhang, Hua; Shen, Ze Xiang; Fan, Hong Jin

    2014-09-03

    A thin polymer shell helps V2O5 a lot. Short V2O5 nanobelts are grown directly on 3D graphite foam as a lithium-ion battery (LIB) cathode material. A further coating of a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) thin shell is the key to the high performance. An excellent high-rate capability and ultrastable cycling up to 1000 cycles are demonstrated. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Fabrication and Characterization of Suspended Carbon Nanotube Devices in Liquid

    SciTech Connect

    Artyukhin, A; Stadermann, M; Stroeve, P; Bakajin, O; Noy, A

    2006-10-30

    Suspended carbon nanotube devices are a promising platform for future bio-electronic applications. Suspended carbon nanotube transistors have been previously fabricated in air; however all previous attempts to bring them into liquid failed. We analyze forces acting on the suspended nanotube devices during immersion into liquids and during device operation and show that surface tension forces acting on the suspended nanotubes during transfer into the liquid phase are responsible for the nanotube damage. We have developed a new strategy that circumvents these limitations by coating suspended nanotubes with a rigid inorganic shell in the gas phase. The coating reinforces the nanotubes and allows them to survive transfer through the interface. Subsequent removal of the coating in the solution phase restores pristine suspended nanotubes. We demonstrate that devices fabricated using this technique preserve their original electrical characteristics.

  7. Reconviction rates after suspended sentences: comparison of the effects of different types of suspended sentences on reconviction in the Netherlands.

    PubMed

    Aarten, Pauline G M; Denkers, Adriaan; Borgers, Matthias J; van der Laan, Peter H

    2015-02-01

    Previous research has focused mainly on determining the effectiveness of suspended sentences compared with other sentences, and seldom on understanding to what extent the different types of suspended sentences reduce recidivism rates. This study examined reconviction rates of offenders (N = 1,258) who received fully or partly suspended prison sentences, with or without special conditions, in 2006 in two of the largest court districts in the Netherlands. Cox proportional hazard models revealed no difference in reconviction rates between fully and partly suspended prison sentences, with and without special conditions. However, suspended sentences without special conditions had significantly lower reconviction rates compared with special conditions that were solely control-orientated. Although there are indications that certain types of suspended sentences reduced reconviction rates more than other types, more rigorous research is still required.

  8. Suspended sediment yield in Texas watersheds

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Coonrod, Julia Ellen Allred

    The Texas Water Development Board collected suspended sediment samples across the state of Texas for approximately 60 years. Until this research, no comprehensive analysis of the data had been conducted. This study compiles the suspended sediment data along with corresponding streamflow and rainfall. GIS programs are developed which characterize watersheds corresponding to the sediment gauging stations. The watersheds are characterized according to topography, climate, soils, and land use. All of the data is combined to form several SAS data sets which can subsequently be analyzed using regression. Annual data for all of the stations across the state are classified temporally and spatially to determine trends in the sediment yield. In general, the suspended sediment load increases with increasing runoff but no correlation exists with rainfall. However, the annual average rainfall can be used to classify the watersheds according to climate, which improves the correlation between sediment load and runoff. The watersheds with no dams have higher sediment loads than watersheds with dams. Dams in the drier parts of Texas reduce the sediment load more than dams in the wetter part of the state. Sediment rating curves are developed separately for each basin in Texas. All but one of the curves fall into a band which varies by about two orders of magnitude. The study analyzes daily time series data for the Lavaca River near Edna station. USGS data are used to improve the sediment rating curve by the addition of physically related variables and interaction terms. The model can explain an additional 41% of the variability in sediment concentration compared to a simple bivariate regression of sediment load and flow. The TWDB daily data for the Lavaca River near Edna station are used to quantify temporal trends. There is a high correlation between sediment load and flowrate for the Lavaca River. The correlation can be improved by considering a flow-squared term and by

  9. System characterization of a magnetically suspended flywheel

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kirk, James A.; Anand, Dave K.; Plant, David P.

    1988-01-01

    The purpose of flywheel energy storage is to provide a means to save energy during times when the satellite is in sunlight, and then return the energy during the time when the satellite is in darkness. Typically, an energy storage device operates cyclically, where for satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) the typical period is 60 minutes of sunlight followed by 30 minutes of darkness. If a lifetime of 17 years is required the energy storage system must be capable of sustaining approximately 100,000 cycles. The recent developments at the University of Maryland and how these progressions apply to a 500 Watt-hour magnetically suspended flywheel stack energy storage system are covered. The work includes hardware testing results from a stack flywheel energy storage system, improvements in the area of non-contacting displacement transducers, and performance enhancements of magnetic bearings. The experimental results show that a stack flywheel energy storage system is a feasible technology.

  10. Design consideration for magnetically suspended flywheel systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Anand, D.; Kirk, J. A.; Frommer, D. A.

    1985-01-01

    Consideration is given to the design, fabrication, and testing of a magnetically suspended flywheel system for energy storage applications in space. The device is the prototype of a system combining passive suspension of the flywheel plate by samarium cobalt magnets and active control in the radial direction using eight separate magnetic coils. The bearing assembly was machined from a nickel-iron alloy, and the machine parts are all hydrogen annealed. Slots in the magnetic plate allow four independent quadrants for control. The motor/generator component of the system is a brushless dc-permanent magnetic/ironless engine using electronic communication. The system has been tested at over 2500 rpm with satisfactory results. The system characteristics of the flywheel for application in low earth orbit (LEO) are given in a table.

  11. Design consideration for magnetically suspended flywheel systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Anand, D.; Kirk, J. A.; Frommer, D. A.

    1985-01-01

    Consideration is given to the design, fabrication, and testing of a magnetically suspended flywheel system for energy storage applications in space. The device is the prototype of a system combining passive suspension of the flywheel plate by samarium cobalt magnets and active control in the radial direction using eight separate magnetic coils. The bearing assembly was machined from a nickel-iron alloy, and the machine parts are all hydrogen annealed. Slots in the magnetic plate allow four independent quadrants for control. The motor/generator component of the system is a brushless dc-permanent magnetic/ironless engine using electronic communication. The system has been tested at over 2500 rpm with satisfactory results. The system characteristics of the flywheel for application in low earth orbit (LEO) are given in a table.

  12. Actively suspended counter-rotating machine

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Studer, Philip A. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    A counter-rotating machine, such as a positive displacement pump having a pair of meshed, non-contacting helical screws (10,12), subjects its rotating members to axial and radial thrust forces when used for such purposes as compression of liquid or gaseous phase fluids while transporting them through a pump cavity (11,13). Each helical screw (10,12) has a shaft (17,17') which is actively suspended at opposite ends (11a,11b) of the pump cavity by a servo-controlled magnetic bearing assembly (19) and a servo-controlled rotary drive motor (20). Both bearing assemblies and drive motors are mounted on the outside of the pump cavity (11,13). Opto-electric angular position sensors (250) provide synchronization between radial orientation of the drive motors. The bearing assemblies and drive motors conjugately provide axial stabilization and radial centering of the helical screws during volumetric compression of aspirated liquid or gaseous phase fluids.

  13. Flywheel energy storage. II - Magnetically suspended superflywheel

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kirk, J. A.; Studer, P. A.

    1977-01-01

    This article, the second of a two part paper, describes the general design requirements for a flywheel energy storage system. A new superflywheel energy storage system, using a spokeless, magnetically suspended, composite material pierced disk rotor is proposed. The new system is configured around a permanent magnet ('flux biased') magnetic suspension system with active control in the radial direction and passive control in the axial direction. The storage ring is used as a moving rotor and electronic commutation of stationary armature coils is proposed. There is no mechanical contact with the rotating ring and long life and low run down losses are projected. A discussion of major components for a 10 kwh system is presented.

  14. Electrically rotating suspended films of polar liquids

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    Shirsavar, R.; Amjadi, A.; Tonddast-Navaei, A.; Ejtehadi, M. R.

    2011-02-01

    Controlled rotation of a suspended soap water film, simply generated by applying an electric field, has been reported recently. The film rotates when the applied electric field exceeds a certain threshold. In this study, we investigate the phenomenon in films made of a number of other liquids with various physical and chemical properties. Our measurements show that the intrinsic electrical dipole moments of the liquid molecules seems to be vital for the corresponding film rotation. All the investigated rotating liquids have a molecular electric dipole moment of above 1 Debye, while weakly polar liquids do not rotate. However, the liquids investigated here cover a wide range of physical parameters (e.g. viscosity, density, conductivity, etc.). So far, no significant correlation has been observed between the electric field thresholds and macroscopic properties of the liquids.

  15. Parachute suspended solar pointing control system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sakoda, G. T.; Fujimoto, R. J.; Shigemoto, J. M.; Windsor, R. M.

    A high altitude parachute suspended solar pointing control system has been developed and flight tested for use in the altitude range of 30 to 70 kilometers. This development provides an opportunity for extended solar observations at altitudes higher than that attainable by helium balloons. The new system utilizes the NASA high altitude cross parachute to slow the descent of a rocket launched payload allowing observations in the region of interest. Solar pointing is established by using solar sensors in conjunction with a servo controlled platform and cold gas thrusters for payload roll control. The inherent spin of the cross parachute is decoupled by a swivel joint attached to the parachute suspension lines. This paper describes the design, test and flight performance of the new system.

  16. Parachute-suspended solar pointing control system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sakoda, G. T.; Fujimoto, R. J.; Shigemoto, J. M.; Windsor, R. M.

    1984-04-01

    A high altitude parachute suspended solar pointing control system has been developed and flight tested for use in the altitude range of 30 to 70 kilometers. This development provides an opportunity for extended solar observations at altitudes higher than that attainable by helium balloons. The new system utilizes the NASA high altitude cross parachute to slow the descent of a rocket launched payload allowing observations in the region of interest. Solar pointing is established by using solar sensors in conjunction with a servo controlled platform and cold gas thrusters for payload roll control. The inherent spin of the cross parachute is decoupled by a swivel joint attached to the parachute suspension lines. This paper describes the design, test and flight performance of the new system.

  17. Method for forming suspended micromechanical structures

    SciTech Connect

    Fleming, J.G.

    2000-02-01

    A micromachining method is disclosed for forming a suspended micromechanical structure from {l{underscore}brace}111{r{underscore}brace} crystalline silicon. The micromachining method is based on the use of anisotropic dry etching to define lateral features of the structure which are etched down into a {l{underscore}brace}111{r{underscore}brace}-silicon substrate to a first etch depth, thereby forming sidewalls of the structure. The sidewalls are then coated with a protection layer, and the substrate is dry etched to a second etch depth to define a spacing of the structure from the substrate. A selective anisotropic wet etchant (e.g., KOH, EDP, TMAH, NaOH or CsOH) is used to laterally undercut the structure between the first and second etch depths, thereby forming a substantially planar lower surface of the structure along a {l{underscore}brace}111{r{underscore}brace} crystal plane that is parallel to an upper surface of the structure. The lateral extent of undercutting by the wet etchant is controlled and effectively terminated by either timing the etching, by the location of angled {l{underscore}brace}111{r{underscore}brace}-silicon planes or by the locations of preformed etch-stops. This present method allows the formation of suspended micromechanical structures having large vertical dimensions and large masses while allowing for detailed lateral features which can be provided by dry etch definition. Additionally, the method of the present invention is compatible with the formation of electronic circuitry on the substrate.

  18. 31 CFR 8.51 - Authority to disbar or suspend.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance: Treasury 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Authority to disbar or suspend. 8.51 Section 8.51 Money and Finance: Treasury Office of the Secretary of the Treasury PRACTICE BEFORE THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS Disciplinary Proceedings § 8.51 Authority to disbar or suspend...

  19. 40 CFR 52.330 - Control strategy: Total suspended particulates.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Control strategy: Total suspended... PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS Colorado § 52.330 Control strategy: Total suspended particulates. (a) Part D—Conditional Approval: The Pueblo plan is approved assuming...

  20. IMPACT OF SUSPENDED PARTICULATES ON PCB VOLATILIZATION FROM SEDIMENTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The objective of this research was to experimentally quantify the mass of PCBs that can be transported from PCB-contaminated suspended particulate to the air phase under various conditions as a means of evaluating the mechanism and importance of suspended particulates in volatili...

  1. Properties of freely suspended liquid crystal films and their applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yablonskii, S. V.; Bodnarchuk, V. V.; Yoshino, K.

    2016-05-01

    We report the review on the physical properties of the liquid crystal freely suspended films. The importance of the freely suspended films for the study of the fundamental problems of the self-confined systems as well as their practical implementations are demonstrated.

  2. 41 CFR 105-68.1010 - Suspending official.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 41 Public Contracts and Property Management 3 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Suspending official. 105-68.1010 Section 105-68.1010 Public Contracts and Property Management Federal Property Management... Administration 68-GOVERNMENTWIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION (NONPROCUREMENT) Definitions § 105-68.1010 Suspending...

  3. 41 CFR 105-68.1010 - Suspending official.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 41 Public Contracts and Property Management 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Suspending official. 105-68.1010 Section 105-68.1010 Public Contracts and Property Management Federal Property Management... Administration 68-GOVERNMENTWIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION (NONPROCUREMENT) Definitions § 105-68.1010 Suspending...

  4. Piecewise SALT sampling for estimating suspended sediment yields

    Treesearch

    Robert B. Thomas

    1989-01-01

    A probability sampling method called SALT (Selection At List Time) has been developed for collecting and summarizing data on delivery of suspended sediment in rivers. It is based on sampling and estimating yield using a suspended-sediment rating curve for high discharges and simple random sampling for low flows. The method gives unbiased estimates of total yield and...

  5. Suspended sediment in Trail Creek at Michigan City, Indiana

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Crawford, Charles G.; Jacques, David V.

    1992-01-01

    Trail Creek is a small (54.1-square-mile drainage area) tributary of Lake Michigan located in northwestern Indiana. A harbor at the mouth of the stream has experienced excessive sediment deposition. A study was done to investigate the suspended-sediment characteristics of Trail Creek. The study included analysis of suspended-sediment concentration and particle-size data, and estimates of annual suspended-sediment load. Suspended-sediment concentrations ranged from only a few milligrams per liter at low flows to about 300 milligrams per liter at high flows. At low flows, the suspended sediment was mostly silt- and clay-sized material (less than 0.062 millimeter). The percentage of silt- and clay-sized material gradually decreased to about 50 percent of the suspended sediment at high flows. Estimates of the annual suspended-sediment load for the 1981-90 water years were calculated by the flow-duration, rating-curve method. Annual loads ranged from 3,690 to 8,250 tons. The average annual load for the 10-year period was 6,180 tons. Annual suspended-sediment yield (load per unit drainage area) averaged 114 tons per square mile; this value is within the range of values from 14 other previously investigated streams in northern Indiana. Average annual yields of these 14 streams ranged from 11 to 152 tons per square mile; the median annual yield was 56 tons per square mile.

  6. Suspended particulate matter in the Chesapeake Bay entrance and adjacent shelf waters

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gingerich, K. J.; Oertel, G. F.

    1981-01-01

    Approximately 400 samples were collected from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay for various analyses, including 138 for suspended solids. Characteristics of suspended solids that were analyzed included: total suspended matter; total suspended inorganics, total suspended organics; percent organics; particle size distribution; and presence or absence of 11 of the most prominent particle types.

  7. Sensorless Oscillation Control of a Suspended Load with Flywheels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nishimura, Koichi; Tsuji, Toshiaki; Ohnishi, Kouhei

    This study proposes a method of sensorless oscillation control of a suspended load. To suppress oscillation of a suspended load, we use flywheels as a control device. Reaction torque of flywheels is applied for the oscillation control. An angular velocity value of a suspended load must be acquired for the oscillation control. Therefore, a method to estimate the angular velocity value is indispensable. By conventional methods, the estimation and the oscillation control cannot be realized simultaneously in case of one flywheel. Hence, inertia torque observer is proposed. Inertia torque appears as a disturbance torque on flywheels when a suspended load is oscillating. The angular velocity value is calculated based on this inertia toque. By using inertia torque observer, estimation of the angular velocity value and oscillation control of a suspended load are achieved at the same time.

  8. 21 CFR 1404.715 - What notice does the suspending official give me if I am suspended?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 9 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false What notice does the suspending official give me if I am suspended? 1404.715 Section 1404.715 Food and Drugs OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY... this part, and any other Office of National Drug Control Policy procedures governing...

  9. 21 CFR 1404.715 - What notice does the suspending official give me if I am suspended?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 9 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false What notice does the suspending official give me if I am suspended? 1404.715 Section 1404.715 Food and Drugs OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY... this part, and any other Office of National Drug Control Policy procedures governing...

  10. 21 CFR 1404.715 - What notice does the suspending official give me if I am suspended?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 9 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false What notice does the suspending official give me if I am suspended? 1404.715 Section 1404.715 Food and Drugs OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY... this part, and any other Office of National Drug Control Policy procedures governing...

  11. 21 CFR 1404.715 - What notice does the suspending official give me if I am suspended?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 9 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false What notice does the suspending official give me if I am suspended? 1404.715 Section 1404.715 Food and Drugs OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY... this part, and any other Office of National Drug Control Policy procedures governing...

  12. Cokriging estimation of daily suspended sediment loads

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Li, Z.; Zhang, Y.-K.; Schilling, K.; Skopec, M.

    2006-01-01

    Daily suspended sediment loads (S) were estimated using cokriging (CK) of S with daily river discharge based on weekly, biweekly, or monthly sampled sediment data. They were also estimated with ordinary kriging (OK) and a rating curve method. The estimated daily loads were compared with the daily measured values over a nine-year-period. The results show that the estimated daily sediment loads with the CK using the weekly measured data best matched the measured daily values. The rating curve method based on the same data provides a fairly good match but it tends to underestimate the peak and overestimate the low values. The CK estimation was better than the rating curve because CK considers the temporal correlation among the data values and honors the measured points whereas the rating curve method does not. For the site studied, weekly sampling may be frequent enough for estimating daily sediment loads with CK when daily discharge data is available. The estimated daily loads with CK were less reliable when the sediment samples were taken less frequently, i.e., biweekly or monthly. The OK estimates using the weekly measured data significantly underestimates the daily S because unlike CK and the rating curve, OK makes no use of the correlation of sediment loads with frequently measured river discharge. ?? 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Droplet Suspended on a Wire Begins Ignition

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2003-01-01

    The Fiber Supported Droplet Combustion Experiment completing a number of successful burns on STS-94, July 11, 1997, MET:9/17:40 (approximate). The photo shows a droplet of 95% heptane and 5% hexadecane, suspended and positioned by the fiber wire, just as it is being ignited by the glowing coil beneath. Study of the physical properties of burning fuel from this experiment is expected to contribute to more efficient use of fossil fuels and reduction of combustion by-products on Earth. The sequence is from a time-lapse movie (34 seconds condensed to 12 seconds), and clearly shows particles emanating from the droplet during the burn. The droplet shrank to nothing as it was consumed. FSDC-2 studied fundamental phenomena related to liquid fuel droplet combustion in air. Pure fuels and mixtures of fuels were burned as isolated single and dual droplets with and without forced air convection. The FSDC guest investigator was Forman Williams, University of California, San Diego. The experiment was part of the space research investigations conducted during the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1R mission (STS-94, July 1-17 1997). Advanced combustion experiments will be a part of investigations plarned for the International Space Station. (1.2 MB, 11-second MPEG, screen 320 x 240 pixels; downlinked video, higher quality not available) A still JPG composite of this movie is available at http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/MSFC-0300180.html.

  14. Ignition of Droplet Suspended on a Wire

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    2003-01-01

    The Fiber Supported Droplet Combustion Experiment completing a number of successful burns on STS-94, July 11, 1997, MET:9/17:40 (approximate). The photo shows a droplet of 95% heptane and 5% hexadecane, suspended and positioned by the fiber wire, just as it is being ignited by the glowing coil beneath. Study of the physical properties of burning fuel from this experiment is expected to contribute to more efficient use of fossil fuels and reduction of combustion by-products on Earth. The sequence is from a time-lapse movie (34 seconds condensed to 12 seconds), and clearly shows particles emanating from the droplet during the burn. The droplet shrank to nothing as it was consumed. FSDC-2 studied fundamental phenomena related to liquid fuel droplet combustion in air. Pure fuels and mixtures of fuels were burned as isolated single and dual droplets with and without forced air convection. The FSDC guest investigator was Forman Williams, University of California, San Diego. The experiment was part of the space research investigations conducted during the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1R mission (STS-94, July 1-17 1997). Advanced combustion experiments will be a part of investigations plarned for the International Space Station. (133KB JPEG, 656 x 741 pixels; downlinked video, higher quality not available) The MPG from which this composite was made is available at http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/MSFC-0300181.html.

  15. Diffusion processes in freely suspended smectic films

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    Śliwa, I.; Zakharov, A. V.

    2017-08-01

    A molecular model describing translational diffusion in freely suspended smectic films (FSSFs) in air is proposed. This model is based on the random walk theory and allows calculation of the translational diffusion coefficient (TDC) across smectic layers (along the director). All values necessary for calculating the TDC are obtained within the generalized mean-field model considering not only anisotropic interactions between nearest neighbors of molecules forming FSSFs, but also the stabilizing effect of the smectic/air interface. The spatial inhomogeneity of order parameters over the FSSF section, arising in this case, results in the fact that the surface tension at the smectic/air interface not only suppresses thermal fluctuations in surface layers, but also completely suppresses translational diffusion of molecules from the FSSF to air. The results of calculations of dimensional translational diffusion in the bulk of the FSSF formed by 5- n-alkyl-2-(4- n-(perfluoroalkyl-metyleneoxy))pentyl molecules during its thinning show that the TDC monotonically increases as the smectic film is thinned.

  16. Triad mode resonant interactions in suspended cables

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    Guo, TieDing; Kang, HouJun; Wang, LianHua; Zhao, YueYu

    2016-03-01

    A triad mode resonance, or three-wave resonance, is typical of dynamical systems with quadratic nonlinearities. Suspended cables are found to be rich in triad mode resonant dynamics. In this paper, modulation equations for cable's triad resonance are formulated by the multiple scale method. Dynamic conservative quantities, i.e., mode energy and Manley-Rowe relations, are then constructed. Equilibrium/dynamic solutions of the modulation equations are obtained, and full investigations into their stability and bifurcation characteristics are presented. Various bifurcation behaviors are detected in cable's triad resonant responses, such as saddle-node, Hopf, pitchfork and period-doubling bifurcations. Nonlinear behaviors, like jump and saturation phenomena, are also found in cable's responses. Based upon the bifurcation analysis, two interesting properties associated with activation of cable's triad resonance are also proposed, i.e., energy barrier and directional dependence. The first gives the critical amplitude of high-frequency mode to activate cable's triad resonance, and the second characterizes the degree of difficulty for activating cable's triad resonance in two opposite directions, i.e., with positive or negative internal detuning parameter.

  17. Suspended sediment chemistry from large Himalayan Rivers

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    Tipper, E.; Bickle, M.; Bohlin, M.; Andermann, C.

    2016-12-01

    Recent work has demonstrated that weathering in areas with the highest physical erosion rates are the most sensitive to climatic feedback parameters (both rainfall and temperature) because they are not limited by a supply of material. The Himalayan region is central to this work because of 1) the high erosion rates, 2) high monsoonal rainfall, and 3) high temperatures in the Ganges plain in front of the main range, where much of the weathering takes place. The material that is weathered in the Ganges plain is delivered as sediment from the mountain front. Therefore, detailed understanding of the chemistry of the sediment leaving the high mountains is essential. Interest has been renewed not least because of the magnitude 7.8 (25/4/15) and 7.3 (12/5/2015) earthquakes in Nepal in 2015 which triggered thousands of landslides, likely causing major perturbations to sediment and chemical loads carried by the local Himalayan rivers. We collected both sediment and water samples in 2015 and 2016 in a transect across Nepal, including depth profiles of suspended sediment in the Narayani, Kosi and Karnali Rivers. The Narayani and Kosi rivers which drain the earthquake-hit area carry > 40% of the total bicarbonate flux input to the Ganges from the Himalayan mountains. Here we present our initial findings on the chemistry of the sediment from the 2015 and 2016 field seasons and compare it to published data sets.

  18. 77 FR 44233 - Clothianidin; Emergency Petition To Suspend; Notice of Availability

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    ... AGENCY Clothianidin; Emergency Petition To Suspend; Notice of Availability AGENCY: Environmental... immediately suspend Clothianidin and take other actions affecting the registration. The EPA is announcing the... organizations requesting that the EPA suspend registrations for the insecticide clothianidin for the four...

  19. Methods of and system for swing damping movement of suspended objects

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    Jones, J.F.; Petterson, B.J.; Strip, D.R.

    1991-03-05

    A payload suspended from a gantry is swing damped in accordance with a control algorithm based on the periodic motion of the suspended mass or by servoing on the forces induced by the suspended mass. 13 figures.

  20. Distribution and concentration of suspended matter in Delaware Bay

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    Klemas, V. (Principal Investigator); Philpot, W.

    1977-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. The problem of remote sensing of suspended matter in water was analyzed in terms of the single-scattering albedo, and a semiempirical relationship between satellite radiance measurements and the concentration of suspended matter in the water was developed. The relationship was tested using data from the 7 July 1973 LANDSAT overpass of Delaware Bay with good results. Suspended sediment concentration maps for the entire Delaware Bay were prepared using radiance values extracted from LANDSAT MSS imagery and correlating them with ground truth samples collected from boats and helicopter.

  1. [Water and suspended matter sampling in fresh water networks].

    PubMed

    Galas, Chiara; Stellato, Luisa; Barbizzi, Sabrina; Belli, Maria; Sansone, Umberto

    2005-01-01

    Metals and radionuclides in water systems can be easily adsorbed on suspended matter and, finally, they could eventually accumulate in the aquatic environment. The assessment of the health of a water body needs also sampling of the suspended matter fraction. In this paper sampling systems to characterise contaminants associated with the suspended matter fraction are described, with a particular attention to the collection and preservation of samples. Sampling must be representative, to obtain reliable conclusions. In this context it is stressed the importance of the evaluation of the sampling uncertainty, which contributes to a large extent to the total uncertainty.

  2. Comparability of suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids data

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    Gray, John R.; Glysson, G.D.; Turcios, L.M.; Schwarz, G.E.

    2000-01-01

    Two laboratory analytical methods ? suspended-sediment concentration (SSC) and total suspended solids (TSS) ? are predominantly used to quantify concentrations of suspended solid-phase material in surface waters of the United States. The analytical methods differ. SSC data are produced by measuring the dry weight of all the sediment from a known volume of a water-sediment mixture. TSS data are produced by several methods, most of which entail measuring the dry weight of sediment from a known volume of a subsample of the original. An evaluation of 3,235 paired SSC and TSS data, of which 860 SSC values include percentages of sand-size material, shows bias in the relation between SSC and TSS ?SSC values tend to increase at a greater rate than their corresponding paired TSS values. As sand-size material in samples exceeds about a quarter of the sediment dry weight, SSC values tend to exceed their corresponding paired TSS values. TSS analyses of three sets of quality-control samples (35 samples) showed unexpectedly small sediment recoveries and relatively large variances in the TSS data. Two quality-control data sets (18 samples) that were analyzed for SSC showed both slightly deficient sediment recoveries, and variances that are characteristic of most other quality-control data compiled as part of the U.S. Geological Survey?s National Sediment Laboratory Quality Assurance Program. The method for determining TSS, which was originally designed for analyses of wastewater samples, is shown to be fundamentally unreliable for the analysis of natural-water samples. In contrast, the method for determining SSC produces relatively reliable results for samples of natural water, regardless of the amount or percentage of sand-size material in the samples. SSC and TSS data collected from natural water are not comparable and should not be used interchangeably. The accuracy and comparability of suspended solid-phase concentrations of the Nation?s natural waters would be greatly

  3. High-power and high-energy-density flexible pseudocapacitor electrodes made from porous CuO nanobelts and single-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Zhang, Xiaojun; Shi, Wenhui; Zhu, Jixin; Kharistal, Daniel Julian; Zhao, Weiyun; Lalia, Boor Singh; Hng, Huey Hoon; Yan, Qingyu

    2011-03-22

    We report a simple wet-chemical process to prepare porous CuO nanobelts (NBs) with high surface area and small crystal grains. These CuO NBs were mixed with carbon nanotubes in an appropriate ratio to fabricate pseudocapacitor electrodes with stable cycling performances, which showed a series of high energy densities at different power densities, for example, 130.2, 92, 44, 25, and 20.8 W h kg(-1) at power densities of 1.25, 6.25, 25, and 50 k Wh kg(-1), respectively. CuO-on-single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) flexible hybrid electrodes were also fabricated using the SWCNT films as current collectors. These flexible electrodes showed much higher specific capacitance than that of electrodes made of pure SWCNTs and exhibited more stable cycling performance, for example, effective specific capacitances of >62 F g(-1) for the hybrid electrodes after 1000 cycles in 1 M LiPF6/EC:DEC at a current density of 5 A g(-1) and specific capacitance of only 23.6 F g(-1) for pure SWCNT electrodes under the same testing condition.

  4. Multifunctional flexible free-standing titanate nanobelt membranes as efficient sorbents for the removal of radioactive 90Sr2+ and 137Cs+ ions and oils

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    Wen, Tao; Zhao, Zhiwei; Shen, Congcong; Li, Jiaxing; Tan, Xiaoli; Zeb, Akif; Wang, Xiangke; Xu, An-Wu

    2016-01-01

    For the increasing attention focused on saving endangered environments, there is a growing need for developing membrane materials able to perform complex functions such as removing radioactive pollutants and oil spills from water. A major challenge is the scalable fabrication of membranes with good mechanical and thermal stability, superior resistance to radiation, and excellent recyclability. In this study, we constructed a multifunctional flexible free-standing sodium titanate nanobelt (Na-TNB) membrane that was assembled as advanced radiation-tainted water treatment and oil uptake. We compared the adsorption behavior of 137Cs+ and 90Sr2+ on Na-TNB membranes under various environmental conditions. The maximum adsorption coefficient value (Kd) for Sr2+ reaches 107 mL g−1. The structural collapse of the exchange materials were confirmed by XRD, FTIR and XPS spectroscopy as well as Raman analysis. The adsorption mechanism of Na-TNB membrane is clarified by forming a stable solid with the radioactive cations permanently trapped inside. Besides, the engineered multilayer membrane is exceptionally capable in selectively and rapidly adsorbing oils up to 23 times the adsorbent weight when coated with a thin layer of hydrophobic molecules. This multifunctional membrane has exceptional potential as a suitable material for next generation water treatment and separation technologies. PMID:26865116

  5. Size and Temperature Dependence of Electron Transfer between CdSe Quantum Dots and a TiO 2 Nanobelt

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    Tafen, De Nyago; Prezhdo, Oleg V.

    2015-02-24

    Understanding charge transfer reactions between quantum dots (QD) and metal oxides is fundamental for improving photocatalytic, photovoltaic and electronic devices. The complexity of these processes makes it difficult to find an optimum QD size with rapid charge injection and low recombination. We combine time-domain density functional theory with nonadiabatic molecular dynamics to investigate the size and temperature dependence of the experimentally studied electron transfer and charge recombination at CdSe QD-TiO2 nanobelt (NB) interfaces. The electron injection rate shows strong dependence on the QD size, increasing for small QDs. The rate exhibits Arrhenius temperature dependence, with the activation energy of the order of millielectronvolts. The charge recombination process occurs due to coupling of the electronic subsystem to vibrational modes of the TiO2 NB. Inelastic electron-phonon scattering happens on a picosecond time scale, with strong dependence on the QD size. Our simulations demonstrate that the electron-hole recombination rate decreases significantly as the QD size increases, in excellent agreement with experiments. The temperature dependence of the charge recombination rates can be successfully modeled within the framework of the Marcus theory through optimization of the electronic coupling and the reorganization energy. Our simulations indicate that by varying the QD size, one can modulate the photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination, fundamental aspects of the design principles for high efficiency devices.

  6. Multifunctional flexible free-standing titanate nanobelt membranes as efficient sorbents for the removal of radioactive 90Sr2+ and 137Cs+ ions and oils

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    Wen, Tao; Zhao, Zhiwei; Shen, Congcong; Li, Jiaxing; Tan, Xiaoli; Zeb, Akif; Wang, Xiangke; Xu, An-Wu

    2016-02-01

    For the increasing attention focused on saving endangered environments, there is a growing need for developing membrane materials able to perform complex functions such as removing radioactive pollutants and oil spills from water. A major challenge is the scalable fabrication of membranes with good mechanical and thermal stability, superior resistance to radiation, and excellent recyclability. In this study, we constructed a multifunctional flexible free-standing sodium titanate nanobelt (Na-TNB) membrane that was assembled as advanced radiation-tainted water treatment and oil uptake. We compared the adsorption behavior of 137Cs+ and 90Sr2+ on Na-TNB membranes under various environmental conditions. The maximum adsorption coefficient value (Kd) for Sr2+ reaches 107 mL g-1. The structural collapse of the exchange materials were confirmed by XRD, FTIR and XPS spectroscopy as well as Raman analysis. The adsorption mechanism of Na-TNB membrane is clarified by forming a stable solid with the radioactive cations permanently trapped inside. Besides, the engineered multilayer membrane is exceptionally capable in selectively and rapidly adsorbing oils up to 23 times the adsorbent weight when coated with a thin layer of hydrophobic molecules. This multifunctional membrane has exceptional potential as a suitable material for next generation water treatment and separation technologies.

  7. A novel 3D structure composed of strings of hierarchical TiO2 spheres formed on TiO2 nanobelts with high photocatalytic properties

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    Jiang, Yongjian; Li, Meicheng; Song, Dandan; Li, Xiaodan; Yu, Yue

    2014-03-01

    A novel hierarchical titanium dioxide (TiO2) composite nanostructure with strings of anatase TiO2 hierarchical micro-spheres and rutile nanobelts framework (TiO2 HSN) is successfully synthesized via a one-step hydrothermal method. Particularly, the strings of hierarchical spheres are assembled by very thin TiO2 nanosheets, which are composed of highly crystallized anatase nanocrystals. Meanwhile, the HSN has a large surface area of 191 m2/g, which is about 3 times larger than Degussa P25. More importantly, the photocatalytic activity of HSN and P25 were evaluated by the photocatalytic oxidation decomposition of methyl orange (MO) under UV light illumination, and the TiO2 HSN shows enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with Degussa P25, as result of its continuous hierarchical structures, special conductive channel and large specific surface area. With these features, the hierarchical TiO2 may have more potential applications in the fields of dye-sensitized solar cells and lithium ion batteries.

  8. Physical properties of suspended dust in Iceland

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    Dagsson Waldhauserova, Pavla; Olafsson, Haraldur; Arnalds, Olafur; Skrabalova, Lenka; Sigurdardottir, Gudmunda; Branis, Martin; Hladil, Jindrich; Chadimova, Leona; Skala, Roman; Navratil, Tomas; Menar, Sibylle von Lowis of; Thorsteinsson, Throstur

    2014-05-01

    Atmospheric Dust Measurements (ADMI 2013) of one of the most active dust sources in Iceland (Mælifellsandur) were conducted during season with high precipitation on August 8th-18th, 2013. We measured mass concentrations (PM2.5 and PM10), particle size distributions in size range 0.3-10μm and number concentrations during rather small dust event. Dust samples of the event were analyzed (morpho-textural observations, optical and scanning-electron microscopy). Two TSI 8520 DustTrak Aerosol Monitors (light-scattering laser photometers that measure aerosol mass concentrations in range 0.001 to 100 mg/m3) and one TSI Optical Particle Sizer (OPS) 3330 (optical scattering from single particle up to 16 different channels - 0.3 to 10 μm - measuring particle size distribution) were used. We measured a dust event which occurred during wet and low wind/windless conditions as result of surface heating in August 2013. Maximum particle number concentration (PM~0.3-10 µm) reached 149954 particles cm-3 min-1 while mass concentration (PM<10 µm) was 1757 µg m-3 min-1. Suspended dust was very fine with the highest number of particles in size range 0.3-0.337 µm, followed by particles 1.5-5 µm in diameter. Close-to-ultrafine particle size distributions showed a significant increase in number with the severity of the dust event. Number concentrations were well correlated with mass concentrations. The mineralogy and geochemical compositions showed that glaciogenic dust contains sharp-tipped shards with bubbles and 80 % of the particulate matter is volcanic glass rich in heavy metals. Wet dust particles were mobilized within < 4 hours. Here we introduced a comprehensive study on physical properties of the Icelandic dust aerosol and the first scientific study of particle size distributions in an Icelandic dust event including findings on initiation of dust suspension.

  9. Introduction to suspended-sediment sampling

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Nolan, K. Michael; Gray, John R.; Glysson, G. Douglas

    2005-01-01

    Knowledge of the amount and timing of sediment transport in streams is important to those directly or indirectly responsible for developing and managing water and land resources. Such data are often used to judge the health of watershed and the success or failure of activities designed to mitigate adverse impacts of sediment on streams and stream habitats. This training class presents an introduction to methods currently used by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to sample suspended-sediment concentrations in streams. The presentation is narrated, but you control the pace of the presentation. If the computer you are using can view 'MPEG' videos you will be able to take advantage of videos interspersed in the presentation. A test, found at the end of the presentation, can be taken to assess how well you understood the training material. The class, which is registered as class SW4416 with the National Training Center of the USGS, should take two or three hours to complete. In order to use the presentation provided via this Web page, you will need to download a large disc images (linked below) and 'burn' it to a blank CD-ROM using a CD-ROM recorder on your computer. The presentation will only run on a Windows-based personal computer (PC). The presentation was developed using Macromedia Director MX 20041 and is contained in the file 'SIR05-5077.exe' which should autolaunch. If it does not, the presentation can be started by double-clicking on the file name. A sound card and speakers are necessary to take advantage of narrations that accompany the presentation. Text of narrations is provided, if you are unable to listen to narrations. Instructions for installing and running the presentation are included in the file 'Tutorial.htm', which is on the CD. 1 Registered Trademark: Macromedia Incorporated

  10. Ratios of total suspended solids to suspended sediment concentrations by particle size

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    Selbig, W.R.; Bannerman, R.T.

    2011-01-01

    Wet-sieving sand-sized particles from a whole storm-water sample before splitting the sample into laboratory-prepared containers can reduce bias and improve the precision of suspended-sediment concentrations (SSC). Wet-sieving, however, may alter concentrations of total suspended solids (TSS) because the analytical method used to determine TSS may not have included the sediment retained on the sieves. Measuring TSS is still commonly used by environmental managers as a regulatory metric for solids in storm water. For this reason, a new method of correlating concentrations of TSS and SSC by particle size was used to develop a series of correction factors for SSC as a means to estimate TSS. In general, differences between TSS and SSC increased with greater particle size and higher sand content. Median correction factors to SSC ranged from 0.29 for particles larger than 500m to 0.85 for particles measuring from 32 to 63m. Great variability was observed in each fraction-a result of varying amounts of organic matter in the samples. Wide variability in organic content could reduce the transferability of the correction factors. ?? 2011 American Society of Civil Engineers.

  11. Estimation of suspended-sediment rating curves and mean suspended-sediment loads

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Crawford, Charles G.

    1991-01-01

    A simulation study was done to evaluate: (1) the accuracy and precision of parameter estimates for the bias-corrected, transformed-linear and non-linear models obtained by the method of least squares; (2) the accuracy of mean suspended-sediment loads calculated by the flow-duration, rating-curve method using model parameters obtained by the alternative methods. Parameter estimates obtained by least squares for the bias-corrected, transformed-linear model were considerably more precise than those obtained for the non-linear or weighted non-linear model. The accuracy of parameter estimates obtained for the biascorrected, transformed-linear and weighted non-linear model was similar and was much greater than the accuracy obtained by non-linear least squares. The improved parameter estimates obtained by the biascorrected, transformed-linear or weighted non-linear model yield estimates of mean suspended-sediment load calculated by the flow-duration, rating-curve method that are more accurate and precise than those obtained for the non-linear model.

  12. Astronaut Curtis Brown suspended by simulated parachute gear during training

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1994-01-01

    Astronaut Curtis L. Brown, STS-66 pilot, is suspended by a simulated parachute gear during an emergency bailout training exercise in JSC's Weightless Environment Training Facility (WETF). He is wearing his orange launch and entry suit.

  13. 38. INTERIOR VIEW OF TANK. Suspended wooden platform obscures bottom ...

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    38. INTERIOR VIEW OF TANK. Suspended wooden platform obscures bottom of tank No date - U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London Submarine Escape Training Tank, Albacore & Darter Roads, Groton, New London County, CT

  14. Suspended metal mask techniques in Josephson junction fabrication

    SciTech Connect

    Ono, R.H.; Sauvageau, J.E.; Jain, A.K.; Schwartz, D.B.; Springer, K.T.; Lukens, J.E.

    1985-01-01

    We report here two processes for in-situ, self-aligned fabrication of niobium based Josephson tunnel junctions and SNS microbridges in which multiple evaporations at varying angles are made through a suspended metal stencil fabricated by electron beam lithography (EBL). Both techniques have proved superior to earlier all-polymer suspended masks, particularly with e-gun evaporated refractory metals such as niobium. The first process uses a trilevel resist and ion milling to pattern a gold stencil suspended on PMMA. In the second process, an aluminum stencil suspended on polyimide (PI) is patterned by lift-off with an EBL mask written in a PMMA layer on top of the PI. The PI is then undercut using an oxygen plasma etch through the aluminum mask. Reproducible ( +- 20 nm) submicrometer dimensions and good junction characteristics have been achieved using these techniques without the need for difficult-to-control surface cleaning procedures.

  15. Detail of window treatment, suspended radiators, and fluorescent lights, prop ...

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    Detail of window treatment, suspended radiators, and fluorescent lights, prop shop. View to east. - San Bernardino Valley College, Auditorium, 701 South Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, CA

  16. 16. DETAIL VIEW OF NORTHWEST SIDE LOADING DOCKS, SHOWING SUSPENDER ...

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    16. DETAIL VIEW OF NORTHWEST SIDE LOADING DOCKS, SHOWING SUSPENDER BARS AND ORIGINAL SHIPLAP SIDING - Oakland Army Base, Transit Shed, East of Dunkirk Street & South of Burma Road, Oakland, Alameda County, CA

  17. EPA Suspended Work on a Pesticide Container Recycling Proposed Rule

    EPA Pesticide Factsheets

    EPA suspended work on the proposed container recycling regulation as of July 2008 after receiving a letter from OMB, because we did not have data that specifically addressed the concern OMB identified.

  18. View of south tower looking north. Note inspection team suspended ...

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    View of south tower looking north. Note inspection team suspended by basket from crane examining underside of deck at top of picture. - Sidney Lanier Bridge, Spanning Brunswick River, Brunswick, Glynn County, GA

  19. 6. INTERIOR VIEW OF TYPICAL OPERATING ROOM; NOTE APPARATUS SUSPENDED ...

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    6. INTERIOR VIEW OF TYPICAL OPERATING ROOM; NOTE APPARATUS SUSPENDED FROM CEILING & REMAINING COPPER STRIPS IN FLOOR - Fort McCoy, Building No. T-1032, North side of South Tenth Avenue, Block 10, Sparta, Monroe County, WI

  20. 138. ELEVATIONS OF FORCE PUMP AND SUSPENDED MAIN OVER FOREBAY, ...

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    138. ELEVATIONS OF FORCE PUMP AND SUSPENDED MAIN OVER FOREBAY, SECTIONS OF MAIN From Annual Report of 1868, Water Department of Philadelphia - Fairmount Waterworks, East bank of Schuylkill River, Aquarium Drive, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  1. 22 CFR 513.413 - Suspending official's decision.

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    2014-04-01

    ....320(c) for reasons for reducing the period or scope of debarment) or may leave it in force. However, a.... (2) The suspending official may refer matters involving disputed material facts to another official...

  2. 22 CFR 513.413 - Suspending official's decision.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ....320(c) for reasons for reducing the period or scope of debarment) or may leave it in force. However, a.... (2) The suspending official may refer matters involving disputed material facts to another official...

  3. 12. VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST OF STEPS SUSPENDED OVER THE STREAM ...

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    12. VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST OF STEPS SUSPENDED OVER THE STREAM WITH PLUNGE POOL AND 'MOTHER AND CHILD' BRONZE SCULPTURE BY JACQUES LIPCHITZ IN BACKGROUND. - Fallingwater, State Route 381 (Stewart Township), Ohiopyle, Fayette County, PA

  4. 13. TURNING DEVICE SUSPENDED FROM, AND LIFTED BY THE OVERHEAD ...

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    13. TURNING DEVICE SUSPENDED FROM, AND LIFTED BY THE OVERHEAD CRANE SYSTEM EAST OF No. 1 PRESS. - U.S. Steel Homestead Works, Press Shop No. 1, Along Monongahela River, Homestead, Allegheny County, PA

  5. 14. CLOSEUP OF TURNING DEVICE SUSPENDED FROM, AND LIFTED BY ...

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    14. CLOSE-UP OF TURNING DEVICE SUSPENDED FROM, AND LIFTED BY THE OVERHEAD CRANE SYSTEM EAST OF No. 1 PRESS. - U.S. Steel Homestead Works, Press Shop No. 1, Along Monongahela River, Homestead, Allegheny County, PA

  6. Suspended-sediment and suspended-sand concentrations and loads for selected streams in the Mississippi River Basin, 1940-2009

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    Heimann, David C.; Cline, Teri L.; Glaspie, Lori M.

    2011-01-01

    This report presents suspended-sediment concentration and streamflow data, describes load-estimation techniques used in the computation of annual suspended-sediment loads, and presents annual suspended-sediment loads for 48 streamgaging stations within the Mississippi River Basin. Available published, unpublished, and computed annual total suspended-sediment and suspended-sand loads are presented for water years 1940 through 2009. When previously published annual loads were not available, total suspended-sediment and sand loads were computed using available data for water years 1949 through 2009. A table of suspended-sediment concentration and daily mean streamflow data used in the computation of annual loads is presented along with a table of compiled and computed annual suspended-sediment and suspended-sand loads, annual streamflows, and flow-weighted concentrations for the 48 stations.

  7. Drawing suspended polymer micro-/nanofibers using glass micropipettes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nain, Amrinder S.; Wong, Joanna C.; Amon, Cristina; Sitti, Metin

    2006-10-01

    This letter proposes a method for fabricating suspended micro-/nanoscale polymer fibers continuously, in which polymeric micro-/nanofibers are formed by drawing and solidification of a viscous liquid polymer solution which is pumped through a glass micropipette. By controlling the drawing parameters, this method is demonstrated to form networks of suspended fibers having amorphous internal structure and uniform diameters from micrometers down to sub-50-nm for different molecular weights of polystyrene dissolved in xylene.

  8. Suspended sediment apportionment in a South-Korean mountain catchment

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    Birkholz, Axel; Meusburger, Katrin; Park, Ji-Hyung; Alewell, Christine

    2016-04-01

    Due to the rapid agricultural expansion and intensification during the last decades in South-Korea, large areas of hill slope forests were transformed to paddies and vegetable fields. The intensive agriculture and the easily erodible soils in our catchment are a major reason for the increased erosion causing suspended sediments to infiltrate into the close drinking water reservoir. The drinking water reservoir Lake Soyang provides water supply for over ten million people in Seoul. Landscape managers need to know the exact origin of these sediments before they can create landscape amelioration schemes. We applied a compound-specific stable isotope (CSSI) approach (Alewell et al., 2015) to apportion the sources of the suspended sediments between forest and agricultural soil contribution to the suspended sediments in a different catchment and applied the same approach to identify and quantify the different sources of the suspended sediments in the river(s) contributing to Lake Soyang. We sampled eight soil sites within the catchment considering the different landuse types forest, rice paddies, maize and vegetables. Suspended sediments were sampled at three outlets of the different sub-catchments. Soils and suspended sediments are analysed for bulk carbon and nitrogen isotopes, compound-specific carbon isotopes of plant-wax derived long-chain fatty acids and long-chain n-alkanes. Fatty acid and alkane isotopes are then used in mixing calculations and the mixing model software IsoSource to find out the contribution of the different source soils to the suspended sediments. We present first data of the source soils and the suspended sediments. C. Alewell, A. Birkholz, K. Meusburger, Y. Schindler-Wildhaber, L. Mabit, 2015. Sediment source attribution from multiple land use systems with CSIA. Biogeosciences Discuss. 12: 14245-14269.

  9. Satellite power using a magnetically suspended flywheel stack

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    Kirk, James A.; Anand, Davinder K.

    1988-01-01

    Research activities with magnetically suspended flywheels are reported. The purpose of the effort is to critically examine and further the development of all the key technologies which impact the inertial energy storage system. The results presented discuss the concept of a magnetically suspended flywheel as it applies to a 500 Watt-hour energy storage system. The proposed system is currently under hardware development and is based upon two pancake magnetic bearings arranged in a vertical stack.

  10. Satellite power using a magnetically suspended flywheel stack

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    Kirk, James A.; Anand, Davinder K.

    1988-01-01

    Research activities with magnetically suspended flywheels are reported. The purpose of the effort is to critically examine and further the development of all the key technologies which impact the inertial energy storage system. The results presented discuss the concept of a magnetically suspended flywheel as it applies to a 500 Watt-hour energy storage system. The proposed system is currently under hardware development and is based upon two pancake magnetic bearings arranged in a vertical stack.

  11. Suspended sediment fluxes in the Humber catchment, UK

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    Wass, Paul D.; Leeks, Graham J. L.

    1999-05-01

    An extensive sediment monitoring network was established within the LOIS programme, involving 10 of the main tributaries of the River Humber (UK). Its primary purpose was to measure the flux of suspended sediment to the estuary. A turbidity monitoring system was developed to provide a continuous record of suspended sediment concentration in the rivers, from which the fluxes were calculated. Linear relationships were established between suspended sediment concentration and turbidity (with slopes varying from 0·89 to 1·69) to enable the conversion of nephelometric turbidity [NTU] to suspended sediment concentration [mg l-1]. Potential uncertainties were identified and quantified. The suspended sediment flux to the Humber (November 1994-October 1997) was calculated to be 699 861 t, equivalent to a yield of 15 t km-2 yr-1. Large temporal and spatial variations in the flux were measured during the monitoring period, in response to factors such as climate, land use, catchment scale, deposition and reservoir trapment. The particle size composition of the suspended sediment was measured and found to vary little, except at very high discharges, when it coarsened. The organic content of the sediment was found to be directly related to the discharge of sewage effluent to the rivers.

  12. Comparability of suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended-solids data for two sites on the L'Anguille River, Arkansas, 2001 to 2003

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    Galloway, Joel M.; Evans, Dennis A.; Green, W. Reed

    2005-01-01

    Suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids data collected with automatic pumping samplers at the L'Anguille River near Colt and the L'Anguille River at Palestine, Arkansas, August 2001 to October 2003 were compared using ordinary least squares regression analyses to determine the relation between the two datasets for each of the two sites. The purpose of this report is to describe the suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended-solids data and examine the comparability of the two datasets for each site. Suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids data for the L'Anguille River varied spatially and temporally from August 2001 to October 2003. The site at the L'Anguille River at Palestine represents a larger portion of the L'Anguille River Basin than the site near Colt, and generally had higher median suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids and greater ranges in values. The differences between suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids data for the L'Anguille River near Colt appeared inversely related to streamflow and not related to time. The relation between suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids at the L'Anguille River at Palestine was more variable than at Colt and did not appear to have a relation with flow or time. The relation between suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids for the L'Anguille River near Colt shows that total suspended solids increased proportionally as suspended-sediment concentration increased. However, the relation between suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids for the L'Anguille River at Palestine showed total suspended solids increased less proportionally as suspended-sediment concentration increased compared to the L'Anguille River near Colt. Differences between the two analytical methods may partially explain differences between the suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids data at

  13. Bone regeneration at dental implant sites with suspended stem cells.

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    Zheng, R C; Park, Y K; Cho, J J; Kim, S K; Heo, S J; Koak, J Y; Lee, J H

    2014-10-01

    During the maintenance of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs), suspended cells are discarded normally. We noted the osteogenic potential of these cells to be like that of anchorage-dependent BMMSCs. Therefore, we characterized suspended BMMSCs from rabbit bone marrow by bioengineering and applied the suspended BMMSCs to double-canaled dental implants inserted into rabbits. After primary isolation of BMMSCs, we collected the suspended cells during primary culture on the third day. The cells were transferred and maintained on an extracellular-matrix-coated culture plate. The cells were characterized and compared with BMMSCs by colony-forming-unit fibroblast (CFU-f) and cell proliferation assay, fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS), in vitro multipotency, and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). We also analyzed the osteogenic potential of cells mixed with hydroxyapatite/tricalcium phosphate (HA/TCP) and transplanted into immunocompromised mice. We compared the viability and proliferation of the suspended BMMSCs and BMMSCs on the titanium implant surface and observed cell morphology. Then, the cells mixed with HA/TCP were applied to the double-canaled implants during installation into rabbit tibia. Four weeks later, we analyzed bone formation inside the canal by histomorphometry. The suspended cells showed higher CFU-f on the extracellular matrix (ECM)-coated culture plate and similar results of proliferation capacity compared with BMMSCs. The cells also showed osteogenic, adipogenic, and chondrogenic ability. The suspended cells showed levels of attachment survival and proliferation on the surfaces of titanium implant discs to be higher than or similar to those of BMMSCs. The suspended cells as well as BMMSCs showed stronger bone formation ability in both upper and lower canals of the implants compared with controls on double-canaled implants inserted into rabbit tibia. In this study, we showed that suspended cells after

  14. 33 CFR 159.126a - Suspended solids test: Type II devices.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... suspended solids in accordance with 40 CFR part 136. The arithmetic mean of the total suspended solids in 38... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Suspended solids test: Type II... Suspended solids test: Type II devices. During the sewage processing test (§ 159.121) 40 effluent samples...

  15. 33 CFR 159.126a - Suspended solids test: Type II devices.

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    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Suspended solids test: Type II... Suspended solids test: Type II devices. During the sewage processing test (§ 159.121) 40 effluent samples... suspended solids in accordance with 40 CFR Part 136. The arithmetic mean of the total suspended solids in...

  16. Suspended sediment transport under estuarine tidal channel conditions

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    Sternberg, R.W.; Kranck, K.; Cacchione, D.A.; Drake, D.E.

    1988-01-01

    A modified version of the GEOPROBE tripod has been used to monitor flow conditions and suspended sediment distribution in the bottom boundary layer of a tidal channel within San Francisco Bay, California. Measurements were made every 15 minutes over three successive tidal cycles. They included mean velocity profiles from four electromagnetic current meters within 1 m of the seabed; mean suspended sediment concentration profiles from seven miniature nephelometers operated within 1 m of the seabed; near-bottom pressure fluctuations; vertical temperature gradient; and bottom photographs. Additionally, suspended sediment was sampled from four levels within 1 m of the seabed three times during each successive flood and ebb cycle. While the instrument was deployed, STD-nephelometer measurements were made throughout the water column, water samples were collected each 1-2 hours, and bottom sediment was sampled at the deployment site. From these measurements, estimates were made of particle settling velocity (ws) from size distributions of the suspended sediment, friction velocity (U*) from the velocity profiles, and reference concentration (Ca) was measured at z = 20 cm. These parameters were used in the suspended sediment distribution equations to evaluate their ability to predict the observed suspended sediment profiles. Three suspended sediment particle conditions were evaluated: (1) individual particle size in the 4-11 ?? (62.5-0.5 ??m) range with the reference concentration Ca at z = 20 cm (C??), (2) individual particle size in the 4-6 ?? size range, flocs representing the 7-11 ?? size range with the reference concentration Ca at z = 20 cm (Cf), and (3) individual particle size in the 4-6 ?? size range, flocs representing the 7-11 ?? size range with the reference concentration predicted as a function of the bed sediment size distribution and the square of the excess shear stress. In addition, computations of particle flux were made in order to show vertical variations

  17. Highly selective and sensitive response of 30.5 % of sprayed molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) nanobelts for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas detection.

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    Mane, A A; Suryawanshi, M P; Kim, J H; Moholkar, A V

    2016-12-01

    The molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) thin films have been successfully deposited onto the glass substrates using chemical spray pyrolysis (CSP) deposition technique at various substrate temperatures ranging from 300°C to 450°C with an interval of 50°C. The effect of substrate temperature on the structural, morphological, optical and gas sensing properties of MoO3 thin films has been thoroughly investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that all the films have an orthorhombic crystal structure and are polycrystalline in nature. FE-SEM micrographs depict the formation of nanobelts-like morphology. AFM study reveals that the RMS surface roughness of MoO3 thin films increases from 8.6nm to 12nm with increase in substrate temperature from 300°C to 400°C and then decreases to 11.5nm for substrate temperature of 450°C. Optical results show that the band gap of MoO3 thin films decreases from 3.92eV to 3.44eV. The selectivity studies show that the gas response of various gases varies as NH3

  18. Three human cell types respond to multi-walled carbon nanotubes and titanium dioxide nanobelts with cell-specific transcriptomic and proteomic expression patterns

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    Tilton, Susan C.; Karin, Norman J.; Tolic, Ana; Xie, Yumei; Lai, Xianyin; Hamilton, Raymond F.; Waters, Katrina M.; Holian, Andrij; Witzmann, Frank A.; Orr, Galya

    2014-01-01

    The growing use of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in commercial and medical applications raises the urgent need for tools that can predict NP toxicity. We conducted global transcriptome and proteome analyses of three human cell types, exposed to two high aspect ratio NP types, to identify patterns of expression that might indicate high vs. low NP toxicity. Three cell types representing the most common routes of human exposure to NPs, including macrophage like (THP-1), small airway epithelial (SAE), and intestinal (Caco-2/HT29-MTX) cells, were exposed to TiO2 nanobelts (TiO2-NB; high toxicity) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT; low toxicity) at low (10 μg/ml) and high (100 μg/ml) concentrations for 1 and 24 h. Unique patterns of gene and protein expressions were identified for each cell type, with no differentially expressed (p<0.05, 1.5-fold change) genes or proteins overlapping across all three cell types. While unique to each cell-type, the early response was primarily independent of NP type, showing similar expression patterns in response to both TiO2-NB and MWCNT. The early response might therefore indicate a general response to insult. In contrast, the 24 h response was unique to each NP type. The most significantly (p<0.05) enriched biological processes in THP-1 cells indicated TiO2-NB regulation of pathways associated with inflammation, apoptosis, cell cycle arrest, DNA replication stress and genomic instability, while MWCNT regulated pathways indicating increased cell proliferation, DNA repair and anti-apoptosis. These two distinct sets of biological pathways might therefore underlie cellular responses to high and low NP toxicity, respectively. PMID:23659652

  19. Three Human Cell Types Respond to Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Titanium Dioxide Nanobelts with Cell-Specific Transcriptomic and Proteomic Expression Patterns.

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    Tilton, Susan C.; Karin, Norman J.; Tolic, Ana; Xie, Yumei; Lai, Xianyin; Hamilton, Raymond F.; Waters, Katrina M.; Holian, Andrij; Witzmann, Frank A.; Orr, Galya

    2014-08-01

    The growing use of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in commercial and medical applications raises the urgent need for tools that can predict NP toxicity. Global transcriptome and proteome analyses were conducted on three human cell types, exposed to two high aspect ratio NP types, to identify patterns of expression that might indicate high versus low NP toxicity. Three cell types representing the most common routes of human exposure to NPs, including macrophage-like (THP-1), small airway epithelial and intestinal (Caco-2/HT29-MTX) cells, were exposed to TiO2 nanobelts (TiO2-NB; high toxicity) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT; low toxicity) at low (10 µg/mL) and high (100 µg/mL) concentrations for 1 and 24 h. Unique patterns of gene and protein expressions were identified for each cell type, with no differentially expressed (p < 0.05, 1.5-fold change) genes or proteins overlapping across all three cell types. While unique to each cell type, the early response was primarily independent of NP type, showing similar expression patterns in response to both TiO2-NB and MWCNT. The early response might, therefore, indicate a general response to insult. In contrast, the 24 h response was unique to each NP type. The most significantly (p < 0.05) enriched biological processes in THP-1 cells indicated TiO2-NB regulation of pathways associated with inflammation, apoptosis, cell cycle arrest, DNA replication stress and genomic instability, while MWCNT-regulated pathways indicated increased cell proliferation, DNA repair and anti-apoptosis. These two distinct sets of biological pathways might, therefore, underlie cellular responses to high and low NP toxicity, respectively.

  20. Electron-beam induced nano-etching of suspended graphene

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    Sommer, Benedikt; Sonntag, Jens; Ganczarczyk, Arkadius; Braam, Daniel; Prinz, Günther; Lorke, Axel; Geller, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Besides its interesting physical properties, graphene as a two-dimensional lattice of carbon atoms promises to realize devices with exceptional electronic properties, where freely suspended graphene without contact to any substrate is the ultimate, truly two-dimensional system. The practical realization of nano-devices from suspended graphene, however, relies heavily on finding a structuring method which is minimally invasive. Here, we report on the first electron beam-induced nano-etching of suspended graphene and demonstrate high-resolution etching down to ~7 nm for line-cuts into the monolayer graphene. We investigate the structural quality of the etched graphene layer using two-dimensional (2D) Raman maps and demonstrate its high electronic quality in a nano-device: A 25 nm-wide suspended graphene nanoribbon (GNR) that shows a transport gap with a corresponding energy of ~60 meV. This is an important step towards fast and reliable patterning of suspended graphene for future ballistic transport, nano-electronic and nano-mechanical devices. PMID:25586495