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Hong-Kai Yang, Chih-Chun Chin, Jenn-Shing Chen
The electrocatalytic activities of Mn₃O₄/C composites are studied in lithium-oxygen (Li-O₂) batteries as cathode catalysts. The Mn₃O₄/C composites are fabricated using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) with organic surfactants as the carbon sources. The physical and electrochemical performance of the composites is characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, particle size analysis, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements, elemental analysis, galvanostatic charge-discharge methods and rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) measurements...
November 7, 2016: Nanomaterials
Theo J M Kuunders, Marja J H van Bon-Martens, Ien A M van de Goor, Theo G W M Paulussen, Hans A M van Oers
To develop a targeted implementation strategy for a municipal health policy guideline, implementation targets of two guideline users [Regional Health Services (RHSs)] and guideline developers of leading national health institutes were made explicit. Therefore, characteristics of successful implementation of the guideline were identified. Differences and similarities in perceptions of these characteristics between RHSs and developers were explored. Separate concept mapping procedures were executed in two RHSs, one with representatives from partner local health organizations and municipalities, the second with RHS members only...
February 22, 2017: Health Promotion International
M C Gutiérrez, A Serrano, J A Siles, A F Chica, M A Martín
In this research study, the co-composting process of a waste mixture containing strawberry extrudate, fish waste, sewage sludge and bulking agent (SEFW, 190:1:22:90 ratio) was carried out in a dynamic-solid respirometer at pilot scale. The aerobic biodegradability of the mixture was previously ensured in a static-liquid respirometer. The advantages and drawbacks of the SEFW co-composting process were subsequently identified through the determination of respirometric activity and the physical-chemical characterization of the waste, as well as the monitoring of odor emissions...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Mingyang Li, Yi Yang, Yichuan Ling, Weitao Qiu, Fuxin Wang, Tianyu Liu, Yu Song, Xiao-Xia Liu, Ping-Ping Fang, Yexiang Tong, Yat Li
High temperature activation has been commonly used to boost the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of hematite nanowires for water oxidation, by inducing Sn diffusion from fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate into hematite. Yet, hematite nanowires thermally annealed at high temperature suffer from two major drawbacks that negatively affect their performance. First, the structural deformation reduces light absorption capability of nanowire. Second, this "passive" doping method leads to non-uniform distribution of Sn dopant in nanowire and limits the Sn doping concentration...
March 23, 2017: Nano Letters
Desmond E Schipper, Zhenhuan Zhao, Andrew P Leitner, Lixin Xie, Fan Qin, Md Kamrul Alam, Shuo Chen, Dezhi Wang, Zhifeng Ren, Zhiming Wang, Jiming Bao, Kenton H Whitmire
A variety of catalysts have been developed for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution, but very few of them can be readily integrated with semiconducting light absorbers for photoelectrochemical or photocatalytic water splitting. Here, we demonstrate an efficient core/shell photoanode with a highly active oxygen evolution electrocatalyst shell (FeMnP) and semiconductor core (rutile TiO2) for photoelectrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (PEC-OER). Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) from a single-source precursor was used to ensure good contact between the FeMnP and the TiO2...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Jia Liu, Jinsong Wang, Bao Zhang, Yunjun Ruan, Lin Lv, Xiao Ji, Kui Xu, Ling Miao, Jianjun Jiang
Low cost and high efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are intensively investigated for overall water splitting. Herein, we combined experimental researches with first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) to engineer the NiCo2S4@NiFe LDH heterostructures interface for enhancing overall water splitting activity. The DFT calculations exhibit a strong interaction and charge transfer between NiCo2S4 and NiFe LDH, which change the interfacial electronic structure and surface reactivity...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jun Li, Gengfeng Zheng
Hydrogen fuel acquisition based on electrochemical or photoelectrochemical water splitting represents one of the most promising means for the fast increase of global energy need, capable of offering a clean and sustainable energy resource with zero carbon footprints in the environment. The key to the success of this goal is the realization of robust earth-abundant materials and cost-effective reaction processes that can catalyze both hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER), with high efficiency and stability...
March 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Jingfang Zhang, Yuchen Hu, Dali Liu, Yu Yu, Bin Zhang
Amorphous-like Ni-Fe-S ultrathin nanosheets by oxygen incorporation and electrochemical tuning show excellent OER activity at high current densities. Such excellent performance could be attributed to the unique 3D porous configuration composed of amorphous-like ultrathin nanosheets with much more active sites and improved conductivity, as well as the proper electronic structure benefiting from the oxygen incorporation and electrochemical tuning.
March 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Yecan Pi, Qi Shao, Pengtang Wang, Fan Lv, Shaojun Guo, Jun Guo, Xiaoqing Huang
Trimetallic oxyhydroxides are one of the most effective materials for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysis, a key process for water splitting. Herein, we describe a facile wet-chemical method to directly grow a series of coralloid trimetallic oxyhydroxides on arbitrary substrates such as nickel foam (NF) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The amount of iron in these oxyhydroxide sponges on NF and CNTs was precisely controlled, revealing that the electrocatalytic activity of the WCoFe trimetallic oxyhydroxides depends on the Fe amount in a volcano-like fashion...
March 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Lei Xu, Zhimin Wang, Jialu Wang, Zhaohui Xiao, Xiaobing Huang, Zhigang Liu, Shuangyin Wang
Developing highly active electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) with a high surface area, high catalytic activity, low cost and high conductivity is a big challenge for various energy technologies. Herein, for the first time, we realized the simultaneous nitrogen doping and etching of Co3O4 nanosheets to produce N-doped nanoporous Co3O4 nanosheets with oxygen vacancies by N2 plasma. The increase in active sites in N-doped Co3O4 nanosheets and improved electronic conductivity with N doping and oxygen vacancies results in excellent electrocatalytic activity for the OER...
March 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
Cheng-Zong Yuan, Zhong-Ti Sun, Yi-Fan Jiang, Zheng-Kun Yang, Nan Jiang, Zhi-Wei Zhao, Umair Yaqub Qazi, Wen-Hua Zhang, An-Wu Xu
Efficient and durable oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts are highly required for the cost-effective generation of clean energy from water splitting. For the first time, an integrated OER electrode based on one-step direct growth of metallic iron-nickel sulfide nanosheets on FeNi alloy foils (denoted as FeNi3 S2 /FeNi) is reported, and the origin of the enhanced OER activity is uncovered in combination with theoretical and experimental studies. The obtained FeNi3 S2 /FeNi electrode exhibits highly catalytic activity and long-term stability toward OER in strong alkaline solution, with a low overpotential of 282 mV at 10 mA cm(-2) and a small Tafel slope of 54 mV dec(-1) ...
March 10, 2017: Small
Lei Wang, Yangyang Wan, Yanjun Ding, Yuchen Niu, Yujie Xiong, Xiaojun Wu, Hangxun Xu
Nanostructured semiconducting polymers have emerged as a very promising class of metal-free photocatalytic materials for solar water splitting. However, they generally exhibit low efficiency and lack the ability to utilize long-wavelength photons in a photocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Here, based on first-principles calculations, we reveal that the two-dimensional (2D) aza-fused conjugated microporous polymer (aza-CMP) with a honeycomb network is a semiconductor with novel layer-dependent electronic properties...
March 15, 2017: Nanoscale
Huan Liu, Fei-Xiang Ma, Cheng-Yan Xu, Li Yang, Yue Du, Pan-Pan Wang, Shuang Yang, Liang Zhen
Transition metal-based compounds are promising alternative non-precious electrocatalysts for hydrogen and oxygen evolution to noble metals-based materials. Nanosheets-constructed hollow structures can efficiently promote the electrocatalystic activity, mainly because of their largely exposed active sites. Herein, hierarchical Co9S8 hollow microplates with nanosheet building units are fabricated via sulfurization and subsequent calcination of pre-formed Co-glycolate microplates. Benefited from the advantages of hollow structure, nanosheet units and high Co3+ content, Co9S8 hollow microplates exhibit remarkable catalytic performance for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) with low overpotential of 278 mV to reach current density of 10 mA cm-2, low Tafel slope of 53 mV dec-1 and satisfied stability...
March 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Christoph Schwanke, Helge Sören Stein, Lifei Xi, Kirill Sliozberg, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Alfred Ludwig, Kathrin M Lange
High-throughput characterization by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and electrochemical characterization is used to establish a correlation between electronic structure and catalytic activity of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts. As a model system a quasi-ternary materials library of Ni1-y-zFeyCrzOx was synthesized by combinatorial reactive magnetron sputtering, characterized by XAS, and an automated scanning droplet cell. The presence of Cr was found to increase the OER activity in the investigated compositional range...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tzayam Pérez, Rosa L López, José L Nava, Isabel Lázaro, Guillermo Velasco, Roel Cruz, Israel Rodríguez
The novelty of this communication lies in the use of a Ti-RuO2 anode which has not been tested for the oxidation of free cyanide in alkaline media at concentrations similar to those found in wastewater from the Merrill Crowe process (100 mg L(-1) KCN and pH 11), which is typically used for the recovery of gold and silver. The anode was prepared by the Pechini method and characterized by SEM. Linear sweep voltammetries on a Ti-RuO2 rotating disk electrode (RDE) confirmed that cyanide is oxidized at 0.45 < E < 1...
February 28, 2017: Chemosphere
Fie J Vojdeman, Sarah E M Herman, Nikolai Kirkby, Adrian Wiestner, Mars B van T' Veer, Geir E Tjønnfjord, Maija A Itälä-Remes, Eva Kimby, Mohammed Z Farooqui, Aaron Polliack, Ka Lung Wu, Jeanette K Doorduijn, Wendimagegn G Alemayehu, Shulamiet Wittebol, Tomas Kozak, Jan Walewski, Martine C J Abrahamse-Testroote, Marinus H J van Oers, Christian H Geisler, Carsten U Niemann
CD52 is a glycoprotein expressed on normal as well as leukemic immune cells and shed as soluble CD52 (sCD52). We studied sCD52 levels in three CLL cohorts: the 'early', the 'high-risk', and the 'ibrutinib-treated'. The 'high-risk' patients had significantly higher sCD52 levels than the 'early' patients. For the 'early' patients, high sCD52 levels were associated with a significantly shorter time to first treatment. Regarding prognostic factors, no clear correlations with stage, IGHV, or beta-2-microglobulin were found; in a cox multivariate analysis of the 'early' patients, sCD52 and IGHV both had independent prognostic value...
February 7, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Zhijuan Liu, Zhenghang Zhao, Yanyong Wang, Shuo Dou, Dafeng Yan, Dongdong Liu, Zhenhai Xia, Shuangyin Wang
Metal-free electrocatalysts have been extensively developed to replace noble metal Pt and RuO2 catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in fuel cells or metal-air batteries. These electrocatalysts are usually deposited on a 3D conductive support (e.g., carbon paper or carbon cloth (CC)) to facilitate mass and electron transport. For practical applications, it is desirable to create in situ catalysts on the carbon fiber support to simplify the fabrication process for catalytic electrodes...
March 9, 2017: Advanced Materials
Chia-Shuo Hsu, Nian-Tzu Suen, Ying-Ya Hsu, Hsuan-Yu Lin, Ching-Wei Tung, Yen-Fa Liao, Ting-Shan Chan, Hwo-Shuenn Sheu, San-Yuan Chen, Hao Ming Chen
Metal oxides of the spinel family have shown great potential towards the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), but the fundamental OER mechanism of spinel oxides is still far from being completely understood, especially for the role of the metal ions. Owing to various coordinated sites of divalent/trivalent metals ions and surface conditions (morphology and defects), it is a great challenge to have a fair assessment of the electrocatalytic performance of spinel systems. Herein, we demonstrated a series of MFe2O4 (M = Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) with a well-controlled morphology to achieve a comprehensive study of electrocatalytic activity toward OER...
March 8, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Xinyu Zhang, Li An, Jie Yin, Pinxian Xi, Zhiping Zheng, Yaping Du
Rational design of high efficient and low cost electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) plays an important role in water splitting. Herein, a general gelatin-assisted wet chemistry method is employed to fabricate well-defined iron oxy-hydroxides and transitional metal doped iron oxy-hydroxides nanomaterials, which show good catalytic performances for OER. Specifically, the Co-doped iron oxy-hydroxides (Co0.54Fe0.46OOH) show the excellent electrocatalytic performance for OER with an onset potential of 1...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tingting Zhang, Chuansheng He, Fengzhan Sun, Yongqi Ding, Manchao Wang, Lin Peng, Jiahui Wang, Yuqing Lin
This study describes a facile and effective route to synthesize hybrid material consisting of Co3O4 nanoparticles anchored on nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide (Co3O4/N-rGO) as a high-performance tri-functional catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and H2O2 sensing. Electrocatalytic activity of Co3O4/N-rGO to hydrogen peroxide reduction was tested by cyclic voltammetry (CV), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and chronoamperometry. Under a reduction potential at -0.6 V to H2O2, this constructing H2O2 sensor exhibits a linear response ranging from 0...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
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