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Edna M S Oliveira, Francisco R Silva, Crislânia C O Morais, Thiago Mielle B F Oliveira, Carlos A Martínez-Huitle, Artur J Motheo, Cynthia C Albuquerque, Suely S L Castro
This study investigated the anodic oxidation of phenolic wastewater generated by cashew-nut processing industry (CNPI) using active (Ti/RuO2 -TiO2 ) and inactive (boron doped diamond, BDD) anodes. During electrochemical treatment, various operating parameters were investigated, such as current density, chemical oxygen demand (COD), total phenols, O2 production, temperature, pH, as well as current efficiency and energy consumption. After electrolysis under optimized working conditions, samples were evaluated by chromatography and toxicological tests against L...
February 9, 2018: Chemosphere
Hamid Reza Rajabi, Fatemeh Karimi, Hossein Kazemdehdashti, Leila Kavoshi
In this research, a sono-assisted chemical precipitation method was developed for a quick and efficient water-based synthesis of zinc sulfide (ZnS) quantum dots (QDs), in room temperature. ZnS QDs as pure and doped with some transition metal ions (such as Cu2+ , Mn2+ , Ag+ ) were prepared in the presence of l-cysteine, as capping agent. In comparison with the previous conventional methods, applying the ultrasonic irradiation provides a significant decrease in the reaction time. In comparison with previous reported conventional chemical QD synthesis methods, the required time for a complete synthesis in the presence of ultrasonic irradiations was significantly reduced to a period as short as 15 min, in a temperature of 40 °C...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Weiming Wu, Jiugou Leng, Hailong Mei, Shubin Yang
Defect-rich, boron (B) and nitrogen (N) dual-doped and inert BN covalent bonds-free graphenes (BNGs) can be successfully synthesized via a method of two-step doping combined with chemical etching. B and N doping degree and surface areas of BNGs can be enhanced facilely by chemical etching without forming inert covalent BN bonds. The as-obtained porous BNGs deliver more superior electro-catalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction than the unetched BNGs and commercial Pt/C catalysts.
March 8, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Qiang Zhang, Tianyuan Xin, Xiaoke Lu, Yuexia Wang
We exploited novel two-dimensional (2D) carbon selenide (CSe) with a structure analogous to phosphorene, and probed its electronics and optoelectronics. Calculating phonon spectra using the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) method indicated that 2D CSe possesses dynamic stability, which made it possible to tune and equip CSe with outstanding properties by way of X-doping (X = O, S, Te), i.e., X substituting Se atoms. Then systematic investigation on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of pristine and X-doped monolayer CSe was carried out using the density functional theory (DFT) method...
March 16, 2018: Materials
Anung Riapanitra, Yusuke Asakura, Wenbin Cao, Yasuto Noda, Shu Yin
Fluorine-doped VOsub>2</sub>(M) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized using the hydrothermal method at a supercritical temperature of 490°C. The pristine VO<sub>2</sub>(M) has the critical phase transformation temperature of 64°C. The morphology and homogeneity of the monoclinic structure VO<sub>2</sub>(M) were adopted by the fluorine-doped system. The crystallinity and particle size were reduced the bigger the concentration of fluorine doping...
March 16, 2018: Nanotechnology
Y Zhou, L Miao, P Wang, F F Zhu, W X Jiang, S W Jiang, Y Zhang, B Lei, X H Chen, H F Ding, Hao Zheng, W T Zhang, Jin-Feng Jia, Dong Qian, D Wu
Single monolayer FeSe film grown on a Nb-doped SrTiO_{3}(001) substrate shows the highest superconducting transition temperature (T_{C}∼100  K) among the iron-based superconductors (iron pnictides), while the T_{C} value of bulk FeSe is only ∼8  K. Although bulk FeSe does not show antiferromagnetic order, calculations suggest that the parent FeSe/SrTiO_{3} films are antiferromagnetic. Experimentally, because of a lack of a direct probe, the magnetic state of FeSe/SrTiO_{3} films remains mysterious...
March 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Fei Li, Zhiguo Xia, Caofeng Pan, Yue Gong, Lin Gu, Quanlin Liu, Jin Z Zhang
The unification of tunable band edge (BE) emission and strong Mn2+ doping luminescence in all-inorganic cesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) CsPbX3 (X = Cl and Br) is of fundamental importance in fine tuning their optical properties. Herein, we demonstrate that, benefiting from the differentiation of the cation/anion exchange rate, ZnBr2 and preformed CsPb1-xCl3:xMn NCs can be used to obtain high Br content Cs(Pb1-x-zZnz)(ClyBr1-y)3:xMn2+ perovskite NCs with strong Mn2+ emission, and Mn2+ substitution ratio can reach about 22%...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Qin Xiang, Yuping Liu, Xuefeng Zou, Bingbing Hu, Yujie Qiang, Danmei Yu, Wei Yin, Changguo Chen
In this work, g-C3N4@GO gel-like hybrid is obtained by assembling intentionally exfoliated g-C3N4 sheets on graphene oxide (GO) sheets under a hydrothermal condition. A specific N-doping process is firstly designed by heating the g-C3N4@GO interlaced hybrid in vacuum to form nitrogen-doped graphene nanosheets (NGS) with high level of pyridinic-N (56.0%) and edge-rich defect structure. The prepared NGS exhibited a great electrocatalysis for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in terms of the activity, durability, methanol tolerance, and the reaction kinetics...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Srabanti Ghosh, Laurence Ramos, Hynd Remita
Materials are the key roadblocks for the commercialization of energy conversion devices in fuel cells and solar cells. Significant research has focused on tuning the intrinsic properties of materials at the nanometer scale. The soft template mediated controlled fabrication of advanced nanostructured materials is attracting considerable interest due to the promising applications of these materials in catalysis and electrocatalysis. Swollen hexagonal lyotropic liquid crystals (SLCs) consist of oil-swollen surfactant-stabilized 1D, 2D or 3D nanometric assemblies regularly arranged in an aqueous solvent...
March 16, 2018: Nanoscale
Si Xuan She, Jie Yu, Wan Qi Tang, Yinlong Zhu, Yu Bo Chen, Jaka Sunarso, Wei Zhou, Zongping Shao
Perovskite oxide is an attractive low-cost alternative catalyst for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) relative to the precious metal oxide-based eletrocatalysts (IrO2 and RuO2). In this work, a series of Sr-doped La-based perovskite oxide catalysts with compositions of La1-xSrxFeO3-δ (x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, and 1) are synthesized and characterized. The OER specific activities in alkaline solution increase in the order of LaFeO3-δ (LF), La0.8Sr0.2FeO3-δ (LSF-0.2), La0.5Sr0.5FeO3-δ (LSF-0.5), SrFeO3-δ (SF) and La0...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Wenjiao Ren, Liqiang Xu, Lin Zhu, Xinye Wang, Xiaojian Ma, Debao Wang
Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery has attracted increasing attention owning to its high energy density and the abundance of sulfur. However, its commercialization is still restricted owing to the low conductivity of sulfur, large volume expansion and severe polysulfide-shuttle effect. To address these problems, here we reported a simple template-free solvothermal method combined with subsequent calcination method to prepare cobalt-doped VN yolk-shell nanospheres encapsulated in thin layer of nitrogen-doped carbon (Co-VN@C) composite as an ideal sulfur hosts for the first time...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
A-Ra Hong, Youngsun Kim, Tae Sup Lee, Sehoon Kim, Kwangyeol Lee, Gayoung Kim, Ho Seong Jang
In this study, intense single-band red-emitting upconversion nanophosphors (UCNPs) excited with 800 nm near infrared (NIR) light are reported. When a NaYF4 :Nd,Yb active-shell is formed on the 12.7 nm-sized NaGdF4 :Yb,Ho,Ce UCNP core, the core/shell (C/S) UCNPs show tunable emission from green to red depending on the Ce3+ concentration under excitation with 800 nm NIR light. Thirty mol% Ce3+ -doped C/S UCNPs exhibit single-band red emission peaking at 644 nm via a5 F5 →5 I8 transition of Ho3+ . A high Nd3+ concentration in the shell results in strong absorption at around 800 nm NIR light even though the shell thickness is not large, and small-sized C/S UCNPs (16...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ze Yang, Xiangyan Shen, Ning Wang, Jianjiang He, Xiaodong Li, Xin Wang, Zhufeng Hou, Kun Wang, Juan Gao, Tonggang Jiu, Changshui Huang
The qualitative and quantitative nitrogen-doping strategy for carbon materials is reported here. Novel porous nanocarbon networks pyrimidine-graphdiyne (PM-GDY) and pyridine-graphdiyne (PY-GDY) films with large areas were successfully prepared. These films are self-supported, uniform, continuous, flexible, transparent, and quantitively doped with merely pyridine-like nitrogen (N) atoms through the facile chemical synthesis route. Theoretical predictions imply these N doped carbonaceous materials are much favorable for storing lithium (Li)-ions since the pyridinic N can enhance the interrelated binding energy...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Julia Tesch, Fabian Paschke, Mikhail Fonin, Marko Wietstruk, Stefan Böttcher, Roland J Koch, Aaron Bostwick, Chris Jozwiak, Eli Rotenberg, Anna Makarova, Beate Paulus, Elena Voloshina, Yuriy Dedkov
The implementation of graphene in semiconducting technology requires precise knowledge about the graphene-semiconductor interface. In our work the structure and electronic properties of the graphene/n-Ge(110) interface are investigated on the local (nm) and macro (from μm to mm) scales via a combination of different microscopic and spectroscopic surface science techniques accompanied by density functional theory calculations. The electronic structure of freestanding graphene remains almost completely intact in this system, with only a moderate n-doping indicating weak interaction between graphene and the Ge substrate...
March 16, 2018: Nanoscale
Chen Zou, Xiaojuan Zhao, Yan Xu
We report a novel, one-dimensional zirconium-doped layered trititanate with a porous core and a textured surface of ultrafine nanofibers (∼5 nm) by the hydrothermal alkaline treatment of electrospun fibers. It demonstrates superior efficiency for rapid, capacitive and simultaneous removal of multiple heavy metal ions such as Pb2+, Cd2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+. The adsorption is exceptionally rapid, showing 100% removal of Cu2+ in 10 min, and 100% removal of Pb2+ and Cd2+ in 20 min in water with a wide range of concentrations from 0...
March 16, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Feiyang Yu, Ya Gao, Zhongling Lang, Yuanyuan Ma, Liying Yin, Jing Du, Huaqiao Tan, Yonghui Wang, Yangguang Li
Molybdenum carbides are considered as one type of privileged noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reactions (HER) due to their d-band electron structure, which is similar to Pt. Especially, the electronic structure of such materials can be further adjusted by elemental doping to improve their electrocatalytic activity. Herein, we selected the Anderson-type polyoxometalates (POMs) (NH4)n[TMMo6O24H6]·5H2O (TM = Ni2+, Co2+, n = 4; TM = Fe3+, Cr3+, n = 3) as precursors to prepare new transition-metal-doped Mo2C materials...
March 16, 2018: Nanoscale
Huizhen Yao, Lai Liu, Zhuo Wang, Henan Li, Longlong Chen, Mei Er Pam, Weigang Chen, Hui Ying Yang, Wenjing Zhang, Yumeng Shi
Tungsten disulfide monolayers have attracted extensive attention in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics applications due to their remarkable electronic and optical properties. High-quality WS2 monolayers with a scalable size and uniform thickness can be synthesized by a chemical vapor deposition method (CVD). However, they commonly contain intrinsic structural defects and different populations of charge carriers, which are responsible for different contributions of excitons, trions, and biexcitons to their photoluminescence (PL) emission...
March 16, 2018: Nanoscale
Morgane Dolhen, Masayuki Tanaka, Vincent Couderc, Sébastien Chenu, Gaëlle Delaizir, Tomokatsu Hayakawa, Julie Cornette, François Brisset, Maggy Colas, Philippe Thomas, Jean-René Duclère
We report on the laser emission of the polycrystalline ceramic obtained from the full and congruent crystallization of the parent glass 1Nd3+ :75TeO2 -12.5Bi2 O3 -12.5Nb2 O5 composition. In particular, the current work underlines the importance of carefully controlling the heat treatment in order to solely crystallize the Bi0.8 Nb0.8 Te2.4 O8 cubic phase and consequently avoid the formation of the BiNbTe2 O8 orthorhombic phase that would be detrimental for optical purpose. The structure, microstructure and photoluminescence properties of the resulting transparent tellurite ceramics are characterized...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ramūnas Aleksiejūnas, Žydrūnas Podlipskas, Saulius Nargelas, Arūnas Kadys, Marek Kolenda, Kazimieras Nomeika, Jūras Mickevičius, Gintautas Tamulaitis
Indium nitride has a good potential for infrared optoelectronics, yet it suffers from fast nonradiative recombination, the true origin of which has not been established with certainty. The diffusion length of free carriers at high densities is not well investigated either. Here, we study carrier recombination and diffusion using the light-induced transient grating technique in InN epilayers grown by pulsed MOCVD on c-plane sapphire. We show that direct Auger recombination governs the lifetime of carriers at densities above ~1018  cm-3 ...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jiaxin Liu, Lei Chen, Jan Felix Joseph, Alexandra Naß, Anna Stoll, Xavier de la Torre, Francesco Botrè, Gerhard Wolber, Maria Kristina Parr, Matthias Bureik
Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) are misused very frequently in sport competitions as performance enhancing agents. One of the doping compounds that has been detected with increased frequency in the last few years is dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT, 4-chloro-17β-hydroxy-17α-methylandrosta-1,4-dien-3-one; brand name Oral Turinabol). The long-term DHCMT metabolite 20βOH-NorDHCMT (4-chloro-17β-hydroxymethyl-17α-methyl-18-norandrosta-1,4,13-trien-3-one) was reported earlier to be detectable in urine samples for more than 22 days after DHCMT administration; however, purified reference material was not available so far...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
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