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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092159/probe-decomposition-of-methylammonium-lead-iodide-perovskite-in-n2-and-o2-by-in-situ-infrared-spectroscopy
#1
Xiaozhou Yu, Ying Qin, Qing Peng
Packaging methylammonium lead iodide perovskite (MAPbI3) based solar cells with a controlled gaseous atmosphere, such as N2 or dry air, is a promising solution for its application as outdoor photovoltaics. However, the effect of N2 and O2 on the decomposition chemistry and kinetics of MAPbI3 is not well understood yet. With in-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements, we show that the effective activation energy for the degradation of MAPbI3 in N2 is ~ 120 kJ/mol. The decomposition of MAPbI3 is greatly enhanced when MAPbI3 is exposed to O2...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092135/self-supported-3d-pdcu-alloy-nanosheets-as-a-bifunctional-catalyst-for-electrochemical-reforming-of-ethanol
#2
Xiaojing Zhao, Lei Dai, Qing Qin, Fei Pei, Chengyi Hu, Nanfeng Zheng
3D PdCu alloy nanosheets exhibit enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward hydrogen evolution reaction and ethanol oxidation reaction in alkaline media. Simultaneous hydrogen and acetate production via a solar-powered cell for ethanol reforming has been fabricated using the nanosheets as bifunctional electrocatalysts. The device is promising for the production of both hydrogen and value-added chemicals using renewable energy.
January 16, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091992/analysing-the-correlations-of-long-term-seasonal-water-quality-parameters-suspended-solids-and-total-dissolved-solids-in-a-shallow-reservoir-with-meteorological-factors
#3
Chen Zhang, Wenna Zhang, Yixuan Huang, Xueping Gao
To explore the correlations among water quality parameters, suspended solids (SS) and total dissolved solids (TDS) with meteorological factors in a shallow reservoir in China, the long-term variations of water quality were considered. A non-parametric regression method, generalized additive models (GAM), was used to analyse the correlations among eleven physicochemical and biological parameters as well as three meteorological factors (wind speed, rainfall and solar radiation) which we collected from 2000 to 2011...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091856/daily-rhythmicity-of-the-thermoregulatory-responses-of-locally-adapted-brazilian-sheep-in-a-semiarid-environment
#4
Wilma Emanuela da Silva, Jacinara Hody Gurgel Morais Leite, José Ernandes Rufino de Sousa, Wirton Peixoto Costa, Wallace Sostene Tavares da Silva, Magda Maria Guilhermino, Luis Alberto Bermejo Asensio, Débora Andréa Evangelista Façanha
The goal of this study was to evaluate the daily rhythmicity of the thermoregulatory responses of Morada Nova ewes that were raised in a semiarid environment. The experiment was conducted during the dry season. Data were collected from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.. Samples were taken over the course of 8 days, with a 1-week interval between sampling periods. During each day that the data were collected, animals were measured once an hour for 24 h in an area directly exposed to solar radiation. The environment was characterized by measuring the following variables: air temperature (TA), relative humidity (RH), Black Globe Humidity Index (BGHI), radiant heat load (RHL), and wind speed (WS)...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091637/investigation-of-a-new-bis-carboxylate-triazole-based-anchoring-ligand-for-dye-solar-cell-chromophore-complexes
#5
Alessandro Sinopoli, Fiona A Black, Christopher J Wood, Elizabeth A Gibson, Paul I P Elliott
A novel anchoring ligand for dye-sensitised solar cell chromophoric complexes, 1-(2,2'-bipyrid-4-yl)-1,2,3-triazole-4,5-dicarboxylic acid (dctzbpy), is described. The new dye complexes [Ru(bpy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6]2 (AS16), [Ir(ppy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6] (AS17) and [Re(dctzbpy)(CO)3Cl] (AS18) were prepared in a two stage procedure with intermediate isolation of their diester analogues, AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 respectively. Electrochemical analysis of AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 reveal reduction potentials in the range -1...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091573/iron-oxide-films-prepared-by-rapid-thermal-processing-for-solar-energy-conversion
#6
B Wickman, A Bastos Fanta, A Burrows, A Hellman, J B Wagner, B Iandolo
Hematite is a promising and extensively investigated material for various photoelectrochemical (PEC) processes for energy conversion and storage, in particular for oxidation reactions. Thermal treatments during synthesis of hematite are found to affect the performance of hematite electrodes considerably. Herein, we present hematite thin films fabricated via one-step oxidation of Fe by rapid thermal processing (RTP). In particular, we investigate the effect of oxidation temperature on the PEC properties of hematite...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088853/the-formation-of-ti-h-species-at-interface-is-lethal-to-the-efficiency-of-tio2-based-dye-sensitized-devices
#7
Yan Yan, Weidong Shi, Zhen Yuan, Shenggui He, Dongmei Li, Qingbo Meng, Hongwei Ji, Chuncheng Chen, Wanhong Ma, Jincai Zhao
TiO2-based dye-sensitization cycle is one of the basic strategies for the development of solar energy applications. Although the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of dye-sensitized devices has been improved through constant attempts, the intrinsically fatal factor that leads to the complete failure of the PCE of TiO2-mediated dye-sensitized devices has not yet been determined. Here, by using isotopically labeled MAS-1H NMR, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy (separate H/D and 48Ti/49Ti experiments) and ESR, we revealed that the accumulative formation of Ti-H species on the TiO2 surface is the intrinsic cause of the PCE failure of TiO2-based dye-sensitization devices...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088847/vapor-and-gas-bubble-growth-dynamics-around-laser-irradiated-water-immersed-plasmonic-nanoparticles
#8
Yuliang Wang, Mikhail E Zaytsev, Hai Le The, Jan Cornelis Titus Eijkel, Harold J W Zandvliet, Xuehua Zhang, Detlef Lohse
Microbubbles produced by exposing water-immersed metallic nanoparticles to resonant light play an important role in novel and efficient plasmonic-enhanced processes for catalytic conversion, solar energy harvesting, biomedical imaging technique or cancer therapy. How do these bubbles form and what is their gas composition? In this article, the growth dynamics of nucleating bubbles around laser irradiated water-immersed Au plasmonic nanoparticles are studied to determine the exact origin of the occurrence and growth of these bubbles...
January 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088363/seasonal-variations-of-u-s-mortality-rates-roles-of-solar-ultraviolet-b-doses-vitamin-d-gene-exp-ression-and-infections
#9
REVIEW
William B Grant, Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Barbara J Boucher
Death rates in the U.S. show a pronounced seasonality. The broad seasonal variation shows about 25% higher death rates in winter than in summer with an additional few percent increase associated with the Christmas and New Year's holidays. A pronounced increase in death rates also starts in mid-September, shortly after the school year begins. The causes of death with large contributions to the observed seasonality include diseases of the circulatory system; the respiratory system; the digestive system; and endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088119/composite-films-of-metal-doped-cos-carbon-allotropes-efficient-electrocatalyst-counter-electrodes-for-high-performance-quantum-dot-sensitized-solar-cells
#10
Seyede Sara Khalili, Hossein Dehghani, Malihe Afrooz
This study reports the enhanced catalytic ability of metal ions-doped CoS and CoS/carbon allotrope counter electrodes (CEs) (synthesized using a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method) to improve the power conversion efficiency (η) in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). Firstly, doping effects of different metal ions (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+)) in the CoS CE on the QDSSCs performance have been investigated. Overall, among the different metal doped CoS CEs, the best energy conversion efficiency of 2...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088091/solar-to-chemical-and-solar-to-fuel-production-from-co2-by-metabolically-engineered-microorganisms
#11
REVIEW
Han Min Woo
Recent development of carbon capture utilization (CCU) for reduction of greenhouse gas emission are reviewed. In the case of CO2 utilization, I describe development of solar-to-chemical and solar-to-fuel technology that refers to the use of solar energy to convert CO2 to desired chemicals and fuels. Photoautotrophic cyanobacterial platforms have been extensively developed on this principle, producing a diverse range of alcohols, organic acids, and isoprenoids directly from CO2. Recent breakthroughs in the metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria were reviewed...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088024/multi-year-record-of-atmospheric-and-snow-surface-nitrate-in-the-central-antarctic-plateau
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R Traversi, S Becagli, M Brogioni, L Caiazzo, V Ciardini, F Giardi, M Legrand, G Macelloni, B Petkov, S Preunkert, C Scarchilli, M Severi, V Vitale, R Udisti
Continuous all year-round samplings of atmospheric aerosol and surface snow at high (daily to 4-day) resolution were carried out at Dome C since 2004-05 to 2013 and nitrate records are here presented. Basing on a larger statistical data set than previous studies, results confirm that nitrate seasonal pattern is characterized by maxima during austral summer for both aerosol and surface snow, occurring in-phase with solar UV irradiance. This temporal pattern is likely due to a combination of nitrate sources and post-depositional processes whose intensity usually enhances during the summer...
December 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081494/a-cockspur-for-the-dss-cells-erythrina-crista-galli-sensitizers
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Paula Enciso, Jean-David Decoppet, Michael Grätzel, Michael Wörner, Franco M Cabrerizo, María Fernanda Cerdá
Dye sensitized solar cells were assembled employing a mixture of anthocyanins extracted from red ceibo's flowers. At the literature different extraction procedures are reported to extract anthocyanins from natural products and sensitize the cells. In order to compare them, different methods were followed to set the cells under the same conditions. Assembled cells showed very interesting conversion efficiency values, reaching a 0.73% value for extracts purified using C18 column, in open cells under illumination using a solar light simulator, 1 sun, 1...
January 4, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081007/electronic-structure-of-alcrn-films-investigated-using-various-photoelectron-spectroscopies-and-ab-initio-calculations
#14
N Tatemizo, S Imada, Y Miura, H Yamane, K Tanaka
The valence band (VB) structures of wurtzite AlCrN (Cr concentration: 0-17.1%), which show optical absorption in the ultraviolet-visible-infrared light region, were investigated via photoelectron yield spectroscopy (PYS), x-ray/ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS), and ab initio density of states (DOS) calculations. An obvious photoelectron emission threshold was observed ~5.3 eV from the vacuum level for AlCrN, whereas no emission was observed for AlN in the PYS spectra. Comparisons of XPS and UPS VB spectra and the calculated DOS imply that Cr 3d states are formed both at the top of the VB and in the AlN gap...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080218/temperature-dependence-of-multiple-sclerosis-mortality-rates-in-the-united-states
#15
Hongbing Sun
BACKGROUND: It is well known that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients are very sensitive to heat events. However, how MS patients respond to the significant temperature difference between the high- and low-latitude regions is not understood. OBJECTIVE: The goal is to identify the primary factor responsible for the fact that MS mortality rates of the United States is more than three times higher in the northern states than in the southern states. METHODS: Correlation coefficients between the age-adjusted mortality rate of MS as the underlying cause of death and the state average temperature, altitude, latitude, duration of sunshine hours, and solar radiation in the 48 contiguous states were compared...
January 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080058/fabrication-of-pedot-nanocone-arrays-with-electrochemically-modulated-broadband-antireflective-properties
#16
Seulgi So, Han Wai Millie Fung, Kellen Kartub, Adam M Maley, Robert M Corn
Ordered nanocone arrays of the electroactive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) were fabricated by the simultaneous oxygen plasma etching of an electrodeposited PEDOT thin film coated with a hexagonally closed packed polystyrene bead monolayer. PEDOT nanocone arrays with an intercone spacing of 200 nm and an average nanocone height of 350 nm exhibited a low broadband reflectivity of <1.5% from 550 to 800 nm. Electrochemical modulation of the oxidation state of the PEDOT nanocone array film was used to change both its ex situ absorption spectrum (electrochromism) and reflection spectrum (electroreflectivity)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079979/a-general-strategy-to-enhance-the-performance-of-dye-sensitized-solar-cells-by-incorporating-light-harvesting-dye-with-hydrophobic-polydiacetylene-electrolyte-blocking-layer
#17
Shih-Sheng Sun, Mekonnen Abebayehu Desta, Chia-Wei Liao
A unique strategy for effectively suppressing charge recombination and enhancing light harvesting in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is demonstrated by designing a new dipolar organic dye functionalized with a diacetylene unit, which is capable of undergoing photoinduced cross-linking reaction to generate a hydrophobic polydiacetylene layer. The polydiacetylene layer serves as not only an electrolyte-blocking layer to effectively block the approaching of the oxidized redox mediator and supress the dark current but also light-harvesting role by efficient energy transfer to the dipolar dyes...
January 12, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079971/au-la2-ti2-o7-nanostructures-sensitized-with-black-phosphorous-for-plasmon-enhanced-photocatalytic-hydrogen-production-in-visible-and-near-infrared-light
#18
Mingshan Zhu, Xiaoyan Cai, Mamoru Fujitsuka, Junying Zhang, Tetsuro Majima
Efficient utilization of solar energy is a high-priority target and the search for suitable materials as photocatalysts that not only can harvest the broad wavelength of solar light, from UV to near-infrared (NIR) region, but also can achieve high and efficient solar-to-hydrogen conversion is one of the most challenging missions. Herein, using Au/La2 Ti2 O7 (BP-Au/LTO) sensitized with black phosphorus (BP), a broadband solar response photocatalyst was designed and used as efficient photocatalyst for H2 production...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079224/suitability-of-n-propanoic-acid-spiropyrans-and-spirooxazines-for-use-as-sensitizing-dyes-in-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
#19
Noah M Johnson, Yuriy Y Smolin, Daniel Hagaman, Masoud Soroush, Kenneth K S Lau, Hai-Feng Ji
This work deals with the fabrication and evaluation of color-changing dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) that include N-propanoic acid-functionalized spiropyrans and spirooxazines as sensitizing dyes. We investigated the photophysical properties of these compounds in various solvents and pH conditions using UV-Vis spectroscopy, and their behavior on TiO2 photoanode surfaces using a combination of UV-Vis and FT-IR. Their performance as sensitizing dyes for DSSCs was also analyzed. This study revealed a number of unique properties for this class of compounds that affect their performance as both photochromic compounds and DSSC sensitizers, which allow for future creation of efficient photochromic DSSCs...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079207/hysteresis-phenomena-in-perovskite-solar-cells-the-many-and-varied-effects-of-ionic-accumulation
#20
Daniel A Jacobs, Yiliang Wu, Heping Shen, Chog Barugkin, Fiona J Beck, Thomas P White, Klaus Weber, Kylie R Catchpole
The issue of hysteresis in perovskite solar cells has now been convincingly linked to the presence of mobile ions within the perovskite layer. Here we test the limits of the ionic theory by attempting to account for a number of exotic characterization results using a detailed numerical device model that incorporates ionic charge accumulation at the perovskite interfaces. Our experimental observations include a temporary enhancement in open-circuit voltage following prolonged periods of negative bias, dramatically S-shaped current-voltage sweeps, decreased current extraction following positive biasing or "inverted hysteresis", and non-monotonic transient behaviours in the dark and the light...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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