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Caiyun Liang, Zhenfeng Wang, Lina Wu, Xiaochen Zhang, Huan Wang, Zhijiang Wang
A novel light but strong SiC foam with hierarchical porous architecture are fabricated by using dough as raw material via carbonization and followed carbothermal reduction with silicon source. A significant synergistic effect is achieved by embedding meso and nano pores in micro-sized porous skeleton, which endows the SiC foam with high-performance electromagnetic interference shielding (EMI), thermal insulation and mechanical properties. The micro-sized skeleton withstands the high stress. The meso- and nano-sized pores enhance the multiple reflection of the incident electromagnetic waves and elongate the path of heat transfer...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Hongwen Xuan, Chen Qu, Shinji Ito, Yohei Kobayashi
We report a 10 kHz, 10.5 W deep ultraviolet (DUV) laser at 258 nm with a pulse duration of 3 ns by fourth-harmonic generation (FHG) in a CsLiB6O10 crystal with high-conversion efficiency. The fundamental laser is at 1030 nm with 35 W output power consisting of a Yb:YAG ceramics thin rod amplifier. The M(2) of the DUV laser was confirmed to be <1.5. To the best of our knowledge, this is the best beam quality for DUV laser power higher than 10 W generated by FHG of a solid-state laser, as well as the highest conversion efficiency of 31% from infrared to DUV so far...
August 15, 2017: Optics Letters
Dušan Bučevac, Tomaž Kosmač, Andraž Kocjan
The yttrium-segregation-dependent phase partitioning and residual stress development that influence both the aging and the fracture behaviour in 3Y-TZP bioceramics were studied by sintering alumina-free 3Y-TZP, varying the sintering temperature and the time, to yield ceramics with identical grain size distributions, but with different phase compositions. The structure and stability of the resulting tetragonal phases, in the form of transformable, yttria-lean t-ZrO2 (YLZ) and non-transformable, yttria-rich t"-ZrO2 and/or t'-ZrO2 (YRZ), were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM)...
August 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
Fabian Hüttig, Jan P Keitel, Andreas Prutscher, Sebastian Spintzyk, Andrea Klink
PURPOSE: This clinical trial tested bilayered restorations based on ceria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia/alumina frameworks veneered with feldspathic ceramic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 67 crowns and 40 fixed dental prostheses (FDPs) were luted in 57 patients with self-etching/self-adhesive composite resin cement. Dental status and integrity of restorations were evaluated at 2 weeks, 6 months, and then annually. RESULTS: A total of 66 crowns and 36 FDPs (88% posterior) survived for success rates of 93...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Prosthodontics
Magdalena Nemś, Artur Nemś, Jacek Kasperski, Michał Pomorski
This article presents the results of a study into a packed bed filled with ceramic bricks. The designed storage installation is supposed to become part of a heating system installed in a single-family house and eventually to be integrated with a concentrated solar collector adapted to climate conditions in Poland. The system's working medium is air. The investigated temperature ranges and air volume flow rates in the ceramic bed were dictated by the planned integration with a solar air heater. Designing a packed bed of sufficient parameters first required a mathematical model to be constructed and heat exchange to be analyzed, since heat accumulation is a complex process influenced by a number of material properties...
August 12, 2017: Materials
Osamu Yamamoto
The 70-year history of scientific endeavor of solid state ionics research in Japan is reviewed to show the contribution of Japanese scientists to the basic science of solid state ionics and its applications. The term 'solid state ionics' was defined by Takehiko Takahashi of Nagoya University, Japan: it refers to ions in solids, especially solids that exhibit high ionic conductivity at a fairly low temperature below their melting points. During the last few decades of exploration, many ion conducting solids have been discovered in Japan such as the copper-ion conductor Rb4Cu16I7Cl13, proton conductor SrCe1-x Y x O3, oxide-ion conductor La0...
2017: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
Shuang Jiang, Mahshid Chekini, Zhi-Bei Qu, Yichun Wang, Aydan Yeltik, Yuangang Liu, Alex Kotlyar, Tianyong Zhang, Bin Li, Hilmi Volkan Demir, Nicholas A Kotov
The chirality of nanoparticles (NPs) and their assemblies has been investigated predominantly for noble metals and II-VI semiconductors. However, ceramic NPs represent the majority of nanoscale materials in Nature. The robustness and other innate properties of ceramics offer technological opportunities in catalysis, biomedical sciences, and optics. Here we report the preparation of chiral ceramic NPs, as represented by tungsten oxide hydrate, WO3-x·H2O, dispersed in ethanol. The chirality of the metal oxide core, with an average size of ca 1...
August 12, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Wei-Si Tian, Qing-Long Zhao, Chuan-Jiang Zhao, Feng Qiu, Qi-Chuan Jiang
Nano-sized ceramic particle reinforced aluminum composites exhibit excellent room-temperature mechanical properties. However, there is limited research on the dry sliding wear behavior of those composites at elevated temperatures, which should be one of the major concerns on elevated temperature applications. Here the Al-Cu composites reinforced with nano-sized TiCp were fabricated. The dry sliding wear behaviors of the nano-sized TiCp/Al-Cu composites at various temperatures (140-220 °C) and loads (10-40 N) with different TiCp contents were studied, and the results showed that the nanocomposites exhibited superior wear resistance...
August 11, 2017: Materials
B Düppenbecker, S Kale, M Engelhart, P Cornel
This study focuses on the use of fluidized glass beads as turbulence promoters in a laboratory-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor treating municipal wastewater at 20 °C. The addition of fluidized glass beads into an external tubular ceramic membrane enabled the operation at low crossflow velocities of 0.053-0.073 m/s (mean fluxes between 5.5 and 9.7 L/(m(2)·h)) with runtimes >300 h. Glass beads with a diameter of 1.5 mm were more effective than smaller ones with a diameter of 0.8-1.2 mm. Increasing the bed voidage from 74 to 80% did not show any beneficial effect...
August 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Yaser Rasouli, Mohsen Abbasi, Seyed Abdollatif Hashemifard
In this research, four types of low cost and high performance ceramic microfiltration (MF) membranes have been employed in an in-line adsorption-MF process for oily wastewater treatment. Mullite, mullite-alumina, mullite-alumina-zeolite and mullite-zeolite membranes were fabricated as ceramic MF membranes by low cost kaolin clay, natural zeolite and α-alumina powder. Powdered activated carbon (PAC) and natural zeolite powder in concentrations of 100-800 mg L(-1) were used as adsorbent agent in the in-line adsorption-MF process...
August 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Yingchun Liu, Yunfei Chang, Fei Li, Bin Yang, Yuan Sun, Jie Wu, Shantao Zhang, Ruixue Wang, Wenwu Cao
Both low strain hysteresis and high piezoelectric performance are required for practical applications in precisely controlled piezoelectric devices and systems. Unfortunately, enhanced piezoelectric properties were usually obtained with the presence of a large strain hysteresis in BaTiO3 (BT)-based piezoceramics. In this work, we propose to integrate crystallographic texturing and domain engineering strategies into BT-based ceramics to resolve this challenge. [001]c grain-oriented (Ba0.94Ca0.06)(Ti0.95Zr0.05)O3 (BCTZ) ceramics with a texture degree as high as 98...
August 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Peng Wang, Laifei Cheng, Yani Zhang, Litong Zhang
SiC/Si3N4 composite nanofibers with in situ embedded graphite, which show highly efficient electromagnetic (EM) wave absorption performance in gigahertz frequency, were prepared by electrospinning with subsequent polymer pyrolysis and annealing. By means of incorporating graphite and Si3N4 into SiC , the EM wave absorption properties of the nanofibers were improved. The relationship among processing, fibers microstructure and their superior EM absorption performance were systematically investigated. The EM wave absorption capability, effective absorption bandwidth (EAB) of nanofibers can be simply controlled by adjusting annealing atmosphere and temperature...
August 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yao Deng, Mengjiao Zhang, Xianchun Chen, Ximing Pu, Xiaoming Liao, Zhongbing Huang, Guangfu Yin
Desirable scaffolds for tissue engineering should be biodegradable carriers to supply suitable microenvironments mimicked the extracellular matrices for desired cellular interactions and to provide supports for the formation of new tissues. In this work, a kind of slightly soluble bioactive ceramic akermanite (AKT) powders were aboratively selected and introduced in the PLGA matrix, a novel l-lactide modified AKT/poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (m-AKT/PLGA) composite scaffold was fabricated via a solvent casting-particulate leaching method improved by solvent self-proliferating process...
August 2017: Regenerative Biomaterials
Svetlana V Pershina, Eugenia A Il'ina, Olga G Reznitskikh
The glass-ceramic composite electrolytes based on tetragonal Li7La3Zr2O12 (t-LLZ) and cubic Al-doped Li7La3Zr2O12 (c-LLZ) with the LiPO3 glass additive have been prepared. The electrical conductivity and microstructure of the t-LLZ/LiPO3 and c-LLZ/LiPO3 composites have been investigated. The phase evolution of electrolytes has been studied using XRD, SEM, and Raman spectroscopy. It was indicated that the impurities formation depends on the composition of the composite. The phase composition of the solid electrolytes determines their thermal properties, which have been studied by the DSC method...
August 10, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
Md Towhidul Islam, Reda M Felfel, Ensanya A Abou Neel, David M Grant, Ifty Ahmed, Kazi M Zakir Hossain
An overview of the formation of calcium phosphate under in vitro environment on the surface of a range of bioactive materials (e.g. from silicate, borate, and phosphate glasses, glass-ceramics, bioceramics to metals) based on recent literature is presented in this review. The mechanism of bone-like calcium phosphate (i.e. hydroxyapatite) formation and the test protocols that are either already in use or currently being investigated for the evaluation of the bioactivity of biomaterials are discussed. This review also highlights the effect of chemical composition and surface charge of materials, types of medium (e...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
Zhuo Wang, Tian Wang, Chun Wang, Yujia Xiao, Panpan Jing, Yongfei Cui, Yongping Pu
Ba(Fe0.5Ta0.5)O3/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (BFT/PVDF) flexible nanocomposite films are fabricated by tape-casting using dopamine (DA) modified BFT nanopowders and PVDF as matrix polymer. After surface modification by DA layer with a thickness of 5 nm, the interfacial couple interaction between BFT and PVDF is enhanced, resulting in less hole defects at the interface. Then the dielectric constant ('), loss tangent (tan δ) and AC conductivity of nanocomposite films are reduced. Meanwhile, the value of reduced dielectric constant (Δ') and strength of interfacial polarization (k) is introduced to illustrate the effect of DA on dielectric behavior of nanocomposite films...
August 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Panos Papaspyridakos, Kiho Kang, Catherine DeFuria, Sarah Amin, Yukio Kudara, Hans-Peter Weber
OBJECTIVE: To illustrate a digital workflow in full-arch implant rehabilitation with minimally veneered monolithic zirconia and to report the outcomes including technical complications. CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS: Three patients (5 edentulous arches) received full-arch fixed implant rehabilitation with monolithic zirconia and mild facial porcelain veneering involving a digital workflow. The incisal edges and occluding surface areas were milled out of monolithic zirconia to reduce the possibility of chipping...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
Andrée Nilsson, Lars-Åke Johansson, Christina Lindh, Anders Ekfeldt
BACKGROUND: Studies have reported an increased risk for fractures of zirconia abutments compared with titanium abutments. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate single-tooth implant restorations with one-piece yttria-stabilized internal zirconia abutments on narrow and regular diameter implants up to 6 years after insertion. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study comprises 52 consecutively treated patients, with a median age of 19 years...
August 9, 2017: Clinical Implant Dentistry and related Research
P Pandoleon, E Kontonasaki, N Kantiranis, N Pliatsikas, P Patsalas, L Papadopoulou, T Zorba, K M Paraskevopoulos, P Koidis
OBJECTIVE: Yttrium-stabilized zirconia is susceptible to low temperature degradation after interaction with water. Various mechanisms by which water molecules destabilize the tetragonal phase have been proposed, while the concept of yttrium depletion by the incorporation of hydroxyl ions in the crystalline structure either through the formation of YOH/ZrOH bonds or small α-Y(OH)3 crystallites, is prevailing. The present study was performed to investigate the surface alterations on a 3Y-TZP dental ceramic during the process of in-vitro aging and to further explore the yttrium depletion mechanism that occurs upon interaction with water...
August 5, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
D van Halem, H van der Laan, A I A Soppe, S G J Heijman
Ceramic pot filters are considered safe, robust and appropriate technologies, but there is a general consensus that water revenues are limited due to clogging of the ceramic element. The objective of this study was to investigate the potential of high flow ceramic pot filters to produce more water without sacrificing their microbial removal efficacy. High flow pot filters, produced by increasing the rice husk content, had a higher initial flow rate (6-19 L h(-1)), but initial LRVs for E. coli of high flow filters was slightly lower than for regular ceramic pot filters...
July 20, 2017: Water Research
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