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Qinghua Tian, Xiang Wang, Guoyong Huang, Xueyi Guo
Nanostructured Co doped Mn3O4 spinel structure ((Co, Mn)3O4) were prepared by co-precipitation under O3 oxidizing conditions and post-heat treatment. The product was composed of nanogranules with a diameter of 20-60 nm. The electrochemical performance of (Co, Mn)3O4 electrode was tested by cyclic voltammetry, impedance, and galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements. A maximum specific capacitance value of 2701.0 F g(-1) at a current density of 5 A g(-1) could be obtained within the potential range from 0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Kai Hou, Xin Wen, Peng Yan, Aidong Tang, Huaming Yang
Natural sepiolite (Sep) nanofibers were coated with carbon and nanoscale SnO2 to prepare an emerging nanocomposite (SnO2-C@Sep), which exhibited enhanced electrochemical performance. Sepiolite could act as a steady skeleton, carbon coating principally led sepiolite from an isolated to an electric state, and decoration of nanoscale SnO2 was beneficial to the functionization of sepiolite. Cycling performances indicated that SnO2-C@Sep showed higher discharge capacities than commercial SnO2 after 50 cycles. The nanocomposite SnO2-C@Sep possessed enhanced lithium storage properties with stable capacity retention and low cost, which could open up a new strategy to synthesize a variety of functional hybrid materials based on the cheap and abundant clay and commercialization of lithium-metal oxide batteries...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
BabanKumar Bansod, Tejinder Kumar, Ritula Thakur, Shakshi Rana, Inderbir Singh
Heavy metal ions are non-biodegradable and contaminate most of the natural resources occurring in the environment including water. Some of the heavy metals including Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Arsenic (As), Chromium (Cr) and Cadmium (Cd) are considered to be highly toxic and hazardous to human health even at trace levels. This leads to the requirement of fast, accurate and reliable techniques for the detection of heavy metal ions. This review presents various electrochemical detection techniques for heavy metal ions those are user friendly, low cost, provides on-site and real time monitoring as compared to other spectroscopic and optical techniques...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Haoran Song, Linxia Yan, Jun Ma, Jin Jiang, Guangqiang Cai, Wenjuan Zhang, Zhongxiang Zhang, Jiaming Zhang, Tao Yang
Electrochemical activation of peroxydisulfate (PDS) at Ti/Pt anode was systematically investigated for the first time in this work. The synergistic effect produced from the combination of electrolysis and the addition of PDS demonstrates that PDS can be activated at Ti/Pt anode. The selective oxidation towards carbamazepine (CBZ), sulfamethoxazole (SMX), propranolol (PPL), benzoic acid (BA) rather than atrazine (ATZ) and nitrobenzene (NB) was observed in electrochemical activation of PDS process. Moreover, addition of excess methanol or tert-butanol had negligible impact on CBZ (model compound) degradation, demonstrating that neither sulfate radical (SO4(-)) nor hydroxyl radical (HO) was produced in electrochemical activation of PDS process...
March 21, 2017: Water Research
Yuanyuan Dong, Lei Zhang
The different morphologies of magnetic nickel cobaltate (NiCo2O4) electrocatalysts, consisting of nanoparticles (NiCo2O4-N), nanoplates (NiCo2O4-P) and microspheres (NiCo2O4-S) were fabricated. It was found that the electrocatalytic properties of the sensing materials were strongly dependent on morphology and specific surface area. The porous NiCo2O4 hexagonal nanoplates coupled with ILs as modified materials (ILs@NiCo2O4-P) for the simultaneous determination of thallium (Tl(+)), lead (Pb(2+)) and copper (Cu(2+)), exhibited high sensitivity, long-time stability and good repeatability...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Marta Eliza Plonska-Brzezinska, Olena Mykhailiv, Krzysztof Brzezinski, Bogdan Sulikowski, Zbigniew Olejniczak, Malgorzata Gras, Grzegorz Lota, Agustin Molina-Ontoria, Michal Jakubczyk, Luis Echegoyen
Doping of carbon nanostructures with heteroatoms, such as boron or nitrogen, is one of the most effective ways to change their properties to make them suitable for various applications. Carbon nano-onions (CNOs) doped with boron (B-CNOs) have been prepared by annealing (1650°C) nanodiamond particles (NDs) under an inert He atmosphere in the presence of B. Their physicochemical properties were measured using transmission (TEM) and scanning (SEM) electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), 10B and 11B solid-state MAS NMR spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffractions (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, porosimetry, and differential-thermogravimetric analyses (TGA-DTG)...
March 24, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Amir Hakimi, Mehdi Sohrabi, Seied Rabie Mahdavi
Photoneutron (PN) dosimetry studies in high-energy X-ray medical accelerators are of high clinical and scientific interest in particular to protect patients undergoing radiotherapy. In this context, fast, epithermal and thermal PN dose equivalent distributions in different field sizes and depths in air and in a multilayer polyethylene phantom were studied. Polycarbonate track dosemeters in contact with a 10B convertor (with or without cadmium cover) when electrochemically etched were applied. PN dose equivalents in air and on the surface of the phantom are linear functions of field size...
March 1, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Lijie He, Sujoy Sarkar, Alexandre Barras, Rabah Boukherroub, Sabine Szunerits, Daniel Mandler
The electrochemically triggered release of doxorubicin (DOX) from flexible electrodes modified electrophoretically with reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-DOX is reported. The release is driven by a positive potential pulse that decreases the pH of the rGO-DOX surface locally, which is confirmed by scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) in situ. In vitro cell viability tests confirms that the delivery system meets therapeutic needs.
March 24, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Minghao Zhuang, Yao Ding, Xuewu Ou, Zhengtang Luo
The edge and corner atoms of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are the main electrocatalytically active sites for electrochemical reaction. Here, we demonstrate an approach to generate abundant edge/corner atoms in molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2) nanocrystals supported by nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) which consequently leads to significantly enhanced hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) activity. These structures were fabricated by firstly absorbing the Mo-containing precursor within polymer-functionalized graphene oxide, then selenized to obtain MoSe2 nanocrystals on the surface, and finally H2 etching was performed to form perforated structures...
March 24, 2017: Nanoscale
Adam Kostelnik, Pavel Kopel, Alexander Cegan, Miroslav Pohanka
Magnetic particles (MPs) have been widely used in biological applications in recent years as a carrier for various molecules. Their big advantage is in repeated use of immobilized molecules including enzymes. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is an enzyme playing crucial role in neurotransmission and the enzyme is targeted by various molecules like Alzheimer's drugs, pesticides and warfare agents. In this work, an electrochemical biosensor having AChE immobilized onto MPs and stabilized through glutaraldehyde (GA) molecule was proposed for assay of the neurotoxic compounds...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
Jeong-Hoon Kim, Gwan Yeong Jung, Yong-Hyeok Lee, Jung-Hwan Kim, Sun-Young Lee, Sang Kyu Kwak, Sang-Young Lee
Facile/sustainable utilization of sulfur active materials is an ultimate challenge in high-performance lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Here, as a membrane-driven approach to address this issue, we demonstrate a new class of polysulfide-breathing (capable of reversibly adsorbing and desorbing polysulfides)/dual (electron and ion)-conductive, heterolayered battery separator membranes (denoted as "MEC-AA separators") based on 0D (nanoparticles)/1D (nanofibers) composite mats. The MEC-AA separator is fabricated through an in-series, concurrent electrospraying/electrospinning process...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
Zhuo Deng, Tingting Liu, Tao Chen, Jiaxiang Jiang, Wanli Yang, Jun Guo, Jianqing Zhao, Haibo Wang, Lijun Gao
Bismuth oxide/reduced graphene oxide (marked as Bi2O3@rGO) nanocomposite has been facilely prepared by a solvothermal method via introducing chemical bonding that has been demonstrated by Raman and XPS spectra. Tremendous single-crystal Bi2O3 nanoparticles with an average size of ~5 nm are anchored and uniformly dispersed on rGO sheets. Such a nanostructure results in enhanced electrochemical reversibility and cycling stability of Bi2O3@rGO composite materials as anode for lithium ion batteries in comparison with agglomerated bare Bi2O3 nanoparticles...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Huiyuan Zheng, Qunting Qu, Guobin Zhu, Gao Liu, Vincent S Battaglia, Honghe Zheng
Many factors have been proposed explaining the capacity degradation mechanisms of LiNixCoyMnzO2 (NCM)/graphite cells at extreme conditions such as under high temperature or with high charge voltage limit. However, the main factors dominating the long-term cycling performance under normal operations remain elusive. Quantitative analyses of the electrode surface evolution for a commercial 18650 LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 (NCM523)/graphite cell during ca. 3000 cycles under normal operation are presented. Electrochemical analyses and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) confirm lithium inventory loss accounts for ca...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Julia Maibach, Fabian Jeschull, Daniel Brandell, Kristina Edstrom, Mario Valvo
One obstacle in sodium ion batteries is the lack of suitable anode materials. As recently shown, the most common anode material of the state of the art lithium ion batteries, graphite, can be used for sodium ion storage as well, if ether-based electrolyte solvents are used. These solvents co-intercalate with the sodium ions leading to the highly reversible formation of ternary graphite intercalation compounds (t-GIC). In order for the solvent co-intercalation to work efficiently, it is expected that only a very thin surface layer forms during electrochemical cycling...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yinshi Li, Ying Feng, Xianda Sun, Yaling He
A barrier that limits the development of the conventional cation-exchange membrane direct liquid fuel cells (CEM-DLFCs) is that the CEM-DLFCs need additional base to offer both alkaline environment and charge carriers. Herein, we propose a Na(+) -conducting direct formate fuel cell (Na-DFFC) that is operated in the absence of added base. A proof-of-concept Na-DFFC yields a peak power density of 33 mW cm(-2) at 60 °C, mainly because the hydrolysis of sodium formate provides enough OH(-) and Na(+) ions, proving the conceptual feasibility...
March 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Wesley T E van den Beld, Mathieu Odijk, René H J Vervuurt, Jan-Willem Weber, Ageeth A Bol, Albert van den Berg, Jan C T Eijkel
Electrochemistry on graphene is of particular interest due to graphene's high surface area, high electrical conductivity and low interfacial capacitance. Because the graphene Fermi level can be probed by its strong Raman signal, information on the graphene doping can be obtained which in turn can provide information on adsorbed atoms or molecules. For this paper, the adsorption analysis was successfully performed using three electroactive substances with different electrode interaction mechanisms: hexaammineruthenium(III) chloride (RuHex), ferrocenemethanol (FcMeOH) and potassium ferricyanide/potassium ferrocyanide (Fe(CN)6)...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Goli Nagaraju, Sung Min Cha, Jae Su Yu
Three-dimensional hierarchical honeycomb-like activated porous carbon pillared ultrathin Ni(OH)2 nanosheets (Ni(OH)2 NSs@HAPC) for use as supercapacitor materials were facilely synthesized. With an aid of pine cone flowers as a biomass source, HAPC conducting scaffolds were prepared by the alkali treatment and pyrolysis methods under an inert gas atmosphere. Subsequently, the Ni(OH)2 NSs were synthesized evenly on the surface of HAPC via a solvothermal method. The resulting HAPC and Ni(OH)2 NSs@HAPC composite materials offered free pathways for effective diffusion of electrolyte ions and fast transportation of electrons when employed as an electrode material...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
He Pan, Hailing Zhang, Junhui Lai, Xiaoxin Gu, Jianjun Sun, Jing Tang, Tao Jin
We describe herein a method for the simultaneous measurement of temperature and electrochemical signal with a new type of thermocouple microelectrode. The thermocouple microelectrode can be used not only as a thermometer but also as a scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM) tip in the reaction between tip-generated bromine and a heated Cu sample. The influence of temperature on the SECM imaging process and the related kinetic parameters have been studied, such as kinetic constant and activation energy.
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Song Chen, Zhuo Chen, Yunjun Luo, Min Xia, Chuanbao Cao
Silicon is a promising alternative anode material since it has a ten times higher theoretical specific capacity than that of a traditional graphite anode. However, the poor cycling stability due to the huge volume change of Si during charge/discharge processes has seriously hampered its widespread application. To address this challenge, we design a silicon hollow sphere nanostructure by selective etching and a subsequent magnesiothermic reduction. The Si hollow spheres exhibit enhanced electrochemical properties compared to the commercial Si nanoparticles...
March 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
Dennis Hiltrop, Justus Masa, Alexander J R Botz, Armin Lindner, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Martin Muhler
A spectroelectrochemical cell is presented that allows investigations of electrochemical reactions by means of attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy. The electrode holder for the working (WE), counter and reference electrode as mounted in the IR spectrometer cause the formation of a thin electrolyte layer between the internal reflection element (IRE) and the surface of the WE. The thickness of this thin electrolyte layer (dTL) was estimated by performing a scanning electrochemical microscopy-(SECM) like approach of a Pt microelectrode (ME), which was leveled with the WE towards the IRE surface...
March 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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