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Łukasz Klapiszewski, Tadeusz J Szalaty, Beata Kurc, Małgorzata Stanisz, Andrzej Skrzypczak, Teofil Jesionowski
Kraft lignin (KL) was activated using selected ionic liquids (ILs). The activated form of the biopolymer, due to the presence of carbonyl groups, can be used in electrochemical tests. To increase the application potential of the system in electrochemistry, activated lignin forms were combined with manganese dioxide, and the most important physicochemical and morphological-microstructural properties of the novel, functional hybrid systems were determined using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), elemental analysis (EA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), zeta potential analysis, thermal stability (TGA/DTG) and porous structure analysis...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Karel Knizek, Z Jirak, Ondrej Kaman, M Marysko, Françoise Damay
The magnetic ordering of four Tb<sup>3+</sup>-doped manganites and cobaltites, La<sub>0.7</sub>Tb<sub>0.1</sub>Sr<sub>0.2</sub>MnO<sub>3</sub>, La<sub>0.7</sub>Tb<sub>0.1</sub>Ca<sub>0.2</sub>MnO<sub>3</sub>, La<sub>0.7</sub>Tb<sub>0.1</sub>Sr<sub>0.2</sub>CoO<sub>3</sub> and La<sub>0.7</sub>Tb<sub>0.1</sub>Ca<sub>0.2</sub>CoO<sub>3</sub>, have been studied by means of neutron diffraction and SQUID magnetometry...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Ahmed Amara Konaté, Huolin Ma, Heping Pan, Zhen Qin, Hafizullah Abba Ahmed, N'dji Dit Jacques Dembele
The availability of a deep well that penetrates deep into the Ultra High Pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks is unusual and consequently offers a unique chance to study the metamorphic rocks. One such borehole is located in the southern part of Donghai County in the Sulu UHP metamorphic belt of Eastern China, from the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling Main hole. This study reports the results obtained from the analysis of oxide log data. A geochemical logging tool provides in situ, gamma ray spectroscopy measurements of major and trace elements in the borehole...
June 29, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Shengjie Wu, Mingjin Xie, Qin Zhang, Lijiang Zhong, Muhan Chen, Zhangjie Huang
Conventional separation methods are not suitable for recovering palladium present in low concentrations in ore leaching solutions. In this study, a novel isopentyl sulfide (S201)-impregnated α-MnO₂ nanorod adsorbent (BISIN) was prepared, characterized, and applied for the selective adsorption and separation of palladium from the leaching liquor of ores. Batch studies were carried out, and the main adsorption parameters were systematically investigated, in addition to the relevant thermodynamic parameters, isotherms, and kinetic models...
July 6, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Hendrik Antoni, Wei Xia, Justus Masa, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Martin Muhler
Manganese oxides are promising electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction due to their versatile redox properties. Manganese oxide (MnOx) nanoparticles were synthesized on oxygen- and nitrogen-functionalized carbon nanotubes (OCNTs and NCNTs) by calcination in air of Mn-impregnated CNTs with a loading of 10 wt% Mn. The calcined samples were exposed to reducing conditions by thermal treatment in H2 or NH3, and to strongly oxidizing conditions using HNO3 vapor, which enabled us to flexibly tune the oxidation state of Mn from 2+ in MnO to 4+ in MnO2...
July 5, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Dipyaman Mohanta, Koushik Barman, Sk Jasimuddin, Md Ahmaruzzaman
Semiconducting nanomaterials are very important by means of their stability and wide band gap tunability. Visible light induced photoelectrocatalytic water oxidation based on these material are challenging as they have large band gap energies. Herein, we report that MnO doping can activate wide band gap semiconductors like SnO2 towards visible light induced water oxidation. Rutile SnO2 nanoparticles (band gap 3.6eV), usually absorbing at UV region, was capable of harvesting visible light when doped with MnO thereby minimizing the energy requirement for photoelctrocatalytic water splitting...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
V Esposito, M Fechner, R Mankowsky, H Lemke, M Chollet, J M Glownia, M Nakamura, M Kawasaki, Y Tokura, U Staub, P Beaud, M Först
We employ time-resolved resonant x-ray diffraction to study the melting of charge order and the associated insulator-to-metal transition in the doped manganite Pr_{0.5}Ca_{0.5}MnO_{3} after resonant excitation of a high-frequency infrared-active lattice mode. We find that the charge order reduces promptly and highly nonlinearly as function of excitation fluence. Density-functional theory calculations suggest that direct anharmonic coupling between the excited lattice mode and the electronic structure drives these dynamics, highlighting a new avenue of nonlinear phonon control...
June 16, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Mirosława Felsmann, Mirosław Michalski, Mariusz Felsmann, Rajmund Sokół, Józef Szarek, Emilia Strzyżewska-Worotyńska
[b]Abstract [/b] Dogs serve as the vectors of serious zoonotic parasitic diseases. In the month of May 2012 - 2014, 339 dog faeces samples from seven public sites in Chełmno, a town in northern Poland, were collected and examined to determine the gastrointestinal parasite fauna of dogs. Each faecal sample was dissected with a needle, checked for tapeworm segments and examined for parasite eggs and oocysts using the flotation and decantation method and a modified Baermann technique. Differences were observed in the degree of parasite species occurrence...
May 11, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Burçak Ebin, Martina Petranikova, Britt-Marie Steenari, Christian Ekberg
Zinc (Zn) recovery from alkaline and zinc-carbon (Zn-C) battery waste were studied by a laboratory scale pyrolysis process at a reaction temperature of 950°C for 15-60min residence time using 5%H2(g)-N2(g) mixture at 1.0L/min gas flow rate. The effect of different cooling rates on the properties of pyrolysis residue, manganese oxide particles, were also investigated. Morphological and structural characterization of the produced Zn particles were performed. The battery black mass was characterized with respect to the properties and chemical composition of the waste battery particles...
June 21, 2017: Waste Management
Remko Logemann, Alexander N Rudenko, Mikhail I Katsnelson, Andrei Kirilyuk
Magnetism of transition metal (TM) oxides is usually described in terms of the Heisenberg model, with orientation-independent interactions between the spins. However, the applicability of such a model is not fully justified for TM oxides because spin polarization of oxygen is usually ignored. In the conventional model based on the Anderson principle, oxygen effects are considered as a property of the TM ion and only TM interactions are relevant. Here, we perform a systematic comparison between two approaches for spin polarization on oxygen in typical TM oxides...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Boyang Liu, Yingfeng Shao, Xin Xiang, Fuhua Zhang, Shengchang Yan, Wenge Li
Carbon encapsulated various nanocrystals, including MnS and MnO, Cr2O3, MoO2, Fe7S8 and Fe3O4, ZrO2, are one-step in-situ prepared by a common and simple synthesis approach, respectively. The nanocrystals have an equiaxed morphology and a median size smaller than 30 nm. Tens and hundreds of these nanocrystals are entirely encapsulated by the worm-like amorphous carbon shell. The formation of core-shell structure depends on the strongly exothermic reaction of metal π-complexes with ammonium persulfate in an autoclave below 200 oC...
June 14, 2017: Nanotechnology
Jing Su, Hao Liang, Xian-Nian Gong, Xiao-Yan Lv, Yun-Fei Long, Yan-Xuan Wen
Porous MnO/C microspheres have been successfully fabricated by a fast co-precipitation method in a T-shaped microchannel reactor. The structures, compositions, and electrochemical performances of the obtained MnO/C microspheres are characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis, charge-discharge testing, cyclic voltammograms, and electrochemical impedance spectra. Experimental results reveal that the as-prepared MnO/C, with a specific surface area of 96...
May 26, 2017: Nanomaterials
Yafa Zargouni, Stella Deheryan, Alex Radisic, Khaled Alouani, Philippe M Vereecken
In this work, we present the electrochemical deposition of manganese dioxide (MnO₂) thin films on carbon-coated TiN/Si micro-pillars. The carbon buffer layer, grown by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), is used as a protective coating for the underlying TiN current collector from oxidation, during the film deposition, while improving the electrical conductivity of the stack. A conformal electrolytic MnO₂ (EMD) coating is successfully achieved on high aspect ratio C/TiN/Si pillar arrays by tailoring the deposition process...
May 27, 2017: Nanomaterials
Jiefeng Xiao, Jia Li, Zhengming Xu
The large-batch application of lithium ion batteries leads to the mass production of spent batteries. So the enhancement of disposal ability of spent lithium ion batteries is becoming very urgent. This study proposes an integrated process to handle bulk spent lithium manganese (LiMn2O4) batteries to in situ recycle high value-added products without any additives. By mechanical separation, the mixed electrode materials mainly including binder, graphite and LiMn2O4 are firstly obtained from spent batteries. Then, the reaction characteristics for the oxygen-free roasting of mixed electrode materials are analyzed...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Lina Sanchez-Botero, Adriana P Herrera, Juan P Hinestroza
We report on the synthesis of alpha manganese dioxide (α-MnO₂) nanorods using natural extracts from Vitis vinifera grape stems and Malus domestica 'Cortland' apple peels. We used a two-step method to produce highly crystalline α-MnO₂ nanorods: (1) reduction of KMnO₄ in the presence of natural extracts to initiate the nucleation process; and (2) a thermal treatment to enable further solid-state growth of the nuclei. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) images provided direct evidence of the morphology of the nanorods and these images were used to propose nucleation and growth mechanisms...
May 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
Junzhi Liu, Ji Ma, Ke Zhang, Prince Ravat, Peter Machata, Stanislav Avdoshenko, Felix Hennersdorf, Hartmut Komber, Wojciech Pisula, Jan J Weigand, Alexey A Popov, Reinhard Berger, Klaus Müllen, Xinliang Feng
Synthesis of antiaromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons (PHs) is challenging because the high energy of their highest occupied molecular orbital and low energy of their lowest unoccupied molecular orbital cause them to be reactive and unstable. In this work, two large antiaromatic acene analogues, namely, cyclopenta[pqr]indeno[2,1,7-ijk]tetraphene (CIT, 1a) and cyclopenta[pqr]indeno[7,1,2-cde]picene (CIP, 1b), as well as a curved antiaromatic molecule with 48 π-electrons, dibenzo[a,c]diindeno[7,1,2-fgh:7',1',2'-mno]phenanthro[9,10-k]tetraphene (DPT, 1c), are synthesized on the basis of the corona of indeno[1,2-b]fluorene...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
J M Michalik, D Rybicki, Z Tarnawski, M Sikora, J M De Teresa, M R Ibarra, Cz Kapusta
Temperature dependent (55)Mn NMR study of Sm0.55Sr0.45MnO3 is reported. Previous bulk magnetization measurements have shown that below T C ~ 125 K the sample is ferromagnetic metallic (FMM) and above TC it is charge ordered and insulating. In present report, we show that from zero-field NMR a single line double-exchange (DE) signal is observed at temperatures up to 139 K, which is due to a presence of FMM clusters also above T C. The intensity of the DE line follows the temperature dependence of the magnetization measured at 0...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Jennifer S Le Blond, Peter J Baxter, Dhimiter Bello, Jennifer Raftis, Yordanos B Molla, Javier Cuadros, Gail Davey
BACKGROUND: Podoconiosis, non-filarial elephantiasis, is a non-infectious disease found in tropical regions such as Ethiopia, localized in highland areas with volcanic soils cultivated by barefoot subsistence farmers. It is thought that soil particles can pass through the soles of the feet and taken up by the lymphatic system, leading to the characteristic chronic oedema of the lower legs that becomes disfiguring and disabling over time. METHODS: The close association of the disease with volcanic soils led us to investigate the characteristics of soil samples in an endemic area in Ethiopia to identify the potential causal constituents...
2017: PloS One
Girija Thesma Chandran, Gaurav Jha, Shaopeng Qiao, Mya Le Thai, Rajen Kumar Dutta, Alana F Ogata, Ji-Soo Jang, Il-Doo Kim, Reginald M Penner
The influence of hexamethylenetetraamine (HMTA) on the morphology of δ- MnO<sub>2</sub> and its properties for electrical energy storage are investigated - specifically for ultra-thick δ-MnO<sub>2<\sub> layers in the micron scale. Planar arrays of gold@δ-MnO<sub>2</sub>, core@shell nanowires, were prepared by electrodeposition with and without the HMTA and their elec- trochemical properties evaluated. HMTA alters the MnO<sub>2</sub> in three ways: First, it creates a more open morphology for the MnO<sub>2</sub> coating, characterized by "petals" with a thickness of 6 nm to 9 nm, rather than much thinner δ-MnO<sub>2</sub> sheets seen in the absence of HMTA...
April 28, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Lingling Zhang, Danhua Ge, Genlong Qu, Junwei Zheng, Xueqin Cao, Hongwei Gu
Herein, we have developed a facile and effective approach for synthesizing a novel kind of porous nitrogen-doped carbon-coated MnO nanosphere. The porous Mn2O3 nanospheres are initially obtained by the calcination treatment of a coordination self-assembled aggregation precursor (referred to as Mn(OAc)2-C-8). Then, MnO@N-doped carbon composites (MnO@NCs) are obtained by the calcination of the Mn2O3 nanospheres coated with polydopamine (Mn2O3@PDA). The MnO@NCs are evaluated as an anode for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), which exhibit high specific capacity, stable cycling performance (1096...
May 4, 2017: Nanoscale
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