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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
Holly A Yu, Junqiao Lee, Simon W Lewis, Debbie Sue Silvester
A new electrochemical method to detect and quantify the explosive compound 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in aqueous solutions is demonstrated. A disposable thin-film electrode modified with a droplet of a gel-polymer electrolyte (GPE) was immersed directly into samples of TNT at concentrations of 1-10 μg/mL. The GPE contained the hydrophobic room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) trihexyltetradecylphosphonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([P14,6,6,6][NTf2]) and the polymer poly(hexyl methacrylate) (PHMA)...
March 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Rohit Joshi, Khirod Kumar Sahoo, Amit Kumar Tripathi, Ritesh Kumar, Brijesh Kumar Gupta, Ashwani Pareek, Sneh Lata Singla-Pareek
Cytokinins play a significant role in determining grain yield in plants. Cytokinin oxidases catalyze irreversible degradation of cytokinins and hence modulate cellular cytokinin levels. Here, we studied the role of an inflorescence meristem-specific rice cytokinin oxidase - OsCKX2, in reducing yield penalty under salinity stress conditions. We utilized an RNAi-based approach to study the function of OsCKX2 in maintaining grain yield under salinity stress condition. Ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)-based estimation revealed a significant increase in cytokinins in the inflorescence meristem of OsCKX2-knockdown plants...
March 24, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
Yoshiyuki Show, Yutaro Ueno
Platinum (Pt) catalyst was formed on the surface of carbon black using an in-liquid plasma method. The formed Pt catalyst showed the average particle size of 4.1 nm. This Pt catalyst was applied to a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). The PEMFC showed an open voltage of 0.85 V and a maximum output power density of 216 mW/cm2.
January 31, 2017: Nanomaterials
Shuanghao Zheng, Zhilin Li, Zhong-Shuai Wu, Yanfeng Dong, Feng Zhou, Sen Wang, Qiang Fu, Chenglin Sun, Liwei Guo, Xinhe Bao
Interfacial integration of the shape-engineered electrode with strongly bonded current collector is the key for minimizing both ionic and electronic resistance, and then developing high-power supercapacitors. Herein, we demonstrated the construction of high-power micro-supercapacitors (VG-MSCs) based on high-density unidirectional arrays of vertically aligned graphene (VG) nanosheets, derived from thermally decomposed SiC substrate. The as-grown VG arrays showed a standing basal plane orientation grown on (0001(-)) SiC substrate, tailored thickness (3...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Dorian Gaboriau, Maxime Boniface, Anthony Valero, Dmitry Aldakov, Thierry Brousse, Pascal Gentile, Said Sadki
Silicon nanowires were coated by a 1-5 nm thin alumina layer by Atomic Layer Deposition in order to replace poorly reproducible and unstable native silicon oxide by a highly conformal passivating alumina layer. The surface coating enabled probing the behavior of symmetric devices using such electrodes in EMI-TFSI electrolyte, allowing to attain a large cell voltage up to 6 V in ionic liquid, together with very high cyclability with less than 4% capacitance fade after 106 charge/discharge cycles. These results yielded fruitful insights on the transition between an electrochemical double-layer capacitor behavior and an electrolytic capacitor behavior...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jian-Fang Wu, Wei Kong Pang, Vanessa K Peterson, Lu Wei, Xin Guo
All-solid-state Li-ion batteries with metallic Li anodes and solid electrolytes could offer superior energy density and safety over conventional Li-ion batteries. However, compared with organic liquid electrolytes, the low conductivity of solid electrolytes and large electrolyte/electrode interfacial resistance impede their practical application. Garnet-type Li-ion conducting oxides are amongst the most promising electrolytes for all-solid-state Li-ion batteries. In this work, the large radius Rb is doped at the La site of cubic Li6...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Aïmen E Gheribi, Sándor Poncsák, Sébastien Guérard, Jean-François Bilodeau, László Kiss, Patrice Chartrand
During aluminium electrolysis, a ledge of frozen electrolytes is generally formed, attached to the sides of the cells. This ledge acts as a protective layer, preventing erosion and chemical attacks of both the electrolyte melt and the liquid aluminium on the side wall materials. The control of the sideledge thickness is thus essential in ensuring a reasonable lifetime for the cells. The key property for modelling and predicting the sideledge thickness as a function of temperature and electrolyte composition is the thermal conductivity...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
Lili Lin, Wu Zhou, Rui Gao, Siyu Yao, Xiao Zhang, Wenqian Xu, Shijian Zheng, Zheng Jiang, Qiaolin Yu, Yong-Wang Li, Chuan Shi, Xiao-Dong Wen, Ding Ma
Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) running on hydrogen are attractive alternative power supplies for a range of applications, with in situ release of the required hydrogen from a stable liquid offering one way of ensuring its safe storage and transportation before use. The use of methanol is particularly interesting in this regard, because it is inexpensive and can reform itself with water to release hydrogen with a high gravimetric density of 18.8 per cent by weight. But traditional reforming of methanol steam operates at relatively high temperatures (200-350 degrees Celsius), so the focus for vehicle and portable PEMFC applications has been on aqueous-phase reforming of methanol (APRM)...
March 22, 2017: Nature
Thomas J Salez, Bo Tao Huang, Maud Rietjens, Marco Bonetti, Cécile Wiertel-Gasquet, Michel Roger, Cleber Lopes Filomeno, Emmanuelle Dubois, Régine Perzynski, Sawako Nakamae
Currently, liquid thermocells are receiving increasing attention as an inexpensive alternative to conventional solid-state thermoelectrics for low-grade waste heat recovery applications. Here we present a novel path to increase the Seebeck coefficient of liquid thermoelectric materials using charged colloidal suspensions; namely, ionically stabilized magnetic nanoparticles (ferrofluids) dispersed in aqueous potassium ferro-/ferri-cyanide electrolytes. The dependency of thermoelectric potential on experimental parameters such as nanoparticle concentration and types of solute ions (lithium citrate and tetrabutylammonium citrate) is examined to reveal the relative contributions from the thermogalvanic potential of redox couples and the entropy of transfer of nanoparticles and ions...
March 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Guang Chen, Siddhartha Das
We establish that nanochannels grafted with pH-responsive, end-charged polyelectrolyte (PE) brushes demonstrate a massive augmentation in the strength of the electroosmotic (EOS) transport in presence of an external electric field. This contradicts the existing understanding that the EOS transport is severely retarded in channels grafted with the PE brushes due to the brush-induced enhanced drag force. Our mathematical model, developed on the basis of the fact that the ion concentration polarization (ICP) effect can be neglected, explains this enhancement of the EOS transport by noting that the end-charged PE brushes demonstrate a unique ability of localizing the electric double layer (or the EDL) or equivalently localizing the maximum charge density of the electrolyte ions at the location of its end, i...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Jorge Gabitto, Costas Tsouris
Surface transport processes are very important in chemistry, colloidal sciences, engineering, biology, and geophysics. Natural or externally produced charges on surfaces create electrical double layers (EDLs) at the solid-liquid interface. The existence of the EDLs produces several complex processes including bulk and surface transport of ions. In this work, a model is presented to simulate bulk and transport processes in homogeneous porous media comprising big pores. It is based on a theory for capacitive charging by ideally polarizable porous electrodes without Faradaic reactions or specific adsorption of ions...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Xiaoyu Wu, Xiaopeng Han, Xiaoya Ma, Wei Zhang, Yida Deng, Cheng Zhong, Wenbin Hu
It remains an ongoing challenge to develop cheap, highly active and stable electrocatalysts to promote the sluggish electrocatalytic oxygen evolution, oxygen reduction, and hydrogen evolution reactions for rechargeable metal-air batteries and water-splitting systems. In this work, we report the morphology-controllable synthesis of zinc cobalt mixed sulfide (Zn-Co-S) nanoarchitectures, including nanosheets, nanoplates, and nanoneedles, grown on conductive carbon fiber paper (CFP) and the micro-nanostructure dependent electrochemical efficacy for catalyzing hydrogen and oxygen in zinc-air batteries and water electrolysis...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Maria Sarno, Lucia Baldino, Carmela Scudieri, Stefano Cardea, Paolo Ciambelli, Ernesto Reverchon
Energy density, safety, simple and environmentally friendly preparation methods are very significant aspects in the realization of a compact supercapacitor. Herein we report the use of a supercritical CO2 assisted gel drying process (SC-CO2) for the preparation of porous electrodes containing dispersed graphene in a Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) binder membrane to sandwich in a new portable supercapacitor based on graphene oxide (GO). A GO loading of 60 wt.% has been found to give the better combination of factors (porosity, wettability, mechanical and electrochemical properties,...
March 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
Sang-Don Lee, Kyu-Nam Jung, Hyeongil Kim, Hyun-Seop Shin, Seung-Wan Song, Min-Sik Park, Jong-Won Lee
All-solid-state lithium batteries offer notable advantages over conventional Li-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes in terms of energy density, stability, and safety. To realize this technology, it is critical to develop highly reliable solid-state inorganic electrolytes with high ionic conductivities and acceptable processability. Li1+xAlxTi2-x(PO4)3 (LATP) with a NASICON (Na superionic conductor)-like structure is regarded as a potential solid electrolyte, owing to its high "bulk" conductivity (~10-3 S cm-1) and excellent stability against air and moisture...
March 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
Dongli Deng, Fei Deng, Bobin Tang, Jinzhong Zhang, Jiang Liu
The electrocatalytic reduction of thiamphenicol (TAP) and florfenicol (FF) was investigated with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) modified electrode. MWCNTs was dispersed in pure water with the assistance of dihexadecyl phosphate (DHP), and then modified on glassy carbon electrode (GCE). The electrocatalytic reduction conditions, such as bias voltage, supporting electrolyte and its initial pH, and the initial concentrations of TAP and FF, were also optimized. The experimental results indicated that the removal efficiencies of 2mgL(-1) TAP and FF in 0...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Alexander M Smith, Alpha A Lee, Susan Perkin
The structure and interactions in electrolytes at high concentration have implications from energy storage to biomolecular interactions. However, many experimental observations are yet to be explained in these mixtures, which are far beyond the regime of validity of mean-field models. Here, we study the structural forces in a mixture of ionic liquid and solvent that is miscible in all proportions at room temperature. Using the surface force balance to measure the force between macroscopic smooth surfaces across the liquid mixtures, we uncover an abrupt increase in the wavelength above a threshold ion concentration...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Ilona Olędzka, Piotr Kowalski, Alina Plenis, Tomasz Bączek
The goal of this study was to assess various analytical approaches for the simultaneous and efficient extraction of steroid hormones (cortisone, cortisol, prednisolone, corticosterone, testosterone, 17α-methyltestosterone, epitestosterone, progesterone) from urine samples prior to separation based on field-amplified sample stacking-micellar electrokinetic chromatography (FASS-MEKC). FASS-MEKC successfully allowed the compounds to be separated within 12 min using a background electrolyte (BGE) comprised of 5 mM sodium tetraborate, 150 mM boric acid, 50 mM SDS and 15% methanol...
March 17, 2017: Electrophoresis
Kai Liu, Allen Pei, Hye Ryoung Lee, Biao Kong, Nian Liu, Dingchang Lin, Yayuan Liu, Chong Liu, Po-Chun Hsu, Zhenan Bao, Yi Cui
Lithium metal is an attractive anode for the next generation of high energy density lithium-ion batteries due to its high specific capacity (3,860 mAh/g) and the lowest anode potential of all. However, the key issue is that the static solid electrolyte interphase cannot match the dynamic volume changes of the Li anode, resulting in side reactions, dendrite growth, and poor electrodeposition behavior which prevent its practical applications. Here, we show that the "solid-liquid" hybrid behavior of a dynamically-crosslinked polymer enables its use as an excellent adaptive interfacial layer for Li metal anodes...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
E K Lenzi, R S Zola, H V Ribeiro, Denner S Vieira, F Ciuchi, A Mazzulla, N Scaramuzza, L R Evangelista
In this study, we argue that ion motion in electrolytic cells containing Milli-Q water, weak electrolytes, or liquid crystals may exhibit unusual diffusive regimes that deviate from the expected behavior, leading the system to present an anomalous diffusion. Our arguments lie on the investigation of the electrical conductivity and its relationship with the mean square displacement, which may be used to characterize the ionic motion. In our analysis, the Poisson-Nernst-Planck diffusional model is used with extended boundary conditions to simulate the charge transfer, accumulation, and/or adsorption-desorption at the electrode surfaces...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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