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Semih Cetindag, Bishnu Tiwari, Dongyan Zhang, Yoke Khin Yap, Sangil Kim, Jerry W Shan
The alignment of hexagonal boron-nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) in aqueous KCl solutions under spatially uniform electric fields was examined experimentally, using direct optical visualization to probe the orientation dynamics of individual BNNTs for different electric-field frequencies. Different from most previously studied nanowires and nanotubes, BNNTs are wide-bandgap materials which are essentially insulating at room temperature. We analyze the electro-orientation of BNNTs in the general context of polarizable cylindrical particles in liquid suspensions, whose behavior can fall into different regimes, including alignment due to Maxwell-Wagner induced dipoles at high frequencies, and alignment due to fluid motion of the electrical double layer around the particles at lower frequencies...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Yaovi Holade, Karine Servat, Sophie Tingry, Teko W Napporn, Hynd Remita, David Cornu, Kouakou Boniface Kokoh
The ubiquitous electrochemistry is expected to play a major role for reliable energy, and for production of sustainable fuels and chemicals. For organics-based electrocatalysis in an alkaline medium, the fundamental understandings at solid-liquid interfaces involve relatively complex mechanisms and performance descriptors (from the electrolyte and reaction intermediates), which undermine the roads towards advance and breakthroughs. Here, we review and diagnose recently designed strategies for the electrochemical conversion of organics into electricity or high added- value chemicals, and likely both...
July 21, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Bruno Gélinas, Dyuman Das, Dominic Rochefort
We demonstrate an electrochromic device with self-bleaching ability that uses ethyl viologen- ([EV](2+)) and ferrocene-based redox ionic liquids ([FcNTf](-)) as the electroactive species. These electroactive compounds are insensitive to atmospheric O2 and H2O in both their oxidized and reduced states once dissolved in a typical ionic liquid electrolyte ([BMIm][NTf2]), allowing for the device to be assembled outside a glovebox without any encapsulation. This device could generate a deep blue color by applying a 2...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yuqiao Fu, Siu-Pang Ng, Guangyu Qiu, Tak-Fu Hung, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu, Chun-Sing Lee
Plasmonic enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with metallic nanostructures suffer from corrosion problems, especially with the presence of the iodine/triiodide redox couple in the electrolyte. Herein, we introduce an alternative approach by compensating the corrosion with a modified liquid electrolyte. In contrast to the existing method of surface preservation for plasmonic nanostructures, the redox-controlled electrolyte (RCE) contains iodoaurate intermediates, i.e. gold(i) diiodide (AuI2(-)) and gold(iii) tetraiodide (AuI4(-)) with optimal concentrations, such that these intermediates are readily reduced to gold nanoparticles during the operation of DSSCs...
July 21, 2017: Nanoscale
C V Neves, F B Scheufele, A P Nardino, M G A Vieira, M G C da Silva, A N Módenes, C E Borba
The aim of this work was an experimental and theoretical investigation of the influence of electrolyte (NaCl) and surfactant (SP), as textile auxiliary agents (TAAs), on the removal of reactive blue 5G dye (RB5G) by applying untreated fish scales (FS) in batch system. For this, kinetic and equilibrium studies were performed aiming the comprehension of the mass transfer mechanisms through a phenomenological modeling. The biosorbent was texturally characterized, not only to investigate the adsorbent's characteristics but especially to support the definition of the assumptions of the models...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Technology
Ashesh Mahto, Rajeev Gupta, Krishna Kanta Ghara, Divesh N Srivastava, Pratyush Maiti, Kalpana D, Paul Zavala-Revira, R Meena, S K Nataraj
This study aims at developing supercapacitor materials from sugar and distillery industry wastes, thereby mediating waste disposal problem through reuse. In a two-step process, biomethanated spent wash (BMSW) was acid treated to produce solid waste sludge and waste water with significantly reduced total organic carbon (TOC) and biological oxygen demand (BOD) content. Further, waste sludge was directly calcined in presence of activating agent ZnCl2 in inert atmosphere resulting in high surface area (730-900m(2)g(-1)) carbon of unique hexagonal morphology...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Ranu Satish Dhale, Prabhat Kumar Sahu, Moloy Sarkar
The present study has been undertaken with an aim to find out the suitability of a binary solvent system, comprising an ionic liquid, 1-(2-Hydroxyethyl)-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([OHEMIM][NTf2]) and ethylene glycol (EG), towards lithium ion battery applications. For this purpose, the behavior in terms of structure, intermolecular interaction and dynamics of several solvent systems, [OHEMIM][NTf2], [OHEMIM][NTf2]-LiNTf2(lithium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide), [OHEMIM][NTf2]-EG and [OHEMIM][NTf2]-EG-LiNTf2 are investigated by carrying out steady state and time-resolved fluorescence, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Li Sun, Hua Zhou, Li Li, Ying Yao, Haonan Qu, Chengli Zhang, Shanhu Liu, Yanmei Zhou
Heteroatom-doped hierarchical porous carbon materials derived from the potential precursors and prepared by a facile, effective and low-pollution strategy have recently been particularly concerned in different research fields. In this study, the interconnected nitrogen/sulfur-codoped hierarchically porous carbon materials have been successfully obtained via one-step carbonization of the self-assembly of [Phne][HSO4] (a protic ionic liquid originated from dilute sulfuric acid and phenothiazine by a straight-forward acid-base neutralization) and the double soft-template of OP-10 and F-127...
July 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Boyang Liu, Kun Fu, Yunhui Gong, Chunpeng Yang, Yonggang Yao, Yanbin Wang, Chengwei Wang, Yudi Kuang, Glenn Pastel, Hua Xie, Eric D Wachsman, Liangbing Hu
High-temperature batteries require the battery components to be thermally stable and function properly at high temperatures. Conventional batteries have high-temperature safety issues such as thermal runaway, which are mainly attributed to the properties of liquid organic electrolytes such as low boiling points and high flammability. In this work, we demonstrate a truly all-solid-state high-temperature battery using a thermally stable garnet solid-state electrolyte, a lithium metal anode, and a V2O5 cathode, which can operate well at 100 °C...
July 20, 2017: Nano Letters
Sariel Bier, Nir Gavish, Hannes Uecker, Arik Yochelis
Ionic liquids are solvent-free electrolytes, some of which possess an intriguing self-assembly at finite length scale due to Coulombic interactions. Using a continuum framework (based on Onsager's relations), it is shown that bulk nanostructures arise via linear (supercritical) and nonlinear (subcritical) bifurcations (morphological phase transitions), which also directly affect the electrical double layer structure. A Ginzburg-Landau amplitude equation is derived and the bifurcation type is related to model parameters, such as temperature, potential, and interactions...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
Xinran Lv, Jingfang Du, Yu Jie, Bolin Zhang, Fengling Bai, Hongfei Zhao, Jianrong Li
Vibrio parahaemolyticus: is recognized as the main cause of gastroenteritis associated with consumption of seafood. Bacteriocin-producing Lactobacillus plantarum FGC-12 isolated from golden carp intestine had strong antibacterial activity toward V. parahaemolyticus. The fish-borne bacteriocin was purified by a three-step procedure consisting of ethyl acetate extraction, gel filtration chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography. Its molecular weight was estimated at 4.1 kDa using SDS-PAGE. The fish-borne bacteriocin reached the maximum production at stationary phase after 20 h...
August 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Paulo Schmitz, Martin Kolek, Diddo Diddens, Marian Cristian Stan, Kirsi Jalkanen, Martin Winter, Peter Bieker
The demand for high energy densities has brought rechargeable lithium metal batteries back into the research focus. Ionic liquids (ILs) are considered as suitable electrolyte components for these systems. In this work, the wetting behavior of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide ([C2MIm]TFSI), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis-((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide ([C4MIm]TFSI), 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide ([C6MIm]TFSI), and N-butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide (Pyr14TFSI) on mechanically modified lithium electrodes, with and without lithium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) conducting salt, is investigated and is compared to an organic carbonate-based electrolyte...
July 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Tobias K F Dier, Daniel Rauber, Dan Durneata, Rolf Hempelmann, Dietrich A Volmer
Lignin's aromatic building blocks provide a chemical resource that is, in theory, ideal for substitution of aromatic petrochemicals. Moreover, degradation and valorization of lignin has the potential to generate many high-value chemicals for technical applications. In this study, electrochemical degradation of alkali and Organosolv lignin was performed using the ionic liquids 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate and triethylammonium methanesulfonate. The extensive degradation of the investigated lignins with simultaneous almost full recovery of the electrolyte materials provided a sustainable alternative to more common lignin degradation processes...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Marvin Nicolas Pohl, Clemens Richter, Evgeny Lugovoy, Robert Seidel, Petr Slavicek, Emad Flear Aziz, Bernd Abel, Bernd Winter, Uwe Hergenhahn
Ion pairing in electrolyte solutions remains a topic of discussion despite a long history of research. Very recently, nearest-neighbor mediated electronic deexcitation processes of core hole vacancies (Electron Transfer Mediated Decay, ETMD) were proposed to carry a spectral fingerprint of local solvation structure and in particular of contact ion pairs. Here, for the first time, we apply electron-electron coincidence detection to a liquid microjet, and record ETMD spectra of Li 1s vacancies in aqueous solutions of lithium chloride (LiCl) in direct comparison to lithium acetate (LiOAc)...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Seung Joon Yoo, Brian Evanko, Xingfeng Wang, Monica Romelczyk, Aidan Taylor, Xiulei Ji, Shannon W Boettcher, Galen D Stucky
Research in electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) and rechargeable batteries is converging to target systems that have battery-level energy density and capacitor-level cycling stability and power density. This research direction has been facilitated by the use of redox-active electrolytes that add faradaic charge storage to increase energy density of the EDLCs. Aqueous redox-enhanced electrochemical capacitors (redox ECs) have, however, performed poorly due to cross-diffusion of soluble redox couples, reduced cycle life, and low operating voltages...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Alan Massayuki Massayuki Perdizio Sakita, Rodrigo Della Noce, Cecílio Sadao Fugivara, Assis Vicente Benedetti
The utilization of deep eutectic solvents (DESs) in electrochemical studies has grown in the last years due to their low cost and environmental friendliness compared to traditional ionic liquids. However, the determina-tion of diffusion coefficient (D) and heterogeneous constant rate (k0) using the traditional electrochemical approach may mask some concerns because of the high viscosity and limited conductivity in this media. In this work, it is shown the problematic of the determinations of D and k0 in glyceline DES by voltammetric studies using the Nicholson approach...
July 11, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Peng Yu, Wei Fu, Qingsheng Zeng, Junhao Lin, Cheng Yan, Zhuangchai Lai, Bijun Tang, Kazu Suenaga, Hua Zhang, Zheng Liu
Compared with 2D S-based and Se-based transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), Te-based TMDs display much better electrical conductivities, which will be beneficial to enhance the capacitances in supercapacitors. However, to date, the reports about the applications of Te-based TMDs in supercapacitors are quite rare. Herein, the first supercapacitor example of the Te-based TMD is reported: the type-II Weyl semimetal 1Td WTe2 . It is demonstrated that single crystals of 1Td WTe2 can be exfoliated into the nanosheets with 2-7 layers by liquid-phase exfoliation, which are assembled into air-stable films and further all-solid-state flexible supercapacitors...
July 10, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yuzhang Li, Yanbin Li, Yongming Sun, Benjamin Butz, Kai Yan, Ai Leen Koh, Jie Zhao, Allen Pei, Yi Cui
Lithium (Li) metal is a high-capacity anode material (3,860 mAh g-1) that can enable high-energy batteries for electric vehicles and grid-storage applications. However, Li metal is highly reactive and repeatedly consumed when exposed to liquid electrolyte (during battery operation) or the ambient environment (throughout battery manufacturing). Studying these corrosion reactions on the nanoscale is especially difficult due to the high chemical reactivity of both Li metal and its surface corrosion films. Here, we directly generate pure Li metal inside an environmental transmission electron microscope (TEM), revealing the nanoscale passivation and corrosion process of Li metal in oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), and water vapor (H2O)...
July 10, 2017: Nano Letters
Jeremy T Feaster, Anna L Jongerius, Xinyan Liu, Makoto Urushihara, Stephanie A Nitopi, Christopher Hahn, Karen Chan, Jens K Nørskov, Thomas F Jaramillo
We have studied the influence of low concentrations (0.1 M) of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([EMIM]Cl) on suppressing the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) using polycrystalline Ag, Cu, and Fe electrodes in aqueous acidic and basic media. HER suppression is generally desired when aiming to catalyze other reactions of interests, e.g., CO2 electro-reduction. Cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry measurements were performed at potentials between -0.2 and -0.8 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) to investigate HER activity in a simulated CO2 electrolysis environment without the CO2...
July 10, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Tuan Anh Pham, Marco Govoni, Robert Seidel, Stephen E Bradforth, Eric Schwegler, Giulia Galli
Predicting the electronic properties of aqueous liquids has been a long-standing challenge for quantum mechanical methods. However, it is a crucial step in understanding and predicting the key role played by aqueous solutions and electrolytes in a wide variety of emerging energy and environmental technologies, including battery and photoelectrochemical cell design. We propose an efficient and accurate approach to predict the electronic properties of aqueous solutions, on the basis of the combination of first-principles methods and experimental validation using state-of-the-art spectroscopic measurements...
June 2017: Science Advances
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