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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544598/from-extended-nano-fluidics-to-an-autonomous-solar-light-driven-micro-fuel-cell-device
#1
Yuriy Pihosh, Jin Uemura, Ivan Turkevych, Kazuma Mawatari, Yutaka Kazoe, Adelina Smirnova, Takehiko Kitamori
Autonomous micro/nano mechanical, chemical and biomedical sensors require persistent power sources scaled to their size. Realization of autonomous micro-power sources is a challenging task, as it requires combination of wireless energy supply, conversion, storage and delivery to the sensor. In this work, we realized solar light driven power source that consists of a micro fuel cell (μFC) and a photocatalytic micro fuel generator (μFG) integrated on a single microfluidic chip. The μFG produces hydrogen by photocatalytic water splitting under solar light...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544453/black-tungsten-nitride-as-metallic-photocatalyst-for-overall-water-splitting-operable-at-up-to-765-nm
#2
Yu Lei Wang, Ting Nie, Yu Hang Li, Xue Lu Wang, Li Rong Zheng, Ai Ping Chen, Xue Qing Gong, Huagui Yang
Semiconductor photocatalysts are hardly to be employed for overall water splitting beyond 700 nm, owing to both thermodynamic aspects and activation barriers. Metallic materials as photocatalysts are known to overcome this limitation through interband transitions for creating electron-hole pairs, however, the application of metallic photocatalysts for overall water splitting has never been fulfilled. Here we report, for the first time, that the black tungsten nitride can be employed as metallic photocatalyst for overall water splitting at wavelengths of up to 765 nm...
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537257/non-poissonian-photon-statistics-from-macroscopic-photon-cutting-materials
#3
Mathijs de Jong, Andries Meijerink, Freddy T Rabouw
In optical materials energy is usually extracted only from the lowest excited state, resulting in fundamental energy-efficiency limits such as the Shockley-Queisser limit for single-junction solar cells. Photon-cutting materials provide a way around such limits by absorbing high-energy photons and 'cutting' them into multiple low-energy excitations that can subsequently be extracted. The occurrence of photon cutting or quantum cutting has been demonstrated in a variety of materials, including semiconductor quantum dots, lanthanides and organic dyes...
May 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537072/enhanced-photocatalytic-activities-in-g-c3n4-via-hybridization-with-bi-fe-nb-containing-ferroelectric-pyrochlore
#4
Xiaofeng Yin, Xiaoning Li, Wen Gu, Fangfang Wang, Yijun Zou, Shujie Sun, Zhengping Fu, Yalin Lu
Ferroelectricity may promote the photocatalytic performance because carrier separation efficiency can be effectively improved by the internal electrostatic field caused by spontaneous polarization. Heterostructures which combine ferroelectric materials with other semiconductor materials can be further advantageous to the photocatalysis process. In this work, the Bi1.65Fe1.16Nb1.12O7 was hybridized with g-C3N4 via a facile low temperature method. The results of high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) confirmed that the tight interface were formed between g-C3N4 and Bi1...
May 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535670/ultrafast-spectroscopy-reveals-electron-transfer-cascade-that-improves-hydrogen-evolution-with-carbon-nitride-photocatalysts
#5
Kathryn L Corp, Cody W Schlenker
Solar hydrogen generation from water represents a compelling component of a future sustainable energy portfolio. Recently, chemically-robust heptazine-based polymers known as graphitic carbon nitrides (g-C3N4) have emerged as promising photocatalysts for hydrogen evolution using visible light while withstanding harsh chemical environments. However, since g-C3N4 electron transfer dynamics are poorly understood, rational design rules for improving activity remain unclear. Here, we use visible and near-infrared femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy to reveal an electron transfer cascade that correlates with a near-doubling in photocatalytic activity from 2050 µmol h(-1)g(-1) to 3810 µmol h(-1)g(-1) when we infuse a suspension of bulk g-C3N4 with 10% mass loading of chemically exfoliated carbon nitride...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535447/application-of-a-life-cycle-assessment-to-compare-environmental-performance-in-coal-mine-tailings-management
#6
Joni Safaat Adiansyah, Nawshad Haque, Michele Rosano, Wahidul Biswas
This study compares coal mine tailings management strategies using life cycle assessment (LCA) and land-use area metrics methods. Hybrid methods (the Australian indicator set and the ReCiPe method) were used to assess the environmental impacts of tailings management strategies. Several strategies were considered: belt filter press (OPT 1), tailings paste (OPT 2), thickened tailings (OPT 3), and variations of OPT 1 using combinations of technology improvement and renewable energy sources (OPT 1A-D). Electrical energy was found to contribute more than 90% of the environmental impacts...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534907/inkjet-printed-highly-transparent-and-flexible-graphene-micro-supercapacitors
#7
Szymon Sollami Delekta, Anderson D Smith, Jiantong Li, Mikael Östling
Modern energy storage devices for portable and wearable technologies must fulfill a number of requirements, such as small size, flexibility, thinness, reliability, transparency, manufacturing simplicity and performance, in order to be competitive in an ever expanding market. To this end, a comprehensive inkjet printing process is developed for the scalable and low-cost fabrication of transparent and flexible micro-supercapacitors. These solid-state devices, with printed thin films of graphene flakes as interdigitated electrodes, exhibit excellent performance versus transparency (ranging from a single-electrode areal capacitance of 16 μF cm(-2) at transmittance of 90% to a capacitance of 99 μF cm(-2) at transmittance of 71%)...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534675/gallium-in-depth-profile-in-bromine-etched-copper-indium-galium-di-selenide-cigs-thin-films-inspected-using-raman-spectroscopy
#8
Jacopo Parravicini, Maurizio Acciarri, Alberto Lomuscio, Matteo Murabito, Alessia Le Donne, Andrea Gasparotto, Simona Binetti
In the thin film solar cells domain, copper indium galium (di)selenide (CIGS) is a material with well-established photovoltaic purpose. Here the presence of a suitable [Ga]/([Ga]+[In]) (GGI) in-depth profile has proved to play a key role in the performance of cells. The implementation of a routine method based on reliable but easily available experimental techniques is mandatory to obtain information on the GGI profile of any CIGS layer, in order to achieve high efficiency chalcogenide layers. In this vein, we here propose and systematically test a simple method for the GGI profile determination based on repeated bromine etching of CIGS thin films followed by Raman analysis of the A1 peak position...
June 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534636/annealing-induced-shape-transformation-of-czts-nanorods-based-thin-films
#9
Govind Rajesh, Natarajan Muthukumarasamy, Dhayalan Velauthapillai, Sudip Kumar K Batabyal
Here we studied the annealing induced shape transformation of 1-D Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanorods from nanospheres and nanocubes by simple sol-gel method without using any toxic chemicals or complicated vacuum based technology. X-ray diffraction pattern and Raman Spectra reveals the formation of Kesterite structure CZTS thin films. The energy dispersive X-ray analysis results indicate the presence of Cu, Zn, Sn and S. The elemental distribution of all the CZTS samples was studied using elemental mapping. The Hall effect studies of the CZTS thin film composed of nanorods exhibits the lowest resistivity values which indicates efficient charge transfer for unidirectional structure...
May 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533462/thermal-consequences-of-colour-and-near-infrared-reflectance
#10
REVIEW
Devi Stuart-Fox, Elizabeth Newton, Susana Clusella-Trullas
The importance of colour for temperature regulation in animals remains controversial. Colour can affect an animal's temperature because all else being equal, dark surfaces absorb more solar energy than do light surfaces, and that energy is converted into heat. However, in reality, the relationship between colour and thermoregulation is complex and varied because it depends on environmental conditions and the physical properties, behaviour and physiology of the animal. Furthermore, the thermal effects of colour depend as much on absorptance of near-infrared ((NIR), 700-2500 nm) as visible (300-700 nm) wavelengths of direct sunlight; yet the NIR is very rarely considered or measured...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531092/effective-silicon-nanowire-arrays-wo3-core-shell-photoelectrode-for-neutral-ph-water-splitting
#11
Zhen Chen, Ning Minghui, Ge Ma, Qingguo Meng, Yongguang Zhang, Jinwei Gao, Mingliang Jin, Zhihong Chen, Mingzhe Yuan, Xin Wang, Junming Liu, Guofu Zhou
We report the first demonstration of a high-efficiency photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting reaction using a novel Si NWs/WO3 core/shell photoanode prepared by a mild and inexpensive metal-catalyzed electroless etching (MCEE) process followed by dip-coating, airing and annealing methods. The dense and vertically aligned Si NWs/WO3 core/shell nanostructure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In comparison to planar n-Si, Si NWs and planar Si/WO3, the Si NWs/WO3 samples showed significantly enhanced photocurrent over the entire potential sweep range...
May 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530392/a-hexafluoroquinoxaline-based-polymer-for-nonfullerene-solar-cells-reaching-9-4-efficiency
#12
Shutao Xu, Liuliu Feng, Jun Yuan, Zhi-Guo Zhang, Yongfang Li, Hongjian Peng, Yingping Zou
hrough introducing six fluorine atoms onto quinoxaline (Qx), a new electron acceptor unit-hexafluoroquinoxaline (HFQx) is firstly synthesized. Based on this unit, we synthesize a new donor-acceptor (D-A) copolymer (HFQx-T), which is composed of benzodithiophene (BDT) derivative donor block and an HFQx accepting block. The strong electron-withdrawing properties of fluorine atoms increase significantly the voltage open-circuit (Voc) by tuning the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level. In addition, fluorine atoms enhance the absorption coefficient of the conjugated copolymer and change the film morphology, which implies an increase of the short-circuit current density (Jsc) and fill factor (FF)...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530305/ultrathin-coox-modified-hematite-with-low-onset-potential-for-solar-water-oxidation
#13
Chun Du, Jun Wang, Xiao Liu, Jie Yang, Kun Cao, Yanwei Wen, Rong Chen, Bin Shan
Photoelectrochemical water splitting holds great potential for solar energy conversion and storage with zero greenhouse gas emission. Integration of a suitable co-catalyst with an absorber material enables the realization of highly efficient photocleavage of water. Herein, nanostructured hematite film was coated with an ultrathin and conformal CoOx overlayer through atomic layer deposition (ALD). The best performing hybrid hematite with a 2-3 nm ALD CoOx overlayer yielded a remarkable turn on potential of 0...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525952/sb-and-n-incorporation-interplay-in-gaassbn-gaas-epilayers-near-lattice-matching-condition-for-1-0-1-16-ev-photonic-applications
#14
V Braza, D F Reyes, A Gonzalo, A D Utrilla, T Ben, J M Ulloa, D González
As promising candidates for solar cell and photodetection applications in the range 1.0-1.16 eV, the growth of dilute nitride GaAsSbN alloys lattice matched to GaAs is studied. With this aim, we have taken advantage of the temperature gradient in the molecular beam epitaxy reactor to analyse the impact of temperature on the incorporation of Sb and N species according to the wafer radial composition gradients. The results from the combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopies (EDS) show an opposite rate of incorporation between N and Sb as we move away from the centre of the wafer...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525677/nonlinear-optical-properties-of-sodium-copper-chlorophyllin-in-aqueous-solution
#15
Jiangting Li, Yufeng Peng, Xueyun Han, Shaoshuai Guo, Kunning Liang, Minggao Zhang
BACKGROUND: Sodium copper chlorophyllin (SCC), as one of the derivatives of chlorophyll - with its inherent green features; good stability for heat, light, acids and alkalies; unique antimicrobial capability; and particular deodori zation performance - is widely applied in some fields such as the food industry, medicine and health care, daily cosmetic industry etc. SCC, as one of the metal porphyrins, has attracted much attention because of its unique electronic band structure and photon conversion performance...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525651/selecting-elephant-grass-families-and-progenies-to-produce-bioenergy-through-mixed-models-reml-blup
#16
E V Rodrigues, R F Daher, A Dos Santos, M Vivas, J C Machado, G do A Gravina, Y P de Souza, A K Vidal, A Dos S Rocha, R S Freitas
Brazil has great potential to produce bioenergy since it is located in a tropical region that receives high incidence of solar energy and presents favorable climatic conditions for such purpose. However, the use of bioenergy in the country is below its productivity potential. The aim of the current study was to select full-sib progenies and families of elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum S.) to optimize phenotypes relevant to bioenergy production through mixed models (REML/BLUP). The circulating diallel-based crossing of ten elephant grass genotypes was performed...
May 18, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524871/in-situ-light-responses-of-the-proteorhodopsin-bearing-antarctic-sea-ice-bacterium-psychroflexus-torques
#17
David J Burr, Andrew Martin, Elizabeth W Maas, Ken G Ryan
Proteorhodopsin (PR) is a wide-spread protein found in many marine prokaryotes. PR allows for the potential conversion of solar energy to ATP, possibly assisting in cellular growth and survival during periods of high environmental stress. PR utilises either blue or green light through a single amino acid substitution. We incubated the PR-bearing bacterium Psychroflexus torquis 50 cm deep within Antarctic sea ice for 13 days, exposing cultures to diurnal fluctuations in light and temperature. Enhanced growth occurred most prominently in cultures incubated under irradiance levels of ∼50 μmol photons m(-2) s(-1), suggesting PR provides a strong selective advantage...
May 19, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524245/towards-efficient-spectral-converters-through-materials-design-for-luminescent-solar-devices
#18
REVIEW
Barry McKenna, Rachel C Evans
Single-junction photovoltaic devices exhibit a bottleneck in their efficiency due to incomplete or inefficient harvesting of photons in the low- or high-energy regions of the solar spectrum. Spectral converters can be used to convert solar photons into energies that are more effectively captured by the photovoltaic device through a photoluminescence process. Here, recent advances in the fields of luminescent solar concentration, luminescent downshifting, and upconversion are discussed. The focus is specifically on the role that materials science has to play in overcoming barriers in the optical performance in all spectral converters and on their successful integration with both established (e...
May 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523612/analysis-of-the-environmental-issues-concerning-the-deployment-of-an-otec-power-plant-in-martinique
#19
Damien A Devault, Anne Péné-Annette
Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is a form of power generation, which exploits the temperature difference between warm surface seawater and cold deep seawater. Suitable conditions for OTEC occur in deep warm seas, especially the Caribbean, the Red Sea and parts of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. The continuous power provided by this renewable power source makes a useful contribution to a renewable energy mix because of the intermittence of the other major renewable power sources, i.e. solar or wind power. Industrial-scale OTEC power plants have simply not been built...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522878/the-photodissociation-of-hcn-and-hnc-effects-on-the-hnc-hcn-abundance-ratio-in-the-interstellar-medium
#20
Alfredo Aguado, Octavio Roncero, Alexandre Zanchet, Marcelino Agúndez, José Cernicharo
The impact of the photodissociation of HCN and HNC isomers is analyzed in different astrophysical environments. For this purpose, the individual photodissociation cross section of HCN and HNC isomers have been calculated in the 7-13.6 eV photon energy range for a temperature of 10 K. These calculations are based on the ab initio calculation of three-dimensional adiabatic potential energy surfaces of the 21 lower electronic states. The cross sections are then obtained using a quantum wave packet calculation of the rotational transitions needed to simulate a rotational temperature of 10 K...
March 20, 2017: Astrophysical Journal
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