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Sayyed A Qaisar, Timothy P Comyn, Andrew J Bell
The stress and temperature dependence of three different PZT ceramics have been measured at 48 hours and 1 month after poling. The data were fitted to a modified Rayleigh law in which a negative quadratic stress term accounts for a saturation of the domain wall contributions at higher stress. The relative changes to the fitting parameters can be explained by the materials possessing differences in the concentration of orientable defect dipoles, but with similar distributions of relaxation time constants.
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Weiwei Zhao, Xiu He, Yu Peng, Hongfeng Zhang, Donglan Sun, Xiaocong Wang
Ordered mesoporous TiO2 materials are successfully synthesized via a sol-gel route using butyl titanate as a precursor and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate surfactants as soft templates. The as-prepared TiO2 samples possess a relatively high surface area of 40.03 m(2)/g and the center of pore diameter distribution of 13.04 nm. They exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity towards degradation of organic pollutants in tannery wastewater under UV-light and natural sunlight irradiation. The effect of the catalyst dosage, the pH value of the solution and the concentration of H2O2 are discussed in detail...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Xingxing Xiao, Marc Widenmeyer, Wenjie Xie, Tianhua Zou, Songhak Yoon, Marco Scavini, Stefano Checchia, Zhicheng Zhong, Philipp Hansmann, Stefan Kilper, Andrei Kovalevsky, Anke Weidenkaff
A series of Ba1-xEuxTiO3-δ (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.9) phases with ∼40 nm particle size were synthesized via a Pechini method followed by annealing and sintering under a reducing atmosphere. The effects of Eu(2+) substitution on the BaTiO3 crystal structure and the thermoelectric transport properties were systematically investigated. According to synchrotron X-ray diffraction data only cubic perovskite structures were observed. On the local scale below about 20 Å (equal to ∼5 unit cells) deviations from the cubic structure model (Pm3[combining macron]m) were detected by evaluation of the pair distribution function (PDF)...
March 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Anuj Chopra, Muharrem Bayraktar, Maarten Nijland, Johan E Ten Elshof, Fred Bijkerk, Guus Rijnders
Renewed interest has been witnessed in utilizing the piezoelectric response of PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) films on glass substrates for applications such as adaptive optics. Accordingly, new methodologies are being explored to grow well-oriented PZT thin films to harvest a large piezoelectric response. However, thin film piezoelectric response is significantly reduced compared to intrinsic response due to substrate induced clamping, even when films are well-oriented. Here, a novel method is presented to grow preferentially (100)-oriented PZT films on glass substrates by utilizing crystalline nanosheets as seed layers...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Zhen Tian, Steve B Jiang, Xun Jia
The accurate simulation of water radiolysis is an important step to understand the mechanisms of radiobiology and quantitatively test some hypotheses regarding radiobiological effects. However, the simulation of water radiolysis is highly time consuming, taking hours or even days to be completed by a conventional CPU processor. This time limitation hinders cell-level simulations for a number of research studies. We recently initiated efforts to develop gMicroMC, a GPU-based fast microscopic MC simulation package for water radiolysis...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Raghavendra D Kulkarni, G S Ajantha, Aithal R Kiran, K R Pravinchandra
Measles, a highly infectious viral disease is the next target for eradication following poliovirus. Decades of experience with highly effective vaccination has invigorated us to take on this virus. The task is not only Titanic but is laced with intricate issues. Recently, an outbreak of fever with rash occurred on a tertiary care teaching hospital campus and was confirmed serologically as measles outbreak by IgMELISA. Therefore, we searched the literature related to outbreaks, transmission of the measles virus, age groups involved, vaccination strategies, vaccination failure and epidemiological features of the disease and reviewed the possible reasons for such outbreaks and problems in the global eradication of the virus...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
Lingting Ye, Minyi Zhang, Ping Huang, Guocong Guo, Maochun Hong, Chunsen Li, John T S Irvine, Kui Xie
Sustainable future energy scenarios require significant efficiency improvements in both electricity generation and storage. High-temperature solid oxide cells, and in particular carbon dioxide electrolysers, afford chemical storage of available electricity that can both stabilize and extend the utilization of renewables. Here we present a double doping strategy to facilitate CO2 reduction at perovskite titanate cathode surfaces, promoting adsorption/activation by making use of redox active dopants such as Mn linked to oxygen vacancies and dopants such as Ni that afford metal nanoparticle exsolution...
March 16, 2017: Nature Communications
L René Corrales, Thomas D Yi, Samantha K Trumbo, David Shalloway, Jonathan I Lunine, David A Usher
The atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, exhibits interesting UV- and radiation-driven chemistry between nitrogen and methane, resulting in dipolar, nitrile-containing molecules. The assembly and subsequent solvation of such molecules in the alkane lakes and seas found on the moon's surface are of particular interest for investigating the possibility of prebiotic chemistry in Titan's hydrophobic seas. Here we characterize the solvation of acetonitrile, a product of Titan's atmospheric radiation chemistry tentatively detected on Titan's surface [H...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
Lingmin Yao, Zhongbin Pan, Jiwei Zhai, Haydn H D Chen
Nanocomposites in capacitors combining highly aligned one dimension ferroelectric nanowires with polymer would be more desirable for achieving higher energy density. However, the synthesis of the well-isolated ferroelectric oxide nanorod arrays with a high orientation has been rather scant, especially using glass-made substrates. In this study, a novel design that is capable of fabricating a highly [110]-oriented BaTiO3 (BT) nanorod array was proposed first, using a three-step hydrothermal reaction on glass-made substrates...
March 15, 2017: Nanoscale
Lauren A Hughes, Klaus van Benthem
A spark plasma sintering apparatus was used as a novel method for diffusion bonding of two single crystals of strontium titanate to form bicrystals with one twist grain boundary. This apparatus utilizes high uniaxial pressure and a pulsed direct current for rapid consolidation of material. Diffusion bonding of strontium titanate bicrystals without fracture, in a spark plasma sintering apparatus, is possible at high pressures due to the unusual temperature dependent plasticity behavior of strontium titanate...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jessica A Alexander, Frank J Scheltens, Lawrence F Drummy, Michael F Durstock, Fredrik S Hage, Quentin M Ramasse, David W McComb
Advances in electron monochromator technology are providing opportunities for high energy resolution (10 - 200meV) electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) to be performed in the scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). The energy-loss near-edge structure in core-loss spectroscopy is often limited by core-hole lifetimes rather than the energy spread of the incident illumination. However, in the valence-loss region, the reduced width of the zero loss peak makes it possible to resolve clearly and unambiguously spectral features at very low energy-losses (<3eV)...
March 2, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
Xuetian Ma, Ke An, Jianmin Bai, Hailong Chen
Sodium ion batteries are being considered as an alternative to lithium ion batteries in large-scale energy storage applications owing to the low cost. A novel titanate compound, NaAlTi3O8, was successfully synthesized and tested as a promising anode material for sodium ion batteries. Powder X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and refinement were used to analyze the crystal structure. Electrochemical cycling tests under a C/10 rate between 0.01 - 2.5 V showed that ~83 mAh/g capacity could be achieved in the second cycle, with ~75% of which retained after 100 cycles, which corresponds to 0...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
Jiaying Wang, Satyan Choudhary, William L Harrigan, Alfred J Crosby, Kevin R Kittilstved, Stephen S Nonnenmann
Memristors, often comprising an insulating metal oxide film between two metal electrodes (MIM), constitute a class of two-terminal devices that possesses tunable variations in resistance based on the applied bias history. Intense research remains focused on the metal-insulator interface, which serves as the crux of coupled electronic-ionic interactions and dictates the underpinning transport mechanisms at either electrode. Top-down, ultrahigh-vacuum (UVH) deposition approaches for MIM nanostructures yield highly crystalline, heteroepitaxial interfaces but limit the number of electrode configurations due to a fixed bottom electrode...
March 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Liangchen Ye, Gaofei Zhang, Zheng You
The MEMS (Micro-Electronical Mechanical System) scanning mirror is an optical MEMS device that can scan laser beams across one or two dimensions. MEMS scanning mirrors can be applied in a variety of applications, such as laser display, bio-medical imaging and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). These commercial applications have recently created a great demand for low-driving-voltage and low-power MEMS mirrors. However, no reported two-axis MEMS scanning mirror is available for usage in a universal supplying voltage such as 5 V...
March 5, 2017: Sensors
Hongquan Yu, Yue Li, Yang Song, Yanbo Wu, Xijie Lan, Shimin Liu, Yanning Tang, Shasha Xu, Baojiu Chen
Electrospinning has emerged as an attractive technique for the fabrication of ultrafine fibres in micro-/nano-scale fineness: however, it remains a significant technological challenge to assemble aligned fibre arrays via an conventional electrospinning method due to the inherent whipping instability of the polymeric jet. We herein have first developed a simple modified electrospinning method with which to prepare ultralong (>300 mm) well-aligned inorganic fibre arrays, i.e., using an ultrahigh molecular weight polymer to suppress or eliminate the whipping motion of the electrospun jet, has emerged as a facile approach for the continuous fabrication of well-aligned, ultralong fibres through simply using a rotating cylinder as the collector (it was not found necessary to use a very high rotating speed, extra magnetic, electrical field) in the electrospinning process...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Minh D Nguyen, Evert P Houwman, Matthijn Dekkers, Guus Rijnders
Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) films with (001) orientation were deposited on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. Variation of the laser pulse rate during the deposition of the PZT films was found to play a key role in the control of the microstructure and to change strongly the piezoelectric response of the thin film. The film deposited at low pulse rate has a denser columnar microstructure, which improves the transverse piezoelectric coefficient (d31f) and ferroelectric remanent polarization (Pr), whereas the less densely packed columnar grains in the film deposited at high pulse rates give rise to a significantly higher longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient (d33f) value...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Massimo Zimbone, Giuseppe Cacciato, Mohamed Boutinguiza, Vittorio Privitera, Maria Grazia Grimaldi
Since 1970, TiO2 photocatalysis has been considered a possible alternative for sustainable water treatment. This is due to its material stability, abundance, nontoxicity and high activity. Unfortunately, its wide band gap (≈3.2 eV) in the UV portion of the spectrum makes it inefficient under solar illumination. Recently, so-called "black TiO2" has been proposed as a candidate to overcome this issue. However, typical synthesis routes require high hydrogen pressure and long annealing treatments. In this work, we present an industrially scalable synthesis of TiO2-based material based on laser irradiation...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Natalia Ohon, Roman Stepchuk, Kostiantyn Blazhivskyi, Leonid Vasylechko
Single-phase mixed aluminates-titanates Nd1-x Sr x Al1-x Ti x O3 (x = 0.3 ÷ 0.9) were prepared from stoichiometric amounts of constituent oxides Nd2O3, Al2O3, TiO2 and strontium carbonate SrCO3 by solid-state reaction technique in air at 1773 K. Crystal structure parameters of Nd1-x Sr x Al1-x Ti x O3 were refined by full-profile Rietveld refinement in space groups R [Formula: see text] c (x = 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 0.8) and Pm [Formula: see text] m (x = 0.9). Comparison of the obtained structural parameters with the literature data for the end members of the system NdAlO3 and SrTiO3 revealed formation of two kinds of solid solutions Nd1-xSrxAl1-xTixO3 with the cubic and rhombohedral perovskite structure...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Yufei Tang, Cong Wu, Zixiang Wu, Long Hu, Wei Zhang, Kang Zhao
The piezoelectric effect of biological piezoelectric materials promotes bone growth. However, the material should be subjected to stress before it can produce an electric charge that promotes bone repair and reconstruction conducive to fracture healing. A novel method for in vitro experimentation of biological piezoelectric materials with physiological load is presented. A dynamic loading device that can simulate the force of human motion and provide periodic load to piezoelectric materials when co-cultured with cells was designed to obtain a realistic expression of piezoelectric effect on bone repair...
February 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Alison B Callahan, Ashley A Campbell, Carisa Petris, Michael Kazim
PURPOSE: Despite its increasing use in craniofacial reconstructions, three-dimensional (3D) printing of customized orbital implants has not been widely adopted. Limitations include the cost of 3D printers able to print in a biocompatible material suitable for implantation in the orbit and the breadth of available implant materials. The authors report the technique of low-cost 3D printing of orbital implant templates used in complex, often secondary, orbital reconstructions. METHODS: A retrospective case series of 5 orbital reconstructions utilizing a technique of 3D printed orbital implant templates is presented...
February 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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