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See detailProtein-calcium phosphate nanocomposites: Benchmarking protein loading via physical and chemical modifications against co-precipitation
Ozhukil Kollath, Vinayaraj ULg; Mullens, Steven; Luyten, Jan et al

in RSC Advances (2015), 5

The low protein loading capacity of commercially available calcium phosphate (CaP) is a major impediment in effectively using this inorganic material as a protein carrier despite its recognized ... [more ▼]

The low protein loading capacity of commercially available calcium phosphate (CaP) is a major impediment in effectively using this inorganic material as a protein carrier despite its recognized biocompatibility. In this study, nanocomposites of CaP and BSA were prepared by carefully designed precipitation methods in aqueous media. In the first co-precipitation method (CaP-BSA-1), calcium and phosphate precursors were simultaneously added to the protein solution matrix and in the second method (CaP-BSA-2) the protein solution was added after the reaction of the precursors. Crystallinity and phase composition of the resulting powders were determined using X-ray diffraction technique. Qualitative confirmation of presence of BSA on the nanocomposites, was obtained using mass spectrometry, ATR-FTIR and XPS. The results from desorption and thermogravimetric measurements indicated that BSA was trapped inside the cavities in the case of CaP-BSA- 1 whereas it was mostly surface adsorbed in the case of CaP-BSA-2. Protein loading capacity of these composites was compared with various physical and chemical surface modification strategies used on commercially available calcium phosphate powders. Nanocomposite particulates were found to have about 275 % higher protein loading capacity as compared to a commercial CaP powder with same surface area. Overall, this study benchmarks the different techniques used for protein loading enhancement on inorganic materials. [less ▲]

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See detailElucidating the opto-electrical properties of solid and hollow titania scattering layers for improvement of dye-sensitized solar cells
Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Spronck, Gilles ULg et al

in Thin Solid Films (2015)

The light scattering method has been adapted in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) for optical absorption enhancement. In DSC's, particle-size of TiO2 should be inline with the scattering wavelength range ... [more ▼]

The light scattering method has been adapted in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) for optical absorption enhancement. In DSC's, particle-size of TiO2 should be inline with the scattering wavelength range. Scattering particles can be used either by forming a bilayer structure with TiO2 nanocrystalline film or into the bulk of TiO2 nanocrystalline film. For improving the DSCs performances these scattering layers aim to refract/reflect the incident light by extending the traveling distance of UV-Visible/near-IR light within the dye-sensitized TiO2 nanocrystalline film. In this work, the scattering layers with two different particle-sizes (~200 nm-solid and ~400 nm-hollow) were deposited as an additional layer on the top of dye-sensitized TiO2 nanocrystalline film and the morphological properties were studied. By using various opto-electrical characterization techniques, the influence of these scattering layers for two different classes of DSCs prepared from N3 (UV-Vis) and SQ2 (near-IR) dyes were investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrowave sintering of Ge-doped In2O3 thermoelectric ceramics prepared by slip casting process
Combe, Emmanuel ULg; Guilmeau, Emmanuel; Savary, E et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2015), 35

Ge doped In2O3 bulks were prepared by dry uniaxial compaction or slip casting shaping methods followed by a conventional or microwave sintering. Density of slip casted Ge doped In2O3 samples after ... [more ▼]

Ge doped In2O3 bulks were prepared by dry uniaxial compaction or slip casting shaping methods followed by a conventional or microwave sintering. Density of slip casted Ge doped In2O3 samples after conventional sintering reaches bulk density close to the theoretical one thanks to an optimized particles arrangement in the slip casted green bulks. Combined with a fast microwave sintering, slip casted bulks possess submicrometer grain size due to limited grain growth. A significant decrease of the electrical resistivity has been measured in slip casted samples sintered by conventional heat treatment. In bulk specimens sintered by microwave heating, a simultaneous increase of electrical resistivity and decrease of the thermal conductivity is observed. From room temperature to 1000 K in air, slip casted samples sintered by conventional or microwave sintering exhibit similar thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) values. [less ▲]

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See detailUn assemblage épitaxique… d’hématite sur rutile.
Warin; Robert, A; Hatert, Frédéric ULg et al

in Le Règne Minéral (2015), 124

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See detailComparison of structural features of spin-coated and USP-deposited templated α-Fe2O3films
Toussaint, Caroline ULg; Chatzikyriakou, Daphne; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

Poster (2015)

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See detailAtmospheric Pressure Plasma as an Activation Step for Improving Protein Adsorption on Hydroxyapatite Powder
Ozhukil Kollath, Vinayaraj ULg; Put, Sofie; Mullens, Steven et al

in Plasma Processes and Polymers (2015)

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See detailCombining mesoporosity and Ti-doping in hematite films for water splitting
Toussaint, Caroline ULg; Tran, Hoang Son ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2015), 119(4), 1642-1650

(Graph Presented). In this study, we report the synthesis of Ti-doped mesoporous hematite films by soft-templating for application as photoanodes in the photoelectrolysis of water (water splitting ... [more ▼]

(Graph Presented). In this study, we report the synthesis of Ti-doped mesoporous hematite films by soft-templating for application as photoanodes in the photoelectrolysis of water (water splitting). Because the activation of the dopant requires a heat treatment at high temperature (≥800°C), it usually results in the collapse of the mesostructure. We have overcome this obstacle by using a temporary SiO2 scaffold to hinder crystallite growth and thereby maintain the mesoporosity. The beneficial effect of the activated dopant has been confirmed by comparing the photocurrent of doped and undoped films treated at different temperatures. The role of the mesostructure was investigated by comparing dense, collapsed, and mesoporous films heated at different temperatures and characterized under front and back illumination. It turns out that the preservation of the mesotructure enables a better penetration of the electrolyte into the film and therefore reduces the distance that the photogenerated holes have to travel to reach the electrolyte. As a result, we found that mesoporous films with dopant activation at 850°C perform better than comparable dense and collapsed films. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrografting of polythiophenes on zinc oxide nanorods for photovoltaic cells
Demarteau, Jérémy ULg; Ouhib, Farid ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 20)

As the rarefaction of fossil energies, photovoltaic cells are certainly amongst the most important energy sources for the future. Our work concentrated on hybrid photovoltaic cells that are based on ... [more ▼]

As the rarefaction of fossil energies, photovoltaic cells are certainly amongst the most important energy sources for the future. Our work concentrated on hybrid photovoltaic cells that are based on organic (polythiophene) and inorganic components (ZnO nanorods). The technology that maximizes the contact area between the two semi-conductor n and p while maintaining two separate components is the interdigital configuration. As the inorganic part, perfectly well aligned zinc oxide (ZnO) 1D nanostructures have been synthesized by hydrothermal growth on ZnO-seeded FTO substrates. SEM, AFM and XRD characterizations evidence patterned well- aligned nanorods with high c-axis, their roughness of surface and the length of their nanostructure. Concerning the organic component, we synthetize polythiophenes based diblock copolymer with high degree of regioregularity and predetermined molecular weight using Grignard Methatis (GRIM) process. Diblock polythiophene based copolymers are of interest because of the possibility of generating multifunctional materials (by associating the specific properties of each block), including their ability for self-assembly into well-defined nanostructures (fibrils or micelles) with controllable dimensions. Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) composes the first block and the second block is either a polythiophene bearing an acrylate group on each monomer unit (PAcET), or a polythiophene bearing both acrylate and poly(ethylene glycol) side chains (P(AcET-co-PEGET)). Typically, the acrylates are used to fixe in a covalent way the copolymer to ZnO nanorods, while the PEG grafts are necessary for the solubilisation of the copolymer in the electrografting medium. 1H NMR and DLS characterizations allow us to find the backbone and the micellar structure of the copolymer. Cathodic polarization (electrografting) of ZnO nanorods induces electropolymerization of acrylate groups, leading to an adherent organized film of poly(thiophene)-based micelles. During the illumination tests, we obtained a typical response of a photovoltaic despite the low yields. This promising synthetic route opens exciting perspectives for the production and the electrochemical functionalization of different lengths of ZnO nanowires, which seems to be promising candidate for hybrids photovoltaic cells. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of the RE (RE = Eu, Er) doping on the structural and textural properties of mesoporous TiO2 thin films obtained by evaporation induced self-assembly method
Borlaf, Mario; Caes, Sébastien ULg; Dewalque, Jennifer ULg et al

in Thin Solid Films (2014), 558

Polymeric sol–gel route has been used for the preparation of TiO2 and RE2O3–TiO2 (RE = Eu, Er) mesoporous thin films by evaporation induced self-assembly method using Si (100) as a substrate. The ... [more ▼]

Polymeric sol–gel route has been used for the preparation of TiO2 and RE2O3–TiO2 (RE = Eu, Er) mesoporous thin films by evaporation induced self-assembly method using Si (100) as a substrate. The influence of the relative humidity (RH) on the preparation of the film has been studied being necessary to work under 40% RH in order to obtain homogeneous and transparent thin films. The films were annealed at different temperatures until 900 °C/1 h and the anatase crystallization and its crystal size evolution were followed by low angle X-ray diffraction. Neither the anatase–rutile transition nor the formation of other compounds was observed in the studied temperature range. Ellipsoporosimetry studies demonstrated that the thickness of the thin films did not change after calcination at 500 °C, the porosity was constant until 700 °C, the pore size increased and the specific surface area decreased with temperature. Moreover, the effect of the doping with Er3 + and Eu3 + was studied and a clear inhibition of the crystal growth and the sintering process was detected (by transmission electron and atomic force microscopy) when the doped films are compared with the undoped ones. Finally, Eu3 + and Er3 + f–f transitions were detected by PL measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailYBa2Cu3O7-δ thick films for magnetic shielding: Electrophoretic deposition from butanol-based suspension
Closset, Raphaël ULg; Kumar, Devendra; Wera, Laurent ULg et al

in Materials Letters (2014), 119

Multilayered YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thick films were coated on silver substrates by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) followed by heat treatment. A butanol-based YBCO suspension is used instead of the common ... [more ▼]

Multilayered YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thick films were coated on silver substrates by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) followed by heat treatment. A butanol-based YBCO suspension is used instead of the common acetone-iodine combination. Tests with several dispersing agents reveal that a branched polyethyleneimine (PEI) dispersant develops large positive surface charge on suspended YBCO particles. As a demonstration of the performance of this new suspension formulation, a 12-layer 100 μm-thick YBCO coating was deposited on an Ag tube. The superconducting transition is sharp with onset critical temperature at 92 K. The sample can shield a magnetic field of ~1.3 mT at 77 K, i.e., the best value so far for an YBCO coating on a metallic substrate. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of mesoporosity in hematite films on water splitting efficiency
Toussaint, Caroline ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg

Poster (2014)

Solar energy is inexhaustible but variable during the day and the seasons. Photoelectrolysis of water (water splitting) convert this energy into hydrogen to obtain an energy that can be stored and ... [more ▼]

Solar energy is inexhaustible but variable during the day and the seasons. Photoelectrolysis of water (water splitting) convert this energy into hydrogen to obtain an energy that can be stored and transported on demand. Hematite is a promising material for the photoanode in water splitting because of its high stability in water, cheapness, abundance and its band gap that enables the absorption of visible light (Eg: 2,1eV). Nevertheless, hematite has also some drawbacks including a short diffusion length of holes and a bad electronic conductivity. We have implemented spin coating and templating to produce doped mesoporous hematite films. The nanostructuration can improve the performances in water splitting by reducing the diffusion length of holes and increasing the specific surface between the film and the electrolyte. To suppress the collapse of the mesoporosity at high temperature (requested for dopant activation), we have used a temporary silica confinement scaffold that reduces the crystallite growth. To show the impact of the nanostructure, we have compared three films (mesoporous, collapsed and dense) in terms of hematite content (elemental analysis), nanostructure (electron microscopy), crystallinity (X-ray diffraction) and water splitting efficiency. We have also test two thermal treatments. This study highlights the effect of the effective interface with the electrolyte, through the preservation or not of open porosity and the different evolutions of the nanostructures as a function of the heat treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailMesoporous amorphous tungsten oxide electrochromic films: a Raman analysis of their good switching behavior
Chatzikyriakou, Dafni ULg; Krins, Natacha ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

in Electrochimica Acta (2014), 137

The intercalation and de-intercalation of lithium cations in electrochromic tungsten oxide thin films are significantly influenced by their structural and surface characteristics. In this study, we ... [more ▼]

The intercalation and de-intercalation of lithium cations in electrochromic tungsten oxide thin films are significantly influenced by their structural and surface characteristics. In this study, we prepared two types of amorphous films via the sol-gel technique: one dense and one mesoporous in order to compare their response upon lithium intercalation and de-intercalation. According to chronoamperometric measurements, Li+ intercalates/de-intercalates faster in the mesoporous film (24s/6s) than in the dense film (48s/10s). The electrochemical measurements (cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry) also showed worse reversibility for the dense film compared to the mesoporous film, giving rise to important Li+ trapping and remaining coloration of the film. Raman analysis showed that the mesoporous film provides more accessible and various W-O surface bonds for Li+ intercalation. On the contrary, in the first electrochemical insertion and de-insertion in the dense film, Li+ selectively reacts with a few surface W-O bonds and preferentially intercalates into pre-existing crystallites to form stable irreversible LixWO3 bronze. [less ▲]

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See detailPore-filling of Spiro-OMeTAD determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in templated TiO2 photoelectrodes
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULg et al

in Organic Electronics (2014), 15

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials ... [more ▼]

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials. However, in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells, optimal TiO2 films thickness is limited to a few microns allowing the adsorption of only a low quantity of photoactive dye and thus leading to poor light harvesting and low conversion efficiency. In order to overcome this limitation, high surface area templated films are investigated as alternative to nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing. Moreover, templating is expected to improve the pore accessibility what would promote the solid electrolyte penetration inside the porous network, making possible efficient charge transfers. In this study, films prepared from different structuring agents are discussed in terms of microstructural properties (porosity, crystallinity) as well as impact on the dye loading and Spiro-OMeTAD (2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)9,9'-spirobifluorene) solid electrolyte filling. We first report Rutherford backscattering spectrometry as an innovative non-destructive tool to characterize the hole transporting materials infiltration. Templated films show dye loading more than two times higher than nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing and solid electrolyte infiltration up to 88%. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of quasi-monophase Y-type hexaferrite Ba2Mg2Fe12O22 powder
Koutzarova, T.; Kolev, S.; Nedkov, I. et al

in Micro and Nanosystems (2014), 6(1), 14-20

We present the structural and magnetic properties of a multiferroic Ba2Mg2Fe12O22 hexaferrite composite containing a small amount of MgFe2O4. The composite material was obtained by auto-combustion ... [more ▼]

We present the structural and magnetic properties of a multiferroic Ba2Mg2Fe12O22 hexaferrite composite containing a small amount of MgFe2O4. The composite material was obtained by auto-combustion synthesis and, alternatively, by co-precipitation. The Ba2Mg2Fe12O22 particles obtained by co-precipitation have an almost perfect hexagonal shape in contrast with those prepared by auto-combustion. Two magnetic phase transitions, responsible for the composite’s multiferroic properties, were observed, namely, at 183 K and 40 K for the material produced by auto-combustion, and at 196 K and 30 K for the sample prepared by co-precipitation. No magnetic phase transitions in these temperature ranges were observed for a MgFe2O4 sample, which shows that the magnesium ferrite does not affect the multiferroic properties of this type of multiferroic metarials. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrasonic Spray Pyrolysis: an innovative fabrication method for electrochromic glazing
Maho, Anthony ULg; Domercq, Benoit; Denayer, Jessica et al

Conference (2014)

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See detailSurfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of nickel oxide and lithium-doped nickel oxide thin films, towards electrochromic applications
Denayer, Jessica ULg; Bister, Geoffroy; Simonis, Priscilla et al

in Applied Surface Science (2014), 321

Lithium-doped nickel oxide and undoped nickel oxide thin films have been deposited on FTO/glass substrates by a surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The addition of polyethylene glycol in the ... [more ▼]

Lithium-doped nickel oxide and undoped nickel oxide thin films have been deposited on FTO/glass substrates by a surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The addition of polyethylene glycol in the sprayed solution has led to improved uniformity and reduced light scattering compared to films made without surfactant. Furthermore, the presence of lithium ions in NiO films has resulted in improved electrochromic performances (coloration contrast and efficiency), but with a slight decrease of the electrochromic switching kinetics. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved coloration contrast and electrochromic efficiency of tungsten oxide films thanks to a surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis process
Denayer, Jessica ULg; Aubry, Philippe; Bister, Geoffroy et al

in Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells (2014), 130

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