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See detailConvenient grafting through approach for the preparation of stealth polymeric blood pool magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents
Grogna, Mathurin ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Luxen, André ULg et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (2011), 49(17), 3700-3708

New hydrosoluble magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) macrocontrast agents are synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) copolymerization of poly(ethylene oxide) methyl ether ... [more ▼]

New hydrosoluble magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) macrocontrast agents are synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) copolymerization of poly(ethylene oxide) methyl ether acrylate (PEOMA) with an acrylamide bearing a ligand for gadolinium, followed by the complexation of Gd3+. This convenient and simple grafting through approach leads to macrocontrast agents with a high relaxivity at high frequency that is imparted by the restricted tumbling of the Gd3+ complex caused by its attachment to the polymer backbone. Importantly a very low protein adsorption is also evidenced by the hemolytic CH50 test. It is the result of the poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) brush that efficiently hides the gadolinium complex and renders it stealth to the proteins of the immune system. Improved contrast and long blood circulating properties are thus expected for these macrocontrast agents. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign and synthesis of novel DOTA(Gd3+)–polymer conjugates as potential MRI contrast agents
Grogna, Mathurin ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Luxen, André ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21(34), 12917-12926

Conventional low molecular weight gadolinium based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agents such as Magnevist® are very useful for imaging tissues. However, at the high magnetic fields used in ... [more ▼]

Conventional low molecular weight gadolinium based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agents such as Magnevist® are very useful for imaging tissues. However, at the high magnetic fields used in modern MRI equipments, their relaxivity (contrasting efficiency) is rather poor. The grafting of the gadolinium complex onto macromolecules is a way to enhance their relaxivity provided that the rotational motion of the complex is decreased significantly. Here we report the design of novel Gd3+ based MRI contrast agents with improved relaxivity and potential long blood circulation life-time. We investigate the grafting of 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7-triacetic acid, 1,4,7-tris(1,1-dimethylethyl) ester (DO3AtBu-NH2; a precursor of Gd3+ ligand) onto well-defined functional copolymers bearing activated esters (succinimidyl esters) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains required for stealthiness. The tert-butyl groups of grafted DO3AtBu-NH2 are then deprotected by trifluoroacetic acid followed by complexation of Gd3+. Addition of free DOTA at the end of the reaction is necessary to leave the pure and stable water soluble macrocontrast agent. Importantly it shows a relaxivity at high frequencies that is 300% higher than that of the ungrafted gadolinium complex. These novel functional copolymers are therefore promising candidates as macromolecular contrast agents for MRI applications. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetically engineered polypeptides as a new tool for inorganic nano-particles separation in water based media
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Genin, Alexis ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21

The present paper relates a method for the separation of an insoluble inorganic powder out of a mixture of several insoluble powders with different chemical compositions, using genetically engineered ... [more ▼]

The present paper relates a method for the separation of an insoluble inorganic powder out of a mixture of several insoluble powders with different chemical compositions, using genetically engineered inorganic binding peptides (GEPI). GEPI are small peptides that recognize and specifically bind an inorganic solid material. This GEPI is anchored to magnetic beads for easy recovery of the powder of interest from the mixture. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the pedogenesis effects on the fractionation of metallic trace elements in solid wastes from industrial activities
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Liénard, Amandine ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

Poster (2011, July 04)

This work aims at contributing to a better knowledge of the reactivity of metal-bearing phases to evaluate the risks of metal trace elements (MTE) transfers in soil-plant-water system. The high proportion ... [more ▼]

This work aims at contributing to a better knowledge of the reactivity of metal-bearing phases to evaluate the risks of metal trace elements (MTE) transfers in soil-plant-water system. The high proportion of the MTE on this type of sites seems to be mobilized only by particularly aggressive conditions but unstable bearing mineral phases have also been observed in smaller proportions. [less ▲]

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See detailDense La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O2.85 electrolyte for IT-SOFC's: Sintering study and electrochemical characterization
Traina, Karl ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Journal of Alloys & Compounds (2011), 509(5), 1493-1500

This paper presents the sintering behaviour of a La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O2.85 coral-like microstructure powder. This is prepared by a successive freeze-drying and self-ignition process followed by ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the sintering behaviour of a La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O2.85 coral-like microstructure powder. This is prepared by a successive freeze-drying and self-ignition process followed by calcination at 1200 ◦C during 1 h. This synthesis method gives great uniformity of the powder and allows shaping into compacts without requiring a grinding step. The grain size distribution (between 0.5 and 4 m) favours a good sintering behaviour: open porosity disappear at 1400 ◦C and relative densities over 99% can be achieved after 6 h at 1450 ◦C. The same powder can also be sintered into a thin disc of ∼100 mthickness. The characterization of the dense material by impedance spectroscopy shows that the activation energies below and above 600 ◦C are 1.0 eV and 0.7 eV, respectively. The conductivity at 800 ◦C is ∼0.11 S cm−1. Special attention is devoted to the temperature range between 200 ◦C and 400 ◦C, where the intragrain and intergrain contributions can be distinguished. The analysis of the parameters describing the intragrain constant phase element in the equivalent circuit suggests that, above 325 ◦C, the system evolves from a distribution of relaxation time to only one relaxation time. The analysis of the data by the complexes permittivity show that ionic oxide conduction mechanism would occur in two steps. In the first, an oxygen vacancy would be released and, in the second, the migration of the ionic oxide would take place in the material. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of surface and porous properties of synthetic hybrid lamellar silica
Toussaint, Gilles ULg; Rodriguez, Miguel Angel; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2011), 357

Synthetic lamellar silica and hybrid lamellar silicas have been prepared by liquid crystal templating, template extraction and silanization. The samples have been characterized by thermogravimetric ... [more ▼]

Synthetic lamellar silica and hybrid lamellar silicas have been prepared by liquid crystal templating, template extraction and silanization. The samples have been characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), carbon analysis, spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and nitrogen adsorption. The XRD analyses have shown that the lamellar periodic stacking is preserved for all samples. The quantity and type of organic molecules at the silica surface have been evaluated by carbon analysis, TGA and spectroscopy. The covalent grafting of the solvent used for extraction of the initial surfactant has been highlighted by these analyses. The nitrogen adsorption analyses have revealed three categories of pores and two types of samples. The initial lamellar silica exhibits a very low specific surface area and plate-like type of pores. The second type of samples is made up of the hybrid samples and the initial substrate from whom the surfactant has been extracted. These samples show a significantly higher specific surface area with interlamellar spaces corresponding to narrow-slit like mesopores around 4 nm. The nitrogen adsorption data analysis has highlighted the presence of micropores within the silica sheets. The difference of the specific surface is due to pore blocking by the surfactant impeding the access to nitrogen into interlamellar spaces and by the silanes covering the pores once the surface modified. The presence of micro and mesopores combined to a high BET specific surface of 612 m²/g makes these lamellar silicas interesting materials for catalysis applications. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical properties of thermochromic VO 2 thin films on stainless steel: Experimental and theoretical studies
Lafort, A.; Kebaili, H.; Goumri-Said, S. et al

in Thin Solid Films (2011), 519(10), 3283-3287

Thermochromic films of VO 2 were deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering on stainless steel substrate. Complex refractive indexes of VO 2 were determined by ellipsometric spectroscopy (0.35-16.5 μm ... [more ▼]

Thermochromic films of VO 2 were deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering on stainless steel substrate. Complex refractive indexes of VO 2 were determined by ellipsometric spectroscopy (0.35-16.5 μm) for different film thicknesses. Optical simulations were performed to model the spectral reflectance of the film/substrate system for a film thickness of 100 nm and 200 nm and to monitor the optical contrast of the thermochromic layers by comparing the spectral reflectance at 25 °C and 100 °C. The good agreement observed between experimental and theoretical spectra demonstrates the adequacy of the model for predicting the optical properties of the samples. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the effect of a silver nanoparticle seeding layer on the crystallisation temperature, photoinduced hydrophylic and catalytic properties of TiO 2 thin films deposited on glass by magnetron sputtering
Limage, H.; Tichelaar, F. D.; Closset, Raphaël ULg et al

in Surface & Coatings Technology (2011), 205(13-14), 3774-3778

The optimization of the photocatalytic activity and hydrophilic conversion of TiO 2 is an active research area in the field of self-cleaning materials and energy storage/conversion. One major focus is the ... [more ▼]

The optimization of the photocatalytic activity and hydrophilic conversion of TiO 2 is an active research area in the field of self-cleaning materials and energy storage/conversion. One major focus is the crystalline phase of TiO 2, known to be the most efficient of the anatase structures. Another issue is the decoration of TiO 2 with noble metals, which act as charge carrier traps for electrons. The latter hinders or reduces the electron-hole recombination rate and often leads to a more efficient photocatalytic activity. In this paper, we describe how an interlayer consisting of 3-4nm silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) promotes TiO 2 anatase crystallisation and has a positive effect on the photoinduced catalytic and hydrophylic properties of TiO 2 thin films. Ag-NPs and TiO 2 were deposited by magnetron sputtering in the same reactor in a two-step process: a) condensation of Ag-NPs produced in the gas phase thanks to a high-pressure discharge, and b) conventional TiO 2 magnetron deposition in oxide mode. Four temperatures from RT to 288°C were investigated and film thickness was 80nm. Particle size and film structure were determined by TEM, HRTEM and XRD. Photocatalytic activities of the samples were tracked by the evaluation of the surface hydrophilicity after UV illumination and 24. hours post-illumination, and by UV-induced palmitic acid degradation. © 2011. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrowave properties of DyBCO monodomain in the mixed state and comparison with other RE-BCO systems
Pompeo, N.; Rogai, R.; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity and its Applications (2011), 471(21-22), 854-858

We report on microwave measurements on DyBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ monodomains grown by the top-seeded melt-textured technique. We measured the field increase of the surface resistance R s(H) in the a-b plane at 48.3 ... [more ▼]

We report on microwave measurements on DyBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ monodomains grown by the top-seeded melt-textured technique. We measured the field increase of the surface resistance R s(H) in the a-b plane at 48.3 GHz. Measurements were performed at fixed temperatures in the range 70 K-T c with a static magnetic field μ 0H < 0.8 T parallel to the c-axis. Low field steep increase of the dissipation, typical signature of the presence of weak links, is absent, thus indicating the single-domain behavior of the sample under study. The magnetic field dependence of R s(H) is ascribed to the dissipation caused by vortex motion. The analysis of X s(H) points to a free-flow regime, thus allowing to obtain the vortex viscosity as a function of temperature. We compare the results with those obtained on RE-BCO systems. In particular, we consider strongly pinned films of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ with nanometric BaZrO 3 inclusions. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of non-ionic surfactant and acidity on chitosan nanofibers with different molecular weights
Ziani, Khalid; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Jerome, Christine et al

in Carbohydrate Polymers (2011), 83(2), 470-476

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See detailTiO2 multilayer thick films (up to 4 μm) with ordered mesoporosity: Influence of template on the film mesostructure and use as high efficiency photoelectrode in DSSCs
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Mathis, François ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21(20), 7356-7363

Mesoporous templated anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as photoelectrode in dye-sensitized solar cell. Templated-assisted dip-coating techniques are used to obtain thin films with ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous templated anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as photoelectrode in dye-sensitized solar cell. Templated-assisted dip-coating techniques are used to obtain thin films with ordered porosity. However, monolayer films are very thin and suffer from a low quantity of active material, leading to poor photovoltaic performances. In this paper, a dip-coating-based multilayer deposition technique is reported. First, we have studied the influence of the template on the film organization and porosity in terms of long-range order, percentage of porosity, pore size and pores connectivity. Different techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atmospheric poroellipsometry (AEP) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis.) have been used to describe the microstructural features of the films with a thickness of 1 µm. The film exhibiting the highest dye loading was selected and its thickness gradually increased up to 4 µm. Finally, the photovoltaic performances of the thick films (1 to 4 µm) have been evaluated in combination with the N-719 dye and show excellent efficiency (6.1%) when compared to values reported in the literature. Such mesostructured films are compared in terms of photovoltaic performance with TiO2 nanoparticles films, generally used in DSSC. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental Design applied to spin coating of 2D colloidal crystal masks : a relevant method?
Colson, Pierre ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg

in Langmuir (2011), 27(21), 12800-12806

Monolayers of colloidal spheres are used as masks in nanosphere lithography (NSL) for the selective deposition of nanostructured layers. Several methods exist for the formation of the self-organized ... [more ▼]

Monolayers of colloidal spheres are used as masks in nanosphere lithography (NSL) for the selective deposition of nanostructured layers. Several methods exist for the formation of the self-organized particles monolayers, among which spin coating appears to be very promising. However, a spin coating process is defined by several parameters like several ramps, rotation speeds and durations. All parameters influence the spreading and drying of the droplet containing the particles. Moreover, scientists are confronted to the formation of numerous defects in spin coated layers, limiting well-ordered areas to a few µm2. So far, empiricism mainly ruled the world of nanoparticles self-organization by spin coating and much of the literature is experimentally based. Therefore, the development of experimental protocols to control the ordering of particles is a major goal for further progress in NSL. We applied experimental design to spin coating, to evaluate the efficiency of this method to extract and model the relationships between the experimental parameters and the degree of ordering in the particles monolayers. A set of experiments was generated by the MODDE software and applied to the spin coating of latex suspension (diam. 490 nm). We calculated the ordering by a homemade image analysis tool. The results of Partial Least Squares (PLS) modeling show that the proposed mathematical model only fits data from strictly monolayers but is not predictive for new sets of parameters. We submitted the data to Principal Component Analysis (PCA) that was able to explain 91% of the results when based on strictly monolayers samples. PCA shows that the ordering was positively correlated to the ramp time and negatively correlated to the first rotation speed. We obtain large defect-free domains with the best set of parameters tested in this study. This protocol leads to areas of 200 µm2, which has never been reported so far. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of Spherical Submicronic Barium Zirconate particles in Highly Basic Solution below 100°C
Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg

in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (2011)

In this study, a new method has been developed to produce pure crystalline BaZrO3 powders from Ba+Zr solution or weakly soluble reactants by using precipitation route in highly basic aqueous solution. The ... [more ▼]

In this study, a new method has been developed to produce pure crystalline BaZrO3 powders from Ba+Zr solution or weakly soluble reactants by using precipitation route in highly basic aqueous solution. The influence of several synthesis parameters is studied. At high OH- concentration ([NaOH] = 20 mol/l), it is possible to obtain the well-crystallized stoichiometric perovskite phase at relatively low temperature (~80°C), after a short reaction time (15 minutes) and without requiring any precaution to avoid the presence of CO2. This synthesis method yields spherical particles, whose size can be controlled by changing the concentration of the Ba+Zr solution. No calcination treatment is necessary since the precipitate is crystalline. Suitable choice of the synthesis parameters ([NaOH] = 20 mol/l, [Ba+Zr] = 1 mol/l, reaction time = 15 minutes) yields a sub-micron precipitate. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 mesoporous thin films studied by Atmospheric Ellipsometric Porosimetry: A case of contamination
Dubreuil, Olivier ULg; Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Chene, Grégoire ULg et al

in Microporous & Mesoporous Materials (2011), 147

Anatase mesoporous TiO2 thin films are frequently prepared by surfactant templating to control porosity development and Atmospheric Ellipsometric Porosimetry is a reliable and fast technique allowing the ... [more ▼]

Anatase mesoporous TiO2 thin films are frequently prepared by surfactant templating to control porosity development and Atmospheric Ellipsometric Porosimetry is a reliable and fast technique allowing the determination of the porosity of such films. After prolonged exposition to high-vacuum (6×10-6 mbar), the films porosity exhibits a degraded behavior during porosimetric measurements, indicating a vacuum-induced modification. The main effect resulting from such exposition to high-vacuum is a wet- tability modification of the films, resulting in an increase of the hydrophobic character of the TiO2 surface. This evolution induces non-correct results in porosimetric measurements due to the fact that the contact angle parameter needed to calculate the pore size distribution is highly different from the reference films. A surface contamination explains such modifications and a restoration of the films is obtained by using ultraviolet treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailNbVO5 Mesoporous Thin Films by Evaporation Induced Micelles Packing: Pore Size Dependence of the Mechanical Stability upon Thermal Treatment and Li Insertion/Extraction
Krins, Natacha ULg; Bass, John D; Grosso, David et al

in Chemistry Of Materials (2011), 23(18), 4124-4131

Mesoporous thin films (MTFs) appear as an interesting architecture for positive electrodes in Li-ion energy storage systems because they offer high specific area and interconnected porosity presenting ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous thin films (MTFs) appear as an interesting architecture for positive electrodes in Li-ion energy storage systems because they offer high specific area and interconnected porosity presenting homogeneous pore size and wall thickness. However, it must be ascertained that the mesostructure survives template removal or/and crystallization and is retained on electrochemical cycling. In order to investigate the potentialities and limits of the soft-templating approach in the case of complex transition metal oxide networks, we deliberately selected a "difficult" compound: NbVO5 was chosen because it combines a challenging synthesis with reported severe structural distortions during the first lithium insertion in the bulk material. In this work, NbVO5 MTFs with different pore sizes were synthesized using the evaporation induced micelles packing (EIMP) method. PS-b-PEO diblock copolymers of different molar weights were used as structure directing agent in order to obtain wormlike porous networks with pore size and wall thickness ranging from 15 to 100 nm. Thermal ellipsometry analysis, used to track surfactant removal and crystallization of the layer, reveals that partial crystallization is possible while retaining the mesoporous architecture. Electron tomography complements result from environmental ellipsometric porosimetry, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy to provide a comprehensive description of the structure. A multilayer process is also proposed to build crack-free thick mesoporous films. The mechanical stability of MTFs presenting three different pore sizes is tested by inserting Li(+) in amorphous NbVO5 MTFs using cyclic voltammetry. Capacity retention data show that the mechanical stresses associated with Li+ insertion are better accommodated by MTFs compared to nonporous films, and this ability is enhanced as the pore size decreases. [less ▲]

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See detailWell Shaped Mn(3)O(4) Nano-octahedra with Anomalous Magnetic Behavior and Enhanced Photodecomposition Properties
Li, Yu; Tan, Haiyan; Yang, Xiao-Yu et al

in Small : Nano Micro (2011), 7(4), 475-483

Very uniform and well shaped Mn(3)O(4) nano-octahedra are synthesized using a simple hydrothermal method under the help of polyethylene glycol (PEG200) as a reductant and shape-directing agent. The nano ... [more ▼]

Very uniform and well shaped Mn(3)O(4) nano-octahedra are synthesized using a simple hydrothermal method under the help of polyethylene glycol (PEG200) as a reductant and shape-directing agent. The nano-octahedra formation mechanism is monitored. The shape and crystal orientation of the nanoparticles is reconstructed by scanning electron microscopy and electron tomography, which reveals that the nano-octahedra only selectively expose {101} facets at the external surfaces. The magnetic testing demonstrates that the Mn(3)O(4) nano-octahedra exhibit anomalous magnetic properties: the Mn(3)O(4) nano-octahedra around 150 nm show a similar Curie temperature and blocking temperature to Mn(3)O(4) nanoparticles with 10 nm size because of the vertical axis of [001] plane and the exposed {101} facets. With these Mn(3)O(4) nano-octahedra as a catalyst, the photodecomposition of rhodamine B is evaluated and it is found that the photodecomposition activity of Mn(3)O(4) nano-octahedra is much superior to that of commercial Mn(3)O(4) powders. The anomalous magnetic properties and high superior photodecomposition activity of well shaped Mn(3)O(4) nano-octahedra should be related to the special shape of the nanoparticles and the abundantly exposed {101} facets at the external surfaces. Therefore, the shape preference can largely broaden the application of the Mn(3)O(4) nano-octahedra. [less ▲]

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See detailThermoelectric properties of n-type Ca1-xDyxMn1-yNbyO3-delta compounds (x=0, 0.02, 0.1 and y=0, 0.02) prepared by spray-drying method
Muguerra, Hervé; Rivas-Murias, Beatriz; Traianidis, Maria et al

in Journal Of Alloys And Compounds (2011), 509(29), 7710-7716

We report the high temperature thermoelectric properties of Ca1-xDyxMn1-yNbyO3-delta (x = 0, 0.02, 0.1 and y = 0, 0.02) synthesized by spray-drying method. A maximum power factor (PF) value of 2.65 mu WK ... [more ▼]

We report the high temperature thermoelectric properties of Ca1-xDyxMn1-yNbyO3-delta (x = 0, 0.02, 0.1 and y = 0, 0.02) synthesized by spray-drying method. A maximum power factor (PF) value of 2.65 mu WK-2 cm(-1) is obtained at 1100 K for CaMn0.98Nb0.02O3-delta. This represents an improvement of about 75% with respect to undoped CaMnO3-delta sample at the same temperature. We also provide a complete structural characterization of the samples. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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