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See detailEffects of Rice Straw on the Color and Microstructure of Bizen, a Traditional Japanese Stoneware, as a Function of Oxygen Partial Pressure
Kusano, Y.; Doi, A.; Fukuhara, M. et al

in Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2009), 92(8), 1840-1844

The effects of oxygen partial pressure during thermal treatment on the color and microstructure of Bizen, a traditional Japanese stoneware, were studied through model experiments using clay pellets ... [more ▼]

The effects of oxygen partial pressure during thermal treatment on the color and microstructure of Bizen, a traditional Japanese stoneware, were studied through model experiments using clay pellets covered lightly with rice straw as a coloring assistant. When heated in flowing nitrogen, the model pellet turned blackish owing to the formation of alpha-Fe particles coated with graphite. However, schreibersite (Fe3P), which is also blackish, was formed specifically on the pellet surface in direct contact with the straw. The rice straw seems to have generated a strongly reducing atmosphere, strong enough for the metallization to alpha-Fe, and also to have provided phosphorus through contact. When oxygen content in the surrounding gas atmosphere was raised to N-2/O-2=99/1, the pellet surface turned yellowish brown because the main coloring material was Fe3+-containing mullite. At oxygen contents of N-2/O-2=98/2 or more, the formation of hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) pushed the color to deep red. [less ▲]

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See detailAg-and SiO2-doped porous TiO2 with enhanced thermal stability
Braconnier, Benoît ULg; Páez Martínez, Carlos ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Microporous & Mesoporous Materials (2009), 122

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See detailRapid synthesis of submicron crystalline barium zirconate BaZrO3 by precipitation in aqueous basic solution below 100 degrees C
Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2009), 29(8), 1457-1462

Pure crystalline BaZrO3 powders can be produced by precipitation in highly basic aqueous solution. The influence of several synthesis parameters is studied. At high OH- concentration ([NaOH] = 20 mol/l ... [more ▼]

Pure crystalline BaZrO3 powders can be produced by precipitation 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 (similar to 80 degrees C), after a short reaction time (15 min) 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 min) yields a sub-micron precipitate with excellent densification behaviour. Corrosion tests in BaO-CuO melt show that similar to 98% dense BaZrO3 obtained by sintering at 1650 degrees C for 13 h could be used for crucibles in the synthesis of YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting single crystals. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural and electrochemical characterization of mesoporous thin films of Nb2xV2-2xO5 upon lithium intercalation
Krins, Natacha ULg; Lepot, Laurent; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Solid State Ionics (2009), 180(11-13), 848-852

Nb2xV2 - 2xO5 (0 <= x <= 1) powders were prepared by a synthetic route based on the inorganic polymerization of alkoxy-choride precursors and characterized by a combination of X-ray diffraction V-51 and ... [more ▼]

Nb2xV2 - 2xO5 (0 <= x <= 1) powders were prepared by a synthetic route based on the inorganic polymerization of alkoxy-choride precursors and characterized by a combination of X-ray diffraction V-51 and Nb-93 NMR and Raman spectroscopy. Amorphous mesoporous thin films of similar compositions were successfully prepared by a modified Evaporation Induced Self Assembly method using polystyrene-b-polyethyleneoxide diblock copolymer as structuring agent. The electrochemical properties of the mesoporous films upon lithium insertion-deinsertion are investigated by cyclic voltammetry. This study highlights the advantages of such nanoarchitecture in terms of increased capacity to insert lithium. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions in YBa2Cu3O7-x aqueous suspensions
Dusoulier, Laurent; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Materials Chemistry & Physics (2009), 116(2-3), 368-375

Surface charging mechanism of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) particles in water has been investigated in order to understand their colloidal behaviour and stabilise concentrated suspensions. A broad study relating ... [more ▼]

Surface charging mechanism of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) particles in water has been investigated in order to understand their colloidal behaviour and stabilise concentrated suspensions. A broad study relating the suspension parameters (pH and zeta potential) vs. the conditions of the suspension performance (atmosphere and time) has been shown and discussed. The zeta potential values remain positive in all the pH range for the highest powder concentration studied (10 g l(-1)), evidencing a large influence of the solid content in the particle charge. The chemistry of YBa2Cu3O7-x in water has been studied through the chemical analysis of the supernatant by inductively coupled plasma (ICP), and the surface analysis of the particles by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The presence of BaCO3, CuO, and the hydrolysed Ba species, such as Ba(OH)(2) and Ba(OH)(+), at the particles surface has been evaluated as a function of the powder concentration. Based on these analyses, the dependence of the colloidal behaviour of YBCO on the presence of Ba soluble species has been determined. A stabilisation mechanism for YBCO particles in aqueous suspension focus on the powders deleterious minimization was proposed. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMullite coatings on ceramic substrates: Stabilisation of Al2O3-SiO2 suspensions for spray drying of composite granules suitable for reactive plasma spraying
Schrijnemakers, Audrey ULg; Andre, Sophie; Lumay, Geoffroy ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2009), 29(11), 2169-2175

The present work deals with the preparation of stable alumina + silica suspensions with high solid loading for the production of spray-dried composite powders. These composite powders are to be used for ... [more ▼]

The present work deals with the preparation of stable alumina + silica suspensions with high solid loading for the production of spray-dried composite powders. These composite powders are to be used for reactive plasma spraying whereby the formation of mullite and the coating on a ceramic substrate are achieved in a single step process. Electrostatic stabilisation of alumina and silica suspensions has been studied as a function of pH. Silica suspensions are most stable at basic pH whereas alumina suspensions are stable at acidic pH. The addition of ammonium polymethacrylate (APMA) makes it possible to stabilise alumina and prepare a stable 50 wt% alumina + silica suspension at pH 10. The optimum amounts of dispersant and binder have been determined by zeta potential, viscosity and sedimentation measurements. Spray drying of the suspension yields composite powders whose morphology, size distribution and flowability have been characterized before realizing reactive plasma spraying tests. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All fights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 mesoporous thin films acting as photoelectrode in dye-sensitized solar cells
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg

Conference (2008, December 03)

This study aims at developing thin films of nanocrystalline, mesostructured titanium dioxide in order to build low cost and efficient photovoltaic devices. The synthesis is based on the Evaporation ... [more ▼]

This study aims at developing thin films of nanocrystalline, mesostructured titanium dioxide in order to build low cost and efficient photovoltaic devices. The synthesis is based on the Evaporation Induced-Self Assembly method using titanium isopropoxide as inorganic source, block copolymers as structuring and porogeneous agents and ethanol as solvent. The films were obtained by dip-coating various substrates in the solution. The influence of different experimental parameters, such as dip-coating and ageing relative humidity, withdrawal speed, surfactant:Ti ratio, substrate, was studied. The post-deposition thermal treatment had to be accurately adjusted in order to maximise the crystallisation of the inorganic network while avoiding the collapse of the porous mesostructure. The final structure obtained is discussed in the light of the XRD results combined with TEM analysis. Moreover the cell performance is limited by the film thickness which is mainly responsible of the small amount of absorbed light. Therefore a multilayer deposition process was studied and the as-obtained mesostructure was characterized by TEM, RBS and environmental ellipsometry. [less ▲]

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See detailElaboration of Magnetic Nanodots by Nanosphere Lithography : a Computerized Method for Order Quantification
Colson, Pierre ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg

Conference (2008, December 01)

Nanosphere lithography (NSL) is an ideal inexpensive fabrication tool for producing regular, nearly homogenous arrays of nanoparticules with different sizes. There are many different methods for the ... [more ▼]

Nanosphere lithography (NSL) is an ideal inexpensive fabrication tool for producing regular, nearly homogenous arrays of nanoparticules with different sizes. There are many different methods for the fabrication of the latex monolayer based on electrophoresis, the controlled evaporation of a solvent from the suspension containing latex particles, spincoating etc… We focused our work on this last method. The main problem with formation of 2D latex monolayers is that there are always a high number of different structural defects such as: point defects (vacancies), line defects (dislocations) and also many disordered areas. The influence of the different spincoating parameters on the amount of defects was determined by image analysis of SEM micrographies from the different samples. FePt and Co films were deposited onto quartz substrates through the polystryrene monolayers by magnetron sputtering. The nanopsheres were removed by sonication in toluene. Post-deposition annealing treatment was performed under reductive atmosphere for the FePt nanodots in order to transform the as-deposited chemically disoredered face-centered cubic (fcc) structure into the chemically ordered face-centered tetragonal (fct) phase (L10-phase). DRX , SEM and MFM analysis were performed on the different samples. [less ▲]

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See detailMesoporous TiO2 thin films for photovoltaic applications
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Mathis, François ULg et al

Poster (2008, September 08)

Thin films of nanocrystalline, mesostructured titanium dioxide are very promising materials to build low cost and efficient photovoltaic devices. TiO2 present a high chemical stability and electronic ... [more ▼]

Thin films of nanocrystalline, mesostructured titanium dioxide are very promising materials to build low cost and efficient photovoltaic devices. TiO2 present a high chemical stability and electronic properties such as photoinduced electronic transfer properties associated with the anatase phase. For many applications, highly porous nanostructured thin films with accessible pores are preferable to dense ones. Indeed, high accessible porosity leads to high surface area increasing the electron transfer area. [less ▲]

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See detailMesoporous TiO2 thin films for photovoltaic applications
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Mathieu, Xavier; Decroly, André et al

Poster (2008, August)

Thin films of nanocrystalline, mesostructured titanium dioxide are very promising materials to build low cost and efficient photovoltaic devices. TiO2 present a high chemical stability and electronic ... [more ▼]

Thin films of nanocrystalline, mesostructured titanium dioxide are very promising materials to build low cost and efficient photovoltaic devices. TiO2 present a high chemical stability and electronic properties such as photo-induced electronic transfer properties associated with the anatase phase. For many applications, highly porous nanostructured thin films with accessible pores are preferable to dense ones. Indeed, high accessible porosity leads to high surface area increasing the electron transfer surface. [less ▲]

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See detailGd(III)-DOTA conjugate with furtive targeting copolymer poly(AMPEO-co-HEA) by click chemistry for magnetic resonance imaging
Grogna, Mathurin ULg; Bémelmans, Stéphanie; Vanasschen, Christian et al

Poster (2008, May 22)

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See detailVanadium oxide-based mesoporous films as positive electrode material in Li-ion batteries
Krins, Natacha ULg; Caes, Sébastien ULg; Arrebola, José-Carlos et al

Conference (2008)

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See detailModulated misfit structure of the thermoelectric [Bi0.84CaO 2]2[CoO2]1.69 cobalt oxide
Muguerra, H.; Grebille, D.; Guilmeau, E. et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2008), 47(7), 2464-2471

The structure of the thermoelectric lamellar misfit cobalt oxide [Bi 0.84CaO2]2[CoO2]1.69 has been refined using single crystal X-ray diffraction data. Using the four dimensional superspace formalism for ... [more ▼]

The structure of the thermoelectric lamellar misfit cobalt oxide [Bi 0.84CaO2]2[CoO2]1.69 has been refined using single crystal X-ray diffraction data. Using the four dimensional superspace formalism for aperiodic structures, the superspace group is confirmed P2/m(0δ1/2) (a1 = 4.9069(4), b1 = 4.7135(7), b2 = 2.8256(4), c1 = 14.668(5) Å, β1 = 93.32(1)°). The modulated displacements and site occupancies have been refined and are both compatible with the misfit character of the structure, and with a longitudinal modulation of the Bi-O layers of the structure. This modulation is similar to the corresponding one in the related Sr phase [Bi0.87SrO2]2[CoO2]1.82, but now oriented in the orthogonal direction. Because its incommensurate wavelength is locked with the aperiodicity of the misfit structure, it is possible to distinguish between the modulation parameters induced by the accommodation of both subsystems and those related to the longitudinal modulation of the Bi-O layers. In this original structure, two independent aperiodic phenomena coexist in an single crystallographic direction. A particular attention has been paid to the structural configuration of the CoO2 layer, in relation with other similar phases. The thermoelectric properties are probably directly related to the specific distortion of the compressed layer, but the different measured values for the Seebeck coefficient cannot be related to a significant modification of the CoO6 octahedra. © 2008 American Chemical Society. [less ▲]

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See detailThe rocker bone: a new kind of mineralised tissue?
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Compère, Philippe ULg; Casadevall, Margarida et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (2008), 334

In some Ophidiiform fishes, the anterior part of the swimbladder is thickened into a hard structure called the “rocker bone”, which is thought to play a role in sound production. Although this structure ... [more ▼]

In some Ophidiiform fishes, the anterior part of the swimbladder is thickened into a hard structure called the “rocker bone”, which is thought to play a role in sound production. Although this structure has been described as cartilage or bone, its nature is still unknown. We have made a thorough analysis of the rocker bone in Ophidion barbatum and compared it with both classical bone and cartilage. The rocker bone appears to be a new example of mineralisation. It consists of (1) a ground substance mainly composed of proteoglycans (mucopolysaccharide acid) and fibres and (2) a matrix containing small mineralised spherules composed of a bioapatite and fibrils. These spherules are embedded in mineralised cement of a similar composition to the spherules themselves. The rocker bone grows via the apposition of new apatite spherules at its periphery. These spherules are first secreted by the innermost fibroblast layer of the capsule contained in the rocker bone and then grow extracellularly. Blood vessels, which represent the only means of transport for matrix and mineral material, are numerous. They enter the rocker bone via the hyle and ramify towards the capsule. We propose to call this new kind of mineralised tissue constituting the rocker bone “frigolite” (the Belgian name for styrofoam) in reference to the presence of spherules of different sizes and the peculiarity of the rocker bone in presenting a smooth surface when fractured. [less ▲]

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See detailNeutron diffraction texture analysis and thermoelectric properties of BiCaCoO misfit compounds
Guilmeau, E.; Pollet, M.; Grebille, D. et al

in Materials Research Bulletin (2008), 43(2), 394-400

Sintered, textured and single crystal products of the layered misfit [Bi0.81CaO2](2)[CoO2](1.69) cobaltite have been successfully synthesized and characterized. Based on structure and texture models, the ... [more ▼]

Sintered, textured and single crystal products of the layered misfit [Bi0.81CaO2](2)[CoO2](1.69) cobaltite have been successfully synthesized and characterized. Based on structure and texture models, the orientation distribution of the hot-forged sample was successfully analysed by neutron diffraction. The results gave a clear description of the fiber texture with c-axes of the plate-like grains aligned parallel to the hot-forging direction. In terms of transport properties, the decrease of the electrical resistivity according to the degree of alignment and crystallinity of the materials evidenced the important role of the texturation and the strong anisotropy existing in these misfit layered cobaltites. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCurie temperature, exchange integrals, and magneto-optical properties in off-stoichiometric bismuth iron garnet epitaxial films
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Abell, J. S. et al

in Physical Review b (2008), 78(9), 094429

We have studied the influence of the stoichiometry on the structural, magnetic, and magneto-optical properties of bismuth iron garnet (Bi3Fe5O12) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition. Films with ... [more ▼]

We have studied the influence of the stoichiometry on the structural, magnetic, and magneto-optical properties of bismuth iron garnet (Bi3Fe5O12) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition. Films with different stoichiometries have been obtained by varying the Bi/Fe ratio of the target and the oxygen pressure during deposition. Stoichiometry variations influence the Curie temperature T-C by tuning the (Fe)-O-[Fe] geometry: TC increases when the lattice parameter decreases, contrary to what happens in the case of stoichiometric rare-earth iron garnets. The thermal variation of the magnetization, the Faraday rotation, and the Faraday ellipticity have been analyzed in the frame of the Neel two-sublattice magnetization model giving energies of -48 K (4.1 meV), -29 K (2.5 meV), and 84 K (7.3 meV) for the three magnetic exchange integrals j(aa), j(dd), and j(ad), respectively. Magneto-optical spectroscopy linked to compositional analysis by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy shows that Bi and/or Fe deficiencies also affect the spectral variation (between 1.77 and 3.1 eV). Our results suggest that bismuth deficiency has an effect on the magneto-optical response of the tetrahedral Fe sublattice, whereas small iron deficiencies affect predominantly the magneto-optical response of the octahedral sublattice. [less ▲]

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See detailOtolith crystals (in Carapidae): Growth and habit
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Warin, R. et al

in Journal of Structural Biology (2007), 159(3), 462-473

The biomineralization of otoliths results mainly from the release of soluble Ca(2+), which is in turn precipitated as CaCO(3) crystals. In some Carapidae, sagittae sections have been shown to reveal a ... [more ▼]

The biomineralization of otoliths results mainly from the release of soluble Ca(2+), which is in turn precipitated as CaCO(3) crystals. In some Carapidae, sagittae sections have been shown to reveal a three-dimensional asymmetry with a nucleus close to the sulcal side, an unusual position. This study seeks to understand otolith formation in Carapus boraborensis. The unusual shape of the otolith is partly explained by the distribution of the epithelium cells, and particularly the sensory epithelium. Experimental evidence shows for the first time that aragonite growth takes place along the c-axis. These aragonite needles present two different habits. On the sulcal side is found the acicular form resulting from rapid growth during a short period of time. On the anti-sulcal side, the prismatic form seen there is due to a slower growth speed over longer periods. The otolith surface was observed each hour during a period of 24h in fishes reared in similar conditions. This allowed for the first time the direct observation on the otolith surface of the deposition of the two layers (L-zone and D-zone). In C. boraborensis, the organic-rich layer (D-zone) develops during the day, whereas the CaCO(3) layer (L-zone) seems to be deposited during the night. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusual resistivity hysteresis in a bulk magnetoresistive ferromagnetic/ferrimagnetic composite (La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/Mn3O4): Role of demagnetization effects
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2007), 91(6), 062514

The authors report an intriguing resistivity versus magnetic field dependence in polycrystalline composite samples containing a magnetoresistive manganite (ferromagnetic/conducting La0.7Ca0.3MnO3) and a ... [more ▼]

The authors report an intriguing resistivity versus magnetic field dependence in polycrystalline composite samples containing a magnetoresistive manganite (ferromagnetic/conducting La0.7Ca0.3MnO3) and a magnetic manganese oxide (ferrimagnetic/insulating Mn3O4). At 10 K, when the magnetic field is scanned from positive to negative values, the resistance peak occurs at positive magnetic field, instead of zero or negative field as usually observed in polycrystalline manganite samples. The position of the resistance peak agrees well with the cancellation of the internal magnetic field, suggesting that the demagnetization effects are responsible for this behavior. (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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