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See detailPreparation and characterisation of Ag incorporated Al2O3 nanocomposite films obtained by sol-gel method
Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T. et al

in Crystal Research and Technology (2012), 47(5), 579-584

Sol-gel route has been applied for a deposition of the thin films of aluminum oxide and Ag embedded in Al2O3 films. The films are spin-coated on Si and quartz substrates with the film thickness of 120 nm ... [more ▼]

Sol-gel route has been applied for a deposition of the thin films of aluminum oxide and Ag embedded in Al2O3 films. The films are spin-coated on Si and quartz substrates with the film thickness of 120 nm. XRD analysis has been used for the determination of the film structure. FTIR spectroscopy is applied for studying vibrational properties of the obtained coatings. Optical characterization is done by UV-VIS spectroscopy. The formation of Ag nanoparticles has been confirmed by XRD and optical data. The sol-gel process is found to be useful technology for incorporation of Ag nanoparticles in the metal oxide matrices. (© 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim) Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. [less ▲]

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See detailNanosphere Lithography and Hydrothermal Growth : How to Increase Surface Area and Control Reversible Wetting Properties of ZnO Nanowire Arrays ?
Colson, Pierre ULg; Schrijnemakers, Audrey ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2012), 22(33), 17086-17093

Due to their large surface-area-to-volume ratio as well as their interesting intrinsic optical and electronic properties, ZnO 1D nanostructures are part of the few dominant materials for nanotechnology ... [more ▼]

Due to their large surface-area-to-volume ratio as well as their interesting intrinsic optical and electronic properties, ZnO 1D nanostructures are part of the few dominant materials for nanotechnology. In this article, we compare two different routes of using the nanosphere lithography for the manufacturing of well-aligned, density-controlled ZnO nanowires by low-temperature hydrothermal growth. The first route uses the colloidal mask as a template for the patterned growth of the nanowires, while in the second route, the nanospheres act as a mask to pattern the seed layer. SEM and XRD characterizations are performed on samples manufactured by both routes and evidence patterned well-aligned nanowires with high c-axis texturing in the first synthetic route. Oriented growth is less pronounced in the second route, as well as the ability to adsorb dye. However, for the first route the dye loading measurements reveal that the amount of N-719 adsorbed is higher than on unpatterned ZnO nanowires films, highlighting an increased interface area. Reversible hydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity transition was observed and intelligently controlled by alternation of UV illumination and dark storage. This promising synthetic route opens exciting perspectives for the production of ZnO nanowire arrays with tunable density, wetting properties and enhanced adsorption properties. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of thermal material in a flux pump system with high temperature superconductor
Hsu, C. H.; Yan, Y; Hadeler, O. et al

in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (2012), 22(3), 7800404

Superconductors are known for the ability to trap magnetic field. A thermally actuated magnetization (TAM) flux pump is a system that utilizes the thermal material to generate multiple small magnetic ... [more ▼]

Superconductors are known for the ability to trap magnetic field. A thermally actuated magnetization (TAM) flux pump is a system that utilizes the thermal material to generate multiple small magnetic pulses resulting in a high magnetization accumulated in the superconductor. Ferrites are a good thermal material candidate for the future TAM flux pumps because the relative permeability of ferrite changes significantly with temperature, particularly around the Curie temperature. Several soft ferrites have been specially synthesized to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of the TAM flux pump. Various ferrite compositions have been tested under a temperature variation ranging from 77K to 300K. The experimental results of the synthesized soft ferrites-Cu0.3Zn0.7Ti0.04Fe1.96O4, including the Curie temperature, magnetic relative permeability and the volume magnetization (emu/cm3), are presented in this paper. The results are compared with original thermal material, gadolinium, used in the TAM flux pump system.-Cu0.3Zn0.7Ti0.04Fe1.96O4 holds superior characteristics and is believed to be a suitable material for next generation TAM flux pump. © 2011 IEEE. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrostructural evolution of a TiO2 mesoporous single layer film under calcination: Effect of stabilization and repeated thermal treatments on the film crystallization and surface area
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Dubreuil, Olivier et al

in Thin Solid Films (2012), 520

This study quantifies the highest perturbation encountered by the first layer of a TiO2 12 layers-mesoporous coating, which is submitted to a multistep calcination process. Besides, we propose an ... [more ▼]

This study quantifies the highest perturbation encountered by the first layer of a TiO2 12 layers-mesoporous coating, which is submitted to a multistep calcination process. Besides, we propose an alternative thermal treatment in order to limit the degradation induced by repeated calcinations. This paper reports and compares the modifications in film thickness, surface area, anatase crystallite size and global crystallinity of films obtained from different thermal treatments. It defines the maximum crystal size compatible with the preservation of the mesoarchitecture initially induced by templating. Differences in microporosity and rate of crystallization are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLa0.7Ca0.3MnO3 / Mn3O4 composites: does an insulating secondary phase always enhance the low field magnetoresistance of manganites?
Bhame, Shekhar ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Pekala, Marek et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2012), 111

Composites of magnetoresistive La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO) with insulating Mn3O4 are useful as a model system because no foreign cation is introduced in the LCMO phase by interdiffusion during the heat ... [more ▼]

Composites of magnetoresistive La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO) with insulating Mn3O4 are useful as a model system because no foreign cation is introduced in the LCMO phase by interdiffusion during the heat treatment. Here we report the magnetotransport properties as a function of sintering temperature Tsinter for a fixed LCMO/Mn3O4 ratio. Decreasing Tsinter from 1250°C to 800°C causes an increase in low field magnetoresistance (LFMR) that correlates with the decrease in crystallite size (CS) of the LCMO phase. When plotting LFMR at (77 K, 0.5 T) vs. 1/CS, we find that the data for the LCMO/Mn3O4 composites sintered between 800°C and 1250°C follow the same trend line as data from the literature for pure LCMO samples with crystallite size > ~25 nm. This differs from the LFMR enhancement observed by many authors in the "usual" manganite composites, i.e., composites where the insulating phase contains cations other than La, Ca or Mn. This difference suggests that diffusion of foreign cations into the grain boundary region is a necessary ingredient for the enhanced LFMR. [less ▲]

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See detailInsertional mutagenesis to select mutants for modified hydrogen photoproduction in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Godaux, Damien ULg; Emonds-Alt, Barbara ULg; Cardol, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2011, May 17)

The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has evolved the ability to redirect electrons from the photosynthetic chain to drive hydrogen production via chloroplast oxygen-sensitive hydrogenases ... [more ▼]

The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has evolved the ability to redirect electrons from the photosynthetic chain to drive hydrogen production via chloroplast oxygen-sensitive hydrogenases. This process occurs under anaerobic conditions and provides a biological basis for solar-driven hydrogen production. Nevertheless, the yield is a major limitation for an economic viability and fundamental knowledge is still needed in order to have a better understanding of the process. In 2000, Melis and co-worker defined a protocol allowing a sustainable hydrogen production in sulfur deprivation condition. By adjustment of an existent protocol called the Winkler test, we are trying to isolate mutants with an attenuated photosynthesis to respiration capacity ratio (P/R ratio). This kind of mutants could be able to reach anoxia needed for hydrogenases activity without the stressful impact of sulfur deprivation. An insertional mutagenesis of Chlamydomonas has been carried out with an hygromycin resistance cassette and about 2500 transformants have generated and screened by the adapted Winkler test. We have isolated several oxygen-consuming mutants and the most promising one is subject to functional, molecular and genetic characterization. To discover new genes involved in hydrogenases activity, we are also planning to screen the same insertional library for mutants with attenuated levels of hydrogen photoproduction, using sensitive chemochromic sensor films which turn in blue in presence of hydrogen. We are currently making the chemochromic sensor WO3 films by dip-coating which is on the brink of being useable. [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 detailSpray drying: An alternative synthesis method for polycationic oxide compounds
Rivas-Murias, B.; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal Of Physics And Chemistry Of Solids (2011), 72(3), 158-163

Synthesis of polycationic compounds by the spray-drying technique is an interesting alternative in the domain of aqueous precursor synthesis methods. Spray drying yields high quality samples with good ... [more ▼]

Synthesis of polycationic compounds by the spray-drying technique is an interesting alternative in the domain of aqueous precursor synthesis methods. Spray drying yields high quality samples with good reproducibility. The possibility of scaling up for production of large quantities with fast processing time is well established by the commercial availability of powders of various compositions. In this paper, we have discussed the advantages and limitations of this method and demonstrated its interest by synthesizing a few polycationic compounds selected for their attractive properties of thermoelectricity [Bi1.68Ca2Co1.69O8, La(0.95)A(0.05)CoO(3) (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)] or magnetoresistance [La(0.70)A(0.30)MnO(3) (A=Sr, Ba)]. We have confirmed the quality of these samples by reporting their structure, magnetic and transport properties. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [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 detailHydrogel nanocomposites: a potential UV/blue light filtering material for ophthalmic lenses
Bozukova, Dimitriya; Pagnoulle, Christophe; De Pauw, Marie-Claire ULg et al

in Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition (2011), 22

Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) (poly(HEMA-co-MMA)) and ZnS hydrogel nanocomposites were prepared and characterized. The chemical composition of the inorganic nanoparticles was ... [more ▼]

Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) (poly(HEMA-co-MMA)) and ZnS hydrogel nanocomposites were prepared and characterized. The chemical composition of the inorganic nanoparticles was confirmed by X-ray diffraction, and the homogeneity of their distribution within the hydrogel was assessed by transmission electron microscopy. The influence of the content of ZnS nanoparticles on the optical performances of the nanocomposites was investigated by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The ability of the hydrogel nanocomposites to filter the hazardous UV light and part of the blue light was reported, which makes them valuable candidates for ophthalmic lens application. In contrast to the optical properties, the thermo-mechanical properties of neat poly(HEMA-co-MMA) hydrogels were found to be largely independent of filling by ZnS nanoparticles ( 2 mg/ml co-monomer mixture). Finally, in vitro cell adhesion test with lens epithelial cells (LECs), extracted from porcine lens crystalline capsule, showed that ZnS had no deleterious effect on the biocompatibility of neat hydrogels, at least at low content. [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 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 detailAdmittance spectroscopy study of NiGe contact on GeSn
Truong, Dao Y Nhi ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg

Conference (2011)

The direct gap semiconductor germanium tin (GeSn) is an attractive material for next-generation devices in nanoelectronics as well as in photovoltaic applications. However, its detailed electronic ... [more ▼]

The direct gap semiconductor germanium tin (GeSn) is an attractive material for next-generation devices in nanoelectronics as well as in photovoltaic applications. However, its detailed electronic properties have not yet been clearly understood. Recently, admittance spectroscopy has become a popular analytical tool in materials research and development because it involves a relatively simple electrical measurement whose results may establish accurate characteristics of materials. The aim of this work is to study the effects of the annealing temperature on the electrical nature (rectifying or non-rectifying) of the metal contact by admittance spectroscopy. A numerical method, which is based on the solution of the basic semiconductor equations, is applied to simulate the material structure. From the calculation of microscopic quantities such as the modulated carrier concentrations and current densites, we can compute the theoretical admittance and impedance curves as function of frequency and external parameters (temperature and steady-state voltage) and then extract information on the electrical properties of the heterostructure. By a detailed investigation of the impact of microscopic parameters such as the dopant concentrations and the metal barrier height on the electrical characteristics, our objective is to understand the mechanisms of charge transport between the two electrodes. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and characterization of ZnO-TiO(2) films obtained by sol-gel method
Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T. et al

in Journal Of Non-Crystalline Solids (2011), 357(15), 2840-2845

The sol-gel route has been applied to obtain ZnO-TiO(2) thin films. For comparison, pure TiO(2) and ZnO films are also prepared from the corresponding solutions. The films are deposited by a spin-coated ... [more ▼]

The sol-gel route has been applied to obtain ZnO-TiO(2) thin films. For comparison, pure TiO(2) and ZnO films are also prepared from the corresponding solutions. The films are deposited by a spin-coated method on silicon and glass substrates. Their structural and vibrational properties have been studied as a function of the annealing temperatures (400-750 degrees C). Pure ZnO films crystallize in a wurtzite modification at a relatively low temperature of 400 degrees C, whereas the mixed oxide films show predominantly amorphous structure at this temperature. XRD analysis shows that by increasing the annealing temperatures, the sol-gel Zn/Ti oxide films reveal a certain degree of crystallization and their structures are found to be mixtures of wurtzite ZnO, Zn(2)TiO(4), anatase TiO(2) and amorphous fraction. The XRD analysis presumes that Zn(2)TiO(4) becomes a favored phase at the highest annealing temperature of 750 degrees C. The obtained thin films are uniform with no visual defects. The optical properties of ZnO-TiO(2) films have been compared with those of single component films (ZnO and TiO(2)). The mixed oxide films present a high transparency with a slight decrease by increasing the annealing temperature. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [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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See detailYBa2Cu3O7−x dispersion in iodine acetone for electrophoretic deposition: Surface charging mechanism in a halogenated organic media
Dusoulier, Laurent; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2011), 31

Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) performance strongly depends on the particles surface chemistry and the ability to manipulate surface–liquid interfaces. In this study an extensive investigation of YBCO ... [more ▼]

Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) performance strongly depends on the particles surface chemistry and the ability to manipulate surface–liquid interfaces. In this study an extensive investigation of YBCO suspension in dry acetone, acetone–water mixtures and acetone–iodine is reported. Chemical instability of YBCO particles determines their colloidal behaviour. Charging mechanism of particles has therefore had to be deeply investigated for complete dispersion understanding. In order to determine the conditions of the YBCO suspension stability, measurements of pH, conductivity, zeta-potential, settling tests, modelling of the particle networks and electrophoretic deposition were done. The influence of the water and iodine concentration, and their role as stabilizers was evaluated. Based on experimental results, pair particle potentials were calculated and then different charging mechanisms of YBCO surfaces in acetone were proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of dielectric properties at low temperatures: application to the study of magnetoresistive manganite/ insulating oxide bulk composites
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Rivas-Murias, Beatriz; Lovchinov, Vassil et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2010), 253

In this paper, we report low temperature dielectric measurements of bulk composite electroceramic samples containing a colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) manganite phase (La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 [abbreviated LCMO ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we report low temperature dielectric measurements of bulk composite electroceramic samples containing a colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) manganite phase (La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 [abbreviated LCMO]) and an insulating phase (Mn3O4). Details of the experimental system are given and possible experimental artefacts due to moisture are outlined. For a LCMO volume fraction of ~ 16%, the permittivity of the LCMO/ Mn3O4 composite at T = 50 K is found to be much higher than that of pure Mn3O4 and magnetic field dependent. This effect is related to an extrinsic space charge polarization mechanism between the insulating phase (Mn3O4) and the conducting magnetoresistive phase (LCMO). [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of hybrid lamellar silica by liquid crystal templating and silanation
Toussaint, Gilles; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Advances in Science and Technology (2010), 68

This paper is focused on the preparation and characterization of different lamellar silica prepared by liquid crystal templating and silanisation. The initial template can be removed and replaced in the ... [more ▼]

This paper is focused on the preparation and characterization of different lamellar silica prepared by liquid crystal templating and silanisation. The initial template can be removed and replaced in the interlamellar spaces by different types of silane, being covalently grafted to the solid by reaction with the surface silanols. The lamellar stacking periodicity remains after this modification. The surfactant extraction can lead in significant grafting of isopropanol if the solid is simply refluxed in isopropanol, which have the effect of preserving the periodicity of the lamellar stacking. The surfactant extraction in an Soxhlet equipment avoid this reaction, with the effect of platelets organization collapsing. The lamellar silica studied exhibit great specific surface and combination of meso and microporosity, making them interesting materials for nanocomposite or catalysis applications. [less ▲]

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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

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