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See detailStructural and electrical properties of tellurovanadate glasses containing Li2O
Krins, Natasha ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Grandjean, Jean ULg et al

in Solid State Ionics (2006), 177(35-36 Sp. Iss. SI), 3147-3150

Glassy materials are promising intercalation compounds, due to their open network structure and absence of grain boundaries. Some glasses containing alkali ions and a high concentration of transition ... [more ▼]

Glassy materials are promising intercalation compounds, due to their open network structure and absence of grain boundaries. Some glasses containing alkali ions and a high concentration of transition metal ions can present mixed ionic-electronic conductivity and are therefore potential candidates for application as cathode material in Li-ion batteries. The present work is devoted to the ternary system xLi(2)O-(1-x)[0.3V(2)O(5)-0.7TeO(2)] with 0 <= x <= 0.4. These compounds were prepared by heat treatment in air at 800 degrees C followed by traditional quenching. Raman spectroscopy and V-51 nuclear magnetic resonance measurements were performed in order to highlight the structural short range order modifications induced by the introduction of the Li2O network modifier. These structural effects can be related to the electrical behaviour, as studied by complex impedance spectroscopy measurements. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Ga doping on magneto-transport properties in colossal magnetoresistive La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xGaxO3 (0 < x < 0.1)
Pekala, M.; Mucha, Jan ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2006), 306(2), 181-190

Samples of La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xGaxO3 with x = 0, 0.025, 0.05 and 0.10 were prepared by standard solid-state reaction. They were first characterized chemically, including the microstructure. The magnetic ... [more ▼]

Samples of La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xGaxO3 with x = 0, 0.025, 0.05 and 0.10 were prepared by standard solid-state reaction. They were first characterized chemically, including the microstructure. The magnetic properties and various transport properties, i.e. the electrical resistivity, magnetoresistivity (for a field below 8 T), thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity measured each time on the same sample, are reported. The markedly different behaviour of the x = 0.1 sample from those with a smaller Ga content, is discussed. The dilution of the Mn3+/Mn4+ interactions with Ga doping considerably reduces the ferromagnetic double exchange interaction within the manganese lattice leading to a decrease of the Curie temperature. The polaron binding energy varies from 224 to 243 meV with increased Ga doping. (C) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLiMn2-xTixO4 spinel-type compounds (x <= 1): Structural, electrical and magnetic properties
Krins, Natasha ULg; Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Traina, Karl ULg et al

in Solid State Ionics (2006), 177(11-12), 1033-1040

LiMn2-xTixO4 compounds with 0.5 =<x =< 1 were prepared by solid state reaction and Pechini technique. Powder X-ray diffraction showed that all samples crystallize with the spinel crystal structure (S.G ... [more ▼]

LiMn2-xTixO4 compounds with 0.5 =<x =< 1 were prepared by solid state reaction and Pechini technique. Powder X-ray diffraction showed that all samples crystallize with the spinel crystal structure (S.G. Fd3m). The cubic unit-cell parameter increases with the Ti content. The influence of the Ti content and cationic distribution on the magnetic properties of the compounds was studied by measuring the temperature and magnetic field dependences of the magnetization: substitution by non-magnetic d(0) Ti4+ ions appeared to weaken the magnetic interactions between the manganese ions. The electrical properties of LiMnTiO4 were studied by AC impedance spectroscopy and DC polarisation measurements, which revealed the electronic character of the conduction process. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical interactions between Bi2Sr3CaO7(Bi-2310) and Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8 (Bi-2212(Dy))
Rahier, Sébastien ULg; Lafort, Adeline ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

in Superconductor Science & Technology (2006), 19(1), 39-43

The chemical interactions between Bi2Sr3CaO7 (Bi-2310) and Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8 (Bi-2212(Dy)) at 965 degrees C were investigated by means of: (i) an interdiffusion couple and (ii) layers deposited by dip ... [more ▼]

The chemical interactions between Bi2Sr3CaO7 (Bi-2310) and Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8 (Bi-2212(Dy)) at 965 degrees C were investigated by means of: (i) an interdiffusion couple and (ii) layers deposited by dip coating on oxidized nickel Substrates. The samples were characterized by optical and electron microscopies, energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis and x-ray diffraction. It turns out that at the peritectic temperature Of Bi-2212(Dy), the Bi-2310 phase reacts with the liquid phase resulting from the peritectic decomposition of the Bi-2212(Dy) phase. Dissolution of Bi-2310 leads to an enrichment in Sr and an impoverishment in Cu of the liquid phase, resulting in a shift of the composition of the insoluble phase towards the Ca-rich end of the (Ca, Sr)O Solid Solution. [less ▲]

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See detailYBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thick films on Ag prepared by the electrophoretic deposition technique
Dusoulier, Laurent; Denis, Samuel; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2006), 43

YBa2Cu3O7-δ thick films have been deposited onto Ag substrates by the Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) technique. Different microstructures and electrical behaviours were observed depending on the ... [more ▼]

YBa2Cu3O7-δ thick films have been deposited onto Ag substrates by the Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) technique. Different microstructures and electrical behaviours were observed depending on the starting powder. Coatings prepared from commercial powder displayed significant porosity and the superconducting transition width was found to be magnetic-field dependent. Films produced from home-made coprecipitated powder are denser but contain some secondary phases. No dependence of the resistive transition as a function of magnetic field (H ≤ 20 Oe) was observed in that case. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural and electrical properties of tellurovanadate glasses containing Li2O
Krins, Natacha ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Lepot, Laurent et al

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See detailTexturation of YBa2Cu3O7-delta thick films by electrophoretic deposition under magnetic field
Dusoulier, Laurent; Denis, Samuel ULg; Nutal, Nicolas ULg et al

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2006), 314

YBa2Cu3O7-delta coatings were deposited by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) onto Ni substrates. Particles of different sizes and shapes were used in order to study the influence of the powder ... [more ▼]

YBa2Cu3O7-delta coatings were deposited by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) onto Ni substrates. Particles of different sizes and shapes were used in order to study the influence of the powder microstructure on the film density. Texturation of the thick films was induced by application of a magnetic field during the electrophoretic deposition. X-ray diffraction analysis has clearly shown preferred c-axis alignment of the YBa2Cu3O7-delta films along the direction normal to the substrate surface. Scanning electron microscopy and optical polarised light microscopy were used to characterise the microstructure of the coatings, revealing a nonrandom platelets organisation. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of YBa2Cu3O7-x superconducting thick films by the electrophoretic deposition method
Dusoulier, Laurent; Denis, Samuel ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2006), 41(24), 8109-8114

YBa2Cu3O7-x thick films have been realised by the Electrophoretic Deposition method (EPD). The influence of several parameters (powder and iodine concentrations in the suspension, applied voltage and ... [more ▼]

YBa2Cu3O7-x thick films have been realised by the Electrophoretic Deposition method (EPD). The influence of several parameters (powder and iodine concentrations in the suspension, applied voltage and deposition time) on the EPD process has been studied by measuring the conductivity of the suspension and the amount of YBa2Cu3O7-x particles deposited on the electrode. Superconducting coatings onto silver substrates have been produced by a multilayer process during different deposition times. The highest critical current density value of these coatings measured by the four-point probe method is about 10^3 A/cm^2 (77 K), in a suitable range for magnetic shielding applications. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon xerogels as catalyst supports: study of mass transfer
Job, Nathalie ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg et al

in AIChE Journal (2006), 52

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See detailLow-field magnetoresistance in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 manganite compounds prepared by the spray drying technique
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2005), 40(1), 117-122

Calcium-substituted lanthanum manganite compounds were synthesized by the spray drying technique. This method - whose main advantages are versatility, high reproducibility and scalability - yields small ... [more ▼]

Calcium-substituted lanthanum manganite compounds were synthesized by the spray drying technique. This method - whose main advantages are versatility, high reproducibility and scalability - yields small grain materials of high homogeneity and displaying low-field magnetoresistance effects. We report about the physical and chemical characterizations of these samples in order to investigate the potential interest of spray drying for the production of materials for low-field magnetoresistance applications. We have studied the dependence of the low-field magnetoresistance on the temperature and duration of the thermal treatment applied to the pelletized powders. The issue of the shape anisotropy (demagnetisation effects) influence on the magnetoresistance properties has also been dealt with. (C) 2005 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusual thermoelectric behavior of packed crystalline granular metals
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Pekala, Marek; Latuch, J. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2004), 96(12), 7338-7345

Loosely packed granular materials are intensively studied nowadays. Electrical and thermal transport properties should reflect the granular structure, as well as intrinsic properties. We have compacted ... [more ▼]

Loosely packed granular materials are intensively studied nowadays. Electrical and thermal transport properties should reflect the granular structure, as well as intrinsic properties. We have compacted crystalline CaAl-based metallic grains and studied the electrical resistivity and the thermoelectric power as a function of temperature (T) from 15 to 300 K. Both properties show three regimes as a function of temperature. It should be pointed out: (i) The electrical resistivity continuously decreases between 15 and 235 K, (ii) with various dependencies, e.g., similar ~ T(-3/4) at low T, while (iii) the thermoelectric power (TEP) is positive, (iv) shows a bump near 60 K, and (v) presents a rather unusual square root of temperature dependence at low temperature. It is argued that these three regimes indicate a competition between geometric and thermal processes-for which a theory seems to be missing in the case of TEP. The microchemical analysis results are also reported, indicating a complex microstructure inherent to the phase diagram peritectic intricacies of this binary alloy. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailAnisotropic behaviour in the magnetic field dependence of the low temperature electrical resistance of calcium-doped lanthanum manganate thin films grown by RF magnetron sputtering
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Dusoulier, Laurent; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2004), 280(2-3), 264-272

We report about the magnetoresistive properties of calcium-doped lanthanum manganate thin films grown by RF magnetron sputtering on single crystalline LaAiO(3) and MgO substrates. Two orientations of the ... [more ▼]

We report about the magnetoresistive properties of calcium-doped lanthanum manganate thin films grown by RF magnetron sputtering on single crystalline LaAiO(3) and MgO substrates. Two orientations of the magnetic field with respect to the electrical current have been studied: (i) magnetic field in the plane of the film and parallel to the electrical current, and (ii) magnetic field perpendicular to the plane of the film. The film grown on LaAlO3 is characterised by an unusual magneto resistive behaviour when the magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the film plane: the appearance of two bumps in the field dependence of the resistance is shown to be related to the occurrence of anisotropic magneto resistive effects in manganate films. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDibarium zirconium tetraoxalate trihydrate
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Robertz, Bénédicte; Guillaume, Bernard ULg et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications (2004), 60(Pt 6), 233-234

A new mixed barium zirconium oxalate, triaquatetra-mu-oxalato-dibarium(II)zirconium(IV), Ba2Zr(C2O4)(4).3H(2)O or [Ba2Zr(C2O4)(4)(H2O)(3)](n), has been synthesized. The complex is built from eightfold ... [more ▼]

A new mixed barium zirconium oxalate, triaquatetra-mu-oxalato-dibarium(II)zirconium(IV), Ba2Zr(C2O4)(4).3H(2)O or [Ba2Zr(C2O4)(4)(H2O)(3)](n), has been synthesized. The complex is built from eightfold-coordinated Zr atoms and eleven- and sixfold-coordinated Ba atoms, linked by oxalate groups. The Zr atom, the two Ba atoms and one water O atom lie on crystallographic twofold axes, so that each coordination polyhedron has imposed C2 symmetry. Packing in the crystal is also assumed through hydrogen bonds. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of silicon addition on the electrical and magnetic properties of copper-doped (La,Ca)MnO3 compounds
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2004), 268(3), 364-373

In this paper we report about the electrical properties of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 compounds substituted by copper on the manganese site and/or deliberately contaminated by SiO2 in the reactant mixture. Several ... [more ▼]

In this paper we report about the electrical properties of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 compounds substituted by copper on the manganese site and/or deliberately contaminated by SiO2 in the reactant mixture. Several phenomena have been observed and discussed. SiO2 addition leads to the formation of an apatite-like secondary phase that affects the electrical conduction through the percolation of the charge carriers. On the other hand, depending on the relative amounts of copper and silicon, the temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity can be noticeably modified: our results enable us to compare the effects of crystallographic vacancies on the A and B sites of the perovskite with the influence of the copper ions substituted on the manganese site. The most original result occurs for the compounds with a small ratio Si/Cu, which display double-peaked resistivity vs. temperature curves. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic and electronic ground states of B-site-substituted LaMnO3: from antiferromagnetism to ferromagnetism
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Flahaut, Delphine; Hebert, Sylvie et al

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (2004), 280(1), 75-83

We report about the physical properties of samples obtained by different substitutions on the Mn site of LaMnO3: LaMn0.85Ni0.15O3, LaMn0.85Ga0.15O3 and LaMn0.5Ga0.5O3. It is well known that the ... [more ▼]

We report about the physical properties of samples obtained by different substitutions on the Mn site of LaMnO3: LaMn0.85Ni0.15O3, LaMn0.85Ga0.15O3 and LaMn0.5Ga0.5O3. It is well known that the antiferromagnetic orbitally ordered ground state of LaMnO3 is easily destroyed to give way to ferromagnetism. However, this ferromagnetic behaviour can result from several mechanisms: depending on the nature of the substituting cation and on the substitution level, the physical properties derived from a complex interplay between exchange interactions, orbital ordering and Jahn-Teller distortion. As a result, there are noticeable differences between the physical properties of the different samples, even though all three samples display a ferromagnetic component in zero applied magnetic field. In this paper we compare the crystallographic, electrical and magnetic properties of these samples, with a special attention for the AC susceptibility behaviour. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailac magnetic behavior of large-grain magnetoresistive La0.78Ca0.22Mn0.90Ox materials
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Physical Review. B (2003), 68(22), 224418

We report a detailed set of ac magnetic measurements carried out on bulk large grain La-Ca-Mn-O samples extracted from a floating zone method-grown rod. Three samples with La0.78Ca0.22Mn0.90Ox ... [more ▼]

We report a detailed set of ac magnetic measurements carried out on bulk large grain La-Ca-Mn-O samples extracted from a floating zone method-grown rod. Three samples with La0.78Ca0.22Mn0.90Ox stoichiometry but differing in their microstructure were investigated by electrical resistivity and ac susceptibility measurements: (i) a single grain sample, (ii) a sample containing two grains, and (iii) a polycrystalline sample. We show that the superimposition of dc magnetic fields during ac magnetic susceptibility measurements is an efficient way for characterizing the magnetic transition of samples with different microstructures. Whereas both single grain and polycrystalline samples display a single susceptibility peak, an additional kink structure is observed in the case of the double grain sample. The temperature dependence of the ac susceptibility measured with superimposed dc magnetic fields is analyzed in the framework of second-order phase transition ideas. The relations between the critical exponents (beta+gamma ~ 1.5, delta ~ 2.5) are found to be close to those of the mean-field model for all samples. This is attributed to the disordering caused by unoccupied Mn sites. ©2003 The American Physical Society. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of CMR manganate compounds: the consequences of the choice of a precursor method
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Materials Letters (2002), 57(3), 598-603

We have studied the electrical transport properties of manganate samples synthesized by different precursor methods. Differences in the synthesis process of the materials can result in samples with ... [more ▼]

We have studied the electrical transport properties of manganate samples synthesized by different precursor methods. Differences in the synthesis process of the materials can result in samples with similar grain size but very different physical properties, contrary to what happens in samples prepared by the same method. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCu doping as a tool for understanding CMR
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2002), 206-2

Doping at the Mn-site in CMR manganate-based perovskites has been shown to affect strongly the physical properties of those compounds. We study here the effect of copper substitution in the low doping ... [more ▼]

Doping at the Mn-site in CMR manganate-based perovskites has been shown to affect strongly the physical properties of those compounds. We study here the effect of copper substitution in the low doping range on the electrical transport properties of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3. It turns out that the transition temperature decrease observed in doped samples can be drastically reduced by addition of silicon dioxide SiO2. It is shown that copper is trapped in a secondary phase composed of La,Ca,Si,Cu and O. The resultant Mn-site vacancies appear to be less detrimental to the electronic conduction than the likely antiferromagnetic clusters induced by the copper ions in the Mn-O network. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic properties of Ga-doped lanthanum manganite with controlled oxygen stoichometry
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Hebert, Sylvie; Maignan, Antoine et al

in Crystal Engineering (2002), 5

Stoichiometric LaMnO3 is an insulator whose A-type antiferromagnetic structure at low temperature is mainly connected to the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO6 octahedra. The substitution of non magnetic ... [more ▼]

Stoichiometric LaMnO3 is an insulator whose A-type antiferromagnetic structure at low temperature is mainly connected to the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO6 octahedra. The substitution of non magnetic d(10) Ga3+ ions on the manganese site disrupts the orbital and spin orderings of the manganese ions and has a strong influence on the physical properties. The antiferromagnetic order is progressively destroyed while the ferromagnetic component increases. At the same time, the distortion of the orthorhombic cell decreases and the high temperature structural Jahn-Teller transition disappears. Such studies on manganese site substitutions give insight into the physics of the Mn-O three-dimensional network, which is supposed to be the key feature in the CMR manganites. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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