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See detailSurfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of hematite mesoporous thin films
Henrist, Catherine ULg; Toussaint, Caroline ULg; De Vroede, Jordan et al

in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2016), 221

Mesoporous crystalline hematite is a material difficult to prepare by soft-templating with conventional techniques, because of its high crystallization temperature associated to the crystal-to-crystal ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous crystalline hematite is a material difficult to prepare by soft-templating with conventional techniques, because of its high crystallization temperature associated to the crystal-to-crystal goethiteto-hematite phase transition. In a previous work, it has been reported that with very careful calcination steps, it is possible to prepare mesoporous hematite films with the spin-coating technique. However, with less conventional techniques such as surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, the deposition usually leads to non-porous oxide films or to films with interstitial porosity. In this work, we demonstrate for the first time the proof-of-concept of block-copolymer templating of hematite thin films by the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique. Despite the fast thermal decomposition during spray deposition, a regular, monodisperse packing of spherical pores is observed after deposition on pre-heated substrates (250 C) and after a careful post-annealing step at 470 C. Moreover, with the use of a silica scaffold, we successfully preserved porosity up to a temperature as high as 800 C. These films are highly crystalline and they are composed by randomly oriented nanocrystallites with sizes as small as 25 nm. Furthermore, we show that the crystallization evolution with temperature is influenced by the presence of the templating agent and also by the preparation technique. [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative semiconducting oxide materials reducing the energy footprint of buildings
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Maho, Anthony ULg; Spronck, Gilles ULg et al

Conference (2015, October 26)

In the current energy context, many efforts are devoted to the reduction of the energy footprint of buildings. To meet this challenge, the LCIS-GREENMAT laboratory developes a front edge research in the ... [more ▼]

In the current energy context, many efforts are devoted to the reduction of the energy footprint of buildings. To meet this challenge, the LCIS-GREENMAT laboratory developes a front edge research in the field of advanced materials associated to energy and environment, including structured materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and electrochromic coatings. DSSCs have been reported by O’Regan and Grätzel in the early nineties as a very promising alternative to conventional photovoltaic silicon devices. Main benefits of these cells are their low cost as well as their mild manufacturing process. In most of the specific literature, DSSCs are made of TiO2 films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing of anatase nanoparticles paste. However, due to the random organization of the nanoparticles, pore accessibility by the dye and electrolyte could be incomplete. Moreover, some anatase crystallites could suffer from a lack of connectivity, leading to electron transfer issues. The strategy adopted by our group to improve photovoltaic efficiencies involves a templating-assisted process to prepare highly porous layers with well-ordered and accessible pores as well as improved crystallites connectivity. This talk especially focuses on the templating-assisted synthesis of TiO2 and ZnO semiconducting layers used as photoelectrode in DSSCs. Due to the surface area improvement as well as the perfect control of the pore organization and the pore size, the templating strategy is an effective solution to maximize the adsorption of active dye and the electrolyte infiltration inside the porous network. Besides, in the last few years, there has been increasing interest in electrochromic glazing due to its potential use as an energy-efficient component for buildings, as it could reduce considerably their CO2 emission by decreasing their energy consumption up to 30%. The crucial issues of such devices are the durability, the coloration efficiency and the reversibility upon coloration and bleaching of the electrochromic layers. In order to improve the performances of those electrochromic films, we have investigated a surfactant-assisted deposition process for WO3 layer and the insertion of lithium in the NiO layer. All films have been deposited on FTO glass substrates by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP), which is a low-cost alternative to industrial vacuum processes for manufacturing high quality thin films. The presence of lithium ions in nickel oxide films has shown improved coloration efficiency compared to the undoped films. The higher active surface of surfactant-assisted tungsten oxide films has led to higher reversibility and coloration contrast. [less ▲]

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See detailChitosan enriched three-dimensional matrix reduces inflammatory and catabolic mediators production by human chondrocytes
Oprenyeszk, Frédéric ULg; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Dubuc, Jean-Emile et al

in PLoS ONE (2015), 10(5),

This in vitro study investigated the metabolism of human osteoarthritic (OA) chondrocytes encapsulated in a spherical matrix enriched of chitosan. Human OA chondrocytes were encapsulated and cultured for ... [more ▼]

This in vitro study investigated the metabolism of human osteoarthritic (OA) chondrocytes encapsulated in a spherical matrix enriched of chitosan. Human OA chondrocytes were encapsulated and cultured for 28 days either in chitosan-alginate beads or in alginate beads. The beads were formed by slowly passed dropwise either the chitosan 0.6%- alginate 1.2% or the alginate 1.2% solution through a syringe into a 102 mM CaCl2 solution. Beads were analyzed histologically after 28 days. Interleukin (IL)-6 and -8, prostaglandin (PG) E2, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), hyaluronan and aggrecan were quantified directly in the culture supernatant by specific ELISA and nitric oxide (NO) by using a colorimetric method based on the Griess reaction. Hematoxylin and eosin staining showed that chitosan was homogeneously distributed through the matrix and was in direct contact with chondrocytes. The production of IL-6, IL-8 and MMP-3 by chondrocytes significantly decreased in chitosan-alginate beads compared to alginate beads. PGE2 and NO decreased also significantly but only during the first three days of culture. Hyaluronan and aggrecan production tended to increase in chitosan-alginate beads after 28 days of culture. Chitosan-alginate beads reduced the production of inflammatory and catabolic mediators by OA chondrocytes and tended to stimulate the synthesis of cartilage matrix components. These particular effects indicate that chitosan-alginate beads are an interesting scaffold for chondrocytes encapsulation before transplantation to repair cartilage defects. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 templated films used as photoelectrode for solid-state DSSC applications: Study of the solid electrolyte infiltration by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg; Mathis, François et al

Poster (2015, May 10)

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

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

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See detailSurface treatments for electrochromic glazing: toward reduced costs and optimal performances through ultrasonic spray pyrolysis
Maho, Anthony ULg; Denayer, Jessica; Bister, Geoffroy et al

Conference (2015, May)

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See detailDeposition of electrochromic oxide films by surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis
Maho, Anthony ULg; Denayer, Jessica; Bister, Geoffroy et al

Conference (2015, May)

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

in Thin Solid Films (2015)

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

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

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

Poster (2015)

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

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

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

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

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See detailTiO2 Macroscopic Fibers with Enhanced Photocatalytic Properties Obtained through a Scale-Up Semi-Industrial Process
Kinadjian, Natacha; Le Bechec, Mickael; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

in Advanced Engineering Materials (2015), 17(1), 36-44

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

Poster (2014, May 20)

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

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

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

in Materials Letters (2014), 119

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

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

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

Poster (2014)

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

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

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

in Electrochimica Acta (2014), 137

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

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

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

in Organic Electronics (2014), 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference (2014)

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