Publications of Rudi Cloots
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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 detailMesoporous Lithium Vanadium Oxide as Thin Film Electrode for Lithium-Ion Batteries: Comparison between Direct Synthesis of LiV2O5 and Electrochemical Lithium Intercalation in V2O5
Caes, Sébastien ULiege; Arrebola, Jose Carlos; Krins, Natacha ULiege et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2014), 2

Research in the field of lithium-ion batteries favours electrode materials with high surface area. In this context, this paper is dedicated to mesoporous thin films (MTFs) and compares the electrochemical ... [more ▼]

Research in the field of lithium-ion batteries favours electrode materials with high surface area. In this context, this paper is dedicated to mesoporous thin films (MTFs) and compares the electrochemical performance of g-LiV2O5 MTFs with post-synthesis electrochemical lithium intercalation in a-V2O5 MTFs. Formation of vanadium oxide MTFs by soft-chemistry is notoriously difficult. However, it is shown that wormlike vanadium oxide (V–O) and lithium vanadium oxide (Li–V–O) MTFs can be obtained on silicon substrates by a direct sol–gel soft-templating route (evaporation-induced micelle assembly) using a polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) structuring agent. Heat treatment for 1 minute at 400 C (Li–V–O system) or 30 minutes at 350 C (V–O system) leads to the crystallization of g-LiV2O5 or a-V2O5, respectively. These calcination conditions ensure the degradation of the structuring agent while preventing the collapse of the mesostructure, yielding MTFs with pore size diameter in the 30–35 nm range. Using the same set of synthesis conditions, films can be deposited on conductive glass substrates for electrochemical investigation: the a-V2O5 films display better specific capacities, while the cyclability is good for both compositions, even at a current density as high as 30 C-rate. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved coloration contrast and electrochromic efficiency of tungsten oxide films thanks to a surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis process
Denayer, Jessica ULiege; Aubry, Philippe; Bister, Geoffroy et al

in Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells (2014), 130

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See detailMineralogical and Physical Changes during Sintering of Plastic Red Clays from Sanaga Swampy Valley, Cameroon.
Nzeukou, Aubin; Traina, K.; Mjedo, E.R. et al

in International ceramique review (2014), 63(4), 186-192

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See detailAC vs. DC electrophoretic deposition of hydroxyapatite on titanium
Ozhukil Kollath, Vinayaraj ULiege; Chen, Qiang; Closset, Raphaël ULiege et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2013), 33(13-14), 27152721

In this study, electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of hydroxyapatite (HA) powder on titanium plate was performed using butanol as solvent under direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) fields. The ... [more ▼]

In this study, electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of hydroxyapatite (HA) powder on titanium plate was performed using butanol as solvent under direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) fields. The zeta potential of the suspensions was measured to define their stability and the charge on the particles. Coating thickness was varied by adjusting the voltage and time of deposition. Surface morphology and cross section thickness were studied using scanning electron microscopy and image analysis software. Surface crack density was calculated from the micrographs. The results showed that the samples of similar thickness have higher grain density when coated using AC as compared to DC EPD. This facile but novel test proves the capability of AC-EPD to attain denser and uniform HA coatings from non-aqueous medium. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 templated films used as photoelectrode for solid-state DSSC applications: study of the pore filling by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Colson, Pierre ULiege; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULiege et al

Poster (2013, September)

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 detailNanosphere Lithography: A Powerful Method for the Controlled Manufacturing of Nanomaterials
Colson, Pierre ULiege; Henrist, Catherine ULiege; Cloots, Rudi ULiege

in Journal of Nanomaterials (2013)

The never-ending race towards miniaturization of devices induced an intense research in the manufacturing processes of the components of those devices. However, the complexity of the process combined with ... [more ▼]

The never-ending race towards miniaturization of devices induced an intense research in the manufacturing processes of the components of those devices. However, the complexity of the process combined with high equipment costs makes the conventional lithographic techniques unfavorable for many researchers. Through years, nanosphere lithography (NSL) attracted growing interest due to its compatibility with wafer-scale processes as well as its potential to manufacture a wide variety of homogeneous one-, two-, or three-dimensional nanostructures. This method combines the advantages of both top-down and bottom-up approaches and is based on a two-step process: (1) the preparation of a colloidal crystal mask (CCM) made of nanospheres and (2) the deposition of the desired material through the mask. The mask is then removed and the layer keeps the ordered patterning of the mask interstices. Many groups have been working to improve the quality of the CCMs. Throughout this review, we compare the major deposition techniques to manufacture the CCMs (focusing on 2D polystyrene nanospheres lattices), with respect to their advantages and drawbacks. In traditional NSL, the pattern is usually limited to triangular structures. However, new strategies have been developed to build up more complex architectures and will also be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh Performance DSSC Based on Semiconducting Oxides Prepared Through Soft Chemistry Processes
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Schrijnemakers, Audrey ULiege; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULiege et al

Conference (2013, July)

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 ... [more ▼]

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 allowing the preparation of highly porous layers with well-ordered and accessible pores as well as improved crystallites connectivity. The main goal is to increase the film surface area and to perfectly control the mesostructure in order to maximize the adsorption of active dye and the electrolyte infiltration inside the porous network. This talk especially focuses on the templating-assisted synthesis of TiO2 and ZnO semiconducting layers used as photoelectrode in DSSCs. Besides, due to the surface area improvement as well as the perfect control of the pore organization and the pore size, the templating strategy can be an effective solution to overcome light harvesting and solid electrolyte filling limitations encountered in solid-state DSSCs. Special effort is paid to the tuning of the TiO2 and ZnO semiconducting layers mesostructure in order to match with solid-state DSSC applications. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 templated films used as photoelectrode for solid-state DSSC applications: study of the pore filling by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Colson, Pierre ULiege; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULiege et al

Poster (2013, July)

Mesoporous anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Randomly oriented nanocrystalline TiO2 particles are usually used to prepare photoelectrodes ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Randomly oriented nanocrystalline TiO2 particles are usually used to prepare photoelectrodes with a thickness of 10-15 µm. However, in solid-state DSSCs, TiO2 films thickness is limited to few µm allowing the adsorption of only a low quantity of photoactive dye and thus leading to a poor light harvesting and low conversion efficiencies. In order to overcome this limitation, templated-assisted dip-coating techniques are used to obtain thin films with high surface area. 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 microstructure properties (porosity, crystallinity) and impact on the dye loading and solid electrolyte filling. As-obtained templated films have been compared to nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor blade or screen printing as reference. 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. Solid electrolyte infiltration has been extensively investigated by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS). Finally, templated films were evaluated as photoelectrode in solid-state DSSCs and compared to nanoparticles layers. [less ▲]

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See detailStudies on the Influence of Different Grain-sized Titania Scattering Layers for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULiege; Henrist, Catherine ULiege; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULiege et al

Poster (2013, July)

The efficiencies of dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are boosted up to 12% by NIR light harvesting dyes and with the usage of scattering layer in the device preparation.The importance of Titania ... [more ▼]

The efficiencies of dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are boosted up to 12% by NIR light harvesting dyes and with the usage of scattering layer in the device preparation.The importance of Titania scattering layers was studied as a part of this work. These scattering layers were prepared from two different grain-sizes (100 nm & 500 nm) for SQ2-NIR and N3-UV/Vis DSCs. The 100 nm grain-sized Titania paste was commercially supplied and 500 nm grain-sized Titania paste was prepared according to literature. The morphological and structural properties of these bigger grain-sized Titania layers were deliberated by using and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-Ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The influence of these bigger grain-sized Titania scattering layers in SQ2-NIR and N3-UV/Vis DSCs were expounded by using various electro-optical characterization techniques such as light I-V, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) shown in Figure 1 and external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements. The importance of understanding the influence of these bigger grain-sized scattering Titania layers could pave a way for future design and optimizing of DSCs for increasing the amount of light harvesting. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic processing of β – tricalcium phosphate for efficient protein loading and in vitro analysis of antigen uptake
Ozhukil Kollath, Vinayaraj ULiege; De Geest, Bruno; Mullens, Steven et al

in Advanced Engineering Materials (2013), 15(4), 295-301

Microparticulate calcium phosphate (CaP) powders are promising drug carriers because of their biocompatibility and degradability under physiological conditions. The adsorption capability of CaP ... [more ▼]

Microparticulate calcium phosphate (CaP) powders are promising drug carriers because of their biocompatibility and degradability under physiological conditions. The adsorption capability of CaP microparticles makes them interesting candidates, within the inorganic carrier materials, for delivering protein antigens to professional antigen presenting cells (APC) for vaccination purpose. However, in order to bind and deliver a sufficient amount of protein, the challenge is to effectively increase the binding capacity of this material. In this study, b-tricalcium phosphate (b-TCP) powder is engineered to obtain microparticles with increased protein loading, using bovine serum albumin as a model antigen. The decrease in particle size and increase in specific surface area of carrier is shown to strongly affect protein adsorption. Finally, we demonstrate that the processed b-TCP is capable of delivering its protein payload in vitro to dendritic cells, which are professional APCs and the target cell population for microparticulate vaccines. [less ▲]

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See detailLong term stability of TiO2 templated multilayer films used as high efficiency photoelectrode in liquid DSSCs
Dewalque, Jennifer ULiege; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULiege; Henrist, Catherine ULiege et al

Poster (2013, March)

To our knowledge, the stability results reported in the literature only concern cells made from classical doctor-bladed or screen-printed nanoparticles films. This study focuses on the comparison of the ... [more ▼]

To our knowledge, the stability results reported in the literature only concern cells made from classical doctor-bladed or screen-printed nanoparticles films. This study focuses on the comparison of the long-term stability of these cells with DSSCs working with templated mesoporous films. Indeed, the increased surface area of templated films could lead to a faster degradation of the resulting cells. In accordance with IEC:1646:1996 standard tests, light soaking test at 45°C has been applied to determine the cells stability under prolonged illumination. Moreover, thermal stress in the dark has been applied. Unfortunately, due to the sealing material heat resistance, thermal stress test was only performed at 45°C. [less ▲]

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See detailHierarchical Porous TiO2 thin films by soft and dual templating: A quantitative approach of specific surface and porosity
Henrist, Catherine ULiege; Cloots, Rudi ULiege; Colson, Pierre ULiege et al

Poster (2013, March)

Hierarchical porous structures, with different pore sizes, constitute an important field of research for many applications. However, increasing the pore size results in the decrease of specific surface ... [more ▼]

Hierarchical porous structures, with different pore sizes, constitute an important field of research for many applications. However, increasing the pore size results in the decrease of specific surface. There is a need to quantify and predict the resulting porosity and specific surface. We have prepared hierarchical porous TiO2 thin films either by surfactant templating (soft) or dual surfactant/microspheres templating (soft/hard). They all show narrow, bimodal distribution of pores. Soft templating route leads to very thin films showing high specific surface and bimodal porosity with diameters of 10 nm and 54 nm. Dual templating route combines a Pluronic surfactant-based precursor solution with polystyrene (PS) microspheres (diam. 250 nm) in a one-pot simple process. This gives thicker films with a bimodal distribution of pores (8 nm and 165-200 nm). The dye loading of hierarchical films is compared to pure Pluronic-templated TiO2 films and shows a relative decrease of 29% for Single Templating (ST) and 43% for Dual Templating (DT-250). Finally, a geometrical model is proposed and validated for each system, based on the agreement between calculated specific surfaces and experimental dye loading with N719 dye. [less ▲]

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See detailFlow abilities of powders and granular materials evidenced from dynamical tap density measurement
Traina, Karl; Cloots, Rudi ULiege; Bontempi, Sébastien ULiege et al

in Powder Technology (2013), 235

This paper offers an overview of the flow properties of granular systems, including voids, granular porosity and random packing characteristics. For the purposes of the study, the notion of additional ... [more ▼]

This paper offers an overview of the flow properties of granular systems, including voids, granular porosity and random packing characteristics. For the purposes of the study, the notion of additional porous volume is intro-duced. This volume is defined as the additional air volume added to the optimal granular packing. It represents the difference between the volume of the bulk powder bed and that of the same powder but when ideally packed. It appears as the volume of additional air (or voids) trapped/stored between the grains when the powder passes from a dynamical state to a static state (during the filling of a container or the formation of a powder heap, for example). Therefore, if the powder bed traps air, it is then able to restore air partially or completely or not at all, depending on the intergranular cohesion level. This mechanism of the storing and releasing of air can be analysed from the measurement of compressibility curves. If the powder is non-cohesive or free flowing, it traps a small amount of air in its static state. Conversely, if the powder is cohesive, it traps more air. These data can be related to the flow properties of granular materials. Indeed, the compressibility curves obtained for gran-ular materials provide information such as additional porosity, a kinetic parameter which characterizes the com-pressibility dynamics, a granular relaxation index which predicts how far a powder is from its optimal packing state and an index which gauges the de-areation speed of the powder. Measurement of such properties provides a better understanding of the nature of granular materials. Measurements of dynamical compressibility were car-ried out on five granular materials (two different lactose powders, hydrated lime Ca(OH)2, yttrium stabilized zir-conia balls and polystyrene balls). The overall results are presented using a radar graph. The use of this tool and its advantages are discussed in relation to the measurement and characterization of powder flow properties. [less ▲]

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See detailYBCO superconducting thick films: electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on non-planar silver substrates
Namburi, Devendra Kumar ULiege; Closset, Raphaël ULiege; Fagnard, Jean-François ULiege et al

Conference (2013, January 30)

A new formulation of a stable YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) suspension is proposed in which butanol is preferred to the commonly-used acetone as the suspension medium. Appropriate surfactant has been used to develop ... [more ▼]

A new formulation of a stable YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) suspension is proposed in which butanol is preferred to the commonly-used acetone as the suspension medium. Appropriate surfactant has been used to develop the superficial charge on the YBCO particles in order to promote migration during the process of electrophoresis. YBCO thick films were deposited on silver tubes and half-tubes by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). The EPD parameters (deposition voltage, deposition time, number of layers etc.) were optimized with respect to the microstructural properties of the YBCO layers after an intermediate heat treatment at 920°C. An essential criterion is the minimization of macrocracks after the 920°C heat treatment, since it was found to favour good superconducting properties after the final heat treatment. This final heat treatment involves (i) partial melting above the peritectic temperature, (ii) peritectic recombination at lower temperature and (iii) reoxygenation at 500°C. Finally, the superconducting properties of the best films are discussed. A uniformly coated 55μm-thick YBCO film on a curved Ag substrate showed excellent superconducting properties with the onset of critical temperature at 92.2 K and an associated sharp resistive transition with transition width < 1 K. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of the mesoporosity on the crystalline growth of hematite films used as photoelectrodes in water splitting
Toussaint, Caroline ULiege; Cloots, Rudi ULiege; Henrist, Catherine ULiege

Poster (2013)

The environmental effect of atmospheric CO2 associated with other geopolitical and economic problems linked to fossil fuels have urged the research and the development of new and clean sources of energy ... [more ▼]

The environmental effect of atmospheric CO2 associated with other geopolitical and economic problems linked to fossil fuels have urged the research and the development of new and clean sources of energy. The photoelectrolysis of water is an interesting way to produce clean fuel by converting solar energy into hydrogen. Hematite is a particularly attractive material for the photoelectrolysis of water thanks to its abundance, high stability in water and absorption in the visible part of the solar spectrum. Furthermore, the position of its valence band affords the oxidation of water into O2. Nevertheless, hematite has some drawbacks like a too low conduction band to reduce water, a bad conduction of electrons and a very short diffusion length of holes (2-10 nm). The application of a bias resolves the positioning of the conduction band, while the conduction of electrons is improved by adding a dopant (SiO2 or TiO2). The short diffusion length, for its part, is improved by reducing the distance electrode-electrolyte. For this purpose, we developed mesoporous hematite films doped by TiO2 by spin coating, based on the EIMP principle (Evaporation Inducing Micelles Packing). For the sake of comparison, a non mesoporous film was prepared. The crystallinity, the mesostructure and the performance in water splitting of the films were then characterized. Due to the high temperature of crystallization of the hematite, we had to proceed to the fine tuning of the thermal treatment to obtain a crystallized film and to preserve its mesoporosity, which was confirmed by TEM. Based on XRD analysis, it comes out that the mesoporosity leads to smaller grains than without mesoporosity. The water splitting performances were evaluated by measuring the photocurrent density under illumination (AM 1.5G, 100mW/cm²) and the mesoporous film showed promising efficiencies (1.9mA/cm²). [less ▲]

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