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Regular Papers
  • Natarajan Elangovan, Sivashanmugam Pugalmani, Arthanari Srinivasan, Na ...
    Type: Regular Paper
    Subject area: Interdisciplinary
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 5-13
    Released: February 10, 2018
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    A novel nanocomposite coating containing poly (N-vinyl carbazole) (PVK) and zirconia (ZrO2) nanoparticles was synthesized using chronoamperometry. The effect of ZrO2 nano particles into the PVK matrix and its mechanical, corrosion protection ability on 316L SS substrates were studied. The incorporation of the nanoparticles was endorsed by attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR) and EDAX analysis. The spheroidal morphology and core-shell structure were revealed with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The thermal studies exhibited the stability of coating. The anticorrosion performance of PVK-ZrO2 nanocomposite coatings in 3.5 weight (wt.)% NaCl medium was performed with potentiodynamic polarization technique and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies. The corrosion rate of PVK-ZrO2 nanocomposite coated 316L SS was found to be 0.58 times lower than uncoated 316L SS and a significant decrease in corrosion potential was realized from -0.211 VSCE for uncoated 316L SS to 0.112 VSCE for PVK-ZrO2 nanocomposite coated 316L SS substrates. The results of this study clearly ascertain that the PVK-ZrO2 nanocomposite has an outstanding potential to protect 316L SS against corrosion in a 3.5 wt.% NaCl environment. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.5]

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  • Kousik Dutta
    Type: Regular Paper
    Subject area: Electronic Properties
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 14-19
    Released: February 10, 2018
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    Development of environmentally benign methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles is an evolving important branch of nanotechnology. Inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposites are synthesized by dispersing nanosized CdS in the conducting polypyrrole (PPY) matrix. The samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopes and UV-VIS spectrophotometer. The wavelength of optical absorption peak of CdS nanoparticle increases from 430 nm to 470 nm with the decrease of polypyrrole concentration. Studies on dc electrical conductivity as a function of temperature suggest that three dimensional Mott’s hopping process occurs in CdS-Polypyrrole nanocomposites. The incorporation of CdS nanoparticles enhances the barrier height. The barrier height increases with the content of CdS. The observed nonlinear current-voltage characteristics are satisfactorily explained using the Schottky type barriers. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.14]

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  • Ahmed Ali Mohammad Monzur-Ul-Akhir, Masayuki Mori, Koichi Maezawa
    Type: Regular Paper
    Subject area: Crystal Growth
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 20-26
    Released: February 21, 2018
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    The single crystalline InSb and GaSb thin films on the same Si(111) substrate is an essence of CMOS device fabrication. In this study, the growth of InSb has been observed on InGaSb intermediate layer grown on High Quality (HQ) GaSb buffer layer of single crystalline nature. In this case, InxGa1–xSb was initially grown on HQ GaSb/Si(111)-√3 × √3-Ga surface following a two-step growth method. The controlled and precise flux ratio of Ga and Sb enabled HQ GaSb layer to grow without twins. For InxGa1–xSb intermediate layer, In ratio x ranged from 0.90 to 0.75 for samples S1–S4 with a step 0.05. To analyze the growth nature and surface morphology, Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction (RHEED), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) have been performed and studied. It is concluded that InSb epitaxial surfaces have shown better smoothness and fewer defects towards Gallium increase. The growth nature in this case for both InSb epitaxial layer and InGaSb intermediate layer were coherent where HQ GaSb buffer layer was effective in decreasing twins. Some complementary samples were prepared to support the assumptions made before starting the experiments. Finally, the possibility of single crystalline InSb and GaSb thin films on the same Si(111) substrate has been demonstrated. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.20]

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  • Hiroshi Kuwahata, Yuki Murata, Naoki Hashimoto, Riyuya Segawa
    Type: Regular Paper
    Subject area: Reaction and Dynamics
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 27-35
    Released: February 21, 2018
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    An atmospheric-pressure argon (Ar) plasma jet was generated with a frequency of 10 kHz, an applied voltage of 4 kV, and an Ar gas flow rate of 10 L/min. When an aluminum (Al) thin film that was vacuum-deposited on a glass substrate was irradiated with the atmospheric-pressure Ar plasma jet in air for 60 s at an irradiation distance of 2 mm, the surface of the Al thin film was hydrophilized in a circular area with a diameter of 23 mm, which was larger than that of the plasma (6 mm). It was found that the superhydrophilization first occurred at the periphery of the irradiated area (∼5–10 mm from the center of the irradiated area) and then in the area irradiated directly by the plasma (≤∼5 mm from the center of the irradiated area) on the Al thin film. In the previous research on the atmospheric-pressure plasma jet irradiation of Al, the plasma reached Al, and it was reported that the hydrophilicity only improved in the area irradiated directly by the plasma. On the other hand, our plasma in this study did not reach Al. In spite of this, the hydrophilicity improved in the area irradiated directly by the plasma and in the periphery of the irradiated area. On the basis of the results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), the hydrophobic organic compounds that adsorbed on the surface of the Al thin film are considered to have been removed by the ozone (O3) generated by the interaction between the plasma and oxygen (O2) molecules in air. From the O3 concentration distribution obtained using O3 test strips, the reason for the faster superhydrophilization in the peripheral area than in the irradiated area was found to be that the peripheral area had the higher concentration of O3. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.27]

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  • Yuki Koda, Hirosuke Sumida, Satoshi Ogawa, Chie Tsukada, Hirofumi Nama ...
    Type: Regular Paper
    Subject area: Nano-Materials
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 36-40
    Released: March 03, 2018
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    Rhodium nanoparticles were deposited by the evaporation method on a silicon wafer. The process used He gas in a Rh evaporation chamber that was connected to the load-lock chamber of BL6N1 at Aichi Synchrotron Radiation Center (Aichi SR). NO gas was introduced into the evaporation chamber, and the deposited Rh nanoparticles were exposed to NO with and without an ambient atmosphere to study the effect of O2 on the electronic properties of the Rh nanoparticles and the behavior of NO molecules using synchrotron-radiation X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (SR-XPS). The diameter of the Rh nanoparticles was estimated by transmission electron microscopy to be 2.7±0.6 nm. The XPS analysis indicates that the deposited Rh nanoparticles before NO exposure were in the metallic state. After exposure to NO, a part of the outermost surface of the Rh nanoparticles changed into Rh oxide, and NO molecules, atomic N and O species, and NO2 were detected. On the other hand, after exposure to NO in ambient air, the surface of the Rh nanoparticles was preferentially oxidized. In addition, a few NO molecules were adsorbed on the surface of Rh, and a small amount of the adsorbed NO that reacted with the surface oxygen turned into NO2. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.36]

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  • Yadong Chai, Tadashi Yamaguchi, Tania Guadalupe Penaflor Galindo, Moto ...
    Type: Regular Paper
    Subject area: Bio-Science and -Technology
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 156-162
    Released: May 16, 2018
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    The culture behavior of the osteoblast-like cells on the calcium phosphate (CP) films interacted with phospholipid vesicle (PV) were investigated. The different CP crystalline phases were prepared from the biological solutions such as simulated body fluid (SBF) and unique SBF, which were called as CP/PV and U-CP/PV films, respectively, and these were used after the sterilization. The protein adsorption amounts on the CP/PV films were higher than that of the PV film. The osteoblast-like cells cultured on the U-CP/PV film had the longest length along with the extension direction. The density of the osteoblast-like cells adhered on the CP/PV and U-CP/PV films were higher, suggesting the preferential adhesion on the surfaces. The differentiated osteoblasts on the films were visualized by the alkaline phosphatase and Alizarin-red-S staining methods. It was suggested that the osteoblasts cultured on the CP/PV and U-CP/PV films exhibited the possibility of the high osteogenic activities. Therefore,the PV-interacted CP films prepared from the biological solutions are useful for the osteoblast culture plates. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.156]

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Conference -ISSS-8-
  • Yuichi Uchida, Masahiro Hara, Asami Funatsu, Fuyuki Shimojo
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Thin Films
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 1-4
    Released: January 31, 2018
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    Titania nanosheets (TNSs) are expected to lead to higher photocatalytic performance than bulk TiO2 because its high reactivity arises from the two-dimensional structure. While their electronic properties are considered to be easily affected by structural vacancies, the effects of vacancies in TNSs on the photocatalytic performance are not clear. In order to study them, we have performed first-principles molecular dynamics simulations for structure models of TNSs with several vacancies. First, we have calculated the electronic density of states and bandgap energies Eg. It has been found that Eg of our structure modes of TNSs with vacancies are larger than bulk anatase. This tendency is consistent with the experimentally observed relationship of Eg between TNSs and anatase. It has been clarified from non-adiabatic calculations that the existence of vacancies in TNSs causes spatial charge separation and leads to longer recombination time. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.1]

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  • Yuri Maruko, Tania Guadalupe Penaflor Galindo, Motohiro Tagaya
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Bio-Science and -Technology
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 41-48
    Released: March 17, 2018
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    We investigated the coating process of mesostructured triblock copolymer-tetraethoxysilane (P123-TEOS) and mesoporous silica (MPS) films on a bioinert poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) with the different cross-linker concentrations through an oxygen-plasma treatment to evaluate the mesostructure formation and adsorption ability of proteins (albumin, fibrinogen, γ-globulin, fetal bovine serum). In the PDMS preparation, the cross-linker concentration affected the polymer network formation and the siliceous layer was formed on the most-surfaces by the plasma treatment. The transparent siliceous films of P123-TEOS and MPS were successfully covered on the cross-linked PDMS without voiding and the coating film thicknesses were ca. 100 nm. The FT-IR spectra indicated that the change from P123-TEOS to MPS occurred with preserving the PDMS chemical bonds by the calcination. Especially, the XRD patterns and nitrogen adsorption and desorption isotherms of the MPS on PDMS indicated the mesostructured film formation with preserving the ordered nanopore structures (BJH pore sizes: 1.6-4.2 nm, BET surface areas: 394-602 m2/g). The hydrophobic PDMS surfaces became more wettable by the coating. The adsorption amounts of acidic proteins (albumin, fibrinogen) were changed by the coating. For the fibrinogen, the P123-TEOS on PDMS exhibited the most adsorption sites. Therefore, the bio-interactive properties of the PDMS surfaces were demonstrated based on the coating processes. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.41]

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  • Ryota Ono, Peter Krüger
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Electronic Properties
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 49-52
    Released: March 31, 2018
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    A computational method is devised for calculating angle-resolved photoelectron spectra using a plane-wave basis and repeated-slab geometry. The method is tested with a one-dimensional model with a rectangular potential well. The model parameters are adjusted to reproduce electronic structure of graphene at the Γ point of the Brillouin zone, as obtained from density functional theory. Photoemission final states with proper boundary conditions are constructed from linear combinations of supercell eigenstates such as to match the free wave at the center of the vacuum region. These states, calculated with a moderate plane-wave cut-off, agree very well with the exact wave function. The computed photoemission intensity differs strongly from the popular (single) plane-wave approximation and shows a pronounced energy dependence. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.49]

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  • Yuji Baba, Iwao Shimoyama
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Thin Films
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 53-59
    Released: March 31, 2018
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    Desorption of positive ions as well as neutrals from bulk cesium chloride has been investigated in the moderate temperature (< 500°C), which is lower than its melting point (645°C). At this moderate temperature range, neutral Cs was slightly desorbed, but desorption of Cs+ ions was not observed. On the other hand, when the positive potential was applied to the sample, Cs+ ions were desorbed with abnormally high intensity. The ratio of the desorbed ions to neutrals (ICs+ /ICs) showed a maximum at around 415°C. Based on the analysis using the Saha-Langmuir model, the observed high Cs+ desorption yield under electric field was interpreted by the changes in the surface work function caused by the phase transition of CsCl. The abnormally high Cs+ desorption yield at such low temperature under electric field would be applied to various fields such as ion production in accelerator and separation of cesium from complex systems through dry process. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.53]

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  • Osamu Endo, Hiroyuki Ozaki, Masashi Nakamura, Kenta Amemiya
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Structures
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 60-65
    Released: April 07, 2018
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    The presence of a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of dioctadecyl sulfide (DOS) on a Au(111) electrode affects the underpotential deposition (UPD) of copper in sulfuric acid solution. The first stage of the UPD, i.e., formation of the √3 × √3 R30° lattice comprising the honeycomb structure of copper, is delayed by the DOS SAM of the lower-density phase, in which the chain axis is parallel to the surface. Neutral molecules are preferentially adsorbed on the Au(111) electrode surface at around the potential of zero charge (pzc), which is approximately −0.1 V (vs. Hg|Hg2SO4) in sulfuric acid solution. The adsorption of copper ions at this potential is inhibited by the DOS SAM, which delays the successive Cu-UPD process in the first stage. In contrast, the DOS SAM of the higher-density phase, in which the chain axis is standing upright, inhibits the entire UPD process. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.60]

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  • Hiroyuki Kagitani, Seijiro Kinoshita, Osamu Kubo, Kazuki Takahashi, Hi ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Thin Films
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 66-71
    Released: April 07, 2018
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    The structure of platinum (Pt) silicide products grown on Si(001) substrate by Pt deposition at 600°C was analyzed using coaxial impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy. The resulting surface always had two kinds of products, nanowires and islands. The Pt2Si crystals with four low index surface planes were took up as candidates for the products, and it was found that the nanowires and islands of the Pt silicide were composed of Pt2Si with (010) and Si-terminated (001) as surface planes, respectively. The surface energy calculation performed using density functional theory calculation indicated that the Si-terminated Pt2Si(001) had the lowest energy among the examined surfaces, which is consistent with the fact that islands are the major products on the surface. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.66]

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  • André E. B. Amend, Tomohiro Matsui, Hideki Sato, Hiroshi Fukuya ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Electronic Properties
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 72-75
    Released: April 12, 2018
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    Graphene is a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms, which consists of two π-electron sublattices. At zigzag-type edges, there is an imbalance between the two sublattices that creates an edge-localized state, which causes a sharp increase of the local density of states (LDOS) at the Dirac point. Simulations of single vacancies on graphene, that also cause localized states, show that the LDOS is suppressed on both sides of the peak energy, where the suppression range depends on the extent of the sublattice imbalance. Here, we studied edges of hexagonal nanopits with monatomic depth prepared by hydrogen-plasma etching of graphite surfaces with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy at T = 4.7 K and 78 K. In addition to a prominent peak near the Dirac point, we found a clear suppression of the LDOS on both sides of the peak over a ±100 mV range, which has not been observed before. Analogous to single vacancies, such a LDOS can be caused by the high sublattice imbalance, which indicates that the fabricated edges are substantially rich in zigzag structure. An exponential decay of the spectral weight of the edge-state has been observed with a decay length of 1.2 ± 0.3 nm at T = 78 K, which is consistent with previous works. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.72]

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  • Hiromasa Fujii, Kaori Sasaki, Yusuke Wakabayashi, Hiroo Tajiri, Kazumo ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Structures
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 76-78
    Released: April 12, 2018
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    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are used for adjusting the work function of metal electrodes in organic devices. Since the energy level difference between the HOMO or LUMO and the work function affects the electron injection through the metal-organic interfaces, fine tuning of the work function is of importance. To control the work function from external environment, external large electric field on low-density SAMs is reported to be effective. In order to obtain a direct evidence for the structural switching of the SAM, X-ray reflectivity measurements were performed. The result shows that the molecular tilting of 10° is induced by the external voltage application. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.76]

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  • Hidetaka Watanuki, Kei Mitsuhara, Masaru Takizawa
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Thin Films
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 79-83
    Released: April 14, 2018
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    Organic semiconductors with a high carrier mobility can be realized by controlling a growth direction of the thin film. A new method to control the growth direction is using a temperature gradient. Molecular orientation strongly influences on the carrier mobility. Therefore, the molecular orientation of 2,7-dioctyl benzothieno benzothiophene (C8-BTBT) thin films grown under a temperature gradient, has been evaluated by X-ray absorption fine structure measurements. It is considered that the C8-BTBT has a molecular orientation with standing up on the substrate, and is aligned to the temperature gradient direction. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.79]

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  • Yoshimi Horio, Ryo Yamazaki, Junji Yuhara, Yuji Takakuwa, Masamichi Yo ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Structure
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 88-92
    Released: April 18, 2018
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    Using reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), we demonstrate the behavior of a wave field formed on a graphite crystal surface. The sample used is highly oriented pyrolytic graphite, which is a polycrystalline (mosaic crystal) with a few micrometers-sized domain rotated on a plane. One-beam dynamical calculation is proved to be effective for analyzing the distance between the atomic planes. One-beam dynamical calculation is also used to obtain a wave field, which is incident electron density distribution, for surface normal direction. The characteristic behavior of the wave field at Bragg conditions is demonstrated by the Auger electron intensity of carbon excited by RHEED incident electron beam. This can be measured by changing the glancing angle using beam rocking Auger electron spectroscopy (BRAES). It has been found that the anomalous intensities in the measured BRAES profile almost correspond to the calculated wave field intensities on the atomic planes. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.88]

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  • Takaaki Kawamura
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Structure
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 97-100
    Released: April 20, 2018
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    A fast phase retrieval approach from reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) intensities is proposed for monitoring growing surfaces almost in real time. The approach is based on a hybrid input-output algorithm and the processing time is reduced in two ways by taking peculiarities to RHEED intensities during growth. One is to reduce the number of sampling points along the incident beam direction in which the number is much larger than that in the normal direction due to grazing incidence of the beam. The other is to reduce the number of iterations in the retrieving process. The resulting real space objects are well reproduced providing surface morphology during growth approximately in 0.1 s. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.97]

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  • Mohammad Tawheed Kibria, Tatsushi Nomitsu, Takeshi Nakagawa, Seigi Miz ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Thin Films
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 101-104
    Released: April 26, 2018
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    We report the magnetic dead layer at the interfaces between Fe and Si(111) surfaces. We prepared two ultrathin iron-silicides, c(8×4) prepared at 900 K and p(2×2) at 700 K, and clean reconstructed 7×7 surface for the silicon templates. By using magneto-optical Kerr effect, we found that at room temperature the ferromagnetic order appears at 5.5 ML, 8.2 ML, and 10.9 ML for Fe/c(8×4) silicide, Fe/p(2×2) silicide, and Fe/Si(111)-7×7 surface, respectively. From the thickness dependent magnetization measurements, we decided the magnetic dead layer for Fe/c(8×4) silicide, Fe/p(2×2) silicide, and Fe/Si(111)-7×7 to be 3.0 ML, 5.0 ML, and 7.5 ML, respectively. Our results indicate that the c(8×4) iron silicide surface prevents further silicide formation more effectively than the p(2×2) silicide and Si(111)-7×7 surface. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.101]

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  • Satoru Yoshimura, Yoshihiro Nishimoto, Satoshi Sugimoto, Masato Kiuchi ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Catalysis
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 105-110
    Released: April 26, 2018
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    Indium nanoparticles were deposited on zeolite powders using a pulse arc plasma system. The resulting materials were capable of catalyzing an organic chemical reaction, namely the Friedel-Crafts alkylation between benzhydryl chloride and anisole. Varying the electrical capacitance in the plasma system (360 μF or 1080 μF) resulted in some changes in the indium concentration on the sample surface and in the size of the indium nanoparticles, but the catalytic ability of the material was largely unaffected. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.105]

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  • Yuki Fukaya
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Structure
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 111-114
    Released: April 28, 2018
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    Recently, two-dimensional atomic sheets composed of group-IV elements, which are expected to possess intriguing properties in terms of electronic and spin-related phenomena, have been fabricated on various substrate surfaces. The atomic configurations of atomic sheets are varied depending on the bonding character of the elements and the interaction with substrates. In particular, the magnitude of buckling and the spacing between the atomic sheet and the substrate are crucial to elucidate the origin of its properties. In this review, we report the structure determinations of graphene, silicene, and germanene on the particular substrate surfaces by using total-reflection high-energy positron diffraction (TRHEPD) technique. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.111]

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  • Chikashi Egawa
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Catalysis
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 115-118
    Released: April 28, 2018
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    As a model surface of Co-Mo alloy catalysts for ammonia decomposition, Co deposited Mo(112) surface has been investigated by XPS, UPS, LEED, and kinetic measurement using a high-pressure reactor. Co deposition on Mo(112) surface followed by annealing at 1000 K shows a (1×1) LEED pattern with the split along the [-1-11] direction and a characteristic emission at −2.9 eV for Co-Mo d-band hybridization. The decomposition of ammonia on Co/Mo(112) surface proceeds accompanied by nitride formation. The reaction rate exhibits half order dependence on ammonia pressure with an activation energy of 101 kJ/mol, which is in good agreement with the results on alumina supported Co-Mo alloy catalysts. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.115]

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  • Andris Šutka, Martin Timusk, Urmas Joost, Reinis Ignatans, Mikh ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Nano-Materials
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 119-121
    Released: May 02, 2018
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    Optical properties of diluted narrow band gap magnetic semiconductor nanowire colloids are controlled by modest magnetic fields under 100 Oe. High aspect ratio NiFe2O4 nanowires are used to achieve responsiveness to magnetic field, light absorption and -scattering. Visible light reflectance of the diluted colloids can be either increased or decreased depending on the nanowire alignment relative to the direction of the light propagation. The prepared colloids can be applied as magneto-optical switches or as smart window devices. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.119]

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  • Masahito Niibe, Noritaka Takehira, Takashi Tokushima
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Electronic Properties
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 122-126
    Released: May 02, 2018
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    We have measured the soft X-ray absorption and emission spectra of near B-K and C-K absorption edges of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) doped with a small amount (0.32 at.%) of boron (B), including incident/takeoff angle dependence. The main peak intensities at the B-K edge around 182 eV were almost independent on the change of takeoff angle. On the other hand, the satellite peak around 185 eV becomes larger as the takeoff angle becomes smaller. Based on this result, unlike the previous assignment of the main peak predicted from the quantum chemical calculation (π orbitals), it is reasonable to attribute the main peak to the σ orbitals. The takeoff angle dependence of the B-K emission is similar to the angle dependency of the C-K emission of undoped HOPG. Based on this and the theoretical consideration, it is presumable that the doped B atom does not intercalate between the layers of HOPG; it replaces the C atom of the hexagonal network structure and has a wave function similar to that of C atoms (sp2 type hybridized orbital). [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.122]

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  • Kenji Motohashi, Tomoki Tachikawa, Takashi Uchida, Kensei Kawamura
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Nano-Science and -Technology
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 127-131
    Released: May 03, 2018
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    In this study, we performed a mass-spectrometric study of cluster ions scattered on glass surfaces covered with ferrocene molecules under the incidence of 4.8 keV-C60q+ (q = 1 and 2) ions. A couple of optical flats covered with 11-ferrocenyl-1-undecanethiol self-assembled monolayer surfaces (Fc-thiol-SAMs) faced each other with a shape called a tapered planar channel (TPC) and C60 ions entered the wider opening gap. The mass and charge of each ion exiting from the narrower gap of the TPC were successfully analyzed using time-of-flight mass spectrometry combined with the parallel plate charge separation method. When the TPC was tilted by 2° with respect to the C60 ion beam axis, the mass distribution peak shifted to ∼730 u. Furthermore, we conducted an elemental analysis of the scattered particles deposited on a Si substrate by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. A significant increase in the amount of iron atoms was confirmed for the deposited substrate, as compared with non-deposited substrates. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.127]

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  • Yasuhiro Senda, Janne Blomqvist, Risto Nieminen
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Nano-Science and -Technology
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 132-136
    Released: May 09, 2018
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    We analyze the stability of the atomic configurations of tips in the adhesion process in noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM) using a potential energy surface (PES). We calculate the PES for two types of atomic configurations of the tip as typical cases of reconstruction and irreversible change during the adhesion process. The stability of the tips after atomic contact with the surface is explained on the basis of the calculated PESs, which are affected by the strength of the atomic bond between the tip and the surface. It is shown from the computational model for the AFM that an unstable tip leads to a larger energy dissipation compared to that for a stable tip. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.132]

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  • Y. Matsuzawa, S. Kaneko, S. Fujii, T. Nishino, M. Kiguchi, K. Tsukagos ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Nano-Science and -Technology
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 137-141
    Released: May 09, 2018
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    Photo-induced chemical reaction of p-aminobenzenthiol (ABT) was investigated using the lithographically fabricated mechanically controllable break junction (MCBJ). The ABT single-molecule junction was formed at the nanogap of the MCBJ and the formation was confirmed by the electronic transport measurement including current versus bias voltage characteristics. Light irradiation at the nanogap revealed that ABT molecules were subject to photo-induced dimerization, which was confirmed by measuring SERS spectrum. In addition, we tuned the gap size using MCBJ technique and demonstrated that the photo-induced dimerization was absent for the molecules at the wide gap. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.137]

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  • Atsushi Matsuoka, Hirotoshi Matsumura, Masafumi Odaka, Nobuaki Ogawa, ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Reaction and Dynamics
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 142-144
    Released: May 12, 2018
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    In this study, we recorded the transitional response in terms of terahertz transmittance of zeolitic imidazole framework-8 [Zn(2-methylimidazolate)2, ZIF-8] at 2.0 THz as a function of exposure time to gaseous propane and n-butane. The transmittance at 2.0 THz increased as gas adsorbed onto the ZIF-8. Conversely, during a nitrogen purge, transmittance decreased as the alkane gas desorbed. We estimated time constants for the adsorption and desorption of the two gases by comparing the plots of their responses. We also demonstrated the potential of using a combination of ZIF materials and terahertz technology as a novel gas analyzer. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.142]

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  • S. Kobayashi, S. Kaneko, S. Fujii, T. Nishino, M. Kiguchi, K. Tsukagos ...
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Nano-Materials
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 145-149
    Released: May 12, 2018
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    We have investigated the current-voltage (I-V) curves of the benzenedithiol (BDT) single molecular junction as a function of stretch length of the junction. The BDT single molecular junction was prepared with the nano fabricated Au electrodes using the mechanically controllable break junction (MCBJ). The conductance of the BDT single molecular junction gradually decreased with the stretching length of the junction. We analyzed the obtained I-V curves based on the two different models; the single channel model and the field emission model. Based on the single channel model, it was revealed that the decrease in conductance was mainly caused by the decreases in the metal-molecule coupling and that the HOMO approached to the Fermi level with the decrease in the electrode separation. The energy shift of the HOMO was supported by the analysis based on the field emission model. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.145]

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  • Federico Grillo, Rory Megginson, Jenny Christie, Stephen M. Francis
    Type: Conference -ISSS-8-
    Subject area: Thin Films
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 163-171
    Released: May 19, 2018
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    The structure and surface chemistry of ultrathin metallic films of one metal on another are strongly influenced by factors such as lattice mismatch and the formation of near-surface alloys. New morphologies may result with modified chemical properties which in turn open up different routes for molecular adsorption, desorption and surface functionalization, with important consequences in several fields of application.
    The Cu/Au(111) system has received the attention of many studies, only a few however have been performed in ultra-high vacuum (UHV), using surface sensitive techniques. In this contribution, the room temperature deposition of copper onto the (22×√3)-Au(111) surface, from submonolayer to thick film, is investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM).
    The onset of copper adsorption is seen to occur preferentially at alternate herringbone elbows, with a preference for hcp sites. With increasing coverage, copper-rich islands exhibit a reconstructed surface reminiscent of the clean Au(111) herringbone reconstruction. Disordered, pseudo-ordered and ordered surface layers are observed upon annealing. Models for the initial adsorption/incorporation mechanism, formation of adlayers and evolution with increasing coverage and annealing are qualitatively discussed. Further, the reactivity of copper-doped Au(111) systems is considered towards the adsorption of organic molecules of interest in nanotechnology and in catalytic applications. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.163]

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  • Masaru Irita, Hitoshi Nakahara, Yahachi Saito
    Type: Conference -ALC '17-
    Subject area: Nano-Science and -Technology
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 84-87
    Released: April 14, 2018
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    Generally, nano-resolution X-ray imaging has been achieved using synchrotron radiation facility. The spatial resolution (below 100 nm) achieved with a Fresnel zone plate for focusing the X-ray in SPring-8 lately. We have developed a compact composite of field emission-scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) with a single isolated multi-walled carbon nanotube (CNT) electron source in our previous study. The spatial resolution of SEM image was estimated as ≃ 10 nm. This result indicates that the electron source we developed is suitable for a point-like X-ray source. We developed two kinds of X-ray microscope; projection-type X-ray microscope (PXM) and transmission-type X-ray microscope (TXM) in this study. The X-ray microscope based on the CNT-FE-SEM was constructed with a metal target for the X-ray source. Developing our X-ray microscope has been miniaturized to a compact size so that it can be placed on a desk. Moreover, the spatial resolution of 400 nm achieved the theoretical resolution limit. Because there is resolution limit by the acceleration voltage of 17 kV for the focused electron beam spot, the spatial resolution is an order of the electron penetration depth. The present study shows a potential that the CNT-based X-ray microscope would be applied to various field studies including the scene of an archaeological site excavation and future planet search. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.84]

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  • Minfang Zhang, Mei Yang, Toshiya Okazaki, Masako Yudasaka
    Type: Conference -ALC '17-
    Subject area: Nano-Science and -Technology
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 93-96
    Released: April 20, 2018
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    Quantification of the cellular uptake of nanomaterials is crucial for studies of their toxicity and medical applications. However, our knowledge of the behaviors of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in cells or tissues remains incomplete due to the lack of appropriate methods for quantitative analysis. Here, we present a unique methodology for quantitatively assessing the cellular uptake of CNTs, taking advantage of their absorption of light in the near-infrared region. Measurement of CNT concentration in cell lysates by monitoring absorbance at 750 nm enabled highly accurate quantification of CNTs accumulated within cells. In a comparative study of eight commercially available CNTs with size ranging from 30 nm to 400 nm, we obtained the first quantitative evidence that cellular uptake of CNTs by RAW264.7 macrophages depends on the sizes, specifically on the widths of their bundles in dispersion, regardless of type or manufacturer. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.93]

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  • Rie Shishido, Masuo Itoh, Masahito Uchikoshi, Shigeru Suzuki
    Type: Conference -ALC '17-
    Subject area: Interdisciplinary
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 150-155
    Released: May 16, 2018
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    This paper overviews analytical results of the microscopic distribution of minor elements in iron-based alloys, obtained by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). Since trace amounts of some elements play crucial roles in the properties of steels, it is very important to analyze their distribution in the microstructure of iron-based alloys. Time of flight SIMS (TOF-SIMS) and conventional dynamic SIMS are powerful methods for detecting minor elements in iron-based alloys and analyzing their distribution in the microstructure of these materials. In this paper, we report several examples of the microscopic distribution of minor elements in iron-based alloys, which provide significant information on complicated phenomena related to the alloy microstructure. The depth profiles obtained by dynamic SIMS showed how a specific trace element penetrates the alloy matrix, indicating that the diffusion of the element is strictly related to the microstructure. On the other hand, high-sensitivity and high-spatial-resolution TOF-SIMS was used to characterize the microscopic distribution of trace elements, such as boron and nitrogen, in iron-based alloys, which is also related to the alloy microstructure. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.150]

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  • Takashi Hattori, Masatomo Hattori, Masakuni Ozawa
    Type: Conference -ALC '17-
    Subject area: Nano-Materials
    Volume 16 (2018) Pages 172-176
    Released: May 19, 2018
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    The CeO2 NP layer on Al2O3(0001) prepared by dipping method using CeO2 NPs colloid solution showed less contacted state among the primary particles even after heat treatment at 1000°C in air. The surface reduction behavior of CeO2 NP layer on Al2O3(0001) was investigated by XPS under the Ar+ sputtering in vacuum. The result indicates that Ar+ sputtering induced a considerable reduction of CeO2 NP layer on Al2O3(0001) and its final ratio of Ce3+ was 79%. In comparison with CeO2 powder, the difference between their final ratio of Ce3+ (79% and 68%) was small. Therefore, it was indicated that the Ar+ sputtering induced the reduction of Ce4+ to Ce3+ in CeO2 by mainly physical effect, however the chemical effect in low oxygen pressure could be attributed to the local thermal energy transfer induced by kinetic energy of Ar+ ions. The substrate-stabilized and dispersed CeO2 NPs showed slightly accelerated capacity in reducing behavior of CeO2. [DOI: 10.1380/ejssnt.2018.172]

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