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Bertrand Faure et al 2013 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 14 023001
This review describes recent efforts on the synthesis, dispersion and surface functionalization of the three dominating oxide nanoparticles used for photocatalytic, UV-blocking and sunscreen applications: titania, zinc oxide, and ceria. The gas phase and liquid phase synthesis is described briefly and examples are given of how weakly aggregated photocatalytic or UV-absorbing oxide nanoparticles with different composition, morphology and size can be generated. The principles of deagglomeration are reviewed and the specific challenges for nanoparticles highlighted. The stabilization of oxide nanoparticles in both aqueous and non-aqueous media requires a good understanding of the magnitude of the interparticle forces and the surface chemistry of the materials. Quantitative estimates of the Hamaker constants in various media and measurements of the isoelectric points for the different oxide nanoparticles are presented together with an overview of different additives used to prepare stable dispersions. The structural and chemical requirements and the various routes to produce transparent photocatalytic and nanoparticle-based UV-protecting coatings, and UV-blocking sunscreens are described and discussed.
Koshi Takenaka 2012 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 13 013001
Most materials expand upon heating. However, although rare, some materials contract upon heating. Such negative thermal expansion (NTE) materials have enormous industrial merit because they can control the thermal expansion of materials. Recent progress in materials research enables us to obtain materials exhibiting negative coefficients of linear thermal expansion over −30 ppm K −1. Such giant NTE is opening a new phase of control of thermal expansion in composites. Specifically examining practical aspects, this review briefly summarizes materials and mechanisms of NTE as well as composites containing NTE materials, based mainly on activities of the last decade.
Sunandan Baruah and Joydeep Dutta 2009 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 10 013001
One-dimensional nanostructures exhibit interesting electronic and optical properties due to their low dimensionality leading to quantum confinement effects. ZnO has received lot of attention as a nanostructured material because of unique properties rendering it suitable for various applications. Amongst the different methods of synthesis of ZnO nanostructures, the hydrothermal method is attractive for its simplicity and environment friendly conditions. This review summarizes the conditions leading to the growth of different ZnO nanostructures using hydrothermal technique. Doping of ZnO nanostructures through hydrothermal method are also highlighted.
Hee Ay Ching et al 2014 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 15 014402
Coatings such as diamond-like carbon (DLC) and titanium nitride (TiN) are employed in joint implants due to their excellent tribological properties. Recently, graphite-like carbon (GLC) and tantalum (Ta) have been proven to have good potential as coating as they possess mechanical properties similar to bones—high hardness and high flexibility. The purpose of this systematic literature review is to summarize the coating techniques of these four materials in order to compare their mechanical properties and tribological outcomes. Eighteen studies published between January 2000 and February 2013 have met the inclusion criteria for this review. Details of their fabrication parameters, material and mechanical properties along with the tribological outcomes, such as friction and wear rate, were identified and are presented in a systematic way. Although experiment conditions varied, we conclude that Ta has the lowest wear rate compared to DLC, GLC and TiN because it has a lower wear rate with high contact pressure as well as higher hardness to elasticity ratio. However, a further tribology test is needed in an environment which replicates artificial joints to confirm the acceptability of these findings.
Puangrat Kajitvichyanukul et al 2005 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 6 352
In this paper, a sol–gel technique with dip coating method is used to prepare photocatalytic TiO 2 thin films immobilized on glass plates. The structure and morphology of thin films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The structural characterization of this film shows that the titanium oxide anatase phase is predominant at 400–700 °C. The appearance of the rutile phase depends mainly on the number of coating cycles. For example, the rutile phase appeared at 600 °C with 5 coating cycles, however, it disappeared from TiO 2 crystalline after 8 coating cycles. The obtained thin films from each preparation condition were employed in experiment of photoreduction of chromium. The results show that the Chromium(VI) is successfully removed from aqueous in photocatalysis system using the obtained thin film with high portions of anatase phase. The photoactivity of the prepared TiO 2 thin films exhibits a comparable efficiency with TiO 2 powder, Degussa P-25.
Hansoo Kim et al 2013 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 14 014205
Adding a large amount of light elements such as aluminum to steels is not a new concept recalling that several Fe–Al–Mn–C alloys were patented in 1950s for replacement of nickel or chromium in corrosion resistance steels. However, the so-called lightweight steels or low-density steels were revisited recently, which is driven by demands from the industry where steel has served as a major structural material. Strengthening without loss of ductility has been a triumph in steel research, but lowering the density of steel by mixing with light elements will be another prospect that may support the competitiveness against emerging alternatives such as magnesium alloys. In this paper, we review recent studies on lightweight steels, emphasizing the concept of alloy design for microstructures and mechanical properties. The influence of alloying elements on the phase constituents, mechanical properties and the change of density is critically reviewed. Deformation mechanisms of various lightweight steels are discussed as well. This paper provides a reason why the success of lightweight steels is strongly dependent on scientific achievements even though alloy development is closely related to industrial applications. Finally, we summarize some of the main directions for future investigations necessary for vitalizing this field of interest.
Kouji Segawa 2015 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 16 014405
In this article, practical methods for synthesizing Tl-based ternary III-V-VI 2 chalcogenide TlBi(S Se x ) 2 are described in detail, along with characterization by x-ray diffraction and charge transport properties. The TlBi(S Se x ) 2 system is interesting because it shows a topological phase transition, where a topologically nontrivial phase changes to a trivial phase without changing the crystal structure qualitatively. In addition, Dirac semimetals whose bulk band structure shows a Dirac-like dispersion are considered to exist near the topological phase transition. The technique shown here is also generally applicable for other chalcogenide topological insulators, and will be useful for studying topological insulators and related materials.
Naoaki Yabuuchi and Shinichi Komaba 2014 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 15 043501
Large-scale high-energy batteries with electrode materials made from the Earth-abundant elements are needed to achieve sustainable energy development. On the basis of material abundance, rechargeable sodium batteries with iron- and manganese-based positive electrode materials are the ideal candidates for large-scale batteries. In this review, iron- and manganese-based electrode materials, oxides, phosphates, fluorides, etc, as positive electrodes for rechargeable sodium batteries are reviewed. Iron and manganese compounds with sodium ions provide high structural flexibility. Two layered polymorphs, O3- and P2-type layered structures, show different electrode performance in Na cells related to the different phase transition and sodium migration processes on sodium extraction/insertion. Similar to layered oxides, iron/manganese phosphates and pyrophosphates also provide the different framework structures, which are used as sodium insertion host materials. Electrode performance and reaction mechanisms of the iron- and manganese-based electrode materials in Na cells are described and the similarities and differences with lithium counterparts are also discussed. Together with these results, the possibility of the high-energy battery system with electrode materials made from only Earth-abundant elements is reviewed.
W. Kurz et al 2001 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 2 185
The columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) is a microstructural transition that has to be controlled during certain solidification processes. CET models and microstructure selection maps, based on nucleation and dendritic growth models, are briefly described. Processing maps can be established by combining a CET model with numerical calculations of local solidification conditions. Such processing maps are helpful for the control of the solidification microstructure. As examples, two processes are discussed: the epitaxial laser metal forming (E-LMF) process where a single crystalline superalloy part is repaired in single crystal form and equiaxed grains have to be avoided; and the arc welding of aluminium alloys where equiaxed grains are the preferred solidification structure.
Tsuyohiko Fujigaya and Naotoshi Nakashima 2015 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 16 024802
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been recognized as a promising material in a wide range of applications from biotechnology to energy-related devices. However, the poor solubility in aqueous and organic solvents hindered the applications of CNTs. As studies have progressed, the methodology for CNT dispersion was established. In this methodology, the key issue is to covalently or non-covalently functionalize the surfaces of the CNTs with a dispersant. Among the various types of dispersions, polymer wrapping through non-covalent interactions is attractive in terms of the stability and homogeneity of the functionalization. Recently, by taking advantage of their stability, the wrapped-polymers have been utilized to support and/or reinforce the unique functionality of the CNTs, leading to the development of high-performance devices. In this review, various polymer wrapping approaches, together with the applications of the polymer-wrapped CNTs, are summarized.