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Structural and thermal properties of Zn-containing magnesium aluminate spinels obtained by wet chemical method

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In the present study, the dopant effect of Zn on the crystal structure, thermal properties and morphology of magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel (MAS) structure was investigated. A pure and two Zn-containing MASs (e.g. MgAl1.93Zn0.07O4 and MgAl1.86Zn0.14O4) were synthesized for this purpose via a wet chemical method, and the as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, differential thermal analysis (DTA), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy techniques. It was found that the crystal structure, thermal properties and morphology of the MAS system change with the increase in the amount of Zn. MgO phase formation was observed. The values of the lattice parameter, unit cell volume and crystallite size increased, and the crystallinity percentage decreased. The morphology was also affected by adding of Zn.

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Structural optical and magnetic properties of transition metal doped ZnO magnetic nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel auto-combustion method

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Transition metals, such as chromium (Cr) and manganese (Mn) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) magnetic nanoparticles, were synthesized via sole gel auto-combustion method. The prepared magnetic (Zn1−(x+y)MnxCryO, where x, y = 0, 0.02, 0.075) nanoparticles were calcined in an oven at 6000 °C for 2 hours. The morphologies of the nanoparticles were investigated using different techniques. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that the hexagonal wurtzite structure of the synthesized nanoparticles was unaffected by doping concentration. The crystallite size measured by Scherrer formula was in the range of 32 nm to 38 nm at different doping concentrations. Nanosized particles with well-defined boundaries were observed using a field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra showed a wide absorption band around 1589 cm−1 in all the samples, corresponding to the stretching vibration of zinc and oxygen Zn–O bond. A blue shift in optical band gaps from 3.20 eV for ZnO to 3.08 eV for Zn0.85Mn0.075Cr0.075O nanoparticles was observed in diffuse reflectance spectra, which was attributed to the sp-d exchange interactions. The field-dependent magnetization M-H loops were measured using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The VSM results revealed diamagnetic behavior of the ZnO nanoparticles which changed into ferromagnetic, depending on the doping concentration and particle size. The compositions of Zn, Cr, Mn and O in the prepared samples were confirmed by using the energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Our results provided an interesting route to improve magnetic properties of ZnO nanoparticles, which may get significant attention for the fabrication of magnetic semiconductors.

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Structural, optical, thermal, dielectric and mechanical studies of a new organic NLO material: L-isoleucinium p-toluenesulfonate monohydrate (LIPT)

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In the present work, a new organic second order NLO material: L-isoleucinium p-toluenesulfonate monohydrate (LIPT) is synthesized and reported for the first time. The LIPT is crystallized in a non-centrosymmetric monoclinic space group P21. Structural and hydrogen bond nature of the compound is analyzed using single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The crystal exhibits very good optical properties such as wide optical transparency in the region of 210 nm to 1100 nm and the ultraviolet wavelength emission (λ = 283 nm). The second harmonic generation efficiency is found to be 1.7 times the standard KDP. Good thermal, mechanical properties and low dielectric constant at high frequency range show that the material may be a potential candidate for optoelectronic applications.

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Studies on Cu2SnS3 quantum dots for O-band wavelength detection

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In this communication, we report on Cu2SnS3 quantum dots synthesized by the solvothermal process using different solvents. The optical properties of the quantum dots are analyzed by UV-Vis-NIR and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The results suggest that Cu2SnS3 material has tunable energy bandgap and appropriate wavelength for fabrication of light emitting diodes and laser diodes as sources for fiber optic communication. They exhibit wide absorption in the near infrared range. Further morphological studies with the use of atomic force microscope confirm the surface topography and the existence of quantum dots. The observed characteristics prove the efficiency of Cu2SnS3 quantum dots for O-band wavelength detection used in fiber optic communication and solar cell applications.

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Synthesis and optical properties of CdSe/CdS core/shell nanocrystals

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This paper attempts to describe an effective method for producing a composite of quantum dots consisting of CdSe (core) with CdS (shell). This nanoparticles composite was synthesized from modified organometallic precursors. The sizes of the nanoparticles were estimated from X-ray diffraction data using Debye-Scherer formula and compared with high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM) and optical spectra. The shape of CdSe/CdS NPs is nearly spherical and revels that the CdS shell with the thickness ~0.6 nm almost fully covers the CdSe core (higher contrast). Using UV-Vis spectroscopy, a systematic red shift in the absorption and emission spectra was observed after the deposition of CdS which confirms the shell growth over the CdSe core. In the CdSe/CdS core/shell structure, the holes are confined to the core, while the electrons are delocalized as a result of similar electron affinities of the core and the shell. The increased time of synthesis resulted in shell thickness increase. The observed properties of prepared CdSe/CdS QDs demonstrate the capability of the nanocomposite for using in the optoelectronics and photonics devices.

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Synthesis, growth and characterization of NaAl(SO4)·H2O triangular prism single crystal for inorganic NLO application

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An inorganic coordination complex of single crystal containing sodium and aluminum (SA) was grown at room temperature by slow evaporation technique. The crystal was characterized using single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-IR, UV-Vis, SHG, SEM, EDX and TG/DTA analyses. The size of the grown crystal was around 17 mm × 15 mm × 5 mm. Both optical and SEM photographs confirmed that the crystal is transparent with smooth surface. The XRD data showed that the crystal belongs to the BCC crystal structure. The crystal shows excellent transparency in the entire region of visible light (cut-off value is 339 cm−1). The dielectric constant as well as dielectric loss of the sample was calculated by varying frequencies at different temperatures and the presence of low dielectric loss proved that this crystal can be used for the NLO application.

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Wetting properties of titanium oxides, oxynitrides and nitrides obtained by DC and pulsed magnetron sputtering and cathodic arc evaporation

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Thin films of titanium oxides, titanium oxynitrides and titanium nitrides were deposited on glass substrates by the methods of direct current (DC) and pulsed magnetron sputtering and cathodic arc evaporation. Phase analysis of the deposited films by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) showed the presence of phases with various Ti oxidative states, which indicated a high concentration of oxygen vacancies. The films morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Investigations of the films wettability, either with water or ethylene glycol, showed that it depends directly on the concentration of oxygen vacancies. The wettability mechanism was particularly discussed.

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Effects of Additive Manufacturing on the Mechanical and Corrosion Properties of Austenic Stainless Steel

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Additive manufacturing (AM) offers the possibility to produce complex parts without the design constraints of traditional manufacturing routes. Our aim was to determine different mechanical and corrosion properties of direct metal laser sintered austenitic stainless steel (X2CrNiMo17-12-2) material with tensile test, Charpy impact test, scanning electron microscopy and corrosion test. The measured values were evaluated, and our results compared with literary values, furthermore, we also examined how the printing direction affects the properties.

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Electrospinning of Polymer Fibres Using Recycled PET

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The effective recycling of polymer materials remains unresolved to this day, and this has had a devastating effect on the environment. This study examines an alternative method to PET recycling that is the generation of polymer fibers and fiber mats for filtration applications. The electrospinning instrumentation used in this study had to be designed and built in order to carry out the research. We have managed to produce PET fibers with 200-600 nm diameter, and free-standing fiber mats that could potentially be used in filtration applications.

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Examination of Laser Microwelded Joints of Additively Manufactured Individual Implants

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Digital product processing and the utilization of novel, tissue-friendly materials allow the use of fixed dentures for patients. Its basis is a titanium plate fixed to the cortical bone surface at given screw positions. A digital dental cast is created from the existing bone surface, and modelling and necessary statistical analyses are carried out in a virtual environment. Safety of the welded joint is evaluated with mechanical methods. When designing the fixing points, an idealized denture is used that was previously designed for the patient. The number and position of pillar elements used for screw fixation of the denture are determined by the complex geometry of the denture itself, and the location, direction, and articulating position of existing teeth. The additively manufactured implant and the machined pillar sleeves are joined with laser-welding at given nesting positions. Homogeneity of the metallic material structure at the welded joint zone of the product is examined with micro-CT. Due to this implementation method, surgical time decreases together with complication rates and post-operative problems.

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