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Inorg Chem ; 58(24): 16609-16617, 2019 Dec 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31769972


The use of low-temperature solution synthesis followed by a brief annealing step allows metastable single-phase Co3B nanoparticles to be obtained, with sizes ranging from 11 to 22 nm. The particles are ferromagnetic with a saturation magnetization of 91 A m2 kg-1 (corresponding to 1.02 µB/Co) and a coercive field of 0.14 T at 5 K, retaining the semihard magnetic properties of bulk Co3B. They display a magnetic blocking temperature of 695 K and a Curie temperature near 710 K, but the measurement of these high-temperature properties was complicated by decomposition of the particles during heating in the magnetometer. Additionally, the nanoparticles of Co3B were investigated as an electrocatalyst in the oxygen evolution reaction and showed a low onset potential of 1.55 V vs RHE. XPS measurements were performed before and after the electrocatalytic measurements to study the surface of the catalyst, to pinpoint what appear to be the active surface species.

ACS Appl Mater Interfaces ; 11(45): 42280-42287, 2019 Nov 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31682096


Glass and glass-ceramic samples of metastable lithium thiophosphates with compositions of 70Li2S-30P2S5 and Li7P3S11 were controllably prepared by using a rapid assisted-microwave procedure in under 30 min. The rapid preparation times and weak coupling of the evacuated silica ampules with microwave radiation ensure minimal reactivity of the reactants and the container. The microwave-prepared samples display comparable conductivity values with more conventionally prepared (melt quenched) glass and glass-ceramic samples, on the order of 0.1 and 1 mS cm-1 at room temperature, respectively. Rietveld analysis of synchrotron X-ray diffraction data acquired with an internal standard quantitatively yields phase amounts of the glassy and amorphous components, establishing the tunable nature of the microwave preparation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy confirm the composition and the appropriate ratios of isolated and corner-sharing tetrahedra in these semicrystalline systems. Solid-state 7Li nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy resolves the seven crystallographic Li sites in the crystalline compound into three main environments. The diffusion behavior of these Li environments as obtained from pulsed-field gradient NMR methods can be separated into one slow and one fast component. The rapid and tunable approach to the preparation of high quality "Li7P3S11" samples presented here coupled with detailed structural and compositional analysis opens the door to new and promising metastable solid electrolytes.

ACS Appl Mater Interfaces ; 10(8): 7208-7213, 2018 Feb 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29457889


Rapid preparation utilizing assisted microwave heating permits significantly shorter preparation times for magnetocaloric compounds in the (Mn,Fe)2(P,Si) family, specifically samples of (Mn,Fe)2-δP0.5Si0.5 with starting compositions of δ = 0, 0.06, and 0.12. To fully understand the effects of processing and composition changes on structure and properties, these materials are characterized using synchrotron powder diffraction, neutron powder diffraction, electron microprobe analysis (EMPA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and magnetic measurements. The diffraction analysis reveals that increasing δ results in decreasing amounts of the common Heusler (Mn,Fe)3Si secondary phase. EMPA shows (Mn,Fe)2(P,Si) in all three samples to be Mn and P rich, whereas XRF demonstrates that the bulk material is Mn rich yet P deficient. Increasing δ brings the Mn/Fe and P/Si ratios closer to their starting values. Measurements of magnetic properties show an increase in saturation magnetization and ordering temperature with increasing δ, consistent with the increase in Fe and Si contents. Increasing δ also results in a decrease in thermal hysteresis and an increase in magnetic entropy change, the latter reaching values close to what have been previously reported on samples that take much longer to prepare.