2010 Vol. 23, No. 3

We have reinvestigated the B-X and C-X band systems of CuCl by recording the laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectra in 20400?21800 cm?1. The rotational analyses in Hund’s case (a) revealed unambiguously a singlet-to-singlet transition nature. The radiative lifetimes were measured to be 4.670 and 4.667 μs, respectively, which are much longer than that expected for a pure singlet of CuCl. This implies that the fluorescence mechanism in the B or C band systems lies in the mixing of the singlets (1Пand 1+) and triplets (3П0,1,2) and that the two excited states observed in our experiment might be the singlets that have been strongly “contaminated” by their triplet neighbors.
Superexcited states of NO molecule and their neutral dissociation processes have been stud-ied both experimentally and theoretically. Neutral excited N? and O? atoms are detected by fluorescence spectroscopy for the NO molecule upon interaction with 800 nm intense laser radiation of duration 60 fs and intensity 0.2 PW/cm2. Intense laser pulse causes neu-tral dissociation of superexcited NO molecule by way of multiphoton excitation, which is equivalent to single photon excitation in the extreme-ultraviolet region by synchrotron ra-diation. Potential energy curves (PECs) are also built using the calculated superexcited state of NO+. In light of the PECs, direct dissociation and pre-dissociation mechanisms are proposed respectively for the neutral dissociation leading to excited fragments N? and O?.
A surface femtosecond two-photon photoemission (2PPE) spectrometer devoted to the study of ultrafast excited electron dynamics and photochemical kinetics on metal and metal oxide surfaces has been constructed. Low energy photoelectrons are measured using a hemispheri-cal electron energy analyzer with an imaging detector that allows us to detect the energy and the angular distributions of the photoelectrons simultaneously. A Mach-Zehnder interferom-eter was built for the time-resolved 2PPE (TR-2PPE) measurement to study ultrafast surface excited electron dynamics, which was demonstrated on the Cu(111) surface. A scheme for measuring time-dependent 2PPE (TD-2PPE) spectra has also been developed for studies of surface photochemistry. This technique has been applied to a preliminary study on the photochemical kinetics on ethanol/TiO2(110). We have also shown that the ultrafast dy-namics of photoinduced surface excited resonances can be investigated in a reliable way by combining the TR-2PPE and TD-2PPE techniques.
Laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectra of jet-cooled CoS molecules have been recordedin the energy range of 15200~19000 cm-1. Five transition progressions have been reportedfor the first time, the assignments of these progressions have been derived from a rotationalanalysis of vibronic bands and they are determined to be [15.58]4Δ7/2X4Δ7/2, [16.02]4Δ7/2X4Δ7/2, [16.50]4Δ7/2X4Δ7/2, [17.80]4П5/2X4Δ7/2, and [18.00]4Δ7/2X4Δ7/2transitions. In addition, under the supersonic jet condition the fluorescent lifetimes of these vibronic states were measured by exponentially fitting the fluorescence decay. Based on the observed spectra and the measured lifetimes of the vibronic states, the newly identified electronic states are discussed.
An evaporation/condensation flow cell was developed and interfaced with the matrix-assistedlaser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight mass spectrometer for on-line bioaerosoldetection and characterization, which allows matrix addition by condensation onto the laboratory-generated bioaerosol particles. The final coated particle exiting from the con-denser is then introduced into the aerodynamic particle sizer spectrometer or home-built aerosol laser time-of-flight mass spectrometer, and its aerodynamic size directly effects on the matrix-to-analyte molar ratio, which is very important for MALDI technique. In order to observe the protonated analyte molecular ion, and then determine the classification of bi-ological aerosols, the matrix-to-analyte molar ratio must be appropriate. Four experimental parameters, including the temperature of the heated reservoir, the initial particle size, its number concentration, and the matrix material, were tested experimentally to analyze their influences on the final particle size. This technique represents an on-line system of detec-tion that has the potential to provide rapid and reliable identification of airborne biological aerosols.
Mean-square bond length, root-mean-square end-to-end distance and gyration radius in di-block copolymer films have been studied by dissipative particle dynamics simulations. Re-sults show evident linear trends of any property separately with the thickness of film, the interaction between particles of different types, the repulsion between particle and boundary, except for the dependence of the variations of mean-square bond length on the thickness of film, which exhibits as a wave trend. What's more, the varying trends of mean-square bond length and root-mean-square end-to-end distance can correspond to each other. The density distribution of either component in diblock copolymer film can be controlled and adjusted effectively through its interaction with boundary.
The interaction between S2 molecule and SiHx (x=1, 2, 3) in porous silicon is investigated using the B3LYP method of density functional theory with the lanl2dz basis set. The model of porous silicon doped with CH3,Si-O-Si and OH species is built. By analyzing the binding energy and electronic transfer, we conclude that the interaction of S2 molecule with SiHx (x=1, 2, 3) is much stronger than the interaction of S2 molecule with CH3 and OH, as S2 molecule is located in different sites of the model. Using the transition state theory, we study the Si2H6+S2→H3SiH2SiS+HS reaction, and the reaction energy barrier is 50.2 kJ/mol, which indicates that the reaction is easy to occur.
Mechanism of the cycloadditional reaction between singlet dichloro-germylidene and formaldehyde has been investigated with MP2/6-31G* method, including geometry opti-mization, vibrational analysis and energies for the involved stationary points on the poten-tial energy surface. From the potential energy profile, we predict that the cycloaddition reaction between singlet dichloro-germylidene and formaldehyde has two competitive dom-inant reaction pathways, going with the formation of two side products (INT3 and INT4), simultaneously. Both of the two competitive reactions consist of two steps, two reactants firstly form a three-membered ring intermediate INT1 and a twisted four-membered ring intermediate INT2, respectively, both of which are barrier-free exothermic reactions of 41.5 and 72.3 kJ/mol; then INT1 isomerizes to a four-membered ring product P1 via transition state TS1, and INT2 isomerizes to a chlorine-transfer product P2 via transition state TS2,with the barriers of 2.9 and 0.3 kJ/mol, respectively. Simultaneously, P1 and INT2 further react with formaldehyde to form INT3 and INT4, respectively, which are also barrier-free exothermic reaction of 74.9 and 88.1 kJ/mol.
The electronic structures and optical properties of rocksalt indium nitride (InN) under pres-sure were studied using the first-principles calculation by considering the exchange and cor-relation potentials with the generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice con-stant shows good agreement with the experimental value. It is interestingly found that the band gap energy Eg at the Γ or X point remarkably increases with increasing pressure, but Eg at the L point does not increase obviously. The pressure coefficient of Eg is calculated to be 44 meV/GPa at the Γ point. Moreover, the optical properties of rocksalt InN were calculated and discussed based on the calculated band structures and electronic density of states.
The Stokes shift response function, which is related to the time dependent solvation energy, is calculated with the dielectric response function and a novel expression of nonequilibrium solvation energy. In the derivation, relationship between the polarization and the dielec-tric response function is used. With the dipole-in-a-sphere model applied to the system coumarin 343 and water as the solvent, encouraging agreement with the experimental data from Jimenez et al. is obtained [Nature 369, 471 (1994)].
In order to improve the destruction effciency of dioxins and also for developing new dioxin control technology, the destruction mechanisms of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodihenzo-p-dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD) by O3 and NO3, were investigated employing quantum chemical calcula-tions. For involved reactions, the microcosmic reaction processes were analyzed and de-picted in detail based on geometry optimizations made by the B3LYP/6-31G(d) method. At the same time, the reaction activation energies were also calculated at the MP2/6-311G(d,p)//B3LYP/6-31G(d) level. Configuration analysis indicated that 2,3,7,8-TCDD could be destroyed by O3 and NO3 in two different ways. The destruction of 2,3,7,8-TCDD by O3 proceeded via the addition of O3 and the cleavage of C=C while the destruction of 2,3,7,8-TCDD by NO3 proceeded via the substitution of chlorine by NO3. Calculated re-sults show that, the activation energy of the destruction reaction of 2,3,7,8-TCDD by NO3 (267.48 kJ/mol) is much larger than that of the destruction reaction of 2,3,7,8-TCDD by O3 (51.20 kJ/mol). This indicated that the destruction of 2,3,7,8-TCDD by O3 is much more effcient than that of 2,3,7,8-TCDD by NO3. The reason why the activation energy for the destruction reaction of 2,3,7,8-TCDD by NO3 is so large, is also discussed.
The quasi-classical trajectory calculation for the reaction O(1D)+HD is carried out based on the Dobbyn and Knowles potential energy surface. In this work, the reaction cross section and product branching ratio are obtained. The product branching ratio OD/OH was discussed. The calculated results show that the cross-section decreases thoroughly with the increasing of the collision energy from 4.6 kJ/mol to 46.0 kJ/mol. The average branching ratio decrease with the increase of rotational quantum number of reactant HD.
The effect of the interaction between nanopore and chain monomer on the translocation of a single polymer chain confined in a finite size square through an interacting nanopore to a large space has been studied by two-dimensional bond fluctuation model with Monte Carlo simulation. Results indicate that the free energy barrier before the successful translocation of the chain depends linearly on the chain length as well as the nanopore length for different pore-polymer interaction, and the attractive interaction reduces the free energy barrier, leading to the reduction of the average trapping time.
High-pressure vapor-liquid equilibrium data for the binary systems of methyl propi-onate+carbon dioxide and propyl propionate+carbon dioxide were measured at pressure from 1.00 MPa to 12.00 MPa and temperature in the range from 313 K to 373 K. Experimen-tal results were correlated with the Peng-Robinson equation of state with the two-parameter van der Waals mixing rule. At the same time, the Henry's coefficient, partial molar enthalpy change and partial molar entropy change of CO2 during dissolution at different temperature were also calculated.
The magnetization curves of MnFe2O2 nanoparticles and self-formed ferrofluids based on these particles have been measured at room temperature. The median size of the particlesis 13.67 nm. The specific saturation magnetization is less than the theoretical value for theferrofluids. In the high field range from 5 kOe to 10 kOe, the higher the particle volume fraction is, the steeper the slope of the magnetization curves is when it approaches saturation.The behavior of the saturation magnetization and the law of approach to saturation are due to the presence of self-assembled aggregates of ring-like micelle structures which form in the absence of the magnetic field and field-induced aggregates, respectively. The field-induced aggregates have a dissipative structure, so that at high field, the law of approach to saturation magnetization is different from the one described using Langevin paramagnetism theory. The large particles in the ferrofluids result in apparent hysteresis.
A non-noble metal oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalyst labeled as Co-C-N(800) was synthesized by heat-treating a mixture of urea, cobalt chloride and acetylene black for 2 h at 800 oC in an inert nitrogen atmosphere. X-ray diffraction pattern indicates that a metallic β-Co is generated after the heat-treating process. The results from cyclic voltammograms show that the obtained Co-C-N(800) catalyst has good ORR catalytic activity in 0.5 mol/L H2SO4 solution. The catalyst is also good at methanol tolerance and stability in the acidic solution.
1-amino-1-ethylamino-2,2-dinitroethylene (AEFOX-7) was synthesized by the reaction of 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethylene (FOX-7) and ethylamine aqueous solution at 92 oC. The the-oretical investigation on AEFOX-7 was carried out by B3LYP/6-311++G**method. The IR frequencies and NMR chemical shifts were performed and compared with the experi-mental results. The thermal behavior of AEFOX-7 was studied with differential scanning calorimetry and thermal gravity-derivative thermogravimetry methods, and can be divided into a melting process and an exothermic decomposition process. The enthalpy, apparent activation energy and pre-exponential factor of the exothermic decomposition reaction were obtained as 374.88 kJ/mol, 169.7 kJ/mol, and 1019.24 s-1, respectively. The critical temper-ature of thermal explosion of AEFOX-7 is 145.2 oC. The specific heat capacity of AEFOX-7 was determined with micro-DSC method and theoretical calculation method, and the molar heat capacity is 214.50 J/(mol K) at 298.15 K. The adiabatic time-to-explosion of AEFOX-7 was calculated to be a certain value between 1.38-1.40 s. The thermal stability of AEFOX-7 is much lower than that of FOX-7.
Shear thickening fluids (STFs) based on additives with different concentrations and molec-ular chain lengths were investigated. STF samples were prepared with silica and additive dispersed in polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400, where three types of additives with different molecular chain lengths of PEG4000, PEG6000, and PEG10000 were used. For PEG10000, different concentrations, including 0, 1%, 3%, and 5%, were selected to study the influences of additive concentrations. Rheological properties of the samples were measured with a rheometer. The results show that the shear thickening effect was significantly enhanced with the increase of the concentration and the molecular chain length of additives. The mech-anism of enhancement was quantitatively explained with the formation of large particles clusters.
Ni-TiN nanocomposite films were produced from a Ni plating bath containing TiN nanopar-ticles by using dc electroplating method. The structure and surface morphology of Ni-TiN composite coatings were analyzed by atom force microscope, X-ray diffraction, and trans-mission electron microscopy. Meanwhile, the anti-corrosion properties, hardness and ther-mostability of Ni-TiN nanocomposite films were also investigated and compared with the traditional polycrystalline Ni coatings. The results show that, compared with the tradi-tional polycrystalline Ni film, Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings display much better corrosion resistance, higher film hardness, and thermal stability. In addition, the hardness of Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings decreases slightly with the increase of electroplating current density,which may be due to the synergism of hydrogen evolution and faster nucleation/growth rate of nickel crystallites.
A simple and green technique has been developed to prepare hierarchical biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2, using silkworm silk as the template. Different from traditional immersion technics, the whole synthesis process depends more on the restriction or direction functions of the silkwormsilk template. The analytic results showed that ZrO2-CeO2 exhibited a well-crystallized hierarchically interwoven hollow fiber structure with 16-28 μm in diameter. The grain size of the sample calcined at 800 oC was about 14 nm. Consequently, the interwoven meshwork at three dimensions is formed due to the direction of biotemplate. The action mechanism is summarily discussed here. It may bring the biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2 nanomaterials with hierarchical interwoven structures to more applications, such as catalysts.
A new cyclometalated iridium(III) complex Ir(DPP)3 (DPP=2,3-diphenylpyrazine) was pre-pared by reaction of DPP with iridium trichloride hydrate under microwave irradiation. The structure of the complex was confirmed by elemental analysis, 1H NMR, and mass spec-troscopy. The UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescent properties of the complex were investigated. The complex shows strong 1MLCT (singlet metal to ligand charge-transfer) and 3MLCT (triplet metal to ligand charge-transfer) absorption at 382 and 504 nm, respec-tively. The complex also shows strong photoluminescence at 573 nm at room temperature.These results suggest the complex to be a promising phosphorescent material.
The TiO2-doped ZnO microtubes have been successfully fabricated via a wet chemicalmethod, using zinc chloride and titanium sulphate as the starting materials. The as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electronmicroscopy and room temperature photoluminescence measurement. The photocatalytic ac-tivity in degrading methyl orange was measured with a UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The pure ZnO microtubes exhibit an exact hexangular hollow structure with a diameter of about 700 nm, a length of 3 μm and a wall thickness of about 40 nm. The TiO2-doped ZnO microtubes with TiO2/ZnO ratio less than 5% have the same dimension with the pure ZnO microtubes, a smooth column shape, not a hexangular structure. The growth of ZnO may be inhibited by the more Ti4+ doped into ZnO structure to achieve a small dimension or a multiphase. The crystallinity of ZnO microtubes decreases with increasing TiO2 content, and then a multiphase containing ZnO, Ti3O5 and TiO occur when the TiO2/ZnO ratio is more than 5%. The UV emission intensity of the TiO2-doped ZnO obviously increases and then tends to decrease with TiO2/ZnO ratio increasing. The photocatalytic properties of the TiO2-doped ZnO microtubes are very effcient in degrading organic dyes of methyl orange and are well identical with its PL properties and the crystallinity.
CuIn1-xGaxSe2 (CIGS) films were prepared by a two-stage method, in which Cu-In-Ga metallic precursors were firstly deposited on unheated Mo-coated soda lime glass substrates by direct current sputtering CuGa (20%Ga) and radio frequency sputtering In targets inan Ar atmosphere, followed by selenization at 520 oC for 40 min in Se vapor. By adjust-ing the sputtering thickness ratio of surface CuGa (20%Ga) and bottom CuGa (20%Ga) alloy layers in metal precursor, different CIGS thin films were fabricated. Through X-ray diffraction spectra, Raman spectra, local energy dispersive spectrometer, planar- and cross-sectional views of scanning electron microscopy measurements, it revealed that the CIGS thin films from selenization of metal precursor with CuGa:In:CuGa thickness ratio of 7:20:3 (sample-2-se) was of chalcopyrite structure with the preferred (112) orientation, and the grains sizes ranged from 0.5 μm to 2 μm, and sample-2-se had no binary compound phase of In-Se and order defect compound phase. Consequently, the results of illuminated current-voltage curve and quantum efficiency measurements showed that the CIGS film device made from sample-2-se had relative higher photo-electric conversion efficiency (3.59%) and good spectrum response.
Some properties of nematic liquid crystal E7 doped with two disperse orange dyes used together and effect of addition of carbon nanoparticles (single walled carbon nanotube or fullerene C60) on them were studied. Two dyes (disperse orange 11 and 13) having high solubility and order parameter were used as co-dopants. A notable increase in order pa-rameter was obtained comparing to that of liquid crystal doped with single dye. When carbon nanoparticles were used as dopant, a decrease in order parameter was observed at low temperatures while it increased at high temperatures. When applied voltage changed, the order parameter abruptly increased in its threshold value and saturated in higher voltages as expected. An appreciable change in textures was not observed with addition of dopants. This addition gave rise to an increase in nematic-isotropic phase transition temperatures compared with that of pure liquid crystal.