John Perkins, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Carla Gomes, Cornell University
Geoffroy Hautier, Université Catholique de Louvain
Vladan Stevanovic, Colorado School of Mines
MD1.1: Materials by Design—Theory, Experiment and Data
Tuesday PM, March 29, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
2:30 PM - *MD1.1.01
Causal Models in Big-Data Analytics for Novel Materials Discovery
Luca Ghiringhelli 1,Matthias Scheffler 1
1 Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society Berlin Germany,Show Abstract
In this talk, we stress that big data of materials are structured in a way that is typically not visible by standard tools. Furthermore, with respect to a certain (desired) property, the practically infinite-dimensional space of different materials is very sparsely populated. Indeed, the key issue in data-driven materials science is to find the proper descriptive parameters (descriptors) that characterize the materials and their property.
We will show that and how compressed sensing, originally designed for representing a complex signal in the lowest possible dimensionality, can select, out of a huge-dimensional space of potential descriptors (features), a low dimensional descriptor. Examples are crystal-structure and stability prediction and the prediction of the band gap of binary and ternary compounds.
By applying stability analysis, supervised pattern discovery, and causal inference techniques, we discuss the causal relationship between the selected descriptors and the predicted physical properties.
(*) in collaboration with Mario Boley (FHI and MPII Saarbrücken), Emre Ahmetcik (FHI), Christopher Sutton (FHI), Runhai Ouyang (FHI), Jan Vybiral (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic), Benedikt Hoock (Humboldt University, Berlin), Karsten Hannewald (Humboldt University, Berlin), Claudia Draxl (Humboldt University, Berlin)
3:00 PM - *MD1.1.02
Data Driven Approaches to Combinatorial Materials Science
Ichiro Takeuchi 1
1 Univ of Maryland College Park United States,Show Abstract
We are actively developing various data driven techniques to facilitate and improve the way we implement experimental combinatorial materials science in technologically relevant topics. The major component of this overall effort is the integrated materials discovery engine, where we apply a dual track high-throughput experiment-and-theory approach to exploring and discovering new materials with frequent feedback between the two tracks. A cornerstone of our approach is the automated analysis of x-ray diffraction patterns taken from hundreds of spots across composition spreads. We have developed the metric approach where the similarity matrix is calculated using a variety of machine learning metrics in identifying the optimum algorithm for performing clustering. This effort is then combined with automated peak indexing of known phases. Finally, the experimental patterns are rapidly cross-referenced against peaks from predicted structures from AFLOWLIB. We will also discuss our latest effort to mine a large amount of experimental data taken from the literature. This work is carried out in collaboration with A. G. Kusne, S. Curtarolo, Y. Iwasaki, and A. Mehta, and it is funded by ONR, NSF, NIST and DOE.
3:30 PM - *MD1.1.03
Manifold Learning for Materials Discovery: The Next Phase for Exploring the Materials Genome
Krishna Rajan 1
1 Department of Materials Design and Innovation University at Buffalo- The State University of New York Buffalo United States,Show Abstract
This presentation presents and overview of how the use of manifold learning methods can be used not only to search for targeted properties among an existing database but to also discover new structure-chemistry-property relationships. The value of using these methods is to identify pathways for discovery. The focus of this talk is to advance a new paradigm in which one explores the structure of data to ascertain and uncover relationships that would not be easily identified via computational and/or experimental methods. Examples are given in crystal chemistry, alloy design and chemical imaging.
MD1.2: Machine Learning with Experimental Data and Synthesis Control
Tuesday PM, March 29, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
4:30 PM - *MD1.2.01
Leveraging Expert Knowledge, Human Insights and Reasoning for Rapid Materials Discovery
Ronan Le Bras 1
1 Cornell University Ithaca United States,Show Abstract
Accelerating the discovery and deployment cycle of new advanced materials is essential to meeting our energy and technology needs. Advancements in materials science has led to high-throughput materials synthesis and characterization, able of outputting a large number of materials a day, each of them associated with complex characterization information. As the data are being collected at faster and faster rates, the success of this approach relies on efficient, robust and scalable automated analysis techniques in order to interpret all the collected data and identify the next-generation materials. In collaboration with materials scientists at Cornell and Caltech, we introduce a novel approach that analyzes composition and structure data from a combinatorial library, and identifies the constituent phases and the corresponding phase diagram. The novelty lies in the integration of complex a priori scientific domain knowledge into state-of-the-art combinatorial optimization techniques and how experts in materials science as well as complete novices can provide valuable input to this solution approach.
5:00 PM - MD1.2.02
Mixing Machine Learning with Experiment: Learning Assembly Mechanisms from Particle Tracking Data
Andrew Long 1,Jie Zhang 1,Steve Granick 2,Andrew Ferguson 1
1 Materials Science and Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana United States,2 Center for Soft and Living Matter Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology Ulsan Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Building block self-assembly has enabled the fabrication of a wealth of functional materials with applications as diverse as photonics and “smart” drug delivery systems. The inherent many-body nature of self-assembly has inhibited the construction of good order parameters to describe the configurational phase space of aggregate structures, making it difficult to probe the underlying mechanisms and thermodynamics driving assembly and rationally engineer materials and conditions to assemble desired structures. Utilizing our prior work applying nonlinear machine learning to computer simulations of self-assembly, we have applied machine learning directly to experimental particle tracking data for the non-equilibrium self-assembly of metallodielectric Janus particles under an applied oscillating electric field. Representing the first application of machine learning directly to experimental self-assembly data, we recover the set of collective order parameters quantifying aggregate morphology and structural transitions to infer the underlying low-dimensional assembly landscape. By characterizing changes in this landscape, we quantitatively measure the impact of field strength, oscillation frequency, and salt concentration on assembly pathways and the stability of different self-assembled aggregates. By recovering low-dimensional assembly “roadmaps” directly from experimental data, our approach enables the rational design of experimental conditions to direct the assembly of desired terminal aggregates.
*Long et al. Soft Matter. 2015, 11, 8141-8153
5:15 PM - MD1.2.03
Influence of Initial Amorphous Structure on the in situ Crystallization of Metastable Thin Films
Laura Schelhas 1,Kevin Stone 1,Lauren Garten 2,Badri Shyam 1,Casandra Cox 3,Zamyla Chan 3,Hong Ding 4,Apurva Mehta 1,Kristin Persson 4,Daniel Nocera 3,David Ginley 2,Michael Toney 1
1 SLAC - SSRL Menlo Park United States,2 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden United States3 Harvard University Cambridge United States4 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley United StatesShow Abstract
Many technologically relevant materials are in face kinetically stabilized and not at their true thermodynamic free energy minimun, i.e., they are metastable. These metastable materials can show improved functionality over their thermodynacally stable counterparts. However, it is difficult at best to predict the formation pathways for non-thermodynamically stable materials. In this work, we aim to understand how the initial state of amorphous thin films of VOx influences the final crystal structure of the film. We employ a range of synchrotron based techniques: grazing incidence pair distribution function analysis (GIPDF), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) during in-situ crystallization under different atmospheric conditions. We focus on amorphous VOx films deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with varying laser repetition rates and oxygen partial pressures. These different synthesis conditions create several different amorphous structures, as identified from GIPDF and XAS analysis. In-situ 2D-XRD during film crystallization shows that the different starting amorphous structures result in the formation of different crystal structures or polymorphs. We use these results to relate the local structure of the inititial amorphous structures to the VOx polymorph structure. The work is part of a larger effort to help better understand the pathways needed to synthesize different polymorphs.
5:30 PM - MD1.2.04
Seed Layer Mediated Crystallization of Amorphous TiAl Thin Films to Obtain Tailored Microstructures
Rohit Sarkar 1,Jagannathan Rajagopalan 1
1 Arizona State Univ Tempe United States,Show Abstract
Currently available techniques used to synthesize nanostructured materials do not provide a high degree of control over the final microstructure. The ability to manipulate the size and aspect ratio of grains in nanostructured films/coatings would give us unprecedented control over the mechanical behavior of such materials. Here, we present a bottom-up synthesis process to systematically alter the microstructure of TiAl (45 at.% Ti) films by controlling its crystallization from the amorphous phase using thin crystalline seed layers.
Amorphous TiAl thin films were deposited on Si/SiNx substrates using DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature. Non-contiguous, crystalline layers of Ti and Al (thickness <2 nm) were deposited in between the amorphous layers of TiAl to serve as preferential grain nucleation sites (seeds). The films were subsequently heat treated in vacuum to obtain a crystalline microstructure. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction were used to study the microstructure evolution and crystallization kinetics of these films.
We found that the seeds aided crystallization, with seeded films crystallizing faster than non-seeded films for the same annealing temperature. In addition, the final microstructure of the seeded films was in the nanocrystalline regime up to a temperature of 700oC, whereas the unseeded films underwent uncontrolled recrystallization to form large microcrystalline grains. In situ TEM heating experiments showed that the seeds significantly increased the number of nucleation sites in the amorphous matrix, which led to a refinement in the final grain size. In contrast, unseeded films crystallized by the formation and coalescence of large single crystal islands. Plan view and cross-sectional TEM analysis revealed that, as anticipated, the final grain diameter scaled with the in-plane distance between the crystalline seeds, while the grain height scaled with the seed spacing along the thickness.
5:45 PM - MD1.2.05
Microsecond-Resolved in situ Insights by SAXS and WAXS into the Very Early Stages of CdS Quantum Dot Formation
Andreas Magerl 1,Andreas Schiener 1
1 Univ of Erlangen-Nürnberg Erlangen Germany,Show Abstract
Semiconducting nanoparticles (quantum dots) offer a wide range of potential applications, due to their unique and size dependent physical and chemical properties. A major issue today concerns the make of such particles on an industrial scale with a sufficient control of the particle size, shape and polydispersity, which needs a good understanding of the formation mechanisms involved. To get such a fundamental insight into the undisturbed formation of CdS in aqueous solution, we have developed a free liquid jet setup which accesses a so far unexplored time regime from 20 µs up to 10 ms. The key advantages of this setup compared to capillary based setups are: 1) the access of very early stages (1000 times faster than in stopped-flow experiments), 2) the high time resolution (down to 10 µs), 3) no radiation damage in the sample, and 4) high quality data evaluation because of missing container scattering. Via SAXS experiments the morphology of the early particle states are accessible while simultaneously acquired WAXS patterns give insights into the evolution of the crystalline structure.
The results of both SAXS and WAXS studies show, that CdS quantum dots formation is along a non-classical two-step nucleation pathway starting with the formation of primary clusters driven by the fast diffusion of cadmium and sulfur ions in water. Further growth is by cluster attachment where the diffusion of the primary clusters appears as the growth-limiting factor. Temperature dependent data yield an Arrhenius-like diffusion with an activation energy of Eg=0.6 eV. During the entire observation period the growing particles are not jet fully crystalline.
MD1.3: Poster Session I: Materials, Interfaces and Devices by Design I
Wednesday AM, March 30, 2016
Sheraton, Third Level, Phoenix Ballroom
9:00 PM - MD1.3.01
A Self-Healing, Stretchable Dielectric for Thin-Film Field-Effect Transistors
Yingli Rao 1,Alex Chortos 1,Yu-Cheng Chiu 1,Raphael Pfattner 1,Zhenan Bao 1
1 Department of Chemical Engineering Stanford University Stanford United States,Show Abstract
Flexible electronics have generated tremendous interest among scientific and engineering society. Due to their light-weight, flexibility, large-area printability, and potential biodegradability, flexible electronics hold great potential in applications like wearable markets and medical devices. The ability to self-heal upon rupture or scratch can significantly improve the devices’ lifetime. Here we describe a new class of elastomer material with transition metal ions serving as the cross-linkers, which have showed excellent stretchability and self-healing ability. Furthermore, when integrated into organic field-effect transistors as a gate insulator, this new class of material exhibits stable capacitance in a wide range of frequencies up to 105 Hz. The superior self-healing ability along with no mobile ion effects of this new dielectric material demonstrate a significant contribution to the area of flexible electronics.
9:00 PM - MD1.3.02
Three-Dimensional ZnO Porous Films for Self-Cleaning Ultraviolet Photodetectors
Yuanzhi Cao 1,Qiuping Luo 1,Longyan Yuan 1
1 HUST Wuhan China,Show Abstract
Three-dimensional (3D) ZnO porous films composed of interconnected skeleton were fabricated successfully through atomic layer deposition method using carbon nanoparticles as template. After surface modification, they showed an excellent superhydrophobic property with a contact angle larger than 160° and a sliding angle less than 1°. Based on the superhydrophobic 3D ZnO porous films, self-cleaning ultraviolet photodetector devices were fabricated. The devices exhibited a rise time of 42.03 s, a recovery time of 5.84 s and a responsivity of 9 mA/W at a 5 V bias under low light illumination of 14.38 μW/cm2. The mechanism for the enhanced ultraviolet photoresponse from ZnO porous films is discussed.
9:00 PM - MD1.3.03
Design of Sandwich-Structured ZnO/ZnS/Au Photoanode for Enhanced Efficiency of Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting
Yichong Liu 1,Yousong Gu 1,Xiaoqin Yan 1,Zhuo Kang 1,Shengnan Lu 1,Yihui Sun 1,Yue Zhang 1
1 University of Science and Technology Beijing China,Show Abstract
We developed and demonstrated a ZnO/ZnS/Au composite photoanode with significantly enhanced photoelectrochemical water-splitting performance, containing a ZnS interlayer and Au nanoparticles. The solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of this ZnO/ZnS/Au eterostructure reached 0.21%, 3.5 times that of pristine ZnO. The comparison of the incident photon-to-current efficiency
(IPCE) and the photoresponse in the white and visible light regions further verified that the enhancement resulted from contributions of both UV and visible light. The modification of the Au NPs was shown to improve the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance to both UV and visible light, as modification encouraged effective surface passivation and surface-plasmonresonance effects. The ZnS interlayer favored the movement of photogenerated electrons under UV light and hot electrons under visible light, causing their injection into ZnO; this simultaneously suppressed the electron-hole recombination at the photoanode-electrolyte interface. The optimized design of the interlayer
within plasmonic metal/semiconductor composite systems, as reported here, provided a facile and compatible photoelectrode configuration, enhancing the utilization efficiency of incident light for photoelectrochemical applications.
9:00 PM - MD1.3.04
Learning the “Write Mechanism” For Digital Colloids
Andrew Long 1,Carolyn Phillips 2,Eric Jankowski 3,Andrew Ferguson 1
1 Materials Science and Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana United States,2 Argonne National Laboratory Argonne United States3 Materials Science and Engineering Boise State University Boise United StatesShow Abstract
Digital colloids, a cluster of lock-and-key “halo” particles bound to the surface of a central particle, were recently proposed as a novel soft materials system for high-density information storage*. To deploy these colloids in real memory applications requires in depth understanding of the conformational stability and transition kinetics governing changes in configurational bit state. We apply nonlinear machine learning techniques to Brownian dynamics simulations of these digital colloids to extract the low-dimensional intrinsic manifold governing digital colloid morphology, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Parameterized by the key collective variables governing the colloidal dynamics, these low-dimensional maps provide a quantitative framework in which to understand configurational transition mechanisms and rationally engineer digital colloid structures. By focusing on the relative size ratio between halo particles and central particles, we highlight the size-dependent stability and transition mechanisms for the 2-state tetrahedral (N=4) and 30-state octahedral (N=6) digital colloids. Finally we extend our analysis to the larger icosahedral (N=12) digital colloid capable of storing 2.86 bytes per cluster, or approximately 1.4 terabytes in a tablespoon of material.
*Phillips et al. Soft Matter. 2014, 10, 7468-7479
9:00 PM - MD1.3.05
Microwave Assisted Low Temperature Annealing of AgTi Alloy
Melby Ann Thelakkaden 1,Zhao Zhao 1,Sayantan Das 1,Terry Alford 1
1 Arizona State Univ Tempe United States,Show Abstract
Microwave annealing has been reported to be an efficient, rapid process that could improve the electrical performance of alloy thin films and could possibly be an ideal process to maximize conduction in AgTi thin film. The microwave annealing process was done on 110 nm thick films with composition of Ag-93% and Ti-7%. The metallic layer was prepared by co-sputtering onto a silicon surface and annealed at temperatures varying between 65-160 degrees Celsius in air. The four-point-probe analysis of the thin film confirmed an inverse relationship between sheet resistance and annealing time. Prior to annealing, the sheet resistance was measured to be approximately 4 - 5 Ω/square. After annealing, a decrease in sheet resistance was observed and measured to be approximately 0. 94 - 3 Ω/square, depending on annealing time. The properties had been studied further through Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The RBS spectra imply the formation of titanium oxide on the surface and XRD analysis suggests the change in the metal’s lattice constant which correlates to the amount of Ti in solution. Our results confirm a change in resistivity and implies microwave annealing is a rapid, low-temperature self-encapsulation process that has the ability to form titanium oxide on the AgTi surface, induce grain growth and reduced resistivity in the AgTi alloy. For these reasons, AgTi demonstrates a promising future in contact metallization for silicon based solar cells.
9:00 PM - MD1.3.07
Improving Scintillator Performance of Multicomponent Garnet by Band-Gap and Band-Edge Engineering
Satyesh Yadav 1,Blas Uberuaga 1,Martin Nikl 2,Chao Jiang 3,Christopher Stanek 1
1 Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos United States,2 Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Prague Czech Republic3 Thermo-Calc Software Inc. Pittsburgh United StatesShow Abstract
Complex doping schemes in RE3Al5O12 (RE=rare earth element) garnet compounds have recently led to pronounced improvements in scintillator performance. Specifically, by admixing lutetium and yttrium aluminate garnets with gallium and gadolinium, the band-gap was altered in a manner that facilitated the removal of deleterious electron trapping associated with cation antisite defects. Here, we expand upon this initial work to systematically investigate the effect of substitutional admixing on the energy levels of band edges. Density functional theory (DFT) and hybrid density functional theory (HDFT) was used to survey potential admixing candidates that modify either the conduction band minimum (CBM) or valence band maximum (VBM). We considered two sets of compositions based on Lu3B5O12 where B = Al, Ga, In, As, and Sb; and RE3Al5O12, where RE = Lu, Gd, Dy, and Er. We found that admixing with various RE cations does not appreciably effect the band gap or band edges. In contrast, substituting Al with cations of dissimilar ionic radii has a profound impact on the band structure. We further show that certain dopants can be used to selectively modify only the CBM or the VBM. Specifically, Ga and In decrease the band-gap by lowering the CBM, while As and Sb decrease the band gap by raising the VBM, the relative change in band-gap is quantitatively validated by HDFT. These results demonstrate a powerful approach to quickly screen the impact of dopants on the electronic structure of scintillator compounds, identifying those dopants which alter the band edges in very specific ways to eliminate both electron and hole traps responsible for performance limitations. This approach should be broadly applicable for the optimization of electronic and optical performance for a wide range of compounds by tuning the VBM and CBM.
9:00 PM - MD1.3.08
Influence VSR on Deformation of Thin-Walled Component in 7075 Al
Liao Kai 1
1 School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Central South University of Forestry and Technology ChangSha China,Show Abstract
Generally, initial stress inside of material and processing stress during milling are the main causes to make 7075 components to deformed. VSR( vibratory stress relief) can plays an unexpected role in the residual stresses relaxation, specially is suitable to aluminum alloy components．The experimental method is that firstly putting the component on a thick and big platform made of cast iron, and then starting a polarization apparatus to find the sub-resonance region. Finally process of vibratory stress relief is completed under different frequency and time. By stress measurement of X-ray diffraction and 3D shape scanning, the experiments results show that vibratory energy can be added to high energy area of processing layer in materials, which perceives the materials of surface may be yielded, so VSR techenique shouled make surface high stress of component reduced effectively, after that the bending moment on surface materials is decreased, which means deformation of component will be controlled by VSR.
9:00 PM - MD1.3.09
Tuning the Mechanical Properties of Fused Carbon Nanotube Yarns by Controlling Their Structure before Fusion
Sanwei Liu 1,Ji Hao 1,Mark Schauer 2,Moneesh Upmanyu 1,David Kaeli 1,Yung Joon Jung 1,Carol Livermore 1
1 Northeastern University Boston United States,2 Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. Merrimack United StatesShow Abstract
The potential of carbon nanotube (CNT) networks for high performance structures can be undercut by non-ideal network structures, including short CNT lengths, disorganized network architectures, and weak van der Waals bonds among CNTs. Converting many CNTs into larger, covalently-bonded graphitic structures offers a path to increased CNT-based material performance. In [H.Y. Jung et al., 2014], networks of single-walled CNTs were fused into multi-walled CNTs and graphitic nano-ribbons by applying moderate AC voltage pulses, greatly improving their thermal and electrical properties. Fusion into larger graphitic structures also offers potential for improving mechanical properties by replacing van der Waals connections with covalent bonds. However, optimizing the fusion process remains an open challenge, with both the ideal pre-fusion starting material and the ideal fusion process parameters still to be determined.
The present research focuses on how the design of the material’s pre-fusion structure and its preparation process affect mechanical properties after fusion; data mining will extract additional patterns from these and related simulation results. The CNTs’ proximity to and alignment with each other may affect the ease with which neighboring CNTs fuse, and CNT alignment relative to the network’s axis may affect how current interacts with the CNTs. CNT yarns are wet-twisted from 14 tex CNT tapes with a 1.2 N applied load and low, medium, and high process twists (0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 rot/mm) that result in three final yarn structures (12°, 18° and 23° average angles of twist). The twisted specimens are then fused by applying 500 cycles of 9 V AC voltage across a length of 7 mm at a frequency of 2.5 Hz in 10 mTorr of Ar gas. For each angle of twist, 7 mm-long as-spun unfused yarns, unfused yarns that were heated at 100°C for 24 hours to dry them, and fused yarns undergo tension testing.
The results show that fusion affects both stiffness and strength, and the change upon fusion depends on the initial angle of twist. Fusion increased the stiffness of the as-spun low and medium twist yarns by 22% and 23% respectively; the stiffness of the as-spun high twist yarns increased by only 7%. The improvement in stiffness is accompanied by a decrease in ultimate strength, likely reflecting reduced slip among fused CNTs. Whereas the strength of the low twist yarns decreased by only 27%, the strengths of the medium and high twist yarns declined by 53% and 58%, respectively. In contrast, heat-treated low, medium, and high twist yarns respectively have stiffness values that are only 11%, 5%, and -13% higher than those of the as-spun yarns described above. Since heating to fully dry the spun yarn does not replicate the results of fusion, the improvement upon fusion is attributed to electrical rather than drying effects of the fusion process. The results indicate that fusion offers an optimal improvement in structural performance for lower values of twist angle.
9:00 PM - MD1.3.10
Tetrathiafulvalene-Based Polymers for the Modification of MoS2 Nanomaterials
Ryan Selhorst 1,Egle Puodziukynaite 1,Jeffery Dewey 1,Peijian Wang 1,Ashwin Ramasubramaniam 1,Michael Barnes 1,Todd Emrick 1
1 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst United States,Show Abstract
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are emerging two-dimensional materials for next generation field-effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, and biosensors. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) differentiates itself from other 2-D materials, such as graphene, since it possesses an inherent bandgap and intrinsic photoluminescence. Adaptation of the solution and electronic properties of these 2-D materials hinges on functionalization at the surface to realize the broad applicability and smooth integration into devices. While reports of graphene functionalization are numerous, examples of the modulation of MoS2 properties are relatively scarce and primarily focus on covalent modification or ion implantation methods which distort lattice symmetry. Non-covalent modification using polymers facilitates the fabrication of processible, electronically relevant nanomaterials not yet reported.
We present the synthesis of polymers bearing pendent tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) as physisorbing moieties to enhance the solution stability of chemically exfoliated MoS2 nanosheets, and participate in ground state charge transfer and work function modulation of pristine MoS2. Well-defined polymers with a methacrylate or polynorbornene backbone were synthesized with TTF incorporation ranging from 1-50 mole%. Notably, these TTF polymers display dimerization and a concerted two-electron transfer to MoS2, while TTF itself (i.e., as a small molecule additive) undergoes two, one-electron transfer processes, supported by spectroelectrochemical experiments. These redox interactions lead to a change in the work function of pristine MoS2, by 0.2-0.3 eV, as indicated by Kelvin-probe force microscopy. Experiments using chemically exfoliated MoS2 nanosheets show that even low incorporation of TTF into a polymer scaffold extends the colloidal stability of the nanosheets by days, whereas unfunctionalized polymers and control suspensions undergo restacking within hours of resuspension with high incorporations of TTF extending the colloidal stability to months. Stabilization with polymers bearing a pi-electron rich pyrene functionality restacked within hours demonstrating that solution stability primarily depends upon sulfur-sulfur and sulfur-pi interactions. All experiments were performed in conjunction with density functional theory (DFT) calculations to probe TTF-polymer/MoS2 surface interactions and allow insight into the mechanism of electronic modification.
9:00 PM - MD1.3.11
Adhesion Mechanism of the Diglycidyl Ether of Bisphenol A (DGEBA) Adhesive on the Fe(100) Surface: Density Functional Theory Approach
Ji Hye Lee 1,Seung Geol Lee 1
1 Pusan National University Busan Korea (the Republic of),Show Abstract
Composites, which are made by combining two or more distinct materials and give superior characteristics that did not exhibited in individual components, have been utilized in diverse applications, covering nearly every area of industries. Composites can offer various advantages such as high strength, stiffness and lightness. The performance of composites is largely dependent on the structure and properties of the interface between different materials because the interface is the weakest point of composite. Among many joining technologies such as mechanical fastening, adhesive bonding and welding, the adhesives provide benefits over other joining technologies. In particular, epoxy resin provides high adhesion strength to weight ratio, chemical inertness, great flexibility and easy manufacturing. Despite the outstanding adhesion properties of epoxy resin, the understanding of adhesion mechanism of epoxy is still unclear. Thus, we investigated the mechanism of epoxy adhesive (DGEBA) on Fe(100) surface by calculating the adhesion energies and analyzing electronic structures using DFT calculation in this study.
This research was supported by Global Frontier Program through the Global Frontier Hybrid Interface Materials (GFHIM) of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (No. 2013M3A6B1078865 and No. 2013M3A6B1078869).
9:00 PM - MD1.3.12
Complex Cubic 3D Framework in K4[Ag18Te11]
Bambar Davaasuren 1,Enkhtsetseg Dashjav 2,Alexander Rothenberger 1
1 Physical Science and Engineering Division King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Thuwal 23955-6900 Saudi Arabia,2 Materials Synthesis and Processing Division Forschungszentrum Jülich 52425 Jülich GermanyShow Abstract
Alkali chalcometalates (with Cu, Ag, and Au) represent a large family of compounds with intriguing structural features and physical/chemical properties. The alkali chalcocuprates and -aurates are rather well investigated and a remarkable number of new representatives have been synthesized during the past two decades. In contrast, only a few alkali chalcoargentates have been reported up to date. All known, chalcoargentates are AgI and contain Q2– (Q = S, Se, and Te) ligand, except AAgSe4 (A = Cs, Rb) with Se42– ligand. The Q2– containing alkali metal chalcoargentates were classified in terms of A2Q-n(Ag2Q) (A= alkali metal, Q = chalcogen atom). This series include, the KAgSe (n = 1), A2Ag4Q3 (A = K, Rb; Q = S, Se and n = 2), the AAg3Q2 (A = Rb, Cs; Q = S, Se, Te; n = 3), the AAg5Q3 (A = Rb, Cs; Q = Se, Te; n = 5),[3,7] the K2Ag12Q7 (Q = Se, Te; n = 6),[7b] and the CsAg7Q4 (Q = S, Se; n =7).
Here, we report synthesis, crystal structure, detailed chemical bonding analysis, and thermal stability of K4[Ag18Te11], a novel potassium telluroargentate(I). K4[Ag18Te11] crystallizes in the cubic space group Fm-3m (no. 225) with the cell parameter a = 18.6589(6) Å. The crystal structure contains a [Ag18Te11]4– complex cubic 3D anionic framework characterized by polarcovalent Ag–Te bond and weak Ag…Ag interactions supporting the complex anionic character of the title compound. The band structure suggests good thermoelectric properties (flat band below, steep band above the Fermi level, “rattling” of cations), possible superconductivity (flat and steep bands) and/or topological insulator properties. Electrical conductivity measurements are the subject of future studies in order to determine electric and thermal transport properties of K4[Ag18Te11]. The title compound is thermally stable up to 450°C and chemically resistant in air, organic solvents and water, some inorganic acids and base, like HCl, H2SO4, and NH4OH.
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9:00 PM - MD1.3.13
Nanodiamond Growth and Adhesion on Temperature Varied Tungsten Borides Formed by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition
Jamin Johnston 1
1 UAB Birmingham United States,Show Abstract
This research explores the variation in metal-boride phase formation during microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) boriding on cemented tungsten carbide. An evaluation of the borides lends insight into various options for the boron strengthening of cemented tungsten carbide. Additionally, boriding as a pre-treatment by surface blocking of elemental cobalt for improved nanostructured diamond (NSD) growth and adhesion is examined. We show that surface temperatures from 800-1100 °C result in chemically discrete metal-boride surface layers consisting of WCoB, CoB and/or W2CoB2 with average hardness from 23-27 GPa and average elastic modulus of 600-730 GPa. A combination of glancing angle x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, nanoindentation and scratch testing was used to evaluate the surface composition and material properties. In all cases the surface was composed of hexagonal tungsten carbide, with a remainder of metal-borides; no elemental cobalt was observable on the surface at 800°C and was significantly reduced up to 1100°C. Distinct boride phases then underwent PECVD diamond deposition for nanodiamond film growth. Diamond growth was established on all boride surfaces prepared between 800-1100 °C. However, delamination occurred in all cases other than the W2CoB2 formed at 900 °C. Diamond surface coatings were evaluated with Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Early results indicate that CVD boriding at 900 °C for W2CoB2 formation improves NSD adhesion without damaging the cemented carbide substrate.
9:00 PM - MD1.3.14
Artifical Modulation of Schottky Barrier and Surface Charge Effect in the High Energy-Efficient ZnO Based Ultraviolet Photodetectors
Hy Chen 1
1 Fudan University ShangHai China,Show Abstract
Ultraviolet photodetectors have drawn extensive attentions due to their broad applications, including ozone hole sensing, flame detection, convert space-to-space communication, and water purification, etc . In the past several decades, ZnO has been investigated for photodetectors in the UV range due to its wide direct band gap (3.37 eV), low defect density, and strong radiation hardness. And our group proposed some distinctive works, such as ZnO hollow sphere nanofilm and ZnS/ZnO biaxial nanobelt based ultraviolet photodetectors [2,3]. However, owing to the lack of high quality and stable ZnO p-n homojunction photodiodes, and high performance single Schottky barrier diode, the performance of ZnO-based photovoltaic UV photodetectors is still lower than expected and need much lower applying voltage and much higher responsivity. Up to now, approaches are available for the improving performance of existing photodetectors via modifying their active areas, especially surface plasmon [4,5].
To explore a simple and practicable approach to realizing high performance ZnO-based photovoltaic photodetectors, we proposed a new type ZnO photovoltaic photodetectors based on asymmetry Au#1-ZnO-Au#2 structure. Its responsivity at 0 V was significantly enhanced by increasing the asymmetric ratio between the two electrodes, and could reach as high as 20 mAW-1with an asymmetric ratio of 20 : 1. This value is higher than that of other kinds of self-powered ZnO-based photodetectors such as p–n junctions, Schottky junctions, and heterojunctions . The photoresponse of our self-powered device was very fast, highly stable and reproducible. The 10-90% response time and decay time were measured to be ~710 ns and ~4 μs, respectively. In addition, the mechanism of as fabricated devices is mainly derived from artifical modulation of Schottky barrier and surface charge effect, and we will discuss about it in detail in the following.
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John Perkins, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Carla Gomes, Cornell University
Geoffroy Hautier, Université Catholique de Louvain
Vladan Stevanovic, Colorado School of Mines
MD1.4: Foundational Theory for Materials by Design
Wednesday AM, March 30, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
9:30 AM - *MD1.4.01
Computational Exploration of the Space of 2-Dimensional Materials
Nicolas Mounet 1,Marco Gibertini 1,Philippe Schwaller 1,Giovanni Pizzi 1,Nicola Marzari 1
1 EPFL Lausanne Switzerland,Show Abstract
Two-dimensional materials have become the focus of much attention in recent years - due to their fascinating physical properties and potential for novel technological applications. While graphene, boron nitride, and transition-metal dichaclogenides are widely studied, there is broad potential for more promising additions. Here, we start from the systematic exploration of experimental databases of inorganic materials to search for new two-dimensional candidates, using first simple chemical and geometric criteria that provide an initial pool of ~5000 different candidates. These are then further studied with first-principles calculations, focusing first on their ease of exfolation, thermodynamic stability, and electronic properties.
10:00 AM - *MD1.4.02
Entropy Descriptors and Entropy Stabilized Oxides
Stefano Curtarolo 1,Eric Perim 1
1 Materials Science Duke University Durham United States,Show Abstract
In this presentation we will discuss the development of entropy descriptors for the AFLOWLIB.org ab-initio repository and the path leading to synthesis of the new family of entropy stabilized oxides.
[Nat. Comm. 6:8485 (2015)].
10:30 AM - MD1.4.03
First Principles Investigation of Dislocations in BCC Lithium-Magnesium Alloys
Ian Winter 1,Tomohito Tsuru 3,Mark Asta 2,Daryl Chrzan 2
1 Materials Science and Engineering University of California, Berkeley Berkeley United States,3 Nuclear Science and Engineering Center Japan Energy Agency Ibaraki Japan1 Materials Science and Engineering University of California, Berkeley Berkeley United States,2 Materials Sciences Division Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley United StatesShow Abstract
The discovery of Gum Metal, a TiNb based super-elastic, high strength alloy has produced a great deal of interest within the metallurgy community over the past decade. These alloys display numerous "super'' properties. Most notably the bulk alloys appear to deform near their ideal strength. Previous studies have indicated that deformation of a bulk material near ideal strength is possible if (1) dislocation motion can be made so difficult that dislocations remain immobile at ideal strength and, (2) the material is intrinsically ductile in the sense that the ideal strength is limited by a shear instability rather than a tensile instability. In TiNb alloys, this mix of properties is obtained by tuning the composition to be very near to a body-centered-cubic (BCC) to hexagonal-close-packed (HCP) transition, and is marked by a spreading of the dislocation core structures. It is interesting to explore if other alloys engineered to be near the BCC to HCP transition will also display "super'' properties.
Accordingly, we have begun exploration of LiMg disordered alloys. These are particularly attractive candidate alloys, as they have the potential to show a very high specific strength. First principles calculations of the elastic moduli of the alloys as a function of composition shows that LiMg alloys behave elastically similarly to TiNb alloys in that their shear moduli are reduced to near zero as the BCC to HCP transition is approached from the BCC side. Further, direct computation of the screw dislocation core structures reveals significant spreading. Both of these characteristics suggest that synthesis of a LiMg Gum Metal should be possible, and that these alloys have the potential to display "super'' properties as well. However, analysis of the ideal strength of the LiMg alloys suggests that they are intrinsically brittle. Strategies for reducing the brittleness are explored.
10:45 AM - MD1.4.04
Accelerated Calculations through the Use of Efficient k-Point Grids
Pandu Wisesa 1,Tim Mueller 1
1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering Johns Hopkins University Baltimore United States,Show Abstract
The rapid rise in available computing power has made it possible to accelerate materials design by using ab-initio methods to calculate properties for tens of thousands crystalline materials. The calculation of many of these properties requires the evaluation of an integral over the Brillouin zone, which is commonly approximated by sampling a regular grid of points, known as k-points, in reciprocal space. We have developed an automated tool for generating k-point grids that significantly accelerates the calculation of material properties compared to commonly used methods. Our tool, which is being made freely available to the public, is capable of generating highly efficient k-point grids in a fraction of a second for any crystalline material. We present an overview of our method, benchmark results, and a discussion of how it can be integrated in a high-througput computing environment.
MD1.5: Applied Materials by Design
Wednesday PM, March 30, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
11:30 AM - *MD1.5.01
Applied Process Technology Development with Data Analytics, Modeling, and Rapid Experimentation
Billy Bardin 1
1 The Dow Chemical Company Freeoort United States,Show Abstract
The Dow Chemical Company is a world leader in process and product technology development with more than 6000 product families manufactured at nearly 200 sites. Dow has been active in the development of high throughput experimental techniques since the early 1990s and has developed unique approaches to experimental data integration. In the current global market environment, advanced data modeling, experimental design, and a greater critical understanding of the relationships between laboratory data and commercial process implementation are a necessity to be successful. Rapid screening techniques must be adapted to the ever increasing demands of relevant process conditions and customer applications. Combination of advanced data mining and analysis to simplify the experimental domain will play a significant role in future of improvements in rapid experimentation within commercial applications. This talk will present a discussion of the requirements for success in bringing new materials from the rapid screening laboratory through to commercialization and how the data analysis techniques can be used across multiple process scales.
12:00 PM - MD1.5.02
Application of NanoMine Data Source to Analysis of Interphase Mechanism in Polymer Nanocomposites
He Zhao 1,Xiaolin Li 1,Wei Chen 1,Linda Schadler 2,L Brinson 1
1 Mechanical Engineering Northwestern University Evanston United States,2 Material Science and Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy United StatesShow Abstract
Understanding the interphase behavior with respect to surface chemistry and underlying mechanisms of polymer chain dynamics and the impact on thermomechanical, optical, and dielectric properties is the key to prediction of properties and design of novel nanocomposite materials with tailored property combinations.
In this work, we present a data-driven heuristic approach to investigate interphase mechanism in polymer nanocomposites and how it facilitates prediction of optimal macroscale properties. We make use of collected data from NanoMine, a living, open-source data resource for polymer nanocomposites that builds upon the rich tapestry of data of polymer nanocomposites from experimental and simulation efforts in the literature and individual labs’ generated data. NanoMine stores raw material data reported from literature and recorded in labs, including the source of data, constituent characteristics, processing conditions, characterization methods, microstructure and nanophase dispersion, and measured macroscale properties. A wide range of material components have been included to date in terms of the types of polymer matrices, nanoparticles, and surface chemistry. We have also been recording property data that are both single valued (e.g., glass transition temperature), condition dependent (e.g., storage modulus vs. frequency), and microstructural images.We analyze how constituents and processing interact to achieve interphase response as well as desired microstructure and macroscale response.
To characterize interphase behavior, we concentrate on the deviation of interphase from the neat polymer and how such deviation is first obtained from the dispersion of nanophase as well as the macroscale property, and later used to design nanocomposites with desired properties. As case studies, we focus on thermomechanical and dielectric properties in nanocomposites. The interphase property is represented by a set of shift parameters to account for the change of polymer chain dynamics in interphase. Values of such shift parameters are subject to the types of constituents in the nanocomposites, which are obtained from statistical analysis and machine learning techniques on bulk composite property across a wide range of constituent combinations. For example, shift and broadening factors in elastic modulus are correlated with types of polymer matrix, particle and surface treatment and validated by comparison between experimental data and results from finite element simulation. Once these factors are determined for a particular type of nanocomposite, effect of dispersion can be introduced by design of experiments on microstructure and additional simulations with interphase property as an input to the model until an optimal property is reached. We demonstrate that a desired property can be predicted by taking a collection of reported data from the data resource, analyzing the data to obtain interphase property, and performing assistive physics-based modeling.
12:15 PM - MD1.5.03
Rational Materials Design of New Classes of Dyes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: A Molecular Engineering Approach
Jacqueline Cole 3
1 Univ of Cambridge Cambridge United Kingdom,2 Argonne National Laboratory Lemont United States,3 ISIS Facility Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Didcot United Kingdom,Show Abstract
A major deficit in suitable dyes is stifling progress in the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) industry. Materials discovery strategies have afforded numerous new dyes; yet, corresponding solution-based DSC device performance has little improved upon 11% efficiency, achieved using the N719 dye over two decades ago. Research on these dyes has nevertheless revealed relationships between the molecular structure of dyes and their associated DSC efficiency.
Two molecular engineering approaches are presented in this talk, which illustrate how one can exploit structure-property relationships to design new DSC dyes.
A ‘top down’ approach involves large-scale data-mining to search for appropriate dye candidates . Here, structure-property relationships for DSC dyes have been codified in the form of molecular dye design rules, which have been judiciously sequenced in an algorithm to enable large-scale data mining of dye structures with optimal DSC performance. This affords, for the first time, a DSC-specific dye-discovery strategy that predicts new classes of dyes from surveying a representative set of chemical space. A lead material from these predictions is experimentally validated, showing DSC efficiency that is comparable to many well-known organic dyes. This demonstrates the power of this approach; and with further development of this approach, the materials discovery of higher-performing materials is anticipated.
A ‘bottom up’ approach concerns case studies on families of well-known laser dyes that are transformed into functional DSC dyes using molecular engineering [2,3]. The underlying conceptual idea is to implement certain electronic structure changes in laser dyes, using molecular engineering, to make DSC-active dyes; while maintaining key property attributes of the parent laser dyes that are equally attractive to DSC applications. This requires a concerted experimental and computational approach, interleaving results from single crystal X-ray diffraction, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, density functional theory, and time-dependent density functional theory. A comparison of the frontier molecular orbital energy levels with the conduction-band edge of the classic TiO2 DSC photoanode and the redox potential of a DSC electrolyte, allows the prediction of these re-functionalized parent laser dyes as dye co-sensitizers for DSC applications.
 J. M. Cole, K. S. Low, H. Ozoe, P. Stathi, C. Kitamura, H. Kurata, P. Rudolf, T. Kawase, “Data Mining with Molecular Design Rules Identifies New Class of Dyes for Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 48 (2014) 26684-90.
 S. L. Bayliss, J. M. Cole, P. G. Waddell, S. McKechnie, X. Liu, “Predicting solar-cell dyes for co-sensitization”, J. Phys. Chem. C 118 (2014) 14082–14090
 F. A. Y. N. Schroeder, J. M. Cole, P. G. Waddell, S. McKechnie, Advanced Energy Materials 5 (2015) 1401728 (1-12).
12:30 PM - MD1.5.04
Proton Transport in Solid Electrolytes – Insights from High Throughput Computations and Data Analysis
Janakiraman Balachandran 1,Lianshan Lin 1,Jilai Ding 1,Yongqiang Cheng 1,Raymond Unocic 1,Gabriel Veith 1,Weiju Ren 1,Craig Bridges 1,Panchapakesan Ganesh 1
1 Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States,Show Abstract
Developing proton conducting solid electrolyte would decrease the operating temperature of solid oxide fuel cells in turn improving reliability and operational efficiency. In spite of extensive literature on proton conducting solid electrolytes, there is very little insight into fundamental questions such as (a) How dopants spatially organize at various dopant concentrations? (b) How spatial organization of dopants influence proton transport? (c) How disorder and strain in a material influence its ionic transport. We will present ab-initio results of over 160 perovskite compounds via high-throughput computations, benchmarked by neutron scattering, transport and microscopy measurements to draw novel insights into the aforementioned questions.
We discover from ab-initio modeling that dopants tend to cluster in Y doped BaZrO3 at high dopant concentrations (>20%), in agreement with recent calorimetric experiments, and our inelastic neutron scattering experiments. The calculated proton transition energy for clustered dopants is higher (~ 0.6eV) compared to dispersed dopants (0.1- 0.35eV), and is in good agreement with our Kelvin probe force microscopy as well as previous conductivity measurements. Computations further show that the proton trapping is due to the strong hydrogen bonding between proton and the oxygen sub-lattice. The generality of this phenomenon is established by performing data analytics on data obtained from over 160 perovskite compounds and over a dozen dopants. These insights in turn naturally lead to new design principles for improving proton conductivity in perovskites.
To explore the influence of disorder on proton transport, we performed high-throughput computations to generate realistic models of lanthanum tungstate – a disordered fluorite material in both wet and dry environments. The results obtained from these models matched well with the inelastic neutron scattering experiments. From these computational models we discover that the proton adsorption energy decreases as the distance between O and vacancy site increases. Similarly, the proton adsorption energy decreases when the O is coordinated with many W atoms. The high-throughput computations also enabled to identify novel routes of improving ion transport in these types of materials.
We will also present our ongoing developmental activities in scaling the high throughput methodology on OLCF supercomputing facility.
This work was sponsored by Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Computations were performed at NERSC and OLCF supercomputing facilities. Neutron experiments were performed at Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at ORNL. Transport measurements were performed at Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL.
 S.P.Ong et.al Comp. Mat. Sci. 68, 314–319 (2013).
 M.D.Goncalves et.al J. Mater. Chem. A, 2, 17840 (2014).
 D.Pergolesi et.al Nat. Mat. 9, 846–852 (2010).
12:45 PM - MD1.5.05
Vertical Microtube Light Emitting Diode Arrays with Metal Core
Youngbin Tchoe 1,Chul-Ho Lee 2,Jumbeom Park 1,Hyeonjun Baek 1,Janghyun Jo 1,Miyoung Kim 1,Gyu-Chul Yi 1
1 Seoul National University Seoul Korea (the Republic of),2 Department of Nano-Bio-Information-Technology KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology, Korea Univeristy Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Three-dimensional (3-D) semiconductor nanoarchitectures, including nano- and micro- rods, pyramids, and disks, are emerging as one of the most promising elements for future optoelectronic devices. Since these 3-D semiconductor nanoarchitectures have many interesting unconventional properties, including the use of large light-emitting surface area and semipolar/nonpolar nano- or micro-facets, numerous studies reported on novel device applications of these 3-D nanoarchitectures. In particular, 3-D nanoarchitecture devices can have noticeably different current spreading characteristics compared with conventional thin film devices, due to their elaborate 3-D geometry. Utilizing this feature in a highly controlled manner, color-tunable light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were demonstrated by controlling the spatial distribution of current density over the multifaceted GaN LEDs. Meanwhile, for the fabrication of high brightness, single color emitting LEDs or laser diodes, uniform and high density of electrical current must be injected into the entire active layers of the nanoarchitecture devices. Here, we report on a new device structure to inject uniform and high density of electrical current through the 3-D semiconductor nanoarchitecture LEDs using metal core inside microtube LEDs.
In this work, we report the fabrications and characteristics of metal-cored coaxial GaN/InxGa1-xN microtube LEDs. For the fabrication of metal-cored microtube LEDs, GaN/InxGa1-xN/ZnO coaxial microtube LED arrays grown on an n-GaN/c-Al2O3 substrate were lifted-off from the substrate by wet chemical etching of sacrificial ZnO microtubes and SiO2 layer. The chemically lifted-off layer of LEDs were then stamped upside down on another supporting substrates. Subsequently, Ti/Au and indium tin oxide were deposited on the inner shells of microtubes, forming n-type electrodes of the metal-cored LEDs. The device characteristics were investigated measuring electroluminescence and current–voltage characteristic curves and analyzed by computational modeling of current spreading characteristics.
MD1.6: Data and Machine Learning for the Materials Genome Initiative
Wednesday PM, March 30, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
2:30 PM - *MD1.6.01
Materials Science Data Management Initiatives at NIST
Robert Hanisch 1
1 Office of Data and Informatics Materials Measurement Laboratory Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg United States,Show Abstract
The Office of Data and Informatics (ODI) is a recently established organization within the Material Measurement Laboratory at NIST. ODI is a premier, pioneering resource for researchers and institutions in the biological, chemical, and materials sciences who need to leverage both large and information-rich data sets now common in many disciplines; who are faced with challenges of handling, archiving, storing and analyzing such data; and who would transform such data into products that can be reliably and broadly shared and used for sophisticated scientific endeavors. The ODI supports National needs such as the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and biological and chemical data integration, as well as the modernization of current NIST reference data services for use in state-of-the-art computer paradigms (i.e., virtual computing, parallel analysis, interoperability, semantic web, etc.) and the development of next generation NIST reference data services. The ODI also facilitates MML's adherence to the government open-data policy by providing tools for developing data management plans and guidance and assistance in the best practices for archiving and annotating research and data outputs. We are also investigating software and hardware configurations to improve data collection and data processing for the diverse instrumentation operated at NIST.
In the area of materials science NIST supports a number of national and international initiatives:
o A shared data repository for collaborations related to the Materials Genome Initiative, deployed on the DSpace data management platform.
o The US National Data Services Consortium and the Materials Data Facility pilot project (I. Foster, U. Chicago, PI).
o The Research Data Alliance Materials Data, Infrastructure, and Interoperability Interest Group, from which a Working Group is being formed to develop an international materials science data resource registry. ODI is working with colleagues in the NIST Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) on the registry infrastructure.
o The NIST ITL is leading the development of the Materials Data Curation System, a tool that supports the detailed annotation of data sets.
3:00 PM - *MD1.6.02
The Materials Project: Using Informatics to Enable Materials by Design
Daniel Gunter 1
1 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley United States,Show Abstract
The Materials Project (materialsproject.org) uses supercomputing and informatics to compute and disseminate properties of all known inorganic bulk solid materials. Through web pages and web-powered interfaces, the Materials Project currently makes available over 65,000 compounds and over 43,000 bandstructures as well as an unprecedented number of other data such as elastic tensors. With roughly 15,000 users, it is one of the success stories of the Materials Genome Initiative. To achieve this result, the team has put a great deal of work and thought into the underlying computing and informatics infrastructure. This talk will attempt to describe, in clear and straightforward language without the usual alphabet soup of technology acronyms, the essential aspects of this infrastructure and lessons learned in its implementation. The talk will conclude with a preview of some of the data mining efforts and the "user contributions" framework for integrating experimental and other types of external community data into the core database.
3:30 PM - *MD1.6.03
Quantum Properties from Machine Learning in Chemical Space
Anatole von Lilienfeld 1
1 Department of Chemistry Free University of Brussels Brussels Belgium,Show Abstract
Many of the most relevant chemical properties of matter depend explicitly on atomistic details, rendering a first principles approach mandatory. Alas, even when using high-performance computers, brute force high-throughput screening of compounds with electronic structure theory is beyond any capacity for all but the simplest systems and properties due to the combinatorial nature of chemical space, i.e. all the compositional, constitutional, and conformational isomers.
Consequently, efficient exploration algorithms should exploit all implicit redundancies present in high-throughput approaches. In this talk, I will discuss recent contributions which show how to generate machine learning models of quantum mechanical observables, after training in chemical space. Results will be shown for models capable of predicting atomization enthalpies, excitation energies, molecular properties, cohesive energies of crystals, atomic forces, NMR parameters and others. All predictions are done for out-of-sample systems, with high accuracy, and negligible computational cost.
MD1.7: Interfaces—A Challenge in Materials by Design
Wednesday PM, March 30, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
4:30 PM - *MD1.7.01
Structure and Electronic Properties of Heterogeneous Interfaces from First Principles
Giulia Galli 1
1 Institute for Molecular Engineering University of Chicago Chicago United States,Show Abstract
We will discuss some progress in predicting materials for solar energy conversion, and materials for quantum information technology, using ab initio calculations. In particular we will focus on heterogeneous interfaces between photo-electrodes and water and between nanocomposites, and on defects in semiconductors and insulators for qubit predictions. We will also address the problem of building much needed tighter connections between computational and laboratory experiments.
5:00 PM - *MD1.7.02
High Throughput Materials Integration: Identifying Optimal Interfaces for Solar Fuels Applications
John Gregoire 1,Joel Haber 1,Dan Guevarra 1,Aniketa Shinde 1,Lan Zhou 1,Santosh Suram 1,Francesca Maria Toma 2,Ian Sharp 2,Guo Li 2,Jeffrey Neaton 2
1 California Inst of Technology Pasadena United States,2 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley United StatesShow Abstract
High throughput and combinatorial methods have been successfully applied to the discovery of functional materials, and we describe their application to the discovery of functional interfaces. In the expanding effort to bridge materials discovery to technology deployment, and under the recognition that many technologies rely on high performance material interfaces, the materials science community must apply their best experimental and theoretical tools to the challenging task of materials integration. The photoelectrochemical generation of solar fuel provides an important example of functional interfaces, as coatings are often applied to semiconductor light absorbers to enhance performance metrics ranging from light management to charge separation to electrocatalysis. In this presentation we describe a foundational effort in combinatorial materials integrations in which thousands of integrated catalyst-light absorber photoanodes are screened for a variety of optical and electrochemical performance metrics. In addition to identifying promising photoanodes for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), the results clearly demonstrate that relating interface properties to the properties of the constituent materials is not straightforward, yielding substantial challenges and opportunities for the concept of interfaces by design.
5:30 PM - MD1.7.03
Interface Structure Prediction using the Ab Initio Random Structure Searching Method
Georg Schusteritsch 1,Chris Pickard 1
1 University of Cambridge Cambridge United Kingdom,Show Abstract
Structure prediction of bulk materials is now routinely performed, however the field of predicting the atomic structure of interfaces and other defects is still in its infancy. A detailed understanding of and ability to predict the atomic structure of interfaces is however of crucial importance for many technologies. Interfaces are very hard to predict due to the complicated geometries, crystal orientations and possible non-stoichiometric conditions involved and provide a major challenge to structure prediction. We present here the ab initio random structure searching (AIRSS) method and how it can be used to predict the structure of interfaces. Our method relies on generating random structures in the vicinity of the interface and relaxing them within the framework of density functional theory. The method is simple, requiring only a small set of parameters that can be easily connected to the physics of the system of interest, and efficient, allowing for high-throughput first-principles calculations on modern parallel architectures. We focus here on the prediction of grain boundaries, but application to heterostructure interfaces is straightforward. Examples for several grain boundary defects in technologically important materials will be presented: In particular grain boundaries in graphene, the prototypical two-dimensional material will be discussed, alongside with examples of grain boundaries in transition metal oxides, such as SrTiO3 and TiO2. Direct comparison to experiments will be made.
5:45 PM - MD1.7.04
Water Intercalation for Seamless, Electrically Insulating and Thermally Transparent Interfaces in Nanoelectronics
Zhiping Xu 1
1 Tsinghua University Beijing China,Show Abstract
The interface between functional nanostructures and host substrates is of pivotal importance in the design of their nanoelectronic applications as it conveys energy and information between the device and environment. We report here an interface- engineering approach to establish a seamless, electrically insulating, while thermally transparent interface between graphene and metal substrates by introducing water intercalation. Molecular dynamics simulations and first-principles calculations are performed to demonstrate this concept of design, showing that the presence of interfacial water layer helps to unfold wrinkles formed in the graphene membrane, insulate the electronic coupling between graphene and the substrate, and elevate the interfacial thermal conductance. The findings here lay the ground for a new class of nanoelectronics setups through interface engineering, which could lead to significant improvement in the performance of nanodevices such as the field-effect transistors.
MD1.8: Poster Session II: Materials, Interfaces and Devices by Design II
Thursday AM, March 31, 2016
Sheraton, Third Level, Phoenix Ballroom
9:00 PM - MD1.8.01
Investigation of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs with Different Cap Layers in Dynamic On-Resistance Characteristics
Yue-ming Hsin 2,Yan-Cheng Jiang 1,Chih-Hao Li 1
1 National Central University Jhongli Taiwan,2 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles United States,1 National Central University Jhongli TaiwanShow Abstract
Current collapse limits the output power of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs and is regarded as one of the most critical issues to be solved for high power switching applications. Two major sources of current collapse have been identified in surface states and traps in epitaxial layers. Surface states located near the gate edge can be charged while biased into Off-state. By switching on AlGaN/GaN HEMT, the charged surface states cannot be immediately released, and partial 2DEG in the channel is depleted, rendering the device with high on-resistance.
In this work, three types of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs on p-type silicon substrates with different cap layers including undoped GaN cap (5-nm), Mg-doped GaN cap (5-nm), and in-situ SiN cap (4.1-nm) grown by MOCVD were investigated in breakdown and dynamic on-resistance characteristics. The epitaxial layers include 300-nm GaN channel, 1-nm AlN, 20-nm AlGaN, and cap layers. Devices with Mg-doped GaN cap were activated at various conditions before fabrication using rapid thermal annealing. All devices were fabricated in Schottky gate with passivation of 200-nm SiN layer.
The measured threshold voltages and drain currents of devices with different cap layers showed the similar results, demonstrating the impact of cap layer on device on-state characteristics is limited. However, device with in-situ SiN cap showed the lowest gate leakage current, highest On/Off current ratio (1.7Χ108), and highest breakdown voltage (1200V) with gate-drain distance of 20-µm. In terms of dynamic on-resistance, devices with Mg-doped GaN cap and in-situ SiN cap showed improved results than device with undoped GaN cap at high Off-state voltage (> 100 V). At low Off-state voltage, device with undoped GaN cap is better in dynamic on-resistance.
In Off-state to On-state time transition measurements using Off-state conditions with positive substrate bias were used to investigate the impact of cap layers in these structures (later trapping with negligible vertical trapping due to the drain-substrate bias being zero). The measured results showed longest relaxation time in device with undoped GaN cap but shortest relaxation time in device with in-situ SiN cap.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.02
Highly Porous Activated Carbon, Synthesis, Characterization and Their Application to Methane Storage
Babak Ashourirad 1,Pezhman Arab 1,Hani El-Kaderi 1
1 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond United States,Show Abstract
Natural gas which is mainly composed of methane (~95%) is an affordable and accessible vehicular energy source comparing conventional petroleum-based gasoline and diesel fuel. Up to present, two main technologies to store natural gas are either compressing it at very high pressures (CNG) or liquefying it at very low temperatures (LNG). To fulfill these extreme conditions, costly high-pressure facilities or cryogenic cylinders are needed which limit their use in practical application. Alternatively, adsorbed natural gas (ANG) can be implemented with a promising porous materials that can store and deliver large amount of methane at higher temperatures and lower pressures with respect to LNG and CNG methods. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with high surface area and large pore volume have been widely studied as methane sorbent materials during last decade. However, they suffer from several drawbacks such as complicated synthesis process, moisture sensitivity and scalability. In the recent project we designed and synthesized a series of highly porous carbons by chemical activation of a single source precursor. We deliberately selected a porous organic polymer with a phosphazene core to generate more porosity by evolution of volatile species during activation. Four various samples synthesized at different temperatures which feature diverse textural properties such as surface area, micropore and total pore volume. Among all, one sample shows outstanding surface area and pore volume of 5000 m2/g and 2.6 cc/g, respectively. The effect of porous texture, packing density and pore size distribution of four representative carbon sorbents on their methane storage performance were thoroughly investigated. Our results showed that samples with higher level of narrow micropores show higher methane uptake at relatively low pressure (below 10 bar), while wider micropores or micro/meso hierarchy of pores lead to higher uptake at higher pressures. The highest surface excess uptake was found to be around 0.300 g/g at 298 K and 65 bar.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.03
Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Annealed Pyrolitic Graphite/Sodium Borosilicate Glass Composites
Katherine Copenhaver 1,Jason Nadler 2,Michael Beckert 2
1 Materials Science and Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta United States,2 Georgia Tech Research Institute Atlanta United StatesShow Abstract
Sodium borosilicate glass composites with up to 40wt% of annealed pyrolitic graphite (APG) have been fabricated through a sol-gel process. The APG was first encapsulated in a layer of mesoporous silica with a tunable thickness, found to substantially aid in dispersion and stability of the APG in a variety of alcohols. The silica coating on the APG provides an ideal interface between APG and a silica-based glass, achievable via a sol-gel process, as the aqueous precursors afford the opportunity to establish a uniform dispersion of the silica-coated APG and subsequently form a network around the dispersion. Multi-component gels of SiO2, B2O3, and Na2O with varying weight percentages of APG were produced. Dried gels were hot pressed under vacuum to yield fully dense, homogeneous glass free of phase separation or devitrification. Both unloaded and loaded sol-gel derived glasses have shown similar values for density and CTE to that of a traditional melt-quenched glass of the same composition. Furthermore, both X-Ray diffraction patterns and FT-IR spectra have shown similarities of the unloaded sol-gel derived glass to its melt-quenched counterpart. Loading of the sodium borosilicate glasses with silica-coated APG holds promise for enhanced thermal and electrical conductivity of the bulk material, as the high aspect ratio of the APG encourages formation of percolating networks within the glass matrix. Encapsulation of nanoparticles with silica provides a route for facile surface manipulation and obtaining stable, homogeneous dispersions in solution, while a multi-component sol-gel is attractive for other nanocomposite systems in which particle settling or agglomeration is a concern.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.04
Dual-Beam Pulsed Laser Deposition of Periodically-Assembled BixSb2-xTe3/Ga2Te3 and BixSb2-xTe3/Carbon Nanocomposite Films
Tsung-Han Chen 1,Yi-Syuan Chen 1,Bo-Yao Yu 1,Jen-Pu Liu 1,Ping-Yu Lin 1,Wei-Yen Chou 1,Chun-Hua Chen 1
1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu City Taiwan,Show Abstract
Heterocomposites comprising a variety of micro- or nano-scaled functional components and interfaces have become a promising class of thermoelectric materials in these years. The abundantly formed interfaces involving various dimensions, topographies, structures and scales would not only significantly suppress the thermal conductivity (κ) via enhanced phonon scattering, but even selectively modulate charge carrier transporting in matters under specific conditions and thus finally achieve an applicable level of thermoelectric figure of merit ZT defined as S2σTκ-1. In this study, a series of novel periodically-assembled BixSb2-xTe3/Ga2Te3 and BixSb2-xTe3/carbon hetero-nanocomposite films were successfully fabricated using a dual-beam pulsed laser deposition (DBPLD) system. The influence of the assembling architectures on the corresponding enhanced thermoelectric properties was discussed.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.05
Quantitative STEM-EDX of Surface Segregation and Miscibility in a (PbxSn1-xSe)1+δTiSe2 Nanolaminate System
Jeffrey Ditto 1,Devin Merrill 1,Gavin Mitchson 1,Douglas Medlin 3,Nigel Browning 2,David Johnson 1
1 University of Oregon Eugene United States,3 Sandia National Laboratories Livermore United States2 Pacific Northwest National Laboratories Richland United StatesShow Abstract
Composition near the surface of alloys is not often consistent with that of the bulk which can dominate material properties in nanoscale systems. Experimentally observing formation of solid solutions and surface segregation effects in nanoscale alloys is challenging. Using energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDX) in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) we have observed the formation of a solid solution within the miscibility gap of the SnSe-PbSe bulk phase diagram in bilayers interdigitated with TiSe2. With increasing bilayers, we observe surface segregation at the interfaces. These systems were synthesized using a modulated elemental reactant (MER) method which provides a versatile diffusion limited synthesis approach for self-assembly of targeted kinetically stable products. It has been shown that the nanostructure of the deposited precursor is preserved in the final products. In this work we demonstrate that using MER synthesis does not significantly influence surface segregation effects in (PbxSn1-xSe)1+δTiSe2 and is a useful method for studying nanoscale miscibility and surface segregation. Using atomically resolved EDX maps, we section and integrate data cubes and use statistical methods to demonstrate a formation of a solid solutions in bilayers and quantify surface segregation in atomic planes.
The authors acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation under grant DMR-1266217, National Science Foundation through CCI grant number CHE-1102637 and Sandia National Laboratories, which is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. A portion of this work is part of the Chemical Imaging Initiative at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) under Contract DE-AC05-76RL01830 operated for DOE by Battelle. It was conducted under the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program at PNNL. A portion of the research was performed using EMSL, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at PNNL.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.06
The Effect of Adhesion Strength between Steel and Polymer on the Mechanical and Acoustic Properties of Their Composites
Sungjin Han 1,Minchang Sung 1,Jinhyeok Jang 1,Woong-Ryeol Yu 1
1 Seoul National Univ Seoul Korea (the Republic of),Show Abstract
Many studies have been conducted to reduce the weight of products or structures while maintaining their performance. Due to global pressure to enhance energy efficiency, in particular automotive industries have tried to develop new composites made of steel and polymers, e.g., steel/polymer/steel or steel/fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP)/steel hybrid composite. By locating polymer or FRP core between steel layers, the weight of resulting structure has been demonstrated to be reduced maintaining its performance. In addition, the hybrid composites have showed improved damping and soundproof properties compared to pure steel structure. In this study, first tensile tests were carried out for evaluating the influences of manufacturing parameters of hybrid composites including pressure, temperature and curing time. Damping and soundproof tests were also carried out. Finally, the adhesion strength between steel and polymers or FRP was characterized to investigate its effect on the mechanical and acoustic properties of the hybrid composites.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.08
Design of Functional Chalcogenide Materials for Electronics, Photonics, and Data Storage
Janne Kalikka 1,Xilin Zhou 1,Yuhan Quek 1,Giacommo Nannicini 1,Robert Simpson 1
1 SUTD Singapore Singapore,Show Abstract
We propose an new approach to the design of functional chalcogenide materials. Our approach synergistically exploits both Edisonian and bottom up design approaches. Our materials discovery program employs both compuational-based Genetic algorithm-led materials optimisation and combinatorial composition-spread materials screening methods. As a proof-of-concept our methods are applied to Sb2Te3-GeTe phase-change materials. We show through experiment and simulation that our approach to materials design can accelerate the optimisation and discovery of new superlattices of van der Waals bonded 2-D chalcogenide crystal superlattices.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.09
Spin Filtering in Double Quantum Dots Aharonov-Bohm Ring under General Rashba Spin Orbit Interaction
Kenji Kondo 1
1 Laboratory of Nanostructure Physics Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University Sapporo Japan,Show Abstract
The theory of devices using SOI like a spin-filter are very important in the field of spintronics. The spin-filtering devices can be used to generate and detect spin polarized currents. Many researchers have reported about the spin-filters using linear Rashba SOI. However, the spin-filters using square and cubic Rashba SOIs are not yet reported. This is probably because the Aharonov-Casher (AC) phases acquired under square and cubic Rashba SOIs are ambiguous. In this study, we try to derive the AC phases acquired under their Rashba SOIs, which we call general Rashba SOIs, using non-Abelian SU (2) gauge theory. We have successfully derived these AC phases without the completing square methods . Using the above AC phases under general Rashba SOIs, we investigate the spin filtering in double quantum dots (QDs) Aharonov-Bohm (AB) ring under general Rashba SOIs using the methods of the reference . The double QDs-AB ring consists of elongated QDs and quasi-one dimensional quantum nanowires (QNs) under magnetic field. The spin transport is investigated from left nanowire to right nanowire in this structure within tight binding approximation. In particular, we focus on the difference of spin filtering among general Rashba SOIs. The calculation is performed for the spin transmission with changing the penetrating magnetic flux. As a result, we have obtained the penetrating magnetic flux dependence of spin polarization for the AB ring subject to general Rashba SOIs. It is found that the perfect spin filtering is achieved for all the Rashba SOIs. This result indicates that the double QDs-AB ring under general Rashba SOI can be a promising device for spin current generation. Moreover, they behave in totally different ways in response to penetrating magnetic flux, which is attributed to linear, square, and cubic behaviors in the in-plane momentum. This result enables us to make a distinction among linear, square, and cubic Rashba SOIs according to the peak position. We believe that this fact is very useful for many researchers.
1. N. Hatano, R. Shirasaki, and H. Nakamura, Phys. Rev. A 75 (3) 032107 (2007).
2. A. Aharony, Y. Tokura, Z. G. Cohen, O. Entin-Wohlman, and S. Katsumoto, Phys. Rev. B 84 035323 (2011)
9:00 PM - MD1.8.10
Study on the Composite Strengthening Performance of TiCN Coated Nitrogen Alloyed Hot Forging Die Steel
Ying Chen 1,Jia-Min Wu 1,Shengfu Yu 1
1 Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan China,Show Abstract
Composite strengthening technique was applied on 15CrMo steel to receive good high-temperature mechanical properties with enough wear and fatigue resistance surface, which has better work performance than that of regular casted H13 steel. First, high-alloyed steel was paved on 15CrMo steel by welding method with addition of nitrogen to replace part of carbon to achieve a high strength and ductility and thermo-stability substrate. Microstructure and formation mechanisms of the martensite and nitrides/carbides inclusions were studied to understand the strengthening mechanism of the hard-facing alloy. Second, by using arc ion plating, a thin TiCN coating was deposited on the hard-facing alloy to make further enhancement on its high temperature hardness and wear resistance. The interface properties of coating and hard-facing alloy is emphasized in this paper, because the bonding strength plays a key role in the life time of coated die steel in service.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.11
Biodegradable Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Implantable Medical Devices
Qiang Zheng 1,Zhou Li 1,Xinxin Wang 1
1 Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystem, Chinese Academy of Science Beijing China,Show Abstract
Over the last 60 years, implantable electronic systems and devices have undergone a significant transformation, becoming a valuable biomedical tool for monitoring, measuring and soliciting physiological responses in vivo. Increased in vivo stability, miniaturization and lower energy requirement of modern electronics led to a multitude of miniature wireless electronic devices, such as sensors, intelligent gastric and cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implant, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and deep brain, nerve, and bone stimulators being implanted in patients worldwide.
Where in vivo sensing or stimulation is required for a short period of time, degradable implantable electronic devices can provide a solution to overcome inflammation and infections associated with long-term implant utilization. Moreover, subsequent surgical removal of these devices can be avoided which will diminish the pain and cost to the patient. Currently, fabricating a complex high-performing electronic system from entirely biodegradable, non-toxic set of electronic materials is of growing interests. Devices made of various biological or synthetic organic active and passive materials for in-vivo applications have been reported. An important recent advance in this field is the combination of silicon electronics with biodegradable polymer platform which offers both the flexibility of the device and sufficient bulk degradation. In spite of many works detailing the route to combine silicon with other organic and/or inorganic materials forming transient integrated circuits, sensors, communication devices and stimulators, a reliable electrical power source that suitable for those transient implantable electronic devices still has not be experimentally investigated previously.
In this paper, we report important breakthroughs on the power source for transient electronics. We first demonstrated a set of materials, manufacturing schemes, device components for a biodegradable triboelectric nanogenerator (BD-TENG) which can harvesting mechanical energy in vivo and physically disappeared at prescribed times without any adverse long-term effects. Tunable electrical output capabilities and degradation features were achieved by fabricated BD-TENG using different materials.
When applying BD-TENG to power two complementary micro-grating electrodes, DC pulsed electrical field was generated and the nerve cell growth was successfully orientated, showing its feasibility for in-vivo neuron repairing. Our work demonstrates a significant potential of BD-TENG as a power source for transient implantable medical devices.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.12
Large Area Film Type Acoustic Metamaterials Utilized by Micro-Structured Resonators
Moonkyu Kwak 2,Sungho Lee 1,Keesung Kim 3,Hosup Jung 3,Hoon E. Jeong 4
1 Kyungpook National University DAEGU Korea (the Republic of),2 NCoretechnology, Co. Ltd. Daegu Korea (the Republic of),1 Kyungpook National University DAEGU Korea (the Republic of)3 Seoul National University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)4 Mechanical amp; Nuclear Engineering Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology Ulsan Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
The unusual artificial materials, known as metamaterials, have been developed in many ways to express interesting phenomena, such as invisible clocks, negative Poison’s ratio. Here, we present a new type of acoustic metamaterials consisting of an array of micro scale Helmholtz resonators. By using photolithography and thermal imprint process, the film type resonator array was fabricated, and the final acoustic metamaterials was produced by a laminating process of films above. The fabricated metamaterials have a high acoustic absorption characteristic near the resonance frequency which can be modulated by the design of micro scale Helmholtz resonators. Results demonstrate that the attenuation value is largely determined by the number of laminated layers and stiffness of micro structured surface with the maximum attenuation being ~ 90 dB/mm, which is comparable to that of widely used particle based polymer (~30 dB/mm) currently used in the medical applications. As continuous production and large area fabrication are realized, this film type acoustic metamaterials may be applied to various field including military equipment and medical diagnosis devices.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.13
Pt Nanostructures Loaded SnO2 Thin Film Based NH3 Gas Sensor
Md Shahabuddin 1,Ahmad Umar 2,Siddhartha Singh 3,Monika Mishra 3,Prakash Chandra Sati 3,Monika Tomar 4,Vinay Gupta 3
1 Department of Physics Allama Iqbal College, Magadh University Bodh Gaya-824234 India,2 Department of Chemistry Faculty of Science and Arts, Najran University Najran-11001 Saudi Arabia3 Department of Physics and Astrophysics University of Delhi Delhi-110007 India4 Department of Physics Miranda house, University of Delhi Delhi-110007 IndiaShow Abstract
Ammonia (NH3) has been extensively used in the refrigeration systems, explosive, chemical and fertilizer industries and used for material processing. Exposure and inhalation of NH3 molecules into the respiratory organs cause irritation, lungs damage and premature death in extreme cases. Therefore, safety is a key issue to design a reliable and robust NH3 gas sensor to counter the accidental leakage.
A number of techniques such as sputtering, thermal evaporation, chemical vapour deposition and sol-gel have been used with suitable catalyst incorporations to develop a highly sensitive and selective sensor for the detection of ammonia to meet the global need.
We report the gas-sensing properties of ammonia by exploiting a spin coated SnO2 thin film (200 nm) via sol-gel route on a corning glass patterned with platinised interdigitated electrodes. The bare SnO2 film showed little sensing response (S ~ 1.9). Platinum cluster of about 10 nm decorated SnO2 sensor is found to be highly sensitive (S ~ 33.24) at a temperature of 240°C with reduced response and recovery times showing an excellent gas sensing response characteristics towards 500 ppm NH3. The improved sensitivity is attributed to the enhanced role of spill over mechanism. The sensor also showed excellent selectivity under different interferrant gases. The optical, structural and microstructural properties have been obtained by UV-VIS spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) images. The morphological properties of the sensor structure are correlated to its sensing characteristics.
Keyword: Ammonia, spin coating, sensitivity
1. Ammonia sensors and their applications—a review, Sensors and Actuators B 107, 666–677, (2005).
2. Metal clusters activated SnO2 thin film for low level detection of NH3 gas, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 194, 410-418 (2014).
9:00 PM - MD1.8.14
Thermally-Induced Layer Compression in the Topochemically-Prepared FeLa2Ti3O10 and Reductive Intercalation Products
Lea Gustin 2,Yoshiteru Hosaka 3,Tomoko Aharen 4,Cedric Tassel 4,Mark Granier 2,Yuichi Shimakawa 3,Hiroshi Kageyama 4,John Wiley 2
1 Chemistry Department University of New Orleans New Orleans United States,2 Advanced Materials Research Institute University of New Orleans New Orleans United States,3 Institute for Chemical Research Kyoto University Kyoto Japan4 Graduate School of Engineering Kyoto University Kyoto JapanShow Abstract
Metastable layered perovskites containing interlayer transition metals can readily be obtained by simple ion exchange reactions on receptive hosts, such as those of the Dion-Jacobson and Ruddlesden-Popper structure types. The reaction with transition metal halides is particularly interesting since they often lead to novel architectures and magnetic behavior as seen in (CuCl)LaNb2O7 obtained by reaction between RbLaNb2O7 and CuCl2. On subsequent heat treatment, these exchange products typically decompose to thermodynamically more stable phases. The newly synthesized the spin glass-like material, FeLa2Ti3O10, obtained by ion exchange of Li2La2Ti3O10 with FeCl2 at 350 oC, behaves differently. When heated to 700 °C under inert atmosphere, the compound undergoes a significant cell contraction (Δc ≈ -2.7 Å) with an increase in the oxidation state of iron. Details on the synthesis and characterization of this new phase, including Mössbauer studies, will be presented with an emphasis on the dramatic changes in the perovskite interlayer. Additionally, information will be given on the reactivity of the materials to reductive interaction with alkali metals and the effect on the magnetic behavior
9:00 PM - MD1.8.15
Effect of Increased Strain Rate on the Deformation Mechanism of AZ31 Magnesium Alloy under a Triaxial Stress State
Chaitanya Kale 1,Scott Turnage 1,Mansa Rajagopalan 1,Kiran Solanki 1,Suveen Mathaudhu 2
1 Arizona State University Tempe United States,2 Mechanical University of California Riverside Riverside United StatesShow Abstract
The transportation industries require lightweight materials to achieve their goals of higher performance with increased efficiency. To this end, lightweight alloys such as AZ31 magnesium alloy have been implemented into current designs. However, certain aspects of these materials, such as stress triaxiality at high strain rates (103 s-1), have not been thoroughly investigated. This study analyzes the effect of stress triaxiality on the deformation mechanism of a hot rolled AZ31 Mg alloy. Room temperature tension tests at various strain rates (10-3 to 103 s-1) were performed on specimens cut in the rolling, transverse, and normal directions with different notch geometries using a Split Hopkinson Pressure bar. Pre- and post-deformation microstructures were analyzed using electron microscopy and X-ray techniques. The results from mechanical testing indicate that the multi-axial stress state causes an increase in the flow stress required to deform the sample. Further, a shift in deformation mechanism is seen from dislocation based deformation to twin based deformation for the samples tested at high strain rates.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.16
Frozen Polarization in Ferroelectric Polymers for High Performance in Organic Transistors
Ashar Abu Zubaida 1,K Narayan 1
1 Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research BANGALORE India,Show Abstract
We utilize the spontaneous polarization in the ferroelectric polymer PVDF:TrFE (Poly vinylene fluoride trifluoroethylene) to modulate the surface charge density. This model ferroelectric polymer is used as the capacitive coupling layer to control the charge density in a polymer semiconductor (P3HT)1 channel forming an all-polymer field effect transistors (OFET).
We demonstrate the ability to tune the charge transport behaviour at transport interface in OFET device using external applied electric field across the ferroelectric surface. The dielectric layer of the device is processed under electric field to orient the observed surface microstructure. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and piezo force microscopy were deployed to probe the PVDF: TrFE surface evolution and polarization response. Detailed analysis of the correlation between OFET characteristics and the structural features are presented.
XRD measurements on PVDF:TrFE samples also indicate strong evidence of β- phase component in the system. The carrier mobility (µFET) increases by more than a factor of three upon introducing the electric-field polling treatment. It is also observed that the increase in µFET is more effective if the applied electric-field is restricted to ≈ 105 V/m and is accompanied by formation of crystallite/domain of larger dimensions. For dielectric surfaces formed under large electric-field ( > 105 V/m), the microstructure indicates ruptures and higher density of domain walls which consequently lowers µFET. The negative piezo electric response of PVDF:TrFE has been associated with lower crystalline sizes2. Devices fabricated with n-type semiconducting polymers reveal similar trends. This controlled approach of tuning the interface using electric-field provides an elegant macroscopic approach to maximize the performance characteristics of OFETs.
1. Satyaprasad P Senanayak et al., Phys. Rev. B 85, (2012) 115311.
2. Katsouras, Kamal Asadi et al., Nature Materials (2015).
9:00 PM - MD1.8.17
Oxidation and Reduction Reactions in a Confined Space at the silica/Ru(0001) Interfaces
Jianqiang Zhong 1,Anibal Boscoboinik 1
1 Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton United States,Show Abstract
Reversible oxidation and reduction reactions in a confined space at the silica/Ru(0001) interfaces have been investigated using in-situ near-ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP-XPS). The weak interactions between the silica film and the ruthenium substrate allow oxygen and hydrogen molecules to intercalate the silica/Ru(0001) interface. In this paper, three types of silica films (bilayer silicate, bilayer aluminosilicate and MFI nanosheets) have been utilized to study the interfacial electronic structures upon oxidation and reduction. We found that the silica films stay essentially intact under these reactions, while the interface potential can be dramatically tuned up to 1.25 eV depending on the chemical states of the ruthenium substrate. These observations may help to understand variable catalytic performances of the silica by tuning the electronic states at the silica/Ru interfaces.
9:00 PM - MD1.8.18
Output Enhancement of Triboelectric Energy Harvester by Micro-Porous Triboelectric Layer
Daewon Kim 1
1 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Daejeon Korea (the Republic of),Show Abstract
A micro-porous polymer film is utilized as a triboelectric layer of triboelectric energy harvester. The relationship between porosity of the triboelectric layer and output characteristics is analyzed for the first time. There are two key parameters found to influence the output performance of the triboelectric energy harvester: the surface charge density and effective capacitance of the triboelectric layer. Experiment, modeling, and simulation based on electrodynamics are performed to investigate how the two parameters affect the output performance. A triboelectric effect (triboelectricity) is a common phenomenon in our daily life. This often causes discomfort to
human beings. But, the triboelectricity can be a promising electric energy source due to its abundance in environmental vibration and human motion. A triboelectric energy harvester (TEH) generates electrical energy by means of two principles: triboelectric charging and electrostatic induction. Since the triboelectric layer (TL) is based on an organic dielectric, the triboelectric charge (σ) is localized on the surface of the TL when it is contacted. Despite the fact that the electrostatic induction is relevant to the capacitance of the TL, most of previous studies have mainly focused on σ enhancement through intentional patterning of surface.
In this work, we present a novel TL design that utilizes elastically porous dielectric film (polydimethylsiloxane, PDMS), resulting in improved triboelectric charge with increased effective capacitance. The correlation between the porosity and output power is analyzed through the experiment, modeling, and verified by simulation. Each contribution level of triboelectric charge and the effective capacitance to the output power are systematically evaluated. The triboelectricity is compared between the porous PDMS film and flat PDMS film. In addition, optimal resistance of TEH is changed according to the thickness of the TL. Long-term reliability enhanced by super-elasticity arisen from its inherent porous morphology is demonstrated. For more than a week, stable electrical outputs are achieved with no degradation. Moreover, the output performances are maintained under very humid environments.
John Perkins, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Carla Gomes, Cornell University
Geoffroy Hautier, Université Catholique de Louvain
Vladan Stevanovic, Colorado School of Mines
MD1.9: Methods and Applications of Computational Materials by Design
Thursday AM, March 31, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
9:30 AM - *MD1.9.01
Computational Design of 2D Materials and van der Waals Heterostructures
Kristian Thygesen 1,Simone Latini 1
1 Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD), Department of Physics Technical University of Denmark Kgs. Lyngby Denmark,Show Abstract
The class of two-dimensional (2D) materials, which started with graphene, is rapidly growing and now includes dozens of metals, semiconductors, and insulators. These atomically thin materials exhibit unique optoelectronic properties with high technological potential. I the first part of this talk, I will give a general introduction to the electronic structure of 2D materials, including the characteristic features of the dielectric function and the collective excitations. The concepts will be illustrated by examples from the open Computational 2D Materials Repository (1) which presently comprises high accuracy first-principles data for a large range 2D materials. The 2D materials only form the basis of a new and much larger class of materials consisting of vertically stacked 2D crystals held together by weak van der Waals forces. In contrast to conventional heterostructures that require complex and expensive crystal-growth techniques to epitaxially grow the single-crystalline semiconductor layers, van der Waals hetero-structures (vdWHs) can be stacked in ambient conditions with no requirements of lattice matching. The latter implies a weaker constraint, if any, on the choice of materials that can be combined into vdWHs. However, at the same time the lattice mismatch poses a challenge to periodic first-principles calculations. I will show that the dielectric properties of realistic, incommensurable vdWHs comprising hundreds of layers can be efficiently calculated using a multiscale approach where the dielectric functions of the individual layers (the dielectric building blocks) are computed ab-initio and coupled together via the Coulomb interaction (2). The method is used to illustrate the 2D−3D transition of the dielectric function of multilayer crystals, the hybridization of quantum plasmons in thick graphene/hBN heterostructures, and the intricate effect of substrate screening on the non- Rydberg exciton series in supported WS2.
(1) Computational Materials Repository, https://wiki.fysik.dtu.dk/cmr/(software), and https://cmr.fysik.dtu.dk/ (database).
(2) The Dielectric Genome of van der Waals Heterostructures, K. Andersen, S. Latini, and K. S. Thygesen, Nano Lett. 15, 4616 (2015)
10:00 AM - MD1.9.02
Effects of Magnetic Order on Transport Property Predictions for Materials Design
Prashun Gorai 2,Eric Toberer 2,Vladan Stevanovic 2
1 Colorado School of Mines Golden United States,2 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden United States,Show Abstract
The electronic structure and consequently, the charge transport properties of semiconducors containing transition metals (TMs) can be particularly sensitive to the state of magnetic order. The ground-state (T=0K) magnetic configuration is not always a good representation of the magnetic state at typical operational temperatures. For example, in thermoelectrics, the system is expected to operate at temperatures far above its Curie or Néel temperature in the para-magnetic state with possibly very different band edge characteristics and significantly different transport properties. Yet, computational identification of promising materials is routinely done by assuming either the ferro-magnetic order or by employing some approximation for the magnetic ground state, to calculate thermodynamic properties and electronic structures. In our work, we have assessed the effect of the magnetic order on predicted charge carrier transport properties and thermoelectric performance of ~1000 TM-containing chalcogenides by sampling a number of different magnetic configurations, including non-, ferro- and anti-ferro magnetic. The potential for thermoelectric performance is evaluated using our recently developed semi-empirical descriptor βSE . We find that for a non-negligible number of compounds the predicted transport properties vary significantly depending on the magnetic configuration. For these material systems, we will discuss the application of more appropriate representations of the spin disorder including magnetic special quasi-random structures, and their importance in achieving more reliable predictions of their electronic structure and related transport properties.
 J. Yan, P. Gorai, B. Ortiz, S. Miller, S. Barnett, T. Mason, V. Stevanović, and E. S. Toberer, "Material Descriptors For Predicting Thermoelectric Performance," Energy Environ. Sci. 8 (2015) 983-994.
10:15 AM - MD1.9.03
Scanning the Chemical Compound Space for Novel High- and Low-k Dielectrics Using High-Throughput Density Functional Perturbation Theory Calculations
Ioannis Petousis 1,Tanja Graf 3,Thomas Schladt 3,Kristin Persson 2,Fritz Prinz 1
1 Materials Science amp; Engineering Stanford University Stanford United States,3 Volkswagen Group Research Wolfsburg Germany2 Materials Science amp; Engineering UC Berkeley Berkeley United StatesShow Abstract
There is a need for new dielectric materials with properties that satisfy diverse specification requirements of a multitude of applications, ranging from microelectronics to electric motor winding insulation. Currently, the number of compounds with known dielectric constant is in the order of a few hundred, which drastically limits the options available to the design engineer. Given the sheer size of the chemical compound space, attempting to experimentally search for new dielectrics is not practical considering the time required for synthesis and measurement of the dielectric response. In this work, we developed a high-throughput Density Functional Perturbation Theory (DFPT) screening methodology, specifically tailored to the discovery of new dielectric materials. We scanned more than 1,000 compounds and provided theoretical estimates of the dielectric constants.
In particular, our methodology used DFPT in two steps. We first defined and tested a workflow by benchmarking against experimentally reported values for the dielectric constant and refractive index. In doing so, we chose a set of 88 compounds consisting of 42 different elements and belonging to 14 different point groups, making it the largest comparison of the DFPT method against experiments to date for the aforementioned properties. We then applied our workflow to calculate the dielectric constant of more than 1,000 compound structures - for some of which, there is no prior evidence of ever having been synthesized in the lab. With this information in hand, we were able to highlight promising compounds and identify relevant applications. In order to help design engineers identify suitable dielectric materials, we integrated our results into the Materials Project  database, which lists multiple properties (e.g. band gap, elastic constant) and is a growing project.
 A. Jain*, S.P. Ong* et. al. (*=equal contributions), APL Materials, 2013, 1(1), 011002.
10:30 AM - MD1.9.04
Accelerated Materials Design Based on Computational Approaches: From bulk to interfaces
Yifei Mo 1,Yizhou Zhu 1
1 University of Maryland-College Park College Park United States,Show Abstract
The design and discovery of new materials have been pursued through a trial-and-error manner largely based on human intuition and serendipity. This traditional materials design process is time consuming and labor intensive, which have significantly delayed the research and development for novel materials that are critical to our societal needs. Computational techniques based on first principles are capable of predicting materials properties accurately with little experimental input. In this presentation, I will share our success stories of leveraging first principles computation techniques in resolving a number of key material challenges in all-solid-state Li-ion batteries, a new battery technology with potentially intrinsic safety, high energy density, and enhanced cyclability. I will first present how we use first principles computation methods to design new solid electrolyte materials. In addition, I will share our recent development in extending the computational techniques to investigate the interfacial phenomena. These techniques are applied to resolve the problems, such as interfacial degradation and high interfacial resistance, at the electrolyte-electrode interfaces in the all-solid-state batteries. For example, our first principles computation found that most solid electrolyte materials are not stable against Li metal or high voltages, and that the formation of solid-electrolyte-interphases in all-solid-state Li-ion batteries are ubiquitous. We revealed the mechanisms of artificial interfacial engineering to resolve these problems at interfaces. In the end, the computational approach to guide interfacial engineering will be discussed.
10:45 AM - MD1.9.05
Defects in Alpha and Gamma Crystalline Nylon6: A Computational Density Functional Tight Binding Study
Sergei Manzhos 1,Saeid Arabnejad 1
1 National Univ of Singapore Singapore Singapore,Show Abstract
The alpha and gamma phases of nylon6 are very close in terms of internal energy and easily co-exist. Also, real polymers contain amorphous as well as crystalline domains with high concentration of defects. Yet ab initio studies of nylon6 to date considered only ideal crystals. As a step towards more realistic modeling of polymers at ab initio accuracy, we present a comparative Density Functional Tight Binding (DFT) study of structures, energetics, and vibrational properties of alpha and gamma crystalline phases of nylon6 with different types of defects: single and double chain vacancies and interstitials. We show that DFTB results agree well with dispersion-corrected DFT for a pure crystal and then study defected crystals which require large simulation cells impractical with DFT.
The defect formation energies are: for a single vacancy 0.66 and 0.64 kcal/mol per monomer, and for an interstitial strand 1.35 and 2.45 kcal/mol per monomer in the alpha and gamma phases, respectively. The presence of defects does not materially influence the relative stability of the two phases, within the accuracy of the method. The inclusion of phononic contributions has a negligible effect. The calculations show that even if it were possible to synthesize the pure phases of nylon6, the defects will be easily induced at room temperature, because vacancy formation energies in both phases are of the order of kT at room temperature. The formation of interstitial defects, on the contrary, requires the energy equivalent to multiple kT values and is much less likely; it is also much less probable in the gamma phase than in alpha. The vibration spectra do not show significant sensitivity to the presence of these defects
MD1.10: Materials by Design for Reduced Dimensionality and Nanostructured Materials
Thursday PM, March 31, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
11:30 AM - *MD1.10.01
Design of Optoelectronic Materials Based on ab initio Computations
Stephan Lany 1
1 NREL Golden United States,Show Abstract
Designing materials for optoelectronic applications based on ab initio methods presents a number of challenges. First, the problem is a multi-target optimization, often including a plethora of properties such as the band gap, effective masses, optical properties, doping, defects, and transport. Next is the large number of degrees of freedom when considering both the elemental composition and the possibilities of structural atomic arrangements. The number of stoichiometric compounds with known crystal structures is large (order of 104-105), but still feasible for exhaustive enumeration, at least for a subset of properties at some level of approximation. However, when taking into account metastable materials, i.e., considering all possible non-equilibrium atomic structures (e.g., polymorphs) and chemical compositions (e.g., alloys), the possibilities become virtually endless. For this type of search, a suitable strategy is often to first identify a suitable entry point material, and then optimize only a limited number of degrees of freedom. Lastly, to connect with experiment, the design should consider the physical conditions for different synthesis routes, so to identify which stable or metastable materials can be realized under these conditions. Incorporating physical parameters in the modeling that relate to the synthesis conditions is an important step towards such “predictive synthesis”.
The presentation will include a number of examples highlighting these challenges, including band structure predictions for transition metal oxides , heterostructural alloying for the realization of wurtzite structure MnO compounds , and design of doping and defects in Ga2O3.
 Semiconducting transition metal oxides, S. Lany, J. Phys.: Cond. Matter 27, 283203 (2015).
 Design of semiconducting tetrahedral Mn1-xZnxO alloys and their application to solar water splitting, H. Peng, P. Ndione, D.S. Ginley, A. Zakutayev, S. Lany, Phys. Rev. X 5, 021016 (2015).
12:00 PM - MD1.10.02
Molybdenum Disulfide Nanostructures with Controllable Phase Stabilities: Predicted by First Principle Calculations with Continuum Modelling
Bin Ouyang 1,Jun Song 1
1 McGill University Montreal Canada,Show Abstract
The discovery of phase transitions within Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) from semiconducting 2H phase to metallic T phases has attracted increasing attentions due to their great potential applications in electronic devices. However, achieving 2H to T phase transition on MoS2 is still quite challenging since it requires extremely large strain or high level of electron injection. One potential solution to this problem will be designing MoS2 nanostructures. In this study, various MoS2 nanostructures have been studied by high throughout calculations using density functional theory (DFT). With the search at different charge and strain states, it has been found out that specific MoS2 nanostructures are intrinsic T phase already at the ground state. Moreover, for some other nanostructures, much smaller level of electron injection or strain is required to induce 2H to T phase transitions. It is also noticed that the behaviors of phase stability mainly arises from mechanical deformation and electronic modifications. Continuum modelling on base of elastic mechanics has been constructed to help reveal the inner mechanism and provide prediction of phase stabilities. This study will provide insights in designing phase-tunable MoS2 nanostructures for applications in electronic devices.
12:15 PM - MD1.10.03
Quasi-Two-Dimensional Electronic Structure in Ca2N: An Angle-Resolved Photoemission Study
Ji Seop Oh 2,Chang-Jong Kang 3,Ye Ji Kim 5,Moonsup Han 6,Young Jun Chang 6,Sung Wng Kim 5,Byung Il Min 3,Hyeong-Do Kim 2,Tae Won Noh 2
1 Center for Correlated Electron Systems Institute for Basic Science Seoul Korea (the Republic of),2 Department of Physics and Astronomy Seoul National University Seoul Korea (the Republic of),3 Department of Physics Pohang University of Science and Technology Pohang Korea (the Republic of)4 Department of Energy Science Sungkyunkwan University Suwon Korea (the Republic of),5 Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics Institute for Basic Science Suwon Korea (the Republic of)6 Department of Physics University of Seoul Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Electrides in which electrons serve as anions have been spotlighted because of their unique physical and chemical properties . One of the most interesting natures of electrides is that their physical properties are generally governed by the dimensionality of confining potential. Most electrides possess excess electrons zero-dimensionally, and show localized behavior. Recently, a single-crystalline two-dimensional (2D), layered structured electride Ca2N was synthesized . Contrary to zero-dimensional electrides, Ca2N has quasi-2D metallic properties from delocalized electrons. The excess electrons are named as interstitial electrons because they reside in interstitial regions in the crystal. Density-functional-theory (DFT) calculations provided evidences for the existence of 2D delocalized interstitial electrons.
Many efforts to investigate physical and chemical properties of electrides have been made, and potential applicative ways using electrides have been discussed. The existence of electrons as anions, however, has not yet been proved experimentally. The most direct experimental method for finding interstitial electrons is x-ray diffraction , but for this case diffraction technique is not applicable due to low density of interstitial electrons, or high reactivity of electrides under ambient conditions. To overcome such limitations, we performed angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), which can be made in ultra-high vacuum condition and at a cryogenic temperature. ARPES can determine electronic structure of a solid, hence it can give indirect experimental evidences such as energy-momentum dispersions. Afterward, DFT calculations can be compared with those experimental results, and we can confirm whether information derived from DFT calculations are reliable or not.
Here, we studied the electronic structure of Ca2N using ARPES. A Fermi surface (FS) was mapped, and energy-momentum dispersions were obtained from a series of photon energies. We carried out DFT calculations to compare with angle-resolved spectra. Both experimental and theoretical results seems that they are supporting 2D delocalized electrons nature in Ca2N. From the comparison, we successfully exhibit quasi-2D metallic properties in Ca2N in terms of its electronic structure. We observed, however, that even though dispersions from DFT calculations showed similar shape, experimentally taken FS has smaller volume than that deduced from DFT calculations. For further discussion, we traced the quasi-2D character of the electronic structure using orbital character of dispersions. Although three-dimensional dispersion is found, the different hybridization pattern between valence band orbitals forms quasi-2D FS. The origin of small FS volume compared to calculations was considered in terms of electron depletion on the cleaved surface of Ca2N.
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12:30 PM - MD1.10.04
Creating Nanostructures from Atomically Precise Cobalt Selenide Building Blocks
Alexandra Velian 1,Anouck Champsaur 1,Michael Steigerwald 1,Colin Nuckolls 1
1 Columbia University New York United States,Show Abstract
The ability to create nanostructures with atomic control over composition and shape is the key to creating materials for energy applications with tailored electronic, optical, thermal and mechanical properties. The large library of well-defined molecular clusters and their emerging collective physical properties make them attractive building blocks for the assembly of functional nanomaterials. Controlling the inter-cluster chemical bonding offers the possibility to access new materials with tunable and multiple functionalities, but requires the development of new chemical strategies. Several crystalline organic-inorganic hybrid arrays have been successfully assembled from molecular clusters and were shown to display interesting collective physical properties. Herein we report the synthesis of a family of cobalt selenide molecular building blocks with featuring an atomically precise Co6Se8 core, and their assembly into low dimensional structures. The emergent electronic properties of the resulting structures will be discussed.
12:45 PM - MD1.10.05
Microarchitecture Matters: 3D Printed Cellular Solid Outdoes Stochastic Foam in Long Term Performance
Amitesh Maiti 1,Ward Small 1,Jim Lewicki 1,Todd Weisgraber 1,Eric Duoss 1,Sarah Chinn 1,Chris Spadaccini 1,Robert Maxwell 1,Thomas Wilson 1
1 Lawrence Livermore National Lab Livermore United States,Show Abstract
3D printing of polymeric foams by direct-ink-write is a recent technological breakthrough that enables the creation of versatile compressible solids with programmable microstructure, customizable shapes, and tunable mechanical response including negative elastic modulus. However, success of these 3D printed materials as a viable replacement for traditional stochastic foams critically depends on their mechanical performance and microarchitectural stability while deployed under long-term mechanical strain. To predict the long-term performance of the two foams we employ accelerated aging studies under compressive strain followed by a time-temperature-superposition analysis using a minimum-arc-length-based algorithm. The resulting master curves predict superior long-term performance of the 3D printed foam in terms of two different metrics, i.e., compression set and load retention. To gain deeper understanding, we image the microstructure of both foams using X-ray computed tomography, and perform finite-element analysis of the mechanical response within these microstructures. This indicates a wider stress variation in the stochastic foam with points of more extreme local stress as compared to the 3D printed material, which might explain the latter’s improved long-term stability and mechanical performance.
MD1.11: Experimental Materials Optimization for Materials by Design
Thursday PM, March 31, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
2:30 PM - *MD1.11.01
Application of High-Throughput Experimental Methods to Materials Development for Energy Application
Alfred Ludwig 1
1 Ruhr Univ-Bochum Bochum Germany,Show Abstract
The directed and efficient discovery and optimization of materials is a key challenge in materials science: new materials for the sustainable production/storage/conversion of energy carriers are necessary to improve existing and to enable future energy systems. By implementing and optimizing the combinatorial materials science approach in our group during the last ten years, we are trying to contribute to this development. It comprises the fabrication and processing of thin film materials libraries by combinatorial sputter deposition processes (40 elements available) and optional post-deposition treatments (e.g. thermal oxidation, annealing, dealloying), followed by the high-throughput characterization of the different thin film samples contained in these libraries, and in making the next step by the up-scaling of findings from materials libraries to uniform, single-composition samples or to larger, bulk material dimensions. The importance of defining adequate screening parameters and the according design of different materials libraries suitable for one or more screening parameters will be addressed. Our high-throughput material characterization methods are automated, fast, and mostly non-destructive: examples are EDX and RBS for composition, XRD for crystal structure, temperature-dependent resistance for phase transformation, high-throughput test stands for optical properties (color, transmission) and mechanical properties (stress, hardness, elastic modulus), and scanning droplet cells for photoelectrochemical properties screening. The obtained results for ternary and quaternary systems are visualized in the form of composition-processing-structure-function diagrams, interlinking compositional data with structural and functional properties. The talk will cover and discuss examples of the combinatorial development of intermetallic materials for thermoelectric applications (Ti-Ni-Sn) as well as the development of metal oxide thin film materials libraries for solar water splitting (Fe-W-Ti-O, Fe-Al-Cr-O). Examples of cooperation with high-throughput computational materials science groups will be given, which is necessary for a future design of materials. Finally, the importance of developing new materials – not just for themselves but to be part of a system – will be highlighted.
Funding of the German Research Foundation (DFG) is acknowledged
3:00 PM - MD1.11.02
Utilizing Pulsed Laser Deposition Lateral Inhomogeneity as a Tool in Combinatorial Material Science
David Keller 1,Adam Ginsburg 1,Hannah Barad 1,Klimentiy Shimanovich 2,Yaniv Bouhadana 1,Eli Rosh-Hodesh 1,Ichiro Takeuchi 3,Hagit Aviv 1,Yaakov Tischler 1,Assaf Anderson 1,Arie Zaban 1
1 Bar-Ilan Univ Ramat-Gan Israel,2 Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv Israel3 University of Maryland College Park United StatesShow Abstract
Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is widely used in combinatorial material science, as it enables rapid fabrication of different composite materials. Nevertheless, this method was usually limited to small substrates, since PLD deposition on large substrate areas resulted in severe lateral inhomogeneity. A few technical solutions for this problem have been suggested so far, including the use of different designs of masks, which were meant to prevent inhomogeneity in the thickness, density and oxidation state of a layer, while only the composition is allowed to be changed. However, in this study we demonstrate a possible way to take advantage of the large scale deposition inhomogeneity.
As a model system, we use an iron oxide PLD-deposited library with continuous compositional spread (CCS). An Fe2O3-Nb2O5 library was fabricated using PLD, without any mask between the targets and the substrate. The library was measured in various high-throughput scanners for electrical, structural, and optical properties. A decrease in electrical resistivity that is several orders of magnitude lower than pure α-Fe2O3 was achieved at ~20% Nb-O, but only at points that are distanced from the center of the PLD plasma plume. Using hierarchical clustering analysis, we show that the PLD inhomogeneity can be used as an additional degree of freedom, helping, in this case, to achieve iron oxide with much lower resistivity.
ACS Combinatorial Science, 2015, 17 (4), 209–216, DOI: 10.1021/co500094h
Nanotechnology, In press, High-Throughput Determination of Structural Phase Diagram and Constituent Phases using GRENDEL.
3:15 PM - MD1.11.03
Engineering the ScxAl1-xN Thin Film Structures for Pyroelectric Sensing Applications
Vladimir Vasilyev 1,John Cetnar 1,Bruce Claflin 1,Gordon Grzybowski 1,Chad Holbrook 1,Kevin Leedy 1,Nicholaos Limberopoulos 1,David Look 1,Jarrett Vella 1
1 Air Force Research Laboratory Wrigh-Patterson Air Force Base United States,Show Abstract
Wurtzite-type AlN thin films and structures are currently extensively studied due to their great performance in contemporary electronics, including highly efficient LEDs, energy harvesting devices, and high temperature piezoelectric sensors. Since AlN has good pyroelectric properties, there are growing applications in this area as well. AlN’s pyroelectric coefficient is small relative to those seen in ferroelectric oxide films. Nonetheless, AlN presents a pyroelectric figure of merit near the same magnitude as typically used pyroelectric materials. Its overall pyroelectric properties are still attractive due to the high Curie temperature, relatively small dielectric constant, and low dielectric losses. Therefore, AlN films could be a suitable novel material for use in uncooled IR detectors.
The potential further enhancement of the AlN pyroelectric constant allows it to compete with more commonly used materials. One method of improving AlN’s pyroelectric performance is to form AlN alloys with rocksalt structure transition-metal nitrides, like ScN, TiN, and CrN. For example, combination of AlN with ScN leads to new structural, electronic, and mechanical characteristics, which have been reported to substantially enhance (~400%) the piezoelectric coefficients in solid-solution compounds, such as ScxAl1-xN (x =0.43), compared to a pure AlN-phase material.
In our work, we demonstrate that an analogous alloying approach results in considerable enhancement of the pyroelectric properties of ScxAl1-xN composites. Thin films of ScN, AlN and ScxAl1-xN (x = 0.2 – 0.6) were deposited on silicon (004) and sapphire (0001) substrates at 400oC using dual reactive sputtering in Ar/N2 atmosphere from Sc (RF magnetron) and Al (pulsed DC magnetron) targets. The obtained films with thicknesses in a range of 100 – 500nm were studied and compared using x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, XPS, SEM, optical and dielectric measurements, and piezo- and pyroelectric property’s characterization. A 30% enhancement was observed in pyroelectric coefficient (P = 3.6E-10 C/cm2K) and voltage response for Sc1-xAlxN thin films structures in comparison to pure AlN thin films (P = 2.86E-10 C/cm2K). Correlations between processing parameters versus structural and various key pyroelectric sensing physical properties of AlN-ScN alloys will be presented and discussed.
3:30 PM - MD1.11.04
Phase Behavior of Self-Assembled Ternary Polymer Brushes
Chester Simocko 1,Amalie Frischknecht 1,Dale Huber 1
1 Sandia National Laboratory Albuquerque United States,Show Abstract
Polymer self-assembly can be utilized to create nanoscale features which can then be patterned using micron scale photolithography. In block copolymers, self-assembly leads to long range ordering. This behavior can then be controlled using by templating, which leads to well-defined ordered microphase separated structures.
While block copolymers are the traditional system to study this behavior, mixed-polymer brushes also self-assemble into distinct phase regimes. Mixed-polymer brushes offer several advantages over traditional block copolymer systems. First, since the polymers are directly attached to the surface, they are more mechanically and chemically robust. Also the surface does not need to be planar. Since the brushes grow from the surface, any surface geometry can be used. Finally, features such as right angles, which are notoriously difficult for block copolymer systems, should be readily accessible with a mixed-polymer brush system.
We have synthesized ternary polymer brushes consisting of polystyrene, poly (methyl methacrylate), and poly (4-vinyl pyridine). By using self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and experimental results, we have been able to predict a complete phase diagram, identify seven unique phase behaviors, and model both lateral and vertical phase behavior of this system. All phases observed experimentally correlate with the theoretical models.
Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S.Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
MD1.12: Materials Design Using Theory and Computation
Thursday PM, March 31, 2016
PCC West, 100 Level, Room 101 A
4:15 PM - *MD1.12.01
First Principles Design of Alkali Superionic Conductors
Shyue Ping Ong 1
1 Univ of California-San Diego La Jolla United States,Show Abstract
Alkali superionic conductor electrolytes (SICEs) are a potentially transformative technology by enabling safer, more energy dense all solid-state rechargeable alkali-ion batteries. In recent years, significant advances have been made in the field, with state-of-the-art SICEs having ionic conductivities that rival those of traditional organic liquid electrolytes. Nevertheless, significant challenges remain, particularly at the solid-solid interface between the SICE and the electrodes. In this talk, I will discuss how first principles techniques can provide crucial insight into the multi-property optimization of SICEs. I will discuss how the automation of ab initio molecular dynamics calculations has enabled the rapid screening and investigation of hundreds of materials, with a case study on doping strategies for enhancing ionic conductivity. I will also discuss first principles approaches to the prediction of interfacial stability, elastic properties, and other properties.
4:45 PM - MD1.12.02
High-Throughput Density Functional Theory Screening of Perovskite Compounds for High Oxygen Surface-Exchange for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes
Ryan Jacobs 1,Tam Mayeshiba 1,John Booske 1,Dane Morgan 1
1 University of Wisconsin- Madison Madison United States,Show Abstract
We employed high-throughput Density Functional Theory (DFT) methods using the Materials Simulation Toolkit (MAST) software and the Python Materials Genome (Pymatgen) software to search a broad composition space for high activity, thermodynamically stable perovskite (chemical formula A1-xA’xB1-xB’xO3) compounds for application as cathodes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Recent computational work has demonstrated there exists a linear relationship between the calculated O p-band center and experimental surface exchange coefficient (k*) values for numerous perovskites, and the O p-band center is thus a useful descriptor for k*, which is strongly correlated with overall oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity for perovskite materials. For the approximately 1,500 perovskites considered in this work, we screened each material for two properties: predicted ORR activity and thermodynamic stability under SOFC operating conditions. The ORR activity is screened using the k* - O p-band correlation. The stability of each material is analyzed using the multicomponent grand-potential phase diagram analysis tool from Pymatgen, assuming a system open to both O and H to account for stability under environments of specific P(O2) and P(H2O).
To ascertain which materials were promising candidates for next generation SOFC cathodes, we employed a three-stage elimination criterion. Candidate materials were eliminated if they had (i) Predicted k* less than the commercial SOFC cathode material (La, Sr)(Co, Fe)O3, (ii) Calculated thermodynamic phase instability > 40 meV/atom (reasonable DFT error) above the convex hull under SOFC operating conditions, and (iii) Electronic structure that was insulating and thus had a nonzero electronic bandgap. Overall, we found there are numerous materials that are both thermodynamically stable and have predicted k* values as good as, or better than top performing materials like (La,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3 and (Ba,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3.
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5:00 PM - MD1.12.03
Design Principles and Non-Equilibrium Synthesis of Functional Heterostructural Alloys
Aaron Holder 1,Sebastian Siol 1,Paul Ndione 1,Haowei Peng 2,Bethany Matthews 3,John Mangum 4,Laura Schelhas 5,Michael Toney 5,Roy Gordon 6,Brian Gorman 4,Janet Tate 3,Andriy Zakutayev 1,Stephan Lany 1
1 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden United States,2 Temple University Philadelphia United States3 Oregon State University Corvallis United States4 Colorado School of Mines Golden United States5 SLAC Menlo Park United States6 Harvard University Cambridge United StatesShow Abstract
The tailoring of materials properties by alloying is routinely utilized to design materials for targeted technological applications. Despite the great successes of alloying in isostructural systems (e.g., GaAs/AlAs or Si/Ge), heterostructural alloying remains a fundamentally unexplored area. In heterostructural alloys, the crossover between different crystal structures enables the control of the atomic structure by variation of the composition. The deliberate manipulation of local atomic coordination symmetry introduces an additional materials design parameter. In this talk, we present a complementary theoretical and experimental investigation of novel semiconducting metal chalcogenide alloys with the goal to develop design principles and approaches for utilizing heterostructural alloying as a materials design strategy. We use ab initio methods to predict the structural and electronic properties of several novel metal chalcogenide heterostructural alloys with commensurate and incommensurate lattice symmetries and compute their corresponding equilibrium phase diagrams and materials properties. Different experimental deposition methods are employed to validate the predictions and to explore viable approaches for synthesizing metastable heterostructural alloys. Combinatorial sputtering, pulsed laser and atomic layer deposition are employed as non-equilibrium growth techniques to overcome thermodynamic solubility limits and produce metastable thin-film samples across the entire composition range. The prediction, theory guided combinatorial synthesis, and characterization of heterostructural alloys exemplify how our integrated research strategy is used to design and realize functional metastable materials. Our approach establishes a new route for the control of structure-property and composition-structure relationships by accessing non-equilibrium phase space to develop new materials with uniquely tailored properties.
5:15 PM - MD1.12.04
Design Rules for High Dielectric Breakdown Strength Materials
Ghanshyam Pilania 1,Chiho Kim 2,Ramamurthy Ramprasad 2
1 Materials Science and Technology Division Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos United States,2 Materials Science and Engineering amp; Institute of Materials Science University of Connecticut Storrs United StatesShow Abstract
Understanding the failure of dielectric insulators experiencing extreme electric fields is critical to the operation of present and emerging electrical and electronic devices. Despite its importance, the development of a predictive theory of dielectric breakdown has remained a challenge, owing to the complex multiscale nature of this process. Recently, we carried out a detailed study of the intrinsic dielectric breakdown field of a large number of insulators—the theoretical limit of breakdown determined purely by the chemistry of the material, i.e., the elements the material is composed of, the atomic-level structure, and the bonding. An accurate, but also much computationally expansive, framework  requiring explicit computation of electron-phonon scattering was used to generate a benchmark dataset of 83 sp-bonded octet dielectric materials. This dataset included alkali metal halides, transition metal halides, alkaline earth metal chalcogenides, transition metal oxides, and group III, II-VI, I-VII semiconductors. After validating the theoretical results by comparing against available experimental data, the ab initio dataset was used to build simple predictive phenomenological models of dielectric breakdown using advanced statistical or machine learning schemes [2, 3]. Our trained and validated informatics models were able to reveal key correlations and analytical relationships between the breakdown field and other easily accessible material properties such as the bandgap and the phonon cutoff frequency . Remarkably, inherently different learning models lead to the same final conclusions, suggesting the robustness of the discovered correlations and design rules. The models are shown to be general, and can hence guide the screening and systematic identification of high electric field tolerant materials.
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5:30 PM - MD1.12.05
Co-Substitution as a Method to Direct Synthesis towards Otherwise Hypothetical Polymorphs of Inorganic Solids
Martijn Zwijnenburg 1
1 Department of Chemistry University College London London United Kingdom,Show Abstract
Most, if not all, inorganic solids are predicted to display a dense spectrum of hypothetical polymorphs [1-3]. Polymorphs that differ in structure and properties of the polymorph(s) normally synthesized for a material , and where the reason that they are not observed experimentally appears related to the topology of the energy landscape that funnels towards the experimental polymorph . This raises the question how one could direct synthesis towards the hypothetical polymorphs.
Inspired by the case of zeolites, where co-substitution of silica by aluminium and alkali metal atoms stabilises low-density polymorphs , we explored similar co-substitution in ZnO using basin-hopping global optimisation calculations [1,7]. In our contribution, we will discuss the outcome of these calculations, specifically how co-substitution of ZnO with Li and K/Rb indeed stabilises otherwise hypothetical polymorphs, as well as what we can learn about the possible use of co-substitution for other systems beyond ZnO and the computational challenges to overcome.
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 M.A. Zwijnenburg, K.E. Jelfs, S.T. Bromley Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12, 8505, 2010.
 M.A. Zwijnenburg, S.T. Bromley Phys. Rev. B, 83, 024104, 2011.
 I. Demiroglu, S. Tosoni, F. Illas, S.T. Bromley, Nanoscale 6, 1181, 2014.
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 M.A. Zwijnenburg, S.T. Bromley Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12, 14579, 2010.
 M.A. Zwijnenburg, S.T. Bromley J. Mater. Chem. 2011, 21, 15255.
MD1.13: Poster Session III: Materials, Interfaces and Devices by Design III
Friday AM, April 01, 2016
Sheraton, Third Level, Phoenix Ballroom
9:00 PM - MD1.13.01
Interface Engineering by Sorbitol for Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells
Cisem Kirbiyik 1,Koray Kara 2,Duygu Akin Kara 3,Mahmut Kus 1
1 Chemical Engineering Department Selcuk University Konya Turkey,2 Physics Department Selcuk University Konya Turkey3 Physics Department Mugla Sitki Kocman University Mugla TurkeyShow Abstract
Perovskite solar cells have gained great attention due to their high efficiency and reproducibility by low-cost solution processing or simple physical vapor deposition. In addition, perovskites demonstrate strong absorption coefficients and long carrier diffusion lengths to be a perfect absorber. According to these reasons, properties of perovskite materials must develop in low-cost and high efficient optoelectronic applications. At present, there are two types of common perovskite solar cell architectures. First type has a mesoporous scaffold oxide layer that is first coated with nanostructured perovskite absorbers on the transparent electrode layer. The other type has a planar structure and a thin layer of perovskite absorber that is sandwiched between the electron- and hole-contact layers and spiro-OMeTAD, respectively) (Zhang et al., 2015). Many studies have been tried to improve the conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells, such as using different metal oxide materials or different hole transport materials. For the production of high power conversion efficiency, cells will inevitably require an optimized carrier transport pathway that leverages of the device each layers and their corresponding interfaces (Zhou et al., 2014). We fabricated perovskite solar cells with commonly used PEDOT:PSS, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) planar configuration, but with some modifications. For these reasons, sorbitol-doped PEDOT:PSS was used as an electron-blocking layer. The solution of S-PEDOT:PSS was spin-coated onto the clean ITO glass substrates. The effect of sorbitol concentration on the power conversion efficiency was investigated within the range of 2-8% (w/v). Doped and non-doped surfaces were characterized by AFM and SEM technique. Different techniques have been reported to prepare uniform perovskite layer by several authors. In our study, solution deposition was carried out by using pre-mixed of CH3NH3I and PbCl2 in γ-butyrolactone (GBL) solvent to fabricate the absorber layer. PCBM and aluminum were used as an electron conductor and electrode, respectively. The entire device fabrication procedure was carried out at low temperature (References
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9:00 PM - MD1.13.03
A Scale-Parity Framework for Potential Parameterization: The Environment Dependent Dynamic Charge Potential
Abduljabar Alsayoud 1,Keith Runge 2,Pierre Deymier 1,Krishna Muralidharan 1
1 Univ of Arizona Tucson United States,2 University of Florida North Central Florida United StatesShow Abstract
The environment dependent dynamic charge (EDD-Q) framework represents a new protocol for developing interatomic potentials. In addition to enabling the ability to model the thermochemical, thermophysical and structural properties of multicomponent, multiphase systems, a salient feature of the EDD-Q framework is its ability to work in conjunction with the wave-packet sampling (WPS) method to model electron transport in materials by explicitly including phonon coupling as well as scattering from microstructural features. The EDD-Q potential has a functional form formally based on density functional theory, and is couched in a fundamentally-appealing method of accounting for atomic charge and electron density fluctuations as a function of the atoms’ chemical environment, thereby naturally capturing the underlying chemistry of electrons. EDD-Q satisfies scale-parity and is equally adept at modeling molecules, nanostructures as well the bulk counterparts within a single framework. As an illustration of the EDD-Q framework’s application, we discuss the development of the EDDQ potential for zinc oxide, an important technological material.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.04
Incorporation of Viscoelastic Materials with Barium Titanate Nanocubes for Dielectric Elastomer Actuators
Saman Salemizadeh Parizi 2,Gavin Conley 2,Gabriel Caruntu 2
1 The Science of Advanced Materials (SAM) Program Central Michigan Univ Mount Pleasant United States,2 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant United States,2 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant United StatesShow Abstract
Viscoelastic materials are unique in their ability to creep, recover, undergo stress relaxation, and absorb energy, and are the chief components used in dielectric elastomer actuators. Additionally, ferroelectric ceramics are very promising candidates for the fabrication of embedded capacitors with high electrical energy densities for applications in electronics and computing. Such devices have been conventionally based on ceramic-polymer film structures with a high dielectric permittivity and low losses.
The proper electrical and mechanical properties of hybrid structures consisting of ferroelectric ceramic nanofillers and elastomer polymer matrix, highlight the great potential of employing highly dispersed surface modified barium titanate nanocubes into a non-polar polymer matrix for applications in elastomer artificial muscles. We recently incorporated a propylene-based elastomer (viscoelastic material) for the development of aggregate-free, flexible thin films, which enhances their durability when used in applications such as dielectric elastomer actuators. Highly stable colloidal solutions of cube-like BaTiO3 nanocrystals and a propylene-based elastomer in toluene with various volume fractions were used to obtain uniform nanocomposite films. These structures were interfaced with metal electrodes in capacitor geometry. The electronic characteristics of these nanoparticle-based capacitors, including the dielectric constant, loss tangent and stored energy density were measured at room temperature. Finally, mechanical properties of these hybrid elastomers were investigated DMA following by measuring the tensile actuation values.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.05
Synthesis of Thermochromic W-VO2 (M) Nanoparticles under Mild Calcination Condition for Smart Window Application
Jung Whan Yoo 1,Hee Jung Kim 2
1 Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering amp; Technology Jinju Korea (the Republic of),1 Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering amp; Technology Jinju Korea (the Republic of),2 SungKyunKwan University Suwon Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Monoclinic phase vanadium dioxide is an ideal thermochromic material that undergoes a reversible phase transformation around critical temperature (Tc) of 68 oC that can be applied in smart window. Smart window with VO2 (M) can respond to environmental temperature and modulate near infrared irradiation by changing its structure. VO2 (M) nanoparticle synthesis needs high calcination temperatures and hard to reproduce. Therefore, it needs large amounts of heating energy to reach high calcination temperature of ~900 oC so this process is economically infeasible.
In this study, we successfully prepared VO2 nanoparticles at low calcination temperature near 600 oC under 5% H2 atmosphere. The particle size of VO2 exhibits 50-10 nm and the Tc of VO2 was also reduced to around 40 oC by doping with W. From XRD and DSC, the metal doped VO2 has monoclinic structure and can be finely controlled Tc depending on doping amounts of W. To apply the M-VO2 nanoparticles to smart window film, we try to carried out.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.06
Spontaneous Levitation of As-Forming Ice Droplets on Superhydrophobic Surfaces
Thomas Schutzius 1,Stefan Jung 1,Tanmoy Maitra 1,Gustav Graeber 1,Dimos Poulikakos 1
1 ETH-Zurich Zürich Switzerland,Show Abstract
Surface icing is common in nature, affecting everyday life, and under certain circumstances, it can cause catastrophic events. While progress has been made in recent years in the area of hydrophobicity, engineered surfaces that can be used—in a passive capacity—for realistic anti-icing applications, going beyond classical additional chemical coatings or heating treatments, are not a reality. This is partly due to the lack of thorough understanding of the physics of icing under more extreme environmental conditions (e.g., low-pressure). In this study, we show that for water droplets in contact with superhydrophobic surfaces, by simply moving to lower environmental pressures—where droplet vaporization rates are enhanced and supercooling results—as the droplets undergo recalescent freezing, this triggers a sudden increase in vaporization, which causes the ice to levitate above the substrate. That is, this effect can spontaneously remove as-forming ice, by levitating icy drops the moment they freeze, simply by tuning the geometry of the surface texture, which we demonstrate for several material platforms (i.e., silicon, aluminum, and polymer). While this effect is only relevant to low-pressure environments, it is an example of how understanding of droplet-surface interactions can guide surface engineering to the point where it can prohibit surface icing.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.07
Synthesis of Size-Controllable Copper Nanoparticles with Strong Antioxidation for Flexible Printed Electronics
Yu Zhang 1,Pengli Zhu 2,Rong Sun 2,Feng Zhou 1,Ching-Ping Wong 2
1 Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences Lanzhou China,2 Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology ,Chinese Academy of Sciences Shenzhen ChinaShow Abstract
Metal nanoparticles that possess high conductivity and operational stability are considered as the key constituents for preparing conductive ink. By dispersing metallic nanoparticles into solvents to prepare conductive ink with good dispersibility, liquidity, and suitable viscosity, they could be patterned by various printing process to form conductive tracks for flexible printed electronics. In this context, the synthesis of desirable metal nanoparticles via a facile approach and in a large quantity for application in conductive ink has been a challenge.
Various metallic nanomaterials, such as copper, nickel, silver, and gold have been developed for conductive ink. In particular, copper nanomaterials have been the focus of tremendous interest for conductive patterns due to their low cost and high conductivity. Among the numerous synthesis methods of copper nanomaterials, wet-chemical approach appears to be the most promising strategy for industrial applications by virtue of its intrinsic superiorities: the striking synthetic simplicity, the avoidance of complex and demanding apparatus, the easy control of size and shape. However, compared with other noble metals, the synthesis of size-controllable, stable, and uniform copper nanomaterials in such a way has been proven to be difficult because of its extreme sensitivity to oxygen and easy agglomeration.
In this work, a convenient, cost-effective and non-toxic process to prepare size and shape-controllable copper nanomaterials have been developed. Highly pure and monodisperse copper nanoparticles in a diameter range of 50 nm~500 nm were controllably synthesized by a modified polyol process. Especially, the prepared copper nanoparticles all possess strong oxidation resistance which do not suffer significant oxidation even after storing for 60 days under ambient conditions. The copper nanoparticles based conductive ink with appropriate viscosity, liquidity and printability, could be silk-screen printed onto flexible substrates. The printing and annealing conditions, such as ink formulation, silk-screen printing mesh, and subsequent annealing temperature were optimized to achieve smooth and continuous conductive tracks with high resolution. What is more, copper nanomaterials with different size and shape and their corresponding melting points, as well as the resulting conductivities were studied. Finally, the optimal conductive patterns were printed with the minimum sized nanoparticles. After heat-treatment at 240oC for 30 min in annealing furnace, the printed flexible patterns became highly conductive with an electrical resistivity of 12.9 μΩcm, which had nearly quite resistivity with bulk copper. The synthesized copper based conductive ink provides a convenient and low-cost method for fabricating flexible printed electronics.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.08
Slip vs Twin in Hexagonal Close Packed Crystals
Mehul Bhatia 1,Kiran Solanki 1
1 Arizona State University Tempe United States,Show Abstract
9:00 PM - MD1.13.09
Thermal Interface Characterization Based on Heat Flux Mapping
Fatih Canbazoglu 1,Krishna Vemuri 1,Prabhakar Bandaru 1
1 UCSD La Jolla United States,Show Abstract
The variability of the thickness as well as the thermal conductivity of interfaces in composites may significantly influence thermal transport characteristics and the notion of a metamaterial as an effective medium. The consequent modulations of the heat flux passage are analytically and experimentally examined through a non-contact methodology using radiative imaging, on a model anisotropic thermal metamaterial. It was indicated that a lower Al layer/silver interfacial epoxy ratio of ∼25 compared to that of a Al layer/alumina interfacial epoxy (of ∼39) contributes to a smaller deviation of the heat flux bending angle .
 Estimating interfacial thermal conductivity in metamaterials through heat flux mapping, Fatih M Canbazoglu, Krishna P Vemuri, Prabhakar R Bandaru
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De Novo Design of Mechanically Active MOFs
Charles Manion 1,Laura de Sousa Oliveira 1,Ryan Arlitt 1,Irem Tumer 1,Matthew Campbell 1,P. Alex Greaney 1
1 Oregon State University Corvallis United States,Show Abstract
Metal-organic–frameworks that respond to external stimuli could enable a whole new class of materials with remarkable properties, such as, materials with externally tunable stiffness, variable porosity, or tunable catalytic properties. Here we present a new approach for discovering candidate MOFs that respond to external stimuli. We will show how this approach can be used to design pressure switching MOFs, that is, MOFs that exhibit a reversible structural collapse whenever a stress threshold is exceeded. We will also demonstrate how this approach might be expanded to design MOFs with photoisomerizing moieties to realize photoactuating behavior.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.11
Realization of Atomistic Transitions with Colloidal Nanoparticles by Using Ultrafast Laser
Serim Ilday 1,Onur Tokel 1,Ghaith Makey 1,Oezguen Yavuz 1,Gursoy Akguc 1,Ihor Pavlov 1,Koray Yavuz 1,Fatih Ilday 1,Oguz Gulseren 1
1 Bilkent University Ankara Turkey,Show Abstract
Colloidal science has helped a lot in understanding of phase transitions that are ubiquitous in nature. However, these transitions are extensively studied in equilibrium systems that are very slow with which forming large crystals and observing phase transitions can take hours, even days. Moreover, it is hard to catch metastable phases, such as glass transitions, in slow equilibrium systems. Here, we report on a dynamical, far-from-equilibrium system operating under stochastic forces and nonlinear dynamics where large colloidal crystals (comprises hundreds of particles) can be formed and transitions between solid-liquid-gas phases can be observed effortlessly and within seconds. Furthermore, the system allow us to form and dynamically arrest metastable phases such as glassy structures in a very short time period. The system also provide the opportunity to controllably transform a crystal pattern from square to hexagonal lattices and vice versa as well as to observe formation and propagation of crystal defects (i.e. line defects, point defects, planar defects).
The crystal formation, lattice transformation, and phase transitions are the result of interplay between the convective forces, that are induced by an ultrafast laser, and strong Brownian motion: (i) Convective forces are the result of steep thermal gradients created through multi-photon absorption of an ultrafast laser, which drags the particles towards the target to form and reinforce the crystal. (ii) Strong Brownian motion is analogous to lattice vibrations in our system, which makes it possible to observe phase transitions, defect formation and propagation and lattice transformation within a few seconds.
In conclusion, we report on realization of atomistic transitions with colloidal nanoparticles through a dissipative far-from-equilibrium system in a very short time period (within seconds). This unique ability can help us to get insight into the underlying mechanisms of many solid state phenomena that were previously studied under slow (within hours/days), equilibrium systems.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.12
Synthesis and Characterization of New Metastable (Sn,Ti)3N4 Alloys
Andre Bikowski 1,Aaron Holder 1,Stephan Lany 1,Brian Gorman 2,Andriy Zakutayev 1
1 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden United States,2 Colorado School of Mines Golden United StatesShow Abstract
The “Materials by Design” approach has facilitated the theoretical discovery of new materials and the experimental optimization of known compounds. However, one of the remaining big challenges is the experimental realization of theoretically predicted materials. In this presentation, we focus on the realization of new metastable (Sn,Ti)3N4 alloys predicted by theory. The Ti2SnN4 spinel material is especially interesting since the very high hole effective mass present in Sn3N4 can strongly be reduced by alloying Sn3N4 with Ti on the octahedral site of the spinel crystal structure. The Sn3N4 itself exhibits a high optical absorption, a small electron effective mass and a band gap in the range of 1.5 eV , which remain relatively unchanged by the alloying, and qualify it as an interesting material for energy conversion.
The (Sn,Ti)3N4 alloys were deposited for high-throughput investigations by radio-frequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering with crossed gradients of the temperature and the composition on 2 x 2 inch substrates. Additionally, we employed an atomic nitrogen source to be able to achieve the high nitrogen chemical potentials necessary to deposit the targeted phase. Together with semi-automatized characterization of the composition (X-ray fluorescence) and the phase (X-ray diffraction), we are hence able to screen the phase space much faster than it is possible with a non-combinatorial approach. For selected samples, we performed more in-depth characterization using optical and electrical measurements as well as transmission electron microscopy.
A structural analysis of the films suggests that the chemical potential of the nitrogen during the deposition is larger than ΔμN = 0.7 eV, which is consistent with prior estimates of the values achievable during sputtering , and which could suffice to deposit the desired Ti2SnN4 phase (ΔμN > 1 eV), according to theoretical calculations. Indeed, we find strong peak shifts in the spinel phase as we increase the Ti content from Ti/(Sn + Ti) = 30% to 66%, which tentatively agree with the peak positions expected for the Ti2SnN4 spinel. However, chemically-resolved transmission electron microscopy images for Ti2SnN4 show a partial segregation of Sn and Ti on a length scale below 5 nm. This might indicate a spinodal decomposition, which on the other hand could give important further insight into the synthesis of new metastable nitride materials. More in-depth characterization of the properties of the films will be used to validate a possible formation of the targeted phase, to define routes to more phase pure material and to compare its properties to the theoretical predictions.
 C. Caskey et al., J. Mater. Chem. C 3, 1389 (2015)
 C. Caskey et al., Mater. Horiz. 1, 424 (2014)
9:00 PM - MD1.13.13
Si Microcrack Evolution under Combined Environments: An Experimental and Computational Study
Wei-Jie Huang 1,Stefan Bringuier 1,Kelly Simmons-Potter 1,Krishna Muralidharan 1,Barrett Potter 1
1 Univ of Arizona Tucson United States,Show Abstract
An investigation of microindenter-induced crack evolution with independent variation of both temperature and relative humidity has been pursued. Environmental temperatures from 25 to 60 C and atmospheric water contents from 5 to 30 g/m3 were produced over periods of up to 20 hours. Under static tensile strain conditions, a clear increase in sub-critical crack elongation with increasing atmospheric water content was observed. Moreover, elevated temperature is found to enhance this water sensitivity, supporting an interpretation of a thermally activated transport and reaction mechanism contributing to microcrack development under these conditions. To provide further insight into the potential physical and chemical conditions at the microcrack tip, micro-Raman measurements were performed. Results confirm a spatially dependent variation in the frequency of the Si 520 cm-1 vibrational resonance in the region of the indent and the crack tip, associated with local stress state, that is enhanced with environmental exposure of the specimen to increased atmospheric water vapor while subjected to the applied strain conditions.
Simultaneously, to characterize atomic-scale mechanisms that govern microcrack growth, the experimental effort is paired with molecular dynamics (MD) investigations of microcrack evolution in single crystal Si. An examination of the MD results shows that the crack-tip dynamics is intimately related to the crack orientation with respect to the principal crystallographic axis, which in turn, determines the elastic strain energy release rate and the stress-strain response. Further, MD-derived mechanical parameters serve as inputs for a coarser-grained peridynamics model for crack propagation, enabling a closer correspondence to the experimental effort.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.14
Mechanical Behavior of a Thermally Stable, Nanocrystalline Cu-Ta Alloy under Compressive Load at High Temperatures and High Strain Rates
Scott Turnage 1,Mansa Rajagopalan 1,Kristopher Darling 2,Mark Tschopp 2,Kiran Solanki 1
1 Arizona State University Tempe United States,2 Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Grounds United StatesShow Abstract
Nanocrystalline materials are attracting much interest due to their high strength compared to their coarse grained counterparts. However, these nanocrystalline materials tend to have unstable microstructures such that their properties decline rapidly under harsh environmental conditions such as high temperatures and mechanical loading. Recently, a binary nanocrystalline Cu 10 at.% Ta alloy has been developed which shows good microstructural stability with increased temperature. Through compression testing at high temperatures (25 °C to 600 °C) and varying strain rates (10-4 to 104 s-1), we analyze the progression of the deformation of the microstructure of the Cu-Ta alloy as a function of temperature and strain rate. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) is employed to analyze grain growth, twin formation, and dislocation interactions as the material is deformed. As strain rates increase for the 25 °C case, the mechanical properties and microstructure are shown to be stable at the strain rates tested due to obstructions to dislocation motion such as grain and twin boundaries, but as temperature is increased above 200 °C, an upturn in flow stress caused by phonon drag is observed at strain rates around 103 to 104 s-1. The upturn in the flow stress is accompanied by increased grain size.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.15
Nanoheteropitaxy of CDTE/SI(211) Doped with ZN by Closed Space Sublimation
Jose Valdez 1,Stella Quinones 1,Antony James 2,Ganapathi Subramania 2
1 ECE The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso United States,2 CINT Albuquerque United StatesShow Abstract
Cadmium telluride (CdTe) doped with zinc (Zn) has been used for the fabrication of X-ray imaging devices. CdTe allows the device to have the same image quality at lower X-ray does. When silicon is used as a substrate for CdTe growth, this reduces the cost and allows the readout circuitry to be fabricated on the same substrate. However, material quality and device performance need to be addressed since the lattice parameters of CdTe (6.482 Å) and Si (5.431 Å) result in a 19% lattice mismatch.
In this work, CdTe doped with Zn is deposited on Si (211) substrates by the close-space sublimation (CSS) technique. The CSS method has an advantage over other techniques in terms of cost and growth rate, but represents a challenge when growing high quality films. The Nanoheteroepitaxy (NHE) technique makes it possible to grow CdTe on Si substrates with fewer defects at the CdTe/Si interface and in the resulting epilayer. Electron beam lithography is used to pattern 200 nm and 100 nm pillars on the Si substrate, and two different pitch to diameter ratios are used to examine the growth of CdTe doped with 5 and 10 percent Zn.
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is used to examine the morphology of the CdTe growth and X-ray diffraction (XRD) is used to identify the orientation of the film and the structure quality of the CdTe film doped with 5% Zn. TEM characterization method is used to examine the misorientation at interface using diffraction mode to better understand the structure morphology at the interface that results from the growth of the two materials. Preliminary SEM results indicate that when the pitch/diameter pattern ratio is increased from 1.5 to 2, the morphology of CdTe growth is improved. As expected and confirmed with XRD data, the quality improves as when the pattern diameter is reduced.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.16
Conductance Dependence on Solid-State Nanopore Structure
Uppiliappan Rengarajan 2,Elham Rafie Borujeny 2,Carlo Montemagno 2,Manisha Gupta 2
1 Chemical and Materials Engineering University of Alberta Edmonton Canada,2 Ingenuity Labs Edmonton Canada,3 Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Alberta Edmonton Canada,2 Ingenuity Labs Edmonton CanadaShow Abstract
Single molecule passing through a membrane is a process that is important in biology. The capability of fabrication of precise solid-state nanopores gives an exciting opportunity to study passage and detection of single molecules. By measuring the signature of the ionic current due to the molecule as it passes through the nanopore one can detect different biomolecules. For understanding the solid-state nanopore it is important to comprehend the relation between the pore structure and conductance.
Here we conduct both simulations and experiments to understand the relation between pore conductance and structure. Conductance for different possible pore structures in a surface charged, solid-state silicon nitride membrane, is studied using COMSOL Multiphysics simulations. Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations coupled with Navier-Stokes system of equations are utilized to setup the models. The simulation results are compared with other models in the literature. The models are also validated using the experimental data from literature. The different pore structures studied here are cylindrical, conical, double cone, cylindrical-conical and hyperbolic. The models are tested for varying electrolyte concentration, pore radius and bias. Cylindrical and double cone pore structure with a cone angle of 12° were studied. The simulations were conducted in 1M KCl solution for a ±0.5V bias, and a surface charge of -0.02C/m2 was used for the silicon nitride membrane. These were studied for a pore radius of 1-15nm and demonstrated the conductance ranges from 0.7nS to 90nS and 7nS to 147nS for cylindrical and double cone structure respectively. These match closely with the value of conductance reported in literature. It was observed that the conductance for conical structure nanopores varied depending upon the polarity of the applied bias owing to ionic current rectification.
Experimental validation of these models is being conducted for different pore sizes and structures. Free standing silicon nitride membranes are fabricated on a silicon base using conventional fabrication techniques. Nanopores varying between 2-25nm in radius are being fabricated using JEOL 2200FS TEM, with a beam current of 0.6nA. Their structure is being studied by tomography. The pores are then measured in a solution of different molar concentration solution of KCl to match the simulation. Bias is applied using Ag/AgCl electrodes interfaced to Axon-patch 200B. The results from these simulation and experimental studies will be presented.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.17
Role of Dispersion and Functionalization on Mechanical Properties in Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites#xD;
Medisetti Sai Praveen Kumar 1,Nicholas Roberts 1
1 Utah State Univ Logan United States,Show Abstract
Since their discovery in 1991, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been an interesting material in large part due to their unique properties. Specifically, they have been the focus of many studies as composite filler materials for the enhancement of electrical, thermal, optical, and mechanical properties of polymeric materials. Although many studies have been performed, results vary widely and property enhancement typically falls short of expectations. These less than expected enhancements can be attributed to inaccurate assumptions that are made for the classical composite theory models, which include good matrix-filler interactions (good adhesion/bonding) and uniform dispersion and distribution. With CNTs, it can be difficult to ensure each of these assumptions are satisfied as we do not know the bonding/adhesion characteristics between the CNTs and the matrix polymer and their high surface area to volume ratio leads to agglomeration or aggregation of the CNTs. This study is aimed at improving our understanding of how dispersion of the CNTs and the interaction between the polymer and the CNTs contribute to the over-prediction of the models for mechanical properties of CNT-polymer composites. The first set of experiments in this study focuses on the role CNT dispersion plays on mechanical properties of the composites by fabricating and characterizing composites with a variable level of dispersion quality. The dispersion quality is controlled by dispersing and sonicating CNTs in an ethanol solution prior to mixing with a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) resin followed by evaporation of the ethanol and polymerization. The quality of the dispersion is characterized by performing image processing on optical and electron microscope images. The mechanical properties are measured using tensile testing and dynamic mechanical analysis. The second set of experiments in this study focuses on the interaction between the polymer and the CNTs through variable CNT functionalization. By properly dispersing the CNTs the impact of CNT functionalization can be studied. From this study, a relationship between the mechanical property enhancement and dispersion is clearly identified, resolving the assumption of proper dispersion and distribution in the composite model. Proper dispersion of CNTs resulted in a minimum of 7% enhancement in modulus of elasticity. Additionally, the impact of CNT functionalization, and therefore CNT-polymer interaction is observed which provides a justification of how chemical modification can be used to resolve this assumption in the composite model of CNT-polymer composites.
9:00 PM - MD1.13.18
NEXAFS Spectroscopy to Predict Interface Dynamics in Strained Polymer Nanocomposites Following Excessive Nanoparticle Sonication
Allen Winter 1,Klaudia Czanikova 2,Eduardo Larios 3,Vladimir Vishnyakov 4,Cherno Jaye 5,Daniel Fischer 5,Maria Omastova 2,Eva Campo 3
1 Bangor University Bangor United Kingdom,2 Polymer Institute Slovak Academy of Sciences Bratislava Slovakia3 Department of Physics and Astronomy University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio United States4 School of Computing and Engineering University of Huddersfield Huddersfield United Kingdom5 National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg United States1 Bangor University Bangor United Kingdom,3 Department of Physics and Astronomy University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio United StatesShow Abstract
For both structural and functional applications, achieving nanoparticle dispersion and alignment are crucial challenges in the fabrication of nanocomposites: the former ensures homogeneous bulk properties, and the latter allows for constructive translation/generation of properties from the nano- to the macro-scale. Sonication is a commonly used procedure to achieve nanoparticle dispersion. Ultrasonic energy delivered during sonication, however, can alter nanoparticle structure therefore compromising their unique properties. Nanoparticle alignment is often achieved by applying uniaxial strain to composite melts, the efficiency of which depends on adequate polymer-filler interaction for effective load-transfer. In this context, thorough elucidation of interface phenomena derived from processing will enable property prediction and, ultimately, device fabrication by design.
Here, we present our findings to monitor the effects of excessive sonication of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in strained ethylene-vinyl acetate/MWCNT composites, which, under optimal processing conditions, exhibit photo- and thermo-active behaviour. Sonication induced visible damage to sp2 graphitic lattice in MWCNTs, as was evidenced in aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, as well as in NEXAFS and Raman spectroscopy. Increased levels of strain applied during composite fabrication did not align MWCNTs, as intended. Further, load-transfer monitoring of MWCNT D* bands in Raman spectroscopy revealed a stick-slip scenario, where strain overcomes non-covalent interactions. This lack of connectivity was followed by an abrupt change in chemical environments around nanotubes, and a correlative trend was observed in the surrounding polymeric system. As a consequence, the dynamic conformation of polymeric C=O groups could be modelled from angular- and strain-resolved C=O π* NEXAFS resonances.
The impact of extensive processing on the structure-property paradigm was high. Indeed, we had previously reported that moderately sonicated systems produced nanocomposites capable of a mechanical response upon thermal stimulus, with potential applications in artificial muscles or tactile displays. However, aggressively sonicated systems yielded a non-actuating composite.
This work highlights the importance of correlating interface effects and fabrication procedures to predict successful interfacial molecular architectures in both structural and functional polymer nanocomposites, which can be conveniently monitored by NEXAFS spectroscopy.