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  • 1.
    Barzegar, Hamid R.
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Ramstedt, Madeleine
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Tai, Cheuk W.
    Malolepszy, Artur
    Stobinski, Leszek
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Simple Dip-Coating Process for the Synthesis of Small Diameter Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes-Effect of Catalyst Composition and Catalyst Particle Size on Chirality and Diameter2012Inngår i: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 116, nr 22, s. 12232-12239Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We report on a dip-coating method to prepare catalyst particles (mixture of iron and cobalt) with a controlled diameter distribution on silicon wafer substrates by changing the solution's concentration and withdrawal velocity. The size and distribution of the prepared catalyst particles were analyzed by atomic force microscopy. Carbon nanotubes were grown by chemical vapor deposition on the substrates with the prepared catalyst particles. By decreasing the catalyst particle size to below 10 nm, the growth of carbon nanotubes can be tuned from few-walled carbon nanotubes, with homogeneous diameter, to highly pure single-walled carbon nanotubes. Analysis of the Raman radial breathing modes, using three different Raman excitation wavelengths (488, 633, and 785 nm), showed a relatively broad diameter distribution (0.8-1.4 nm) of single-walled carbon nanotubes with different chiralities. However, by changing the composition of the catalyst particles while maintaining the growth parameters, the chiralities of single-walled carbon nanotubes were reduced to mainly four different types, (12, 1), (12, 0), (8, 5), and (7, 5), accounting for about 70% of all nanotubes.

  • 2.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Univ Calif Berkeley, Dept Phys, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA.
    Gracia Espino, Eduardo
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    C60/Collapsed Carbon Nanotube Hybrids: A Variant of Peapods2015Inngår i: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 15, nr 2, s. 829-834Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We examine a variant of so-called carbon nanotube peapods by packing C60 molecules inside the open edge ducts of collapsed carbon nanotubes. C60 insertion is accomplished through a facile single-step solution-based process. Theoretical modeling is used to evaluate favorable low-energy structural configurations. Overfilling of the collapsed tubes allows infiltration of C60 over the full cross-section of the tubes and consequent partial or complete reinflation, yielding few-wall, large diameter cylindrical nanotubes packed with crystalline C60 solid cores.

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  • 3.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitrogen Doping Mechanism in Small Diameter Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Impact on Electronic Properties and Growth Selectivity2013Inngår i: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 117, nr 48, s. 25805-25816Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Nitrogen doping in carbon nanostructures has attracted interest for more than a decade, and recent implementation of such structures in energy conversion systems has boosted the interest even more. Despite numerous studies, the structural conformation and stability of nitrogen functionalities in small diameter single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), and the impact of these functionalities on the electronic and mechanical properties of the SWNTs, are incomplete. Here we report a detailed study on nitrogen doping in SWNTs with diameters in the range of 0.8?1.0 nm, with well-defined chirality. We show that the introduction of nitrogen in the carbon framework significantly alters the stability of certain tubes, opening for the possibility to selectively grow nitrogen-doped SWNTs with certain chirality and diameter. At low nitrogen concentration, pyridinic functionalities are readily incorporated and the tubular structure is well pertained. At higher concentrations, pyrrolic functionalities are formed, which leads to significant structural deformation of the nanotubes and hence a stop in growth of crystalline SWNTs. Raman spectroscopy is an important tool to understand guest atom doping and electronic charge transfer in SWNTs. By correlating the influence of defined nitrogen functionalities on the electronic properties of SWNTs with different chirality, we make precise interpretation of experimental Raman data. We show that the previous interpretation of the double-resonance G?-peak in many aspects is wrong and instead can be well-correlated to the type of nitrogen doping of SWNTs originating from the p- or n-doping nature of the nitrogen incorporation. Our results are supported by experimental and theoretical data.

  • 4.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Hu, Guangzhi
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Larsen, Christian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Jia, Xueen
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Edman, Ludvig
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Palladium nanocrystals supported on photo-transformed C-60 nanorods: effect of crystal morphology and electron mobility on the electrocatalytic activity towards ethanol oxidation2014Inngår i: Carbon, ISSN 0008-6223, E-ISSN 1873-3891, Vol. 73, s. 34-40Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We report on the synthesis and decoration of high-aspect-ratio crystalline C-60 nanorods (NRs) by functionalized palladium nanoparticles with an average size of 4.78 +/- 0.66 nm. In their pristine form, C-60 NRs suffer from partial damage in the solution-based decoration process resulting in poor crystallinity. However, by modifying the NR surface via in situ photochemical transformation in the liquid state, we are able to prepare highly stable NRs that retain their crystalline structure during the decoration process. Our method thus opens up for the synthesis of highly crystalline nanocomposite hybrids comprising Pd nanoparticles and C-60 NRs. Bys measuring the electron mobility of different C-60 NRs, we relate both the effect of electron mobility and crystallinity to the final electrocatalytic performance of the synthesized hybrid structures. We show that the photo-transformed C-60 NRs exhibit highly advantageous properties for ethanol oxidation based on both a better crystallinity and a higher bulk conductivity. These findings give important information in the search for efficient catalyst support.

  • 5.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, United States ‡ Department of Physics, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden § Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720, United States ∥ Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720, United States.
    Larsen, Christian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Boulanger, Nicolas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Zettl, Alex
    Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, United States.
    Edman, Ludvig
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Self-assembled PCBM nanosheets: a facile route to electronic layer-on-Layer heterostructures2018Inngår i: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 18, nr 2, s. 1442-1447Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We report on the self-assembly of semicrystalline [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) nanosheets at the interface between a hydrophobic solvent and water, and utilize this opportunity for the realization of electronically active organic/organic molecular heterostructures. The self-assembled PCBM nanosheets can feature a lateral size of >1 cm2 and be transferred from the water surface to both hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces using facile transfer techniques. We employ a transferred single PCBM nanosheet as the active material in a field-effect transistor (FET) and verify semiconductor function by a measured electron mobility of 1.2 × 10–2 cm2 V–1 s–1 and an on–off ratio of ∼1 × 104. We further fabricate a planar organic/organic heterostructure with the p-type organic semiconductor poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) as the bottom layer and the n-type PCBM nanosheet as the top layer and demonstrate ambipolar FET operation with an electron mobility of 8.7 × 10–4 cm2 V–1 s–1 and a hole mobility of 3.1 × 10–4 cm2V–1 s–1.

  • 6.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Larsen, Christian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Edman, Ludvig
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Solution-Based Phototransformation of C-60 Nanorods: Towards Improved Electronic Devices2013Inngår i: Particle & particle systems characterization, ISSN 0934-0866, E-ISSN 1521-4117, Vol. 30, nr 8, s. 715-720Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A modified liquid-liquid interface precipitation synthesis of C-60 nanorods, effects and opportunities following an in situ photochemical transformation in the liquid state, and an electronic characterization using a field-effect transistor (FET) geometry are reported. The nanorods feature a high aspect ratio of approximate to 10(3) and a notably small average diameter of 172 nm. Interestingly, it is found that a decreased nanorod diameter appears to correlate with distinctly improved electronic properties, and an average electron mobility of 0.30 cm(2) V-1 s(-1), as measured in a FET geometry, is reported for as-grown nanorods, with the peak value being an impressive 1.0 cm(2) V-1 s(-1). A photoexposure using green laser light ( = 532 nm) is demonstrated to result in the formation of a polymer-C-60 shell encapsulating a monomer-C-60 bulk; such photo-transformed nanorods exhibit an electron mobility of 4.7 x 10(-3) cm(2) V-1 s(-1). It is notable that the utilized FET geometry only probes the polymer-C-60 nanorod surface shell, and that the monomer-C-60 bulk is anticipated to exhibit a higher mobility. Importantly, photoexposed nanorods can be conveniently processed as a stabile dispersion in common hydrophobic solvents, and this finding is attributed to the insoluble character of the polymer-C-60 shell.

  • 7.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
    Pham, Thang
    Talyzin, Alexandr V.
    Zettl, Alex
    Synthesis of graphene nanoribbons inside boron nitride nanotubes2016Inngår i: Physica status solidi. B, Basic research, ISSN 0370-1972, E-ISSN 1521-3951, Vol. 253, nr 12, s. 2377-2379Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We report on bottom-up synthesis of graphene nanoribbons inside boron nitride nanotubes, using coronene molecules as building blocks. The synthesized ribbons are one or two coronene molecules wide, depending on the diameter of the host nanotube. The encapsulated carbon nanostructures can be eliminated from the inner cavity of the filled boron nitride nanotube via oxidation without any damage to the nanotube structure.

  • 8.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Univ Calif Berkeley, Dept Phys, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA; Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab, Div Mat Sci, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA; Univ Calif Berkeley, Kavli Energy NanoSci Inst, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA; Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA.
    Yan, Aiming
    Coh, Sinisa
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Dunn, Gabriel
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Louie, Steven G.
    Cohen, Marvin L.
    Zettl, Alex
    Electrostatically Driven Nanoballoon Actuator2016Inngår i: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 16, nr 11, s. 6787-6791Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We demonstrate an inflatable nanoballoon actuator based on geometrical transitions between the inflated (cylindrical) and collapsed (flattened) forms of a carbon nanotube. In situ transmission electron microscopy experiments employing a nanoelectromechanical manipulator show that a collapsed carbon nanotube can be reinflated by electrically charging the nanotube, thus realizing an electrostatically driven nanoballoon actuator. We find that the tube actuator can be reliably cycled with only modest control voltages (few volts) with no apparent wear or fatigue. A complementary theoretical analysis identifies critical parameters for nanotube nanoballoon actuation.

  • 9.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA; Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA; Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
    Yan, Aiming
    Coh, Sinisa
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Ojeda-Aristizabal, Claudia
    Dunn, Gabriel
    Cohen, Marvin L.
    Louie, Steven G.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Zettl, Alex
    Spontaneous twisting of a collapsed carbon nanotube2017Inngår i: Nano Reseach, ISSN 1998-0124, E-ISSN 1998-0000, Vol. 10, nr 6, s. 1942-1949Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We study the collapsing and subsequent spontaneous twisting of a carbon nanotube by in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A custom-sized nanotube is first created in the microscope by selectively extracting shells from a parent multi-walled tube. The few-walled, large-diameter daughter nanotube is driven to collapse via mechanical stimulation, after which the ribbon-like collapsed tube spontaneously twists along its long axis. In situ diffraction experiments fully characterize the uncollapsed and collapsed tubes. The experimental observations and associated theoretical analysis indicate that the origin of the twisting is compressive strain.

  • 10.
    Barzegar, HamidReza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Based One-Dimensional Structures: Tuning Physical and Chemical Properties2015Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Carbon nanostructures have been extensively used in different applications; ranging from electronic and optoelectronic devices to energy conversion. The interest stems from the fact that covalently bonded carbon atoms can form a wide variety of structures with zero-, one- and two-dimensional configuration with different physical properties. For instance, while fullerene molecules (zero-dimensional carbon structures) realize semiconductor behavior, two-dimensional graphene shows metallic behavior with exceptional electron mobility. Moreover the possibility to even further tune these fascinating properties by means of doping, chemical modification and combining carbon based sub-classes into new hybrid structures make the carbon nanostructure even more interesting for practical application. 

    This thesis focuses on synthesizing SWCNT and different C60 one-dimensional structures as well as tuning their properties by means of different chemical and structural modification. The purpose of the study is to have better understanding of the synthesis and modification techniques, which opens for better control over the properties of the product for desired applications.

    In this thesis carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on iron/cobalt catalyst particles. The effect of catalyst particle size on the diameter of the grown CNTs is systematically studied and in the case of SWCNTs it is shown that the chirality distribution of the grown SWCNTs can be tuned by altering the catalyst particle composition. In further experiments, incorporation of the nitrogen atoms in SWCNTs structures is examined. A correlation between experimental characterization techniques and theoretical calculation enable for precise analysis of different types of nitrogen configuration in SWCNTs structure and in particular their effect on growth termination and electronic properties of SWCNTs are studied.

    C60 one-dimensional structures are grown through a solution based method known as Liquid-liquid interfacial precipitation (LLIP). By controlling the crystal seed formation at the early stage of the growth the morphology and size of the grown C60 one-dimensional structures where tuned from nanorods to large diameter rods and tubes. We further introduce a facile solution-based method to photo-polymerize the as-grown C60 nanorods, and show that such a method crates a polymeric C60 shell around the nanorods. The polymeric C60 shell exhibits high stability against common hydrophobic C60 solvents, which makes the photo-polymerized nanorods ideal for further solution-based processing. This is practically shown by decoration of both as grown and photo-polymerized nanorods by palladium nanoparticles and comparison between their electrochemical activities. The electrical properties of the C60 nanorods are also examined by utilizing a field effect transistor geometry comprising different C60 nanorods.

    In the last part of the study a variant of CNT is synthesized in which large diameter, few-walled CNTs spontaneously transform to a collapsed ribbon shape structure, the so called collapsed carbon nanotube (CCNT). By inserting C60 molecules into the duct edges of CCNT a new hybrid structure comprising C60 molecules and CCNT is synthesized and characterized. A further C60 insertion lead to reinflation of CCNTs, which eventually form few-walled CNT completely filled with C60 molecules.

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  • 11. Dunn, Gabriel
    et al.
    Shen, Konlin
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, United States ‡ Department of Physics, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden § Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720, United States ∥ Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720, United States.
    Shi, Wu
    Belling, Jason N.
    Nguyen, Tran N.H.
    Barkovich, Emil
    Chism, Kyle
    Maharbiz, Michel M:
    DeWeese, Michael R:
    Zettl, Alex
    Selective Insulation of Carbon nanotubes2017Inngår i: Physica status solidi. B, Basic research, ISSN 0370-1972, E-ISSN 1521-3951, Vol. 254, nr 11, artikkel-id 1700202Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We demonstrate a method for the selective encapsulation of carbonnanotubes in thin parylene films using iron as a sacrificial lift-off layer. Theiron serves as an inhibitor of parylene deposition and prevents the parylenemolecules from linking, thus facilitating selective area coating after lift-off.

  • 12.
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Yan, Aiming
    Zettl, Alex
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Fabrication of One-Dimensional Zigzag [6,6]-Phenyl-C-61-Butyric Acid Methyl Ester Nanoribbons from Two-Dimensional Nanosheets2015Inngår i: ACS Nano, ISSN 1936-0851, E-ISSN 1936-086X, Vol. 9, nr 10, s. 10516-10522Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    One-dimensional (10) zigzag [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) nanoribbons are produced by folding two-dimensional ultrathin PCBM nanosheets in a simple solvent process. The unique 1D PCBM nanostructures exhibit uniform width of 3.8 +/- 0.3 nm, equivalent to four PCBM molecules, and lengths of 20-400 nm. These nanoribbons show well-defined crystalline structure, comprising PCBM molecules in a hexagonal arrangement without trapped solvent molecules. First-principle calculations and detailed experimental characterization provide an insight into the structure and formation mechanism of the 1D PCBM nanoribbons. Given their dimensions and physical properties, we foresee that these nanostructures should be ideal as acceptor material in organic solar cells.

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  • 13.
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, United States.
    Zettl, Alex
    Coronene-based graphene nanoribbons insulated by boron nitride nanotubes: electronic properties of the hybrid structure2018Inngår i: ACS Omega, ISSN 2470-1343, Vol. 3, nr 10, s. 12930-12935Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a theoretical study on the formation of graphene nanoribbons-via polymerization of coronene molecules-inside the inner cavity of boron nitride nanotubes. We examine the electronic property of the hybrid system, and we show that the boron nitride nanotube does not significantly alter the electronic properties of the encapsulated graphene nanoribbon. Motivated by previous experimental works, we examine graphene nanoribbons with two different widths and investigate probable scenarios for defect formation and/or twisting of the resulting graphene nanoribbons and their effect on the electronic properties of the hybrid system.

  • 14. Hedman, Daniel
    et al.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Department of Physics, University of California and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA.
    Rosen, Arne
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Larsson, J. Andreas
    On the Stability and Abundance of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes2015Inngår i: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 5, artikkel-id 16850Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Many nanotechnological applications, using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), are only possible with a uniform product. Thus, direct control over the product during chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of SWNT is desirable, and much effort has been made towards the ultimate goal of chirality-controlled growth of SWNTs. We have used density functional theory (DFT) to compute the stability of SWNT fragments of all chiralities in the series representing the targeted products for such applications, which we compare to the chiralities of the actual CVD products from all properly analyzed experiments. From this comparison we find that in 84% of the cases the experimental product represents chiralities among the most stable SWNT fragments (within 0.2 eV) from the computations. Our analysis shows that the diameter of the SWNT product is governed by the well-known relation to size of the catalytic nanoparticles, and the specific chirality is normally determined by the product's relative stability, suggesting thermodynamic control at the early stage of product formation. Based on our findings, we discuss the effect of other experimental parameters on the chirality of the product. Furthermore, we highlight the possibility to produce any tube chirality in the context of recent published work on seeded-controlled growth.

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  • 15.
    Hu, Guangzhi
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Mikolajczuk, Ania
    Polish Acad Sci, Inst Phys Chem, PL-01224 Warsaw, Poland.
    Tai, Cheuk-Wai
    Stockholm Univ, Arrhenius Lab, Dept Mat & Environm Chem, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Borodzinski, Andrzej
    Polish Acad Sci, Inst Phys Chem, PL-01224 Warsaw, Poland.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Palladium nanocrystals supported on helical carbon nanofibers for highly efficient electro-oxidation of formic acid, methanol and ethanol in alkaline electrolytes2012Inngår i: Journal of Power Sources, ISSN 0378-7753, E-ISSN 1873-2755, Vol. 209, s. 236-242Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We present the synthesis of palladium nanocrystals self-assembled on helical carbon nanofibers functionalized with benzyl mercaptan (Pd-S-HCNFs) and their electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of formic acid, methanol and ethanol. Helical carbon nanofibers (HCNFs) were first functionalized with benzyl mercaptan based on the pi-pi interactions between phenyl rings and the graphitic surface of HCNFs. Palladium nano crystals (PdNC) were fixed on the surface of functionalized HCNF by Pd-S bonds in a simple self-assembly method. The as-prepared materials were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), cyclic voltammetry (CV), and fuel cell tests. CV characterization of the as-prepared materials shows a very high electrocatalytic activity for oxidation of formic acid, ethanol and methanol in strong alkaline electrolyte. In comparison to commercial catalyst Vulcan XC-72 decorated with Pd nanoparticles, the proposed Pd-S-HCNFs nano composite material shows oxidation currents for formic acid, ethanol and methanol at the Pd-S-HCNF-modified electrode that are higher than that at the Pd/XC-72 modified electrode with a factor of 2.0, 1.5, and 2.3, respectively. In a formic acid fuel cell the Pd-S-HCNF modified electrode yields equal power density as commercial Pd/XC-72 catalyst. Our results show that Pd-decorated helical carbon nanofibers with diameters around 40-60 nm have very high potential as active material in fuel cells, electrocatalysts and sensors. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V All rights reserved.

  • 16.
    Hu, Guangzhi
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Ma, Jingyuan
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Jia, Xueen
    Shchukarev, Andrey
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Lu, Lu
    Ma, Chuansheng
    Yang, Guang
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Small palladium islands embedded in palladium-tungsten bimetallic nanoparticles form catalytic hotspots for oxygen reduction2014Inngår i: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, E-ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 5, s. Article number: 5253-Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The sluggish kinetics of the oxygen reduction reaction at the cathode side of proton exchange membrane fuel cells is one major technical challenge for realizing sustainable solutions for the transportation sector. Finding efficient yet cheap electrocatalysts to speed up this reaction therefore motivates researchers all over the world. Here we demonstrate an efficient synthesis of palladium-tungsten bimetallic nanoparticles supported on ordered mesoporous carbon. Despite a very low percentage of noble metal (palladium: tungsten = 1:8), the hybrid catalyst material exhibits a performance equal to commercial 60% platinum/Vulcan for the oxygen reduction process. The high catalytic efficiency is explained by the formation of small palladium islands embedded at the surface of the palladium-tungsten bimetallic nanoparticles, generating catalytic hotspots. The palladium islands are similar to 1 nm in diameter, and contain 10-20 palladium atoms that are segregated at the surface. Our results may provide insight into the formation, stabilization and performance of bimetallic nanoparticles for catalytic reactions.

  • 17.
    Hu, Guangzhi
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Jia, Xueen
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen. Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Reduction free room temperature synthesis of a durable and efficient Pd/ordered mesoporous carbon composite electrocatalyst for alkaline direct alcohols fuel cell2014Inngår i: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 4, nr 2, s. 676-682Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of easy and environmentally benign synthesis methods of efficient electrocatalysts for use in energy conversion applications motivates researchers all over the world. Here we report a novel and versatile method to synthesize well-dispersed palladium-functionalized ordered mesoporous carbons (Pd/OMCs) at room temperature without any reducing agent by one-pot mixing of tri(dibenzylideneacetone)palladium(0) (Pd2DBA3) and OMCs together in a common N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) solution. The formation of Pd nanoparticles and their crystallization on the OMC is catalyzed by protons in the solution and can thus be controlled by the solution pH. The complete process and the as-prepared nanocomposite was characterized by UV-spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (HTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The electrocatalytic property of the as-decorated material was examined with cyclic voltammetry (CV). The Pd/OMC composite shows up to two times higher electrocatalytic ability with a significantly better durability towards ethanol and methanol oxidation in alkaline media compared to commercial high surface area conductive carbon black Vulcan XC-72 decorated with equivalent Pd nanoparticles. Our described method provides new insight for the development of highly efficient carbon based nanocatalysts by simple and environmentally sound methods.

  • 18.
    Hu, Guangzhi
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Self-assembled palladium nanocrystals on helical carbon nanofibers as enhanced electrocatalysts for electro-oxidation of small molecules2012Inngår i: Journal of Materials Chemistry, ISSN 0959-9428, E-ISSN 1364-5501, Vol. 22, nr 17, s. 8541-8548Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a novel approach to prepare helical carbon nanofibers homogeneously functionalized with single crystal palladium nanoparticles via a phase-transfer method. The materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and electrochemical measurements. We find that homogeneous and small single-crystal Pd nanoparticles can be easily functionalized with phenyl mercaptan, transferred into the toluene phase from the dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) phase and then non-covalently self-assembled onto the surface of helical carbon nanofibers with a very good dispersion and homogeneous diameters of 4.5 +/- 0.6 nm. The palladium-helical carbon nanofiber composite exhibits significantly higher electrochemical active area and electrocatalytic activity towards the electrooxidation of formic acid, ethanol and methanol than the commercial electrocatalyst Pd/Vulcan XC-72. Our results show that the prepared material can be potentially used as an advanced nano-electrocatalyst in a direct alkaline fuel cell system.

  • 19.
    Hu, Guangzhi
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Tai, Cheuk-Wai
    Stockholm Univ, Dept Mat & Environm Chem, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Phase-transfer synthesis of amorphous palladium nanoparticle-functionalized 3D helical carbon nanofibers and its highly catalytic performance towards hydrazine oxidation2012Inngår i: Chemical Physics Letters, ISSN 0009-2614, E-ISSN 1873-4448, Vol. 543, s. 96-100Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Amorphous palladium nanoparticles functionalized helical carbon nanofibers (ApPd-HCNFs) were synthesized using a phase-transfer method. Palladium nanoparticles (Pd-NP) were first prepared using n-dodecyl sulfide as reducing agent and stabilizing ligands in ethanol. The Pd-NPs were then modified with benzyl mercaptan and transferred into a toluene solution with HCNFs which were decorated with amorphous palladium. The materials were characterized with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry showing that amorphous palladium nanoparticles were uniformly anchored at the HCNFs surface and that the ApPd-HCNFs exhibit high electrocatalytic activity towards hydrazine oxidation. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 20.
    Iqbal, Javed
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen. Department of Chemistry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad 38040, Pakistan.
    Enevold, Jenny
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Larsen, Christian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wang, Jia
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Revoju, Srikanth
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Eliasson, Bertil
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Edman, Ludvig
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    An arylene-vinylene based donor-acceptor-donor small molecule for the donor compound in high-voltage organic solar cells2016Inngår i: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, ISSN 0927-0248, E-ISSN 1879-3398, Vol. 155, s. 348-355Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) molecule has been designed and synthesized for use as the electron donating material in solution-processed small-molecule organic solar cells (OSCs). The D-A-D molecule comprises a central electron-accepting (2Z,2'Z)-2,2'-(2,5-bis(octyloxy)-1,4-phenylene)bis(3-(thiophen-2-yl)acry lonitrile) (ZOPTAN) core, which is chemically connected to two peripheral and electron-donating triphenylamine (TPA) units. The ZOPTAN-TPA molecule features a low HOMO level of -5.2 eV and an optical energy gap of 2.1 eV. Champion OSCs based on a solution-processed and non-annealed active material blend of [6,6]-phenyl-C-61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) and ZOPTAN-TPA in a mass ratio of 2:1 exhibits a power conversion efficiency of 1.9% and a high open-circuit voltage of 1.0 V. 

  • 21.
    Jia, Xueen
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Hu, Guangzhi
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Tai, Cheuk-Wai
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Synthesis of Palladium/Helical Carbon Nanofiber Hybrid Nanostructures and Their Application for Hydrogen Peroxide and Glucose Detection2013Inngår i: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244, E-ISSN 1944-8252, Vol. 5, nr 22, s. 12017-12022Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We report on a novel sensing platform for H2O2 and glucose based on immobilization of palladium-helical carbon nanofiber (Pd-HCNF) hybrid nanostnictures and glucose oxidase (GOx) with Nafion on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE). HCNFs were synthesized by a chemical vapor deposition process on a C-60-supported Pd catalyst. Pd-HCNF nanocomposites were prepared by a one-step reduction free method in dimethylformamide (DMF). The prepared materials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Raman spectroscopy. The Nafion/Pd-HCNF/GCE sensor exhibits excellent electrocatalytic sensitivity toward H2O2 (315 mA M-1 cm(-2)) as probed by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry. We show that Pd-HCNF-modified electrodes significantly reduce the overpotential and enhance the electron transfer rate. A linear range from 5.0 mu M to 2.1 mM with a detection limit of 3.0 mu M (based on the S/N = 3) and good reproducibility were obtained. Furthermore, a sensing platform for glucose was prepared by immobilizing the Pd-HCNFs and glucose oxidase (GOx) with Nafion on a glassy carbon electrode. The resulting biosensor exhibits a good response to glucose with a wide linear range (0.06-6.0 mM) with a detection limit of 0.03 mM and a sensitivity of 13 mA M-1 cm(-2). We show that small size and homogeneous distribution of the Pd nanoparticles in combination with good conductivity and large surface area of the HCNFs lead to a H2O2 and glucose sensing platform that performs in the top range of the herein reported sensor platforms.

  • 22.
    Larsen, Christian
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Edman, Ludvig
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    On the fabrication of crystalline C-60 nanorod transistors from solution2012Inngår i: Nanotechnology, ISSN 0957-4484, E-ISSN 1361-6528, Vol. 23, nr 34, s. 344015-Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Flexible and high-aspect-ratio C-60 nanorods are synthesized using a liquid-liquid interfacial precipitation process. As-grown nanorods are shown to exhibit a hexagonal close-packed single-crystal structure, with m-dichlorobenzene solvent molecules incorporated into the crystalline structure in a C-60:m-dichlorobenzene ratio of 3.2. An annealing step at 200 degrees C transforms the nanorods into a solvent-free face-centred-cubic polycrystalline structure. The nanorods are deposited onto field-effect transistor structures using two solvent-based techniques: drop-casting and dip-coating. We find that dip-coating deposition results in a preferred alignment of non-bundled nanorods and a satisfying transistor performance. The latter is quantified by the attainment of an electron mobility of 0.08 cm(2) V-1 s(-1) and an on/off ratio of >10(4) for a single-crystal nanorod transistor, fabricated with a solution-based and low-temperature process that is compatible with flexible substrates.

  • 23.
    Nitze, Florian
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wagberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Easy synthesis of Pd fullerene polymer structures from the molten state of tris(dibenzylideneacetone)dipalladium(0)2012Inngår i: Physica status solidi. B, Basic research, ISSN 0370-1972, E-ISSN 1521-3951, Vol. 249, nr 12, s. 2588-2591Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Pd fullerene composites were first synthesized and studied in the early 90s by for example Nagashima et al. In this study we present a novel and rapid approach to synthesize Pd fullerides based on direct reaction of C60 with Pd2dba3. We show that the Pd fullerene polymer phase forms at temperatures around the melting point of Pd2dba3 (150 degrees C) and that it proceeds upon further annealing while releasing dba. The synthesis reactions were studied in TGA/DSC. TEM revealed that the material easily collapses under the electron beam into nanoparticles. Under very low doses almost no particles can be found. Similarly, Raman spectroscopy confirmed the formation of Pd fulleride polymers but also supported the collapse of the Pd fulleride phase when irradiated by high laser power. CVD experiments have been conducted on directly coated Si substrates showing similar results to previous reports, namely that Pd2C60 is an efficient catalysts for the growth of helical carbon nanofibers. Our study gives both insights into the formation of nanoparticles as well as the synthesis of C60 polymers. The method is also compatible with direct coating processes making it useful for a broad spectrum of CVD and catalysis applications. (C) 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

  • 24.
    Nitze, Florian
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Sandström, Robin
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Hu, Guangzhi
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Mazurkiewicz, Marta
    Malolepszy, Artur
    Stobinski, Leszek
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Direct support mixture painting, using Pd(0) organo-metallic compounds - an easy and environmentally sound approach to combine decoration and electrode preparation for fuel cells2014Inngår i: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 2, nr 48, s. 20973-20979Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    An inventive, fast and straight-forward approach for the direct preparation of fuel cell electrodes has been developed and tested. Our approach avoids long catalyst preparation and post-synthesis treatment. It reduces the use of chemicals and thereby concomitantly lowers the environmental impact and improves cost efficiency. It combines decoration of the support by palladium nanoparticles with electrode preparation through a simple one-step ink-painting and annealing process. Composites have been investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and Xray diffraction. Crystalline particles are well-attached and well-distributed on the support. Particles are of few nanometers in size and spherical for decorated Vulcan whereas they are larger and irregularly shaped for decorated helical carbon nanofibers (HCNFs). Electrodes with a metal loading of 0.8 mg cm(-2) have been tested in a direct formic acid fuel cell. Both the Vulcan and the HCNF electrodes show a similar and high power output of up to 120 mW mg(-1). They also show similar performances in deactivation experiments conducted at 200 mA cm(-2) even when using only high purity grade formic acid. After deactivation the electrodes show no structural damage, making them superior to most commercial catalysts. The electrodes can be completely regenerated to initial activity by simple treatment with water. The easy regeneration process indicates that CO-adsorption on the fuel cell anode catalyst is not the main poisoning mechanism responsible for electrode degeneration.

  • 25.
    Sandström, Robin
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Annamalai, Alagappan
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Persson, Per
    Linköping University.
    Persson, Ingemar
    Linköping University.
    Ekspong, Joakim
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Microwave-Induced Structural Ordering of Resilient Nanostructured L10-FePt Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction ReactionManuskript (preprint) (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    We show how structurally ordered L10 face-centered tetragonal (fct) FePt nanoparticles are produced by a solid-state microwave-assisted synthesis method. The structural phase as well as the incorporated Fe into the nanoparticles is confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high resolution high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy experiments. The prepared particles exhibit a remarkable resilience toward crystallite growth at high temperatures. Directly correlated to the L10 phase, the best oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) characteristics are achieved for particles with a 1:1 Fe:Pt atomic ratio and an average size of ~2.9 nm where Pt-specific evaluation provided a high mass and specific activity of ~570 A/gPt and ~600 μA/cm2Pt respectively. Our results demonstrate that well-structured catalysts possessing activities vastly exceeding Pt/C (~210 A/gPt & ~250 μA/cm2Pt), can be synthesized through a fast and highly eco-friendly method. We note that the achieved mass activity represent a significant leap toward the theoretical maximum for fully ordered FePt nanoparticles.

  • 26.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitze, Florian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Tai, Cheuk-Wai
    Mazurkiewicz, Marta
    Malolepszy, Artur
    Stobinski, Leszek
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Nitrogen doped multi walled carbon nanotubes produced by CVD-correlating XPS and Raman spectroscopy for the study of nitrogen inclusion2012Inngår i: Carbon, ISSN 0008-6223, E-ISSN 1873-3891, Vol. 50, nr 10, s. 3535-3541Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    High purity aligned nitrogen doped multi walled carbon nanotubes were synthesized by the catalytic chemical vapor deposition method using pyridine and Fe/Co (2:1 volume ratio) as the single C/N precursor and catalyst material. The average diameter of the synthesized tubes ranges between 29 nm and 57 nm and the nitrogen content of the tubes reaches a maximum of 9.2 (at.)% nitrogen. The effect of nitrogen doping on the Raman scattering of doped tubes and its correlation with X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) was investigated. The analysis is based on the investigation of the I-D/I-G (integrated area ratio), other nitrogen characteristic Raman modes and the type of nitrogen inclusion interpreted from the N 1s electron bonding energies in XPS. At doping levels higher than 5% the nitrogen inclusion takes place through another mechanism than at low nitrogen doping levels. Most significant is that pyridinic defects are relatively readily incorporated at low nitrogen doping levels while at nitrogen content higher than 5% the major incorporation mechanism is dominated by pyridinic and pyrrolic defects on an equal basis. Our study gives further insight into nitrogen doping effects and the relation between type of nitrogen inclusion and nitrogen doping levels. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 27.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering, Rice University, Houston, 77005, USA.
    Xie, Yu
    Zhang, Xiang
    Barzegar, Hamid Reza
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-1234, USA.
    Lei, Jincheng
    Coulter, Gabriel
    Sun, Shiyun
    Tiwary, Chandrasekhar
    Zettl, Alex
    Yakobson, Boris
    Ajayan, Pulickel M.
    Graphene as an electrochemical transfer layer2019Inngår i: Carbon, ISSN 0008-6223, E-ISSN 1873-3891, Vol. 141, s. 266-273Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The capability of graphene to adopt a property from an adjacent material is investigated by measuring the electrochemical performance of a monolayer graphene placed on top of thin cobalt oxide (Co3O4) nanosheets. In this assembly, monolayer graphene works as an interfacial layer which inhibits the direct contact of the actual electroactive material and electrolyte during electrochemical reaction. The results show that while graphene is electrochemically inert, it behaves as an active material to catalyze oxygen evolution reaction (OER) once placed on top of Co3O4 nanosheets. The graphene-covered Co3O4 model system shows electrochemical performance similar to Co3O4 indicating complete transference of the electrochemical property of the metal oxide to the graphene. Based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations, charge transfer from graphene to Co3O4 is the key factor for turning the electrochemically inactive graphene to an apparent active material. 

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