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  • 101.
    Achu Nges, Ivo
    et al.
    Department of Biotechnology, Lund Univeristy.
    Björn, Annika
    Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Björnsson, Lovisa
    Department of Biotechnology, Lund University.
    Stable operation during pilot-scale anaerobic digestion of nutrient-supplemented maize/sugar beet silage2012In: Bioresource Technology, ISSN 0960-8524, E-ISSN 1873-2976, Vol. 118, p. 445-454Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Biogas production from maize/sugar beet silage was studied under mesophilic conditions in a continuous stirred tank reactor pilot-scale process. While energy crop mono-digestion is often performed with very long hydraulic retention times (HRTs), the present study demonstrated an efficient process operating with a 50-day HRT and a corrected total solids (TScorr) based organic loading rate of 3.4 kg/m3×d. The good performance was attributed to supplementation with both macro- and micronutrients and was evidenced by good methane yields (318 m3/ton TScorr) which were comparable to laboratory maximum expected yields plus low total volatile fatty acid concentrations (< 0.8 g/L). A viscoplastic and thixotropic digester fluid behaviour was observed, and the viscosity problems common in crop mono-digestion were not seen in this study. The effluent also complied with Swedish certification standards for bio-fertilizer for farmland application. Nutrient addition thus rendered a stable biogas process, while the effluent was a good quality bio-fertilizer.

  • 102.
    Ackelman, Jenny
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
    Alternative splicing and its regulation under normal and abnormal conditions2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    During the maturation of pre-mRNA introns are removed and exons are spliced together, to form a primary transcript, a reaction that is catalyzed by the spliceosome. Alternative splicing is a complex reaction that mainly utilizes one of four mechanisms; exon skipping, 5’ splice site choice, 3’ splice site choice and intron retention. To achieve accurate splicing four sequence elements are essential, two of which are located in the splice sites themselves; 5’ splice sites and 3’ splice sites, but also the polypyrimidine tract and the branch point sequence. Alternative splicing can be regulated by histone or chromatin modulations, siRNA, transcription efficiency and various proteins, many of which belong to either the SR protein family or the hnRNP family of proteins. SR proteins usually promote exon inclusion, while hnRNP proteins usually promote exon skipping. There are also regulatory elements that are called exonic splicing enhancers or silencers depending on if they promote or inhibit the inclusion of the exon they reside in. These elements also exist in introns and are then called intronic splicing enhancers or silencers. The enhancer elements are most commonly targeted by SR proteins and the silencer elements are usually targeted by hnRNP proteins. This paper will mainly focus on the regulation of alternative splicing and the role of alternative splicing under abnormal conditions, such as when mutations cause disease.

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  • 103.
    Ackerfors, Linnea
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Hederén, Amanda
    Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Climate Transition in Municipalities: Identifying ways to assess transition processes through indicators2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Climate change has been recognised as one of the biggest challenges of our time. To prevent further climate change impacts, nations at COP21 further stressed the need to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions enough to prevent dangerous temperature rise and to adapt societies to become more resilient. Municipals have been found important actors in this transition due to their power to inflict change on a local level. However, there is a lack of methods to assess how transition is made due to the fact that transition is a fairly new approach to managing climate change combined with a lack of completed transitions in municipalities. The purpose of this study is to explore the use of indicators as a method to assess municipal transition processes. Focusing on two Swedish municipalities that have been deemed vulnerable but at the same time apt to combat climate change, this study uses a triangulation of methods that are divided into two phases. The first phase uses a literature review in order to create a scientifically based list of transition indicators. The second phase uses document analyses and interviews in order to test the indicators and analyse transition process on a local level. The study revealed that there are multiple barriers and triggers for transition such as conflicting interests, economic factors, political steering, knowledge building- and awareness and long term perspectives, but that there also exist important tools for municipal transition in the form of networks through multi-level collaborations and plans/objectives. The findings in this study also suggests that the use of indicators as a method to assess transition could be viable, but that it is limited due to its contextual nature and lack of successful transitions to compare with.

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    Bachelor Thesis 2016 Ackerfors & Hederén
  • 104.
    Acosta Navarro, J. C.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Sweden .
    Smolander, S.
    University of Helsinki, Finland .
    Struthers, Hamish
    Linköping University, National Supercomputer Centre (NSC).
    Zorita, E.
    Institute for Coastal Research, Geesthacht, Germany.
    Ekman, A. M. L.
    Stockholm University, Sweden .
    Kaplan, J. O.
    Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Guenther, A.
    PNNL, Richland, WA USA .
    Arneth, A.
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
    Riipinen, I.
    Stockholm University, Sweden .
    Global emissions of terpenoid VOCs from terrestrial vegetation in the last millennium2014In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, ISSN 2169-897X, E-ISSN 2169-8996, Vol. 119, no 11, p. 6867-6885Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigated the millennial variability (1000 A.D.-2000 A.D.) of global biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions by using two independent numerical models: The Model of Emissions of Gases and Aerosols from Nature (MEGAN), for isoprene, monoterpene, and sesquiterpene, and Lund-Potsdam-Jena-General Ecosystem Simulator (LPJ-GUESS), for isoprene and monoterpenes. We found the millennial trends of global isoprene emissions to be mostly affected by land cover and atmospheric carbon dioxide changes, whereas monoterpene and sesquiterpene emission trends were dominated by temperature change. Isoprene emissions declined substantially in regions with large and rapid land cover change. In addition, isoprene emission sensitivity to drought proved to have significant short-term global effects. By the end of the past millennium MEGAN isoprene emissions were 634 TgC yr-1 (13% and 19% less than during 1750-1850 and 1000-1200, respectively), and LPJ-GUESS emissions were 323 TgC yr-1(15% and 20% less than during 1750-1850 and 1000-1200, respectively). Monoterpene emissions were 89 TgC yr-1(10% and 6% higher than during 1750-1850 and 1000-1200, respectively) in MEGAN, and 24 TgC yr-1 (2% higher and 5% less than during 1750-1850 and 1000-1200, respectively) in LPJ-GUESS. MEGAN sesquiterpene emissions were 36 TgC yr-1(10% and 4% higher than during 1750-1850 and 1000-1200, respectively). Although both models capture similar emission trends, the magnitude of the emissions are different. This highlights the importance of building better constraints on VOC emissions from terrestrial vegetation.

  • 105.
    Acosta Navarro, J. C.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Varma, V.
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Riipinen, I.
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Seland, O.
    Norwegian Meteorol Institute, Norway.
    Kirkevag, A.
    Norwegian Meteorol Institute, Norway.
    Struthers, Hamish
    Linköping University, National Supercomputer Centre (NSC). Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Iversen, T.
    Norwegian Meteorol Institute, Norway.
    Hansson, H. -C.
    Stockholm University, Sweden; Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Ekman, A. M. L.
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Amplification of Arctic warming by past air pollution reductions in Europe2016In: Nature Geoscience, ISSN 1752-0894, E-ISSN 1752-0908, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 277-281Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Arctic region is warming considerably faster than the rest of the globe(1), with important consequences for the ecosystems(2) and human exploration of the region(3). However, the reasons behind this Arctic amplification are not entirely clear(4). As a result of measures to enhance air quality, anthropogenic emissions of particulate matter and its precursors have drastically decreased in parts of the Northern Hemisphere over the past three decades(5). Here we present simulations with an Earth system model with comprehensive aerosol physics and chemistry that show that the sulfate aerosol reductions in Europe since 1980 can potentially explain a significant fraction of Arctic warming over that period. Specifically, the Arctic region receives an additional 0.3Wm(-2) of energy, and warms by 0.5 degrees C on annual average in simulations with declining European sulfur emissions in line with historical observations, compared with a model simulation with fixed European emissions at 1980 levels. Arctic warming is amplified mainly in fall and winter, but the warming is initiated in summer by an increase in incoming solar radiation as well as an enhanced poleward oceanic and atmospheric heat transport. The simulated summertime energy surplus reduces sea-ice cover, which leads to a transfer of heat from the Arctic Ocean to the atmosphere. We conclude that air quality regulations in the Northern Hemisphere, the ocean and atmospheric circulation, and Arctic climate are inherently linked.

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    Adam, Rania Elhadi
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Synthesis and Characterization of Some Nanostructured Materials for Visible Light-driven Photo Processes2020Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanostructured materials for visible light driven photo-processes such as photodegradation of organic pollutants and photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation for hydrogen production are very attractive because of the positive impact on the environment. Metal oxides-based nanostructures are widely used in these photoprocesses due to their unique properties. But single nanostructured metal oxide material might suffer from low efficiency and instability in aqueous solutions under visible light. These facts make it important to have an efficient and reliable nanocomposite for the photo-processes. The combination of different nanomaterials to form a composite configuration can produce a material with new properties. The new properties which are due to the synergetic effect, are a combination of the properties of all the counterparts of the nanocomposite. Zinc oxides (ZnO) have unique optical and electrical properties which grant it to be used in optoelectronics, sensors, solar cells, nanogenerators, and photocatalysis activities. Although ZnO absorbs visible light from the sun due to the deep level band, it mainly absorbs ultraviolet wavelengths which constitute a small portion of the whole solar spectrum range. Also, ZnO has a problem with the high recombination rate of the photogenerated electrons. These problems might reduce its applicability to the photo-process. Therefore, our aim is to develop and investigate different nanocomposites materials based on the ZnO nanostructures for the enhancement of photocatalysis processes using the visible solar light as a green source of energy. Two photo-processes were applied to examine the developed nanocomposites through photocatalysis: (1) the photodegradation of organic dyes, (2) PEC water splitting. In the first photo-process, we used the ZnO nanoparticles (NPs), Magnesium (Mg)-doped ZnO NPs, and plasmonic ZnO/graphene-based nanocomposite for the decomposition of some organic dyes that have been used in industries. For the second photo-process, ZnO photoelectrode composite with different silver-based semiconductors to enhance the performance of the ZnO photoelectrode was used for PEC reaction analysis to perform water splitting. The characterization and photocatalysis experiment results showed remarkable enhancement in the photocatalysis efficiency of the synthesized nanocomposites. The observed improved properties of the ZnO are due to the synergetic effects are caused by the addition of the other nanomaterials. Hence, the present thesis attends to the synthesis and characterization of some nanostructured materials composite with ZnO that are promising candidates for visible light-driven photo-processes.  

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    1. Synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles by co-precipitation method for solar driven photodegradation of Congo red dye at different pH
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles by co-precipitation method for solar driven photodegradation of Congo red dye at different pH
    2018 (English)In: PHOTONICS AND NANOSTRUCTURES-FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS, ISSN 1569-4410, Vol. 32, p. 11-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Solar driven photocatalytic processes to remove organic pollutants from wastewater and other aqueous solutions is very important and useful due to its environmental benefits regarding sustainability aspect. In this article, we report a study on the use of bare zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) prepared by the chemical low temperature co-precipitation method and used as a catalyst to degrade the Congo red dye from aqueous solution using solar radiation. We performed the photocatalytic experiments for degradation of Congo red dye under solar radiation at different pH values. The results showed that the ZnO NPs are effective under solar radiation for degradation of Congo red dye. Even when the pH was varied down to 4 or raised to 10, the degradation was observed to be slightly improved. This result is due to the excess of radicals species, which enhance the photocatalytic process. In general, the observed degradation efficiency of the ZnO NPs is due to the deep level defects within the band gap that were introduced during the growth process of the ZnO NPs, which enhance the absorption wavelength band towards the visible light region. Recycling of the ZnO NPs for 3 successive runs have indicated the feasibility of reusing the NPs for several times. This implies that by using bare ZnO NPs an efficient approach for degradation of toxic waste can be achieved. Radical scavengers were used to evaluate the role of the radicals in the reaction mechanism.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, 2018
    Keywords
    ZnO nanoparticles; Point defects; Photocatalytic
    National Category
    Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153525 (URN)10.1016/j.photonics.2018.08.005 (DOI)000451653700003 ()
    Note

    Funding Agencies|department of Science and Technology, Linkoping University, Sweden

    Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2020-03-18
    2. Synthesis of Mg-doped ZnO NPs via a chemical low-temperature method and investigation of the efficient photocatalytic activity for the degradation of dyes under solar light
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    2020 (English)In: Solid State Sciences, ISSN 1293-2558, E-ISSN 1873-3085, Vol. 99, article id 106053Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Doped semiconductors nanostructures (NSs) have shown great interest as a potential for green and efficient photocatalysis activities. Magnesium (Mg)-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) has been synthesized by a one-step chemical low temperature (60 °C) co-precipitation method without further calcination and their photocatalytic performance for photodegradation of Methylene blue (MB) dye under the illumination of solar light is investigated. The crystal structure of the synthesized NPs is examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD data indicates a slight shift towards higher 2θ angle in Mg-doped samples as compared to the pure ZnO NPs which suggest the incorporation of Mg2+ into ZnO crystal lattice. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–Vis spectrophotometer and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy, were used to study electronics, and optical properties, respectively. The XPS analysis confirms the substitution of the Zn2+ by the Mg2+ into the ZnO crystal lattice in agreement with the XRD data. The photocatalytic activities showed a significant enhancement of the Mg-doped ZnO NPs in comparison with pure ZnO NPs. Hole/radical scavengers were used to reveal the mechanism of the photodegradation. It was found that the addition of the Mg to the ZnO lattices increases the absorption of the hydroxyl ions at the surface of the NPs and hence acts as a trap site leading to decrease the electron-hole pair and consequently enhancing the photodegradation.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier, 2020
    Keywords
    ZnO nanoparticles, Mg-doped ZnO NPs, Photocatalytic, Photodegradation, Methylene blue, Congo red
    National Category
    Materials Chemistry
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-164333 (URN)10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2019.106053 (DOI)000516720100024 ()2-s2.0-85074706430 (Scopus ID)
    Available from: 2020-03-18 Created: 2020-03-18 Last updated: 2020-03-24Bibliographically approved
    3. Graphene-based plasmonic nanocomposites for highly enhanced solar-driven photocatalytic activities
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    2019 (English)In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 9, no 52, p. 30585-30598Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    High-efficiency photocatalysts are crucial for the removal of organic pollutants and environmental sustainability. In the present work, we report on a new low-temperature hydrothermal chemical method, assisted by ultrasonication, to synthesize disruptive plasmonic ZnO/graphene/Ag/AgI nanocomposites for solar-driven photocatalysis. The plasmonic nanocomposites were investigated by a wide range of characterization techniques, confirming successful formation of photocatalysts with excellent degradation efficiency. Using Congo red as a model dye molecule, our experimental results demonstrated a photocatalytic reactivity exceeding 90% efficiency after one hour simulated solar irradiation. The significantly enhanced degradation efficiency is attributed to improved electronic properties of the nanocomposites by hybridization of the graphene and to the addition of Ag/AgI which generates a strong surface plasmon resonance effect in the metallic silver further improving the photocatalytic activity and stability under solar irradiation. Scavenger experiments suggest that superoxide and hydroxyl radicals are responsible for the photodegradation of Congo red. Our findings are important for the fundamental understanding of the photocatalytic mechanism of ZnO/graphene/Ag/AgI nanocomposites and can lead to further development of novel efficient photocatalyst materials.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Royal Meteorological Society, 2019
    National Category
    Condensed Matter Physics
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-160568 (URN)10.1039/C9RA06273D (DOI)000487989300064 ()
    Note

    Funding agencies: Department of Science and Technology (ITN) at Campus Norrkoping, Linkoping University, Sweden; Knut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationKnut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation

    Available from: 2019-09-30 Created: 2019-09-30 Last updated: 2020-03-18Bibliographically approved
    4. n–n ZnO–Ag2CrO4 heterojunction photoelectrodes with enhanced visible-light photoelectrochemical properties
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    2019 (English)In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 9, no 14, p. 7992-8001Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, ZnO nanorods (NRs) were hydrothermally grown on an Au-coated glass substrate at a relatively low temperature (90 °C), followed by the deposition of Ag2CrO4 particles via a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) route. The content of the Ag2CrO4 particles on ZnO NRs was controlled by changing the number of SILAR cycles. The fabricated ZnO–Ag2CrO4 heterojunction photoelectrodes were subjected to morphological, structural, compositional, and optical property analyses; their photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties were investigated under simulated solar light illumination. The photocurrent responses confirmed that the ability of the ZnO–Ag2CrO4 heterojunction photoelectrodes to separate the photo-generated electron–hole pairs is stronger than that of bare ZnO NRs. Impressively, the maximum photocurrent density of about 2.51 mA cm−2 at 1.23 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) was measured for the prepared ZnO–Ag2CrO4 photoelectrode with 8 SILAR cycles (denoted as ZnO–Ag2CrO4-8), which exhibited about 3-fold photo-enhancement in the current density as compared to bare ZnO NRs (0.87 mA cm−2) under similar conditions. The improvement in photoactivity was attributed to the ideal band gap and high absorption coefficient of the Ag2CrO4 particles, which resulted in improved solar light absorption properties. Furthermore, an appropriate annealing treatment was proven to be an efficient process to increase the crystallinity of Ag2CrO4 particles deposited on ZnO NRs, which improved the charge transport characteristics of the ZnO–Ag2CrO4-8 photoelectrode annealed at 200 °C and increased the performance of the photoelectrode. The results achieved in the present work present new insights for designing n–n heterojunction photoelectrodes for efficient and cost-effective PEC applications and solar-to-fuel energ

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019
    National Category
    Physical Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-155657 (URN)10.1039/C9RA00639G (DOI)000462646000051 ()2-s2.0-85062919263 (Scopus ID)
    Note

    Funding agencies: University of Mohaghegh Ardabili-Iran and Linkoping University-Sweden; AForsk [17-457

    Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2020-03-18Bibliographically approved
    5. ZnO/Ag/Ag2WO4 photo-electrodes with plasmonic behavior for enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>ZnO/Ag/Ag2WO4 photo-electrodes with plasmonic behavior for enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation
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    2019 (English)In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 9, no 15, p. 8271-8279Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Ag-based compounds are excellent co-catalyst that can enhance harvesting visible light and increase photo-generated charge carrier separation owing to its surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect in photoelectrochemical (PEC) applications. However, the PEC performance of a ZnO/Ag/Ag2WO4 heterostructure with SPR behavior has not been fully studied so far. Here we report the preparation of a ZnO/Ag/Ag2WO4 photo-electrode with SPR behavior by a low temperature hydrothermal chemical growth method followed by a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The properties of the prepared samples were investigated by different characterization techniques, which confirm that Ag/Ag2WO4 was deposited on the ZnO NRs. The Ag2WO4/Ag/ZnO photo-electrode showed an enhancement in PEC performance compared to bare ZnO NRs. The observed enhancement is attributed to the red shift of the optical absorption spectrum of the Ag2WO4/Ag/ZnO to the visible region (>400 nm) and to the SPR effect of surface metallic silver (Ag0) particles from the Ag/Ag2WO4 that could generate electron–hole pairs under illumination of low energy visible sun light. Finally, we proposed the PEC mechanism of the Ag2WO4/Ag/ZnO photo-electrode with an energy band structure and possible electron–hole separation and transportation in the ZnO/Ag/Ag2WO4 heterostructure with SPR effect for water oxidation. ER

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019
    National Category
    Physical Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-155655 (URN)10.1039/C8RA10141H (DOI)000461445300016 ()
    Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2020-03-18Bibliographically approved
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  • 107.
    Adam, Rania Elhadi
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Alnoor, Hatim
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Pozina, Galia
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Liu, Xianjie
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Laboratory of Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics.
    Synthesis of Mg-doped ZnO NPs via a chemical low-temperature method and investigation of the efficient photocatalytic activity for the degradation of dyes under solar light2020In: Solid State Sciences, ISSN 1293-2558, E-ISSN 1873-3085, Vol. 99, article id 106053Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Doped semiconductors nanostructures (NSs) have shown great interest as a potential for green and efficient photocatalysis activities. Magnesium (Mg)-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) has been synthesized by a one-step chemical low temperature (60 °C) co-precipitation method without further calcination and their photocatalytic performance for photodegradation of Methylene blue (MB) dye under the illumination of solar light is investigated. The crystal structure of the synthesized NPs is examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD data indicates a slight shift towards higher 2θ angle in Mg-doped samples as compared to the pure ZnO NPs which suggest the incorporation of Mg2+ into ZnO crystal lattice. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–Vis spectrophotometer and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy, were used to study electronics, and optical properties, respectively. The XPS analysis confirms the substitution of the Zn2+ by the Mg2+ into the ZnO crystal lattice in agreement with the XRD data. The photocatalytic activities showed a significant enhancement of the Mg-doped ZnO NPs in comparison with pure ZnO NPs. Hole/radical scavengers were used to reveal the mechanism of the photodegradation. It was found that the addition of the Mg to the ZnO lattices increases the absorption of the hydroxyl ions at the surface of the NPs and hence acts as a trap site leading to decrease the electron-hole pair and consequently enhancing the photodegradation.

  • 108.
    Adam, Rania Elhadi
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Chalangar, Ebrahim
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. School of Information Technology, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden.
    Pirhashemi, Mahsa
    Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil, Iran.
    Pozina, Galia
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Liu, Xianjie
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Palisaitis, Justinas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Pettersson, Håkan
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. School of Information Technology, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden; Solid State Physics and NanoLund, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Graphene-based plasmonic nanocomposites for highly enhanced solar-driven photocatalytic activities2019In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 9, no 52, p. 30585-30598Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    High-efficiency photocatalysts are crucial for the removal of organic pollutants and environmental sustainability. In the present work, we report on a new low-temperature hydrothermal chemical method, assisted by ultrasonication, to synthesize disruptive plasmonic ZnO/graphene/Ag/AgI nanocomposites for solar-driven photocatalysis. The plasmonic nanocomposites were investigated by a wide range of characterization techniques, confirming successful formation of photocatalysts with excellent degradation efficiency. Using Congo red as a model dye molecule, our experimental results demonstrated a photocatalytic reactivity exceeding 90% efficiency after one hour simulated solar irradiation. The significantly enhanced degradation efficiency is attributed to improved electronic properties of the nanocomposites by hybridization of the graphene and to the addition of Ag/AgI which generates a strong surface plasmon resonance effect in the metallic silver further improving the photocatalytic activity and stability under solar irradiation. Scavenger experiments suggest that superoxide and hydroxyl radicals are responsible for the photodegradation of Congo red. Our findings are important for the fundamental understanding of the photocatalytic mechanism of ZnO/graphene/Ag/AgI nanocomposites and can lead to further development of novel efficient photocatalyst materials.

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  • 109.
    Adam, Stefan
    et al.
    Leibniz Institute Polymerforsch eV, Germany; Technical University of Dresden, Germany.
    Koenig, Meike
    Leibniz Institute Polymerforsch eV, Germany; Technical University of Dresden, Germany; Karlsruhe Institute Technology, Germany.
    Rodenhausen, Keith Brian
    University of Nebraska, NE 68588 USA; Biolin Science Inc, NJ 07652 USA.
    Eichhorn, Klaus-Jochen
    Leibniz Institute Polymerforsch eV, Germany.
    Oertel, Ulrich
    Leibniz Institute Polymerforsch eV, Germany.
    Schubert, Mathias
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Leibniz Institute Polymerforsch eV, Germany; University of Nebraska, NE 68588 USA; University of Nebraska, NE 68588 USA.
    Stamm, Manfred
    Leibniz Institute Polymerforsch eV, Germany; Technical University of Dresden, Germany.
    Uhlmann, Petra
    Leibniz Institute Polymerforsch eV, Germany; University of Nebraska, NE 68588 USA.
    Quartz crystal microbalance with coupled Spectroscopic Ellipsometry-study of temperature-responsive polymer brush systems2017In: Applied Surface Science, ISSN 0169-4332, E-ISSN 1873-5584, Vol. 421, p. 843-851Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using a combined setup of quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring together with spectroscopic ellipsometry, the thermo-responsive behavior of two different brush systems (poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) and poly(2-oxazoline)s) was investigated and compared to the behavior of the free polymer in solution. Poly(2-oxazoline)s with three different hydrophilicities were prepared by changing the content of a hydrophilic comonomer. While both polymer types exhibit a sharp, discontinuous thermal transition in solution, in the brush state the transition gets broader in the case of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) and is transformed into a continuous transition for poly(2-oxazoline)s. The position of the transition in solution is influenced by the degree of hydrophilicity of the poly(2-oxazoline). The difference in areal mass detected by quartz crystal microbalance and by spectroscopic ellipsometry, has been attributed to the chain segment density profile of the polymer brushes. Applying this density profile information, for poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) two different swelling stages could be identified, while for poly(2-oxazoline) the transition between a parabolic and more step-wise profile is found continuous. The different swelling characteristics were attributed to the different miscibility behavior types, with the brush state acting similar to a crosslinked system. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 110. Order onlineBuy this publication >>
    Adamovic, Dragan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Molecular Dynamics Studies of Low-Energy Atom Impact Phenomena on Metal Surfaces during Crystal Growth2006Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    It is a well-known fact in the materials science community that the use of low-energy atom impacts during thin film deposition is an effective tool for altering the growth behavior and for increasing the crystallinity of the films. However, the manner in which the incident atoms affect the growth kinetics and surface morphology is quite complicated and still not fully understood. This provides a strong incentive for further investigations of the interaction among incident atoms and surface atoms on the atomic scale. These impact-induced energetic events are non-equilibrium, transient processes which complete in picoseconds. The only accessible technique today which permits direct observation of these events is molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.

    This thesis deals with MD simulations of low-energy atom impact phenomena on metal surfaces during crystal growth. Platinum is chosen as a model system given that it has seen extended use as a model surface over the past few decades, both in experiments and simulations. In MD, the classical equations of motion are solved numerically for a set of interacting atoms. The atomic interactions are calculated using the embedded atom method (EAM). The EAM is a semi-empirical, pair-functional interatomic potential based on density functional theory. This potential provides a physical picture that includes many-atom effects while retaining computational efficiency needed for larger systems.

    Single adatoms residing on a surface constitute the smallest possible clusters and are the fundamental components controlling nucleation kinetics. Small two-dimensional clusters on a surface are the result of nucleation and are present during the early stages of growth. These surface structures are chosen as targets in the simulations (papers I and II) to provide further knowledge of the atomistic processes which occur during deposition, to investigate at which impact energies the different kinetic pathways open up, and how they may affect growth behavior. Some of the events observed are adatom scattering, dimer formation, cluster disruption, formation of three-dimensional clusters, and residual vacancy formation. Given the knowledge obtained, papers III and IV deal with growth of several layers with the aim to study the underlying mechanisms responsible for altering growth behavior and how the overall intra- and interlayer atomic migration can be controlled by low-energy atom impacts.

    List of papers
    1. Low-energy ion irradiation during film growth: Kinetic pathways leading to enhanced adatom migration rates
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    2005 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 86, p. 211915-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Embedded-atom molecular dynamics simulations are used to investigate the effects of low-energy self-ion irradiation of Pt adatoms on Pt(111). Here, we concentrate on self-bombardment dynamics, i.e., isolating and monitoring the atomic processes, induced by normally incident Pt atoms with energies E ranging from 5 to 50 eV, that can affect intra- and interlayer mass transport.. We find that adatom scattering, surface channeling, and dimer formation occur at all energies. Atomic intermixing events involving incident and terrace atoms are observed at energies 15  eV, while the collateral formation of residual surface vacancies is observed only with E>40  eV. The overall effect of low-energy self-ion irradiation is to enhance lateral adatom and terrace atom migration. ©2005 American Institute of Physics

    Keywords
    platinum, adsorbed layers, ion beam effects, molecular dynamics method, channelling, vacancies (crystal), diffusion, metallic thin films, surface structure
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13934 (URN)10.1063/1.1940122 (DOI)
    Available from: 2006-08-29 Created: 2006-08-29 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    2. Enhanced intra- and interlayer mass transport on Pt(111) via 5 - 50 eV Pt atom impacts on two-dimensional Pt clusters
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    2006 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 515, no 4, p. 2235-2243Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Embedded-atom molecular dynamics simulations were used to investigate the effects of low-energy (5–50 eV) normally-incident self-ion irradiation of two-dimensional compact Pt3, Pt7, Pt19, and Pt37 clusters on Pt(111). We follow atomistic pathways leading to bombardment-induced intra- and interlayer mass transport. The results can be described in terms of three impact energy regimes. With E ≤ 20 eV, we observe an increase in 2D island dimensions and negligible residual point defect formation. As the impact energy is raised above 20 eV, we observe an increase in irradiation-induced lateral mass transport, a decrease in island size, and the activation of interlayer processes. For E ≥ 35 eV, this trend continues, but point defects, in the form of surface vacancies, are also formed. The results illustrate the richness of the dynamical interaction mechanisms occurring among incident energetic species, target clusters, and substrate atoms, leading to island preservation, reconfiguration, disruption and/or residual point defects formation. We discuss the significance of these results in terms of thin film growth.

    Keywords
    Ion bombardment; Platinum; Clusters; Atomistic dynamics
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13935 (URN)10.1016/j.tsf.2006.05.028 (DOI)
    Available from: 2006-08-29 Created: 2006-08-29 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    3. Kinetic pathways leading to layer-by-layer growth from hyperthermal atoms: A Multibillion time step molecular dynamics study
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    2007 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 76, p. 115418-115425Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We employ multibillion time step embedded-atom molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the homoepitaxial growth of Pt(111) from hyperthermal Pt atoms (EPt=0.2–50eV) using deposition fluxes approaching experimental conditions. Calculated antiphase diffraction intensity oscillations, based on adatom coverages as a function of time, reveal a transition from a three-dimensional multilayer growth mode with EPt<20eV to a layer-by-layer growth with EPt≥20eV. We isolate the effects of irradiation-induced processes and thermally activated mass transport during deposition in order to identify the mechanisms responsible for promoting layer-by-layer growth. Direct evidence is provided to show that the observed transition in growth modes is primarily due to irradiation-induced processes which occur during the 10ps following the arrival of each hyperthermal atom. The kinetic pathways leading to the transition involve both enhanced intralayer and interlayer adatom transport, direct incorporation of energetic atoms into clusters, and cluster disruption leading to increased terrace supersaturation.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    American Physical Society, 2007
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-38795 (URN)10.1103/PhysRevB.76.115418 (DOI)45667 (Local ID)45667 (Archive number)45667 (OAI)
    Note

    The previous status of this article was Manuscript.

    Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
    4. Controlled intra- and interlayer mass transport during low-energy Pt(111) homoepitaxy
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    Engineering and Technology
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    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13937 (URN)
    Available from: 2006-08-29 Created: 2006-08-29 Last updated: 2014-04-14
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  • 111.
    Adamovic, Dragan
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics.
    Chirita, Valeriu
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics.
    Münger, Peter
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics.
    Hultman, Lars
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics.
    Greene, J.E.
    Materials Science Department and the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, USA.
    Kinetic pathways leading to layer-by-layer growth from hyperthermal atoms: A Multibillion time step molecular dynamics study2007In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 76, p. 115418-115425Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We employ multibillion time step embedded-atom molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the homoepitaxial growth of Pt(111) from hyperthermal Pt atoms (EPt=0.2–50eV) using deposition fluxes approaching experimental conditions. Calculated antiphase diffraction intensity oscillations, based on adatom coverages as a function of time, reveal a transition from a three-dimensional multilayer growth mode with EPt<20eV to a layer-by-layer growth with EPt≥20eV. We isolate the effects of irradiation-induced processes and thermally activated mass transport during deposition in order to identify the mechanisms responsible for promoting layer-by-layer growth. Direct evidence is provided to show that the observed transition in growth modes is primarily due to irradiation-induced processes which occur during the 10ps following the arrival of each hyperthermal atom. The kinetic pathways leading to the transition involve both enhanced intralayer and interlayer adatom transport, direct incorporation of energetic atoms into clusters, and cluster disruption leading to increased terrace supersaturation.

  • 112.
    Adamovic, Dragan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chirita, Valeriu
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Münger, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hultman, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Greene, Joe
    University of Illinois.
    Enhanced intra- and interlayer mass transport on Pt(111) via 5 - 50 eV Pt atom impacts on two-dimensional Pt clusters2006In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 515, no 4, p. 2235-2243Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Embedded-atom molecular dynamics simulations were used to investigate the effects of low-energy (5–50 eV) normally-incident self-ion irradiation of two-dimensional compact Pt3, Pt7, Pt19, and Pt37 clusters on Pt(111). We follow atomistic pathways leading to bombardment-induced intra- and interlayer mass transport. The results can be described in terms of three impact energy regimes. With E ≤ 20 eV, we observe an increase in 2D island dimensions and negligible residual point defect formation. As the impact energy is raised above 20 eV, we observe an increase in irradiation-induced lateral mass transport, a decrease in island size, and the activation of interlayer processes. For E ≥ 35 eV, this trend continues, but point defects, in the form of surface vacancies, are also formed. The results illustrate the richness of the dynamical interaction mechanisms occurring among incident energetic species, target clusters, and substrate atoms, leading to island preservation, reconfiguration, disruption and/or residual point defects formation. We discuss the significance of these results in terms of thin film growth.

  • 113.
    Adamovic, Dragan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Münger, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chirita, Valeriu
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hultman, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Greene, Joe
    University of Illinois.
    Low-energy ion irradiation during film growth: Kinetic pathways leading to enhanced adatom migration rates2005In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 86, p. 211915-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Embedded-atom molecular dynamics simulations are used to investigate the effects of low-energy self-ion irradiation of Pt adatoms on Pt(111). Here, we concentrate on self-bombardment dynamics, i.e., isolating and monitoring the atomic processes, induced by normally incident Pt atoms with energies E ranging from 5 to 50 eV, that can affect intra- and interlayer mass transport.. We find that adatom scattering, surface channeling, and dimer formation occur at all energies. Atomic intermixing events involving incident and terrace atoms are observed at energies 15  eV, while the collateral formation of residual surface vacancies is observed only with E>40  eV. The overall effect of low-energy self-ion irradiation is to enhance lateral adatom and terrace atom migration. ©2005 American Institute of Physics

  • 114.
    Adamowicz, Tomasz
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Björn, Anders
    Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Björn, Jana
    Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Regularity of p(.)-superharmonic functions, the Kellogg property and semiregular boundary points2014In: Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincare. Analyse non linéar, ISSN 0294-1449, E-ISSN 1873-1430, Vol. 31, no 6, p. 1131-1153Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We study various boundary and inner regularity questions for p(.)-(super)harmonic functions in Euclidean domains. In particular, we prove the Kellogg property and introduce a classification of boundary points for p(.)-harmonic functions into three disjoint classes: regular, semiregular and strongly irregular points. Regular and especially semiregular points are characterized in many ways. The discussion is illustrated by examples. Along the way, we present a removability result for bounded p(.)-harmonic functions and give some new characterizations of W-0(1,p(.)) spaces. We also show that p(.)-superharmonic functions are lower semicontinuously regularized, and characterize them in terms of lower semicontinuously regularized supersolutions.

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  • 115.
    Adamowicz, Tomasz
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Björn, Anders
    Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Björn, Jana
    Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Shanmugalingam, Nageswari
    University of Cincinnati, OH USA .
    Prime ends for domains in metric spaces2013In: Advances in Mathematics, ISSN 0001-8708, E-ISSN 1090-2082, Vol. 238, p. 459-505Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we propose a new definition of prime ends for domains in metric spaces under rather general assumptions. We compare our prime ends to those of Caratheodory and Nakki. Modulus ends and prime ends, defined by means of the p-modulus of curve families, are also discussed and related to the prime ends. We provide characterizations of singleton prime ends and relate them to the notion of accessibility of boundary points, and introduce a topology on the prime end boundary. We also study relations between the prime end boundary and the Mazurkiewicz boundary. Generalizing the notion of John domains, we introduce almost John domains, and we investigate prime ends in the settings of John domains, almost John domains and domains which are finitely connected at the boundary.

  • 116.
    Adams, David A.
    et al.
    Department of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.
    Walck, Jeffery L.
    Department of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.
    Howard, R. Stephen
    Department of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.
    Milberg, Per
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Ecology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Forest Composition and Structure onGlade-forming Limestones in Middle Tennessee2012In: Castanea, ISSN 0008-7475, Vol. 77, no 4, p. 335-347Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Within a successional context, the vegetation associated with the cedar gladeecosystem in middle Tennessee develops from bare limestone bedrock to subclimax redcedar,preclimax oak-hickory, and climax mixed hardwood forests. Studies on the composition andstructure of forests associated with cedar glade–forming limestones (Lebanon, Ridley) are rare.We sampled the canopy and understory of six forest stands in middle Tennessee on theselimestones. Observed number of canopy species was 14–24 across stands; estimated richnesswas greater by 1–3 species (bootstrap) or 3–6 species (first-order jackknife) than observedrichness. With the exception of Ailanthus altissima in one stand, all other canopy species werenative. Juniperus virginiana, Fraxinus americana, Carya ovata, and Quercus muehlenbergii wereprimary canopy components in 4 or 6 stands, and C. glabra, Q. shumardii, Ulmus alata, F.quadrangulata, Q. alba, and Q. velutina in 2–3 stands. When we included stands from apreviously published study (most on the non-glade Carters Limestone) with our data, aprincipal components analysis identified three groups with the axes approximating a moisturebedrockgradient and a time-successional gradient. An examination of regeneration in ourstands predicts that (1) mesophytes and/or fire-sensitive species (Acer saccharum, Fraxinus spp.,Celtis spp.) will increase and (2) xerophytes and/or fire-adapted species (Quercus spp., Caryaspp.) will decrease. Altogether, our results strongly suggest that the oak-hickory stage shown insuccessional outlines of vegetation development associated with the cedar glade ecosystem maynot occur in its current state in the future.

  • 117.
    Adamsson, Gustav
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Information Coding. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fast and Approximate Text Rendering Using Distance Fields2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Distance field text rendering has many advantages compared to most other text renderingsolutions. Two of the advantages are the possibility  to scale the glyphs without losing the crisp edge and less memory consumption. A drawback with distance field text renderingcan be high distance field generation time. The solution for fast distance field text renderingin this thesis generates the distance fields by drawing distance gradients locally over the outlines of the glyphs. This method is much faster than the old exact methods for generating distance fields that often includes multiple passes over the whole image.

    Using the solution for text rendering proposed in this thesis results in good looking text that is generated on the fly. The distance fields are generated on a mobile device in less than 10 ms for most of the glyphs in good quality which is less than the time between two frames.

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  • 118.
    Adelöf, Anna
    et al.
    Fackspråk och informatik, Regler och tillstånd, Socialstyrelsen.
    Lindberg, Christina
    Fackspråk och informatik, Regler och tillstånd, Socialstyrelsen.
    Barlow, Lotti
    Fackspråk och informatik, Regler och tillstånd, Socialstyrelsen.
    Gerdin, Ulla
    Fackspråk och informatik, Regler och tillstånd, Socialstyrelsen.
    Bränd Persson, Kristina
    Fackspråk och informatik, Regler och tillstånd, Socialstyrelsen.
    Ericsson, Erika
    Fackspråk och informatik, Regler och tillstånd, Socialstyrelsen.
    Testi, Stefano
    Fackspråk och informatik, Regler och tillstånd, Socialstyrelsen.
    Nyström, Mikael
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Medical Informatics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Förvaltning av SNOMED CT som en del i det nationella fackspråket för vård och omsorg2011Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Förvaltningsrapporten fokuserar på Snomed CT, eftersom det redan i dag finns rutiner för förvaltningar av termbanken och nationella hälsorelaterade klassifikationer. Ett särskilt utvecklingsarbete kommer att krävas för dessa delar.

    Rapporten tar upp syfte och mål med förvaltningen. Utöver det redogör rapporten för vilka konkreta ansvarsområden som ingår i förvaltningen av Snomed CT. Målet för förvaltningen är att Socialstyrelsen regelbundet ska kunna tillhandahålla en kontrollerad och uppdaterad release av Snomed CT. Det skulle möjliggöra användning inom vård och omsorg. Rapporten tar även upp behovet av kompetens, utbildning och finansiella resurser.

  • 119.
    Adib Yaghmaie, Farnaz
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Automatic Control. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Nanyang Technol Univ, Singapore.
    Movric, Kristian Hengster
    Czech Tech Univ, Czech Republic.
    Lewis, Frank L.
    Univ Texas Arlington, TX 76019 USA; Northeastern Univ, Peoples R China.
    Su, Rong
    Nanyang Technol Univ, Singapore.
    Differential graphical games for H-infinity control of linear heterogeneous multiagent systems2019In: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, ISSN 1049-8923, E-ISSN 1099-1239, Vol. 29, no 10, p. 2995-3013Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Differential graphical games have been introduced in the literature to solve state synchronization problem for linear homogeneous agents. When the agents are heterogeneous, the previous notion of graphical games cannot be used anymore and a new definition is required. In this paper, we define a novel concept of differential graphical games for linear heterogeneous agents subject to external unmodeled disturbances, which contain the previously introduced graphical game for homogeneous agents as a special case. Using our new formulation, we can solve both the output regulation and H-infinity output regulation problems. Our graphical game framework yields coupled Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations, which are, in general, impossible to solve analytically. Therefore, we propose a new actor-critic algorithm to solve these coupled equations numerically in real time. Moreover, we find an explicit upper bound for the overall L2-gain of the output synchronization error with respect to disturbance. We demonstrate our developments by a simulation example.

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  • 120.
    Adiththan, Arun
    et al.
    CUNY, NY 10019 USA.
    Ramesh, S.
    Gen Motors RandD, MI 48090 USA.
    Samii, Soheil
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Software and Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Gen Motors RandD, MI 48090 USA.
    Cloud-assisted Control of Ground Vehicles using Adaptive Computation Offloading Techniques2018In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2018 DESIGN, AUTOMATION and TEST IN EUROPE CONFERENCE and EXHIBITION (DATE), IEEE , 2018, p. 589-592Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The existing approaches to design efficient safety critical control applications is constrained by limited in-vehicle sensing and computational capabilities. In the context of automated driving, we argue that there is a need to leverage resources "out-of-the-vehicle" to meet the sensing and powerful processing requirements of sophisticated algorithms (e.g., deep neural networks). To realize the need, a suitable computation offloading technique that meets the vehicle safety and stability requirements, even in the presence of unreliable communication network, has to be identified. In this work, we propose an adaptive offloading technique for control computations into the cloud. The proposed approach considers both current network conditions and control application requirements to determine the feasibility of leveraging remote computation and storage resources. As a case study, we describe a cloud-based path following controller application that leverages crowdsensed data for path planning.

  • 121.
    Adler Johannesson, AnnHelen
    Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication.
    Att lära med många sinnen: Pedagogers erfarenheter av att arbeta med elever i gymnasiesärskolan2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The subject of my paper is to examine the experiences of teachers using a multi-sensory teaching approach when working with pupils with learning disabilities in upper secondary school. How can they create a creative learning environment for their students? Do they use any multisensory teaching methods and, if so, how? My methodology has mainly consisted in participating observation and semi-structured interviews in an ethnographic study. Analysis has shown that the significance of a successful educational effort with these young people at upper secondary school can be seen as a good practice, in which phenomena such as individual objectives, experience, interest, participation, multi-sensory learning, experiential learning, visualization and learning from each other, are central and essential elements. My view is that the teachers try to vary their learning environments and that they are using different multi-sensory teaching methods. All the day-to-day schoolwork is set-up in different theme modules, where teaching takes place both indoors and outdoors in wilderness and cultivated landscapes. For further research, it might be interesting to find out if the lessons learned from one learning environment can be transferred to another, and if the social experiences and lessons learned in multi-sensory environments will be transferred to the young people’s everyday home life or to their schoolwork, in general.

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  • 122.
    Adlercreutz, Anna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Ahlstedt, Oskar
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Bengtsson, Linnéa
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Månsson, Andreas
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Romell, Gustaf
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Stigson, Isak
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Sund, Tobias
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Wedlund, Lisa
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    En praktisk studie kring utvecklingen av webbapplikationen Studentlunchen2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 credits / 18 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report declares the experiences and results arrived from the development process around the e-shop Studentlunchen. Studentlunchen is a web application to be used by students to order lunch during weekdays. In order to make Studentlunchen as user friendly and intuitive as possible the e-shop has been developed with focus on functionality and an attractive design. In the report there is a technical description regarding the web application together with a discussion concerning the developed solutions. Furthermore the report discusses and evaluates the working process Scrum and how it has been used. As a result of complying with the Scrum methodology to deliver working functionality after every sprint, focus has been directed towards achieving this instead of implementing many features that isn’t fully completed. With thorough development of the initial prototype, the basic idea of the design and functionality surrounding Studentlunchen could be kept throughout the development process. This was one of the great contributors to the projects overall success and helped the team achieve the goal to make a user-friendly web application.

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  • 123.
    Adlers, M
    et al.
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Math, SE-58183 Linkoping, Sweden.
    Bjorck, A
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Math, SE-58183 Linkoping, Sweden.
    Matrix stretching for sparse least squares problems2000In: Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications, ISSN 1070-5325, E-ISSN 1099-1506, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 51-65Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    For linear least squares problems min(x) parallel to Ax - b parallel to(2) where A is sparse except for a few dense rows, a straightforward application of Cholesky or QR factorization will lead to catastrophic fill in the factor R. We consider handling such problems by a matrix stretching technique, where the dense rows are split into several more sparse rows. We develop both a recursive binary splitting algorithm and a more general splitting method. We show that for both schemes the stretched problem has the same set of solutions as the original least squares problem. Further. the condition number of the stretched problem differs from that of the original by only a modest factor, and hence the approach is numerically stable. Experimental results from applying the recursive binary scheme to a set of modified matrices from the Harwell-Boeing collection are given. We conclude that when A has a small number of dense rows relative to its dimension, there is a significant gain in sparsity of the factor R. A crude estimate of the optimal number of splits is obtained by analysing a simple model problem. Copyright (C) 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • 124.
    Admassie, S.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Electrochromism in diffractive conducting polymer gratings2004In: Journal of the Electrochemical Society, ISSN 0013-4651, E-ISSN 1945-7111, Vol. 151, no 6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The electrochromic polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) spin-coated on ITO/glass was patterned with a soft lithographic method in order to diffract the incident light and thereby modify absorption of light by the film to improve the electrochromic efficiency of the polymer. The absorbance peak at around 610 nm was found to be much higher in the patterned PEDOT-PSS film than the one observed in the unpatterned film. Values of coloration efficiencies varying from 107 to 174 cm2/C were obtained for three different unpatterned PEDOT-PSS films, whereas for three different patterned PEDOT-PSS films higher values ranging from 211 to 371 cm2/C were found. These increased values of the electrochromic efficiencies are attributed to diffraction. © 2004 The Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.

  • 125.
    Admassie, Shimelis
    et al.
    Addis Ababa University.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics .
    Mammo, Wendimagegn
    Chalmers university of Technology.
    Perzon, Erik
    Chalmers university of Technology.
    Andersson, Mats R
    Chalmers university of Technology.
    Electrochemical and optical studies of the band gaps of alternating polyfluorene copolymers2006In: Synthetic metals, ISSN 0379-6779, E-ISSN 1879-3290, Vol. 156, no 7-8, p. 614-623Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The electrochemical and optical properties of a series of alternating polyfluorene copolymers with low band gaps were determined. These polymers incorporated fluorene units alternating with groups including electron-withdrawing (A) and electron-donating (D) groups in donor-acceptor-donor (DAD) sequence to achieve the lowering of band gaps. The polymers were solvent-casted on platinum disk electrode and the band gaps were estimated from cyclic voltammetry (CV). These values were compared with values obtained from optical absorption measurements. Although the electrochemically determined band gaps were found to be slightly higher than the optical band gap in most cases, values are well correlated. The values of the band gaps determined range from 2.1 to 1.3 eV. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 126.
    Admassie, Shimelis
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Yang Nilsson, Ting
    University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    Inganas, Olle
    University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    Charge storage properties of biopolymer electrodes with (sub)tropical lignins2014In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 16, no 45, p. 24681-24684Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The electrochemical and charge storage properties of different lignins inside biopolymer electrodes were studied and correlated with the chemical variations of the lignins as indicated from the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic data. The varying fractions of monolignols were found to correlate with charge storage properties. It was found that as the sinapyl to guaiacyl (S/G) ratio increased both the specific capacitance and charge capacity increased considerably. This indicates that quinones generated on S-units can contribute more to charge storage in the biopolymer electrodes.

  • 127.
    Admassie, Shimelis
    et al.
    IFM Linköpings universitet.
    Zhang, Fengling
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics .
    Manoj, A.G.
    IFM Linköpings universitet.
    Svensson, Mattias
    Chalmers university of Technology.
    Andersson, Mats R
    Chalmers university of Technology.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics .
    A polymer photodiode using vapour-phase polymerized PEDOT as an anode2005In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, ISSN 0927-0248, E-ISSN 1879-3398, Vol. 90, p. 133-141Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

      

  • 128.
    Adnan, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Human-Centered systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Usability Evaluation of Smart Phone Application Store2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, the usability of smart phone application store app is evaluated. The study was performed on different smart phone operating systems. Data about usability was gathered through surveys and think aloud based experiment. Anova analysis was also performed on data to identify significant issues. A lot of smartphone users reported issues with installing, locating and searching about apps. Many users had issues with uninstalling of apps and navigating the search results when looking for apps. The smartphone operating system and the app store does not provide seamless navigation and alot of content is not tailored for smart phone users.

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  • 129.
    Adnane, Bouchaib
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Optical characterization of Silicon-based self-assembled nanostructures2010Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This PhD thesis summarizes the work carried on the optical characterizations of some Si-based self-assembled nanostructures, particularly SiGe/Si quantum dots (QDs) and nanocrystalline (nc)-Si embedded in mesoporous silica (MS) using photoconductivity (PC), photoluminescence (PL), and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) measurements.

    The spectroscopic studies of SiGe/Si QDs grown on Si by molecular beam epitaxy revealed for the first time well-resolved PLE resonances. When correlated with numerical analysis, these resonances were directly related to the co-existence of spatially direct (inside the SiGe dot) and indirect (across the Si/Ge interface) recombination processes involving different dot populations selected by the monitored detection energy for PLE acquisition. The characteristics of these two transitions were further studied in detail by PLE (in some case implemented together with selective PL) on various samples, which contained either only one Ge dot layer or multiple Gedot/Si stacks, grown at substrate temperatures ranging from 430 to 580 °C; especially the temperature- and excitation power-dependence of the excitation properties. The results illustrated that the electronic structure of SiGe dots are influenced by size, Ge composition, as well as strain connected, and sometimes a mixed effect.

    Another attempt of the project was the fabrication of lateral transport mid-infrared photodetectors based on multiple Ge-dot/Si stacked structures. A broadband photoresponsivity of the processed multi-finger detectors was estimated to be about 90 mA/W over 3-15 μm range at 20 K, and the peaked photoresponse was measured at ~10 μm. The origin of the measured photocurrent, as elucidated by photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopies, was related to intersubband absorption of normal incidence infrared radiation corresponding to energies between the ground states of the heavy hole and the light hole in the valence band of the SiGe/Si QDs, and subsequent charge transfer to the Ge 2D wetting layer acting as a conduction channel. The absence of photocurrent in the energy range expected for a transition from the ground state to the first excited state of the heavy hole indicated that the holes in the SiGe dots behave essentially as 2D in character rather than a truly 3D confinement, where the transitions between heavy holes states are not allowed for TE polarized radiation (normal incidence).

    Finally, Si(or Ge) nanocrystals embedded in mesoporous silica samples prepared by spincoating and atomic layer chemical vapor deposition were optically investigated by means of PL with various excitation powers, together with several attempts using different post rapid thermal annealing processes. The shape and energy position of the PL spectra of the nc-Si embedded in MS samples and a reference MS template without nc incorporation were rather similar, but the luminescence was much more intense for those embedded with nanocrystals. This implies that the emission mechanism for MS samples with or without nc-Si could be the same, i.e., the light emission was governed by the surface properties of silica. The semiconductor nanocrystals played a role by sensitizing the luminescence emission through generating more photo-excited carriers. These carriers were then trapped in the defect state e.g. the interfacial oxygen defect sites and subsequently recombine to increase the PL intensity.

    List of papers
    1. Mid/far-infrared detection using a MESFET with B-modulation doped Ge-dot/SiGe-well multiple stacks in the channel region
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mid/far-infrared detection using a MESFET with B-modulation doped Ge-dot/SiGe-well multiple stacks in the channel region
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    2004 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Multiple modulation-doped Ge-dot/SiGe-QW stack structures were grown using MBE, and processed as FET devices for mid/far infrared detection. From a non-optimized device, a broadband photoresponse has been observed in the mid-infrared range of 3-15 μm. A peak responsivity was estimated to be as high as 100 mA/W at T= 20 K. This work indicates that SiGE QD/QW structures using the lateral transport geometry can be a potential candidate for photodetectors operating in far-infrared range.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    IEEE, 2004
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53202 (URN)10.1109/GROUP4.2004.1416702 (DOI)0-7803-8474-1 (ISBN)
    Conference
    First IEEE International Conference on Group IV Photonics
    Available from: 2010-01-19 Created: 2010-01-19 Last updated: 2010-04-28
    2. Origin of photoresponse at 8-14 μm in stacks of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Origin of photoresponse at 8-14 μm in stacks of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots
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    2009 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235XArticle in journal (Other academic) Submitted
    Abstract [en]

    A normal incidence photodetector operating at 8-14 μm is demonstrated using p-type δ-doped SiGe dot multilayer structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si(001) substrates. Based on the experimental results of photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopies together with numerical analysis, the origin of the measured photocurrent was attributed to intersubband optical transitions between the heavy hole and light hole states of the valence band of the self-assembled SiGe dots and subsequent lateral transport of photo-excited carriers in the conduction channels formed by Ge wetting layers.

    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53203 (URN)
    Available from: 2010-01-19 Created: 2010-01-19 Last updated: 2017-12-12
    3. Spatially direct and indirect transitions of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots studied by photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spatially direct and indirect transitions of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots studied by photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy
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    2010 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 96, no 18, p. 181107-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Well-resolved photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra are reported for selfassembled SiGe dots grown on Si(100) by molecular beam epitaxy. The observation of two excitation resonance peaks is attributed to two different excitation/de-excitation routes of interband optical transitions connected to the spatially direct and indirect recombination processes. It is concluded that two dot populations are addressed by each monitored luminescence energy for the PLE acquisition.

    Keywords
    Ge-Si alloys, luminescence, molecular beam epitaxial growth, self-assembly, semiconductor quantum dots
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53204 (URN)10.1063/1.3424789 (DOI)000277422000007 ()
    Note
    Original Publication: Bouchaib Adnane, Fredrik Karlsson, Göran Hansson, Per-Olof Holtz and Wei-Xin Ni, Spatially direct and indirect transitions of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots studied by photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy, 2010, Applied Physics Letters, (96), 18, 181107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3424789 Copyright: American Institute of Physics http://www.aip.org/ Available from: 2010-01-19 Created: 2010-01-19 Last updated: 2017-12-12
    4. Photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots
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    2009 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Photoluminescence excitation (PLE) experiments are reported for various self-assembled SiGe/Si dot samples grown on Si(001) by molecular beam epitaxy at substrate temperatures ranging from 430 to 580 C. Two excitation peaks were observed, and the characteristics of the involved optical transitions were studied in detail by PLE (in one case implemented together with selective photoluminescence, SPL) on different samples containing either only one SiGe dot layer or multiple SiGe-dot/Si stacks. The temperature- and power-dependence of the excitation properties together with the results of six-band k.p calculations support the assignment of the observed PLE peaks to spatially direct and indirect transitions collected from two different SiGe dot populations.

    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53205 (URN)
    Available from: 2010-01-19 Created: 2010-01-19 Last updated: 2015-01-23
    5. Photoluminescence study of nanocrystalline-Si(Ge) embedded in mesoporous silica
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Photoluminescence study of nanocrystalline-Si(Ge) embedded in mesoporous silica
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    2009 (English)In: Solid-State Electronics, ISSN 0038-1101, E-ISSN 1879-2405, Vol. 53, no 8, p. 862-864Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Photoluminescence (PL) properties of mesoporous silica (MS) samples incorporated with Si or Ge nanocrystals (nc) have been investigated with various excitation powers and post-RTA processes. The analysis of experimental results revealed a superlinear intensity dependence (m = 1.7) in the MS reference sample without nanocrystals, while a sublinear behavior (m = 0.8) is observed for the nc-Si in MS. It thus suggests the same recombination responsible for the luminescence at similar to 2.75 eV for both samples, but different kinetic limitations for the carrier transfer processes. Si nanocrystals play in this case an important role in generating more photo-excited carriers, enhancing the PL intensity.

    Keywords
    Mesoporous silica, Nanocrystals, Photoluminescence, Power dependence, Thermal annealing
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19884 (URN)10.1016/j.sse.2009.04.014 (DOI)
    Note
    Original Publication: Bouchaib Adnane, Yi-Fan Lai, Jia-Min Shieh, Per-Olof Holtz and Wei-Xin Ni, Photoluminescence study of nanocrystalline-Si(Ge) embedded in mesoporous silica, 2009, SOLID-STATE ELECTRONICS, (53), 8, 862-864. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sse.2009.04.014 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/ Available from: 2009-08-14 Created: 2009-08-14 Last updated: 2017-12-13
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  • 130.
    Adnane, Bouchaib
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Elfving, Anders
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zhao, Ming
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Magnuson, Bengt
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ni, Wei-Xin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Mid/far-infrared detection using a MESFET with B-modulation doped Ge-dot/SiGe-well multiple stacks in the channel region2004Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Multiple modulation-doped Ge-dot/SiGe-QW stack structures were grown using MBE, and processed as FET devices for mid/far infrared detection. From a non-optimized device, a broadband photoresponse has been observed in the mid-infrared range of 3-15 μm. A peak responsivity was estimated to be as high as 100 mA/W at T= 20 K. This work indicates that SiGE QD/QW structures using the lateral transport geometry can be a potential candidate for photodetectors operating in far-infrared range.

  • 131.
    Adnane, Bouchaib
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Karlsson, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hansson, Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Holtz, Per-Olof
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ni, Wei-Xin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots2009Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Photoluminescence excitation (PLE) experiments are reported for various self-assembled SiGe/Si dot samples grown on Si(001) by molecular beam epitaxy at substrate temperatures ranging from 430 to 580 C. Two excitation peaks were observed, and the characteristics of the involved optical transitions were studied in detail by PLE (in one case implemented together with selective photoluminescence, SPL) on different samples containing either only one SiGe dot layer or multiple SiGe-dot/Si stacks. The temperature- and power-dependence of the excitation properties together with the results of six-band k.p calculations support the assignment of the observed PLE peaks to spatially direct and indirect transitions collected from two different SiGe dot populations.

  • 132.
    Adnane, Bouchaib
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Karlsson, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hansson, Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Holtz, Per-Olof
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Ni, Wei-Xin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Spatially direct and indirect transitions of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots studied by photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy2010In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 96, no 18, p. 181107-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Well-resolved photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra are reported for selfassembled SiGe dots grown on Si(100) by molecular beam epitaxy. The observation of two excitation resonance peaks is attributed to two different excitation/de-excitation routes of interband optical transitions connected to the spatially direct and indirect recombination processes. It is concluded that two dot populations are addressed by each monitored luminescence energy for the PLE acquisition.

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  • 133.
    Adnane, Bouchaib
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Karlsson, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zhao, Ming
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hansson, Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Holtz, Per-Olof
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ni, Wei-Xin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Origin of photoresponse at 8-14 μm in stacks of self-assembled SiGe/Si quantum dots2009In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235XArticle in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A normal incidence photodetector operating at 8-14 μm is demonstrated using p-type δ-doped SiGe dot multilayer structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si(001) substrates. Based on the experimental results of photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopies together with numerical analysis, the origin of the measured photocurrent was attributed to intersubband optical transitions between the heavy hole and light hole states of the valence band of the self-assembled SiGe dots and subsequent lateral transport of photo-excited carriers in the conduction channels formed by Ge wetting layers.

  • 134.
    Adnane, Bouchaib
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lai, Yi-Fan
    National Nano Device Labs, Taiwan.
    Shieh, Jia-Min
    National Nano Device Labs, Taiwan.
    Holtz, Per-Olof
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ni, Wei-Xin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface and Semiconductor Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Photoluminescence study of nanocrystalline-Si(Ge) embedded in mesoporous silica2009In: Solid-State Electronics, ISSN 0038-1101, E-ISSN 1879-2405, Vol. 53, no 8, p. 862-864Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Photoluminescence (PL) properties of mesoporous silica (MS) samples incorporated with Si or Ge nanocrystals (nc) have been investigated with various excitation powers and post-RTA processes. The analysis of experimental results revealed a superlinear intensity dependence (m = 1.7) in the MS reference sample without nanocrystals, while a sublinear behavior (m = 0.8) is observed for the nc-Si in MS. It thus suggests the same recombination responsible for the luminescence at similar to 2.75 eV for both samples, but different kinetic limitations for the carrier transfer processes. Si nanocrystals play in this case an important role in generating more photo-excited carriers, enhancing the PL intensity.

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  • 135.
    Adok, Claudia
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Retrieval of Cloud Top Pressure2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis the predictive models the multilayer perceptron and random forest are evaluated to predict cloud top pressure. The dataset used in this thesis contains brightness temperatures, reflectances and other useful variables to determine the cloud top pressure from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) instrument on the two satellites NOAA-17 and NOAA-18 during the time period 2006-2009. The dataset also contains numerical weather prediction (NWP) variables calculated using mathematical models. In the dataset there are also observed cloud top pressure and cloud top height estimates from the more accurate instrument on the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) satellite. The predicted cloud top pressure is converted into an interpolated cloud top height. The predicted pressure and interpolated height are then evaluated against the more accurate and observed cloud top pressure and cloud top height from the instrument on the satellite CALIPSO.

    The predictive models have been performed on the data using different sampling strategies to take into account the performance of individual cloud classes prevalent in the data. The multilayer perceptron is performed using both the original response cloud top pressure and a log transformed repsonse to avoid negative values as output which is prevalent when using the original response. Results show that overall the random forest model performs better than the multilayer perceptron in terms of root mean squared error and mean absolute error.

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    Retrieval of Cloud Top Pressure
  • 136.
    Adolfsson, Anna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Educational Science (IUV).
    Hesslid, Anna-Carin
    Linköping University, Department of Educational Science (IUV).
    Lärarens matematikundervisning: elevens matematikutveckling? En studie om matematiksvårigheter.2002Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Examensarbetet ger en bild av både lärares och forskares syn på matematiksvårigheter samt deras uppfattning om orsakerna bakom problemen. Vi har undersökt vilka områden i matematiken som elever med matematiksvårigheter har mest problem med samt hur läraren förklarar och underlättar matematiken för dessa elever. Både forskningen och de lärare vi intervjuat är överens om att begreppet matematiksvårigheter är väldigt komplext. Orsakerna kan vara av medicinsk/neurologisk, psykologisk, sociologisk och didaktisk karaktär.

    I våra intervjuer framkommer att positionssystemet, bråk, procent, enheter, multiplikation och division är de områden som kan ställa till mest problem för elever med matematiksvårigheter. Dessa områden nämns även inom forskningen som möjliga problemområden. För att underlätta matematiken för elever med matematiksvårigheter anser forskarna att det är viktigt att undervisningen utgår från elevernas erfarenheter och förkunskaper. De påpekar också vikten av att undervisningen varieras och bör innefatta såväl laborativa som teoretiska arbetssätt där även diskussioner och gruppuppgifter ska förekomma. För att se på vilken nivå lärarna börjar förklara för elever med matematiksvårigheter gav vi dem tre uppgifter som de fick förklara. Svaren placerades in i fyra kategorier:

    1 Erfarenhet/vardag,

    2. Konkret material,

    3. Rita,

    4. Räkna.

    Resultatet visar att lärarna oftast börjar sin förklaring i kategori fyra. Många hamnar i kategori tre och väldigt få hamnar i kategori ett och två.

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  • 137.
    Adolfsson, Klas
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering.
    TCP performance in an EGPRS system2003Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The most widely used protocol for providing reliable service and congestion control in the Internet is the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). When the Internet is moving towards more use in mobile applications it is getting more important to know how TCP works for this purpose.

    One of the technologies used for mobile Internet is the Enhanced General Packet Radio Service (EGPRS) extension to the popular GSM system. This thesis presents a low-level analysis of TCP performance in an EGPRS system and an overview of existing TCP, GSM and EGPRS technologies.

    The bottleneck in an EGPRS system is the wireless link – the connection between the mobile phone and the GSM base station. The data transfer over the wireless link is mainly managed by the complex RLC/MAC protocol.

    In this thesis, simulations were made to identify some problems with running TCP and RLC/MAC together. The simulations were made using existing EGPRS testing software together with a new TCP module. The simulation software is also briefly described in the thesis.

    Additionaly, some suggestions are given in order to enhance performance, both by changing the EGPRS system and by modifying the TCP algorithms and parameters.

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  • 138. Adolfsson, L
    et al.
    Jorgsholm, P
    Linkoping Univ Hosp, Dept Plast Surg Hand Surg & Burns, S-58185 Linkoping, Sweden.
    Arthroscopically-assisted reduction of intra-articular fractures of the distal radius1998In: Journal of Hand Surgery - British and European Volume, ISSN 0266-7681, E-ISSN 1532-2211, Vol. 23B, no 3, p. 391-395Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Twenty-seven patients with intraarticular fractures of the distal radius with a step of more than 1 mm in the joint surface after attempted closed reduction, were treated by reduction under arthroscopic control and percutaneous fixation. All fractures healed without measurable incongruity of the joint surface and at follow-up 3 to 38 months after surgery 19 patients had excellent and eight patients good results according to the Mayo modified wrist score.

  • 139. Adolfsson, L.
    et al.
    Lindau, T.
    Hand Unit, Department of Orthopaedics, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Arner, M.
    Hand Unit, Department of Orthopaedics, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Acutrak screw fixation versus cast immobilisation for undisplaced scaphoid waist fractures2001In: Journal of Hand Surgery - British and European Volume, ISSN 0266-7681, E-ISSN 1532-2211, Vol. 26 B, no 3, p. 192-195Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fifty-three patients with less than 14 day-old, undisplaced fractures of the waist of the scaphoid were randomized to two groups. Twenty-eight patients were treated by immobilisation in a below elbow plaster cast for 10 weeks while 25 were treated by percutaneous insertion of an Acutrak standard screw. There were no statistically significant differences between the two treatment groups with regard to either the rate of union or the time to union. Patients who underwent surgery had a significantly better range of motion at 16 weeks but there were no significant differences for grip strength. Acute percutaneous internal fixation of undisplaced scaphoid waist fractures using the Acutrak screw allows early mobilisation without adverse effects on fracture healing.

  • 140.
    Adolfsson, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Orthopaedic Centre, Department of Orthopaedics Linköping.
    Arthroscopic synovectomy in wrist arthritis2005In: Hand Clinics, ISSN 0749-0712, E-ISSN 1558-1969, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 527-530Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Arthroscopic synovectomy is a safe outpatient procedure with minimal postoperative morbidity. In patients who have rheumatoid arthritis and possibly also in patients who have JRA, SLE, and postinfectious arthritis, a long period of increased comfort and improved function can be anticipated. The procedure may be considered in post-traumatic cases with joint contracture and as an adjunct to other measures for certain osteoarthritic disorders. In patients who have septic arthritis with insufficient clinical improvement after systemic antibiotics and lavage, arthroscopic synovectomy seems advantageous. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  • 141.
    Adolfsson, Lars
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Orthopaedic Centre, Department of Orthopaedics Linköping.
    Hammer, R.
    Orthopaedic Surgery, Central Hospital, SE-291 85 Kristianstad, Sweden.
    Elbow hemiarthroplasty for acute reconstruction of intraarticular distal humerus fractures: A preliminary report involving 4 patients2006In: Acta Orthopaedica, ISSN 1745-3674, E-ISSN 1745-3682, Vol. 77, no 5, p. 785-787Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We treated 4 female patients (mean age 80) with complex intraarticular acute fracture of the distal humerus with a Kudo humeral component, i.e. a hemiarthroplasty. All fractures were considered impossible to treat with open reduction and internal fixation. At mean 10 (3-14) months, 3 patients had an excellent result and 1 a good result according to the Mayo elbow performance score. We conclude that a hemiarthroplasty may be a valuable alternative in eldery patients with complex fractures of the distal humerus. Copyright© Taylor & Francis 2006.

  • 142.
    Adolfsson, Rickard
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Andersson, Eric
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Improving sales forecast accuracy for restaurants2019Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10,5 credits / 16 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Data mining and machine learning techniques are becoming more popular in helping companies with decision-making, due to these processes’ ability to automatically search through very large amounts of data and discover patterns that can be hard to see with human eyes.

    Onslip is one of the companies looking to achieve more value from its data. They provide a cloud-based cash register to small businesses, with a primary focus on restaurants. Restaurants are heavily affected by variations in sales. They sell products with short expiration dates, low profit margins and much of their expenses are tied to personnel. By predicting future demand, it is possible to plan inventory levels and make more effective employee schedules, thus reducing food waste and putting less stress on workers.

    The project described in this report, examines how sales forecasts can be improved by incorporating factors known to affect sales in the training of machine learning models. Several different models are trained to predict the future sales of 130 different restaurants, using varying amounts of additional information. The accuracy of the predictions are then compared against each other. Factors known to impact sales have been chosen and categorized into restaurant information, sales history, calendar data and weather information.

    The results show that, by providing additional information, the vast majority of forecasts could be improved significantly. In 7 of 8 examined cases, the addition of more sales factors had an average positive effect on the predictions. The average improvement was 6.88% for product sales predictions, and 26.62% for total sales. The sales history information was most important to the models’ decisions, followed by the calendar category. It also became evident that not every factor that impacts sales had been captured, and further improvement is possible by examining each company individually.

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  • 143.
    Adolfsson, Sofie
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    ’The Big Five of Teamwork’ i en flygtrafikledningsdomän: En observationsstudie på Arlanda ATCC2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 credits / 18 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Today, many industries are dependent on a solid teamwork. However, there is a need for objective measurement assessment for teamwork and therefore this project aims to create and test an observation protocol based on the theoretical model ’The Big Five of Teamwork’ compiled by Salas, Sims & Burke (2005). The observation protocol was used to observe teamwork between two air traffic controllers at Arlanda ATCC. After the observations the air traffic controllers answered a survey to receive subjective aspects from the model. A total of 15 structured observations were conducted. The results revealed that it’s possible to estimate teamwork on air traffic controllers using an observation protocol based on six of eight components, where team orientation and shared mental model were not included. The components appeared to be more than just an observable behavior, thus only observations does not give a fair picture of the component. The result also showed that air traffic controllers themselves perceive all components as a part of the work. The observations showed that the cooperation could look different and differ from team to team, and that air traffic controllers adapt to each other’s needs. 

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  • 144.
    Aeppli, Christoph
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Sweden .
    Bastviken, David
    Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Andersson, Per
    Swedish Museum Nat Hist, Sweden .
    Gustafsson, Orjan
    Stockholm University, Sweden .
    Chlorine Isotope Effects and Composition of Naturally Produced Organochlorines from Chloroperoxidases, Flavin-Dependent Halogenases, and in Forest Soil2013In: Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN 0013-936X, E-ISSN 1520-5851, Vol. 47, no 13, p. 6864-6871Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of stable chlorine isotopic signatures (delta Cl-37) of organochlorine compounds has been suggested as a tool to determine both their origins and transformations in the environment. Here we investigated the delta Cl-37 fractionation of two important pathways for enzymatic natural halogenation: chlorination by chloroperoxidase (CPO) and flavin-dependent halogenases (FDH). Phenolic products of CPO were highly Cl-37 depleted (delta Cl-37 = -12.6 +/- 0.9 parts per thousand); significantly more depleted than all known industrially produced organochlorine compounds (delta Cl-37 = -7 to +6 parts per thousand). In contrast, four FDH products did not exhibit any observable isotopic shifts (delta Cl-37 = -0.3 +/- 0.6 parts per thousand). We attributed the different isotopic effect to the distinctly different chlorination mechanisms employed by the two enzymes. Furthermore, the delta Cl-37 in bulk organochlorines extracted from boreal forest soils were only slightly depleted in Cl-37 relative to inorganic Cl. In contrast to previous suggestions that CPO plays a key role in production of soil organochlorines, this observation points to the additional involvement of either other chlorination pathways, or that dechlorination of naturally produced organochlorines can neutralize delta Cl-37 shifts caused by CPO chlorination. Overall, this study demonstrates that chlorine isotopic signatures are highly useful to understand sources and cycling of organochlorines in nature. Furthermore, this study presents delta Cl-37 values of FDH products as well of bulk organochlorines extracted from pristine forest soil for the first time.

  • 145.
    Aeppli, Christoph
    et al.
    Stockholm University.
    Holmstrand, Henry
    Stockholm University.
    Bastviken, David
    Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Tysklind, Mats
    Umeå University.
    Gustafsson, Orjan
    Stockholm University.
    Investigating formation and degradation of polychlorinated phenols in the environment using chlorine and carbon stable isotope fractionation in ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, vol 242, issue , pp2011In: ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA , 2011, Vol. 242Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 146.
    Aerts, Sven
    et al.
    Fundamenten van de Exacte Wetenschappen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium.
    Kwiat, Paul
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico.
    Larsson, Jan-Åke
    Linköping University, Department of Mathematics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zukowski, Marek
    Instytut Fizyki Teoretycznej i Astrofizyki Uniwersytet Gdański, Gdańsk, Poland .
    Two-photon Franson-type experiments and local realism1999In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, E-ISSN 1079-7114, Vol. 83, no 15, p. 2872-2876Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The two-photon interferometric experiment proposed by J. D. Franson [Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 2205 (1989)] is often treated as a “Bell test of local realism.” However, it has been suggested that this is incorrect due to the 50% postselection performed even in the ideal gedanken version of the experiment. Here we present a simple local hidden variable model of the experiment that successfully explains the results obtained in usual realizations of the experiment, even with perfect detectors. Furthermore, we also show that there is no such model if the switching of the local phase settings is done at a rate determined by the internal geometry of the interferometers.

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  • 147.
    Afghahi, Morteza
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Clocking of high speed CMOS VLSI systems1991Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Two consequences of high level circuit integration may be increasing cost of design and cost of interconnections. Interconnection is expensive in terms of silicon area, speed and power. As far as timing is concerned. schemes of future VLSI systems may not be a simple extension of those used in the existing LSI circuits. This is because the relative importance of clock skew increases as the MOS technology develops and interconnections become slower and slower. Clock skew makes the design of VLSI synchronous circuits ineffective, complicated and failure prone. For a synchronous scheme to be useful in the VLSI environment and enjoy the experiences gained by designers, it must develop to a fast, simple, structured and robust scheme.

    To alleviate the adverse effects of clock skew, technological as well as circuit techniques may be employed. We have proposed a technological solution. It is suggested that a special interconnection metal layer should be introduced into the VLSI process and used for long interconnections. It is shown that by using this technique, the interconnection delay will not be a limiting factor for the performance of synchronous systems.

    We have also considered circuit solutions. To this end, physical causes of clock skew are investigated. It is shown that even for optimized interconnections, traditional modes of clocking results in unacceptable time performance for high speed synchronous systems. Then a new mode of clocking is presented and analysed in detail. By using this mode of clocking, the performance of synchronous systems scales with scaling the minimum feature size of MOS transistors.

    We have developed a synchronous scheme that is structured, simple and general. These factors also make the CMOS systems well suited for design compilation. A circuit technique is proposed that makes the design of synchronous schemes robust. Performance of different asynchronous schemes in VLSI environment is also investigated. It is shown that synchronous schemes outperforms standard asynchronous schemes for a wide range of important applications.

    Finally, in order to test some of the developed rules and principles, a chip has been designed as an example. In this design, a new hardware algorithm is presented for sorting. This algorithm is based on bit-serial data processing. It is shown that this design can operate at a clock frequency determined by the computational module delays and not by the clock skew.

  • 148.
    Aftab, A.
    et al.
    Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department, Mehran UETSZAB Sindh, Pakistan; Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia.
    Ismail, A. R.
    Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia.
    Khokhar, S.
    Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology, Sindh Pakistan.
    Ibupoto, Zafar Hussain
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Institute of Chemistry, University of Sindh Jamshoro, Sindh Pakistan.
    Novel zinc oxide nanoparticles deposited acrylamide composite used for enhancing the performance of water-based drilling fluids at elevated temperature conditions2016In: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, ISSN 0920-4105, E-ISSN 1873-4715, Vol. 146, p. 1142-1157Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Multifunctional nano-micron composite compared to single nano-sphere materials revealed wide applications to enhance the physical and chemical stability of base fluids. Therefore, it can be a possible solution for the improvement of the rheological properties and shale inhibition characteristics of conventional water-based drilling fluid (WBDF). The primary goal of the study was to investigate the effects zinc oxide nanoparticles-acrylamide composite termed as ZnO-Am composite over rheological and shale swelling behavior of conventional WBDF. Herein, ZnO-Am composite was synthesized and successfully characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermalgravimeteric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and field emission electron microscope (FESEM). Results revealed that the rheological properties such as 10-min gel strength (10-min GS), apparent viscosity (AV), and plastic vicscocity (PV) were slightly increased and obtained within operating range at 150 degrees F by adding the synthesized composite in conventional WBDF. Lubricity was improved by 25% at 150 degrees F. API filtrate loss volume was reduced by 14%. Elevated temperature and pressure (ETP) filtrate loss volume (500 psi, 250 degrees F) was slightly minimized. Shale swelling was merely reduced from 16% to 9%. These findings will contribute to enhance the oil and gas well drilling operations.

  • 149.
    Aftab, Umair
    et al.
    Mehran Univ Engn and Technol, Pakistan.
    Tahira, Aneela
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Mazzaro, Raffaello
    Italian Natl Res Council, Italy.
    Abro, Muhammad Ishaq
    Mehran Univ Engn and Technol, Pakistan.
    Baloch, Muhammad Moazam
    Mehran Univ Engn and Technol, Pakistan.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Yu, Cong
    Chinese Acad Sci, Peoples R China.
    Ibupoto, Zafar Hussain
    Univ Sindh, Pakistan.
    The chemically reduced CuO-Co3O4 composite as a highly efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline media2019In: Catalysis Science & Technology, ISSN 2044-4753, E-ISSN 2044-4761, Vol. 9, no 22, p. 6274-6284Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The fabrication of efficient, alkaline-stable and nonprecious electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction is highly needed; however, it is a challenging task. Herein, we report a noble metal-free advanced catalyst, i.e. the chemically reduced mixed transition metal oxide CuO-Co3O4 composite, with outstanding oxygen evolution reaction activity in alkaline media. Sodium borohydride (NaBH4) was used as a reducing agent for the mixed transition metal oxide CuO-Co3O4. The chemically reduced composite carried mixed valence states of Cu and Co, which played a dynamic role in driving an excellent oxygen evolution reaction process. The X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS) study confirmed high density of active sites in the treated sample with a large number of oxygen vacancies. The developed electrocatalyst showed the lowest overpotential of 144.5 mV vs. the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) to achieve the current density of 40 mA cm(-2) and remained stable for 40 hours throughout the chronoamperometry test at the constant potential of 1.39 V vs. RHE. Moreover, the chemically reduced composite was highly durable. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) confirmed the low charge transfer resistance of 13.53 ohms for the chemically reduced composite, which was 50 and 26 times smaller than that of Co3O4 and untreated CuO-Co3O4, respectively. The electrochemically active surface area for the chemically reduced composite was found to be greater than that for pristine CuO, Co3O4 and untreated pristine CuO-Co3O4. These findings reveal the possibility of a new gateway for the capitalization of a chemically reduced sample into diverse energy storage and conversion systems such as lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

  • 150.
    Afzal, Adeel
    et al.
    University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy; King Fahd University of Petr and Minerals, Saudi Arabia; University of Hafr Al Batin, Saudi Arabia.
    Andersson, Mike
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Applied Sensor Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Di Franco, Cinzia
    CNR IFN UOS Bari, Italy.
    Ditaranto, Nicoletta
    University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy.
    Cioffi, Nicola
    University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy; University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy.
    Scamarcio, Gaetano
    CNR IFN UOS Bari, Italy; University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy.
    Lloyd Spetz, Anita
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Applied Sensor Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. University of Oulu, Finland.
    Torsi, Luisa
    University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy; University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy.
    Electrochemical deposition of gold on indium zirconate (InZrOx with In/Zr atomic ratio 1.0) for high temperature automobile exhaust gas sensors2015In: Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, ISSN 1432-8488, E-ISSN 1433-0768, Vol. 19, no 9, p. 2859-2868Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Automobile exhaust gas emissions are causing serious damage to urban air quality in and around major cities of the world, which demands continuous monitoring of exhaust emissions. The chief components of automobile exhaust include carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and hydrocarbons. Indium zirconate (InZrOx) and gold/indium zirconate (Au/InZrOx) composite nanopowders are believed to be interesting materials to detect these substances. To this end, characterization and gas sensing properties of InZrOx and Au/InZrOx composite nanopowders are discussed. InZrOx nanoparticles with In/Zr atomic ratio of 1.00 (+/- 0.05) are synthesized via pH-controlled co-precipitation of In and Zr salts in aqueous ammonia. Gold (Au) nanoparticles are subsequently deposited on InZrOx using an in situ sacrificial Au electrolysis procedure. The products are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The gas sensing performance of Au/InZrOx composite nanopowder is studied by depositing a thick powder film on interdigitated electrode structures patterned on SiC substrate to facilitate high temperature operation. The resistivity of the Au/InZrOx layer is the sensor signal, and the sensors could be operated at 500-600 A degrees C, which is a suitable temperature range for engine exhaust measurements. The control sensing measurements reveal that Au/InZrOx composite nanopowder exhibits higher response towards 2-20 % O-2 gas as compared to pristine InZrOx nanoparticles. Further studies show that when applied to exhaust gases such as CO and nitric oxide (NO), the response of Au/InZrOx sensors is significantly higher towards NO in this temperature range. Thus, sensor performance characteristics of Au/InZrOx composite nanopowder are promising in terms of their applications in automobile exhaust emission control.

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