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  • 1.
    Chen, Jun
    et al.
    College of Science, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, P. R. China .
    Li, Fanzhu
    Key Lab Beijing City Preparat & Proc Novel Polyme, State Key Lab Organ Inorgan Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, P. R. China.
    Luo, Yanlong
    College of Science, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, P. R. China .
    Shi, Yijun
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Machine Elements.
    Ma, Xiaofeng
    College of Science, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, P. R. China .
    Zhang, Meng
    Institute of Chemical Industry of Forestry Products, CAF, Nanjing, P. R. China.
    Boukhvalov, D. W.
    College of Science, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, P. R. China.
    Luo, Zhenyang
    College of Science, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, P. R. China.
    A self-healing elastomer based on an intrinsic non-covalent cross-linking mechanism2019In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 7, no 25, p. 15207-15214Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Synthesis and comprehensive examination of a polyurethane (urea) elastomer that self-heals based on intrinsic dynamic non-covalent bonds (van der Waals and hydrogen) are reported. The dynamic non-covalent bonds include hydrogen bonds and van der Waals forces. The difference in the previous approach in which hydrogen bond self-healing materials introduced dense quadruple hydrogen bonds at the ends or branched chains poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) diol was used as the soft segment of the polyurethane (urea) material, and strong van der Waals forces were provided by the large number of carbonyl groups in its main chain; hydrogen bonds were formed by urethane bonds, urea bonds, and the carbonyl groups on PPC. The mechanical properties and healing efficiency of the self-healing polyurethane (urea) elastomer were studied. In situtemperature-dependent infrared and low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (LNMR) measurements were combined with molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the self-healing mechanisms. The results of the studies on the self-healing polyurethane demonstrate that the dynamic cross-linking between hydrogen bonds and van der Waals forces is the basic driving force for the self-healing ability of the material, and temperature is the key factor that affects hydrogen bonding and van der Waals forces. The effect of crystallization on the self-healing ability of the material was also studied. The molecular dynamics simulation results also demonstrate interplay between van der Waals forces and hydrogen bonds at different temperatures.

  • 2.
    Dembele, Kadiatou Therese
    et al.
    INRS-EMT.
    Selopal, Gurpreet Singh
    SENSOR Lab, Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia.
    Milan, Riccardo
    SENSOR Lab, Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia.
    Trudeau, Charles
    Département de Génie Électrique, École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal.
    Benetti, Daniele
    INRS-EMT.
    Soudi, Afsoon
    INRS-EMT.
    Natile, Marta Maria
    CNR-IENI.
    Sberveglieri, Giorgio
    SENSOR Lab, Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia.
    Cloutier, Sylvain
    Département de Génie Électrique, École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal.
    Concina, Isabella
    SENSOR Lab, Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia.
    Rosei, Federico
    INRS-EMT.
    Vomiero, Alberto
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Graphene below the percolation threshold in TiO2 for dye-sensitized solar cells2015In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 3, no 6, p. 2580-2588Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We demonstrate a fast and large area-scalable methodology for the fabrication of efficient dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by simple addition of graphene micro-platelets to TiO2 nanoparticulate paste (graphene concentration in the range of 0 to 1.5 wt%). Two dimensional (2D) Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) confirm the presence of graphene after 500°C annealing for 30 minutes. Graphene addition increases the photocurrent density from 12.4 mA cm-2 in bare TiO2 to 17.1 mA cm-2 in an optimized photoanode (0.01 wt% graphene, much lower than those reported in previous studies), boosting the photoconversion efficiency (PCE) from 6.3 up to 8.8%. The investigation of the 2D graphene distribution showed that an optimized concentration is far below the percolation threshold, indicating that the increased PCE does not rely on the formation of an interconnected network, as inferred by prior investigations, but rather, on increased charge injection from TiO2 to the front electrode. These results give insights into the role of graphene in improving the functional properties of DSSCs and identifying a straightforward methodology for the synthesis of new photoanodes.

  • 3.
    Jin, Lei
    et al.
    Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique Energie Varennes.
    Zhao, Haiguang
    Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique Energie Varennes.
    Ma, Dongling
    Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique Energie Varennes.
    Vomiero, Alberto
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Fluid and Experimental Mechanics. Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Rosei, Frederico
    Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique Energie Varennes.
    Dynamics of semiconducting nanocrystal uptake into mesoporous TiO2 thick films by electrophoretic deposition2015In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 847-856Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is a simple technique for the uptake of nanoparticles into mesoporous films, for example to graft semiconducting nanocrystals (quantum dots, QDs) on mesoporous oxide thick films acting as photoanodes in third generation solar cells. Here we study the uptake of colloidal QDs into mesoporous TiO2 films using EPD. We examined PbS@CdS core@shell QDs, which are optically active in the near infrared (NIR) region of the solar spectrum and exhibit improved long-term stability toward oxidation compared to their pure PbS counterpart, as demonstrated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. We applied Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) to obtain the Pb depth profile into the TiO2 matrix. EPD duration in the range from 5 to 120 min and applied voltages from 50 to 200 V were considered. The applied electric field induces the fast anchoring of QDs to the oxide surface. Consequently, QD concentration in the solution contained in the mesoporous film drastically decreases, inducing a Fick-like diffusion of QDs. We modelled the entire process as a QD diffusion related to the formation of a QD concentration gradient, and a depth-independent QD anchoring, and were able to determine the electric field-induced diffusion coefficient D for QDs and the characteristic time for QD grafting, in very good agreement with the experiment. D increases from (1.5 +/- 0.4) x 10(-5) mu m(2) s(-1) at 50 V to (1.1 +/- 0.3) x 10(-3) mu m(2) s(-1) at 200 V. The dynamics of EPD may also be applied to other different colloidal QDs and quantum rod materials for the sensitization of mesoporous films. These results quantitatively describe the process of QD uptake during EPD, and can be used to tune the optical and optoelectronic properties of composite systems, which determine, for instance, the photoconversion efficiency in QD solar cells (QDSCs).

  • 4.
    Korelskiy, Danil
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Ye, Pengcheng
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Fouladvand, Shahpar
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Karimi, Somayeh
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Sjöberg, Erik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Efficient ceramic zeolite membranes for CO2/H2 separation2015In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 2015, no 3, p. 12500-12506Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Membranes are considered one of the most promising technologies for CO2 separation from industrially important gas mixtures like synthesis gas or natural gas. In order for the membrane separation process to be efficient, membranes, in addition to being cost-effective, should be durable and possess high flux and sufficient selectivity. Current CO2-selective membranes are low flux polymeric membranes with limited chemical and thermal stability. In the present work, robust and high flux ceramic MFI zeolite membranes were prepared and evaluated for separation of CO2 from H2, a process of great importance to synthesis gas processing, in a broad temperature range of 235–310 K and at an industrially relevant feed pressure of 9 bar. The observed membrane separation performance in terms both selectivity and flux was superior to that previously reported for the state-of-the-art CO2-selective zeolite and polymeric membranes. Our initial cost estimate of the membrane modules showed that the present membranes were economically viable. We also showed that the ceramic zeolite membrane separation system would be much more compact than a system relying on polymeric membranes. Our findings therefore suggest that the developed high flux ceramic zeolite membranes have great potential for selective, cost-effective and sustainable removal of CO2 from synthesis gas.

  • 5.
    Korelskiy, Danil
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Ye, Pengcheng
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Nabavi, Mohammad Sadegh
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Selective blocking of grain boundary defects in high-flux zeolite membranes by cokin2017In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 5, no 16, p. 7295-7299Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Commercial application of zeolite membranes has been hindered by the challenge of preparing defect-free membranes. Herein, we report a facile method able to selectively plug grain boundary defects in high-flux MFI zeolite membranes by coking of iso-propanol at 350 °C. After modification, the permeance via defects was reduced by 70%, whereas that via zeolite pores was reduced by only 10%.

  • 6.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Holmgren, Allan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    A novel method for fabrication of high-flux zeolite membranes on supports with arbitrary geometry2019In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 7, no 17, p. 10325-10330Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel procedure for the preparation of high-flux zeolite membranes was developed. This method relies on rendering the support hydrophobic, and thereby protected from the synthesis mixture and invasion of the support pores, while the cationic polymer on the surface still allowed deposition of zeolite seeds. Both high-flux MFI and CHA zeolite films were grown on both discs and tubular supports, which illustrates the applicability of the method to arbitrary membrane geometries. Typically, MFI disc membranes showed a very high CO2permeance of 85 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 and a CO2/H2 separation selectivity of 56 at 278 K and CHA disc membranes showed a very high CO2 permeance of 79 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 and a CO2/CH4 separation selectivity of 76 at 249 K. As the method is applicable to supports with complex geometries, it is suitable for preparation of membranes for industrial applications.

  • 7.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Holmgren, Allan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Zhou, Ming
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Highly permeable CHA membranes prepared by fluoride synthesisfor efficient CO2/CH4 separation2018In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 6, no 16, p. 6847-6853Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    All-silica CHA nanocrystals, much smaller (20–200 nm) than previously reported, were prepared by an improved method developed in the present work. The nanocrystals are prepared by adding milled crystals to a fluoride synthesis mixture and we observed that much smaller crystals are obtained by adding a much higher fraction of milled crystals. In the next step, CHA membranes with a thickness of ca. 1.3 μm were prepared by hydrothermal treatment of a monolayer of nanocrystals supported on porous graded alumina discs in a fluoride synthesis gel. Finally, the membranes were calcined at 480 °C. The highest measured single gas CO2 permeance was 172 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 at room temperature. The highly permeable membranes were evaluated for separation of CO2 from an equimolar mixture with CH4 at varying temperatures. The highest observed CO2 mixture permeance was 84 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 at 276 K with a separation selectivity of 47 at 9 bar feed pressure and atmospheric permeate pressure. At room temperature, the CO2 mixture permeance was also as high as 78 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 with a separation selectivity of 32. To the best of our knowledge, these CO2 permeances are by far the highest reported for CHA membranes, while the selectivity is similar to that reported previously at comparable test conditions.

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