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Prevention of excess heat accumulation within the Li-ion battery cells is a critical design consideration for electronic and photonic device applications. Many existing approaches for heat removal from batteries increase substantially the complexity and overall weight of the battery. Some of us have previously shown a possibility of effective passive thermal management of Li-ion batteries via improvement of thermal conductivity of cathode and anode material1. In this presentation, we report the results of our investigation of the thermal conductivity of various Li-ion cathodes with incorporated carbon nanotubes and nanodiamonds in different layered structures. The cathodes were synthesized using the filtration method, which can be utilized for synthesis of commercial electrode-active materials. The thermal measurements were conducted with the "laser flash" technique. It has been established that the cathode with the carbon nanotubes-LiCo2 and carbon nanotube layered structure possesses the highest in-plane thermal conductivity of ~ 206 W/mK at room temperature. The cathode containing nanodiamonds on carbon nanotubes structure revealed one of the highest cross-plane thermal conductivity values. The in-plane thermal conductivity is up to two orders-of-magnitude greater than that in conventional cathodes based on amorphous carbon. The obtained results demonstrate a potential of carbon nanotube incorporation in cathode materials for the effective thermal management of Li-ion high-powered density batteries.
The quantification of quantum phase coherence can reveal several properties of charge carriers in systems of given dimensionality, illuminating mechanisms leading to quantum decoherence due to inelastic scattering events, to decoherence mechanisms due to device geometry, and to dephasing due to geometrical phases from applied fields. Examples of several effects are presented. Quantum phase coherence lengths were measured in mesoscopic geometries by quantum transport methods including universal conductance fluctuations, weak-localization, and quantum interferometry. The geometries were fabricated from two-dimensional starting materials. In wires of materials with strong spin-orbit interaction, we show that spin decoherence due to spin-orbit interaction and dephasing due to applied magnetic fields show an electromagnetic duality. We show that dephasing due to applied magnetic fields can be expressed in terms of a magnetic length quantifying time-reversal symmetry breaking. In wires, the main orbital quantum decoherence mechanism related to the wire length appears as environmental coupling decoherence, with longer wires showing asymptotically longer phase coherence lengths. For mesoscopic stadia, the geometry plays an additional role, inducing stadium-wire coupling decoherence.
Radial deformation phenomena of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are attracting increased attention because even minimal changes of the CNT's cross section can result in significant changes of their electronic and optical properties. It is therefore important to have the ability to sensitively probe and characterize this radial deformation. High pressure Raman spectroscopy offers a general and powerful method to study such effects in SWNTs. In this experimental work, we focus in particular on one theoretically predicted Raman vibrational mode, the so-called "Squash Mode" (SM), named after its vibrational mode pattern, which has an E2g symmetry representation and exists at shifts below the radial breathing mode (RBM) region. The Squash mode was predicted to be more sensitive to environmental changes than the RBM.
Here we report on a detailed, experimental detection of SMs of aligned SWNT arrays with peaks as close as 18 cm-1 to the laser excitation energy. Furthermore, we investigate how the SM of aligned CNT arrays reacts when exposed to a high pressure environment of up to 9 GPa. The results confirm the theoretical predictions regarding the angular and polarization dependent variations of the SM's intensity with respect to their excitation. Furthermore, clear Raman upshifts of SM under pressures of up to 9 GPa are presented. The relative changes of these upshifts, and hence the sensitivity, are much higher than that of RBMs because of larger radial displacement of some of the participating carbon atoms during the SM vibration.
These novel ultra-sensitive Raman SM shifts of SWNTs provide enhanced sensitivity and demonstrate new opportunities for nano-optical sensors applications.
We analyze the propagation of electromagnetic fields through tight-binding arrays of coupled photonic waveguides as a symmetry problem in the case of invariant properties of the propagation distance. We consider the Heisenberg-Weyl group and the photonic lattices with that underlying symmetry. Based on this, dispersion relations, impulse functions and normal states can be constructed from the point of view of Gilmore-Perelomov coherent state approach and different classes of propagation invariant input can be constructed.
We propose an attosecond strong optical field interferometry in graphene which reveals the chirality of graphene without employing a magnetic field. A circularly polarized optical pulse with strong amplitude and femtosecond time scale causes the electron to circle in the reciprocal space through which it accumulates the dynamic phase along the closed trajectory as well as the nontrivial geometric phase known as Berry’s phase. The resulting interference fringes carry rich information about the electronic spectra and interband dynamics in graphene near the Dirac points. Our findings hold promises for the attosecond control and measurement of electron dynamics in condensed matters as well as understanding the topological nature of the two-dimensional Dirac materials.
Owing to its superb thermal and electrical attributes, as well as electrochemical stability, carbon is emerging as an attractive material for fabrication of many bioelectrochemical devices such as biosensors and biofuel cells. However, carbon’s inert nature makes it difficult to functionalize with biocatalysts; often requiring harsh chemical treatment, such as nitric acid oxidation, to attach reactive amines and carboxylic acids to its surface. Recent studies, however, points toward a self-assembly approach for fabricating well organized layers of carbon loaded with arrays of metallic nanoparticles patterned by block-copolymers (BCP) templates. Herein, we demonstrate an effective method for developing carbon nanofibers meshes embedded with metal nanoparticles, by incorporating a BCP self-assembly approach into our C-MEMS fabrication technique. The main phase of this hybrid method includes electrospinning metal salt-loaded BCP into nanofiber meshes, and subsequently reducing the metal salts into metal nanoparticles prior to pyrolysis. This cost-effective process will pave the way for fabricating scalable advanced 3-D carbon electrodes that can be applied to biosensors and biofuel cells devices.
The increase in the temperature of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells affects negatively their power conversion efficiency and decreases their lifetime. The negative effects are particularly pronounced in concentrator solar cells. Therefore, it is crucial to limit the PV cell temperature by effectively removing the excess heat. Conventional thermal phase change materials (PCMs) and thermal interface materials (TIMs) do not possess the thermal conductivity values sufficient for thermal management of the next generation of PV cells. In this paper, we report the results of investigation of the increased efficiency of PV cells with the use of graphene-enhanced TIMs. Graphene reveals the highest values of the intrinsic thermal conductivity. It was also shown that the thermal conductivity of composites can be increased via utilization of graphene fillers. We prepared TIMs with up to 6% of graphene designed specifically for PV cell application. The solar cells were tested using the solar simulation module. It was found that the drop in the output voltage of the solar panel under two-sun concentrated illumination can be reduced from 19% to 6% when grapheneenhanced TIMs are used. The proposed method can recover up to 75% of the power loss in solar cells.
Increased depletion of fossil fuels along with global warming and climate change made the society to think about alternate green and sustainable energy sources and better energy storage devices. Extensive research has been performed on the development of solar cells, fuel cells, Lithium- ion battery and supercapacitors to combat the green house effect and its consequences, and to meet the increased energy crisis. Supercapacitors, also known as electrochemical capacitors are gained a great attention because of their pulse power supply, long cycle life (>100,000), simple principle and high dynamic of charge propagation. Its greater power density than lithium- ion battery and much larger energy density than conventional capacitors brought super capacitors to a promising energy storage device to meet the increased energy demands. Here we demonstrate supercapacitor electrode materials with graphene oxide (electric double layer capacitor) and α-MnO2 nanomaterial (pseudo-capacitor), as well as composite of these materials, which means that the bulk of the material undergoes a fast redox reaction to provide the capacitive response and they exhibit superior specific energies in addition to the carbon-based supercapacitors (double-layer capacitors). A simple soft chemical route is utilized to synthesize graphene oxide, α-MnO2 and graphene oxide-MnO2 composite. The phase and the structure of the synthesized materials are studied using X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The functional group and the presence of impurities are understood from Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra. The capacitive properties of the graphene oxide, graphene oxide - MnO2 nanocomposite and α-MnO2 are tested with the help of cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge – discharge techniques using 1 M Na2SO4 in aqueous solution as electrolyte. It was found that graphene oxide - MnO2 nanocomposite shows better electrochemical behaviour compared to individual graphene oxide and α-MnO2 nanomaterial.
Due to its remarkable properties, graphene-based devices are particularly promising for optoelectronic applications. Thanks to its compatibility with standard silicon technology, graphene could compete III-V compounds for the development of low cost and high-frequency optoelectronic devices. We present a new optoelectronic device that consists in a coplanar waveguide integrating a commercially-available CVD graphene active channel. With this structure, we demonstrate high-frequency (30 GHz) broadband optoelectronic mixing in graphene, by measuring the response of the device to an optical intensity-modulated excitation and an electrical excitation at the same time. These features are particularly promising for RADAR and LIDAR applications, as well as for low-cost high-speed communication systems.
In this paper we considered in details of the energy exchanges that would take place when concentrated solar energy is focused normally onto a thermionic emitter of area equal to the area of focus with solar energy being incident parallel to the axis of the parabolic mirror. We then, using a simplified version of the equations, compute the power output from the thermionic energy converter with emitters of graphene on silicon carbide, assuming that with the advent of new work function engineering technology the work function of graphene can be modulated from 4.5 eV to 1.5 eV and also with pure monolayer graphene for which a new thermionic emission equation has been discovered by the authors. Our theoretical research shows that graphene being a high temperature material, it is quite possible to practically realize a solar thermionic energy converter with good conversion efficiency using a graphene-on-silicon carbide emitter.
Porous fibrous membranes having multiple scales geometries and tailored properties have become attractive microfabrication materials in recent years. Due to the feasibility of incorporating graphene in electrospun nanofibres and the growing interest on these nanomaterials, the present paper focuses on the electrospinning of Poly (ε-Caprolactone) (PCL) solutions in the presence of different amounts of Graphene platelets. Electrospinning is a process whereby ultrafine fibers are formed in a high-voltage electrostatic field. The morphological appearance, fiber diameter, and structure of PCL nanofibers produced by the electrospinning process were studied in the presence of different concentration of graphene. Moreover, the effect of a successful incorporation of graphene nanosheets into PCL polymer nanofibers was analyzed. Scanning electron microscope micrographs of the electrospun fibers showed that the average fiber diameter increases in the presence of graphene. Furthermore, the intrinsic properties developed due to the interactions of graphene and PCL improved the mechanical properties of the nanofibers. The results reveal the effect of various graphene concentrations on PCL and the strong interfacial interactions between the graphene platelets phase and the polymer matrix. The functional complexity of the electrospun fibers provides significant advantages over other techniques and shows the promise of these fibers for many applications including air/water filters, sensors, organic solar cells, smart textiles, biocompatible scaffolds for tissue engineering and load-bearing applications. Optimizing deposition efficiency, however, is a necessary milestone for the widespread use of this technique.