Administrative Contact. Philippe Leconte Mr. The control of defects at the very small interfaces in nanocomposites is critical to customising desired properties.
Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy
Scientists provided insight into design solutions for an important class of materials using a novel technique. Composites are made of two or more individual materials where the interfaces are maintained and they form the basis of innumerable components and devices. With the advent of nanotechnology, such composite structures can now be formed on the nano scale, comparable to the size of individual molecules.
Electron paramagnetic resonance EPR spectroscopy is used to investigate paramagnetic systems with unpaired electrons for detecting free radicals, transition metal ions and defects in materials. Researchers chose barium titanate BaTiO3 , the first ferroelectric oxide discovered. It is also the most widely used ferromagnetic material showing up in applications such as computer memories, sensors and infrared detectors. Using EPR, researchers conducted the first detailed analysis of charged defects in BaTiO3-based powders, ceramics, single crystals, composites, thin films and multi-layers.
Data compilation enabled conclusions, many of which have already been published, about the nature of the charged defects and their location in the various materials.
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EPR revealed a high concentration of charged defects at the surface of nanopowders and at interfaces in composites, and demonstrated a direct link with dielectric properties. Scientists were able to significantly enhance dielectric properties and decrease dielectric losses with modifications based on previous results. In the end, scientists produced an optimal material for selected applications, highlighting the effectiveness of EPR in guiding materials design.
EPREXINA conducted the first detailed studies of the influence of surface and interface-charged defects on the properties of nanomaterials. The technique is expected to have major impact on future device functionalities.
SPR - Electron Paramagnetic Resonance
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This has been summarised in a form addressed to non-specialists in ESR dating e. This includes the location of the tooth within the excavation area and its position within the stratigraphic section. For the evaluation of the cosmic dose rate, it is necessary to get an estimation of the thickness of the overlying deposits. Sometimes, the actual situation is not representative of the past history, especially if erosion took place and removed most of the sediment cover.
In this case, the maximum sediment thickness above the sample should be estimated as well.
Nevertheless, as far as possible, the gamma dose rate should always be derived from in situ measurements. Sometimes, fossil teeth are taken from collections and their exact original location spot may no longer exist. Consequently, in situ measurements have to be performed as closely as possible to the tooth original position.
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Indeed, a tooth cannot be dated without a good knowledge of its sedimentary context, since the dose rate needs to be accurately reconstructed. By definition, field work is the first step of the ESR dating procedure, and the reliability of the age result depends on the accuracy of the data collected on site, such as the position of the tooth and its embedding sediment, the in situ dosimetry measurements and the estimation of the thickness of the overlying deposits.
In order to implement ESR dating under the best possible conditions, we provided here some guidelines and designed a sampling form for non-ESR specialists intending to sample teeth, as it includes all the data necessary to record and report for an ESR age calculation. The tooth and sediment sampling can be easily performed by following the basic instructions given above and should be carried out while the excavation is still ongoing. However, the involvement of an ESR specialist in the field is highly recommended, in particular for in situ dosimetry matter.
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