Alexei Yu Kuznetsov

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Mineral properties in Earth's lower mantle are affected by iron electronic states, but representative pressures and temperatures have not yet been probed. Spin states of iron in lower-mantle ferropericlase have been measured up to 95 gigapascals and 2000 kelvin with x-ray emission in a laser-heated diamond cell. A gradual spin transition of iron occurs over(More)
The size-dependent stiffness variations in nanocrystalline anatase, a leading material for applications in photovoltaics, photocatalysis, photoelectrochromics, sensors, and optical coatings, were determined using in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering. An unusual, abrupt change in the compression curve at approximately 10 GPa and subtle(More)
A combined synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, and infrared spectroscopy study of the pressure-induced changes in H(3)BO(3) to 10 GPa revealed a new high-pressure phase transition between 1 and 2 GPa followed by chemical decomposition into cubic HBO(2), ice-VI, and ice- VII at approximately 2GPa. The layered triclinic structure of H(3)BO(3)(More)
Loading of gases in diamond anvil cells is a complicated but necessary task to obtain hydrostatic conditions for high-pressure measurements. A simple in operation, safe, and universal gas-loading system has been designed and constructed. Innovations were introduced to simplify the loading procedure up to the "three-button" mode.
We investigated the size-dependent high-pressure phase transition behavior of nanocrystalline anatase TiO2 with synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy to 45 GPa at ambient temperature. Pressure-induced amorphization results in a high-density amorphous (HDA) form when the starting crystallite size is < 10 mm. The HDA-TiO2 transforms to a(More)
Sublattice localization of impurities in compound semiconductors, e.g., ZnO, determines their electronic and optical action. Despite that the impurity position may be envisaged based on charge considerations, the actual localization is often unknown, limiting our understanding of the incorporation and possible doping mechanisms. In this study, we(More)
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