Andrea Ciccioli

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The intermetallic molecules AuBe and AuCa were identified by means of the Knudsen-Effusion Mass Spectrometry technique in the high-temperature vapors produced by vaporizing Au-Be-Ca alloys of proper composition. The gaseous equilibria AuBe(g)+Au(g)=Au(2)(g)+Be(g) and AuCa(g)+Au(g)=Au(2)(g)+Ca(g) were studied in the temperature ranges 1720-1841 K and(More)
The silicon-tin chemical bond has been investigated by a study of the SiSn diatomic molecule and a number of new polyatomic Si(x)Sn(y) molecules. These species, formed in the vapor produced from silicon-tin mixtures at high temperature, were experimentally studied by using a Knudsen effusion mass spectrometric technique. The heteronuclear diatomic SiSn,(More)
The vaporization behaviour and thermodynamics of the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl)sulfonylimide (BMImNTf2) were studied by combining the Knudsen Effusion Mass Loss (KEML) and Knudsen Effusion Mass Spectrometry (KEMS) techniques. KEML studies were carried out in a large temperature range (398-567) K by using effusion orifices(More)
The diatomic molecules SiPb and GePb were for the first time identified by producing high temperature vapors of the constituent pure elements in a "double-oven-like" molecular-effusion assembly. The partial pressures of the atomic, heteronuclear, and homonuclear gaseous species observed in the vapor, namely, Si, Ge, Pb, SiPb, GePb, Pb2, Gen, and Sin(More)
The interest of the scientific community on methylammonium lead halide perovskites (MAPbX3, X = Cl, Br, I) for hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells has grown exponentially since the first report in 2009. This fact is clearly justified by the very high efficiencies attainable (reaching 20% in lab scale devices) at a fraction of the cost of conventional(More)
The intermetallic molecules CuSb, AgSb, and AuSb were identified in the effusive molecular beam produced at high temperature under equilibrium conditions in a double-cell-like Knudsen source. Several gaseous equilibria involving these species were studied by mass spectrometry as a function of temperature in the overall range 1349-1822 K, and the strength of(More)
The dissociation energy of the intermetallic molecule NaAu, for which two largely at variance experimental values are available in the literature, has been redetermined by the Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry method. The molecule has been produced in the vapor phase by a specially designed experimental setting inspired by the double oven technique. The(More)
The high-temperature gaseous molecules YbH, YbO and YbOH have been identified and their thermochemistry investigated by the Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry technique coupled with a controlled pressure gas inlet system. Solid ytterbium monosilicide and disilicide samples were made to react in the Knudsen cell with H2(g) and H2(g)/O2(g); in these(More)
The dissociation energies of the intermetallic molecules AuSr and AuBa were for the first time determined by the Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry method. The two species were produced in the vapor phase equilibrated with apt mixtures of the constituent elements, and the dissociation equilibria were monitored mass-spectrometrically in the temperature range(More)
Alkali metal doping is essential to achieve highly efficient energy conversion in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) solar cells. Doping is normally achieved through solid state reactions, but recent observations of gas-phase alkali transport in the kesterite sulfide (Cu2ZnSnS4) system (re)open the way to a novel gas-phase doping strategy. However, the current(More)