Flavio A. Soldera

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Structural and chemical changes that arise from fluoridation of hydroxyapatite (Ca(5)(PO(4))(3)OH or "HAp"), as representing the synthetic counterpart of tooth enamel, are investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Elemental depth profiles with a depth resolution on the nanometer scale were determined to reveal the effect of fluoridation in(More)
1D Al/Al2 O3 nanostructures have been synthesized by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of the molecular precursor [(t) BuOAlH2 ]2 . The deposited nanostructures grow chaotically on the substrate forming a layer with a high porosity (80%). Depending on the deposition time, diverse nanostructured surfaces with different distribution densities were achieved. A(More)
Nanocomposite films consisting of gold nanoparticles embedded in an yttria-stabilized zirconia matrix (Au-YSZ) have been synthesized with different gold loadings by reactive magnetron sputtering followed by ex situ annealing in air or laser interference patterning (LIP) treatment. It is shown that the electrical conductivity of the nanocomposite films can(More)
Analysis of presolar silicate grains provides new knowledge on interstellar and circumstellar environments and can be used to test models of the Galactic chemical evolution. However, structural information of these grains is rare because sample preparation for transmission electron microscopy is very difficult due to the small dimensions of these grains(More)
A direct study of the shape, size and connectivity of nonordered pores in carbon materials is particularly challenging. A new method that allows direct three-dimensional (3D) investigations of mesopores in monolithic carbon materials and quantitative characterization of their physical properties (surface area and pore size distribution) is reported. Focused(More)
In this work, we report the self-assembled growth of vertically aligned columnar Cu2O + Cu4O3 nanocomposite thin films on glass and silicon substrates by reactive sputtering at room temperature. Microstructure analyses show that each phase in nanocomposite films has the columnar growth along the whole thickness, while each column exhibits the single phase(More)
A new technique that allows direct three-dimensional (3D) investigations of mesopores in carbon materials and quantitative characterization of their physical properties is reported. Focused ion beam nanotomography (FIB-nt) is performed by a serial sectioning procedure with a dual beam FIB-scanning electron microscopy instrument. Mesoporous carbons (MPCs)(More)
A focused ion beam was employed for local target preparation for EBSD analysis. The volume of the ion-solid interaction is well below 50 nm at glancing incidence for metallic and transition metal oxide samples. Therefore, focused ion beam can successfully be used for electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) sample preparation. The sample investigated(More)
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