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Nanoparticles are key components in the advancement of future energy technologies, thus, strategies for preparing nanoparticles in large volume by techniques that are cost-effective are required. In the substitution of fossil-fuels by renewable energy resources, nanometer-sized particles play a key role for synthesizing energy vectors from varying and(More)
The development of stable catalyst systems for application at the cathode side of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) requires the substitution of the state-of-the-art carbon supports with materials showing high corrosion resistance in a strongly oxidizing environment. Metal oxides in their highest oxidation state can represent viable support materials(More)
In this work, high surface area antimony doped tin oxide (Sb-SnO2) has been synthesized using a modified sol-gel synthesis method. The bulk and surface properties of the metal oxide support have been investigated as a function of the processing conditions. A change in the Sb-SnO2 processing conditions, while preserving an overall invariant bulk composition,(More)
The electronic properties of citrate stabilised Ag nanoparticles with sizes ranging from 4 to 35 nm were investigated by the Kelvin probe method and high resolution XPS. Two and three dimensional assemblies of the particles were prepared by electrostatic adsorption from aqueous solution onto poly-l-lysine modified surfaces. The work function of the Ag(More)
In recent years, the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) has attracted increased research interest due to its crucial role in electrochemical energy conversion devices for renewable energy applications. The vast majority of OER catalyst materials investigated are metal oxides of various compositions. The experimental results obtained on such materials strongly(More)
Suspension cultures of Coffea arabica L. are a useful source for methyltransferase preparations of high activity catalysing the transfer of methylgroups from S-adenosyl-L-methionine to 7-methylxanthine and to theobromine producing theobromine and caffeine respectively. Surprisingly, these enzyme activities are not correlated with the availability of(More)
Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) was irradiated under ambient conditions in air with a Xe2-excimer lamp. The formation of atomic oxygen and ozone during irradiation in air by V-UV photons results in the transformation of PDMS to silicon oxide. The irradiated surfaces were studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry and neutron reflectometry. The measurements(More)
Fluorine makes the difference! Bis(2,2'-biphenoxy)borates decorated with fluorine substituents have been synthesized and studied in supercapacitor test cells (see scheme). A clear trend towards higher electrochemical stability with the increase of the fluorine content has been observed. For a maximum performance, only two fluorine substituents per benzene(More)
Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) are an emerging class of electrolytes enabling high cell voltages and, in return, high energy density of advanced supercapacitors. Yet, the low temperature behavior, including freezing and thawing, is little understood when ions are confined in the narrow space of nanopores. This study shows that RTILs may show a(More)