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A camera-based optical character reader (OCR) for Japanese Kanji characters was implemented on a mobile-phone. This OCR has three key features. The first is discriminative feature extraction (DFE) which enables a character classifier needing only small memory size. The second is a word-segmentation method specially designed for looking up Japanese words in… (More)
Gold (Au) nanoparticles were prepared by sputter deposition of Au metal in an ionic liquid (IL) of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMI-PF6). The size of Au nanoparticles was increased from 2.6 to 4.8 nm by heat treatment at 373 K. The nanoparticles uniformly dispersed in the IL were densely immobilized on a glass substrate surface modified… (More)
The photoluminescence intensity of ZnS-AgInS(2) solid solution nanoparticles was remarkably enhanced by increasing the heating temperature to 180 degrees C, above which the emission was simply diminished, while ZnS coating of the particles resulted in further enhancement of PL intensity, giving the highest quantum yield of ca. 80%.
Over the past decade, many researchers have made efforts to develop high-quality I-III-VI2 group chalcopyrite-type semiconductor nanoparticles of Cu-based or Ag-based materials, such as CuInS2, Cu(InGa)Se2, and AgInS2, due to their low toxicity, wide range of absorption from UV to visible or near-infrared regions, and tunable energy gap depending on the… (More)
Oxidation of molten In-Sn alloys was carried out in ionic liquids by heat treatment with vigorous stirring, resulting in the formation of indium tin oxide (ITO) nanocrystals. The ITO nanocrystals exhibited a plasmon peak, the peak wavelength of which was blue-shifted with an increase in the Sn fraction in ITO.
The facile synthesis of ZnS-AgInS2 (ZAIS) as cadmium-free QDs and their application, mainly in solar cells, has been reported by our groups. In the present study, we investigated the safety and the usefulness for labeling and in vivo imaging of a newly synthesized aqueous ZnS-coated ZAIS (ZnS-ZAIS) carboxylated nanoparticles (ZZC) to stem cells. ZZC shows… (More)
A novel strategy to prepare a bimetallic Au-Pt particle film was developed through sequential sputter deposition of Au and Pt on a room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL). Au sputter deposition onto an RTIL containing hydroxyl-functionalized cations produced a monolayer of Au particles 4.2 nm in size on the liquid surface. Subsequent Pt sputtering onto the… (More)
Independently controlling the shape anisotropy and chemical composition of multinary semiconductor particles is important for preparing highly efficient photocatalysts. In this study, we prepared ZnS-AgInS2 solid solution ((AgIn)xZn2(1-x)S2, ZAIS) nanoparticles with well-controlled anisotropic shapes, rod and rice shapes, by reacting corresponding metal… (More)
Inorganic multilayer films were prepared by layer-by-layer accumulation of positively charged layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets and negatively charged CdS nanoparticles of different sizes. Nanoparticles were densely immobilized on LDH sheets to form a monolayer without coalescence into larger particles. The absorbance and photoluminescence intensity… (More)
Sputtering of noble metals, such as Au, Ag, Pd, and Pt, onto room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) enabled the formation of monoparticle films composed of spherical noble metal nanoparticles on the liquid surface only when the RTILs used contained hydroxyl-functionalized cations as a component. Sputter deposition of these metals under the same conditions… (More)