Yuan-Yao Li

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Ultraviolet- and visible-light-responsive titania-based photocatalysts were synthesized and employed in the photocatalytic oxidation of NO(x). Sol-gel processes using tetrabutyl orthotitanate and ethanol under acid catalyzed condition and controlled calcination were performed to synthesize titanium dioxide with a mixed crystal lattice of anatase, brookite(More)
Graphene is expected to enable superior corrosion protection due to its impermeability and chemical inertness. Previous reports, however, demonstrate limited corrosion inhibition and even corrosion enhancement of graphene on metal surfaces. To enable the reliable and complete passivation, the origin of the low inhibition efficiency of graphene was(More)
Gd2O3:Eu(3+) and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu(3+) films 10 nm in thickness were individually coated onto silica spheres (particle size of 150-170 nm) using the sol-gel method. The synthesized materials were addressed as Gd2O3:Eu(3+)@SiO2 and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu(3+)@SiO2 phosphors. An x-ray powder diffractometer (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM),(More)
High purity ZnO nanowire arrays were synthesized uniformly on a 1.5 cm x 2 cm tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) glass substrate. The ZnO nanowire arrays were formed with a uniform diameter distribution of 30-50 nm and a length of about 5 microm, synthesized via thermal decomposition of zinc acetate at 300 degrees C in air. Analysis by X-ray diffraction and(More)
A three-dimensional urchin-like α-Fe(2)O(3) microstructure is formed via a simple, template-free, and one-step thermal oxidation of Fe spheres in an air atmosphere at temperatures in the range of 300-450 °C. The urchin-like α-Fe(2)O(3) microstructure consists of crystalline α-Fe(2)O(3) nanoflakes grown perpendicularly on the surface of the sphere, a shell(More)
An α-Fe(2)O(3) nanoflake urchin-like structure is formed via the thermal oxidation of micrometre-sized iron spheres in air at temperatures of 300-400 °C. The material consists of α-Fe(2)O(3) nanoflakes grown perpendicularly to the sphere surface, a layer of a mixture of α-Fe(2)O(3) and Fe(3)O(4) as the oxidation shell, and an iron core. The ranges of the(More)
Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are the fantastic nano-material which exhibits a very low thermal expansion and high current capability. It has a wide variety of methods for synthesis. One of the most reliable and best suited is Arc Discharge method. Multi walled CNT (MWCNT) are synthesized in an experimental setup. Soot deposited is in mixture form of nanoparticles(More)
a-Fe2O3 nanowires (NWs) were formed by the thermal oxidation of an iron film in air at 350 C for 10 h. The rhombohedral structure of the a-Fe2O3 NWs was grown vertically on the substrate with diameters of 8–25 nm and lengths of several hundred nm. It was found that the population density of the NWs per unit area (DNWs) can be varied by the film thickness.(More)
Carbon nanotube (CNT)-grafted TiO(2) (CNT/TiO(2)) was synthesized as an electrically conductive catalyst that exhibits redox ability under electrical excitation besides ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The CNT/TiO(2) material was synthesized by a two-step process. Ni nanoparticles were photodeposited onto TiO(2) first. The Ni nanoparticles then served as seeds(More)
Vapor-grown carbon fibers (VGCFs), platelet graphite nanofibers (PGNFs), turbostratic carbon nanofibers (CNFs), and carbon spheres were continuously produced by the thermal decomposition of ethanol in the presence of an Fe catalyst and a sulfur promoter at 1100 degrees C under a nitrogen/hydrogen atmosphere in a vertical chemical vapor deposition reactor.(More)