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See detailMesoporous TiO2 anatase films for enhanced photocatalytic activity under UV and visible light
Ishchenko, Olga M.; Lamblin, Guillaume; Guillot, Jérôme et al

in RSC Advances (2020), 10

Mesoporous TiO2 films with enhanced photocatalytic activity in both UV and visible wavelength ranges were developed through a non-conventional atomic layer deposition (ALD) process at room temperature ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous TiO2 films with enhanced photocatalytic activity in both UV and visible wavelength ranges were developed through a non-conventional atomic layer deposition (ALD) process at room temperature. Deposition at such a low temperature promotes the accumulation of by-products in the amorphous TiO2 films, caused by the incomplete hydrolysis of the TiCl4 precursor. The additional thermal annealing induces the fast recrystallisation of amorphous films, as well as an in situ acidic treatment of TiO2. The interplay between the deposition parameters, such as purge time, the amount of structural defects introduced and the enhancement of the photocatalytic properties from different mesoporous films clearly shows that our easily upscalable non-conventional ALD process is of great industrial interest for environmental remediation and other photocatalytic applications, such as hydrogen production. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrafast acousto-optic mode conversion in optically birefringent ferroelectrics
Lejman, Mariusz; Vaudel, Gwenaelle; Infante, Ingrid C. et al

in Nature Communications (2016), 7

The ability to generate efficient giga-terahertz coherent acoustic phonons with femtosecond laser makes acousto-optics a promising candidate for ultrafast light processing, which faces electronic device ... [more ▼]

The ability to generate efficient giga-terahertz coherent acoustic phonons with femtosecond laser makes acousto-optics a promising candidate for ultrafast light processing, which faces electronic device limits intrinsic to complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology. Modern acousto-optic devices, including optical mode conversion process between ordinary and extraordinary light waves (and vice versa), remain limited to the megahertz range. Here, using coherent acoustic waves generated at tens of gigahertz frequency by a femtosecond laser pulse we reveal the mode conversion process and show its efficiency in ferroelectric materials such as BiFeO3 and LiNbO3. Further to the experimental evidence, we provide a complete theoretical support to this all-optical ultrafast mechanism mediated by acousto-optic interaction. By allowing the manipulation of light polarization with gigahertz coherent acoustic phonons, our results provide a novel route for the development of next-generation photonic-based devices and highlight new capabilities in using ferroelectrics in modern photonics. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotovoltaics with Ferroelectrics: Current Status and Beyond
Paillard, Charles; Bai, Xiaofei; Infante, Ingrid C. et al

in ADVANCED MATERIALS (2016), 28(26), 5153-5168

Ferroelectrics carry a switchable spontaneous electric polarization. This polarization is usually coupled to strain, making ferroelectrics good piezoelectrics. When coupled to magnetism, they become so ... [more ▼]

Ferroelectrics carry a switchable spontaneous electric polarization. This polarization is usually coupled to strain, making ferroelectrics good piezoelectrics. When coupled to magnetism, they become so-called multiferroic systems, a fi eld that has been widely investigated since 2003. While ferroelectrics are birefringent and non-linear optically transparent materials, the coupling of polarization with optical properties has received, since 2009, renewed attention, triggered notably by low-bandgap ferroelectrics suitable for sunlight spectrum absorption and original photovoltaic effects. Consequently, power conversion effi ciencies up to 8.1 were recently achieved and values of 19.5 were predicted, making photoferroelectrics promising photovoltaic alternatives. This article aims at providing an up-to-date review on this emerging and rapidly progressing fi eld by highlighting several important issues and parameters, such as the role of domain walls, ways to tune the bandgap, consequences arising from the polarization switchability, and the role of defects and contact electrodes, as well as the downscaling effects. Beyond photovoltaicity other polarization-related processes are also described, like light-induced deformation (photostriction) or light-assisted chemical reaction (photostriction). It is hoped that this overview will encourage further avenues to be explored and challenged and, as a byproduct, will inspire other research communities in material science, e.g., so-called hybrid halide perovskites. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of giant elastocaloric strength and stress-mediated electrocaloric effect in BaTiO3 single crystals
Liu, Yang; Wei, Jie; Janolin, Pierre-Eymeric et al

in Physical Review. B (2014), 90(10),

An applied stress field σ3 can reversibly change the temperature of an elastocaloric material under adiabatic conditions, and the temperature change Tσ3 is usually maximized near phase transitions.Using a ... [more ▼]

An applied stress field σ3 can reversibly change the temperature of an elastocaloric material under adiabatic conditions, and the temperature change Tσ3 is usually maximized near phase transitions.Using a thermodynamic approach, we demonstrate that an elastocaloric strength α = | Tσ3 |/|σ3| of 0.016 K/MPa can be achieved benefiting from the full first-order phase transition in BaTiO3 single crystals, which is comparable with typical elastocaloric materials reported in the literature. The elastocaloric temperature change is found to be giant (3.2 K) under a stress of 200 MPa with a temperature span of over 50 K, which can be significantly larger than its electrocaloric counterpart (∼1 K). Moreover, it is found that the elastocaloric strength can be remarkably enhanced (2.32 K/MPa) as long as the phase transition is triggered even by a modest stress near the sharp first-order phase transition, which is two orders of magnitude larger than those accomplished by full transition. Therefore, even a low stress (<30 MPa) can induce a modest elastocaloric effect (1.3 K) comparable with the electrocaloric counterpart, which is accompanied by a reduction of the working temperature span. In addition, it is found that the electrocaloric peak under tensile stresses moves towards higher temperatures with its magnitude slightly enhanced. Hopefully, our study will stimulate further investigations on elastocaloric and stress-mediated electrocaloric effects in ferroelectrics. [less ▲]

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