A study of Cr3C2-based HVOF- and HVAF-sprayed coatings: Abrasion, dry particle erosion and cavitation erosion resistance

Material and spray process selection are the key factors in the tailoring of thermal sprayed coatings for demanding industrial applications. In this study, four commercial Cr3C2-based feedstock materials were sprayed with gas-fuelled high-velocity oxygen-fuel (HVOF) and modern high-velocity air-fuel (HVAF) spray processes. Two materials with standard Cr3C2–25NiCr composition (porous and dense), a Cr3C2–50NiCrMoNb and Cr3C2–37WC–18NiCoCr materials were sprayed in addition to the reference WC-10Co4Cr material. The Cr3C2–50NiCrMoNb had a higher content of the Ni-based metal matrix compared to standard Cr3C2–25NiCr composition for added corrosion resistance, while the Cr3C2–37WC–18NiCoCr material contained additional tungsten carbide (WC) particles to improve the wear resistance. In abrasion and dry particle erosion, the Cr3C2–50NiCrMoNb coatings showed a higher degree of plastic deformation and increased material loss, whereas the Cr3C2–37WC–18NiCoCr coating had wear resistance between the standard Cr3C2–25NiCr and reference WC-10Co4Cr coatings. In cavitation erosion, the lower carbide content of Cr3C2–50NiCrMoNb coatings turned out to improve the resistance against fatigue wear due to higher fracture toughness. Overall, the HVAF sprayed coatings had higher elastic modulus, higher fracture toughness, equal or higher abrasion and erosion resistance, and higher cavitation erosion resistance compared to the HVOF sprayed counterparts.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Research group: Surface Engineering, Materials Science and Environmental Engineering
Contributors: Matikainen, V., Koivuluoto, H., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 11
Publication date: 15 Apr 2020
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 446-447
Article number: 203188
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Abrasion, Cavitation erosion, Coating, Erosion, Hardmetal, HVAF
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85077986604

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Structure and in vitro dissolution of Mg and Sr containing borosilicate bioactive glasses for bone tissue engineering

Borosilicate bioactive glasses are promising for bone tissue engineering. The objective was to assess the impact of magnesium and/or strontium, when substituted for calcium on the glasses' thermal and dissolution properties. Both Mg and Sr substitution appeared to enhance the hot forming domain, i.e. the ability to hot process (sinter, draw fibres) without adverse crystallization. Structural analysis indicated that substitution of MgO and/or SrO for CaO results in changes in the BO3/BO4 ratio as well as in the ratio between bridging and non-bridging oxygen atoms in the silicate structure. Additionally, a de-shielding effect was noticed when Ca, Mg and Sr are present together in the glass network, possibly owing to PO4 3− charge-balanced preferentially by Na+. The Mg and/or Sr substitution resulted in a lower ion release in simulated body fluid and delayed formation of hydroxyapatite. However, once this layer formed it consisted of a Mg/Sr-substituted apatite. This work highlights the effect of combined ionic substitutions on bioactive glass structure and properties.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: BioMediTech, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Universite de Rennes, CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Universite de Bordeaux - PRES, Lab Bordelais Rech Informat, PICTURA Res Grp, UMR 5800
Contributors: Tainio, J. M., Salazar, D. A., Nommeots-Nomm, A., Roiland, C., Bureau, B., Neuville, D. R., Brauer, D. S., Massera, J.
Publication date: 1 Apr 2020
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Volume: 533
Article number: 119893
ISSN (Print): 0022-3093
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Bioactive glasses, Borosilicate glasses, In vitro dissolution, Structural properties, Tissue engineering
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85078095947

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Transparent Yb3+ doped phosphate glass-ceramics

Yb3+ doped oxyfluorophosphate glasses with the composition (98.75) [90NaPO3-(10-x) Na2O-xNaF] - 1.25Yb2O3 (in mol%) with x = 0, 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10 were prepared using a standard melting process. The progressive replacement of Na2O by NaF leads to an increase in the number of Q2 units at the expense of the Q1 units. This increase in the polymerization of the glass network leads to a shift of the optical band gap to lower wavelength, to a slight increase in the intensity of the emission at 1000 nm and more importantly to a change in the glass crystallization process. Indeed, both surface and bulk crystallization were observed in the glass with x = 0 while surface crystallization only occurs when NaF is added in the phosphate network. The heat treatment leads to the precipitation of at least three crystalline phases: as x increases, the NaPO3 phase grows at the expense of Na5P3O10. All glasses precipitate the Yb containing crystal, NaYbP2O7 which leads to an increase in the intensity of the emission at 1000 nm compared to the emission at 975 nm. We show for the first time to the best of our knowledge that transparent Yb3+ doped phosphate glass-ceramics can be obtained within this glass system when free of NaF.

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Publication status: E-pub ahead of print
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, Fondazione LINKS – Leading Innovation & Knowledge for Society, CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, ICMCB
Contributors: Hongisto, M., Veber, A., Boetti, N. G., Danto, S., Jubera, V., Petit, L.
Publication date: 1 Jan 2020
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Ceramics International
ISSN (Print): 0272-8842
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Process Chemistry and Technology, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Glass-ceramic, Luminescence, Phosphate glass, XRD, Yb
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85077933290

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Cold gas spraying of a high-entropy CrFeNiMn equiatomic alloy

Cold gas spraying was used to make a coating from an equiatomic CrFeNiMn high-entropy alloy. This four-component alloy was chosen because it is Co-free, thus allowing application in nuclear industries as a possible replacement of currently used stainless steel coatings. The feedstock material was gas atomized powder with a particle size distribution from 20 to 45 μm. A number of parameters were tested, such as the powder feed rate and gas feed pressure, in order to obtain as dense a coating as possible with nitrogen as the process gas. Spraying was performed using a gas preheating temperature of 1000 °C, gas feed pressure ranging from 50 to 60 bar, and two powder feeding rates. The coating thicknesses ranging from 230 to 490 m and porosities ranging from 3% to 10% were obtained depending on the powder feed rate and gas feed pressure. The hardness of the cross-section of the coating was usually lower than that of the surface. The highest coating hardness obtained was above 300 HV0.3 for both the surface and the cross-section. The as-atomized powder consisted of a face-centered cubic (FCC) phase with a minute amount of body-centered cubic (BCC) phase, which was no longer detectable in the coatings. The microstructure of the coating was highly stressed due to the high degree of deformation occurring in cold gas spraying. The deformation leads to strain hardening and induces a pronounced texture in the coating. The 111 planes tend to align along the coating surface, with deformation and texturing concentrating mainly on particle boundaries. A high-entropy alloy (HEA) coating was successfully sprayed for the first time using nitrogen as a process gas. The coating has the potential to replace stainless steel coatings in nuclear industry applications.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Research group: Surface Engineering, Aalto University
Contributors: Lehtonen, J., Koivuluoto, H., Ge, Y., Juselius, A., Hannula, S. P.
Number of pages: 12
Publication date: 2020
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Coatings
Volume: 10
Issue number: 1
Article number: 53
ISSN (Print): 2079-6412
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Cold gas spraying, High-entropy alloy, Microstructure
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85079063520

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Compounding and characterization of recycled multilayer plastic films

Mechanical recycling of multilayer plastic films from food packages was investigated. The multilayer films were manually separated from municipal solid waste, washed, grinded, and finally compounded at 0–100 wt% concentrations with virgin low-density polyethylene (PE-LD). Polyethylene grafted with maleic anhydride (PE-g-MA) compatibilizer was used in two of the compounds to replace 2 and 5 wt% of the PE-LD to study its effect as well. PE-g-MA is expected to improve the mechanical properties of the compounds by promoting the adhesion between incompatible polymer phases. The composition of the compounds was characterized with Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry and their properties were studied with tensile testing and rotational rheometer measurements. All tested compounds had relatively good mechanical properties and processability. This indicates that recycled multilayer films could replace at least part of the virgin PE-LD in applications where high-thermal stability or good visual appearance is not required. The PE-g-MA compatibilizer did not have a significant effect on the mechanical properties of the compounds.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Research group: Tribology and Machine Elements, Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Arcada, Fortum Waste Solutions Oy
Contributors: Jönkkäri, I., Poliakova, V., Mylläri, V., Anderson, R., Andersson, M., Vuorinen, J.
Number of pages: 8
Publication date: 2020
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Article number: e49101
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: mechanical properties, recycling, rheology, thermal properties, thermoplastics
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85079375444

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Electronic transport in n-type modulation-doped AlGaAs/GaAsBi quantum well structures: Influence of Bi and thermal annealing on electron effective mass and electron mobility

We investigate electronic transport properties of as-grown and annealed n-type modulation-doped Al0.15Ga0.85As/GaAs1-xBix (x = 0 and 0.04) quantum well (QW) structures using magnetotransport measurements in the temperature range 4.2 K and 60 K and at magnetic fields up to 18 T. Thermal annealing process was applied at two different temperatures, 700 °C and 350 °C during 60 s and 180 s, respectively. We find that electron effective mass and 2D electron density in as-grown Bi-containing sample are slightly lower than that in Bi-free one. Furthermore, quantum electron mobility and quantum scattering time are observed to be decreased in Bi-containing samples. The annealing process at 700 °C causes a slight increase in electron effective mass and 2D electron density. A negligible decrease in electron effective mass and an increase in 2D electron density are determined following annealing at 350 °C. The observed change in electron effective mass following thermal annealing process is attributed to changing 2D electron density in the samples. No improvement on quantum electron mobility and quantum scattering time are observed following thermal annealing at both process temperatures. We determine that one electron subband (e1) for as-grown and annealed (at 700 °C for 60 s) Bi-containing QWs and two electron subbands (e1 and e2) for the annealed (at 350 °C for 180 s) GaAsBi QW sample and the Bi-free QW sample contribute to electronic transport. Our results reveal that there is no significant direct effect of Bi on effective electron mass, but an indirect effect, in which Bi can provoke changes in 2D electron density and hence causes not to observe actual band-edge electron mass but a deviation from its band-edge value. Therefore, it can be concluded that dispersion curve of conduction band does not change as an effect of Bi incorporation in GaAs.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, Istanbul University, Eskişehir Technical University (ESTU), Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa
Contributors: Donmez, O., Aydin, M., Ardali, Yildirim, S., Tiraş, E., Nutku, F., Cetinkaya, C., okduygulular, E., Puustinen, J., Hilska, J., Guina, M., Erol, A.
Publication date: 2020
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Semiconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 35
Issue number: 2
Article number: 025009
ISSN (Print): 0268-1242
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Condensed Matter Physics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: bismuthindependent effective mass, Electron effective mass in GaAsBi, electron mobility in GaAsBi, electronic transport in GaAsBi, n-type GaAsBi
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85082305824

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Influence of powder properties on residual stresses formed in high-pressure liquid fuel HVOF sprayed WC-CoCr coatings

This paper presents a systematic study of the effect of various WC-CoCr powders on the residual stresses of the high pressure HVOF sprayed coating. As the residual stresses are recognized to play a significant role in the mechanical and fatigue resistance of the coating, it is understandable that their management is important for damage tolerant coating design. Several studies have recently shown that processes, which produce high particle kinetic energy and lower particle temperature, such as Warm spray, HVAF and high-pressure HVOF processes, generate higher peening stresses and therefore final residual stresses is more compressive compared to lower kinetic energy HVOF systems. In addition to the spraying process, powder properties are known to be one of the most important variables in thermal spraying. Nevertheless, only few studies can be found on the effect of powder properties on residual stresses. The aim of this study was to understand the effect of different powder properties on the formation of residual stress. In situ monitoring was utilized to record curvature and temperature during spraying and to calculate coating residual stresses. This approach is a useful tool for understanding of residual stresses during the thermal spraying process enabling their manipulation. It was found that the powders, with only minor differences in density and particle size, produced a significant difference of about 350 MPa in the stress states of the coatings. The combined effect of spray powder properties and spray parameters on residual stress was almost 560 MPa.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Research group: Surface Engineering, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Varis, T., Suhonen, T., Jokipii, M., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 9
Publication date: 2020
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 388
Article number: 125604
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Agglomerated powder, Apparent density, High pressure HVOF, Residual stress, Thermal spraying, WC-CoCr
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85081673256

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Effect of tempering on the impact-abrasive and abrasive wear resistance of ultra-high strength steels

Tempering is an essential part in the fabrication of ultra-high strength steels and it is also widely applied in the processing of wear-resistant steels. In this paper, the effects of different tempering temperatures on the impact-abrasive and abrasive wear properties of martensitic ultra-high strength steels were studied. A novel press-hardening steel with carbon content of 0.4 wt% was received in hot-rolled condition and further austenitized, water-quenched and tempered for 2 h at different temperatures (150–400 °C). Tensile strength values up to 2200MPa and hardness exceeding 650HV were measured. Wear testing was done with impact-abrasive impeller-tumbler and abrasive dry-pot application-oriented test methods simulating mining and mineral handling environments. A laboratory rolled 600HB steel and a commercial 500HB grade wear-resistant steel were included for comparison. The wear surfaces and cross-sections of the samples were thoroughly characterized. Both testing methods produced highly deformed surface layers and strong work-hardening. Wear performance was mainly controlled by the initial hardness of the steels, but differences were found in the highly work-hardened surfaces of the steels.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Univ of Oulu, SSAB
Contributors: Haiko, O., Valtonen, K., Kaijalainen, A., Uusikallio, S., Hannula, J., Liimatainen, T., Kömi, J.
Publication date: 15 Dec 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 440-441
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Abrasion, Impact-abrasion, Steel, Tempering, Wear testing
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Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85074214509

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First principles prediction of the solar cell efficiency of chalcopyrite materials  AgMX2(M=In, Al; X=S, Se, Te)

Using the spectroscopic limited maximum efficiency, and Shockley and Queisser predictor models, we compute the solar efficiency of the chalcopyrites AgMX 2 (M = In, Al; X = S, Se, Te). The results presented are based on the estimation of the electronic and optical properties obtained from first principles density functional theory as well as the many-body perturbation theory calculations. The results from this report were consistent with the experimental data.The optical bandgap was accurately estimated from the absorption spectra, obtained by solving the Bethe and Salpeter equation. Fitting the Tauc's plot on the absorption spectra, we also predicted that the materials studied have a direct allowed optical transition. The theoretical estimations of the solar cell performance showed that the efficiencies from the Shockley and Queisser model are higher than those from the spectroscopic limited maximum efficiency model. This improvement is attributed to the absorption, the recombination processes and the optical transition accounted in the calculation of the efficiency.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Electrical Engineering, University of South Africa, University of Witwatersrand
Contributors: Dongho-Nguimdo, G. M., Igumbor, E., Zambou, S., Joubert, D. P.
Publication date: 1 Dec 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Computational Condensed Matter
Volume: 21
Article number: e00391
ISSN (Print): 2352-2143
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Materials Science (miscellaneous), Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Chalcopyrites, First principles, Solar cell efficiency
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85065198754

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Porous polybutylene succinate films enabling adhesion of human embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelial cells (hESC-RPE)

In the last decade, several studies have shown that polybutylene succinate (PBSu)has a high potential as a biomaterial enabling cell adhesion and growth. In this study, porous PBSu films have been prepared by the breath figure method (BF)and by particulate leaching (PL), and characterized in terms of thickness, surface properties, diffusion capacity and in vitro stability. Because porous films are of high interest for tissue engineering of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), the initial viability and adhesion of human embryonic stem cell-derived RPE onto the PBSu films was then evaluated. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study on the adhesion behavior of hESC-RPE onto porous and biodegradable polymer surfaces. The results clearly demonstrated that the two manufacturing methods produced materials with very distinct properties. Films produced by BF expressively demonstrated the highest roughness and surface area, and the lowest water contact angle. These features likely contributed to increase the biocompatibility of the surface, particularly when coated with laminin and collagen IV, as observed by the improved cell viability, cell morphology, adhesion and production of extracellular matrix proteins. Altogether, our results showed not only that PBSu holds high potential in retinal tissue engineering, but also that the physical properties and biocompatibility of the material are highly dependent on the adopted casting method.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: BioMediTech, Tampere University, Tampere University Hospital
Contributors: Calejo, M. T., Haapala, A., Skottman, H., Kellomäki, M.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 78-87
Publication date: 1 Sep 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: European Polymer Journal
Volume: 118
ISSN (Print): 0014-3057
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physics and Astronomy(all), Polymers and Plastics, Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Biodegradable films, Breath figures, Cell adhesion, Polybutylene succinate, Retinal pigment epithelium
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Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85066269398

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Antibacterial polymer fibres by rosin compounding and melt-spinning

The antibacterial features of natural pine/spruce rosin are well established, yet the functionality in various thermoplastics has not been surveyed. This work focuses on the processing of industrial grade purified rosin mixed with polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polylactic acid (PLA), polyamide (PA)and corn starch based biopolymer (CS). Homopolymer masterbatches were extrusion-compounded and melt-spun to form fibres for a wide range of products, such as filters, reinforcements, clothing and medical textiles. Due to the versatile chemical structure of rosin, it was observed compatible with all the selected polymers. In general, the rosin-blended systems were shear-thinning in a molten condition. The doped fibres spun of PE and PP indicated adequate melt-spinning capability and proper mechanical properties in terms of ultimate strength and Young's modulus. The antibacterial response was found dependent on the selected polymer. Especially PE with a 10 wt% rosin content showed significant antibacterial effects against Escherichia coli DH5α and Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 12598 when analysed in the Ringer's solution for 24 h.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Department of Microbiology, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Premix Oy, Aalto University, COMP Centre of Excellence, University of Helsinki
Contributors: Kanerva, M., Puolakka, A., Takala, T. M., Elert, A. M., Mylläri, V., Jönkkäri, I., Sarlin, E., Seitsonen, J., Ruokolainen, J., Saris, P., Vuorinen, J.
Publication date: Sep 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Materials Today Communications
Volume: 20
Article number: 100527
ISSN (Print): 2352-4928
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Materials Science(all), Mechanics of Materials, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Antibacterial, Fibre, Melt spinning, Thermoplastics
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Source ID: 85066275027

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Detection of gaseous species during KCl-induced high-temperature corrosion by the means of CPFAAS and CI-APi-TOF

Two different analytical approaches—collinear photofragmentation and atomic absorption spectroscopy (CPFAAS) and chemical ionization atmospheric pressure interface time-of-flight mass spectrometer (CI-APi-TOF)—were applied to detect and identify the online gaseous KOH and HCl formed in the addressed high-temperature reactions. Samples of pure KCl, KCl+Cr, KCl+Fe, and KCl+316 L were studied at 550°C under dry and humid conditions with varying oxygen concentrations. The goal was to shed more light on the gas-phase chemistry during KCl-induced corrosion under conditions relevant to biomass combustion. CI-APi-TOF proved to be a valuable tool for high-temperature corrosion studies: HCl was identified to have formed during the reactions under humid conditions. On the contrary, despite the known sensitivity of CPFAAS, the formation of KOH could not be verified in any of the performed measurements.

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Publication status: E-pub ahead of print
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Research area: Aerosol Physics, Research group: The Instrumentation, Emissions, and Atmospheric Aerosols Group, Physics, Research group: Applied Optics, Åbo Akademi University
Contributors: Lehmusto, J., Olin, M., Viljanen, J., Kalliokoski, J., Mylläri, F., Toivonen, J., Dal Maso, M., Hupa, L.
Number of pages: 10
Publication date: 30 Aug 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Materials and Corrosion
ISSN (Print): 0947-5117
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Environmental Chemistry, Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: CI-APi-TOF, CPFAAS, gaseous KCl, HCl formation, high-temperature corrosion
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85071360769

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Characterizing the micro-impact fatigue behavior of APS and HVOF-sprayed ceramic coatings

The fatigue life of thermally sprayed Al2O3- and Cr2O3-based coatings has been studied under low-energy (0.7–5 mJ) impact conditions. A threshold impact energy and amount of repetitions the coatings can endure with said energy before catastrophic failure was obtained. The catastrophic failure was determined to occur when the fracture mode of the coating switched from brittle cone cracking to quasi-plastic radial cracking. The results are examined relative to the microstructural features along with other properties of the coatings - hardness and cavitation resistance. The experiment provided a new approach for a straightforward comparison of the micro-scale impact fatigue life of thermally sprayed coatings unachievable with previous methods.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté - ICB - UTBM - LERMPS
Contributors: Kiilakoski, J., Langlade, C., Koivuluoto, H., Vuoristo, P.
Pages: 245-254
Publication date: 15 Aug 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 371
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Ceramic coating, Characterization, Fracture, Impact test, Surface fatigue, Thermal spray
Electronic versions: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85055977332

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Fluorine losses in Er3+oxyfluoride phosphate glasses and glass-ceramics

Er 3+ doped phosphate glasses with the composition 75NaPO 3- 25CaF 2 (mol%)were prepared at different melting temperatures to demonstrate the importance to quantify the fluorine content when preparing oxyfluoride glasses. Indeed, increasing the melting temperature from 900 to 1000 °C leads to a small reduction in the fluorine content from 9.4 at % to 8.8 at % as quantified using EPMA. Whereas this loss of fluorine can be suspected from small changes in the thermal properties of the glass, it increases significantly the glass crystallization tendency in this glass system. This means that a heat treatment of the as-prepared glass should be performed when evaporation of fluorine during the glass melting is suspected. Sample preparation for the characterization of the spectroscopic properties of the glasses is discussed here as well; bulk glasses should be used when measuring the spectroscopic properties of oxyfluoride glasses, which are known to be hygroscopic. It is shown, in this work, that a heat treatment of the glass within the investigated glass system leads to transparent glass-ceramics with volume precipitation of Er 3+ doped CaF 2 crystals with strong upconversion.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Research group: Materials Characterization, Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Physics, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Fondazione LINKS – Leading Innovation & Knowledge for Society
Contributors: Szczodra, A., Mardoukhi, A., Hokka, M., Boetti, N. G., Petit, L.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 797-803
Publication date: 15 Aug 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume: 797
ISSN (Print): 0925-8388
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Crystal, Erbium, Fluorine, Glass, Glass-ceramic, Luminescence
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85065824926

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Modelling thermodynamics in a high erature superconducting dipole magnet: An inverse problem based approach

The use of practical high temperature superconductors (HTS), REBCO tapes especially, in magnet applications has become possible thanks to the increasing interest of manufacturers. One difficulty has been the nonlinear material properties that are challenging to measure and model. To advance in such, demo systems are needed and they must be thoroughly analyzed. Recently, one of the first HTS dipole magnets was built to study the usability of REBCO Roebel cables in particle accelerator magnets. The prototype magnet Feather-M2 was designed, constructed and tested within EUCARD2 collaboration project at CERN in 2017. In the measurements, the magnet behaved in an unexpected way: the magnet was able to be operated at operation currents above the maximum current that was predicted based on short-sample measurements. Additionally, unexpectedly gradual dependency between magnet's resistive voltage and operation current was observed. In this work, a thermodynamical model is formulated in order to study the behavior of Feather-M2. The model was parametrized and the parameters were solved via inverse problem by finding the best match to experimental results. Thereby insight was gained on the prospects of the utilized thermodynamical model and also on the behavior and operation conditions of the magnet via the inverse problem solutions. To summarize, this paper presents a new methodology for analyzing magnets in operation and applies it to a state-of-the-art magnet.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Electrical Engineering, Research area: Power engineering, Research group: Modelling and superconductivity, European Organization for Nuclear Research
Contributors: Ruuskanen, J., Stenvall, A., Lahtinen, V., Nugteren, J. V., Kirby, G., Murtomäki, J.
Publication date: 2 Aug 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Superconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 32
Issue number: 9
Article number: 094007
ISSN (Print): 0953-2048
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Condensed Matter Physics, Metals and Alloys, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: HTS magnets, modelling, optimization, thermal stability
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85072121234

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Erosion wear performance of WC-10Co4Cr and Cr3C2-25NiCr coatings sprayed with high-velocity thermal spray processes

Thermally sprayed hardmetal coatings are widely used to protect components and surfaces against wear in various applications. Hard and wear resistant coatings increase the component lifetime and can generate significant savings promoting ecological manufacturing. This study focuses on the performance of tungsten carbide (WC-10Co4Cr)and chromium carbide (Cr 3 C 2 -25NiCr)based hardmetal coatings sprayed with gaseous and liquid fuelled high-velocity oxygen-fuel (HVOF)spray processes and a modern high-velocity air-fuel (HVAF)spray process. The coating characterisation revealed reduced carbide dissolution with decreasing process temperature and denser feedstock powder particles. Smaller carbide size in the Cr 3 C 2 -25NiCr material significantly reduced the carbide rebounding leading to higher carbide content in the sprayed coating and improved erosion wear resistance. Most significant improvements were observed in cavitation erosion for HVAF sprayed WC-10Co4Cr coatings (0.4 μm/h)compared to the HVOF sprayed coatings (1.5–3.7 μm/h). The cavitation erosion resistance of the HVAF sprayed coatings was almost at the level of the WC-10Co sintered bulk (0.2 μm/h).

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Tampere University, VZÚ Plzeň - Research and Testing Institute
Contributors: Matikainen, V., Rubio Peregrina, S., Ojala, N., Koivuluoto, H., Schubert, J., Houdková, Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 17
Pages: 196-212
Publication date: 25 Jul 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 370
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Cavitation erosion, Coating, Hardmetal, Slurry erosion, Thermal spray

Bibliographical note

INT=msee,"Rubio Peregrina, S."

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85065223119

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Water-Responsive and Mechanically Adaptive Natural Rubber Composites by in Situ Modification of Mineral Filler Structures

A new biomimetic stimuli-responsive adaptive elastomeric material, whose mechanical properties are altered by a water treatment is reported in this paper. This material is a calcium sulphate (CaSO4) filled composite with an epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) matrix. By exploiting various phase transformation processes that arise when CaSO4 is hydrated, several different crystal structures of CaSO4·xH2O can be developed in the cross-linked ENR matrix. Significant improvements in the mechanical and thermal properties are then observed in the water-treated composites. When compared with the untreated sample, there is approximately 100% increase in the dynamic modulus. The thermal stability of the composites is also improved by increasing the maximum degradation rate temperature by about 20 °C. This change in behavior results from an in situ development of hydrated crystal structures of the nanosized CaSO4 particles in the ENR matrix, which has been verified using Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray scattering. This work provides a promising and relatively simple pathway for the development of next generation of mechanically adaptive elastomeric materials by an eco-friendly route, which may eventually also be developed into an innovative biodegradable and biocompatible smart polymeric material.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V., University of Massachusetts Lowell, Vodafone Department of Mobile Communications Systems, Queen Mary University of London
Contributors: Banerjee, S. S., Hait, S., Natarajan, T. S., Wießner, S., Stöckelhuber, K. W., Jehnichen, D., Janke, A., Fischer, D., Heinrich, G., Busfield, J. J., Das, A.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 5168-5175
Publication date: 20 Jun 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume: 123
Issue number: 24
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85067653290

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Epitaxial phases of high Bi content GaSbBi alloys

GaSbBi alloys have recently emerged as attractive materials for mid-infrared optoelectronics owing to strong band gap reduction enabled by Bi incorporation into the GaSb matrix. The fundamental understanding of the epitaxial process required to demonstrate high quality crystals is in an early-developmental phase. From this perspective, we report on the key role played by the Sb/Ga flux ratio in controlling the structural quality and incorporation of high Bi content GaSbBi (up to 14.5%-Bi), revealing three distinct epitaxial phases. The first phase (below stoichiometric Sb/Ga) exhibits Ga-Bi compound droplets, low crystal quality, and reduced Bi content. At the second phase (above stoichiometric Sb/Ga), the crystal exhibits smooth surfaces and excellent crystallinity with efficient Bi incorporation. The last phase corresponds to exceeding a Sb/Ga threshold that leads to reduced Bi incorporation, Bi droplets and degraded crystallinity. This threshold value that defines the optimal growth window is controlled by the temperature as well as the Bi/Ga ratio. Increasing temperature increases the threshold, albeit simultaneously reducing Bi incorporation. Conversely, increasing the Bi/Ga flux ratio increases Bi incorporation, while narrowing down and ultimately closing the window. This study provides a general framework enabling development of high quality GaSbBi heterostructures for emerging mid-infrared optoelectronics.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, Research group: ORC
Contributors: Hilska, J., Koivusalo, E., Puustinen, J., Suomalainen, S., Guina, M.
Number of pages: 5
Pages: 67-71
Publication date: 15 Jun 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Crystal Growth
Volume: 516
ISSN (Print): 0022-0248
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: A3. Molecular beam epitaxy, B1. Antimonides, B1. Bismuth compounds, B2. Semiconducting III-V materials, B2. Semiconducting ternary compounds
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85063780657

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Role of fracture toughness in impact-abrasion wear

Two new low alloyed steels were developed with different fracture toughness values but at similar level of hardness with same composition and microstructural phase. The steels were subjected to impact-abrasion wear test. This work examines specifically the additional role of toughness during impact-abrasion wear, using a newly developed high toughness steel. Microstructural characterisation of the damaged samples revealed that better toughness helps resist both impact and abrasion damage.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Research group: Materials Characterization, Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, University of Cambridge, Tata Steel Ltd.
Contributors: Chintha, A. R., Valtonen, K., Kuokkala, V. T., Kundu, S., Peet, M. J., Bhadeshia, H. K.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 430-437
Publication date: 15 Jun 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 428-429
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Abrasion, Fracture toughness, Impact-abrasion, Steel, Wear testing
Electronic versions: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85064619336

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Corrosion properties of thermally sprayed bond coatings under plasma sprayed chromia coating in sulfuric acid solutions

Plasma sprayed chromia coatings are known to have excellent corrosion and wear properties in highly acidic conditions at ambient and elevated temperatures. In applications requiring extremely good corrosion resistance, the whole components are usually made of a corrosion resistant alloy. For increased adhesion of the ceramic coating to the corrosion resistant substrate material, thermally sprayed metallic bond coatings are used. It is well known that the corrosion environment in such bond coatings between the ceramic top coating and the substrate can be extremely difficult due to the absence of dissolved oxygen, increased concentration of the corrosive electrolytes under the top coating, and galvanic and crevice corrosion mechanisms inside the coating structure. When bond coatings are used, it is of high importance to select the bond layer chemistry and method of production so that the bond coating can survive in such harsh conditions. In the present study, four different bond coatings were studied to evaluate their performance in corrosive acidic electrolytes. The coatings studied were HVOF sprayed Ni-20Cr, Hastelloy C-276 and Ultimet alloy coatings, and plasma sprayed tantalum coating. The substrate material was a solid Hastelloy C-276 metal alloy. The top coating used was plasma sprayed Cr2O3. Corrosion properties of various coating types were studied by electrochemical measurements in sulfuric acid solutions with various concentrations at RT, and by immersion tests at RT and at the temperature of 60°C. The coating microstructures were studied before and after the corrosion tests. The results showed that HVOF sprayed Ni-20Cr and Ultimet alloy coatings were significantly attacked by the sulfuric acid electrolyte, whereas HVOF sprayed Hastelloy C-276 and plasma sprayed Ta coatings performed significantly better.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A4 Article in a conference publication
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Research group: Surface Engineering, Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Contributors: Vuoristo, P., Varis, T., Meschini, D., Bolelli, G., Lusvarghi, L.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 923-930
Publication date: May 2019

Host publication information

Title of host publication: International Thermal Spray Conference and Exposition, ITSC 2019 : New Waves of Thermal Spray Technology for Sustainable Growth
Publisher: ASM International
Editors: Azarmi, F., Lau, Y., Veilleux, J., Widener, C., Toma, F., Koivuluoto, H., Balani, K., Li, H., Shinoda, K.
ISBN (Electronic): 9781510888005

Publication series

Name: Proceedings of the International Thermal Spray Conference
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Surfaces and Interfaces
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85073880821

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Comparison of various high-stress wear conditions and wear performance of martensitic steels

The demanding environments typically encountered by the wear resistant steels create challenges for the materials selection, because the hardness grades of the steels alone do not reveal the true nature of their wear behavior. In this study, five commercial wear resistant steels were tested using three application oriented test methods with five different test variables for abrasion, impact-abrasion, and slurry erosion. All the used test methods produced high-stress conditions that crushed the used mineral abrasive, plastically deformed the sample surfaces, and led to the formation of adiabatic shear bands. When the results produced by the chosen methods were compared, the normalization of the wear losses by the wear area and test time revealed well the differences between the methods. The test methods ranked the steels similarly, but there were clear differences in the wear rates and wear mechanisms between the tests. In addition, the abrasive methods produced surface adiabatic shear bands, while subsurface shear bands were initiated by the more impacting methods. In the studied conditions, the work hardening ability of the steel had a clear influence on its wear resistance, which largely explains the marked differences in the wear rates of the studied commercial 500HB grade steels.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Research group: Materials Characterization, Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Robit Ltd, Univ of Oulu
Contributors: Valtonen, K., Ojala, N., Haiko, O., Kuokkala, V.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 3-13
Publication date: 30 Apr 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 426-427
Issue number: Part A
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Surfaces and Interfaces
Keywords: Abrasion, Impact wear, Steel, Wear testing, ABRASIVE WEAR, BEHAVIOR, FIELD, RESISTANT STEELS, COMPRESSION, MICROSTRUCTURE
URLs: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85058455176

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Analysis of GaAsBi growth regimes in high resolution with respect to As/Ga ratio using stationary MBE growth

The control of Bi incorporation and material properties in III-V-Bi alloys has proved challenging due to their high sensitivity to the epitaxial growth parameters. Here, we present a methodology for determining the variation in the Ga, As, and Bi fluxes and the temperature across a stationary substrate in molecular beam epitaxy. By correlating the flux distributions with material properties, we identify distinct regimes for epitaxy of GaAsBi. In particular, we devise a detailed image of the interplay between Bi incorporation and structural properties of a bulk GaAs 0.96 Bi 0.04 layer grown on GaAs(1 0 0) with respect to the As/Ga ratio. The influence of As/Ga is analyzed with high resolution over the important stoichiometric range (i.e. As/Ga = 0.6–1.6). Growth outside the near-stoichiometric As/Ga regime leads to decreased Bi incorporation, decreased structural quality and the formation of Ga, Ga/Bi or Bi droplets. On the other hand, growth at As/Ga = 1.00–1.17 leads to maximized material quality. For this regime, the surface roughness is further optimized by fine-tuning the As/Ga ratio to suppress surface mounding to a value of 0.5 nm. The results reveal the extreme sensitivity of GaAsBi growth to small variations in the As/Ga ratio, and demonstrate the applicability of stationary growth in studying these effects.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, Research group: ORC
Contributors: Puustinen, J., Hilska, J., Guina, M.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 33-41
Publication date: 1 Apr 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Crystal Growth
Volume: 511
ISSN (Print): 0022-0248
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: A3. Molecular beam epitaxy, B1. Bismuth compounds, B2. Semiconducting III-V materials, B2. Semiconducting ternary compounds
URLs: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85060893423

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Hydrolysis and drug release from poly(ethylene glycol)-modified lactone polymers with open porosity

The ability to release active agents from a porous scaffold structure in situ enables the simultaneous structural support for the cells proliferating and differentiating towards tissue as well as the stimulation of tissue regeneration. Due to the great potentiality of such approach, drug-releasing scaffolds were fabricated from hydrolytically degradable polymers. Three copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol), ɛ-caprolactone, L- and D,L-lactide were synthesized and blended with bone-growth inducing active agents, dexamethasone (DM) and 2-phospho-L-ascorbic acid trisodium salt (AS). Porous scaffolds were prepared by means of super-critical carbon dioxide foaming. In the final scaffold structures, the particle size, location and the water solubility of the drug affected the release kinetics. As the large and water soluble AS particles were more exposed to the buffer solution compared to small DM particles, the AS release was burst-like whereas DM showed a long-term release. The material structure had a significant effect on the release kinetics as the porous scaffolds released active agents faster compared to the solid cylinders. Furthermore, this study showed the strong effect of polymer degradation and wettability on the release, which were more determinative than the pore architecture.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: BioMediTech, Aalto University, Orton Orthopaedic Hospital
Contributors: Asikainen, S., Paakinaho, K., Kyhkynen, A. K., Hannula, M., Malin, M., Ahola, N., Kellomäki, M., Seppälä, J.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 165-175
Publication date: 1 Apr 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: European Polymer Journal
Volume: 113
ISSN (Print): 0014-3057
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physics and Astronomy(all), Organic Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: 2-Phospho-L-ascorbic acid trisodium salt, Bulk degradation, Dexamethasone, Drug release, Hydrolytic degradation, Supercritical carbon dioxide foaming
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85060767586

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Mining tailings as raw materials for reaction-sintered aluminosilicate ceramics: Effect of mineralogical composition on microstructure and properties

This paper presents studies on the utilization of aluminosilicate-based mining tailings as raw materials for mullite-based ceramics. Based on the 3:2 stoichiometric composition, mullite was synthesised by reactive sintering with a series of powder mixtures with alumina additions. X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy analyses revealed that, at the specific mineralogical composition, mullite structure formed surrounded by an amorphous glass phase in reaction-sintered powder mixtures. Results demonstrated that the chemical and mineralogical composition of mining tailings do have an effect on mullite formation possibilities and, only with the particular mineralogical composition, the mullite formation is possible regardless of the correct Al:Si ratio in tailings. Physical and mechanical properties of the formed ceramics were defined, showing comparable values to 3:2 mullite reference. Mullite structure formation enables a better thermal resistance up to above 1450 °C of the formed tailings-based ceramics compared to other aluminosilicates, reflecting their utilization potential for refractory ceramic applications.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Geologian tutkimuskeskus
Contributors: Karhu, M., Lagerbom, J., Solismaa, S., Honkanen, M., Ismailov, A., Räisänen, M. L., Huttunen-Saarivirta, E., Levänen, E., Kivikytö-Reponen, P.
Pages: 4840-4848
Publication date: Mar 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 2018

Publication information

Journal: Ceramics International
Volume: 45
Issue number: 4
ISSN (Print): 0272-8842
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Process Chemistry and Technology, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Mining tailings, Mullite, Reaction sintering, Refractory ceramics, Utilization

Bibliographical note

EXT="Lagerbom, Juha"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85057276435

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Solvent Welding and Imprinting Cellulose Nanofiber Films Using Ionic Liquids

Cellulose nanofiber films (CNFF) were treated via a welding process using ionic liquids (ILs). Acid-base-conjugated ILs derived from 1,5-diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-ene [DBN] and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([emim][OAc]) were utilized. The removal efficiency of ILs from welded CNFF was assessed using liquid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The mechanical and physical properties of CNFF indicated surface plasticization of CNFF, which improved transparency. Upon treatment, the average CNFF toughness increased by 27%, and the films reached a Young's modulus of ∼5.8 GPa. These first attempts for IL "welding" show promise to tune the surfaces of biobased films, expanding the scope of properties for the production of new biobased materials in a green chemistry context. The results of this work are highly relevant to the fabrication of CNFFs using ionic liquids and related solvents.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Paper Converting and Packaging, Universidad Del Bío-Bío, Aalto University
Contributors: Reyes, G., Borghei, M., King, A. W. T., Lahti, J., Rojas, O. J.
Pages: 502-514
Publication date: 14 Jan 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 12 Dec 2018

Publication information

Journal: Biomacromolecules
Volume: 20
Issue number: 1
ISSN (Print): 1525-7797
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Bioengineering, Biomaterials, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85059629357

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Characterization of Powder-Precursor HVOF-Sprayed Al2O3-YSZ/ZrO2 Coatings

Thermal spraying using liquid feedstock can produce coatings with very fine microstructures either by utilizing submicron particles in the form of a suspension or through in situ synthesis leading, for example, to improved tribological properties. The focus of this work was to obtain a bimodal microstructure by using simultaneous hybrid powder-precursor HVOF spraying, where nanoscale features from liquid feedstock could be combined with the robustness and efficiency of spraying with powder feedstock. The nanostructure was achieved from YSZ and ZrO2 solution-precursors, and a conventional Al2O3 spray powder was responsible for the structural features in the micron scale. The microstructures of the coatings revealed some clusters of unmelted nanosized YSZ/ZrO2 embedded in a lamellar matrix of Al2O3. The phase compositions consisted of γ- and α-Al2O3 and cubic, tetragonal and monoclinic ZrO2. Additionally, some alloying of the constituents was found. The mechanical strength of the coatings was not optimal due to the excessive amount of the nanostructured YSZ/ZrO2 addition. An amount of 10 vol.% or 7 wt.% 8YSZ was estimated to result in a more desired mixing of constituents that would lead to an optimized coating architecture.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, ELCOGEN OY, Univ of Oulu
Contributors: Kiilakoski, J., Puranen, J., Heinonen, E., Koivuluoto, H., Vuoristo, P.
Pages: 98-107
Publication date: Jan 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 2018

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 28
Issue number: 1-2
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: AlO-ZrO, ceramic matrix composite, coating, HVOF, hybrid, solution-precursor spraying
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85058214735

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Design, processing, and characterization of an optical core-bioactive clad phosphate fiber for biomedical applications

The aim of this study was to fabricate a bioactive optical fiber able to monitor “in situ” its reaction with the body through changes in its optical properties. Core and cladding preforms were prepared with the composition (97.25*(0.50P2O5-0.40SrO-0.10Na2O)-2.5ZnO-0.25Er2O3) and (98.25*(0.50P2O5-0.40SrO-0.10Na2O)-1.75ZnO) (in mol%), respectively, and successfully drawn into a multimode core/clad optical fiber. Optical and near-Infrared images assessed the proper light guiding properties of the fiber. The fibers favor the precipitation of a Ca-P reactive layer at its surface concomitant with a reduction in the fiber diameter, when immersed in SBF, often assigned as a sign of bioactivity. It is clearly shown here that the bio-response of the fiber upon immersion in SBF can be tracked from the decrease in the intensity of the Er3+ ions emission at 1.5 µm. This confirms that the newly developed optical fiber, which combines good optical properties with a suitable bioactive behavior, is a promising platform for the development of novel biomedical devices for biophotonic and photomedical applications. Finally, the successful splicing of the newly developed fiber with commercial optical fibers was an evidence of the possibility to integrate the newly developed phosphate fiber within existing components used in the field of biomedicine.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, BioMediTech, Politecnico di Torino, Fondazione LINKS – Leading Innovation & Knowledge for Society, UMR CNRS 6226 Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, University of Parma, Photonics Laboratory
Contributors: Lopez-Iscoa, P., Ojha, N., Pugliese, D., Mishra, A., Gumenyuk, R., Boetti, N. G., Janner, D., Troles, J., Bureau, B., Boussard-Plédel, C., Massera, J., Milanese, D., Petit, L.
Publication date: 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY
ISSN (Print): 0002-7820
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: bioactivity, Er luminescence property, optical fiber, phosphate glass
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85066458189

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Flip-chip Wafer-fused OP-VECSELs emitting 3.65 W at the 1.55-μm waveband

Optically-pumped vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers (VECSELs) based on flip-chip gain mirrors emitting at the 1.55-μm wavelength range are reported. The gain mirrors employ wafer-fused InAlGaAs/InP quantum well heterostructures and GaAs/AlAs distributed Bragg reflectors fixed on a diamond heat-sink substrate in a flip-chip geometry, incorporated in a V-cavity configuration. A maximum output power of 3.65 W was achieved for a heat sink temperature of 11°C and employing a 2.2% output coupler. The laser exhibited circular beam profiles for the full emission power range. This demonstration represents more than 5-fold increase of the output power compared to state-of-the-art flip-chip VECSELs previously reported at the 1.55 μm wavelength range. It opens new perspectives for developing practical VECSEL-based laser systems operating at a wavelength range widely used in many applications.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, CRPP, LakeDiamond SA
Contributors: Mereuta, A., Nechay, K., Caliman, A., Suruceanu, G., Rudra, A., Gallo, P., Guina, M., Kapon, E.
Publication date: 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Volume: 25
Issue number: 6
ISSN (Print): 0792-1233
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics, Materials Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Keywords: diode pumped, Flip-chip devices, Heating systems, Lasers, Mirrors, Optical pumping, Power generation, Semiconductor lasers, Temperature measurement, Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers, Vertical emitting lasers
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85067801249

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

How well can we predict cluster fragmentation inside a mass spectrometer?

Fragmentation of molecular clusters inside mass spectrometers is a significant source of uncertainty in a wide range of chemical applications. We have measured the fragmentation of sulfuric acid clusters driving atmospheric new-particle formation, and developed a novel model, based on first principles calculations, capable of quantitatively predicting the extent of fragmentation.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: University of Helsinki, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Universite de Bordeaux - PRES, Lab Bordelais Rech Informat, PICTURA Res Grp, UMR 5800
Contributors: Passananti, M., Zapadinsky, E., Zanca, T., Kangasluoma, J., Myllys, N., Rissanen, M. P., Kurtén, T., Ehn, M., Attoui, M., Vehkamäki, H.
Number of pages: 4
Pages: 5946-5949
Publication date: 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Chemical Communications
Volume: 55
Issue number: 42
ISSN (Print): 1359-7345
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Catalysis, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85065980333

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Low-dimensional formamidinium lead perovskite architectures via controllable solvent intercalation

We report the formation of a new class of solvent-intercalated two-dimensional (SI-2D) formamidinium lead halide perovskites. They can be mixed with three-dimensional (3D) stoichiometric perovskites by controlling the ratio of the precursor solutions. The composite leads to greatly improved photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) over the 3D compound. The enhanced PLQY is attributed to a type-I band alignment between the 3D and SI-2D, as revealed by first-principles calculations, which results in confined excitons with enhanced radiative recombination. The films exhibited excellent thermal and air stability retaining PLQY > 20% over 2 months in ambient conditions. Assemblies of halide perovskites with mixed dimensionality offer a pathway to enhance optoelectronic performance and device lifetimes.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Yonsei University
Contributors: Shin, M., Kim, J., Jung, Y. K., Ruoko, T., Priimagi, A., Walsh, A., Shin, B.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 3945-3951
Publication date: 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume: 7
Issue number: 13
ISSN (Print): 2050-7534
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85064717293

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Mechanical characterization of pore-graded bioactive glass scaffolds produced by robocasting

Since the discovery of 45S5 Bioglass® by Larry Hench, bioactive glasses have been widely studied as bone substitute materials and, in more recent years, have also shown great promise for producing three-dimensional scaffolds. The development of additive manufacturing techniques and their application in bone tissue engineering allows the design and fabrication of complex structures with controlled porosity. However, achieving strong and mechanically-reliable bioactive glass scaffolds is still a great challenge. Furthermore, there is a relative paucity of studies reporting an exhaustive assessment of other mechanical properties than compressive strength of glass-derived scaffolds. This research work aimed at determining key mechanical properties of silicate SiO2-Na2O-K2OMgO-CaO-P2O5 glass scaffolds fabricated by robocasting and exhibiting a porosity gradient. When tested in compression, these scaffolds had a strength of 6 MPa, a Young's modulus around 340 MPa, a fracture energy of 93 kJ/m3 and a Weibull modulus of 3, which provides a quantification of the scaffold reliability and reproducibility. Robocasting was a suitable manufacturing method to obtain structures with favorable porosity and mechanical properties comparable to those of the human cancellous bone, which is fundamental regarding osteointegration of bone implants.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: BioMediTech, Politecnico di Torino, McGill University
Contributors: Barberi, J., Nommeots-Nomm, A., Fiume, E., Verné, E., Massera, J., Baino, F.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 140-147
Publication date: 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Biomedical Glasses
Volume: 5
Issue number: 1
ISSN (Print): 2299-3932
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Bioactive glass, Mechanical properties, Robocasting, Scaffold

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EXT="Nommeots-Nomm, Amy"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85078096149

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Process Parameter Impact on Suspension-HVOF-Sprayed Cr2O3 Coatings

Chromium oxide (Cr2O3) is commonly used as an atmospheric plasma-sprayed (APS) coating from powder feedstock in applications requiring resistance to sliding wear and corrosion, as well as amenability to texturing, e.g., in anilox rolls. Recently, high-velocity oxy-fuel spray methods involving suspension feedstock have been considered an extremely promising alternative to produce denser and more homogeneous chromium oxide coatings with lower as-sprayed surface roughness, higher hardness and potentially superior wear performance compared to conventional APS-sprayed coatings. In this study, the impact of process parameters namely auxiliary air cleaning nozzles and a transverse air curtain on suspension high-velocity oxy-fuel-sprayed Cr2O3 suspensions is presented. The produced coatings are characterized for their microstructure, mechanical properties and wear resistance by cavitation erosion. The results reveal the importance of optimized air nozzles and air curtain to achieve a vastly improved coating structure and performance.

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Publication status: E-pub ahead of print
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Research group: Surface Engineering, Treibacher Industrie AG, University West
Contributors: Kiilakoski, J., Trache, R., Björklund, S., Joshi, S., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 12
Publication date: 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: CrO, influence of spray parameters, mechanical properties, SHVOF, suspension spraying
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85074710199

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Structure and Dynamics of Thermosensitive pDNA Polyplexes Studied by Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy

Combining multiple stimuli-responsive functionalities into the polymer design is an attractive approach to improve nucleic acid delivery. However, more in-depth fundamental understanding how the multiple functionalities in the polymer structures are influencing polyplex formation and stability is essential for the rational development of such delivery systems. Therefore, in this study the structure and dynamics of thermosensitive polyplexes were investigated by tracking the behavior of labeled plasmid DNA (pDNA) and polymer with time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy using fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). The successful synthesis of a heterofunctional poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) macroinitiator containing both an atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) initiator is reported. The use of this novel PEG macroinitiator allows for the controlled polymerization of cationic and thermosensitive linear triblock copolymers and labeling of the chain-end with a fluorescent dye by maleimide-thiol chemistry. The polymers consisted of a thermosensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM, N), hydrophilic PEG (P), and cationic poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA, D) block, further referred to as NPD. Polymer block D chain-ends were labeled with Cy3, while pDNA was labeled with FITC. The thermosensitive NPD polymers were used to prepare pDNA polyplexes, and the effect of the N/P charge ratio, temperature, and composition of the triblock copolymer on the polyplex properties were investigated, taking nonthermosensitive PD polymers as the control. FRET was observed both at 4 and 37 °C, indicating that the introduction of the thermosensitive PNIPAM block did not compromise the polyplex structure even above the polymer's cloud point. Furthermore, FRET results showed that the NPD- and PD-based polyplexes have a less dense core compared to polyplexes based on cationic homopolymers (such as PEI) as reported before. The polyplexes showed to have a dynamic character meaning that the polymer chains can exchange between the polyplex core and shell. Mobility of the polymers allow their uniform redistribution within the polyplex and this feature has been reported to be favorable in the context of pDNA release and subsequent improved transfection efficiency, compared to nondynamic formulations.

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Publication status: E-pub ahead of print
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Research group: Chemistry & Advanced Materials, Utrecht University, Helsinki University, Chemistry and Advanced Materials
Contributors: Fliervoet, L. A., Lisitsyna, E. S., Durandin, N. A., Kotsis, I., Maas-Bakker, R. F., Yliperttula, M., Hennink, W. E., Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, E., Vermonden, T.
Publication date: 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Biomacromolecules
ISSN (Print): 1525-7797
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Bioengineering, Biomaterials, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Electronic versions: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85073002500

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Temperature scanning stress relaxation behavior of water responsive and mechanically adaptive elastomer nanocomposites

The decrease of stress at constant strain, that is, the stress relaxation process as a function of temperature, is a central mechanical characteristics of elastomer nanocomposites for their potential applications. However, in the conventional stress relaxation test, the relaxation behavior is usually determined as a function of time at constant temperature. The present work reports the temperature scanning stress relaxation (TSSR) characteristics of a new kind of mechanically adaptive elastomer nanocomposite by monitoring the nonisothermal relaxation behavior as a function of temperature. This kind of adaptive elastomer nanocomposite was prepared by introducing calcium sulfate (CaSO4), as the water-responsive phase into the hydrophilic elastomer matrix. The influence of water-induced structural changes on TSSR behavior was investigated. Water treatment had a strong effect on the shape of the relaxation spectrum of the nanocomposite. It was revealed that the in situ development of hydrated nano-rod crystal structures of CaSO4 in the elastomer matrix was responsible for the changes in the mechanical relaxation behavior of the composites. Atomic force microscopy was used to verify this nano-rod crystal morphology in the elastomer matrix. The mechanism of water-induced mechanical reinforcement of the composite was explored from dynamic mechanical analysis of the material and correlated with its stress relaxation behavior.

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Publication status: E-pub ahead of print
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V., University of Massachusetts Lowell, Vodafone Department of Mobile Communications Systems
Contributors: Banerjee, S. S., Natarajan, T. S., Subramani B., E., Wießner, S., Janke, A., Heinrich, G., Das, A.
Publication date: 2019
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Article number: 48344
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: adaptive elastomer nanocomposite, calcium sulphate, mechanical reinforcement, morphology, temperature scanning stress relaxation
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85070677934

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Reversible photodoping of TiO2 nanoparticles

Observations on strong photochromic effect of crystalline TiO2 quantum dots (mean size ≈ 4 nm) are presented. The synthesized quantum dots consist of irregularly shaped anatase TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) and are dispersed in butanol (8 % by mass). Obtained NPs exhibit a dramatic photo-response to UV light, enabling effective transmittance modula-tion of in a broad wavelength range extending from visible to near-infrared region, and even the thermal black body radiation regime beyond 10 μm. The exceptional photo-response is attributed to hole-scavenging by butanol, TiO2 self-reduction, injection of electrons to the conduction band, and consequent localized surface plasmon resonances in NPs. Observed optical effect is reversible and the initial high transmittance state can be restored simply by exposing the NPs to air. Applied NP synthesis route is economic and can be easily scaled for applications such as smart window technol-ogies.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Research group: Surface Science, Univ Tartu, University of Tartu, University of Tartu Institute of Physics, Inst Phys, University of Tartu
Contributors: Joost, U., Sutka, A., Oja, M., Smits, K., Doebelin, N., Loot, A., Järvekülg, M., Hirsimäki, M., Valden, M., Nommiste, E.
Pages: 8968-8974
Publication date: 26 Dec 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 10 Dec 2018

Publication information

Journal: Chemistry of Materials
Volume: 30
Issue number: 24
ISSN (Print): 0897-4756
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 9.92 SJR 4.224 SNIP 1.769
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces and Interfaces, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Condensed Matter Physics
Keywords: tio2, nano, nanoparticle, photochromic, anatase, light, photonics, functional
URLs: 

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INT=fot,"Joost, Urmas"

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Optical properties of GaAs1-xBix/GaAs quantum well structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy on (100) and (311)B GaAs substrates

In this work, the electronic bandstructure of GaAs1-xBix/GaAs single quantum well (QW) samples grown by molecular beam epitaxy is investigated by photomodulated reflectance (PR) measurements as a function of Bi content (0.0065 ≤ x ≤ 0.0215) and substrate orientation. The Bi composition is determined via simulation of high-resolution x-ray diffraction measurement and is found to be maximized in the 2.15%Bi and 2.1%Bi samples grown on (100) and (311)B GaAs substrates. However, the simulations indicate that the Bi composition is not only limited in the GaAsBi QW layer but extends out of the GaAsBi QW towards the GaAs barrier and forms a GaAsBi epilayer. PR spectra are fitted with the third derivative function form (TDFF) to identify the optical transition energies. We analyze the TDFF results by considering strain-induced modification on the conduction band (CB) and splitting of the valence band (VB) due to its interaction with the localized Bi level and VB interaction. The PR measurements confirm the existence of a GaAsBi epilayer via observed optical transitions that belong to GaAsBi layers with various Bi compositions. It is found that both Bi composition and substrate orientation have strong effects on the PR signal. Comparison between TDFF and calculated optical transition energies provides a bandgap reduction of 92 meV/%Bi and 36 meV/%Bi and an interaction strength of the isolated Bi atoms with host GaAs valence band (C BiM ) of 1.7 eV and 0.9 eV for (100) and (311)B GaAs substrates, respectively.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Research group: ORC, Adana Science and Technology University, Istanbul University, University of Cukurova, University of Nottingham, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth
Contributors: Gunes, M., Ukelge, M. O., Donmez, O., Erol, A., Gumus, C., Alghamdi, H., Galeti, H. V., Henini, M., Schmidbauer, M., Hilska, J., Puustinen, J., Guina, M.
Publication date: 13 Nov 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Semiconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 33
Issue number: 12
Article number: 124015
ISSN (Print): 0268-1242
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.4 SJR 0.744 SNIP 1.002
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Condensed Matter Physics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: high-index substrate, oriented GaAsBi, photomodulated reflectance, strained quantum well, type I band line-up
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85057810892

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Solvothermal synthesis derived Co-Ga codoped ZnO diluted magnetic degenerated semiconductor nanocrystals

Here we are reporting solvothermal synthesis derived diluted magnetic and plasmonic Co-Ga co-doped ZnO nanocrystals with high magnetization values (from 1.02 to 4.88 emu/g) at room temperature. Co-Ga co-doped ZnO nanocrystals show up to 2 fold increase in saturation magnetization compared to Co doped ZnO nanocrystals at the same Co concentration, with the observed room temperature magnetization higher than previously reported values for multifunctional magnetic and plasmonic nanocrystals, and the effect of Ga suggesting some role of the correspondingly introduced itinerant charge. While at the lowest Ga content the nanoparticles appear homogeneously doped, we note that already a moderate Ga content of several percent triggers a fraction of Co to segregate in metallic form in the bulk of the nanoparticles. However, the amount of segregated Co is not sufficient to account for the total effect, whereas a dominating contribution to the observed magnetism has to be related to itinerant charge mediated exchange interactions.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riga Technical University, University of Turku, Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy, University of Latvia, RMS Foundation, Institute of Solid State Physics University of Latvia
Contributors: Šutka, A., Käämbre, T., Joost, U., Kooser, K., Kook, M., Duarte, R. F., Kisand, V., Maiorov, M., Döbelin, N., Smits, K.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 164-172
Publication date: 30 Sep 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume: 763
ISSN (Print): 0925-8388
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.12 SJR 1.065 SNIP 1.386
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Degenerated semiconductors, Diluted magnetic semiconductors, Doping, Plasmonic nanocrystals, Solvothermal synthesis, ZnO

Bibliographical note

int=fot,"Joost, Urmas"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85048730804

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Mechanical, thermal, and burning properties of viscose fabric composites: Influence of epoxy resin modification

The influence of epoxy resin modification by 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) on various properties of warp knitted viscose fabric is reported in this study. Dynamic mechanical, impact resistance, flexural, thermal properties, and burning behavior of the epoxy/viscose fabric composites are studied with respect to varying content of silane coupling agent. The results obtained for APTES-modified epoxy resin based composites reinforced with unmodified viscose fabric composites are compared to unmodified epoxy resin based composites reinforced with APTES-modified viscose fabric. The dynamic mechanical behavior of the APTES-modified resin based composites indicates improved interfacial adhesion. The composites prepared from modified epoxy resin exhibited a twofold increase in impact resistance. The improved adhesion between the fiber and modified resin was also visible from the scanning electron microscope analysis of the impact fracture surface. There was less influence of resin modification on the flexural properties of the composites. The 5% APTES modification induced early degradation of composites compared to all other composites. The burning rate of all the composites under study is rated to be satisfactory for use in automotive interior applications.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Centria University of Applied Sciences, University of Borås, Yanbu Industrial College, Jozef Stefan Institute, Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery
Contributors: Rajan, R., Rainosalo, E., Ramamoorthy, S. K., Thomas, S. P., Zavašnik, J., Vuorinen, J., Skrifvars, M.
Publication date: 20 Sep 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 135
Issue number: 36
Article number: 46673
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.25 SJR 0.554 SNIP 0.814
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: cellulose and other wood products, functionalization of polymers, mechanical properties, thermal properties, thermosets

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EXT="Skrifvars, Mikael"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85049105961

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Post operation inactivation of acidophilic bioleaching microorganisms using natural chloride-rich mine water

The H2020 BIOMOre project (www.biomore.info, Grant Agreement #642456) tests the feasibility of in situ bioleaching of copper in deep subsurface deposits in the Rudna mine, Poland. Copper is leached using biologically produced ferric iron solution, which is recycled back to the in situ reactor after re-oxidation by iron-oxidizing microorganisms. From a post operational point of view, it is important that the biological processes applied during the operation can be controlled and terminated. Our goal was to determine the possibility to use natural saline mine water for the inactivation of the introduced iron-oxidizing microorganisms remaining in the in situ reactor after completion of the leaching process of the ore block. Aerobic and anaerobic microcosms containing acid-leached (pH 2) sandstone or black shale from the Kupferschiefer in the Rudna mine were further leached with the effluent from a ferric iron generating bioreactor at 30 °C for 10 days to simulate the in situ leaching process. After the removal of the iron solution, residing iron-oxidizing microorganisms were inactivated by filling the microcosms with chloride-rich water (65 g L−1 Cl) originating from the mine. The chloride-rich water irreversibly inactivated the iron-oxidizing microorganisms and showed that the naturally occurring saline water of the mine can be used for long-term post process inactivation of bioleaching microorganisms

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Bomberg, M., Miettinen, H., Wahlström, M., Kaartinen, T., Ahoranta, S., Lakaniemi, A., Kinnunen, P.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 236-245
Publication date: 1 Sep 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Hydrometallurgy
Volume: 180
ISSN (Print): 0304-386X
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4 SJR 1.014 SNIP 1.817
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: BIOMOre, in situ bioleaching, Inactivation, Iron-oxidizing bacteria, Quantitative PCR
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85051388591

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Recent progress in biohydrometallurgy and microbial characterisation

Since the discovery of microbiological metal dissolution, numerous biohydrometallurgical approaches have been developed to use microbially assisted aqueous extractive metallurgy for the recovery of metals from ores, concentrates, and recycled or residual materials. Biohydrometallurgy has helped to alleviate the challenges related to continually declining ore grades by transforming uneconomic ore resources to reserves. Engineering techniques used for biohydrometallurgy span from above ground reactor, vat, pond, heap and dump leaching to underground in situ leaching. Traditionally biohydrometallurgy has been applied to the bioleaching of base metals and uranium from sulfides and the biooxidation of sulfidic refractory gold ores and concentrates before cyanidation. More recently the interest in using bioleaching for oxide ore and waste processing, as well as extracting other commodities such as rare earth elements has been growing. Bioprospecting, adaptation, engineering and storing of microorganisms has increased the availability of suitable biocatalysts for biohydrometallurgical applications. Moreover, the advancement of microbial characterisation methods has increased the understanding of microbial communities and their capabilities in the processes. This paper reviews recent progress in biohydrometallurgy and microbial characterisation.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, CSIRO Land and Water, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Western Australia, CSIRO Mineral Resources, Murdoch University
Contributors: Kaksonen, A. H., Boxall, N. J., Gumulya, Y., Khaleque, H. N., Morris, C., Bohu, T., Cheng, K. Y., Usher, K. M., Lakaniemi, A.
Number of pages: 19
Pages: 7-25
Publication date: 1 Sep 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Hydrometallurgy
Volume: 180
ISSN (Print): 0304-386X
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4 SJR 1.014 SNIP 1.817
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Biohydrometallurgy, Bioleaching, Biooxidation, Characterisation, Microbiology

Bibliographical note

EXT="Kaksonen, Anna H."

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85049805480

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Near-threshold high spin amplification in a 1300 nm GaInNAs spin laser

Using continuous-wave optical pumping of a spin-VCSEL at room temperature, we find high spin amplification of the pump close to threshold within the communications wavelength window, here at 1300 nm. This facilitates a strong switch from left to right circularly polarised light emission, which has potential applications in polarisation encoding for data communications. We use a simple spin flip model to fit the experimental results and discuss the VCSEL parameters that affect this amplification.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Research group: ORC, Research group: Semiconductor Technology and Applications, University of Essex, University of Bristol
Contributors: Cemlyn, B., Adams, M., Harbord, E., Li, N., Henning, I. D., Oulton, R., Korpijärvi, V. M., Guina, M.
Publication date: 1 Aug 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Semiconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 33
Issue number: 9
Article number: 094005
ISSN (Print): 0268-1242
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.4 SJR 0.744 SNIP 1.002
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Condensed Matter Physics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: spin amplification, spin laser, spin VCSEL
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85053167963

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Exciton localization and structural disorder of GaAs1-xBix/GaAs quantum wells grown by molecular beam epitaxy on (311)B GaAs substrates

In this work, we have investigated the structural and optical properties of GaAs(1-x)Bix/GaAs single quantum wells (QWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs (311)B substrates using x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Fourier-transform Raman (FT-Raman) and photoluminescence spectroscopy techniques. The FT-Raman results revealed a decrease of the relative intensity ratio of transverse and longitudinal optical modes with the increase of Bi concentration, which indicates a reduction of the structural disorder with increasing Bi incorporation. In addition, the PL results show an enhancement of the optical efficiency of the structures as the Bi concentration is increased due to important effects of exciton localization related to Bi defects, nonradiative centers and alloy disorder. These results provide evidence that Bi is incorporated effectively into the QW region. Finally, the temperature dependence of the PL spectra has evidenced two distinct types of defects related to the Bi incorporation, namely Bi clusters and pairs, and alloy disorder and potential fluctuation.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Research group: ORC, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, University of Nottingham, Adana Science and Technology University, University of São Paulo
Contributors: Prando, G. A., Orsi Gordo, V., Puustinen, J., Hilska, J., Alghamdi, H. M., Som, G., Gunes, M., Akyol, M., Souto, S., Rodrigues, A. D., Galeti, H. V., Henini, M., Gobato, Y. G., Guina, M.
Publication date: 17 Jul 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Semiconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 33
Issue number: 8
Article number: 084002
ISSN (Print): 0268-1242
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.4 SJR 0.744 SNIP 1.002
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Condensed Matter Physics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: dilute bismide, exciton localization, photoluminescence, structural disorder
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85051332383

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Luminescence of Er3+ doped oxyfluoride phosphate glasses and glass-ceramics

Glasses with the composition (75 NaPO3-(25-x) CaO-xCaF2) (in mol %) were prepared with 0.15 mol% of Er2O3. The effect of the glass composition and of heat treatment on the spectroscopic properties of the newly developed glasses is reported. With the progressive replacement of CaO by CaF2, the Er3+:4I13/2 lifetime and the intensity of the upconversion emission increase whereas the intensity of the emission at 1.5 μm decreases due to the decrease in the phonon energy in the as-prepared glasses. The glasses were heat treated at 20 °C above their respective glass transition temperature for 17 h to form nuclei and then at their crystallization temperature from 15min to 1 h to grow the nuclei into crystals. The heat treatment leads to the precipitation of crystalline phases, the composition of which depends upon the glass composition. As the Er3+:4I13/2 lifetime increases and the intensity of the upconversion increases for the glass with x = 0 after heat treatment, the Er3+ ions are expected to be incorporated into the phosphate-based crystals. However, as the shape of the emission band at 1.5 μm remains unchanged and the intensity of the upconversion decreases significantly after heat treatment of the glasses with x > 10, the crystals found in the glass-ceramics with x > 10 are thought to free of Er3+ ions. Although Er3+ ions entered in the CaF2 crystals precipitating in aluminosilicate glass, the Er3+ ions are believed to remain in the amorphous phosphate part of the glass-ceramic containing CaF2 crystals.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, Materials Science, Photonics, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella
Contributors: Nommeots-Nomm, A., Boetti, N. G., Salminen, T., Massera, J., Hokka, M., Petit, L.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 224-230
Publication date: 30 Jun 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume: 751
ISSN (Print): 0925-8388
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.12 SJR 1.065 SNIP 1.386
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: CaF crystals in glass, Er luminescence, Oxyfluoride phosphate glasses and glass-ceramics
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85045405038

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The effect of carbon and nickel additions on the precursor synthesis of Cr3C2-Ni nanopowder

Decreasing crystal size to nanoscale is a proven method to enhance material properties. In this study, nanosize Cr3C2 and Cr3C2-Ni were synthetized and the reaction sequence was studied. Aqueous precursors using only water-soluble raw materials with varying carbon contents and a nickel addition were spray-dried. Glycine was used as a carbon source and chromium acetate hydroxide as a chromium source in the precursor solutions. Nickel nitrate hexahydrate was introduced as a nickel source to yield a metallic binder into the carbide nanopowder.Resulting powders were heat-treating to identify an applicable precursor composition producing the targeted Cr3C2 phase with crystal size of tens of nanometers. Thermal synthesis tests of the precursor powders to yield Cr3C2 took place at a temperature between 900 and 1300 °C under an Argon atmosphere. The synthesis of nanosize Cr3C2-Ni powder was successful at 1000 °C in 30 min, in a case of the best precursor. In order to produce the carbide phase with no residual oxide traces, relative carbon load has to be 48 wt%, while the stoichiometric amount of carbon in Cr3C2 is 13 wt%. When also introducing the nickel source into the precursor, an even higher carbon load was required. The carbon surplus needed to enable the Cr3C2 synthesis attributes to the non-homogeneity of the precursor composition.The chemical synthesis starting from water-soluble raw materials is a promising way of preparing nanosize Cr3C2-Ni with the targeted phase configuration.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Kaunisto, K., Kotilainen, M., Karhu, M., Lagerbom, J., Vuorinen, T., Honkanen, M., Vippola, M., Turunen, E.
Pages: 9338-9346
Publication date: 1 Jun 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 2018

Publication information

Journal: Ceramics International
Volume: 44
Issue number: 8
ISSN (Print): 0272-8842
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.5 SJR 0.888 SNIP 1.279
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Process Chemistry and Technology, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: A. Nanosize CrC synthesis, A. Powders: chemical preparation, B. Grain size, D. Carbides, E. Wear parts

Bibliographical note

EXT="Vuorinen, Tommi"
EXT="Lagerbom, Juha"
EXT="Kaunisto, Kimmo"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85042300396

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Influence of the phosphate glass melt on the corrosion of functional particles occurring during the preparation of glass-ceramics

We report our findings on the impact of the glass composition on the corrosion of microparticles occurring during the preparation of glass-ceramics using the direct doping method. Microparticles (MPs) with the composition Sr4Al14O25:Eu2+,Dy3+ with blue-green persistent luminescence were chosen as the changes in their spectroscopic properties can be related to the MPs’ corrosion. The MPs were added in phosphate-based glasses with different compositions. When using the same doping parameters, the glass system with the composition 90NaPO3-10Na2O (mol%) was found to be the least corrosive on the MPs whereas the glass system with the composition 90NaPO3-10NaF (mol%) is the most corrosive on the MPs probably due to their different viscosity at 575 °C, the temperature at which the MPs are added in the glass melts.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Research group: Nanophotonics, Turun Yliopisto/Turun Biomateriaalikeskus, Laboratory of Photonics
Contributors: Ojha, N., Laihinen, T., Salminen, T., Lastusaari, M., Petit, L.
Pages: 11807-11811
Publication date: Jun 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 1 Jan 2018

Publication information

Journal: Ceramics International
Volume: 44
Issue number: 10
ISSN (Print): 0272-8842
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.5 SJR 0.888 SNIP 1.279
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Process Chemistry and Technology, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Corrosion, Direct doping method, Glass melt, Phosphate glass-ceramics, SrAlO:Eu, Dy microparticles
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85044921933

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The effects of laser patterning 10CeTZP-Al2O3 nanocomposite disc surfaces: Osseous differentiation and cellular arrangement in vitro

Customized square grid arrangements of different groove depths (1.0, 1.5 and 3.0 μm) and separations (10 and 30 μm) were successfully laser patterned, using a nanosecond pulsed fibre laser, on the surface of 10 mol% ceria-stabilized zirconia and alumina (10CeTZP-Al2O3) nanocomposite discs (diameter: 10 mm; thickness: 1.5 mm). The patterned surfaces and the in vitro biological response of osteoblasts (SAOS-2) towards them were thoroughly analysed. In terms of composition, the laser treatment was found to cause superficial monoclinic-tetragonal zirconia phase transformation and alumina evaporation. In vitro, the most effective grid configuration for osseous differentiation was found to be 1.5 μm groove depth and 10 μm groove separation, and confocal microscopy revealed that the cells show a tendency to be sorted as groove depth increases. It is thought that custom-made patterns could be produced to guide cell attachment in vivo, which could favour implant integration and reduce healing time.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems, Nanoker Research, Universidad de Oviedo
Contributors: Goyos-Ball, L., Prado, C., Díaz, R., Fernández, E., Ismailov, A., Kumpulainen, T., Levänen, E., Torrecillas, R., Fernández, A.
Pages: 9472-9478
Publication date: Jun 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 2018

Publication information

Journal: Ceramics International
Volume: 44
Issue number: 8
ISSN (Print): 0272-8842
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.5 SJR 0.888 SNIP 1.279
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Process Chemistry and Technology, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Alumina, Cellular arrangement, Ceramic nanocomposite, Laser patterning, Osseous differentiation, Zirconia
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85042621677

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

A study of electric transport in n- and p-type modulation-doped GaInNAs/GaAs quantum well structures under a high electric field

We present the results of longitudinal carrier transport under a high electrical field in n- and p-type modulation-doped Ga0.68In0.32NyAs1-y/GaAs (y = 0.009, 0.017) quantum well (QW) structures. Nitrogen composition-dependent drift velocities of electrons are observed to be saturated at and at 77 K for the samples with y = 0.009 and y = 0.017, respectively, while the drift velocities of holes do not saturate but slightly increase at the applied electric field in the range of interest. The hole drift velocity is observed to be higher than the electron drift velocity. The electron mobility exhibits an almost temperature-independent characteristic. On the other hand, the hole mobility exhibits a conventional temperature dependence of modulation-doped QW structures. As the temperature increases, the drift velocity of the electrons exhibits an almost an temperature-insensitive characteristic, but, on the other hand, for holes, drift velocity decreases approximately from 107-106 cm s-1. It is observed that the drift velocities of electrons and holes are N-dependent and suppressed at higher electric fields. Furthermore, experimental results show that there is no evidence of negative differential velocity (NDV) behaviour for both n- and p-type samples. To explore the observed electron and hole drift velocity characteristic at high electric fields, we use a simple theoretical model for carrier transport, which takes into account the effect of non-drifting hot phonons. The mobility mapping technique (comparison method) is used to extract hot hole temperature in order to employ it in the non-drifted phonon distribution and to obtain the drift velocity-electric field curves. Then hot electron temperatures are obtained from the drift velocity-electric field curves as a fit parameter using non-drifted hot phonon dynamics. The analytical model is well-matched to the experimental -E curves, indicating that carrier-hot phonon scattering is the main reason for suppressing the NDV mechanism in GaInNAs/GaAs QW structures with a carrier density higher than 1017 cm-3.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Research group: ORC, Istanbul University
Contributors: Sarcan, F., Mutlu, S., Cokduygulular, E., Donmez, O., Erol, A., Puustinen, J., Guina, M.
Publication date: 4 May 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Semiconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 33
Issue number: 6
Article number: 064003
ISSN (Print): 0268-1242
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.4 SJR 0.744 SNIP 1.002
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Condensed Matter Physics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: dilute nitride, GaInNAs, hot phonons, hot-electron and hole temperature, modulation-doped GaInNAs/GaAs quantum well
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85048073763

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Accurate Binding of Sodium and Calcium to a POPC Bilayer by Effective Inclusion of Electronic Polarization

Binding affinities and stoichiometries of Na+ and Ca2+ ions to phospholipid bilayers are of paramount significance in the properties and functionality of cellular membranes. Current estimates of binding affinities and stoichiometries of cations are, however, inconsistent due to limitations in the available experimental and computational methods. In this work, we improve the description of the binding details of Na+ and Ca2+ ions to a 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-phosphatidylcholine (POPC) bilayer by implicitly including electronic polarization as a mean field correction, known as the electronic continuum correction (ECC). This is applied by scaling the partial charges of a selected state-of-the-art POPC lipid model for molecular dynamics simulations. Our improved ECC-POPC model reproduces not only the experimentally measured structural parameters for the ion-free membrane, but also the response of lipid headgroup to a strongly bound cationic amphiphile, as well as the binding affinities of Na+ and Ca2+ ions. With our new model, we observe on the one side negligible binding of Na+ ions to POPC bilayer, while on the other side stronger interactions of Ca2+ primarily with phosphate oxygens, which is in agreement with the previous interpretations of the experimental spectroscopic data. The present model results in Ca2+ ions forming complexes with one to three POPC molecules with almost equal probabilities, suggesting more complex binding stoichiometries than those from simple models used to interpret the NMR data previously. The results of this work pave the way to quantitative molecular simulations with realistic electrostatic interactions of complex biochemical systems at cellular membranes.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, Research group: Biological Physics and Soft Matter, Research area: Computational Physics, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Helsinki Institute of Biotechnology
Contributors: Melcr, J., Martinez-Seara, H., Nencini, R., Kolafa, J., Jungwirth, P., Ollila, O. H. S.
Number of pages: 12
Pages: 4546-4557
Publication date: 26 Apr 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume: 122
Issue number: 16
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.03 SJR 1.109 SNIP 0.965
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry

Bibliographical note

EXT=”Martinez-Seara, Hector”
EXT="Ollila, O. H. Samuli"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85046019210

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Powering of an HTS dipole insert-magnet operated standalone in helium gas between 5 and 85 K

This paper describes the standalone magnet cold testing of the high temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet Feather-M2.1-2. This magnet was constructed within the European funded FP7-EUCARD2 collaboration to test a Roebel type HTS cable, and is one of the first high temperature superconducting dipole magnets in the world. The magnet was operated in forced flow helium gas with temperatures ranging between 5 and 85 K. During the tests a magnetic dipole field of 3.1 T was reached inside the aperture at a current of 6.5 kA and a temperature of 5.7 K. These values are in agreement with the self-field critical current of the used SuperOx cable assembled with Sunam tapes (low-performance batch), thereby confirming that no degradation occurred during winding, impregnation, assembly and cool-down of the magnet. The magnet was quenched many tens of times by ramping over the critical current and no degradation nor training was evident. During the tests the voltage over the coil was monitored in the microvolt range. An inductive cancellation wire was used to remove the inductive component, thereby significantly reducing noise levels. Close to the quench current, drift was detected both in temperature and voltage over the coil. This drifting happens in a time scale of minutes and is a clear indication that the magnet has reached its limit. All quenches happened approximately at the same average electric field and thus none of the quenches occurred unexpectedly.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Electrical Energy Engineering, European Organization for Nuclear Research, University of Twente, French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) Saclay, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Insitute for Technical Physics, Germany, SuperOx, Victoria University of Wellington, Bruker HTS, University of Southampton
Contributors: Nugteren, J. V., Kirby, G., Bajas, H., Bajko, M., Ballarino, A., Bottura, L., Chiuchiolo, A., Contat, P. A., Dhallé, M., Durante, M., Fazilleau, P., Fontalva, A., Gao, P., Goldacker, W., Kate, H. T., Kario, A., Lahtinen, V., Lorin, C., Markelov, A., Mazet, J., Molodyk, A., Murtomäki, J., Long, N., Perez, J., Petrone, C., Pincot, F., Rijk, G. D., Rossi, L., Russenschuck, S., Ruuskanen, J., Schmitz, K., Stenvall, A., Usoskin, A., Willering, G., Yang, Y.
Publication date: 25 Apr 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Superconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 31
Issue number: 6
Article number: 065002
ISSN (Print): 0953-2048
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.59 SJR 0.879 SNIP 1.344
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Condensed Matter Physics, Metals and Alloys, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: cold testing, high temperature superconductors, superconducting accelerator magnets, superconducting magnets

Bibliographical note

EXT="Murtomäki, J."

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85046942716

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Membrane bound COMT isoform is an interfacial enzyme: General mechanism and new drug design paradigm

The enzyme catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) has water soluble (S-COMT) and membrane associated (MB-COMT), bitopic, isoforms. Of these MB-COMT is a drug target in relation to the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Using a combination of computational and experimental protocols, we have determined the substrate selection mechanism specific to MB-COMT. We show: (1) substrates with preferred affinity for MB-COMT over S-COMT orient in the membrane in a fashion conducive to catalysis from the membrane surface and (2) binding of COMT to its cofactor ADOMET induces conformational change that drives the catalytic surface of the protein to the membrane surface, where the substrates and Mg2+ ions, required for catalysis, are found. Bioinformatics analysis reveals evidence of this mechanism in other proteins, including several existing drug targets. The development of new COMT inhibitors with preferential affinity for MB-COMT over S-COMT is now possible and insight of broader relevance, into the function of bitopic enzymes, is provided.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Universite de Geneve
Contributors: Magarkar, A., Parkkila, P., Viitala, T., Lajunen, T., Mobarak, E., Licari, G., Cramariuc, O., Vauthey, E., Róg, T., Bunker, A.
Number of pages: 4
Pages: 3440-3443
Publication date: 11 Apr 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Chemical Communications
Volume: 54
Issue number: 28
ISSN (Print): 1359-7345
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 6.12 SJR 2.177 SNIP 1.133
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Catalysis, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85044968200

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Effect of nozzle geometry on the microstructure and properties of hvaf-sprayed wc-10co4cr and cr3c2-25nicr coatings

Thermally sprayed hard metal coatings are the industrial standard solution for numerous demanding applications to improve wear resistance. In the aim of improving coating quality by utilising finer particle size distributions, several approaches have been studied to control the spray temperature. The most viable solution is to use the modern high velocity air-fuel (HVAF) spray process, which has already proven to produce high-quality coatings with dense structures. In HVAF spray process, the particle heating and acceleration can be efficiently controlled by changing the nozzle geometry. In this study, fine WC-10Co4Cr and Cr3C2-25NiCr powders were sprayed with three nozzle geometries to investigate their effect on the particle temperature, velocity and coating microstructure. The study demonstrates that the particle melting and resulting carbide dissolution can be efficiently controlled by changing the nozzle geometry from cylindrical to convergent–divergent. Moreover, the average particle velocity was increased from 780 to over 900 m/s. The increase in particle velocity significantly improved the coating structure and density. Further evaluation was carried out to resolve the effect of particle in-flight parameters on coating structure and cavitation erosion resistance, which was significantly improved in the case of WC-10Co4Cr coatings with the increasing average particle velocity.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, VZÚ Plzeň - Research and Testing Institute, University of West Bohemia
Contributors: Matikainen, V., Koivuluoto, H., Vuoristo, P., Schubert, J., Houdková
Number of pages: 15
Pages: 680-694
Publication date: 1 Apr 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 27
Issue number: 4
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.3 SJR 0.694 SNIP 1.087
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: cavitation erosion < properties, chromium carbide < feedstock, diagnostics < processing, HP/HVOF < processing, HVAF < processing, HVOF < processing, WC-CO-Cr < feedstock
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85045088095

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Properties of HVOF-sprayed Stellite-6 coatings

Stellite-6 coatings were deposited onto AISI 304 stainless steel substrate by gas-fueled HVOF spraying, systematically varying the process parameter settings. By operating the HVOF torch with a fuel-rich mixture, dense coatings (<1% porosity) are produced, containing up to ≈3 vol% oxide inclusions. A substantial amount of a Cr-rich f.c.c. phase is found, mainly produced by quenching of molten lamellae, and distinct from the equilibrium, Co-based f.c.c. solid solution retained in unmelted particles. These coatings exhibit pseudo-passive behavior and survive 5 cycles (100 h) of the Corrodkote test (ASTM B380-97) with no substrate corrosion. Coatings obtained from oxygen-rich mixtures, on the other hand, contain fewer oxide inclusions but also greater porosity, and do not protect the substrate against corrosion. The wear behavior of the coatings is less influenced by deposition conditions. In ball-on-disk dry sliding tests, all coatings exhibit wear rates of 2–3 × 10−5 mm3/(N·m), higher than those reported for bulk or clad Stellite, because of interlamellar delamination. Strain-induced, “martensitic” phase transformation from the f.c.c. structure to a h.c.p. one is observed over a 1–2 μm depth below the contact surface. Additional tribo-oxidation is onset when frictional heat dissipation has heated the wear debris enough to trigger its reaction with the environment. Correspondingly, a transition to a regime of higher friction occurs (from ≈0.6 to ≈0.8). At 400 °C, lamellar delamination is suppressed but wear rates rise to 5–8 × 10−5 mm3/(N·m) because of abrasive and adhesive wear. At 800 °C, a dense “glaze” tribofilm is formed by sintered debris particles, firmly bonded to a thermally grown oxide scale on the underlying metal surface. The “glaze” protects the coating, lowering the wear rate to ≈1 × 10−5 mm3/(N·m) and the friction coefficient to <0.45. Under high-stress particle abrasion conditions, wear rates of ≈1 × 10−3 mm3/(N·m) are found.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization, Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Il Sentiero International Campus S.r.l., Univ of Oulu, ECOR Research SpA
Contributors: Sassatelli, P., Bolelli, G., Lassinantti Gualtieri, M., Heinonen, E., Honkanen, M., Lusvarghi, L., Manfredini, T., Rigon, R., Vippola, M.
Number of pages: 18
Pages: 45-62
Publication date: 25 Mar 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 338
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.44 SJR 0.973 SNIP 1.435
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Dry particles abrasion, Electrochemical corrosion test, High velocity oxygen-fuel (HVOF), High-temperature tribology, Sliding wear, Stellite coating
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85041473768

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Thermal Isomerization of Hydroxyazobenzenes as a Platform for Vapor Sensing

Photoisomerization of azobenzene derivatives is a versatile tool for devising light-responsive materials for a broad range of applications in photonics, robotics, microfabrication, and biomaterials science. Some applications rely on fast isomerization kinetics, while for others, bistable azobenzenes are preferred. However, solid-state materials where the isomerization kinetics depends on the environmental conditions have been largely overlooked. Herein, an approach to utilize the environmental sensitivity of isomerization kinetics is developed. It is demonstrated that thin polymer films containing hydroxyazobenzenes offer a conceptually novel platform for sensing hydrogen-bonding vapors in the environment. The concept is based on accelerating the thermal cis-trans isomerization rate through hydrogen-bond-catalyzed changes in the thermal isomerization pathway, which allows for devising a relative humidity sensor with high sensitivity and quick response to relative humidity changes. The approach is also applicable for detecting other hydrogen-bonding vapors such as methanol and ethanol. Employing isomerization kinetics of azobenzenes for vapor sensing opens new intriguing possibilities for using azobenzene molecules in the future.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, Aalto University
Contributors: Poutanen, M., Ahmed, Z., Rautkari, L., Ikkala, O., Priimägi, A.
Number of pages: 6
Pages: 381-386
Publication date: 20 Mar 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: ACS Macro Letters
Volume: 7
Issue number: 3
ISSN (Print): 2161-1653
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.82 SJR 2.201 SNIP 1.255
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Organic Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85044222959

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Improving the high temperature abrasion resistance of thermally sprayed Cr3C2-NiCr coatings by WC addition

Two experimental agglomerated and sintered (a&s) feedstock powders were prepared, in order to reveal the role of WC addition on the microstructure, hardness, and the abrasion resistance of HVOF-sprayed Cr3C2-NiCr coatings. These powders contained 10 wt.% of sub-micron WC, 20 or 10 wt.% of nickel binder, and Cr3C2 as balance. Experimental coatings were deposited by a liquid fueled high velocity oxygen-fuel (HVOF) spray process and subsequently heat treated at 800 °C for 8 h to simulate elevated temperature service conditions. The microstructures of the powders and coatings were studied by SEM and X-ray diffraction, and the hardnesses of coatings were probed by means of micro and nanoindentation. In addition, the high stress abrasion resistance was tested in a temperature range from room temperature up to 800 °C. The microstructural characterization of the coatings displayed the presence of WC and tungsten containing Cr3C2 grains. The coating hardness increased after heat treatment, which stemmed from precipitation of secondary carbides and solid solution strengthening of the binder by tungsten. In addition, the study revealed that both experimental coatings have high wear resistance at room and elevated temperatures.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Viktor-Kaplan-Straße 2/C, Fraunhofer Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme, Fraunhofer Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik, Treibacher Industrie AG
Contributors: Janka, L., Berger, L. M., Norpoth, J., Trache, R., Thiele, S., Tomastik, C., Matikainen, V., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 296-305
Publication date: 15 Mar 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 337
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.44 SJR 0.973 SNIP 1.435
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Abrasive wear, CrC-NiCr, Hardmetal, High temperature, Thermal spray, WC
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85041378943

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

High-performance elastomeric strain sensors based on nanostructured carbon fillers for potential tire applications

For the development of intelligent vehicle tires, especially for future self-driving cars, suitable strain sensors are mandatory. The design of such a strain sensor must fulfil several criteria, most important of all, it must be easily mounted or implanted into the tire and the elastic nature of the sensors must be synchronized with the deformation behaviour of the tire. To our knowledge, we evaluate for the first time, the piezoresistive characteristics of a composite developed from tire rubber, taking into account the morphology (distribution and dispersion of the fillers), filler network structure, crosslinking density and the stiffness (hardness) of the rubber matrix. We use a commercially available synthetic solution polymerized styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) which is widely used in modern car tire industries. As the internal structure of the filler particles can rearrange or alter during deformation, it is extremely important to study the piezo-resistive performance with respect to crosslinking density, hardness and modulus of the rubber composites in details. The present paper focusses on the development of strain sensors by exploiting conductive elastomeric composites based on SSBR with conducting carbon fillers like carbon black and carbon nanotubes. The sensors can be stretched to several hundred percent of their original length and a sensitivity could be achieved as much as ∼1000 (gauge factor) in a given strain regime of ∼100%, while maintaining the mechanical robustness. Some of the mechanical properties like tensile strength (∼20 MPa), and modulus at 100% elongation are found to be quite satisfactory indicating the suitability of the materials for real applications.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V., Vodafone Department of Mobile Communications Systems
Contributors: Bhagavatheswaran, E. S., Vaikuntam, S. R., Stöckelhuber, K. W., Wießner, S., Heinrich, G., Das, A.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 240-248
Publication date: 1 Mar 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Materials Today Communications
Volume: 14
ISSN (Print): 2352-4928
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.98 SJR 0.462 SNIP 0.686
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Materials Science(all), Mechanics of Materials, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85044867652

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Soft hydrazone crosslinked hyaluronan- and alginate-based hydrogels as 3D supportive matrices for human pluripotent stem cell-derived neuronal cells

Regenerative medicine, especially cell therapy combined with a supportive biomaterial scaffold, is considered to be a potential treatment for various deficits in humans. Here, we have produced and investigated the detailed properties of injectable hydrazone crosslinked hyaluronan-polyvinyl alcohol (HA-PVA) and alginate-polyvinyl alcohol (AL-PVA) hydrogels to be used as a supportive biomaterial for 3D neural cell cultures. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time the polymerization and properties of hydrazone crosslinked AL-PVA hydrogel have been reported. The effect of the degree of substitution and molecular weight of the polymer components as well as the polymer concentration of the hydrogel on the swelling, degradation and mechanical properties of the hydrogels is reported. Furthermore, we studied the effect of the above parameters on the growth of human pluripotent stem cell-derived neuronal cells. The most neural cell supportive HA-PVA hydrogel was composed of high molecular weight HA component with brain-mimicking mechanical properties and decreased polymer concentration. AL-PVA hydrogel, with stiffness quite similar to brain tissue, was also shown to be similarly supportive. Neuronal spreading and 3D network formation was enhanced inside the softest hydrogels.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, BioMediTech Institute and Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences
Contributors: Karvinen, J., Joki, T., Ylä-Outinen, L., Koivisto, J. T., Narkilahti, S., Kellomäki, M.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 29-39
Publication date: 1 Mar 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Reactive and Functional Polymers
Volume: 124
ISSN (Print): 1381-5148
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.21 SJR 0.712 SNIP 0.901
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Environmental Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering(all), Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: 3D neuronal culture, Alginate, Hyaluronan, Hydrazone, Hydrogel
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85040229275

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Improved Stability of Atomic Layer Deposited Amorphous TiO2 Photoelectrode Coatings by Thermally Induced Oxygen Defects

Amorphous titanium dioxide (a-TiO2) combined with an electrocatalyst has shown to be a promising coating for stabilizing traditional semiconductor materials used in artificial photosynthesis for efficient photoelectrochemical solar-to-fuel energy conversion. In this study we report a detailed analysis of two methods of modifying an undoped thin film of atomic layer deposited (ALD) a-TiO2 without an electrocatalyst to affect its performance in water splitting reaction as a protective photoelectrode coating. The methods are high-temperature annealing in ultrahigh vacuum and atomic hydrogen exposure. A key feature in both methods is that they preserve the amorphous structure of the film. Special attention is paid to the changes in the molecular and electronic structure of a-TiO2 induced by these treatments. On the basis of the photoelectrochemical results, the a-TiO2 is susceptible to photocorrosion but significant improvement in stability is achieved after heat treatment in vacuum at temperatures above 500 °C. On the other hand, the hydrogen treatment does not increase the stability despite the ostensibly similar reduction of a-TiO2. The surface analysis allows us to interpret the improved stability to the thermally induced formation of O- species within a-TiO2 that are essentially electronic defects in the anionic framework.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Materials Science
Contributors: Hannula, M., Ali-Löytty, H., Lahtonen, K., Sarlin, E., Saari, J., Valden, M.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 1199-1208
Publication date: 27 Feb 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Chemistry of Materials
Volume: 30
Issue number: 4
ISSN (Print): 0897-4756
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 9.92 SJR 4.224 SNIP 1.769
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Chemical Engineering(all), Materials Chemistry
Electronic versions: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85042704048

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Entrapped Styrene Butadiene Polymer Chains by Sol-Gel-Derived Silica Nanoparticles with Hierarchical Raspberry Structures

A sol-gel transformation of liquid silica precursor to solid silica particles was carried out in a one-pot synthesis way, where a solution of styrene butadiene elastomer was present. The composites, thus produced, offered remarkable improvements of mechanical and dynamic mechanical performances compared to precipitated silica. The morphological analysis reveals that the alkoxy-based silica particles resemble a raspberry structure when the synthesis of the silica was carried out in the presence of polymer molecules and represent a much more open silica-network structure. However, in the absence of the polymer, the morphology of the silica particles is found to be different. It is envisaged that the special morphology of the in situ synthesized silica particles contributes to the superior reinforcement effects, which are associated with a strong silica-rubber interaction by rubber chains trapped inside the raspberry-like silica aggregates. Therefore, the interfaces are characterized in detail by low-field solid-state 1H NMR spectroscopy, 29Si solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Low-field 1H NMR-based double-quantum experiments provide a quantitative information about the cross-link density of the silica-filled rubber composites and about the influence of silane coupling agent on the chemical cross-link density of the network and correlates well with equilibrium swelling measurements. The special microstructure of the alkoxy-based silica was found to be associated with the interaction between alkoxy-based silica and rubber chains as a consequence of particle growth in the presence of rubber chains.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V., Vodafone Department of Mobile Communications Systems, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Contributors: Vaikuntam, S. R., Stöckelhuber, K. W., Subramani Bhagavatheswaran, E., Wießner, S., Scheler, U., Saalwächter, K., Formanek, P., Heinrich, G., Das, A.
Number of pages: 13
Pages: 2010-2022
Publication date: 15 Feb 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume: 122
Issue number: 6
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.03 SJR 1.109 SNIP 0.965
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85042152539

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Arc-sprayed Fe-based coatings from coredwires for wear and corrosion protection in power engineering

High wear and corrosion of parts lead to an increase in operating costs at thermal power plants. The present paper shows a possible solution to this problem through the arc spraying of protective coatings. Cored wires of the base alloying system Fe-Cr-C were used as a feedstock. Rise of wear- and heat-resistance of the coatings was achieved by additional alloying with Al, B, Ti, and Y. The wear and heat resistance of the coatings were tested via a two-body wear test accompanied by microhardness measurement and the gravimetric method, respectively. A high-temperature corrosion test was performed at 550 °C under KCl salt deposition. The porosity and adhesion strengths of the coatings were also evaluated. The microstructure was investigated with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) unit equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalyzer, and the phase composition was assessed by X-ray diffractometry. The test results showed the positive influence of additional alloying with Y on the coating properties. A comparison with commercial boiler materials showed that the coatings have the same level of heat resistance as austenite steels and are an order of magnitude higher than that of pearlite and martensite-ferrite steels. The coatings can be applied to wear- and heat-resistant applications at 20-700 °C.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, B. N. Yeltsin Ural Federal University, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Contributors: Yury, K., Filippov, M., Makarov, A., Malygina, I., Soboleva, N., Fantozzi, D., Andrea, M., Koivuluoto, H., Vuoristo, P.
Publication date: 1 Feb 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Coatings
Volume: 8
Issue number: 2
Article number: 71
ISSN (Print): 2079-6412
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.42 SNIP 1.186
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces and Interfaces
Keywords: Adhesion, Arc spraying, Coating, Cored wire, Waste-to-energy boilers, Wear and corrosion resistance
Electronic versions: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85047907541

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Ortho-Fluorination of azophenols increases the mesophase stability of photoresponsive hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals

Photoresponsive liquid crystals (LCs) whose alignment can be controlled with UV-Visible light are appealing for a range of photonic applications. From the perspective of exploring the interplay between the light response and the self-assembly of the molecular components, supramolecular liquid crystals are of particular interest. They allow elaborating the structure-property relationships that govern the optical performance of LC materials by subtle variation of the chemical structures of the building blocks. Herein we present a supramolecular system comprising azophenols and stilbazoles as hydrogen-bond donors and acceptors, respectively, and show that ortho-fluorination of the azophenol dramatically increases the thermal stability of the LC phases, an important characteristics in their further utilization in photonics. The systems exhibit fast photoinduced order-disorder transitions, and rapid recovery of the liquid-crystalline state once the light irradiation is ceased, due to the photochemical properties of azophenols.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Chemistry & Advanced Materials, University of Duisburg-Essen
Contributors: Saccone, M., Kuntze, K., Ahmed, Z., Siiskonen, A., Giese, M., Priimagi, A.
Number of pages: 6
Pages: 9958-9963
Publication date: 1 Jan 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume: 6
Issue number: 37
ISSN (Print): 2050-7534
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 6.28 SJR 1.885 SNIP 1.321
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Materials Chemistry
Electronic versions: 
URLs: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85054152271

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Process time importance in the product properties evolvement during extrusion coating of different LDPE grades

Process time in air gap region is one of the most important variables in the coating property development, when the molten polymer is moving from the die exit into the nip region in extrusion coating. Coating property evolvement of different LDPE grades are presented in the paper. The importance of the throughput rate and line speed to the process times is discussed by considering the effect of molecular structure of different polyolefins. The draw down ratio based on the grammage measurements is proposed to use in the practical situations.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A4 Article in a conference publication
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Paper Converting and Packaging
Contributors: Suokas, E., Kuusipalo, J.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 151-159
Publication date: 1 Jan 2018

Host publication information

Title of host publication: 15th TAPPI Advanced Coating Fundamentals Symposium 2018 : Charlotte; United States; 14 April 2018 through 15 April 2018
Publisher: TAPPI Press
ISBN (Electronic): 9781510871885
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Media Technology, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85059262851

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Better understanding of the role of SiO2, P2O5 and Al2O3 on the spectroscopic properties of Yb3+ doped silica sol-gel glasses

Yb3+ doped silica sol-gel glass powders were prepared with different concentrations of SiO2, Al2O3 and P2O5 in order to understand the impact of the glass composition on the Yb3+ emission properties. In this paper, we clearly show that not only the Al/P ratio but also the SiO2 content have an impact on the Yb3+ spectroscopic properties. Our results provide new insight on the real impact of the composition on the spectroscopic properties of Yb3+ doped sol-gels: we demonstrate that an increase in the Al2O3 content at the expense of P2O5 leads to an increase in the intensity of the emission at 1000nm of the Yb3+ ions whereas an increase in the SiO2 content decreases it. We clearly showed that the inexpensive sol-gel approach can be easily used when investigating new Yb3+ doped silica glasses.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Research group: Nanophotonics, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, Research group: Photonics Glasses, Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux, Turun Yliopisto/Turun Biomateriaalikeskus
Contributors: Glorieux, B., Salminen, T., Massera, J., Lastusaari, M., Petit, L.
Pages: 46-51
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 2017

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Volume: 482
ISSN (Print): 0022-3093
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.7 SJR 0.689 SNIP 1.177
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Silica glass, Sol-gel, Spectroscopic properties, Yb doping
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85037629421

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Convenient extraction method for quantification of thin zinc patina layers

Synthetic zinc patina was grown on galvanized steel sheets in supercritical carbon dioxide atmosphere. Different patina compounds were dissolved and quantified using a stepwise immersion and dissolution procedure. The distinct patina components, namely anhydrous zinc carbonate (a dense layer adjacent to metallic zinc) and zinc hydroxy carbonate (nanowires on the surface), were dissolved in glycine solutions, followed by quantification of Zn2+ in the solutes by X-ray fluorescence. The zinc hydroxy carbonate nanowires were readily glycine soluble, and the anhydrous zinc carbonate showed scarce glycine solubility, which enabled their selective quantification. The amount of the remaining (anhydrous) zinc carbonate after glycine extraction was determined from the glycine-soluble zinc oxide after calcination (heat treatment for 10 minutes at 350°C). The results were verified by scanning electron microscopy imaging and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science
Contributors: Saarimaa, V., Kaleva, A., Paunikallio, T., Nikkanen, J., Heinonen, S., Levänen, E., Väisänen, P., Markkula, A.
Pages: 564-570
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 1 Jan 2018

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Interface Analysis
Volume: 50
Issue number: 5
ISSN (Print): 0142-2421
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.44 SJR 0.451 SNIP 0.64
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Galvanized steel, Glycine, Supercritical carbon dioxide, Zinc carbonate, Zinc nanowires, Zinc oxide
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85044219012

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Efficient photon upconversion at remarkably low annihilator concentrations in a liquid polymer matrix: when less is more

A green-to-blue triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion of 24.5% quantum yield was achieved at a remarkably low 600 μM annihilator concentration in a viscous polymer matrix. This was made possible by utilizing a ZnTPP-based photosensitizer with exceptionally long 11 ms phosphorescence lifetime. Higher 3 mM annihilator concentration resulted in lower 24% upconversion quantum yield.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering
Contributors: Durandin, N. A., Isokuortti, J., Efimov, A., Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, E., Tkachenko, N. V., Laaksonen, T.
Number of pages: 4
Pages: 14029-14032
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Chemical Communications
Volume: 54
Issue number: 99
ISSN (Print): 1359-7345
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 6.12 SJR 2.177 SNIP 1.133
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Catalysis, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: triplet-triplet annihilation, triplet-triplet energy transfer, triplet state lifetime, upconversion, triplet fusion
URLs: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85058301188

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Evaluating the toughness of APS and HVOF-sprayed Al2O3-ZrO2-coatings by in-situ- and macroscopic bending

Thermally-sprayed ceramic coatings are commonly used in applications where high wear and corrosion resistance are essential. However, their inherently low toughness and resistance to impacts often limit their use. In bulk ceramics, the toughening effect of ZrO2 has been successfully implemented in different compositions of Al2O3-ZrO2. Successful toughening leads to increased wear resistance and higher reliability. In this study, APS- and HVOF-sprayed Al2O3-40ZrO2 coatings were characterized with SEM and XRD techniques. The toughness of the coatings was evaluated by measuring their strain tolerance with in-situ (SEM) three-point-bending and macroscopic four-point bending with acoustic emission instrumentation. The APS-coatings had a higher strain-to-fracture but failed abruptly. In HVOF-coatings, the cracking commenced earlier but proceeded slower with more crack deflections. The observed behaviour is likely to derive from the coarser microstructure of the APS-coatings, which allows strain distribution in a larger area unlike the finer structure with a lesser melting degree of the HVOF-coatings.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Institute of Plasma Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Contributors: Kiilakoski, J., Musalek, R., Lukac, F., Koivuluoto, H., Vuoristo, P.
Pages: 1908-1918
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 2017

Publication information

Journal: Journal of the European Ceramic Society
Volume: 38
Issue number: 4
ISSN (Print): 0955-2219
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.34 SJR 1.219 SNIP 1.71
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: AlO-ZrO, Fracture, Mechanical testing, Thermal spray, Toughening
Electronic versions: 
URLs: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85035355737

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Improved electromechanical response in acrylic rubber by different carbon-based fillers

Dielectric elastomers are materials often utilized for the fabrication of electroactive actuators. Acrylic rubber (ACM) is very widely used in dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs). However, its overall good performance is limited by the high operating electric field required. In the present work, we compare the effect of different types of conventionally used carbon black (CB) as well as other carbon-based fillers on the dielectric and actuation properties of ACM in order to show that performance of DEAs can be improved by the development of ACM composites. Indeed, addition of CB, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and synthetic graphite leads to an increase in the relative dielectric permittivity of elastomeric material. Moreover, incorporation of nanodiamonds results in reduction of dielectric losses. Finally, actuation stress is remarkably improved by CNTs and different grades of CB.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Leibniz Institute of Polymer ResearchDresdenD
Contributors: Shakun, A., Poikelispää, M., Das, A., Vuorinen, J.
Pages: 395-404
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Polymer Engineering and Science
Volume: 58
Issue number: 3
ISSN (Print): 0032-3888
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.96 SJR 0.491 SNIP 1.016
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85017528518

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Modification of epoxy resin by silane-coupling agent to improve tensile properties of viscose fabric composites

The modification of epoxy resin by 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) to improve the tensile properties of warp knitted viscose fabric composites is reported in this study. The study evaluates the efficiency of modification methods adopted to modify the epoxy resin and the influence of the resin modification on various properties of the cured castings. The influence of matrix resin modification on the tensile properties of viscose fabric composite is compared to those prepared from chemically modified fibre. The efficiency of the modification was determined through titration method to determine the epoxide content of epoxy resin, viscosity measurement and FTIR. The effect of APTES modification on various properties of cured castings is studied through differential scanning calorimeter, contact angle measurement and tensile testing. The addition of APTES into the epoxy resin decreased the epoxide content in the resin as evident from the titration method. The tensile strength of cured castings decreased after the resin modification. The tensile strength and elongation at break of the viscose fabric composites prepared from modified resin, increased up to 14 and 41%, respectively. The improved adhesion of APTES-modified epoxy resin to the viscose fibre is confirmed from SEM analysis of tensile fracture surface.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Centria University of Applied Sciences, Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes, Swerea IVF AB, Jozef Stefan Institute, Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery, University of Borås
Contributors: Rajan, R., Rainosalo, E., Thomas, S. P., Ramamoorthy, S. K., Zavašnik, J., Vuorinen, J., Skrifvars, M.
Number of pages: 29
Pages: 167–195
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Polymer Bulletin
Volume: 75
Issue number: 1
ISSN (Print): 0170-0839
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.71 SJR 0.414 SNIP 0.718
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: APTES, Composites, Epoxy, Modification, Regenerated cellulose, Silane coupling agent, Tensile, Viscose
Electronic versions: 
URLs: 

Bibliographical note

EXT="Skrifvars, Mikael"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85018515485

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Novel Online Diagnostic Analysis for In-Flight Particle Properties in Cold Spraying

In cold spraying, powder particles are accelerated by preheated supersonic gas stream to high velocities and sprayed on a substrate. The particle velocities depend on the equipment design and process parameters, e.g., on the type of the process gas and its pressure and temperature. These, in turn, affect the coating structure and the properties. The particle velocities in cold spraying are high, and the particle temperatures are low, which can, therefore, be a challenge for the diagnostic methods. A novel optical online diagnostic system, HiWatch HR, will open new possibilities for measuring particle in-flight properties in cold spray processes. The system employs an imaging measurement technique called S-PTV (sizing-particle tracking velocimetry), first introduced in this research. This technique enables an accurate particle size measurement also for small diameter particles with a large powder volume. The aim of this study was to evaluate the velocities of metallic particles sprayed with HPCS and LPCS systems and with varying process parameters. The measured in-flight particle properties were further linked to the resulting coating properties. Furthermore, the camera was able to provide information about variations during the spraying, e.g., fluctuating powder feeding, which is important from the process control and quality control point of view.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Oseir Ltd.
Contributors: Koivuluoto, H., Matikainen, V., Larjo, J., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 423–432
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 11 Jan 2018

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 27
Issue number: 3
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.3 SJR 0.694 SNIP 1.087
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: cold spraying, diagnostics, in-flight properties, particle size, particle velocity
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85040347243

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Persistent luminescent particles containing bioactive glasses: Prospect toward tracking in-vivo implant mineralization using biophotonic ceramics

In this paper, we demonstrate that persistent luminescent bodies can be obtained by carefully choosing the sintering temperatures and duration. A borosilicate and a phosphate glasses were sintered into bodies with persistent luminescent (PeL) SrAl2O4:Eu2+,Dy3+ microparticles which have a green emission up to tens of hours after ceasing irradiation. When sintered at high temperature for a short time or at lower temperature for a longer time, a decrease in the PeL from the bodies was observed and was related to the glasses crystallization. A decrease in the PeL from the bodies was also observed after immersion in simulated body fluid and was related to the mineralization of the sintered bodies. Therefore, we clearly show that by tracking the changes in the PeL overtime, these PeL bodies have a real potential application as biophotonic sensors to track dissolution and mineralization of the implant in the body.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, Materials Science, Turun Yliopisto/Turun Biomateriaalikeskus
Contributors: Saarinen, M., Nommeots-Nomm, A., Hokka, M., Laurila, J., Norrbo, I., Lastusaari, M., Massera, J., Petit, L.
Pages: 287-295
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of the European Ceramic Society
Volume: 38
Issue number: 1
ISSN (Print): 0955-2219
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.34 SJR 1.219 SNIP 1.71
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Bioactivity, Biophotonic, Conventional luminescence, Microparticles containing glasses, Persistent luminescence, Sintering process
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85028445336

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Simultaneous removal of tetrathionate and copper from simulated acidic mining water in bioelectrochemical and electrochemical systems

This study demonstrates (bio)electrochemical tetrathionate (S4O6 2 −) degradation with simultaneous elemental copper recovery from simulated acidic mining water. The effect of applied external voltage on anodic tetrathionate removal, cathodic copper removal and current density was studied using two-chamber flow-through bioelectrochemical (MEC) and abiotic electrochemical (EC) systems. At low applied cell voltages (≤ 0.5 V), the highest tetrathionate removal rate (150–170 mg L− 1 d− 1) and average current density (15–30 mA m− 2) was obtained with MEC. At applied external voltages above 0.75 V, abiotic EC provided the highest average current density (410–3600 mA m− 2). In bioelectrochemical systems, the current generation likely proceeds via intermediary reaction products (sulfide and/or thiosulfate), while in electrochemical system tetrathionate is oxidized directly on the electrode. The copper removal rates remained low (< 10 mg L− 1 d− 1) in all systems at applied cell voltages below 0.5 V, but increased up to a maximum of 440 mg L− 1 d− 1 in MEC and to 450 mg L− 1 d− 1 in EC at applied cell voltage of 1.5 V. After seven days of operation at applied cell voltage of 1.5 V, copper removal efficiency was 99.9% in both MEC and EC and the average tetrathionate removal rates were 160 mg L− 1 d− 1 and 190 mg L− 1 d− 1, respectively. This study shows that by applying external voltage, tetrathionate and copper can be efficiently removed from acidic waters with bioelectrochemical and electrochemical systems.

General information

Publication status: Unpublished
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Bio- and Circular Economy
Contributors: Sulonen, M. L., Kokko, M. E., Lakaniemi, A., Puhakka, J. A.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 129-138
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: Feb 2018

Publication information

Journal: Hydrometallurgy
Volume: 176
ISSN (Print): 0304-386X
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4 SJR 1.014 SNIP 1.817
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Bioelectrochemical system, Copper removal, Electrochemical system, Reduced inorganic sulfur compound, Tetrathionate
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85041488580

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Stable blue phase polymeric Langmuir-Schaefer films based on unsymmetrical hydroxyalkadiynyl N-arylcarbamate derivatives

Unsymmetrical diynes containing N-arylcarbamate groups in the hydrophobic part and hydroxymethylene groups in the hydrophilic part of the molecules were synthesized and studied. The Langmuir monolayer formation process was followed by Brewster angle microscopy (BAM). The Langmuir-Schaefer monolayer films, transferred on solid substrates (quartz or Si), were investigated by absorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Four substances had 2 methylene groups in the hydrophilic part of the molecule (n) and 4 or 5 of these groups in the hydrophobic part (m). At the same time the aryl substituent had a hydrogen atom or a MeO group in the p-position of the benzene ring. After 20 min of UV irradiation the initially colorless monomeric films of all four compounds turned into stable blue phase polymeric films. The blue phase is unusual for alcoholic diacetylene derivatives. The BAM and AFM measurements demonstrated higher homogeneity of the films with a MeO group in the aryl substituent in comparison to the molecules with a hydrogen atom. The reasons for these different structural organizations as well as potential applications of stable blue phase polydiacetylene thin films are discussed.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Chemistry & Advanced Materials, A. M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Åbo Akademi University, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Academy of Science
Contributors: Alekseev, A., Ihalainen, P., Ivanov, A., Domnin, I., Rosqvist, E., Lemmetyinen, H., Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, E., Peltonen, J., Vyaz'min, S.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 108-118
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 10 Oct 2017

Publication information

Journal: Thin Solid Films
Volume: 645
ISSN (Print): 0040-6090
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.91 SJR 0.531 SNIP 0.815
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Absorption spectroscopy, Blue phase polydiacetylenes, Brewster angle microscopy, Langmuir-Schaefer film, Photopolymerization

Bibliographical note

EXT="Alekseev, Alexander"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85032302551

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Supramolecular design principles for efficient photoresponsive polymer-azobenzene complexes

Noncovalent binding of azobenzenes to polymers allows harnessing light-induced molecular-level motions (photoisomerization) for inducing macroscopic effects, including photocontrol over molecular alignment and self-assembly of block copolymer nanostructures, and photoinduced surface patterning of polymeric thin films. In the last 10 years, a growing body of literature has proven the utility of supramolecular materials design for establishing structure-property-function guidelines for photoresponsive azobenzene-based polymeric materials. In general, the bond type and strength, engineered by the choice of the polymer and the azobenzene, influence the photophysical properties and the optical response of the material system. Herein, we review this progress, and critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of the three most commonly used supramolecular design strategies: hydrogen, halogen and ionic bonding. The ease and versatility of the design of these photoresponsive materials makes a compelling case for a paradigm shift from covalently-functionalized side-chain polymers to supramolecular polymer-azobenzene complexes.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Chemistry & Advanced Materials, Département de Chimie, Succ. Centre-Ville
Contributors: Vapaavuori, J., Bazuin, C. G., Priimagi, A.
Number of pages: 21
Pages: 2168-2188
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume: 6
Issue number: 9
ISSN (Print): 2050-7534
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 6.28 SJR 1.885 SNIP 1.321
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Materials Chemistry
Electronic versions: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85042792061

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Tribology of FeVCrC coatings deposited by HVOF and HVAF thermal spray processes

This work studies FeVCrC-based coatings as potential alternatives to conventional Ni- and Co-based alloys for wear protection. Specifically, the microstructure and tribological properties of the coatings are characterized as a function of the particle size distribution of the feedstock powder, of the deposition technique – High Velocity Oxygen-Fuel (HVOF) or High Velocity Air-Fuel (HVAF) spraying – and of specific processing parameters. HVOF-sprayed coatings obtained from fine feedstock powder exhibit numerous oxide inclusions, which provide high hardness (≈ 900 HV0.3) but do not excessively impair fracture toughness, as determined through scratch testing techniques. HVAF-sprayed coatings obtained from the same feedstock powder contain much fewer oxide inclusions, and some of them possess simultaneously high hardness and high toughness. Defects (e.g. speckles) are instead formed in case unsuitable HVAF torch hardware is employed. A coarse feedstock powder always results in unmelted inclusions, which impair the cohesion of the coatings, particularly of the HVAF-sprayed ones. Most coatings anyway exhibit very low sliding wear rates < 3 × 10−6 mm3/(N m); abrasive grooving and surface fatigue-induced pitting are the main wear mechanisms. Oxide inclusions do not affect negatively the response of HVOF coatings, whereas too many unmolten particles increase pitting under severe test conditions. Rubber-wheel abrasion testing produces comparatively more severe grooving.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, ECOR Research SpA
Contributors: Bolelli, G., Bursi, M., Lusvarghi, L., Manfredini, T., Matikainen, V., Rigon, R., Sassatelli, P., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 21
Pages: 113-133
Publication date: 2018
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 5 Nov 2017

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 394-395
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.35 SJR 1.321 SNIP 1.96
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Coating: thermal spray coatings, Hardness, Sliding wear, Two-body abrasion
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85032352458

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Supercritical carbon dioxide treatment of hot dip galvanized steel as a surface treatment before coating

Supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) treatment was employed for rapid formation of a zinc patina layer on hot dip galvanized (HDG) steel. In the presence of H2O and a Cu precursor, an artificial patina consisting of two distinctive phases was formed: a dense ~ 1 μm layer of anhydrous ZnCO3 adjacent to native zinc coating, and a needle-like porous structure showing resemblance to hydrozincite (Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6). The artificial patina layer significantly decreased the surface free energy of HDG, which was evidenced also by good wettability by a polyester melamine coating. Furthermore, the needle-like patina surface structure stayed intact through the coating process, indicating improved coating adhesion. ScCO2 treatment facilitates rapid and impurity-free surface treatment of hot dip galvanized steel, and could be used to tailor novel adhesion and corrosion promoting surface morphologies.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Ceramic materials, Top Analytica Oy, SSAB
Contributors: Saarimaa, V., Kaleva, A., Nikkanen, J., Heinonen, S., Levänen, E., Väisänen, P., Markkula, A., Juhanoja, J.
Number of pages: 6
Pages: 137-142
Publication date: 15 Dec 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 331
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.08 SJR 0.928 SNIP 1.565
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Basic zinc carbonate, Coatings, Corrosion resistance, Hot dip galvanized steel, Patina, Supercritical carbon dioxide, Zinc
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85032293898

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy Reveals Fine Structure and Dynamics of Poly(l-lysine) and Polyethylenimine Based DNA Polyplexes

Structural dynamics of the polyethylenimine-DNA and poly(l-lysine)-DNA complexes (polyplexes) was studied by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy using the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) technique. During the formation of the DNA polyplexes, the negative phosphate groups (P) of DNA are bound by the positive amine groups (N) of the polymer. At N/P ratio 2, nearly all of the DNA's P groups are bound by the polymer N groups: These complexes form the core of the polyplexes. The excess polymer, added to this system to increase the N/P ratio to the values giving efficient gene delivery, forms a positively charged shell around the core polyplex. We investigated whether the exchange between the core and shell regions of PEI and PLL polyplexes takes place. Our results demonstrated a clear difference between the two studied polymers. Shell PEI can replace PEIs previously attached to DNA in the polyplex core, while PLL cannot. Such a dynamic structure of PEI polyplexes compared to a more static one found for PLL polyplexes partially explains the observed difference in the DNA transfection efficiency of these polyplexes. Moreover, the time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy revealed additional details on the structure of PLL polyplexes: In between the core and shell, there is an intermediate layer where both core and shell PLLs or their parts overlap.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Chemistry & Advanced Materials, Centre for Drug Research, University of Helsinki, Ita-Suomen yliopisto, Universita degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Contributors: Lisitsyna, E. S., Ketola, T., Morin-Picardat, E., Liang, H., Hanzlíková, M., Urtti, A., Yliperttula, M., Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, E.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 10782-10792
Publication date: 7 Dec 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume: 121
Issue number: 48
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.13 SJR 1.331 SNIP 0.996
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85037731381

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Oxygen and water vapor transmission rates of starch-poly(vinyl alcohol) barrier coatings for flexible packaging paper

Creating efficient water-borne dispersions based mainly on renewable materials for coating of flexible packaging paper was the aim of this study. The effects of an ethylene modified poly(vinyl alcohol) grade and a standard poly(vinyl alcohol) on the oxygen and water vapor barrier performance of corn starch and potato starch coatings was studied. The results showed that a coating composition with a high fraction of a renewable polymer was effective in keeping the oxygen barrier at a technically and commercially applicable level. An ethylene modified poly(vinyl alcohol) grade was found to provide lower oxygen transmission rates at high relative humidity, as compared to a standard poly(vinyl alcohol) grade. The oxygen barrier properties of blends of starch and poly(vinyl alcohol) were similar to that of the pure modified poly(vinyl alcohol) in the range from 0% starch to 60% starch. This was observed with both hydroxypropylated and octenyl succinate modified starch grades. The drying conditions of the mixed starch:poly(vinyl alcohol) coatings were based on drying trials with pure poly(vinyl alcohol) coatings. Drying at moderate temperatures indicated the possibility to slightly decrease water vapor transmission rate by higher drying temperature. Several secondary effects of increased drying temperature such as coating hold-out and formation of defects may also be of importance.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Karlstad University
Contributors: Christophliemk, H., Johansson, C., Ullsten, H., Järnström, L.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 218-224
Publication date: 1 Dec 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Progress in Organic Coatings
Volume: 113
ISSN (Print): 0300-9440
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.05 SJR 0.844 SNIP 1.323
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemical Engineering(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Barrier coating, Drying, Oxygen transmission rate, Poly(vinyl alcohol), Starch, Water vapor transmission rate
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85019946529

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Infrared Thermography as a Non-destructive Testing Solution for Thermal Spray Metal Coatings

In this work, an infrared (IR) thermographic procedure was evaluated as a non-destructive testing tool to detect damage in thermal spray metallic coatings. As model systems, polished HVOF- and HVAF-sprayed Fe-based layers deposited onto steel plates were employed. Damage by external-object impingement was simulated through a cyclic impact-test apparatus, which induced circumferential and radial cracks across all model systems, and interface cracks of different sizes in distinct samples. Damaged and undamaged plates were bulk-heated to above 100 °C using an IR lamp; their free-convection cooling was then recorded by an IR thermocamera. The intentionally induced defects were hardly detectable in IR thermograms, due to IR reflection and artificial “hot” spots induced by residuals of transfer material from the impacting counterbody. As a micrometer-thin layer of black paint was applied, surface emissivity got homogenized and any artifacts were effectively suppressed, so that failed coating areas clearly showed up as “cold spots.” This effect was more apparent when large interface cracks occurred. Finite-element modeling proved the physical significance of the IR-thermography approach, showing that failed coating areas are cooled by surrounding air faster than they are heated by conduction from the hot substrate, which is due to the insulating effect of cracks.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Contributors: Santangelo, P. E., Allesina, G., Bolelli, G., Lusvarghi, L., Matikainen, V., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 12
Pages: 1982–1993
Publication date: Dec 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 15 Sep 2017

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 26
Issue number: 8
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.08 SJR 0.688 SNIP 1.194
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: finite element modeling, high-velocity air fuel (HVAF), high-velocity oxy fuel (HVOF), impact testing, non-destructive inspection
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85029487592

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Erosive wear of filled vinylester composites in water and acidic media at elevated temperature

Due to their good corrosion properties, fibre reinforced polymer composites are often used instead of metals for example in hydrometallurgical processes. However, the erosion performance of polymer composites is rather poor when compared to metals. This study focused on the effect of mineral fillers on the erosion performance of vinylester composites. The erosion rates were tested both in water and in acidic environments at high temperature. To improve the erosion performance of the filled composites in these environments, to increase the filler particle hardness was an effective method. Within similar filler materials, better adhesion to the matrix improved the erosion performance, regardless if it was achieved by adhesion promoters or better mechanical interlocking. The hardness of the matrix was found to be disadvantageous for filled composites, although for pure vinylesters higher hardness decreased erosion rate. At the high service temperature, softer matrix accommodated more deformations and better absorption of energy of the impacting erosive particles. Consequently, improved adherence of the filler particles into the matrix and slower erosion rate was observed.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Outotec Research Center
Contributors: Sarlin, E., Saarimäki, M., Sironen, R., Lindgren, M., Siljander, S., Kanerva, M., Vuorinen, J.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 84-92
Publication date: 15 Nov 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 390-391
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.31 SJR 1.386 SNIP 2.199
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Erosion, FRP, Glass fibre, Mineral fillers, Vinylester
Electronic versions: 
URLs: 

Bibliographical note

INT=mol,"Sironen, Reija"
EXT="Lindgren, Mari"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85024891666

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Fluorimetric oxygen sensor with an efficient optical read-out for in vitro cell models

This paper presents a phase fluorimetric sensor for the monitoring of the oxygen concentration in in vitro cell models. The sensing surface of the sensor consists of oxygen sensitive fluorescent dyes (platinum(II) octaethylporphyrinketone) embedded in a thin polystyrene film. In order to optimize the optical read-out scheme of the sensor, we carried out electromagnetic simulations of a fluorescently doped polystyrene film deposited on a glass-water interface. The simulation results showed highly anisotropic angular emission distribution with the maximum irradiance being at super critical angles, which attracts tailored optical designs to maximize the fluorescence collection efficiency. For this purpose, we applied an efficient optical read-out scheme based on an in-contact parabolic lens. The use of parabolic lens also facilitates confocal total internal reflection excitation from the substrate side. This makes the excitation effective and insensitive to biofouling or other optical changes in the sensing surface and, more importantly, greatly reduces the amount of excitation power radiated into the cell culture chamber. Experimental results show that when applied together with phase fluorimetric lifetime sensing, this optical scheme allows one to use thin films (

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: BioMediTech, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Research group: Micro and Nanosystems Research Group, Research area: Microsystems, Research group: Sensor Technology and Biomeasurements (STB), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, BioMediTech Institute and Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
Contributors: Välimäki, H., Verho, J., Kreutzer, J., Kattipparambil Rajan, D., Ryynänen, T., Pekkanen-Mattila, M., Ahola, A., Tappura, K., Kallio, P., Lekkala, J.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 738-746
Publication date: 1 Oct 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
Volume: 249
ISSN (Print): 0925-4005
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 5.67 SJR 1.406 SNIP 1.453
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Instrumentation, Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Keywords: Cardiac cells, Enhanced optical read-out, Fluorimetric oxygen sensor, in vitro cell models, PtOEPK, Thin film fluorescence
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85019164799

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Starch-poly(vinyl alcohol) barrier coatings for flexible packaging paper and their effects of phase interactions

Starch and poly(vinyl alcohol) based barrier coatings for flexible packaging papers were studied. Both octenyl succinate modified and hydroxypropylated corn and potato starches were blended with regular and ethylene modified poly(vinyl alcohol) to increase the water vapor barrier properties and enhance the flexibility of the starch coatings, in order to accomplish superior barrier performance. Phase separation between starch and poly(vinyl alcohol) was studied in detail, both in the solution and in dry draw-down coatings on paper. The barrier performance of the coated paper was evaluated with respect to water vapor transmission rate. Conditions for the creation of a thin surface layer consisting of only one of the pure polymers were identified and discussed in terms of phase separation in solution migration of poly(vinyl alcohol) to the uppermost surface layer. The phase separation promoted low water vapor transmission rates also with a rather high fraction of starch in the coatings.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Karlstad University
Contributors: Christophliemk, H., Ullsten, H., Johansson, C., Järnström, L.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 13-22
Publication date: 1 Oct 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Progress in Organic Coatings
Volume: 111
ISSN (Print): 0300-9440
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.05 SJR 0.844 SNIP 1.323
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemical Engineering(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Barrier coating, PVOH, Starch, Turbidity, Viscosity, WVTR, XPS
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85019450052

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Investigation of long-term chemical stability of structured ZnO films in aqueous solutions of varying conditions

Nanostructured zinc oxide, ZnO, films feature attractive functional properties, but their long-term stability needs further investigation. Here, ZnO thin films with well-aligned rod-like structure were grown on stainless steel substrate. The long-term chemical stability of the ZnO films was investigated in solutions with varying pH values (3 − 11) to enhance knowledge about the durability of films in acidic and basic environments. The solubility and stability of the films in the solutions were investigated using atomic absorption spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy imaging and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analyses, as well as by monitoring changes in water contact angle of the films and in the pH values of the solutions. The ZnO film was found to be most stable at highest pH value, with the amount of dissolved zinc being lowest among the studied pH values and the changes observed with other characterization methods being minor compared to the samples immersed to other solutions. At the lowest pH, the film was removed rapidly from the substrate by dissolution. In solutions featuring pH values 5 and 9, the measured pH was unstable and changed constantly until it reached the value 7.2–7.6, i.e., until the equilibrium of different chemical species in the solution was achieved. These results are presented and discussed in this paper from the viewpoint of applicability of the ZnO films.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Ceramic materials, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Heinonen, S., Nikkanen, J., Huttunen-Saarivirta, E., Levänen, E.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 410-419
Publication date: 30 Sep 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Thin Solid Films
Volume: 638
ISSN (Print): 0040-6090
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.91 SJR 0.617 SNIP 0.864
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Chemical stability, Hydrothermal synthesis, pH, Solubility, Thin film, Zinc oxide
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85027885831

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Systematic analysis of coating-substrate interactions in the presence of flow localization

Localized deformation and cracking in a system of thermally sprayed hard metal coating overlaid on a low alloy steel is studied by means of bend testing. In-situ digital image correlation measurements are used to characterize material strain field near the coating/substrate interface. The studied substrate undergoes softening upon yielding which manifests itself as narrow bands of localized shear deformation. The measurements show that the coating cracks and the substrate shear bands interact. When the coating starts cracking during the elastic loading of the substrate, the formed cracks function as nucleation points for the shear bands. In contrast, if the coating resists cracking until the yielding of the substrate, the coating cracks and substrate shear bands form simultaneously. Based on the experiments, continuum-scale finite element model of the system is developed, validated and then used for a systematic numerical analysis of the effects of substrate shear banding on the measurement of coating properties. Based on the results of this work, three main effects can be identified. Firstly, the flow localization in the substrate can increase the measured apparent (macroscopic) surface strain of the coating, if not accounted for by using microscopic techniques. Secondly, substrate shear bands increase the interfacial loading, which may cause unexpected delamination of the coating and thus affect the evaluation of the interfacial strength. Finally, substrate shear bands affect the stress state within the coating and may thus affect the cracking morphology in the coating. Therefore, based on the results of this study, if the coating and interfacial strengths are of similar magnitude with the substrate yield strength, the possible tendency of the substrate towards flow localization should be taken into account in the analysis of the coating behavior.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Ernst-Mach-Institut
Contributors: Isakov, M., Matikainen, V., Koivuluoto, H., May, M.
Number of pages: 17
Pages: 264-280
Publication date: 15 Sep 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 324
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.08 SJR 0.928 SNIP 1.565
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Bending, Digital image correlation, Finite element method, Hard metal coating, Interfacial strength, Shear band
Electronic versions: 
URLs: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85019992522

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Wear of cemented tungsten carbide percussive drill–bit inserts: Laboratory and field study

Design of the drill–bit and selection of the Cemented Tungsten Carbide (CC) grade for drill–bit inserts are crucial for efficient percussive drilling. This study presents the results of an experimental campaign executed with the aim to identify the distinctive wear mechanisms and behaviour of different CC grades. Three laboratory and one full–scale drilling tests were performed using nine CC grades with different binder contents, binder chemical compositions, mean tungsten carbide (WC) grain sizes, and grain size distributions. Wear traces found on the drill–bit inserts after the full–scale drilling test show noticeable differences depending on their position on the drill–bit. Tensile forces present on the leading edge of the inserts due to the sliding contact with rock are suspected to play a significant role. Laboratory tests performed include: (i) single impact tests using a modified Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) apparatus, (ii) Abrasion Value (AV) rotating disk tests, and (iii) impact abrasion (LCPC) tests. Volume loss and shape change were used as macroscopic measures of wear. Greater volume losses were found for the grades with nickel–based binders compared to those with pure cobalt binder. The use of a narrower WC grain size distribution leads to lesser volume loss in drilling and AV tests. Surface analysis of the damaged microstructure was performed using scanning electron microscope. Distinct meso–scale (few dozens of WC grain sizes) patterns of damaged microstructure zones surrounded by the intact surface were found on the surfaces of specimens after single impact test. The pattern indicates the potential influence of a non–uniform contact due to the rock roughness and internal rock heterogeneities, which is supported by the study of the rock crater roughness. Size of such zones could be seen as a certain length–scale, which determines the insert–rock contact behaviour. A specific “peeling” mechanism of material removal was observed in the full–scale drilling test, where portion of the CC microstructure fused with the rock tribofilm gets removed when that tribofilm peels off.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization, Norwegian Univ. of Sci. and Technol., Materials and Nanotechnology, CNRS UMR 7633, Im Schleeke, Rock Tools
Contributors: Tkalich, D., Li, C. C., Kane, A., Saai, A., Tkalich, D., Yastrebov, V. A., Hokka, M., Kuokkala, V., Bengtsson, M., From, A.
Number of pages: 12
Pages: 106-117
Publication date: 15 Sep 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 386-387
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.31 SJR 1.386 SNIP 2.199
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Cemented tungsten carbide, Contact area, Impact abrasion, Rotary–percussive drilling, Roughness, SEM, Sliding abrasion, Split Hopkinson pressure bar, Surface deterioration mechanisms, Volume loss, Wear
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85020872795

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A Study of Cr3C2-Based HVOF- and HVAF-Sprayed Coatings: Microstructure and Carbide Retention

The research on high-velocity air-fuel (HVAF)-sprayed Cr3C2-based materials has mostly focused on conventional Cr3C2-25NiCr composition. In this paper, two alternative compositions (Cr3C2-50NiCrMoNb and Cr3C2-37WC-18NiCoCrFe) were sprayed with high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) and HVAF spray processes to evaluate the material behavior during spraying and to provide characterization of the microstructures and mechanical properties of the coatings. For comparison, coatings from the Cr3C2-25NiCr composition were sprayed with both processes. Spray diagnostics were carried out to obtain average particle velocity and temperature for each material and process combinations. The measured average in-flight particle data were 1800 °C and 700 m/s for HVOF process, and 1450 °C and 900 m/s for HVAF process. Characterization of the coating microstructures was carried out by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. In addition, the carbon content of the feedstock powders and sprayed coatings was measured with carbon analyzer. The results show that carbide rebounding or selective deposition of particles with higher metal matrix content is the dominating reason for carbide loss during HVAF spraying, while carbide dissolution is an additional source for the HVOF spraying. Higher particle velocities and controlled temperature measured for the HVAF process produced dense coatings with improved toughness and more homogenous coating structure.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization, Research group: Surface Engineering, Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Contributors: Matikainen, V., Bolelli, G., Koivuluoto, H., Honkanen, M., Vippola, M., Lusvarghi, L., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 18
Pages: 1-18
Publication date: Aug 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 26
Issue number: 6
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.08 SJR 0.688 SNIP 1.194
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: chromium carbide, diagnostics, HVAF, HVOF, image analysis
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Source ID: 85020726840

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Configurational Disorder of Water Hydrogen-Bond Network at the Protein Dynamical Transition

We introduce a novel strategy to quantify the disorder of extended water-water hydrogen-bond (HB) networks sampled in particle-based computer simulations. The method relies on the conformational clustering of the HB connectivity states. We successfully applied it to unveil the fine relationship among the protein dynamical transition in hydrated powder, which marks the activation of protein flexibility at Td ≈ 240 K, and the sudden increase in the configurational disorder of the water HB network enveloping the proteins. Our finding links, in the spirit of the Adam-Gibbs relationship, the diffusivity of protein atoms, as quantified by the hydrogen mean-square displacements, and the thermodynamic solvent configurational entropy.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, Bauhaus-Universitt Weimar, Université Paris Diderot, Universite di Perugia
Contributors: Rahaman, O., Kalimeri, M., Katava, M., Paciaroni, A., Sterpone, F.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 6792-6798
Publication date: 20 Jul 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 121
Issue number: 28
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.13 SJR 1.331 SNIP 0.996
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85025646989

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Vegetable fillers for electric stimuli responsive elastomers

Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) have been studied widely in recent years for artificial muscle applications, but their implementation into production is limited due to high operating voltages required. The actuation behavior of dielectric elastomer under an applied electric field is predicted by Maxwell's pressure and thickness strain equations. According to these equations, the best electromechanical response is achieved when the relative permittivity is high and elastic modulus is low. The potential source for additives increasing the relative permittivity of rubbers can be vegetable powders that have much higher dielectric constant than common elastomers. In the present research, the dielectric and actuation properties of polyacrylate rubber (ACM) were studied after the addition of different vegetable-based fillers such as potato starch, corn starch, garlic, and paprika. The results were compared to ACM filled with barium titanate. The compounds containing vegetable fillers showed higher relative dielectric permittivity at 1 Hz frequency than the compounds containing barium titanate due to higher interfacial polarization. The actuation studies showed that lower electric fields are required to generate certain actuation forces when the starches and garlic are used in the rubber instead of barium titanate. Therefore, the vegetable-based fillers can be used to improve actuation performance of DEAs.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Department of Elastomers, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V.
Contributors: Poikelispää, M., Shakun, A., Sarlin, E., Das, A., Vuorinen, J.
Publication date: 20 Jul 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 2017

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 134
Issue number: 28
Article number: 45081
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.87 SJR 0.543 SNIP 0.773
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: biomaterials, dielectric properties, elastomers, mechanical properties, sensors and actuators

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INT=mol,"Poikelispää, Minna"

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Source ID: 85016434216

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Quench absorption coils: A quench protection concept for high-field superconducting accelerator magnets

A quench protection concept based on coupled secondary coils is studied for inductively transferring energy out of a quenching superconducting dipole and thus limiting the peak hotspot temperature. So-called 'quench absorption coils' are placed in close proximity to the superconducting coils and are connected in series with a diode for the purpose of preventing current transformation during regular operation. During a quench, current is then transformed into the quench absorption coils so that a significant fraction of the stored magnetic energy is dissipated in the these coils. Numerical calculations are performed to determine the impact of such a concept and to evaluate the dimensions of the quench absorption coils needed to obtain significant benefits. A previously constructed 15 T Nb3Sn block coil is taken as a reference layout. Finite-element calculations are used to determine the combined inductive and thermal response of this system and these calculations are validated with a numerical model using an adiabatic approximation. The calculation results indicate that during a quench the presence of the quench absorption coils reduces the energy dissipated in the superconducting coils by 45% and reduces the hotspot temperature by over 100 K. In addition, the peak resistive voltage over the superconducting coils is significantly reduced. This suggests that this concept may prove useful for magnet designs in which the hotspot temperature is a design driver.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Electrical Energy Engineering, Research area: Electromagnetics, Research area: Power engineering, Research group: Modelling and superconductivity, European Organization for Nuclear Research
Contributors: Mentink, M., Salmi, T.
Publication date: 3 May 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Superconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 30
Issue number: 6
Article number: 064002
ISSN (Print): 0953-2048
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.63 SJR 1.036 SNIP 1.519
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Condensed Matter Physics, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Keywords: accelerator magnets, coupled secondary coil, quench protection, superconductivity
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Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85019572277

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Halogen bonding stabilizes a cis-azobenzene derivative in the solid state: A crystallographic study

Crystals of trans- and cis-isomers of a fluorinated azobenzene derivative have been prepared and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The presence of F atoms on the aromatic core of the azobenzene increases the lifetime of the metastable cis-isomer, allowing single crystals of the cis-azobenzene to be grown. Structural analysis on the cis-azobenzene, complemented with density functional theory calculations, highlights the active role of the halogen-bond contact (N...I synthon) in promoting the stabilization of the cis-isomer. The presence of a long aliphatic chain on the azobenzene unit induces a phase segregation that stabilizes the molecular arrangement for both the trans- and cis-isomers. Due to the rarity of cis-azobenzene crystal structures in the literature, our paper makes a step towards understanding the role of non-covalent interactions in driving the packing of metastable azobenzene isomers. This is expected to be important in the future rational design of solid-state, photoresponsive materials based on halogen bonding. We show by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies and computational analysis that halogen bonding can stabilize a metastable cis-azobenzene derivative in the solid state.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, Research group: Chemistry & Advanced Materials, Politecnico di Milano, Aalto University
Contributors: Saccone, M., Siiskonen, A., Fernandez-Palacio, F., Priimägi, A., Terraneo, G., Resnati, G., Metrangolo, P.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 227-233
Publication date: 1 Apr 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION B : STRUCTURAL SCIENCE, CRYSTAL ENGINEERING AND MATERIALS
Volume: 73
Issue number: 2
ISSN (Print): 2052-5192
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 4.54
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: azobenzene, halogen bonding, isomerization
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85017113549

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Effect of the addition of Al2O3, TiO2 and ZnO on the thermal, structural and luminescence properties of Er3+-doped phosphate glasses

Er-doped phosphate glasses were fabricated by melt-quenching technique. The changes in their thermal, structural and luminescence properties with the addition of Al2O3, TiO2 or ZnO were studied. Physical and thermal properties were investigated through density measurement and differential thermal analysis. Structural characterization was performed using the Raman and Infrared spectroscopy. In order to study the influence of the composition on the luminescence properties of the glasses, the refractive index, the luminescence spectra and the lifetime values were measured. The results show that with the addition of Al2O3 and TiO2 the phosphate network becomes more connected increasing the glass transition temperature, whereas the addition of ZnO does not show significant changes in the optical, thermal and structural properties but it leads to a larger emission cross-section at 1540 nm as compared to the other glasses. As the site of the Er3+ is not strongly affected by the change in the glass composition, we think that the emission properties of the glasses depend on the glass structure connectivity, which has an impact on the Er3+ ions solubility.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Photonics, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, Politecnico di Torino, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, CSMFO Lab.
Contributors: Lopez-Iscoa, P., Petit, L., Massera, J., Janner, D., Boetti, N. G., Pugliese, D., Fiorilli, S., Novara, C., Giorgis, F., Milanese, D.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 161-168
Publication date: 15 Mar 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Volume: 460
ISSN (Print): 0022-3093
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.42 SJR 0.722 SNIP 1.171
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Er luminescence property, Infrared spectroscopy, Phosphate glass, Raman spectroscopy
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85010441113

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Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Halogen-Bonded Block Copolymer Complexes into Upright Cylindrical Domains

Self-assembly of block copolymers into well-defined, ordered arrangements of chemically distinct domains is a reliable strategy for preparing tailored nanostructures. Microphase separation results from the system, minimizing repulsive interactions between dissimilar blocks and maximizing attractive interactions between similar blocks. Supramolecular methods have also achieved this separation by introducing small-molecule additives binding specifically to one block by noncovalent interactions. Here, we use halogen bonding as a supramolecular tool that directs the hierarchical self-assembly of low-molecular-weight perfluorinated molecules and diblock copolymers. Microphase separation results in a lamellar-within-cylindrical arrangement and promotes upright cylindrical alignment in films upon rapid casting and without further annealing. Such cylindrical domains with internal lamellar self-assemblies can be cleaved by solvent treatment of bulk films, resulting in separated and segmented cylindrical micelles stabilized by halogen-bond-based supramolecular crosslinks. These features, alongside the reversible nature of halogen bonding, provide a robust modular approach for nanofabrication.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Politecnico di Milano, Italian Institute of Technology, Università del Salento
Contributors: Milani, R., Houbenov, N., Fernandez-Palacio, F., Cavallo, G., Luzio, A., Haataja, J., Giancane, G., Saccone, M., Priimägi, A., Metrangolo, P., Ikkala, O.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 417-426
Publication date: 9 Mar 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: CheM
Volume: 2
Issue number: 3
ISSN (Print): 2451-9294
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 7.23 SJR 5.295 SNIP 2.263
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Chemical Engineering(all), Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Biochemistry, medical
Keywords: block copolymers, halogen bond, hierarchical self-assembly, nanofabrication, supramolecular complexes
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85014778403

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Electromagnetic nonlinearities in a Roebel-cable-based accelerator magnet prototype: Variational approach

Superconducting magnets are the most expensive series of components produced in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). When developing such magnets beyond state-of-the-art technology, one possible option is to use high-temperature superconductors (HTS) that are capable of tolerating much higher magnetic fields than low-temperature superconductors (LTS), carrying simultaneously high current densities. Significant cost reductions due to decreased prototype construction needs can be achieved by careful modelling of the magnets. Simulations are used, e.g. for designing magnets fulfilling the field quality requirements of the beampipe, and adequate protection by studying the losses occurring during charging and discharging. We model the hysteresis losses and the magnetic field nonlinearity in the beampipe as a function of the magnet's current. These simulations rely on the minimum magnetic energy variation principle, with optimization algorithms provided by the open-source optimization library interior point optimizer. We utilize this methodology to investigate a research and development accelerator magnet prototype made of REBCO Roebel cable. The applicability of this approach, when the magnetic field dependence of the superconductor's critical current density is considered, is discussed. We also scrutinize the influence of the necessary modelling decisions one needs to make with this approach. The results show that different decisions can lead to notably different results, and experiments are required to study the electromagnetic behaviour of such magnets further.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Electrical Energy Engineering, Research area: Electromagnetics, Institute of Electrical Engineering Slovak Academy of Sciences
Contributors: Ruuskanen, J., Stenvall, A., Lahtinen, V., Pardo, E.
Publication date: 1 Feb 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Superconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 30
Issue number: 2
Article number: 024008
ISSN (Print): 0953-2048
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.63 SJR 1.036 SNIP 1.519
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Condensed Matter Physics, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Keywords: AC loss, accelerator magnets, high-temperature superconductors, interior point optimizer, magnetization, minimum magnetic energy variation, nonlinear optimization
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85009227976

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Characterization of the microstructure and corrosion performance of Ce-alloyed Nd-Fe-B magnets

Expensive rare-earth elements used in neodymium-iron-boron permanent magnets can be partly replaced by a more abundant cerium without significantly compromising the magnetic properties. In this study, we investigated the effects that cerium addition has on the corrosion resistance of Nd-Fe-B magnets. The cerium-alloyed magnet grade was compared to two Ce-free magnet materials, a standard-grade Nd-Fe-B and a Co-alloyed magnet grade, with respect to microstructure and corrosion behaviour. The microstructure of the magnets was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, with the location of Ce being of primary interest. The magnets were exposed to electrochemical measurements and accelerated corrosion tests. Although the amount of the corrosion-sensitive grain-boundary phase was higher in the Ce-alloyed magnets than in the other two magnet grades, the overall corrosion behaviour was in many ways comparable to that of the Co-alloyed grade magnet, e.g., showing a slight increase in open circuit potential as compared to the standard grade magnet. In accelerated tests, corrosion of the Fe-rich phase was equal to the other magnet grades. Pulverization of the Ce-alloyed magnet was not detected during the accelerated tests, similarly to the Co-alloyed grade.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Isotahdon, E., Huttunen-Saarivirta, E., Kuokkala, V.
Pages: 190-197
Publication date: Jan 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 7 Sep 2016

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume: 692
ISSN (Print): 0925-8388
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.66 SJR 1.02 SNIP 1.407
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Corrosion, Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Rare earth alloys and compounds, Scanning electron microscopy, SEM
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84988024326

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Abrasive-Erosive Wear of Thermally Sprayed Coatings from Experimental and Commercial Cr3C2-Based Powders

In this paper, high-velocity oxy-fuel sprayed coatings from experimental Cr3C2-Ni powder produced by mechanically activated thermal synthesis and disintegrator milling are compared with coatings from commercial Cr3C2-NiCr powder under room- and elevated-temperature abrasive-erosive wear (AEW) conditions. In a room-temperature AEW test, the coating made from the experimental powder had wear rates that were 1.1-5.3 times higher than the coating from the commercial powder; this difference was the lowest at the highest impact velocity (80 m s−1). Under AEW tests at elevated temperature (300 and 550 °C), the coating made from the experimental powder exhibited wear rates that were 1.2-2.8 times higher in comparison with that made from the commercial powder, but this difference was smaller under an oblique impact angle (30°) and higher temperature conditions. The reasons for the lower resistance against AEW of the coating made from the experimental powder were found to be its lower ability to resist plastic indentation and deformation as well as lower indentation fracture toughness at room temperature, weaker bonding between the matrix and reinforcement and probably lower mechanical properties as well as unfavourable residual stresses at elevated temperatures.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Ensto Ensek AS, Tallinn University of Technology
Contributors: Sarjas, H., Surzhenkov, A., Juhani, K., Antonov, M., Adoberg, E., Kulu, P., Viljus, M., Traksmaa, R., Matikainen, V., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 2020–2029
Publication date: 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 13 Sep 2017

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 26
Issue number: 8
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.08 SJR 0.688 SNIP 1.194
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: abrasive-erosive wear, CrC-based cermet, elevated temperature, mechanically activated thermal synthesis, room temperature, thermal spraying
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85029407112

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Aligned Poly(ε-caprolactone) Nanofibers Guide the Orientation and Migration of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons, Astrocytes, and Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells In Vitro

Stem cell transplantations for spinal cord injury (SCI) have been studied extensively for the past decade in order to replace the damaged tissue with human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived neural cells. Transplanted cells may, however, benefit from supporting and guiding structures or scaffolds in order to remain viable and integrate into the host tissue. Biomaterials can be used as supporting scaffolds, as they mimic the characteristics of the natural cellular environment. In this study, hPSC-derived neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) are cultured on aligned poly(ε-caprolactone) nanofiber platforms, which guide cell orientation to resemble that of spinal cord in vivo. All cell types are shown to efficiently spread over the nanofiber platform and orient according to the fiber alignment. Human neurons and astrocytes require extracellular matrix molecule coating for the nanofibers, but OPCs grow on nanofibers without additional treatment. Furthermore, the nanofiber platform is combined with a 3D hydrogel scaffold with controlled thickness, and nanofiber-mediated orientation of hPSC-derived neurons is also demonstrated in a 3D environment. In this work, clinically relevant materials and substrates for nanofibers, fiber coatings, and hydrogel scaffolds are used and combined with cells suitable for developing functional cell grafts for SCI repair.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization
Contributors: Hyysalo, A., Ristola, M., Joki, T., Honkanen, M., Vippola, M., Narkilahti, S.
Publication date: 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 2017

Publication information

Journal: MACROMOLECULAR BIOSCIENCE
Volume: 17
Issue number: 7
Article number: 1600517
ISSN (Print): 1616-5187
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.24 SJR 1.017 SNIP 0.776
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Biomaterials, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: 3D environment, Differentiated neural cell, Human pluripotent stem cell, Nanofiber, Orientation
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85017192272

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

HVOF- and HVAF-Sprayed Cr3C2-NiCr Coatings Deposited from Feedstock Powders of Spherical Morphology: Microstructure Formation and High-Stress Abrasive Wear Resistance Up to 800 °C

Chromium carbide-based coatings are commonly applied to protect surfaces against wear at high temperatures. This work discusses the influence of feedstock powder and spray torch selection on the microstructure and high-stress abrasion resistance of thermally sprayed Cr3C2-NiCr coatings. Four commercial feedstock powders with spherical morphology and different microstructures were deposited by different high-velocity spray processes, namely third-generation gas- and liquid-fueled HVOF torches and by the latest generation HVAF torch. The microstructures of the coatings were studied in the as-sprayed state and after various heat treatments. The high-stress abrasion resistance of as-sprayed and heat-treated coatings was tested at room temperature and at 800 °C. The study reveals that the selection of the spray torch mainly affects the room temperature abrasion resistance of the as-sprayed coatings, which is due to differences in the embrittlement of the binder phase generated by carbide dissolution. At elevated temperatures, precipitation and growth of secondary carbides yields a fast equalization of the various coatings microstructures and wear properties.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Viktor-Kaplan-Straße 2/C, Fraunhofer Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik, Fraunhofer Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme
Contributors: Janka, L., Norpoth, J., Trache, R., Thiele, S., Berger, L. M.
Number of pages: 12
Pages: 1720–1731
Publication date: 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 26
Issue number: 7
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.08 SJR 0.688 SNIP 1.194
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: abrasion resistance, chromium carbide, feedstock powder, heat treatment, HVAF, HVOF
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85027972309

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Load capacity of lubricated bismuth bronze bimetal bearing under elliptical sliding motion

Leaded tin bronze alloys are widely used in heavy machinery bearings operating in boundary and mixed lubrication regions due to the excellent dry lubrication properties of lead. However, restrictions on the use of lead have created an increasing demand for lead-free or low-lead bearing materials. In the present study, suitability of a novel bismuth bronze bimetal material for possible substitution of leaded tin bronze was studied with a special thrust bearing test device, which simulates the contact conditions in the main thrust bearing of mineral crushers. The oil-lubricated test bearings have a flat-on-flat type contact with oil grooves and a constant eccentric motion against a case hardened steel counter plate under a periodically increased axial pressure. The test was continued until a sudden rise in friction, which indicates bearing failure and risk of an imminent seizure. The bismuth bronze showed a load capacity of the same level with the reference material, continuously cast CuSn10Pb10. Characterization by electron microscopy showed that the dry-lubricating bismuth precipitations had a fine grain size and an even distribution, which explains the good load carrying capacity. It was concluded that the bismuth bronze has potential for substituting the leaded tin bronzes in the studied operating conditions.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Tribology and Machine Elements, Metso Minerals, Inc.
Contributors: Oksanen, V. T., Lehtovaara, A. J., Kallio, M. H.
Pages: 72-80
Publication date: 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 4 May 2017

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 388-389
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.31 SJR 1.386 SNIP 2.199
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Bearings, Bimetals, Lead substitution, Non-ferrous metals, Solid lubricants
Electronic versions: 
URLs: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85019077732

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Non-destructive and wireless monitoring of biodegradable polymers

A method for monitoring changes in biodegradable polymers during hydrolysis is proposed. This wireless and non-destructive method is based on inductively coupled passive resonance sensors embedded in the polymer shell. In this study, we prepared specimens using two poly(lactide-co-glycolide) copolymers possessing different degradation profiles. The copolymer embedded sensors were immersed in buffer solution and their resonance features were compared with periodically performed conventional polymer characterization methods. A clear difference was noticed in the wirelessly measured signals between the two tested copolymer materials. Also the reference methods showed clear differences between the degradation profiles of the copolymers. The wirelessly measured signals are likely to correlate to the structural changes in the materials during the hydrolysis. In the future, this technique could be used in the laboratory to provide easy-to-access in situ information about the polymers. Even the state of biodegradable polymer implants could be wirelessly monitored.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Research area: Microsystems, Research group: Sensor Technology and Biomeasurements (STB), Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, BioMediTech
Contributors: Salpavaara, T., Hänninen, A., Antniemi, A., Lekkala, J., Kellomäki, M.
Pages: 1018-1025
Publication date: 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
Volume: 251
ISSN (Print): 0925-4005
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 5.67 SJR 1.406 SNIP 1.453
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Instrumentation, Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Keywords: Biodegradable polymers, Passive resonance sensor, Poly(lactide-co-glycolide), Telemetry, Wireless monitoring
Electronic versions: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85020132649

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Sliding wear behaviour of HVOF and HVAF sprayed Cr3C2-based coatings

Thermally sprayed tungsten carbide (WC) and chromium carbide (Cr3C2) based hard metal coatings are commonly applied on component surfaces as corrosion and wear resistant layers. Typically, WC-Co/Ni with optional Cr addition and Cr3C2-25NiCr powders are sprayed with high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) or high velocity air-fuel (HVAF) processes. Due to the poor oxidation resistance of the WC particles, Cr3C2-25NiCr composition is typically selected for high temperature environments, up to 800-900°C. In this study, two distinct Cr3C2-based compositions of Cr3C2-50NiCrMoNb and Cr3C2-37WC-18NiCoCr were selected as interesting alternatives to conventional Cr3C2-25NiCr. Sliding wear behavior of the coatings sprayed with HVOF and HVAF processes were tested with a ball-on-disk configuration against an Al2O3 ball at room temperature and at 700°C. It was found that both alternative materials had comparable coefficients of friction with the Cr3C2-25NiCr coatings. The Cr3C2-37WC-18NiCoCr coatings provided improved wear resistance at room temperature conditions, but at 700°C the wear rate was increased to the level of the Cr3C2-50NiCrMoNb coatings. Cr3C2-25NiCr coatings experienced the lowest wear rates at elevated temperatures, which was even lower than at room temperature.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Contributors: Matikainen, V., Bolelli, G., Koivuluoto, H., Sassatelli, P., Lusvarghi, L., Vuoristo, P.
Pages: 57-71
Publication date: 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 6 Apr 2017

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 388-389
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.31 SJR 1.386 SNIP 2.199
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: CrC, HVAF, HVOF, Sliding wear, Thermal spray coatings
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Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85017474688

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The 5th international workshop on numerical modelling of high temperature superconductors

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: B1 Article in a scientific magazine
Organisations: Electrical Energy Engineering, University of Bologna, University of Cambridge, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Campus North
Contributors: Morandi, A., Ainslie, M. D., Grilli, F., Stenvall, A.
Publication date: 2017
Peer-reviewed: No

Publication information

Journal: Superconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 30
Issue number: 8
Article number: 080201
ISSN (Print): 0953-2048
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.63 SJR 1.036 SNIP 1.519
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Condensed Matter Physics, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85029536672

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientific

Two cations, two mechanisms: Interactions of sodium and calcium with zwitterionic lipid membranes

Adsorption of metal cations onto a cellular membrane changes its properties, such as interactions with charged moieties or the propensity for membrane fusion. It is, however, unclear whether cells can regulate ion adsorption and the related functions via locally adjusting their membrane composition. We employed fluorescence techniques and computer simulations to determine how the presence of cholesterol - a key molecule inducing membrane heterogeneity - affects the adsorption of sodium and calcium onto zwitterionic phosphatidylcholine bilayers. We found that the transient adsorption of sodium is dependent on the number of phosphatidylcholine head groups, while the strong surface binding of calcium is determined by the available surface area of the membrane. Cholesterol thus does not affect sodium adsorption and only plays an indirect role in modulating the adsorption of calcium by increasing the total surface area of the membrane. These observations also indicate how lateral lipid heterogeneity can regulate various ion-induced processes including adsorption of peripheral proteins, nanoparticles, and other molecules onto membranes.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Physics, University of Helsinki, J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Contributors: Javanainen, M., Melcrová, A., Magarkar, A., Jurkiewicz, P., Hof, M., Jungwirth, P., Martinez-Seara, H.
Number of pages: 4
Pages: 5380-5383
Publication date: 2017
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Chemical Communications
Volume: 53
Issue number: 39
ISSN (Print): 1359-7345
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 6.03 SJR 2.555 SNIP 1.127
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Catalysis, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Ceramics and Composites, Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Electronic versions: 
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 85021689400

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Optimization of HVOF Cr3C2-NiCr coating for increased fatigue performance

Thermally sprayed coatings are strong candidates to be used for replacement of hard chromium – process which is regarded as an environmental risk – in many sliding surfaces for engineering applications such as hydraulic cylinders and aircraft landing gears. Recent advance in thermal spraying technology, based on the increase of the spray particle velocity, has led to improved coating quality. This study focuses on the fatigue performance of structural steel coated with Cr3C2[Formula presented] coating. Coating has been produced by using high kinetic HVOF thermal spray process. First, the coating was optimized for fatigue purposes by studying the residual stress generation. The optimized coating was selected for deposition of axial fatigue tests specimens, whose fatigue performance was compared to the uncoated steel specimens having different surface treatments (turning, polishing, and shot blasting) relevant for the target applications. The results showed that by using a high kinetic energy coating, the fatigue performance of Cr3C2[Formula presented] coated structural steel was clearly improved compared to uncoated steel of similar surface quality. Increased fatigue resistance of the coated material was attributed to the substantial compressive residual stresses that hindered crack initiation and that was caused by the high velocity spray particles during the coating process.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Technical University of Liberec
Contributors: Varis, T., Suhonen, T., Calonius, O., Čuban, J., Pietola, M.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 123-131
Publication date: 15 Nov 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 305
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.56 SJR 0.882 SNIP 1.379
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: CrC[Formula presented] coating, Fatigue performance, HVOF thermal spray, Residual stress, S-N curve, Wear resistance
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84981273135

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Improvement of actuation performance of dielectric elastomers by barium titanate and carbon black fillers

Dielectric elastomers are promising materials for actuators resembling human muscle. Among elastomers, acrylic rubbers (ACM) have shown good actuation performance but its use is limited by the high operating voltages required. The present work demonstrates that simultaneous incorporation of nanostructured carbon black and dielectric fillers offers an increase in a dielectric permittivity and a suitable modulus of the elastomers matrix, enabling an improved electro-mechanical actuation performance at low voltages. By the use of reinforcing carbon black and barium titanate in an acrylic elastomer matrix a sixfold increase in the dielectric permittivity was realized. A fine tuning of the actuation stress and, consequently, actuation strain can be done by a judicial selection of the different filler concentrations in the soft rubber matrix. Finally, a synergistic effect of the fillers was observed in the improved actuation performance of the developed materials. This work may pave the way to design dielectric elastomers for actuator fabrication.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V.
Contributors: Poikelispää, M., Shakun, A., Das, A., Vuorinen, J.
Publication date: 10 Nov 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 133
Issue number: 42
Article number: 44116
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.73 SJR 0.588 SNIP 0.815
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: actuators, dielectric properties, elastomers
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84982792344

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Erosion–corrosion resistance of various stainless steel grades in high-temperature sulfuric acid solution

Two austenitic stainless steel grades, 316L and 904L, and three duplex stainless steel grades, LDX 2101, 2205, and 2507, were erosion–corrosion tested as impeller blade materials for hydrometallurgical applications. Samples were attached to the pressure and suction sides of an impeller and were tested in 50 g/l H2SO4 and 0.5 g/l Fe2(SO4)3 for 72 h at 80°C and 95 °C in a small-scale reactor using quartz sand slurry. The results showed that under lower erosion intensity the ranking of the grades was similar to that in pure erosion. Under higher erosion intensity the ranking of the grades changed completely: lean alloys LDX 2101 and 316L suffered from the highest mass losses followed by 2205, 2507, and 904L. To clarify this behavior, the ability of the grades to repassivate was investigated with scratch tests. It was found that the ranking could be explained by the repassivation rates. The only exception was that 2507 showed a similar repassivation rate to 904L but its erosion–corrosion mass loss under higher erosion intensity was larger. One contributing factor to this was found to be the selective dissolution of the austenite phase of all the tested duplex grades. The prerequisites for the galvanic coupling between the phases that was responsible for the selective dissolution are discussed.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Outotec Research Center, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Lindgren, M., Siljander, S., Suihkonen, R., Pohjanne, P., Vuorinen, J.
Number of pages: 12
Pages: 10-21
Publication date: 15 Oct 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 364-365
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3 SJR 1.588 SNIP 2.105
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Mechanics of Materials
Keywords: Erosion–corrosion, Slurry, Stainless steels, Sulfuric acid, Wear

Bibliographical note

EXT="Lindgren, M."

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84975744612

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Photocatalytic and antibacterial properties of ZnO films with different surface topographies on stainless steel substrate

Zinc oxide films with three types of topographies: needle-like and hexagonal rods and flakes, were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis on stainless steel substrates to investigate their photocatalytic and antibacterial properties. The photocatalytic activity was measured with a methylene blue (MB) discoloration test, whereas a method using bioluminescent whole cell bacterial biosensors enabling the constant monitoring of the amount of living cells on the surfaces was used here to study the antibacterial properties. The results showed that photocatalytic activity was clearly influenced by the surface area, which is in turn dependent on the topography. Moreover, it was found that all the examined films decreased notably the amount of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli on the surfaces. Despite significant differences in the surface areas of the studied samples that led to different zinc dissolution rate in aqueous environment, no notable differences in antibacterial activity between the films with different morphologies could be detected. These results are presented and discussed in this paper.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Ceramic materials, Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Industrial Bioengineering and Applied Organic Chemistry, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Heinonen, S., Kannisto, M., Nikkanen, J., Huttunen-Saarivirta, E., Karp, M., Levänen, E.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 842-849
Publication date: 1 Oct 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Thin Solid Films
Volume: 616
ISSN (Print): 0040-6090
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.83 SJR 0.639 SNIP 0.866
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Antibacterial, Biosensor cell, Hydrothermal synthesis, Photocatalytic activity, Zinc oxide
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84991648557

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Polyarginine Interacts More Strongly and Cooperatively than Polylysine with Phospholipid Bilayers

The interactions of two highly positively charged short peptide sequences with negatively charged lipid bilayers were explored by fluorescence binding assays and all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. The bilayers consisted of mixtures of phosphatidylglycerol (PG) and phosphatidylcholine (PC) lipids as well as a fluorescence probe that was sensitive to the interfacial potential. The first peptide contained nine arginine repeats (Arg9), and the second one had nine lysine repeats (Lys9). The experimentally determined apparent dissociation constants and Hill cooperativity coefficients demonstrated that the Arg9 peptides exhibited weakly anticooperative binding behavior at the bilayer interface at lower PG concentrations, but this anticooperative effect vanished once the bilayers contained at least 20 mol % PG. By contrast, Lys9 peptides showed strongly anticooperative binding behavior at all PG concentrations, and the dissociation constants with Lys9 were approximately 2 orders of magnitude higher than with Arg9. Moreover, only arginine-rich peptides could bind to the phospholipid bilayers containing just PC lipids. These results along with the corresponding molecular dynamics simulations suggested two important distinctions between the behavior of Arg9 and Lys9 that led to these striking differences in binding and cooperativity. First, the interactions of the guanidinium moieties on the Arg side chains with the phospholipid head groups were stronger than for the amino group. This helped facilitate stronger Arg9 binding at all PG concentrations that were tested. However, at PG concentrations of 20 mol % or greater, the Arg9 peptides came into sufficiently close proximity with each other so that favorable like-charge pairing between the guanidinium moieties could just offset the long-range electrostatic repulsions. This led to Arg9 aggregation at the bilayer surface. By contrast, Lys9 molecules experienced electrostatic repulsion from each other at all PG concentrations. These insights may help explain the propensity for cell penetrating peptides containing arginine to more effectively cross cell membranes in comparison with lysine-rich peptides.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Texas A and M University, Pennsylvania State University, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bijenička Cesta 54
Contributors: Robison, A. D., Sun, S., Poyton, M. F., Johnson, G. A., Pellois, J. P., Jungwirth, P., Vazdar, M., Cremer, P. S.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 9287-9296
Publication date: 8 Sep 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 120
Issue number: 35
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.03 SJR 1.345 SNIP 1.023
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84986593892

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Barkhausen noise response of three different welded duplex stainless steels

An investigation was made into the Barkhausen noise responses of three duplex grades: a lean alloy LDX 2101, a conventional duplex 2205 and a super duplex 2507, in welded conditions. The aim was to study the influence of alloy chemistry and microstructure on the Barkhausen noise response. In addition, the residual stresses of the grades were measured by X-ray diffraction and the microstructure and hardness of the base materials and welds were determined. It was observed that the Barkhausen noise responses in the rolling direction and in the transverse direction were governed by the phase morphology of the materials. Only the root mean square of the Barkhausen noise burst seemed to be additionally dependent on the alloy chemistry through the hardness of the materials. Furthermore, the relationships between various characteristics of the Barkhausen noise burst measured in the rolling direction and the transverse direction and microstructural features are discussed.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization, Outotec Research Center
Contributors: Lindgren, M., Santa-aho, S., Vippola, M.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 480-486
Publication date: 1 Sep 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Insight
Volume: 58
Issue number: 9
ISSN (Print): 1354-2575
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.65 SJR 0.354 SNIP 0.628
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Metals and Alloys, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Barkhausen, Stainless steel, Welds
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84985953068

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Detergent impurity effect on recycled HDPE: Properties after repetitive processing

High density polyethylene (rHDPE) is extruded 1 to 8 times, with and without detergent, to simulate the effects of impurities on the material and on the artificial ageing process. The mechanical properties, thermal stability, rheology, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions are measured. According to the results, ageing of rHDPE increases tensile strength, reduces elongation, and enhances side chain branching of the material and thus causes rheological changes. The addition of detergent reduces changes in mechanical properties and rheological behavior but accelerates thermal degradation. VOC and FTIR measurements of the samples with detergent addition show generation of harmful 1,4-dioxane. The amount of total emission, as well as emissions of important perfumes limonene and 1R-α-pinene, decreases during multiple extrusion cycles. Heating of the plastics is found to be a major factor in the VOC emission reduction. Impurities have a notable effect on the artificial ageing results.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, University of Helsinki, Ekokem
Contributors: Mylläri, V., Hartikainen, S., Poliakova, V., Anderson, R., Jönkkäri, I., Pasanen, P., Andersson, M., Vuorinen, J.
Publication date: 15 Aug 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 133
Issue number: 31
Article number: 43766
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.73 SJR 0.588 SNIP 0.815
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Ageing, Degradation, Polyolefins, Recycling
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84992303578

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Reinforced chloroprene rubber by in situ generated silica particles: Evidence of bound rubber on the silica surface

Nano silica is generated in situ inside the uncrosslinked chloroprene rubber (CR) by the sol-gel reaction of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). This results in appreciable improvement in mechanical properties of the CR composites at relatively low filler content. Furthermore, exploitation of reactive organosilanes, γ-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (γ-APS) in particular, in the silica synthesis process facilitates growing of spherical silica particles with a size distribution in the range of 20-50 nm. The silica particles are found to be uniformly dispersed and they do not suffer from filler-filler interaction. Additionally, it is observed that the silica particles are coated by silane and rubber chains together which are popularly known as bound rubber. The existence of the bound rubber on silica surface has been supported by the detailed investigations with transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX). The interaction between rubber and silica, via bi-functionality of the γ-APS, has been explored by detailed FTIR studies.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V., Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft
Contributors: Kapgate, B. P., Das, C., Das, A., Basu, D., Wiessner, S., Reuter, U., Heinrich, G.
Publication date: 10 Aug 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 133
Issue number: 30
Article number: 43717
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.73 SJR 0.588 SNIP 0.815
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Chemistry(all)
Keywords: bound rubber, in situ silica and silane treatment, transmission electron microscopy
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84964925986

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Novel oxyfluorophosphate glasses and glass-ceramics

Effect of CaF2 addition at the expense of CaO on the thermal, physical, optical and structural properties of glasses in the NaPO3-CaO system was studied. The glasses were prepared by the conventional melt quenching method. For each glass, the thermal properties were studied by differential thermal analysis (DTA) and the optical properties by UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy. The changes in the glass structure induced by the progressive replacement of CaO by CaF2 were investigated using IR and Raman spectroscopies. The glasses were heat treated at 20 °C above their respective glass transition temperature for 17 h to form nuclei and then at their peak crystallization temperature for 1 h to grow the nuclei into crystals. An increase in the CaF2 content increased the polymerization of the phosphate network leading to shift of the band gap to lower wavelength and reduced the crystallization tendency of the glasses. At least two crystalline phases precipitated in all the investigated glasses, the composition of which depended on the CaF2 content. Finally, bulk crystallization was suspected to occur in the oxyfluorophosphate glasses.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, Abo Akademi University, University of Turku
Contributors: Cui, S., Massera, J., Lastusaari, M., Hupa, L., Petit, L.
Number of pages: 5
Pages: 40-44
Publication date: 1 Aug 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Volume: 445-446
ISSN (Print): 0022-3093
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.02 SJR 0.685 SNIP 1.155
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Ceramics and Composites, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Crystallization, Fluorophosphate glasses and glass-ceramics, Raman and IR spectroscopies, XRD
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84969872500

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The red, purple and blue modifications of polymeric unsymmetrical hydroxyalkadiynyl-N-arylcarbamate derivatives in Langmuir-Schaefer films

Solid topochemical photopolymerization (STP) of Langmuir-Schaefer films of a new class of unsymmetrical diynes, containing N-arylcarbamate groups in the hydrophobic part and hydroxymethylene groups in the hydrophilic part of the molecules was examined. In addition, the monomeric Langmuir monolayer formation was studied by Brewster angle microscopy and the surface morphology of monomer and polymer films on solid substrates were studied by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Three phases of polydiacetylene (PDA) (red, purple and blue) were observed after UV-light polymerization of above-mentioned films of alcohol diacetylene (DA) derivatives. The substitution of MeO group in the aryl ring substituent by hydrogen atom and the variation of the methylene group number in the hydrophobic part from 5 to 6 changed significantly the result of STP: instead of blue phase PDA observed for diynes with MeO group, the red phase PDA was observed for DA with H-atom from the very beginning of diyne film UV irradiation. For two other diynilic N-arylcarbamates of identical chemical structures except of the substituents in the aryl ring of hydrophobic parts of the molecules, no changes in the efficiency of polymerization or the position and shape of absorption bands were observed. This indicated the formation of the purple phase PDA. For these molecules, the number of methylene groups in hydrophobic and hydrophilic parts of the molecules was 9 and 2, respectively.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, A. M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Åbo Akademi University, St. Petersburg State University, NRC Kurchatov Institute, Russian Acad Sci, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kotelnikov Inst Radio Engn & Elect
Contributors: Alekseev, A., Ihalainen, P., Ivanov, A., Domnin, I., Klechkovskaya, V., Orekhov, A., Lemmetyinen, H., Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, E., Peltonen, J., Vyaz'min, S.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 463-471
Publication date: 1 Aug 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Thin Solid Films
Volume: 612
ISSN (Print): 0040-6090
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.83 SJR 0.639 SNIP 0.866
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Materials Chemistry, Metals and Alloys, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Surfaces and Interfaces
Keywords: Langmuir monolayer, Langmuir-Schaefer film, Polydiacetylenes with urethane group, Solid topochemical photopolymerization

Bibliographical note

EXT="Alekseev, Alexander"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84976884439

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Erosion wear of vinylester matrix composites in aqueous and acidic environments at elevated temperatures

Slurry erosion wear performance of glass fibre reinforced vinylester composite (FRP) has been studied using a pilot-scale erosion test apparatus. Tests were conducted at elevated temperatures in aqueous and acidic environments. When using fine quartz as an abrasive material, FRP showed higher mass losses in the aqueous environment than in the acidic conditions, especially at higher temperatures. In this case, the FRP degradation was governed by the penetration of the used medium into the FRP structure. According to the absorption studies, the weight gain of the laminate was more pronounced in the water immersion compared to the acidic solution, which can be a prediction of an increased degradation rate and explain the higher wear in the aqueous medium. When the abrasive material was changed from fine to coarse quartz, the removal of the shielding matrix phase was extensive and a direct route for the acidic solution to the fibres was created causing more severe damage. This was also shown in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies, where the samples tested in the acidic solution showed extensive fibre flattening along the erosion flux. By increasing the test temperature close to the boiling point of the medium, an increase in the FRP wear could be seen. The increase in the rotation speed, on the other hand, did not automatically mean higher mass losses. This shows that the wear environment in the present test device is highly complicated with several interrelated parameters affecting the results.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Outotec Research Center
Contributors: Suihkonen, R., Lindgren, M., Siljander, S., Sarlin, E., Vuorinen, J.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 7-16
Publication date: 15 Jul 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 358-359
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3 SJR 1.588 SNIP 2.105
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Mechanics of Materials
Keywords: Erosion testing, Erosion-corrosion, Polymer-matrix composite, Slurry erosion

Bibliographical note

EXT="Lindgren, Mari"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84962767507

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Sliding and abrasive wear behaviour of HVOF- and HVAF-sprayed Cr3C2-NiCr hardmetal coatings

This paper provides a comprehensive characterisation of HVOF- and HVAF-sprayed Cr3C2-25 wt.% NiCr hardmetal coatings. One commercial powder composition with two different particle size distributions was processed using five HVOF and HVAF thermal spray systems. All coatings contain less Cr3C2 than the feedstock powder, possibly due to the rebound of some Cr3C2-rich particles during high-velocity impact onto the substrate. Dry sand-rubber wheel abrasive wear testing causes both grooving and pull-out of splat fragments. Mass losses depend on inter- and intra-lamellar cohesion, being higher (≥70 mg after a wear distance of 5904 m) for the coatings deposited with the coarser feedstock powder or with one type of HVAF torch. Sliding wear at room temperature against alumina involves shallower abrasive grooving, small-scale delamination and carbide pull-outs, and it is controlled by intra-lamellar cohesion. The coatings obtained from the fine feedstock powder exhibit the lowest wear rates (≈5×10-6 mm3/(Nm)). At 400 °C, abrasive grooving dominates the sliding wear behaviour; wear rates increase by one order of magnitude but friction coefficients decrease from ≈0.7 to ≈0.5. The thermal expansion coefficient of the coatings (11.08×10-6 °C-1 in the 30-400 °C range) is sufficiently close to that of the steel substrate (14.23×10-6 °C-1) to avoid macro-cracking.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Fraunhofer Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme, Institut für Korrosionsschutz Dresden GmbH, University West, Fraunhofer Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik
Contributors: Bolelli, G., Berger, L. M., Börner, T., Koivuluoto, H., Matikainen, V., Lusvarghi, L., Lyphout, C., Markocsan, N., Nylén, P., Sassatelli, P., Trache, R., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 19
Pages: 32-50
Publication date: 15 Jul 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 358-359
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3 SJR 1.588 SNIP 2.105
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Mechanics of Materials
Keywords: Cermets, High temperature, Indentation, Sliding wear, Thermal spray coatings, Three-body abrasion
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84962802963

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Characterization of High-Velocity Single Particle Impacts on Plasma-Sprayed Ceramic Coatings

High-velocity impact wear can have a significant effect on the lifetime of thermally sprayed coatings in multiple applications, e.g., in the process and paper industries. Plasma-sprayed oxide coatings, such as Cr2O3- and TiO2-based coatings, are often used in these industries in wear and corrosion applications. An experimental impact study was performed on thermally sprayed ceramic coatings using the High-Velocity Particle Impactor (HVPI) at oblique angles to investigate the damage, failure, and deformation of the coated structures. The impact site was characterized by profilometry, optical microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Furthermore, the connection between the microstructural details and impact behavior was studied in order to reveal the damage and failure characteristics at a more comprehensive level. Differences in the fracture behavior were found between the thermally sprayed Cr2O3 and TiO2 coatings, and a concept of critical impact energy is presented here. The superior cohesion of the TiO2 coating inhibited interlamellar cracking while the Cr2O3 coating suffered greater damage at high impact energies. The HVPI experiment has proven to be able to produce valuable information about the deformation behavior of coatings under high strain rates and could be utilized further in the development of wear-resistant coatings.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization
Contributors: Kiilakoski, J., Lindroos, M., Apostol, M., Koivuluoto, H., Kuokkala, V., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 1127-1137
Publication date: 24 Jun 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 25
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.6 SJR 0.659 SNIP 0.941
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Keywords: electron microscopy, fracture, impact wear, thermal spray coatings, wear testing
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84976320961

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Structurally Controlled Dynamics in Azobenzene-Based Supramolecular Self-Assemblies in Solid State

Light-responsive supramolecular self-assemblies exhibit interplay between order and dynamics of the self-assembling motifs, through which the thermal isomerization rate of azobenzene chromophores can be tuned by orders of magnitude. By using supramolecular complexes of 4-(4-alkylphenylazo)phenols hydrogen-bonded to poly(4-vinylpyridine) as model systems, we demonstrate that the thermal isomerization rate of the hydroxyazobenzene derivatives increases 5700-fold when the material undergoes a transformation from a disordered, low-azobenzene-concentration state to a high-concentration state exhibiting lamellar, smectic-like self-assembly. Drastically smaller thermal isomerization rates are observed in disordered structures. This allows us to attribute the change to a combination of increased number density of the hydroxyazobenzenes inducing plasticization, and cooperativity created by the chromophore-chromophore interactions through self-assembled molecular order and alignment. Our results pinpoint the importance of molecular self-assembly and intermolecular interactions in modifying the dynamics in supramolecular complexes in a controlled manner. We foresee this to be important in light-controlled dynamic materials.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, Aalto University
Contributors: Poutanen, M., Ikkala, O., Priimägi, A.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 4095-4101
Publication date: 14 Jun 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Macromolecules
Volume: 49
Issue number: 11
ISSN (Print): 0024-9297
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 5.76 SJR 2.564 SNIP 1.483
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Inorganic Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84975044511

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Effect of incorporation of CdS NPs on performance of PTB7: PCBM organic solar cells

It has been well known that incorporation of nano-heterostructures of various metals, semiconductors and dielectric materials in the active layer of organic solar cells (OSCs) helps in improving power conversion efficiency (PCE). In the present study, we demonstrated microwave synthesis of CdS nanoparticles (NPs) for their application in one of most efficient OSCs consisting of poly[[4,8-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-2,6-diyl] [3-fluoro-2-[(2-ethylhexyl)carbonyl] thieno[3,4-b]thiophenediyl]] (PTB7): [6,6]-phenyl C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) photoactive blend. This is crucial to fully explore the promising features of low cost and scalability in organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells. Synthesized CdS NPs are slightly elongated and highly crystalline with their absorption lies in the visible region as confirmed by High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy studies. Our experimental results for the devices in an inverted geometry having a structure ITO/ZnO/PTB7: CdS: PCBM/MoO3/Ag has shown increase in Jsc and PCE by nearly 10%. However, it was observed that this increase is only when NPs were added in the low concentration in active layer. UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Photoluminescence (PL) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies were carried out in order understand the device performance.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Electronics and Communications Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Organic and Nano-electronics Group
Contributors: Sharma, R., Bhalerao, S., Gupta, D.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 274-280
Publication date: 1 Jun 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Organic Electronics: physics, materials, applications
Volume: 33
ISSN (Print): 1566-1199
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.4 SJR 1.081 SNIP 0.944
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Biomaterials, Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Keywords: CdS nanoparticles, Microwave synthesis, Organic solar cells, PCBM, PL quenching, PTB7
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84962355464

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Microstructure and Sliding Wear Behavior of Fe-Based Coatings Manufactured with HVOF and HVAF Thermal Spray Processes

The microstructure and micromechanical behavior of thermally sprayed Fe-based coatings manufactured with high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) and high-velocity air fuel (HVAF) processes were investigated. Fe-Cr-Ni-Si-B-C and Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo-Si-B-C powders were used as the feedstock materials. The coatings showed a highly dense microstructure with near-zero oxidation. The microstructure of the feedstock powders was better retained when sprayed with HVAF process. Differential scanning calorimetry revealed two small exothermic peaks at about 600 °C for the HVOF-sprayed coatings, without any increase in weight in thermogravimetric analysis. It suggested the re-precipitation of carbides that were dissolved during spraying due to the higher particle temperature reported by spray diagnostics system during the HVOF process (≈1800 °C) compared to the HVAF one (≈1400 °C). Micro- and nano-indentations helped to show the difference in inter-lamellar cohesive strength and, in turn, in the particle deposition mechanism. Coatings sprayed with Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo-Si-B-C composition possessed higher sliding wear resistance than that of Fe-Cr-Ni-Si-B-C due to higher nano-hardness. More specifically, HVOF-sprayed Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo-Si-B-C coating showed the largest intra-lamellar hardness, the largest elasticity, and high quality of particle interfaces which resulted in lower sliding wear rate.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering
Contributors: Milanti, A., Matikainen, V., Bolelli, G., Koivuluoto, H., Lusvarghi, L., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 16
Pages: 1040–1055
Publication date: Jun 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 27 Apr 2016

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 25
Issue number: 5
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.6 SJR 0.659 SNIP 0.941
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Keywords: iron alloys, protective coatings, wear resistant coatings

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Influence of heat treatment on the abrasive wear resistance of a Cr3C2NiCr coating deposited by an ethene-fuelled HVOF spray process

This work reveals the influence of heat treatments on the microstructure, mechanical properties and abrasive wear behaviour of a Cr3C2NiCr coating deposited by an ethene-fuelled high-velocity oxygen-fuel spray process using an agglomerated-and-sintered feedstock powder. The wear resistance of an as-sprayed and heat treated (8 h at 800 °C) coating was evaluated in low- and high-stress abrasion regimes, the latter in a temperature range up to 800 °C. Precipitation of secondary carbides from the supersaturated as-sprayed binder matrix is at the core of the observed changes in the coatings wear resistance upon heat treating. This aging process renders the binder matrix softer and more ductile, as was probed by means of nanoindentation, and thereby improves its resistance against micro-cracking which is identified as an important wear mechanism in high-stress abrasion conditions.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, AC2T Research GmbH, Fraunhofer Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik, Fraunhofer Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme
Contributors: Janka, L., Norpoth, J., Trache, R., Berger, L. M.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 444-451
Publication date: 15 Apr 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 291
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.56 SJR 0.882 SNIP 1.379
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Surfaces and Interfaces
Keywords: Abrasion, CrC, Heat treatment, HVOF, Mechanical properties
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84960192258

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Thermal, structural and optical properties of Er3+ doped phosphate glasses containing silver nanoparticles

The melt-quenching method is employed to prepare the amorphous phosphate glasses containing silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). The structural characteristics of phosphate glasses were investigated by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, transmission electron microscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Raman, and infrared spectroscopy. The transmission electron microscopic images confirm the presence of spherical silver NPs having an average diameter in the range of 20-40 nm. The EDX analysis spectrum shows the presence of Ag element. Important structural changes induced by the Ag2CO3 addition to the phosphate glass, Raman- and IR-spectroscopic studies were carried out in order to correlate the variations in the glass properties with variations of the glass structure. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak of silver nanoparticles embedded in Er3 + doped phosphate glass is evidenced at ∼403 nm. From the absorption spectra, the optical band gap is found to decrease with the increase of Ag NPs' concentration. All the obtained results in the present study were reported and discussed in detail.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, Physical Chemistry Laboratory of Mineral Materials and Their Applications, National Center of Research in Materials Science, Åbo Akademi
Contributors: Soltani, I., Hraiech, S., Horchani-Naifer, K., Massera, J., Petit, L., Férid, M.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 67-73
Publication date: 15 Apr 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Volume: 438
ISSN (Print): 0022-3093
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.02 SJR 0.685 SNIP 1.155
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Ceramics and Composites, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: FTIR and Raman spectra, Phosphate glasses, Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs), Thermal stability

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EXT="Petit, L."

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84960866255

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Chemical synthesis of WC-Co from water-soluble precursors: The effect of carbon and cobalt additions to WC synthesis

The chemical synthesis of WC-Co from water-soluble precursors and the effect of carbon content and cobalt addition were studied. Ammonium metatungstate AMT as tungsten source, glycine as a carbon source and cobalt acetate Co(C2H3O2)2 as a cobalt source was dissolved in water and spray-dried, and thermal synthesis in Ar atmosphere was performed. In order to understand the effects of carbon content and cobalt addition on synthesis steps, and the chemical and phase structure, thermogravimetry (TGA) with Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DCS) and mass spectrometry was used together with X-ray diffractometry and chemical analysis. The results reveal that carbon content mainly affected reduction temperatures and cobalt addition to reaction route and solid state synthesis temperature. This presented manufacturing route with water-soluble raw materials was a potential way of preparing nanostructural WC-Co composition with the correct phase structure and chemical composition.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Kanerva, U., Karhu, M., Lagerbom, J., Kronlöf, A., Honkanen, M., Turunen, E., Laitinen, T.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 69-75
Publication date: 1 Apr 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
Volume: 56
ISSN (Print): 0958-0611
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.4 SJR 1.065 SNIP 1.736
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Materials Chemistry, Metals and Alloys, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics of Materials
Keywords: Nano-sized WC-Co synthesis, Spray drying, Water soluble precursors

Bibliographical note

EXT="Kanerva, Ulla"
EXT="Lagerbom, Juha"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84952359921

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

DFT simulations and microkinetic modelling of 1-pentyne hydrogenation on Cu20 model catalysts

Adsorption and dissociation of H2 and hydrogenation of 1-pentyne on neutral and anionic Cu20 clusters have been investigated using the density functional theory and microkinetic modelling. Molecular adsorption of H2 is found to occur strictly at atop sites. The H2 dimer is activated upon adsorption, and the dissociation occurs with moderate energy barriers. The dissociated H atoms reside preferentially on 3-fold face and 2-fold edge sites. Based on these results, the reaction paths leading to the partial and total hydrogenation of 1-pentyne have been studied step-by-step. The results suggest that copper clusters can display selective activity on the hydrogenation of alkyne and alkene molecules. The hydrogenated products are more stable than the corresponding initial reactants following an energetic staircase with the number of added H atoms. Stable semi-hydrogenated intermediates are formed before the partial (1-pentene) and total (pentane) hydrogenation stages of 1-pentyne. The microkinetic model analysis shows that C5H10 is the dominant product. Increasing the reactants (C5H8/H2) ratio enhances the formation of products (C5H10 and C5H12).

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Aalto University, COMP Centre of Excellence, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University
Contributors: Ma, L., Melander, M., Weckman, T., Lipasti, S., Laasonen, K., Akola, J.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 61-70
Publication date: 1 Apr 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling
Volume: 65
ISSN (Print): 1093-3263
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.77 SJR 0.524 SNIP 0.731
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Adsorption and dissociation, Cluster model, Density functional theory, Heterogeneous catalysis, Hydrogenation

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INT=fys,"Ma, Li"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84961675623

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Stability and Function at High Temperature. What Makes a Thermophilic GTPase Different from Its Mesophilic Homologue

Comparing homologous enzymes adapted to different thermal environments AIDS to shed light on their delicate stability/function trade-off. Protein mechanical rigidity was postulated to secure stability and high-temperature functionality of thermophilic proteins. In this work, we challenge the corresponding-state principle for a pair of homologous GTPase domains by performing extensive molecular dynamics simulations, applying conformational and kinetic clustering, as well as exploiting an enhanced sampling technique (REST2). While it was formerly shown that enhanced protein flexibility and high temperature stability can coexist in the apo hyperthermophilic variant, here we focus on the holo states of both homologues by mimicking the enzymatic turnover. We clearly show that the presence of the ligands affects the conformational landscape visited by the proteins, and that the corresponding state principle applies for some functional modes. Namely, in the hyperthermophilic species, the flexibility of the effector region ensuring long-range communication and of the P-loop modulating ligand binding are recovered only at high temperature.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Research area: Computational Physics, Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique
Contributors: Katava, M., Kalimeri, M., Stirnemann, G., Sterpone, F.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 2721-2730
Publication date: 17 Mar 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 120
Issue number: 10
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.03 SJR 1.345 SNIP 1.023
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84961282502

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Phenothiazine and carbazole substituted pyrene based electroluminescent organic semiconductors for OLED devices

Due to their easy availability, low cost and opportunities for exploiting reactions of bromo substituents, 1,3,6,8-tetrabromopyrene has attracted major attention in the organic electronics community for designing and constructing novel classes of pyrene based organic semiconducting functional materials. In the present work, 1,3,6,8-tetrabromo pyrene was transformed into the corresponding tetrasubstituted carbazole and phenothiazine derivatives using the classical Suzuki coupling reaction. These newly synthesized materials with a carbazole substituent (PY-CA) and a phenothiazine substituent (PY-PH) were characterised thoroughly and were successfully used as an active light-emitting layer in organic light emitting diodes which resulted in blue and green emission with promising device performance. PY-CA exhibited the maximum brightness at around 2500 cd m-2 and the power efficiency of 1.5 lm W-1 while that of PY-PH exhibited 2116 cd m-2 and 0.45 lm W-1 respectively.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Polymer Science and Engineering Division, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research India, University of Hong Kong, CSIRO Energy Centre, National University of Singapore, Queensland University of Technology QUT
Contributors: Salunke, J. K., Wong, F. L., Feron, K., Manzhos, S., Lo, M. F., Shinde, D., Patil, A., Lee, C. S., Roy, V. A. L., Sonar, P., Wadgaonkar, P. P.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 1009-1018
Publication date: 7 Feb 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume: 4
Issue number: 5
ISSN (Print): 2050-7534
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 5.14 SJR 1.825 SNIP 1.265
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84957013671

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Guanidinium Pairing Facilitates Membrane Translocation

Ab initio free energy calculations of guanidinium pairing in aqueous solution confirm the counterintuitive conjecture that the like-charge ion pair is thermodynamically stable. Transferring the guanidinium pair to the inside of a POPC lipid bilayer, like-charge ion pairing is found to occur also inside the membrane defect. It is found to contribute to the nonadditivity of ion transfer, thereby facilitating the presence of ions inside the bilayer. The effect is quantified by free energy decomposition and comparison with ammonium ions, which do not form a stable pair. The presence of two charges inside the center of the bilayer leads to the formation of a pore. Potential consequences for cell penetrating peptides and ion conduction are drawn.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Universität Regensburg, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Bijenička Cesta 54
Contributors: Allolio, C., Baxova, K., Vazdar, M., Jungwirth, P.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 143-153
Publication date: 14 Jan 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 120
Issue number: 1
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.03 SJR 1.345 SNIP 1.023
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films

Bibliographical note

EXT="Vazdar, Mario"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84955271467

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Chemical and bacterial leaching of metals from a smelter slag in acid solutions

The purpose of this study was to assess the dissolution of Si, Fe, Cu and Zn from a smelter slag sample under acidic chemical and bacterial leaching conditions. The Cu-containing solid phases were Cu-sulfides (57% distribution), fayalite (18%) and metallic Cu (16%). Zn was mostly associated with fayalite, magnetite and Na-silicate phases (Σ94%). Two mixed cultures (HB1 and HB2) were enriched from samples taken from the slag lagoon site at the smelter location. Comparable results of metal dissolution were obtained with the two mixed cultures. The enrichment culture HB1 was characterized further by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) of polymerase chain reaction amplified 16S rRNA genes. Based on the 16S rRNA gene sequences, culture HB1 contained at least Acidithiobacillus ferrivorans and Alicyclobacillus cycloheptanicus, with sequences of three DGGE bands matching distantly with Alicyclobacillus tolerans and Alicyclobacillus herbarium in the database. Alicyclobacillus spp. have not been previously associated with slag lagoons or slag bioleaching. Approximately 80% Cu and 25% Zn were dissolved from the slag (10% pulp) in shake flasks when S0 was provided for the bacteria to produce H2SO4. Bioleaching in stirred tanks was conducted at controlled pH values and was practiced at pH levels promoting metal dissolution and suppressing iron and silicate solubilization from fayalite and Na-silicate. Chemical leaching at pH 2.3-4.0 did not yield substantial dissolution of valuable metals.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Industrial Bioengineering and Applied Organic Chemistry, CSIRO Land and Water Flagship, Boliden Harjavalta Oy, Department of Microbiology, Ohio State University
Contributors: Kaksonen, A. H., Särkijärvi, S., Puhakka, J. A., Peuraniemi, E., Junnikkala, S., Tuovinen, O. H.
Pages: 46-53
Publication date: 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 2015

Publication information

Journal: Hydrometallurgy
Volume: 159
ISSN (Print): 0304-386X
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.8 SJR 1.154 SNIP 1.777
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Metals and Alloys
Keywords: Acidithiobacillus, Alicyclobacillus, Bacterial leaching, Bioleaching, Chemical leaching, Smelter slag
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84946882317

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Compatibilization of natural rubber/nitrile rubber blends by sol–gel nano-silica generated by in situ method

Abstract: Controlled growth of in situ silica, into natural rubber (NR)/nitrile rubber (NBR) blend (40/60 composition by weight) following solution sol–gel method, results in a coherent blend morphology with enhanced composite properties. Similar composites, i.e., in situ silica-filled NR/NBR blend (40/60 by weight), showed better mechanical properties than any other composition that were prepared by soaking sol–gel method in earlier study. However, silica content in the rubber blend was limited to 20 phr (parts per hundred parts of rubber) and could not be increased under experimental condition following soaking sol–gel method. In the present work, silica content is increased (up to 30 phr) beyond that limit for the same blend composition. Accordingly, mechanical properties of the NR/NBR composites are improved. Use of a silane coupling agent, viz., bis-(3-triethoxysilylpropyl)-tetra sulfide, in the reactive sol–gel system during in situ silica generation brings in remarkable effect in silica distribution, rubber–filler interaction and mechanical properties of the composites. TEM micrographs of the selected composites reveal that silica is mostly grown at the interfacial region, when silane is used in particular. This results in further enhancement in mechanical properties and compatibility of the blend at the same silica content as evident from stress–strain and dynamic mechanical analysis studies. The reinforcement of effect in situ silica is assessed by Guth–Gold equation and modified form of Guth equation (with shape factor f = 2.53). The results are supported by the detailed studies on rheological, morphological, mechanical and viscoelastic properties of the composites. Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association, Department of Elastomers, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V., University of Kalyani
Contributors: Bansod, N. D., Kapgate, B. P., Das, C., Das, A., Basu, D., Debnath, S. C.
Number of pages: 12
Pages: 548–559
Publication date: 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: JOURNAL OF SOL-GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Volume: 80
Issue number: 2
ISSN (Print): 0928-0707
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.53 SJR 0.48 SNIP 0.678
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Biomaterials, Ceramics and Composites, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: In situ silica, Reinforcement, Rubber blend, Rubber–filler interaction, Silane treatment, Sol–gel method
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84974817789

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Dissolution behavior of the bioactive glass S53P4 when sodium is replaced by potassium, and calcium with magnesium or strontium

The initial dissolution behavior of glasses based on bioactive glass S53P4 was studied with a dynamic measurement setup in a Tris-buffered solution. The glass composition was modified systematically on a molar basis by replacing sodium oxide with potassium oxide (0-100% K) and calcium oxide with magnesium (0-18% Mg) or strontium oxide (0-100% Sr). The concentrations of the ions dissolving from the glasses were measured continuously on-line in the fluid flow for 15 to 25 min using an inductively coupled plasma emission optical spectrometer. This method enabled attainment of detailed information on the initial dissolution mechanisms without the, for bioactive glasses typical, interference of apatite layer formation. The results showed that initial dissolutions of sodium and potassium were markedly higher from the mixed alkali oxide glasses than from the compositions containing only one alkali oxide. Introducing MgO in S53P4 caused a minor decrease in the dissolution rates of all ions. The glass containing 3 mol% of MgO showed the best chemical durability. In contrast, replacing CaO gradually with SrO increased the dissolution rates of all ions. The glasses with the highest replacement of CaO with SrO showed rapid release of both Sr and Na ions. The results corroborate the overall knowledge of glass durability and can be utilized to design bioactive glasses with controlled ion release rate for tissue engineering applications.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Abo Akademi University, Paroc Group Oy, Åbo Akademi University
Contributors: Hupa, L., Fagerlund, S., Massera, J., Björkvik, L.
Number of pages: 6
Pages: 41-46
Publication date: 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 10 Apr 2015

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
ISSN (Print): 0022-3093
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.02 SJR 0.685 SNIP 1.155
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Ceramics and Composites, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Bioactive glass, Chemical durability, Dynamic solution, Ion dissolution
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84948073019

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Improved properties for packaging materials by nanoscale surface modification and ALD barrier coating

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A4 Article in a conference publication
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Paper Converting and Packaging, Metsä Board, Bemis, LUT Energy, Masaryk University
Contributors: Lahti, J., Lavonen, J., Lahtinen, K., Johansson, P., Seppänen, T., Cameron, D. C.
Number of pages: 23
Pages: 684-706
Publication date: 2016

Host publication information

Title of host publication: TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials 2016
Volume: 2
Publisher: TAPPI Press
ISBN (Electronic): 9781510828001
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Biotechnology, Biomaterials, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84992694476

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Microstructural and abrasion wear characteristics of laser-clad tool steel coatings

Several different tool steel grades were deposited on mild steel by the laser-cladding process with coaxial powder feeding. With bidirectional scanning pattern, most of the grades were deposited crack-free with hardness up to 1000 HV without additional preheating. In a 3-body abrasion wear study, the laser clad Ralloy® WR6 with significant portion of retained austenite exhibited superior abrasive wear resistance compared with the predominantly martensitic tool steel coatings (M2, M4, H13, HS-23, HS-30) and the reference material, Raex® Ar500 wear resistant steel. The abrasion wear resistance of austenitic–martensitic WR6 tool steel was further enhanced by the external addition of 20% volume percentage of relatively large (45–106 µm) vanadium carbides. In single point scratch tests, predominantly martensitic tool steels outperformed austenitic–martensitic tool steels and wear resistant steel. The differences in wear performances were explained by different wear mechanisms and types of contact between the abrasive and the surface.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Technology Centre Ketek Ltd.
Contributors: Tuominen, J., Näkki, J., Pajukoski, H., Hyvärinen, L., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 923-933
Publication date: 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface Engineering
Volume: 32
Issue number: 12
ISSN (Print): 0267-0844
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.29 SJR 0.424 SNIP 0.754
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Surfaces and Interfaces, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Conservation
Keywords: 3-Body abrasion wear, Laser cladding, Metal matrix composite, Scratch test, Tool steel, Wear resistant steel

Bibliographical note

EXT="Näkki, J."
INT=mol,"Pajukoski, H."

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84978499771

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Photoresponsive liquid-crystalline polymer films bilayered with an inverse opal structure

An inverse opal film was layered to a photodeformable film, and its photoresponsive behavior was investigated. This bilayer films composed of colorless photonic crystal using inverse opal structures and colored photoresponsive layers with azobenzene-containing CLCP.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Contributors: Akamatsu, N., Aizawa, M., Tatsumi, R., Hisano, K., Priimägi, A., Shishido, A.
Number of pages: 4
Pages: 145-148
Publication date: 2016
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: JOURNAL OF PHOTOPOLYMER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Volume: 29
Issue number: 1
ISSN (Print): 0914-9244
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.88 SJR 0.3 SNIP 0.558
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Organic Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Bragg diffraction, Inverse opal structure, Photoresponsive film
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84981200985

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Rapid and sensitive detection of norovirus antibodies in human serum with a biolayer interferometry biosensor

Here, we describe the use of a biolayer interferometry biosensor for the fast and sensitive detection of virus-specific antibodies from human serum samples. Norovirus-like particles and norovirus P-particles were used to functionalise the biosensor tip. The detection of antibodies directly from serum samples was challenging, but the addition of a metal chelator (DAB) combined with an anti-human horseradish peroxidase-tagged antibody enabled enhanced detection of virus-specific antibodies in serum dilutions up to 1:100,000. Biolayer interferometry provides results faster than an ELISA, with results in as little as 10-20 min when using pre-functionalised sensors. Therefore, biolayer interferometry combined with DAB enhancement offers an attractive method for quick and sensitive quantification of biomolecules from complicated sample matrices.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Multi-scaled biodata analysis and modelling (MultiBAM), Fimlab Laboratories Ltd
Contributors: Auer, S., Koho, T., Uusi-Kerttula, H., Vesikari, T., Blazevic, V., Hytönen, V. P.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 507-514
Publication date: 31 Dec 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
Volume: 221
ISSN (Print): 0925-4005
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 4.84 SJR 1.225 SNIP 1.484
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Metals and Alloys, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry, Instrumentation
Keywords: Biolayer interferometry, Fast diagnostics, Non-labelled detection, Norovirus, P-particles, Virus-like particles (VLPs)
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84956972181

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Effect of rubber polarity on selective wetting of carbon nanotubes in ternary blends

Based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis of the rubber-filler gel (wetting concept) the kinetics of selective wetting of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in ternary styrene butadiene rubber (SBR)/butadiene rubber (BR)/natural rubber (NR) blends was qualitatively and quantitatively characterized. Almost all CNTs are found to be wetted by the non-polar NR but not by the other non-polar rubber like BR or weakly polar SBR. It was proposed that phospholipids, which are linked to the α-terminal of NR can interact with the CNT surface through cation-π interactions forming strong bonding between NR and CNTs. Using the corrected surface tension value of NR, which involves the effect of phospholipids found in our previous work the selective wetting of CNTs in ternary rubber blends can be well predicted using the Z-model for a thermodynamic equilibrium state. By replacing the non-polar BR by a polar rubber like nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) as a blend component CNTs are wetted by NBR slightly more than by NR thanks to the strong interaction between CNTs and nitrile groups of NBR. SBR remains unbound to CNTs in both blends.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), Institut für Polymerwerkstoffe E.V., Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Fraunhofer IWM, Vodafone Department of Mobile Communications Systems, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V., Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology Institute of Chemistry, Polymer Service GmbH Merseburg
Contributors: Le, H. H., Parsaker, M., Sriharish, M. N., Henning, S., Menzel, M., Wießner, S., Das, A., Do, Q. K., Heinrich, G., Radusch, H. J.
Number of pages: 12
Pages: 960-971
Publication date: 1 Nov 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Express Polymer Letters
Volume: 9
Issue number: 11
ISSN (Print): 1788-618X
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 2.88 SJR 0.929 SNIP 1.553
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemical Engineering(all), Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Carbon nanotubes, Manocomposites, Rubber blends, Selective filler wetting
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84940868023

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Processing and characterization of phosphate glasses containing CaAl2O4:Eu2+,Nd3+ and SrAl2O4:Eu2+,Dy3+ microparticles

In this paper, phosphate based glasses with persistent luminescence properties were processed using standard melting process in air by adding SrAl2O4:Eu2+,Dy3+ or CaAl2O4:Eu2+,Nd3+ in the glass batch before melting. All produced glasses were characterized using SEM/EDXA, Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence. We discuss the effect of melting conditions (temperature and duration of the melting) on the persistent luminescence properties of the microparticles containing glasses. It is demonstrated that the melting in air allows for the preparation of glasses with persistent luminescence if the melting conditions are carefully controlled.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Research group: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group, Frontier Photonics, Integrated Technologies for Tissue Engineering Research (ITTE), Turun Yliopisto/Turun Biomateriaalikeskus, Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, University of Turku, Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland, Turku University Centre for Materials and Surfaces (MatSurf), Turku, Finland
Contributors: Massera, J., Gaussiran, M., Gluchowski, P., Lastusaari, M., Hupa, L., Petit, L.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 3863-3871
Publication date: 1 Nov 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of the European Ceramic Society
Volume: 35
Issue number: 14
ISSN (Print): 0955-2219
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.03 SJR 1.135 SNIP 1.808
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Persistent luminescence, Phosphate glasses, SrAl<inf>2</inf>O<inf>4</inf>:Eu<sup>2+</sup>,Dy<sup>3+</sup> and CaAl<inf>2</inf>O<inf>4</inf>:Eu<sup>2+</sup>,Nd<sup>3+</sup> microparticles
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84939253464

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Photomechanical Energy Transfer to Photopassive Polymers through Hydrogen and Halogen Bonds

The supramolecular assembly of photoactive azobenzenes with passive polymers via halogen or hydrogen bonding is a cost-effective way to design materials for various photomechanical applications that convert light energy directly into macroscopic motion, for instance, in all-optical surface patterning and photochemical imaging of plasmonic structures. To elucidate the molecular-level origins of this motion, we show, by coupling dynamic infrared spectroscopy to a photo-orientation setup, that supramolecular bonds above a certain interaction strength threshold are photostable under vigorous photoisomerization cycling and capable of translating the photo-orientation of azobenzenes into the orientation of nonabsorbing host polymer side chains. A correlation is found between azobenzene photoinduced molecular orientation and macroscopic all-optical surface patterning efficiency. The improved performance of halogen-bonded systems in photopatterning applications can be related to the absence of a plasticizing effect on the polymer matrix, which may enable the material to retain an optimal glass transition temperature, in contrast to hydrogen-bonded and nonbonded references. Thus, our results provide design guidelines in terms of the nature and strength of the supramolecular interaction and of the degree of azo functionalization needed to optimize the motion transfer to passive polymers.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, Frontier Photonics, Département de Chimie, Succ. Centre-Ville, Aalto University, Politecnico di Milano, Royal Military College of Canada
Contributors: Vapaavuori, J., Heikkinen, I. T. S., Dichiarante, V., Resnati, G., Metrangolo, P., Sabat, R. G., Bazuin, C. G., Priimagi, A., Pellerin, C.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 7535-7542
Publication date: 27 Oct 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Macromolecules
Volume: 48
Issue number: 20
ISSN (Print): 0024-9297
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 5.82 SJR 2.357 SNIP 1.58
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Inorganic Chemistry

Bibliographical note

EXT="Vapaavuori, Jaana"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84945400553

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

In Situ Photocontrol of Block Copolymer Morphology during Dip-Coating of Thin Films

We demonstrate a unique combination of simultaneous top-down and bottom-up control of the morphology of block copolymer films by application of in situ optical irradiation during dip-coating. A light-addressable and block-selective small molecule, 4-butyl-4′-hydroxyazobenzene (BHAB), is introduced into a diblock copolymer of polystyrene and poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-P4VP) of 28.4 wt % P4VP via supramolecular chemistry, notably by hydrogen bonding to P4VP. We show that the spherical morphology of thin films dip-coated from a THF solution at slow withdrawal rates in the dark convert to cylindrical morphology when dip-coated under illumination. This is attributed to volume expansion of the P4VP/BHAB phase due to trans-cis photoisomerization combined with a light-induced increase in BHAB uptake in the film. The demonstrated photocontrol highlights the potential of dip-coating as a scalable film preparation method that can be easily coupled with external stimuli to direct nanostructured self-assembly in the films as solvent evaporates.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Frontier Photonics, Département de Chimie, Succ. Centre-Ville
Contributors: Vapaavuori, J., Grosrenaud, J., Pellerin, C., Bazuin, C. G.
Number of pages: 5
Pages: 1158-1162
Publication date: 20 Oct 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: ACS Macro Letters
Volume: 4
Issue number: 10
ISSN (Print): 2161-1653
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 5.91 SJR 2.392 SNIP 1.403
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Inorganic Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84946032702

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Comparison of laboratory rolling-sliding wear tests with in-service wear of nodular cast iron rollers against wire ropes

The present work describes the wear behaviour of nodular cast iron in rolling-sliding contact with steel wire ropes and steel wires in laboratory and in-service conditions. In each of the studied examples, the wear had proceeded through a surface fatigue process, in which inter-nodular crack propagation and simultaneous deformation in a thin sub-surface zone had resulted in the formation of ferrous scales consisting of material from the metal matrix of the cast iron. The scale layers of the wear surface were oriented towards the direction of the sliding component of the motion, and the spalling of the scales was identified as the dominating mechanism for material removal from the wear surface. The initiation behaviour of the inter-nodular cracks was analysed by crack measurements and statistical analysis of the depths and initiation angles of the cracks in relation to the wear surface. The initiation depths of the cracks increased with increasing contact pressure. Roller samples from in-service and from the component wear tests showed closely similar distributions of the crack depths and crack initiation angles. The sample from the twin-disc test showed aspects of cracking behaviour that were typical of both the rolling and the sliding direction of the roller samples.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Research group: Materials Characterization, Department of Materials Science, Tampere University of Technology, Research group: Tribology and Machine Elements, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Oksanen, V., Valtonen, K., Andersson, P., Vaajoki, A., Laukkanen, A., Holmberg, K., Kuokkala, V. T.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 73-81
Publication date: 15 Oct 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 340-341
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 2.73 SJR 1.512 SNIP 2.011
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Mechanics of Materials
Keywords: Contact mechanics, Nodular cast iron, Rolling contact fatigue, Rolling-sliding, Wear testing, Wire rope
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84939528862

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Characterization of thermally aged polyetheretherketone fibres: Mechanical, thermal, rheological and chemical property changes

This paper investigates the effects of thermal degradation on polyetheretherketone (PEEK) fibres. PEEK samples were aged at a constant temperature of 250 °C for 1-128 days and characterized with mechanical tests, FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy), DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry), rheology, TGA (Thermogravimetric Analysis), SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy), and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The short-term thermal annealing had a positive effect on the mechanical properties, due to the formation and growth of secondary crystals. Crosslinking in the material was verified by rheological inspections. The crosslinking increased the mechanical strength and modulus but reduced the elongation at break of the fibres. FTIR tests showed that carbonyl and hydroxyl groups were slowly formed on the surface of the fibres while ring opening reactions took place. The thermal ageing reduced the thermal stability of PEEK. The decreased stability was observed in the decomposition onset temperature after 8 d and in the melting point and the glass transition temperature after 32 d. The first signs of degradation, crosslinking, embrittlement, and reduced thermal stability, were visible roughly after 8 d of ageing, whereas the deterioration in general usability occurred after 64 d.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS)
Contributors: Mylläri, V., Ruoko, T., Vuorinen, J., Lemmetyinen, H.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 419-426
Publication date: 1 Oct 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 6 Aug 2015

Publication information

Journal: Polymer Degradation and Stability
Volume: 120
ISSN (Print): 0141-3910
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.48 SJR 1.209 SNIP 1.61
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry, Mechanics of Materials, Condensed Matter Physics
Keywords: Fibre, PEEK, Thermal degradation

Bibliographical note

ORG=mol,0.75
ORG=keb,0.25
24 kk embargo (post-print)

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84942433318

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Production of sulfonated polyetheretherketone/polypropylene fibers for photoactive textiles

New photocatalytic fibers made of sulfonated polyetheretherketone (SPEEK)/polypropylene (PP) are melt compounded and melt spun, first on laboratory scale and then on a semi-industrial scale. Fiber spinnability is optimized and the fibers are characterized using mechanical testing, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). According to the results, the fiber spinnability remains at a good level up to 10 wt % SPEEK concentration. Optimal processing temperature is 200C due to the thermal degradation at higher temperatures. EPR measurements show good and long-lasting photoactivity after the initial irradiation but also decay in the radical intensity during several irradiation cycles. Mechanical tenacity of the SPEEK/PP 5:95 fiber is approximately 20% lower than for otherwise similar PP fiber. The fiber is a potential alternative to compete against TiO2-based products but more research needs to be done to verify the real-life performance.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems, Research area: Sustainable Machine Systems, University College of Borås, Högskolan i Borås, Next Technology Tecnotessile Società Nazionale di Ricerca S.r.l., Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Siena
Contributors: Mylläri, V., Fatarella, E., Ruzzante, M., Pogni, R., Baratto, M. C., Skrifvars, M., Syrjälä, S., Järvelä, P.
Publication date: 1 Oct 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 132
Issue number: 39
Article number: 42595
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 1.74 SJR 0.587 SNIP 0.846
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Chemistry(all)
Keywords: blends, fibers, functionalization of polymers, photochemistry, textiles

Bibliographical note

ORG=mol,0.5
ORG=mei,0.5
EXT="Skrifvars, Mikael"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84937636904

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

PIP2 and Talin Join Forces to Activate Integrin

Integrins are major players in cell adhesion and migration, and malfunctions in controlling their activity are associated with various diseases. Nevertheless, the details of integrin activation are not completely understood, and the role of lipids in the process is largely unknown. Herein, we show using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations that the interplay of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) and talin may directly alter the conformation of integrin αIIbβ3. Our results provide a new perspective on the role of PIP2 in integrin activation and indicate that the charged PIP2 lipid headgroup can perturb a clasp at the cytoplasmic face of the integrin heterodimer.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology, Research group: Biological Physics and Soft Matter, BioMediTech, Computational Science X (CompX), Multi-scaled biodata analysis and modelling (MultiBAM), BioMediTech, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark, Fimlab Laboratories Ltd
Contributors: Orlowski, A., Kukkurainen, S., Pöyry, A., Rissanen, S., Vattulainen, I., Hytönen, V. P., Róg, T.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 12381-12389
Publication date: 24 Sep 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 26 Aug 2015

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 119
Issue number: 38
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.25 SJR 1.335 SNIP 1.058
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films

Bibliographical note

AUX=fys,"Pöyry, Annika"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84942342622

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Effect of spraying parameters on the microstructural and corrosion properties of HVAF-sprayed Fe-Cr-Ni-B-C coatings

Thermally sprayed Fe-based coatings have been extensively studied as future solution in order to replace more expensive, harmful and environmentally dangerous Ni- and WC-based coatings for several industrial applications where high corrosion and wear resistance are required. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of spraying parameters on the microstructure and the corrosion resistance of Fe-based coatings manufactured with the High Velocity Air Fuel (HVAF) thermal spray process. Six sets of thermal spraying parameters have been chosen and their effect on the overall quality of coatings was investigated. All HVAF coatings showed comparably dense microstructure with near-zero oxidation, proving the high quality of the deposition process. However, higher anti-corrosion and mechanical properties were achieved by increasing the spraying air pressure and decreasing the particle feeding rate without altering the thickness and the overall deposition rate. Powder feeding rate was reported to have a remarkable effect on microstructure and corrosion properties. Coatings with beneficial compressive residual stresses were successfully obtained by increasing air pressure during spraying which resulted in improved microstructural and corrosion properties.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Department of Engineering Enzo Ferrari
Contributors: Milanti, A., Matikainen, V., Koivuluoto, H., Bolelli, G., Lusvarghi, L., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 81-90
Publication date: 15 Sep 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 277
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 2.46 SJR 0.852 SNIP 1.37
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Surfaces and Interfaces
Keywords: Corrosion behaviour, Fe-based coating, HVAF, Structure
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84939782846

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Molecular Design of Light-Responsive Hydrogels, for in Situ Generation of Fast and Reversible Valves for Microfluidic Applications

Reversible light-responsive hydrogel valves with response characteristics compatible for microfluidics have been obtained by optimization of molecular design of spiropyran photoswitches and gel composition. Self-protonating gel formulations were exploited, wherein acrylic acid was copolymerized in the hydrogel network as an internal proton donor, to achieve a swollen state of the hydrogel in water at neutral pH. Light-responsive properties were endowed upon the hydrogels by copolymerization of spiropyran chromophores, using electron withdrawing and donating groups to tune the gel-swelling and shrinkage behavior. In all cases, the shrinkage was determined by the water diffusion rate, while for the swelling the isomerization kinetics is the rate-determining step. For one hydrogel, reversible and reproducible volume changes were observed. Finally, gel-valves integrated within microfluidic channels were fabricated, allowing reversible and repeatable operation, with opening and closing of the valve in minutes.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Eindhoven University of Technology, Dublin City University
Contributors: Ter Schiphorst, J., Coleman, S., Stumpel, J. E., Ben Azouz, A., Diamond, D., Schenning, A. P. H. J.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 5925-5931
Publication date: 8 Sep 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Chemistry of Materials
Volume: 27
Issue number: 17
ISSN (Print): 0897-4756
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 9.38 SJR 3.958 SNIP 2.038
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Materials Chemistry, Chemical Engineering(all), Chemistry(all)
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84941088068

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Unintentional boron contamination of MBE-grown GaInP/AlGaInP quantum wells

The effects of unintentional boron contamination on optical properties of GaInP/AlGaInP quantum well structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) are reported. Photoluminescence and secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) measurements revealed that the optical activity of boron-contaminated quantum wells is heavily affected by the amount of boron in GaInP/AlGaInP heterostructures. The boron concentration was found to increase when cracking temperature of the phosphorus source was increased. Boron incorporation was enhanced also when aluminum was present in the material.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre, Research group: Semiconductor Technology and Applications, Frontier Photonics, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Tukiainen, A., Likonen, J., Toikkanen, L., Leinonen, T.
Pages: 60-63
Publication date: 1 Sep 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Journal of Crystal Growth
Volume: 425
ISSN (Print): 0022-0248
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 1.63 SJR 0.686 SNIP 1.051
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry
Keywords: A1. Defects, A1. Impurities, A3. Molecular beam epitaxy, B1. Phosphides, B2. Semiconducting III-V materials
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84951561374

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Effect of Phosphatidic Acid on Biomembrane: Experimental and Molecular Dynamics Simulations Study

We consider the impact of phosphatidic acid (namely, 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphate, DOPA) on the properties of a zwitterionic (1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, DPPC) bilayer used as a model system for protein-free cell membranes. For this purpose, experimental measurements were performed using differential scanning calorimetry and the Langmuir monolayer technique at physiological pH. Moreover, atomistic-scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to gain information on the mixed bilayer's molecular organization. The results of the monolayer studies clearly showed that the DPPC/DOPA mixtures are nonideal and the interactions between lipid species change from attractive, at low contents of DOPA, to repulsive, at higher contents of that component. In accordance with these results, the MD simulations demonstrated that both monoanionic and dianionic forms of DOPA have an ordering and condensing effect on the mixed bilayer at low concentrations. For the DOPA monoanions, this is the result of both (i) strong electrostatic interactions between the negatively charged oxygen of DOPA and the positively charged choline groups of DPPC and (ii) conformational changes of the lipid acyl chains, leading to their tight packing according to the so-called umbrella model, in which large headgroups of DPPC shield the hydrophobic part of DOPA (the conical shape lipid) from contact with water. In the case of the DOPA dianions, cation-mediated clustering was observed. Our results provide a detailed molecular-level description of the lipid organization inside the mixed zwitterionic/PA membranes, which is fully supported by the experimental data.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Computational Science X (CompX), Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Chemistry
Contributors: Kwolek, U., Kulig, W., Wydro, P., Nowakowska, M., Róg, T., Kepczynski, M.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 10042-10051
Publication date: 6 Aug 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 119
Issue number: 31
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.25 SJR 1.335 SNIP 1.058
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84938696964

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Evaluation of crushing strength of spray-dried MgAl2O4 granule beds

The crushing strengths of four different experimental magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4) granule beds were monitored with the axial die pressing test after heat treatments. Precursor, magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2) and magnesium oxide (MgO) as Mg precursor and aluminium oxide hydroxide Al(O)OH and α-Al2O3 as Al precursor, were used for experimental granules, which were manufactured via a dispersion manufacturing and spray-drying process. After spray-drying, granules were heat treated in air at 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300 and 1400 °C. In order to understand the potential effect of precursor, phase structure, morphology, particle size distribution and density of granules on crushing strength behaviour, scanning X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used together with electron microscopy (SEM) and laser diffraction (LDPA) for characterisation. All precursor mixtures formed spherical granules during the spray-drying process and pure spinel phase structure during heat treatment. The crushing strength test results indicated that the Al precursor clearly affected the crushing strength behaviour of experimental granule beds. The highest strength was observed for granule beds with Al(O)OH) as Al and Mg(OH)2 as Mg precursor.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Kanerva, U., Suhonen, T., Lagerbom, J., Levänen, E.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 8494-8500
Publication date: 1 Aug 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Ceramics International
Volume: 41
Issue number: 7
ISSN (Print): 0272-8842
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 2.64 SJR 0.823 SNIP 1.288
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Process Chemistry and Technology, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Axial pressing, Granule, MgAl<inf>2</inf>O<inf>4</inf> spinel, The crushing strength

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EXT="Lagerbom, Juha"
EXT="Kanerva, Ulla"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84929271760

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Nonlinear Optical Properties of Fluorescent Dyes Allow for Accurate Determination of Their Molecular Orientations in Phospholipid Membranes

Several methods based on single- and two-photon fluorescence detected linear dichroism have recently been used to determine the orientational distributions of fluorescent dyes in lipid membranes. However, these determinations relied on simplified descriptions of nonlinear anisotropic properties of the dye molecules, using a transition dipole-moment-like vector instead of an absorptivity tensor. To investigate the validity of the vector approximation, we have now carried out a combination of computer simulations and polarization microscopy experiments on two representative fluorescent dyes (DiI and F2N12S) embedded in aqueous phosphatidylcholine bilayers. Our results indicate that a simplified vector-like treatment of the two-photon transition tensor is applicable for molecular geometries sampled in the membrane at ambient conditions. Furthermore, our results allow evaluation of several distinct polarization microscopy techniques. In combination, our results point to a robust and accurate experimental and computational treatment of orientational distributions of DiI, F2N12S, and related dyes (including Cy3, Cy5, and others), with implications to monitoring physiologically relevant processes in cellular membranes in a novel way.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Computational Science X (CompX), Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Institute of Nanobiology and Structural Biology GCRC, V.v.i., Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, University of South Bohemia
Contributors: Timr, Š., Brabec, J., Bondar, A., Ryba, T., Železný, M., Lazar, J., Jungwirth, P.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 9706-9716
Publication date: 30 Jul 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 21 Jul 2015

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Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 119
Issue number: 30
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.25 SJR 1.335 SNIP 1.058
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films

Bibliographical note

EXT="Bondar, Alexey"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84938277609

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Role of Internal Water on Protein Thermal Stability: The Case of Homologous G Domains

In this work, we address the question of whether the enhanced stability of thermophilic proteins has a direct connection with internal hydration. Our model systems are two homologous G domains of different stability: the mesophilic G domain of the elongation factor thermal unstable protein from E. coli and the hyperthermophilic G domain of the EF-1α protein from S. solfataricus. Using molecular dynamics simulation at the microsecond time scale, we show that both proteins host water molecules in internal cavities and that these molecules exchange with the external solution in the nanosecond time scale. The hydration free energy of these sites evaluated via extensive calculations is found to be favorable for both systems, with the hyperthermophilic protein offering a slightly more favorable environment to host water molecules. We estimate that, under ambient conditions, the free energy gain due to internal hydration is about 1.3 kcal/mol in favor of the hyperthermophilic variant. However, we also find that, at the high working temperature of the hyperthermophile, the cavities are rather dehydrated, meaning that under extreme conditions other molecular factors secure the stability of the protein. Interestingly, we detect a clear correlation between the hydration of internal cavities and the protein conformational landscape. The emerging picture is that internal hydration is an effective observable to probe the conformational landscape of proteins. In the specific context of our investigation, the analysis confirms that the hyperthermophilic G domain is characterized by multiple states and it has a more flexible structure than its mesophilic homologue. (Figure Presented).

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Multi-scaled biodata analysis and modelling (MultiBAM), Université Paris Diderot, Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique, Sapienza University
Contributors: Rahaman, O., Kalimeri, M., Melchionna, S., Hénin, J., Sterpone, F.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 8939-8949
Publication date: 23 Jul 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 119
Issue number: 29
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.25 SJR 1.335 SNIP 1.058
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84937843946

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Measuring optical anisotropy in poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): poly(styrene sulfonate) films with added graphene

Abstract Graphene is a 2D nanomaterial having a great potential for applications in electronics and optoelectronics. Composites of graphene with conducting polymers have shown high performance in practical devices and their solution-processability enables low-cost and high-throughput mass manufacturing using printing techniques. Here we measure the effect of incorporation of graphene into poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) to the optical anisotropy, absorbance and conductivity of the film. Uniaxial anisotropy in PEDOT:PSS films has been thought to be caused by the spin-coating process used in fabrication. We have characterized spray- and spin-coated films using ellipsometry and total internal reflection spectroscopy, the latter especially for films too thick and uneven for ellipsometry, and show that spray-coating, similar to inkjet printing, also produces consistently anisotropic properties even in very thick and uneven films. Possible plasmonic excitations related to graphene are not seen in the films. The optical and electrical anisotropy of graphene/PEDOT:PSS enables routes to high performance devices for electronics, photonics and optoelectronics.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Automation Science and Engineering, Research area: Microsystems, Research area: Measurement Technology and Process Control, Integrated Technologies for Tissue Engineering Research (ITTE), Miktech Oy, University of Jyväskylä
Contributors: Isoniemi, T., Tuukkanen, S., Cameron, D. C., Simonen, J., Toppari, J. J.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 317-323
Publication date: 9 Jul 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Organic Electronics
Volume: 25
ISSN (Print): 1566-1199
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.6 SJR 1.135 SNIP 1.082
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Biomaterials, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Materials Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics
Keywords: PEDOT: PSS, Graphene, Anisotropy, Spectroscopy, Conducting polymer, CARBON-NANOTUBE, ELECTRONICS, OPTOELECTRONICS, CONDUCTIVITY, TRANSPARENT, PHOTONICS, GROWTH, CELLS

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Versio ja lupa ok 13.1.2016 /KK
EXT="Simonen, Janne"

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Source ID: 84936759109

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A comparison of rheology and FTIR in the study of polypropylene and polystyrene photodegradation

Rheology and FTIR spectroscopy are compared as methods to study the degree of photodegradation in polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) sheets. The materials are hot pressed, artificially photo-aged with fluorescent lights for 4-2048 h and then measured with a rotational rheometer and FTIR. Both materials show a tendency for chain scission which can be seen as a reduction in viscosity. Changes in PP can be observed with both methods after 256 h of irradiation. Changes in PS become significant in rheology after 64 h but in FTIR only after 1024 h of irradiation. Due to the different chemical nature of the materials, the degradation of PS is rather linear with exposure, whereas the degradation of PP is more exponential. Using the zero shear viscosities obtained through extrapolations of the Cole-Cole and Carreau-Yasuda models, relative molecular weights are estimated with the aid of the power-law relationship between these two. These results are compared with the carbonyl indices determined from the FTIR spectra. Rheology is found to be a viable alternative for FTIR in certain situations.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, Research area: Sustainable Machine Systems, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems, Tampere Univ Technol, Tampere University of Technology, Dept Chem & Bioengn
Contributors: Mylläri, V., Ruoko, T., Syrjälä, S.
Number of pages: 6
Publication date: 1 Jul 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 132
Issue number: 28
Article number: 42246
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 1.74 SJR 0.587 SNIP 0.846
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Chemistry(all)
Keywords: aging, degradation, rheology, thermoplastics, PHOTOOXIDATION, FILMS, PHOTOLYSIS

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ORG=mol,0.7
ORG=keb,0.2
ORG=mei,0.1

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84928363110

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Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Two Diazaporphyrin-Porphyrin Hetero Dimers in Polar and Nonpolar Solutions

Two diazaporphyrin (DAP)-porphyrin hetero dimers, in β-meso and β-β configurations, were prepared to study their photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer properties. The two meso nitrogen atoms in the porphyrin ring of DAP change its redox potential, making DAP more easily reduced, compared to its porphyrin counterpart. A charge-transfer from porphyrin to DAP in both hetero dimers was verified by versatile optical spectroscopic methods. The steady-state fluorescence spectra indicated an efficient intramolecular exciplex formation for both dimers. For the β-meso dimer, ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopic methods revealed the subpicosecond formation of two types of primary short-living (1-18 ps) intramolecular exciplexes, which relaxed in toluene to form a long-living final exciplex (1.4 ns) followed by a longer-living charge transfer complex (>5 ns). However, in benzonitrile, the lifetime of the final exciplex was longer (660 ps) as was that of the charge transfer complex (180 ps). The β-β analogue formed similar short-living exciplexes in both solvents, but the final exciplex and the charge transfer state had significantly shorter lifetimes. The electrochemical redox potential measurements and density functional theory calculations supported the proposed mechanism.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, Frontier Photonics, Tampere Graduate School in Information Science and Engineering (TISE), Kyoto Women's University, Department of Molecular Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (WPI-iCeMS), Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Niigata University
Contributors: Abou-Chahine, F., Fujii, D., Imahori, H., Nakano, H., Tkachenko, N. V., Matano, Y., Lemmetyinen, H.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 7328-7337
Publication date: 18 Jun 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Early online date: 30 Jan 2015

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 119
Issue number: 24
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.25 SJR 1.335 SNIP 1.058
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84934905262

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Passive resonance sensor based method for monitoring particle suspensions

Control of particle suspensions is needed in several modern industrial processes. A reason for the difficulty in this task has been the lack of a fast and reliable measurement. In this study, we tested the measurement of particle suspension by using a method based on a passive resonance sensor. The relative amounts of dispersing agent and aluminium oxide in the suspension were varied. The studied method yielded signals which depended on the complex permittivity of the suspension. The results indicated that we were able to measure information that can be used as feedback for the suspension preparation process. In addition, the tested instrumentation was simple and robust and thus this method may allow online measurements directly from the industrial processes.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Automation Science and Engineering, Research area: Microsystems, Research area: Measurement Technology and Process Control, Department of Materials Science, Research group: Ceramic materials, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), Integrated Technologies for Tissue Engineering Research (ITTE), Smart Energy Systems (SES)
Contributors: Salpavaara, T., Järveläinen, M., Seppälä, S., Yli-Hallila, T., Verho, J., Vilkko, M., Lekkala, J., Levänen, E.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 324-330
Publication date: 8 Jun 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
Volume: 219
ISSN (Print): 0925-4005
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 4.84 SJR 1.225 SNIP 1.484
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Metals and Alloys, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry, Instrumentation
Keywords: Complex permittivity, Inductive coupling, Passive resonance sensor, Slurry, Suspension

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ORG=ase,0.5
ORG=mol,0.5

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Source ID: 84930646590

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PEGylated liposomes as carriers of hydrophobic porphyrins

Sterically stabilized liposomes (SSLs) (PEGylated liposomes) are applied as effective drug delivery vehicles. Understanding the interactions between hydrophobic compounds and PEGylated membranes is therefore important to determine the effectiveness of PEGylated liposomes for delivery of drugs or other bioactive substances. In this study, we have combined fluorescence quenching analysis (FQA) experiments and all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study the effect of membrane PEGylation on the location and orientation of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-hydroxyphenyl)porphyrin (p-THPP) that has been used in our study as a model hydrophobic compound. First, we consider the properties of p-THPP in the presence of different fluid phosphatidylcholine bilayers that we use as model systems for protein-free cell membranes. Next, we studied the interaction between PEGylated membranes and p-THPP. Our MD simulation results indicated that the arrangement of p-THPP within zwitterionic membranes is dependent on their free volume, and p-THPP solubilized in PEGylated liposomes is localized in two preferred positions: deep within the membrane (close to the center of the bilayer) and in the outer PEG corona (p-THPP molecules being wrapped with the polymer chains). Fluorescence quenching methods confirmed the results of atomistic MD simulations and showed two populations of p-THPP molecules as in MD simulations. Our results provide both an explanation for the experimental observation that PEGylation improves the drug-loading efficiency of membranes and also a more detailed molecular-level description of the interactions between porphyrins and lipid membranes.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Research area: Computational Physics, Research group: Biological Physics and Soft Matter, Computational Science X (CompX), University of Cambridge, Faculty of Physics and Chemistry, Helsinki University, University of Southern Denmark, Jagiellonian University, Centre for Drug Research, Faculty of Pharmacy
Contributors: Dzieciuch, M., Rissanen, S., Szydłowska, N., Bunker, A., Kumorek, M., Jamróz, D., Vattulainen, I., Nowakowska, M., Róg, T., Kepczynski, M.
Number of pages: 12
Pages: 6646-6657
Publication date: 4 Jun 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

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Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 119
Issue number: 22
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.25 SJR 1.335 SNIP 1.058
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84930960276

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Equipment for obtaining polimeric nanofibres by electrospinning technology: II. The obtaining of polimeric nanofibers

The computerized technologies and equipment for obtaining nanofibers impose high training, a large interdisciplinary substantiation, capacity for data storage, memorizing, easy usage, selectivity, fiability, stability, reduced time for analizing/processing of the technological parameters. That is why the computerized electrospinning equipment and technologies for obtaining nanofibers are possible candidates to carry out these requirements owing to the fact that they present both the proper selectivity/sensibility and the increased processing/determining/intervening speed by using the computerized control. This paper aims to present the operation and aplication of equipment for obtaining polimeric nanofibers by electrospinning technology. The designing and accomplishing of the suggested electrospinning equipment has been aimed to obtain a modular system which should allow the control of the technological parameters by means of the computer. Thus, the multitude of the parameters which influence the process of electrospinning, can be independently and automatically varied. The obtained nanofibers were studied by scanning electron microscope.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Computational Science X (CompX), Gheorghe Asachi Technical University Iasi, Faculty of Textile and Leather Engineering and Industrial Management, Centre of Competence in Electrostatics and Electrotechnologies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, ARHEOINVEST Interdisciplinary Platform, Romanian Inventors Forum, IT Center for Science and Technology, 25 Av. Radu Beller, Bucharest, Romania
Contributors: Manea, L. R., Cramariuc, B., Popescu, V., Cramariuc, R., Sandu, I., Cramariuc, O.
Number of pages: 6
Pages: 180-185
Publication date: 1 Jun 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Materiale Plastice
Volume: 52
Issue number: 2
ISSN (Print): 0025-5289
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 0.82 SJR 0.28 SNIP 0.778
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Chemistry(all), Mechanics of Materials
Keywords: Electrospinning, Equipment, Modular conception, Nanofibers, Technology

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EXT="Cramariuc, Bogdan"

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Source ID: 84931827044

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Hydration of hydroxyl and amino groups examined by molecular dynamics and neutron scattering

Neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution was performed on aqueous solutions of isopropyl alcohol and isopropylamine. The difference between these two measurements primarily contains information about the different hydration of the alcohol and amino group. This data is used as a test of the accuracy of molecular dynamic simulations of the same systems. Having established the level of accuracy of the modeling, it is employed as an interpretive tool for the experimental data. Even though the alcohol and the amine possess comparable hydrogen bonding capabilities, consisting respectively of either two hydrogen bond acceptors and one donor, or two hydrogen bond donors and one acceptor, we find significant differences in the hydration of the hydroxyl and amino groups.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Computational Science X (CompX), Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institut Laue-Langevin
Contributors: Hladílková, J., Fischer, H. E., Jungwirth, P., Mason, P. E.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 6357-6365
Publication date: 28 May 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 119
Issue number: 21
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.25 SJR 1.335 SNIP 1.058
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84930682015

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Effect of melting state on the thermal shock resistance and thermal conductivity of APS ZrO2-7.5wt.% Y2O3 coatings

The microstructures of two types of ZrO2-7.5wt.% Y2O3 (YSZ) coatings fabricated by air plasma spraying (APS) but containing different amounts of columnar grains were investigated through scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction analysis. Differences in the formation mechanisms of columnar and equiaxed grains were characterized using particles collected in a water container, from which it was found that these mechanisms are closely related to the melted state of the in-flight particles. Furthermore, it was found that the higher the columnar grain concentration of an as-sprayed coating, the higher its thermal shock resistance. This means that it is possible to improve the thermal shock resistance of APS YSZ coatings simply by introducing more columnar grains, as this increases their thermal conductivity. Using this knowledge, YSZ coatings with good thermal shock resistance and a thermal conductivity of 0.81W·(m·K)-1 at 1100°C were successfully prepared.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), Shanghai Institute of Ceramics Chinese Academy of Sciences, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Song, X., Liu, Z., Suhonen, T., Varis, T., Huang, L., Zheng, X., Zeng, Y.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 132-138
Publication date: 25 May 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 270
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 2.46 SJR 0.852 SNIP 1.37
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Air plasma spraying, Columnar grains, Thermal conductivity, Thermal shock resistance, YSZ coatings
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84927174189

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Erosive wear of various stainless steel grades used as impeller blade materials in high temperature aqueous slurry

Two austenitic stainless steel grades, 316L and 904L, and three duplex stainless steel grades, LDX 2101, 2205, and 2507, were erosion tested as impeller blade materials for hydrometallurgical applications. Samples were attached to the pressure and suction sides of an impeller and were tested for 72. h at 80. °C and 95. °C in a small-scale reactor using quartz sand slurry. Based on the mass losses measured, the steel grades could be ranked into two distinct categories; LDX 2101 and 2507 comprising the category with the better erosion resistance. The categories were the same for the pressure and suction side tests even though the erosion mechanism differed. In most cases, erosion was more severe in the suction side samples, which has practical implications for wear protection design. In the pressure side samples, the variation in the erosion mass loss with different experimental parameters was in line with earlier reported findings. In contrast, in the suction side samples, under some experimental conditions, increasing tip speed and increasing particle size were found to reduce erosion mass loss. This emphasizes the fact that the erosivity of particles for the impeller suction side cannot be deduced solely based on particle size. The reasons for the observed behavior are discussed.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), Outotec Research Center
Contributors: Lindgren, M., Suihkonen, R., Vuorinen, J.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 391-400
Publication date: 5 Apr 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 328-329
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 2.73 SJR 1.512 SNIP 2.011
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Mechanics of Materials
Keywords: Erosion, Impellers, Mixing, Slurry, Stainless steels, Wear

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EXT="Lindgren, M."

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Source ID: 84926200934

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The effect of impact conditions on the wear and deformation behavior of wear resistant steels

The deformation and wear behavior of four high strength wear resistant steels were studied in various impact conditions to evaluate their performance in applications involving heavy impacts and impact-abrasion. In the normal direction impacts, the studies were conducted with single and repeated (multiple) drop tests. To better simulate the actual application conditions, the samples were positioned at an angle relative to the impact direction in the tests with the high velocity particle impactor (HVPI) device. The effect of strain rate was investigated using constant size projectiles made from materials with different density but keeping the impact energy constant by varying the incident projectile velocity. The effect of surface hardening on the wear resistance of the high strength steels was determined by impacting the same surface area multiple times at a constant velocity using spherical high velocity projectiles. Regardless of the rather similar hardness of the studied three martensitic steel grades, the impact behavior showed differences in wear rate and damage mechanisms in each case due to the microstructural characteristics of the materials. The adiabatic shear bands forming in the martensitic steels at higher loading rates were found to increase the wear rate. Moreover, the carbide reinforced steel performed in general better than the martensitic grades but showed more brittle behavior and generation of crack networks that can affect the wear performance of the material.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Materials Characterization, Computational Science X (CompX), Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), AC2T Research GmbH, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Lindroos, M., Ratia, V., Apostol, M., Valtonen, K., Laukkanen, A., Molnar, W., Holmberg, K., Kuokkala, V. T.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 197-205
Publication date: 5 Apr 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Wear
Volume: 328-329
ISSN (Print): 0043-1648
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 2.73 SJR 1.512 SNIP 2.011
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Mechanics of Materials
Keywords: Adiabatic shear bands (ASB), High strength steel, High velocity impact, Wear testing
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Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84924069828

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Oxidation of cholesterol does not alter significantly its uptake into high-density lipoprotein particles

Using replica exchange umbrella sampling we calculated free energy profiles for uptake of cholesterol and one of its oxysterols (7-ketocholesterol) from an aqueous solution into a high-density lipoprotein particle. These atomistic molecular dynamics simulations show that both sterols are readily taken up from the aqueous solution with comparable free energy minima at the surface of the particle of-17 kcal/mol for cholesterol and-14 kcal/mol for 7-ketocholesterol. Moreover, given its preferred position at the particle surface, 7-ketocholesterol is expected to be able to participate directly in biological signaling processes.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Research group: Biological Physics and Soft Matter, Computational Science X (CompX), University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Contributors: Karilainen, T., Timr, Š., Vattulainen, I., Jungwirth, P.
Number of pages: 7
Pages: 4594-4600
Publication date: 2 Apr 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Volume: 119
Issue number: 13
ISSN (Print): 1520-6106
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.25 SJR 1.335 SNIP 1.058
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84926433475

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Effect of rheological properties of dissolved cellulose/microfibrillated cellulose blend suspensions on film forming

Enzymatically treated cellulose was dissolved in a NaOH/ZnO solvent system and mixed together with microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) in order to find the threshold in which MFC fibers form a percolation network within the dissolved cellulose solution and in order to improve the properties of regenerated cellulose films. In the aqueous state, correlations between the rheological properties of dissolved cellulose/MFC blend suspensions and MFC fiber concentrations were investigated and rationalized. In addition, rheological properties of diluted MFC suspensions were characterized and a correlation with NaOH concentration was found, thus partly explaining the flow properties of dissolved cellulose/MFC blend suspensions. Finally, based on results from Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), MFC addition had strengthening/plasticizing effect on regenerated cellulose films if low concentrations of MFC, below the percolation threshold (5.5-6 wt%, corresponding to 0.16-0.18 wt% of MFC in the blend suspensions), were used.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Fibre Materials, PolymerTechnology, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology, Aalto University
Contributors: Saarikoski, E., Rissanen, M., Seppälä, J.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 62-70
Publication date: 30 Mar 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Carbohydrate Polymers
Volume: 119
ISSN (Print): 0144-8617
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 4.86 SJR 1.44 SNIP 1.808
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics
Keywords: Blend, Dissolved cellulose, Microfibrillated cellulose, Rheology, Suspension
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84916613635

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Corrosion mechanisms of sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets in the presence of water as vapour, pressurised vapour and liquid

Corrosion behaviour of three commercial sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets exposed to environments containing water as vapour, pressurised vapour, and liquid was investigated in order to understand their overall corrosion performance under a range of conditions. Two types of heat humidity exposure tests, namely the 85/85 and pressure cooker test, and the immersion test combined with electrochemical measurements were used as corrosion tests. It was observed that varying the temperature, pressure, and the prevailing state of water in the exposure tests, different corrosion mechanisms were detected on the surface of Nd-Fe-B magnets. The surface finish of the magnet had an effect on the initiation of corrosion in mild heat-humidity exposure. Immersion in liquid water resulted in a corrosion topography where the Nd-rich grain-boundary phase did not corrode selectively as in the other accelerated corrosion tests but was retained intact while the matrix phase underwent corrosion. These results and the dominant corrosion mechanisms of sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets in different environments are presented and discussed in this paper.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Ceramic materials, Research group: Materials Characterization, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), Prizztech Magnet Technology Centre, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Isotahdon, E., Huttunen-Saarivirta, E., Heinonen, S., Kuokkala, V. T., Paju, M.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 349-359
Publication date: 25 Mar 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume: 626
ISSN (Print): 0925-8388
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.03 SJR 0.957 SNIP 1.384
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics of Materials, Materials Chemistry, Metals and Alloys
Keywords: Corrosion, Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Permanent magnets, Rare-earth alloys and compounds, Scanning electron microscopy, SEM
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84920283616

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High temperature corrosion of thermally sprayed NiCr and FeCr coatings covered with a KCl-K2SO4 salt mixture

Current boiler tube materials and designs are sensitive to changes in process conditions. The desire to increase efficiency through the increase in process temperature and the use of high-chlorine and alkali containing fuels such as biomass is challenging. The alloying of steel to increase the corrosion resistance leads to a significant increase in cost. Thermally sprayed coatings offer promising, effective, flexible and cost efficient solution to fulfil the material needs for the future. However, some heat exchanger design alterations have to be overcome before global commercialization. High temperature corrosion in combustion plants can occur by a variety of mechanisms, including passive scale degradation with subsequent rapid scaling, loss of adhesion and scale detachment, attack by molten or partly molten deposits via fluxing reactions and intergranular/interlamellar corrosion. The activated chlorine corrosion mechanism plays a key role in the thermally sprayed coatings due to their unique lamellar structure.In this study, the corrosion behaviour of NiCr and FeCr (HVOF and wire arc) thermally sprayed coatings was tested under simplified biomass combustion conditions. The tests were carried out by using a KCl-K2SO4 salt mixture as a synthetic biomass ash, which was placed on the coated materials and then heat treated for one week (168h) at two different temperatures (550°C and 600°C) and in two different gas atmospheres (air and air+30% H2O). After exposure, the metallographic cross sections of the coatings were studied with SEM/EDX. The results showed that the coatings behaved relatively well at the lower test temperature while critical interlamellar corrosion was observed in some cases at the higher test temperature. A few coatings (HVOF Ni49Cr, HVOF Ni21Cr, and wire arc sprayed Fe30Cr) showed promising performance even at 600°C in both atmospheres (dry and wet).

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Abo Akad Univ, Abo Akademi University, Dept Phys
Contributors: Varis, T., Bankiewicz, D., Yrjas, P., Oksa, M., Suhonen, T., Tuurna, S., Ruusuvuori, K., Holmström, S.
Number of pages: 9
Pages: 235-243
Publication date: 15 Mar 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 265
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 2.46 SJR 0.852 SNIP 1.37
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Biomass, Corrosion protection, High temperature corrosion, HVOF, Thermal spray coating, Wire arc
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84925343339

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Tribology of HVOF- and HVAF-sprayed WC-10Co4Cr hardmetal coatings: A comparative assessment

This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the sliding and abrasive wear behaviour of WC-10Co4Cr hardmetal coatings, representative of the existing state-of-the-art. A commercial feedstock powder with two different particle size distributions was sprayed onto carbon steel substrates using two HVOF and two HVAF spray processes. Mild wear rates of <10-7mm3/(Nm) and friction coefficients of ≈0.5 were obtained for all samples in ball-on-disk sliding wear tests at room temperature against Al2O3 counterparts. WC-10Co4Cr coatings definitely outperform a reference electrolytic hard chromium coating under these test conditions. Their wear mechanisms include extrusion and removal of the binder matrix, with the formation of a wavy surface morphology, and brittle cracking. The balance of such phenomena is closely related to intra-lamellar features, and rather independent of those properties (e.g. indentation fracture toughness, elastic modulus) which mainly reflect large-scale inter-lamellar cohesion, as quantitatively confirmed by a principal component analysis. Intra-lamellar dissolution of WC into the matrix indeed increases the incidence of brittle cracking, resulting in slightly higher wear rates. At 400°C, some of the hardmetal coatings fail because of the superposition between tensile residual stresses and thermal expansion mismatch stresses (due to the difference between the thermal expansion coefficients of the steel substrate and of the hardmetal coating). Those which do not fail, on account of lower residual stresses, exhibit higher wear rates than at room temperature, due to oxidation of the WC grains.The resistance of the coatings against abrasive wear, assessed by dry sand-rubber wheel testing, is related to inter-lamellar cohesion, as proven by a principal component analysis of the collected dataset. Therefore, coatings deposited from coarse feedstock powders suffer higher wear loss than those obtained from fine powders, as brittle inter-lamellar detachment is caused by their weaker interparticle cohesion, witnessed by their systematically lower fracture toughness as well.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), University West, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Enzo Ferrari, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik (IWS), Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme (IKTS), Institut für Korrosionsschutz Dresden GmbH
Contributors: Bolelli, G., Berger, L. M., Börner, T., Koivuluoto, H., Lusvarghi, L., Lyphout, C., Markocsan, N., Matikainen, V., Nylén, P., Sassatelli, P., Trache, R., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 20
Pages: 125-144
Publication date: 15 Mar 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology
Volume: 265
ISSN (Print): 0257-8972
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 2.46 SJR 0.852 SNIP 1.37
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Surfaces and Interfaces
Keywords: Abrasive wear, Hardmetal, High velocity air-fuel (HVAF), High velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF), Sliding wear, WC-10Co4Cr
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84925299473

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Exploring the role of stearic acid in modified zinc aluminum layered double hydroxides and their acrylonitrile butadiene rubber nanocomposites

The proposed study attempted to explore the role of stearic acid modification on the properties of zinc-aluminum based layered double hydroxides (LDH) and their composites with acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR). Three distinctive LDH systems were adapted for such comparison; an unmodified LDH and two stearic acid modified LDH. The use of zinc oxide and stearic acid in the rubber formulation was avoided as the modified LDH would be able to deliver the necessary activators for the vulcanization process. Emphasis was predominantly given to reconnoiter the merits of stearic acid modification on the increase in interlayer distance of the LDH. X-ray diffraction studies and transmission electron microscope morphological investigations of LDH powders indicated that modification with stearic acid increased the interlayer spacing which would favor the intercalation of NBR polymer chains into the layered space. However, stress-strain studies indicated better mechanical properties for composites with unmodified LDH. Composites with LDH showed higher crosslinking densities than conventionally sulfur cured control compounds using zinc oxide/stearic acid as activators. This was evident from equilibrium swelling method as well as statistical theory of rubber elasticity.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), Vodafone Department of Mobile Communications Systems, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden E.V., Technische Universität Dresden, Rubber Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Contributors: Eshwaran, S. B., Basu, D., Vaikuntam, S. R., Kutlu, B., Wiessner, S., Das, A., Naskar, K., Heinrich, G.
Publication date: 1 Mar 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 132
Issue number: 9
Article number: 41539
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 1.74 SJR 0.587 SNIP 0.846
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Polymers and Plastics, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: crosslinking, elastomers, mechanical properties, properties and characterization, rubber
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84913616731

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Polymer looping is controlled by macromolecular crowding, spatial confinement, and chain stiffness

We study by extensive computer simulations the looping characteristics of linear polymers with varying persistence length inside a spherical cavity in the presence of macromolecular crowding. For stiff chains, the looping probability and looping time reveal wildly oscillating patterns as functions of the chain length. The effects of crowding differ dramatically for flexible versus stiff polymers. While for flexible chains the looping kinetics is slowed down by the crowders, for stiffer chains the kinetics turns out to be either decreased or facilitated, depending on the polymer length. For severe confinement, the looping kinetics may become strongly facilitated by crowding. Our findings are of broad impact for DNA looping in the crowded and compartmentalized interior of living biological cells.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Physics, Institute for Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam, Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
Contributors: Shin, J., Cherstvy, A. G., Metzler, R.
Number of pages: 5
Pages: 202-206
Publication date: 17 Feb 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: ACS Macro Letters
Volume: 4
Issue number: 2
ISSN (Print): 2161-1653
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 5.91 SJR 2.392 SNIP 1.403
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Inorganic Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84923204435

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Sulfonated polyetheretherketone/polypropylene polymer blends for the production of photoactive materials

Sulfonated polyetheretherketone (SPEEK) was synthesized via a mono-substitution reaction of PEEK in concentrated sulphuric acid and was blended with polypropylene (PP) in 2-10%w/w concentration to be used for the production of photoactive thermoplastic products. SPEEK and SPEEK/PP blends were characterized using FTIR, DSC, TGA, NMR, rheology, SEM, and EPR. Under UV-Vis irradiation, stable benzophenone ketyl (BPK) radicals were generated by hydrogen extraction from PP. By increasing the amount of SPEEK in the polymer blend a linear increase in the BPK radicals was achieved according to the EPR data. DSC and TGA tests indicated weaknesses in the thermal stability of SPEEK but according to the rheological tests this should not have a major effect on processabililty. The optimal amount of SPEEK in the blend was obtained at 5%w/w. This concentration provided a good compromise between radical concentration, material processability, and cost.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science
Contributors: Fatarelle, E., Mylläri, V., Ruzzante, M., Pogni, R., Baratto, M. C., Skrifvars, M., Syrjälä, S., Järvelä, P.
Publication date: 1 Feb 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 132
Issue number: 8
Article number: 41509
ISSN (Print): 0021-8995
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 1.74 SJR 0.587 SNIP 0.846
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Materials Chemistry, Polymers and Plastics, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Chemistry(all)
Keywords: Blends, Photochemistry, Polyolefins

Bibliographical note

Article first published online: 1 OCT 2014 ;(Volume 132, Issue 8, February 20, 2015)<br/>Contribution: organisation=mol,FACT1=1<br/>Portfolio EDEND: 2014-12-30<br/>Publisher name: JohnWiley & Sons, Inc.

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Source ID: 296

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Supramolecular hierarchy among halogen and hydrogen bond donors in light-induced surface patterning

Halogen bonding, a noncovalent interaction possessing several unique features compared to the more familiar hydrogen bonding, is emerging as a powerful tool in functional materials design. Herein, we unambiguously show that one of these characteristic features, namely high directionality, renders halogen bonding the interaction of choice when developing azobenzene-containing supramolecular polymers for light-induced surface patterning. The study is conducted by using an extensive library of azobenzene molecules that differ only in terms of the bond-donor unit. We introduce a new tetrafluorophenol-containing azobenzene photoswitch capable of forming strong hydrogen bonds, and show that an iodoethynyl-containing azobenzene comes out on top of the supramolecular hierarchy to provide unprecedented photoinduced surface patterning efficiency. Specifically, the iodoethynyl motif seems highly promising in future development of polymeric optical and photoactive materials driven by halogen bonding.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Frontier Photonics, Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Politecn Milan, Polytechnic University of Milan, NFMLab, DCMIC Giulio Natta, ISTM-CNR, Institute of Molecular Sciences and Technologies of CNR, Università Degli Studi di Milano, McGill University, Politecnico di Milano
Contributors: Saccone, M., Dichiarante, V., Forni, A., Goulet-Hanssens, A., Cavallo, G., Vapaavuori, J., Terraneo, G., Barrett, C. J., Resnati, G., Metrangolo, P., Priimägi, A.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 759-768
Publication date: 28 Jan 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume: 3
ISSN (Print): 2050-7534
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 5.32 SJR 1.713 SNIP 1.477
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Materials Chemistry

Bibliographical note

EXT="Saccone, Marco"
EXT="Vapaavuori, Jaana"

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Source ID: 84925407935

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Are coarse-grained models apt to detect protein thermal stability? the case of OPEP force field

We present the first investigation of the kinetic and thermodynamic stability of two homologous thermophilic and mesophilic proteins based on the coarse-grained model OPEP. The object of our investigation is a pair of G-domains of relatively large size, 200 amino acids each, with an experimental stability gap of about 40 K. The OPEP force field is able to maintain stable the fold of these relatively large proteins within the hundred-nanosecond time scale without including external constraints. This makes possible to characterize the conformational landscape of the folded protein as well as to explore the unfolding. In agreement with all-atom simulations used as a reference, we show that the conformational landscape of the thermophilic protein is characterized by a larger number of substates with slower dynamics on the network of states and more resilient to temperature increase. Moreover, we verify the stability gap between the two proteins using replica-exchange simulations and estimate a difference between the melting temperatures of about 23 K, in fair agreement with experiment. The detailed investigation of the unfolding thermodynamics allows to gain insight into the mechanism underlying the enhanced stability of the thermophile relating it to a smaller heat capacity of unfolding.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Multi-scaled biodata analysis and modelling (MultiBAM), Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique, Institut Universitaire de France
Contributors: Kalimeri, M., Derreumaux, P., Sterpone, F.
Number of pages: 8
Pages: 494-501
Publication date: 1 Jan 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Volume: 407
ISSN (Print): 0022-3093
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 1.85 SJR 0.663 SNIP 1.063
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Ceramics and Composites, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Coarse-grained force field, Conformational substates network, Molecular dynamics, Protein thermodynamic stability, Thermophilic proteins
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84922435805

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Aryl end-capped quaterthiophenes applied as anode interfacial layers in inverted organic solar cells

Four aryl end-capped quaterthiophene derivatives were synthesized and their material properties were studied by computational, spectroscopic, electrochemical, and thermoanalytical methods. Compounds were applied as interfacial layers between the bulk heterojunction active layer and Ag anode in inverted organic solar cells. Results show that p-cyanophenyl end-capped quaterthiophene with hexyl side chains increases both the short circuit current density and power conversion efficiency notably compared to reference interlayer material, tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum. The improved cell performance was attributed to the optimal positions of the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of this material, relative to those of the photoactive electron donor poly(3-hexylthiophene) and Ag anode, and evenly distributed LUMO. In addition, the use of these materials as an anode interfacial layer increases the absorption of the solar cell, which could contribute to the formation of excitons and additional current production by the cell.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Research group: Supramolecular photochemistry, Frontier Photonics, University of Oulu, Department of Chemistry and Mathematics, Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez University
Contributors: Heiskanen, J. P., Manninen, V. M., Pankov, D., Omar, W. A. E., Kastinen, T., Hukka, T. I., Lemmetyinen, H. J., Hormi, O. E. O.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 196-206
Publication date: 1 Jan 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Thin Solid Films
Volume: 574
ISSN (Print): 0040-6090
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 1.84 SJR 0.68 SNIP 0.923
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Materials Chemistry, Metals and Alloys, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Surfaces and Interfaces
Keywords: Anode interfacial layer, Bulk heterojunction, Computational research, Inverted organic solar cell, Oligothiophene, Spectroscopy, Suzuki-Miyaura

Bibliographical note

EXT="Heiskanen, J. P."

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Source ID: 84921286591

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Perfluoro-1,1′-biphenyl and perfluoronaphthalene and their derivatives as π-acceptors for anions

Addition of anions to perfluorinated 1,1′-biphenyl 1 or naphthalene 2 results in a shift of the 19F NMR signals. However, any specific interaction cannot be assigned to this effect. In order to study the interaction in more detail, the salt derivatives 3 and 4 were prepared and studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction revealing weak anion-π interactions in the solid state.

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, University of Jyväskylä, Institut für Organische Chemie, RWTH Aachen
Contributors: Yi, H., Albrecht, M., Valkonen, A., Rissanen, K.
Number of pages: 4
Pages: 746-749
Publication date: 1 Jan 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: New Journal of Chemistry
Volume: 39
Issue number: 1
ISSN (Print): 1144-0546
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.27 SJR 0.935 SNIP 0.822
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Catalysis, Materials Chemistry
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84919782132

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Dielectric Breakdown Strength of Thermally Sprayed Ceramic Coatings: Effects of Different Test Arrangements

Dielectric properties (e.g., DC resistivity and dielectric breakdown strength) of insulating thermally sprayed ceramic coatings differ depending on the form of electrical stress, ambient conditions, and aging of the coating, however, the test arrangements may also have a remarkable effect on the properties. In this paper, the breakdown strength of high velocity oxygen fuel-sprayed alumina coating was studied using six different test arrangements at room conditions in order to study the effects of different test and electrode arrangements on the breakdown behavior. In general, it was shown that test arrangements have a considerable influence on the results. Based on the results, the recommended testing method is to use embedded electrodes between the voltage electrode and the coating at least in DC tests to ensure a good contact with the surface. With and without embedded electrodes, the DBS was 31.7 and 41.8 V/µm, respectively. Under AC excitation, a rather good contact with the sample surface is, anyhow, in most cases acquired by a rather high partial discharge activity and no embedded electrodes are necessarily needed (DBS 29.2 V/µm). However, immersion of the sample in oil should strongly be avoided because the oil penetrates quickly into the coating affecting the DBS (81.2 V/µm).

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Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Electrical Engineering, Research area: Power engineering, Smart Energy Systems (SES), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Contributors: Niittymäki, M., Lahti, K., Suhonen, T., Metsäjoki, J.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 542-551
Publication date: 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 24
Issue number: 3
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 1.61 SJR 0.735 SNIP 0.954
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Keywords: AlO, breakdown strength, coating, dielectric, HVOF, thermal spraying

Bibliographical note

EXT="Metsäjoki, Jarkko"

Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84925536197

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Influence of the Spray Gun Type on Microstructure and Properties of HVAF Sprayed Fe-Based Corrosion Resistant Coatings

The aim of this study is to evaluate the microstructural details and corrosion properties of novel Fe-based coatings prepared using two different generations of HVAF spray guns. These two generations of HVAF guns are Activated Combustion HVAF (AC-HVAF, 2nd generation) M2 gun and Supersonic Air Fuel HVAF (SAF, 3rd generation) M3 gun. Structural details were analysed using x-ray diffractometry and field-emission scanning electron microscope. Higher denseness with homogeneous microstructure was achieved for Fe-based coating deposited by the M3 process. Such coatings exhibit higher particle deformation and lower oxide content compared to coatings manufactured with M2 gun. Corrosion properties were studied by open-cell potential measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The lower porosity and higher interlamellar cohesion of coating manufactured with M3 gun prevent the electrolyte from penetrating through the coating and arriving to the substrate, enhancing the overall corrosion resistance. This can be explained by the improved microstructures and coating performance.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Surface Engineering, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS)
Contributors: Milanti, A., Koivuluoto, H., Vuoristo, P.
Number of pages: 11
Pages: 1312-1322
Publication date: 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology
Volume: 24
Issue number: 7
ISSN (Print): 1059-9630
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 1.61 SJR 0.735 SNIP 0.954
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Keywords: corrosion behavior, Fe-based coatings, HVAF, structure
Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84944279959

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Mechanical performance and CO2 uptake of ion-exchanged zeolite A structured by freeze-casting

Zeolite 4A has been freeze-cast into highly porous monoliths with a cylindrical shape. The brittle monoliths, with lamellar or columnar pores and wall thicknesses between 8 and 35μm, show a compressive mechanical response along the main pore axis that could be modeled by a buckling behavior. The failure strength is proportional to the density and the amount of transverse bridging across lamella, which was shown to be related to the pore cross-sectional aspect ratio. Monoliths with highly anisotropic pores with a cross-sectional aspect ratio higher than 3 yielded sequentially from the top surface, whereas monoliths with a pore aspect ratio lower than 3 were found to delaminate into longitudinal splinters. The freeze-cast monoliths show a sharp gas breakthrough front with a 1:9 mixture of CO<inf>2</inf> and N<inf>2</inf>, indicating rapid uptake kinetics of the lamellar structures.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A1 Journal article-refereed
Organisations: Department of Materials Science, Research group: Ceramic materials, Department of Signal Processing, Engineering materials science and solutions (EMASS), Workshop for Research in Artistic Technologies, RATS, Stockholm University, Sweden, Luleå University of Technology, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Berzelii Center EXSELENT on Porous Materials, Division of Materials Science
Contributors: Ojuva, A., Järveläinen, M., Bauer, M., Keskinen, L., Valkonen, M., Akhtar, F., Levänen, E., Bergström, L.
Number of pages: 12
Pages: 2607-2618
Publication date: 2015
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Journal of the European Ceramic Society
Volume: 35
Issue number: 9
ISSN (Print): 0955-2219
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2015): CiteScore 3.03 SJR 1.135 SNIP 1.808
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Ceramics and Composites, Materials Chemistry
Keywords: Freeze-casting, Laminate, Mechanical strength, Porous ceramics, Zeolite A

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Source: Scopus
Source ID: 84933679506

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Stimuli-responsive photonic polymer coatings

This feature article focuses on the highlights in the development of photonic polymer coatings that can change their volume or surface topology in a reversible, dynamic fashion when exposed to an external stimulus. Topographic response is established using hydrogels or liquid crystal polymer networks. By changing the surface corrugation in response to light various functional coating properties can be modulated, for instance wettability and/or mechanical friction. The same volume changes in photonic coatings caused by different stimuli lead to changes in light reflection.

General information

Publication status: Published
MoE publication type: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Organisations: Eindhoven University of Technology
Contributors: Stumpel, J. E., Broer, D. J., Schenning, A. P. H. J.
Number of pages: 10
Pages: 15839-15848
Publication date: 28 Dec 2014
Peer-reviewed: Yes

Publication information

Journal: Chemical Communications
Volume: 50
Issue number: 100
ISSN (Print): 1359-7345
Ratings: 
  • Scopus rating (2014): CiteScore 6.83 SJR 2.692 SNIP 1.427
Original language: English
ASJC Scopus subject areas: Chemistry(all), Catalysis, Ceramics and Composites, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Materials Chemistry, Metals and Alloys

Bibliographical note

EXT="Stumpel, Jelle"