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Mohan S.,Bbk Dav College For Women | Thind K.S.,Guru Nanak Dev University
Optical Materials | Year: 2016

Neodymium doped cadmium alkali borate glasses having composition 20CdO-20R2O-59.5H3BO3-0.5Nd2O3; (R = Li, Na and K) were prepared by conventional melt-quenching technique. The amorphous nature of the glasses was confirmed by X-ray diffraction studies. The physical properties such as density, refractive index, molar volume, rare earth ion concentration etc. were determined. Optical absorption and fluorescence spectra were recorded. The Judd-Ofelt theory was applied on the optical absorption spectra of the glasses to evaluate the three phenomenological intensity parameters Ω2, Ω4 and Ω6. These parameters were in turn used to predict the radiative properties such as the radiative transition probability (A), radiative lifetime (τR) and branching ratio (βR) for the fluorescent levels of Nd3+ ion in the present glass series. The lasing efficiency of the prepared glasses has been characterized by the spectroscopic quality factor (Ω4/Ω6), the value of which is in the range of 0.2-1.5, typical for Nd3+ in different laser hosts. The variation of Ω2 with the change in alkali oxide has been attributed to the changes in the asymmetry of the ligand field at the rare earth ion site. The shift of the hypersensitive bands, study of the oscillator strengths and the variation of the spectral profile of the transition 4I9/2 → 4F7/2 + 4S3/2 indicate a maximum covalency of Nd-O bond for glass with potassium ions. From the fluorescence spectra, peak wavelength (λp), effective line widths (Δλeff) and stimulated emission cross-section (σp) have been obtained for the three transitions 4F3/2 → 4I9/2, 4F3/2 → 4I11/2 and 4F3/2 → 4I13/2 of Nd3+ ion. The relatively high values of σp obtained for Nd3+ in present glass system suggest that these materials can be considered as suitable candidates for laser applications. The glass with potassium ions shows the highest value of the stimulated emission cross-section. © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Hastir A.,Guru Nanak Dev University | Kohli N.,Bbk Dav College For Women | Singh R.C.,Guru Nanak Dev University
Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical | Year: 2016

In the present work, influence of terbium doping on structural, morphological, optical and gas sensing properties of zinc oxide has been studied. A chemical route was adopted for synthesis of pure and terbium (Tb) doped zinc oxide. X-ray diffraction study confirmed the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structure for synthesized materials. Raman analysis revealed the shifting and broadening of peaks with increase in Tb concentration. The presence of terbium in ZnO and its oxidation states was confirmed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Photoluminescence emissions indicated increase in concentration of oxygen vacancies with introduction of dopant. Gas sensors were fabricated out of synthesized samples and it was observed that doped samples have significantly high sensing response, temperature dependent selectivity toward ethanol and acetone, and sensors were able to detect even low concentration (∼10 ppm) of these vapors. The temperature dependent selectivity of terbium doped ZnO depends on target gas which may be ascribed to interaction of target gas molecules and doped metal oxide surface at optimum operating temperature. It was found that 4% Tb doped ZnO sensor exhibited maximum sensor response toward ethanol and acetone. The enhanced sensing response has been attributed to increase in oxygen vacancies, reduction in particle size, large structural disorders and high surface basicity. © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Khullar P.,Bbk Dav College For Women | Mahal A.,Bbk Dav College For Women | Singh V.,Bbk Dav College For Women | Banipal T.S.,Guru Nanak Dev University | And 2 more authors.
Langmuir | Year: 2010

Aqueous micellar solutions of F68 (PEO78-PPO30- PEO78) and P103 (PEO17-PPO60-PEO17) triblock polymers were used to synthesize gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) at different temperatures. All reactions were monitored with respect to reaction time and temperature by using UV-visible studies to understand the growth kinetics of NPs and the influence of different micellar states on the synthesis of NPs. The shape, size, and locations of NPs in the micellar assemblies were determined with the help of TEM, SEM, and EDS analyses. The results explained that all reactions were carried out with the PEO-PPO-PEO micellar surface cavities present at the micelle-solution interface and were precisely controlled by the micellar assemblies. Marked differences were detected when predominantly hydrophilic F68 and hydrophobic P103 micelles were employed to conduct the reactions. The UV-visible results demonstrated that the reduction of gold ions into nucleating centers was channeled through the ligand-metal charge -transfer complex (LMCT) and carried out by the surface cavities. Excessive hydration of the surface cavities in the case of F68 micelles produced a few small NPs, but their yield and size increased as the micelles were dehydrated under the effect of increasing temperature. The results concluded that the presence of well-defined predominantly hydrophobic micelles with a compact micelle-solution interfacial arrangement of surface cavities ultimately controlled the reaction. © 2010 American Chemical Society.


Khullar P.,Bbk Dav College For Women | Singh V.,Bbk Dav College For Women | Mahal A.,Bbk Dav College For Women | Kaur H.,Guru Nanak Dev University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C | Year: 2011

Three block polymers, viz., L31, L64, and P123, were used as reducing agents for the synthesis of gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) to determine the effect of their micelle size, structure transitions, and environments on the mechanism of the reduction process leading to the overall morphology of Au NPs. Aqueous phase reduction was monitored with time at constant temperature and under the effect of temperature variation from 20 to 70 °C by simultaneous measurement of UV-visible spectra. The ligand to metal charge transfer (LMCT) band around 300 nm, due to a charge transfer complex formation between the micelle surface cavities and AuCl4 - ions, and Au NP absorbance around 550 nm, due to the surface plasmon resonance, were simultaneously measured to understand the mechanism of the reduction process and its dependence on the micelle structure transitions and environment of TBPs micelles. L64 micelles showed dramatic shift in the LMCT band from lower to higher wavelength due to an increase in the reduction potential of surface cavities induced by the structure transitions under the effect of temperature variations. This effect was not observed for micelles of either L31 or P123 and is explained on the basis of a difference in their micelle environments. The morphology of Au NPs thus evolved from the reduction process was studied with the help of TEM and SEM studies. Smaller micelle size with few surface cavities, as in L31, produced small NPs in comparison to large micelles with several surface cavities as in P123. Structure transitions of L64 demonstrated direct influence on the final morphology of NPs, and stronger transitions produced fused and deformed NPs in comparison to weaker transitions. The results showed that efficient reduction by the surface cavities and uninterrupted nucleation without structure transitions lead to well-defined morphologies in the presence of P123 micelles. © 2011 American Chemical Society.


Bakshi M.S.,Wilfrid Laurier University | Kaur H.,Guru Nanak Dev University | Khullar P.,Bbk Dav College For Women | Banipal T.S.,Guru Nanak Dev University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C | Year: 2011

Bovine serum albumen (BSA) conjugated gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) were directly synthesized by using BSA as a weak reducing agent against HAuCl 4 in aqueous phase. A systematic variation in Au/BSA mole ratio showed a dramatic change in the size and shape of NPs which was very much dependent on the physical state of BSA. The nature of both colloidal NPs (due to surface plasmon resonance) and BSA (due to tryptophan residues) was monitored simultaneously by UV-visible measurements during the course of the reaction. A systematic variation in the reaction temperature from 20 to 70 °C demonstrated a clear denaturation process of BSA and how it influenced the synthesis of Au NPs. A predominantly native state of BSA that existed up to 40 °C proved to be a very mild reducing agent to convert Au(III) into Au(0). However, the reducing potential increased with unfolding of BSA beyond 40 °C and became maximum in the denaturation temperature range (i.e., 52-58 °C). Unfolded BSA conjugated NPs thus produced then started a seeding process with other similar NPs or free BSA to produce self-assembled colloidal assemblies in the form of soft film of BSA bearing NPs. SEM, TEM, and AFM studies were used to characterize the BSA conjugated NPs in the form of soft film. The soft film was used with water insoluble zein protein to produce very robust biodegradable protein films suitable for various food and pharmaceutical applications. Tensile strength and strain at failure measurements of zein protein films demonstrated that the film made with BSA conjugated NPs existed in the form of a soft film was much stronger and flexible in comparison to that made with nonaggregated NPs. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

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