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Rong Y.,Curtin University Australia
IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing | Year: 2012

In this paper, we investigate the challenging problem of joint source and relay optimization for two-way linear non-regenerative multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) relay communication systems. We derive the optimal structure of the source and relay precoding matrices when linear minimal mean-squared error (MMSE) receivers are used at both destinations in the relay system. We show that for a broad class of frequently used objective functions for MIMO communications such as the MMSE, the maximal mutual information (MMI), and the minimax MSE, the optimal relay and source matrices have a general beamforming structure. This result includes existing works as special cases. Based on this optimal structure, a new iterative algorithm is developed to jointly optimize the relay and source matrices. We also propose a novel suboptimal relay precoding matrix design which significantly reduces the computational complexity of the optimal design with only a marginal performance degradation. Interestingly, we show that this suboptimal relay matrix is indeed optimal for some special cases. The performance of the proposed algorithms are demonstrated by numerical simulations. It is shown that the novel minimax MSE-based two-way relay system has a better bit-error-rate (BER) performance compared with existing two-way relay systems using the MMSE and the MMI criteria. © 1991-2012 IEEE.

Jiang S.P.,Curtin University Australia
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy | Year: 2012

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are the most efficient devices for the direct conversion of the chemical energy stored in fuels such as hydrogen and hydrocarbons into electricity. The development of highly efficient and robust SOFCs requires cathodes and anodes with high electrocatalytic activity for O 2 reduction and direct oxidation of hydrocarbon fuels, respectively. Nanoscale engineering of electrode structures via metal salt solution impregnation or infiltration attracts increasing attention as the most effective way to develop highly active and advanced electrode structures for SOFCs. The infiltration method opens a new horizon in the advanced electrode development as the method expands the set of variable electrode materials combinations with the elimination of thermal expansion mismatch and the suppression of potential detrimental reactions between electrode and electrolyte materials. In this article, the advances and challenges in the development of nanoscale and nano-structured electrodes and the fundamental understanding of the remarkable enhancement in the electrode performance are reviewed and discussed with primary focus on the progress and status of the field in the last 5 years. © 2011, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Silvester D.S.,Curtin University Australia
Analyst | Year: 2011

Ionic Liquids are salts that are liquid at (or just above) room temperature. They possess several advantageous properties (e.g. high intrinsic conductivity, wide electrochemical windows, low volatility, high thermal stability and good solvating ability), which make them ideal as non-volatile electrolytes in electrochemical sensors. This mini-review article describes the recent uses of ionic liquids in electrochemical sensing applications (covering the last 3 years) in the context of voltammetric sensing at solid/liquid, liquid/liquid interfaces and carbon paste electrodes, as well as their use in gas sensing, ion-selective electrodes, and for detecting biological molecules, explosives and chemical warfare agents. A comment on the future direction and challenges in this field is also presented. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Evans K.A.,Curtin University Australia
Earth-Science Reviews | Year: 2012

Elements that can occur in more than one valence state, such as Fe, C and S, play an important role in Earth's systems at all levels, and can drive planetary evolution as they cycle through the various geochemical reservoirs. Subduction introduces oxidised Fe, C and S in sediments, altered ocean crust, and partially serpentinised lithospheric mantle to the relatively reduced mantle, with short- and long-term consequences for the redox state of the mantle. The distribution of redox-sensitive elements in the mantle controls the redox state of mantle-derived material added to the lithosphere and atmosphere, such as arc volcanic gases and the magmas that form arc-related ore deposits.The extent of mantle oxidation induced by subduction zone cycling can be assessed, albeit with large uncertainties, with redox budget calculations that quantify the inputs and outputs to subduction zones. Literature data are augmented by new measurements of the chemical composition of partially serpentinised lithospheric mantle from New Caledonia and ODP 209. Results indicate that there is a net addition of Fe (55±13×10 12molyear -1), C (4.6±4.0×10 12molyear -1), S (2.4±0.9×10 12molyear -1), and redox budget (5-89×10 12molyear -1) at subduction zones. Monte Carlo calculations of redox budget fluxes indicate that fluxes are 46±12×10 12molyear -1 entering subduction zones, if input and output parameters are assumed to be normally distributed, and 46-58×10 12molyear -1 if input and output parameters are assumed to be log-normally distributed.Thus, inputs into subduction zones for Fe, C, S and redox budget are in excess of subduction zone outputs. If MORB and plume-related fluxes are taken into account then Fe, C and S fluxes balance, within error. However, the redox budget does not balance, unless the very lowest estimates for the extent of slab oxidation are taken. Thus it is likely that subduction continuously increases the redox budget of the mantle, that is, there is addition of Fe, C and S that are oxidised relative to the Fe, C and S in the mantle.The fate of this redox budget can be constrained by consideration of element mobility under mantle conditions. If slab fluids are assumed to be dominantly aqueous and relatively low salinity then fluxes of Fe 3+, C 4+, and S 6+ are limited to less than 10 9, 2.3×10 12molyear -1 and 2×10 12molyear -1 respectively by the low solubility of these elements in slab-derived fluids. Nevertheless, such fluxes can produce the increased f O2 inferred for sub-arc mantle from arc lavas after around 10Ma subduction.The rest of the redox budget added by the subduction process is likely to be carried to the deep mantle by the slab, and mix slowly with the whole mantle reservoir, depending on the timescale of reincorporation of subducted lithosphere into the mantle. Simple mixing calculations indicate that these fluxes will only cause a measurable difference to mantle redox on a 1. Ga timescale, which is longer than the 550. Ma during which redox budget fluxes are likely to have been at present day levels. However, measurable effects, with potential consequences for the Earth's evolution may be expected in the future. © 2012 Elsevier B.V..

Rong Y.,Curtin University Australia
IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing | Year: 2011

In this correspondence, we address statistically robust multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) relay design problems under two imperfect channel state information (CSI) scenarios: 1) a ll nodes have imperfect CSI and 2) the destination node knows the exact CSI, while the other nodes have imperfect CSI. For each scenario, we develop robust source and relay matrices by considering a broad class of frequently used objective functions in MIMO system design and the averaged transmission power constraints. Simulation results demonstrate the improved robustness of the proposed algorithms against CSI errors. © 2011 IEEE.

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