Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2007

Abstract

Titania (TiO2) nanofibers doped with erbia (Er2O3) have been synthesized by electrospinning mixtures of polymers, titanium-containing materials, and erbia particles. These electrospun nanofibers are subsequently annealed at temperatures of 800, 900, 1000, and 1050 degrees C to remove the organics and leave behind the metal oxides. The crystal structure and optical properties of the metal oxides depend on the annealing temperature, and we characterize these nanofibers using x-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). An Er2Ti2O7 phase is formed in an amount which depends on the annealing temperature, and relationships between the nature of FTIR spectra and the relative amounts of different phases are demonstrated. Finally, the relevance of this work to thermophotovoltaics and other applications is discussed. (c) 2007 American Vacuum Society.

Publication Title

Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A

Volume

25

Issue

4

First Page

922

Last Page

926

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