Research Repository

See what's under the surface


Energy saving strategy for the development of icephobic coatings and surfaces (2019)
Journal Article
Zheng, Y., Wang, J., Liu, J., Choi, K., & Hou, X. (2019). Energy saving strategy for the development of icephobic coatings and surfaces. Thin Solid Films, 687, doi:10.1016/j.tsf.2019.137458

Aircraft are frequently exposed to cold environments and ice accumulation on aircraft surface may lead to catastrophic accidents. An effective solution of ice protection is a critical requirement in the aerospace industry. For the research and develo... Read More

Layered Al2O3-SiO2 and Al2O3-Ta2O5 thin-film composites for high dielectric strength, deposited by pulsed direct current and radio frequency magnetron sputtering (2019)
Journal Article
Hanby, B. V., Stuart, B. W., Gimeno-Fabra, M., Moffat, J., Gerada, C., & Grant, D. M. (2019). Layered Al2O3-SiO2 and Al2O3-Ta2O5 thin-film composites for high dielectric strength, deposited by pulsed direct current and radio frequency magnetron sputtering. Applied Surface Science, 492, 328-336. doi:10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.06.202

Multilayer thin films have the potential to act as high dielectric strength insulation for wire and microelectronics. In this study, films consisting of 2, 4 or 8 layers, composed of Al2O3 with SiO2 or Ta2O5, were prepared via pulsed direct current a... Read More

In-situ icing and water condensation study on different topographical surfaces (2019)
Journal Article
Memon, H., Liu, J., Weston, N., Wang, J., De Focatiis, D., Choi, K., & Hou, X. (2019). In-situ icing and water condensation study on different topographical surfaces. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 165, doi:10.1016/j.coldregions.2019.102814

Icephobicity is intrinsically affected by rough asperities and the surface voids provide anchoring points for the ice. The anchor of ice is likely to form on the surface under high humidity conditions. In-situ water condensation and icing observation... Read More

Ultra-high resolution imaging of thin films and single strands of polythiophene using atomic force microscopy (2019)
Journal Article
Korolkov, V. V., Summerfield, A., Murphy, A., Amabilino, D. B., Watanabe, K., Taniguchi, T., & Beton, P. H. (2019). Ultra-high resolution imaging of thin films and single strands of polythiophene using atomic force microscopy. Nature Communications, 10, doi:10.1038/s41467-019-09571-6

Real-space images of polymers with sub-molecular resolution could provide valuable insights into the relationship between morphology and functionality of polymer optoelectronic devices, but their acquisition is problematic due to perceived limitation... Read More

Anion-binding-induced electrochemical signal transduction in ferrocenylimidazolium: combined electrochemical experimental and theoretical investigation (2019)
Journal Article
Weng, T., Huang, Y., Xue, L., Cheng, J., Jin, S., Liu, S., …Chen, G. Z. (2019). Anion-binding-induced electrochemical signal transduction in ferrocenylimidazolium: combined electrochemical experimental and theoretical investigation. Molecules, 24(2), doi:10.3390/molecules24020238

Five ferrocene alkymethylimidazolium cations 1a–1d and 2 with different alkyl spacer lengths were reinvestigated using voltammetry and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The voltammetric responses of ligand 2 toward various anions are desc... Read More

Cross-linked Ni(OH)2/CuCo2S4/Ni networks as binder-free electrodes for high performance supercapatteries (2018)
Journal Article
Tang, N., You, H., Li, M., Chen, G. Z., & Zhang, L. (2018). Cross-linked Ni(OH)2/CuCo2S4/Ni networks as binder-free electrodes for high performance supercapatteries. Nanoscale, 10(44), 20526-20532. doi:10.1039/c8nr05662e

The heterogeneous Ni(OH)2/CuCo2S4/Ni electrode is constructed by appropriately adjusting the time-dependent hydrothermal and electrodeposition process. A hybrid device exhibits 39.7 Wh kg-1 in specific energy and 365.3 W kg-1 in specific power, with... Read More