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[en] In spite of extensive investigation and applications, influence of oxygen (O), and humidity on polyaniline (PANI) behaviour is not well understood. For this reason we have performed semi-empirical quantum mechanics, and ab-initio calculations of the pernigraniline base (PNB) PANI oligomers, of various lengths, before and after approach of H2O, O2 , and hydroxyl (OH −) group, and attachment of OH − and O to various molecular positions. Structure, charge and electrostatic potential distribution, relevant energies and enthalpies, infrared and electronic spectra of the PNB tetramer equilibrium conformation, and their changes induced by specific OH − , and O attachments are determined. These results provide identification of the most probable positions for O2 and H2O approach to PNB_PANI, enthalpies of OH − and O attachments to them, changes of molecular properties induced by the attachments, and infrared and electronic modes that are most suitable for the attachments detection. The results are compared to the existing experimental data, and the results of similar calculations, and implications for the PNB_PANI applications are notified. © 2019 Elsevier B.V.
[en] Local structural and electronic properties around Fe in multi-component Cd0.99Fe0.01Te0.97S0.03 system were studied by means of X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS). Composition of non-polar (110) surfaces of Cd0.97Fe0.03Te and Cd0.99Fe0.01Te0.97S0.03 systems and mechanism of their oxidation in ambient conditions were studied by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). It has been found that Fe preferentially substitutes Cd, but due to much smaller covalent radius and preferences for paring with S, it causes local distortion of the host CdTe lattice. The distortion is confined to the Fe-immediate surrounding and the second and third coordination shell atoms are (inside experimental uncertainties) placed at distances expected in CdTe. Although local structure around Fe is well defined in the bulk of both samples, their near-surface region is completely depleted from Fe, and in case of Cd0.99Fe0.01Te0.97S0.03 somewhat enriched in S. Special attention is, therefore, paid to characterization of the near-surface region and evaluation of its composition and structure. To that end we have introduced a general standard-free algorithm for XPS data analysis of the two-layer surface structure (bulk, oxide layer, and the impurity layer). Results of the in-depth composition analysis revealed that despite different bulk composition and impurity layer thickness, underneath the topmost impurity layer lays approximately one monolayer of CdTeO3 which passivates the surface. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
[en] Highlights: • Charge density topology of alkali halides and hydrides was investigated. • Investigated compounds belong to either of two different topological classes. • Topological transitions in principle possible for KBr and RbI. • Topological transitions hindered by structural phase transitions. • In non-local density picture NaH transitional form between two topological classes. - Abstract: The ability of Bader's charge density topology analysis to explain various material properties has been examined for simple ionic systems of alkali halides and alkali hydrides. It was established that despite the fact that most of them share the same rock salt crystal structure phase, some of them belong to different topological classes. This fact was used to explain various experimentally observed properties of these materials, and to discuss their deviations from expected trends. Some phase transitions observed in these systems, and their possible relation to changes in the charge density topology have been also investigated from the same point of view. Reasons for anion-anion bond formation in some of them and its features are discussed, as well.
[en] Local electronic and structural features around Mn in Cd_1_−_xMn_xTe_0_._9_7Se_0_._0_3 (x = 0.02; 0.05; 0.1; y = 0.03) were studied by means of X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) techniques. Manganese ions with an average valence 2+, are found to be well incorporated into the host CdTe lattice, with clear preference for Te atoms as the first neighbors. However, Mn and Te are found to form two essentially different types of bonds, one short, strong and directional (cubic MnTe-alike bond), and three much longer, predominantly ionic in nature (hexagonal MnTe-alike bonds), thereby distorting the tetrahedral coordination around Mn. The origin of peculiar Mn–Te bonds distribution and details of their nature and strength are further elaborated by employing the first principle electronic structure calculations. That way a thorough insight in impact of the Mn–Te bond length variation on the electronic structure of the compound is obtained. The relations established between the local structures and electronic properties offer a reliable procedure for detailed analysis of the structural and electronic consequences of the 3d-transition metals (TM) incorporation in II–VI semiconductor host. Clear distinction between various influences makes the procedure easily adoptable also to the studies of TM impurities in other semiconductors. - Highlights: • Local structural/electronic properties around Mn in Cd_1_−_xMn_xTe_1_−_ySe_y are determined. • Influence of different types of Mn–Te bonds on electronic structure is established. • Mn and Te excess charges are found to be distinctly different from their valences. • The spin-up states are spatially much more extended than the spin-down states. • Small magnetic dipole moment forms at the Mn–Te bond critical points.
[en] Using X–ray induced Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Time–of–Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry and Atomic Force Microscopy we have investigated elemental composition, structure and oxidation process taking place at the surfaces of polycrystalline Cd_0_._9_9Fe_0_._0_1Te_0_._9_7Se_0_._0_3 and Cd_0_._9_5Mn_0_._0_5Te_0_._9_7Se_0_._0_3 systems stored in ambient conditions. The surface oxidation destroys the native CdTe matrix and provokes substantial atomic rearrangement in the first few atomic layers. The near–surface region of both systems is enriched in Cd and to some extent Te–deficient, but the surface structure, morphology and the native oxide composition are all found to be considerably different. In Cd_0_._9_9Fe_0_._0_1Te_0_._9_7Se_0_._0_3 system both Fe and Se dopants diffuse into the bulk and oxidation of its surface results in formation of a thin CdTeO_3 layer which covers the CdTe matrix. In Cd_0_._9_5Mn_0_._0_5Te_0_._9_7Se_0_._0_3 system oxygen–rich atmosphere triggers Mn and Se out–diffusion and the nonuniform oxide layer predominantly consists of MnO and a small amount of Te–oxide which both lay underneath a thin layer of metallic Cd segregated at the top of the surface. - Highlights: • Nature of the CdFe(Mn)TeSe surfaces exposed to air is substantially different. • Near–surface region is enriched in Cd and to some extent Te–deficient. • Presence of Mn drastically changes the surface oxidation conditions. • The surface oxidation in ambient conditions undergoes different mechanisms. • Oxygen triggers Mn out–diffusion, while Fe diffuses into the bulk.