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Electronic properties of DNA-related molecules containing a bromine atom

Hirato, Misaki*; Onizawa, Misato*; Baba, Yuji*; Haga, Yoshinori; Fujii, Kentaro*; Wada, Shinichi*; Yokoya, Akinari*

International Journal of Radiation Biology, 7 Pages, 2020/00

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:17.27(Biology)

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Ion desorption from bulk cesium chloride at moderate temperature ($$<$$500$$^{circ}$$C) under electric field

Baba, Yuji; Shimoyama, Iwao

e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology (Internet), 16, p.53 - 59, 2018/03

Surface ionization for cesium chloride and Cs-adsorbed soil has been investigated. For cesium chloride, neutral cesium was desorbed around 645$$^{circ}$$C which is close to the melting point of cesium. While Cs$$^{+}$$ ion was desorbed from 400$$^{circ}$$C. The ratio of desorbed ions and neutrals (Cs$$^{+}$$/Cs$$^{0}$$) has a maximum around 410 $$^{circ}$$C. Temperature dependence of Cs$$^{+}$$/Cs$$^{0}$$ was analyzed using Saha-Langmuir equation, As a result, it was found that the temperature maximum is due to the changes of the surface work function induced by the phase transition of CsCl.

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Micro-orientation control of silicon polymer thin films on graphite surfaces modified by heteroatom doping

Shimoyama, Iwao; Baba, Yuji; Hirao, Norie*

Advances in Engineering (Internet), 1 Pages, 2018/02

The performance of organic devices largely depends on molecular orientation in organic films. Whereas micro-orientation control of organic molecules is an indispensable technology for integration of organic devices, the method has not been established. We attempted to control micro-orientation of polydimethylsilane (PDMS) thin films by deposition of PDMS on graphite substrates modified by hetero atom doping using ion beam. Polarization dependence measurements of X-ray absorption spectroscopy and molecular orbital calculations clarified that PDMS films have lying, standing, and random orientations on the non irradiated, N$$_{2}$$$$^{+}$$-irradiated, and Ar$$^{+}$$-irradiated graphite surfaces, respectively. Furthermore, photoemission microscopy observation clarified that a PDMS film showed micro-patterns on a graphite surface with a microstructure on the order of $$mu$$m by separating N$$_{2}$$$$^{+}$$-irradiated and non irradiated areas. These results demonstrate our method is promising for micro-orientation of organic molecules.

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Ion desorption from cesium chloride and cesium-adsorbed soil by surface ionization

Baba, Yuji; Shimoyama, Iwao

Photon Factory Activity Report 2017, 3 Pages, 2018/00

When a solid is heated in vacuum, a part of the surface layer desorbs as ions, which is known as "surface ionization". In this report, we present the results for surface ionization of bulk cesium chloride (CsCl). When the positive potential was applied to the sample, we found that the Cs$$^{+}$$ ions were desorbed at around 410 $$^{circ}$$C, which is lower than the melting point of CsCl (645 $$^{circ}$$C). The low desorption temperature was explained by the changes in the work function of the CsCl surface. As an application, we also investigated the desorption of Cs$$^{+}$$ ions from Cs-adsorbed soil. When Cs-adsorbed soil was heated at 460 $$^{circ}$$C for 2 hours, about 13% of Cs was desorbed as Cs$$^{+}$$ ions. The results suggest that the surface ionization would possibly be applied to the desorption of Cs from contaminated soil.

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Proposed cesium-free mineralization method for soil decontamination; Demonstration of cesium removal from weathered biotite

Honda, Mitsunori; Shimoyama, Iwao; Kogure, Toshihiro*; Baba, Yuji; Suzuki, Shinichi; Yaita, Tsuyoshi

ACS Omega (Internet), 2(12), p.8678 - 8681, 2017/12

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:22.2(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

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Micro-orientation control of silicon polymer thin films on graphite surfaces modified by heteroatom doping

Shimoyama, Iwao; Baba, Yuji; Hirao, Norie*

Applied Surface Science, 405, p.255 - 266, 2017/05

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:6.67(Chemistry, Physical)

NEXAFS spectroscopy is applied to study orientation structures of polydimethylsilane (PDMS) films deposited on heteroatom-doped graphite substrates prepared by ion beam doping. The Si ${it K}$-edge NEXAFS spectra of PDMS show opposite trends of polarization dependence for non irradiated and N$$_{2}$$$$^{+}$$-irradiated substrates, and show no polarization dependence for an Ar$$^{+}$$-irradiated substrate. Based on a theoretical interpretation of the NEXAFS spectra via first-principles calculations, we clarify that PDMS films have lying, standing, and random orientations on the non irradiated, N$$_{2}$$$$^{+}$$-irradiated, and Ar$$^{+}$$-irradiated substrates, respectively. Furthermore, photoemission electron microscopy indicates that the orientation of a PDMS film can be controlled with microstructures on the order of $$mu$$m by separating irradiated and non irradiated areas on the graphite surface. These results suggest that surface modification of graphite using ion beam doping is useful for micro-orientation control of organic thin films.

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Development of cesium-free mineralization for decontamination and reuse of radioactive contaminated soil in Fukushima

Shimoyama, Iwao; Honda, Mitsunori; Kogure, Toshihiro*; Baba, Yuji; Hirao, Norie*; Okamoto, Yoshihiro; Yaita, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Shinichi

Photon Factory News, 35(1), p.17 - 22, 2017/05

We introduce Cs-free mineralization (CFM) for Cs removal and reuse of radioactive-contaminated soil in Fukushima and report recent work conducted in the BL27A beamline in Photon Factory. In this work, we investigated compositional and structural changes of Cs-sorbed weathered biotite (WB) before and after heating treatment with addition of NaCl-CaCl$$_{2}$$ salts under low-pressure condition, to study Cs desorption mechanism from clay minerals. X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy clarified that almost all Cs and K were removed with the salts at 700 $$^{circ}$$C. On the other hand, Ca increased with heating temperature. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analysis clarified that phase transitions from WB to some Ca-rich silicate minerals, e.g., augite, were caused by the heating treatment with the salt. Based on these results, CFM is proposed for Cs removal utilizing the mechanism in which large monovalent cations are discharged with accompanying the phase transition. We also discuss the role of Cl in this reaction showing chemical bonding change of Cl observed using X-ray absorption spectroscopy in the early stage of the chemical reaction.

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Chemical states of trace-level strontium adsorbed on layered oxide by XPS and XANES under total reflection condition

Baba, Yuji; Shimoyama, Iwao

Photon Factory Activity Report 2016, 2 Pages, 2017/00

In order to elucidate the adsorption states of radioactive Sr-90 in soil, chemical bonding states of non-radioactive strontium adsorbed on layered oxide (mica) have been investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy. Since the number of atoms in radioactive Sr-90 is extremely small, the XPS and XANES were measured under total reflection condition of the incident X-rays. The detection limit in total reflection XPS was about 150 pg/cm$$^{2}$$, which corresponds to 300 Bq of Sr-90. The Sr 2p$$_{3/2}$$ core-level energy in XPS shifted to lower energy with the decrease in the thickness of Sr layer. Also, the Sr 2p$$_{3/2}$$ $$rightarrow$$ Sr 4d$$^{*}$$ resonance energy in XANES shifts to lower energy with the decrease in the thickness. On the basis of a simple point charge model, it was elucidated that the chemical bond between Sr and mica surface becomes ionic with the decrease in the adsorbed amount of strontium.

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Chemical state analysis of trace-level alkali metals sorbed in micaceous oxide by total reflection X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Baba, Yuji; Shimoyama, Iwao; Hirao, Norie*

Applied Surface Science, 384, p.511 - 516, 2016/10


 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:28.08(Chemistry, Physical)

Chemical states of cesium as well as the other alkali metals (sodium and rubidium) sorbed in micaceous oxides have been investigated by total reflection X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (TR-XPS). For cesium, it was shown that ultra-trace amount of cesium down to about 100 pg/cm$$^{-2}$$ can be detected by TR-XPS. This amount corresponds to about 200 Bq of $$^{137}$$Cs (t$$_{1/2}$$ = 30.2y). It was demonstrated that ultra-trace amount of cesium corresponding to radioactive cesium level can be measured by TR-XPS. As to the chemical states, it was found that core-level binding energy in TR-XPS for trace-level cesium shifted to lower-energy side compared with that for thicker layer. A reverse tendency is observed in sodium. Based on charge transfer within a simple point-charge model, it is concluded that chemical bond between alkali metal and micaceous oxide for ultra-thin layer is more polarized that for thick layer.

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Desorption behavior of Cs from clay minerals by thermal heating in a vacuum; Analyses by thermal desorption spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Hirao, Norie; Shimoyama, Iwao; Baba, Yuji; Izumi, Toshinori; Okamoto, Yoshihiro; Yaita, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Shinichi

Bunseki Kagaku, 65(5), p.259 - 266, 2016/05

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:16.04(Chemistry, Analytical)

After the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, radiocesium was strongly fixed to clay minerals in the soil. Some dry methods with heating are being developed to remove radiocesium from the soil. In this work, we propose a new dry method that combines heat treatment in vacuum and molten salts to reduce the processing temperature in dry methods. Vermiculite saturated with non-radioactive Cs was heated in vacuum, and Cs contents in the vermiculite were compared before and after heating using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Approximately 40% of cesium were removed by heating at 800$$^{circ}$$C for three minutes when only vermiculite was heated. Approximately 70% of cesium were removed by heating at 450$$^{circ}$$C for three minutes when vermiculite was heated with NaCl/CaCl$$_{2}$$ mixed salts. Based on these results, this method is expected to reduce temperature and increase efficiency on dry methods for cesium removal from clay minerals.

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Thiophene adsorption on phosphorus- and nitrogen-doped graphites; Control of desulfurization properties of carbon materials by heteroatom doping

Shimoyama, Iwao; Baba, Yuji

Carbon, 98, p.115 - 125, 2016/03

 Times Cited Count:31 Percentile:72.48(Chemistry, Physical)

The amounts of adsorbed thiophene were compared among phosphorus- and nitrogen-doped graphite and graphite damaged by Ar$$^{+}$$ irradiation to clarify the influence of heteroatom doping on the adsorptive desulfurization properties of $$pi$$-conjugated carbon materials. On the basis of thiophene coverages estimated from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Phosphorus-doped graphite had an adsorption ability that was 10-20 times larger than that of Nitrogen-doped graphite, indicating that the adsorptive desulfurization property of carbon largely depends on dopant atoms. Polarization dependent analysis using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy was used to distinguish the configurations at dopant sites, indicating that the curved structures of phosphorus sites exhibited approximately 10 times greater adsorption abilities when compared with the planar structures. Theoretical simulation using molecular orbital calculations indicated different dopant effects between phosphorus and nitrogen along with different thiophene adsorption behaviors between planar and curved structures. Finally, experimental thiophene desorption results obtained at different temperatures revealed an advantage of phosphorus doping for reactivation.

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Electronic structures at phosphorus sites doped in graphite; Spectral analysis of P K-edge NEXAFS with DVX$$alpha$$ calculations

Shimoyama, Iwao; Baba, Yuji

DV-X$$alpha$$ Kenkyu Kyokai Kaiho, 28(1&2), p.62 - 69, 2016/03

We studied electronic structures at phosphorus sites doped in graphite to clarify the dopant effect on catalytic activity of P-doped graphite using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. A sample prepared by high-temperature doping at 700 $$^{circ}$$C showed graphite-like clear polarization dependence of P K-edge NEXAFS spectra indicating planar structure at phosphorus sites. We calculated electronic structures at phosphorus sites in carbon model clusters using the DV-X$$alpha$$ method and compare them with NEXAFS. The electronic structure at planar phosphorus site with three carbon coordination reproduced the NEXAFS spectra. On the other hand, samples prepared by room-temperature doping and post annealing at 800 $$^{circ}$$C showed deterioration of polarization dependence of NEXAFS. We clarified that an electronic structure of a curved carbon model cluster with a pentagon reproduced change of polarization dependence and spectral shape of NEXAFS. This means local structures at phosphorus sites can be controlled by substrate temperatures during ion dopings.

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X-ray absorption fine structure at the cesium $$L$$3 absorption edge for cesium sorbed in clay minerals

Honda, Mitsunori; Shimoyama, Iwao; Okamoto, Yoshihiro; Baba, Yuji; Suzuki, Shinichi; Yaita, Tsuyoshi

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120(10), p.5534 - 5538, 2016/03

 Times Cited Count:21 Percentile:59.9(Chemistry, Physical)

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Development of fluorescence XAFS system in soft X-ray region toward operando conditions using polycapillary X-ray lens

Honda, Mitsunori; Shimoyama, Iwao; Baba, Yuji; Suzuki, Shinichi; Okamoto, Yoshihiro; Yaita, Tsuyoshi

e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology (Internet), 14, p.35 - 38, 2016/02

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Observation of oriented organic semiconductor using Photo-Electron Emission Microscope (PEEM) with polarized synchrotron

Sekiguchi, Tetsuhiro; Baba, Yuji; Hirao, Norie; Honda, Mitsunori; Izumi, Toshinori; Ikeura, Hiromi*

Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 622(1), p.44 - 49, 2015/12


 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

The molecular orientation is one of the important factors for controlling various properties in organic semiconductor materials. Films are usually heterogeneous. Thus they exist as a mixture of microscopic domains which have a variety of orientation directions. Therefore, it is essential to observe selectively microscopic domains with different orientation direction. In this work, we have developed the photoelectron emission microscopy (PEEM) system combined with the linearly polarized vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light or synchrotron radiation (SR) X-rays. PEEM images (FOV = ca.50 micro m) for poly(3-hexylthiophene), P3HT thin films were observed under the UV irradiation with various polarization angles, including in-plain and out-of-plain polarization. Morphologies at some bright parts are different each other. The resultant observation suggests that it enables us to distinguish oriented micro-domains with specific directions of polymer chain axis from other amorphous parts.

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Interaction between ultra-trace amount of cesium and oxides studied by total-reflection X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Baba, Yuji; Shimoyama, Iwao; Hirao, Norie; Izumi, Toshinori

e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology (Internet), 13, p.417 - 421, 2015/09

 Times Cited Count:1

The interaction between alkali metals and oxides has attracted much attention as heterogeneous catalysis, chemical reaction promoters, and high intensity electron emitter. Also the interaction of cesium and oxides has become important subject, because radioactive cesium trapped in minerals such as clay and soil may cause health risks. In the present study, we analyzed chemical states of ultra-trace amount of cesium on oxide surfaces by total reflection X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (TR-XPS) exited by synchrotron radiation. For the adsorbed cesium thicker than 0.01 layer, cesium is weakly bound with oxide through Van-der-Waals force. On the other hand, for ultra-thin layer about 0.002 layer, the chemical bond changes to covalent bond. It is suggested that this change in the chemical bonding state is one of the reasons why radioactive cesium is hard to be released from minerals.

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Synthesis of hexagonal boron carbonitride without nitrogen void defects

Mannan, M. A.*; Baba, Yuji; Kida, Tetsuya*; Nagano, Masamitsu*; Noguchi, Hideyuki*

Materials Sciences and Applications, 6(5), p.353 - 359, 2015/05

The synthesis and structure of hexagonal boron carbonitride (h-BCN) film on polycrystalline diamond surface were reported. Polycrystalline diamond and/or diamond-like carbon were first fabricated on Si (100) and then it was used as substrate. The deposition was performed by radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. In order to reduce the content of nitrogen void defects, the deposition was performed at the high temperature of 950$$^{circ}$$C under the working pressure of 2.6 Pa. The typical sample with atomic composition of B$$_{31}$$C$$_{37}$$N$$_{26}$$O$$_{6}$$ in the h-BCN lattice was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The fine structure of the film was studied by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) measurements. The B K-edge and N K-edge of NEXAFS spectra revealed that the synthesized h-BCN film has the ideal honeycomb-like BN$$_{3}$$ configuration without nitrogen void defects.

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Contracted interlayer distance in graphene/sapphire heterostructure

Entani, Shiro; Antipina, L. Y.*; Avramov, P.*; Otomo, Manabu*; Matsumoto, Yoshihiro*; Hirao, Norie; Shimoyama, Iwao; Naramoto, Hiroshi*; Baba, Yuji; Sorokin, P. B.*; et al.

Nano Research, 8(5), p.1535 - 1545, 2015/05

 Times Cited Count:23 Percentile:69.46(Chemistry, Physical)

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Reconsidering of a polarization rule on atomic arrangements of graphite-like boron carbonitride

Shimoyama, Iwao; Baba, Yuji; Sekiguchi, Tetsuhiro

DV-X$$alpha$$ Kenkyu Kyokai Kaiho, 27(1&2), p.34 - 44, 2015/03

no abstracts in English

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A Fluorescence XAFS measurement instrument in the Soft X-ray region toward observation under operando conditions

Honda, Mitsunori; Baba, Yuji; Shimoyama, Iwao; Sekiguchi, Tetsuhiro

Review of Scientific Instruments, 86(3), p.035103_1 - 035103_5, 2015/03

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:42.12(Instruments & Instrumentation)

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