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Oct 2023 • 244th ECS Meeting (October 8-12, 2023)

(Invited) Suppression of Batteries Electrode Material Degradation by Using Surface Modifications Techniques

Malachi Noked

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Oct 2023 • arXiv preprint arXiv:2210.02739

High energy-resolution transient ghost absorption spectroscopy

Alok Kumar Tripathi, Yishai Klein, Edward Strizhevsky, Flavio Capotondi, Dario De Angelis, Luca Giannessi, Matteo Pancaldi, Emanuele Pedersoli, Kevin C Prince, Or Sefi, Young Yong Kim, Ivan A Vartanyants, Sharon Shwartz

We demonstrate the measurement of ultrafast dynamics using ghost spectroscopy and a pump-probe approach with an optical pump and a short-wavelength radiation probe. The ghost spectroscopy approach is used to overcome the challenge of the strong intensity and spectrum fluctuations at free-electron lasers and to provide high -spectral resolution, which enables the measurement of small energy shifts in the absorption spectrum. We exploit the high resolution to explore the dynamics of the charge carrier excitations and relaxations and their impact on the photoinduced structural changes in silicon by measuring the variation of the absorption spectrum of a Si(100) membrane near the silicon L2,3 edge and the accompanying edge shifts in response to the optical illumination.

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Oct 2023 • Nano Letters

Unveiling Local Optical Properties Using Nanoimaging Phase Mapping in High-Index Topological Insulator Bi2Se3 Resonant Nanostructures

Sukanta Nandi, Shany Z Cohen, Danveer Singh, Michal Poplinger, Pilkhaz Nanikashvili, Doron Naveh, Tomer Lewi

Topological insulators are materials characterized by an insulating bulk and high mobility topologically protected surface states, making them promising candidates for future optoelectronic and quantum devices. Although their electronic properties have been extensively studied, their mid-infrared (MIR) properties and prospective photonic capabilities have not been fully uncovered. Here, we use a combination of far-field and near-field nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy to study chemical vapor deposition-grown Bi2Se3 nanobeams (NBs). We extract the MIR optical constants of Bi2Se3, revealing refractive index values as high as n ∼ 6.4, and demonstrate that the NBs support Mie resonances across the MIR. Local near-field reflection phase mapping reveals domains of various phase shifts, providing information on the local optical properties of the NBs. We experimentally measure up to 2π phase-shift across the …

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Oct 2023 • Chemistry of Materials

Theoretical Insights into High-Entropy Ni-Rich Layered Oxide Cathodes for Low-Strain Li-Ion Batteries

Amreen Bano, Malachi Noked, Dan Thomas Major

Ni-rich, Co-free layered oxide cathode materials are promising candidates for next-generation Li-ion batteries due to their high energy density. However, these cathode materials suffer from rapid capacity fading during electrochemical cycling. To overcome this shortcoming, so-called high-entropy (HE) materials, which are obtained by incorporating multiple dopants, have been suggested. Recent experimental work has shown that HE Ni-rich cathode materials can offer excellent capacity retention on cycling, although a thorough rationale for this has yet to be provided. Here, we present classical and first-principles calculations to elucidate the salient features of HE layered oxides as cathode materials in Li-ion batteries. We suggest that a combination of five prime factors may be responsible for the enhanced performance of HE Ni-rich layered oxide cathode materials over other Ni-rich cathodes: (1) low crystal lattice …

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Oct 2023 • ACS Nano

Triggering Gaussian-to-Exponential Transition of Displacement Distribution in Polymer Nanocomposites via Adsorption-Induced Trapping

Ming Hu, Hongbo Chen, Hongru Wang, Stanislav Burov, Eli Barkai, Dapeng Wang

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Oct 2023 • Heliyon

Sonochemical treatment of packaging materials for prolonging fresh produce shelf life

Belal Abu Salha, Ilana Perelshtein, Aharon Gedanken

Packaging bags made of polyethylene (PE) were sonochemically coated with edible antibacterial nanoparticles of chitosan (CS). In this work, the nanoparticles (NPs) were deposited on the surface of PE packaging bags by applying sonication waves on an acetic solution of chitosan. The characterization of CS NPs and PE bags was conducted by physicochemical techniques. The results showed that the coated bags had longer freshness than the uncoated ones. Furthermore, the characterization of cucumber, mushroom, and garlic placed into coated and uncoated PE bags was conducted by monitoring various parameters such as mass loss, total soluble solids, pH, and visual inspection. The study revealed that the PE bags coated with CS NPs showed a noticeable result in extending the shelf life of fresh produce. Finally, the antibacterial activity of PE bags was evaluated against various bacterial species. Hence …

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Oct 2023 • Colloids and Interfaces

Recyclable Adsorbents for Potash Brine Desalination Based on Silicate Powder: Application, Regeneration and Utilization

Akmaral B Rakhym, Zarina Ye Baranchiyeva, Aruzhan K Kenessova, Bagashar B Zhaksybai, Diana N Dauzhanova, Yitzhak Mastai, Gulziya A Seilkhanova

Silicate mineral powders (SMP) from weathered granite soil from Kazakhstan are proposed for the desalination of potash brines containing sodium, potassium and chloride ions. Batch adsorption experiments using acid-treated silicate (AS) achieved a Na+/K+/Cl− recovery of ~13/28/6 mg/g. An isothermal study best fitted the Freundlich and Dubinin–Radushkevich models for Na+ and K+/Cl−. The kinetic data were best modeled by pseudo-second-order kinetics for Na+/K+ and pseudo-first-order for Cl−. Thermodynamic calculations showed spontaneity under natural conditions. For Na+/K+, physisorption is accompanied by ion exchange. To study the possibility of sorbent reuse, several cycles of K+/Na+ adsorption–desorption were carried out under optimal conditions. AS selectively adsorbed potassium ions, maintaining a high effectiveness during five cycles providing K-form silicate fertilizers. Leachates of spent AS contain high concentrations of K/Na/Ca/Mg and other microelements essential for plants. Thus, SMP resolve two issues: the desalination of brine and the provision of fertilizer.

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Oct 2023 • Nature Nanotechnology

High-energy all-solid-state lithium batteries enabled by Co-free LiNiO2 cathodes with robust outside-in structures

Longlong Wang, Ayan Mukherjee, Chang-Yang Kuo, Sankalpita Chakrabarty, Reut Yemini, Arrelaine A Dameron, Jaime W DuMont, Sri Harsha Akella, Arka Saha, Sarah Taragin, Hagit Aviv, Doron Naveh, Daniel Sharon, Ting-Shan Chan, Hong-Ji Lin, Jyh-Fu Lee, Chien-Te Chen, Boyang Liu, Xiangwen Gao, Suddhasatwa Basu, Zhiwei Hu, Doron Aurbach, Peter G Bruce, Malachi Noked

A critical current challenge in the development of all-solid-state lithium batteries (ASSLBs) is reducing the cost of fabrication without compromising the performance. Here we report a sulfide ASSLB based on a high-energy, Co-free LiNiO2 cathode with a robust outside-in structure. This promising cathode is enabled by the high-pressure O2 synthesis and subsequent atomic layer deposition of a unique ultrathin LixAlyZnzOδ protective layer comprising a LixAlyZnzOδ surface coating region and an Al and Zn near-surface doping region. This high-quality artificial interphase enhances the structural stability and interfacial dynamics of the cathode as it mitigates the contact loss and continuous side reactions at the cathode/solid electrolyte interface. As a result, our ASSLBs exhibit a high areal capacity (4.65 mAh cm−2), a high specific cathode capacity (203 mAh g−1), superior cycling stability (92% capacity retention …

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Oct 2023 • Authorea Preprints

Effect of Coil Dimensions on Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles

Sahar Bareli, Lidor Geri, Yasha Nikulshin, Oren E Nahum, Yuval Hadas, Yosef Yeshurun, Eyal Yaniv, Shuki Wolfus

We explore the effects of various receiver coil dimensions and configurations on power transfer efficiency and cost of operation, using advanced simulation tools. We demonstrate that the spatial distribution of the magnetic field leads to a non-monotonic dependence of the coupling coefficient on coil size. Thus, an optimal coil size, where the coupling coefficient peaks, should be regarded a crucial design parameter which affects the entire system performances. The incorporation of our findings into a multi-objective optimization algorithm is also discussed.

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Oct 2023 • Nano Letters

Unveiling Local Optical Properties Using Nanoimaging Phase Mapping in High-Index Topological Insulator Bi2Se3 Resonant Nanostructures

Sukanta Nandi, Shany Z Cohen, Danveer Singh, Michal Poplinger, Pilkhaz Nanikashvili, Doron Naveh, Tomer Lewi

Topological insulators are materials characterized by an insulating bulk and high mobility topologically protected surface states, making them promising candidates for future optoelectronic and quantum devices. Although their electronic properties have been extensively studied, their mid-infrared (MIR) properties and prospective photonic capabilities have not been fully uncovered. Here, we use a combination of far-field and near-field nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy to study chemical vapor deposition-grown Bi2Se3 nanobeams (NBs). We extract the MIR optical constants of Bi2Se3, revealing refractive index values as high as n ∼ 6.4, and demonstrate that the NBs support Mie resonances across the MIR. Local near-field reflection phase mapping reveals domains of various phase shifts, providing information on the local optical properties of the NBs. We experimentally measure up to 2π phase-shift across the …

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Oct 2023 • arXiv preprint arXiv:2210.10935

Brownian particles in periodic potentials: Coarse-graining versus fine structure

Lucianno Defaveri, Eli Barkai, David A Kessler

We study the motion of an overdamped particle connected to a thermal heat bath in the presence of an external periodic potential. When the coarse-graining is larger than the periodicity of the potential, the packet of spreading particles, all starting from a common origin, converges to a normal distribution centered at the origin with a mean-squared displacement that grows like , with an effective diffusion constant that is smaller than that of a freely diffusing particle. We examine the interplay between this coarse-grained description and the fine structure of the density, which is given by the Boltzmann-Gibbs factor , the latter being non-normalizable. We explain this result and construct a theory of observables using the Fokker-Planck equation. These observables are classified as those that are related to the BG fine structure, like the energy or occupation times, while others, like the positional moments, for long times, converge to those of the large-scale description. Entropy falls into a special category as it has a coarse-grained and a fine structure description. The basic thermodynamic formula is extended to this far from equilibrium system. The ergodic properties are also studied using tools from infinite ergodic theory.

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Oct 2023 • ACS nano

Triggering Gaussian-to-Exponential Transition of Displacement Distribution in Polymer Nanocomposites via Adsorption-Induced Trapping

Ming Hu, Hongbo Chen, Hongru Wang, Stanislav Burov, Eli Barkai, Dapeng Wang

In many disordered systems, the diffusion of classical particles is described by a displacement distribution P(x, t) that displays exponential tails instead of Gaussian statistics expected for Brownian motion. However, the experimental demonstration of control of this behavior by increasing the disorder strength has remained challenging. In this work, we explore the Gaussian-to-exponential transition by using diffusion of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) in attractive nanoparticle–polymer mixtures and controlling the volume fraction of the nanoparticles. In this work, we find “knobs”, namely nanoparticle concentration and interaction, which enable the change in the shape of P(x,t) in a well-defined way. The Gaussian-to-exponential transition is consistent with a modified large deviation approach for a continuous time random walk and also with Monte Carlo simulations involving a microscopic model of polymer trapping via …

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Oct 2023 • 244th ECS Meeting (October 8-12, 2023), 2023

G01-ALD for Thermoelectrics

Oscar van der Straten, Andrea Illiberi, Malachi Noked


Oct 2023 • Nature Nanotechnology

High-energy all-solid-state lithium batteries enabled by Co-free LiNiO2 cathodes with robust outside-in structures

Longlong Wang, Ayan Mukherjee, Chang-Yang Kuo, Sankalpita Chakrabarty, Reut Yemini, Arrelaine A Dameron, Jaime W DuMont, Sri Harsha Akella, Arka Saha, Sarah Taragin, Hagit Aviv, Doron Naveh, Daniel Sharon, Ting-Shan Chan, Hong-Ji Lin, Jyh-Fu Lee, Chien-Te Chen, Boyang Liu, Xiangwen Gao, Suddhasatwa Basu, Zhiwei Hu, Doron Aurbach, Peter G Bruce, Malachi Noked

A critical current challenge in the development of all-solid-state lithium batteries (ASSLBs) is reducing the cost of fabrication without compromising the performance. Here we report a sulfide ASSLB based on a high-energy, Co-free LiNiO2 cathode with a robust outside-in structure. This promising cathode is enabled by the high-pressure O2 synthesis and subsequent atomic layer deposition of a unique ultrathin LixAlyZnzOδ protective layer comprising a LixAlyZnzOδ surface coating region and an Al and Zn near-surface doping region. This high-quality artificial interphase enhances the structural stability and interfacial dynamics of the cathode as it mitigates the contact loss and continuous side reactions at the cathode/solid electrolyte interface. As a result, our ASSLBs exhibit a high areal capacity (4.65 mAh cm−2), a high specific cathode capacity (203 mAh g−1), superior cycling stability (92% capacity retention …

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Oct 2023 • 244th ECS Meeting (October 8-12, 2023)

High Entropy Configuration Strategy: Boosting Kinetics, Air Stability and Suppressing Phase Transition in Co-Free O3-Layered Cathode for Sodium-Ion Batteries

Akanksha Joshi, Sankalpita Chakrabarty, Sri Harsha Akella, Arka Saha, Ayan Mukherjee, Rosy Sharma, Malachi Noked


Oct 2023 • Quantum

Kirkwood-Dirac quasiprobability approach to the statistics of incompatible observables

Matteo Lostaglio, Alessio Belenchia, Amikam Levy, Santiago Hernández-Gómez, Nicole Fabbri, Stefano Gherardini

Recent work has revealed the central role played by the Kirkwood-Dirac quasiprobability (KDQ) as a tool to properly account for non-classical features in the context of condensed matter physics (scrambling, dynamical phase transitions) metrology (standard and post-selected), thermodynamics (power output and fluctuation theorems), foundations (contextuality, anomalous weak values) and more. Given the growing relevance of the KDQ across the quantum sciences, our aim is two-fold: First, we highlight the role played by quasiprobabilities in characterizing the statistics of quantum observables and processes in the presence of measurement incompatibility. In this way, we show how the KDQ naturally underpins and unifies quantum correlators, quantum currents, Loschmidt echoes, and weak values. Second, we provide novel theoretical and experimental perspectives by discussing a wide variety of schemes to access the KDQ and its non-classicality features.

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Oct 2023 • 244th ECS Meeting (October 8-12, 2023)

Performance and Stability of Carbon-Based Cathodes in Non-Alkaline Zn-Air Batteries

Roman R Kapaev, Amit Ohayon, Masato Sonoo, Malachi Noked


Oct 2023 • ACS nano

ZnO Quantum Photoinitiators as an All-in-One Solution for Multifunctional Photopolymer Nanocomposites

Tom Naor, Shira Gigi, Nir Waiskopf, Gila Jacobi, Sivan Shoshani, Doron Kam, Shlomo Magdassi, Ehud Banin, Uri Banin

Nanocomposites are constructed from a matrix material combined with dispersed nanosized filler particles. Such a combination yields a powerful ability to tailor the desired mechanical, optical, electrical, thermodynamic, and antimicrobial material properties. Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (SCNCs) are exciting potential fillers, as they display size-, shape-, and composition-controlled properties and are easily embedded in diverse matrices. Here we present their role as quantum photoinitiators (QPIs) in acrylate-based polymer, where they act as a catalytic radical initiator and endow the system with mechanical, photocatalytic, and antimicrobial properties. By utilizing ZnO nanorods (NRs) as QPIs, we were able to increase the tensile strength and elongation at break of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) hydrogels by up to 85%, unlike the use of the same ZnO NRs acting merely as fillers. Simultaneously …

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Oct 2023 • 244th ECS Meeting (October 8-12, 2023)

A Scalable Approach to Synthesize Cobalt-Free LNMO Cathode Materials for High Energy Density Lithium Ion Batteries

Tao Hu, Yan Lin, Pekka Tynjälä, Shubo Wang, Gayathri Peta, Harishchandra Singh, Doron Aurbach, Ulla Lassi


Oct 2023 • Frontiers in Microbiology

Corrigendum: Comparative genomics of Bacillus cereus sensu lato spp. biocontrol strains in correlation to in-vitro phenotypes and plant pathogen antagonistic capacity

Maya Moshe, Chhedi Lal Gupta, Rakeshkumar Manojkumar Jain, Noa Sela, Dror Minz, Ehud Banin, Omer Frenkel, Eddie Cytryn

MM: conducted experiments, data and bioinformatics analyses, and wrote manuscript. CG: bioinformatics analysis. NS: genome assembly. DM: project idea and funding acquisition. EB: supervision. EC: experimental design, supervision, funding acquisition, writing, and revisions. OF: participating in experimental design, supervision, funding acquisition, writing, and revisions. RJ: isolation and conducting of the initial in-vitro antifungal analysis on three of the five bacteria investigated in the manuscript. All authors contributed to the article and approved the submitted version.

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Oct 2023 • 244th ECS Meeting (October 8-12, 2023), 2023

G01-Molecular Layer Deposition

Oana Leonte, Oscar van der Straten, Malachi Noked


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