Papers by Author: Koichi Kikuta

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Authors: Toshiaki Yamaguchi, Yuko Kato, Koichi Kikuta, Toshio Suzuki, Yoshinobu Fujishiro, Masanobu Awano, Shin Ichi Hirano
Abstract: The catalytic and electrical properties of an electrochemical NOx reduction system were investigated. A power above 3.5W/cm2 reduced more than 60% of NOx to N2 over the (La,Sr)CoO3-α/Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95/Pt laminated system in a temperature range of 450°C to 650°C. O2- transportation removed the oxygen around the cathode layer through the Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 electrolyte layer, then NO was able to decompose to N2 at the cathode. This ceria-based system exhibited stable NOx reduction with respect to electrical power, regardless of operating temperature.
Authors: Masato Fujioka, Toshiaki Yamaguchi, Wataru Sakamoto, Koichi Kikuta, Shin Ichi Hirano
Abstract: The effect of poly ammonium acrylate (PAA-NH4) dispersant on the dispersibility of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) slurries and the piezoelectric properties of resultant PZT sintered bodies was investigated for the establishment of environmentally friendly aqueous processing. The dispersion state and viscosity of PAA-NH4-added PZT aqueous slurries strongly depended on the slurry pH. Well-dispersed PZT slurries with negligibly small Pb2+ dissolution were obtained in the alkaline side due to the electrostatic steric hindrance effect of adsorbed polyelectrolyte dispersant molecules with a high dissociation ratio of carboxylic acid groups. The homogeneous dense microstructure and the enhancement of the piezoelectric properties of PZT ceramic bodies were achieved by preparing the aqueous PZT slurry with an optimum amount of dispersant.
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