Thomas Wågberg

Thomas Wågberg
Umeå University | UMU · Department of Physics

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Introduction
I am leading a research group working on nanostructured carbon and nano catalyst materials. Our work is mainly focused on materials science, nanotechnolgy and the application of our materials in energy and electronics. If you want to find out more about our work, please visit our home page: http://www.umunano.org/
Additional affiliations
May 2017 - present
Umeå University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
January 2017 - present
Umeå University
Position
  • Head of Department
January 2005 - present
Umeå University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
August 1997 - December 2001
Umeå University
Field of study
  • Experimental Physics
August 1991 - May 1996
Umeå University
Field of study
  • Physics

Publications

Publications (234)
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Solar energy will be a crucial part of the sustainable, fossil free energy production of the future. A majority of this will be produced by solar collectors and photovoltaics. Important for the efficient utilization of the incident solar energy for both technologies are a cover glass with antireflective coatings giving it a high solar transmittance...
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In the present work, a microwave-assisted and secondary roasting preparation process was used to synthesize nanocomposite materials. These materials were modified with amorphous cobalt nanoparticles (Co NPs) on the surface of biochar doped with different nitrogen sources (melamine (Me), 1,10-phenanthroline (Ph), and urea (Ur)). The nanocomposite (C...
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One-dimensional tellurium nanostructures can exhibit distinct electronic properties from those seen in bulk Te. The electronic properties of nanostructured Te are highly dependent on their morphology, and thus controlled synthesis processes are required. Here, highly crystalline tellurium nanowires were produced via physical vapour deposition. We u...
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Simultaneous construction of size-asymmetric metal single atoms and nanoparticle active sites in advanced and robust carrier materials is particularly important yet challenging for efficient reversible oxygen catalysis. Herein, a facile “chemical etching/in-Situ capture” synthesis strategy was developed to fabricate a unique double-shelled carbon-b...
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Removal of excess phosphorus (P) from water systems can effectively prevent eutrophication and maintain the ecological balance. In this study, we used a novel freeze-drying thermal oxidation process to prepare a rod-shaped lanthanum oxychloride decorated porous carbon material, polyvinylpyrrolidone /LaOCl (PL). PL showed excellent performance in re...
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Solution precursor plasma spraying is used to produce catalytic trimetallic coatings containing Ni, Fe and Mo directly onto stainless‐steel mesh, Ni foam and carbon paper. The resulting material is mostly comprised of face centered cubic FeNi3 alloy forming a highly porous coating with nanostructured features. The addition of Mo (up to ≈14 at%) gen...
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The rational modulation of metal catalysts with tailorable valence and redox properties is a promising strategy for further improving their catalytic performance. Herein, an environment-friendly grafting and thermal strategy were adopted to immobilize copper oxides nanoparticles on carbon nanofiber (CuOx/CF). Benefiting from the defect-rich-surface...
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A detailed study of the oxidation of Cu substrates was carried out under controlled conditions by regulating the pressure, atmosphere composition, process time, and temperature. By tuning the synthesis conditions, the formation of cuprous oxide (Cu 2 O) or cupric oxide (CuO) could be preferentially promoted. The oxidation temperature was varied fro...
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Experimental synthesis of new sp³ hybridized carbon/boron nitride structures remains challenging despite that numerous sp³ structures have been proposed in theory. Here, we showed that compressed multi-walled boron nitride nanotubes (MWBNNTs) and boron nitride peapods (C60@BNNTs) with small diameters could transform into a new sp³ hybridized boron...
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Peroxymonosulfate (PMS) driven by halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) modified with nanomanganese cobaltate (MnCo2O4) generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) that offer high degradation efficiency and mineralization rates for many typical antibiotic pollutants, such as ornidazole (ONZ). The experimental results show that halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) modifie...
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Inexpensive, high-activity bifunctional catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are imperative for the development of energy storage and conversion systems. A nitrogen-doped carbon material with a micro−meso−macroporous structure doped with La (LaPNC) containing La−O/N−C active sites is prepared using S...
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The realization of a hydrogen-based economy with robust hydrogen evolution reaction catalysts remains a challenge. In this study, we prepared MoO2/Mo2N3 heterostructure nanoclusters co-doped with nitrogen, phosphorus, and erbium for the first time. The introduction of the nitrogen and phosphorus atoms into the transition metal increases the d-elect...
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Half of today's global energy consumption is in the form of heating and cooling. Solar collectors are the most promising sustainable alternative to fossil fuels in this sector. The most important component in a solar collector is the receiver, which by use of a selective surface absorbs and converts solar irradiance to thermal energy. Herein, a nov...
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In this work, MIL-100(Fe)-decorated mesoporous carbon powders ([email protected](Fe)) were prepared by in situ growth of MIL-100(Fe) on the surface of ZIF-8 framework-based mesoporous carbons (MC). The hybrid material was characterized using SEM equipped with EDS mapping for morphology investigation, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for chemical va...
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Exposure to even trace amounts of Cd(II) and Pb(II) in food can have serious effects on the human body. Therefore, the development of novel electrochemical sensors that can accurately detect the different toxicity levels of heavy metal ions in food is of great significance. Based on the principle of green chemistry, we propose a new type of boron a...
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Centimeter-scale composite biochar-alginate gel beads (MoS2B/CaCO3/Alg) were designed for the adsorption of Pb(II) in water using MoS2 modified biochar as the filler, alginate as the matrix, and CaCO3 as the active additive component. The composite gel beads were characterized using scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectrosco...
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The reduction of nitroaromatics is important in industrial wastewater treatment. However, the activity of an external catalyst is critical for the reaction. In this study, Au nanocrystals were anchored in situ on two-dimensional graphene oxide (GO), which had oxygen-rich groups on its surface. Oxygen-containing groups combined to form functional bo...
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The reduction of nitroaromatics to aminoaromatics is essential for fine chemical production and effective sewage treatment. However, the activity of an external catalyst is essential for the reaction. In this study, Pd nanocrystals were anchored in situ on two-dimensional graphene oxide (GO), which acted as a catalyst support with high specific sur...
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Lanthanide materials are attracting increasing attention owing to their ability to strongly bind with phosphorus (P). In this paper, a novel method of producing clean lanthanum nano-aerosols by spark ablation is proposed, the particles are uniformly deposited on a cheap and readily available Polypropylene(PP) fiber membrane in a special gas environ...
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An alginate gel bead composite adsorbent with polyethyleneimine (PEI) as a surface modifier and Eichhornia crassipes (EC) biochar, known as EC-alg/PEI-3, was added internally to the adsorb Cr(VI) from an aqueous environment. The functionalized gel beads were characterized using SEM, XPS, FTIR, and other techniques. The maximum adsorption capacities...
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In this study, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) were first assembled via the chemical co-precipitation, and high-quality carbon-based metal-free nanomaterials were synthesized using a heat-treatment process. The internal and morphological characteristics of hexagonal Star ZIF-8 were investigated using scan...
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Degrading health-threatening organic pollutants (HTOPs) in water systems through advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) is an effective way to treat environmental wastewater; however, such processes require advanced catalysts. This study combined complexation effects and structural confinement strategies to rapidly prepare Co²⁺-isolated metal-organic...
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Metal‑nitrogen‑carbon materials (M-N-C) have attracted much attention due to their low cost, high abundance, and efficient catalytic performance. Nevertheless, Fe-N-C materials are considered the most promising oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts for replacing noble metals. Ce is chemically active and has many metal valence states, and empty...
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In the present work, irregular Cu nanoparticle-decorated boron-carbon-nitrogen (Cu-BCN) nanosheets were successfully synthesized. A Cu-BCN dispersion was deposited on a bare glassy carbon electrode (GCE) to prepare an electrochemical sensor (Cu-BCN/GCE) for the detection of chloramphenicol (CAP) in the environment. Cu-BCN was characterized using hi...
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Solar energy will be a crucial part of the sustainable, fossil free energy production of the future. A majority of this will be produced by solar collectors and photovoltaics. Important for the efficient utilization of the incident solar energy for both technologies are a cover glass with antireflective coatings giving it a high solar transmittance...
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Chromium (VI) is a widely occurring toxic heavy metal ion in industrial wastewater that seriously impacts the environment. In this study, we used environmentally friendly sodium lignosulfonate (SL), polyethyleneimine (PEI), and sodium alginate (SA) to synthesize SL/PEI/SA beads by employing a simple crosslinking method with to develop a novel absor...
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Plasmonic nanometasurfaces/nanostructures possess strong electromagnetic field enhancement caused by resonant oscillations of free electrons, and has been extensively applied in biosensing, nanophotonic and photocatalysis. However, fabrication of uniform nanostructured metasurfaces by conventional methods is complicated and costly, which mitigates...
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The construction of high‐efficiency and low‐cost non‐noble metal bifunctional electrocatalysts for water electrolysis is crucial for commercial large‐scale application of hydrogen energy. Here, we report a novel strategy with erbium‐doped NiCoP nanowire arrays in situ grown on conductive nickel foam (Er‐NiCoP/NF). Significantly, the developed elect...
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Designing earth-abundant and advanced bi-functional oxygen electrodes for efficient oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are extremely urgent but still ambiguous. Thus, metal-semiconductor nanohybrids were developed with functionally integrating ORR-active Ni species, OER-active Fe/Fe3C components, and multifunctional...
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Fundamental understanding of fabricating promoted bi-functional electrocatalyst to achieve fast charge-transfer and smooth mass-transport in oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) through the rational management of catalyst composition and ingenious design of nanostructure is highly desired but still a formidable challe...
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Doping-inducted heterojunction is an effective strategy to boost the semiconductor photocatalysis. In this work, an artificial chloroplast-like HPWx@Fe2O3-CNTs photocatalyst was developed by a continuous hydrothermal process and microwave irradiation. This catalyst showed an excellent performance in degradation of biotoxic tetracycline (under mild...
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Light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) can be fabricated with cost-efficient printing and coating methods, but a current drawback is that the LEC emitter is commonly either a rare-metal complex or an expensive-to-synthesize conjugated polymer. Here, we address this issue through the pioneering employment of metal-free and facile-to-synthesize...
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Hydrogen production via solar and electrochemical water splitting is a promising approach for storing solar energy and achieving a carbon-neutral economy. However, hydrogen production by photoelectric coupling remains a challenge. Here, by the cooperative coupling of heteroatoms and a heterojunction interface engineering strategy in a limited space...
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Cost-effective and high-performance electrode materials for energy storage and conversion are essential for commercial applications. In this work, the influence of solvent on the morphologies of [CH3NH3][M(HCOO)3] precursors was studied to design and synthesize two-dimensional (2D) porous NiCo2S4 nanosheets with different structures. As an electrod...
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The electrodeposition approach is significant in electrode fabrication for practical application. Herein, the electrodeposited amorphous NiFe hydroxide species for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in water splitting reaction is demonstrated by revealing the synergistic effect influenced by the support electrode of Fe and Ni foil and the contents of...
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Simultaneously tuning the electronic structure of active sites and the microenvironment of carbon matrix in metal phosphide/carbon nanohybrid is the most effective way to design and develop bi-functional electrocatalyst for...
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The hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is a key process in electrochemical water splitting. To lower the cost and environmental impact of this process, it is highly motivated to develop electrocatalysts with low or no content of noble metals. Here, we report on an ingenious synthesis of hybrid PtxNi1–x electrocatalysts in the form of a nanoparticle–...
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The hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is a key process in electrochemical water splitting. To lower the cost and environmental impact of this process, it is highly motivated to develop electrocatalysts with low or no content of noble metals. Here we report on a novel and ingenious synthesis of hybrid PtxNi1-x electrocatalysts in the form of a nanop...
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We present the synthesis and characterization of an efficient and low cost solar-driven electrolyzer consisting of Earth-abundant materials. The trimetallic NiFeMo electrocatalyst takes the shape of nanometer-sized flakes anchored to a fully carbon-based current collector comprising a nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube network, which in turn is grown o...
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Electrochemical synthesis of ammonia driven by clean energy is expected to realize the supply of ammonia for distributed production of industry and agriculture. Here, nickel nanoparticles and nickel in the form of single atoms were simultaneously anchored on the electrochemically active carrier BCN matrix through a structured domain strategy, which...
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The large-scale and controllable synthesis of novel N-doped three-dimensional (3D) carbon nanocage-decorated carbon skeleton sponges (Co-NCMS) is introduced. These Co-NCMS were highly active and durable non-noble metal catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). This hybrid electrocatalyst showed high ORR activity with a diffusion-limiting c...
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Ammonia production via the electrochemical N2 reduction reaction (NRR) at ambient conditions is highly desired as an alternative to the Haber-Bosch process, but remains a great challenge due to the low efficiency and selectivity caused by the competing hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Herein we investigate the effect of availabilities of reactant...
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The light-emitting electrochemical cell (LEC) allows for energy- and cost-efficient printing and coating fabrication of its entire device structure, including both electrodes and the single-layer active material. This attractive fabrication opportunity is enabled by the electrochemical action of mobile ions in the active material. However, a relate...
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Cr(VI) is a common pollutant in wastewater and many previous studies using biochar-based materials as adsorbents for their well adsorption performance. However, the preparations of some biochars are complex, uneconomical, and with a poor reusability, which set limit on their practical application. Here, a mesoporous-rich biochar-based Cr(VI) adsorb...
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In this study, we report a 3D structured carbon foam electrode assembled from a bi-functional NiCo catalyst, carbon nanotubes (CNT), and a monolith 3D structured carbon foam (CF) as a highly active and stable electrode for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and methanol oxidation reaction (MOR). When the NiCo@CNTs/CF electrode was used as an anode in...
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In this report we present XPS data for five amino acids (AAs) (tryptophan, methionine, glutamine, glutamic acid, and arginine) with different side chain groups measured in solid state (powder form). The theoretically and experimentally obtained chemical structure of AAs are compared. Here, we analyse and discuss C 1 s, N 1 s, O 1s and S 2p core lev...
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We report on the synthesis of CsPbBr3 perovskite quantum dots (PeQDs) with a high solubility of 75 g/L in toluene and a good film-forming property, as enabled by a dense layer of didodecyldimethylammonium bromide and octanoic acid surface ligands. The crystalline and monodisperse PeQDs feature a cubic-like shape, with an edge length of 10.1 nm, and...
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Morphology and dispersity are key factors for activating peroxymonosulfate (PMS). In this study, we designed a recyclable open-type NiCo2O4 hollow microsphere via a simple hydrothermal method with the assistance of an NH3 vesicle. The physical structure and chemical properties were characterized using techniques such as scanning electron microscope...
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Worldwide significant efforts are ongoing to develop devices that store solar energy as fuels. In one such approach, solar energy is absorbed by semiconductors and utilized directly by catalysts at their surfaces to split water into H2 and O2. To protect the semiconductors in these photo-electrochemical cells (PEC) from corrosion, frequently thin T...
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Electrolytic water splitting using surplus electricity represents one of the most cost‐effective and promising strategies for hydrogen production. The high overpotential of the oxygen‐evolution reaction (OER) caused by the multi‐electron transfer process with a high chemical energy barrier, however, limits its competitiveness. Here, an highly activ...
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We show how structurally ordered L1 0 face-centered tetragonal FePt nanoparticles are produced by a solid-state microwave-assisted synthesis method. The structural phase as well as the incorporated Fe into the nanoparticles is confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high-resolution high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy...
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In this study we present a new comprehensive methodology to quantify the catalytic activity of heterogeneous materials for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) using ab initio simulations. The model is composed of two parts; first the equilibrium hydrogen coverage is obtained by an iterative evaluation of the hydrogen adsorption free energies (∆G_...
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The development of bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts with high efficiency, high stability, and low cost is of great significance to the industrialization of rechargeable Zn–air batteries. A widely accepted view is that the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) follow different catalytic mechanisms, and according...
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All-inorganic and earth-abundant bi-/trimetallic hydr(oxy)oxides are widely used as oxygen evolution electrocatalysts owing to their remarkable performance. However, their atomically precise structures remain undefined, complicating their optimization and limiting the understanding of their enhanced performance. Here, the underlying structure-prope...
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The light-emitting electrochemical cell (LEC) has demonstrated capacity for cost- and material-efficient solution-based fabrication of the active material under ambient air. In this context, it is notable that corresponding reports on a scalable solution fabrication of the electrodes, particularly the top electrode, are rare. We address this issue...