Research Ongoing

Magneto-electric ceramic composite materials

Devices made of Magneto electric (ME) materials are one of the highest priority research topic to develop the next generation of novel multifunctional materials. These systems show the simultaneous existence of two or more ferroic orders, and cross-coupling between them, such as magnetic spin, polarisation, ferroelastic ordering, and ferro toroidicity. Based on the type of ordering and coupling, there is a wide variety of device applications, such as magnetic field sensors, nonvolatile memory elements, ferroelectric photovoltaics, nano-electronics etc. Since single-phase materials exist rarely in nature with strong cross-coupling properties, intensive research activity is being pursued towards the discovery of new single-phase multiferroic materials and the design of new engineered materials with strong magneto-electric (ME) coupling investigated by the scientific ferroics community to develop the next generation of novel multifunctional materials.The ceramic material BaTiO3 will be having the dielectric properties which are very useful in a variety of applications. It is a well known dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric material. Ferrites like, CoFe2O4, NiFe2O4, ZnFe2O4, and MgFe2O4 are very useful magnetic materials having variety of applications. They are used in transformer cores, they have low coercivity, high permeability and ferrite cores used for signals have a range of applications from 1 kHz to 300 MHz. Composites of ceramic-ferrites synthesized to enhance the ferroelectric and magnetic properties in a single material. The characterizations (XRD, P-E, M-H, UV-Vis, SEM, EDX, Magnetocapacitance) of the prepared sample gives the nature of the behavior of sample prepared.

 

Research  Materials studied
  1. (1-x) BaTiO3 + x CoFe2O4
  2. (1-x) BaTiO3 + x NiFe2O4
  3. (1-x) BaTiO3 + x ZnFe2O4
  4. (1-x) BaTiO3 + x MgFe2O4

NKN-BaTiO3 based lead free piezoelectric ceramics

NKN-BaTiO3 based lead free piezoelectric ceramics

Piezoelectric ceramics have been widely used as actuator, transducer, and sensor materials. It is well known that a series of lead-based perovskite ceramics, such as Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3, Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3, show excellent piezoelectric and electromechanical properties. However, the toxicity of lead-based ceramics has drawn our attention for the sake of environmental protection, and there is an ever-increasing demand for lead-free piezoelectric materials. Nowadays, lead free ceramics have been intensively studied due to the environmental concern.

Among the various lead-free candidates, sodium potassium niobate (Na0.5K0.5NbO3 or NKN) solid solution has been considered one of the most promising alternatives to replace highly efficient, lead-based piezoelectrics because of its high Curie temperature and good ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties. NKN is a combination between anti-ferroelectrics NaNbO3 (NN) and ferroelectrics KNbO3 (KN) which is reported to have high piezoelectric properties near the morphology phase boundary or MPB when x = 0.5.

Generally, ceramics with high density often present good properties. In order to obtain the optimum density, ceramics for each composition are usually sintered at different sintering temperatures (from 1000 to 1600ºC). The sintering process is interplay between densification and grain growth, and is divided into three overlapping sintering stages, depending on the changes in the grain size and shape, the pore size and shape, and the related densification kinetics.

Barium titanate is a dielectric ceramic used in capacitors applications. BaTiO3 ceramics with a perovskite structure are capable of dielectric constant values as high as 7000; other ceramics, such as titanium dioxide (TiO2), have values between 20 and 70. Over a narrow temperature range, values as high as 15000 are possible; the dielectric constants of most common ceramic and polymer materials are less than 10. It is a piezoelectric material for microphones and other transducers.

Barium titanate is the most widely studied ceramic material, due to its excellent dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties. The high dielectric constant of BaTiO3 ceramics results from its crystal structure. Barium titanate has three crystalline forms: cubic, tetragonal, and hexagonal. The tetragonal polymorph is the most widely used because of its excellent ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and thermoelectric properties. Temperature has a strong effect on the crystal structure and polarization characteristics of BaTiO3. Above 120°C (and up to 1400°C), BaTiO3 is cubic and the BaTiO3 has a spontaneous random polarization.

Therefore, NKN-based ceramics (e.g., solid solution of NKN–BaTiO3, NKN–SrTiO3, and NKN–CaTiO3) have received considerable attention mainly for the following two reasons: (i) Piezoelectric properties exist over a wide range of temperature and (ii) Several possibilities for substitution and additions.Hence, the proposed research work is concerned with the synthesis and characterization of sodium potassium niobate (NaKNbO3) and barium titanate based lead free piezoelectric ceramics.Some of the specimens (samples) that will be studied are as follows:

 

Research  Materials studied

(1-x)Na0.5K0.5NbO3-xBaTiOwith x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0

(1-x)Na0.5K0.5NbO3-xSrTiOwith x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.10

(1-x)Na0.5K0.5NbO3-x(Ba0.95Sr0.05TiO3) with x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.10

(1-x)Na0.5K0.5NbO3-xBa(Zr0.52Ti0.48)Owith x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, 0.05, 0.07

(1-x)Na0.5K0.5NbO3-xBa(SnxTi1-x)Owith x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.10

 

NBT based ceramics

Introduction about Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT)

Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) based ferroelectric materials have been widely used in electronic applications for their piezoelectric and dielectric properties. But, lead based materials cause health and environmental problems. So, lead based materials are being replaced by lead-free ceramic materials.

The Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) based lead-free ceramic materials are widely investigated, for composition based morphotropic phase boundary or polytrophic phase transition to achieve dielectric and piezoelectric properties. Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) is a well known ABO3 perovskite ceramic with a ferroelectric rhombohedral phase at room temperature. As temperature increases, the phase of NBT transforms from rhombohedral to tetragonal and finally into cubic phase.

NBT is expected to replace the lead based piezoelectric ceramics due to the presence of morphotrophic phase boundary - for some NBT based ceramics exhibit relatively higher piezoelectric properties than single phased NBT compound. To improve their piezoelectric properties, various dopants and novel ceramics processes have been used in preparing NBT based lead-free ceramic materials like,

 

Research  Materials studied

Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-SrTiO3

Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaSrTiO3

Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaZrO3

Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-SrTiO3-BaTiO3

                                                                                                                                                                                      Finally, the Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 based lead-free ceramics are being prepared by solid state reaction method. The prepared samples will be characterized by PXRD,UV-Visible spectroscopy, SEM, EDS and electrical studies like dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric and the crystal structure and charge density distribution of the prepared samples will analyzed by maximum entropy method (MEM).

Other ZnO based DMS

 

The main objectives of the present work are ; To prepare ZnO semiconductors by solid-state reaction method (SSR). To investigate the prepared transition metal doped dilute oxide semiconductor by powder X-ray diffraction for the detailed structural analysis. To analyze the morphology of the semiconductors by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). To analyze the elemental compositions of the prepared materials using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). To estimate the optical band gap (Eg) for all the prepared materials by UV-visible absorption spectra by using Tauc plot technique. To analyze the magnetic properties of the materials by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). To study charge density distribution for the above mentioned transition metal doped dilute oxide semiconductor using Rietveld and maximum entropy method (MEM) using powder X-ray diffraction data. To correlate the charge derived properties of the transition metal doped dilute magnetic oxide semiconductors with the addition of the dopant with the experimental results.

The present work is to synthesize and characterize the diluted magnetic semiconductors. The following four series have been chosen for the present research work.

 

Research  Materials studied

Zn1-xTixO (x=0.02, 0.03)

Zn1-xFexO (x = 0.02, 0.04, 0.06)

Zn1-xVxO (x=0.02, 0.04, 0.06)

Zn1-xNix/2Vx/2O (x=0.02, 0.04, 0.06)

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