NJGC  Vol.8 No.4 , October 2018
Effect of Zn Substitution on the Magnetic and Magnetocapacitance Properties of Nanosized Multiferroic GaFeO3 Ceramics
This article aims to investigate the possibility to turn the multiferroic orders and magnetocapacitance effect close to/above room temperature in nanosized GaFeO3 ceramics by a sol-gel preparation method and substitution with non-magnetic Zn atoms. Therefore, in this work, we have synthesized a series of nanocrystalline Ga1-xZnxFeO3(GZFO, x = 0, 0.01, 0.05 and 0.1) ceramic samples and study the effect of Zn substitution on their structural, magnetic, and electric properties. All the GZFO samples have an orthorhombic structure with Pc21n space group and the value of lattice parameters increase systematically with increasing Zn concentration. Interestingly, it shows that magnetic and electric properties are strongly dependent on the Zn substitution concentration. Based on the results of temperature-dependent magnetizations, M(T), it is observed that with increasing Zn-content up to 0.10, the ferrimagnetic transition temperature (TC) increases from 306 to 320 K. It is also found that the nanocrystalline Zn-doped GaFeO3 (GFO) samples exhibit the characteristics of ferroelectricity at room temperature. Furthermore, the magnetization, ferroelectric polarization and magnetocapacitance of Zn-doped GFO nanosized ceramics are enhanced compared to those of the pristine sample of GFO ferrite. These results open wide perspectives for the applications of room temperature multiferroic devices.
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Han, T. , Yen, C. , Chung, Y. and Wu, M. (2018) Effect of Zn Substitution on the Magnetic and Magnetocapacitance Properties of Nanosized Multiferroic GaFeO3 Ceramics. New Journal of Glass and Ceramics, 8, 55-63. doi: 10.4236/njgc.2018.84005.
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