ABSTRACT Pure MnO2, ZnO and Fe2O3 were used to prepare a Mn-Zn Ferrite sample of the nominal
composition Mn0.64Zn0.29Fe2.07O4. These oxides were mixed firstly for 1hr, and then were
milled for 20 and for 40 hrs. The as-mixed and the milled powders were examined by XRD
and ME spectroscopy. The investigated samples were further mixed with PVA, granulated,
cold pressed and sintered at different temperatures (1000, 1300 and 1400 oC) for 2 hrs and
were then reinvestigated again. The magnetic properties of all samples before and after
sintering were characterized using VSM at a field of 15 k Oe.
When the powder oxides were milled for 20 hrs, detectable diffusion reaction was observed
where the centers of all XRD peaks (due to Fe2O3 and MnO2) shifted to higher 2? angles, suggesting that Zn2+ cations had diffused through Fe3+ and/or Mn4+ lattices. The observed
increase in the width of the XRD peaks can be attributed to the refinement of the powders by
milling. Milling of the powder for 40 hrs resulted in the formation of spinel phase of (Zn,
Fe), but MnO2 was disappeared probably due to the formation of amorphous structure.
Sintering at 1000, 1300, and 1400 oC resulted in the formation of different spinel (Mn-Zn)
ferrites. The ME measurements followed the gradual formation the manganese zinc ferrite until
complete formation which observed in the sample that milled for 40 hrs followed by sintering
at 1300 oC for two hrs. However, it can be concluded that, the processing conditions of such
sample represent are the best conditions for obtaining a soft manganese zinc ferrite (single
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