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The impact of solvent tan δ on the magnetic characteristics of nanostructured NiZn-ferrite film deposited by microwave-assisted solvothermal technique

Kahmei, RDR and Arackal, S and Shivashankar, SA and Bhat, N and Sai, R (2021) The impact of solvent tan δ on the magnetic characteristics of nanostructured NiZn-ferrite film deposited by microwave-assisted solvothermal technique. In: AIP Advances, 11 (2).

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1063/9.0000190


Nanostructured Ni-Zn ferrite (NZF) thin films, deposited by a CMOS-compatible microwave-assisted solvothermal deposition (MAS-D) process, exhibit 'far-from-equilibrium' distribution of cations in the spinel structure, and thus, exciting magnetic properties. Solvents with different dielectric loss-tangents, such as ethanol (tanδ�0.94), 1-decanol (tanδ�0.1), and benzyl alcohol (tanδ�0.67), were mixed in five judiciously-chosen proportions-ED35 (ethanol:1-decanol=3:5; tanδ�0.51), ED33 (tanδ�0.63), EB25 (tanδ�0.66), EB35 (tanδ�0.70), and EB33 (tanδ�0.74)-to study the impact of effective tanδ on cation occupancy and the nature of magnetization in the resulting films. The maximum temperature attained during microwave irradiation (Tmax) and the heating rate (T/trise) increase as the effective tanδof the solvent mixture increases, which in effect leads the Ni atoms to migrate towards equilibrium lattice sites. Unlike bulk NZF, where all Ni atoms occupy octahedral sites (B-sites), the films reported here exhibit just 28 of Ni atoms in B-sites at best when deposited from the precursor solution EB25. At room temperature all films are superparamagnetic, while the maximum moment (MS=100 emu/cc) is observed in the film with the highest of Ni atoms in B-sites. Thermoremanent magnetization (TRM) of the samples is studied and compared. Very high effective anisotropy constants (Keff=140 kJ/m3), and two-orders-of magnitude-higher inter-particle dipole moment (Edipole�8�10-20 J @300 K) are observed in samples prepared from benzyl alcohol rather than 1-decanol-signifying the potential for tailoring magnetic properties by the choice of solvents in the MAS-D process. © 2021 Author(s).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: AIP Advances
Publisher: American Institute of Physics Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to American Institute of Physics Inc.
Keywords: Atoms; Deposition; Dielectric losses; Ethanol; Ferrite; Magnetic properties; Magnetization; Microwave irradiation; Nickel; Organic solvents; Positive ions; Zinc alloys, Dielectric loss tangent; Distribution of cations; Effective anisotropy constant; Magnetic characteristic; Maximum temperature; Precursor solutions; Solvothermal techniques; Thermoremanent magnetization, Thin films
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2021 05:41
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 05:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68003

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