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The Role of Li2CO3 and PbO in the Low-Temperature Sintering of Sr, K, Nb (SKN)-Doped PZT

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It is demonstrated that the use of ∼0.9 mol% Li2CO3 (LC) as a sintering aid for Sr, K, Nb modified Pb(Zr1−x,Tix)O3 (PZT) ceramics is effective only in the presence of excess PbO (∼2 mol%). It is shown that LC and PbO react to form the compound, Li2PbO3 (LPO) which has a melting temperature of ∼836°C. Using dilatometry, we were able to correlate shrinkage during heating of a green ceramic to the melting of the LPO. Consequently, complete densification and sizeable grain growth are achieved by solution-precipitation of the ceramic through the liquid phase. Importantly, sintering is not particularly effective with such small additions of either LC or PbO alone. In confirmation of this model, the LPO compound was presynthesized and used as the only sintering aid in the same PZT composition. The densification behavior of this mixture compared well with the case of separate additions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for Dielectric Studies, Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Publication date: 2009-06-01

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