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Antimony Tuned Rhombohedral-Orthorhombic Phase Transition and Enhanced Piezoelectric Properties in Sodium Potassium Niobate

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It has been reported that the rhombohedral–orthorhombic low-temperature polymorphic phase transition in (Na,K)NbO3 can be tuned close to room temperature by substituting Sb for Nb, such that enhanced piezoelectric properties are induced based on the theory of two-phase coexistence. A diagram of phase structures changing with Sb content and temperature has been generalized for (Na,K)(Nb,Sb)O3 (NKNS) compositions. The thermal stability of piezoelectric properties of NKNS ceramics was evaluated considering the existence of successive phase transition above room temperature. The microstructure, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties of NKNS ceramics were discussed from a crystallographic point of view.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Electro Ceramics & Devices, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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