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Low temperature-fired Ni-Cu-Zn ferrite nanoparticles through auto-combustion method for multilayer chip inductor applications

Khalid Mujasam Batoo1* and Mohammad Shahnawaze Ansari2

Author Affiliations

1 King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, PO Box 2460, Riyadh, 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2 Centre of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, PO Box 80216, Jeddah, 21589, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:112  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-112

Published: 8 February 2012


Ferrite nanoparticles of basic composition Ni0.7-xZnxCu0.3Fe2O4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2, x = 0.05) were synthesized through auto-combustion method and were characterized for structural properties using X-ray diffraction [XRD], scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy [FT-IR]. XRD analysis of the powder samples sintered at 600°C for 4 h showed the cubic spinel structure for ferrites with a narrow size distribution from 28 to 32 nm. FT-IR showed two absorption bands (v1 and v2) that are attributed to the stretching vibration of tetrahedral and octahedral sites. The effect of Zn doping on the electrical properties was studied using dielectric and impedance spectroscopy at room temperature. The dielectric parameters (ε', ε″, tanδ, and σac) show their maximum value for 10% Zn doping. The dielectric constant and loss tangent decrease with increasing frequency of the applied field. The results are explained in the light of dielectric polarization which is similar to the conduction phenomenon. The complex impedance shows that the conduction process in grown nanoparticles takes place predominantly through grain boundary volume.

PACS: 75.50.Gg; 78.20; 77.22.Gm.

nanoparticles; ferrites; dielectric constant; ac conductivity; impedance spectroscopy.