Enhanced unipolar fatigue resistance in ferroelectric Pb(Ni 1/3Nb2/3O3)-PbTiO3 ceramics prepared via glycerol-assisted solid-state reaction

Yin Ye, Haitao Huang, Li Min Zhou, Yiu Wing Mai

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It is experimentally observed that PNN-PT ceramics processed with glycerol possess superior unipolar fatigue resistance; but the same ceramics processed without glycerol are vulnerable to unipolar fatigue. For PNN-PT-glycerol fatigued by 5 × 107 unipolar cycles, there are no losses in the maximum polarization (Pmax) and remnant polarization (P r). But for PNN-PT, these losses are ∼14% and 22%, respectively. In addition, strain asymmetryγS and internal bias field E bias of PNN-PT-glycerol are much less than those of PNN-PT. However, the ferroelectric properties can be recovered by bipolar cycles and thermal annealing; and such recovery is much easier and larger in PNN-PT-glycerol than in PNN-PT ceramics. Scanning electron microscopy micrographs show that the significant loss in properties of the fatigued PNN-PT ceramics is accompanied by a measurable number of severely damaged grains in the samples, especially in the region near the electrode surface, whereas the much less damaged grains in the PNN-PT-glycerol ceramics contribute to their good fatigue performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-495
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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