Lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate fibres by a modified sol-gel method

Kwok Ho Lam, Kun Li, Helen Lai Wa Chan

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Lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) ceramic fibres with the nominal composition of 0.65Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.35PbTiO3have been fabricated by a modified sol-gel method. Due to the difficulty of dissolving the magnesium component, the mixed oxide method was used together with the traditional sol-gel method. To obtain crack-free fibres, pyrolysis was carried out at a very slow heating rate under specific atmosphere to control the organic burnout. The thermal and microstructural properties were investigated using thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The optimum sintering temperature is 1200°C and yields a fibre with a final diameter of around 100 μm. A single PMN-PT fibre has been poled and its electrical properties were measured. The properties of the fibre are found to be better than that of a ceramic disc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1955-1967
Number of pages13
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2005


  • A. Ceramics
  • B. Sol-gel chemistry
  • D. Microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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