Anti-site disorder and physical properties in microwave synthesized RE2Ti2O7 (RE = Gd, Ho) pyrochlores
authors Gomez-Perez, A; Prado-Gonjal, J; Munoz-Gil, D; Andrada-Chacon, A; Sanchez-Benitez, J; Moran, E; Azcondo, MT; Amador, U; Schmidt, R
nationality International
journal RSC ADVANCES
keywords RARE-EARTH; ELECTRICAL-PROPERTIES; GD2ZR2O7 PYROCHLORE; TITANATE PYROCHLORE; MAGNETIC-PROPERTIES; IONIC-CONDUCTIVITY; SOLID-SOLUTIONS; DOPED CERIA; TEMPERATURE; DYNAMICS
abstract In this work we report on the microwave assisted synthesis of nano-sized Gd2Ti2O7 (GTO) and Ho2Ti2O7 (HTO) powders from the RE2Ti2O7 pyrochlore family (RE = rare earth). Synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction was used to study RE-Ti cationic anti-site defects with concentrations that decrease in both samples with increasing temperature starting from 1100 degrees C, and the defects disappear at 1400 degrees C. SQUID magnetometry measurements revealed that GTO shows a predominantly anti-ferromagnetic structure, whereas HTO exhibits magnetic saturation and a ferromagnetic component at low temperature. Impedance spectroscopy data revealed strongly increased ionic oxygen vacancy conduction in HTO ceramic pellets as compared to GTO, which may be associated with a higher degree of oxygen vacancy disorder. This argument was supported by Raman spectroscopy data.
publisher ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
issn 2046-2069
year published 2015
volume 5
issue 104
beginning page 85229
ending page 85241
digital object identifier (doi) 10.1039/c5ra07796f
web of science category Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
subject category Chemistry
unique article identifier WOS:000363179900009
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