O I Vyunov, T O Plutenko, A G Belous - Ptcr effect of solid solutions based on the (1-x)batio3-xna05bi05tio3 system - страница 1

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Chemistry of Metals and Alloys

Chem. Met. Alloys 3 (2010) 120-125 Ivan Franko National University of Lviv www. chemetal-j ournal. org

PTCR effect of solid solutions based on the (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 system


1 Department of Solid State Chemistry, Vernadskii Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry,

32/34 Palladina Ave., 03142 Kyiv, Ukraine * Corresponding author. Tel./fax: +380-44-4242211; e-mail: vyunov@ionc.kiev.ua

Received May 30, 2010; accepted October 29, 2010; available on-line February 15, 2011

The structure and electrophysical properties of solid solutions based on the (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bio5TiO3 ((1-x)BT-xNBT) system (0 < x < 0.6) were studied. Bulk samples were prepared by the solid-state reaction technique. Samples were sintered in air and in N2 atmosphere with low concentration of H2. The phase composition and the crystal structure were examined by X-ray powder diffraction for samples sintered in air. X-ray powder diffractometry (XRPD) analysis showed that in the (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 system a slightly increases, whereas c decreases with the substitution of Na and Bi ions for Ba ions. The permittivity was investigated in wide frequency and temperature ranges. Impedance analyses of samples sintered in N2/H2 atmosphere indicated that both the grain boundary and the outer layer region contribute to the positive temperature coefficient of resistivity (PTCR) effect in (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 ceramics.

Crystal structure / PTCR effect / Heterogeneous structure / Impedance analysis

1. Introduction

In recent years, a considerable interest has arisen in lead-free ceramics due to the restriction of the use of lead on the ground of human health and environmental protection [1]. The investigations of lead-free (1 -x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 ((1 -x)BT-xNBT)

ceramics with different electrical properties are of great scientific and practical interest. In particular, the dielectric properties [2-4] and the region of the morphotropic phase boundary [5] are investigated in this system. In the concentration range 1 < x < 0.88, the possibility of preparation of materials with a high level of piezoelectric properties is being examined [6-8].

In the (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 system at 0 < x < 0.3, materials with positive temperature coefficient of resistivity (PTCR) effect can be prepared [9]. Without adding any additional donor dopant, a PTCR effect is found in pure (1-x)BT-xNBT ceramics at x < 0.06 sintered in air [10]. It has also been shown that materials (x = 0.05) doped with niobium [9] and lanthanum [11] and sintered in air also exhibit the PTCR effect. At x > 0.06, PTCR ceramics can be prepared only in an atmosphere with low oxygen pressure. Ceramics with x ~ 0.3 show PTCR properties comparable to those of lead-containing PTCR materials [12,13]. The PTCR effect can be increased by subsequent reoxidation in air at 800-1100°C [14], or by adding small amounts of manganese [15].

Previous studies have shown that the PTCR effect in materials based on barium titanate depends on the electrically heterogeneous grain structure [16]. Such materials consist of semiconducting grains, an outer layer with higher resistance and high-resistance grain boundaries. Literature data concerning the contribution of electrically heterogeneous grain structure to the PTCR effect are limited [12,15].

The aim of this work was therefore to study the

PTCR   effect   in (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3

(0 < x < 0.6) solid solutions. 2. Experimental procedure

(1-x)BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 solid solutions (where x = 0.04-0.3) were prepared by the solid-state reaction technique. Extra-pure (purity 99.99%) Na2CO3, BaCO3, Bi2O3 and TiO2 (rutile) were used as initial reagents for the preparation. The powders were mixed and ball-milled with ethyl alcohol in an agate mortar for 4 h. After evaporating the residual water, the mixtures were dried at 100-120°C, passed through a capron sieve, and then calcined in air at 950-1000°C for 2-4 h. The resultant powders were ground with the addition of 10% polyvinyl alcohol, pressed into pellets (10 mm in diameter and 2 mm in thickness) by uniaxial pressing at 150 MPa.

Table 1 Structure parameters of samples in the (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 system. Space group P4mm (99), the positions of the ions are the following: Ba/Na/Bi (16) 1/2 1/2 z/c, Ti (1a) 0 0 0, O1 (1a) 0 0 z/c, O2 (2c) 1/2 0 z/c.

x 0.00 0.08 0.09 0.10 0.20 0.60

Unit cell parameters

a, A







c, A














V, A3







Atom coordinates

Ba/Na/Bi: z/c







O1: z/c







O2: z/c







Agreement factors

Rb, %







Rf, %














For dielectric measurements, the pellets were sintered in air in the temperature range 1200-1330°C with subsequent deposition of silver electrodes on the polished surfaces of the samples. To study the PTCR effect pellets were synthesized in a flow of a gas mixture N2/H2 (97:3) at 1310°C with subsequent deposition of aluminum electrodes on the polished surfaces of the samples. The heating and cooling rates for all samples were 300°C/h.

The phases were characterized by X-ray powder diffractometry (XRPD) a using DRON-4-07 diffractometer (Cu Ka radiation; 40 kV, 20 mA). The structure parameters were refined by the Rietveld full-profile analysis. XRPD patterns were collected in the range 26 = 10-150° in step-scan mode with a step size of A26 = 0.02° and a counting time of 10 s per data point. As external standards, we used SiO2 (for 26) and Al2O3 NIST SRM1976 (for the intensity).

The temperature dependence of the electrical resistance of the samples was measured in the temperature range 20°C to 400°C. Impedance data were obtained using a 1260 Impedance / Gain-phase Analyzer (Solartron Analytical) in the range 100 Hz to 1 MHz. The components of the equivalent circuit were identified using ZView software (Scribner Associates).

3. Results and discussion

The XRPD patterns of the powders fired at temperatures lower than 1000°C contain reflections of several phases. The BaTiO3-based phase was the dominant one within the entire temperature range. For samples with x > 0.3, trace amounts of the Ba6Ti17O40 phase were also observed. After heat treatments above 1050°C, all the examined samples were single-phase ones. The parameters of the crystal structure of the ceramic samples were determined by means of Rietveld full-profile X-ray analysis (Fig. 1).

As shown in Table 1 the substitution of Na and Bi for Ba affects the unit cell parameters of the samples in the (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 system. The parameter a slightly increases, whereas c decreases with the substitution of Na and Bi ions for Ba ions. The dependence of the unit cell volume on the concentration of sodium and bismuth passes through a maximum at x = 0.08. The subsequent decrease in the unit cell volume with increasing x is due to the smaller ionic radii of Na and Bi (1.18 A and 1.17 A respectively) in comparison with Ba (1.42 A) [17].

Fig. 2(a) shows the dielectric permittivity as a function of temperature for the sintered ceramics of (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 solid solutions at 100 kHz. As x increases the temperature of maximum e(T), which corresponds to a phase transition temperature, increases (inset in Fig. 2(a)). Above the Curie point the dielectric permittivity of the studied compositions obeys the Curie-Weiss law. In this case, the magnitude of the Curie-Weiss constant monotonously increases from 1.7-105 K (x = 0) to 1.2-106 K (x = 0.6).

It should be noted that in (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3-based materials with higher x (0.88 < x < 1) two peaks were observed on plots of e(T) [7]. This may be accounted for by the fact that in materials with high x, the polarization mechanism is similar to that in Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3. The Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-based phase has two peaks (at T1 = 175 C and T2 = 320°C) on the plot of e(T) [7]. In materials with lower x (0 < x < 0.6) the polarization mechanism is similar to that in BaTiO3, in which there is one peak (at T = 120°C) on the plot of e(T) [18].

Fig. 2(b) shows the temperature dependence of the resistivity in (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 solid solutions, for samples with x = 0.08, 0.1 and 0.3. The PTCR effect is observed at temperatures above the phase transition temperature.

The plot of pmin against concentration shows a minimum at x = 0.1 (inset in Fig. 2(b)). Similar

Fig. 1 Experimental (dots) and calculated (line) room-temperature powder X-ray diffraction patterns of (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 ceramics: x = 0.09. Bars indicate the peak positions.


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0.0     0.1     0.2   x m-* p'


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0.00 4

0      60     120    180   240   300 t. °С      0      60     120    180    240    300 t, °С 150        180        210        240   t, °С




Fig. 2 Temperature dependence of the dielectric permittivity (a), resistivity (b) and intergranular barrier height (с) of (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 ceramics, x = 0.08 (1); 0.1 (2); 0.2 (3); 0.3 (4); 0.4 (5); 0.6 (6); f = 100 kHz. Insets: Variation of the Curie temperature (a) and minimum values of resistivity (b) for (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ceramics as a function of x.

dependence was observed in [15]. This dependence could be explained by two processes: increase of the amount of conducting electrons in grains at low concentration and increase of the number of acceptor states at the grain boundary at high concentration. For low x (0 < x < 0.1), segregation of Na+ ions occurs at the grain boundaries, which causes an excess of Bi3+ ions in the grain bulk. In the position of barium, the Bi3+ ion has an excess positive charge. This excess positive charge is compensated by electrons, which leads to the appearance of semiconducting properties and decrease of resistivity. For higher x (0.1 < x < 0.3), excess positive charge is compensated by cation vacancies, and hence the resistivity increases [15].

The temperature dependence of the resistivity in PTCR ceramics consists of three distinct portions [16]. In regions I and III, the variation of the resistivity with temperature is similar to that in semiconductors and dielectrics, respectively. In region II, the resistance rises rapidly with increasing temperature. In the PTCR effect, changes in resistivity can be described using the Heywang model [19]. In accordance with this model there are surface acceptor states that lead to the formation of potential barriers at the grain boundaries. The height of the intergranular barriers of the

(1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 system was calculated. In region I, the variation of resistance with temperature is described by the equation [19,20]:

Ps =P0- e" (1) where r0 is a constant, EaI is the activation energy for conduction in region I, and k is the Boltzmann constant. A similar equation is applicable to region III


Pd = p0 e'w (2) where Ea[1] is the activation energy for conduction in region III.

The variation of resistance with temperature in region II (PTCR behavior) is described by the equation [19]:

O 0(T)

p = a ps e kT (3)

where a is a geometric factor, and Ф0(Т) is the intergranular barrier height:

00(T) = e2 ^D'b2 (4)

Here, e is the electronic charge (1.602-10-19 C), nD is the bulk electron concentration, 6 is the barrier

thickness  (2 •b-



is  the surface

concentration of acceptor states), and ei(T) is the permittivity of the grain bulk. In ferroelectrics, ei


obeys the Curie-Weiss law: ei(T) = t— , where C

is the Curie constant, and Q is the Curie temperature (for example, in barium titanate, C = 1.7-105 K; Q= 383 K [20])

From Eqs. (1) and (3), we obtain:

p = ap0e kT •e


The results of the calculations in accordance with equations (1) and (5) indicate that with increasing x in region I the value of p0 passes through a minimum, and the activation energy passes through a maximum

(p0 = 27.9, 5.4 and 38.5 W cm and       0.05, 0.08 and

0.06 eV for x = 0.1, 0.08 and 0.3, respectively).

The results thus obtained were used to calculate, using Eq. (4), the intergranular barrier height Ф0 as a function of x in region II, where the resistance rises drastically. It can be seen that with increasing x, the intergranular barrier grows (Fig. 2(c)), which can be attributed to an increase in the number of acceptor states at the grain boundaries, for example, due to the segregation of Na+ ions [15].

The results of the frequency investigation of PTCR ceramics (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 can be analyzed as four types of dependences: complex impedance (Z*), complex admittance (7*), complex permittivity (г*), and complex electric modulus (M*) [21-23]. These complex quantities are interrelated:

M* = 1/г* = jcoCoZ* = joc>Co(1/Y*), where со is the angular frequency and Co is the capacitance of empty

cell (where j = лі -1). Initially, the results of the frequency investigation of PTCR materials were obtained as Z" = f(Z) relations (Fig. 3). This plot is convenient for the determination of the components of the equivalent circuit. For further analysis, the results of the investigation of the complex impedance were also represented as frequency dependencies of the imaginary components of the complex impedance Z" and complex electric modulus M" (Fig. 4). In the case of parallel RC elements, the frequency dependencies of Z" and M" are described by the equations [22-24]: oRC

Z = R


1 + (oRC )[2]




C 1 + (oRC )[3]

where о = 2nf f = frequency in Hz), and г0 is the permittivity (8.854 10-14 F cm-1).

Fig. 3 Complex impedance diagram of (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 (x = 0.09) ceramics at 144°C (1), 204°C (2), 267°C (3) and 314°C (4).

Fig. 4 Imaginary parts of the combined impedance (Z") and modulus (M^f) for (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa05Bi05TiO3 (x = 0.09) ceramics; the grain outer layer is marked as "or", the grain boundary as "gb", and the grain bulk as "b".


e[4] nD b[5] (T-Q)

Fig. 5 Resistance of the grain bulk (1), outer layer (2), grain boundary (3) and overall resistance (4) of (1-x)BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (x = 0.09) ceramics.

From Eqs. (6) and (7) it follows that:

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