Sen, Pintu and Dey, Arjun and Mukhopadhyay, Anoop Kumar and Bandyopadhyay, S K and Himanshu, A K (2012) Nanoindentation behaviour of nano BiFeO3. Ceramics International, 38 (2). pp. 1347-1352. ISSN 0272-8842

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Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) is a unique magnetoelectric multiferroic that exhibits the coexistence of ferroelectricity and antiferromagnetism at room temperature. This unique combination of properties has pumped a huge surge in current research on BiFeO3 as a future material for very important technological applications such as magnetic detectors and as an active layer in magnetoelectric memories. For such applications involving miniaturized components and devices, it is essentially important to have an idea of the mechanical integrity of the system at the scale of the microstructure. In spite of the wealth of the literature, however, the attempt to evaluate the mechanical integrity of nano BiFeO3 at a scale comparable with the local microstructural length scale was almost non-existent. Here we report, possibly for the first time the nanoindentation behaviour of a sol gel process derived nano BiFeO3 having particle size of 5-25 nm. The nanoindentation studies were conducted at 100-1000 mu N loads on a green pellet annealed at a low temperature of only 300 degrees C to avoid particle coarsening. The results showed interesting dependence of nanohardness and Young's modulus on the nanoindentation load which could be explained in terms of elastic recovery and plastic deformation energy concepts. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd and Techna Group S.r.l. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nano BiFeO3; Multiferroic; Nanoparticle; Nanoindentation
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2012 10:10
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2012 10:10

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