Synthesis of lead-free (K, Na)(Nb, Ta)O 3 nanopowders using a sol-gel process

Dodla Rajesh, Seungwook Kim, Jinhoo Jeong, Sahn Nahm, Woong Kim

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Lead-free (K 0.5Na 0.5)(Nb 0.7Ta 0.3)O 3 piezoelectric material was successfully synthesized via a sol-gel process. Crystalline (K 0.5Na 0.5)(Nb 0.7Ta 0.3)O 3 nanopowders were obtained after heat treatment at 700 °C. The particle size was estimated to be 87nm±23 nm. The transmission electron microscopy images showed that individual nanoparticles were single crystalline and had a pseudo-cubic structure with a lattice parameter of ∼3.96 Å. Both X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy studies consistently showed that the crystallization of the (K 0.5Na 0.5)(Nb 0.7Ta 0.3)O 3 occurred slightly above 500 °C. The samples have an appropriate stoichiometry as found via energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The demonstration of the synthesis of (K 0.5Na 0.5)(Nb 0.7Ta 0.3)O 3 via a sol-gel process as presented in this paper can provide an important foundation for the development of a synthetic route towards (K 0.5Na 0.5) (Nb 0.7Ta 0.3)O 3 doped with various other elements for high performance piezoelectric devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3555-3558
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Lead-free
  • Nanopowder
  • Piezoelectric
  • Sol-gel process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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