Surfactant assisted synthesis of aluminum doped SrFe10Al2O19 hexagonal ferrite


M-type aluminum doped SrFe10Al2O19 were synthesized via co-precipitation method using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as a surfactant. The effects of CTAB content (x = 0, 1, 3, and 9 wt. %) on the formation, structure, morphology, magnetic, and dielectric properties of the SrFe10Al2O19 nanoparticles were investigated. X-ray diffraction results show elimination of α-Fe2O3 phase from samples prepared using CTAB. Morphological changes including grain and crystallite size was noticed with the increase in the CTAB content. With the increase in CTAB, powder particles grew in hexagonal plates. A linear increase in saturation magnetization, Ms, with CTAB content was observed from 56.5 emu/g at 0% CTAB to 66.4 emu/g at 9% CTAB. This is a net increase of 17.5% in Ms. The coercivity (Hc ∼ 5700 Oe) of sample reached maximum at 1% CTAB and reduced with further CTAB content reaching to a minimum value of 4488 Oe at 9% CTAB. A slight increase in Curie temperature (735 K) was also observed for samples synthesized using CTAB as compared to that of sample prepared in the absence of CTAB (729 K). Samples synthesized with CTAB show higher dielectric constants as compared to samples prepared without CTAB, while dielectric constant for all samples show decrease in value with the increase in frequency. These results imply that CTAB may act as a crystallization master, controlling the nucleation and growth of SrFe10Al2O19 crystal. The study delineates the scope of improving magnetic properties of ferrites without substitution of metal ions.

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Journal of Applied Physics