Self-standing elastomeric composites based on lithium ferrites and their dielectric behavior

S. Soreto Teixeira, M. P. F. Graça, M. Dionisio, M. Ilcíkova, J. Mosnacek, Z. Spitalsky, I. Krupa, L. C. Costa

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Abstract

Lithium ferrite (LiFe5O8) is an attractive material for technological applications due to its physical properties, which are significantly dependent on the preparation method and raw materials. In this work, LiFe5O8 crystallites were obtained by controlled heat-treatment process at 1100 °C, of a homogeneous mixture of Li2O-Fe2O3 powders, prepared by wet ball-milling and using lithium and iron nitrates as raw materials. The main goal was the preparation of a flexible and self-standing tick composite film by embedding lithium ferrite particles in a polymeric matrix, taking advantage of the good mechanical properties of the polymer and of the electrical and dielectric properties of the ferrite. The selected polymer matrix was styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene copolymer. To prepare the composites, the lithium ferrite particles were chemically modified in order to functionalize their surface. To analyse the influence of the particles surface modification, different composites were made, with modified and unmodified particles. The structure of the obtained composites was studied by FTIR, XRD, TGA, and DSC techniques. The dielectric properties were analysed, in the frequency range between 10 Hz and 1MHz and in function of temperature in the range between -73 °C and 127 °C. These properties were related with the structure and concentration of the particles in the matrix network. The composites with the modified particles present higher dielectric constant, maintaining values of loss tangent sufficiently low (-2) that can be considered interesting for technological applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224102
JournalJournal Of Applied Physics
Volume116
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • STYRENE-ISOPRENE-STYRENE
  • CARBONYL IRON PARTICLES
  • SOLID-STATE METHOD
  • TRIBLOCK COPOLYMER
  • VISCOELASTIC BEHAVIOR
  • PHOTO-ACTUATION
  • RELAXATION
  • TEMPERATURE
  • TRANSITION
  • STABILITY

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