The BiVO4 additive was found effective for low-temperature firing of ZnNb2O6 polycrystalline ceramics below 950°C in air without a serious degradation in their microwave dielectric properties. Dense BiVO4-doped ZnNb2O6 samples of a relative sintered density over 95% could be prepared even at 925°C. An optimally processed specimen exhibited excellent microwave dielectric properties of Q·f = 55000 GHz, εr = 26, and τf = -57 ppm/°C. With increasing BiVO4 addition up to 20 mol% relative to ZnNb2O6, while the quality factor Q·f was gradually decreased, the relative dielectric constant, εr, was linearly increased and the temperature coefficient of resonant frequency, τf, was slightly increased. The variations in Q·f and εr are surely attributable to the residual BiVO4 in the ZnNb2O6 matrix. An unexpected slight increase in τf is probably due to the formation of the Bi(V,Nb )O4-type solid solution.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the American Ceramic Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2004 May|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Materials Chemistry