Enhanced pyroelectric response from domain-engineered lead-free (K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3)-Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ferroelectric ceramics

Atul Thakre, Deepam Maurya, Do Yoen Kim, Yunseok Kim, Panithan Sriboriboon, Il Ryeol Yoo, Shashank Priya, Kyung Hoon Cho, Hyun Cheol Song, Jungho Ryu

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Enhanced pyroelectric response is achieved via domain engineering from [001] grain-oriented, tetragonal-phase, lead-free 0.2(2/3K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-1/3BaTiO3)-0.8Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (KBT-BT-NBT) ceramics prepared by a templated grain growth method. The [001] crystallographic orientation leads to large polarization in tetragonal symmetry; therefore, texturing along this direction is employed to enhance the pyroelectricity. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed a Lotgering factor (degree of texturing) of 93 % along the [001] crystallographic direction. The textured KBT-BT-NBT lead-free ceramics showed comparable pyroelectric figures of merit to those of lead-based ferroelectric materials at room temperature (RT). In addition to the enhanced pyroelectric response at RT, an enormous enhancement in the pyroelectric response (from 1750 to 90,900 μC m−2 K−1) was achieved at the depolarization temperature because of the sharp ferroelectric to antiferroelectric phase transition owing to coherent 180° domain switching. These results will motivate the development of a wide range of lead-free pyroelectric devices, such as thermal sensors and infra-red detectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2524-2532
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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