Scaling effect of flexoelectric (Ba,Sr)TiO3 microcantilevers

Wenbin Huang, Kyungrim Kim, Shujun Zhang, Fuh Gwo Yuan, Xiaoning Jiang

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The flexoelectric microcantilever offers an alternative approach for the development of micro/nano-sensors. The transverse flexoelectric coefficients μ12 of barium strontium titanate microcantilevers were measured at room temperature, and found to keep the same value of 8.5 μC/m for microcantilevers with thickness ranging from 30 μm to 1.4 mm. The calculated effective piezoelectric coefficient and electrical energy density of flexoelectric cantilevers are superior to those of their piezoelectric counterparts, suggesting that the flexoelectricity-induced polarization can be significantly increased as structures are scaled down due to the scaling effect of strain gradient, holding promise for flexoelectric micro/nano cantilever sensing applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-352
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica Status Solidi - Rapid Research Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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