In this study, hard/soft Sr0.3Ba0.4Pb0.3Fe12O19/(CuFe2O4)x nanocomposites with various contents of the soft phase (x = 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) have been synthesized via a one-pot citrate sol-gel route. The structure and magnetic properties of the prepared specimens were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM) techniques as well as a vibrating sample magnetometer. The obtained XRD patterns revealed the formation of hard/soft ferrite nano-composites without secondary phases. The magnetic results showed that all the prepared nanocomposite magnets exhibit a good single-phase magnetic behavior, proving that the magnetic hard and soft phases are well exchange coupled. The dipolar interactions in the produced magnets were dominated by the exchange-coupling interactions at lower contents of the soft phase. Furthermore, the optimal values of saturation and remanent magnetizations, coercivity, and squareness ratio were obtained for the Sr0.3Ba0.4Pb0.3Fe12O19/CuFe2O4 nanocomposite magnet due to the dominance of exchange-coupling interaction. The greatest value of the maximum energy product, which represented the ultimate figure-of-merit for permanent magnets, was observed for the Sr0.3Ba0.4Pb0.3Fe12O19/CuFe2O4 composite, suggesting its potential applications in magnet fabrication and highly sensitive magnetic recording media.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Alloys and Compounds|
|State||Published - Sep 2018|
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-03-10
Acknowledgements: This research used resources of the Core Labs of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Chemistry
- Mechanics of Materials
- Metals and Alloys
- Mechanical Engineering