On the role of grain boundaries in nanocrystalline γ-Fe 2O 3 under high pressure

Dongmei Zhang, Yongsheng Zhang, Yang Gao, Yonghao Han, Chunxiao Gao, Yanzhang Ma, Chunxiao Cheng, Ke Yu

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In situ impedance spectroscopy of nanophase and bulk γ-Fe 2O 3 were performed using a fabricated microcircuit on a diamond anvil cell. The results provide evidence for the existence of grain and grain boundary effects that are separated in the frequency region. The analysis establishes that the grain boundary conductance of nanocrystalline γ-Fe 2O 3 is higher than that of the bulk material. Both the grain and grain boundary resistances of γ-Fe 2O 3 smoothly decrease with pressure. A remarkable phenomenon of discontinuity appears at 7.4 GPa for the nanocrystals. This critical value is interpreted by the space charge model and changes in charge densities between the grain boundaries. The impedance analysis further reveals that the relaxation frequency gradually increased with the effect of pressure and the γ-Fe 2O 3 samples' impedance imaginary part exhibits a typical capacitive characteristic. Within the given pressure range, the relaxation frequency of γ-Fe 2O 3 follows the Arrhenius behavior. This result was attributed to a dominant interfacial effect.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063718
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 15 2012


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