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Single-phase perovskite oxynitride SrTaO2N ceramics were prepared by pressureless sintering at 1400℃ under a nitrogen atmosphere, using 5 wt% of SrCO3 or La2O3 as a sintering additive. In contrast, SrTaO2N bulks without additives contained TaC and Ta3N5 impurities. Sintering in nitrogen led to oxygen/nitrogen deficiencies in the oxynitride, while post annealing in flowing ammonia was effective to eliminate the anion vacancies. The introduction of additives significantly improved the sinterability of SrTaO2N ceramics. A relative density of >90% in the bulk was achieved with a highly dense microstructure with smaller grain sizes. The SrTaO2N bulk with SrCO3 additive exhibited superior dielectric performance with a high relative permittivity (εr =1.0 x 10^) and dissipation factor (tan δ = 0.039) at a frequency of 1 MHz.
- Journal of the European Ceramic Society
Journal of the European Ceramic Society 32(6), 1269-1274, 2012-06-00