• P N Kotru

      Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science

    • Crystallization of mixed rare earth (didymium) molybdates in silica gel

      Sanjay Pandita Ravender Tickoo K K Bamzai P N Kotru Neera Sahni

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      Experiments on the growth of mixed rare earth (didymium—a combination of La, Nd, Pr and Sm) molybdates in silica gel medium are reported. The optimum conditions conducive for the growth of these crystals are described and discussed. Concentration programming is reported to enhance the size of crystals by two-fold; the maximum size obtained being about 1 mm3. EDAX results suggest the crystals to be heptamolybdates of type R2Mo7O24, bearing composition La1.23Nd0.43Pr0.29 Sm0.05Mo7O24. The didymium molybdate crystals assume morphologies corresponding to those of spherulites, platelets, cuboids and coalesced crystals. Twinned structure in didymium molybdate crystals are also reported. It is explained that spherulitic morphologies result from aggregates of crystals joining in a spherical envelope. It is suggested that the crystals of didymium molybdates grow by two-dimensional spreading and piling up of layers.

    • Thermal characteristics of pure and substituted gel grown Gd-molybdate crystals

      Vinay Hangloo K K Bamzai P N Kotru M L Koul

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      Polycrystalline spherulitic crystals of pure Gd-heptamolybdate and single and twinned crystals of substituted Gd–Ba-molybdate were grown by using gel encapsulation technique. The thermal behaviour of these crystals was studied using the thermoanalytical techniques, which included TG, DTA and DSC. Thermal analysis suggests decomposition of the materials in one or more than one stages. Results obtained on application of TG based models viz. Horowitz–Metzger, Coats–Redfern and Piloyan–Novikova, are reported. According to the results of the kinetics of thermal decomposition, the random nucleation model is shown to be the one that is relevant to the decomposition of single rare earth (Gd) containing material and contracting sphere to the decomposition of the substituted (Gd–Ba) one. The kinetic parameters viz. the order of reaction, frequency factor and energy of activation using above-mentioned models, are computed and shown to bear reasonably good agreement.

    • Dielectric and thermal studies on gel grown strontium tartrate pentahydrate crystals

      A Firdous I Quasim M M Ahmad P N Kotru

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      Results of dielectric and thermal studies on strontium tartrate pentahydrate crystals are described. The value of dielectric constant is shown to be independent of temperature till 360 K at all the frequencies (110–700 kHz) of the applied a.c. field. It increases abruptly achieving a peak value of 25.5 at 100 kHz; the peak value being strongly dependent on frequency. In the temperature range, 87 < 𝑇 < 117°C, the value of 𝜀' falls suggesting a transition at around 100°C or so. The dielectric constant, 𝜀', of the material is shown to be frequency dependent but temperature independent in the pre- or post-𝑇c range 87 < 𝑇 < 117°C, suggesting that the contribution towards polarization may be due to ionic or space charge polarization which gets eliminated at higher frequencies. The ferroelectric transition is supported by the results of thermoanalytical studies. It is explained that crystallographic change due to polymorphic phase transition may be occurring in the material, besides the change due to loss of water molecules, which leads to the dielectric anomaly at around 100°C. Coats–Redfern approximation method is applied for obtaining non-isothermal kinetic parameters leading to calculation of activation energies corresponding to three decomposition stages of material in the temperature ranging from 379–1113 K.

    • High resolution X-ray diffraction studies on unirradiated and irradiated strontium hexaferrite crystals

      Balwinder Kaur Monita Bhat F Licci Ravi Kumar K K Bamzai P N Kotru

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      High-resolution X-ray diffraction technique, employing a three-crystal monochromator–collimator combination is used to study the irradiation induced defects in flux grown Sr-hexaferrite crystals irradiated with 50 MeV Li3+ ion beams at room temperature with a fluence value of 1 × 1014 ions/cm2. The diffraction curves of the irradiated crystals suggest the possibility of creation of low angle grain boundaries and other point/clusters of defects causing amorphization in the irradiated crystals. The perfection of the irradiated and unirradiated (0001) cleaved surfaces of the crystals is studied using the bulk method of X-ray topography. The topographs supplement the findings suggestive of modifications in the crystalline quality of SrFe12O19 on irradiation with SHI of Li3+. Etching of the (0001) cleaved surfaces in H3PO4 at 120°C suggests that the dissolution characteristics of the surfaces get affected on irradiation with SHI of Li3+, besides supporting the findings of HRXRD and X-ray topography regarding modifications in the perfection of SrFe12O19 on irradiation.

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