J. Phys. IV France
Volume 08, Numéro PR9, December 1998
2nd European Meeting on Integrated Ferroelectrics
Page(s) Pr9-17 - Pr9-26
2nd European Meeting on Integrated Ferroelectrics

J. Phys. IV France 08 (1998) Pr9-17-Pr9-26

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:1998902

Relationship between precursor chemistry and microstructure of CSD derived PZT films

M. Kosec and B. Malic

Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia

The microstructure of CSD PZT based thin films is mainly controlled by the substrate, electrode and/or thermal treatment. However, it can be significantly altered by the choice of starting compounds and solution-precursor synthesis conditions. The choice of transition metal alkoxide, namely propoxide or butoxide in the methoxyethanol based PZT route, results in different reactions with lead acetate. While the propoxides predominantly react via the addition reaction, the esterification reaction is predominant for butoxides. A finer microstructure of PbZrO3 films is attained from propoxides and a coarser one starting from butoxides. Lead acetate can be replaced by lead oxide in the methoxyethanol based PZT route. The crystallisation of the latter is characterised by easy nucleation of the perovskite phase as compared to acetate derived films. The type of lanthanum precursor, i.e. acetate or nitrate in the acetic acid based CSD PLZT route, influences the functional group content of formamide modified sols and consequently affects the microstructure of the thin films. La-nitrate based films consist of about 100 nm sized grains and La-acetate ones are characterised by the cluster-type microstructure.

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