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Piezoelectric Properties of Ink-Jet–Printed Lead Zirconate Titanate Thick Films Confirmed by Piezoresponse Force Microscopy
Article first published online: 21 AUG 2013
© 2013 The American Ceramic Society
Journal of the American Ceramic Society
Volume 96, Issue 9, pages 2714–2717, September 2013
How to Cite
Kuscer, D., Noshchenko, O., Uršič, H., Malič, B. (2013), Piezoelectric Properties of Ink-Jet–Printed Lead Zirconate Titanate Thick Films Confirmed by Piezoresponse Force Microscopy. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 96: 2714–2717. doi: 10.1111/jace.12532
- Issue published online: 13 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 21 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Received: 11 JUN 2013
- Slovenian Research Agency. Grant Numbers: PR-03217, P2-0105
An ink consisting of Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 (PZT) particles with a median size of 170 nm and a narrow size distribution, in a dispersion of water and glycerol, and with a low viscosity and surface tension, was used for the fabrication of thick films by piezoelectric ink-jet printing. This study reports the printing conditions, the subsequent thermal treatment of the as-deposited layers, and the properties of the sintered PZT thick film. The film, sintered at 1100°C, had a locally dense microstructure and consisted of grains that are a few 100 nm across, as revealed by scanning electron microscopy. A local piezoelectric response of 15 pm/V was measured in the ink-jet–printed PZT thick film by piezoresponse force microscopy.