Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 19, pp 8254–8261 | Cite as

Structural and electrical properties of zinc-substituted cobalt ferrite

  • Wafaa BayoumiEmail author


Polycrystalline samples of Co1−xZnxFe2O4 with stoichiometric proportion (x) varying from 0.0 to 1.0 were prepared through the thermal decomposition of their respective oxalates. The samples were calcined at 1000 °C for 3 h and characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mössbauer spectroscopy techniques. The study of the cation distribution using Mössbauer spectroscopy showed that the ions at the tetrahedral site moved to the octahedral site by the addition of zinc and that the system varied from an inverse to a normal spinel structure. The values of the lattice parameter, X-ray density, oxygen parameter, inversion factor and radii of tetrahedral and octahedral sites were calculated using X-ray diffraction data. The temperature dependence of the conductivity showed a definite kink, except for the ZnFe2O4 sample, which can be attributed to the ferromagnetic–paramagnetic transitions. The calculated activation energy in the paramagnetic region was found to be smaller than that in the ferromagnetic region.


Ferrite Octahedral Site CoFe2O4 ZnFe2O4 Cation Distribution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemistry Department, Faculty of ScienceBenha UniversityBenhaEgypt

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