Kinetics of Cation Redisribution in Ferrospinels

K. Sujata*, Thomas O. Mason

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In situ electrical resistivity measurements were employed to follow the kinetics of cation redistribution in ferrospinels, xFe3O4–(1 –x)MeFe2O4 (Me = Co, Mg, Mn, or Ni) or xFe3O4–FeMe2O4 (Me = Al) with x≥ 0.2. Relaxation temperatures (at 20°C/min heating rate) were established and kinetic parameters—activation energies and time constants—were determined for each cation. These parameters were insensitive to grain size, cation ratio, and oxygen nonstoichiometry. The mechanism was shown to be a local “homogeneous” point defect reaction in contrast to the “heterogeneous” nucleation and growth mechanism reported to take place in ferrispinels lacking Fe2+. Electron hopping between Fe2+ and Fe3+ in ferrospinels apparently screens the excess ionic charge associated with the diffusing species and enables homogeneous point defect reactions with lower attendant activation energies to take place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-562
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1992


  • cation exchange
  • ferrites
  • kinetics
  • mechanism
  • spinels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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