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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(2), 190;

Micro-Area Ferroelectric, Piezoelectric and Conductive Properties of Single BiFeO3 Nanowire by Scanning Probe Microscopy

School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Chongqing University of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401331, China
Chongqing Key Laboratory of Nano/Micro Composite Materials and Devices, Chongqing 401331, China
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Received: 4 January 2019 / Revised: 26 January 2019 / Accepted: 30 January 2019 / Published: 2 February 2019
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Ferroelectric nanowires have attracted great attention due to their excellent physical properties. We report the domain structure, ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and conductive properties of bismuth ferrite (BFO, short for BiFeO3) nanowires characterized by scanning probe microscopy (SPM). The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern presents single phase BFO without other obvious impurities. The piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) results indicate that the nanowires possess a multidomain configuration, and the maximum piezoelectric coefficient (d33) of single BFO nanowire is 22.21 pm/V. Poling experiments and local switching spectroscopy piezoresponse force microscopy (SS-PFM) demonstrate that there is sufficient polarization switching behavior and obvious piezoelectric properties in BFO nanowires. The conducting atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) results show that the current is just hundreds of pA at 8 V. These lay the foundation for the application of BFO nanowires in nanodevices. View Full-Text
Keywords: bismuth ferrite; nanowire; micro-area; SPM bismuth ferrite; nanowire; micro-area; SPM

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Wu, S.; Zhang, J.; Liu, X.; Lv, S.; Gao, R.; Cai, W.; Wang, F.; Fu, C. Micro-Area Ferroelectric, Piezoelectric and Conductive Properties of Single BiFeO3 Nanowire by Scanning Probe Microscopy. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 190.

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