Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 257–263 | Cite as

Effect of alkaline earth dopant on density, mechanical, and electrical properties of Cu0.97AE0.03CrO2 (AE = Mg, Ca, Sr, and Ba) delafossite oxide

  • M. A. MadreEmail author
  • M. A. Torres
  • J. A. Gomez
  • J. C. Diez
  • A. Sotelo


CuCrO2 and Cu0.97AE0.03CrO2 (AE = Mg, Ca, Sr, and Ba) polycrystalline materials have been prepared through the classical solid state route. CuCrO2 is the major phase in all cases, with larger grain sizes when the alkaline earth dopant is larger. Doping also promotes the formation of secondary phases, which appear in the grain boundaries in the Ca, Sr, and Ba doped samples. Density has been drastically improved through doping, reflected in lower electrical resistivities and higher mechanical properties than the measured in undoped samples. In spite of a relatively high decrease of Seebeck coefficient, all doped samples reached higher power factor values than the undoped ones in the whole measured temperature range. The highest power factor has been reached in Mg doped samples, 0.32 mW/K2 m at 800 °C, which is among the highest obtained so far in randomly oriented polycrystalline CuCrO2 materials.


Ceramics Delafossites Doping Hardness Electrical properties 



The authors wish to thank the Gobierno de Aragón-FEDER (Grupos de Investigacion Consolidados T12 and T87), MINECO-FEDER (MAT2017-82183-C3-1-R), and Universidad de Zaragoza (UZ2017-TEC-03) for financial support. Authors would like to acknowledge the use of Servicio General de Apoyo a la Investigación-SAI, Universidad de Zaragoza.


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  1. 1.Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza)ZaragozaSpain

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