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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2017, Article ID 5756197, 10 pages
Research Article

Comparative Study of Structural, Electrical, and Magnetic Behaviour of Ni-Cu-Zn Nanoferrites Sintered by Microwave and Conventional Techniques

1Department of Physics, NIT Manipur, Imphal, Manipur 795004, India
2Department of Physics, D. M. College of Science, Manipur University, Manipur 795001, India

Correspondence should be addressed to Biju Thangjam; moc.liamg@cmdhtujib

Received 23 January 2017; Accepted 19 March 2017; Published 30 April 2017

Academic Editor: Christian Brosseau

Copyright © 2017 Biju Thangjam and Ibetombi Soibam. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


spinel type ferrite nanoparticles have been synthesized by citrate precursor method. These nanoparticles were then given heat treatment using microwave and conventional sintering techniques. Various characterizations using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), LCR meter, and B-H loop tracer were carried out on the sintered specimens. The XRD spectra of these ferrites confirmed the formation of spinel structure. The average crystallite size calculated using Scherrer’s formula was found to be in the nanometer range, its value varying from 33 nm to 39 nm. Microwave sintered samples exhibited superior electrical and magnetic behaviour over their conventionally sintered counterparts. Feasibility of low temperature synthesis and promising properties will render these ferrites suitable for multilayer chip inductor applications.