A new form of MgTa 2O 6 obtained by the molten salt method

Ashok K. Ganguli, Shikha Nangia, Meganathan Thirumal, Pratibha L. Gai

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Using molten salt route (with NaCl/KCl as the salt) we have been able to synthesize a new form of magnesium tantalate at 850°C. Powder X-ray diffraction data could be indexed on an orthorhombic unit cell with lattice parameters, 'a' = 15·36(1) Å, 'b' = 13·38(1) Å and 'c' = 12·10(1) Å. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction studies confirm the results obtained by X-ray studies. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy helps ascertain the composition of MgTa 2O 6. The title compound shows a dielectric constant of ∼24 with a low dielectric loss of 0·006 at 100 kHz at room temperature. Dielectric constant is nearly unchanged with rise in temperature while the loss shows a very marginal increase (0·007 at 300°C).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Dielectric properties
  • High resolution transmission electron microscopy
  • Mgta o
  • Molten salt method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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