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Study of Structural and Electrical Transport Properties of Polycrystalline La1-xCaxMnO3 (x=0.33, 0.5 and 0.9) Prepared by a Co- precipitation Method
- Manganite perovskite La1-xCaxMnO3 (x=0.33, 0.5 and 0.9) have been prepared by chemical co-precipitation method. Ammonium carbonate was used to coprecipitate lanthanum, calcium and manganese ions as carbonates under basic condition. This precursor on calcining at 900°C yields La-Ca-Mn-O perovskite phase. Follow by sintering at 1200°C after the powders were pressed into pellets gave La1-xCaxMnO3 (LCMO) polycrystalline ceramics. The crystal phases of the resulting powders and ceramics were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The morphology of the powders was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrical transport properties of ceramics were measured by conventional four-point probe technique.