Investigation of structural, physical and optical properties of sodium boro-tellurite glasses doped with iron oxide

Vinayak Pattar, Koppa Mahadevappa Rajashekara, Chinnappareddy Devaraja, Jakrapong Kaewkhao, Darya Pavlovna Surzhikova, Rajaramakrishna Rajanavaneethakrishna

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In this work, we demonstrate systematic studies on the influence of Fe2O3 on the structural and optical properties of transparent B2O3–TeO2–Na2O glasses containing the different concentrations of Fe2O3. The glasses were prepared via the standard melt quenching method, and the prepared glasses were characterized using, XRD, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), FTIR, and UV–visible spectroscopic techniques. Furthermore, we evaluated several physical properties of the glasses, including densities, molar volume, boron-boron separation, and oxygen packing density, with respect to the concentration of Fe2O3 in the host glass matrix. It is observed that the density of the glasses and the average boron-boron distance found increase with Fe2O3 concentration due to the modification in the glass network induced by the dopant ions. EPR spectra reveals the presence resonance signals at g ∼2.04 and g ∼4.26, hence it proves the existence of Fe3+ in distorted octahedral coordination and supported by UV–Vis absorption bands. The FTIR spectra revealed an increase in spectral intensity with the concentration of Fe2O3. This was attributed to the formation of non-bridging oxygens through converting BO4 units into BO3 units, which Fe2O3 mediated. The UV–visible spectral analysis showed a decreased energy band gap from 2.26 to 1.51 eV with increased Fe2O3 concentration. Additionally, we determined the Urbach energy, refractive index, optical basicity, and electronegativity, which are presented in detail.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCeramics International
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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