Microwave synthesis and magnetic properties of Laves-type Ti2M3Si (M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni)

Christin M. Hamm, Léopold V.B. Diop, Hongbin Zhang, Oliver Gutfleisch, Christina S. Birkel

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Fast and energy-efficient synthesis methods become increasingly important aspects in the experimental high throughput searching of functional materials. Particularly high-temperature solid-state preparation techniques typically require large amounts of energy due to extended heating cycles. Therefore, we have utilized a time and energy-efficient synthesis method using a commercial microwave oven in order to prepare intermetallic Laves-type phases. Ti2M3Si with M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni can be prepared within only 10 min of microwave heating based on this convenient one-step procedure. These compounds are of interest because of their potentially useful magnetic properties and therefore contribute to the ongoing search for rare earth-free alternatives to state-of-the-art magnetic materials. Transition metal-based Laves phase compounds Ti2M3Si were prepared by time- and energy-efficient microwave heating and their structural and magnetic properties studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1700027
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Laves phases
  • intermetallic compounds
  • magnetic properties
  • microwave heating
  • non-conventional synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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