Highly (100/110) oriented lead-free Lix(Na0.5K0.5)1-xNbO3 (LNKN, x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, and 0.06) thin films are fabricated on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates via a sol-gel processing method. The lithium (Li) dopants modify the microstructure and chemical bonds of the LNKN films, and therefore improve their electrical properties. The optimal values of the remnant polarization (Pr = 14.3 μC/cm2), piezoelectric coefficient (d33 = 48.1 pm/V), and leakage current (<10-5 A/cm2) are obtained for a lithium addition of x = 0.04 (i.e.; 4 at. %). The observation results suggest that the superior electrical properties are the result of an improved crystallization, a larger grain size, and a smoother surface morphology. It is shown that the ion transport mechanism is dominated by an Ohmic behavior under low electric fields and the Poole-Frenkel emission effect under high electric fields.
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