Adjustable stiffness of individual piezoelectric nanofibers by electron beam polarization

Xi Chen, Anton Li, Nan Yao, Yong Shi

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We present a method to adjust the stiffness of individual piezoelectric nanofiber by electron beam induced polarization under an in situ scanning electron microscopy. The lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanofibers were fabricated by an electrospinning process. The Young's modulus was calculated from the resonant frequency excited by an oscillating electric field applied through a nanomanipulator. The stiffness can be adjusted up to 75% by induced polarization under the exposure of an electron beam to control the domain boundaries in single PZT nanofibers. Splitting effect of the resonant frequencies was observed due to anisotropic stiffness in polarized PZT nanofibers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number193102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - Nov 7 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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