Materials for Green Technology

Innovation driven by niobates

Niobates are oxide compounds that contain niobium and another metal ion. These materials are characterized by good piezoelectric properties. For many innovative applications they play a decisive role for the functionality and performance of devices. In automotive applications they improve efficiency and emission value of diesel cars or enable the future trend of connected and autonomous driving by improving performance of sensors and actuators.

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Moreover, the outstanding properties of newly developed ceramics based on niobates allow for new treatment approaches and development of innovative medical equipment.

Our niobate product group includes magnesium niobate and potassium niobate, others niobates are produced upon request.

Lead Free Piezo ceramics

Heading towards a greener Future

At H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium we always strive to use our innovative spirit and innovation power to develop products that support the trend towards a greener future as we see both, technical progress and sustainability, as our responsibility.

Niobium-based piezoceramics are seen as most promising candidates to replace PZT (lead zirconate titanate) and also offer the opportunity to use cheaper base metal electrodes instead of precious metals.