Effect of Zn addition on cationic distribution, structural properties, magnetic properties, antistructural modeling of nanocrystalline Co1-xZnxFe2O4 (0.08 ≤ x ≤ 0.56) ferrite is reported. XRD confirms the formation of single phase cubic spinel nano ferrites with average grain diameter ranging between 41.2 − 54.9 nm. Coercivity (Hc), anisotropy constant (K1) decreases with Zn addition, but experimental, theoretical saturation magnetization (Ms, Ms(t)) increases upto x = 0.32, then decreases, attributed to the breaking of collinear ferrimagnetic phase. Variation of magnetic properties is correlated with cationic distribution. A new antistructural modeling for describing active surface centers is discussed to explain change in concentration of donor’s active centers ZnB, CoB, acceptor’s active centers Fe*A are explained.

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