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  1. Interplay of octahedral distortions in electronic and structural phase transitions in ABO3 perovskites

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    Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Rondinelli, James M.

    2013-03-01

    In this work, we investigate group-subgroup relationships afforded to ABO3 perovskites from combinations of BO6 distortions - bond stretching and bond angle rotations - with the objective of identifying new pathways for tuning their properties through electron-lattice interactions. Using nickelate and bismuthate perovskite compounds as a template, we decompose their low-symmetry structures into orthonormal symmetry-breaking lattice modes of the parent cubic space group. Statistical analysis of mode decomposition data uncovers previously unappreciated relationships between microscopic octahedral distortion modes and macroscopic physical properties. Finally, we propose novel crystal engineering strategies to study perovskites near phase boundaries that are otherwise extremely difficult to probe experimentally. This project is supported by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (grant no. N66001-12-4224). The views, opinions, and/or findings reported here are solely those of the authors and do not represent official views of DARPA or DOD.

  2. First Principles Studies of ABO3 Perovskite Surfaces and Nanostructures

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    Pilania, Ghanshyam

    Perovskite-type complex oxides, with general formula ABO 3, constitute one of the most prominent classes of metal oxides which finds key applications in diverse technological fields. In recent years, properties of perovskites at reduced dimensions have aroused considerable interest. However, a complete atomic-level understanding of various phenomena is yet to emerge. To fully exploit the materials opportunities provided by nano-structured perovskites, it is important to characterize and understand their bulk and near-surface electronic structure along with the electric, magnetic, elastic and chemical properties of these materials in the nano-regime, where surface and interface effects naturally play a dominant role. In this thesis, state-of-the-art first principles computations are employed to systematically study properties of one- and two-dimensional perovskite systems which are of direct technological significance. Specifically, our bifocal study targets (1) polarization behavior and dielectric response of ABO3 ferroelectric nanowires, and (2) oxygen chemistry relevant for catalytic properties of ABO3 surfaces. In the first strand, we identify presence of novel closure or vortex-like polarization domains in PbTIO3 and BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanowires and explore ways to control the polarization configurations by means of strain and surface chemistry in these prototypical model systems. The intrinsic tendency towards vortex polarization at reduced dimensions and the underlying driving forces are discussed and previously unknown strain induced phase transitions are identified. Furthermore, to compute the dielectric permittivity of nanostructures, a new multiscale model is developed and applied to the PbTiO3 nanowires with conventional and vortex-like polarization configurations. The second part of the work undertaken in this thesis is comprised of a number of ab initio surface studies, targeted to investigate the effects of surface terminations, prevailing chemical

  3. TOPICAL REVIEW: The relaxational properties of compositionally disordered ABO3 perovskites

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    Samara, George A.

    2003-03-01

    Random lattice disorder produced by chemical substitution in ABO3 perovskites can lead to the formation of dipolar impurities and defects that have a profound influence on the static and dynamic properties of these materials that are the prototypical soft ferroelectric (FE) mode systems. In these highly polarizable host lattices, dipolar entities form polar nanodomains whose size is determined by the dipolar correlation length, rc, of the host and that exhibit dielectric relaxation in an applied ac field. In the very dilute limit (< 0.1at.%) each domain behaves as a non-interacting dipolar entity with a single relaxation time. At higher concentrations of disorder, however, the domains can interact leading to more complex relaxational behaviour. Among the manifestations of such behaviour is the formation of a glass-like relaxor (R) state, or even an ordered FE state for a sufficiently high concentration of overlapping domains. After a brief discussion of the physics of random-site electric dipoles in dielectrics, this review begins with the simplest cases, namely the relaxational properties of substitutional impurities (e.g., Mn, Fe and Ca) in the quantum paraelectrics KTaO3 and SrTiO3. This is followed by discussions of the relaxational properties of Li-and Nb-doped KTaO3 and of the strong relaxors in the PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 and La-substituted PbZr1-xTixO3 families. Some emphasis will be on the roles of pressure and applied dc biasing electric fields in understanding the physics of these materials including the R-to-FE crossover.

  4. Origin of the Diverse Behavior of Oxygen Vacancies in ABO3 Perovskites: A Symmetry Based Analysis

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    Yin, W. J.; Wei, S. H.; Al-Jassim, M. M.; Yan, Y. F.

    2012-05-15

    Using band symmetry analysis and density functional theory calculations, we reveal the origin of why oxygen vacancy (V{sub O}) energy levels are shallow in some ABO{sub 3} perovskites, such as SrTiO{sub 3}, but are deep in some others, such as LaAlO{sub 3}. We show that this diverse behavior can be explained by the symmetry of the perovskite structure and the location (A or B site) of the metal atoms with low d orbital energies, such as Ti and La atoms. When the conduction band minimum (CBM) is an antibonding {Gamma}12 state, which is usually associated with the metal atom with low d orbital energies at the A site (e.g., LaAlO{sub 3}), then the V{sub O} energy levels are deep inside the gap. Otherwise, if the CBM is the nonbonding {Gamma}25{prime} state, which is usually associated with metal atoms with low d orbital energies at the B site (e.g., SrTiO{sub 3}), then the V{sub O} energy levels are shallow and often above the CBM. The V{sub O} energy level is also deep for some uncommon ABO{sub 3} perovskite materials that possess a low s orbital, or large-size cations, and an antibonding {Gamma}{sub 1} state CBM, such as ZnTiO{sub 3}. Our results, therefore, provide guidelines for designing ABO{sub 3} perovskite materials with desired functional behaviors.

  5. ABO3 (A = La, Ba, Sr, K; B = Co, Mn, Fe) perovskites for thermochemical energy storage

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    Babiniec, Sean M.; Coker, Eric N.; Ambrosini, Andrea; Miller, James E.

    2016-05-01

    The use of perovskite oxides as a medium for thermochemical energy storage (TCES) in concentrating solar power systems is reported. The known reduction/oxidation (redox) active perovskites LaxSr1-xCoyMn1-yO3 (LSCM) and LaxSr1-xCoyFe1-yO3 (LSCF) were chosen as a starting point for such research. Materials of the LSCM and LSCF family were previously synthesized, their structure characterized, and thermodynamics reported for TCES operation. Building on this foundation, the reduction onset temperatures are examined for LSCM and LSCF compositions. The reduction extents and onset temperatures are tied to the crystallographic phase and reaction enthalpies. The effect of doping with Ba and K is discussed, and the potential shortcomings of this subset of materials families for TCES are described. The potential for long-term stability of the most promising material is examined through thermogravimetric cycling, scanning electron microscopy, and dilatometry. The stability over 100 cycles (450-1050 °C) of an LSCM composition is demonstrated.

  6. Stability of interlanthanide perovskites ABO3 (A ≡ La-Pr; B ≡ Y, Ho-Lu)

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    Artini, Cristina; Pani, Marcella; Lausi, Andrea; Costa, Giorgio A.

    2016-04-01

    The existence fields of the 11 known interlanthanide perovskites have been assessed as a function of temperature on the basis of experimental and literature data, and studied by means of the bond valence method using the software SPuDS. The role of geometrical factors in driving the enthalpic and entropic contributions to the Gibbs free energy of the phase is discussed, and a criterion is proposed to derive the formability likelihood of interlanthanide perovskites. The reliability of the software SPuDS has been checked by comparing the cell parameters and atomic distances optimized by the program to the ones experimentally obtained by high temperature in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction performed on perovskitic LaErO3, LaTmO3 and LaYbO3.

  7. Neutron diffraction studies on ABO3 (A=Lanthanum, Strontium, B=Iron, Cobalt , Nickel, Copper, Manganese, Titanium) perovskite used in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and double perovskite Barium2YttriumRuthenium0.85Copper0.15Oxygen6 superconductor

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    Cai, Qingsheng

    ABO3(A=La, Sr, B=Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Mn, Ti) perovskites are of great interest due to their mixed electronic and oxygen ion conductivity. They are candidates for the electrodes of SOFCs. The mixed conductivity can be enhanced through the substitution of La3+ by Sr2+ at A sites, and the substitution of Fe3+ by other transition metal ions at B sites. The charge imbalance and overall charge neutrality can be maintained by the presence of charged oxygen vacancies and mixed valence state ions at the B sites. These point defects are the origin of the mixed electronic and oxygen ion conductivity. This study investigates the effects of substitutions at A sites and/or B sites on the crystal and magnetic structure, oxygen vacancies, and the thermal expansion coefficients at different temperatures and gaseous environment. The oxygen vacancy concentration can relax the perovskite distortion and has a close relationship with the magnetic properties. La0.6Sr0.4FeO3-delta, La0.6Sr0.4Fe0.8Co0.2O3-delta , and La0.8Sr0.2Fe0.8Co0.2O 3-delta can be good candidates for the cathodes of SOFCs at intermediate temperature. The double perovskite Ba2YRu0.85Cu0.15O 6 superconductor and a mixture of 5wt% YBa2Cu3O 7-delta and undoped Ba2YRuO6 were investigated with the aid of neutron diffraction. The 1:1 B site ordering is observed and long range antiferromagnetic ordering of the Ru sublattice with a type I magnetic structure appears when the temperature is below 38K. An incommensurate antiferromagnetic ordering of Cu is observed in the temperature range 38K-85K. This ordering is not seen in undoped material. The decomposition of Cu-doped Ba2YRuO6 into undoped Ba 2YRuO6 and YBa2Cu3O7-delta is not seen. YBa2Cu3O7-delta is not stable at the temperature used to prepare the Cu-doped Ba2YRuO6 superconductor. These results confirm the presence of superconductivity without CuO2 planes.

  8. Crystallographic and Electronic Structure of the Sr3Sb2CoO9 Triple Perovskite

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    González, W.; Cardona, R.; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2014-04-01

    Compounds The perovskites are materials with physical and chemical characteristics that make them optimal for application in the technological and scientist. When the ideal formula of perovskite ABO3 is modified by introducing a special structural arrangement can get to get triple perovskites, which correspond to the formula A3B2B'O9. In this work we report the synthesis process and the study of electronic structure and crystal Sr3Sb2CoO9 new triple perovskite. From the experiments of X-ray Diffraction and the application of the Rietveld refinement method was revealed that the system crystallizes in a perovskite structure with a characteristic triple given by the space group Immm (#71) and lattice parameters a=9.791(9) Å, b=5.656(7) Å and c=16.957(8) Å. Ab initio calculations of density of states (DOS) and electronic structure were carried out for this perovskite-like system by using the Quantum EXPRESSO code. The exchange-correlation potential was treated using the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). All calculations were carried-out using spin polarization. ©2013 Elsevier Science. All rights reserved.

  9. A review on visible light active perovskite-based photocatalysts.

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    Kanhere, Pushkar; Chen, Zhong

    2014-01-01

    Perovskite-based photocatalysts are of significant interest in the field of photocatalysis. To date, several perovskite material systems have been developed and their applications in visible light photocatalysis studied. This article provides a review of the visible light (λ > 400 nm) active perovskite-based photocatalyst systems. The materials systems are classified by the B site cations and their crystal structure, optical properties, electronic structure, and photocatalytic performance are reviewed in detail. Titanates, tantalates, niobates, vanadates, and ferrites form important photocatalysts which show promise in visible light-driven photoreactions. Along with simple perovskite (ABO3) structures, development of double/complex perovskites that are active under visible light is also reviewed. Various strategies employed for enhancing the photocatalytic performance have been discussed, emphasizing the specific advantages and challenges offered by perovskite-based photocatalysts. This review provides a broad overview of the perovskite photocatalysts, summarizing the current state of the work and offering useful insights for their future development. PMID:25532834

  10. Doped perovskite-based ruthenates: Structure, electrical, magnetic and magnetoresistive properties

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    Mamchik, Alexander Ivanovich

    2003-10-01

    The electric and magnetic properties of ruthenium-containing ABO 3 oxides with perovskite structure are intimately connected with their structure and composition. Even a slight perturbation caused by doping can significantly modify the electrical conductivity and the magnetic ground state of these compounds. In this thesis the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of several perovskite ruthenate solid solutions, based on SrRuO 3 and CaRuO3, and containing Fe or Co on the B-sites, are presented. In the Fe-containing compounds, Ru preserves its 4+ valence state, while in the Co-doped compounds there is an order-dependent charge transfer between Ru and Co, leading to some Ru in the 5+ state. Saturation magnetization of solid solutions initially increases with both Fe and Co concentration, indicating the formation of large local magnetic moments around these cations. At higher Fe and Co substitution level, a spin glass state develops and a gradual metal/insulator transition occurs. At the same time, a large negative magnetoresistance emerges. These solid solutions are analogous to Mn-doped diluted magnetic semiconductors that contain giant local moments around Mn impurities, which themselves interact antiferromagnetically. Similar magnetic and magnetoresistive behavior is expected in other conducting ruthenates, and possibly other 4d and 5d conducting oxides that are doped with 3d transition metals.

  11. Application of Electron Structure Calculations to the Migration of Oxygen through a Perovskite Membrane

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    Wood, Douglas A.

    The focus of this thesis is the application of electron structure calculations, particularly density functional theory, to the analysis of the process by which oxygen is able to migrate through a perovskite crystal. This property creates the possibility of using perovskite membranes to separate oxygen from air. This could be applied to the generation of syngas directly from natural gas without the need for a separate air separation unit. A perovskite has the nominal formula ABO3 where A is a rare earth type cation and B is a transition type cation. The structure consists of the B cations arranged in a cube with the A cation in the center. The oxygen ions are located at the midpoint of each B-B cube edge and form an octahedron centered on each B cation. Any real perovskite crystal will contain a certain fraction of vacancies at the oxygen sites. Oxygen migrates through the crystal by jumping from a neighboring site to the vacancy. The permeability of the crystal is thus a function of the concentration of vacancies and the activation energy of the jump from a neighboring site to the vacancy. These properties can be modified by adding dopants for the A and B cations. The literature contains a substantial amount of experimental work on the effect of such dopants. The overall migration process can be divided into components (i) the concentration of oxygen vacancies, (ii) the activation energy for a neighboring on-site oxygen atom to jump to the vacant site, (iii) the concentration of surface vacancies, and (iv) the processes by which oxygen ions transfer back and forth between the perovskite surface and the contiguous vapor space. Using SrTiO3 and LaCoO3 as model compounds, DFT calculations have been used to (i) calculate various properties of the perovskite crystal, (ii) estimate the activation energy of a jump between an occupied oxygen site and an adjacent vacant oxygen site, (iii) predict the effects of various dopants at the A and B site and (iv) analyze the

  12. Stabilization of Highly Polar BiFeO3 -like Structure: A New Interface Design Route for Enhanced Ferroelectricity in Artificial Perovskite Superlattices

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    Wang, Hongwei; Wen, Jianguo; Miller, Dean J.; Zhou, Qibin; Chen, Mohan; Lee, Ho Nyung; Rabe, Karin M.; Wu, Xifan

    2016-01-01

    In ABO3 perovskites, oxygen octahedron rotations are common structural distortions that can promote large ferroelectricity in BiFeO3 with an R 3 c structure [1] but suppress ferroelectricity in CaTiO3 with a P b n m symmetry [2]. For many CaTiO3-like perovskites, the BiFeO3 structure is a metastable phase. Here, we report the stabilization of the highly polar BiFeO3-like phase of CaTiO3 in a BaTiO3/CaTiO3 superlattice grown on a SrTiO3 substrate. The stabilization is realized by a reconstruction of oxygen octahedron rotations at the interface from the pattern of nonpolar bulk CaTiO3 to a different pattern that is characteristic of a BiFeO3 phase. The reconstruction is interpreted through a combination of amplitude-contrast sub-0.1-nm high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and first-principles theories of the structure, energetics, and polarization of the superlattice and its constituents. We further predict a number of new artificial ferroelectric materials demonstrating that nonpolar perovskites can be turned into ferroelectrics via this interface mechanism. Therefore, a large number of perovskites with the CaTiO3 structure type, which include many magnetic representatives, are now good candidates as novel highly polar multiferroic materials [3].

  13. Generalized trends in the formation energies of perovskite oxides.

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    Zeng, ZhenHua; Calle-Vallejo, Federico; Mogensen, Mogens B; Rossmeisl, Jan

    2013-05-28

    Generalized trends in the formation energies of several families of perovskite oxides (ABO3) and plausible explanations to their existence are provided in this study through a combination of DFT calculations, solid-state physics analyses and simple physical/chemical descriptors. The studied elements at the A site of perovskites comprise rare-earth, alkaline-earth and alkaline metals, whereas 3d and 5d metals were studied at the B site. We also include ReO3-type compounds, which have the same crystal structure of cubic ABO3 perovskites except without A-site elements. From the observations we extract the following four conclusions for the perovskites studied in the present paper: for a given cation at the B site, (I) perovskites with cations of identical oxidation state at the A site possess close formation energies; and (II) perovskites with cations of different oxidation states at the A site usually have quite different but ordered formation energies. On the other hand, for a given A-site cation, (III) the formation energies of perovskites vary linearly with respect to the atomic number of the elements at the B site within the same period of the periodic table, and the slopes depend systematically on the oxidation state of the A-site cation; and (IV) the trends in formation energies of perovskites with elements from different periods at the B site depend on the oxidation state of A-site cations. Since the energetics of perovskites is shown to be the superposition of the individual contributions of their constituent oxides, the trends can be rationalized in terms of A-O and B-O interactions in the ionic crystal. These findings reveal the existence of general systematic trends in the formation energies of perovskites and provide further insight into the role of ion-ion interactions in the properties of ternary compounds. PMID:23579382

  14. Autothermal reforming catalyst having perovskite structure

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    Krumpel, Michael; Liu, Di-Jia

    2009-03-24

    The invention addressed two critical issues in fuel processing for fuel cell application, i.e. catalyst cost and operating stability. The existing state-of-the-art fuel reforming catalyst uses Rh and platinum supported over refractory oxide which add significant cost to the fuel cell system. Supported metals agglomerate under elevated temperature during reforming and decrease the catalyst activity. The catalyst is a perovskite oxide or a Ruddlesden-Popper type oxide containing rare-earth elements, catalytically active firs row transition metal elements, and stabilizing elements, such that the catalyst is a single phase in high temperature oxidizing conditions and maintains a primarily perovskite or Ruddlesden-Popper structure under high temperature reducing conditions. The catalyst can also contain alkaline earth dopants, which enhance the catalytic activity of the catalyst, but do not compromise the stability of the perovskite structure.

  15. Amorphization and Recrystallization of the ABO(3) Oxides

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    Meldrum, Alkiviathes; Boatner, Lynn A.; Weber, William J. ); Ewing, Rodney C.

    2002-01-31

    Single crystals of the ABO3 phases CaTiO3, SrTiO3, BaTiO3, LiNbO3, KNbO3, LiTaO3, and KTaO3 were irradiated by 800 keV Kr+, Xe+, or Ne+ ions over the temperature range from 20 to 1100 K. The critical amorphization temperature, Tc, above which radiation-induced amorphization does not occur varied from approximately 450 K for the titanate compositions to more than 850 K for the tantalates. While the absolute ranking of increasing critical amorphization temperatures could not be explained by any simple physical parameter associated with the ABO3 oxides, within each chemical group defined by the B-site cation (i.e., within the titanates, niobates, and tantalates), Tc tends to increase with increasing mass of the A-site cation. Tc was lower for the Ne+ irradiations as compared to Kr+, but it was approximately the same for the irradiations with Kr+ or Xe+. Thermal recrystallization experiments were performed on the ion-beam-amorphized thin sections in situ in the transmission electron microscope (TEM). In the high vacuum environment of the microscope, the titanates recrystallized epitaxially from the thick areas of the TEM specimens at temperatures of 800 to 850 K. The niobates and tantalates did not recrystallize epitaxially, but instead, new crystals nucleated and grew in the amorphous region in the temperature range 825 to 925 K. These new crystallites apparently retain some''memory'' of the original crystal orientation prior to ion-beam amorphization.

  16. Specific features of nonvalent interactions in orthorhombic perovskites

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    Serezhkin, V. N.; Pushkin, D. V.; Serezhkina, L. B.

    2014-07-01

    It is established that isostructural orthorhombic perovskites ABO3 (sp. gr. Pnma in different systems, no. 62, Z = 4), depending on the specificity of nonvalent interactions (which determine the combinatorial-topological type of the Voronoi-Dirichlet polyhedra (VDPs) of four basis atoms), are divided into ten different stereotypes. It is shown by the example of 259 perovskites belonging to the DyCrO3 stereotype that VDP characteristics can be used to quantitatively estimate the distortion of BO6 octahedra, including that caused by the Jahn-Teller effect. It is found that one of the causes of the distortion of the coordination polyhedra of atoms in the structure of orthorhombic perovskites is heteroatomic metal-metal interactions, for which the interatomic distances are much shorter than the sum of the Slater radii of A and B atoms.

  17. Analysis of electrostatic stability and ordering in quaternary perovskite solid solutions

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    Caetano, Clovis; Butler, Keith T.; Walsh, Aron

    2016-04-01

    There are three distinct classes of perovskite structured metal oxides, defined by the charge states of the cations: AIBVO3,AIIBIVO3 , and AIIIBIIIO3 . We investigated the stability of cubic quaternary solid solutions A B O3-A'B'O3 using a model of point-charge lattices. The mixing enthalpies were calculated and compared for the three possible types of combinations of the compounds, both for the random alloys and the ground-state-ordered configurations. The mixing enthalpy of the (I,V)O3-(III,III)O3 alloy is always larger than the other alloys. We found that, different from homovalent alloys, for these heterovalent alloys a lattice constant mismatch between the constituent compounds could contribute to stabilize the alloy. At low temperatures, the alloys present a tendency to spontaneous ordering, forming superlattices consisting of alternated layers of AB O 3 and A'B'O3 along the [110 ] direction.

  18. Perovskite oxides: Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, Ernest

    1987-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  19. Nano-structured electron transporting materials for perovskite solar cells

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    Liu, Hefei; Huang, Ziru; Wei, Shiyuan; Zheng, Lingling; Xiao, Lixin; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-03-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells have been developing rapidly in the past several years, and their power conversion efficiency has reached over 20%, nearing that of polycrystalline silicon solar cells. Because the diffusion length of the hole in perovskites is longer than that of the electron, the performance of the device can be improved by using an electron transporting layer, e.g., TiO2, ZnO and TiO2/Al2O3. Nano-structured electron transporting materials facilitate not only electron collection but also morphology control of the perovskites. The properties, morphology and preparation methods of perovskites are reviewed in the present article. A comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the structure and property will benefit the precise control of the electron transporting process and thus further improve the performance of perovskite solar cells.

  20. Nano-structured electron transporting materials for perovskite solar cells.

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    Liu, Hefei; Huang, Ziru; Wei, Shiyuan; Zheng, Lingling; Xiao, Lixin; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-03-17

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells have been developing rapidly in the past several years, and their power conversion efficiency has reached over 20%, nearing that of polycrystalline silicon solar cells. Because the diffusion length of the hole in perovskites is longer than that of the electron, the performance of the device can be improved by using an electron transporting layer, e.g., TiO2, ZnO and TiO2/Al2O3. Nano-structured electron transporting materials facilitate not only electron collection but also morphology control of the perovskites. The properties, morphology and preparation methods of perovskites are reviewed in the present article. A comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the structure and property will benefit the precise control of the electron transporting process and thus further improve the performance of perovskite solar cells. PMID:26457406

  1. Structural investigations of (Ca,Sr)ZrO3 and Ca(Sn,Zr)O3 perovskite compounds

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    Tarrida, Martine; Larguem, H.; Madon, M.

    2009-07-01

    (Ca x ,Sr1- x )ZrO3 and Ca(Sn y ,Zr1- y )O3 solid solutions were synthesized by solid-state reaction at high temperature before to be studied by powder X-ray diffraction and Raman Spectroscopy. Diffraction data allow the distortion of the ABO3 perovskite structure to be investigated according to cations substitution on A and B-sites. It is shown that distortion, characterized by Φ, the tilt angle of BO6 octahedra, slightly increases with decreasing y content in Ca(Sn y ,Zr1- y )O3 compounds and strongly decreases with decreasing x content in (Ca x ,Sr1- x )ZrO3 compounds. Such results are discussed in view of the relative A and B cation sizes. Raman data show that vibrational spectra are strongly affected by the cation substitution on A-site; the frequencies of most vibrational modes increase with increasing x content in (Ca x ,Sr1- x )ZrO3 compounds, i.e. with the decreasing mean size of the A-cation; the upper shift is observed for the 358 cm-1 mode (∂ ν/∂r = -60.1 cm-1/Å). On the other hand, the cation substitution on B-sites, slightly affect the spectra; it is shown that in most cases, the frequency of vibrational modes increases with increasing y content in Ca(Sn y ,Zr1- y )O3 compounds, i.e. with the decreasing mean size of the B-cation, but that two modes (287 and 358 cm-1) behave differently: their frequencies decrease with the decreasing mean size of the B-cation, with a shift respectively equal to +314 and +162 cm-1/Å. Such results could be used to predict the location of different elements such as trivalent cations or radwaste elements on A- or B-site, in the perovskite structure.

  2. Structure and local structure of perovskite based materials

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    Rossell Abrodos, Marta Dacil

    Perovskites, with general formula ABX3, where A and B are cations and X is an anion, form a very important class of inorganic crystals whose physical properties are extensively used in many technological applications. The basic, so-called aristotype structure, consists of an infinite array of corner-linked anion octahedra, with the A cations in the spaces between the octahedra and a B cation at the center of each octahedron. Interesting physical properties are often related to the flexibility of the perovskite structure to deform or to form non-stoichiometric compositions. In this thesis, four perovskite-related systems are studied. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is of prime interest to analyze the influence of the structure and microstructure on the physical properties of these systems. (1) The anion-deficient Sr4Fe6O12+delta (delta < 1) derivatives. These materials are mixed conducting oxides with high oxygen and electronic conductivity. A complete characterization of the structure of these anion-deficient compounds is deduced from electron diffraction and high-resolution TEM. The presence of anion vacancies in the Sr4Fe6O12+delta (delta < 1) structure is suggested to have an influence on the transport properties. (2) The CaRMnSnO6 (R = La, Pr, Nd, Sm-Dy) double perovskites. A random distribution of the Ca and R cations over the A positions and Mn and Sn cations over the B positions is found. Due to a random distribution of the Mn 3+ and Sn4+ cations, a spin glass behavior was found for CaLaMnSnO6. (3) The K3AlF6 elpasolite-type (or ordered double perovskite) structure. This compound is of high technological importance since it is a basic component of the melts for low temperature electrolysis in aluminum smelting. A sequence of phase transitions at different temperatures in K3AlF6 along with the data on unit cell dimensions and space symmetry of three major polymorphs is reported. (4) Ca 2Fe2O5 brownmillerite-type thin films deposited on three different

  3. Formability of ABX3 (X = F, Cl, Br, I) halide perovskites.

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    Li, Chonghea; Lu, Xionggang; Ding, Weizhong; Feng, Liming; Gao, Yonghui; Guo, Ziming

    2008-12-01

    In this study a total of 186 complex halide systems were collected; the formabilities of ABX3 (X = F, Cl, Br and I) halide perovskites were investigated using the empirical structure map, which was constructed by Goldschmidt's tolerance factor and the octahedral factor. A model for halide perovskite formability was built up. In this model obtained, for all 186 complex halides systems, only one system (CsF-MnF2) without perovskite structure and six systems (RbF-PbF2, CsF-BeF2, KCl-FeCl2, TlI-MnI2, RbI-SnI2, TlI-PbI2) with perovskite structure were wrongly classified, so its predicting accuracy reaches 96%. It is also indicated that both the tolerance factor and the octahedral factor are a necessary but not sufficient condition for ABX3 halide perovskite formability, and a lowest limit of the octahedral factor exists for halide perovskite formation. This result is consistent with our previous report for ABO3 oxide perovskite, and may be helpful to design novel halide materials with the perovskite structure. PMID:19029699

  4. Structured Organic-Inorganic Perovskite toward a Distributed Feedback Laser.

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    Saliba, Michael; Wood, Simon M; Patel, Jay B; Nayak, Pabitra K; Huang, Jian; Alexander-Webber, Jack A; Wenger, Bernard; Stranks, Samuel D; Hörantner, Maximilian T; Wang, Jacob Tse-Wei; Nicholas, Robin J; Herz, Laura M; Johnston, Michael B; Morris, Stephen M; Snaith, Henry J; Riede, Moritz K

    2016-02-01

    A general strategy for the in-plane structuring of organic-inorganic perovskite films is presented. The method is used to fabricate an industrially relevant distributed feedback (DFB) cavity, which is a critical step toward all-electrially pumped injection laser diodes. This approach opens the prospects of perovskite materials for much improved optical control in LEDs, solar cells, and also toward applications as optical devices. PMID:26630410

  5. Cation Ordering within the Perovskite Block of a Six-layer Ruddlesden-Popper Oxide from Layer-by-layer Growth

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    Yan, Lei; Niu, H. J.; Rosseinsky, M. J.

    2011-03-01

    The (AO)(A BO3)n Ruddlesden-Popper structure is an archetypal complex oxide consisting of two distinct structural units, an (AO) rock salt layer separating an n-octahedra thick perovskite block. Conventional high-temperature oxide synthesis methods cannot access members with n > 3 , butlowtemperaturelayer - by - layerthinfilmmethodsallowthepreparationofmaterialswiththickerperovskiteblocks , exploitinghighsurfacemobilityandlatticematchingwiththesubstrate . Thispresentationdescribesthegrowthofann = 6 memberCaO / (ABO 3)n (ABO 3 : CaMnO 3 , La 0.67 Ca 0.33 MnO 3 orCa 0.85 Sm 0.15 MnO 3) epitaxialsinglecrystalfilmsonthe (001) SrTiO 3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition with the assistance of a reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED).

  6. Tailored surfaces of perovskite oxide substrates for conducted growth of thin films.

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    Sánchez, Florencio; Ocal, Carmen; Fontcuberta, Josep

    2014-04-01

    Oxide electronics relies on the availability of epitaxial oxide thin films. The extreme flexibility of the chemical composition of ABO3 perovskites and the broad spectrum of properties they cover, inspire the creativity of scientists and place perovskites in the lead of functional materials for advanced technologies. Moreover, emerging properties are being discovered at interfaces between distinct perovskites that could not be anticipated on the basis of those of the adjacent epitaxial layers. All dreamed new prospects require the use of suitable substrates for epitaxial growth. Perovskite single crystals are the workhorses of this activity and understanding and controlling their surface properties have become critical. In this tutorial review we will chiefly focus on the impact of the morphology and composition of the surface of ABO3 perovskite substrates on the growth mechanisms and properties of thin films epitaxially grown on them. As SrTiO3 is the most popular substrate, we will mostly concentrate on describing the current understanding and achievements for it. Illustrative examples of other perovskite substrates (LaAlO3, LSAT and DyScO3) will be also included. We will show that distinct chemical terminations can exist on the surfaces used for growth and we will review methods employed either to select the most appropriate one for specific growth to allow, for instance, tailoring the ultimate outmost epilayer, or to induce self-ordering to engineer long-range nanoscale patterns of chemical terminations. We will demonstrate the capacity of this knowledge by the growth of low-dimensional organic and inorganic structures. PMID:24553667

  7. High-pressure stability relations, crystal structures, and physical properties of perovskite and post-perovskite of NaNiF{sub 3}

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    Shirako, Y.; Shi, Y.G.; Aimi, A.; Mori, D.; Kojitani, H.; Yamaura, K.; Inaguma, Y.; Akaogi, M.

    2012-07-15

    NaNiF{sub 3} perovskite was found to transform to post-perovskite at 16-18 GPa and 1273-1473 K. The equilibrium transition boundary is expressed as P (GPa)=-2.0+0.014 Multiplication-Sign T (K). Structure refinements indicated that NaNiF{sub 3} perovskite and post-perovskite have almost regular NiF{sub 6} octahedra consistent with absence of the first-order Jahn-Teller active ions. Both NaNiF{sub 3} perovskite and post-perovskite are insulators. The perovskite underwent a canted antiferromagnetic transition at 156 K, and the post-perovskite antiferromagnetic transition at 22 K. Magnetic exchange interaction of NaNiF{sub 3} post-perovskite is smaller than that of perovskite, reflecting larger distortion of Ni-F-Ni network and lower dimension of octahedral arrangement in post-perovskite than those in perovskite. - Graphical abstract: Perovskite-post-perovskite transition in NaNiF{sub 3} at high pressure Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NaNiF{sub 3} perovskite (Pv) transforms to post-perovskite (pPv) at 16 GPa and 1300 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The equilibrium transition boundary is expressed as P (GPa)=-2.0+0.014 T (K). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Antiferromagnetic transition occurs at 156 K in Pv and 22 K in pPv.

  8. Structural transformations in cubic structure of Mn/Co perovskites in reducing and oxidizing atmospheres

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    Koponen, Markus J.; Suvanto, Mika; Kallinen, Kauko; Kinnunen, Toni-J. J.; Härkönen, Matti; Pakkanen, Tapani A.

    2006-05-01

    ABO ( A=La, Pr; B=Mn, Co), ABBx'O ( A=La, Pr; B=Mn, Co; B=Co, Pd), and ABCoPdO ( A=La, Pr; B=Fe, Mn) ( x=0.05, 0.37; y=0.38) perovskites were synthesized via malic acid complexation. O 2-TPD, O 2-TPO, and H 2-TPR treatments were carried out to study the oxidation and reduction behavior of the synthesized perovskites. LaCo 0.95Pd 0.05O 3, PrCo 0.95Pd 0.05O 3, and PrCoO 3 perovskites had the highest desorption, oxidation, and reduction activity within the studied perovskite series. Powder XRD studies revealed structural transformation of the cubic structure of all synthesized perovskites except LaFe 0.57Co 0.38Pd 0.05O 3 in H 2/Ar atmosphere when the temperature was over 400 °C. The decomposed structure reverted to the original perovskite structure under oxidizing atmosphere. This reversion was accompanied by increased oxygen desorption activity. It was noticed that the Co and Mn combinations in the B-site of the perovskites structure decreased the thermal stability of the synthesized perovskites.

  9. Nanoscale Atomic Displacements Ordering for Enhanced Piezoelectric Properties in Lead-Free ABO3 Ferroelectrics.

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    Pramanick, Abhijit; Jørgensen, Mads R V; Diallo, Souleymane O; Christianson, Andrew D; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime A; Hoffmann, Christina; Wang, Xiaoping; Lan, Si; Wang, Xun-Li

    2015-08-01

    In situ synchrotron X-ray diffuse scattering and inelastic neutron scattering measurements from a prototype ABO3 ferroelectric single-crystal are used to elucidate how electric fields along a nonpolar direction can enhance its piezoelectric properties. The central mechanism is found to be a nanoscale ordering of B atom displacements, which induces increased lattice instability and therefore a greater susceptibility to electric-field-induced mechanical deformation. PMID:26076654

  10. Method for fabricating high aspect ratio structures in perovskite material

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    Karapetrov, Goran T.; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Crabtree, George W.; Iavarone, Maria

    2003-10-28

    A method of fabricating high aspect ratio ceramic structures in which a selected portion of perovskite or perovskite-like crystalline material is exposed to a high energy ion beam for a time sufficient to cause the crystalline material contacted by the ion beam to have substantially parallel columnar defects. Then selected portions of the material having substantially parallel columnar defects are etched leaving material with and without substantially parallel columnar defects in a predetermined shape having high aspect ratios of not less than 2 to 1. Etching is accomplished by optical or PMMA lithography. There is also disclosed a structure of a ceramic which is superconducting at a temperature in the range of from about 10.degree. K. to about 90.degree. K. with substantially parallel columnar defects in which the smallest lateral dimension of the structure is less than about 5 microns, and the thickness of the structure is greater than 2 times the smallest lateral dimension of the structure.

  11. Crystal structure of new Li + ion conducting perovskites: Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3

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    Pham, Quoc Nghi; Crosnier-Lopez, Marie-Pierre; Le Berre, Françoise; Fauth, François; Fourquet, Jean-Louis

    2004-09-01

    Two new solid solutions—Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 (0.05⩽ x⩽0.25) and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3 (0< y⩽0.15)—based on the A defective ABO 3 perovskite structural type, are synthesized. The crystal structures of these Li + ion conducting compounds are solved from synchrotron radiation and conventional X-ray powder diffraction data. The unit cells exhibit a classical orthorhombic distortion of the cubic perovskite model (space group Pnma No. 62) with parameters close to 2a p, 2 ap, 2a p ( ap, primitive cubic cell parameter). The distortion of the cubic aristotype arises from the three tilts system a+b-b- of the TaO 6 octahedra. For the same lithium content ( x=0.10), the Sr 2+ substitution to Ca 2+ is found to enhance the electrical conductivity by quasi-one order of magnitude (at 200 °C, bulk dc conductivity values are close to 2.3×10 -6 and 1.1×10 -5 S cm -1 for Li 0.2Ca 0.4TaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 0.9Sr 0.1] 0.4TaO 3, respectively).

  12. Layered structures of organic/inorganic hybrid halide perovskites

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    Huan, Tran Doan; Tuoc, Vu Ngoc; Minh, Nguyen Viet

    2016-03-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid halide perovskites, in which the A cations of an ABX3 perovskite are replaced by organic cations, may be used for photovoltaic and solar thermoelectric applications. In this contribution, we systematically study three lead-free hybrid perovskites, i.e., methylammonium tin iodide CH3NH3SnI3 , ammonium tin iodide NH4SnI3 , and formamidnium tin iodide HC (NH2)2SnI3 by first-principles calculations. We find that in addition to the commonly known motif in which the corner-shared SnI6 octahedra form a three-dimensional network, these materials may also favor a two-dimensional (layered) motif formed by alternating layers of the SnI6 octahedra and the organic cations. These two motifs are nearly equal in free energy and are separated by low barriers. These layered structures features many flat electronic bands near the band edges, making their electronic structures significantly different from those of the structural phases composed of three-dimension networks of SnI6 octahedra. Furthermore, because the electronic structures of HC (NH2)2SnI3 are found to be rather similar to those of CH3NH3SnI3 , formamidnium tin iodide may also be promising for the applications of methylammonium tin iodide.

  13. Topological Oxide Insulator in Cubic Perovskite Structure

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    Jin, Hosub; Rhim, Sonny H.; Im, Jino; Freeman, Arthur J.

    2013-01-01

    The emergence of topologically protected conducting states with the chiral spin texture is the most prominent feature at the surface of topological insulators. On the application side, large band gap and high resistivity to distinguish surface from bulk degrees of freedom should be guaranteed for the full usage of the surface states. Here, we suggest that the oxide cubic perovskite YBiO3, more than just an oxide, defines itself as a new three-dimensional topological insulator exhibiting both a large bulk band gap and a high resistivity. Based on first-principles calculations varying the spin-orbit coupling strength, the non-trivial band topology of YBiO3 is investigated, where the spin-orbit coupling of the Bi 6p orbital plays a crucial role. Taking the exquisite synthesis techniques in oxide electronics into account, YBiO3 can also be used to provide various interface configurations hosting exotic topological phenomena combined with other quantum phases. PMID:23575973

  14. Topological Oxide Insulator in Cubic Perovskite Structure

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    Jin, Hosub; Rhim, Sonny H.; Im, Jino; Freeman, Arthur J.

    2013-04-01

    The emergence of topologically protected conducting states with the chiral spin texture is the most prominent feature at the surface of topological insulators. On the application side, large band gap and high resistivity to distinguish surface from bulk degrees of freedom should be guaranteed for the full usage of the surface states. Here, we suggest that the oxide cubic perovskite YBiO3, more than just an oxide, defines itself as a new three-dimensional topological insulator exhibiting both a large bulk band gap and a high resistivity. Based on first-principles calculations varying the spin-orbit coupling strength, the non-trivial band topology of YBiO3 is investigated, where the spin-orbit coupling of the Bi 6p orbital plays a crucial role. Taking the exquisite synthesis techniques in oxide electronics into account, YBiO3 can also be used to provide various interface configurations hosting exotic topological phenomena combined with other quantum phases.

  15. Photovoltaic switching mechanism in lateral structure hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Yuan, Yongbo; Chae, Jungseok; Shao, Yuchuan; Wang, Qi; Xiao, Zhengguo; Centrone, Andrea; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-06-05

    In this study, long range electromigration of methylammonium ions (MA+) in methyl ammonium lead tri-iodide (MAPbI3) film is observed directly using the photo­thermal induced resonance technique. The electromigration of MA+ leads to the formation of a lateral p-i-n structure, which is the origin of the switchable photovoltaic effect in MAPbI3 perovskite devices.

  16. Photovoltaic switching mechanism in lateral structure hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Yuan, Yongbo; Chae, Jungseok; Shao, Yuchuan; Wang, Qi; Xiao, Zhengguo; Centrone, Andrea; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-06-05

    In this study, long range electromigration of methylammonium ions (MA+) in methyl ammonium lead tri-iodide (MAPbI3) film is observed directly using the photo­thermal induced resonance technique. The electromigration of MA+ leads to the formation of a lateral p-i-n structure, which is the origin of the switchable photovoltaic effect in MAPbI3 perovskite devices.

  17. Effect of cation ordering on oxygen vacancy diffusion pathways in double perovskites

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    Uberuaga, Blas Pedro; Pilania, Ghanshyam

    2015-07-08

    Perovskite structured oxides (ABO3) are attractive for a number of technological applications, including as superionics because of the high oxygen conductivities they exhibit. Double perovskites (AA’BB’O6) provide even more flexibility for tailoring properties. Using accelerated molecular dynamics, we examine the role of cation ordering on oxygen vacancy mobility in one model double perovskite SrLaTiAlO6. We find that the mobility of the vacancy is very sensitive to the cation ordering, with a migration energy that varies from 0.6 to 2.7 eV. In the extreme cases, the mobility is both higher and lower than either of the two end member single perovskites.more » Further, the nature of oxygen vacancy diffusion, whether one-dimensional, two-dimensional, or three-dimensional, also varies with cation ordering. We correlate the dependence of oxygen mobility on cation structure to the distribution of Ti4+ cations, which provide unfavorable environments for the positively charged oxygen vacancy. The results demonstrate the potential of using tailored double perovskite structures to precisely control the behavior of oxygen vacancies in these materials.« less

  18. Electron paramagnetic resonance of Cr3+ ions in ABO3 (A = Sc, Lu, In) diamagnetic crystals

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    Vorotynov, A. M.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Rudenko, V. V.; Vorotynova, O. V.

    2016-04-01

    A magnetic resonance method is applied to the investigation of a number of isostructural diamagnetic compounds ABO3 (A = Sc, Lu, In) with small additions of Cr3+ ions ( S = 3/2) sufficient to observe single-ion spectra. It is shown that the resonance spectra for isolated Cr3+ ions can be described to a good accuracy by the ordinary axial spin Hamiltonian for 3 d ions in octahedral oxygen environment. The parameters of the spin Hamiltonian are determined. It is established that Cr3+ ions in these crystals are characterized by easy-axis-type anisotropy.

  19. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of Ru-doped relaxor ferroelectrics with a perovskite-type structure

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    Vitova, T.; Mangold, S.; Paulmann, C.; Gospodinov, M.; Marinova, V.; Mihailova, B.

    2014-04-01

    X-ray absorption near-edge structure and extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy at the Ru K edge of Ru-doped PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST-Ru), PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 (PSN-Ru), and 0.9PbZn1/3Nb2/3O3-0.1PbTiO3 (PZN-0.1PT-Ru) as well as at the Ta L3 edge of PST-Ru and the Nb K edge of PSN-Ru was applied to study the short- and intermediate-range atomic arrangements in perovskite-type (ABO3) relaxor ferroelectrics. The compounds were also analyzed by complementary Raman scattering, visible/near-visible absorption spectroscopy, and synchrotron x-ray single-crystal diffraction. The results show that Ru is octahedrally coordinated in all three relaxor host matrices but the average oxidation state of Ru in PST-Ru and PSN-Ru is ˜4.4, whereas it is ˜3.8 in PZN-0.1PT-Ru. In PbSc0.5B''0.5O3 (B'' = Ta, Nb) Ru substitutes for the B'' cations in the form of isolated point defects, while in PZN-0.1PT-Ru Ru replaces adjacent A and B sites, forming a chainlike structural species of face-sharing elongated octahedra. Chemical 1:1 B-site order as well as dynamic BO6 tilting is observed around both the Ru dopant and the major B'' cation in PST-Ru and PSN-Ru regardless of the fact that according to x-ray diffraction at ambient conditions, the average structure is cubic with weak or no long-range chemical order. Pb cations are off-center displaced from the prototypic cubic A site for all three compounds and in Ru-doped PbSc0.5B''0.5O3 the BO6 tilt angle correlates with the degree of coherent B-Pb distances.

  20. Magnetic coupling at perovskite and rock-salt structured interfaces

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    Matvejeff, M.; Ahvenniemi, E.; Takahashi, R.; Lippmaa, M.

    2015-10-05

    We study magnetic coupling between hole-doped manganite layers separated by either a perovskite or a rock-salt barrier of variable thickness. Both the type and the quality of the interface have a strong impact on the minimum critical barrier thickness where the manganite layers become magnetically decoupled. A rock-salt barrier layer only 1 unit cell (0.5 nm) thick remains insulating and is able to magnetically de-couple the electrode layers. The technique can therefore be used for developing high-performance planar oxide electronic devices such as magnetic tunnel junctions and quantum well structures that depend on magnetically and electronically sharp heterointerfaces.

  1. Reversible Structural Swell-Shrink and Recoverable Optical Properties in Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Perovskite.

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    Zhang, Yupeng; Wang, Yusheng; Xu, Zai-Quan; Liu, Jingying; Song, Jingchao; Xue, Yunzhou; Wang, Ziyu; Zheng, Jialu; Jiang, Liangcong; Zheng, Changxi; Huang, Fuzhi; Sun, Baoquan; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-07-26

    Ion migration in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites has been suggested to be an important factor for many unusual behaviors in perovskite-based optoelectronics, such as current-voltage hysteresis, low-frequency giant dielectric response, and the switchable photovoltaic effect. However, the role played by ion migration in the photoelectric conversion process of perovskites is still unclear. In this work, we provide microscale insights into the influence of ion migration on the microstructure, stability, and light-matter interaction in perovskite micro/nanowires by using spatially resolved optical characterization techniques. We observed that ion migration, especially the migration of MA(+) ions, will induce a reversible structural swell-shrink in perovskites and recoverably affect the reflective index, quantum efficiency, light-harvesting, and photoelectric properties. The maximum ion migration quantity in perovskites was as high as approximately 30%, resulting in lattice swell or shrink of approximately 4.4%. Meanwhile, the evidence shows that ion migration in perovskites could gradually accelerate the aging of perovskites because of lattice distortion in the reversible structural swell-shrink process. Knowledge regarding reversible structural swell-shrink and recoverable optical properties may shed light on the development of optoelectronic and converse piezoelectric devices based on perovskites. PMID:27386731

  2. Structural phase transitions in EuNbO3 perovskite

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    Kususe, Yoshiro; Yoshida, Suguru; Fujita, Koji; Akamatsu, Hirofumi; Fukuzumi, Masafumi; Murai, Shunsuke; Tanaka, Katsuhisa

    2016-07-01

    The crystal structures of europium niobate, EuNbO3, have been examined over a wide temperature range between 20 and 500 K using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. We have observed two successive structural phase transitions at 360 and 460 K. Below 350 K, EuNbO3 adopts an orthorhombic perovskite structure (space group Imma), which is characterized by NbO6 octahedral tilting about the pseudocubic two-fold axis. The result differs from previous reports in which EuNbO3 was assigned to a cubic aristotype (space group Pm 3 barm) of perovskite at room temperature. At around 360 K, EuNbO3 undergoes a first-order phase transition to a tetragonal symmetry (space group I4/mcm) with the NbO6 octahedral tilting about the pseudocubic four-fold axis. As the temperature is further increased, the I4/mcm tetragonal phase changes into the Pm 3 barm cubic aristotype at 460 K. The tetragonal-to-cubic transformation is characterized as a continuous phase transition.

  3. Structural stability and catalytic activity of lanthanum-based perovskites

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    Sergey N. Rashkeev; Lucia M. Petkovic

    2011-05-01

    Perovskite-type oxide materials with a general formula La(1-x)A(x)Fe(1-y)Co(y)O(3-delta), where A is an alkaline earth metal Sr or Ba have been studied as cathode materials for catalytic reduction of oxygen in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), as well as combustion catalysts. In this study, we use a combination of temperature programmed reduction measurements, X-ray diffraction, carbon black catalytic oxidation measurements, and first-principles, density-functional-theory (DFT) calculations to elucidate the main processes that contribute into the structural stability and catalytic activity for soot oxidation of these materials. In particular, we investigate the dynamics of the structure reconstruction with oxygen loss during the regulated increase of the temperature. The calculations are in good qualitative agreement with catalytic experiments and allow identify special combinations of the perovskite chemical composition and local surface structures for which one could expect the highest catalytic activity for the soot oxidation process.

  4. Perovskite-type oxides - Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, E.

    1988-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  5. Double Double Cation Order in the High-Pressure Perovskites MnRMnSbO6.

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    Solana-Madruga, Elena; Arévalo-López, Ángel M; Dos Santos-García, Antonio J; Urones-Garrote, Esteban; Ávila-Brande, David; Sáez-Puche, Regino; Attfield, J Paul

    2016-08-01

    Cation ordering in ABO3 perovskites adds to their chemical variety and can lead to properties such as ferrimagnetism and magnetoresistance in Sr2 FeMoO6 . Through high-pressure and high-temperature synthesis, a new type of "double double perovskite" structure has been discovered in the family MnRMnSbO6 (R=La, Pr, Nd, Sm). This tetragonal structure has a 1:1 order of cations on both A and B sites, with A-site Mn(2+) and R(3+) cations ordered in columns and Mn(2+) and Sb(5+) having rock salt order on the B sites. The MnRMnSbO6 double double perovskites are ferrimagnetic at low temperatures with additional spin-reorientation transitions. The ordering direction of ferrimagnetic Mn spins in MnNdMnSbO6 changes from parallel to [001] below TC =76 K to perpendicular below the reorientation transition at 42 K at which Nd moments also order. Smaller rare earths lead to conventional monoclinic double perovskites (MnR)MnSbO6 for Eu and Gd. PMID:27312417

  6. Crystal structure of Ba9La2W4O24 and Sr9Gd2W4O24: A new B-site vacancy ordered 4×4×4 cubic perovskite

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    IJdo, D. J. W.; Fu, W. T.; Akerboom, S.

    2016-06-01

    The crystal structure of Ba9La2W4O24 and the high-temperature modification Sr9Gd2W4O24 has been investigated by the Rietveld method using X-ray powder diffraction data. They crystalize in a 4×4×4 cubic superstructure of the simple cubic perovskite ABO3 with the space group Fm 3 bar and lattice parameter a≈4ap, where ap denotes the lattice constant of the primitive cubic perovskite. The structure consists of the ordered B-site vacancies (☐) and the structure formula can be written as Ba2(Ba1/4La1/2)☐1/4WO6 and (Sr/Gd)2((Sr/Gd)3/4)☐1/4WO6 due to a partial disorder between one of the Sr at A-site and the Gd at B-site. The three crystallographically different W and the randomly distributed Ba/La or (Sr/Gd) ions occupy the B-sites. Two W ions are coordinated with 6 oxygens and arranged as octahedra, but the third one is surrounded by 12 partially occupied (50%) oxygens, which can be viewed as a combination of four tetrahedra. The coordination geometry of the larger B-cations (Ba/La and Sr/Gd) is not octahedral; they coordinate with seven oxygens instead. In addition, the Ba/LaO7 or (Sr/GdO7) polyhedron shares some oxygen atoms with four neighbours. The B-site vacancies form a primitive cube with a≈2ap, and are surrounded by six equal but differently orientated WO6 octahedra being caused by a rotation about a twofold axis.

  7. Thermally Induced Structural Evolution and Performance of Mesoporous Block Copolymer-Directed Alumina Perovskite Solar Cells

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    2015-01-01

    Structure control in solution-processed hybrid perovskites is crucial to design and fabricate highly efficient solar cells. Here, we utilize in situ grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the structural evolution and film morphologies of methylammonium lead tri-iodide/chloride (CH3NH3PbI3–xClx) in mesoporous block copolymer derived alumina superstructures during thermal annealing. We show the CH3NH3PbI3–xClx material evolution to be characterized by three distinct structures: a crystalline precursor structure not described previously, a 3D perovskite structure, and a mixture of compounds resulting from degradation. Finally, we demonstrate how understanding the processing parameters provides the foundation needed for optimal perovskite film morphology and coverage, leading to enhanced block copolymer-directed perovskite solar cell performance. PMID:24684494

  8. Significant enhancement of photovoltage in artificially designed perovskite oxide structures

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    Zhou, Wen-jia; Jin, Kui-juan; Guo, Hai-zhong; He, Xu; He, Meng; Xu, Xiu-lai; Lu, Hui-bin; Yang, Guo-zhen

    2015-03-01

    La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/insulator/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 multilayer and La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3/In2O3:SnO2(ITO)/La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 multilayer structures were designed to enhance the photovoltage. The photovoltages of these two structures under an illumination of 308 nm laser are 410 and 600 mV, respectively. The latter is 20 times larger than that (30 mV) observed in La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 single junction. The origin of such significant enhancement of photovoltage is discussed in this letter. These results suggest that the photoelectric property of perovskite oxides could be much improved by artificial structure designing. The enhanced photovoltaic effects have potential applications in the ultraviolet photodetection and solar cells.

  9. Highly Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells with Tunable Structural Color

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    2015-01-01

    The performance of perovskite solar cells has been progressing over the past few years and efficiency is likely to continue to increase. However, a negative aspect for the integration of perovskite solar cells in the built environment is that the color gamut available in these materials is very limited and does not cover the green-to-blue region of the visible spectrum, which has been a big selling point for organic photovoltaics. Here, we integrate a porous photonic crystal (PC) scaffold within the photoactive layer of an opaque perovskite solar cell following a bottom-up approach employing inexpensive and scalable liquid processing techniques. The photovoltaic devices presented herein show high efficiency with tunable color across the visible spectrum. This now imbues the perovskite solar cells with highly desirable properties for cladding in the built environment and encourages design of sustainable colorful buildings and iridescent electric vehicles as future power generation sources. PMID:25650872

  10. Highly efficient perovskite solar cells with tunable structural color.

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    Zhang, Wei; Anaya, Miguel; Lozano, Gabriel; Calvo, Mauricio E; Johnston, Michael B; Míguez, Hernán; Snaith, Henry J

    2015-03-11

    The performance of perovskite solar cells has been progressing over the past few years and efficiency is likely to continue to increase. However, a negative aspect for the integration of perovskite solar cells in the built environment is that the color gamut available in these materials is very limited and does not cover the green-to-blue region of the visible spectrum, which has been a big selling point for organic photovoltaics. Here, we integrate a porous photonic crystal (PC) scaffold within the photoactive layer of an opaque perovskite solar cell following a bottom-up approach employing inexpensive and scalable liquid processing techniques. The photovoltaic devices presented herein show high efficiency with tunable color across the visible spectrum. This now imbues the perovskite solar cells with highly desirable properties for cladding in the built environment and encourages design of sustainable colorful buildings and iridescent electric vehicles as future power generation sources. PMID:25650872

  11. Structure constraints and instability leading to the post-perovskite phase transition of MgSiO 3

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    Martin, C. David; Parise, John B.

    2008-01-01

    Recent experience with Rietveld refinement of structural analogues and literature surveys, suggests anion-anion repulsion limits the stability of the perovskite phase, including in the MgSiO 3 perovskite to post-perovskite transition. Assuming rigid octahedral coordination, still to be tested experimentally, the critical point where intra- and inter-octahedral anion-anion distances are equal provides a useful metric for predicting the pressure of the perovskite/post-perovskite transition and the Clapeyron slope of the phase boundary, once pressure and temperature derivatives of relevant structure parameters are known. The inter-octahedral anion-anion distances and the polyhedral volume ratio are rigorously formulated as a function of octahedral rotation in this work, assuming the orthorhombic ( Pbnm) perovskite structure, where regular octahedra share each corner and conform to the in- and anti-phase rotation schemes designated by space group symmetry. These mathematical expressions are consistent with structure data from 70 perovskite-structured materials surveyed in the literature at ambient as well as extreme conditions and define structure constraints, such as the minimum polyhedral volume ratio, which must be reached before the phase transition to the post-perovskite structure-type can proceed. The formalism we present is general for perovskite ( Pbnm) and dependent on the accuracy with which structures can be determined from, sometimes compromised, high pressure diffraction data.

  12. Perovskite-supported palladium for methane oxidation - structure-activity relationships.

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    Eyssler, Arnim; Lu, Ye; Matam, Santhosh Kumar; Weidenkaff, Anke; Ferri, Davide

    2012-01-01

    Palladium is the precious metal of choice for methane oxidation and perovskite-type oxides offer the possibility to stabilize it as PdO, considered crucial for catalytic activity. Pd can adopt different oxidation and coordination states when associated with perovskite-type oxides. Here, we review our work on the effect of perovskite composition on the oxidation and coordination states of Pd and its influence on catalytic activity for methane oxidation in the case of typical Mn, Fe and Co perovskite-based oxidation catalysts. Especially X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy is shown to be crucial to fingerprint the different coordination states of Pd. Pd substitutes Fe and Co in the octahedral sites but without modifying catalytic activity with respect to the Pd-free perovskite. On LaMnO(3) palladium is predominantly exposed at the surface thus bestowing catalytic activity for methane oxidation. However, the occupancy of B-cation sites of the perovskite structure by Pd can be exploited to cyclically activate Pd and to protect it from particle growth. This is explicitly demonstrated for La(Fe, Pd)O(3), where catalytic activity for methane oxidation is enhanced under oscillating redox conditions at 500 °C, therefore paving the way to the practical application in three-way catalysts for stoichiometric natural gas engines. PMID:23211725

  13. Structure-property relationships of nanoscale engineered perovskite oxides

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    Tian, Wei

    Recent advances in the synthesis of nanoscale customized structure have demonstrated that reactive molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) can be used to construct nanostructure of oxides with atomic control. The ability to engineer the structure and chemistry of oxides at the nanometer scale makes possible for the creation of new functional materials that can be designed to have exceptional properties. This thesis focused on understanding structure-property relationships of such nanoscale customized oxides utilizing state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Epitaxial thin films of n = 1--5 members of Ruddlesden-Popper homologous series Srn+1Ti nO3n+1 were synthesized by reactive MBE. We investigated the structure and microstructure of these thin films by x-ray diffraction along with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) in combination with computer image simulations. We found that the thin films of n = 1--3 members are nearly free of intergrowths, e.g. phase-pure, while n = 4 and 5 thin films contain noticeably more intergrowth defects and anti-phase boundaries in their perovskite sheets. We show that these results are consistent with what is known about the thermodynamics of Sr n+1TinO3 n+1 phases. We also investigated the atomic structure and interfacial structure of artificial PbTiO3/SrTiO3 and BaTiO3/SrTiO 3 superlattices grown by MBE both with and without digital compositional grading. Both of these systems form a solid solution over their entire composition range. Thus, these layered heterostructures are metastable. We demonstrated, however, that the thermodynamically metastable superlattices can be kinetically stabilized via layer-by-layer growth. In addition, we found that the interfaces between two constituents in the heterostructures are atomically-abrupt. The superlattice thin films were made fully coherent with the substrates, resulting in a homogeneous large strain in the BaTiO3 layers due to the lattice mismatch between BaTiO3

  14. Anomalous perovskite PbRuO3 stabilized under high pressure

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    Cheng, J.-G.; Kweon, K. E.; Zhou, J.-S.; Alonso, J. A.; Kong, P.-P.; Liu, Y.; Jin, Changqing; Wu, Junjie; Lin, Jung-Fu; Larregola, S. A.; Yang, Wenge; Shen, Guoyin; MacDonald, A. H.; Manthiram, Arumugam; Hwang, G. S.; Goodenough, John B.

    2013-01-01

    Perovskite oxides ABO3 are important materials used as components in electronic devices. The highly compact crystal structure consists of a framework of corner-shared BO6 octahedra enclosing the A-site cations. Because of these structural features, forming a strong bond between A and B cations is highly unlikely and has not been reported in the literature. Here we report a pressure-induced first-order transition in PbRuO3 from a common orthorhombic phase (Pbnm) to an orthorhombic phase (Pbn21) at 32 GPa by using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. This transition has been further verified with resistivity measurements and Raman spectra under high pressure. In contrast to most well-studied perovskites under high pressure, the Pbn21 phase of PbRuO3 stabilized at high pressure is a polar perovskite. More interestingly, the Pbn21 phase has the most distorted octahedra and a shortest Pb—Ru bond length relative to the average Pb—Ru bond length that has ever been reported in a perovskite structure. We have also simulated the behavior of the PbRuO3 perovskite under high pressure by first principles calculations. The calculated critical pressure for the phase transition and evolution of lattice parameters under pressure match the experimental results quantitatively. Our calculations also reveal that the hybridization between a Ru:t2g orbital and an sp hybrid on Pb increases dramatically in the Pbnm phase under pressure. This pressure-induced change destabilizes the Pbnm phase to give a phase transition to the Pbn21 phase where electrons in the overlapping orbitals form bonding and antibonding states along the shortest Ru—Pb direction at P > Pc. PMID:24277807

  15. Tackling pseudosymmetry problems in electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analyses of perovskite structures

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    Mariani, Elisabetta; Kaercher, Pamela; Mecklenburgh, Julian; Wheeler, John

    2016-04-01

    Perovskite minerals form an important mineral group that has applications in Earth science and emerging alternative energy technologies, however crystallographic quantification of these minerals with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) is not accurate due to pseudosymmetry problems. The silicate perovskite Bridgmanite, (Mg,Fe)SiO3, is understood to be the dominant phase in the Earth's lower mantle. Gaining insight into its physical and rheological properties is therefore vital to understand the dynamics of the Earth's deep interior. Rock deformation experiments on analogue perovskite phases, for example (Ca,Sr)TiO3, combined with quantitative microstructural analyses of the recovered samples by EBSD, yield datasets that can reveal what deformation mechanisms may dominate the flow of perovskite in the lower mantle. Additionally, perovskite structures have important technological applications as new, suitable cathodes for the operation of more efficient and environmentally-friendly solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). In recent years they have also been recognised as a potential substitute for silicon in the next generation of photovoltaic cells for the construction of economic and energy efficient solar panels. EBSD has the potential to be a valuable tool for the study of crystal orientations achieved in perovskite substrates as crystal alignment has a direct control on the properties of these materials. However, perovskite structures currently present us with challenges during the automated indexing of Kikuchi bands in electron backscatter diffraction patterns (EBSPs). Such challenges are represented by the pseudosymmetric character of perovskites, where atoms are subtly displaced (0.005 nm to 0.05 nm) from their higher symmetry positions. In orthorhombic Pbnm perovskites, for example, pseudosymmetry may be evaluated from the c/a unit cell parameter ratio, which is very close to 1. Two main types of distortions from the higher symmetry structure are recognised: a

  16. Structure, Growth Process, and Growth Mechanism of Perovskite in High-Titanium-Bearing Blast Furnace Slag

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    Liu, Lu; Hu, Meilong; Xu, Yuzhou; Bai, Chenguang; Gan, Yunhua

    2015-08-01

    The isothermal crystallization of perovskite in TiO2-CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO high-titanium-bearing blast furnace slag was observed in situ at 1698 K (1425 °C) using a confocal scanning laser microscope. The dendrite structure of perovskite (CaTiO3) thus obtained showed vividly the primary dendrite trunks and secondary dendrite arms. Furthermore, the dendritic growth of perovskite in liquid slag was clearly observed on line. The results showed that the dendrite arrays in which the primary dendrite trunks observed on slag surface were parallel with each other grew toward the same direction. The secondary dendrite arms grew in the perpendicular direction with the primary trucks and stopped growing when they encounter. The perovskite dendrites showed a linear growth at two stages. The dendrites grew faster at early stage at about 5 to 7 μm/s and grew with a lower growth rate at about 1 to 2 μm/s in later stage. Finally, the growth mechanism of perovskite in melt was analyzed with the solidification theory. Based on the theoretical calculation of equilibrium phases in slag, the initial slag could be considered as a binary component system. One component was perovskite and the other component was the sum of all the other species that did not attend the crystallization of perovskite (included SiO2, Al2O3, and MgO, as well as CaO and TiO2 that were not involved in the solid formation). The formation of perovskite required the diffusion of CaO and TiO2 to the solid/liquid interface and the rejection of the other species from the interface. The solid/liquid equilibrium schematic diagram was made based on the calculation.

  17. Atomic level observation of octahedral distortions at the perovskite oxide heterointerface

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    Aso, Ryotaro; Kan, Daisuke; Shimakawa, Yuichi; Kurata, Hiroki

    2013-01-01

    For perovskite oxides, ABO3, slight octahedral distortions have close links to functional properties. While perovskite oxide heterostructures offer a good platform for controlling functionalities, atomistic understanding of octahedral distortion at the interface has been a challenge as it requires precise measurements of the oxygen atomic positions. Here we demonstrate an approach to clarify distortions at an atomic level using annular bright-field imaging in aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, which provides precise mappings of cation and oxygen atomic positions from distortion-minimized images. This technique revealed significant distortions of RuO6 and ScO6 octahedra at the heterointerface between a SrRuO3 film and a GdScO3 substrate. We also found that structural mismatch was relieved within only four unit cells near the interface by shifting the oxygen atomic positions to accommodate octahedral tilt angle mismatch. The present results underscore the critical role of the oxygen atom in the octahedral connectivity at the perovskite oxide heterointerface. PMID:23856752

  18. Recent Advances in the Inverted Planar Structure of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Meng, Lei; You, Jingbi; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Yang, Yang

    2016-01-19

    Inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells research could be traced back to 2009, and initially showed 3.8% efficiency. After 6 years of efforts, the efficiency has been pushed to 20.1%. The pace of development was much faster than that of any type of solar cell technology. In addition to high efficiency, the device fabrication is a low-cost solution process. Due to these advantages, a large number of scientists have been immersed into this promising area. In the past 6 years, much of the research on perovskite solar cells has been focused on planar and mesoporous device structures employing an n-type TiO2 layer as the bottom electron transport layer. These architectures have achieved champion device efficiencies. However, they still possess unwanted features. Mesoporous structures require a high temperature (>450 °C) sintering process for the TiO2 scaffold, which will increase the cost and also not be compatible with flexible substrates. While the planar structures based on TiO2 (regular structure) usually suffer from a large degree of J-V hysteresis. Recently, another emerging structure, referred to as an "inverted" planar device structure (i.e., p-i-n), uses p-type and n-type materials as bottom and top charge transport layers, respectively. This structure derived from organic solar cells, and the charge transport layers used in organic photovoltaics were successfully transferred into perovskite solar cells. The p-i-n structure of perovskite solar cells has shown efficiencies as high as 18%, lower temperature processing, flexibility, and, furthermore, negligible J-V hysteresis effects. In this Account, we will provide a comprehensive comparison of the mesoporous and planar structures, and also the regular and inverted of planar structures. Later, we will focus the discussion on the development of the inverted planar structure of perovskite solar cells, including film growth, band alignment, stability, and hysteresis. In the film growth part, several

  19. Syntheses, structures, and ionic conductivities of perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum-oxides

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    Phraewphiphat, Thanya; Iqbal, Muhammad; Suzuki, Kota; Matsuda, Yasuaki; Yonemura, Masao; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji

    2015-05-15

    The ionic conductivities of new perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum oxides were investigated. Solid solutions of the new perovskite oxides, (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Al{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3} and (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Ga{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3}, were synthesized using a ball-milled-assisted solid-state method. The partial substitution of the smaller Ga{sup +3} for Ta{sup +5} resulted in new compositions, the structures of which were determined by neutron diffraction measurements using a cubic perovskite structural model with the Pm−3m space group. Vacancies were introduced into the Sr(Li) sites by the formation of solid solutions with compositions (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}, where the composition range of 0≤y≤0.20 was examined for x=0.2 and 0.25. The highest conductivity, 1.85×10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C, was obtained for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125). Enhanced ionic conductivities were achieved by the introduction of vacancies at the A-sites. - Graphical abstract: Novel lithium-conducting oxides with the cubic perovskite structure (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3} provide a specific solid-solution region with various x and y values, exhibiting the highest ionic conductivity (1.85 S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C) for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125 in (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}). The vacancies (☐) introduced into the A-sites contribute to the enhancement of lithium diffusion in the perovskite structure because of the enlargement of the bottleneck size and suppression of the interaction between lithium and oxygen. - Highlights: • The perovskite-structured novel Li

  20. Composition and crystal structure of perovskite films attained from electrodes of used car battery

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    Dhiaputra, Ilham; Permana, Bayu; Maulana, Yusep; Inayatie, Yuniar Dwi; Purba, Yonatan R.; Bahtiar, Ayi

    2016-02-01

    Perovskite solar cells have been intensively investigated for high performance and low-cost solid-state solar cells. Perovskite based-lead materials are commonly used as active material for high power conversion efficiency solar cells. Herein, we report our study on the development of used electrodes car battery as a cheap raw lead material to be converted into lead (II) iodide PbI2 by using simple chemical method. We have successfully obtained PbI2 material with purity higher than 85% and its crystal structure is comparable with that of commercial product. The perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film was prepared by spin-coating of PbI2 solution and followed by spin-coating two-times of methylamonium iodide (MAI) solution. In this paper, the crystal structure of perovskite film attained from used car battery is shown and compared with that of prepared from commercial PbI2. By utilizing the used car battery into perovskite valuable material for high performance solar cells, we can not only improve the economical value (added-value) of wasted car battery but also we can simultaneously save the environment.

  1. Classification of AB O 3 perovskite solids: a machine learning study

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    Pilania, G.; Balachandran, P. V.; Gubernatis, J. E.; Lookman, T.

    2015-07-23

    Here we explored the use of machine learning methods for classifying whether a particularABO3chemistry forms a perovskite or non-perovskite structured solid. Starting with three sets of feature pairs (the tolerance and octahedral factors, theAandBionic radii relative to the radius of O, and the bond valence distances between theAandBions from the O atoms), we used machine learning to create a hyper-dimensional partial dependency structure plot using all three feature pairs or any two of them. Doing so increased the accuracy of our predictions by 2–3 percentage points over using any one pair. We also included the Mendeleev numbers of theAandBatoms tomore » this set of feature pairs. Moreover, doing this and using the capabilities of our machine learning algorithm, the gradient tree boosting classifier, enabled us to generate a new type of structure plot that has the simplicity of one based on using just the Mendeleev numbers, but with the added advantages of having a higher accuracy and providing a measure of likelihood of the predicted structure.« less

  2. Exploring the Electronic Band Structure of Organometal Halide Perovskite via Photoluminescence Anisotropy of Individual Nanocrystals.

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    Täuber, Daniela; Dobrovolsky, Alexander; Camacho, Rafael; Scheblykin, Ivan G

    2016-08-10

    Understanding electronic processes in organometal halide perovskites, flourishing photovoltaic, and emitting materials requires unraveling the origin of their electronic transitions. Light polarization studies can provide important information regarding transition dipole moment orientations. Investigating individual methylammonium lead triiodide perovskite nanocrystals enabled us to detect the polarization of photoluminescence intensity and photoluminescence excitation, hidden in bulk samples by ensemble averaging. Polarization properties of the crystals were correlated with their photoluminescence spectra and electron microscopy images. We propose that distortion of PbI6 octahedra leads to peculiarities of the electronic band structure close to the band-edge. Namely, the lowest band transition possesses a transition dipole moment along the apical Pb-I-Pb bond resulting in polarized photoluminescence. Excitation of photoluminescence above the bandgap is unpolarized because it involves molecular orbitals delocalized both in the apical and equatorial directions of the perovskite octahedron. Trap-assisted emission at 77 K, rather surprisingly, was polarized similar to the bandgap emission. PMID:27462927

  3. Structural and electronic properties of organo-halide hybrid perovskites from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Quarti, Claudio; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo

    2015-04-14

    The last two years have seen the unprecedentedly rapid emergence of a new class of solar cells, based on hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites. The success of this class of materials is due to their outstanding photoelectrochemical properties coupled to their low cost, mainly solution-based, fabrication techniques. Solution processed materials are however often characterized by an inherent flexible structure, which is hardly mapped into a single local minimum energy structure. In this perspective, we report on the interplay between structural and electronic properties of hybrid lead iodide perovskites investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations, which allow the dynamical simulation of disordered systems at finite temperature. We compare the prototypical MAPbI3 (MA = methylammonium) perovskite in its cubic and tetragonal structure with the trigonal phase of FAPbI3 (FA = formamidinium), investigating different starting arrangements of the organic cations. Despite the relatively short time scale amenable to AIMD, typically a few tens of ps, this analysis demonstrates the sizable structural flexibility of this class of materials, showing that the instantaneous structure could significantly differ from the time and thermal averaged structure. We also highlight the importance of the organic-inorganic interactions in determining the fluxional properties of this class of materials. A peculiar spatial localization of the valence and conduction band edges is also found, with a dynamics in the range of 0.1 ps, which is associated with the positional dynamics of the organic cations within the cubo-octahedral perovskite cage. This asymmetry in the spatial localization of the band edges is expected to ease exciton dissociation and assist the initial stages of charge separation, possibly constituting one of the key factors for the impressive photovoltaic performances of hybrid lead-iodide perovskites. PMID:25766785

  4. Structural, Optical, and Electronic Properties of Wide Bandgap Perovskites: Experimental and Theoretical Investigations.

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    Kumawat, Naresh K; Tripathi, Madhvendra Nath; Waghmare, Umesh; Kabra, Dinesh

    2016-06-01

    Wide bandgap hybrid halide perovskites based on bromine and chlorine halide anions have emerged as potential candidates for various optoelectronic devices. However, these materials are relatively less explored than the iodine-based perovskites for microscopic details. We present experiment and first-principles calculations to understand the structural, optical, and electronic structure of wide bandgap CH3NH3Pb(Br1-xClx)3 (x = 0, 0.33, 0.66, and 1) 3D hybrid perovskite materials. We substituted Br(-) with Cl(-) to tune the bandgap from 2.4 eV (green emissive) to 3.2 eV (blue (UV) emissive) of these materials. We correlate our experimental results with first-principles theory and provide an insight into important parameters like lattice constants, electronic structure, excitonic binding energy (EX), dielectric constant, and reduced effective mass (μr) of charge carriers in these perovskite semiconductors. Electronic structure calculations reveal that electronic properties are mainly governed by Pb 6p and halide p orbitals. Our estimates of EX within a hydrogen model suggest that an increase in EX by increasing the Cl(-) (chlorine) concentration is mainly due to a decrease in the dielectric constant with x and almost constant value of μr close to the range of 0.07me. PMID:27203800

  5. Luminescence studies of perovskite structured titanates: A review

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    Nag Bhargavi, G.; Khare, Ayush

    2015-06-01

    Apart from widely known dielectric and ferroelectric properties, the perovskite type materials also constitute a class of materials, which are recently investigated for their optical properties. These materials are being used for fabrication of various microelectronics and optoelectronic devices. Photoluminescence (PL), mechanoluminescence (ML) and thermoluminescence (TL) are such phenomena offering numerous applications in different fields like electro-optics, flat panel displays, LED technology, sensors, dynamic visualization etc. This paper briefly reviews the status and new progress in luminescence studies of ferroelectric materials like barium titanate (BT), barium zirconate titanate (BZT), calcium titanate (CT), calcium zirconate titanate (CZT), lead titanate (PT), lead zirconate titanate (PZT), etc., prepared through various methods.

  6. Epitaxial Structure of (001)- and (111)-Oriented Perovskite Ferrate Films Grown by Pulsed-Laser Deposition.

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    Chakraverty, Suvankar; Ohtomo, Akira; Okude, Masaki; Ueno, Kazunori; Kawasaki, Masashi

    2010-04-01

    The epitaxial structures of SrFeO(2.5) films grown on SrTiO(3) (001) and (111) substrates by PLD are reported. A layer-by-layer growth mode was achieved in the initial stage on both substrates. The films were stabilized with a monoclinic structure, where we identified the in-plane domain structures and orientation relationship. Our study presents a guide to control the heteroepitaxy of (111)-oriented noncubic perovskites. PMID:20383295

  7. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of perovskite type CH3NH3PbI3 nanorods

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    Rajamanickam, N.; Rajashabala, S.; Ramachandran, K.

    2015-06-01

    Perovskite type methyl ammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3) thin films were prepared by coprecipitation method. The structural and optical properties were investigated by XRD, SEM, Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Perovskite structured tetragonal phase was observed by XRD. The UV spectrum exhibits a band gap of 1.63 eV. The nanorods are arranged in flower like structure distinguished by SEM. Raman spectrum of this organo-halide perovskite was studied for the full exploitation in solar cells.

  8. Di-hydrogen contact induced lattice instabilities and structural dynamics in complex hydride perovskites.

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    Schouwink, P; Hagemann, H; Embs, J P; D'Anna, V; Černý, R

    2015-07-01

    The structural phase transitions occurring in a series of perovskite-type complex hydrides based on the tetrahydroborate anion BH4(-) are investigated by means of in situ synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, thermal methods and ab initio calculations in the solid state. Structural dynamics of the BH4 anion are followed with quasi-elastic neutron scattering. We show that unexpected temperature-induced lattice instabilities in perovskite-type ACa(BH4)3 (A = K, Rb, Cs) have their origin in close hydridic di-hydrogen contacts. The rich lattice dynamics lead to coupling between internal B-H vibrations and phonons, resulting in distortions in the high-temperature polymorph that are identical in symmetry to well-known instabilities in oxide perovskites, generally condensing at lower temperatures. It is found that anion-substitution BH4(-) <-> (X = Halide) can relax distortions in ACa(BH4)3 by eliminating coulomb repulsive H(-)···H(-) effects. The interesting nature of phase transition in ACa(BH4)3 enters an unexplored field of weak interactions in ceramic-like host lattices and is the principal motivation for this study. Close di-hydrogen contacts suggest new concepts to tailor crystal symmetries in complex hydride perovskites in the future. PMID:26076047

  9. First-Principles Investigations of Pb Anti-Site Defects in PbZrO3 and Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 Perovskites

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    Kagimura, Ricardo; Singh, David J.

    2008-03-01

    Lead zirconate (PZ) and lead zirconate titanate (PZT) have the perovskite type structure, ABO3. Bivalent lead (Pb^+2) ions occupy the A site, while tetravalent titanium and zirconium (Zr^+4, Ti^+4) ions occupy the B site at random of the PZT solid solution. Also, lead can be tetravalent (Pb^+4), such as in PbO2 structure. Recent experimental work has reported that tetravalent Pb ions can locate at the B site of the PZT perovskite forming a lead zirconate-titanate-plumbate solid solution. The experimental results suggest that, based on a PbZrO3-PbTiO3-PbPbO3 ternary solution phase diagram [G. Suchaneck et al., Ferroelectrics 318, 3 (2005)], the substitutional Pb atom prefers to occupy the Zr site instead of the Ti one. In this work, we report density functional supercell calculations for pure PbZrO3 perovskite and for ordered Pb(Zr1/2Ti1/2)O3 solid solution with different configurations for the Zr and Ti atoms. We investigate the anti-site defect energies and the effects on the electronic structure.

  10. Flexible perovskite solar cells based on the metal-insulator-semiconductor structure.

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    Wei, Jing; Li, Heng; Zhao, Yicheng; Zhou, Wenke; Fu, Rui; Pan, Huiyue; Zhao, Qing

    2016-09-14

    The metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure is applied to perovskite solar cells, in which the traditional compact layer TiO2 is replaced by Al2O3 as the hole blocking material to realize an all-low-temperature process. Flexible devices based on this structure are also realized with excellent flexibility, which hold 85% of their initial efficiency after bending 100 times. PMID:27524362

  11. Surface Tuning of La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 Perovskite Catalysts by Acetic Acid for NOx Storage and Reduction.

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    Peng, Yue; Si, Wenzhe; Luo, Jinming; Su, Wenkang; Chang, Huazhen; Li, Junhua; Hao, Jiming; Crittenden, John

    2016-06-21

    Selective dissolution of perovskite A site (A of ABO3 structure) was performed on the La1 - xSrxCoO3 catalysts for the NOx storage and reduction (NSR) reaction. The surface area of the catalysts were enhanced using dilute HNO3 impregnation to dissolve Sr. Inactive SrCO3 was removed effectively within 6 h, and the catalyst preserved the perovskite framework after 24 h of treatment. The tuned catalysts exhibited higher NSR performance (both NOx storage and NO-to-NO2 oxidation) under lean-burn and fuel-rich cycles at 250 °C. Large amounts of NOx adsorption were due to the increase of nitrate/nitrite species bonding to the A site and the growth of newly formed monodentate nitrate species. Nitrate species were stored stably on the partial exposed Sr(2+) cations. These exposed Sr(2+) cations played an important role on the NOx reduction by C3H6. High NO-to-NO2 oxidation ability was due to the generation of oxygen defects and Co(2+)-Co(3+) redox couples, which resulted from B-site exsolution induced by A-site dissolution. Hence, our method is facile to modify the surface structures of perovskite catalysts and provides a new strategy to obtain highly active catalysts for the NSR reaction. PMID:27233105

  12. Perovskite Oxide Thin Film Growth, Characterization, and Stability

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    Izumi, Andrew

    Studies into a class of materials known as complex oxides have evoked a great deal of interest due to their unique magnetic, ferroelectric, and superconducting properties. In particular, materials with the ABO3 perovskite structure have highly tunable properties because of the high stability of the structure, which allows for large scale doping and strain. This also allows for a large selection of A and B cations and valences, which can further modify the material's electronic structure. Additionally, deposition of these materials as thin films and superlattices through techniques such as pulsed laser deposition (PLD) results in novel properties due to the reduced dimensionality of the material. The novel properties of perovskite oxide heterostructures can be traced to a several sources, including chemical intermixing, strain and defect formation, and electronic reconstruction. The correlations between microstructure and physical properties must be investigated by examining the physical and electronic structure of perovskites in order to understand this class of materials. Some perovskites can undergo phase changes due to temperature, electrical fields, and magnetic fields. In this work we investigated Nd0.5Sr 0.5MnO3 (NSMO), which undergoes a first order magnetic and electronic transition at T=158K in bulk form. Above this temperature NSMO is a ferromagnetic metal, but transitions into an antiferromagnetic insulator as the temperature is decreased. This rapid transition has interesting potential in memory devices. However, when NSMO is deposited on (001)-oriented SrTiO 3 (STO) or (001)-oriented (LaAlO3)0.3-(Sr 2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT) substrates, this transition is lost. It has been reported in the literature that depositing NSMO on (110)-oriented STO allows for the transition to reemerge due to the partial epitaxial growth, where the NSMO film is strained along the [001] surface axis and partially relaxed along the [11¯0] surface axis. This allows the NSMO film enough

  13. Mechanism of biphasic charge recombination and accumulation in TiO2 mesoporous structured perovskite solar cells.

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    Wang, Hao-Yi; Wang, Yi; Yu, Man; Han, Jun; Guo, Zhi-Xin; Ai, Xi-Cheng; Zhang, Jian-Ping; Qin, Yujun

    2016-04-28

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells are becoming the next big thing in the photovoltaic field owing to their rapidly developing photoelectric conversion performance. Herein, mesoporous structured perovskite devices with various perovskite grain sizes are fabricated by a sequential dropping method, and the charge recombination dynamics is investigated by transient optical-electric measurements. All devices exhibit an overall power conversion efficiency around 15%. More importantly, a biphasic trap-limited charge recombination process is proposed and interpreted by taking into account the specific charge accumulation mechanism in perovskite solar cells. At low Fermi levels, photo-generated electrons predominately populate in the perovskite phase, while at high Fermi levels, most electrons occupy traps in mesoporous TiO2. As a result, the dynamics of charge recombination is, respectively, dominated by the perovskite phase and mesoporous TiO2 in these two cases. The present work would give a new perspective on the charge recombination process in meso-structured perovskite solar cells. PMID:27076212

  14. Research Update: The electronic structure of hybrid perovskite layers and their energetic alignment in devices

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    Olthof, Selina

    2016-09-01

    In recent years, the interest in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites has increased at a rapid pace due to their tremendous success in the field of thin film solar cells. This area closely ties together fundamental solid state research and device application, as it is necessary to understand the basic material properties to optimize the performances and open up new areas of application. In this regard, the energy levels and their respective alignment with adjacent charge transport layers play a crucial role. Currently, we are lacking a detailed understanding about the electronic structure and are struggling to understand what influences the alignment, how it varies, or how it can be intentionally modified. This research update aims at giving an overview over recent results regarding measurements of the electronic structure of hybrid perovskites using photoelectron spectroscopy to summarize the present status.

  15. Lead-free and lead-based ABO3 perovskite relaxors with mixed-valence A-site and B-site disorder: Comparative neutron scattering structural study of (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 and Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3

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    Ge, Wenwei; Devreugd, Christopher P.; Phelan, D.; Zhang, Qinhui; Ahart, Muhtar; Li, Jiefang; Luo, Haosu; Boatner, Lynn A.; Viehland, Dwight; Gehring, Peter M.

    2013-11-01

    We report the results of neutron elastic-scattering measurements made between -250 °C and 620 °C on the lead-free relaxor (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 (NBT). Strong, anisotropic, elastic diffuse scattering intensity decorates the (100), (110), (111), (200), (210), and (220) Bragg peaks at room temperature. The wave-vector dependence of this diffuse scattering is compared to that in the lead-based relaxor Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PMN) to determine if any features might be common to relaxors. Prominent ridges in the elastic diffuse scattering intensity contours that extend along ⟨110⟩ are seen that exhibit the same zone dependence as those observed in PMN and other lead-based relaxors. These ridges disappear gradually on heating above the cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition temperature TCT = 523 °C, which is also near the temperature at which the dielectric permittivity begins to deviate from Curie-Weiss behavior. We thus identify the ⟨110⟩-oriented ridges as a relaxor-specific property. The diffuse scattering contours also display narrower ridges oriented along ⟨100⟩ that are consistent with the x-ray results of Kreisel [Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.68.014113 68, 014113 (2003)]; these vanish near 320 °C, indicating that they have a different physical origin. The ⟨100⟩-oriented ridges are not observed in PMN. We observe no equivalent relaxor-specific elastic diffuse scattering from the homovalent relaxor analogues K0.95Li0.05TiO3 (A-site disordered) and KTa0.95Nb0.05O3 (B-site disordered). This suggests that the ⟨110⟩-oriented diffuse scattering ridges are correlated with the presence of strong random electric fields and invites a reassessment of what defines the relaxor phase. We find that doping NBT with 5.6% BaTiO3, a composition close to the morphotropic phase boundary with enhanced piezoelectric properties, increases the room-temperature correlation length along [11¯0] from 40 to 60 Å while doubling the associated integrated diffuse scattering. Similar behavior was reported by Matsuura [Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.74.144107 74, 144107 (2006)] for morphotropic compositions of PMN doped with PbTiO3. Finally, we comment on the recent observation of monoclinicity in NBT at room temperature by placing a strict bound on the strength of the (½½½) superlattice reflection associated with the Cc space group based on the atomic coordinates published in the x-ray study by Aksel [Appl. Phys. Lett.APPLAB0003-695110.1063/1.3573826 98, 152901 (2011)] for NBT. We show that a skin effect, analogous to that reported in the relaxors PZN-xPT and PMN-xPT, can reconcile our neutron single-crystal data with the x-ray powder data of Aksel [Appl. Phys. Lett.APPLAB0003-695110.1063/1.3573826 98, 152901 (2011)]. Our finding of a skin effect in a lead-free, A-site disordered, heterovalent relaxor supports the idea that it arises in the presence of strong random electric fields.

  16. Study of Structural Phase Transitions in Na1-xSrx/2NbO3

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    Bahuguna, Rajni; Wankhede, M. G.; Mishra, S. K.; Shinde, A. B.; Krishna, P. S. R.

    2015-02-01

    The solid solution Na1-xSrx/2NbO3 is prepared by solid state reaction method. Detailed analyses of powder x-ray diffraction data clearly suggest a change of structure from ABO3 perovskite (NaNbO3 like) to complicated Tungsten Bronze SrNb2O6 like. The presence of additional reflections clearly suggests that cell multiplicity for x>=0.20 is different to that of pure NaNbO3. For composition x>=0.20, the lattice parameters are related with pseudocubic perovskite cell parameters as follows: Ao= 4ap, Bo= 3bp Co= 5cp. The lattice parameters and volume increases monotonically with increasing concentration of Sr2+ in NaNbO3 matrix.

  17. Tilts, dopants, vacancies and non-stoichiometry: Understanding and designing the properties of complex solid oxide perovskites from first principles

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    Bennett, Joseph W.

    Perovskite oxides of formula ABO3 have a wide range of structural, electrical and mechanical properties, making them vital materials for many applications, such as catalysis, ultrasound machines and communication devices. Perovskite solid solutions with high piezoelectric response, such as ferroelectrics, are of particular interest as they can be employed as sensors in SONAR devices. Ferroelectric materials are unique in that their chemical and electrical properties can be non-invasively and reversibly changed, by switching the bulk polarization. This makes ferroelectrics useful for applications in non-volatile random access memory (NVRAM) devices. Perovskite solid solutions with a lower piezoelectric response than ferroelectrics are important for communication technology, as they function well as electroceramic capacitors. Also of interest is how these materials act as a component in a solid oxide fuel cell, as they can function as an efficient source of energy. Altering the chemical composition of these solid oxide materials offers an opportunity to change the desired properties of the final ceramic, adding a degree of flexibility that is advantageous for a variety of applications. These solid oxides are complex, sometimes disordered systems that are a challenge to study experimentally. However, as it is their complexity which produces favorable properties, highly accurate modeling which captures the essential features of the disordered structure is necessary to explain the behavior of current materials and predict favorable compositions for new materials. Methodological improvements and faster computer speeds have made first-principles and atomistic calculations a viable tool for understanding these complex systems. Offering a combination of accuracy and computational speed, the density functional theory (DFT) approach can reveal details about the microscopic structure and interactions of complex systems. Using DFT and a combination of principles from both

  18. The Structural Disorder and Lattice Stability of (Ba,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3 Complex Perovskites

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    S.N.Rashkeev

    2011-05-01

    The structural disorder and lattice stability of complex perovskite (Ba,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3, a promising cathode material for solid oxide fuel cells and oxygen permeation membranes, is explored by means of first principles DFT calculations. It is predicted that Ba and Sr ions easily exchange their lattice positions (A-cation disorder) similarly to Co and Fe ions (B-cation disorder). The cation antisite defects (exchange of A- and B-type cations) have a relatively high formation energy. The BSCF is predicted to exist in an equilibrium mixture of several phases and can decompose exothermically into the Ba- and Co-rich hexagonal (Ba,Sr)CoO3 and Sr- and Fe-rich cubic (Ba,Sr)FeO3 perovskites.

  19. Thermal evolution of the crystal structure of the orthorhombic perovskite LaFeO{sub 3}

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    Dixon, Charlotte A.L.; Kavanagh, Christopher M.; Knight, Kevin S.; Kockelmann, Winfried; Morrison, Finlay D.; Lightfoot, Philip

    2015-10-15

    The thermal evolution of the crystal structure of the prototypical orthorhombic perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} has been studied in detail by powder neutron diffraction in the temperature range 25perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} is rationalized from a detailed powder neutron diffraction study. - Highlights: • Crystal structure of the perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} studied in detail by powder neutron diffraction. • Unusual thermal evolution of lattice metrics rationalized. • Contrasting behavior to Bi-doped LaFeO{sub 3}. • Octahedral distortion/tilt parameters explain unusual a and c lattice parameter behavior.

  20. First principle study of band structure of SrMO3 perovskites

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    Daga, Avinash; Sharma, Smita

    2016-05-01

    First principle study of band structure calculations in the local density approximations (LDA) as well as in the generalized gradient approximations (GGA) have been used to determine the electronic structure of SrMO3 where M stands for Ti, Zr and Mo. Occurrence of band gap proves SrTiO3 and SrZrO3 to be insulating. A small band gap is observed in SrMoO3 perovskite signifies it to be metallic. Band structures are found to compare well with the available data in the literature showing the relevance of this approach. ABINIT computer code has been used to carry out all the calculations.

  1. CaTiO.sub.3 Interfacial template structure on semiconductor-based material and the growth of electroceramic thin-films in the perovskite class

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    McKee, Rodney Allen; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    1998-01-01

    A structure including a film of a desired perovskite oxide which overlies and is fully commensurate with the material surface of a semiconductor-based substrate and an associated process for constructing the structure involves the build up of an interfacial template film of perovskite between the material surface and the desired perovskite film. The lattice parameters of the material surface and the perovskite of the template film are taken into account so that during the growth of the perovskite template film upon the material surface, the orientation of the perovskite of the template is rotated 45.degree. with respect to the orientation of the underlying material surface and thereby effects a transition in the lattice structure from fcc (of the semiconductor-based material) to the simple cubic lattice structure of perovskite while the fully commensurate periodicity between the perovskite template film and the underlying material surface is maintained. The film-growth techniques of the invention can be used to fabricate solid state electrical components wherein a perovskite film is built up upon a semiconductor-based material and the perovskite film is adapted to exhibit ferroelectric, piezoelectric, pyroelectric, electro-optic or large dielectric properties during use of the component.

  2. Topotactic synthesis of strontium cobalt oxyhydride thin film with perovskite structure

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    Katayama, Tsukasa; Chikamatsu, Akira Kamisaka, Hideyuki; Yokoyama, Yuichi; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Wadati, Hiroki; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2015-10-15

    The substitution of hydride anions (H{sup −}) into transition metal oxides has recently become possible through topotactic reactions or high-pressure synthesis methods. However, the fabrication of oxyhydrides is still difficult because of their inherently less-stable frameworks. In this study, we successfully fabricated perovskite SrCoO{sub x}H{sub y} thin films via the topotactic hydride doping of brownmillerite SrCoO{sub 2.5} epitaxial thin films with CaH{sub 2}. The perovskite-type cation framework was maintained during the topotactic treatment owing to epitaxial stabilization. Structural and chemical analyses accompanied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements revealed that the doped hydride ions form a two-dimensional network of Co-H{sup −}-Co bonds, in contrast to other reported perovskite oxyhydrides, SrMO{sub 3−x}H{sub x} (M = Cr, Ti, V). The SrCoO{sub x}H{sub y} thin film exhibited insulating behavior and had a direct band gap of 2.1 eV. Thus, topotactic hydride doping of transition-metal-oxide thin films on suitable substrates is a promising method for the synthesis of new transition metal oxyhydrides.

  3. Quantum chemical modelling of ``green'' luminescence in ABO perovskites

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    Eglitis, R. I.; Kotomin, E. A.; Borstel, G.

    2002-06-01

    The origin of the intrinsic excitonic (``green'') luminescence in ABO3 perovskites remains a hot topic over the last quarter of a century. We suggest as a theoretical interpretation for the ``green'' luminescence in these crystals, the recombination of electron and hole polarons forming a charge transfer vibronic exciton. In order to check quantitatively the proposed model, we performed quantum chemical calculations using the Intermediate Neglect of Differential Overlap (INDO) method combined with the periodic defect model. The luminescence energies calculated for four perovskite crystals are found to be in good agreement with experimental data.

  4. Identifying the Molecular Structures of Intermediates for Optimizing the Fabrication of High-Quality Perovskite Films.

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    Cao, Jing; Jing, Xiaojing; Yan, Juanzhu; Hu, Chengyi; Chen, Ruihao; Yin, Jun; Li, Jing; Zheng, Nanfeng

    2016-08-10

    During the past two years, the introduction of DMSO has revolutionized the fabrication of high-quality pervoskite MAPbI3 (MA = CH3NH3) films for solar cell applications. In the developed DMSO process, the formation of (MA)2Pb3I8·2DMSO (shorted as Pb3I8) has well recognized as a critical factor to prepare high-quality pervoskite films and thus accomplish excellent performances in perovskite solar cells. However, Pb3I8 is an I-deficient intermediate and must further react with methylammonium iodide (MAI) to be fully converted into MAPbI3. By capturing and solving the molecular structures of several intermediates involved in the fabrication of perovskite films, we report in this work that the importance of DMSO is NOT due to the formation of Pb3I8. The use of different PbI2-DMSO ratios leads to two different structures of PbI2-DMSO precursors (PbI2·DMSO and PbI2·2DMSO), thus dramatically influencing the quality of fabricated perovskite films. However, such an influence can be minimized when the PbI2-DMSO precursor films are thermally treated to create mesoporous PbI2 films before reacting with MAI. Such a development makes the fabrication of high-quality pervoskite films highly reproducible without the need to precisely control the PbI2:DMSO ratio. Moreover, the formation of ionic compound (MA)4PbI6 is observed when excess MAI is used in the preparation of perovskite film. This I-rich phase heavily induces the hysteresis in PSCs, but is readily removed by isopropanol treatment. On the basis of all these findings, we develop a new effective protocol to fabricate high-performance PSCs. In the new protocol, high-quality perovskite films are prepared by simply treating the mesoporous PbI2 films (made from PbI2-DMSO precursors) with an isopropanol solution of MAI, followed by isopropanol washing. The best efficiency of fabricated MAPbI3 PSCs is up to 19.0%. As compared to the previously reported DMSO method, the devices fabricated by the method reported in this work

  5. Discovery of Novel Perovskites for Solar Thermochemical Water Splitting from High-Throughput First-Principles Calculations

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    Emery, Antoine; Wolverton, Chris

    Among the several possible routes of hydrogen synthesis, thermochemical water splitting (TWS) cycles is a promising method for large scale production of hydrogen. The choice of metal oxide used in a TWS cycle is critical since it governs the rate and efficiency of the gas splitting process. In this work, we present a high-throughput density functional theory (HT-DFT) study of ABO3 perovskite compounds to screen for thermodynamically favorable two-step thermochemical water splitting materials. We demonstrate the use of two screens, based on thermodynamic stability and oxygen vacancy formation energy, on 5,329 different compositions to predict 139 stable potential candidate materials for water splitting applications. Several of these compounds have not been experimentally explored yet and present promising avenues for further research. Additionally, the large dataset of compounds and stability in our possession allowed us to revisit the structural maps for perovskites. This study shows the benefit of using first-principles calculations to efficiently screen an exhaustively large number of compounds at once. It provides a baseline for further studies involving more detailed exploration of a restricted number of those compounds.

  6. The electronic structure of metal oxide/organo metal halide perovskite junctions in perovskite based solar cells

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    Dymshits, Alex; Henning, Alex; Segev, Gideon; Rosenwaks, Yossi; Etgar, Lioz

    2015-01-01

    Cross-sections of a hole-conductor-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell were characterized with Kelvin probe force microscopy. A depletion region width of about 45 nm was determined from the measured potential profiles at the interface between CH3NH3PbI3 and nanocrystalline TiO2, whereas a negligible depletion was measured at the CH3NH3PbI3/Al2O3 interface. A complete solar cell can be realized with the CH3NH3PbI3 that functions both as light harvester and hole conductor in combination with a metal oxide. The band diagrams were estimated from the measured potential profile at the interfaces, and are critical findings for a better understanding and further improvement of perovskite based solar cells. PMID:25731963

  7. High temperature neutron diffraction studies of PrInO3 and the measures of perovskite structure distortion.

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    Baszczuk, A; Dabrowski, B; Avdeev, M

    2015-06-21

    The crystal structure of PrInO(3) was investigated in the temperature range 303-1123 K by high-resolution neutron-powder diffraction. The PrInO(3) adopts a highly distorted variant of the perovskite structure with the orthorhombic Pnma space group in the whole temperature range investigated. The bond length and bond-angle analysis revealed a very slow tendency to decrease structural distortion with increasing temperature. Comparison of different parameters quantifying perovskite structure distortion calculated for PrInO(3) and the similar PrAlO(3) and PrGaO(3) shows the advantage of using the tolerance factor t12 calculated for the 12-fold coordinated Pr by geometrical averaging of the individual interatomic distances. An additional advantage of the tolerance factor method results from the possibility of extending it to predict the average structural distortion and the geometrical stability of the perovskites at various temperatures once the accurate dependence of t(x,T,d) on the composition, temperature and oxygen content is found. By comparing PrInO(3) with several AMO(3) perovskites containing ions in the fixed oxidation state on the A and M crystal sites it was found that structural distortion and the tolerance factor t12 for PrInO(3) are consistent with the empirical thermal expansion coefficient based on the bond strength calculation [R. M. Hazen, and C. T. Prewitt, Am. Mineral., 1977, 62(3-4), 309]. In contrast to perovskites AMO(3-d) containing mixed-valent M ions, which allow for a wide range of changes of the tolerance factor t(12)(T,d) as a function of oxygen content, perovskites AMO(3) with M ions in the fixed oxidation state show much less flexibility. This flexibility is further reduced for the A(3+)M(3+)O(3) perovskites like PrInO(3) for which even a large change of the synthesis temperature has a minor effect on controlling the resulting t(12)(T) and the structural phase in comparison with A(2+)M(4+)O3 perovskites. The only parameter left for A(3+)M

  8. Structural determination and electronic properties of the 4d perovskite SrPdO3

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    He, Jiangang; Franchini, Cesare

    2014-01-01

    The structure and ground state electronic structure of the recently synthesized SrPdO3 perovskite [A. Galal et al. J. Power Sources 195, 3806 (2010), 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2009.12.091] have been studied by means of screened hybrid functional and the GW approximation with the inclusion of electron-hole interaction within the test-charge/test-charge scheme. By conducting a structural search based on lattice dynamics and group theoretical method we identify the orthorhombic phase with Pnma space group as the most stable crystal structure. The phase transition from the ideal cubic perovskite structure to the Pnma one is explained in terms of the simultaneous stabilization of the antiferrodistortive phonon modes R4+ and M3+. Our results indicate that SrPdO3 exhibits an insulating ground state, substantiated by a GW0 gap of about 1.1 eV. Spin polarized calculations suggest that SrPdO3 adopts a low spin state (t2g↑↓↑↓↑↓eg0), and is expected to exhibit spin excitations and spin state crossovers at finite temperature, analogous to the case of 3d isoelectronic LaCoO3. This would provide another playground for the study of spin state transitions in 4d oxides and an opportunity to design multifunctional materials based on the 4d Pnma building block.

  9. Local and distant charge compensation of iron ions in ABO3 ferroelectrics

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    Malovichko, Galina; Petersen, Robert; Grachev, Valentin

    2011-10-01

    The determination of the lattice sites and charge compensators of non-isovalent impurities are vitally important for both fundamental science and tailoring material properties for various applications. Results of our study of Fe^3+ centers in LiNbO3, LiTaO3 and KTaO3 (LN, LT and KT) with the help of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Electron Nuclear Double Resonance (ENDOR) have shown significant difference in spectroscopic characteristics and, correspondingly, structures of these centers. Two Fe^3+ dominant centers in cubic KT crystals have axial <100> symmetry caused by the presence of local charge compensators (oxygen vacancy for Ta^5+ substitution and interstitial oxygen for K^+ substitution). In Li-deficient congruent LT and LN crystals the Fe^3+ ions substitute only for Li^+. Since no disorder in the nearest surrounding was found, the distant charge compensation by intrinsic defects in cation sublattice is supposed. In stoichiometric samples of LT and LN the iron ions randomly substitute for both Li^+ and Ta^5+ (Nb^5+) having average self-compensation of excess charges.

  10. New hybrid lead iodides: From one-dimensional chain to two-dimensional layered perovskite structure

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    Xiong, Kecai; Liu, Wei; Teat, Simon J.; An, Litao; Wang, Hao; Emge, Thomas J.; Li, Jing

    2015-10-15

    Two new hybrid lead halides (H{sub 2}BDA)[PbI{sub 4}] (1) (H{sub 2}BDA=1,4-butanediammonium dication) and (HNPEIM)[PbI{sub 3}] (2) (HNPEIM=N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation) have been synthesized and structurally characterized. X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that compound 1 features a two-dimensional corner-sharing perovskite layer whereas compound 2 contains one-dimensional edge-sharing double chains. The N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation within compound 2 was generated in-situ under solvothermal conditions. The optical absorption spectra collected at room temperature suggest that both compounds are semiconductors having direct band gaps, with estimated values of 2.64 and 2.73 eV for 1 and 2, respectively. Results from the density functional theory (DFT) calculations are consistent with the experimental data. Density of states (DOS) analysis reveals that in both compounds 1 and 2, the energy states in the valence band maximum region are iodine 5p atomic orbitals with a small contribution from lead 6s, while in the region of conduction band minimum, the major contributions are from the inorganic (Pb 6p atomic orbitals) and organic components (C and N 2p atomic orbitals) in compound 1 and 2, respectively. - Graphical abstract: Two new hybrid lead halides built on one-dimensional edge-sharing double chains and two-dimensional corner-sharing perovskite layers are synthesized and their structural and electronic properties are analyzed. - Highlights: • Two new hybrid lead iodides are designed, synthesized, and characterized. • They are closely related to, but different from, perovskite structures. • The electronic properties of both compounds are analyzed by DFT calculations.

  11. Structure-property relationships of BaCeO perovskites for the oxidative dehydrogenation of alkanes

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    Nenoff, T.M.; Jackson, N.B.; Miller, J.E.; Sault, A.G.; Trudell, D.

    1997-12-01

    The oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) reactions for the formation of two important organic feedstocks ethylene and propylene are of great interest because of the potential in capital and energy savings associated with these reactions. Theoretically, ODH can achieve high conversions of the starting materials (ethane and propane) at lower temperatures than conventional dehydrogenation reactions. The important focus in this study of ODH catalysts is the development of a structure-property relationship for catalyst with respect to selectivity, so as to avoid the more thermodynamically favorable combustion reaction. Catalysts for the ODH reaction generally consist of mixed metal oxides. Since for the most selective catalyst lattice oxygen is known to participate in the reaction, catalysts are sought with surface oxygen atoms that are labile enough to perform dehydrogenation, but not so plentiful or weakly bound as to promote complete combustion. Also, catalysts must be able to replenish surface oxygen by transport from the bulk. Perovskite materials are candidates to fulfill these requirements. The authors are studying BaCeO{sub 3} perovskites doped with elements such as Ca, Mg, and Sr. During the ODH of the alkanes at high temperatures, the perovskite structure is not retained and a mixture of carbonates and oxides is formed, as revealed by XRD. While the Ca doped materials showed enhanced total combustion activity below 600 C, they only showed enhanced alkene production at 700 C. Bulk structural and surface changes, as monitored by powder X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are being correlated with activity in order to understand the factors affecting catalyst performance, and to modify catalyst formulations to improve conversion and selectivity.

  12. Towards 3D Mapping of BO6 Octahedron Rotations at Perovskite Heterointerfaces, Unit Cell by Unit Cell.

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    He, Qian; Ishikawa, Ryo; Lupini, Andrew R; Qiao, Liang; Moon, Eun J; Ovchinnikov, Oleg; May, Steven J; Biegalski, Michael D; Borisevich, Albina Y

    2015-08-25

    The rich functionalities in the ABO3 perovskite oxides originate, at least in part, from the ability of the corner-connected BO6 octahedral network to host a large variety of cations through distortions and rotations. Characterizing these rotations, which have significant impact on both fundamental aspects of materials behavior and possible applications, remains a major challenge at heterointerfaces. In this work, we have developed a unique method to investigate BO6 rotation patterns in complex oxides ABO3 with unit cell resolution at heterointerfaces, where novel properties often emerge. Our method involves column shape analysis in ABF-STEM images of the ABO3 heterointerfaces taken in specific orientations. The rotating phase of BO6 octahedra can be identified for all three spatial dimensions without the need of case-by-case simulation. In several common rotation systems, quantitative measurements of all three rotation angles are now possible. Using this method, we examined interfaces between perovskites with distinct tilt systems as well as interfaces between tilted and untilted perovskites, identifying an unusual coupling behavior at the CaTiO3/LSAT interface. We believe this method will significantly improve our knowledge of complex oxide heterointerfaces. PMID:26174591

  13. Revised structural phase transitions in the archetype KMnF3 perovskite crystal

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    Kapusta, Joanna; Daniel, Philippe; Ratuszna, Alicja

    1999-06-01

    Reinvestigation of the structural and vibrational properties of the typical perovskite KMnF3, exhibiting two antiferrodistortive structural phase transitions, was performed using x-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy in the range between 30 and 300 K. The x-ray-diffraction work has unambiguously shown that a monoclinic distortion (ra-b+c- tilt system P21/m space group) is observed at low temperature below TC2=91 K. This result corresponds with the Raman temperature study which shows that this transition, in spite of its first-order character, can be associated with a group-subgroup relation between tetragonal and monoclinic symmetries. Additionally, existence of a large structural disorder far above the cubic to tetragonal transition (TC1=186 K) is suggested by the two following experimental indications: (i) persistence of hard modes of the tetragonal phase in the cubic symmetry, and (ii) existence of Raman broad bands in normally inactive ideal cubic phase, which are interpreted by the folding of the whole phonons branches of the cubic Brillouin zone. This last observation allows us to follow the evolution of the cubic R'15 soft mode versus temperature, based only on the Raman-scattering data, in full agreement with previous inelastic neutron data. The results of Raman investigations into KMnF3 are discussed in more general framework of structural disorder in perovskite systems which exhibit anisotropic correlation between octahedra.

  14. New hexagonal perovskite with Mn4+ and Mn5+ at distinct structural positions

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    Tarakina, N. V.; Tyutyunnik, A. P.; Bazuev, G. V.; Vasiliev, A. D.; Berger, I. F.; Gould, C.; Nikolaenko, I. V.

    2015-10-01

    A new hexagonal perovskite, Ba7Li1.75Mn3.5O15.75, has been synthesised using microwave-assisted solid-state synthesis. Its crystal structure has elements typical for the layered hexagonal perovskites and quasi-one-dimensional oxides, hence representing a new polytype. Structural solution based on simultaneous refinement of X-ray and neutron diffraction data shows that Ba7Li1.75Mn3.5O15.75 crystallizes in a hexagonal unit cell with parameters a = 5.66274(2) Å and c = 16.7467(1) Å (V = 465.063(4) Å3). Columns of face- shared octahedra occupied by Mn4+, Li+ cations and vacancies along the c axis are separated in the ab plane by barium atoms, so that every sixth layer, the coordination of Mn5+ and Li+ changes to tetrahedral. Separation of Mn4+ and Mn5+ cations in two distinct structural positions makes the structure unique. A scanning transmission electron microscopy study revealed the formation of a rhombohedrally centered supercell, which might be attributed to the ordering of manganese and lithium atoms among cationic sites.

  15. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of TlCrO3 perovskite.

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    Yi, Wei; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Katsuya, Yoshio; Yamaura, Kazunari; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Presniakov, Igor A; Sobolev, Alexey V; Glazkova, Yana S; Lekina, Yuliya O; Tsujii, Naohito; Nimori, Shigeki; Takehana, Kanji; Imanaka, Yasutaka; Belik, Alexei A

    2015-06-21

    TlMO(3) perovskites (M(3+) = transition metals) are exceptional members of trivalent perovskite families because of the strong covalency of Tl(3+)-O bonds. Here we report on the synthesis, crystal structure and properties of TlCrO(3) investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy, specific heat, dc/ac magnetization and dielectric measurements. TlCrO(3) perovskite is prepared under high pressure (6 GPa) and high temperature (1500 K) conditions. The crystal structure of TlCrO(3) is refined using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data: space group Pnma (no. 62), Z = 4 and lattice parameters a = 5.40318(1) Å, b = 7.64699(1) Å and c = 5.30196(1) Å at 293 K. No structural phase transitions are found between 5 and 300 K. TlCrO(3) crystallizes in the GdFeO(3)-type structure similar to other members of the perovskite chromite family, ACrO(3) (A(3+) = Sc, In, Y and La-Lu). The unit cell volume and Cr-O-Cr bond angles of TlCrO(3) are close to those of DyCrO(3); however, the Néel temperature of TlCrO(3) (TN≈ 89 K) is much smaller than that of DyCrO(3) and close to that of InCrO(3). Isothermal magnetization studies show that TlCrO(3) is a fully compensated antiferromagnet similar to ScCrO(3) and InCrO(3), but different from RCrO(3) (R(3+) = Y and La-Lu). Ac and dc magnetization measurements with a fine step of 0.2 K reveal the existence of two Néel temperatures with very close values at T(N2) = 87.0 K and T(N1) = 89.3 K. Magnetic anomalies near T(N2 )are suppressed by static magnetic fields and by 5% iron doping. PMID:25730286

  16. Temperature and Pressure Sensors Based on Spin-Allowed Broadband Luminescence of Doped Orthorhombic Perovskite Structures

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    Eldridge, Jeffrey I. (Inventor); Chambers, Matthew D. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Systems and methods that are capable of measuring pressure or temperature based on luminescence are discussed herein. These systems and methods are based on spin-allowed broadband luminescence of sensors with orthorhombic perovskite structures of rare earth aluminates doped with chromium or similar transition metals, such as chromium-doped gadolinium aluminate. Luminescence from these sensors can be measured to determine at least one of temperature or pressure, based on either the intense luminescence of these sensors, even at high temperatures, or low temperature techniques discussed herein.

  17. Plasmonic Structure Enhanced Exciton Generation at the Interface between the Perovskite Absorber and Copper Nanoparticles

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    Lin, Kuen-Feng; Chiang, Chien-Hung; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2014-01-01

    The refractive index and extinction coefficient of a triiodide perovskite absorber (TPA) were obtained by fitting the transmittance spectra of TPA/PEDOT:PSS/ITO/glass using the transfer matrix method. Cu nanoplasmonic structures were designed to enhance the exciton generation in the TPA and to simultaneously reduce the film thickness of the TPA. Excitons were effectively generated at the interface between TPA and Cu nanoparticles, as observed through the 3D finite-difference time-domain method. The exciton distribution is advantageous for the exciton dissociation and carrier transport. PMID:25295290

  18. Controlling the Cavity Structures of Two-Photon-Pumped Perovskite Microlasers.

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    Zhang, Wei; Peng, Lan; Liu, Jie; Tang, Aiwei; Hu, Jin-Song; Yao, Jiannian; Zhao, Yong Sheng

    2016-06-01

    Low-threshold two-photon-pumped (TPP) perovskite microcavity lasers are achieved in crystal perovskite 1D or 2D microstructures fabricated through a liquid-phase self-assembly method assisted by two distinct surfactant soft templates. The lasing actions from the perovskite materials exhibit a shape-dependent microcavity effect, which is subsequently utilized for the modulation of the lasing modes and for the achievement of two-photon-pumped single-mode perovskite microlasers. PMID:27007487

  19. High-throughput determination of Hubbard U for cubic perovskites using the ACBN0 functional

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    Liyanage, Laalitha; Supka, Andrew; Gopal, Priya; Agapito, Luis; Hart, Gus; Fornari, Marco; Curtarolo, Stefano; Nardelli, Marco Buongiorno

    High-throughput (HT) density functional theory (DFT) computations are the method of choice for rapid screening of materials properties and materials development. However, traditional DFT is not adequate for the investigation of all systems. For materials containing transition metal elements, methods such as DFT +U or hybrid functionals are needed for an accurate prediction of the electronic structure. As an efficient and accurate alternative we have recently introduced the ACBN0 functional for DFT as a new pseudo-hybrid Hubbard density functional that is a parameter-free extension of traditional DFT +U that has been proved to correct both the band gap and the relative position of the different bands in transition metal compounds. We implemented ACBN0 in a Medium-Throughput Framework (MTFrame) designed to automate DFT calculations for systems that share a single reference crystal structure. Using the MTFrame, we have determined the effective U values for 3969 cubic perovskites (ABO3) built by permutating 63 different elements in the A and B sites. Analysis of resulting data reveals the effects of Hubbard U on the electronic properties and crystal structure. Finally, machine learning algorithms are used to find correlations in the extracted data and the U values.

  20. Structural and electric evidence of ferrielectric state in Pb₂MnWO₆ double perovskite system.

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    Orlandi, Fabio; Righi, Lara; Cabassi, Riccardo; Delmonte, Davide; Pernechele, Chiara; Bolzoni, Fulvio; Mezzadri, Francesco; Solzi, Massimo; Merlini, Marco; Calestani, Gianluca

    2014-10-01

    In this paper we describe the new ferri-electric compound Pb2MnWO6 (PMW), a double perovskite that can be considered as a novel structural prototype showing complex nuclear structure and interesting electric properties. According to single-crystal synchrotron data, PMW crystallizes in the noncentrosymmetric polar group Pmc21, in which the two symmetry-independent lead atoms give rise to a ferrielectric arrangement. The accurate crystallographic characterization indicates the presence of a complex distortion of the perovskite lattice driven by the local instability induced by the 6s(2) lone pair of the lead atoms. These peculiar structural features are confirmed by the complete electrical characterization of the system. Dielectric and transport measurements indicate an insulating character of the sample, while pyroelectric measurements point out a ferrielectric state characterized by different contributions. The magnetic transition at 45 K is accompanied by a magnetostrictive effect indicating a probable spin-lattice coupling. The characterizations carried out on PMW, showing the evidence of a coexistence of antiferromagnetism and ferrielectricity at low temperature, could lead to the definition of a new class of multiferroic materials. PMID:25197959

  1. Study of Local Structure in Selected Organic-Inorganic Perovskites in the Pm3⁻m Phase

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    Worhatch, Richard J; Kim, HyunJeong; Swainson, Ian P; Yonkeu, Andre L; Billinge, Simon J.L.

    2008-06-30

    The local structures of the inorganic component of selected organic-inorganic perovskites (OIPs) are studied by analyzing the X-ray pair distribution function. Whereas the long-range structure of each perovskite is the untilted Pm3m phase, all the OIPs showed significant internal distortion of the octahedra. Varying the halide has a significant impact on the lattice constant. There is evidence of local lone-pair distortions for certain compositions. The most complex case of disorder appears to be that of CH3NH3SnBr3.

  2. A two-layer structured PbI2 thin film for efficient planar perovskite solar cells

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    Ying, Chao; Shi, Chengwu; Wu, Ni; Zhang, Jincheng; Wang, Mao

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, a two-layer structured PbI2 thin film was constructed by the spin-coating procedure using a 0.80 M PbI2 solution in DMF and subsequent close-spaced vacuum thermal evaporation using PbI2 powder as a source. The bottom PbI2 thin film was compact with a sheet-like appearance, parallel to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a compact perovskite thin film to suppress the charge recombination of the electrons of the TiO2 conduction band and the holes of the spiro-OMeTAD valence band. The top PbI2 thin film was porous with nano-sheet arrays, perpendicular to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a porous perovskite thin film to improve the hole migration from the perovskite to spiro-OMeTAD and the charge separation at the perovskite/spiro-OMeTAD interface. The planar perovskite solar cells based on the two-layer structured PbI2 thin film exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 11.64%, along with an open-circuit voltage of 0.90 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density of 19.29 mA cm-2 and a fill factor of 0.67.

  3. A two-layer structured PbI2 thin film for efficient planar perovskite solar cells.

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    Ying, Chao; Shi, Chengwu; Wu, Ni; Zhang, Jincheng; Wang, Mao

    2015-07-28

    In this paper, a two-layer structured PbI2 thin film was constructed by the spin-coating procedure using a 0.80 M PbI2 solution in DMF and subsequent close-spaced vacuum thermal evaporation using PbI2 powder as a source. The bottom PbI2 thin film was compact with a sheet-like appearance, parallel to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a compact perovskite thin film to suppress the charge recombination of the electrons of the TiO2 conduction band and the holes of the spiro-OMeTAD valence band. The top PbI2 thin film was porous with nano-sheet arrays, perpendicular to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a porous perovskite thin film to improve the hole migration from the perovskite to spiro-OMeTAD and the charge separation at the perovskite/spiro-OMeTAD interface. The planar perovskite solar cells based on the two-layer structured PbI2 thin film exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 11.64%, along with an open-circuit voltage of 0.90 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density of 19.29 mA cm(-2) and a fill factor of 0.67. PMID:26118756

  4. Interfacial structure in epitaxial perovskite oxides on (001) Ge crystal

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    Shen, Xuan; Ahmadi-Majlan, K.; Ngai, Joseph H.; Wu, Di; Su, Dong

    2015-01-19

    We investigated the interfacial structure of hetero-epitaxial SrZr{sub 0.68}Ti{sub 0.32}O{sub 3} thin film deposited on (001) Ge single crystal via transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results from high-resolution scanning TEM and electron energy-loss spectroscopy show an atomically abrupt interface without secondary phase. We found misfit dislocations with Burgers vector of 1/2a 〈111〉 and threading dislocations with Burgers vector of a 〈100〉. Furthermore, we observed the coupling between dislocation half-loop and anti-phase boundary induced by the lattice terrace of Ge along 〈100〉 direction and their decoupling after annealing. We proposed models based on half-loop theory to interpret the coupling and the dislocation reactions.

  5. Strontium superstoichiometry and defect structure of SrCeO3 perovskite.

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    Mather, Glenn C; Figueiredo, Filipe M; Paz, Julio Romero de; García-Martín, Susana

    2008-02-01

    Strontium cerate (SrCeO(3)) is the parent phase of a family of prototype proton-conducting perovskites with important potential applications as electrolytes in protonic ceramic fuel cells, hydrogen-separation membranes, and sensors for hydrogen and humidity. Apparent nonstoichiometric behavior and the microstructure of SrCeO(3) have been investigated. Phase analysis by X-ray diffraction indicates that single-phase material in the system Sr(1+x)CeO(3+)delta is obtained for compositions x = 0.02-0.03 and that nominally stoichiometric SrCeO(3) (x = 0) synthesized by either solid-state reaction or the citrate method is Sr-rich. Selected area electron diffraction confirms that the system crystallizes with the GdFeO(3)-type orthorhombic perovskite structure (space group Pnma). Structural defects characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy include twin domain boundaries and SrO-rich, Ruddlesden-Popper-type planar defects. Magnetic susceptibility measurements down to 2 K indicate that the Ce(3+) content is minor ( approximately 0.01 mol per formula unit for slow-cooled material) and does not influence the observed nonstoichiometry. PMID:18166041

  6. Structures of ordered tungsten- or molybdenum-containing quaternary perovskite oxides

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    Day, Bradley E.; Bley, Nicholas D.; Jones, Heather R.; McCullough, Ryan M.; Eng, Hank W.; Porter, Spencer H.; Woodward, Patrick M.; Barnes, Paris W.

    2012-01-15

    The room temperature crystal structures of six A{sub 2}MMoO{sub 6} and A{sub 2}MWO{sub 6} ordered double perovskites were determined from X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. Ba{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}CaMoO{sub 6} both adopt cubic symmetry (space group Fm3-bar m, tilt system a{sup 0}a{sup 0}a{sup 0}). Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} has nearly the same tolerance factor (t=0.972) as Ba{sub 2}CaMoO{sub 6} (t=0.974), yet it surprisingly crystallizes with I4/m symmetry indicative of out-of-phase rotations of the MO{sub 6} octahedra about the c-axis (a{sup 0}a{sup 0}c{sup -}). Sr{sub 2}ZnMoO{sub 6} (t=0.979) also adopts I4/m symmetry; whereas, Sr{sub 2}ZnWO{sub 6} (t=0.976) crystallizes with monoclinic symmetry (P2{sub 1}/n) with out-of-phase octahedral tilting distortions about the a- and b-axes, and in-phase tilting about the c-axis (a{sup -}a{sup -}c{sup +}). Ca{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} (t=0.867) also has P2{sub 1}/n symmetry with large tilting distortions about all three crystallographic axes and distorted CaO{sub 6} octahedra. Analysis of 93 double perovskites and their crystal structures showed that while the type and magnitude of the octahedral tilting distortions are controlled primarily by the tolerance factor, the identity of the A-cation acts as the secondary structure directing factor. When A=Ba{sup 2+} the boundary between cubic and tetragonal symmetries falls near t=0.97, whereas when A=Sr{sup 2+} this boundary falls somewhere between t=1.018 and t=0.992. - Graphical abstract: A survey of the tolerance factor of 41 Mo/W- and 52 Nb/Ta-containing quaternary perovskites plotted as a function of the difference between the two six-coordinate M-cation ionic radii. Compounds with cubic symmetry are represented by diamonds, those with tetragonal symmetry are represented by squares, those with I2/m monoclinic symmetry are represented by Multiplication-Sign , and those with P2{sub 1}/n monoclinic symmetry are represented by triangles. White symbols represent

  7. Si-compatible candidates for high-K dielectrics with the Pbnm perovskite structure

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    Coh, Sinisa; Heeg, Tassilo; Haeni, Jeffery; Biegalski, Michael D; Letteri, James; Bernhagen, M; Reiche, Paul; O'brien, Kevin; Uecker, Rinhold; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Schlom, Darrell; Vanderbilt, David

    2010-01-01

    We analyze both experimentally (where possible) and theoretically from first-principles the dielectric tensor components and crystal structure of five classes of Pbnm perovskites. All of these materials are believed to be stable on silicon and are therefore promising candidates for high-K dielectrics. We also analyze the structure of these materials with various simple models, decompose the lattice contribution to the dielectric tensor into force constant matrix eigenmode contributions, explore a peculiar correlation between structural and dielectric anisotropies in these compounds and give phonon frequencies and infrared activities of those modes that are infrared-active. We find that CaZrO3, SrZrO3, LaHoO3, and LaYO3 are among the most promising candidates for high-K dielectrics among the compounds we considered.

  8. Novel perovskite-related barium tungstate Ba 11W 4O 23

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    Hong, Seung-Tae

    2007-11-01

    Ba 11W 4O 23 was synthesized at 1300 °C, followed by quenching with liquid nitrogen. The crystal structure, which was known to be cryolite-related but has remained unclear, was initially determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction for the isostructural Ru-substituted compound Ba 11(W 3.1Ru 0.9)O 22.5, which was discovered during exploratory synthesis in the Ba-Ru-O system. The structure of Ba 11W 4O 23 was refined by a combined powder X-ray and neutron Rietveld method ( Fd-3 m, a=17.1823(1) Å, Z=8, Rp=3.09%, Rwp=4.25%, χ2=2.8, 23 °C). The structure is an example of A-site vacancy-ordered 4×4×4 superstructure of a simple perovskite ABO 3, and it may be written as (Ba 1.75□ 0.25)BaWO 5.75□ 0.25, emphasizing vacancies on both metal and anion sites. The local structure of one of two asymmetric tungsten ions is the WO 6 octahedron, typical of perovskite. The other tungsten, however, is surrounded by oxygen and anionic vacancies statistically distributed over three divided sites to form 18 partially occupied oxygen atoms (˜30% on average), represented as WO 18/3. The A-site cation-vacancies are ordered at the 8a ( {1}/{8}, {1}/{8}, {1}/{8}) site in between adjoining WO 18/3 polyhedra which form 1-D arrangements along [110] and equivalent directions. In situ high-temperature XRD data have shown that the quenched Ba 11W 4O 23 at room temperature is isostructural to the high-temperature phase at 1100 °C.

  9. Hybrid Perovskite/Perovskite Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Hu, Yinghong; Schlipf, Johannes; Wussler, Michael; Petrus, Michiel L; Jaegermann, Wolfram; Bein, Thomas; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Docampo, Pablo

    2016-06-28

    Recently developed organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells combine low-cost fabrication and high power conversion efficiency. Advances in perovskite film optimization have led to an outstanding power conversion efficiency of more than 20%. Looking forward, shifting the focus toward new device architectures holds great potential to induce the next leap in device performance. Here, we demonstrate a perovskite/perovskite heterojunction solar cell. We developed a facile solution-based cation infiltration process to deposit layered perovskite (LPK) structures onto methylammonium lead iodide (MAPI) films. Grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering experiments were performed to gain insights into the crystallite orientation and the formation process of the perovskite bilayer. Our results show that the self-assembly of the LPK layer on top of an intact MAPI layer is accompanied by a reorganization of the perovskite interface. This leads to an enhancement of the open-circuit voltage and power conversion efficiency due to reduced recombination losses, as well as improved moisture stability in the resulting photovoltaic devices. PMID:27228558

  10. Ion-exchangeable oxides with layered perovskite structures as photocatalysts for overall water splitting

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    Takata, T.; Hara, M.; Kondo, J.N.; Domen, K.; Shinohara, K.; Tanaka, A.

    1997-12-31

    A novel series of photocatalysts for an overall water splitting is reported. The catalysts have a layered perovskite type structure with a general formula of A{sub 2{minus}x}La{sub 2}Ti{sub 3{minus}x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 10} (A = K, Rb, Cs; x = 0, 0.5, 1.0). The catalysts, except for the one with x = 1.0, are spontaneously hydrated, and the band gap irradiation induced efficient evolution of H{sub 2} and O{sub 2} in a stoichiometric ratio from an aqueous alkaline solution when a proper amount of Ni loading was made. The reaction mechanism of water splitting on these catalysts is discussed on the bases of the structural study of the catalysts.

  11. Green, Orange, and Magenta Luminescence in Strontium Stannates with Perovskite-Related Structures

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    Ueda, Kazushige; Yamashita, Takahiro; Nakayashiki, Kensuke; Goto, Katsuhiko; Maeda, Tsuyoshi; Furui, Koji; Ozaki, Koichiro; Nakachi, Yutaka; Nakamura, Satoshi; Fujisawa, Masaru; Miyazaki, Takato

    2006-09-01

    Intense green, orange or magenta luminescence was observed in rare-earth doped alkaline earth (Ca, Sr, and Ba) stannates, particularly strontium stannates with perovskite-related structures. Tb-Mg codoped SrSnO3 showed sharp emission lines corresponding to Tb ions as a green phosphor. Sm doped Sr3Sn2O7 exhibited sharp pairs of emission lines corresponding to Sm ions as an orange phosphor. Eu-Ti codoped Sr2SnO4 as a magenta phosphor showed sharp red luminescent lines corresponding to Eu ions as well as a broad blue emission band corresponding to Ti-related complexes. It was suggested that codoping and/or layered structures in these phosphors are closely related to the increase in luminescence intensity from these rare-earth ions.

  12. Reported and predicted structures of Ba(Co,Nb)(1-δ)O₃ hexagonal perovskite phases.

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    Bradley, Kathryn A; Collins, Christopher; Dyer, Matthew S; Claridge, John B; Darling, George R; Rosseinsky, Matthew J

    2014-10-21

    The Extended Module Materials Assembly computational method for structure solution and prediction has been implemented for close-packed lattices. Exploring the family of B-site deficient materials in hexagonal perovskite barium cobalt niobates, it is found that the EMMA procedure returns the experimental structures as the most stable for the known compositions of Ba3CoNb2O9, Ba5Nb4O15 and Ba8CoNb6O24. The unknown compositions Ba11Co2Nb8O33 and Ba13CoNb10O39, having longer stacking sequences, are predicted to form as intergrowths of Ba3CoNb2O9 and Ba5Nb4O15, and are found to have similar stability to pure Ba3CoNb2O9 and Ba5Nb4O15, indicating that it is likely they can be synthesised. PMID:24871400

  13. A First-Principles Study on the Structural and Electronic Properties of Sn-Based Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites

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    Ma, Zi-Qian; Pan, Hui; Wong, Pak Kin

    2016-08-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskites have attracted increasing interest on solar-energy harvesting because of their outstanding electronic properties. In this work, we systematically investigate the structural and electronic properties of Sn-based hybrid perovskites MASnX3 and FASnX3 (X = I, Br) based on density-functional-theory calculations. We find that their electronic properties strongly depend on the organic molecules, halide atoms, and structures. We show that there is a general rule to predict the band gap of the Sn-based hybrid perovskite: its band gap increases as the size of halide atom decreases as well as that of organic molecule increase. The band gap of high temperature phase (cubic structure) is smaller than that of low temperature phase (orthorhombic structure). The band gap of tetragonal structure (medium-temperature phase) may be larger or smaller than that of cubic phase, depending on the orientation of the molecule. Tunable band gap within a range of 0.73-1.53 eV can be achieved by choosing halide atom and organic molecule, and controlling structure. We further show that carrier effective mass also reduces as the size of halide atom increases and that of molecule decreases. By comparing with Pb-based hybrid perovskites, the Sn-based systems show enhanced visible-light absorption and carrier mobility due to narrowed band gap and reduced carrier effective mass. These Sn-based organic-inorganic halide perovskites may find applications in solar energy harvesting with improved performance.

  14. Structural and Magnetic Phase Coexistence in Oxygen Deficient Perovskites (Sr,Ca)FeO 2 . 5 + δ

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    Carlo, J. P.; Evans, M. E.; Anczarski, J. A.; Ock, J.; Boyd, K.; Pollichemi, J. R.; Leahy, I. A.; Vogel, W.; Viescas, A. J.; Papaefthymiou, G. C.

    A variety of compounds crystallize into perovskite and similar structures, making them versatile laboratories for many phenomena and applications, including multiferroicity, superconductivity, and photovoltaics. Oxygen-deficient perovskites ABOx have attracted interest for use in fuel cells and related applications due to high oxygen mobility and the possibility of charge disproportionation. Vast chemical flexibility is obtained through reductions in lattice symmetry and rotation/distortion of the BO6 octahedra, as well as ordering of oxygen vacancies. We have synthesized and studied the structural and magnetic properties of oxygen-deficient perovskites (Sr,Ca)FeO2 . 5 + δ using x-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy. While the ideal perovskite has δ = 0.5, this requires Fe4+, and hence strongly oxidizing environments. When grown in air, Fe3+ is favored, yielding δ ~ 0. SrFeO2 . 5 + δ exhibits cubic symmetry and paramagnetism at 300K, but CaFeO2 . 5 + δ crystallizes into the orthorhombic brownmillerite structure, and is magnetically ordered at 300K. In the doped intermediaries we find coexistence of cubic/paramagnetic and orthorhombic/magnetic phases over a wide range of Ca content. Financial support from the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

  15. Crystalline, Magnetic and Electronic Structure of the Ba2DySbO6 Complex Perovskite

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    Cardona, R.; Moreno Mendoza, R.; Carrero Bermúdez, L. A.; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we report the synthesis of the Ba2DySbO6 new double perovskite by means of the solid-state reaction recipe from high-purity oxide powders of BaCO3, Dy2O3, and Sb2O5. The analysis of the crystal structure was carried out through the X-ray diffraction technique with posterior Rietveld refinement of the experimental diffraction data by the GSAS code. Results reveal that the Ba2DySbO6 material crystallizes in a rhombohedral perovskite structure, belonging to the R-3 (#148) space group with lattice parameter a = 5.96260(5) Å, and angle α = 60.008°. The magnetic characterization was performed by measurements of magnetic susceptibility as a function of temperature. The behavior observed in the temperature regime from 4 K up to 300 K was paramagnetic. The characteristic magnetic parameters were obtained from the fitting with the Curie equation, obtaining the values of susceptibility independent of temperature 0.00633 emu/mol and effective magnetic moment 8.9 \\upmu B, which is 84 % in agreement with the expected value predicted by the Hund's rules. The electronic structure was calculated by means of linearized augmented plane waves in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT). This study considers the cohesion energies as a function of the lattice parameter, with a lattice constant a, whose value is 98 % in agreement with the experimental result. Curves of density of states as a function of the wave number reveal that this material behaves as an insulator with energy gap 3.65 eV. This result was corroborated by diffuse reflectance experiments adjusted to the Kubelka-Munk equation. The effective magnetic moment obtained from the DFT calculations was 7.7 \\upmu B.

  16. Structural and optical characterization of DyAlO3 perovskite powders obtained by combustion synthesis

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    Saji S., K.; Raju, K.; Wariar, P. R. S.

    2016-05-01

    Phase pure Dysprosium monoaluminate has been prepared from Dysprosium oxide and Aluminium nitrate by auto-ignition citrate complex combustion process. The phase formation has been investigated using X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Thermo-Gravimetric/Differential Thermal Analysis (TGA/DTA) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy analysis. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) revealed that DyAlO3 has an orthorhombic perovskite structure. From Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) studies, average particle-size has been found to be as low as 45 nm. The absorption spectrum of the DyAlO3 nanoparticles shows characteristic absorption bands of Dy atom. The optical band gap of the material was found to be 5.15eV, which corresponds to direct allowed transitions.

  17. Optical and Structural Study of Organometal Halide Materials for Applications in Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

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    Nguyen, Minh Tu; Phan Vu, Thi Van; Bui, Bao Thoa; Luong, Thu Trang; Nguyen, Minh Hieu; Hoang Ngoc, Lam Huong; Bui, Van Diep; Truong, Thanh Tu; Nguyen-Tran, Thuat

    2016-05-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbI2Br crystal powders and thin films with chemical formula CH3NH3PbI3- x Br x have been synthesized by reacting methylammonium bromide/iodide with lead iodide. The films were fabricated by a low-temperature solution process using the spin-coating method followed by thermal annealing, which is an effective means for controlling the composition and morphology of the CH3NH3PbI3- x Br x thin films. The resulting perovskite films exhibit good optical absorption and crystalline structure, being promising for potential application as light absorbers in future solar cells.

  18. High-pressure polymorphs of iron-rich (Mg, Fe)SiO3 and FeGeO3 perovskite and post-perovskite. Takamitsu Yamanaka1, Wendy L. Mao2, P. Ganesh1, Luke Shulenburger1, Ho-kwang Mao1 and Russell J. Hemley1 1Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Washington, D.C. 20015 2 Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

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    Yamanaka, T.; Mao, W. L.; Shulenburger, L.; Ganesh, P.; Mao, H.; Hemley, R. J.

    2010-12-01

    Discovery of a high-pressure post-perovskite phase transition of MgSiO3 opened a new paradigm for understanding the deepest region of the core-mantle boundary and the D’’ region. The structure was found to be Cmcm space group as same structure as CaIrO3. However, we discovered a new structure for the post-perovskite phase of iron rich magnesium silicate at the Earth’s core-mantle boundary. The different structure will lead to better understanding of existing anomalies in the shear wave velocities at the D’’ layer. Our discovery of a new structure also gives a much simpler picture of the spin state of the D’’ layer. We used a combination of high-pressure/high-temperature experimental techniques including X-ray diffraction and X-ray emission spectra in conjunction with first-principles calculations to study the Fe-rich phase of magnesium silicate. We find a new structure with a Pmcm space group which differs distinctly from the assumed CaIrO3 structure in which it has two distinct sites for the metal ions (iron and magnesium) as opposed to having a random distribution of the metal ions which would make the two sites crystallographically equivalent. This result is also of primary importance in the understanding of the spin state of the silicate phase. From X-ray emission studies we find that iron exists in two distinct populations, one with high spin and one with low spin rather than being in an intermediate spin state (J.F. Lin et al, 2008). Furthermore, the abundance of these populations is equivalent to the site occupancies found through the structural refinement of the X-ray diffraction data. These findings have important implications for Earth’s D” layer and core-mantle boundary,. Because the stabilities of perovskite structures are closely related to the ratio of the radii composing ABO3 compounds, the tolerance factor can be a good indicator to predict high-pressure sequence of transformation and decompression process of ABO3 compounds. In

  19. An experimental study of perovskite-structured mixed ionic- electronic conducting oxides and membranes

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    Zeng, Pingying

    In recent decades, ceramic membranes based on mixed ionic and electronic conducting (MIEC) perovskite-structured oxides have received many attentions for their applications for air separation, or as a membrane reactor for methane oxidation. While numerous perovskite oxide materials have been explored over the past two decades; there are hardly any materials with sufficient practical economic value and performance for large scale applications, which justifies continuing the search for new materials. The main purposes of this thesis study are: (1) develop several novel SrCoO3-delta based MIEC oxides, SrCoCo1-xMxO3-delta, based on which membranes exhibit excellent oxygen permeability; (2) investigate the significant effects of the species and concentration of the dopants M (metal ions with fixed valences) on the various properties of these membranes; (3) investigate the significant effects of sintering temperature on the microstructures and performance of oxygen permeation membranes; and (4) study the performance of oxygen permeation membranes as a membrane reactor for methane combustion. To stabilize the cubic phase structure of the SrCoO3-delta oxide, various amounts of scandium was doped into the B-site of SrCoO 3-delta to form a series of new perovskite oxides, SrScxCoCo 1-xO3-delta (SSCx, x = 0-0.7). The significant effects of scandium-doping concentration on the phase structure, electrical conductivity, sintering performance, thermal and structural stability, cathode performance, and oxygen permeation performance of the SSCx membranes, were systematically studied. Also for a more in-depth understanding, the rate determination steps for the oxygen transport process through the membranes were clarified by theoretical and experimental investigation. It was found that only a minor amount of scandium (5 mol%) doping into the B-site of SrCoO3-delta can effectively stabilize the cubic phase structure, and thus significantly improve the electrical conductivity and

  20. Crystal Structure of Pure and Aluminous Calcium Silicate Perovskites at Mantle Related Pressure and Temperature

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    Chen, H.; Shim, S. H.; Leinenweber, K. D.; Meng, Y.; Prakapenka, V.

    2015-12-01

    CaSiO3-perovskite (CaPv) is believed to be the third most abundant mineral (5 wt%) in the Earth's lower mantle (LM). Subducted slabs contain 23 wt% CaPv at the LM related pressure (P) and temperature (T), where Al2O3 could be incorporated into the crystal structure of CaPv (AlCaPv). However, there remains important discrepancy between computations and experiments on the crystal structure of CaPv at high P and low T. Some computations have predicted a tetragonal I4/mcm structure with a pseudo-cubic axial ratio (cp/ap) greater than 1, while X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies have suggested a tetragonal P4/mmm structure with cp/ap ~ 0.995. Using Ne as a pressure medium, we conducted in-situ XRD of CaSiO3 and 5 wt% Al-bearing CaSiO3 in the laser heated diamond anvil cell at the GSECARS and HPCAT sectors of the Advanced Photon Source. Rietveld refinements are performed on the diffraction patterns of CaPv at 300 K and 20-60 GPa. Similar to previous studies, we observed splitting of the 200 and 211 peaks after T-quench in pure CaPv. However, unlike previous experiments, diffraction patterns were more consistent with a tetragonal I4/mcm structure with cp/ap ~ 1.005 than P4/mmm. All the previous diffraction patterns have been measured with an Ar or MgO medium, or even without a medium, while we used more hydrostatic Ne medium. Considering the small free energy differences among different perovskite structures, the crystal structure of CaPv may be very sensitive to non-hydrostatic stresses. In runs with AlCaPv, asymmetrical 200 peaks are found up to 60 GPa and 2200 K, showing that non-cubic could be still stable at mantle geotherm temperatures in AlCaPv. The extreme sensitivity of CaPv on deviatoric stresses may have important implications for the elastic properties of the mantle regions with strong deformations, because the elastic anisotropy can change with the crystal structure of CaPv.

  1. Enhanced magnetization in ultrathin manganite layers via structural ``delta-doping'' of octahedral rotations

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    Moon, Eun Ju; Kirby, Brian J.; May, Steven J.

    The design of rotations and distortions of the corner-shared BO6 octahedra has emerged as an exciting platform to control electronic or magnetic behavior in ABO3 perovskite heterostructures. Recent work has shown that purely structural effects can be used to spatially confined magnetism in oxide heterostructures and point to the design of rotational gradients as routes to realize novel electronic or ferroic states in oxide superlattices [Nat. Comm. 5, 5710 (2014)]. Here, we demonstrate a structural ``delta doping'' approach for controlling magnetism in ultrathin layers within isovalent manganite superlattices. Polarized neutron reflectivity and temperature dependent magnetization measurements are used to correlate enhanced magnetization with local regions of suppressed octahedral rotations in the heterostructures. This work was supported by the U. S. Army Research Office under Grant No. W911NF-15-1-0133.

  2. Degradation of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite Structures through Light and Electron Beam Driven Ion Migration

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    2016-01-01

    Organometal halide perovskites show promising features for cost-effective application in photovoltaics. The material instability remains a major obstacle to broad application because of the poorly understood degradation pathways. Here, we apply simultaneous luminescence and electron microscopy on perovskites for the first time, allowing us to monitor in situ morphology evolution and optical properties upon perovskite degradation. Interestingly, morphology, photoluminescence (PL), and cathodoluminescence of perovskite samples evolve differently upon degradation driven by electron beam (e-beam) or by light. A transversal electric current generated by a scanning electron beam leads to dramatic changes in PL and tunes the energy band gaps continuously alongside film thinning. In contrast, light-induced degradation results in material decomposition to scattered particles and shows little PL spectral shifts. The differences in degradation can be ascribed to different electric currents that drive ion migration. Moreover, solution-processed perovskite cuboids show heterogeneity in stability which is likely related to crystallinity and morphology. Our results reveal the essential role of ion migration in perovskite degradation and provide potential avenues to rationally enhance the stability of perovskite materials by reducing ion migration while improving morphology and crystallinity. It is worth noting that even moderate e-beam currents (86 pA) and acceleration voltages (10 kV) readily induce significant perovskite degradation and alter their optical properties. Therefore, attention has to be paid while characterizing such materials using scanning electron microscopy or transmission electron microscopy techniques. PMID:26804213

  3. Degradation of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite Structures through Light and Electron Beam Driven Ion Migration.

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    Yuan, Haifeng; Debroye, Elke; Janssen, Kris; Naiki, Hiroyuki; Steuwe, Christian; Lu, Gang; Moris, Michèle; Orgiu, Emanuele; Uji-I, Hiroshi; De Schryver, Frans; Samorì, Paolo; Hofkens, Johan; Roeffaers, Maarten

    2016-02-01

    Organometal halide perovskites show promising features for cost-effective application in photovoltaics. The material instability remains a major obstacle to broad application because of the poorly understood degradation pathways. Here, we apply simultaneous luminescence and electron microscopy on perovskites for the first time, allowing us to monitor in situ morphology evolution and optical properties upon perovskite degradation. Interestingly, morphology, photoluminescence (PL), and cathodoluminescence of perovskite samples evolve differently upon degradation driven by electron beam (e-beam) or by light. A transversal electric current generated by a scanning electron beam leads to dramatic changes in PL and tunes the energy band gaps continuously alongside film thinning. In contrast, light-induced degradation results in material decomposition to scattered particles and shows little PL spectral shifts. The differences in degradation can be ascribed to different electric currents that drive ion migration. Moreover, solution-processed perovskite cuboids show heterogeneity in stability which is likely related to crystallinity and morphology. Our results reveal the essential role of ion migration in perovskite degradation and provide potential avenues to rationally enhance the stability of perovskite materials by reducing ion migration while improving morphology and crystallinity. It is worth noting that even moderate e-beam currents (86 pA) and acceleration voltages (10 kV) readily induce significant perovskite degradation and alter their optical properties. Therefore, attention has to be paid while characterizing such materials using scanning electron microscopy or transmission electron microscopy techniques. PMID:26804213

  4. Magnetic order and electronic structure of the 5 d3 double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6

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    Taylor, A. E.; Morrow, R.; Singh, D. J.; Calder, S.; Lumsden, M. D.; Woodward, P. M.; Christianson, A. D.

    2015-03-01

    The magnetic susceptibility, crystal and magnetic structures, and electronic structure of the double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6 are reported. Using both neutron and x-ray powder diffraction we find that the crystal structure is monoclinic P 21/n from 3.5 to 300 K. Magnetization measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic transition at TN=92 K , one of the highest transition temperatures of any double perovskite hosting only one magnetic ion. Type I antiferromagnetic order is determined by neutron powder diffraction, with an Os moment of only 1.6 (1 ) μB , close to half the spin-only value for a crystal field split 5 d electron state with a t2g 3 ground state. Density functional calculations show that this reduction is largely the result of strong Os-O hybridization, with spin-orbit coupling responsible for only a ˜0.1 μB reduction in the moment.

  5. Influence of transition metal electronegativity on the oxygen storage capacity of perovskite oxides.

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    Liu, Lu; Taylor, Daniel D; Rodriguez, Efrain E; Zachariah, Michael R

    2016-08-16

    The selection of highly efficient oxygen carriers (OCs) is a key step necessary for the practical development of chemical looping combustion (CLC). In this study, a series of ABO3 perovskites, where A = La, Ba, Sr, Ca and B = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, are synthesized and tested in a fixed bed reactor for reactivity and stability as OCs with CH4 as the fuel. We find that the electronegativity of the transition metal on the B-site (λB), is a convenient descriptor for oxygen storage capacity (OSC) of our perovskite samples. By plotting OSC for total methane oxidation against λB, we observe an inverted volcano plot relationship. These results could provide useful guidelines for perovskite OC design and their other energy related applications. PMID:27478888

  6. Pressure dependent structural changes and predicted electrical polarization in perovskite RMnO3

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    Wu, T.; Chen, H.; Gao, P.; Yu, T.; Chen, Z.; Liu, Z.; Ahn, K. H.; Wang, X.; Cheong, S.-W.; Tyson, T. A.

    2016-02-01

    High pressure x-ray diffraction measurements on perovskite RMnO3 (R  =  Dy, Ho and Lu) reveal that varying structural changes occur for different R ions. Large lattice changes (orthorhombic strain) occur in DyMnO3 and HoMnO3 while the Jahn-Teller (JT) distortion remains stable. Conversely, in the small R-ion system LuMnO3, Mn-O bond distortions are observed between 4 and 8 GPa with a broad minimum in the JT distortion. High pressure infrared measurements indicate that a phonon near 390 cm-1 corresponding to the complex motion of the Mn and O ions changes anomalously for LuMnO3. It softens in the 4-8 GPa region, which is consistent with the structural change in Mn-O bonds and then hardens at higher pressures. By contrast, the phonons continuously harden with increasing pressure for DyMnO3 and HoMnO3. Density functional theory methods show that E-phase LuMnO3 is the most stable phase up to the 10 GPa pressure examined. Simulations indicate that the distinct structural change under pressure in LuMnO3 can possibly be used to optimize the electric polarization by pressure/strain.

  7. Local structure of the metal-organic perovskite dimethylammonium manganese(ii) formate.

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    Duncan, Helen D; Dove, Martin T; Keen, David A; Phillips, Anthony E

    2016-03-14

    We report total neutron scattering measurements on the metal-organic perovskite analogue dimethylammonium manganese(ii) formate, (CD3)2ND2[Mn(DCO2)3]. Reverse Monte Carlo modelling shows that, in both the disordered high-temperature and ordered low-temperature phases, the ammonium moiety forms substantially shorter hydrogen bonds (N...O = 2.4 Å and 2.6 Å) than are visible in the average crystal structures. These bonds result from a pincer-like motion of two adjacent formate ions about the dimethylammonium ion in such a way that the framework can adjust independently to the positions of nearest-neighbour dimethylammonium ions. At low temperatures the shortest hydrogen bond is less favourable, apparently because it involves a greater distortion of the framework. Furthermore, in the high-temperature phase, in addition to the three disordered nitrogen positions expected from the average crystal structure, there appear to be also smaller probability maxima between these positions, corresponding to orientations in which the dimethylammonium is hydrogen-bonded to the two oxygen atoms of a single formate ion. The spontaneous strain across the phase transition reveals a contraction of the framework about the dimethylammonium cation, continuing as the material is cooled below the transition temperature. These results provide direct evidence of the local atomic structure of the guest-framework hydrogen bonding, and in particular the distortions of the framework responsible for the phase transition in this system. PMID:26763144

  8. The effect of moisture on the structures and properties of lead halide perovskites: a first-principles theoretical investigation.

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    Zhang, Lei; Ju, Ming-Gang; Liang, WanZhen

    2016-08-17

    With efficiencies exceeding 20% and low production costs, lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have become potential candidates for future commercial applications. However, there are serious concerns about their long-term stability and environmental friendliness, heavily related to their commercial viability. Herein, we present a theoretical investigation based on the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations and the first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations to investigate the effects of sunlight and moisture on the structures and properties of MAPbI3 perovskites. AIMD simulations have been performed to simulate the impact of a few water molecules on the structures of MAPbI3 surfaces terminated in three different ways. The evolution of geometric and electronic structures as well as the absorption spectra has been shown. It is found that the PbI2-terminated surface is the most stable while both the MAI-terminated and PbI2-defective surfaces undergo structural reconstruction, leading to the formation of hydrated compounds in a humid environment. The moisture-induced weakening of photoabsorption is closely related to the formation of hydrated species, and the hydrated crystals MAPbI3·H2O and MA4PbI6·2H2O scarcely absorb the visible light. The electronic excitation in the bare and water-absorbed MAPbI3 nanoparticles tends to weaken Pb-I bonds, especially those around water molecules, and the maximal decrease of photoexcitation-induced bond order can reach up to 20% in the excited state in which the water molecules are involved in the electronic excitation, indicating the accelerated decomposition of perovskites in the presence of sunlight and moisture. This work is valuable for understanding the mechanism of chemical or photochemical instability of MAPbI3 perovskites in the presence of moisture. PMID:27499005

  9. Activity and structure of perovskites as diesel reforming catalysts for solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Liu, D.-J.; Krumpelt, M.; Chemical Engineering

    2005-01-01

    Recent progress in developing perovskite materials as more cost-effective catalysts in autothermal reforming (ATR) of diesel fuel to hydrogen-rich reformate for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) application is reported. Perovskite-type metal oxides with B sites partially exchanged by ruthenium were prepared and evaluated under ATR reaction conditions. The hydrogen yield, reforming efficiency, and CO{sub x} selectivity of these catalysts were investigated using diesel surrogate fuel with 50 ppm sulfur. The catalyst performances have approached or exceeded a benchmark, high-cost rhodium-based material. In parallel with the reactivity study, we also investigated the physical properties of B-site doped perovskites and their impact on the reforming performance using various characterization techniques such as BET, X-ray powder diffraction, temperature programmable reduction, scanning electron microscopy, and synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy. We found that ruthenium is highly dispersed into perovskite lattice and its redox behavior is directly associated with reforming activity.

  10. Pressure-Induced Structural and Electronic Transition in Sr2ZnWO6 Double Perovskite.

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    Li, Nana; Manoun, Bouchaib; Tang, Lingyun; Ke, Feng; Liu, Fengliang; Dong, Haini; Lazor, Peter; Yang, Wenge

    2016-07-01

    High-pressure structural and electrical properties of Sr2ZnWO6 double perovskite were investigated using in situ angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, and alternating current (AC) impedance spectroscopy. A structural transition from monoclinic (P21/n) to triclinic (P1̅) phase around 9 GPa was observed due to the pressure-induced distortion of (W, Zn)O6 octahedron. In situ high-pressure Raman spectroscopy showed the increasing interaction among O-W-O in WO6 octahedron with pressure and a transition pressure consistent with the XRD results. From the AC impedance spectroscopy measurements, the resistivity increased steeply by ∼1 order of magnitude around 11 GPa, indicating an electronic transition accompanying the symmetry change. The increase in the interaction among O-W-O enhances the attraction of O(2-) electrons toward W(6+), thus increasing the covalence, which in turn lowers the charge transfer energy between O(2-) and W(6+) and induces the resistivity increase under high pressure. PMID:27308777

  11. Correlating structure and electronic band-edge properties in organolead halide perovskites nanoparticles.

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    Zhu, Qiushi; Zheng, Kaibo; Abdellah, Mohamed; Generalov, Alexander; Haase, Dörthe; Carlson, Stefan; Niu, Yuran; Heimdal, Jimmy; Engdahl, Anders; Messing, Maria E; Pullerits, Tonu; Canton, Sophie E

    2016-06-01

    After having emerged as primary contenders in the race for highly efficient optoelectronics materials, organolead halide perovskites (OHLP) are now being investigated in the nanoscale regime as promising building blocks with unique properties. For example, unlike their bulk counterpart, quantum dots of OHLP are brightly luminescent, owing to large exciton binding energies that cannot be rationalized solely on the basis of quantum confinement. Here, we establish the direct correlation between the structure and the electronic band-edge properties of CH3NH3PbBr3 nanoparticles. Complementary structural and spectroscopic measurements probing long-range and local order reveal that lattice strain influences the nature of the valence band and modifies the subtle stereochemical activity of the Pb(2+) lone-pair. More generally, this work demonstrates that the stereochemical activity of the lone-pair at the metal site is a specific physicochemical parameter coupled to composition, size and strain, which can be employed to engineer novel functionalities in OHLP nanomaterials. PMID:27189431

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxide Ba2CeSbO6

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    Dutta, Alo; Mukhopadhyay, P. K.; Sinha, T. P.; Das, Dipankar; Shannigrahi, Santiranjan

    2016-08-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of a double perovskite oxide Ba2CeSbO6 (BCSO) synthesized by solid state reaction technique have been investigated. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction pattern of BCSO suggests the monoclinic crystal structure at room temperature with P21/n space group. The vibrational properties of BCSO are investigated by the Fourier transform Infrared and Raman spectroscopy. The Raman spectrum confirms the B-site ordering of cations in BCSO. The temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility data in the field cooled mode show the anti-ferromagnetic behaviour of BCSO below 59 K. The core level X-ray photoemission (XPS) spectrum of Ce-3d and Sb-3d states confirms the presence of multiple oxidation states of these cations. The presence of both the Ce3+ and Ce4+ ions in BCSO gives the 4f4-δ intermediate valence state which may reduce the effective magnetic moment with respect to the system having single valence Ce3+ ion.

  13. Pressure-Induced Structural and Optical Properties of Organometal Halide Perovskite-Based Formamidinium Lead Bromide.

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    Wang, Lingrui; Wang, Kai; Zou, Bo

    2016-07-01

    Organometal halide perovskites (OMHPs) are attracting an ever-growing scientific interest as photovoltaic materials with moderate cost and compelling properties. In this Letter, pressure-induced optical and structural changes of OMHP-based formamidinium lead bromide (FAPbBr3) were systematically investigated. We studied the pressure dependence of optical absorption and photoluminescence, both of which showed piezochromism. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction indicated that FAPbBr3 underwent two phase transitions and subsequent amorphization, leading directly to the bandgap evolution with redshift followed by blueshift during compression. Raman experiments illustrated the high pressure behavior of organic cation and the surrounding inorganic octahedra. Additionally, the effect of cation size and the different intermolecular interactions between organic cation and inorganic octahedra result in the fact that FAPbBr3 is less compressible than the reported methylammonium lead bromide (MAPbBr3). High pressure studies of the structural evolution and optical properties of OMHPs provide important clues in optimizing photovoltaic performance and help to design novel OMHPs with higher stimuli-resistant ability. PMID:27321024

  14. Electronic structure investigation of the cubic inverse perovskite Sc3AlN

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    Magnuson, Martin; Mattesini, Maurizio; Höglund, Carina; Abrikosov, Igor A.; Birch, Jens; Hultman, Lars

    2008-12-01

    The electronic structure and chemical bonding of the recently discovered inverse perovskite Sc3AlN , in comparison to those of ScN and Sc metal, have been investigated by bulk-sensitive soft-x-ray emission spectroscopy. The measured ScL , NK , AlL1 , and AlL2,3 emission spectra are compared with calculated spectra using first-principles density-functional theory including dipole transition-matrix elements. The main Sc3d-N2p and Sc3d-Al3p chemical bond regions are identified at -4 and -1.4eV below the Fermi level, respectively. A strongly modified spectral shape of 3s states in the AlL2,3 emission from Sc3AlN in comparison to that for pure Al metal is found, which reflects the Sc3d-Al3p hybridization observed in the AlL1 emission. The differences between the electronic structures of Sc3AlN , ScN, and Sc metal are discussed in relation to the change in the conductivity and elastic properties.

  15. Effect of sintering time on structural, microstructural and chemical composition of Ni-doped lanthanum gallate perovskites

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    Colomer, M. T.; Kilner, J. A.

    2015-08-01

    This work reports the effect of two different sintering times, 6 and 48 h on the structural, microstructural, and chemical features of Ni-doped La0.90Sr0.10GaO3.00-δ. Independently of the sintering time, La0.90Sr0.10Ga1-xNixO3.00-δ (where x=0.10, and 0.20 (mol)) presents a rhombohedral symmetry with a lattice volume that decreases when NiO dopant increases. Besides the perovskite, LaSrGa3.00O7.00 (nominal composition) is present as second phase in all cases. When the samples are doped with NiO, the peaks of this second phase are shifted with respect to the peaks of the pure phase. These shifts suggest that this second phase could admit some Ni ions in its structure. According to the XRD patterns, the amount of the latter phase is larger when sintering time is increased. Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) indicated that the matrix of the samples sintered for 6 h is constituted by a perovskite with an experimental composition very close to the nominal one. However, when the samples are sintered for 48 h the matrix of each sample is constituted by two perovskites; both with compositional deviations with respect to their nominal one. In particular, a significant Sr depletion compensated by a La increment in the A site is observed. Those compositional deviations could be mainly due to the diffusion of the cations in the bulk and/or from the bulk to the surface of the samples. That diffusion can favour the formation, not only, of a second perovskite with a different composition in relation with the first one formed, but also, the formation of second phases. In addition, a very slight broadening of Bragg peaks of the perovskites sintered for 48 h is observed by XRD and can be related to the presence of two different perovskites in each sample according to EPMA results. By BSEM and EPMA analyses La4.00Ga2.00O9.00 (nominal composition) is also observed as second phase when samples are treated for 48 h.

  16. Charge Carriers in Planar and Meso-Structured Organic-Inorganic Perovskites: Mobilities, Lifetimes, and Concentrations of Trap States.

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    Hutter, Eline M; Eperon, Giles E; Stranks, Samuel D; Savenije, Tom J

    2015-08-01

    Efficient solar cells have been obtained using thin films of solution-processed organic-inorganic perovskites. However, there remains limited knowledge about the relationship between preparation route and optoelectronic properties. We use complementary time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements to investigate the charge carrier dynamics in thin planar films of CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x), CH3NH3PbI3, and their meso-structured analogues. High mobilities close to 30 cm(2)/(V s) and microsecond-long lifetimes are found in thin films of CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x), compared to lifetimes of only a few hundred nanoseconds in CH3NH3PbI3 and meso-structured perovskites. We describe our TRMC and PL experiments with a global kinetic model, using one set of kinetic parameters characteristic for each sample. We find that the trap density is less than 5 × 10(14) cm(-3) in CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x), 6 × 10(16) cm(-3) in the CH3NH3PbI3 thin film and ca. 10(15) cm(-3) in both meso-structured perovskites. Furthermore, our results imply that band-to-band recombination is enhanced by the presence of dark carriers resulting from unintentional doping of the perovskites. Finally, our general approach to determine concentrations of trap states and dark carriers is also highly relevant to other semiconductor materials. PMID:26267206

  17. Crystal structure and dielectric properties of Ca(0.85)Nd(0.1)TiO(3) - LnAlO(3) ceramics.

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    Eung, S; Dong, H; Yang, Jun-Mo; Hyung, S; Nur, I; Ohsato, Hitoshi

    2008-05-01

    The microwave dielectric properties of Ca(0.85)Nd(0.1)TiO(3) - LnAlO(3) (Ln = Sm, Gd, Dy, Er) ceramics are investigated in this paper. The structural characteristics of the specimens were evaluated by Rietveld refinement of Xray diffraction (XRD) patterns and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Solid solution limits were dependent on the ionic radius of Ln(3+) ions. With the decrease of the ionic radius of the Ln(3+) ions, the thermal stability of the resonant frequency decreases. This can be attributed to the increased level of oxygen octahedral distortion caused by the increase in the B-site bond valence in the ABO(3) perovskite structure. The dielectric constant (K) and the quality factor (Qf) of the specimens were dependent on the polarizability and grain size, respectively. PMID:18519215

  18. Total energy study of the microscopic structure and electronic properties of tetragonal perovskite SrTiO{sub 3}

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    Rubio-Ponce, A.; Olguín, D.

    2014-05-15

    To study the structural and electronic properties of cubic perovskite SrTiO{sub 3} and its stress-induced tetragonal phase, we have performed total energy calculations and studied the effect of oxygen vacancies on the electronic properties of tetragonal perovskite SrTiO{sub 3}. The method used was the relativistic full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method. To obtain the geometry that minimizes the total energy, we relaxed the internal atomic sites of the tetragonal cell. As a result of this procedure, we have found that the titanium atoms move toward the plane of the vacancy by 0.03 Å, and the apical oxygen atoms move to the same plane by approximately 0.14 Å. These results are discussed in comparison with experimental data.

  19. Influence of structural distortions on the Ir magnetism in Ba2-xSrxYIrO6 double perovskites

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    Phelan, Brendan F.; Seibel, Elizabeth M.; Badoe, Daniel; Xie, Weiwei; Cava, R. J.

    2016-06-01

    We explore the relative strengths of spin orbit coupling and crystal field splitting in the Ir5+ compounds Ba2-xSrxYIrO6. In the case of strong spin orbit coupling and regular Ir5+ octahedra, one expects a non-magnetic J=0 state; in the case of distorted octahedra where crystal field effects dominate, the t2g manifold splits into a magnetic ground state. We report the results of continuously transitioning from the cubic Ba2YIrO6 double perovskite with ideal octahedra to the monoclinic Sr2YIrO6 double perovskite with distorted octahedra. We see no emergence of an enhanced Ir5+ magnetic moment in the series on increasing the structural distortions, as would have been the case for significant crystal field splitting. The near-constant magnetic moment observed through the Ba2-xSrxYIrO6 series reinforces the notion that spin-orbit coupling is the dominant force in determining the magnetism of iridium-oxygen octahedra in perovskite-like structures.

  20. Perovskite-structure TlMnO₃: a new manganite with new properties.

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    Yi, Wei; Kumagai, Yu; Spaldin, Nicola A; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Sato, Akira; Presniakov, Igor A; Sobolev, Alexey V; Glazkova, Yana S; Belik, Alexei A

    2014-09-15

    We synthesize a new member of the AMnO3 perovskite manganite family (where A is a trivalent cation)--thallium manganite, TlMnO3--under high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 K) conditions and show that the structural and magnetic properties are distinct from those of all other AMnO3 manganites. The crystal structure of TlMnO3 is solved and refined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. We obtain a triclinically distorted structure with space group P1̅ (No. 2), Z = 4, and lattice parameters a = 5.4248(2) Å, b = 7.9403(2) Å, c = 5.28650(10) Å, α = 87.8200(10)°, β = 86.9440(10)°, and γ = 89.3130(10)° at 293 K. There are four crystallographic Mn sites in TlMnO3 forming two groups based on the degree of their Jahn-Teller distortions. Physical properties of insulating TlMnO3 are investigated with Mössbauer spectroscopy and resistivity, specific heat, and magnetization measurements. The orbital ordering, which persists to the decomposition temperature of 820 K, suggests A-type antiferromagnetic ordering with the ferromagnetic planes along the [-101] direction, consistent with the measured collinear antiferromagnetism below the Néel temperature of 92 K. Hybrid density functional calculations are consistent with the experimentally identified structure, insulating ground state, and suggested magnetism, and show that the low symmetry originates from the strongly Jahn-Teller distorted Mn(3+) ions combined with the strong covalency of the Tl(3+)-O bonds. PMID:25163034

  1. Electronic structure and band alignment at an epitaxial spinel/perovskite heterojunction.

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    Qiao, Liang; Li, Wei; Xiao, Haiyan; Meyer, Harry M; Liang, Xuelei; Nguyen, N V; Weber, William J; Biegalski, Michael D

    2014-08-27

    The electronic properties of solid-solid interfaces play critical roles in a variety of technological applications. Recent advances of film epitaxy and characterization techniques have demonstrated a wealth of exotic phenomena at interfaces of oxide materials, which are critically dependent on the alignment of their energy bands across the interface. Here we report a combined photoemission and electrical investigation of the electronic structures across a prototypical spinel/perovskite heterojunction. Energy-level band alignment at an epitaxial Co3O4/SrTiO3(001) heterointerface indicates a chemically abrupt, type I heterojunction without detectable band bending at both the film and substrate. The unexpected band alignment for this typical p-type semiconductor on SrTiO3 is attributed to its intrinsic d-d interband excitation, which significantly narrows the fundamental band gap between the top of the valence band and the bottom of the conduction band. The formation of the type I heterojunction with a flat-band state results in a simultaneous confinement of both electrons and holes inside the Co3O4 layer, thus rendering the epitaxial Co3O4/SrTiO3(001) heterostructure to be a very promising material for high-efficiency luminescence and optoelectronic device applications. PMID:25075939

  2. New hybrid lead iodides: From one-dimensional chain to two-dimensional layered perovskite structure

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    Xiong, Kecai; Liu, Wei; Teat, Simon J.; An, Litao; Wang, Hao; Emge, Thomas J.; Li, Jing

    2015-10-01

    Two new hybrid lead halides (H2BDA)[PbI4] (1) (H2BDA=1,4-butanediammonium dication) and (HNPEIM)[PbI3] (2) (HNPEIM=N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation) have been synthesized and structurally characterized. X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that compound 1 features a two-dimensional corner-sharing perovskite layer whereas compound 2 contains one-dimensional edge-sharing double chains. The N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation within compound 2 was generated in-situ under solvothermal conditions. The optical absorption spectra collected at room temperature suggest that both compounds are semiconductors having direct band gaps, with estimated values of 2.64 and 2.73 eV for 1 and 2, respectively. Results from the density functional theory (DFT) calculations are consistent with the experimental data. Density of states (DOS) analysis reveals that in both compounds 1 and 2, the energy states in the valence band maximum region are iodine 5p atomic orbitals with a small contribution from lead 6s, while in the region of conduction band minimum, the major contributions are from the inorganic (Pb 6p atomic orbitals) and organic components (C and N 2p atomic orbitals) in compound 1 and 2, respectively.

  3. Controlling the Electronic Structures of Perovskite Oxynitrides and their Solid Solutions for Photocatalysis.

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    Umezawa, Naoto; Janotti, Anderson

    2016-05-10

    Band-gap engineering of oxide materials is of great interest for optoelectronics, photovoltaics, and photocatalysis applications. In this study, electronic structures of perovskite oxynitrides, LaTiO2 N and SrNbO2 N, and solid solutions, (SrTiO3 )1-x (LaTiO2 N)x and (SrTiO3 )1-x (SrNbO2 N)x , are investigated using hybrid density functional calculations. Band gaps of LaTiO2 N and SrNbO2 N are much smaller than that of SrTiO3 owing to the formation of a N 2p band, which is higher in energy than the O 2p band. The valence- and conduction-band offsets of SrTiO3 /LaTiO2 N and SrTiO3 /SrNbO2 N are computed, and the adequacy for H2 evolution is analyzed by comparing the positions of the band edges with respect to the standard hydrogen electrode (SHE). The band gap of (SrTiO3 )1-x (LaTiO2 N)x and (SrTiO3 )1-x (SrNbO2 N)x solid solutions are also discussed. PMID:27072042

  4. Structural and impedance analysis of Co-doped SrTiO3 perovskite

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    Echeverri, E.; Arnache, O.

    2016-02-01

    SrTi1-xCoxO3 (0.2≥x≥0) polycrystalline samples were prepared by solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shown the perovskite type structure is conserved for all samples without impurities. A small increase in the lattice parameters were observed for x≥0.05. Morphology and composition were analysed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM- EDX). Impedance spectroscopy measurements form 50Hz to 1MHz were made at different temperatures (25-400°C). The spectra were analysed by Z' vs Z'' plots, which reveal 3 contributions associated to electrodes, grain boundary and grain. From the fits the frequency f) and times relaxation (τ) of the grain were estimated, with values of f∼15KHz and τ∼67µs for 20% Co samples at RT. A dispersion in the permittivity ε* at low frequency (<300Hz) were observed, which increase with the temperature. Each component of ε* converge for frequencies up to ∼300kHz. Finally, a behaviour and activation energy analysis of the electrical conductivity is presented from ln(σ) vs 1/T plots.

  5. Electronic structure studies of high-T/sub c/ perovskites and related materials

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    Wachs, A.L.; Turchi, P.E.A.; Kaiser, J.H.; West, R.N.; Howell, R.H.; Jean, Y.C.; Merkle, K.L.; Revcolevschi, A.; Fluss, M.J.

    1988-10-01

    We have performed 2D-ACPAR measurements on La/sub 2/CuO/sub 4/ and NiO. The ACPAR distributions were very isotropic, with small anisotropic deviations on the order of 10% of the total counts. It was not possible to clearly discern a Fermi surface in either set of data, nor was it possible to identify any features with the symmetry and periodicity of the crystalline reciprocal lattices. Attempts to model both systems by starting with a localized ionic picture and allowing covalency overlap to take place among the atoms comprising an isolated metal atom-oxygen octahedral cluster have proven successful. This result suggests that it might be appropriate for analyses of the electronic structure for high-T/sub c/ perovskites to begin with the ansatz of localized electronic states. This approach has worked very well for the transition-metal monoxides. Finally, application of the LCW formalism to data from both systems yields a result very close to filled-band behavior. We believe the deviations from the latter are significant, but that they originate from positronic wavefunction mixing of the electronic states and not from a Fermi surface. 9 refs., 3 figs.

  6. Disproportionation, dopant incorporation, and defect clustering in Perovskite-structured NdCoO3.

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    Tealdi, Cristina; Malavasi, Lorenzo; Fisher, Craig A J; Islam, M Saiful

    2006-03-23

    Atomistic simulation techniques are used to examine the defect chemistry of perovskite-structured NdCoO(3), a material whose electrochemical properties make it attractive for use in heterogeneous oxidation catalysis, as well as in gas sensors and mixed ionic/electronic conductors. In practice, dopants are added to NdCoO(3) to obtain the desired properties, such as high electrical conductivity and rapid gas adsorption/desorption; thus, a wide range of dopants substituted on both Nd and Co sites are examined. Charge compensation for aliovalent dopants is predicted to occur via formation of oxide ion vacancies; these are understood to be key sites with respect to catalytic and sensor activity. Low activation energies calculated for oxide ion migration are consistent with high oxygen mobilities measured experimentally. Sr and Ca, which occupy Nd sites in the lattice, are found to be the most soluble of the alkaline earth metals, in agreement with experiment. These two dopant ions also have the weakest binding energies for dopant-vacancy cluster formation. Mechanisms of electronic defect formation, critical to the overall transport properties of the material, are also considered. The results suggest that disproportionation of the Co ion to form small polaron species is the most favorable intrinsic defect process. In doped compounds, formation of electronic holes via uptake of oxygen at vacant sites is found to be a low energy process. PMID:16539474

  7. The Electronic Structure of Iron in Aluminous (Mg,Fe)SiO3 Perovskite at High-Pressures and Temperatures

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    Jackson, J. M.; Sturhahn, W.; Lerche, M.; Li, J.

    2006-12-01

    Knowledge of iron valences and spin states in silicate perovskite is relevant to our understanding of the physical and chemical properties of Earth's lower mantle such as transport properties, mechanical behavior, and element partitioning. Recent studies have proposed that aluminous ferromagnesium silicate perovskite (Al- Pv) is the principle sink for ferric iron in Earth's lower mantle [e.g. 1]. Also of geophysical interest is the electronic spin state of Al-Pv under lower mantle conditions. To date, simultaneous high-pressure and high- temperature measurements of the hyperfine parameters to identify the valence and spin states of iron in Al-Pv have not been reported. In this study, we have measured the electronic structure of the iron component of an aluminous Fe-bearing silicate perovskite sample, (Mg0.88Fe0.09)(Si0.94Al0.10)O3, close to a pyrolite composition, using synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy (SMS) and laser heated diamond anvil cells. Recent developments in SMS have enabled in situ measurements of small samples (< 10 μm) with relatively low 57Fe contents (< 10 at.%) to Mbar pressures [e.g. 2,3]. The samples were first synthesized in a multi-anvil apparatus [3], and the perovskite structure was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The sample was loaded into a diamond anvil cell sandwiched between NaCl insulating layers. Measurements were carried out to 65 GPa and up to 2000 K at beamline 3-ID of the Advanced Photon Source. Spectra were collected before, during, and after laser heating, at each pressure point. Synchrotron Mössbauer spectra were also collected on decreasing pressure. Evaluation of the spectra provided the isomer shift (relative to stainless steel) and the quadrupole splitting of the iron component in silicate perovskite, which gives information on valence and spin states under lower mantle conditions. This work is supported by NSF through COMPRES and the U.S. DOE-BES, Office of Science, under Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38. [1] Mc

  8. Perovskite: A Structure of Great Interest to Geophysics and Materials Science

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    Navrotsky, Alexandra; Weidner, Donald J.

    Perovskite, CaTiO3, was discovered and named in 1839 by Gustav Rose, German chemist and mineralogist (1798-1873), the year he was appointed professor at Berlin University. To Rose we owe sanidine (1808), anorthite (1823), and cancrinite (1859) as well. Alexander von Humboldt whom the Tsar of Russia had asked to explore the far reaches of his empire chose Rose as a fellow traveller. Rose's report "Reise nach dem Ural, Altai und dem Kaspischen Meer", was published in Berlin between 1837 and 1842. It is presumably there that Rose first mentioned perovskite.

  9. Scaling Effects in Perovskite Ferroelectrics: Fundamental Limits and Process-Structure-Property Relations

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    Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Harris, David T.; Keech, Ryan; Jones, Jacob L.; Maria, Jon-Paul; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2016-07-05

    Ferroelectric materials are well-suited for a variety of applications because they can offer a combination of high performance and scaled integration. Examples of note include piezoelectrics to transform between electrical and mechanical energies, capacitors used to store charge, electro-optic devices, and non-volatile memory storage. Accordingly, they are widely used as sensors, actuators, energy storage, and memory components, ultrasonic devices, and in consumer electronics products. Because these functional properties arise from a non-centrosymmetric crystal structure with spontaneous strain and a permanent electric dipole, the properties depend upon physical and electrical boundary conditions, and consequently, physical dimension. The change of properties withmore » decreasing physical dimension is commonly referred to as a size effect. In thin films, size effects are widely observed, while in bulk ceramics, changes in properties from the values of large-grained specimens is most notable in samples with grain sizes below several microns. It is important to note that ferroelectricity typically persists to length scales of about 10 nm, but below this point is often absent. Despite the stability of ferroelectricity for dimensions greater than ~10 nm, the dielectric and piezoelectric coefficients of scaled ferroelectrics are suppressed relative to their bulk counterparts, in some cases by changes up to 80%. The loss of extrinsic contributions (domain and phase boundary motion) to the electromechanical response accounts for much of this suppression. In this article the current understanding of the underlying mechanisms for this behavior in perovskite ferroelectrics are reviewed. We focus on the intrinsic limits of ferroelectric response, the roles of electrical and mechanical boundary conditions, grain size and thickness effects, and extraneous effects related to processing. Ultimately, in many cases, multiple mechanisms combine to produce the observed scaling

  10. Solvothermal synthesis of perovskites and pyrochlores: crystallisation of functional oxides under mild conditions.

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    Modeshia, Deena R; Walton, Richard I

    2010-11-01

    In this critical review we consider the large literature that has accumulated in the past 5-10 years concerning solution-mediated crystallisation of complex oxide materials using hydrothermal, or more generally solvothermal, reaction conditions. The aim is to show how the synthesis of dense, mixed-metal oxide materials, usually prepared using the high temperatures associated with solid-chemistry, is perfectly feasible from solution in one step reactions, typically at temperatures as low as 200 °C, and that important families of oxide materials have now been reported to crystallise using such synthetic approaches. We will focus on two common structures seen in oxide chemistry, ABO(3) perovskites and A(2)B(2)O(6)O' pyrochlores, and include a systematic survey of the variety of chemical elements now included in these two prototypical structure types, from transition metals, in families of materials that include titanates, niobates, manganites and ferrites, to main-group elements in stannates, plumbates and bismuthates. The significant advantages of solution-mediated crystallisation are well illustrated by the recent literature: examples are provided of elegant control of crystal form from the nanometre to the micron length scale to give thin films, anisotropic crystal morphologies, or hierarchical structures of materials with properties desirable for many important contemporary applications. In addition, new metastable materials have been reported, not stable once high temperatures and pressures are applied and hence not amenable using conventional synthesis. We critically discuss the possible control offered by solvothermal synthesis from crystal chemistry to crystal form and how the discovery of new materials may be achieved. Computer simulation, combinatorial synthesis approaches and in situ methods to follow crystallisation will be vital in providing the predictability in synthesis that is needed for rational design of new materials (232 references). PMID

  11. Doped lanthanum nickelates with a layered perovskite structure as bifunctional cathode catalysts for rechargeable metal-air batteries.

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    Jung, Kyu-Nam; Jung, Jong-Hyuk; Im, Won Bin; Yoon, Sukeun; Shin, Kyung-Hee; Lee, Jong-Won

    2013-10-23

    Rechargeable metal-air batteries have attracted a great interest in recent years because of their high energy density. The critical challenges facing these technologies include the sluggish kinetics of the oxygen reduction-evolution reactions on a cathode (air electrode). Here, we report doped lanthanum nickelates (La2NiO4) with a layered perovskite structure that serve as efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution in an aqueous alkaline electrolyte. Rechargeable lithium-air and zinc-air batteries assembled with these catalysts exhibit remarkably reduced discharge-charge voltage gaps (improved round-trip efficiency) as well as high stability during cycling. PMID:24053465

  12. Lattice instability and competing spin structures in the double perovskite insulator Sr2FeOsO6.

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    Paul, Avijit Kumar; Reehuis, Manfred; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Yan, Binghai; Hoser, Andreas; Többens, Daniel M; Abdala, Paula M; Adler, Peter; Jansen, Martin; Felser, Claudia

    2013-10-18

    The semiconductor Sr2FeOsO6, depending on temperature, adopts two types of spin structures that differ in the spin sequence of ferrimagnetic iron-osmium layers along the tetragonal c axis. Neutron powder diffraction experiments, 57Fe Mössbauer spectra, and density functional theory calculations suggest that this behavior arises because a lattice instability resulting in alternating iron-osmium distances fine-tunes the balance of competing exchange interactions. Thus, Sr2FeOsO6 is an example of a double perovskite, in which the electronic phases are controlled by the interplay of spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom. PMID:24182298

  13. Electronic band structure trends of perovskite halides: Beyond Pb and Sn to Ge and Si

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    Huang, Ling-yi; Lambrecht, Walter R. L.

    2016-05-01

    The trends in electronic band structure are studied in the cubic A B X3 halide perovskites for A =Cs ; B =Pb , Sn, Ge, Si; and X =I , Br, Cl. The gaps are found to decrease from Pb to Sn and from Ge to Si, but increase from Sn to Ge. The trend is explained in terms of the atom s levels of the group-IV element and the atomic sizes which changes the amount of hybridization with X -p and hence the valence bandwidth. Along the same series spin-orbit coupling also decreases and this tends to increase the gap because of the smaller splitting of the conduction band minimum. Both effects compensate each other to a certain degree. The trend with halogens is to reduce the gap from Cl to I, i.e., with decreasing electronegativity. The role of the tolerance factor in avoiding octahedron rotations and octahedron edge sharing is discussed. The Ge containing compounds have tolerance factor t >1 and hence do not show the series of octahedral rotation distortions and the existence of edge-sharing octahedral phases known for Pb and Sn-based compounds, but rather a rhombohedral distortion. CsGeI3 is found to have a suitable gap for photovoltaics both in its cubic (high-temperature) and rhombohedral (low-temperature) phases. The structural stability of the materials in the different phases is also discussed. We find the rhombohedral phase to have lower total energy and slightly larger gaps but to present a less significant distortion of the band structure than the edge-sharing octahedral phases, such as the yellow phase in CsSnI3. The corresponding silicon based compounds have not yet been synthesized and therefore our estimates are less certain but indicate a small gap for cubic CsSiI3 and CsSiBr3 of about 0.2 ±0.2 eV and 0.8 ±0.6 eV for CsSiCl3. The intrinsic stability of the Si compounds is discussed.

  14. A quaternary lead based perovskite structured materials with diffuse phase transition behavior

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    Puli, Venkata Sreenivas; Martinez, R.; Kumar, Ashok; Scott, J.F.; Cavendish Laboratory, Dept. Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB0 3HE ; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2011-12-15

    Graphical abstract: (a) Curie-Weiss plot for the inverse of the relative dielectric permittivity and (b) log (1/{epsilon} - 1/{epsilon}{sub m}) as function of log (T - T{sub m}) for ceramics at 1 kHz. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Retaining phase pure structure with quaternary complex stoichiometric compositions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer P-E loops with good saturation polarization (P{sub s} {approx} 30.7 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Diffused relaxor phase transition behavior with {gamma} estimated is {approx}1.65. -- Abstract: A lead based quaternary compound composed of 0.25(PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3}) + 0.25(PbFe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}) + 0.25 (PbF{sub 0.67}W{sub 0.33}O{sub 3}) + 0.25(PbFe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}) - (PZT-PFT-PFW-PFN) was synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction techniques. It showed moderate high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and two diffuse phase transitions, one below the room temperature {approx}261 K and other above {approx}410 K. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed a tetragonal crystal structure at room temperature where as scanning electron micrograph (SEM) indicates inhomogeneous surface with an average grain size of 500 nm-3 {mu}m. Well saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loops with good saturation polarization (spontaneous polarization, P{sub s} {approx} 30.68 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}) were observed. Temperature-dependent ac conductivity displayed low conductivity with kink in spectra near the phase transition. In continuing search for developing new ferroelectric materials, in the present study we report stoichiometric compositions of complex perovskite ceramic materials: (PZT-PFT-PFW-PFN) with diffuse phase transition behavior. The crystal structure, dielectric properties, and ferroelectric properties were characterized by XRD, SEM, dielectric spectroscopy, and polarization. 1/{epsilon} versus (T) plots revealed diffuse relaxor phase transition (DPT) behavior. The

  15. Resonance Raman scattering of perovskite-type relaxor ferroelectrics under nonambient conditions

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    de la Flor, G.; Wehber, M.; Rohrbeck, A.; Aroyo, M. I.; Bismayer, U.; Mihailova, B.

    2014-08-01

    Resonance Raman scattering (RRS) of two model perovskite-type (ABO3) relaxor compounds PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST) and PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 (PSN) excited with a laser wavelength of 325 nm (3.8 eV) is studied at different temperatures and ambient pressure as well as at high pressures and room temperature (for PST). The origin of the observed RRS is reinspected by applying group-theory analysis of phonons compatible with symmetry-allowed electron transitions in cubic and possible polar and nonpolar rhombohedral ferroic structures. It is shown that the simultaneous enhancement of first- and second-order RRS generated by antisymmetric BO6 bending and stretching modes under resonance conditions when the photon energy is slightly above the energy gap Eg˜3.2eV results exclusively from spatial regions with coherent polar structural distortions. Upon cooling RRS appears in the vicinity of the characteristic temperature T*, and its total intensity significantly increases upon further temperature decrease. The predominate type of BO6 polarity changes from related to difference in B-O bonds to related to distorted O-B-O bond angles. At room temperature and high pressures RRS drops in intensity above the critical pressure of development of long-range antiphase octahedral tilting. However it persists up to 8.3 GPa, which is the highest pressure reached in the experiment, indicating that the high-pressure phase is polar due to the slight BO6 distortions accompanying the tilt order.

  16. Structural and transport properties of double perovskite Dy{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6}

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    Chanda, Sadhan Saha, Sujoy; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T.P.

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Sol–gel citrate method is used to prepare the double perovskite Dy{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6}. • Structure and dielectric relaxation of the sample are studied for nano and bulk phases. • The relaxation mechanism of the sample is modeled by Cole–Cole equation. • With increasing sintering temperature conductivity increases. • Electronic structures and magnetic properties have been studied by DFT calculations. - Abstract: The double perovskite oxide Dy{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} (DNMO) is synthesized in nano and bulk phase by the sol–gel citrate method. The Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction pattern of the sample at room temperature shows the monoclinic P2{sub 1}/n phase. Dielectric relaxation of the sample is investigated in the impedance and electric modulus formalisms in the frequency range from 50 Hz to 1 MHz and in the temperature range from 253 to 415 K. The Cole–Cole model is used to explain the relaxation mechanism in DNMO. The frequency-dependent maxima in the imaginary part of impedance are found to obey an Arrhenius law with activation energy of 0.346 and 0.344 eV for nano and bulk DNMO, respectively. A significant increase in conductivity of bulk DNMO has been observed than that of the nanoceramic. Electronic structures and magnetic properties of DNMO have been studied by performing first principles calculation based on density functional theory.

  17. Quasiparticle band gap of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites: Crystal structure, spin-orbit coupling, and self-energy effects

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    Gao, Weiwei; Gao, Xiang; Abtew, Tesfaye; Sun, Yiyang; Zhang, Shengbai; Zhang, Peihong

    The quasiparticle band gaps of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites are often determined (and can be controlled) by various factors, complicating predictive materials optimization. Here we report a comprehensive investigation on the band gap formation mechanism in CH3NH3PbI3 by decoupling various contributing factors which ultimately determine their electronic structure and quasiparticle band gap. Four major factors, namely, quasiparticle self-energy, spin-orbit coupling, volume (lattice constant) effects, and structural distortions due to the presence of organic molecules, and their influences on the quasiparticle band structure of organometal hybrid perovskites are illustrated. We find that although methylammonium cations do not contribute directly to the electronic states near band edges, they play an important role in defining the band gap through a lattice distortion mechanism and by controlling the overall lattice constants (thus the chemical bonding of the optically active PbI3-). The spin-orbit coupling effects drastically reduce the electron and hole effective masses in these systems, which is beneficial for high carrier mobilities and small exciton binding energies. This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11328401), NSF (Grant No. DMR-0946404 and DMR-1506669), and the SUNY Networks of Excellence.

  18. Magnetic order and electronic structure of 5d3 double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6

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    Taylor, A. E.; Morrow, R.; Singh, D. J.; Calder, S.; Lumsden, M. D.; Woodward, P. M.; Christianson, A. D.

    2015-03-01

    The magnetic susceptibility, crystal and magnetic structures, and electronic structure of double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6 are reported. Using both neutron and x-ray powder diffraction we find that the crystal structure is monoclinic P21/n from 3.5 to 300 K. Magnetization measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic transition at TN=92 K, one of the highest transition temperatures of any double perovskite hosting only one magnetic ion. Type I antiferromagnetic order is determined by neutron powder diffraction, with an Os moment of only 1.6(1) muB, close to half the spin-only value for a crystal field split 5d electron state with t2g^3 ground state. Density functional calculationsmore » show that this reduction is largely the result of strong Os-O hybridization, with spin-orbit coupling responsible for only a ~0.1 muB reduction in the moment.« less

  19. Synthesis of novel perovskite crystal structure phase of strontium doped rare earth manganites using sol gel method

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    Abdel-Latif, I. A.; Ismail, Adel A.; Bouzid, Houcine; Al-Hajry, A.

    2015-11-01

    In the present work, polycrystalline perovskites of R0.6Sr0.4MnO3 nanocomposites (R=La, Nd, or Sm) were synthesized using the sol-gel method in the presence of citric acid and polyethylene glycol as chelating and structure directing agents respectively. The synthesized gel was calcined at 800 °C for 5 h. The XRD revealed that the obtained nanocrystalline R0.6Sr0.4MnO3 is monoclinic crystal structure of space group (I2/a). TEM images showed that the prepared perovskites are homogeneous and uniform with particle sizes in a range 20-40 nm and the HR-TEM images and lattice fringes displayed the monoclinic structure. IV measurements showed that Nd0.6Sr0.4MnO3 has semiconducting properties at room temperature. With applying low magnetic field, a transition from semiconductor behavior to Ohmic resistivity was observed. The static resistance of Nd0.6Sr0.4MnO3 was calculated to be ~2.985 TΩ for semiconductor phase and the resistance increased 1000 times that gives rise to negative magnetoresistance (MR). The value of MR of Nd0.6Sr0.4MnO3 equals to 99.84%, which leads to the use of these materials in fabrication of magnetic devices in the industrial scale.

  20. Electronic structure of ferromagnetic semiconductor material on the monoclinic and rhombohedral ordered double perovskites La{sub 2}FeCoO{sub 6}

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    Fuh, Huei-Ru; Chang, Ching-Ray; Weng, Ke-Chuan; Wang, Yin-Kuo

    2015-05-07

    Double perovskite La{sub 2}FeCoO{sub 6} with monoclinic structure and rhombohedra structure show as ferromagnetic semiconductor based on density functional theory calculation. The ferromagnetic semiconductor state can be well explained by the superexchange interaction. Moreover, the ferromagnetic semiconductor state remains under the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA plus onsite Coulomb interaction calculation.

  1. Mechanism of charge recombination in meso-structured organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells: A macroscopic perspective

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    Yang, Wenchao; Yao, Yao Wu, Chang-Qin

    2015-04-21

    In the currently popular organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, the slowness of the charge recombination processes is found to be a key factor for contributing to their high efficiencies and high open circuit voltages, but the underlying recombination mechanism remains unclear. In this work, we investigate the bimolecular recombination (BR) and the trap-assisted monomolecular recombination (MR) in meso-structured perovskite solar cells under steady state working condition, and try to reveal their roles on determining the device performance. Some interfacial effects such as the injection barriers at the selective contacts are examined as well. Based on the macroscopic device modeling, the recombination resistance-voltage (R{sub rec}−V) and the current density-voltage (J–V) curves are calculated to characterize the recombination mechanism and describe the device performance, respectively. Through comparison with the impedance spectroscopy extracted R{sub rec} data, it is found that under the typical BR reduction factor and deep trap densities observed in experiments, the MR dominates the charge recombination in the low voltage regime, while the BR dominates in the high voltage regime. The short circuit current and the fill factor could be reduced by the significant MR but the open circuit voltage is generally determined by the BR. The different electron injection barriers at the contact can change the BR rate and induce different patterns for the R{sub rec}–V characteristics. For the perovskites of increased band gaps, the R{sub rec}'s are significantly enhanced, corresponding to the high open circuit voltages. Finally, it is revealed that the reduced effective charge mobility due to the transport in electron and hole transporting material makes the R{sub rec} decrease slowly with the increasing voltage, which leads to increased open circuit voltage.

  2. Mechanism of charge recombination in meso-structured organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells: A macroscopic perspective

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    Yang, Wenchao; Yao, Yao; Wu, Chang-Qin

    2015-04-01

    In the currently popular organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, the slowness of the charge recombination processes is found to be a key factor for contributing to their high efficiencies and high open circuit voltages, but the underlying recombination mechanism remains unclear. In this work, we investigate the bimolecular recombination (BR) and the trap-assisted monomolecular recombination (MR) in meso-structured perovskite solar cells under steady state working condition, and try to reveal their roles on determining the device performance. Some interfacial effects such as the injection barriers at the selective contacts are examined as well. Based on the macroscopic device modeling, the recombination resistance-voltage (Rrec-V) and the current density-voltage (J-V) curves are calculated to characterize the recombination mechanism and describe the device performance, respectively. Through comparison with the impedance spectroscopy extracted Rrec data, it is found that under the typical BR reduction factor and deep trap densities observed in experiments, the MR dominates the charge recombination in the low voltage regime, while the BR dominates in the high voltage regime. The short circuit current and the fill factor could be reduced by the significant MR but the open circuit voltage is generally determined by the BR. The different electron injection barriers at the contact can change the BR rate and induce different patterns for the Rrec-V characteristics. For the perovskites of increased band gaps, the Rrec's are significantly enhanced, corresponding to the high open circuit voltages. Finally, it is revealed that the reduced effective charge mobility due to the transport in electron and hole transporting material makes the Rrec decrease slowly with the increasing voltage, which leads to increased open circuit voltage.

  3. Hierarchically Structured Hole Transport Layers of Spiro-OMeTAD and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lee, Jiyong; Menamparambath, Mini Mol; Hwang, Jae-Yeol; Baik, Seunghyun

    2015-07-20

    The low electrical conductivity of spiro-OMeTAD hole transport layers impedes further enhancements of the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells. We embedded multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in spiro-OMeTAD (spiro-OMeTAD/MWNTs) to increase carrier mobility and conductivity. However, direct electrical contact between CH3 NH3 PbI3 and the MWNTs created pathways for undesirable back-electron transfer, owing to the large work function of MWNTs, limiting enhancements of the PCE. A hierarchical structure of pure spiro-OMeTAD and spiro-OMeTAD/MWNTs was designed to block back-electron transfer and fully exploit the enhanced charge transport of spiro-OMeTAD/MWNTs. The enhanced fill factor, short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage, and PCE (15.1 %) were achieved by using this hierarchical hole transport layer structure (MWNT concentration=2 wt %). The perovskite solar cells were fabricated by a low-temperature solution process, further decreasing their per-Watt cost. PMID:26013428

  4. Structural properties of PbVO3 perovskites under hydrostatic pressure conditions up to 10.6 GPa.

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    Zhou, Wei; Tan, Dayong; Xiao, Wansheng; Song, Maoshuang; Chen, Ming; Xiong, Xiaolin; Xu, Jian

    2012-10-31

    High-pressure synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction experiments were performed on PbVO(3) tetragonal perovskite in a diamond anvil cell under hydrostatic pressures of up to 10.6 GPa at room temperature. The compression behavior of the PbVO(3) tetragonal phase is highly anisotropic, with the c-axis being the soft direction. A reversible tetragonal to cubic perovskite structural phase transition was observed between 2.7 and 6.4 GPa in compression and below 2.2 GPa in decompression. This transition was accompanied by a large volume collapse of 10.6% at 2.7 GPa, which was mainly due to electronic structural changes of the V(4+) ion. The polar pyramidal coordination of the V(4+) ion in the tetragonal phase changed to an isotropic octahedral coordination in the cubic phase. Fitting the observed P-V data using the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state with a fixed [Formula: see text] of 4 yielded a bulk modulus K(0) = 61(2) GPa and a volume V(0) = 67.4(1) Å(3) for the tetragonal phase, and the values of K(0) = 155(3) GPa and V(0) = 58.67(4) Å(3) for the cubic phase. The first-principles calculated results were in good agreement with our experiments. PMID:23041755

  5. Ion exchange and structural aging in the layered perovskite phases H(1-x)Li(x)LaTiO4.

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    Yip, T W S; Cussen, E J

    2013-06-17

    Grinding together the solid acid HLaTiO4 with stoichiometric quantities of lithium hydroxide monohydrate gives the solid solution H(1-x)Li(x)LaTiO4. The structures of these crystalline phases have been refined against neutron powder diffraction data to show that all of these compounds crystallize in the centrosymmetric space group P4/nmm. The protons and lithium cations occupy sites between the perovskite layers; the former in hydroxide groups that hydrogen-bond to adjacent layers while Li(+) is in four-coordinate sites that bridge the perovskite slabs with a geometry intermediate between square-planar and tetrahedral. The reaction proceeds rapidly, but the unit cell size continues to evolve over the course of days with a gradual compression along the interlayer direction that can be modeled using a power law dependence reminiscent of an Ostwald ripening process. On heating, these materials undergo a mass loss because of dehydration but retain the layered Ruddlesden-Popper structure up to 480 °C before a substantial loss of crystallinity on further heating to 600 °C. Impedance spectroscopy studies of the dehydrated materials shows that Li(+) mobility in these materials is lower than the LiLaTiO4 end member, possibly because of microstructural effects causing large intergrain resistance through the defective phases. PMID:23713950

  6. Design, synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of novel osmium-based B-site ordered double perovskites

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    Russell, David D.

    Transition metal oxides (TMOs) with face centered cubic arrangement of magnetic ions are composed of triangular sub-lattices. When antiferromagnetic (AFM) interactions of the same strengths between all three pathways in triangular settings are in place, spin constraints cannot be fulfilled simultaneously and the system undergoes geometric magnetic frustration (GMF). The purpose of the work presented in this thesis is to better understand the criteria for a system to undergo GMF. To achieve this, the novel B-site ordered double perovskites Ca2ScOsO6 and Ca2.2Mg0.8 OsO6 were synthesized in polycrystalline form utilizing the conventional solid-state method. The crystal structure of these compounds were characterized through X-ray diffraction, and magnetic properties were explored through magnetic susceptibility measurements. Employing the spin-dimer analysis method, relative magnetic exchange interactions were calculated and modeled. These novel osmium-based B-site ordered double perovskites were then compared to isostructural compounds to study the effects of the osmium oxidation state on crystal structure and the exhibited properties.

  7. An efficient electron transport material of tin oxide for planar structure perovskite solar cells

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    Murugadoss, Govindhasamy; Kanda, Hiroyuki; Tanaka, Soichiro; Nishino, Hitoshi; Ito, Seigo; Imahoric, Hiroshi; Umeyama, Tomokazu

    2016-03-01

    The photovoltaic performance of a perovskite solar cell based on a new electron conducting SnO2 film prepared at low temperature using different solvents was investigated. SnO2 was selected as an electron conducting medium due to its superior properties over TiO2, such as better antireflective properties, higher electron mobility, more suitable band edges and a wider band gap. A SnO2 layer was developed by spin-coating SnCl2 solution followed by annealing at 200 °C in air. The low-temperature (200 °C) annealed SnO2 layer exhibits enhanced crystallization, high transmittance, and uniform surface morphology using ethanol as a solvent rather than water. Solid state CuSCN hole conductor was used as HTM for reducing the device cost. A planar solar cell fabricated with CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite infiltrated SnO2 showed a power conversion efficiency of 8.38% with short-circuit current density of 18.99 mA cm-2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.96 mV and a fill factor of 45%. The devices were fabricated at >60% humidity level at room temperature. The results suggest that SnO2 is an effective charge collection system for CH3NH3PbI3 based planar perovskite solar cells. In addition, these results provide a new direction for the future improvement of perovskite solar cells using new electron conducting layers.

  8. Coupling and electrical control of structural, orbital and magnetic orders in perovskites

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    Varignon, Julien; Bristowe, Nicholas C.; Bousquet, Eric; Ghosez, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite oxides are already widely used in industry and have huge potential for novel device applications thanks to the rich physical behaviour displayed in these materials. The key to the functional electronic properties exhibited by perovskites is often the so-called Jahn-Teller distortion. For applications, an electrical control of the Jahn-Teller distortions, which is so far out of reach, would therefore be highly desirable. Based on universal symmetry arguments, we determine new lattice mode couplings that can provide exactly this paradigm, and exemplify the effect from first-principles calculations. The proposed mechanism is completely general, however for illustrative purposes, we demonstrate the concept on vanadium based perovskites where we reveal an unprecedented orbital ordering and Jahn-Teller induced ferroelectricity. Thanks to the intimate coupling between Jahn-Teller distortions and electronic degrees of freedom, the electric field control of Jahn-Teller distortions is of general relevance and may find broad interest in various functional devices. PMID:26482414

  9. Crystal structure of tetra­wickmanite, Mn2+Sn4+(OH)6

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    Lafuente, Barbara; Yang, Hexiong; Downs, Robert T.

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structure of tetra­wickmanite, ideally Mn2+Sn4+(OH)6 [mangan­ese(II) tin(IV) hexa­hydroxide], has been determined based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected from a natural sample from Långban, Sweden. Tetra­wickmanite belongs to the octa­hedral-framework group of hydroxide-perovskite minerals, described by the general formula BB’(OH)6 with a perovskite derivative structure. The structure differs from that of an ABO3 perovskite in that the A site is empty while each O atom is bonded to an H atom. The perovskite B-type cations split into ordered B and B′ sites, which are occupied by Mn2+ and Sn4+, respectively. Tetra­wickmanite exhibits tetra­gonal symmetry and is topologically similar to its cubic polymorph, wickmanite. The tetra­wickmanite structure is characterized by a framework of alternating corner-linked [Mn2+(OH)6] and [Sn4+(OH)6] octa­hedra, both with point-group symmetry -1. Four of the five distinct H atoms in the structure are statistically disordered. The vacant A site is in a cavity in the centre of a distorted cube formed by eight octa­hedra at the corners. However, the hydrogen-atom positions and their hydrogen bonds are not equivalent in every cavity, resulting in two distinct environments. One of the cavities contains a ring of four hydrogen bonds, similar to that found in wickmanite, while the other cavity is more distorted and forms crankshaft-type chains of hydrogen bonds, as previously proposed for tetra­gonal stottite, Fe2+Ge4+(OH)6. PMID:25878828

  10. Crystal structure of tetra-wickmanite, Mn(2+)Sn(4+)(OH)6.

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    Lafuente, Barbara; Yang, Hexiong; Downs, Robert T

    2015-02-01

    The crystal structure of tetra-wickmanite, ideally Mn(2+)Sn(4+)(OH)6 [mangan-ese(II) tin(IV) hexa-hydroxide], has been determined based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected from a natural sample from Långban, Sweden. Tetra-wickmanite belongs to the octa-hedral-framework group of hydroxide-perovskite minerals, described by the general formula BB'(OH)6 with a perovskite derivative structure. The structure differs from that of an ABO3 perovskite in that the A site is empty while each O atom is bonded to an H atom. The perovskite B-type cations split into ordered B and B' sites, which are occupied by Mn(2+) and Sn(4+), respectively. Tetra-wickmanite exhibits tetra-gonal symmetry and is topologically similar to its cubic polymorph, wickmanite. The tetra-wickmanite structure is characterized by a framework of alternating corner-linked [Mn(2+)(OH)6] and [Sn(4+)(OH)6] octa-hedra, both with point-group symmetry -1. Four of the five distinct H atoms in the structure are statistically disordered. The vacant A site is in a cavity in the centre of a distorted cube formed by eight octa-hedra at the corners. However, the hydrogen-atom positions and their hydrogen bonds are not equivalent in every cavity, resulting in two distinct environments. One of the cavities contains a ring of four hydrogen bonds, similar to that found in wickmanite, while the other cavity is more distorted and forms crankshaft-type chains of hydrogen bonds, as previously proposed for tetra-gonal stottite, Fe(2+)Ge(4+)(OH)6. PMID:25878828

  11. Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) Anti-Perovskite Compounds

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    Ullah, Imran; Murtaza, G.; Khenata, R.; Mahmood, Asif; Muzzamil, M.; Amin, N.; Saleh, M.

    2016-01-01

    We employed first-principles calculations to predict the structural and optoelectronic properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) anti-perovskite compounds using an all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. Optimized structural parameters are found to be in good agreement with the available experimental measurements. The electronic band structure is calculated using different exchange-correlation potentials which reveal that the investigated compounds are narrow direct band gap semiconductors. A direct narrow band gap at the center of the Brillouin zone emphasises the optical activity of these compounds. Prediction of the optical properties, such as the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function and refractive index along with reflectivity and optical conductivity, reveals the importance of these compounds in the visible and near UV optoelectronic devices industry.

  12. Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) Anti-Perovskite Compounds

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    Ullah, Imran; Murtaza, G.; Khenata, R.; Mahmood, Asif; Muzzamil, M.; Amin, N.; Saleh, M.

    2016-06-01

    We employed first-principles calculations to predict the structural and optoelectronic properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) anti-perovskite compounds using an all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. Optimized structural parameters are found to be in good agreement with the available experimental measurements. The electronic band structure is calculated using different exchange-correlation potentials which reveal that the investigated compounds are narrow direct band gap semiconductors. A direct narrow band gap at the center of the Brillouin zone emphasises the optical activity of these compounds. Prediction of the optical properties, such as the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function and refractive index along with reflectivity and optical conductivity, reveals the importance of these compounds in the visible and near UV optoelectronic devices industry.

  13. Structure, magnetic, magnetocaloric and magnetoresistance properties of Pr 1-xPb xMnO 3 perovskites

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    Hanh, D. T.; Chau, N.; Luong, N. H.; Tho, N. D.

    2006-09-01

    In our previous work, we have studied structure and properties of La 1-xPb xMnO 3 perovskites. Variation of doping content leads to alternating structure and magnetic properties of materials. In this paper, the investigation of structure, magnetic, magnetocaloric and magnetoresistance properties of family Pr 1-xPb xMnO 3 ( x=0.1-0.5) is presented. The grain size of samples increases with Pb content. The FC and ZFC thermomagnetic curves measured at low field and low temperatures exhibit the spin-glass-like behavior. The magnetic entropy changes, |Δ Sm( T)|, were determined and showed belong to GMCE. The resistance measurements indicated that first two samples exhibited semiconducting conductivity in the whole measured temperature range, whereas in the rest of samples there is insulator-metallic transition on R( T) curves. Magnetoresistance measurements have also been performed.

  14. Local structural distortion and electrical transport properties of Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure.

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Liuxiang; Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Zhang, Jianzhong; Yang, Wenge; Hong, Xinguo; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite-structure materials generally exhibit local structural distortions that are distinct from long-range, average crystal structure. The characterization of such distortion is critical to understanding the structural and physical properties of materials. In this work, we combined Pair Distribution Function (PDF) technique with Raman spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurement to study Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure. PDF analysis reveals strong local structural distortion at ambient conditions. As pressure increases, the local structure distortions are substantially suppressed and eventually vanish around 4 GPa, leading to concurrent changes in the electronic band structure and anomalies in the electrical resistivity. Consistent with PDF analysis, Raman spectroscopy data suggest that the local structure changes to a higher ordered state at pressures above 4 GPa. PMID:26671171

  15. Local structural distortion and electrical transport properties of Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Liuxiang; Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Zhang, Jianzhong; Yang, Wenge; Hong, Xinguo; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-12-01

    Perovskite-structure materials generally exhibit local structural distortions that are distinct from long-range, average crystal structure. The characterization of such distortion is critical to understanding the structural and physical properties of materials. In this work, we combined Pair Distribution Function (PDF) technique with Raman spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurement to study Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure. PDF analysis reveals strong local structural distortion at ambient conditions. As pressure increases, the local structure distortions are substantially suppressed and eventually vanish around 4 GPa, leading to concurrent changes in the electronic band structure and anomalies in the electrical resistivity. Consistent with PDF analysis, Raman spectroscopy data suggest that the local structure changes to a higher ordered state at pressures above 4 GPa.

  16. Local structural distortion and electrical transport properties of Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Liuxiang; Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Zhang, Jianzhong; Yang, Wenge; Hong, Xinguo; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite-structure materials generally exhibit local structural distortions that are distinct from long-range, average crystal structure. The characterization of such distortion is critical to understanding the structural and physical properties of materials. In this work, we combined Pair Distribution Function (PDF) technique with Raman spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurement to study Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure. PDF analysis reveals strong local structural distortion at ambient conditions. As pressure increases, the local structure distortions are substantially suppressed and eventually vanish around 4 GPa, leading to concurrent changes in the electronic band structure and anomalies in the electrical resistivity. Consistent with PDF analysis, Raman spectroscopy data suggest that the local structure changes to a higher ordered state at pressures above 4 GPa. PMID:26671171

  17. Local structural distortion and electrical transport properties of Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Liuxiang; Wang, Hsiu -Wen; Zhang, Jianzhong; Yang, Wenge; Hong, Xinguo; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-12-16

    Perovskite-structure materials generally exhibit local structural distortions that are distinct from long-range, average crystal structure. The characterization of such distortion is critical to understanding the structural and physical properties of materials. In this work, we combined Pair Distribution Function (PDF) technique with Raman spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurement to study Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure. PDF analysis reveals strong local structural distortion at ambient conditions. As pressure increases, the local structure distortions are substantially suppressed and eventually vanish around 4 GPa, leading to concurrent changes in the electronic band structure and anomalies in the electrical resistivity. We find, consistent withmore » PDF analysis, Raman spectroscopy data suggest that the local structure changes to a higher ordered state at pressures above 4 GPa.« less

  18. Structure, magnetic, magnetocaloric and magnetoresistance properties of La 1- xPb xMnO 3 perovskite

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    Chau, Nguyen; Nhat, Hoang Nam; Luong, Nguyen Hoang; Minh, Dang Le; Tho, Nguyen Duc; Chau, Nguyen Ngoc

    2003-04-01

    La 1- xPb xMnO 3 ( x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5) perovskites were prepared by a solid-state reaction. Except for x=0.5 (cubic) and x=0.4 (rhombohedral), the structure of the other compositions was pseudo-rhombohedral with P1 symmetry. The particle size of the grains is depending on the Pb content of the samples. The Curie temperature Tc increases from 235 K for x=0.1-310 K for x=0.2 and is almost constant (about 360 K) for x⩾0.3. The field-cooled and zero-field-cooled thermomagnetic curves measured at low field show a split below a so-called irreversibility temperature Tr, which is somewhat smaller than Tc except for x=0.1, where it is 270 K. From a series of magnetic isotherms the magnetic entropy changes Δ S( T) were determined for a field step of 500 Oe. The maximum value of Δ Smax increases with increasing x till x=0.3 and then decreases with further increasing x. The conductivity of perovskites is metallic at low temperatures and semiconducting at high temperatures. Magnetoresistance measurements have been performed.

  19. Crystal Structure of Calcium Silicate Perovskite Synthesized under Water Saturated Conditions at Mantle Related Pressure-Temperature

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    Chen, H.; Shim, S. H. D.; Leinenweber, K. D.; Meng, Y.; Prakapenka, V.

    2014-12-01

    Perovskite-structured CaSiO3 (Ca-Pv) is the third most abundant mineral in the lower mantle. However, its crystal structure is still under debate and the solubility of H2O in Ca-Pv is not well constrained. We have conducted in situ X-ray diffraction measurements on Ca-Pv under H2O saturated conditions in the laser-heated diamond-anvil cell at the GSECARS and HPCAT sectors of the Advanced Photon Source. Glass starting materials were mixed with platinum powder (10 wt%) for laser coupling and internal pressure scale. Cold compressed foils of the mixtures were loaded in the diamond-anvil cell together with Ne or water. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the Ca-Pv sample synthesized in a Ne medium are consistent with a cubic perovskite structure at both 300 K and high temperatures up to 2,400 K at 50 GPa. No clear peak splittings were observed within the resolution of the angle-dispersive powder diffraction technique. However, in the experiments with water, clear splitting of the 200 diffraction line appears during heating to temperatures over 2000 K and remain after temperature quench at 32 GPa. The peak splittings were clearly observed at high temperatures to 2400 K, which is close to the melting point of water at the pressure. The different structural behaviors of Ca-Pv depending on media (Ne and water) may suggest that OH might enter into the crystal structure of nominally anhydrous Ca-Pv phase at high pressure and high temperature.

  20. Activity and stability trends of perovskite oxides for oxygen evolution catalysis at neutral pH.

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    Han, Binghong; Risch, Marcel; Lee, Yueh-Lin; Ling, Chen; Jia, Hongfei; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2015-09-21

    Perovskite oxides (ABO3) have been studied extensively to promote the kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline electrolytes. However, developing highly active catalysts for OER at near-neutral pH is desirable for many photoelectrochemical/electrochemical devices. In this paper, we systematically studied the activity and stability of well-known perovskite oxides for OER at pH 7. Previous activity descriptors established for perovskite oxides at pH 13, such as having an eg occupancy close to unity or having an O p-band center close to Fermi level, were shown to scale with OER activity at pH 7. Stability was a greater challenge at pH 7 than at pH 13, where two different modes of instability were identified from combined transmission electron microscopy and density functional theory analyses. Perovskites with O p-band close to Fermi level showed leaching of A-site atoms and surface amorphization under all overpotentials examined at pH 7, while those with O p-band far from Fermi level were stable under low OER current/potential but became unstable at high current/potential accompanied by leaching of B-site atoms. Therefore, efforts are needed to enhance the activity and stability of perovskites against A-site or B-site loss if used at neutral pH. PMID:26271910

  1. Vacancy-type defects and electronic structure of perovskite-oxide SrTiO3 from positron annihilation

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    Hamid, A. S.; Uedono, A.; Chikyow, T.; Uwe, K.; Mochizuki, K.; Kawaminami, S.

    2006-02-01

    The vacancy-type defects in Nb-doped SrTiO3 and in undoped SrTiO3, annealed in H2 flow, were investigated by means of positron lifetime and 2D angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) experiments. The calculations of the lifetime of positron were performed by using atomic superposition (AT-SUP) method. The results showed that positrons annihilate from a free state in the Nb-doped SrTiO3. The trapping centers in the annealed sample were found to be oxygen vacancies VO associated with relaxation of the surrounding ions. Moreover, the momentum distributions of the samples studied were correlated to the variation of their electronic structure. It was proposed from the drastic change in the momentum distribution upon introduction of VO, that 2D-ACAR technique is a sensitive tool for acquiring information on the electronic and bond structure of the perovskite-oxides.

  2. Purple photochromism in Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ with layered perovskite-related structure

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    Kamimura, Sunao; Yamada, Hiroshi; Xu, Chao-Nan

    2013-01-01

    We report photochromism (PC) in Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ with layered perovskite-related structure. The Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ turned purple upon irradiation with UV light (λ < 350 nm), and the colored Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ returned to its initial colorless state when visible light (λ = 400-700 nm) was irradiated. Furthermore, the PC was strongly dependent on the firing temperature; purple color upon UV irradiation can be enhanced by increasing the firing temperature, which was attributed to an increase of the Sr vacancies in the host lattice from the results of crystal structure analysis. This suggests that controlling the lattice defect plays an important role for enhancing the PC performance.

  3. Single Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals at Low Temperature: Fast Single-Photon Emission, Reduced Blinking, and Exciton Fine Structure

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    2016-01-01

    Metal-halide semiconductors with perovskite crystal structure are attractive due to their facile solution processability, and have recently been harnessed very successfully for high-efficiency photovoltaics and bright light sources. Here, we show that at low temperature single colloidal cesium lead halide (CsPbX3, where X = Cl/Br) nanocrystals exhibit stable, narrow-band emission with suppressed blinking and small spectral diffusion. Photon antibunching demonstrates unambiguously nonclassical single-photon emission with radiative decay on the order of 250 ps, representing a significant acceleration compared to other common quantum emitters. High-resolution spectroscopy provides insight into the complex nature of the emission process such as the fine structure and charged exciton dynamics. PMID:26771336

  4. Efficient Visible Quasi-2D Perovskite Light-Emitting Diodes.

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    Byun, Jinwoo; Cho, Himchan; Wolf, Christoph; Jang, Mi; Sadhanala, Aditya; Friend, Richard H; Yang, Hoichang; Lee, Tae-Woo

    2016-09-01

    Efficient quasi-2D-structure perovskite light-emitting diodes (4.90 cd A(-1) ) are demonstrated by mixing a 3D-structured perovskite material (methyl ammonium lead bromide) and a 2D-structured perovskite material (phenylethyl ammonium lead bromide), which can be ascribed to better film uniformity, enhanced exciton confinement, and reduced trap density. PMID:27334788

  5. Synthesis, structural and dielectric properties of double perovskite Ho2FeMnO6

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    Chakraborty, Tirthankar; Elizabeth, Suja

    2016-05-01

    A new double perovskite Ho2FeMnO6 was grown by nitrate route. Temperature dependent dielectric response was recorded at different frequencies. Relaxor-like-behavior is observed whose activation energy was calculated using Arrhenius equation. The dispersion is very small at room temperature. The Nyquist plot over a broad frequency range at room temperature provides evidence for the presence of three relaxations from sample electrode interface, grain boundary and grain. The corresponding values of resistance and capacitance were calculated from the equivalent circuit model analysis of the Nyquist plot.

  6. The ordered double perovskite PrBaCo2O6: Synthesis, structure, and magnetism

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    Motin Seikh, Md.; Pralong, V.; Lebedev, O. I.; Caignaert, V.; Raveau, B.

    2013-07-01

    The stoichiometric layered perovskite cobaltite PrBaCo2O6 has been synthesized using an oxidative reaction of PrBaCo2O5.80 by sodium hypochlorite. The ferromagnetic properties of this oxide, which exhibits the highest TC of 210 K among the "112" layered cobaltites, are interpreted by double exchange mechanism. In contrast, the creation of oxygen vacancies in this framework leads for the oxides PrBaCo2O5+δ (0.80 ≤ δ < 1) to a strong competition between ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism due to the appearance of superexchange Co3+—O—Co3+ antiferromagnetic interactions.

  7. Structure of 18R shifted hexagonal perovskite La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} revisited by neutron diffraction

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    Lu, Fengqi; Kuang, Xiaojun

    2015-01-15

    The structure of 18-layer shifted B-site deficient hexagonal perovskite La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} compound has been re-examined by neutron powder diffraction. Structural analysis reveals that La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} compound adopts a 18R octahedral-tilted structure with LaO{sub 3} layer stacking sequence of (hhcccc){sub 3} in space group R{sup {sup -}}3, in contrast with the previously proposed R3m. La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} demonstrates partially ordered Mg cation distribution with a preference on the central octahedral sites over the outer octahedral sites in the cubic perovskite blocks isolated by the single vacant octahedral layers between the two consecutive hexagonal layers. The instability of the La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} on alumina ceramic substrate at high temperature and its dependencies of cell parameters and permittivity were characterized as well. - Graphical abstract: 18-layer shifted hexagonal perovskite La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} adopts octahedral-tilted structure in R{sup {sup -}}3 and demonstrates partially ordered Mg distribution in the cubic perovskite blocks isolated by the vacant octahedral layers. - Highlights: • Neutron diffraction reveals an octahedra-tilted structure in R{sup {sup -}}3 for La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18}. • Mg/Ti distribution in La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} is partially ordered in the perovskite blocks. • Instability of La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} on alumina ceramic at high temperature is demonstrated.

  8. Electrosynthesis and crystal structure of the new 15R hexagonal perovskite Ba 5MnNa 2V 2O 13

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    Bendraoua, Abdelaziz; Quarez, Eric; Abraham, Francis; Mentré, Olivier

    2004-04-01

    A new manganese oxide Ba 5MnNa 2V 2O 13 with an original structure closely related to the cubic perovskite has been prepared by electrosynthesis in molten NaOH. Its crystal structure has been refined from single crystal X-ray diffraction in the R 3¯m space group, a=5.8490(6) Å, c=36.856(5) Å, Z=3, R1=4.72%, w R2=10.56%. The crystal structure is a rhombohedral 15R polytype and exhibits a close packed structure built up from [BaO 3- δ] ( c) and [BaO 2] ( c') layers within a ( ccc' cc) 3 stacking sequence. The resulting three-dimensional edifice is formed by Ba(Mn 0.33Na 0.67)O 3 cubic perovskite blocks separated by double sheets of V 5+O 4 tetrahedra pointing towards the central [BaO 2] c' layer. In the perovskite blocks, 1/6 of oxygen deficient vacancies located on layers surrounding manganese involve a Mn(IV) valence, in square pyramids rather than octahedra. On the same layers along c, the barium atom split from a central (0,0, z) position to close ( x,- x, z) positions as a compensation of the oxygen deficiency. In this work, a review of the Mn-related perovskite materials found in the literature is reported showing the wide variety of materials adopting related structural polytypes. A building scheme from simple to more complex edifices is also presented by successive intercalation of [BaO n] ( n=1, 2) in order to visualize topological relationships between the number of possible hexagonal perovskite series members.

  9. Cycling Performance of a Columnar-Structured Complex Perovskite in a Temperature Gradient Test

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    Schlegel, N.; Sebold, D.; Sohn, Y. J.; Mauer, G.; Vaßen, R.

    2015-10-01

    To increase the efficiency of turbines for the power generation and the aircraft industry, advanced thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are required. They need to be long-term stable at temperatures higher than 1200 °C. Nowadays, yttria partially stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is applied as standard TBC material. But its long-term application at temperatures higher than 1200 °C leads to detrimental phase changes and sintering effects. Therefore, new materials have to be investigated, for example, complex perovskites. They provide high melting points, high thermal expansion coefficients and thermal conductivities of approx. 2.0 W/(m K). In this work, the complex perovskite La(Al1/4Mg1/2Ta1/4)O3 (LAMT) was investigated. It was deposited by the suspension plasma spraying (SPS) process, resulting in a columnar microstructure of the coating. The coatings were tested in thermal cycling gradient tests and they show excellent results, even though some phase decomposition was found.

  10. Perovskite solar cells with a planar heterojunction structure prepared using room-temperature solution processing techniques

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    Liu, Dianyi; Kelly, Timothy L.

    2014-02-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells that combine a mesoporous scaffold, a perovskite light absorber and an organic hole transporter have emerged at the forefront of solution-processable photovoltaic devices; however, they require processing temperatures of up to 500 °C to sinter the mesoporous metal-oxide support. Here, we report the use of a thin film of ZnO nanoparticles as an electron-transport layer in CH3NH3PbI3-based solar cells; in contrast to mesoporous TiO2, the ZnO layer is both substantially thinner and requires no sintering. We took advantage of these facts to prepare flexible solar cells with power-conversion efficiencies in excess of 10%. The use of ZnO also results in improvements to device performance for cells prepared on rigid substrates. Solar cells based on this design exhibit power-conversion efficiencies as high as 15.7% when measured under AM1.5G illumination, which makes them some of the highest-performing perovskite solar cells reported to date.

  11. High-Pressure Single-Crystal Structures of 3D Lead-Halide Hybrid Perovskites and Pressure Effects on their Electronic and Optical Properties.

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    Jaffe, Adam; Lin, Yu; Beavers, Christine M; Voss, Johannes; Mao, Wendy L; Karunadasa, Hemamala I

    2016-04-27

    We report the first high-pressure single-crystal structures of hybrid perovskites. The crystalline semiconductors (MA)PbX3 (MA = CH3NH3 (+), X = Br(-) or I(-)) afford us the rare opportunity of understanding how compression modulates their structures and thereby their optoelectronic properties. Using atomic coordinates obtained from high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction we track the perovskites' precise structural evolution upon compression. These structural changes correlate well with pressure-dependent single-crystal photoluminescence (PL) spectra and high-pressure bandgaps derived from density functional theory. We further observe dramatic piezochromism where the solids become lighter in color and then transition to opaque black with compression. Indeed, electronic conductivity measurements of (MA)PbI3 obtained within a diamond-anvil cell show that the material's resistivity decreases by 3 orders of magnitude between 0 and 51 GPa. The activation energy for conduction at 51 GPa is only 13.2(3) meV, suggesting that the perovskite is approaching a metallic state. Furthermore, the pressure response of mixed-halide perovskites shows new luminescent states that emerge at elevated pressures. We recently reported that the perovskites (MA)Pb(Br x I1-x )3 (0.2 < x < 1) reversibly form light-induced trap states, which pin their PL to a low energy. This may explain the low voltages obtained from solar cells employing these absorbers. Our high-pressure PL data indicate that compression can mitigate this PL redshift and may afford higher steady-state voltages from these absorbers. These studies show that pressure can significantly alter the transport and thermodynamic properties of these technologically important semiconductors. PMID:27163050

  12. Investigation on structural, optical and magnetic properties of double perovskite Gd{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6}

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    Mohapatra, S. R.; Sahu, B.; Raut, S.; Singh, A. K.; Kaushik, S. D.

    2015-06-24

    Single phase double perovskite Gd{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} was prepared by conventional solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) result reveals that the compound possess monoclinic structure with space group P2{sub 1}/n. Optical characterization performed at room temperature via UV-visible spectroscopy confirms Gd{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} as a direct band-gap material with band gap of ∼1.5 eV. Magnetization measurement in Zero field cooled (ZFC) condition at H = 100 Oe shows magnetic transition at ∼ 125 K. Due to competing interactions between magnetic ions (Ni{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 4+}), we could observe two magnetic transition below 40 K.

  13. Dominance of interface chemistry over the bulk properties in determining the electronic structure of epitaxial metal/perovskite oxide heterojunctions

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    Chambers, Scott A.; Du, Yingge; Gu, Meng; Droubay, Timothy C.; Hepplestone, Steven; Sushko, Petr

    2015-06-09

    We show that despite very similar crystallographic properties and work function values in the bulk, epitaxial Fe and Cr metallizations on Nb:SrTiO3(001) generate completely different heterojunction electronic properties. Cr is Ohmic whereas Fe forms a Schottky barrier with a barrier height of 0.50 eV. This contrast arises because of differences in interface chemistry. In contrast to Cr [Chambers, S. A. et al., Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4001.], Fe exhibits a +2 oxidation state and occupies Ti sites in the perovskite lattice, resulting in negligible charge transfer to Ti, upward band bending, and Schottky barrier formation. The differences between Cr and Fe are understood by performing first-principles calculations of the energetics of defect formation which corroborate the observed interface chemistry and structure.

  14. Structure and magnetic properties of spinel-perovskite nanocomposite thin films on SrTiO3 (111) substrates

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    Kim, Dong Hun; Yang, Junho; Kim, Min Seok; Kim, Tae Cheol

    2016-09-01

    Epitaxial CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 nanocomposite thin films were synthesized on perovskite structured SrTiO3 (001) and (111) substrates by combinatorial pulsed laser deposition and characterized using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and vibrating sample magnetometer. Triangular BiFeO3 nanopillars were formed in a CoFe2O4 matrix on (111) oriented SrTiO3 substrates, while CoFe2O4 nanopillars with rectangular or square top surfaces grew in a BiFeO3 matrix on (001) substrates. The magnetic hysteresis loops of nanocomposites on (111) oriented SrTiO3 substrates showed isotropic properties due to the strain relaxation while those of films on SrTiO3 (001) substrates exhibited a strong out-of-plane anisotropy originated from shape and strain effects.

  15. New routes to synthesizing an ordered perovskite CaCu3Fe2Sb2O12 and its magnetic structure by neutron powder diffraction.

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    Larregola, Sebastian A; Zhou, Jianshi; Alonso, Jose A; Pomjakushin, Vladimir; Goodenough, John B

    2014-05-01

    The search for new double-perovskite oxides has grown rapidly in recent years because of their interesting physical properties like ferroelectricity, magnetism, and multiferroics. The synthesis of double perovskites, especially the A-site-ordered perovskites, in most cases needs to be made under high pressure, which is a drawback for applying these materials. Here we have demonstrated synthetic routes at ambient pressure by which we have obtained a high-quality duo-sites-ordered double perovskite, CaCu3Fe2Sb2O12, which has been previously synthesized under high pressure. The availability of a large quantity of the powder sample allows us to determine the crystal and magnetic structures by neutron powder diffraction (NPD) at 300 and 1.3 K. Measurements of the magnetization and heat capacity showed a ferrimagnetic transition at 160 K. A ferrimagnetic structure consisting of the uncompensated antiferromagnetic coupling between neighboring collinear copper and iron spins has been resolved from the low-temperature NPD data. PMID:24716725

  16. Synthesis of LaYbO3 perovskite through modified Pechini method: Structural, electric and magnetic characterization

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    Jaramillo P, J. A.; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Roa-Rojas, J.; Parra Vargas, C. A.; Barrera, E. W.

    2015-10-01

    Single phase LaYbO3 lanthanide-based perovskite powder was synthesized by modified Pechini method, which is based on polyesterification of metal-citrate complexes in aqueous solution. Complexes were formed in aqueous solution and after polyalcohol addition and slow water evaporation, bond formation is allowed and a macroscopic polymeric network was produced, where cations are embedded and uniformly distributed. Finally, through several pyrolysis steps, microcrystalline oxide particles were obtained. Structural characterization was performed by means the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The obtained patterns were indexed and refined to reveal that the LaYbO3 simple perovskite crystallizes in an orthorhombic structure, belonging to the Pnma (#62) space group, with lattice constants a = 6.0327 Å, b = 8.4138 Å and c = 5.8307 Å. Studies of electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy show that the LaYbO3 is free of impurities. Electric response was evaluated by electric polarization measurements as a function of applied electric fields. Obtained curves show evidence of a hysteretic behavior related with dielectric losses which are characteristics of insulator materials. From the saturation values of electric charge, the relative dielectric constant was determined to be 22.6. The magnetic behavior was examined by means of the curves of magnetic susceptibility as a function of temperature. The fit with the Curie equation is in agreement with a typical paramagnetic feature with effective magnetic moment μ = 4.9 μB, which is close to the theoretical expected value from the Hund’s rules.

  17. Effect of metal cation replacement on the electronic structure of metalorganic halide perovskites: Replacement of lead with alkaline-earth metals

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    Pazoki, Meysam; Jacobsson, T. Jesper; Hagfeldt, Anders; Boschloo, Gerrit; Edvinsson, Tomas

    2016-04-01

    Organic and inorganic lead halogen perovskites, and in particular, C H3N H3Pb I3 , have during the last years emerged as a class of highly efficient solar cell materials. Herein we introduce metalorganic halogen perovskite materials for energy-relevant applications based on alkaline-earth metals. Based on the classical notion of Goldschmidt's rules and quantum mechanical considerations, the three alkaline-earth metals, Ca, Sr, and Ba, are shown to be able to exchange lead in the perovskite structure. The three alkaline-earth perovskites, C H3N H3Ca I3,C H3N H3Sr I3 , and C H3N H3Ba I3 , as well as the reference compound, C H3N H3Pb I3 , are in this paper investigated with density functional theory (DFT) calculations, which predict these compounds to exist as stable perovskite materials, and their electronic properties are explored. A detailed analysis of the projected molecular orbital density of states and electronic band structure from DFT calculations were used for interpretation of the band-gap variations in these materials and for estimation of the effective masses of the electrons and holes. Neglecting spin-orbit effects, the band gap of MACa I3,MASr I3 , and MABa I3 were estimated to be 2.95, 3.6, and 3.3 eV, respectively, showing the relative change expected for metal cation exchange. The shifts in the conduction band (CB) edges for the alkaline-earth perovskites were quantified using scalar relativistic DFT calculations and tight-binding analysis, and were compared to the situation in the more extensively studied lead halide perovskite, C H3N H3Pb I3 , where the change in the work function of the metal is the single most important factor in tuning the CB edge and band gap. The results show that alkaline-earth-based organometallic perovskites will not work as an efficient light absorber in photovoltaic applications but instead could be applicable as charge-selective contact materials. The rather high CB edge and the wide band gap together with the large

  18. Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of novel B-site ordered double perovskites, SrLaMReO6 (M = Mg, Mn, Co and Ni).

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    Thompson, Corey M; Chi, Lisheng; Hayes, John R; Hallas, Alannah M; Wilson, Murray N; Munsie, Timothy J S; Swainson, Ian P; Grosvenor, Andrew P; Luke, Graeme M; Greedan, John E

    2015-06-21

    Four new double perovskites, SrLaMReO(6) (M = Mg, Mn, Co, Ni) in which Re(5+) (5d(2)) is present, were prepared via conventional solid state reactions and characterized by X-ray and neutron powder diffraction, XANES, SQUID magnetometry, and muon spin relaxation (μSR). Synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction experiments confirmed that all compounds crystallize in the monoclinic P2(1)/n structure type, which consists of alternately corner-shared octahedra of MO(6) and ReO(6). Rietveld refinement results indicated anti-site mixing of less than 7% on the M/Re sites. Bond valence sum calculations (BVS) suggest all M and Re ions are 2+ and 5+, respectively, and for the Mn-containing phase this is also supported by XANES measurements. All of the materials are paramagnetic at room-temperature and their Curie-Weiss temperatures are positive (except for Mg) indicating net ferromagnetic interactions. No evidence for long-range magnetic order is evident in the dc magnetic susceptibility and μSR measurements for SrLaMgReO(6) to 2 K. The Mn-phase shows long-range order at T(C) = 190 K and neutron diffraction revealed a ferromagnetic structure with a refined net moment of ∼3.7μ(B). Both Co- and Ni-containing phases exhibit spin glass behavior at T(G) = 23 and 30 K, respectively, which is supported by neutron diffraction and a.c. susceptibility data. The structure and physical properties of these four new rhenium based ordered double perovskites are compared to the closely related "pillared perovskites", La(5)Re(3)MO(16), the isoelectronic Os(6+) (5d(2)) double perovskite Sr(2)CoOsO(6), and the Re(6+) (5d(1)) double perovskites, Sr(2)MReO(6), (M = Mg, Ca, Mn, Co, Ni). PMID:25740594

  19. Synthesis, structure, chemical stability, and electrical properties of Nb-, Zr-, and Nb-codoped BaCeO3 perovskites.

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    Bhella, Surinderjit Singh; Fürstenhaupt, Tobias; Paul, Reginald; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2011-07-18

    We report the effect of donor-doped perovskite-type BaCeO(3) on the chemical stability in CO(2) and boiling H(2)O and electrical transport properties in various gas atmospheres that include ambient air, N(2), H(2), and wet and dry H(2). Formation of perovskite-like BaCe(1-x)Nb(x)O(3±δ) and BaCe(0.9-x)Zr(x)Nb(0.1)O(3±δ) (x = 0.1; 0.2) was confirmed using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron diffraction (ED). The lattice constant was found to decrease with increasing Nb in BaCe(1-x)Nb(x)O(3±δ), which is consistent with Shannon's ionic radius trend. Like BaCeO(3), BaCe(1-x)Nb(x)O(3±δ) was found to be chemically unstable in 50% CO(2) at 700 °C, while Zr doping for Ce improves the structural stability of BaCe(1-x)Nb(x)O(3±δ). AC impedance spectroscopy was used to estimate electrical conductivity, and it was found to vary with the atmospheric conditions and showed mixed ionic and electronic conduction in H(2)-containing atmosphere. Arrhenius-like behavior was observed for BaCe(0.9-x)Zr(x)Nb(0.1)O(3±δ) at 400-700 °C, while Zr-free BaCe(1-x)Nb(x)O(3±δ) exhibits non-Arrhenius behavior at the same temperature range. Among the perovskite-type oxides investigated in the present work, BaCe(0.8)Zr(0.1)Nb(0.1)O(3±δ) showed the highest bulk electrical conductivity of 1.3 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) in wet H(2) at 500 °C, which is comparable to CO(2) and H(2)O unstable high-temperature Y-doped BaCeO(3) proton conductors. PMID:21692498

  20. Structure-property relations in the distorted ordered double perovskite Sr2InReO6

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    Gao, Haitao; Llobet, Anna; Barth, Joachim; Winterlik, Jürgen; Felser, Claudia; Panthöfer, Martin; Tremel, Wolfgang

    2011-04-01

    The rock-salt ordered type double perovskite Sr2InReO6 is systematically investigated by means of powder x-ray diffraction, neutron powder diffraction, temperature-dependent electrical transport, heat capacity and magnetic susceptibility measurements, and electronic band structure calculations. The crystal structure of Sr2InReO6 is revised to be monoclinic (cryolite structure type, space group P21/n) with all structural distortions according to the high-symmetry aristotype due to tilting of the InO6 and ReO6 octahedra, respectively. Sr2InReO6 is a Mott insulator with variable-range hopping. Two 5d electrons are unpaired and localized on the Re5+ ions. Although there are antiferromagnetic interactions, the fcc arrangement of the Re5+ cations (5d2) leads to a geometrically frustrated spin system that does not achieve full magnetic order. The experimental findings are in line with the results of electronic structure computation using the WIEN2K program within the GGA + U approximation exclusively on the basis of the revised crystal structure model.

  1. A nano-grid structure made of perovskite SrTiO3 nanowires for efficient electron transport layers in inverted polymer solar cells.

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    Kim, Jeong Won; Suh, Yo-han; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Yong Seok; Kim, Won Bae

    2015-03-14

    A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ∼32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film. PMID:25684116

  2. Structural and magnetic characterization of the new GdMn1-xFexO3 perovskite material

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    Cardona Vasquez, J. A.; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Collazos, C. A.; Roa Rojas, J.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper we presents the synthesis process of the GdMn1-xFexO3 perovskite material by conventional solid state reaction method. Crystalline phase evolution during the synthesis was studied by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) in powder of the materials, observing that the chemical reaction of the precursor oxides was significant above 1000°C. Rietveld refinement of DRX patterns shows a perovskite structure with octahedral distortions (space group Pbnm, # 62) for studied values of x (0, 0.1 and 0.2). The degree of substitution generates an increasing tendency on lattice parameters a and c, while for b is decreasing just as for the volume of the unit cell. The effect of the change in the lattice parameters directly affects the octahedral distortions, ie, with increasing degree of substitution (increased parameter c) octahedra tend to arrange one above the other aligned with the c axis. Magnetization measurements as a function of temperature were performed above room temperature between 300K and 860K with an applied field of 20Oe and below room temperature in Field Cooling (FC) and Zero Field Cooling modes (ZFC) between 4.2K and 300K with an applied field of 200Oe. Magnetic behavior above room temperature is paramagnetic for used values of x, on the other hand at low temperatures (T<30K) magnetic phase transitions associated to the apparition of an antiferromagnetic phase are observed. In addition for x=0.1 the derivative of magnetization shows a peak around 31K, associated to the ferrimagnetic transition for this material. Curie-Weiss fit reveals the antiferromagnetic (ferrimagnetic) behavior of the materials, also shows that the configurations with x=0 and x=0.2 have an effective magnetic moment very similar to the reported value of undoped material, while for x=0.1 a higher value is observed confirming the ferrimagnetic behavior of this configuration.

  3. Solid State Structure-Reactivity Studies on Bixbyites, Fluorites and Perovskites Belonging to the Vanadate, Titanate and Cerate Families

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    Shafi, Shahid P.

    This thesis primarily focuses on the systematic understanding of structure-reactivity relationships in two representative systems: bixbyite and related structures as well as indium doped CeO2. Topotactic reaction routes have gained significant attention over the past two decades due to their potential to access kinetically controlled metastable materials. This has contributed substantially to the understanding of solid state reaction pathways and provided first insights into mechanisms. Contrary to the widely used ex-situ methods, in-situ techniques including powder x-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis have been employed extensively throughout this work in order to follow the reaction pathways in real time. Detailed analysis of the AVO3 (A = In, Sc) bixbyite reactivity under oxidative conditions has been carried out and a variety of novel metastable oxygen defect phases have been identified and characterized. The novel metastable materials have oxygen deficient fluorite structures and consequently are potential ion conductors. Structural aspects of the topotactic vs. reconstructive transformations are illustrated with this model system. The structure-reactivity study of AVO3 phases was extended to AVO3 perovskite family. Based on the research methodologies and results from AVO3 bixbyite reactivity studies a generalized mechanistic oxidation pathway has been established with a non-vanadium phase, ScTiO3 bixbyite. However, there is stark contrast in terms of structural stability and features beyond this stability limit during AVO3 and ScTiO3 bixbyite reaction pathways. A series of complex reaction sequences including phase separation and phase transitions were identified during the investigation of ScTiO3 reactivity. The two-step formation pathway for the fluorite-type oxide ion conductor Ce1-xInxO2-delta (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) is being reported. The formation of the BaCe1-xInxO 3-delta perovskites and the subsequent CO2-capture reaction

  4. Structural manipulation and tailoring of dielectric properties in SrTi1-xFexTaxO3 perovskites: Design of new lead free relaxors.

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    Shukla, R; Patwe, S J; Deshpande, S K; Achary, S N; Krishna, P S R; Shinde, A B; Gopalakrishnan, J; Tyagi, A K

    2016-01-01

    We report composition dependent structure evolution from SrTiO3 to SrFe0.5Ta0.5O3 by powder X-ray and neutron diffraction studies of SrTi1-2xFexTaxO3 (0.00 ≤ × ≤ 0.50) compositions. Structural studies reveal cubic (Pm3m) perovskite-type structure of the parent SrTiO3 for x up to 0.075 and cation disordered orthorhombic (Pbnm) perovskite-type structure for x ≥ 0.33. A biphasic region consisting of a mixture of cubic and orthorhombic structures is found in the range for 0.10 ≤ × ≤ 0.25. Dielectric studies reveal transformation from a normal dielectric to relaxor like properties with increasing Fe(3+) and Ta(5+) concentration. Dielectric response is maximum at x = 0.33 in the series. The results establish a protocol for designing new lead-free relaxor materials based on the co-substitution of Fe(3+) and Ta(5+) for Ti(4+) in SrTiO3. A complex interplay of strain effects arising from distribution of cations at the octahedral sites of the perovskite structure controls the dielectric properties. PMID:27514668

  5. Structural manipulation and tailoring of dielectric properties in SrTi1−xFexTaxO3 perovskites: Design of new lead free relaxors

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    Shukla, R.; Patwe, S. J.; Deshpande, S. K.; Achary, S. N.; Krishna, P. S. R.; Shinde, A. B.; Gopalakrishnan, J.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2016-01-01

    We report composition dependent structure evolution from SrTiO3 to SrFe0.5Ta0.5O3 by powder X-ray and neutron diffraction studies of SrTi1−2xFexTaxO3 (0.00 ≤ × ≤ 0.50) compositions. Structural studies reveal cubic (Pm3m) perovskite-type structure of the parent SrTiO3 for x up to 0.075 and cation disordered orthorhombic (Pbnm) perovskite-type structure for x ≥ 0.33. A biphasic region consisting of a mixture of cubic and orthorhombic structures is found in the range for 0.10 ≤ × ≤ 0.25. Dielectric studies reveal transformation from a normal dielectric to relaxor like properties with increasing Fe3+ and Ta5+ concentration. Dielectric response is maximum at x = 0.33 in the series. The results establish a protocol for designing new lead-free relaxor materials based on the co-substitution of Fe3+ and Ta5+ for Ti4+ in SrTiO3. A complex interplay of strain effects arising from distribution of cations at the octahedral sites of the perovskite structure controls the dielectric properties. PMID:27514668

  6. Magnetic order and electronic structure of 5d3 double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6

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    Taylor, A. E.; Morrow, R.; Singh, D. J.; Calder, S.; Lumsden, M. D.; Woodward, P. M.; Christianson, A. D.

    2015-03-01

    The magnetic susceptibility, crystal and magnetic structures, and electronic structure of double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6 are reported. Using both neutron and x-ray powder diffraction we find that the crystal structure is monoclinic P21/n from 3.5 to 300 K. Magnetization measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic transition at TN=92 K, one of the highest transition temperatures of any double perovskite hosting only one magnetic ion. Type I antiferromagnetic order is determined by neutron powder diffraction, with an Os moment of only 1.6(1) muB, close to half the spin-only value for a crystal field split 5d electron state with t2g^3 ground state. Density functional calculations show that this reduction is largely the result of strong Os-O hybridization, with spin-orbit coupling responsible for only a ~0.1 muB reduction in the moment.

  7. Structure and dehydration of layered perovskite niobate with bilayer hydrates prepared by exfoliation/self-assembly process

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    Chen Yufeng; Zhao Xinhua; Ma Hui; Ma Shulan; Huang Gailing; Makita, Yoji; Bai Xuedong; Yang Xiaojing

    2008-07-15

    The crystals of an H-form niobate of HCa{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}.xH{sub 2}O (x=0.5) being tetragonal symmetry (space group P4/mbm) with unit cell parameters a=5.4521(6) and c=14.414(2) A were exfoliated into nanosheets with the triple-layered perovskite structure. The colloid suspension of the nanosheets was put into dialysis membrane tubing and allowed self-assembly in a dilute KCl solution. By this method, a novel layered K-form niobate KCa{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}.xH{sub 2}O (x=1.3, typically) with bilayer hydrates in the interlayer was produced. The Rieveld refinement and transmission electron microscope (TEM)/selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) observation indicated that the orientations of the a-/b-axis of each nanosheet as well as the c-axis are uniform, and the self-assembled compound had the same symmetry, tetragonal (P4/mbm) with a=5.453(2) and c=16.876(5) A, as the H-form precursor; the exfoliation/self-assembly process does not markedly affect the two-dimensional lattice of the layer. The large basal spacing resulted from the interlayer K{sup +} ions solvated by two layers of water molecules. The interlayer bilayers-water was gradually changed to monolayer when the temperatures higher than 100 deg. C, and all the water molecules lost when over 600 deg. C. Accompanying the dehydration, the crystal structure transformed from tetragonal to orthorhombic symmetry. Water molecules may take an important role for the layer layered compound to adjust the unit cell to tetragonal symmetry. - Graphical abstract: The structure of layered perovskite niobate KCa{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}.xH{sub 2}O (x=1.3) having a bilayers-hydrates interlayer, obtained via the exfoliation of an H-form precursor and the self-assembly of Ca{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}{sup -} nanosheets, was first discussed in detail and determined to be tetragonal symmetry (P4/mbm). The dehydration resulted in the structural transformation to orthorhombic structure.

  8. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6}

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    Feng, Hai L.; Arai, Masao; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Yuan, Yahua; Sathish, Clastin I.; He, Jianfeng; Tanaka, Masahiko; Yamaura, Kazunari

    2014-09-15

    A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was synthesized under high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 °C) conditions. The polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was characterized by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and magnetic susceptibility, isothermal magnetization, and specific heat measurements. The oxide crystallizes in a double-perovskite structure with an I4/m space group, in which Os(VI) and Cu(II) are ordered in the perovskite B-site. Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} is electrically insulating with an activation energy of 0.813(2) eV and shows antiferromagnetic-like characteristics at temperatures of ∼55 K and ∼70 K. The results of the first-principle calculation suggested that the spin–orbit interaction of Os(VI) plays a substantial role in the insulating state. The Jahn–Teller distortion of CuO{sub 6} octahedra influences the magnetic characteristics with regard to possible two-dimensional magnetic correlations. - Graphical abstract: A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} synthesized by a high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 °C) method. - Highlights: • A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was synthesized. • Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} is electrically insulating and antiferromagnetic below ∼70 K. • The Jahn–Teller distortion of CuO{sub 6} has relevance to possible magnetic anisotropy.

  9. Hybrid functional band gap calculation of SnO{sub 6} containing perovskites and their derived structures

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    Lee, Hyewon; Cheong, S.W.; Kim, Bog G.

    2015-08-15

    We have studied the properties of SnO{sub 6} octahedra-containing perovskites and their derived structures using ab initio calculations with different density functionals. In order to predict the correct band gap of the materials, we have used B3LYP hybrid density functional, and the results of B3LYP were compared with those obtained using the local density approximation and generalized gradient approximation data. The calculations have been conducted for the orthorhombic ground state of the SnO{sub 6} containing perovskites. We also have expended the hybrid density functional calculation to the ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3} system with different cation orderings. We propose an empirical relationship between the tolerance factor and the band gap of SnO{sub 6} containing oxide materials based on first principles calculation. - Graphical abstract: (a) Structure of ASnO{sub 3} for orthorhombic ground state. The green ball is A (Ba, Sr, Ca) cation and the small (red) ball on edge is oxygen. SnO{sub 6} octahedrons are plotted as polyhedron. (b) Band gap of ASnO{sub 3} as a function of the tolerance factor for different density functionals. The experimental values of the band gap are marked as green pentagons. (c) ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3} superlattices with two types cation arrangement: [001] layered structure and [111] rocksalt structure, respectively. (d) B3LYP hybrid functional band gaps of ASnO{sub 3}, [001] ordered superlattices, and [111] ordered superlattices of ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3} as a function of the effective tolerance factor. Note the empirical linear relationship between the band gap and effective tolerance factor. - Highlights: • We report the hybrid functional band gap calculation of ASnO{sub 3} and ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3}. • The band gap of ASnO{sub 3} using B3LYP functional reproduces the experimental value. • We propose the linear relationship between the tolerance factor and the band gap.

  10. Double perovskite structure: a vibrational and luminescence investigation providing a perspective on crystal field strength.

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    Li, Wenyu; Ning, Lixin; Tanner, Peter A

    2012-07-12

    The luminescence spectra of Eu(3+) doped in a series of double perovskite lattices Ba(2)LnMO(6) (Ln = Y, Gd; M = Nb, Ta) have been recorded at room temperature and 10 K. Together with FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra and aided by DFT vibrational energy calculations, assignments have been made for the crystal field levels of the (5)D(J) (J = 0,1) and (7)F(J) (J = 0-2) multiplets. The luminescence spectra are consistent with monoclinic symmetry of these systems. The crystal field parameters from the fitting of the energy level data set of Ba(2)YNbO(6):Eu(3+) enable the crystal field strength to be calculated, and the order of magnitude is Cl(-) < O(2-) < F(-) for the EuX(6)(n-) (n = 6 for halogen, 9 for oxide) moieties. For these systems, an empirical linear relationship between crystal field strength and electronegativity of ligand X has been found. By contrast, the nephelauxetic series from the depression of the Slater parameter F(2) is Cl(-) ≈ O(2-) > F(-) > free ion for these systems. PMID:22703165

  11. Structural and superconducting properties of vanadium substituted Y Ba 2 (Cu 1-x V x) 3 O 9 perovskite oxide system

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    Al-Dallal, S.; Khan, M. N.; Memon, A.

    1991-12-01

    The superconducting properties YBaCuVO system has been studied. It was found that upon substituation of copper by vanadium, the critical temperature decreases linearly for the whole compositional range under investigation (0.2 ⩾ × ⩾ 0.001). X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the structure of these compounds changes systematicaly from orthorhombic which corresponds to oxygen difficient perovskite to tetragonal.

  12. High-Pressure Single-Crystal Structures of 3D Lead-Halide Hybrid Perovskites and Pressure Effects on their Electronic and Optical Properties

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    2016-01-01

    We report the first high-pressure single-crystal structures of hybrid perovskites. The crystalline semiconductors (MA)PbX3 (MA = CH3NH3+, X = Br– or I–) afford us the rare opportunity of understanding how compression modulates their structures and thereby their optoelectronic properties. Using atomic coordinates obtained from high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction we track the perovskites’ precise structural evolution upon compression. These structural changes correlate well with pressure-dependent single-crystal photoluminescence (PL) spectra and high-pressure bandgaps derived from density functional theory. We further observe dramatic piezochromism where the solids become lighter in color and then transition to opaque black with compression. Indeed, electronic conductivity measurements of (MA)PbI3 obtained within a diamond-anvil cell show that the material’s resistivity decreases by 3 orders of magnitude between 0 and 51 GPa. The activation energy for conduction at 51 GPa is only 13.2(3) meV, suggesting that the perovskite is approaching a metallic state. Furthermore, the pressure response of mixed-halide perovskites shows new luminescent states that emerge at elevated pressures. We recently reported that the perovskites (MA)Pb(BrxI1–x)3 (0.2 < x < 1) reversibly form light-induced trap states, which pin their PL to a low energy. This may explain the low voltages obtained from solar cells employing these absorbers. Our high-pressure PL data indicate that compression can mitigate this PL redshift and may afford higher steady-state voltages from these absorbers. These studies show that pressure can significantly alter the transport and thermodynamic properties of these technologically important semiconductors. PMID:27163050

  13. Effects of Bi doping on structural and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxides Sr2FeMoO6

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    Lan, Yaohai; Feng, Xiaomei; Zhang, Xin; Shen, Yifu; Wang, Ding

    2016-08-01

    A new series of double perovskite compounds Sr2 - δBixFeMoO6 have been synthesized by solid-state reaction. δ refers to the nominal doping content of Bi (δ = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5), while the Bi content obtained by the Rietveld refinement is x = 0, 0.01, 0.05, 0.08, 0.10 and 0.12. Their crystal structure and magnetic properties are investigated. Rietveld analysis of the room temperature XRD data shows all the samples crystallize in the cubic crystal structure with the space group Fm 3 ‾ m and have no phase transition. SEM images show that substituted samples present a denser microstructure and bigger grains than Sr2FeMoO6, which is caused by a liquid sintering process due to the effumability of Bi. The unit cell volume increases with augment of Bi3+ concentration despite the smaller ionic radius Bi3+ compared with the Sr2+, which is attributed to the electronic effect. The degree of Fe/Mo order (η) increases first and then decreases to almost disappearance with augment of Bi doping, which is the result of contribution from electronic effect. Calculated saturation magnetization Ms(3) according to our phase separation likeness model matches well with the experimental ones. The observed variations of magnetoresistance (MR) are consistent with the Fe/Mo order (η) due to the internal connection with anti-site defect (ASD).

  14. Structural and optoelectronic properties of the zinc titanate perovskite and spinel by modified Becke-Johnson potential

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    Ali, Zahid; Ali, Sajad; Ahmad, Iftikhar; Khan, Imad; Rahnamaye Aliabad, H. A.

    2013-07-01

    Structural and electronic properties of the cubic perovskite ZnTiO3 and spinel Zn2TiO4 are theoretically studied by the modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) potential within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The calculated lattice constants are found to be consistent with the experimental results. The electronic band structures of both the materials reveal that ZnTiO3 is an indirect band gap while Zn2TiO4 is a direct band gap semiconductor. The calculated fundamental band gaps of these compounds are 2.7 eV and 3.18 eV, which are consistent with the experimental band gaps of 2.9 eV and 3.1 eV, respectively. Zn2TiO4 is a wide and direct band gap compound and hence is an attractive material for optoelectronic applications, especially in near ultraviolet (UV) optoelectronics. Keeping in view the importance of Zn2TiO4 in low frequency UV devices its optical properties like dielectric functions, refractive index, reflectivity and energy loss function are also evaluated and discussed in detail.

  15. Structure and thermodynamic stability of hydrogen interstitials in BaZrO3 perovskite oxide from density functional calculations.

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    Björketun, Mårten E; Sundell, Per G; Wahnström, Göran

    2007-01-01

    Density functional calculations have been used to study the electronic structure, preferred sites in the lattice, formation energies and vibrational frequencies for hydrogen interstitials in different charge states in the cubic phase of perovskite-structured BaZrO3. By combining ab initio results with thermodynamic modeling, defect formation at finite temperature and pressure has been investigated. We demonstrate how the site selectivity and spatial distribution of dopant atoms in the lattice can be affected by changes in the environmental conditions (atomic chemical potentials, oxygen partial pressure and temperature) used during processing of the material. In addition, we have calculated the thermodynamic parameters of the water uptake reaction for an acceptor-doped BaZrO3 crystal in equilibrium with a humid atmosphere. The interaction energies between a protonic defect and the investigated Ga, Gd, In, Nd, Sc, and Y dopants were found to be attractive, and we show that a simple model of defect association may reproduce an experimentally observed trend in the hydration enthalpy. PMID:17326572

  16. Ab initio study of structural, mechanical, thermal and electronic properties of perovskites Sr(Li,Pd)H3

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    Benlamari, S.; Amara Korba, S.; Lakel, S.; Meradji, H.; Ghemid, S.; El Haj Hassan, F.

    2016-01-01

    The structural, elastic, thermal and electronic properties of perovskite hydrides SrLiH3 and SrPdH3 have been investigated using the all-electron full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method based on the density functional theory (DFT). For the exchange-correlation potential, local-density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) have been used to calculate theoretical lattice parameters, bulk modulus, and its pressure derivative. The present results are in good agreement with available theoretical and experimental data. The three independent elastic constants (C11, C12 and C44) are also reported. From electronic band structure and density of states (DOSs), it is found that SrLiH3 is an insulator characterized by an indirect gap of 3.48 eV, while SrPdH3 is metallic with a calculated DOSs at Fermi energy of 0.745 states/eV-unit cell. Poisson’s ratio (σ), Young’s modulus (E), shear modulus (G), anisotropy factor (A), average sound velocities (vm) and density (ρ) of these compounds are also estimated for the first time. The Debye temperature is deduced from the average sound velocity. Variation of elastic constants and bulk modulus of these compounds as a function of pressure is also reported. Pressure and thermal effects on some macroscopic properties are predicted using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr, Nd) perovskite nitride oxides

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    Porter, Spencer H.; Huang, Zhenguo; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Avdeev, Maxim; Chen, Zhixin; Dou, Shixue; Woodward, Patrick M.

    2015-03-15

    Neutron powder diffraction indicates that CeTiNO{sub 2} and PrTiNO{sub 2} crystallize with orthorhombic Pnma symmetry (Ce: a=5.5580(5), b=7.8369(7), and c=5.5830(4) Å; Pr: a=5.5468(5), b=7.8142(5), and c=5.5514(5) Å) as a result of a{sup –}b{sup +}a{sup –} tilting of the titanium-centered octahedra. Careful examination of the NPD data, confirms the absence of long range anion order in both compounds, while apparent superstructure reflections seen in electron diffraction patterns provide evidence for short range anion order. Inverse magnetic susceptibility plots reveal that the RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr, Nd) compounds are paramagnetic with Weiss constants that vary from −28 to −42 K. Effective magnetic moments for RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr, Nd) are 2.43 μ{sub B}, 3.63 μ{sub B}, and 3.47 μ{sub B}, respectively, in line with values expected for free rare-earth ions. Deviations from Curie–Weiss behavior that occur below 150 K for CeTiNO{sub 2} and below 30 K for NdTiNO{sub 2} are driven by magnetic anisotropy, spin–orbit coupling, and crystal field effects. - Graphical abstract: The structure and magnetism of the oxide nitride perovskites RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr, Nd) have been explored. The average symmetry is shown to be Pnma with a random distribution of oxide and nitride ions and a{sup −}b{sup +}a{sup −} tilting of the titanium-centered octahedra, but electron diffraction shows evidence for short range anion order. All three compounds are paramagnetic but deviations from the Curie Weiss law are seen below 150 K for R=Ce and below 30 K for R=Nd. - Highlights: • The oxide nitride perovskites RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr) have been prepared and their structures determined. • Diffraction measurements indicate short range cis-order of O and N, but no long range order. • Compounds are paramagnetic with Weiss constants that vary from −28 to −42 K. • CeTiO{sub 2}N and NdTiO{sub 2}N deviate from Curie–Weiss behavior below 150 and 30 K, respectively.

  18. B-site ordered perovskite LaSrMnNbO{sub 6}: Synthesis, structure and antiferromagnetism

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    Yang Tao; Perkisas, Tyche; Hadermann, Joke; Croft, Mark; Ignatov, Alexander; Greenblatt, Martha

    2010-11-15

    LaSrMnNbO{sub 6} has been synthesized by high temperature solid state reaction under 1% H{sub 2}/Ar dynamic flow. The structure is determined by Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction data. It crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n with the unit cell parameters: a=5.69187(12), b=5.74732(10), c=8.07018(15) A and {beta}=90.0504(29){sup o}, which were also confirmed by electron diffraction. The Mn{sup 2+} and Nb{sup 5+} ions, whose valence states are confirmed by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy, are almost completely ordered over the B-site (<1% inversion) of the perovskite structure due to the large differences of both cationic size (0.19 A) and charge. The octahedral framework displays significant tilting distortion according to Glazer's tilt system a{sup -}b{sup -}c{sup +}. Upon heating, LaSrMnNbO{sub 6} decomposes at 690 {sup o}C under O{sub 2} flow or at 775 {sup o}C in air. The magnetic susceptibility data indicate the presence of long-range antiferromagnetic ordering at T{sub N}=8 K; the experimentally observed effective paramagnetic moment, {mu}{sub eff}=5.76 {mu}{sub B} for high spin Mn{sup 2+} (3d{sup 5}, S=5/2) is in good agreement with the calculated value ({mu}{sub calcd}=5.92 {mu}{sub B}). -- Graphical abstract: An ordered double perovskite, LaSrMnNbO{sub 6} has been synthesized in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n. The Mn{sup 2+} and Nb{sup 5+} ions, whose valence states are confirmed by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy, are ordered over the B-site. The magnetic susceptibility data indicate long-range antiferromagnetic ordering at T{sub N}=8 K. Display Omitted

  19. Hybrid germanium iodide perovskite semiconductors: active lone pairs, structural distortions, direct and indirect energy gaps, and strong nonlinear optical properties.

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    Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Frazer, Laszlo; Clark, Daniel J; Kim, Yong Soo; Rhim, Sonny H; Freeman, Arthur J; Ketterson, John B; Jang, Joon I; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2015-06-01

    The synthesis and properties of the hybrid organic/inorganic germanium perovskite compounds, AGeI3, are reported (A = Cs, organic cation). The systematic study of this reaction system led to the isolation of 6 new hybrid semiconductors. Using CsGeI3 (1) as the prototype compound, we have prepared methylammonium, CH3NH3GeI3 (2), formamidinium, HC(NH2)2GeI3 (3), acetamidinium, CH3C(NH2)2GeI3 (4), guanidinium, C(NH2)3GeI3 (5), trimethylammonium, (CH3)3NHGeI3 (6), and isopropylammonium, (CH3)2C(H)NH3GeI3 (7) analogues. The crystal structures of the compounds are classified based on their dimensionality with 1–4 forming 3D perovskite frameworks and 5–7 1D infinite chains. Compounds 1–7, with the exception of compounds 5 (centrosymmetric) and 7 (nonpolar acentric), crystallize in polar space groups. The 3D compounds have direct band gaps of 1.6 eV (1), 1.9 eV (2), 2.2 eV (3), and 2.5 eV (4), while the 1D compounds have indirect band gaps of 2.7 eV (5), 2.5 eV (6), and 2.8 eV (7). Herein, we report on the second harmonic generation (SHG) properties of the compounds, which display remarkably strong, type I phase-matchable SHG response with high laser-induced damage thresholds (up to ∼3 GW/cm(2)). The second-order nonlinear susceptibility, χS(2), was determined to be 125.3 ± 10.5 pm/V (1), (161.0 ± 14.5) pm/V (2), 143.0 ± 13.5 pm/V (3), and 57.2 ± 5.5 pm/V (4). First-principles density functional theory electronic structure calculations indicate that the large SHG response is attributed to the high density of states in the valence band due to sp-hybridization of the Ge and I orbitals, a consequence of the lone pair activation. PMID:25950197

  20. Fabrication of nanofibrous A- or B-sites substituted LaCoO{sub 3} perovskites with macroscopic structures and their catalytic applications

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    Wu, Qiang; Zhao, Li; Wu, Meixia; Yao, Weifeng; Qi, Meixue; Shi, Xiaoyan

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: Fabrication of nanofibrous La{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.2) and LaMn{sub x}Co{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.2, 0.5, 0.8) perovskite-type oxides with macroscopic structures can be successfully achieved by using carbon nanofibers (CNFs) as templates. Furthermore, their application for the combustion of carbon black (CB), which is a model of particulate matter exhausted from diesel engines, was demonstrated. - Highlights: • Nanofibrous perovskites with macroscopic shapes were successfully obtained. • CNFs template method used here is facile, effective and reproducible. • This method might be applicable to other novel material fabrication. • The obtained materials show superior catalytic activity in soot combustion. - Abstract: Fabrication of nanofibrous La{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.2) and LaMn{sub x}Co{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.2, 0.5, 0.8) perovskite-type oxides with macroscopic structures can be successfully achieved by using carbon nanofibers (CNFs) as templates. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), coupled with X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the template effect and formation of the perovskite-type oxides on the macroscopic substrate. It turned out that this facile method can ensure the desired single-phase perovskite-type oxides formation by controlling the corresponding metal ratio during the preparation procedure. In addition, the immobilized nanofibrous La{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (x = 0.05) and LaMn{sub x}Co{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.5) perovskite-type oxides can greatly decrease the combustion temperature of nanosized carbon black particles, which has the high potential application prospects in the treatment of diesel soot particles.

  1. Structural and magnetic study of Yb{sup 3+} in the perovskites Sr{sub 2}YbMO{sub 6} (M=Nb, Ta, Sb)

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    Coomer, Fiona C.; Campbell, John; Giordano, Nico; Collins, Oonagh M.; Cussen, Edmund J.

    2015-01-15

    The compounds Sr{sub 2}YbNbO{sub 6}, Sr{sub 2}YbTaO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}YbSbO{sub 6} have been prepared using solid state methods by heating pelleted reagents in air at temperatures up to 1400 °C. Rietveld refinement against room temperature neutron powder diffraction data show that all three compounds crystallise with a cation-ordered variant of the perovskite structure in the P2{sub 1}/n space group. Complete cation ordering occurs between M{sup 5+} and Yb{sup 3+} over two octahedrally-coordinated sites in the structure and all compounds are stoichiometric in oxygen. The Sb–O bond lengths are similar to related perovskite compounds but differ slightly from those indicated by bond valence sums. Magnetic susceptibility data resemble Curie–Weiss paramagnetic behaviour, but can be better understood as arising from the effect of the octahedral crystal field on the {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} ground state of Yb{sup 3+} leading to a temperature dependent magnetic moment on this ion below 100 K. - Graphical abstract: The magnetic susceptibility of the face-centred cubic Yb{sup 3+} lattice is dominated by the temperature dependent single-ion moment below 100 K. - Highlights: • Cation-ordered perovskites are studied using neutron diffraction and magnetometry. • Yb{sup 3+} cations form a pseudo face centred cubic lattice in a distorted structure. • Sb{sup 5+} cation is slightly overbonded as observed in related perovskites. • Crystal field splitting of 4f{sup 13} Yb{sup 3+} giving a temperature dependent moment. • Magnetic susceptibility reproduces theoretical predictions below 100 K.

  2. Large Grained Perovskite Solar Cells Derived from Single-Crystal Perovskite Powders with Enhanced Ambient Stability.

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    Yen, Hung-Ju; Liang, Po-Wei; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Yang, Zhibin; Jen, Alex K-Y; Wang, Hsing-Lin

    2016-06-15

    In this study, we demonstrate the large grained perovskite solar cells prepared from precursor solution comprising single-crystal perovskite powders for the first time. The resultant large grained perovskite thin film possesses a negligible physical (structural) gap between each large grain and is highly crystalline as evidenced by its fan-shaped birefringence observed under polarized light, which is very different from the thin film prepared from the typical precursor route (MAI + PbI2). PMID:27224963

  3. Effect of Structural Phase Transition on Charge-Carrier Lifetimes and Defects in CH3NH3SnI3 Perovskite.

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    Parrott, Elizabeth S; Milot, Rebecca L; Stergiopoulos, Thomas; Snaith, Henry J; Johnston, Michael B; Herz, Laura M

    2016-04-01

    Methylammonium tin triiodide (MASnI3) has been successfully employed in lead-free perovskite solar cells, but overall power-conversion efficiencies are still significantly lower than for lead-based perovskites. Here we present photoluminescence (PL) spectra and time-resolved PL from 8 to 295 K and find a marked improvement in carrier lifetime and a substantial reduction in PL line width below ∼110 K, indicating that the cause of the hindered performance is activated at the orthorhombic to tetragonal phase transition. Our measurements therefore suggest that targeted structural change may be capable of tailoring the relative energy level alignment of defects (e.g., tin vacancies) to reduce the background dopant density and improve charge extraction. In addition, we observe for the first time an above-gap emission feature that may arise from higher-lying interband transitions, raising the prospect of excess energy harvesting. PMID:26990282

  4. Compositional and Structural Versatility in an Unusual Family of anti-Perovskite Fluorides: [Cu(H2O)4]3[(MF6)(M'F6)].

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    Felder, Justin B; Yeon, Jeongho; Smith, Mark D; Zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2016-07-18

    A series of six anti-perovskite fluorides of the type [Cu(H2O)4]3(M1-xM'xF6)2 (where M and M' = V, Cr, Mn, Fe as well as M = Fe and M' = V and Cr) was synthesized as high-quality single crystals via a mild hydrothermal route. These materials belong to a class of perovskite-based structures in which the anions and cations of the regular ABX3 perovskite structure have exchanged positions. Two complex anions, MF6(3-) and M'F6(3-), occupy the normal A and B cation positions, while three complex cations, [Cu(H2O)4](2+), occupy the normally anionic X positions. As in the ABX3 compositions, the A and B positions can be occupied by different complex anions, allowing for the preparation of a wide range of compositions. Magnetic property measurements were performed on all six phases, and complex magnetic behavior was observed at low temperatures in the Mn, Fe, and bimetallic Fe/V and Fe/Cr phases. PMID:27367900

  5. Optical properties and structural phase transitions of lead-halide based inorganic-organic 3D and 2D perovskite semiconductors under high pressure

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    Matsuishi, K.; Ishihara, T.; Onari, S.; Chang, Y. H.; Park, C. H.

    2004-11-01

    Optical absorption, photoluminescence and Raman scattering of lead-halide based inorganic-organic perovskite semiconductors were measured under quasi-hydrostatic pressure at room temperature. For the 3D perovskite semiconductor, (CH3NH3)PbBr3, the free exciton photoluminescence band exhibits red-shifts with pressure, and jumps to a higher energy by 0.07 eV at 0.8 GPa, which is associated with a phase transition from a cubic to an orthorhombic structure confirmed by Raman scattering. Above the phase transition pressure, the exciton band shows blue-shifts with further increasing pressure, and eventually disappears above 4.7 GPa. The results are compared with those for the 2D perovskite semiconductor, (C4H9NH3)2PbI4. First principles pseudopotential calculations were performed to investigate changes in octahedral distortion and electronic band structures with pressure. The calculations have explained the origins of the intriguing changes in the electronic states with pressure in view of bonding characters between atomic orbitals in octahedra.

  6. Atomic structure of metal-halide perovskites from first principles: The chicken-and-egg paradox of the organic-inorganic interaction

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    Li, Jingrui; Rinke, Patrick

    2016-07-01

    We have studied the prototype hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 and its three close relatives, CH3NH3SnI3 ,CH3NH3PbCl3 , and CsPbI3, using relativistic density function theory. The long-range van der Waals (vdW) interactions were incorporated into the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange-correlation functional using the Tkatchenko-Scheffler pairwise scheme. Our results reveal that hydrogen bonding, which is well described by the PBE functional, plays a decisive role for the structural parameters of these systems, including the position and orientation of the organic cation as well as the deformation of the inorganic framework. The magnitude of the inorganic-framework deformation depends sensitively on the orientation of the organic cation, and directly influences the stability of the hybrid perovskites. Our results suggest that the organic and the inorganic components complement each other; the low symmetry of the organic cation is the origin of the inorganic-framework deformation, which then aids the overall stabilization of the hybrid perovskite structure. This stabilization is indirectly affected by vdW interactions, which lead to smaller unit-cell volumes than in PBE and therefore modulate the interaction between the organic cation and the inorganic framework. The vdW-induced lattice-constant corrections are system dependent and lead to PBE+vdW lattice constants in good agreement with experiment. Further insight is gained by analyzing the vdW contributions. In all iodide-based hybrid perovskites, the interaction between the organic cation and the iodide anions provides the largest lattice-constant change, followed by iodine-iodine and the organic cation—heavy-metal cation interaction. These corrections follow an almost linear dependence on the lattice constant within the range considered in our study and are therefore approximately additive.

  7. Low temperature thermoelastic and structural properties of LaGaO{sub 3} perovskite in the Pbnm phase

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    Knight, Kevin S.

    2012-10-15

    The thermoelastic and structural properties of LaGaO{sub 3} perovskite have been studied using high resolution neutron diffractometry at 158 temperatures between 11 K and 548 K. Data collected in 2 K intervals between 410 K and 430 K show no evidence for an intermediate phase between the low temperature phase in space group Pbnm and the high temperature phase in space group F3{sup Macron }2/n. From a simultaneous fit of the unit cell volume and the isochoric heat capacity, the phonon density of states in the Pbnm phase is shown to be approximated by a two-term Debye model, with characteristic temperatures 294(1) K and 831(1) K. Vibrational Debye temperatures, determined from fitting the temperature variation of the atomic displacement parameters, show the cations to be more associated with the lower characteristic temperature, whilst that for the anions, is closer to the higher characteristic temperature. Structural parameters are presented as the amplitudes of the seven symmetry-adapted basis-vectors of the aristotype phase, and a structural basis for the temperature-dependence of the bond lengths is outlined. The phase transition in both temperature and pressure arises when a non-bonded La-O distance approaches the La coordination sphere. - Graphical abstract: The weight fraction of the rhombohedral phase of LaGaO{sub 3} from the onset of the phase transition at 408 K to its completion at 430 K. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermoelastic properties of LaGaO{sub 3} analyzed as a two-term Debye model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structure and bonding analyzed in terms of symmetry-adapted basis-vectors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Consistency between calorimetric and crystallographic measurements.

  8. Structural phase transition in perovskite metal-formate frameworks: a Potts-type model with dipolar interactions.

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    Šimėnas, Mantas; Balčiūnas, Sergejus; Ma Combining Cedilla Czka, Mirosław; Banys, Jūras; Tornau, Evaldas E

    2016-07-21

    We propose a combined experimental and numerical study to describe an order-disorder structural phase transition in perovskite-based [(CH3)2NH2][M(HCOO)3] (M = Zn(2+), Mn(2+), Fe(2+), Co(2+) and Ni(2+)) dense metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The three-fold degenerate orientation of the molecular (CH3)2NH2(+) (DMA(+)) cation implies a selection of the statistical three-state model of the Potts type. It is constructed on a simple cubic lattice where each lattice point can be occupied by a DMA(+) cation in one of the available states. In our model the main interaction is the nearest-neighbor Potts-type interaction, which effectively accounts for the H-bonding between DMA(+) cations and M(HCOO)3(-) cages. The model is modified by accounting for the dipolar interactions which are evaluated for the real monoclinic lattice using density functional theory. We employ the Monte Carlo method to numerically study the model. The calculations are supplemented with the experimental measurements of electric polarization. The obtained results indicate that the three-state Potts model correctly describes the phase transition order in these MOFs, while dipolar interactions are necessary to obtain better agreement with the experimental polarization. We show that in our model with substantial dipolar interactions the ground state changes from uniform to the layers with alternating polarization directions. PMID:27341447

  9. Effects of pyrolysis temperature on structural, Raman, and infrared properties of perovskite PbTiO3 nanotubes

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    Yang, Sun A.; Kim, Byung Hoon; Cho, Sam Yeon; Han, Jin Kyu; Bu, Sang Don; Choi, Yong Chan

    2016-02-01

    In this work, we investigated the effects of the pyrolysis temperature on the structural, Raman, and infrared properties of PbTiO3 nanotubes (PTO-NTs). The PTO-NTs were synthesized by spin coating a sol-gel solution on porous anodic alumina membranes, followed by the pyrolysis step at 400 - 600 ℃. Then, PTO-NTs were finally crystallized at 600 - 700 ℃ in an oxygen atmosphere to get the perovskite phase. The PTO-NTs had an outer diameter of about 420 nm and a wall thickness of about 10 nm. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that the tetragonality ( c/ a) increased from 1.019 to 1.028 as the pyrolysis temperature was increased from 400 to 600 ℃. Raman spectroscopy showed that the phonon modes of A 1( nTO) and E( nTO) increased with a redshift of the A 1(3TO) mode as the pyrolysis temperature was increased. In the Fourier-transform infrared spectra of PTO-NTs embedded in the porous anodic alumina membrane, the transmittance of the band at 499 cm-1 increased as the pyrolysis temperature was increased, which might be due to an increase in the tetragonality.

  10. X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Studies of Mn Coordination in Doped Perovskite SrTiO3

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    Levin, I.; Krayzman, V; Woicik, J; Tkach, A; Vilarinho, P

    2010-01-01

    The coordination of Mn in doped SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics having nominal compositions SrTi{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}O{sub 3} and Sr{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}TiO{sub 3} was analyzed using x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements. As expected, Mn{sup 4+} substitution for Ti{sup 4+} leads to Mn occupancy of the octahedral B-sites of ABO{sub 3} perovskite lattice with a Mn-O bond distance of 1.902 {angstrom} (compared to 1.953 {angstrom} for Ti-O) and no significant local distortions around the Mn atoms. In contrast, for the composition Sr{sub 0.98}Mn{sup 0.02}TiO{sub 3}, Mn segregates to both the A-sites (as Mn{sup 2+}) and the B-sites (predominantly as Mn{sup 4+}). Extended XAFS confirms strong ({approx} 0.77 {angstrom}) displacements of Mn{sup 2+} cations off the ideal A-site positions along <001> directions with a significant distortion of several coordination shells around the dopant atoms.

  11. Spectroscopy and structural characteristics of Eu3+-activated perovskite tungstate Ba2La2ZnW2O12

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    Yang, Li; Huang, Yanlin; Cheng, Han; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2015-11-01

    Eu3+-doped tungstate Ba2La2ZnW2O12 was prepared by the high-temperature solid-state reaction method. The x-ray powder diffraction (XRD) patterns indicate that the matrix has a perovskite structure. The samples were characterized by the scanning electron microscope (SEM), by optical diffuse reflection, photoluminescence (PL) spectra and by their decay curves. Eu3+-activated Ba2La2ZnW2O12 shows red luminescence under the excitation of near-ultraviolet and blue light. Laser site-selective excitation and emission spectroscopy technology was applied to investigate the spectroscopic and microstructural properties. The excitation spectra were tested by monitoring the emission from 5D0  →  7F0-4 transitions. Accordingly the emission spectra and decay curves (lifetime) were measured by the excitation in the 5D0  →  7F0 wavelength region using a pulsed, tunable, and narrow-band dye laser. We have detected two Eu3+ sites in Ba2La2ZnW2O12 with the temperature region ranging from 10 K to below 300 K. On the spectra data of the site-selective emission and decay, the Stark energy levels of Eu3+ at two different sites were determined. The lifetimes of Eu3+ ions at the two sites were compared. The energy transfer and crystallographic assignments for the Eu3+ sites were discussed.

  12. The thermal equation of state of (Mg, Fe)SiO3 bridgmanite (perovskite) and implications for lower mantle structures

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    Wolf, Aaron S.; Jackson, Jennifer M.; Dera, Przemeslaw; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2015-11-01

    The high-pressure/high-temperature equation of state (EOS) of synthetic 13% Fe-bearing bridgmanite (Mg silicate perovskite) is measured using powder X-ray diffraction in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell with a quasi-hydrostatic neon pressure medium. We compare these results, which are consistent with previous 300 K sound speed and compression studies, with a reanalysis of Fe-free Mg end-member data from Tange et al. (2012) to determine the effect of iron on bridgmanite's thermoelastic properties. EOS parameters are incorporated into an ideal lattice mixing model to probe the behavior of bridgmanite at deep mantle conditions. With this model, a nearly pure bridgmanite mantle composition is shown to be inconsistent with density and compressibility profiles of the lower mantle. We also explore the buoyant stability of bridgmanite over a range of temperatures and compositions expected for Large Low-Shear Velocity Provinces, concluding that bridgmanite-dominated thermochemical piles are more likely to be passive dense layers externally supported by convection, rather than internally supported metastable domes. The metastable dome scenario is estimated to have a relative likelihood of only 4-7%, given the narrow range of compositions and temperatures consistent with seismic constraints. If buoyantly supported, such structures could not have remained stable with greater thermal contrast early in Earth's history, ruling out formation scenarios involving a large concentration of heat producing elements.

  13. Elucidating the band structure and free charge carrier dynamics of pure and impurities doped CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x) perovskite thin films.

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    Zhang, Zhen-Yu; Chen, Xin; Wang, Hai-Yu; Xu, Ming; Gao, Bing-Rong; Chen, Qi-Dai; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2015-11-28

    CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite material has been commonly used as the free charge generator and reservoir in highly efficient perovskite-based solid-state solar photovoltaic devices. However, many of the underlying fundamental photophysical mechanisms in this material such as the perovskite transition band structure as well as the dependent relationship between the carrier properties and lattice properties still lack sufficient understanding. Here, we elucidated the fundamental band structure of the pure CH3NH3PbI3-xClx pervoskite lattice, and then reported about the dependent relationship between the free charge carrier characteristic and the different CH3NH3PbI3-xClx pervoskite lattice thin films utilizing femtosecond time-resolved pump-probe technologies. The data demonstrated that the pure perovskite crystal band structure should only have one conduction and one valence band rather than dual valences, and the pure perovskite lattice could trigger more free charge carriers with a slower recombination rate under an identical pump intensity compared with the impurities doped perovskite crystal. We also investigated the perovskite film performance when exposed to moisture and water, the corresponding results gave us a dip in the optimization of the performance of perovskite based devices, and so as a priority this material should be isolated from moisture (water). This work may propose a deeper perspective on the comprehension for this material and it is useful for future optimization of applications in photovoltaic and light emission devices. PMID:26497219

  14. Stability of organometal perovskites with organic overlayers

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    Tran, Catherine D. T.; Liu, Yi; Thibau, Emmanuel S.; Llanos, Adrian; Lu, Zheng-Hong

    2015-08-01

    The air-stability of vapour-phase-deposited methylammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite thin films has been studied using X-ray diffraction. It is found that the perovskite structure without organic coating decomposes completely within a short period of time (˜two days) upon exposure to ambient environment. The degradation of the perovskite structure is drastically reduced when the perovskite films are capped with thin N,N'-Di(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-(1,1'-biphenyl)-4,4'-diamine (NPB) films. We discovered that the amount of lead iodide (PbI2), a product of the degradation, grows as a function of time in a sigmoidal manner. Further mathematical modeling analysis shows that the perovskite degradation follows the Avrami equation, a kinetics theory developed for quantifying phase transformations in solid-state materials.

  15. Stability of organometal perovskites with organic overlayers

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    Tran, Catherine D. T.; Liu, Yi; Thibau, Emmanuel S.; Llanos, Adrian; Lu, Zheng-Hong

    2015-08-15

    The air-stability of vapour-phase-deposited methylammonium lead triiodide (CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}) perovskite thin films has been studied using X-ray diffraction. It is found that the perovskite structure without organic coating decomposes completely within a short period of time (∼two days) upon exposure to ambient environment. The degradation of the perovskite structure is drastically reduced when the perovskite films are capped with thin N,N′-Di(1-naphthyl)-N,N′-diphenyl-(1,1′-biphenyl)-4,4′-diamine (NPB) films. We discovered that the amount of lead iodide (PbI{sub 2}), a product of the degradation, grows as a function of time in a sigmoidal manner. Further mathematical modeling analysis shows that the perovskite degradation follows the Avrami equation, a kinetics theory developed for quantifying phase transformations in solid-state materials.

  16. Chemistry and synthesis of new polar perovskites with small tolerance factors

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    Belik, Alexei

    2013-03-01

    ``Usual'' perovskite-type compounds with the general formula ABO3, where A is La-Lu and Y and B is V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu have been attracting a lot of attention for decades. ``Exotic'' perovskites are also highly interesting because new phenomena may emerge in them. The term ``exotic'' may include compounds with unusual oxidation states, unusual ion distribution, and unusual ions at the A site and B site. Perovskites with A = Sc and In have small tolerance factors, and they can be prepared only at high pressure. We will discuss ``exotic'' perovskites with A = Sc and In. A limited number of compounds can be prepared at 6 GPa. Results on (A1-yMy)MnO3 (A = Sc and In, M = Mn, Mg, Co, and Ni), InCrO3, ScCrO3, InRhO3, ScRhO3, InNi0.5Mn0.5O3, and ScNi0.5Mn0.5O3 will be presented. We will also describe a new class of multiferroic polar materials: In-based perovskites. We show that (In1-yMy)MO3 with y = 0.112-0.176 and M = Fe0.5Mn0.5 is isostructural with BiFeO3 (space group R3c) and has a high ferroelectric Curie temperature; (In1-yMy)MO3 is a canted antiferromagnet with the Néel temperature close to RT. Our results give a significant contribution to the development of RT multiferroics and also show new ways for the preparation of perovskite-type materials. This work was supported by WPI Initiative (MEXT, Japan), JSPS FIRST Program, and the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (22246083).

  17. First-principles study of structural, electronic, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of the double perovskite Ba2CeCoO6

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    Xie, Huan-Huan; Gao, Qiang; Li, Lei; Lei, Gang; Hu, Xian-Ru; Deng, Jian-Bo

    2016-07-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of cubic double perovskite Ba2CeCoO6 were calculated using first-principles full-potential local-orbital minimum-basis method. This compound has a cubic crystal structure with space group Fm 3 bar m. By analysing the band structure we found, at the equilibrium lattice constant, this compound is a half-metal. Moreover, the half-metallicity can be kept under a large range of pressure. Meanwhile, the thermodynamic characters are investigated using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  18. Structurally unstable AIIIBiO3 perovskites are predicted to be topological insulators but their stable structural forms are trivial band insulators

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    Trimarchi, Giancarlo; Zhang, Xiuwen; Freeman, Arthur J.; Zunger, Alex

    2014-10-01

    The quest for broadening the materials base of topological insulators (TIs) beyond the handful of presently known examples has recently led to exploratory calculations of the topological Z2 metric from the band structure of various candidate compounds in assumed crystal structures. However, structural transformations such as volume compression, lattice straining, or atom swaps that are used to instigate in a trivial insulator the band inversion underlying TI-ness, might also destabilize the system to the point that it either distorts into a more stable structure or does not form at all. Whether the more stable form of the candidate material is a TI, it is to be determined. Yet, often TI discovery calculations do not assess whether the postulated structural forms predicted to be TIs are also the stable forms of these compounds. Here, we show that in the broad family of III-Bi-O3 oxides (III=Al , Ga, In, Sc, Y, and La), the cubic AIIIBiO3 perovskite structure, which has been recently predicted to be TI for YBiO3, is unstable, whereas the stable AIIIBiO3 structural forms are trivial band insulators.

  19. Influence of surface and finite size effects on the structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline lanthanum strontium perovskite manganites

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    Žvátora, Pavel; Veverka, Miroslav; Veverka, Pavel; Knížek, Karel; Závěta, Karel; Pollert, Emil; Goglio, Graziella; Duguet, Etienne; Kaman, Ondřej

    2013-08-15

    Syntheses of nanocrystalline perovskite phases of the general formula La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3+δ} were carried out employing sol–gel technique followed by thermal treatment at 700–900 °C under oxygen flow. The prepared samples exhibit a rhombohedral structure with space group R3{sup ¯}c in the whole investigated range of composition 0.20≤x≤0.45. The studies were aimed at the chemical composition including oxygen stoichiometry and extrinsic properties, i.e. size of the particles, both influencing the resulting structural and magnetic properties. The oxygen stoichiometry was determined by chemical analysis revealing oxygen excess in most of the studied phases. The excess was particularly high for the samples with the smallest crystallites (12–28 nm) while comparative bulk materials showed moderate non-stoichiometry. These differences are tentatively attributed to the surface effects in view of the volume fraction occupied by the upper layer whose atomic composition does not comply with the ideal bulk stoichiometry. - Graphical abstract: Evolution of the particle size with annealing temperature in the nanocrystalline La{sub 0.70}Sr{sub 0.30}MnO{sub 3+δ} phase. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The magnetic behaviour of nanocrystalline La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3+δ} phases was analyzed on the basis of their crystal structure, chemical composition and size of the particles. • Their Curie temperature and magnetization are markedly affected by finite size and surface effects. • The oxygen excess observed in the La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3+δ} nanoparticles might be generated by the surface layer with deviated oxygen stoichiometry.

  20. Crystal structure of post-perovskite-type CaIrO3 reinvestigated: new insights into atomic thermal vibration behaviors

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    Nakatsuka, Akihiko; Sugiyama, Kazumasa; Yoneda, Akira; Fujiwara, Keiko; Yoshiasa, Akira

    2015-01-01

    Single crystals of the title compound, the post-perovskite-type CaIrO3 [calcium iridium(IV) trioxide], have been grown from a CaCl2 flux at atmospheric pressure. The crystal structure consists of an alternate stacking of IrO6 octa­hedral layers and CaO8 hendeca­hedral layers along [010]. Chains formed by edge-sharing of IrO6 octa­hedra (point-group symmetry 2/m..) run along [100] and are inter­connected along [001] by sharing apical O atoms to build up the IrO6 octa­hedral layers. Chains formed by face-sharing of CaO8 hendeca­hedra (point-group symmetry m2m) run along [100] and are inter­connected along [001] by edge-sharing to build up the CaO8 hendeca­hedral layers. The IrO6 octa­hedral layers and CaO8 hendeca­hedral layers are inter­connected by sharing edges. The present structure refinement using a high-power X-ray source confirms the atomic positions determined by Hirai et al. (2009 ▸) [Z. Kristallogr. 224, 345–350], who had revised our previous report [Sugahara et al. (2008 ▸). Am. Mineral. 93, 1148–1152]. However, the displacement ellipsoids of the Ir and Ca atoms based on the present refinement can be approximated as uniaxial ellipsoids elongating along [100], unlike those reported by Hirai et al. (2009 ▸). This suggests that the thermal vibrations of the Ir and Ca atoms are mutually suppressed towards the Ir⋯Ca direction across the shared edge because of the dominant repulsion between the two atoms. PMID:26396860

  1. Neutron powder diffraction study of Ba3ZnRu2-xIrxO9 (x = 0, 1, 2) with 6H-type perovskite structure

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    Beran, P.; Ivanov, S. A.; Nordblad, P.; Middey, S.; Nag, A.; Sarma, D. D.; Ray, S.; Mathieu, R.

    2015-12-01

    The triple perovskites Ba3ZnRu2-xIrxO9 with x = 0, 1, and 2 are insulating compounds in which Ru(Ir) cations form a dimer state. Polycrystalline samples of these materials were studied using neutron powder diffraction (NPD) at 10 and 295 K. No structural transition nor evidence of long range magnetic order was observed within the investigated temperature range. The results from structural refinements of the NPD data and its polyhedral analysis are presented, and discussed as a function of Ru/Ir content.

  2. Non-collinear magnetism in multiferroic perovskites.

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    Bousquet, Eric; Cano, Andrés

    2016-03-31

    We present an overview of the current interest in non-collinear magnetism in multiferroic perovskite crystals. We first describe the different microscopic mechanisms giving rise to the non-collinearity of spins in this class of materials. We discuss, in particular, the interplay between non-collinear magnetism and ferroelectric and antiferrodistortive distortions of the perovskite structure, and how this can promote magnetoelectric responses. We then provide a literature survey on non-collinear multiferroic perovskites. We discuss numerous examples of spin cantings driving weak ferromagnetism in transition metal perovskites, and of spin-induced ferroelectricity as observed in the rare-earth based perovskites. These examples are chosen to best illustrate the fundamental role of non-collinear magnetism in the design of multiferroicity. PMID:26912212

  3. Calculated high-pressure structural properties, lattice dynamics and quasi particle band structures of perovskite fluorides KZnF3, CsCaF3 and BaLiF3

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    Vaitheeswaran, G.; Kanchana, V.; Zhang, Xinxin; Ma, Yanming; Svane, A.; Christensen, N. E.

    2016-08-01

    A detailed study of the high-pressure structural properties, lattice dynamics and band structures of perovskite structured fluorides KZnF3, CsCaF3 and BaLiF3 has been carried out by means of density functional theory. The calculated structural properties including elastic constants and equation of state agree well with available experimental information. The phonon dispersion curves are in good agreement with available experimental inelastic neutron scattering data. The electronic structures of these fluorides have been calculated using the quasi particle self-consistent GW approximation. The GW calculations reveal that all the fluorides studied are wide band gap insulators, and the band gaps are significantly larger than those obtained by the standard local density approximation, thus emphasizing the importance of quasi particle corrections in perovskite fluorides.

  4. Calculated high-pressure structural properties, lattice dynamics and quasi particle band structures of perovskite fluorides KZnF3, CsCaF3 and BaLiF3.

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    Vaitheeswaran, G; Kanchana, V; Zhang, Xinxin; Ma, Yanming; Svane, A; Christensen, N E

    2016-08-10

    A detailed study of the high-pressure structural properties, lattice dynamics and band structures of perovskite structured fluorides KZnF3, CsCaF3 and BaLiF3 has been carried out by means of density functional theory. The calculated structural properties including elastic constants and equation of state agree well with available experimental information. The phonon dispersion curves are in good agreement with available experimental inelastic neutron scattering data. The electronic structures of these fluorides have been calculated using the quasi particle self-consistent [Formula: see text] approximation. The [Formula: see text] calculations reveal that all the fluorides studied are wide band gap insulators, and the band gaps are significantly larger than those obtained by the standard local density approximation, thus emphasizing the importance of quasi particle corrections in perovskite fluorides. PMID:27300494

  5. Room-Temperature Solution-Processed NiOx:PbI2 Nanocomposite Structures for Realizing High-Performance Perovskite Photodetectors.

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    Zhu, Hugh Lu; Cheng, Jiaqi; Zhang, Di; Liang, Chunjun; Reckmeier, Claas J; Huang, He; Rogach, Andrey L; Choy, Wallace C H

    2016-07-26

    While methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) with interesting properties, such as a direct band gap, high and well-balanced electron/hole mobilities, as well as long electron/hole diffusion length, is a potential candidate to become the light absorbers in photodetectors, the challenges for realizing efficient perovskite photodetectors are to suppress dark current, to increase linear dynamic range, and to achieve high specific detectivity and fast response speed. Here, we demonstrate NiOx:PbI2 nanocomposite structures, which can offer dual roles of functioning as an efficient hole extraction layer and favoring the formation of high-quality MAPbI3 to address these challenges. We introduce a room-temperature solution process to form the NiOx:PbI2 nanocomposite structures. The nanocomposite structures facilitate the growth of the compact and ordered MAPbI3 crystalline films, which is essential for efficient photodetectors. Furthermore, the nanocomposite structures work as an effective hole extraction layer, which provides a large electron injection barrier and favorable hole extraction as well as passivates the surface of the perovskite, leading to suppressed dark current and enhanced photocurrent. By optimizing the NiOx:PbI2 nanocomposite structures, a low dark current density of 2 × 10(-10) A/cm(2) at -200 mV and a large linear dynamic range of 112 dB are achieved. Meanwhile, a high responsivity in the visible spectral range of 450-750 nm, a large measured specific detectivity approaching 10(13) Jones, and a fast fall time of 168 ns are demonstrated. The high-performance perovskite photodetectors demonstrated here offer a promising candidate for low-cost and high-performance near-ultraviolet-visible photodetection. PMID:27340899

  6. {110}-Layered B-cation ordering in the anion-deficient perovskite Pb2.4Ba2.6Fe2Sc2TiO13 with the crystallographic shear structure.

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    Tyablikov, O A; Batuk, D; Tsirlin, A A; Batuk, M; Verchenko, V Yu; Filimonov, D S; Pokholok, K V; Sheptyakov, D V; Rozova, M G; Hadermann, J; Antipov, E V; Abakumov, A M

    2015-06-21

    A novel anion-deficient perovskite-based compound, Pb(2.4)Ba(2.6)Fe(2)Sc(2)TiO(13), was synthesized via the citrate-based route. This compound is an n = 5 member of the AnBnO(3n-2) homologous series with unit-cell parameters related to the perovskite subcell a(p)≈ 4.0 Å as a(p)√2 ×a(p)× 5a(p)√2. The crystal structure of Pb(2.4)Ba(2.6)Fe(2)Sc(2)TiO(13) consists of quasi-2D perovskite blocks with a thickness of three octahedral layers separated by the 1/2[110](1[combining macron]01)(p) crystallographic shear (CS) planes, which are parallel to the {110} plane of the perovskite subcell. The CS planes transform the corner-sharing octahedra into chains of edge-sharing distorted tetragonal pyramids. Using a combination of neutron powder diffraction, (57)Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and atomic resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy we demonstrate that the B-cations in Pb(2.4)Ba(2.6)Fe(2)Sc(2)TiO(13) are ordered along the {110} perovskite layers with Fe(3+) in distorted tetragonal pyramids along the CS planes, Ti(4+) preferentially in the central octahedra of the perovskite blocks and Sc(3+) in the outer octahedra of the perovskite blocks. Magnetic susceptibility and Mössbauer spectroscopy indicate a broadened magnetic transition around T(N)∼ 45 K and the onset of local magnetic fields at low temperatures. The magnetic order is probably reminiscent of that in other AnBnO(3n-2) homologues, where G-type AFM order within the perovskite blocks has been observed. PMID:25695142

  7. Improper Ferroelectric Contributions in the Double Perovskite Pb2Mn0.6Co0.4WO6 System with a Collinear Magnetic Structure.

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    Orlandi, Fabio; Righi, Lara; Mezzadri, Francesco; Manuel, Pascal; Khalyavin, Dmitry D; Delmonte, Davide; Pernechele, Chiara; Cabassi, Riccardo; Bolzoni, Fulvio; Solzi, Massimo; Calestani, Gianluca

    2016-05-01

    The physical characterization and the extended crystallographic study of the double perovskite system Pb2Mn0.6Co0.4WO6 indicate an improper ferroelectric contribution to the polarization induced by the magnetic ordering. In the paramagnetic phase, the compound displays a centrosymmetric orthorhombic double perovskite structure with the Pmcn1' symmetry. The structure is strongly distorted by the lead stereoactivity. Magnetization measurements show two magnetic transitions at 188 and 9 K, but the time-of-flight neutron diffraction data provide evidence for a long-range magnetic ordering only below the second transition. Quantitative structure refinements combined with a comprehensive symmetry analysis indicate the Pm'c21' magnetic space group to be the adequate symmetry to describe the structural distortions and spin ordering in the ground state of the system. The symmetry implies a coexistence of a spontaneous ferromagnetic moment and a ferroelectric polarization along the orthogonal b- and c-axes, respectively, in the long-range ordered structure. Macroscopic measurements confirm the presence of the spontaneous polarization also below the first transition at 188 K, where only short-range magnetic correlations are evidenced by diffuse scattering in neutron diffraction. PMID:27078522

  8. Perovskite catalysts for oxidative coupling

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    Campbell, Kenneth D.

    1991-01-01

    Perovskites of the structure A.sub.2 B.sub.2 C.sub.3 O.sub.10 are useful as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of lower alkane to heavier hydrocarbons. A is alkali metal; B is lanthanide or lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, praseodymium, gadolinium or dysprosium; and C is titanium.

  9. Perovskite catalysts for oxidative coupling

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    Campbell, K.D.

    1991-06-25

    Perovskites of the structure A[sub 2]B[sub 2]C[sub 3]O[sub 10] are useful as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of lower alkane to heavier hydrocarbons. A is alkali metal; B is lanthanide or lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, praseodymium, gadolinium or dysprosium; and C is titanium.

  10. Understanding the photoluminescence characteristics of Eu3+-doped double-perovskite by electronic structure calculation

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    Ghosh, Binita; Halder, Saswata; Das, Sayantani; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-05-01

    Europium-doped luminescent barium samarium tantalum oxide Ba2SmTaO6 (BST) has been investigated by first-principles calculation, and the crystal structure, electronic structure, and optical properties of pure BST and Eu-doped BST have been examined and compared. Based on the calculated results, the luminescence properties and mechanism of Eu-doped BST has been discussed. In the case of Eu-doped BST, there is an impurity energy band at the Fermi level, which is formed by seven spin up energy levels of Eu and act as the luminescent centre, which is evident from the band structure calculations.

  11. Structural characterization of a new vacancy ordered perovskite modification found for Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F (BaFeO{sub 2.333}F{sub 0.333}): Towards understanding of vacancy ordering for different perovskite-type ferrites

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    Clemens, Oliver

    2015-05-15

    The new vacancy ordered perovskite-type compound Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F (BaFeO{sub 2.33}F{sub 0.33}) was prepared by topochemical low-temperature fluorination of Ba{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} (BaFeO{sub 2.5}) using stoichiometric amounts of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF). The vacancy order was found to be unique so far for perovskite compounds, and the connectivity pattern can be explained by the formula Ba{sub 3}(FeX{sub 6/2}) (FeX{sub 5/2}) (FeX{sub 3/2}X{sub 1/1}), with X=O/F. Mössbauer measurements were used to confirm the structural analysis and agree with the presence of Fe{sup 3+} in the above mentioned coordination environments. Group–subgroup relationships were used to build a starting model for the structure solution and to understand the relationship to the cubic perovskite structure. Furthermore, a comparison of a variety of vacancy-ordered iron-containing perovskite-type structures is given, highlighting the factors which favour one structure type over the other depending on the composition. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F in comparison to other perovskite type ferrites. - Highlights: • The crystal structure of Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F in comparison to other perovskite type ferrites. • Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F was synthesized by low temperature fluorination of Ba{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5}. • Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F shows a unique vacancy order not found for other perovskite type compounds. • The structure of Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F was solved using group–subgroup relationships. • A systematic comparison to other ferrite type compounds reveals structural similarities and differences. • The A-site coordination of the cation is shown to play an important role for the type of vacancy order found.

  12. Synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of a new B-site ordered double perovskite Sr{sub 2}CuIrO{sub 6}

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    Vasala, Sami; Yamauchi, Hisao; Karppinen, Maarit

    2014-12-15

    Here we synthesize and characterize a new double-perovskite oxide Sr{sub 2}CuIrO{sub 6}. The synthesis requires the use of high oxygen pressure to stabilize the VI oxidation state of iridium. The compound has a tetragonally-distorted crystal structure due to the Jahn–Teller active Cu{sup II} ion, and a high degree of B-site cation order. Magnetic transition is apparent at 15 K, but the zero-field-cooled and field-cooled susceptibilities diverge below this temperature. The high degree of cation order would exclude the possibility of a typical spin-glass, indicating that the divergence is probably due to a frustration of the magnetic interactions between Cu and Ir, with a high frustration factor of f≈25. - Graphical abstract: A new member of the A{sub 2}B′B″O{sub 6} double-perovskite family with JT-active Cu{sup II} at the B′ site and Ir{sup VI} at the B″ site is synthesized through high pressure synthesis and characterized for the structural and magnetic properties. - Highlights: • New member of the A{sub 2}CuB″O{sub 6} double-perovskite family is synthesized with B″=Ir. • Stabilization of Ir{sup VI} requires the use of high oxygen pressure synthesis. • Crystal structure is tetragonally distorted due to JT-active Cu{sup II}. • Divergence of ZFC and FC curves is seen below the T{sub N} of 15 K. • This is presumably due to a frustration effect.

  13. Measuring and Altering Ferroelectric Domain Structures in Lead Perovskite Single-Crystals

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    Harker, John Chamberlain

    Relaxor ferroelectric single-crystal materials PMN-PT and PZN-PT are currently of interest to the scientific community due to their enhanced properties and possible role as next-generation piezoelectric transducers in applications such as sonar and medical ultrasound. One key phenomenon affecting both the properties and the mechanical integrity of these materials is the ferroelectric domain structure within the material. In this work we examine the morphology and behavior of domain structures in PMN-29%PT. In order to do this we first present details of the construction and testing of a working piezo-response force microscope (PFM), and then use the PFM to verify a new domain observation technique called "relief polishing". Relief polishing is shown to reveal surface domains in the same manner as acid etching, preserving domain details as small as 0.5mum. Using these two techniques, we then determine that cutting and polishing strongly affect the surface and subsurface ferroelectric domain structures in PMN-29%PT. Specifically, we show that saw cutting can create characteristic striated domain structures as deep as 130mum within a sample, while straight polishing creates a characteristic domain structure known as the "fingerprint" pattern to a depth proportional to the size of the polishing grit, on the order of 0--12mum for grits as large as 15mum. We hypothesize that most samples contain these "skin effect" domain structures. In consequence, it is suggested that researchers presenting experimental results on domain structures should report the physical treatment history of the samples along with the experimental data.

  14. Structural dependence of the photocatalytic properties of double perovskite compounds A2InTaO6 (A = Sr or Ba) doped with nickel.

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    Lv, Meilin; Wang, Yawei; Lu, Lingwei; Wang, Ruinan; Ni, Shuang; Liu, Gang; Xu, Xiaoxiang

    2016-08-01

    The crystal structure of photocatalysts generally plays a pivotal role in controlling their electronic structure as well as catalytic performance. In this work, a series of double perovskite compounds A2InTaO6 (A = Sr or Ba) and their Ni doped counterparts were investigated with the aim of understanding how doping and structural modification will affect their photocatalytic activity. Our results show that Ni doping is effective in improving the optical absorption of these wide band gap semiconductors and accommodating the Sr cation in the A sites leads to severe structural distortion, i.e. the In(Ni)-O-Ta bond angle deviates largely from 180°. A better photocatalytic performance was observed for samples with Ni doping and Ba in the A sites. The best photocatalytic hydrogen production rate recorded was ∼293.6 μmol h(-1) for Ba2In0.9Ni0.1TaO6 under full range irradiation, corresponding to an apparent quantum efficiency of 2.75%. DFT calculations reveal the role of Ni doping by forming additional spin-polarized bands inside the intrinsic band gap of the native perovskite. The better photocatalytic activity of Ba2In0.9Ni0.1TaO6 can then be understood as a result of a reduced band gap as well as a linear In(Ni)-O-Ta bond arrangement that is favorable for the strong metal-oxygen-metal interactions. PMID:27427497

  15. First-principles calculations of structural, elastic, thermodynamic, and electronic properties of anti-perovskites A III CNi3 (A III = Al, Ga, In)

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    Saadaoui, Fatiha; Driss Khodja, Fatima Zohra; Kadoun, Abd-Ed-Daïm; Driss Khodja, Mohammed; Elias, Abdelkader; Boudali, Abdelkader

    2015-12-01

    We have performed first-principles calculations of structural, elastic, thermodynamic, and electronic properties of anti-perovskites AIIICNi3 (AIII = Al, Ga, In), by using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method combined with the quasi-harmonic Debye model. We carried out our calculations within the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA-PBE and GGA-PBEsol functionals). Our results constitute interesting first predictions in the case of many elastic parameters of the anti-perovskites AIIICNi3, among them elastic parameters of AlCNi3 and GaCNi3 and some polycrystalline elastic parameters of InCNi3. We also report for the first time calculated values, at ambient conditions, of Grüneisen parameter, thermal expansion coefficient, specific heat at constant pressure, specific heat at constant volume, isothermal bulk modulus, and adiabatic bulk modulus for AlCNi3, GaCNi3, and InCNi3. Band structure, total and partial densities of states, and charge density have been obtained and analyzed. Electronic structure results show metallic behavior for the three compounds. Ni 3 d states play dominant role near the Fermi level and there is a strong hybridization between Ni 3 d and C 2 p states. In addition, as AIIICNi3 synthesized samples are expected to be carbon-deficient, we calculated structural, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of sub-stoichiometric AlC x Ni3 materials.

  16. A nano-grid structure made of perovskite SrTiO3 nanowires for efficient electron transport layers in inverted polymer solar cells

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    Kim, Jeong Won; Suh, Yo-Han; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Yong Seok; Kim, Won Bae

    2015-02-01

    A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ~32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film.A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ~32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, HR-TEM images with EDX atomic ratio analysis, FE-SEM images, transmittance spectra and light absorbance spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06720g

  17. New variant of highly symmetric layered perovskite with coordinated NO3(-) ligand: hydrothermal synthesis, structure, and characterization of Cs2PbCl2(NO3)2.

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    Kim, Min Kyung; Jo, Vinna; Ok, Kang Min

    2009-08-01

    A new highly symmetric layered lead chloride material, Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2) has been synthesized by a hydrothermal reaction method using Pb(NO(3))(2), CsCl, and water at 240 degrees C. The structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2) has a novel two-dimensional layered structure containing PbO(4)Cl(4) polyhedra and NO(3) trigonal planes. Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2) is a novel variant on the layered perovskite theme, of which the structure is closely related to the n = 1 layered perovskite families. Detailed structural analysis, Infrared and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra, thermogravimetric analysis, and ion-exchange reactions of Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2) are reported. Crystal data: Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2), tetragonal, space group I4(1)/amd (No. 141), a = b = 5.6905(6) A, c = 32.946(5) A, V = 1066.9(2) A(3), and Z = 4. PMID:19588958

  18. Perovskite LaPbMSbO{sub 6} (M=Co, Ni): Structural distortion, magnetic and dielectric properties

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    Bai, Yijia; Han, Lin; Liu, Xiaojuan; Deng, Xiaolong; Wu, Xiaojie; Yao, Chuangang; Liang, Qingshuang; Meng, Junling; Meng, Jian

    2014-09-15

    The B-site ordered double perovskite oxides LaPbMSbO{sub 6} (M=Co, Ni) have been synthesized via the modified Sol–Gel precursor two-step route. Rietveld refinements reveal strong abnormal structural distortion and BO{sub 6} octahedral deformation appearing along the ab plane. Owing to the cooperative Jahn–Teller effect of Co{sup 2+} and Pb{sup 2+} ions, the Co-related compound exhibits almost complete Co{sup 2+}–Sb{sup 5+} order. For magnetic properties, spin-canted antiferromagnetic state with high extent of magnetic frustration is confirmed. The Ni-related compound presents heavier magnetic frustration for introducing tiny disorder on site occupation accompanied with valence state and further enhancing the complexity of magnetic competition. Dielectric measurements present a considerable temperature dependent dielectric relaxation with great dc-like loss feature in the LaPbCoSbO{sub 6}. For LaPbNiSbO{sub 6}, however, the permittivity with low dielectric loss is shown to be insensitive to either temperature or frequency. The corresponding electronic active energy manifests that the weakly bounded 3d-electron is prone to hop in a more distorted Co–Sb sublattice. - Graphical abstract: XRD Rietveld refinement result of LaPbCoSbO{sub 6} presented a large BO{sub 6} octahedral distortion along the ab plane. Based upon the variations from Co–O–Sb bond angles, a fierce competition from many extended magnetic coupling routes (M–O–O–M) would induce a considerably large magnetic frustration and electron hopping restriction. - Highlights: • Highly ordered LaPbMSbO{sub 6} (M=Co, Ni) were synthesized. • Abnormal structural distortion appeared in the ab plane. • Strong magnetic frustration was confirmed via M{sup 2+}–O–O–M{sup 2+} route. • Dielectric measurements presented a large difference between Co and Ni samples. • 3d-electronic structure determines lattice distortion and physical properties.

  19. Luminescence Properties of SrZrO3/Tb(3+) Perovskite: Host-Dopant Energy-Transfer Dynamics and Local Structure of Tb(3+).

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    Gupta, Santosh Kumar; Ghosh, Partha Sarathi; Yadav, Ashok Kumar; Pathak, Nimai; Arya, Ashok; Jha, Shambhu Nath; Bhattacharyya, Dibyendu; Kadam, Ramakant Mahadeo

    2016-02-15

    SrZrO3 perovskite (SZP) was synthesized using gel-combustion route and characterized systematically using X-ray diffraction and time-resolved photoluminescence techniques. A detailed analysis of the optical properties of Tb(3+) ions in SrZrO3 was performed to correlate them with the local environment of the lanthanide ions in this perovskite. Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy showed that emission spectrum consists of host as well as Tb(3+) emission indicating the absence of complete host-dopant energy transfer. On the basis of emission spectrum and PL decay study it was also observed that Tb(3+) is not homogeneously distributed in SrZrO3 perovskite; rather, it is occupying two different sites. It is corroborated using extended X-ray absorption fine structure studies that Tb(3+) is stabilized on both six-coordinated Zr(4+) and eight-coordinated Sr(2) site. The energies calculated using density functional theory (DFT) indicates that Tb occupation in Sr site is energetically more favorable than Zr site. The analysis of valence charge distribution also substantiated our structural stability analysis of site-selective Tb doping in SrZrO3. Time-resolved emission spectroscopy is employed to elucidate the difference in the spectral feature of Tb(3+) ion at Sr(2+) and Zr(4+) site. DFT-calculated density of states analysis showed that energy mismatch of Tb-d states with Zr-d and O-p states of SZP makes the energy transfer from host SZP to Tb(3+) ion difficult. PMID:26824394

  20. The defect structure and chemical lattice strain of the double perovskites Sr2BMoO6-δ (B = Mg, Fe).

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    Tsvetkov, D S; Ivanov, I L; Malyshkin, D A; Steparuk, A S; Zuev, A Yu

    2016-08-01

    The defect structure of B-site ordered double perovskites Sr2BMoO6-δ was analyzed. The defect structure model was proposed and successfully verified using data on oxygen nonstoichiometry of Sr2MgMoO6-δ and Sr2FeMoO6-δ. As a result, equilibrium constants of the defect reactions involved were estimated. Fe and Mo in Sr2FeMoO6-δ were found to be in the mixed oxidation state close to +2.5 and +5.5, respectively. Chemical strain of the Sr2FeMoO6-δ double perovskite lattice was studied by in situ high temperature XRD at 1100 °C depending on pO2. Parameter a of the Sr2FeMoO6-δ cubic cell was found to increase with decreasing pO2 because of lattice chemical expansion. The tetragonal polymorph of Sr2FeMoO6-δ was shown to exhibit transversal isotropy with respect to chemical expansion. It was also found that its crystal lattice expands in the ab-plane and simultaneously contracts along the c-axis when the oxygen content in the double perovskite decreases. In order to describe the degree of anisotropy of chemical strain a new phenomenological coefficient was introduced. This coefficient was shown to affect both the magnitude and change direction of an oxide cell volume caused by its reduction/oxidation. Excellent agreement between the chemical expansion along the a-axis calculated for both polymorphs of Sr2FeMoO6-δ according to the model recently developed and that measured experimentally was shown. Chemical contraction observed along the c-axis with a decreasing oxygen content in the tetragonal polymorph was also found to coincide completely with that calculated using the approach developed in the present study. PMID:27476830

  1. Crystal structure, phase transitions, and magnetic properties of titanium doped La0.5Sr0.5MnO3 perovskites

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    Hazzez, M.; Ihzaz, N.; Boudard, M.; Oumezzine, M.

    2016-04-01

    The current paper investigates the effect of titanium substitution on the structure as well as the magnetic properties of La0.5Sr0.5Mn1-xTixO3 (0≤x≤0.5) polycrystalline powder. The samples studied crystallize in a distorted perovskite structures of tetragonal (space group I4/mcm) symmetry with octahedral tilting scheme (a0a0c-), leading to the absence of octahedral tilting all along two perovskite main directions and to an out-of-phase along the third direction, or rhombohedral (space group R 3 bar c) symmetry with octahedral tilting scheme (a-a-a-) yielding to out-of-phase along the three perovskite main directions. As the Ti content increases, a better matching of the (Mn/Ti)-O distances and (Mn/Ti)-O-(Mn/Ti) bond angle occurs. This phenomenon is created by an elongation of the (Mn/Ti)-O distance, as Mn4+ is substituted by the larger ion Ti4+. In the whole compositional range, the symmetry-adapted to atomic displacements, responsible for the out-of-phase tilting of the (Mn/Ti)O6 octahedra, stays active, anticipating tetragonal-to-rhombohedral phase transition. Taking in to account what has been explained above, measurements of magnetic properties show a decrease of magnetic ordering temperature when Ti content increases, which in turn leads to the diminution of the exchange interaction caused by reducing the FM coupling and the replacement of neighboring manganese Mn3+-O-Mn4+ by Mn3+-O-Ti4+ bonds. This phenomenon results in broadening of the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition range. Further changes in magnetic properties with the increase in Ti concentration are studied.

  2. Crystallographic and magnetic structure of the perovskite-type compound BaFeO2.5: unrivaled complexity in oxygen vacancy ordering.

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    Clemens, Oliver; Gröting, Melanie; Witte, Ralf; Perez-Mato, J Manuel; Loho, Christoph; Berry, Frank J; Kruk, Robert; Knight, Kevin S; Wright, Adrian J; Hahn, Horst; Slater, Peter R

    2014-06-16

    We report here on the characterization of the vacancy-ordered perovskite-type structure of BaFeO2.5 by means of combined Rietveld analysis of powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data. The compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c [a = 6.9753(1) Å, b = 11.7281(2) Å, c = 23.4507(4) Å, β = 98.813(1)°, and Z = 28] containing seven crystallographically different iron atoms. The coordination scheme is determined to be Ba7(FeO4/2)1(FeO3/2O1/1)3(FeO5/2)2(FeO6/2)1 = Ba7Fe([6])1Fe([5])2Fe([4])4O17.5 and is in agreement with the (57)Fe Mössbauer spectra and density functional theory based calculations. To our knowledge, the structure of BaFeO2.5 is the most complicated perovskite-type superstructure reported so far (largest primitive cell, number of ABX2.5 units per unit cell, and number of different crystallographic sites). The magnetic structure was determined from the powder neutron diffraction data and can be understood in terms of "G-type" antiferromagnetic ordering between connected iron-containing polyhedra, in agreement with field-sweep and zero-field-cooled/field-cooled measurements. PMID:24901981

  3. First principles study of the structural and electronic properties of double perovskite Ba2YTaO6 in cubic and tetragonal phases

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    Deluque Toro, C. E.; Rodríguez M., Jairo Arbey; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Moreno Salazar, N. O.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2014-12-01

    The Ba2YTaO6 double perovskite presents a transition from cubic (Fm-3m) to tetragonal structure (I4/m) at high temperature. In this work, we present a detailed study of the structural and electronic properties of the double perovskite Ba2YTaO6 in space group Fm-3m and I4/m. Calculations were made with the Full-Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave method (FP-LAPW) within the framework of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) with exchange and correlation effects in the Generalized Gradient (GGA) and Local Density (LDA) approximations. From the minimization of energy as a function of volume and the fitting of the Murnaghan equation some structural characteristics were determined as, for example, total energy, lattice parameter (a=8.50 Å in cubic phase and a=5.985 Å and c=8.576 Å in tetragonal), bulk modulus (135.6 GPa in cubic phase and 134.1 GPa in tetragonal phase) and its derivative. The study of the electronic characteristics was performed from the analysis of the electronic density of states (DOS). We find a non-metallic behavior for this with a direct band gap of approximately 3.5 eV and we found that the Ba2YTaO6 (I4/m) phase is the most stable one. © 2013 Elsevier Science.

  4. Perovskites: transforming photovoltaics, a mini-review

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    Chilvery, Ashwith; Batra, Ashok; Yang, Bin; Xiao, Kai; Guggilla, Padmaja; Aggarwal, Mohan; Surabhi, Raja; Lal, Ravi; Currie, James; Penn, Benjamin

    2015-01-01

    The recent power-packed advent of perovskite solar cells is transforming photovol- taics (PV) with their superior efficiencies, ease of fabrication, and cost. This perovskite solar cell further boasts of many unexplored features that can further enhance its PV properties and lead to it being branded as a successful commercial product. This article provides a detailed insight of the organometal halide based perovskite structure, its unique stoichiometric design, and its underlying principles for PV applications. The compatibility of various PV layers and its fab- rication methods is also discussed.

  5. Perovskites: transforming photovoltaics, a mini-review

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    Chilvery, Ashwith Kumar; Batra, Ashok K.; Yang, Bin; Xiao, Kai; Guggilla, Padmaja; Aggarwal, Mohan D.; Surabhi, Raja; Lal, Ravi B.; Currie, James R.; Penn, Benjamin G.

    2015-01-06

    The recent power-packed advent of perovskite solar cells is transforming photovoltaics (PV) with their superior efficiencies, ease of fabrication, and cost. This perovskite solar cell further boasts of many unexplored features that can further enhance its PV properties and lead to it being branded as a successful commercial product. This paper provides a detailed insight of the organometal halide based perovskite structure, its unique stoichiometric design, and its underlying principles for PV applications. Finally, the compatibility of various PV layers and its fabrication methods is also discussed.

  6. Modeling functional piezoelectricity in perovskite superlattices with competing instabilities

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    Swartz, Charles; Wu, Xifan

    2012-02-01

    Multi-component Perovskite Superlattices (SLs) of the form ABO3, provide a very promising avenue for the design of materials with multifunctional properties. Furthermore the interfaces of such multi-component SLs are home to competing anti-ferrodistortive and ferroelectric instabilities which can produce unexpected functionalities. However, at present first principles calculations exceeding more than 10 units cells, are particularly costly as they scale with the valence electrons as N^3. We present a first-principles modeling technique that allows us to accurately model the piezoelectric strains of paraelectric/ferroelectric SLs, BaTiO3/CaTiO3 and PbTiO3/SrTiO3, under a fixed displacement field. The model is based on a maximally localized wannier center layer polarization technique, as well as a truncated cluster expansion, that makes use of the fact that such PE/FE SLs have been shown to have highly localized ionic and electronic interface effects. The prediction of the piezoelectricity for a SL of an arbitrary stacking sequence will be demonstrated. We also use our model to conduct a systemic study of the interface effects on piezoelectric response in the above SLs paying special attention to a strong non-linear effect observed in Bulk SrTiO3.

  7. Band gap engineering strategy via polarization rotation in perovskite ferroelectrics

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    Wang, Fenggong Grinberg, Ilya; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2014-04-14

    We propose a strategy to engineer the band gaps of perovskite oxide ferroelectrics, supported by first principles calculations. We find that the band gaps of perovskites can be substantially reduced by as much as 1.2 eV through local rhombohedral-to-tetragonal structural transition. Furthermore, the strong polarization of the rhombohedral perovskite is largely preserved by its tetragonal counterpart. The B-cation off-center displacements and the resulting enhancement of the antibonding character in the conduction band give rise to the wider band gaps of the rhombohedral perovskites. The correlation between the structure, polarization orientation, and electronic structure lays a good foundation for understanding the physics of more complex perovskite solid solutions and provides a route for the design of photovoltaic perovskite ferroelectrics.

  8. Crystal structure and dielectric properties of ordered perovskites Ba 2BiSbO 6 and BaSrBiSbO 6

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    Mangalam, R. V. K.; Suard, E.; Sundaresan, A.

    2009-01-01

    Neutron powder diffraction studies showed that the ordered perovskites Ba 2BiSbO 6 (BBS) and BaSrBiSbO 6 (BSBS) crystallize in a rhombohedral structure with the space group R3bar. The room-temperature lattice parameters are a=6.0351(2) Å; α=60.202(1)° and a=5.9809(2) Å; α=60.045(2)°, respectively. BBS exhibits a dielectric anomaly near room temperature which may be related to structural transition from the R3bar to low-temperature monoclinic I2/m symmetry. BSBS shows a dielectric anomaly near 723 K which coincides with a phase transition from the rhombohedral to cubic (Fm3barm) structure. In contrast to BBS, BSBS does not undergo structural transition below room temperature.

  9. The role of π-bonding on the high temperature structure of the double perovskites Ba2CaUO6 and BaSrCaUO6.

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    Reynolds, Emily; Thorogood, Gordon J; Avdeev, Maxim; Brand, Helen E A; Gu, Qinfen; Kennedy, Brendan J

    2015-09-28

    The high temperature structural behaviour of the uranium perovskites Ba2CaUO6 and BaSrCaUO6 has been investigated using a combination of synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction. Ba2CaUO6 undergoes a complex sequence of structures associated with the progressive loss of cooperative octahedral tilting: P21/n → I2/m → I2/m → I4/m → Fm3[combining macron]m. The observation of the intermediate tetragonal structure, I4/m, in this, contrasts with the previously reported rhombohedral R3[combining macron] intermediate formed by the Ba2SrUO6 oxide. The importance of π-bonding in determining the structural sequence is discussed. PMID:26286063

  10. Analysis of the local structure around Cr3+ centers in perovskite KMgF3 using both ab initio (DFT) and semi-empirical (SPM) calculations

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    Emül, Y.; Erbahar, D.; Açıkgöz, M.

    2014-11-01

    The local structure around Cr3+ centers in perovskite KMgF3 crystal have been investigated through the applications of both an ab-initio, density functional theory (DFT), and a semi empirical, superposition model (SPM), analyses. A supercell approach is used for DFT calculations. All the tetragonal (Cr3+-VMg and Cr3+-Li+), trigonal (Cr3+-VK), and CrF5O cluster centers have been considered with various structural models based on the previously suggested experimental inferences. The significant structural changes around the Cr3+ centers induced by Mg2+ or K+ vacancies and the Li substitution at those vacancy sites have been determined and discussed by means of charge distribution. This study provides insight on both the roles of Mg2+ and K+ vacancies and Li+ ion in the local structural properties around Cr3+ centers in KMgF3.

  11. First-principles determination of the structural, vibrational, and thermodynamic properties of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite

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    Saidi, Wissam; Wissam Saidi Team

    Intrinsic energy-loss processes in solar cells ultimately increase the operational temperature, which can have profound effect on the power conversion efficiency of solar cells. Here I report investigations on the temperature effects on structural and mechanical properties of CH3NH3PbI3 using well-converged first-principles calculations with van der Waals dispersion corrections. The computed lattice parameters for cubic and tetragonal phases at finite temperature are found within 1% of experimentally measured values. Furthermore, the finite-temperature potential energy surface shows how the mechanical properties of the cubic and tetragonal phases of CH3NH3PbI3 evolve with temperature. Finally, I discuss the implications of these calculations on the nature of the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition, and show that the underpinnings of this transition can be largely attributed to the phonons associated with methylammonium cations.

  12. Structural, thermal, dielectric and phonon properties of perovskite-like imidazolium magnesium formate.

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Marinho Costa, Nathalia Leal; Gągor, Anna; Paraguassu, Waldeci; Sieradzki, Adam; Hanuza, Jerzy

    2016-05-18

    We report the synthesis and characterisation of a magnesium formate framework templated by protonated imidazole. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction data showed that this compound crystallizes in the monoclinic structure in the P21/n space group with lattice parameters a = 12.1246(4) Å, b = 12.2087(5) Å, c = 12.4991(4) Å and β = 91.39(1)°. The antiparallel arrangement of the dipole moments associated with imidazolium cations suggests the antiferroelectric character of the room-temperature phase. The studied compound undergoes a structural phase transition at 451 K associated with a halving of the c lattice parameter and the disappearance of the antiferroelectric order. The monoclinic symmetry is preserved and the new metrics are a = 12.261(7) Å, b = 12.290(4) Å, c = 6.280(4) Å, and β = 90.62(5)°. Raman and IR data are consistent with the X-ray diffraction data. They also indicate that the disorder of imidazolium cations plays a significant role in the mechanism of the phase transition. Dielectric data show that the phase transition is associated with a relaxor nature of electric ordering. We also report high-pressure Raman scattering studies of this compound that revealed the presence of two pressure-induced phase transitions near 3 and 7 GPa. The first transition is most likely associated with a rearrangement of the imidazolium cations without any significant distortion of these cations and the magnesium formate framework, whereas the second transition leads to strong distortion of both the framework and imidazolium cations. High-pressure data also show that imidazolium magnesium formate does not show any signs of amorphization up to 11.4 GPa. PMID:27150209

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of the 5d2 double perovskites Sr2BReO6 (B = Y, In)

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    Aczel, A. A.; Zhao, Z.; Calder, S.; Adroja, D. T.; Baker, P. J.; Yan, J. -Q.

    2016-06-01

    With this study, we have performed magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, neutron powder diffraction, and muon spin relaxation experiments to investigate the magnetic ground states of the 5$d^2$ double perovskites Sr$_2$YReO$_6$ and Sr$_2$InReO$_6$. We find that Sr$_2$YReO$_6$ is a spin glass, while Sr$_2$InReO$_6$ hosts a non-magnetic singlet state. By making detailed comparisons with other 5$d^2$ double perovskites, we argue that a delicate interplay between spin-orbit coupling, non-cubic crystal fields, and exchange interactions plays a key role in the great variation of magnetic ground states observed for this family of materials.

  14. Effect of Perovskite Overlayers on TiO2 Electrodes in Perovskite-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Kim, Kang-Pil; Kim, Jeong-Hwa; Hwang, Dae-Kue

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we have studied the effect of the thickness of a CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite overlayer on mesoporous TiO2 electrodes in perovskite solar cells. The overlayers were prepared by spin coating PbI2 films on the electrodes, which were subsequently exposed to a CH3NH3I/2-propanol solution. We controlled the thickness of the perovskite overlayer by changing the PbI2 solution concentration. The thicknesses of the overlayers spin-coated from 0.5, 0.75, 0.9, and 1 M PbI2 solutions were approximately 179, 262, 316, and 341 nm, respectively. Perovskite solar cells with an approximately 316-nm-thick overlayer showed the highest efficiency of 9.11%. We conclude that optimization of the perovskite overlayer thickness in the solar cell structure is necessary to improve the cell efficiency. PMID:27483921

  15. Composition dependence of photoluminescence properties of poly(9,9-di-n-hexylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl) with perovskite-structured SrTiO3 nanocomposites

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    Din, U. K. N.; Salleh, M. M.; Aziz, T. H. T.; Umar, A. A.

    2016-05-01

    Nanocomposite thin films of poly(9,9-di-n-hexylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl) (PHF) with 10-50 wt% perovskite-structured SrTiO3 nanoparticles (designated as PHF:SrTiO3) were prepared by spin coating. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of the nanocomposites thin films were studied. The incorporation of SrTiO3 nanoparticles into the nanocomposite thin films enhanced the original PL intensities of the host PHF thin films. The intensities of the PL peak for the nanocomposite thin films were dependent on the amount of SrTiO3 nanoparticles in the films and the homogeneity of the nanoparticle distribution. The distribution of the SrTiO3 nanoparticles contributed to the overlapping molecular orbital sites in PHF:SrTiO3, which promoted the excited electrons from the conduction band of SrTiO3 transferred to the excited energy level of the PHF host material. In this case, the perovskite-structured SrTiO3 nanoparticles act as sensitizers.

  16. Perovskite LaFeO3 nanoparticles synthesized by the reverse microemulsion nanoreactors in the presence of aerosol-OT: Morphology, crystal structure, and their optical properties

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    Abazari, Reza; Sanati, Soheila

    2013-12-01

    Orthorhombic structure of lanthanum ferrite nanoparticles (LaFeO3 NPs) with perovskite type phase has been synthesized with water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion consisted of water/dioctyl sulfosuccinate sodium (aerosol-OT)/isooctane at room temperature. It has been shown that aerosol-OT reverse microemulsion solution is appropriate for synthesizing perovskite LaFeO3 NPs in the absence of any co-surfactants. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-Vis), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) have been adopted for characterization of surface morphology, size, phase composition, structure, and optical properties of the considered NPs. Furthermore, the optical properties of LaFeO3 NPs have been further analyzed via photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. As shown by the physicochemical characterizations, our prepared NPs via aerosol-OT reverse microemulsion solution are spherical and nearly uniform (with a size of about 24.65 nm). Besides, they include an orthorhombic phase while no impurities are observed. Single phase lanthanum ferrite NPs have successfully been prepared at 500 °C. Moreover, UV-Vis spectrum indicates that the LaFeO3 NPs synthesized through this technique can be considered as a type of photo-catalytic materials.

  17. Structure and Composition of the 200 K-Superconducting Phase of H2 S at Ultrahigh Pressure: The Perovskite (SH(-) )(H3 S(+) ).

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    Gordon, Elijah E; Xu, Ke; Xiang, Hongjun; Bussmann-Holder, Annette; Kremer, Reinhard K; Simon, Arndt; Köhler, Jürgen; Whangbo, Myung-Hwan

    2016-03-01

    At ultrahigh pressure (>110 GPa), H2 S is converted into a metallic phase that becomes superconducting with a record Tc of approximately 200 K. It has been proposed that the superconducting phase is body-centered cubic H3 S (Im3‾ m, a=3.089 Å) resulting from the decomposition reaction 3 H2 S→2 H3 S+S. The analogy between H2 S and H2 O led us to a very different conclusion. The well-known dissociation of water into H3 O(+) and OH(-) increases by orders of magnitude under pressure. H2 S is anticipated to behave similarly under pressure, with the dissociation process 2 H2 S→H3 S(+) +SH(-) leading to the perovskite structure (SH(-) )(H3 S(+) ). This phase consists of corner-sharing SH6 octahedra with SH(-) ions at each A site (the centers of the S8 cubes). DFT calculations show that the perovskite (SH(-) )(H3 S(+) ) is thermodynamically more stable than the Im3‾ m structure of H3 S, and suggest that the A site hydrogen atoms are most likely fluxional even at Tc  . PMID:26855072

  18. Effect of diamagnetic Ca, Sr, Pb, and Ba substitution on the crystal structure and multiferroic properties of the BiFeO3 perovskite

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    Khomchenko, V. A.; Kiselev, D. A.; Vieira, J. M.; Jian, Li; Kholkin, A. L.; Lopes, A. M. L.; Pogorelov, Y. G.; Araujo, J. P.; Maglione, M.

    2008-01-01

    In this work, we studied the effect of heterovalent Ca, Sr, Pb, and Ba substitution on the crystal structure, dielectric, local ferroelectric, and magnetic properties of the BiFeO3 multiferroic perovskite. Ceramic solid solutions with the general formula Bi0.7A0.3FeO3 (A is a doping element) were prepared and characterized by x-ray diffraction, dielectric, piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), and magnetic measurements. It is shown that the crystal structure of the compounds is described within the space group R3c, permitting the spontaneous polarization, whose existence was confirmed by the PFM data. Magnetic properties of the solid solutions are determined by the ionic radius of the substituting element. Experimental results suggest that the increase in the radius of the A-site ion leads to the effective suppression of the spiral spin structure of BiFeO3, resulting in the appearance of net magnetization.

  19. Local structural distortion and electrical transport properties of Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Liuxiang; Wang, Hsiu -Wen; Zhang, Jianzhong; Yang, Wenge; Hong, Xinguo; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-12-16

    Perovskite-structure materials generally exhibit local structural distortions that are distinct from long-range, average crystal structure. The characterization of such distortion is critical to understanding the structural and physical properties of materials. In this work, we combined Pair Distribution Function (PDF) technique with Raman spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurement to study Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure. PDF analysis reveals strong local structural distortion at ambient conditions. As pressure increases, the local structure distortions are substantially suppressed and eventually vanish around 4 GPa, leading to concurrent changes in the electronic band structure and anomalies in the electrical resistivity. We find, consistent with PDF analysis, Raman spectroscopy data suggest that the local structure changes to a higher ordered state at pressures above 4 GPa.

  20. Crystal growth, structure and magnetic properties of the double perovskites Ln{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6} (Ln=Pr, Nd, Sm-Gd)

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    Mugavero, Samuel J. III; Fox, Adam H.; Smith, Mark D.; Loye, Hans-Conrad zur

    2010-02-15

    Single crystals of double-perovskite type lanthanide magnesium iridium oxides, Ln{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6} (Ln=Pr, Nd, Sm-Gd) have been grown in a molten potassium hydroxide flux. The compounds crystallize in a distorted 1:1 rock salt lattice, space group P2{sub 1}/n, consisting of corner shared MO{sub 6} (M=Mg{sup 2+} and Ir{sup 4+}) octahedra, where the rare earth cations occupy the eight-fold coordination sites formed by the corner shared octahedra. Pr{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6}, Nd{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6}, Sm{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6}, and Eu{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6} order antiferromagnetically around 10-15 K. - Graphical abstract: A SEM image of a typical crystal of Ln{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6}, which forms in the monoclinic double perovskite structure, is shown.

  1. Structural properties, electric response and magnetic behaviour of La2SrFe2CoO9 triple complex perovskite

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    Casallas, F.; Vera, E.; Landínez, D.; Parra, C.; Roa, J.

    2016-02-01

    The triple perovskite La2SrFe2CoO9 was prepared by the solid state reaction method from the high purity precursor powders La2O3, SrCO3, Fe2O3, Co2O3 (99.9%). The crystalline structure was studied by X-ray diffraction experiments and Rietveld refinement analysis. Results reveal that this material crystallizes in an orthorhombic triple perovskite belonging to the space group Pnma (#62) with lattice constants a=5.491978(2)Ǻ, b=7.719842(2)Ǻ and c=5.436260(3)Ǻ. The granular surface morphology was studied from images of Scanning Electron Microscopy. The electric response was studied by the Impedance Spectroscopy technique from 10.0mHz up to 0.1MHz, at different temperatures (77-300K). Measurements of magnetization as a function of temperature permitted to determine the occurrence of a paramagnetic - ferromagnetic transition for a Curie temperature of 280K, which suggests it application in nanoelectronic devices. From the fit of the magnetic response with the Curie- Weiss equation it was concluded that the effective magnetic moment is particularly large due to the contribution of La, Fe and Co cations.

  2. Structure and magnetism in the oxygen-deficient perovskites Ce{sub 1-x}Sr {sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} (x {>=} 0.90)

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    James, M. . E-mail: mja@ansto.gov.au; Wallwork, K.S.; Withers, R.L.; Goossens, D.J.; Wilson, K.F.; Horvat, J.; Wang, X.L.; Colella, M.

    2005-08-11

    We have examined the structure and phase behaviour of strontium-doped Ce{sub 1-x}Sr {sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} and found that the perovskite form is stabilised over a relatively narrow solid solution range (x > 0.85). A combination of electron, powder X-ray and neutron diffraction has revealed tetragonal superstructures of the basic perovskite unit; (I4/mmm) 2a {sub p} x 2a {sub p} x 4a {sub p} (x = 0.90) and (P4/mmm) a {sub p} x a {sub p} x 2a {sub p} (x = 0.95). Magnetisation measurements show ferromagnetic behaviour under applied magnetic fields. Low temperature neutron diffraction of Ce{sub 0.10}Sr{sub 0.90}CoO{sub 2.80} in zero field reveals a magnetic cell of dimension 2a {sub p} x 2a {sub p} x 4a {sub p} with an ordered cobalt moment of 1.7 B.M. at 25 K.

  3. Magnetic and structural properties of NaLnMnWO{sub 6} and NaLnMgWO{sub 6} perovskites

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    King, Graham; Wayman, Lora M.; Woodward, Patrick M.

    2009-06-15

    We have prepared 14 new AA'BB'O{sub 6} perovskites which possess a rock salt ordering of the B-site cations and a layered ordering of the A-site cations. The compositions obtained are NaLnMnWO{sub 6} (Ln=Ce, Pr, Sm, Gd, Dy, and Ho) and NaLnMgWO{sub 6} (Ln=Ce, Pr, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, and Ho). The samples were structurally characterized by powder X-ray diffraction which has revealed metrically tetragonal lattice parameters for compositions with Ln=Ce, Pr and monoclinic symmetry for compositions with smaller lanthanides. Magnetic susceptibility vs. temperature measurements have found that all six NaLnMnWO{sub 6} compounds undergo antiferromagnetic ordering at temperatures between 10 and 13 K. Several compounds show signs of a second magnetic phase transition. One sample, NaPrMnWO{sub 6}, appears to pass through at least three magnetic phase transitions within a narrow temperature range. All eight NaLnMgWO{sub 6} compounds remain paramagnetic down to 2 K revealing that the ordering of the Ln{sup 3+} cations in the NaLnMnWO{sub 6} compounds is induced by the ordering of the Mn{sup 2+} sub-lattice. - Graphical abstract: Evidence for multiple magnetic phase transitions in the A and B-site ordered perovskite NaPrMnWO{sub 6}.

  4. In-situ neutron diffraction of LaCoO3 perovskite under uniaxial compression. I. Crystal structure analysis and texture development

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    Aman, Amjad; Chen, Yan; Lugovy, Mykola; Orlovskaya, Nina; Reece, Michael John; Ma, Dong; Stoica, Alexandru Dan; An, Ke

    2014-01-01

    The dynamics of texture formation, changes in crystal structure and stress accommodation mechanisms are studied in R3c rhombohedral LaCoO3 perovskite during in-situ uniaxial compression experiment by neutron diffraction. The neutron diffraction revealed the complex crystallographic changes causing the texture formation and significant straining along certain crystallographic directions during in-situ compression, which are responsible for the appearance of hysteresis and non-linear ferroelastic deformation in LaCoO3 perovskite. The irreversible strain after the first loading was connected with the appearance of non-recoverable changes in the intensity ratio of certain crystallographic peaks, causing non-reversible texture formation. However in the second loading/unloading cycle the hysteresis loop was closed and no irreversible strain appears after deformation. The significant texture formation is responsible for increase in the Young s modulus of LaCoO3 at high compressive loads, where the reported values of Young s modulus increase from 76 GPa measured at the very beginning of the loading to 194 GPa at 900 MPa applied compressive stress measured at the beginning of the unloading curve.

  5. In-situ neutron diffraction of LaCoO3 perovskite under uniaxial compression. I. Crystal structure analysis and texture development

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    Aman, Amjad; Chen, Yan; Lugovy, Mykola; Orlovskaya, Nina; Reece, Michael J.; Ma, Dong; Stoica, Alexandru D.; An, Ke

    2014-07-01

    The dynamics of texture formation, changes in crystal structure, and stress accommodation mechanisms have been studied in perovskite-type R3¯c rhombohedral LaCoO3 during uniaxial compression using in-situ neutron diffraction. The in-situ neutron diffraction revealed the complex crystallographic changes causing the texture formation and significant straining along certain crystallographic directions during compression, which are responsible for the appearance of hysteresis and non-linear ferroelastic deformation in the LaCoO3 perovskite. The irreversible strain after the first loading was connected with the appearance of non-recoverable changes in the intensity ratio of certain crystallographic peaks, causing non-reversible texture formation. However, in the second loading/unloading cycle, the hysteresis loop was closed and no further irrecoverable strain appeared after deformation. The significant texture formation is responsible for an increase in the Young's modulus of LaCoO3 at high compressive stresses, ranging from 76 GPa at the very beginning of the loading to 194 GPa at 900 MPa at the beginning of the unloading curve.

  6. In-situ neutron diffraction of LaCoO₃ perovskite under uniaxial compression. I. Crystal structure analysis and texture development

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    Aman, Amjad; Orlovskaya, Nina; Chen, Yan; Lugovy, Mykola; Reece, Michael J.; Ma, Dong; Stoica, Alexandru D.; An, Ke

    2014-07-07

    The dynamics of texture formation, changes in crystal structure, and stress accommodation mechanisms have been studied in perovskite-type R3⁻c rhombohedral LaCoO₃ during uniaxial compression using in-situ neutron diffraction. The in-situ neutron diffraction revealed the complex crystallographic changes causing the texture formation and significant straining along certain crystallographic directions during compression, which are responsible for the appearance of hysteresis and non-linear ferroelastic deformation in the LaCoO₃ perovskite. The irreversible strain after the first loading was connected with the appearance of non-recoverable changes in the intensity ratio of certain crystallographic peaks, causing non-reversible texture formation. However, in the second loading/unloading cycle, the hysteresis loop was closed and no further irrecoverable strain appeared after deformation. The significant texture formation is responsible for an increase in the Young's modulus of LaCoO₃ at high compressive stresses, ranging from 76 GPa at the very beginning of the loading to 194 GPa at 900 MPa at the beginning of the unloading curve.

  7. Structural evolution of the double perovskites Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} (B' = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) upon reduction: Magnetic behavior of the uranium cations

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    Pinacca, R.M.; Viola, M.C.; Pedregosa, J.C.; Carbonio, R.E.; Lope, M.J. Martinez; Alonso, J.A.

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Evolution of the double perovskites Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} upon reduction were studied by XRPD. {yields} Orthorhombic (Pnma) disordered perovskites SrB'{sub 0.5-x}U{sub 0.5+x}O{sub 3} were obtained at 900 {sup o}C. {yields} U{sup 5+/4+} and Zn{sup 2+} cations are distributed at random over the octahedral positions. {yields} AFM ordering for the perovskite with B' = Zn appears below 30 K. -- Abstract: We describe the preparation of five perovskite oxides obtained upon reduction of Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} (B' = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) with H{sub 2}/N{sub 2} (5%/95%) at 900 {sup o}C during 8 h, and their structural characterization by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). During the reduction process there is a partial segregation of the elemental metal when B' = Co, Ni, Fe, and the corresponding B'O oxide when B' = Mn, Zn. Whereas the parent, oxygen stoichiometric double perovskites Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} are long-range ordered concerning B' and U cations. The crystal structures of the reduced phases, SrB'{sub 0.5-x}U{sub 0.5+x}O{sub 3} with 0.37 < x < 0.27, correspond to simple, disordered perovskites; they are orthorhombic, space group Pnma (No. 62), with a full cationic disorder at the B site. Magnetic measurements performed on the phase with B' = Zn, indicate uncompensated antiferromagnetic ordering of the U{sup 5+}/U{sup 4+} sublattice below 30 K.

  8. Structure and dielectric characterization of a new A-site deficient La 5/3MgTaO 6 perovskite

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    Khalyavin, D. D.; Senos, A. M. R.; Mantas, P. Q.; Argyriou, D. N.; Tarroso Gomes, I.; Vieira, L. G.; Ribeiro, J. L.

    2007-01-01

    The crystal structure of new A-site deficient La 5/3MgTaO 6 perovskite was investigated by neutron, X-ray and electron diffraction. Neutron and X-ray powder diffraction spectra were refined in the monoclinic I2/m space group, with the parameters of the unit cell a=5.6304(2) Å, b=5.6226(2) Å, c=7.9434(2) Å and β=90.04(1)°. This structural model presumes a random distribution of the vacancies and takes into account both a rock salt-type Mg 2+/Ta 5+ cation ordering and a-a-c0 configuration of the octahedral tilting. Electron diffraction showed that the crystal structure is more complex at the local level due to a short-range vacancy ordering. This observation in combination with the symmetry analysis leads to the conclusion that the C2/m symmetry with 2√2 ap×2√2 ap×2 ap supercell is more adequate for the description of the crystal structure in the local level. Dielectric measurements performed in a wide frequency range were correlated with the crystal structure and compared with other ordered double perovskites. Far-infrared spectroscopy was used to characterize the lattice contribution to the dielectric response at the microwave frequencies. The complex dielectric function was evaluated and extrapolated down to the gigahertz range. The effect of the vacancies on the intrinsic dielectric losses is discussed based on the spatial phonon correlation model.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of a new pillared perovskite La{sub 5}Mo{sub 2.75}V{sub 1.25}O{sub 16}

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    Ramezanipour, Farshid; Derakhshan, Shahab; Greedan, John E. Cranswick, Lachlan M.D.

    2008-12-15

    A new pillared perovskite compound La{sub 5}Mo{sub 2.76(4)}V{sub 1.25(4)}O{sub 16}, has been synthesized by solid-state reaction and its crystal structure has been characterized using powder X-ray and neutron diffraction. The magnetic properties of this compound have been investigated using SQUID magnetometry, and the magnetic structure has been studied using neutron diffraction data. A theoretical calculation of relative strengths of spin interactions among different magnetic ions and through different pathways has been performed using extended Hueckel, spin dimer analysis. The crystal structure of this material contains perovskite-type layers that are connected through edge-sharing dimeric units of octahedra. The structure is described in space group C2/m with unit cell parameters a=7.931(2) A, b=7.913(2) A, c=10.346(5) A and {beta}=95.096(5){sup o}. The material shows both short-range ferrimagnetic correlations from {approx}200 to 110 K and long-range antiferromagnetic order below T{sub c}{approx}100 K. The magnetic structure was investigated by neutron diffraction and is described by k=(0 0 1/2 ) as for other pillared perovskites. It consists of a ferrimagnetic arrangement of Mo and V within the layers that are coupled antiferromagnetically between layers. This is the first magnetic structure determination for any Mo-based pillared perovskite. - Graphical abstract: Long-range magnetic order below 100 K in the pillared perovskite La{sub 5}Mo{sub 2.75}V{sub 1.25}O{sub 16}. The magnetic structure is shown in the inset.

  10. Mesoscopic-scale structure and dynamics near the morphotropic phase boundary of (1 -x ) PbTiO3-x BiScO3

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    Datta, K.; Richter, A.; Göbbels, M.; Neder, R. B.; Mihailova, B.

    2015-07-01

    A range of compelling information on the local structure and dynamics of the ferroelectric perovskite-type (ABO3) system (1 -x ) PbTiO3-x BiScO3 has been revealed through analyzing room-temperature x-ray pair distribution functions and temperature-dependent Raman scattering data for compositions ranging across the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). Raman scattering data have provided exclusive evidence for distinct dynamical responses from the A-site Pb/Bi and the B-site Ti/Sc cations as a function of composition and temperature. Both pair distribution function and Raman scattering analyses indicate improved coherence between the A-site and B-site off-center displacements for x above the MPB composition. The distinguishable dynamical features were spotted between two sets of compositional range from which x =0.34 could be assigned as a critical composition of "local" MPB: the composition at which the pathway of mesoscopic-scale temperature-driven coupling and transformation processes changes. This differs from the previous reports based on the analysis of the average structure, suggesting the response function of a system may not necessarily follow the evolution of the average structure from which however the MPB has so far been ascribed for a particular system. The individual features of the cations revealed here will further help in understanding the structure-property correlations for similar ferroelectric solid solutions.

  11. Structural and magnetic study of RFe{<_0.5}V{<_0.5}O{<_3} (R = Y, Eu, Nd, La) perovskite compounds.

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    Gateshki, M.; Suescun, L.; Kolesnik, S.; Mais, J.; Dabrowski, B.

    2011-06-01

    B-site disordered RFe{sub 0.5}V{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} compounds, with R=La, Nd, Eu and Y, have been prepared by solid-state reaction technique and their structures and magnetic properties have been investigated through X-ray powder diffraction, time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction and magnetization measurements at temperatures ranging from 5 to 700 K. The four compounds can be described as distorted perovskites with space group symmetry Pbnm and a{sup +}b{sup -}b{sup -} tilt system. The studied compounds also show antiferromagnetic ordering with Neel temperatures of 299, 304, 304, and 335 K respectively. The magnetic structures of R=La, Nd and Y compounds were determined from the neutron powder diffraction as Gz with observed magnetic moments of 2.55, 2.54 and 2.69 {mu}{sub B} at 30, 40 and 40 K, respectively.

  12. Lead-nano-dopings effects on the structural, microstructural, vibrational and thermal properties of Bi 2- xPb xSrV 2O 9 layered perovskite

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    Elsabawy, Khaled M.; Abou Sekkina, Morsy M.; Asker, Mohamed A.; El-Newehy, Mohamed H.

    2010-07-01

    The sample with in the general formula Bi 2-xPb xSrV 2O 9, where x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.6 mol were synthesized by the high temperature solid state reaction and firing method. The X-ray diffractograms confirmed the formation of single phased layered perovskite in all samples. TGA and DTA thermal analyses on the green samples included steps of thermal analysis of strontium carbonate, bismuth carbonate, ammonium vanadate, lead oxide and finally on the high temperature solid state formation. The effect of lead dopings on the sintering, structural and micro-structure, properties of 212BiSrV-ceramics were investigated. The infrared absorption spectra show a series of vibrational modes within the range of 400-1600 cm -1.

  13. Synthesis, Structure, and Magnetic Properties of Sr2NiOsO6 and Ca2NiOsO6: Two New Osmium-Containing Double Perovskites

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    Macquart,R.; Kim, S.; Gemmill, W.; Stalick, J.; Lee, Y.; Vogt, Tzur Loye, H.

    2005-01-01

    Two new double perovskite oxides, Ca{sub 2}NiOsO{sub 6}and Sr{sub 2}NiOsO{sub 6}, have been prepared as polycrystalline powders by solid state synthesis. The two oxides were structurally characterized by variable-temperature powder neutron diffraction. Ca{sub 2}NiOsO{sub 6} was found to adopt a monoclinic structure (P2{sub 1}/n), while Sr{sub 2}NiOsO{sub 6} was found to be tetragonal (I4/m). Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that Ca2NiOsO6 orders in a canted antiferromagnetic state at about 175 K while Sr{sub 2}NiOsO{sub 6} orders antiferromagnetically at about 50 K.

  14. Crystal structure of the ordered perovskite: BaBi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}

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    Fu, W.T.; Graaff, R.A.G. de; Gelder, R. de

    1997-06-01

    The structure of BaBi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} is determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. It is an ordered perovskite, having rhombohedral symmetry, space group R {bar 3}m (No. 166), with lattice parameters a = 6.043(1) {angstrom} and {alpha} = 60.05(2)(degree). The final agreement factor R based on F{sup 2} for 6420 reflections was 0.052. An important structural feature of BaBi{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} is the displacements of oxygen atoms from their ideal positions within the pseudo-cubic [110]{sub p} planes, creating an alternative arrangement of (larger) BiO{sub 6} and (smaller) SbO{sub 6} octahedra. Therefore, the valence states of bismuth and antimony can be readily assigned as Bi(III) and Sb(V).

  15. Morphology-Controlled Synthesis of Organometal Halide Perovskite Inverse Opals.

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    Chen, Kun; Tüysüz, Harun

    2015-11-01

    The booming development of organometal halide perovskites in recent years has prompted the exploration of morphology-control strategies to improve their performance in photovoltaic, photonic, and optoelectronic applications. However, the preparation of organometal halide perovskites with high hierarchical architecture is still highly challenging and a general morphology-control method for various organometal halide perovskites has not been achieved. A mild and scalable method to prepare organometal halide perovskites in inverse opal morphology is presented that uses a polystyrene-based artificial opal as hard template. Our method is flexible and compatible with different halides and organic ammonium compositions. Thus, the perovskite inverse opal maintains the advantage of straightforward structure and band gap engineering. Furthermore, optoelectronic investigations reveal that morphology exerted influence on the conducting nature of organometal halide perovskites. PMID:26376773

  16. Crystal structure and phase transitions in perovskite-like C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}SnCl{sub 3}

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    Szafranski, Marek Stahl, Kenny

    2007-08-15

    X-ray single-crystal diffraction, high-temperature powder diffraction and differential thermal analysis at ambient and high pressure have been employed to study the crystal structure and phase transitions of guanidinium trichlorostannate, C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}SnCl{sub 3}. At 295 K the crystal structure is orthorhombic, space group Pbca, Z=8, a=7.7506(2) A, b=12.0958(4) A and c=17.8049(6) A, solved from single-crystal data. It is perovskite-like with distorted corner-linked SnCl{sub 6} octahedra and with ordered guanidinium cations in the distorted cuboctahedral voids. At 400 K the structure shows a first-order order-disorder phase transition. The space group is changed to Pnma with Z=4, a=12.1552(2) A, b=8.8590(2) A and c=8.0175(1) A, solved from powder diffraction data and showing disordering of the guanidinium cations. At 419 K, the structure shows yet another first-order order-disorder transformation with disordering of the SnCl{sub 3}{sup -} part. The space group symmetry is maintained as Pnma, with a=12.1786(2) A, b=8.8642(2) A and c=8.0821(2) A. The thermodynamic parameters of these transitions and the p-T phase diagram have been determined and described. - Graphical abstract: The perovskite-like crystals of C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}SnCl{sub 3} undergo two successive first-order phase transitions at 400 and 419 K, both accompanied by an essential order-disorder contribution. The p-T phase diagram exhibits a singular point at 219 MPa and 443 K.

  17. The GW electronic structure of cubic RbMF3 perovskites (M = Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Syrotyuk, Stepan V.; Shved, Vira M.

    2015-09-01

    The electronic energy band spectra of cubic RbMF3 perovskites (M = Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) have been evaluated within the projector augmented waves (PAW) approach by means of the ABINIT code. The Kohn-Sham single-particle states have been found in the LDA framework. Our parameters of the electron energy bands obtained in the LDA are in good agreement with the published results of other authors. The calculated GW band gaps and dielectric constants are well compared with the available experimental data. The quasiparticle energies and density of states of electrons as well as the dielectric constants were obtained in the approximation GW for the first time.

  18. BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9}, a metastable perovskite phase with Bi/vacancy ordering: Crystal structure and dielectric properties

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    Mumme, William G.; Grey, Ian E.; Edwards, Bryce; Turner, Christopher; Nino, Juan; Vanderah, Terrell A.

    2013-04-15

    The perovskite, BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9}, is a metastable phase in the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} system that forms only when cooled from a liquid phase. Crystals of BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9} prepared in this way display pseudocubic 2a×2a×2a diffraction patterns, due to non-merohedral twinning of a tetragonal a×a×2a cell, with the doubled axis oriented along all three pseudocubic axes. The structure was refined using data collected on a twinned crystal to R{sub 1}=0.034 for 318 observed reflections. BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9} has tetragonal symmetry, P4/mmm with a=3.9459(3) Å, c=7.8919(6) Å. Partial ordering of Bi atoms and vacancies occurs, with alternate (0 0 1) planes having 28% and 42% Bi occupancies. The Bi atoms are displaced from the A-site special positions by up to 0.4 Å. The compound exhibits a relatively high permittivity value of ∼230 at room temperature, and shows a sharp increase with increasing temperature towards an apparent diffuse phase transition above ∼180 °C, with an associated frequency dependent peak in the dielectric loss. - Graphical abstract: Structure for BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9}, showing split Bi atoms. Highlights: ► First characterisation of a new perovskite phase with potentially useful dielectric properties. ► Solving of the structure using single crystal data on a multiply twinned crystal. ► Measurement of dielectric properties that show the phase has a high dielectric permittivity.

  19. Structural Transformations in Ceramics: Perovskite-like Oxides and Group III, IV, and V Nitrides”

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    James P. Lewis , Dorian M. Hatch , and Harold T. Stokes

    2006-12-31

    1 Overview of Results and their Significance Ceramic perovskite-like oxides with the general formula (A. A0. ...)(B. B0. ...)O3and titanium-based oxides are of great technological interest because of their large piezoelectric and dielectric response characteristics.[1] In doped and nanoengineered forms, titantium dioxide finds increasing application as an organic and hydrolytic photocatalyst. The binary main-group-metal nitride compounds have undergone recent advancements of in-situ heating technology in diamond anvil cells leading to a burst of experimental and theoretical interest. In our DOE proposal, we discussed our unique theoretical approach which applies ab initio electronic calculations in conjunction with systematic group-theoretical analysis of lattice distortions to study two representative phase transitions in ceramic materials: (1) displacive phase transitions in primarily titanium-based perovskite-like oxide ceramics, and (2) reconstructive phase transitions in main-group nitride ceramics. A sub area which we have explored in depth is doped titanium dioxide electrical/optical properties.

  20. Perovskite Solar Cells: Beyond Methylammonium Lead Iodide.

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    Boix, Pablo P; Agarwala, Shweta; Koh, Teck Ming; Mathews, Nripan; Mhaisalkar, Subodh G

    2015-03-01

    Organic-inorganic lead halide based perovskites solar cells are by far the highest efficiency solution-processed solar cells, threatening to challenge thin film and polycrystalline silicon ones. Despite the intense research in this area, concerns surrounding the long-term stability as well as the toxicity of lead in the archetypal perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, have the potential to derail commercialization. Although the search for Pb-free perovskites have naturally shifted to other transition metal cations and formulations that replace the organic moiety, efficiencies with these substitutions are still substantially lower than those of the Pb-perovskite. The perovskite family offers rich multitudes of crystal structures and substituents with the potential to uncover new and exciting photophysical phenomena that hold the promise of higher solar cell efficiencies. In addressing materials beyond CH3NH3PbI3, this Perspective will discuss a broad palette of elemental substitutions, solid solutions, and multidimensional families that will provide the next fillip toward market viability of the perovskite solar cells. PMID:26262670

  1. Cubic Perovskite Structure of Black Formamidinium Lead Iodide, α-[HC(NH2)2]PbI3, at 298 K

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    2015-01-01

    The structure of black formamidinium lead halide, α-[HC(NH2)2]PbI3, at 298 K has been refined from high resolution neutron powder diffraction data and found to adopt a cubic perovskite unit cell, a = 6.3620(8) Å. The trigonal planar [HC(NH2)2]+ cations lie in the central mirror plane of the unit cell with the formamidinium cations disordered over 12 possible sites arranged so that the C–H bond is directed into a cube face, whereas the −NH2 groups hydrogen bond (NH···I = 2.75–3.00 Å) with the iodide atoms of the [PbI3]− framework. High atomic displacement parameters for the formamidinium cation are consistent with rapid molecular rotations at room temperature as evidenced in ab initio molecular dynamic simulations.

  2. Crystal structure study of dielectric oxynitride perovskites La1-xSrxTiO2+xN1-x (x=0, 0.2)

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    Habu, Daiki; Masubuchi, Yuji; Torii, Shuki; Kamiyama, Takashi; Kikkawa, Shinichi

    2016-05-01

    As is the case with SrTaO2N, both cis-ordering of nitride anions and octahedral titling are also preferable in La1-xSrxTiO2+xN1-x (x=0, 0.2) oxynitride perovskites. A larger dielectric constant of εr≈5.0×103 was estimated for the pure oxynitride with x=0.2, compared with εr≈750 for the product with x=0, by extrapolating the εr values obtained from powders mixed with paraffin at various mixing ratios. The crystal structure of x=0.2 with larger tolerance factor than x=0 increased the octahedral tilting, which contributes to the increased dielectric constant. The increased dielectric constant supports the exchange mechanism for the dielectric property between two kinds of -Ti-N- helical coils (clockwise and anticlockwise) derived from the above cis-ordering of nitride anions.

  3. Magnetization reversal of the domain structure in the anti-perovskite nitride Co3FeN investigated by high-resolution X-ray microscopy

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    Hajiri, T.; Finizio, S.; Vafaee, M.; Kuroki, Y.; Ando, H.; Sakakibara, H.; Kleibert, A.; Howald, L.; Kronast, F.; Ueda, K.; Asano, H.; Kläui, M.

    2016-05-01

    We performed X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) photoemission electron microscopy imaging to reveal the magnetic domain structure of anti-perovskite nitride Co3FeN exhibiting a negative spin polarization. In square and disc patterns, we systematically and quantitatively determined the statistics of the stable states as a function of geometry. By direct imaging during the application of a magnetic field, we revealed the magnetic reversal process in a spatially resolved manner. We compared the hysteresis on the continuous area and the square patterns from the magnetic field-dependent XMCD ratio, which can be explained as resulting from the effect of the shape anisotropy, present in nanostructured thin films.

  4. Structural, mechanical, electronic and thermal properties of KZnF3 and AgZnF3 Perovskites: FP-(L)APW+lo calculations

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    Hiadsi, S.; Bouafia, H.; Sahli, B.; Abidri, B.; Bouaza, A.; Akriche, A.

    2016-08-01

    This study presents a theoretical prediction of the structural, mechanical, electronic and thermal properties of the zinc-based Perovskites (AgZnF3 and KZnF3) within the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT) using All-electron self consistent Full Potential Augmented Plane Waves plus local orbital FP-(L)APW + lo method. To make our work comparable and reliable, several functional were used for the exchange-correlation potential. Also, this study intends to provide a basis and an improvement for updating either the values already predicted by other previous work (by using obsolete functional) or to predict them for the first time. GGA-PBE and GGA-PBEsol were used to predict the structural properties of AgZnF3 and KZnF3 Perovskites such as lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative and the cohesive energy. For these properties, the found values are in very good agreement; also those found by GGA-PBEsol are closer to other available previous and experimental results. The electronic properties of these materials are investigated and compared to provide a consolidated prediction by using the modified Becke Johnson potential TB-mBJ with other functional; the values found by this potential are closer to the available proven results and show that these materials exhibit an indirect gap from R to Γ point. The charge densities plot for [110] direction and QTAIM (Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules) theory indicate that ionic character is predominate for (K, Ag, Zn)sbnd F bonds. Finally, the effect of temperature and pressure on the unit cell volume, the heat capacity CV and entropy were studied using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  5. p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid structure of highly efficient perovskite solar cells towards improved air stability: synthetic strategies and the role of p-type hole transport layer (HTL) and n-type electron transport layer (ETL) metal oxides.

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    Mali, Sawanta S; Hong, Chang Kook

    2016-05-19

    There has been fast recent progress in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) towards low cost photovoltaic technology. Organometal mixed halide (MAPbX or FAPbX) perovskites are the most promising light absorbing material sandwiched between the electron transport layer (ETL) and hole transport layer (HTL). These two layers play a critical role in boosting the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and maintaining air stability. However, the device stability is a serious issue in regular as well as p-i-n inverted type perovskite solar cells. This mini-review briefly outlines the state-of-art of p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid perovskite solar cells using MAPbX/FAPbX perovskite absorbing layers. Later, we will focus on recent trends, progress and further opportunities in exploring the air stable hybrid planar structure PSCs. PMID:27161123

  6. p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid structure of highly efficient perovskite solar cells towards improved air stability: synthetic strategies and the role of p-type hole transport layer (HTL) and n-type electron transport layer (ETL) metal oxides

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    Mali, Sawanta S.; Hong, Chang Kook

    2016-05-01

    There has been fast recent progress in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) towards low cost photovoltaic technology. Organometal mixed halide (MAPbX or FAPbX) perovskites are the most promising light absorbing material sandwiched between the electron transport layer (ETL) and hole transport layer (HTL). These two layers play a critical role in boosting the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and maintaining air stability. However, the device stability is a serious issue in regular as well as p-i-n inverted type perovskite solar cells. This mini-review briefly outlines the state-of-art of p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid perovskite solar cells using MAPbX/FAPbX perovskite absorbing layers. Later, we will focus on recent trends, progress and further opportunities in exploring the air stable hybrid planar structure PSCs.

  7. Making and Breaking of Lead Halide Perovskites.

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    Manser, Joseph S; Saidaminov, Makhsud I; Christians, Jeffrey A; Bakr, Osman M; Kamat, Prashant V

    2016-02-16

    A new front-runner has emerged in the field of next-generation photovoltaics. A unique class of materials, known as organic metal halide perovskites, bridges the gap between low-cost fabrication and exceptional device performance. These compounds can be processed at low temperature (typically in the range 80-150 °C) and readily self-assemble from the solution phase into high-quality semiconductor thin films. The low energetic barrier for crystal formation has mixed consequences. On one hand, it enables inexpensive processing and both optical and electronic tunability. The caveat, however, is that many as-formed lead halide perovskite thin films lack chemical and structural stability, undergoing rapid degradation in the presence of moisture or heat. To date, improvements in perovskite solar cell efficiency have resulted primarily from better control over thin film morphology, manipulation of the stoichiometry and chemistry of lead halide and alkylammonium halide precursors, and the choice of solvent treatment. Proper characterization and tuning of processing parameters can aid in rational optimization of perovskite devices. Likewise, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the degradation mechanism and identifying components of the perovskite structure that may be particularly susceptible to attack by moisture are vital to mitigate device degradation under operating conditions. This Account provides insight into the lifecycle of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites, including (i) the nature of the precursor solution, (ii) formation of solid-state perovskite thin films and single crystals, and (iii) transformation of perovskites into hydrated phases upon exposure to moisture. In particular, spectroscopic and structural characterization techniques shed light on the thermally driven evolution of the perovskite structure. By tuning precursor stoichiometry and chemistry, and thus the lead halide charge-transfer complexes present in solution, crystallization

  8. The Effect of Polarization on Local Electronic Structure in Ferroelectric Nano-Domains in BaTiO3

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    Morales, Erie; Perez, Carlos; Bonnell, Dawn; MSE Team

    Novel ferroelectric BaTiO3 applications ranging from sensors to nanogenerators require a detailed understanding of atomic interactions at surfaces. Single crystals provide a platform that allows the exploitation of surface physical and chemical properties that can be readily transferred to other ABO3 perovskites. The processes that result in the atomic and electronic structures of surfaces in tandem with polarization of domains are necessary steps towards understanding BaTiO3. Here we treat BaTiO3 surface using sputtering-annealing cycles that yield the (6x1) reconstruction. We demonstrate that it is possible to pole a thin BaTiO3 single crystal in ultra high vacuum using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). We determine that we can prepare BaTiO3 using in-situ annealing that allows us to control the size of poled region to 40nm. We pole in constant-current mode in STM by applying a bias of less than 10 V between tip and sample for 100ms. STM and scanning tunneling spectroscopy characterization allow us to map topography and local density of states, respectively. For a given unique pulse, the poled domains show a fluctuating electronic occupation of conduction bands and shifting of valence band. We will also discuss the effect of polarization on molecular adsorption.

  9. Two Dimensional Organometal Halide Perovskite Nanorods with Tunable Optical Properties.

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    Aharon, Sigalit; Etgar, Lioz

    2016-05-11

    Organo-metal halide perovskite is an efficient light harvester in photovoltaic solar cells. Organometal halide perovskite is used mainly in its "bulk" form in the solar cell. Confined perovskite nanostructures could be a promising candidate for efficient optoelectronic devices, taking advantage of the superior bulk properties of organo-metal halide perovskite, as well as the nanoscale properties. In this paper, we present facile low-temperature synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) lead halide perovskite nanorods (NRs). These NRs show a shift to higher energies in the absorbance and in the photoluminescence compared to the bulk material, which supports their 2D structure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the NRs demonstrates their 2D nature combined with the tetragonal 3D perovskite structure. In addition, by alternating the halide composition, we were able to tune the optical properties of the NRs. Fast Fourier transform, and electron diffraction show the tetragonal structure of these NRs. By varying the ligands ratio (e.g., octylammonium to oleic acid) in the synthesis, we were able to provide the formation mechanism of these novel 2D perovskite NRs. The 2D perovskite NRs are promising candidates for a variety of optoelectronic applications, such as light-emitting diodes, lasing, solar cells, and sensors. PMID:27089497

  10. Preparation, crystal structure and magnetic behavior of new double perovskites Sr{sub 2} B'UO{sub 6} with B'=Mn, Fe, Ni, Zn

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    Pinacca, R.M.; Viola, M.C.; Pedregosa, J.C.; Martinez-Lope, M.J.; Carbonio, R.E.; Alonso, J.A.

    2007-05-15

    Sr{sub 2} B'UO{sub 6} double perovskites with B'=Mn, Fe, Ni, Zn have been prepared in polycrystalline form by solid-state reaction, in air or reducing conditions. These new materials have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), magnetic susceptibility and magnetization measurements. The room-temperature crystal structure is monoclinic (space group P2{sub 1}/n), and contains alternating B'O{sub 6} and UO{sub 6} octahedra sharing corners, tilted along the three pseudocubic axes according to the Glazer notation a {sup -} a {sup -} b {sup +}. The magnetic measurements show a spontaneous magnetic ordering below T {sub N}=21 K for B'=Mn, Ni, and T {sub C}=150 K for B'=Fe. From a Curie-Weiss fit, the effective paramagnetic moment for B'=Mn (5.74 {mu}{sub B}/f.u.) and B'=Ni(3.51 {mu}{sub B}/f.u.) are significantly different from the corresponding spin-only moments for the divalent cations, suggesting the possibility of a partial charge disproportionation B'{sup 2+}+U {sup 6+}{r_reversible}B'{sup 3+}+U {sup 5+}, also accounting for plausible ferrimagnetic interactions between B' and U sublattices. The strong curvature of the reciprocal susceptibility for B'=Fe precludes a Curie-Weiss fit but also suggests the presence of ferrimagnetic interactions in this compound. This charge disproportionation effect is also supported by the observed B'-O distances, which are closer to the expected values for high-spin, trivalent Mn, Fe and Ni cations. - Graphical abstract: The title double perovskites are monoclinic, space group P2{sub 1}/n, and the magnetic properties suggest the possibility of a partial charge disproportionation B'{sup 2+}+U {sup 6+}{r_reversible}B'{sup 3+}+U {sup 5+}, accounting for plausible ferrimagnetic interactions between B' and U sublattices.

  11. Multiferroic crossover in perovskite oxides

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    Weston, L.; Cui, X. Y.; Ringer, S. P.; Stampfl, C.

    2016-04-01

    The coexistence of ferroelectricity and magnetism in A B O3 perovskite oxides is rare, a phenomenon that has become known as the ferroelectric "d0 rule." Recently, the perovskite BiCoO3 has been shown experimentally to be isostructural with PbTiO3, while simultaneously the d6Co3 + ion has a high-spin ground state with C -type antiferromagnetic ordering. It has been suggested that the hybridization of Bi 6 s states with the O 2 p valence band stabilizes the polar phase, however, we have recently demonstrated that Co3 + ions in the perovskite structure can facilitate a ferroelectric distortion via the Co 3 d -O 2 p covalent interaction [L. Weston, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 247601 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.247601]. In this paper, using accurate hybrid density functional calculations, we investigate the atomic, electronic, and magnetic structure of BiCoO3 to elucidate the origin of the multiferroic state. To begin with, we perform a more general first-principles investigation of the role of d electrons in affecting the tendency for perovskite materials to exhibit a ferroelectric distortion; this is achieved via a qualitative trend study in artificial cubic and tetragonal La B O3 perovskites. We choose La as the A cation so as to remove the effects of Bi 6 s hybridization. The lattice instability is identified by the softening of phonon modes in the cubic phase, as well as by the energy lowering associated with a ferroelectric distortion. For the La B O3 series, where B is a d0-d8 cation from the 3 d block, the trend study reveals that increasing the d orbital occupation initially removes the tendency for a polar distortion, as expected. However, for high-spin d5-d7 and d8 cations a strong ferroelectric instability is recovered. This effect is explained in terms of increased pseudo-Jahn-Teller (PJT) p -d vibronic coupling. The PJT effect is described by the competition between a stabilizing force (K0) that favors the cubic phase, and a vibronic term that

  12. Integrating perovskite solar cells into a flexible fiber.

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    Qiu, Longbin; Deng, Jue; Lu, Xin; Yang, Zhibin; Peng, Huisheng

    2014-09-22

    Perovskite solar cells have triggered a rapid development of new photovoltaic devices because of high energy conversion efficiencies and their all-solid-state structures. To this end, they are particularly useful for various wearable and portable electronic devices. Perovskite solar cells with a flexible fiber structure were now prepared for the first time by continuously winding an aligned multiwalled carbon nanotube sheet electrode onto a fiber electrode; photoactive perovskite materials were incorporated in between them through a solution process. The fiber-shaped perovskite solar cell exhibits an energy conversion efficiency of 3.3%, which remained stable on bending. The perovskite solar cell fibers may be woven into electronic textiles for large-scale application by well-developed textile technologies. PMID:25047870

  13. La{sup 3+} doping of the Sr{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} double perovskite: A structural and magnetic study

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    Lopez, C.A.; Viola, M.C.; Pedregosa, J.C. Carbonio, R.E.; Sanchez, R.D.; Fernandez-Diaz, M.T.

    2008-11-15

    La-doped Sr{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} double perovskites have been prepared in air in polycrystalline form by solid-state reaction. These materials have been studied by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), neutron powder diffraction (NPD) and magnetic susceptibility. The structural refinement was performed from combined XRPD and NPD data (D2B instrument, {lambda}=1.594 A). At room temperature, the replacement of Sr{sup 2+} by La{sup 3+} induces a change of the tetragonal structure, space group I4/m of the undoped Sr{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} into the distorted monoclinic crystal structure, space group P2{sub 1}/n, Z=2. The structure of La-doped phases contains alternating CoO{sub 6} and (Co/W)O{sub 6} octahedra, almost fully ordered. On the other hand, the replacement of Sr{sup 2+} by La{sup 3+} induces a partial replacement of W{sup 6+} by Co{sup 2+} into the B sites, i.e. Sr{sub 2-x}La{sub x}CoW{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}O{sub 6} (y=x/4) with segregation of SrWO{sub 4}. Magnetic and neutron diffraction measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic ordering below T{sub N}=24 K independently of the La-substitution. - Graphical abstract: La-doped Sr{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} double perovskites have been prepared in polycrystalline form by solid-state reaction. The general formula of these compounds is Sr{sub 2-x}La{sub x}CoW{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}O{sub 6} (y=x/4). XRPD, NPD and magnetic susceptibility studies were performed. The structure of monoclinic La-doped phases contains alternating CoO{sub 6} and (Co/W)O{sub 6} octahedra, almost fully ordered. NPD and magnetic measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic ordering at low temperature.

  14. Thermoelastic and structural properties of ionically conducting cerate perovskites: (II) SrCeO3 between 1273 K and 1723 K.

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    Knight, Kevin S; Haynes, Richard; Bonanos, Nikolaos; Azough, Feridoon

    2015-06-21

    The temperature dependence of the crystal structure and the thermoelastic properties of SrCeO(3) have been determined from Rietveld refinement of high resolution, neutron time-of-flight powder diffraction data collected in 5 K intervals between 1273 K and 1723 K. No evidence was found for critical behaviour in the amplitudes of the modes that soften in zone boundary phase transitions in perovskite-structured phases suggesting SrCeO(3) may remain orthorhombic, space group Pbnm from 1.2 K up to the 1 atm melting point of 2266 K. The temperature variation of the crystal structure has been determined from mode decomposition techniques and the structural evolution has been inferred from the temperature-dependences of the spontaneous shear strain and the order parameter associated with the anti-phase tilt. Thermoelastic properties have been derived from the temperature variation of the unit cell, isobaric heat capacity, and atomic displacement parameters and shows good agreement with earlier work carried out on the lightly doped system SrCe(0.95)Yb(0.05)O(ξ) (ξ∼ 3). Temperature-dependent corrections for the bond valence parameters for strontium and cerium are reported. PMID:25711399

  15. Pseudo Jahn-Teller origin of ferroelectric instability in BaTiO3 type perovskites: The Green's function approach and beyond

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    Polinger, V.; Garcia-Fernandez, P.; Bersuker, I. B.

    2015-01-01

    The local origin of dipolar distortions in ABO3 perovskite crystals is reexamined by means of a novel approach, the Green's function method augmented by DFT computations. The ferroelectric distortions are shown to be induced by the pseudo Jahn-Teller effect (PJTE). The latter involves vibronic hybridization (admixture) of the ground state to same-spin opposite-parity excited electronic bands. Similar to numerous molecular calculations, the PJT approach provides a deeper insight into the nature of chemical bonding in the octahedral cluster [BO6] and, in particular, reveals the local origin of its polar instability. This allows predicting directly which transition ions can create ferroelectricity. In particular, the necessary conditions are established when an ABO3 perovskite crystal with an electronic dn configuration of the complex ion [BO6] can possess both proper ferroelectric and magnetic properties. Distinguished from the variety of cluster approaches to local properties, the Green's function method includes the influence of the local vibronic-coupling perturbation on the whole crystal via the inter-cell interaction responsible for creation of electronic and vibrational bands. Calculated Green's functions combined with the corresponding numeric estimates for the nine electronic bands, their density of states, and the local adiabatic potential energy surface (APES) confirm the eight-minimum form of this surface and feasibility of the PJT origin of the polar instability in BaTiO3. We show also that multicenter long-range dipole-dipole interactions critically depend on the PJTE largely determining the magnitude of the local dipoles. DFT calculations for the bulk crystal and its clusters confirm that the dipolar distortions are of local origin, but become possible only when their influence on (relaxation of) the whole lattice is taken into account. The results are shown to be in full qualitative and semiquantitative agreement with the experimental data for this

  16. Thermochemistry of perovskites in the lanthanum-strontium-manganese-iron oxide system

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    Marinescu, Cornelia; Vradman, Leonid; Tanasescu, Speranta; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2015-10-01

    The enthalpies of formation from binary oxides of perovskites (ABO3) based on lanthanum strontium manganite La(Sr)MnO3 (LSM) and lanthanum strontium ferrite La(Sr)FeO3 (LSF) and mixed lanthanum strontium manganite ferrite La(Sr)Mn(Fe)O3 (LSMF) were measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. Using iodometric titration, the oxygen content was derived. The perovskites with A-site cation deficiency have greater oxygen deficiency than the corresponding A-site stoichiometric series. Stability of LSMF decreases with increasing iron content. Increasing oxygen deficiency clearly destabilizes the perovskites. The results suggest an enthalpy of oxygen incorporation that is approximately independent of composition. 0.35La2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+Mn2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+0.3SrO (xl, 25 °C)+Fe2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+O2 (g, 25 °C)→La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ (xl, 25 °C). (b) ∆ Hf,ox* (La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ) .0.35 La2O3 (xl, 25 ººC) + (0.7-y+ 2δ)/2 Mn2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + 0.3 SrO (xl, 25 ºC) + y/2Fe2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + (0.3-2δ) MnO2 (xl, 25 ºC)→La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ (xl, 25 ºC).

  17. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface.

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    Tsvetkov, Nikolai; Lu, Qiyang; Sun, Lixin; Crumlin, Ethan J; Yildiz, Bilge

    2016-09-01

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO3) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H2O and CO2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, ) by the positively charged oxygen vacancies () enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O2 molecules. We take La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a 'volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss. PMID:27295099

  18. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structures, and properties of CdMn7O12 and SrMn7O12 perovskites.

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    Glazkova, Yana S; Terada, Noriki; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Katsuya, Yoshio; Tanaka, Masahiko; Sobolev, Alexey V; Presniakov, Igor A; Belik, Alexei A

    2015-09-21

    We synthesize CdMn7O12 and SrMn7-xFexO12 (x = 0, 0.08, and 0.5) perovskites under high pressure (6 GPa) and high temperature (1373-1573 K) conditions and investigate their structural, magnetic, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties. CdMn7O12 and SrMn7O12 are isostructural with CaMn7O12: space group R3̅ (No. 148), Z = 3, and lattice parameters a = 10.45508(2) Å and c = 6.33131(1) Å for CdMn7O12 and a = 10.49807(1) Å and c = 6.37985(1) Å for SrMn7O12 at 295 K. There is a structural phase transition at 493 K in CdMn7O12 and at 404 K in SrMn7O12 to a cubic structure (space group Im3̅), associated with charge ordering as found by the structural analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy. SrMn6.5Fe0.5O12 crystallizes in space group Im3̅ at 295 K with a = 7.40766(2) Å and exhibits spin-glass magnetic properties below 34 K. There are two magnetic transitions in CdMn7O12 with the Néel temperatures TN2 = 33 K and TN1 = 88 K, and in SrMn7O12 with TN2 = 63 K and TN1 = 87 K. A field-induced transition is found in CdMn7O12 from about 65 kOe, and TN2 = 58 K at 90 kOe. No dielectric anomalies are found at TN1 and TN2 at 0 Oe in both compound, but CdMn7O12 exhibits small anomalies at TN1 and TN2 at 90 kOe. In pyroelectric current measurements, we observe large and broad peaks around magnetic phase transition temperatures in CdMn7O12, SrMn7O12, and SrMn6.5Fe0.5O12; we assign those peaks to extrinsic effects and compare our results with previously reported results on CaMn7O12. We also discuss general tendencies of the AMn7O12 perovskite family (A = Cd, Ca, Sr, and Pb). PMID:26322969

  19. NREL Studies Carrier Separation and Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    2016-01-01

    NREL scientists studied charge separation and transport in perovskite solar cells by determining the junction structure across the solar device using the nanoelectrical characterization technique of Kelvin probe force microscopy. The distribution of electrical potential across both planar and porous devices demonstrates a p-n junction structure at the interface between titanium dioxide and perovskite. In addition, minority-carrier transport within the devices operates under diffusion/drift. Clarifying the fundamental junction structure provides significant guidance for future research and development. This NREL study points to the fact that improving carrier mobility is a critical factor for continued efficiency gains in perovskite solar cells.

  20. Interfacial structure of multi-layered thin-films produced by pulsed laser deposition for use in small-scale ceramic capacitors

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    Araki, Takao; Hino, Takanori; Ohara, Masahiro

    2014-08-01

    The aim of this study was to develop thin film capacitors with superior properties that could provide an alternative to materials currently used in conventional multi-layer ceramic capacitors fabricated by sintering. To this end, an artificial dielectric super lattice technique, incorporating pulsed laser deposition, was applied to improving the dielectric properties of thin film capacitors. This method permits the A-site atoms of a perovskite ABO3 structure to be selected layer by layer at a nanoscopic scale; consequently, multi-layer BaTiO3- SrTiO3 thin films were produced on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) and SrTiO3(111) substrates. Hetero-epitaxial grain growth was observed between BaTiO3 and SrTiO3, with the lattice mismatch between them introducing a compressive residual strain at the interface. The dielectric properties of these multi-layer thin-film capacitors were found to be superior to those of conventional solid-solution thin films once the thickness of the layers and the ratio of the two oxides were optimized.

  1. The effect of in-situ high-temperature high-pressure on the structural changes of single-crystal relaxor ferroelectrics PbSc1/2Ta1/2O3 (PST) and PbSc1/2Nb1/2O3 (PSN)

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    Waeselmann, Naemi; Mihailova, Boriana; Gospodinov, Marin; Bismayer, Ullrich

    2013-06-01

    Relaxor ferroelectrics (relaxor) of the perovskite structure (ABO3) have remarkably high dielectric permittivity dependent on temperature and frequency as well as remarkable piezoelectric and electro-optic coefficients. These structurally heterogeneous materials undergo a sequence of structural changes on the mesoscopic scale associated with characteristic temperatures resulting from the development of polar order on temperature decrease. Pressure increase on the other hand favors antiferrodistortive order at room temperature. To explore the importance of the antiferrodistortive coupling on the development of polar order simultaneous high-temperature high-pressure Raman studies were undertaken on single crystals of PST and PSN from 400-600 K over pressures extending to 9 GPa. We find that the first pressure-induced transition pc1 decreases with temperature while the second transition pc2 is relatively temperature independent. The behavior of pc1 is interpreted as a weakening of the polar coupling, which in turn facilitates the evolution of the preexisting medium-range antiferodistortive order into a long-range order. The near constant value of pc2 suggests that it is independent of the state of polar coupling and is mainly related to the initial correlation length of antiferrodistortive order. Thus the coexistence of both polar order and antiferrodistortive order is required for the occurrence of the relaxor state. Now at: University of Washington.

  2. Stable ferroelectric perovskite structure with giant axial ratio and polarization in epitaxial BiFe0.6Ga0.4O3 thin films.

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    Fan, Zhen; Xiao, Juanxiu; Liu, Huajun; Yang, Ping; Ke, Qingqing; Ji, Wei; Yao, Kui; Ong, Khuong P; Zeng, Kaiyang; Wang, John

    2015-02-01

    Ferroelectric perovskites with strongly elongated unit cells (c/a > 1.2) are of particular interest for realizing giant polarization induced by significant ionic off-center displacements. Here we show that epitaxial BiFe0.6Ga0.4O3 (BFGO) thin films exhibit a stable super-tetragonal-like structure with twinning domains regardless of film thickness and substrate induced strain, evidenced with high resolution X-ray diffractometry (HR-XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). The origin of the structural stability of BFGO is investigated by the first-principles calculation. The ferroelectric properties of BFGO are studied by PFM, first-principles calculation and macroscopic polarization-electric field (P-E) hysteresis measurement. A giant ferroelectric polarization of ∼150 μC/cm(2) is revealed by the first-principles calculations and confirmed by experiments. Our studies provide an alternative pathway of employing Ga-substitution other than the extensively studied strain engineering to stabilize the supertetragonal structure in BiFeO3-based epitaxial thin films. PMID:25568932

  3. An ab initio study of electronic structure and optical properties of multiferroic perovskites PbVO3 and BiCoO3

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    Milošević, Aleksandar S.; Lalić, Milan V.; Popović, Zoran S.; Vukajlović, Filip R.

    2013-08-01

    Within density functional theory (DFT) with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), GGA plus on-site Coulomb repulsion method, and improved version of the modified Becke-Johnson exchange potential suggested recently by Tran and Blaha [F. Tran, P. Blaha, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 (2009) 226401] (TB-mBJ), we investigate the electronic structure and optical properties of noncentrosymmetric multiferroic perovskites PbVO3 and BiCoO3. These two compounds, although similar in lattice distortions and population of crystal-field levels, behave quite differently because of the different interplay between the fundamental Kramers degeneracy and the single-ion anisotropy in them. The main characteristic of the calculated TB-mBJ electronic structures is significant rearrangement of the V and Co 3d states near their valence bands tops when compared to the present and earlier GGA and GGA + U calculations of these compounds. This fact causes the different optical responses of the title compounds as well, which are analyzed and interpreted in terms of the calculated electronic structures. A comparison of the calculated properties with available experimental data indicates that the TB-mBJ approach provides a better description of the electronic and optical properties of PbVO3 and BiCoO3 than the standard GGA and GGA + U approaches.

  4. Electron diffraction and microscopy study of the structure and microstructure of the hexagonal perovskite Ba3Ti2MnO9.

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    Maunders, Christian; Whitfield, Harold J; Hay, David G; Etheridge, Joanne

    2007-06-01

    This paper reports a structural and microstructural investigation of the hexagonal perovskite Ba(3)Ti(2)MnO(9) using electron microscopy and diffraction. Convergent-beam electron diffraction (CBED) revealed the structure has the non-centrosymmetric space group P6(3)mc (186) at room temperature and at approximately 110 K. Compared with the centrosymmetric parent structure BaTiO(3), with space group P6(3)/mmc, this represents a break in mirror symmetry normal to the c axis. This implies the Ti and Mn atoms are ordered on alternate octahedral sites along the 0001 direction in Ba(3)Ti(2)MnO(9). Using high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM), we observed occasional 6H/12R interfaces on (0001) planes, however, no antiphase boundaries were observed, as were seen in Ba(3)Ti(2)RuO(9). Using powder X-ray Rietveld refinement we have measured the lattice parameters from polycrystalline samples to be a = 5.6880 +/- 0.0005, c = 13.9223 +/- 0.0015 A at room temperature. PMID:17507751

  5. Structures and magnetic properties of rare earth double perovskites containing antimony or bismuth Ba{sub 2}LnMO{sub 6} (Ln=rare earths; M=Sb, Bi)

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    Otsuka, Shumpei Hinatsu, Yukio

    2015-07-15

    A series of double perovskite-type oxides Ba{sub 2}LnMO{sub 6} (Ln=lanthanides; M=Sb, Bi) were synthesized and their structures were studied. The Ln and M are structurally ordered in the rock-salt type at the B-site of the perovskite ABO{sub 3}. For Ba{sub 2}PrBiO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}TbBiO{sub 6}, it has been found that the disordering between Ln ion and Bi ion occurs at the B-site of the double perovskite and both the Pr (Tb) and Bi exist in two oxidation state in the same compound from the analysis of the X-ray diffraction and magnetic susceptibility data. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that all these compounds are paramagnetic and have no magnetic ordering down to 1.8 K. - Graphical abstract: Tolerance factor for Ba{sub 2}LnMO{sub 6} (M=Sb, Bi) plotted against the ionic radius of Ln{sup 3+}. We have found that there is a clear relation between crystal structures and tolerance factors. - Highlights: • The Ln and M ions are structurally ordered in the rock-salt type at the B-site. • The disordering between Pr (Tb) ion and Bi ion occurs at the B-site. • Ba{sub 2}LnMO{sub 6} (M=Sb, Bi) have no magnetic ordering down to 1.8 K.

  6. "Ba6Nb4RuO18" and "LaBa4Nb3RuO15" - The structural consequences of substituting paramagnetic cations into AnBn-1O3n cation-deficient perovskite oxides

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    Kamil, Elynor L.; Morgan, Harry W. T.; Hayward, Michael A.

    2016-06-01

    The B-cation deficient perovskite phases Ba6Nb4RuO18 and LaBa4Nb3RuO15 were prepared by ceramic synthesis. Neutron powder diffraction analysis indicates that rather than the 6-layer and 5-layer cation-deficient perovskite structures expected for these phases (by analogy to the known structures of Ba6Nb4TiO18 and LaBa4Nb3TiO15) they adopt 5-layer and 4-layer B-cation deficient perovskite structures respectively, and are better described as Ba5Nb3.33Ru0.81O15 and Ba3.16La0.84Nb2.36Ru0.72O12. The factors that lead to the compositionally analogous Nb/Ru and Nb/Ti phases adopting different structures are discussed on the basis of the difference between d0 and non-d0 transition metal cations.

  7. Ferroelectric ultrathin perovskite films

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    Rappe, Andrew M; Kolpak, Alexie Michelle

    2013-12-10

    Disclosed herein are perovskite ferroelectric thin-film. Also disclosed are methods of controlling the properties of ferroelectric thin films. These films can be used in a variety materials and devices, such as catalysts and storage media, respectively.

  8. Review on palladium-containing perovskites: synthesis, physico-chemical properties and applications in catalysis.

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    Essoumhi, Abdellatif; El Kazzouli, Saïd; Bousmina, Mosto

    2014-02-01

    This review reports on the recent advances in the synthesis and physico-chemical properties of palladium-containing perovskites. Initially, the perovskite structure is briefly reviewed, then palladium-containing perovskites synthesis and physico-chemical properties are detailed. The applications of palladium-containing perovskites in catalysis; namely, NO reduction, methane combustion, methanol as well as ethanol oxidation, are briefly highlighted. The involvement and the important contribution of palladium-containing perovskites in cross-coupling reactions, especially Suzuki-Miyaura, Sonogashira, Ulmann and Grignard, are discussed. PMID:24749470

  9. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}

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    Yangui, A.; Pillet, S.; Mlayah, A.; Lusson, A.; Bouchez, G.; Boukheddaden, K. E-mail: kbo@physique.uvsq.fr; Triki, S.; Abid, Y. E-mail: kbo@physique.uvsq.fr

    2015-12-14

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}] (abbreviated as C{sub 6}PbI{sub 4}) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C{sub 6}PbI{sub 4}, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ∼138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI{sub 6} octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb–I distances (and Pb–I–Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ∼130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with

  10. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the series of double perovskites (Ca,Sr){sub 2−x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6}

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    Bufaiçal, L.; Adriano, C.; Lora-Serrano, R.; Duque, J.G.S.; Mendonça-Ferreira, L.; Rojas-Ayala, C.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Bittar, E.M.; Pagliuso, P.G.

    2014-04-01

    Polycrystalline samples of the series of double perovskites Sr{sub 2−x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} were synthesized. Their structural, electronic and magnetic properties were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity and electrical resistivity experiments. The compounds crystallize in a monoclinic structure and were fitted in space group P2{sub 1}/n, with a significant degree of Fe/Ir cationic disorder. As in Ca{sub 2−x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} the Sr-based system seems to evolve from an antiferromagnetic ground state for the end members (x=0.0 and x=2.0) to a ferrimagnetic order in the intermediate regions (x∼1). Since Mössbauer spectra indicate that Fe valence remains 3+ with doping, this tendency of change in the nature of the microscopic interaction could be attributed to Ir valence changes, induced by La{sup 3+} electrical doping. Upon comparing both Ca and Sr series, Sr{sub 2−x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} is more structurally homogenous and presents higher magnetization and transition temperatures. Magnetic susceptibility measurements at high temperatures on Sr{sub 1.2}La{sub 0.8}FeIrO{sub 6} indicate a very high ferrimagnetic Curie temperature T{sub C}∼700K. For the Sr{sub 2}FeIrO{sub 6} compound, electrical resistivity experiments under applied pressure suggest that this material might be a Mott insulator. - Graphical abstract: The Weiss constant as a function of La doping for the (Ca,Sr){sub 2−x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} series, indicating changes in Fe–Ir magnetic coupling on both families. - Highlights: • The double perovskite series (Ca,Sr){sub 2−x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} were synthesized. • Changes in the Fe-Ir magnetic coupling due to La doping on both series. • Evidence of high T{sub C} on Sr{sub 1.2}La{sub 0.8}FeIrO{sub 6}. • Indication of Mott insulator behavior on Sr{sub 2}FeIrO{sub 6}.

  11. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4].

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    Yangui, A; Pillet, S; Mlayah, A; Lusson, A; Bouchez, G; Triki, S; Abid, Y; Boukheddaden, K

    2015-12-14

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4] (abbreviated as C6PbI4) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C6PbI4, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ∼138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI6 octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb-I distances (and Pb-I-Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ∼130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with targeted properties. PMID:26671368

  12. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4

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    Yangui, A.; Pillet, S.; Mlayah, A.; Lusson, A.; Bouchez, G.; Triki, S.; Abid, Y.; Boukheddaden, K.

    2015-12-01

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4] (abbreviated as C6PbI4) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C6PbI4, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ˜138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI6 octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb-I distances (and Pb-I-Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ˜130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with targeted properties.

  13. Theory of hydrogen migration in organic-inorganic halide perovskites.

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    Egger, David A; Kronik, Leeor; Rappe, Andrew M

    2015-10-12

    Solar cells based on organic-inorganic halide perovskites have recently been proven to be remarkably efficient. However, they exhibit hysteresis in their current-voltage curves, and their stability in the presence of water is problematic. Both issues are possibly related to a diffusion of defects in the perovskite material. By using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory, we study the properties of an important defect in hybrid perovskites-interstitial hydrogen. We show that differently charged defects occupy different crystal sites, which may allow for ionization-enhanced defect migration following the Bourgoin-Corbett mechanism. Our analysis highlights the structural flexibility of organic-inorganic perovskites: successive iodide displacements, combined with hydrogen bonding, enable proton diffusion with low migration barriers. These findings indicate that hydrogen defects can be mobile and thus highly relevant for the performance of perovskite solar cells. PMID:26073061

  14. Two-Dimensional Perovskite Activation with an Organic Luminophore.

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    Jemli, Khaoula; Audebert, Pierre; Galmiche, Laurent; Trippé-Allard, Gaelle; Garrot, Damien; Lauret, Jean-Sébastien; Deleporte, Emmanuelle

    2015-10-01

    A great advantage of the hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites is the chemical flexibility and the possibility of a molecular engineering of each part of the material (the inorganic part and the organic part respectively) in order to improve or add some functionalities. An adequately chosen organic luminophore has been introduced inside a lead bromide type organic-inorganic perovskite, while respecting the two-dimensional perovskite structure. A substantial increase of the brilliance of the perovskite is obtained. This activation of the perovskite luminescence by the adequate engineering of the organic part is an original approach, and is particularly interesting in the framework of the light-emitting devices such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) or lasers. PMID:26340054

  15. Highly efficient light management for perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Dong-Lin; Cui, Hui-Juan; Hou, Guo-Jiao; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Yan, Qing-Bo; Su, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have enormous potential to impact the existing photovoltaic industry. As realizing a higher conversion efficiency of the solar cell is still the most crucial task, a great number of schemes were proposed to minimize the carrier loss by optimizing the electrical properties of the perovskite solar cells. Here, we focus on another significant aspect that is to minimize the light loss by optimizing the light management to gain a high efficiency for perovskite solar cells. In our scheme, the slotted and inverted prism structured SiO2 layers are adopted to trap more light into the solar cells, and a better transparent conducting oxide layer is employed to reduce the parasitic absorption. For such an implementation, the efficiency and the serviceable angle of the perovskite solar cell can be promoted impressively. This proposal would shed new light on developing the high-performance perovskite solar cells. PMID:26733112

  16. Highly efficient light management for perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Dong-Lin; Cui, Hui-Juan; Hou, Guo-Jiao; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Yan, Qing-Bo; Su, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have enormous potential to impact the existing photovoltaic industry. As realizing a higher conversion efficiency of the solar cell is still the most crucial task, a great number of schemes were proposed to minimize the carrier loss by optimizing the electrical properties of the perovskite solar cells. Here, we focus on another significant aspect that is to minimize the light loss by optimizing the light management to gain a high efficiency for perovskite solar cells. In our scheme, the slotted and inverted prism structured SiO2 layers are adopted to trap more light into the solar cells, and a better transparent conducting oxide layer is employed to reduce the parasitic absorption. For such an implementation, the efficiency and the serviceable angle of the perovskite solar cell can be promoted impressively. This proposal would shed new light on developing the high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  17. Microstructure dynamics in orthorhombic perovskites

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    Zhang, Zhiying; Koppensteiner, Johannes; Schranz, Wilfried; Betts, Jonathan B.; Migliori, Albert; Carpenter, Michael A.

    2010-07-01

    Anelastic loss mechanisms associated with phase transitions in BaCeO3 have been investigated at relatively high frequency ˜1MHz and low stress by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS), and at relatively low frequency ˜1Hz and high stress by dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). Changes in the elastic moduli and dissipation behavior clearly indicate phase transitions due to octahedral tilting: Pnma↔Imma↔R3¯c↔Pm3¯m structures at 551 K, 670 K, and 1168 K, and strain analysis shows that they are tricritical, first-order, and second-order phase transitions, respectively. Structures with intermediate tilt states ( R3¯c and Imma structures) show substantial anelastic softening and dissipation associated with the mobility of twin walls under applied stress. The Pnma structure shows elastic stiffening which may be due to the simultaneous operation of two discrete order parameters with different symmetries. In contrast with studies of other perovskites, BaCeO3 shows strong dissipation at both DMA and RUS frequencies in the stability field of the Pnma structure. This is evidence that ferroelastic twin walls might become mobile in Pnma perovskites and suggests that shearing of the octahedra may be a significant factor.

  18. Coexistence of Three Ferroic Orders in the Multiferroic Compound [(CH3 )4 N][Mn(N3 )3 ] with Perovskite-Like Structure.

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    Gómez-Aguirre, L Claudia; Pato-Doldán, Breogán; Stroppa, Alessandro; Yang, Li-Ming; Frauenheim, Thomas; Mira, Jorge; Yáñez-Vilar, Susana; Artiaga, Ramón; Castro-García, Socorro; Sánchez-Andújar, Manuel; Señarís-Rodríguez, María Antonia

    2016-06-01

    The perovskite azido compound [(CH3 )4 N][Mn(N3 )3 ], which undergoes a first-order phase change at Tt =310 K with an associated magnetic bistability, was revisited in the search for additional ferroic orders. The driving force for such structural transition is multifold and involves a peculiar cooperative rotation of the [MnN6 ] octahedral as well as order/disorder and off-center shifts of the [(CH3 )4 N](+) cations and bridging azide ligands, which also bend and change their coordination mode. According to DFT calculations the latter two give rise to the appearance of electric dipoles in the low-temperature (LT) polymorph, the polarization of which nevertheless cancels out due to their antiparallel alignment in the crystal. The conversion of this antiferroelectric phase to the paraelectric phase could be responsible for the experimental dielectric anomaly detected at 310 K. Additionally, the structural change involves a ferroelastic phase transition, whereby the LT polymorph exhibits an unusual and anisotropic thermal behavior. Hence, [(CH3 )4 N][Mn(N3 )3 ] is a singular material in which three ferroic orders coexist even above room temperature. PMID:27072487

  19. Structure, stability, and photoluminescence in the anti-perovskites Na3W1-xMoxO4F (0≤x≤1)

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    Sullivan, Eirin; Avdeev, Maxim; Blom, Douglas A.; Gahrs, Casey J.; Green, Robert L.; Hamaker, Christopher G.; Vogt, Thomas

    2015-10-01

    Single-phase ordered oxyfluorides Na3WO4F, Na3MoO4F and their mixed members Na3W1-xMoxO4F can be prepared via facile solid state reaction of Na2MO4·2H2O (M=W, Mo) and NaF. Phases produced from incongruent melts are metastable, but lower temperatures allow for a facile one-step synthesis. In polycrystalline samples of Na3W1-xMoxO4F, the presence of Mo stabilizes the structure against decomposition to spinel phases. Photoluminescence studies show that upon excitation with λ=254 nm and λ=365 nm, Na3WO4F and Na3MoO4F exhibit broad emission maxima centered around 485 nm. These materials constitute new members of the family of self-activating ordered oxyfluoride phosphors with anti-perovskite structures which are amenable to doping with emitters such as Eu3+.

  20. Crystal structure and impedance study of samarium substituted perovskite: La1-xSmxMnO3 (x = 0.1-0.3)

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    Chourasia, Rashmi; Shrivastava, O. P.

    2012-03-01

    Three perovskite structured ceramic phases- La1-xSmxMnO3 (where x = 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3) synthesised by solid-state-reaction route crystallize in the rhombohedral symmetry (space group R-3c). The structure refinement converged to satisfactory values of the Rietveld parameters: Rp, Rwp and goodness of fit. The unit cell volume decreases slightly with increasing mole% of samarium in lanthanum manganite matrix. The M-O stretching and bending vibrations in the infrared region have been assigned. Morphology and compositional analysis have been carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDAX) of the specimens. The electrical properties have been investigated by impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range 42 Hz-5 MHz at temperatures between 50° and 300 °C. Nyquist plots show the dominance of grain contribution and Debye like relaxation in the material. The compounds exhibit composition dependent Arrhenius-type of electrical conductivity.

  1. First-principles calculations for the structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of cubic perovskite BaHfO3 under pressure

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    Gu, Fang; Chen, Yun-Yun; Zhang, Xian-Ling; Zhang, Jia-Hong; Liu, Qing-Quan

    2014-10-01

    The structural, single-crystal and polycrystalline elastic and thermodynamic properties of cubic perovskite BaHfO3 under pressure were investigated using the first-principles total energy calculations in the frame of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) combined with the quasi-harmonic Debye model in which the phonon effects are considered. The calculated ground-state quantities, such as the lattice constant, Young’s modulus, shear modulus, shear and longitudinal sound velocities and Debye temperature, were in reasonable agreement with previous theoretical and experimental data. Based on the elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus and Young’s modulus, the structural stability, hardness, stiffness and the brittle and ductile behaviors, along with the binding characteristic of BaHfO3 under pressure effects, have been discussed. More importantly, the temperature and pressure dependencies of the lattice constant, bulk modulus, the Debye temperature, heat capacities, volume expansion coefficient and lattice thermal conductivity are predicted successfully in the wide temperature and pressure ranges. It was found that the effects of pressure and temperature are inversely proportional. The obtained specific heat capacities at constant pressure, at the thermal expansion coefficient and at the thermal conductivity match well with the experimental data available in the range of 300-1300 K.

  2. Synthesis, structure, and photovoltaic property of a nanocrystalline 2H perovskite-type novel sensitizer (CH3CH2NH3)PbI3

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    2012-01-01

    A new nanocrystalline sensitizer with the chemical formula (CH3CH2NH3)PbI3 is synthesized by reacting ethylammonium iodide with lead iodide, and its crystal structure and photovoltaic property are investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis confirms orthorhombic crystal phase with a = 8.7419(2) Å, b = 8.14745(10) Å, and c = 30.3096(6) Å, which can be described as 2 H perovskite structure. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-visible spectroscopy determine the valence band position at 5.6 eV versus vacuum and the optical bandgap of ca. 2.2 eV. A spin coating of the CH3CH2NH3I and PbI2 mixed solution on a TiO2 film yields ca. 1.8-nm-diameter (CH3CH2NH3)PbI3 dots on the TiO2 surface. The (CH3CH2NH3)PbI3-sensitized solar cell with iodide-based redox electrolyte demonstrates the conversion efficiency of 2.4% under AM 1.5 G one sun (100 mW/cm2) illumination. PMID:22738298

  3. Effect of oxygen vacancies on the magnetic structure of the La0.6Sr0.4FeO3-δ perovskite: A neutron diffraction study

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    Chu, Z.; Yelon, W. B.; Yang, J. B.; James, W. J.; Anderson, H. A.; Xie, Y.; Malik, S. K.

    2002-05-01

    Magnetic interactions in perovskite compounds of the type La1-xSrxMO3-δ (M=3d transition such as Mn and Fe) are presumed to arise through a super exchange between 3d electrons of the magnetic ions via oxygen orbitals. The magnetic structure of La0.6Sr0.4FeO3-δ has been studied with neutron diffraction. Oxygen vacancies were created by annealing samples under various gases including N2, air and mixtures of CO/CO2. All La0.6Sr0.4FeO3-δ compounds maintain the rhombohedral structure (space group R3¯c). The air- or oxygen-annealed samples have almost no oxygen vacancies while those made in the reducing atmosphere show 7%-11% oxygen vacancies. The rhombohedral distortion decreases in the reduced samples. All the samples exhibit antiferromagnetic ordering at room temperature, although a small ferromagnetic moment may also be present. The samples with little or no oxygen vacancies show a room temperature magnetic moment of ˜1.4μB at the Fe site while those having >7% oxygen vacancies show a moment of ˜4.0μB. Magnetization measurements reveal a much higher magnetic ordering temperature in samples with oxygen vacancies

  4. Ab initio investigation of the structural, electronic, magnetic and optical properties of the perovskite TlMnX3 (X = F, Cl) compounds

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    Hamioud, Farida; Alghamdi, Ghadah S.; Al-Omari, Saleh; Mubarak, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    We have performed ab initio investigation of some physical properties of the perovskite TlMnX3 (X = F, Cl) compounds using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is employed as exchange-correlation potential. The calculated lattice constant and bulk modulus agree with previous studies. Both compounds are found to be elastically stable. TlMnF3 and TlMnCl3 are classified as anisotropic and ductile compounds. The calculations of the band structure of the studied compounds showed the semiconductor behavior with the indirect (M-X) energy gap. Both compounds are classified as a ferromagnetic due to the integer value of the total magnetic moment of the compounds. The different optical spectra are calculated from the real and the imaginary parts of the dielectric function and connected to the electronic structure of the compounds. The static refractive index n(0) is inversely proportional to the energy bandgap of the two compounds. Beneficial optics technology applications are predicted based on the optical spectra.

  5. Structure and magnetic properties of the perovskite YCo{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}

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    Wei, Yingfen; Gui, Hong; Zhao, Zhenjie; Xie, Wenhui; Li, Junrui; Li, Xiaohong; Liu, Yong; Xin, Shengwei

    2014-12-15

    Y Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}, in a structure of perovskite, has been successfully prepared with citrate precursors at 950-1100 °C in air by the sol-gel method. The X-ray diffraction patterns show that the samples are orthorhombic within the space group Pnma, where the Co and Fe ions are disordered at the 4b crystallographic sites. The crystal structure refinement undertaken by the Rietveld method has shown that the distortion of Co(Fe)O{sub 6} octahedra are large, where the ratio of Co/Fe-O bonding length along a axis to that in the bc plane is about 1.07. Such a large crystal lattice distortion implies a strong lattice-magnetism coupling, which may be utilized in the magnetoelectric devices. Magnetic measurement indicates that the Y Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} is antiferromagnetic but showing weak ferromagnetism. We find that Fe{sup 3+} ions are in high-spin states, while Co{sup 3+} ions are in low-spin states which do not contribute to the magnetism. Both Fe{sup 3+} and Co{sup 3+} ions are not Jahn-Teller activated although the lattice distortion is large.

  6. Influence of Cu substitution for Mn on the structure, magnetic, magnetocaloric and magnetoresistance properties of La 0.7Sr 0.3MnO 3 perovskites

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    Chau, Nguyen; Niem, Pham Quang; Nhat, Hoang Nam; Luong, Nguyen Hoang; Tho, Nguyen Duc

    2003-04-01

    Structural, magnetic, magnetocaloric and magnetoresistance (MR) studies on La 0.7Sr 0.3Mn 0.95Cu 0.05O 3 (No. 1) and La 0.7Sr 0.3Mn 0.9Cu 0.1O 3 (No. 2) perovskites are reported. The crystal structure of the samples is rhombohedral with a change of the lattice constants depending on the Cu content. FC and ZFC thermomagnetic measurements for both compositions at low field indicate that a spin-glass-like state (or cluster glass) occurs at low temperatures and a very sharp change of magnetization around the phase-transition point. The Curie temperature, TC, does almost not depend on the content of Cu substitution. A maximum magnetic-entropy change, Δ Sma x, of 1.96 and 2.07 J/kg K at 13.5 kOe and 350 K is observed for sample No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Therefore, they can be considered as active magnetic refrigerant materials for room-temperature applications. Electrical-resistance measurements show that both samples are metallic conductor for T< TC and semiconductor for T> TC; moreover, the MR is maximal around TC.

  7. Study on the correlations between the structure and photoelectric properties of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite light-harvesting material

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    Xie, Junjie; Liu, Yan; Liu, Jianjun; Lei, Lei; Gao, Qianqian; Li, Jiaqing; Yang, Songwang

    2015-07-01

    The [PbI6] inorganic framework in the CH3NH3PbI3 could be affected by the oxidization effect of I- ions in atmosphere. The [PbI6] octahedral torsion angle increased ∼4.94° after the newly prepared CH3NH3PbI3 powders were stored in dry atmosphere for 30 days at 20 °C according to the results of XRD Rietveld refinement and X-ray Absorption Fine Structure. Analyses based on density of states indicated that UV-vis adsorption edge at ∼850 cm-1 corresponded to electron transition from I-5p orbitals to empty Pb-6p orbitals. The increased [PbI6] octahedral torsion angle made the band gap energy of CH3NH3PbI3 increased according to First-principle calculation and UV-vis absorption spectra. As a result, the band gap energy of CH3NH3PbI3 were strongly related to the structure of [PbI6] inorganic framework because the electrons diffused along the [PbI6] octahedral chains in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite.

  8. Investigations of the magnetic properties and structures of the pillared perovskites, La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}MO{sub 16} (M=Co, Ni)

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    Cuthbert, Heather L. . E-mail: cuthbehl@mcmaster.ca; Greedan, John E.; Cranswick, Lachlan

    2006-07-15

    La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}CoO{sub 16} and La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}NiO{sub 16} were synthesized by solid-state reaction and studied by SQUID magnetometry, heat capacity and powder neutron diffraction measurements. These two compounds belong to a series of isostructural Re-based pillared perovskites [Chi et al. J. Solid State Chem. 170 (2003) 165]. Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate apparent short-range ferri or ferromagnetic correlations and possible long-range antiferromagnetic order for La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}CoO{sub 16} at 35K, and at 38 and 14K for La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}NiO{sub 16}. Heat capacity measurements of the Co compound show a lambda anomaly, typical of long-range magnetic order, at 32K. In contrast, the Ni compound displays a broader, more symmetric feature at 12K in the heat capacity data, indicative of short-range magnetic order. Low-temperature powder neutron diffraction revealed contrasting magnetic structures. While both show an ordering wave vector, k=(0,0,1/2), in La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}CoO{sub 16}, the Co{sup 2+} and Re{sup 5+} moments are ordered ferrimagnetically within the corner-shared octahedral layers, while the layers themselves are coupled antiferromagnetically along the c-axis, as also found in La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}MnO{sub 16} and La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}FeO{sub 16}. In the case of the Ni material, the Re{sup 5+} and Ni{sup 2+} moments in the perovskite layers couple ferromagnetically and are canted 30 deg. away from the c-axis, angled 45 deg. in the ab-plane. The layers then couple antiferromagnetically at low temperature, a unique magnetic structure for this series. The properties of the La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}MO{sub 16} series, with M=Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Mg are also reviewed.

  9. Effects of the post-perovskite phase transition properties on the stability and structure of primordial reservoirs in the lower mantle of the Earth

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    Li, Yang; Deschamps, Frédéric; Tackley, Paul J.

    2015-12-01

    Two key features of the lowermost Earth's mantle are the presence of Large Low Shear Velocity Provinces (LLSVPs), which may be reservoirs of primordial, chemically distinct material, and the phase change from perovskite (pv) to post-perovskite (pPv), which may occur at lowermost mantle conditions. However, the influence of this phase change on the shape, dynamics, and stability of chemically distinct reservoirs is not well constrained. Here, we performed numerical experiments of thermo-chemical convection in 2-D spherical annulus geometry to investigate the effects on thermo-chemical structure in the lower mantle of three parameters affecting the pPv phase change: the core-mantle boundary (CMB) temperature (TCMB), the viscosity ratio between pv and pPv (ΔηpPv), and the Clapeyron slope of the pPv phase transition (ΓpPv). Our results indicate that increasing CMB temperature increases the wavelength of the primordial reservoirs. Furthermore, a high CMB temperature promotes the development of plumes outside the reservoir of primordial material. High CMB temperature and large Clapeyron slope both favour the formation of pPv patches and of a double-crossing of the phase boundary, thus preventing the formation of continuous layer of pPv above the CMB. Combined with a low CMB temperature and/or a low Clapeyron slope of the pPv phase transition, a full layer of weak pPv above the CMB strongly enhances the mixing efficiency of primordial material with ambient regular mantle material, which may not allow the generation of large reservoirs. Based on our experiments, we conclude that the models of convection best describing the Earth's mantle dynamics include a large pPv Clapeyron slope (typically in the range of 13-16 MPa/K), and a moderate CMB temperature (around 3750 K). Our models do not provide further constraints on the value of the pPv viscosity, both regular and low values giving similar results on stability and structure of large primordial reservoirs for models

  10. A Heteroepitaxial Perovskite Metal-Base Transistor

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    Yajima, T.; Hikita, Y.; Hwang, H.Y.; /Tokyo U. /JST, PRESTO /SLAC

    2011-08-11

    'More than Moore' captures a concept for overcoming limitations in silicon electronics by incorporating new functionalities in the constituent materials. Perovskite oxides are candidates because of their vast array of physical properties in a common structure. They also enable new electronic devices based on strongly-correlated electrons. The field effect transistor and its derivatives have been the principal oxide devices investigated thus far, but another option is available in a different geometry: if the current is perpendicular to the interface, the strong internal electric fields generated at back-to-back heterojunctions can be used for oxide electronics, analogous to bipolar transistors. Here we demonstrate a perovskite heteroepitaxial metal-base transistor operating at room temperature, enabled by interface dipole engineering. Analysis of many devices quantifies the evolution from hot-electron to permeable-base behaviour. This device provides a platform for incorporating the exotic ground states of perovskite oxides, as well as novel electronic phases at their interfaces.

  11. Nanoimprinted Perovskite Solar Cells With Enhanced Photocurrent

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    Haroldson, Ross; Balachandran, Balasubramaniam?; Ren, Yixin; Zakhidov, Anvar; Hu, Wenchuang; UTD Nanoimprint Team

    We have developed a new method of Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL) to shape the morphology of organolead trihalide perovskite. With this hot stamping process we created ordered gratings or other micro or nanostructures of perovskite resembling 2D photonic crytals on the scale of 200 to 600 nm from a starting small grain spin-coated film of the same scale. With this new method of nanoimprinting, we demonstrate that perovskite PV device performance can be improved and controlled. Initial results comparing flat vs. NIL-PV structure devices show dramatic increase in photocurrent as well as better crystallinity. The origin of Isc enhancement is explained in terms of better morphology and larger grains, resulting in longer diffusion length of carriers, while better light absorption by photonic crystal nanopatterns cannot be excluded.

  12. Bismuth-based perovskites as multiferroics

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    Guennou, Mael; Viret, Michel; Kreisel, Jens

    2015-03-01

    This review devoted to multiferroic properties of bismuth-based perovskites is divided into two parts. The first one focuses on BiFeO3 and summarizes the recent progress made in the studies of its pressure-temperature phase diagram and magnetoelectric coupling phenomena. The second part discusses in a more general way the issue of polar-and multiferroic-phases in Bi BO3 perovskites and the competition between ferroelectricity and other structural instabilities, from an inventory of recently synthesized compounds.

  13. The local post-perovskite structure and its temperature dependence : atom-pair distances in CalrO{sub 3} revealed through analysis of the total x-ray scattering at high temperatures.

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    Martin, C. D.; X-Ray Science Division

    2008-08-01

    The temperature-dependent post-perovskite structure model of MgSiO{sub 3} is reinvestigated through analysis of the atom-pair distances observed experimentally via Fourier transformation of X-ray diffraction and diffuse scattering, the total X-ray scattering, from CaIrO{sub 3}. In contrast to the results of a previous Rietveld structure refinement, which shows a negative or null thermal expansion of Ir-O and Ca-O bond lengths within the average long-range structure, visual inspection of these atom-pair distances in the pair-distribution function, in addition to structure models fitted through least-squares refinement to this local-structure data, strongly suggests that these distances between atom pairs increase with temperature. The average long-range structure of CaIrO{sub 3}, visible from Rietveld structure refinement, is distinct from the short-range structure ({le} 18 {angstrom}) at all of the temperatures examined in this study (325-1114 K) and is reproduced in structure models fitted to the pair-distribution function extending to sufficiently long atom-pair distances ({ge} 50 {angstrom}). While previous data obtained with Rietveld structure refinement show the iridium coordination octahedra to distort with increasing temperature, models of the short-range structure demonstrate that these polyhedra instead reduce distortion and rotate in a manner similar to that occurring in the perovskite structure.

  14. The Coulombic Lattice Potential of Ionic Compounds: The Cubic Perovskites.

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    Francisco, E.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    Presents coulombic models representing the particles of a system by point charges interacting through Coulomb's law to explain coulombic lattice potential. Uses rubidium manganese trifluoride as an example of cubic perovskite structure. Discusses the effects on cluster properties. (CW)

  15. Effects of post-perovskite phase transition properties on the stability and structure of primordial reservoirs in the lower mantle of the Earth

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    Tackley, P.; Li, Y.; Deschamps, F.; Manatschal, G.

    2015-12-01

    Two key features of the lowermost Earth's mantle are the presence of the large low shear-wave velocity provinces (LLSVPs), which may be reservoirs of primordial, chemically distinct material, and the phase change from perovskite (pv) to post-perovskite (ppv), which may occur at lowermost mantle conditions. However, the influence of this phase change on the shape, dynamics, and stability of chemically distinct reservoirs are not well constrained. Here we performed numerical experiments of thermo-chemical convection in 2-D spherical annulus geometry to investigate the effects on thermo-chemical structure in the lower mantle of three parameters affecting the pPv phase change: the core-mantle (CMB) temperature, the viscosity ratio between pv and pPv, and the Clapeyron slope of the pPv phase transition. Our results indicate that increasing CMB temperature increases the wavelength of the primordial reservoirs by preventing the phase transition from pv to pPv to occur. Furthermore, a high CMB temperature promotes the development of plumes outside the reservoirs of primordial material. High CMB temperature and large Clapeyron slope both favor the formation of pPv patches and of a double-crossing of the phase boundary, thus preventing the formation of continuous layer of pPv above the CMB. Combined with a low CMB temperature and/or a low Clapeyron slope of the pPv phase transition, a full layer of weak pPv above CMB strongly enhances the mixing efficiency of primordial material with ambient regular mantle material, which may not allow the generation of large reservoirs. Based on our experiments, we conclude that the models of convection best describing the Earth's mantle dynamics include a large pPv Clapeyron slope (typically in the range of 13-16 MPa/K), and a moderate CMB temperature (around 3750 K). We also find that the phase change from pv to pPv may occur within the large reservoirs in the form of small discontinuous patches at the base when using critical values of

  16. Effect of Thermal and Structural Disorder on the Electronic Structure of Hybrid Perovskite Semiconductor CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Singh, Shivam; Li, Cheng; Panzer, Fabian; Narasimhan, K L; Graeser, Anna; Gujar, Tanaji P; Köhler, Anna; Thelakkat, Mukundan; Huettner, Sven; Kabra, Dinesh

    2016-08-01

    In this Letter, we investigate the temperature dependence of the optical properties of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3 = CH3NH3PbI3) from room temperature to 6 K. In both the tetragonal (T > 163 K) and the orthorhombic (T < 163 K) phases of MAPbI3, the band gap (from both absorption and photoluminescence (PL) measurements) decreases with decrease in temperature, in contrast to what is normally seen for many inorganic semiconductors, such as Si, GaAs, GaN, etc. We show that in the perovskites reported here, the temperature coefficient of thermal expansion is large and accounts for the positive temperature coefficient of the band gap. A detailed analysis of the exciton line width allows us to distinguish between static and dynamic disorder. The low-energy tail of the exciton absorption is reminiscent of Urbach absorption. The Urbach energy is a measure of the disorder, which is modeled using thermal and static disorder for both the phases separately. The static disorder component, manifested in the exciton line width at low temperature, is small. Above 60 K, thermal disorder increases the line width. Both these features are a measure of the high crystal quality and low disorder of the perovskite films even though they are produced from solution. PMID:27435936

  17. Synthesis, structural characterization, and magnetic properties of the antiferromagnetic double perovskites Ln {sub 2}LiOsO{sub 6} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm)

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    Gemmill, William R.; Smith, Mark D.; Loye, Hans-Conrad zur . E-mail: jssc@mail.chem.sc.edu

    2006-06-15

    A series of osmium double perovskite oxides, Ln {sub 2}LiOsO{sub 6} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm), has been prepared as single crystals from acidic molten hydroxide. All four oxides crystallize in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n (Glazer tilt system no. 10, a {sup -} a {sup -} b {sup +}), forming a 1:1 ordered rock salt lattice of Li{sup +} and Os{sup 5+} cations. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that these compounds are antiferromagnetic at low temperature with ordering temperatures of 39, 35, 23, and 32 K for Ln {sub 2}LiOsO{sub 6} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm), respectively. - Graphical abstract: Approximate (110) view of the crystal structure of Pr{sub 2}LiOsO{sub 6} (representative of the series Ln {sub 2}LiOsO{sub 6} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm) consisting of OsO{sub 6} octahedra (striped) and LiO{sub 6} octahedra (gray). Praseodymium cations are shown as gray spheres and oxygen atoms as black spheres.

  18. Theoretical and experimental study of the core structure and mobility of dislocations and their influence on the ferroelectric polarization in perovskite KNbO3

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    Hirel, P.; Mark, A. F.; Castillo-Rodriguez, M.; Sigle, W.; Mrovec, M.; Elsässer, C.

    2015-12-01

    Potassium niobate KNbO3 is a lead-free perovskite and a promising candidate to replace lead-containing ferroelectrics related to PbTiO3. In this study, we use atomistic computer simulation and transmission electron microscopy to investigate dislocations in KNbO3, first to establish the relationship between their atomic-scale properties and the macroscopic mechanical behavior, and second to study their influence on the ferroelectric properties of the material. The easiest dislocation glide system is found to be <110 > {1 1 ¯0 } at all temperatures, independent from structural phase transformations. The mobility of dislocations and the evolution of the microstructure are measured from room temperature up to 1173 K. A sharp transition in the yield stress is found around 800 K, attributed to the additional activation of the <100 >{010 } glide system at high temperature. Atomistic simulations quantify the effect of dislocations on the ferroelectric polarization, and TEM observations give indication of the nucleation of domain walls at dislocation cores.

  19. [Luminescent properties of Eu3+ doped layered perovskite structure M2TiO4 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) red-emitting phosphors].

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    Lu, Zhou; Le, Zhang; Xu, Nai-Cen; Wang, Li-Xi; Zhang, Qi-Tu

    2012-10-01

    Series of Eu3+ doped layered perovskite structure M2TiO4: Eu3+ (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) red phosphors were prepared by the high-temperature solid state reaction method. Their phase compositions and photoluminescence properties were investigated by XRD, UV-Vis DRS and fluorescence spectra The results indicated that pure Sr2 TiO4 and Ba2 TiO4 powers could be prepared under 1 100 degrees C for 2 hours, but Ca2 TiO4 powers could not be synthesized even raising the calcination temperature and lengthening the calcination time. Ba2TiO4: Eu3+ phosphor emitted 594 nm (5D0 --> 7F1) and 615 nm (5D0 --> 7F2) orange-red light under the excitation of 395 nm. Sr2TiO4 : Eu3+ phosphor gave a unusual and strong orange-red emission of 578 nm (5D0 --> 7F0) and 626 nm (5 D0 --> 7F2) under the excitation of near ultraviolet or blue light, resulting in the better color purity and higher luminescent intensity. In addition, this phosphor had the highest luminous efficiency when excited by the charge migration excitation at 363 nm and it had the great potential to be a red phosphor for N-UV LED and blue light chip. PMID:23285854

  20. Reduced thermal conductivity by nanoscale intergrowths in perovskite like layered structure La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}

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    Khaliq, Jibran; Chen, Kan; Li, Chunchun; Shi, Baogui; Ye, Haitao; Grande, Antonio M.; Yan, Haixue; Reece, Michael J.

    2015-02-21

    The effect of substitution and oxidation-reduction on the thermal conductivity of perovskite-like layered structure (PLS) ceramics was investigated in relation to mass contrast and non-stoichiometry. Sr (acceptor) was substituted on the A site, while Ta (donor) was substituted on the B site of La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}. Substitution in PLS materials creates atomic scale disorders to accommodate the non-stoichiometry. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and X ray diffraction revealed that acceptor substitution in La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} produced nanoscale intergrowths of n = 5 layered phase, while donor substitution produced nanoscale intergrowths of n = 3 layered phase. As a result of these nanoscale intergrowths, the thermal conductivity value reduced by as much as ∼20%. Pure La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} has a thermal conductivity value of ∼1.3 W/m K which dropped to a value of ∼1.12 W/m K for Sr doped La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and ∼0.93 W/m K for Ta doped La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} at 573 K.

  1. Ultrathin efficient perovskite solar cells employing a periodic structure of a composite hole conductor for elevated plasmonic light harvesting and hole collection

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    Long, Mingzhu; Chen, Zefeng; Zhang, Tiankai; Xiao, Yubin; Zeng, Xiaoliang; Chen, Jian; Yan, Keyou; Xu, Jianbin

    2016-03-01

    We developed a molecule/polymer composite hole transporting material (HTM) with a periodic microstructure for morphology replication of a corrugated Au electrode, which in combination plays a dual role in the optical and electronic enhancement of high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). The electro-optics revealed that perovskite couldn't readily extinct the red light even though the thickness increased to 370 nm, but we found that the quasi periodic microstructure composite (PMC) HTM in combination with the conformal Au electrode could promote the absorption through the enhanced cavity effects, leading to comparable absorption even using much thinner perovskite (240 nm). We identified that the cavity was the combination of Fabry-Pérot interferometer and surface plasmonic resonance, with light harvesting enhancement through surface plasmon polariton or waveguide modes that propagate in the plane of the perovskite layer. On the other hand, the PMC HTM increased hole conductivity by one order of magnitude with respect to standard spiro-OMeTAD HTM due to molecular packing and self-assembly, embodying traceable hole mobility and density elevation up to 3 times, and thus the hysteresis was greatly avoided. Owing to dual optical and electronic enhancement, the PMC PSC afforded high efficiency PSC using as thin as 240 nm perovskite layer, delivering a Voc of 1.05 V, Jsc of 22.9 mA cm-2, FF of 0.736, and efficiency amounting to 17.7% PCE, the highest efficiency with ultrathin perovskite layer.We developed a molecule/polymer composite hole transporting material (HTM) with a periodic microstructure for morphology replication of a corrugated Au electrode, which in combination plays a dual role in the optical and electronic enhancement of high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). The electro-optics revealed that perovskite couldn't readily extinct the red light even though the thickness increased to 370 nm, but we found that the quasi periodic microstructure

  2. Deciphering Halogen Competition in Organometallic Halide Perovskite Growth

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    Keum, Jong Kahk; Ovchinnikova, Olga S.; Chen, Shiyou; Du, Mao-Hua; Ivanov, Ilia N; Rouleau, Christopher; Geohegan, David B.; Xiao, Kai

    2016-03-01

    Organometallic halide perovskites (OHPs) hold great promise for next-generation, low-cost optoelectronic devices. During the chemical synthesis and crystallization of OHP thin films a major unresolved question is the competition between multiple halide species (e.g. I-, Cl-, Br-) in the formation of the mixed halide perovskite crystals. Whether Cl- ions are successfully incorporated into the perovskite crystal structure or alternatively, where they are located, is not yet fully understood. Here, in situ X-ray diffraction measurements of crystallization dynamics are combined with ex situ TOF-SIMS chemical analysis to reveal that Br- or Cl- ions can promote crystal growth, yet reactive I- ionsmore » prevent them from incorporating into the lattice of the final perovskite crystal structure. The Cl- ions are located in the grain boundaries of the perovskite films. These findings significantly advance our understanding of the role of halogens during synthesis of hybrid perovskites, and provide an insightful guidance to the engineering of high-quality perovskite films, essential for exploring superior-performance and cost-effective optoelectronic devices.« less

  3. Deciphering Halogen Competition in Organometallic Halide Perovskite Growth.

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    Yang, Bin; Keum, Jong; Ovchinnikova, Olga S; Belianinov, Alex; Chen, Shiyou; Du, Mao-Hua; Ivanov, Ilia N; Rouleau, Christopher M; Geohegan, David B; Xiao, Kai

    2016-04-20

    Organometallic halide perovskites (OHPs) hold great promise for next-generation, low-cost optoelectronic devices. During the chemical synthesis and crystallization of OHP thin films, a major unresolved question is the competition between multiple halide species (e.g., I(-), Cl(-), Br(-)) in the formation of the mixed-halide perovskite crystals. Whether Cl(-) ions are successfully incorporated into the perovskite crystal structure or, alternatively, where they are located is not yet fully understood. Here, in situ X-ray diffraction measurements of crystallization dynamics are combined with ex situ TOF-SIMS chemical analysis to reveal that Br(-) or Cl(-) ions can promote crystal growth, yet reactive I(-) ions prevent them from incorporating into the lattice of the final perovskite crystal structure. The Cl(-) ions are located in the grain boundaries of the perovskite films. These findings significantly advance our understanding of the role of halogens during synthesis of hybrid perovskites and provide an insightful guidance to the engineering of high-quality perovskite films, essential for exploring superior-performing and cost-effective optoelectronic devices. PMID:26931634

  4. Structure and high-temperature properties of the (Sr,Ca,Y)(Co, Mn)O{sub 3-y} perovskites - perspective cathode materials for IT-SOFC

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    Napolsky, Ph.S.; Drozhzhin, O.A.; Istomin, S.Ya.; Kazakov, S.M.; Antipov, E.V.; Galeeva, A.V.; Gippius, A.A.; Svensson, G.; Abakumov, A.M.; Van Tendeloo, G.

    2012-08-15

    Oxygen deficient perovskites Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3-y}, x=0.5 and 0.75, were prepared by using the citrate route at 1373-1573 K for 48 h. The cubic Pm-3m perovskite structure for x=0.5 was confirmed by electron diffraction study and refined using neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data. For x=0.75, the superstructure corresponding to a={radical}(2) Multiplication-Sign a{sub per}, b=2 Multiplication-Sign a{sub per}, c={radical}(2) Multiplication-Sign a{sub per} (a{sup 0}b{sup -}b{sup -} tilt system, space group Imma) was revealed by electron diffraction. The solid solution Sr{sub 0.75-x}Ca{sub x}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.75}O{sub 3-y}, 0.1{<=}x{<=}0.6 and compound Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 2.92} were prepared in air at 1573 K for 48 h. The crystal structure of Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 2.92} was refined using NPD data (S.G. Pnma, a=5.36595(4), b=7.5091(6), c=5.2992(4) A, R{sub p}=0.057, R{sub wp}=0.056, {chi}{sup 2}=4.26). High-temperature thermal expansion properties of the prepared compounds were studied in air using both dilatometry and high-temperature X-ray powder diffraction data (HTXRPD). They expanding non-linearly at 298-1073 K due to the loss of oxygen at high temperatures. Calculated average thermal expansion coefficients (TECs) for Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3-y}, x=0.5, 0.75 and Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 2.92(1)} are 15.5, 15.1, and 13.8 ppm K{sup -1}, respectively. Anisotropy of the thermal expansion along different unit cell axes was observed for Sr{sub 0.15}Ca{sub 0.6}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.75}O{sub 3-y} and Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 2.92}. Conductivity of Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3-y}, x=0.5 and 0.75 increases with the temperature reaching 110 S/cm for x=0.5 and 44 S/cm for x=0.75 at 1173 K. Samples of Sr{sub 0.75-x}Ca{sub x}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0

  5. Multiferroicity in Perovskite Manganite Superlattice

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    Tao, Yong-Mei; Jiang, Xue-Fan; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2016-08-01

    Multiferroic properties of short period perovskite type manganite superlattice ((R1MnO3)n/(R2MnO3)n (n=1,2,3)) are considered within the framework of classical Heisenberg model using Monte Carlo simulation. Our result revealed the interesting behaviors in Mn spins structure in superlattice. Apart from simple plane spin cycloid structure which is shown in all manganites including bulk, film, and superlattice here in low temperature, a non-coplanar spiral spin structure is exhibited in a certain temperature range when n equals 1, 2 or 3. Specific heat, spin-helicity vector, spin correlation function, spin-helicity correlation function, and spin configuration are calculated to confirm this non-coplanar spiral spin structure. These results are associated with the competition among exchange interaction, magnetic anisotropy, and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant No. 11447136

  6. Lead-Halide Perovskite Solar Cells by CH3NH3I Dripping on PbI2-CH3NH3I-DMSO Precursor Layer for Planar and Porous Structures Using CuSCN Hole-Transporting Material.

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    Ito, Seigo; Tanaka, Soichiro; Nishino, Hitoshi

    2015-03-01

    The sequential fabrication scheme of the CH3NH3PbI3 layer has been improved to fabricate planar-structure CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells using CuSCN hole-transporting material (HTM). In the PbI2 layer fabricated by the spin-coating method, at first, small amounts of CH3NH3I (MAI) and DMSO were incorporated as the first-drip precursor layer on a flat TiO2 layer. On the first-drip precursor layers, an MAI solution was applied by either soaking (MAI-soaking method) or dripping using successive spin coating (MAI-dripping). The morphology and crystal transformations were observed by SEM and XRD, respectively. Using the normal sequential MAI-soaking method, we were unable to fabricate planar CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells with CuSCN HTM. Using the MAI-dripping method, however, a significant photovoltaic effect has been observed to be planar perovskite/CuSCN> solar cells. PMID:26262667

  7. Perovskite photonic sources

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    Sutherland, Brandon R.; Sargent, Edward H.

    2016-05-01

    The field of solution-processed semiconductors has made great strides; however, it has yet to enable electrically driven lasers. To achieve this goal, improved materials are required that combine efficient (>50% quantum yield) radiative recombination under high injection, large and balanced charge-carrier mobilities in excess of 10 cm2 V-1 s-1, free-carrier densities greater than 1017 cm-3 and gain coefficients exceeding 104 cm-1. Solid-state perovskites are -- in addition to galvanizing the field of solar electricity -- showing great promise in photonic sources, and may be the answer to realizing solution-cast laser diodes. Here, we discuss the properties of perovskites that benefit light emission, review recent progress in perovskite electroluminescent diodes and optically pumped lasers, and examine the remaining challenges in achieving continuous-wave and electrically driven lasing.

  8. Testing the Chemical/Structural Stability of Proton Conducting Perovskite Ceramic Membranes by in Situ/ex Situ Autoclave Raman Microscopy

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    Slodczyk, Aneta; Zaafrani, Oumaya; Sharp, Matthew D.; Kilner, John A.; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Lacroix, Olivier; Colomban, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    Ceramics, which exhibit high proton conductivity at moderate temperatures, are studied as electrolyte membranes or electrode components of fuel cells, electrolysers or CO2 converters. In severe operating conditions (high gas pressure/high temperature), the chemical activity towards potentially reactive atmospheres (water, CO2, etc.) is enhanced. This can lead to mechanical, chemical, and structural instability of the membranes and premature efficiency loss. Since the lifetime duration of a device determines its economical interest, stability/aging tests are essential. Consequently, we have developed autoclaves equipped with a sapphire window, allowing in situ Raman study in the 25–620 °C temperature region under 1–50 bar of water vapor/gas pressure, both with and without the application of an electric field. Taking examples of four widely investigated perovskites (BaZr0.9Yb0.1O3−δ, SrZr0.9Yb0.1O3−δ, BaZr0.25In0.75O3−δ, BaCe0.5Zr0.3Y0.16Zn0.04O3−δ), we demonstrate the high potential of our unique set-up to discriminate between good/stable and instable electrolytes as well as the ability to detect and monitor in situ: (i) the sample surface reaction with surrounding atmospheres and the formation of crystalline or amorphous secondary phases (carbonates, hydroxides, hydrates, etc.); and (ii) the structural modifications as a function of operating conditions. The results of these studies allow us to compare quantitatively the chemical stability versus water (corrosion rate from ~150 µm/day to less than 0.25 µm/day under 200–500 °C/15–80 bar PH2O) and to go further in comprehension of the aging mechanism of the membrane. PMID:24957060

  9. Lanthanide contraction effect on crystal structures, magnetic, and dielectric properties in ordered double perovskites LnPbCoSbO{sub 6} (Ln = La, Pr, Nd)

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    Han, L.; Yao, C. G.; Meng, J. L.; Liang, Q. S.; Bai, Y. J.; Meng, F. Z.; Liu, X. J. E-mail: jmeng@ciac.ac.cn; Wu, X. J.; Meng, J. E-mail: jmeng@ciac.ac.cn

    2014-04-28

    The crystal structures, magnetic, and dielectric properties for the ordered double perovskites LnPbCoSbO{sub 6} (Ln = La, Pr, Nd) have been investigated. The crystal structure has been solved by Rietveld refinements of X-ray diffraction data in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n (No. 14). The Co{sup 2+} and Sb{sup 5+} ions are almost fully ordered over the B-site, and the octahedral framework displays significant tilting distortion according to the Glazer's tilt system a{sup –}a{sup –}c{sup +}. As the result of lanthanide contraction from La{sup 3+} to Nd{sup 3+}, the B-site sublattice distortions become stronger accompanying with the reduction of the tolerance factor and coordination number. The magnetization measurements show an antiferromagnetic ordering with large effective magnetic moments (μ{sub eff}) suggesting that the orbital component is significant. The maximum values of isothermal magnetization increase with the decrease in radii of rare earth ions, which is attributed to the weakening of antiferromagnetic interaction via Co{sup 2+}–O–Sb{sup 5+}–O–Co{sup 2+} paths. The dielectric constants present frequency dependence and monotonically decrease with the ionic radii reduction from La{sup 3+} to Nd{sup 3+} due to the suppression of electron transfer. These results indicate that the magnetic and dielectric properties can be tuned by controlling the degree of lattice distortion, which is realized by introducing different Ln{sup 3+} ions at the A-site.

  10. Electronic structures of the ferrimagnetic double-perovskites Sr2XReO6 (X = Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni) with the modified Becke-Johnson potential

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    Guo, San-Dong

    2015-04-01

    We investigate the electronic structures and magnetic properties of the ferrimagnetic double-perovskites Sr2XReO6 (X = Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni) by using Tran and Blaha's modified Becke and Johnson exchange potential. The calculated results show that Sr2XReO6 (X = Cr, Fe) are half-metals, and Sr2XReO6 (X = Mn, Ni) are insulators, which is in accordance with the experimental results. By using the ionic picture, we explain the trend in the density of states and total magnetic moment with X changing from Cr to Ni. We find that the insulating property is associated with X2 +, while the metallic character is associated with X3 +. The Re t2g splitting in the minority channel leads to insulativity of Sr2XReO6 (X = Mn, Ni), and the Re t2g splitting of Sr2MnReO6 is caused by lattice distortion, while Sr2NiReO6's splitting is due to the heavier atomic mass of Ni. When spin-orbit coupling is included, the spin polarization of Sr2XReO6 (X = Cr, Fe) drifts off 100%, and the related gaps of Sr2XReO6 (X = Mn, Ni) become narrow. The spin-orbit coupling results in a significant increase in the total magnetic moment due to an unquenched Re orbital moment. Our calculated energy band structures show that Sr2MnReO6 is a spin gapless semiconductor, which can realize fully polarized spin-down electrons and spin-up holes.

  11. Synthesis, structure, and electrochemical properties of nano-layered organic-inorganic perovskites containing Fe(CN)6 3- layers and its application for detection of DNA hybridization

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    Wu, Jing; Liu, Hanxing; Lin, Zhidong; Cao, Minghe; Yu, Zhiyong; Hao, Hua; Guo, Linlin

    2009-07-01

    Steady organic-inorganic perovskite hybrids with [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6, [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and [H24- AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 (AMP = aminomethylpyridine) were formed in the air. Each structure shows an unusual layered organic-inorganic structural type. The hybrids enveloped in paraffin, respectively, to prepare hybrid paste electrode (HPE) (HPE-2 with [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6, HPE-3 with [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6, HPE-4 with [H24-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6). Three hybrids in HPEs showed good electrochemical characteristics. The sequence of redox activity is [H24- AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 > [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 > [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and that of electrocatalytical characteristics is [H23- AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 > [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 > [H24-AMP]3/2 Fe(CN)6. Three hybrids have been employed to investigate the interaction between DNA and three hybrids. The results indicate that between [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and DNA is useful and [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 can detect the hybridization of DNA. And the interaction between [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and DNA and between [H24-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and DNA is slender. Three HPEs display remarkable electrochemical sensitivity and stability. The variation coefficients (RSD) of repeatedly successive and interval assays are less than 2.5%. The chemical and physical stability of three hybrids is satisfactory.

  12. Testing the Chemical/Structural Stability of Proton Conducting Perovskite Ceramic Membranes by in Situ/ex Situ Autoclave Raman Microscopy.

    PubMed

    Slodczyk, Aneta; Zaafrani, Oumaya; Sharp, Matthew D; Kilner, John A; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Lacroix, Olivier; Colomban, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    Ceramics, which exhibit high proton conductivity at moderate temperatures, are studied as electrolyte membranes or electrode components of fuel cells, electrolysers or CO2 converters. In severe operating conditions (high gas pressure/high temperature), the chemical activity towards potentially reactive atmospheres (water, CO2, etc.) is enhanced. This can lead to mechanical, chemical, and structural instability of the membranes and premature efficiency loss. Since the lifetime duration of a device determines its economical interest, stability/aging tests are essential. Consequently, we have developed autoclaves equipped with a sapphire window, allowing in situ Raman study in the 25-620 °C temperature region under 1-50 bar of water vapor/gas pressure, both with and without the application of an electric field. Taking examples of four widely investigated perovskites (BaZr0.9Yb0.1O3-δ, SrZr0.9Yb0.1O3-δ, BaZr0.25In0.75O3-δ, BaCe0.5Zr0.3Y0.16Zn0.04O3-δ), we demonstrate the high potential of our unique set-up to discriminate between good/stable and instable electrolytes as well as the ability to detect and monitor in situ: (i) the sample surface reaction with surrounding atmospheres and the formation of crystalline or amorphous secondary phases (carbonates, hydroxides, hydrates, etc.); and (ii) the structural modifications as a function of operating conditions. The results of these studies allow us to compare quantitatively the chemical stability versus water (corrosion rate from ~150 µm/day to less than 0.25 µm/day under 200-500 °C/15-80 bar PH2O) and to go further in comprehension of the aging mechanism of the membrane. PMID:24957060

  13. Modeling of optical losses in perovskite solar cells

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    Taghavi, M. Javad; Houshmand, Mohammad; Zandi, M. Hossein; Gorji, Nima E.

    2016-09-01

    The optical losses within the structure of hybrid perovskite solar cells are investigated using only the optical properties of each layer e.g. refractive index and extinction coefficient. This model allows calculating the transmission/reflection rates at the interfaces and absorption loss within any layer. Then, the short circuit current density and loss percentage are calculated versus the perovskite and TiO2 thicknesses from 50 nm to 150 nm. To make our calculations closer to reality, we extracted the optical properties of each device component from the literature reports on glass/TCO/TiO2/perovskite/metal. The simulations were fitted with the experimental results of some relevant references. Our simulations show that ITO transmits the light better than SnO2 as the TCO front electrode, and the light reflection at both sides of the perovskite layer, e.g. at TiO2/perovskite and perovskite/Spiro-OMeTAD, is lower than 25%. The light interference and multiple reflections have been accounted in our calculations and finally we showed that a thicker TiO2 and perovskite cause more optical loss in current density due to stronger absorption.

  14. Perovskite Materials for Light-Emitting Diodes and Lasers.

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    Veldhuis, Sjoerd A; Boix, Pablo P; Yantara, Natalia; Li, Mingjie; Sum, Tze Chien; Mathews, Nripan; Mhaisalkar, Subodh G

    2016-08-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have cemented their position as an exceptional class of optoelectronic materials thanks to record photovoltaic efficiencies of 22.1%, as well as promising demonstrations of light-emitting diodes, lasers, and light-emitting transistors. Perovskite materials with photoluminescence quantum yields close to 100% and perovskite light-emitting diodes with external quantum efficiencies of 8% and current efficiencies of 43 cd A(-1) have been achieved. Although perovskite light-emitting devices are yet to become industrially relevant, in merely two years these devices have achieved the brightness and efficiencies that organic light-emitting diodes accomplished in two decades. Further advances will rely decisively on the multitude of compositional, structural variants that enable the formation of lower-dimensionality layered and three-dimensional perovskites, nanostructures, charge-transport materials, and device processing with architectural innovations. Here, the rapid advancements in perovskite light-emitting devices and lasers are reviewed. The key challenges in materials development, device fabrication, operational stability are addressed, and an outlook is presented that will address market viability of perovskite light-emitting devices. PMID:27214091

  15. Ultrathin efficient perovskite solar cells employing a periodic structure of a composite hole conductor for elevated plasmonic light harvesting and hole collection.

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    Long, Mingzhu; Chen, Zefeng; Zhang, Tiankai; Xiao, Yubin; Zeng, Xiaoliang; Chen, Jian; Yan, Keyou; Xu, Jianbin

    2016-03-28

    We developed a molecule/polymer composite hole transporting material (HTM) with a periodic microstructure for morphology replication of a corrugated Au electrode, which in combination plays a dual role in the optical and electronic enhancement of high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). The electro-optics revealed that perovskite couldn't readily extinct the red light even though the thickness increased to 370 nm, but we found that the quasi periodic microstructure composite (PMC) HTM in combination with the conformal Au electrode could promote the absorption through the enhanced cavity effects, leading to comparable absorption even using much thinner perovskite (240 nm). We identified that the cavity was the combination of Fabry-Pérot interferometer and surface plasmonic resonance, with light harvesting enhancement through surface plasmon polariton or waveguide modes that propagate in the plane of the perovskite layer. On the other hand, the PMC HTM increased hole conductivity by one order of magnitude with respect to standard spiro-OMeTAD HTM due to molecular packing and self-assembly, embodying traceable hole mobility and density elevation up to 3 times, and thus the hysteresis was greatly avoided. Owing to dual optical and electronic enhancement, the PMC PSC afforded high efficiency PSC using as thin as 240 nm perovskite layer, delivering a V(oc) of 1.05 V, J(sc) of 22.9 mA cm(-2), FF of 0.736, and efficiency amounting to 17.7% PCE, the highest efficiency with ultrathin perovskite layer. PMID:26377231

  16. Two-Dimensional Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite Photonic Films.

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    Meng, Ke; Gao, Shanshan; Wu, Longlong; Wang, Geng; Liu, Xin; Chen, Gang; Liu, Zhou; Chen, Gang

    2016-07-13

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have created enormous expectations for low-cost and high-performance optoelectronic devices. In prospect, future advancements may derive from reaping novel electrical and optical properties beyond pristine perovskites through microscopic structure design and engineering. Herein, we report the successful preparation of two-dimensional inverse-opal perovskite (IOP) photonic films, featuring unique nanostructures and vivid colors. Further compositional and structural managements promise optical property and energy level tunability of the IOP films. They are further functionalized in solar cells, resulting in colorful devices with respectable power conversion efficiency. Such concept has not been previously applied for perovskite-based solar cells, which could open a route for more versatile optoelectronic devices. PMID:27267266

  17. Structure engineering of hole-conductor free perovskite-based solar cells with low-temperature-processed commercial carbon paste as cathode.

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    Zhang, Fuguo; Yang, Xichuan; Wang, Haoxin; Cheng, Ming; Zhao, Jianghua; Sun, Licheng

    2014-09-24

    Low-temperature-processed (100 °C) carbon paste was developed as counter electrode material in hole-conductor free perovskite/TiO2 heterojunction solar cells to substitute noble metallic materials. Under optimized conditions, an impressive PCE value of 8.31% has been achieved with this carbon counter electrode fabricated by doctor-blading technique. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy demonstrates good charge transport characteristics of low-temperature-processed carbon counter electrode. Moreover, this carbon counter electrode-based perovskite solar cell exhibits good stability over 800 h. PMID:25162717

  18. Elastic anisotropy of experimental analogues of perovskite and post-perovskite help to interpret D'' diversity.

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    Yoneda, Akira; Fukui, Hiroshi; Xu, Fang; Nakatsuka, Akihiko; Yoshiasa, Akira; Seto, Yusuke; Ono, Kenya; Tsutsui, Satoshi; Uchiyama, Hiroshi; Baron, Alfred Q R

    2014-01-01

    Recent studies show that the D'' layer, just above the Earth's core-mantle boundary, is composed of MgSiO3 post-perovskite and has significant lateral inhomogeneity. Here we consider the D'' diversity as related to the single-crystal elasticity of the post-perovskite phase. We measure the single-crystal elasticity of the perovskite Pbnm-CaIrO3 and post-perovskite Cmcm-CaIrO3 using inelastic X-ray scattering. These materials are structural analogues to same phases of MgSiO3. Our results show that Cmcm-CaIrO3 is much more elastically anisotropic than Pbnm-CaIrO3, which offers an explanation for the enigmatic seismic wave velocity jump at the D'' discontinuity. Considering the relation between lattice preferred orientation and seismic anisotropy in the D'' layer, we suggest that the c axis of post-perovskite MgSiO3 aligns vertically beneath the Circum-Pacific rim, and the b axis vertically beneath the Central Pacific. PMID:24670790

  19. Magnetic and electrical properties of quadruple perovskites with 12 layer structures Ba{sub 4}LnM{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Ln=rare earths; M=Ru, Ir): The role of metal-metal bonding in perovskite-related oxides

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    Shimoda, Yuki; Doi, Yoshihiro; Wakeshima, Makoto; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2010-09-15

    Structures and magnetic and electrical properties of quadruple perovskites containing rare earths Ba{sub 4}LnM{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Ln=rare earths; M=Ru, Ir) were investigated. They crystallize in the 12L-perovskite-type structure. Three MO{sub 6} octahedra are connected to each other by face-sharing and form a M{sub 3}O{sub 12} trimer. The M{sub 3}O{sub 12} trimers and LnO{sub 6} octahedra are alternately linked by corner-sharing, forming the perovskite-type structure with 12 layers. For Ln=Ce, Pr, and Tb, both the Ln and M ions are in the tetravalent state (Ba{sub 4}Ln{sup 4+}M{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12}), and for other Ln ions, Ln ions are in the trivalent state and the mean oxidation state of M ions is +4.33 (Ba{sub 4}Ln{sup 3+}M{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12}). All the Ba{sub 4}Ln{sup 3+}Ru{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} compounds show magnetic ordering at low temperatures, while any of the corresponding iridium-containing compounds Ba{sub 4}Ln{sup 3+}Ir{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} is paramagnetic down to 1.8 K. Ba{sub 4}Ce{sup 4+}Ir{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} orders antiferromagnetically at 10.5 K, while the corresponding ruthenium-containing compound Ba{sub 4}Ce{sup 4+}Ru{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} is paramagnetic. These magnetic results were well understood by the magnetic behavior of M{sub 3}O{sub 12}. The effective magnetic moments and the entropy change for the magnetic ordering show that the trimers Ru{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} and Ir{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} have the S=1/2 ground state, and in other cases there is no magnetic contribution from the trimers Ru{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} or Ir{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12}. Measurements of the electrical resistivity of Ba{sub 4}LnM{sub 3}O{sub 12} and its analysis show that these compounds demonstrate two-dimensional Mott-variable range hopping behavior. - Graphical abstract: Structures and magnetic and electrical properties of quadruple perovskites containing rare earths Ba{sub 4}LnM{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Ln=rare earths; M = Ru, Ir

  20. Structure and high-temperature properties of the (Sr,Ca,Y)(Co, Mn)O3-y perovskites — perspective cathode materials for IT-SOFC

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    Napolsky, Ph. S.; Drozhzhin, O. A.; Istomin, S. Ya.; Kazakov, S. M.; Antipov, E. V.; Galeeva, A. V.; Gippius, A. A.; Svensson, G.; Abakumov, A. M.; Van Tendeloo, G.

    2012-08-01

    Oxygen deficient perovskites Sr0.75Y0.25Co1-xMnxO3-y, x=0.5 and 0.75, were prepared by using the citrate route at 1373-1573 K for 48 h. The cubic Pm-3m perovskite structure for x=0.5 was confirmed by electron diffraction study and refined using neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data. For x=0.75, the superstructure corresponding to a=√{2}×aper, b=2×aper, c=√{2}×aper (a0b-b- tilt system, space group Imma) was revealed by electron diffraction. The solid solution Sr0.75-xCaxY0.25Co0.25Mn0.75O3-y, 0.1≤x≤0.6 and compound Ca0.75Y0.25Mn0.85Co0.15O2.92 were prepared in air at 1573 K for 48 h. The crystal structure of Ca0.75Y0.25Mn0.85Co0.15O2.92 was refined using NPD data (S.G. Pnma, a=5.36595(4), b=7.5091(6), c=5.2992(4) Å, Rp=0.057, Rwp=0.056, χ2=4.26). High-temperature thermal expansion properties of the prepared compounds were studied in air using both dilatometry and high-temperature X-ray powder diffraction data (HTXRPD). They expanding non-linearly at 298-1073 K due to the loss of oxygen at high temperatures. Calculated average thermal expansion coefficients (TECs) for Sr0.75Y0.25Co1-xMnxO3-y, x=0.5, 0.75 and Ca0.75Y0.25Mn0.85Co0.15O2.92(1) are 15.5, 15.1, and 13.8 ppm K-1, respectively. Anisotropy of the thermal expansion along different unit cell axes was observed for Sr0.15Ca0.6Y0.25Co0.25Mn0.75O3-y and Ca0.75Y0.25Mn0.85Co0.15O2.92. Conductivity of Sr0.75Y0.25Co1-xMnxO3-y, x=0.5 and 0.75 increases with the temperature reaching 110 S/cm for x=0.5 and 44 S/cm for x=0.75 at 1173 K. Samples of Sr0.75-xCaxY0.25Co0.25Mn0.75O3-y, 0.1≤y≤0.6 were found to be n-type conductors at room temperature with the similar temperature dependence of the conductivity and demonstrated the increase of the σ value from ˜1 to ˜50 S/cm as the temperature increases from 300 to 1173 K. Their conductivity is described in terms of the small polaron charge transport with the activation energy (Ep) increasing from 340 to 430 meV with an increase of the calcium content from x=0

  1. Electronic structure, noncollinear magnetism, and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism in the Mn3ZnC perovskite

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    Antonov, V. N.; Harmon, B. N.; Yaresko, A. N.; Shpak, A. P.

    2007-04-01

    Mn3ZnC possesses a magnetic phase transition at Tt=233K from a ferromagnetic phase to a ferrimagnetic one with a noncollinear magnetic structure. The transition is accompanied by a structural change from cubic to tetragonal. The experimentally measured x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) at the MnK edge shows a drastic change at the magnetic phase transition, which is associated with the appearance of the noncollinear magnetic structure. The electronic structure and XMCD spectra of the Mn3ZnC were investigated theoretically from first principles, using the fully relativistic Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital band-structure method for both the high-temperature cubic and low-temperature tetragonal noncollinear phases. Densities of valence states, spin, and orbital magnetic moments are analyzed and discussed. The origin of the XMCD spectra in the Mn3ZnC compound is examined. The calculated results are compared with the experimental data.

  2. Structural and magnetic study of order-disorder behavior in the double perovskites Ba2Nd1-xMnxMoO6.

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    Coomer, Fiona C; Cussen, Edmund J

    2014-01-21

    The synthesis and structural and magnetic characterization of the site-ordered double perovskites, Ba2Nd1-xMnxMoO6, 0 < x ≤ 1, are reported in order to show the effect of doping Jahn-Teller active, S = 1/2, Mo(5+) into the structure of Ba2MnMoO6, which exhibits anomalous long-range antiferromagnetic order. Rietveld refinements against room temperature neutron powder diffraction data indicate that the tetragonal distortion present in the Ba2NdMoO6 end member persists to x ≤ 0.3. This is predominantly manifested as a tilting of the MO6 octahedra, and there is no evidence of any structural phase transitions on cooling to 1.5 K. For x > 0.3, no deviation from the ideal cubic Fm3̅m symmetry is observed. Furthermore, dc-susceptibility measurements confirm that Mn(2+) is being doped onto the Nd(3+) site, and the associated oxidation of Mo(5+) to Mo(6+). For all compositions, the Curie-Weiss paramagnetic behavior above 150 K indicates negative Weiss constants that range from -24(2) and -85(2) K. This net antiferromagnetic interaction is weakest when x ≈ 0.5, where the disorder in cation site occupancy and competition with ferromagnetic interactions is the greatest. Despite these strong antiferromagnetic interactions, there is no evidence in the dc-susceptibility of a bulk cancellation of spins for x > 0.05. Low-temperature neutron diffraction measurements indicate that there is no long-range magnetic order for 0.1 ≤ x < 0.9. Ba2Nd0.10Mn0.90MoO6 exhibits additional Bragg scattering at 2 K, indicative of long-range antiferromagnetic ordering of the Mn(2+) cations, with a propagation vector k = (1/2, 1/2, 1/2). The scattering intensities can be modeled using a noncollinear magnetic structure with the Mn(2+) moments orientated antiferromagnetically along the four different ⟨111⟩ directions. PMID:24392887

  3. Mesoporous BaSnO3 layer based perovskite solar cells.

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    Zhu, Liangzheng; Shao, Zhipeng; Ye, Jiajiu; Zhang, Xuhui; Pan, Xu; Dai, Songyuan

    2016-01-18

    One of the limitations of TiO2 based perovskite solar cells is the poor electron mobility of TiO2. Here, perovskite oxide BaSnO3 is used as a replacement. It has a higher electron mobility and the same perovskite structure as the light harvesting materials. After optimization, devices based on BaSnO3 showed the best performance of 12.3% vs. 11.1% for TiO2. PMID:26587570

  4. Chlorine Insertion Promoting Iron Reduction in Ba-Fe Hexagonal Perovskites: Effect on the Structural and Magnetic Properties.

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    Serrador, Laura; Hernando, María; Martínez, José L; González-Calbet, José M; Varela, Aurea; García-García, F Javier; Parras, Marina

    2016-06-20

    BaFeCl0.13(2)O2.48(2) has been synthesized and studied. A proper tuning of the synthetic route has been designed to stabilize this compound as a single phase. The thermal stability and evolution, along with the magnetic and structural properties are reported here. The crystal structure has been refined from neutron powder diffraction data, and it is of the type (hhchc)2-10H. It is stable up to a temperature of 900 °C, where the composition reads BaFeCl0.13(2)O2.34(2). The study by electron microscopy shows that the crystal structure suffers no changes in the whole BaFeCl0.13(1)O3-y (2.34 ≤ 3 - y ≤ 2.48) compositional range. Refinement of the magnetic structure shows that the Fe is antiferromagneticaly ordered, with the magnetic moment parallel to the ab plane of the hexagonal structure. At higher temperature, a nonreversible phase transition into a (hchc)-4H structure type takes place with overall composition BaFeCl0.13(1)O2.26(1). Microstructural characterization shows that, in some crystals, this phase intergrows with a seemingly cubic related phase. Differences between these two crystalline phases reside in the chlorine content, which keeps constant through the phase transition for the former and disappears for the latter. PMID:27276508

  5. Recent advances of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides for catalysis

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-09-21

    There is a need to reduce the use of noble metal elements especially in the field of catalysis, where noble metals are ubiquitously applied. To this end, perovskite oxides, an important class of mixed oxide, have been attracting increasing attention for decades as potential replacements. Benefiting from the extraordinary tunability of their compositions and structures, perovskite oxides can be rationally tailored and equipped with targeted physical and chemical properties e.g. redox behavior, oxygen mobility, and ion conductivity for enhanced catalysis. Recently, the development of highly efficient perovskite oxide catalysts has been extensively studied. This review article summarizes the recent development of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides as advanced catalysts for both energy conversion applications and traditional heterogeneous reactions.

  6. Recent advances of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides for catalysis

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-09-21

    There is a need to reduce the use of noble metal elements especially in the field of catalysis, where noble metals are ubiquitously applied. To this end, perovskite oxides, an important class of mixed oxide, have been attracting increasing attention for decades as potential replacements. Benefiting from the extraordinary tunability of their compositions and structures, perovskite oxides can be rationally tailored and equipped with targeted physical and chemical properties e.g. redox behavior, oxygen mobility, and ion conductivity for enhanced catalysis. Recently, the development of highly efficient perovskite oxide catalysts has been extensively studied. This review article summarizes the recent developmentmore » of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides as advanced catalysts for both energy conversion applications and traditional heterogeneous reactions.« less

  7. Ab initio study of electronic structure, elastic and optical properties of anti-perovskite type alkali metal oxyhalides

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    Ramanna, J.; Yedukondalu, N.; Ramesh Babu, K.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2013-06-01

    We report the structural, elastic, electronic, and optical properties of antiperovskite alkali metal oxyhalides Na3OCl, Na3OBr, and K3OBr using two different density functional methods within generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Plane wave pseudo potential (PW-PP) method has been used to calculate the ground state structural and elastic properties while the electronic structure and optical properties are calculated explicitly using full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The calculated ground state properties of the investigated compounds agree quite well with the available experimental data. The predicted elastic constants using both PW-PP and FP-LAPW methods are in good accord with each other and show that the materials are mechanically stable. The low values of the elastic moduli indicate that these materials are soft in nature. The bulk properties such as shear moduli, Young's moduli, and Poisson's ratio are derived from the calculated elastic constants. Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) potential improves the band gaps over GGA and Engel-Vosko GGA. The computed TB-mBJ electronic band structure reveals that these materials are direct band gap insulators. The complex dielectric function of the metal oxyhalide compounds have been calculated and the observed prominent peaks are analyzed through the TB-mBJ electronic structures. By using the knowledge of complex dielectric function other important optical properties including absorption, reflectivity, refractive index and loss function have been obtained as a function of energy.

  8. Ordered vs. disordered perovskites; structural studies of Fe-doped SrIrO{sub 3} and SrRuO{sub 3}

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    Qasim, Ilyas; Blanchard, Peter E.R.; Liu, Samuel; Tang, Chunguang; Kennedy, Brendan J.; Avdeev, Maxim; Kimpton, Justin A.

    2013-10-15

    The structures of the two Fe containing perovskites Sr{sub 2}IrFeO{sub 6} and SrRu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} have been established using a combination of synchrotron and neutron diffraction methods. Sr{sub 2}IrFeO{sub 6} and SrRu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} are shown to be monoclinic I2/m and tetragonal I4/mcm respectively The former exhibits a rock-salt like ordering of the Fe and Ir cations and displays a sequence of phase transitions associated with the loss of the octahedral tilts upon heating; 12/m→I4/m→Fm3{sup ¯}m. The Fe and Ru cations are disordered in SrRu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} and this shows a single structural phase transition upon heating due to the loss of the in-phase tilts, viz. I4/mcm→Pm3{sup ¯}m. In both cases XANES measurements show partial oxidation of the Fe{sup 3+} to Fe{sup 4+}. The difference in the structures between the two is remarkable given the similar size of Ir{sup 5+} and Ru{sup 5+}, and this is reflected in their magnetic properties. - Graphical abstract: Sr{sub 2}IrFeO{sub 6} and SrRu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} are shown, using a combination of synchrotron and neutron diffraction, to be monoclinic I2/m with cation ordering and tetragonal I4/mcm with disordered Fe and Ir, respectively. Both undergo phase transitions upon heating due to the loss of the octahedral tilts. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Sr{sub 2}IrFeO{sub 6} shown to be monoclinic and shows the transitions upon heating I2/m→I4/m→ Fm3{sup ¯}m. • SrRu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} is tetragonal and shows a single I4/mcm→Pm3m transition upon heating. • The Fe and Ru cations are disordered in SrRu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} but ordered in Sr{sub 2}FeIrO{sub 6}. • XANES measurements show partial oxidation of the Fe{sup 3+} to Fe{sup 4+}.

  9. Humidity versus photo-stability of metal halide perovskite films in a polymer matrix.

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    Manshor, Nurul Ain; Wali, Qamar; Wong, Ka Kan; Muzakir, Saifful Kamaluddin; Fakharuddin, Azhar; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas; Jose, Rajan

    2016-08-21

    Despite the high efficiency of over 21% reported for emerging thin film perovskite solar cells, one of the key issues prior to their commercial deployment is to attain their long term stability under ambient and outdoor conditions. The instability in perovskite is widely conceived to be humidity induced due to the water solubility of its initial precursors, which leads to decomposition of the perovskite crystal structure; however, we note that humidity alone is not the major degradation factor and it is rather the photon dose in combination with humidity exposure that triggers the instability. In our experiment, which is designed to decouple the effect of humidity and light on perovskite degradation, we investigate the shelf-lifetime of CH3NH3PbI3 films in the dark and under illumination under high humidity conditions (Rel. H. > 70%). We note minor degradation in perovskite films stored in a humid dark environment whereas upon exposure to light, the films undergo drastic degradation, primarily owing to the reactive TiO2/perovskite interface and also the surface defects of TiO2. To enhance its air-stability, we incorporate CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite in a polymer (poly-vinylpyrrolidone, PVP) matrix which retained its optical and structural characteristics in the dark for ∼2000 h and ∼800 h in room light soaking, significantly higher than a pristine perovskite film, which degraded completely in 600 h in the dark and in less than 100 h when exposed to light. We attribute the superior stability of PVP incorporated perovskite films to the improved structural stability of CH3NH3PbI3 and also to the improved TiO2/perovskite interface upon incorporating a polymer matrix. Charge injection from the polymer embedded perovskite films has also been confirmed by fabricating solar cells using them, thereby providing a promising future research pathway for stable and efficient perovskite solar cells. PMID:27432518

  10. Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Magnetic Properties of Sr1.31Co0.63Mn0.37O3: A Derivative of the Incommensurate Composite Hexagonal Perovskite Structure

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    Mandal,T.; Abakumov, A.; Hadermann, J.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Croft, M.; Greenblatt, M.

    2007-01-01

    We report the synthesis, structural investigation, and magnetic property studies of Sr1.31Co0.63Mn0.37O3 that adopts an incommensurate composite hexagonal perovskite-related structure. The crystal structure has been solved using a (3 + 1)-dimensional superspace approach from powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data (SSG Rm(00 )0s, a = 9.5548(1) Angstroms, c = 2.5599(1) Angstroms, q = 0.65581(4)c*, RB = 0.041, RP = 0.059). The structure consists of face-sharing chains of octahedra and trigonal prisms, wherein the trigonal prismatic sites are preferentially occupied by Co with some cation disorder. A combination of electron diffraction and high-resolution electron microscopic analysis has demonstrated that the compound possesses a complicated microstructure related to the formation of domains with slightly different lengths of the modulation vector. X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopic (XAS) studies clearly indicate the presence of Mn in the 4+ and Co in the 3+ oxidation state. While the magnetic susceptibility data indicates the presence of antiferromagnetic correlations in the system, the calculation of effective paramagnetic moment ({mu}cal = 3.561 {mu}B), assuming the metal oxidation states as obtained from XAS and the cation distribution as obtained from neutron refinement, is in agreement with the value obtained experimentally ({mu}exp = 3.676 {mu}B).

  11. Laser Crystallization of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Jeon, Taewoo; Jin, Hyeong Min; Lee, Seung Hyun; Lee, Ju Min; Park, Hyung Il; Kim, Mi Kyung; Lee, Keon Jae; Shin, Byungha; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2016-08-23

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites attract enormous research interest for next generation solar energy harvest. Synergistic crystalline structures comprising organic and inorganic components enable solution processing of perovskite films. A reliable crystallization method for perovskites, compatible with fast continuous process over large-area flexible substrates, is crucial for high performance solar cell production. Here, we present laser crystallization of hybrid perovskite solar cells using near-infrared (NIR) laser (λ = 1064 nm). Crystalline morphology of CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) perovskite films are widely controllable with laser irradiation condition while maintaining film uniformity. Photothermal heating effectively assisted by interfacial photoconversion layers is critical for phase transformation without beam damage of multilayered device structures. Notably, laser crystallization attains higher device performances than conventional thermal annealing. Fast laser crystallization with manufacture level scan rate (1 m min(-1)) demonstrates inverted-type perovskite solar cells with 11.3 and 8.0% efficiencies on typical glass and flexible polymer substrates, respectively, without rigorous device optimization. PMID:27377145

  12. Structural properties of Pb2MnW(1-x)Re(x)O6 double perovskites.

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    Lafuerza, S; Blasco, J; García, J; Subías, G; Cuartero, V; Merino, R I

    2012-02-22

    Pb2MnW(1-x)Re(x)O6 samples have been synthesized and their structure determined by powder x-ray diffraction. These samples undergo a first order structural phase transition between 413 and 445 K depending on the composition. Above this temperature, the samples are cubic. Below the transition temperature, solid solutions are found for x ≤ 0.2 and x ≥ 0.5. The W-rich samples adopt an orthorhombic cell whereas the Re-rich compounds are monoclinic. In the intermediate region, 0.2 < x < 0.5, both phases coexist. X-ray absorption spectra did not reveal significant changes in the local structure for Pb, Mn or Re atoms across the structural phase transition. All the atoms exhibit distorted environments in the whole series. In the case of Pb and W(Re) atoms, the local distortion remains in the high temperature phase. Samples with x ≤ 0.2 also show a sharp discontinuity in the dielectric permittivity at the phase transition temperature indicating the presence of a concomitant electrical ordering in the bulk grains. Such an anomaly in the dielectric constant is not observed for the x ≥ 0.5 samples, compatible with the lack of dipole ordering for this composition range. The different electrical behaviours also explain the differences in the entropy content for the two types of transition. PMID:22301452

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of the La{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}CoIrO{sub 6} double perovskite series

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    Coutrim, L.T.; Freitas, D.C.; Fontes, M.B.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Bittar, E.M.; Granado, E.; Pagliuso, P.G.; Bufaiçal, L.

    2015-01-15

    Polycrystalline samples of the series La{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}CoIrO{sub 6} (0≤x≤1.2) have been synthesized and its structural and magnetic properties were investigated using experiments of X-ray powder diffraction, temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility and magnetization as a function of applied magnetic field. All grown polycrystalline compounds form in a monoclinic structure (space group P2{sub 1}/n) with a partially ordered distribution of transition metal cations Co/Ir over the six-coordinate sites. Our results indicate variation of the magnetic interactions between Co and Ir magnetic sublattices possibly due to valence changes of the transition metals, induced by doping. The undoped La{sub 2}CoIrO{sub 6} presents magnetic ordering at ∼97K, while for Ca-doped compounds a decrease of net magnetization and ordering temperatures was observed. For x=0.2 and 0.5 the emergence of a second magnetic interaction, due to the presence of high spin Co{sup 3+}, becomes evident. Interestingly, for x=0.8 the large effective magnetic moment indicates strong orbital contribution and spin-orbit coupling and/or the presence of Co{sup 4+} in high spin state. - Graphical abstract: Field cooling M vs.T curves for La{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}CoIrO{sub 6} shows the suppression of magnetism with increasing La content. Zero field cooled curves indicate a second magnetic phase induced by the appearance of Co{sup 3+}. - Highlights: • Novel double perovskite series La{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}CoIrO{sub 6} were synthesized by solid state reaction. • La{sup 3+} to Ca{sup 2+} substitution leads to Co valence and possibly spin state changes. • For some doped compounds, the emergence of a second magnetic phase, due to the presence of high spin Co{sup 3+}, becomes evident. • Physical properties of each compound can be well correlated to the electronic and magnetic evolution of the system.

  14. Strain relaxation mechanisms of elastic softening and twin wall freezing associated with structural phase transitions in (Ca,Sr)TiO3 perovskites

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    Perks, N. J.; Zhang, Z.; Harrison, R. J.; Carpenter, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy has been used to measure the bulk modulus (K), shear modulus (G) and acoustic dissipation of polycrystalline perovskite samples across the CaTiO3-SrTiO3 solid solution in the temperature range ˜10-1350 K. A remarkable pattern of up to ˜25% softening of G as a function of both temperature and composition is due to coupling of shear strain with order parameters for the Pm \\overline 3 m ≤ftrightarrow I 4/mcm, I4/mcm ↔ Pnma and I4/mcm ↔ Pbcm transitions. Anomalies in K associated with the phase transitions are small, consistent with only weak coupling of octahedral tilting order parameter(s) with volume strain. A change from tricritical character for the Pm \\overline 3 m ≤ftrightarrow I 4/mcm transition towards second order character at Sr-rich compositions appears to be due to changing properties of the soft optic mode rather than to changes in magnitude of strain/order parameter coupling coefficients. Precursor softening of G ahead of the Pm \\overline 3 m ≤ftrightarrow I 4/mcm transition, due to fluctuations or clustering, occurs over a temperature interval of up to ˜200 K, and also changes character at the most Sr-rich compositions. The tetragonal structure with Sr-rich compositions is characterized by additional softening with falling temperature which is most likely related to the proximity of a ferroelectric instability. The I4/mcm ↔ Pnma transition is accompanied by stiffening, which is attributed to the effects of strong coupling between order parameters for M-point and R-point tilting. The pattern of attenuation at RUS frequencies in the tetragonal phase can be understood in terms of the mobility of twin walls which become pinned below ˜500 K, and the loss mechanism most likely involves local bowing of the walls by lateral motion of ledges rather than the advance and retraction of needle tips. Twin wall mobility is suppressed in the orthorhombic structure.

  15. Crystal structures, charge and oxygen-vacancy ordering in oxygen deficient perovskites SrMnO {sub x} (x<2.7)

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    Suescun, Leopoldo Chmaissem, Omar; Mais, James; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Jorgensen, James D.

    2007-05-15

    Bulk SrMnO {sub x} samples with oxygen contents 2.5{<=}x<2.7 have been studied using a combination of neutron time-of-flight and high-energy high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements along with thermogravimetric analysis. We report the identification and characterization of two new oxygen-vacancy ordered phases, Sr{sub 5}Mn{sub 5}O{sub 13} (SrMnO{sub 2.6}-tetragonal P4/m a=8.6127(3) A, c=3.8102(2) A) and Sr{sub 7}Mn{sub 7}O{sub 19} (SrMnO{sub 2.714}-monoclinic P2/m a=8.6076(4) A, b=12.1284(4) A, c=3.8076(2) A, {gamma}=98.203(2){sup o}). The nuclear and magnetic structures of Sr{sub 2}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 5} are also reported (SrMnO{sub 2.5} nuclear: orthorhombic Pbam, magnetic: Orthorhombic Ay type P{sub c}bam with c {sub M}=2c). In the three phases, oxygen-vacancies are ordered in lines running along one of the (100) directions of the parent cubic perovskite system. Oxygen-vacancy ordering allows the charge and orbital ordering of the Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} cations in the new phases. - Graphical abstract: The structures of Sr{sub 5}Mn{sub 5}O{sub 13} and Sr{sub 7}Mn{sub 7}O{sub 19} (shown) were determined using synchrotron X-rays and neutron time-of-flight powder diffraction and the Rietveld method on multiphase bulk samples. Charge, orbital and oxygen vacancy-ordering has been observed in the novel compounds where Mn{sup 4+} octahedra and Mn{sup 3+} pyramids are linked through the corners leaving lines of vacant oxygen sites lying along the c-axis.

  16. First-principles study of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of double perovskite Sr2FeReO6 containing various imperfections

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    Yan, Zhang; Li, Duan; Vincent, Ji; Ke-Wei, Xu

    2016-05-01

    The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of double perovskite Sr2FeReO6 containing eight different imperfections of FeRe or ReFe antisites, Fe1–Re1 or Fe1–Re4 interchanges, VFe, VRe, VO or VSr vacancies have been studied by using the first-principles projector augmented wave (PAW) within generalized gradient approximation as well as taking into account the on-site Coulomb repulsive interaction (GGA+U). No obvious structural changes are observed for the imperfect Sr2FeReO6 containing FeRe or ReFe antisites, Fe1–Re1 or Fe1–Re4 interchanges, or VSr vacancy defects. However, the six (eight) nearest oxygen neighbors of the vacancy move away from (close to) VFe or VRe (VO) vacancies. The half-metallic (HM) character is maintained for the imperfect Sr2FeReO6 containing FeRe or ReFe antisites, Fe1–Re4 interchange, VFe, VO or VSr vacancies, while it vanishes when the Fe1–Re1 interchange or VRe vacancy is presented. So the Fe1–Re1 interchange and the VRe vacancy defects should be avoided to preserve the HM character of Sr2FeReO6 and thus usage in spintronic devices. In the FeRe or ReFe antisites, Fe1–Re1 or Fe1–Re4 interchanges cases, the spin moments of the Fe (Re) cations situated on Re (Fe) antisites are in an antiferromagnetic coupling with those of the Fe (Re) cations on the regular sites. In the VFe, VRe, VO, or VSr vacancies cases, a ferromagnetic coupling is obtained within each cation sublattice, while the two cation sublattices are coupled antiferromagnetically. The total magnetic moments μ tot (μ B/f.u.) of the imperfect Sr2FeReO6 containing eight different defects decrease in the sequence of VSr vacancy (3.50), VRe vacancy (3.43), FeRe antisite (2.74), VO vacancy (2.64), VFe vacancy (2.51), ReFe antisite (2.29), Fe1–Re4 interchange (1.96), Fe1–Re1 interchange (1.87), and the mechanisms of the saturation magnetization reduction have been analyzed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No

  17. Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of La{sub 3}Co{sub 2}SbO{sub 9}: A double perovskite with competing antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic interactions

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    Franco, D.G.; Fuertes, V.C.; Blanco, M.C.; Fernandez-Diaz, M.T.; Sanchez, R.D.; Carbonio, R.E.

    2012-10-15

    The synthesis, structural characterization, and magnetic properties of La{sub 3}Co{sub 2}SbO{sub 9} double perovskite are reported. The crystal structure has been refined by X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n. Co{sup 2+} and Sb{sup 5+} have the maximum order allowed for the La{sub 3}Co{sub 2}SbO{sub 9} stoichiometry. Rietveld refinements of powder neutron diffraction data show that at room temperature the cell parameters are a=5.6274(2) A, b=5.6842(2) A, c=7.9748(2) A and {beta}=89.999(3) Degree-Sign . Magnetization measurements indicate the presence of ferromagnetic correlations with T{sub C}=55 K attributed to the exchange interactions for non-linear Co{sup 2+}-O-Sb{sup 5+}-O-Co{sup 2+} paths. The effective magnetic moment obtained experimentally is {mu}{sub exp}=4.38 {mu}{sub B} (per mol Co{sup 2+}), between the theoretical one for spin only (3.87 {mu}{sub B}) and spin-orbit value (6.63 {mu}{sub B}), indicating partially unquenched contribution. The low magnetization value at high magnetic field and low temperature (1 {mu}{sub B}/f.u., 5 T and 5 K) and the difference between ZFC and FC magnetization curves (at 5 kOe) indicate that the ferromagnetism do not reach a long range order and that the material has an important magnetic frustration. - Graphical abstract: Co-O-Co (Yellow octahedra only) rich zones (antiferromagnetic) are in contact with Co-O-Sb-O-Co (Red and yellow octahedra) rich zones (Ferromagnetic) to give the peculiar magnetic properties, as a consequence, a complex hysteresis loop can be observed composed by a main and irreversible curve in all the measured range, superimposed with a ferromagnetic component at low fields. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer La{sub 3}Co{sub 2}SbO{sub 9} has small Goldschmidt Tolerance Factor (t) due to the small size of La{sup 3+}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Small t determines an angle for the path Co{sup 2+}-O-Sb{sup 5+}-O-Co{sup 2+} of 153 Degree-Sign . Black

  18. Structural phase transitions and magnetic and spectroscopic properties of the double perovskites Sr2Co1-xMgxTeO6 (x = 0.1, 0.2 and 0.5).

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    Orayech, B; Ortega-San-Martín, L; Urcelay-Olabarria, I; Lezama, L; Rojo, T; Arriortua, María I; Igartua, J M

    2015-08-14

    The structural and magnetic properties of a series of ordered double perovskites with the formula Sr(2)Co(1-x)Mg(x)TeO(6) (x = 0.1, 0.2 and 0.5) are investigated by X-ray diffraction, low temperature neutron diffraction, electron paramagnetic resonance and magnetic susceptibility. The progressive substitution of the paramagnetic Co(2+) high spin ion by the diamagnetic Mg(2+), of about the same size, induces changes in the room temperature crystal structure, from a distorted P2(1)/n phase for the undoped Sr(2)CoTeO(6) oxide to the I4/m of the end member (Sr(2)MgTeO(6)). These perovskites experience structural transitions on heating, the temperature at which the transitions occur being smaller as x increases. The novel approach of mode-crystallography is used for the analysis. All oxides show antiferromagnetic exchange interactions between Co(2+) ions but the long range antiferromagnetic order is not achieved for the phase with x = 0.5. The low temperature neutron diffraction data have been evaluated using a full symmetry analysis. Results are consistent with an unquenched orbital contribution of a high spin Co(2+) ion. PMID:26148683

  19. Structural study of a sol gel derived novel solid oxide fuel cell perovskite: (La1-xSrx)(Cr0.85Fe0.05Co0.05Ni0.05)O3-δ

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    Gupta, Ravindra K.; Whang, Chin Myung

    2007-05-01

    The effect of composition on the structure of the new solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) perovskite (La1-xSrx)(Cr0.85Fe0.05Co0.05Ni0.05)O3-δ is studied using x-ray diffractometry, pycnometry, and Fourier-transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Samples were synthesized using the Pechini method via doping the La site with Sr2+, to a composition with x = 0-0.4 mole fraction, and at the Cr site with 0.05 mol of Co2+,Fe2+ and Ni2+, and the structural results were compared with those for orthorhombic LaCrO3. The samples were orthorhombic perovskite of the Pnma space group. A second phase, monoclinic SrCrO4, was also observed, whose content increased linearly with increasing x. A large decrease in the lattice and hence volume was observed for the sample with x = 0.1, which was accompanied by a sharp decrease in the Cr-O bond length, tilt angle and crystallite size. The structural parameters were almost invariant for x = 0.1-0.4, probably due to an increase in content of the high valence cations of smaller ionic radii, as suggested by an increase in the intensity of the defect band (~515 cm-1, IR). The octahedral CrO6 stretching, bending and tilting modes were found shifted accordingly. A mechanism employing a partial-charge model was proposed to explain the results.

  20. Structural effects of Sc doping on the multiferroic TbMnO3

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    Cuartero, Vera; Blasco, Javier; García, Joaquín; Subías, Gloria; Ritter, Clemens; Rodríguez-Velamazán, J. Alberto

    2010-06-01

    The new TbMn1-xScxO3 series has been synthesized and the structural properties have been characterized by x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The whole series belongs to the family of ABO3 perovskites. All of the samples are isostructural to the parent compound TbMnO3 , crystallizing in an orthorhombic cell with space-group Pbnm symmetry. The homovalent substitution of Mn3+ with the larger Sc3+ ion leads to an increase in both the unit-cell volume and the BO6 octahedra tilting. The analysis of neutron and x-ray diffraction patterns suggest a continuous evolution from a Jahn-Teller distorted BO6 octahedron in TbMnO3 into a nearly regular one in TbScO3 . However, x-ray absorption measurements at the MnK edge reveal that the local geometry around the Mn3+ cation remains distorted in the series even for high values of x . This result is in opposition to previous findings in similar compounds such as LaMn1-x(Ga/Sc)xO3 and suggests that the strong orthorhombic distortion of the unit cell due to the small Tb3+ cation size favors the stability of the distorted MnO6 octahedron in diluted systems. Long-range magnetic ordering is not found for x≥0.3 samples and there is not sign of ferromagnetism for x=0.5 in opposite to the behavior observed in the La-based compounds. Since Sc substitution induces a minor perturbation on the local structure of the Mn sublattice but magnetic ordering of both Mn and Tb sublattices disappear for a small degree of substitution, we conclude that the involved magnetic interactions should have a strong directional anisotropy and the Tb magnetic ordering strongly depends on the existence of a long-range coherent Mn ordering.

  1. Upconversion luminescence properties of Er(3+)-Bi3+ codoped CaSnO3 nanocrystals with perovskite structure.

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    Pang, Xinling; Zhang, Ying; Ding, Linghong; Su, Zhaohui; Zhang, W F

    2010-03-01

    New phosphor nanocrystals of ASnO3:Er3+ (A = Ca, Sr, and Ba) and CaSnO3:Er(3+)-Bi3+ were prepared by a hydrothermal method. Their structures were examined by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Upconversion luminescence properties of the Er3+ ions in these host materials were investigated upon excitation at 980 nm. Green emission bands of Er3+ around 528 and 545 nm were more favorable in CaSnO3 than in SrSnO3 and BaSnO3. This was interpreted in terms of a crystal structural distortion and configuration coordinate model. The investigation of the upconversion luminescence of Er(3+)-Bi3+codoped CaSnO3 nanocrystals indicates that Bi3+ ions could largely sensitize the emission of Er3+ ions which was attributed to the efficient energy transfer from Bi3+ to Er3+ ions and the modification of the local symmetry of Er3+ ions. The results show that the CaSnO3:Er(3+)-Bi3+ nanocrystals have potential application for fabricating visible upconversion devices. PMID:20355589

  2. Tunable perovskite microdisk lasers

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    Sun, Wenzhao; Wang, Kaiyang; Gu, Zhiyuan; Xiao, Shumin; Song, Qinghai

    2016-04-01

    Perovskite microdisk lasers have been intensively studied recently. But their lasing properties are usually fixed once the devices are synthesized. Here, for the first time, we demonstrated the switchable and tunable perovskite microdisk lasers by surrounding them with 5CB liquid crystals. With the increase of the environmental temperature from 24 °C to 34 °C, the lasing wavelength slightly changed from 552.91 nm to 552.11 nm at the beginning and suddenly shifted to around 552.54 nm at T = 32 °C, where the phase transition of liquid crystals occurs. Our numerical calculation shows that the wavelength shift is caused by the changes of the refractive index of liquid crystals. More than tuning of the wavelength, a more dramatic wavelength transition from ~554 nm to 550 nm has also been observed. This sudden transition is mainly induced by the reduction of scattering rather than the change in the refractive index when the liquid crystals are changed from the nematic phase to the isotropic phase. We believe that our research can shed light on the applications of perovskite optoelectronics.

  3. Tunable perovskite microdisk lasers.

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    Sun, Wenzhao; Wang, Kaiyang; Gu, Zhiyuan; Xiao, Shumin; Song, Qinghai

    2016-04-28

    Perovskite microdisk lasers have been intensively studied recently. But their lasing properties are usually fixed once the devices are synthesized. Here, for the first time, we demonstrated the switchable and tunable perovskite microdisk lasers by surrounding them with 5CB liquid crystals. With the increase of the environmental temperature from 24 °C to 34 °C, the lasing wavelength slightly changed from 552.91 nm to 552.11 nm at the beginning and suddenly shifted to around 552.54 nm at T = 32 °C, where the phase transition of liquid crystals occurs. Our numerical calculation shows that the wavelength shift is caused by the changes of the refractive index of liquid crystals. More than tuning of the wavelength, a more dramatic wavelength transition from ∼554 nm to 550 nm has also been observed. This sudden transition is mainly induced by the reduction of scattering rather than the change in the refractive index when the liquid crystals are changed from the nematic phase to the isotropic phase. We believe that our research can shed light on the applications of perovskite optoelectronics. PMID:27064838

  4. Study on Mössbauer and Magnetic Properties of Strontium—Neodymium Ferrimanganites Perovskite-Like Structure

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    Yousif, A. A.; Abdel-Latif, I. A.; Bouziane, K.; Sellai, A.; Gismelseed, A.; Al-Omari, I.; Widatallah, H.; Al-Rawas, A. D.; Elzain, M.

    2011-10-01

    The orthoferrimanganites Nd0.65Sr0.35FexMn1-xO3 (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.6) have been investigated using XRD, MÖssbauer spectroscopy, magnetization and conductivity techniques. The XRD reflections exhibit single phase structure. The paramagnetic-superparamagnetic-magnetic transitions were observed from MÖssbauer spectra and magnetization measurements in the temperature range from the liquid nitrogen to the room temperature. The conductivity study of the x = 0.1 and 0.3 show semiconducting behavior with more pronounced conductivity for the latter leading to an activation energy double that of the former. The effect of the Fe substitution on the electronic and magnetic properties was analyzed and discussed.

  5. 4-fold photocurrent enhancement in ultrathin nanoplasmonic perovskite solar cells.

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    Cai, Boyuan; Peng, Yong; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Gu, Min

    2015-11-30

    Although perovskite materials have been widely investigated for thin-film photovoltaic devices due to the potential for high efficiency, their high toxicity has pressed the development of a solar cell structure of an ultra-thin absorber layer. But insufficient light absorption could be a result of ultra-thin perovskite films. In this paper, we propose a new nanoplasmonic solar cell that integrates metal nanoparticles at its rear/front surfaces of the perovskite layer. Plasmon-enhanced light scattering and near-field enhancement effects from lumpy sliver nanoparticles result in the photocurrent enhancement for a 50 nm thick absorber, which is higher than that for a 300 nm thick flat perovskite solar cell. We also predict the 4-fold photocurrent enhancement in an ultrathin perovskite solar cell with the absorber thickness of 10 nm. Our results pave a new way for ultrathin high-efficiency solar cells with either a lead-based or a lead-free perovskite absorption layer. PMID:26698816

  6. Lattice effects on ferromagnetism in perovskite ruthenates

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    Cheng, J.-G.; Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, John B.

    2013-01-01

    Ferromagnetism and its evolution in the orthorhombic perovskite system Sr1–xCaxRuO3 have been widely believed to correlate with structural distortion. The recent development of high-pressure synthesis of the Ba-substituted Sr1–yBayRuO3 makes it possible to study ferromagnetism over a broader phase diagram, which includes the orthorhombic Imma and the cubic phases. However, the chemical substitutions introduce the A-site disorder effect on Tc, which complicates determination of the relationship between ferromagnetism and structural distortion. By clarifying the site disorder effect on Tc in several unique series of ruthenates in which the average bond length 〈A–O〉 remains the same but the bond-length variance varies, we are able to demonstrate a parabolic curve of Tc versus mean bond length 〈A–O〉. A much higher Tc ∼ 177 K than that found in orthorhombic SrRuO3 can be obtained from the curve at a bond length 〈A–O〉, which makes the geometric factor t = 〈A–O〉/(√2〈Ru–O〉) ∼ 1. This result reveals not only that the ferromagnetism in the ruthenates is extremely sensitive to the lattice strain, but also that it has an important implication for exploring the structure–property relationship in a broad range of oxides with perovskite or a perovskite-related structure. PMID:23904477

  7. Structural and magnetic properties of the 5 d2 double perovskites Sr2B ReO6 (B =Y , In)

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    Aczel, A. A.; Zhao, Z.; Calder, S.; Adroja, D. T.; Baker, P. J.; Yan, J.-Q.

    2016-06-01

    We have performed magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, neutron powder diffraction, and muon spin relaxation experiments to investigate the magnetic ground states of the 5 d2 double perovskites Sr2YReO6 and Sr2InReO6 . We find that Sr2YReO6 is a spin glass, while Sr2InReO6 hosts a nonmagnetic singlet state. By making detailed comparisons with other 5 d2 double perovskites, we argue that a delicate interplay between spin-orbit coupling, noncubic crystal fields, and exchange interactions plays a key role in the great variation of magnetic ground states observed for this family of materials.

  8. Cationic ordering and role of the B-site lanthanide(III) and molybdenum(V) cations on the structure and magnetism of double perovskites Sr{sub 2}LnMoO{sub 6}

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    Pinacca, R.M.; Larrégola, S.A.; López, C.A.; Pedregosa, J.C.; Pomjakushin, Vladimir; Sánchez, R.D.; Alonso, J.A.

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Five new double perovskites of formula Sr{sub 2}LnMoO{sub 6} were synthesized. • All the samples crystallize in the monoclinic P2{sub 1}/n space group. • Strong reducing conditions were used in order to stabilized Mo(V) cations. • A complete ordering between the rare earth and molybdenum ions was observed. • Magnetism agrees with the crystal distortions observed from Rietveld analysis. - Abstract: We describe the preparation, crystal structure determination and magnetic properties of a new series of ordered double perovskite oxides Sr{sub 2}LnMoO{sub 6} (Ln = Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb) with Mo{sup 5+} and Ln{sup 3+} electronic configurations. These compounds have been obtained by solid state reaction under reducing conditions in order to stabilize Mo{sup 5+} cations. Structural characterization by XRPD and NPD was performed when Ln = Ho, Er, Yb and just XRPD for absorbing Ln = Eu, Gd, Dy. At room temperature, an excellent Rietveld fit was obtained for all the samples in a monoclinic symmetry, space group P2{sub 1}/n, with long-range ordering of Ln and Mo atoms. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that some of these materials present magnetic ordering below 25 K and the determined effective magnetic moments are consistent with those expected for the pair Ln{sup 3+}–Mo{sup 5+}. All the phases have negative values​​ of the Weiss temperature indicating dominance of antiferromagnetic interactions.

  9. Organohalide Perovskites for Solar Energy Conversion.

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    Lin, Qianqian; Armin, Ardalan; Burn, Paul L; Meredith, Paul

    2016-03-15

    Lead-based organohalide perovskites have recently emerged as arguably the most promising of all next generation thin film solar cell technologies. Power conversion efficiencies have reached 20% in less than 5 years, and their application to other optoelectronic device platforms such as photodetectors and light emitting diodes is being increasingly reported. Organohalide perovskites can be solution processed or evaporated at low temperatures to form simple thin film photojunctions, thus delivering the potential for the holy grail of high efficiency, low embedded energy, and low cost photovoltaics. The initial device-driven "perovskite fever" has more recently given way to efforts to better understand how these materials work in solar cells, and deeper elucidation of their structure-property relationships. In this Account, we focus on this element of organohalide perovskite chemistry and physics in particular examining critical electro-optical, morphological, and architectural phenomena. We first examine basic crystal and chemical structure, and how this impacts important solar-cell related properties such as the optical gap. We then turn to deeper electronic phenomena such as carrier mobilities, trap densities, and recombination dynamics, as well as examining ionic and dielectric properties and how these two types of physics impact each other. The issue of whether organohalide perovskites are predominantly nonexcitonic at room temperature is currently a matter of some debate, and we summarize the evidence for what appears to be the emerging field consensus: an exciton binding energy of order 10 meV. Having discussed the important basic chemistry and physics we turn to more device-related considerations including processing, morphology, architecture, thin film electro-optics and interfacial energetics. These phenomena directly impact solar cell performance parameters such as open circuit voltage, short circuit current density, internal and external quantum efficiency

  10. Perovskite-Type LaSrMnO Electrocatalyst with Uniform Porous Structure for an Efficient Li-O2 Battery Cathode.

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    Yang, Yanbing; Yin, Wei; Wu, Shiting; Yang, Xiangdong; Xia, Wei; Shen, Yue; Huang, Yunhui; Cao, Anyuan; Yuan, Quan

    2016-01-26

    Perovskite is an excellent candidate as low cost catalyst for Li-O2 cells. However, the limited porosity, which impedes molecular transport, and the inherent low electronic conductivity are the main barriers toward production of high-performance electrodes. Here, we designed a hierarchical porous flexible architecture by coating thin mesoporous yet crystalline LaSrMnO layers throughout a graphene foam to form graphene/meso-LaSrMnO sandwich-like nanosheets. In this well-designed system, the macropore between nanosheets facilitates O2 and Li(+) diffusion, the mesopore provides large surface area for electrolyte immersion and discharge products deposition, the perovskite phase catalyst decreases reactive overpotential, and the graphene serves as conductive network for electrons transport. When used as a freestanding electrode of Li-O2 cell, it shows high specific capacity, superior rate capability, and cyclic stability. Combination of mesoporous perovskites with conductive graphene networks represents an effective strategy for developing efficient electrodes in various energy storage systems. PMID:26679735

  11. Structural, electrochemical and magnetic characterization of the layered-type PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} perovskite

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    Azad, Abul K.; Kim, Jung H.; Irvine, John T.S.

    2014-05-01

    Structural, electrical and magnetic properties of the layered cobaltite PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} have been investigated by means of neutron diffraction, electron diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and SQUID magnetometry. Rietveld analysis of neutron diffraction data shows the ordered distribution of oxygen vacancies in [PrO{sub δ}] planes which doubles the lattice parameters from the simple perovskite cell parameter as a≈2a{sub p} and c≈2a{sub p} (a{sub p} is the cell parameter of the simple Perovskite) yielding tetragonal symmetry in the P4/mmm space group. On heating, above 573 K in air, structural rearrangement takes place and the structure can be defined as a≈a{sub p} and c≈2a{sub p} in the same space group. Oxygen occupancies have been determined as a function of temperature from neutron diffraction results. Initially (≥373 K), oxygen occupancy was increased and then decreased with increasing temperature. It was found that at 973 K the total oxygen loss is calculated about 0.265 oxygen/formula unit. Oxygen vacancy ordering was observed below 573 K, and the oxygen occupancy decreases as cell volume increases with increasing temperature. Area specific resistance (ASR) measurements show a resistance of 0.153 Ωcm{sup 2} and 0.286 Ωcm{sup 2} at 973 K and 923 K, respectively. On cooling, paramagnetic to ferromagnetic and an incomplete ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition takes place. Different behaviours in field cooled and zero-field-cooled measurements leads to a coexistence of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic order. - Graphical abstract: Structural phase changes in PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} at elevated temperatures determined by neutron powder diffraction. Depending on oxygen occupancy it form different phases at different temperatures. This pictures show the schematic 3D diagram of PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} at 295 K (a), 373 K (b) and 573 K (c). Co atoms are inside the

  12. NaIrO{sub 3}-A pentavalent post-perovskite

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    Bremholm, M.; Dutton, S.E.; Stephens, P.W.; Cava, R.J.

    2011-03-15

    Sodium iridium (V) oxide, NaIrO{sub 3,} was synthesized by a high pressure solid state method and recovered to ambient conditions. It is found to be isostructural with CaIrO{sub 3}, the much-studied structural analog of the high-pressure post-perovskite phase of MgSiO{sub 3}. Among the oxide post-perovskites, NaIrO{sub 3} is the first example with a pentavalent cation. The structure consists of layers of corner- and edge-sharing IrO{sub 6} octahedra separated by layers of NaO{sub 8} bicapped trigonal prisms. NaIrO{sub 3} shows no magnetic ordering and resistivity measurements show non-metallic behavior. The crystal structure, electrical and magnetic properties are discussed and compared to known post-perovskites and pentavalent perovskite metal oxides. -- Graphical abstract: Sodium iridium(V) oxide, NaIrO{sub 3}, synthesized by a high pressure solid state method and recovered to ambient conditions is found to crystallize as the post-perovskite structure and is the first example of a pentavalent ABO{sub 3} post-perovskite. Research highlights: {yields} NaIrO{sub 3} post-perovskite stabilized by pressure. {yields} First example of a pentavalent oxide post-perovskite. {yields} Non-metallic and non-magnetic behavior of NaIrO{sub 3}.

  13. Efficient All-Vacuum Deposited Perovskite Solar Cells by Controlling Reagent Partial Pressure in High Vacuum.

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    Hsiao, Sheng-Yi; Lin, Hong-Lin; Lee, Wei-Hung; Tsai, Wei-Lun; Chiang, Kai-Ming; Liao, Wei-Yu; Ren-Wu, Chen-Zheng; Chen, Chien-Yu; Lin, Hao-Wu

    2016-08-01

    All-vacuum-deposited perovskite solar cells produced by controlling reagent partial pressure in high vacuum with newly developed multi-layer electron and hole transporting structures show outstanding power conversion efficiency of 17.6% and smooth, pinhole-free, micrometer-sized perovskite crystal grains. PMID:27226143

  14. Resistance switching memory in perovskite oxides

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    Yan, Z.B. Liu, J.-M.

    2015-07-15

    The resistance switching behavior has recently attracted great attentions for its application as resistive random access memories (RRAMs) due to a variety of advantages such as simple structure, high-density, high-speed and low-power. As a leading storage media, the transition metal perovskite oxide owns the strong correlation of electrons and the stable crystal structure, which brings out multifunctionality such as ferroelectric, multiferroic, superconductor, and colossal magnetoresistance/electroresistance effect, etc. The existence of rich electronic phases, metal–insulator transition and the nonstoichiometric oxygen in perovskite oxide provides good platforms to insight into the resistive switching mechanisms. In this review, we first introduce the general characteristics of the resistance switching effects, the operation methods and the storage media. Then, the experimental evidences of conductive filaments, the transport and switching mechanisms, and the memory performances and enhancing methods of perovskite oxide based filamentary RRAM cells have been summarized and discussed. Subsequently, the switching mechanisms and the performances of the uniform RRAM cells associating with the carrier trapping/detrapping and the ferroelectric polarization switching have been discussed. Finally, the advices and outlook for further investigating the resistance switching and enhancing the memory performances are given.

  15. Structural characterization combined with the first principles simulations of barium/strontium cobaltite/ferrite as promising material for solid oxide fuel cells cathodes and high-temperature oxygen permeation membranes.

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    Gangopadhayay, Shruba; Inerbaev, Talgat; Masunov, Artëm E; Altilio, Deanna; Orlovskaya, Nina

    2009-07-01

    Mixed ionic-electronic conducting perovskite type oxides with a general formula ABO(3) (where A = Ba, Sr, Ca and B = Co, Fe, Mn) often have high mobility of the oxygen vacancies and exhibit strong ionic conductivity. They are key materials that find use in several energy related applications, including solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), sensors, oxygen separation membranes, and catalysts. Barium/strontium cobaltite/ferrite (BSCF) Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)Co(0.8)Fe(0.2)O(3-delta) was recently identified as a promising candidate for cathode material in intermediate temperature SOFCs. In this work, we perform experimental and theoretical study of the local atomic structure of BSFC. Micro-Raman spectroscopy was performed to characterize the vibrational properties of BSCF. The Jahn-Teller distortion of octahedral coordination around Co(4+) cations was observed experimentally and explained theoretically. Different cations and oxygen vacancies ordering are examined using plane wave pseudopotential density functional theory. We find that cations are completely disordered, whereas oxygen vacancies exhibit a strong trend for aggregation in L-shaped trimer and square tetramer structure. On the basis of our results, we suggest a new explanation for BSCF phase stability. Instead of linear vacancy ordering, which must take place before the phase transition into brownmillerite structure, the oxygen vacancies in BSCF prefer to form the finite clusters and preserve the disordered cubic structure. This structural feature could be found only in the first-principles simulations and can not be explained by the effect of the ionic radii alone. PMID:20355954

  16. Glory of piezoelectric perovskites

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    Uchino, Kenji

    2015-08-01

    This article reviews the history of piezoelectric perovskites and forecasts future development trends, including Uchino’s discoveries such as the Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 electrostrictor, Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystal, (Pb, La)(Zr, Ti)O3 photostriction, and Pb(Zr, Ti)O3-Terfenol magnetoelectric composites. We discuss five key trends in the development of piezomaterials: performance to reliability, hard to soft, macro to nano, homo to hetero, and single to multi-functional.

  17. Crystal structures and high-temperature phase transitions of the new ordered double perovskites Sr{sub 2}SmSbO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}LaSbO{sub 6}

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    Faik, A.; Iturbe-Zabalo, E.; Urcelay, I.; Igartua, J.M.

    2009-10-15

    In the present work we report X-ray powder diffraction measurements of Sr{sub 2}SmSbO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}LaSbO{sub 6}, at different temperatures. The crystal structures at room temperature of both compounds are determined; and results showing the existence of high-temperature phase transitions in them are presented. Both compounds have double perovskite structure with 1:1 ordered arrangement of the B site cations. At room temperature their symmetries are described with the P2{sub 1}/n space group, that correspond to the (a{sup +}b{sup -}b{sup -}) tilt system. The evolution with temperature of the structure of both compounds shows the presence of two phase transitions: a discontinuous one, at 885 and 945 K, for Sr{sub 2}SmSbO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}LaSbO{sub 6}, respectively; and a continuous one, at 1170 and 118 K, for Sr{sub 2}SmSbO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}LaSbO{sub 6}, respectively, with the following phase transition sequence: P2{sub 1}/n->R3-bar->Fm3-barm. - Clinographic projections of the structures of the new ordered double perovskites (a) Sr{sub 2}SmSbO{sub 6} and (b) Sr{sub 2}LaSbO{sub 6}, along the [001]{sub p} and [010]{sub p} directions, as indicated, in the upper and in the lower panels, respectively. SmO{sub 6} octahedra are shown green, LaO{sub 6} in cyan, SbO{sub 6} in blue and Sr cations in gray. Sr{sub 2}LaSbO{sub 6} is more distorted than Sr{sub 2}SmSbO{sub 6}, as can be appreciated in the upper panel in the projection of the cuboctahedral site occupied by the Sr. The angle of rotation of the octahedra around the simple perovskite cubic axis is greater in the more distorted Sr{sub 2}LaSbO{sub 6} phase.

  18. Effect of cation arrangement on the electronic structures of the perovskite solid solutions (SrTiO3)1 -x(LaCrO3)x from first principles

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    Chen, Hungru; Umezawa, Naoto

    2014-07-01

    The electronic structures of [SrTiO3]1 -x[LaCrO3]x perovskite solid solutions are studied using hybrid density functional calculations to investigate their potential photocatalytic activity. The introduction of Cr3 + into SrTiO3 not only creates occupied states inside the band gap but can adversely narrow the conduction band. However, if Cr3 + and Ti4 + ions are segregated in alternating [001] layers, the conduction band remains highly dispersive. This suggests that the electronic structure can be tuned by controlling the cation arrangement. We predict that [SrTiO3]0.5[LaCrO3]0.5 with alternating TiO2 and CrO2 layered along the [001] direction, which has not been experimentally realized yet, will exhibit strong absorption of visible light response and excellent electronic transport properties.

  19. Fabrication of organic-inorganic perovskite thin films for planar solar cells via pulsed laser deposition

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    Liang, Yangang; Yao, Yangyi; Zhang, Xiaohang; Hsu, Wei-Lun; Gong, Yunhui; Shin, Jongmoon; Wachsman, Eric D.; Dagenais, Mario; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2016-01-01

    We report on fabrication of organic-inorganic perovskite thin films using a hybrid method consisting of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of lead iodide and spin-coating of methylammonium iodide. Smooth and highly crystalline CH3NH3PbI3 thin films have been fabricated on silicon and glass coated substrates with fluorine doped tin oxide using this PLD-based hybrid method. Planar perovskite solar cells with an inverted structure have been successfully fabricated using the perovskite films. Because of its versatility, the PLD-based hybrid fabrication method not only provides an easy and precise control of the thickness of the perovskite thin films, but also offers a straightforward platform for studying the potential feasibility in using other metal halides and organic salts for formation of the organic-inorganic perovskite structure.

  20. A Long-Term View on Perovskite Optoelectronics.

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    Docampo, Pablo; Bein, Thomas

    2016-02-16

    Recently, metal halide perovskite materials have become an exciting topic of research for scientists of a wide variety of backgrounds. Perovskites have found application in many fields, starting from photovoltaics and now also making an impact in light-emitting applications. This new class of materials has proven so interesting since it can be easily solution processed while exhibiting materials properties approaching the best inorganic optoelectronic materials such as GaAs and Si. In photovoltaics, in only 3 years, efficiencies have rapidly increased from an initial value of 3.8% to over 20% in recent reports for the commonly employed methylammonium lead iodide (MAPI) perovskite. The first light emitting diodes and light-emitting electrochemical cells have been developed already exhibiting internal quantum efficiencies exceeding 15% for the former and tunable light emission spectra. Despite their processing advantages, perovskite optoelectronic materials suffer from several drawbacks that need to be overcome before the technology becomes industrially relevant and hence achieve long-term application. Chief among these are the sensitivity of the structure toward moisture and crystal phase transitions in the device operation regime, unreliable device performance dictated by the operation history of the device, that is, hysteresis, the inherent toxicity of the structure, and the high cost of the employed charge selective contacts. In this Account, we highlight recent advances toward the long-term viability of perovskite photovoltaics. We identify material decomposition routes and suggest strategies to prevent damage to the structure. In particular, we focus on the effect of moisture upon the structure and stabilization of the material to avoid phase transitions in the solar cell operating range. Furthermore, we show strategies to achieve low-cost chemistries for the development of hole transporters for perovskite solar cells, necessary to be able to compete with other

  1. A-site ordered quadruple perovskite oxides

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    Youwen, Long

    2016-07-01

    The A-site ordered perovskite oxides with chemical formula display many intriguing physical properties due to the introduction of transition metals at both A‧ and B sites. Here, research on the recently discovered intermetallic charge transfer occurring between A‧-site Cu and B-site Fe ions in LaCu3Fe4O12 and its analogues is reviewed, along with work on the magnetoelectric multiferroicity observed in LaMn3Cr4O12 with cubic perovskite structure. The Cu–Fe intermetallic charge transfer leads to a first-order isostructural phase transition accompanied by drastic variations in magnetism and electrical transport properties. The LaMn3Cr4O12 is a novel spin-driven multiferroic system with strong magnetoelectric coupling effects. The compound is the first example of cubic perovskite multiferroics to be found. It opens up a new arena for studying unexpected multiferroic mechanisms. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2014CB921500), the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07030300), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11574378).

  2. Structural and magnetic characterisation of the novel spin frustrated double perovskite Sr{sub 2}ScMoO{sub 6}

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    Wallace, Thomas K.; Mclaughlin, Abbie C.

    2014-11-15

    A novel Mo{sup 5+} double perovskite, Sr{sub 2}ScMoO{sub 6}, has been synthesised. This material crystallises in the tetragonal I4/m symmetry space group and considerable cation disorder between Sc{sup 3+} and Mo{sup 5+} is observed. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show no evidence of a magnetic transition down to 6 K and no evidence of the valence bond glass state previously reported for A{sub 2}YMoO{sub 6} (A=Ba, Sr). The inverse susceptibility data cannot be fit to the Curie–Weiss law at any temperature range between 6 and 300 K. This deviation from Curie–Weiss law suggests that strong antiferromagnetic correlations are still present in Sr{sub 2}ScMoO{sub 6}. - Graphical abstract: A novel double perovskite Sr{sub 2}ScMoO{sub 6} has been synthesised which has corner sharing MoO{sub 6} and ScO{sub 6} octahedra. The Sr{sup 2+} cations reside in the cavities and exhibit anisotropic thermal motion. There is no evidence of magnetic order down to 6 K. - Highlights: • The novel perovskite Sr{sub 2}ScMoO{sub 6} has been synthesised. • Disorder of the Mo{sup 5+} and Sc{sup 3+} cations is observed. • There is no evidence of a magnetic transition down to 6 K. • There is likely frustrated short range magnetic order or spin liquid behaviour.

  3. Hydrogen Solubility in Al-bearing Perovskite

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    Watson, H. C.; Krawczynski, M. J.; Fei, Y.

    2005-12-01

    It is generally accepted that silicate perovskite is the dominant mineral in the Earth's lower mantle. Previous studies have been completed to determine the physical and chemical characteristics of the pure end-member MgSiO3. Recent studies have shown that the addition of Al to MgSiO3 can have a significant effect on the material properties of the mineral, such as compressibility, and defect structure, as well as a great potential to dissolve water. We have synthesized Al-bearing perovskite samples under hydrous conditions in a multi-anvil apparatus at pressures ranging from 23-26 GPa and 1800oC. The starting materials consisted of brucite and silica powders mixed together and finely ground in a 1:1 molar ratio, with subsequent addition of Al2O3 powder at 2wt% intervals from 0%-6%. The mixed powders were tightly packed in Au capsules, housed in BN sleeves, and loaded into standard 8/3 multi-anvil assemblies. The experiments were brought to the appropriate pressure conditions for solubility of the different Al2O3 contents. The resulting perovskite crystals range in size from <20 microns to >100 microns in size. Their major element chemistry has been characterized by EPMA, and the H content of some samples has been measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry using a 6f Cameca ion microprobe and is substantial (>1200ppm in some samples). In this study, we correlate H content in the perovskites with Al concentration, and discussion follows on what effects this may have on potential substitution mechanisms, and correlated formation of oxygen vacancies, as well as water storage in the mantle, oxygen diffusion, and the potential of an oxygen ionic diffusion contribution to electrical conductivity in the mantle.

  4. Transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskite oxides as promising functional materials for oxygen sensor

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    Misra, Sunasira

    2012-07-01

    Modern industries employ several gases as process fluids. Leakage of these gases in the operating area could lead to undesirable consequences. Even in chemical industries, which use large quantities of inert gases in confined areas, accidental leakage of these process gases would result in the reduction of oxygen partial pressure in atmospheric air. For instance, large amounts of gaseous nitrogen and argon are used in pharmaceutical industries, gas filling/bottling plants, operating area of Fast Breeder reactors, etc. Fall of concentration of oxygen in air below 17% could lead to life risk (Asphyxiation) of the working personnel that has to be checked well in advance. Further, when the leaking gas is of explosive nature, its damage potential would be very high if its concentration level in air increases beyond its lower explosive limit. Surveillance of the ambient within these industries at the critical areas and also in the environment around them for oxygen therefore becomes highly essential. Sensitive and selective gas sensors made of advanced materials are required to meet this demand of monitoring environmental pollution. The perovskite class of oxides (ABO3) is chemically stable even at high temperatures and can tolerate large levels of dopants without phase transformations. The electronic properties of this parent functional material can be tailored by adding appropriate dopants that exhibit different valence states. Aliovalent transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskites are good mixed ionic and electronic conductors and potential candidates for sensing oxygen at percentage level exploiting their oxygen pressure dependent electrical conductivity. This paper presents the preparation, study of electrical conductivity and oxygen-sensing characteristics of iron and cobalt substituted SrTiO3.

  5. The Post-Perovskite Transition and Mineralogical Changes in the Chemically Heterogeneous Lower Mantle

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    Shim, S. H. D.; Ye, Y.; Grocholski, B.; Xu, S.; Morgan, D.; Zhao, J.; Alp, E. E.

    2014-12-01

    The discovery of the post-perovskite transition in 2004 has made huge impact on our understanding on the structures and dynamics of the lowermost mantle. For the last 10 years, the post-perovskite transition has been related to major seismic structures in the region, including the D'' discontinuity, the D'' anisotropy, and the anti-correlation between the bulk sound speed and shear wave velocity. Whereas the post-perovskite phase appeared to provide a coherent framework to explain many of the major structures, more recent mineral physics studies have revealed that the compositional effects can be significant. High-resolution seismic imaging studies have reported complex structures which cannot be explained by the post-perovskite transition in chemically simple systems. Furthermore, recently proposed mineralogical changes in the lower mantle will affect the properties of post-perovskite and may provide alternative explanations for some seismic structures. In this talk, we will discuss the post-perovskite phase transition and other phase transitions in chemical heterogeneities in the lowermost mantle and their importance in understanding seismic structures. We will also report new data on the spin and oxidation state of iron in mantle silicate which can affect the post-perovskite transition.

  6. Atomistic mechanism leading to complex antiferroelectric and incommensurate perovskites

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    Patel, Kinnary; Prosandeev, Sergey; Yang, Yurong; Xu, Bin; Íñiguez, Jorge; Bellaiche, L.

    2016-08-01

    An atomic interaction is identified in all perovskite compounds, such as A B O3 oxides, that can potentially result in unconventional structures. The term is harmonic in nature and couples the motions of the A cations with the rotations of the oxygen octahedra in the perovskite lattice. When strong enough, this coupling leads to hybrid normal modes that present both (anti)polar and rotational characters, which are keys to understand a variety of exotic phases. For example, we show that not only does this new coupling explain the long-period soft phonons characterizing prototype antiferroelectric PbZrO3, but it also provides us with an unified description of the complex antipolar structures of a variety of perovskites, including the possible occurrence of incommensurate phases. This coupling is further demonstrated to result, in the continuum limit, in an energy invariant adopting an analytical form that has been previously overlooked, to the best of our knowledge.

  7. Methodologies for high efficiency perovskite solar cells

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    Park, Nam-Gyu

    2016-06-01

    Since the report on long-term durable solid-state perovskite solar cell in 2012, perovskite solar cells based on lead halide perovskites having organic cations such as methylammonium CH3NH3PbI3 or formamidinium HC(NH2)2PbI3 have received great attention because of superb photovoltaic performance with power conversion efficiency exceeding 22 %. In this review, emergence of perovskite solar cell is briefly introduced. Since understanding fundamentals of light absorbers is directly related to their photovoltaic performance, opto-electronic properties of organo lead halide perovskites are investigated in order to provide insight into design of higher efficiency perovskite solar cells. Since the conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cell is found to depend significantly on perovskite film quality, methodologies for fabricating high quality perovskite films are particularly emphasized, including various solution-processes and vacuum deposition method.

  8. Selective Precipitation and Concentrating of Perovskite Crystals from Titanium-Bearing Slag Melt in Supergravity Field

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    Gao, Jintao; Zhong, Yiwei; Guo, Zhancheng

    2016-06-01

    Selective precipitation and concentrating of perovskite crystals from titanium-bearing slag melt in the supergravity field was investigated in this study. Since perovskite was the first precipitated phase from the slag melt during the cooling process, and a greater precipitation quantity and larger crystal sizes of perovskite were obtained at 1593 K to 1563 K (1320 °C to 1290 °C), concentrating of perovskite crystals from the slag melt was carried out at this temperature range in the supergravity field, at which the perovskite transforms into solid particles while the other minerals remain in the liquid melt. The layered structures appeared significantly in the sample obtained by supergravity treatment, and all the perovskite crystals moved along the supergravity direction and concentrated as the perovskite-rich phase in the bottom area, whereas the molten slag concentrated in the upper area along the opposite direction, in which it was impossible to find any perovskite crystals. With the gravity coefficient of G = 750, the mass fraction of TiO2 in the perovskite-rich phase was up to 34.65 wt pct, whereas that of the slag phase was decreased to 12.23 wt pct, and the recovery ratio of Ti in the perovskite-rich phase was up to 75.28 pct. On this basis, an amplification experimental centrifugal apparatus was exploited and the continuous experiment with larger scale was further carried out, the results confirming that selective precipitation and concentrating of perovskite crystals from the titanium-bearing slag melt by supergravity was a feasible method.

  9. Selective Precipitation and Concentrating of Perovskite Crystals from Titanium-Bearing Slag Melt in Supergravity Field

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    Gao, Jintao; Zhong, Yiwei; Guo, Zhancheng

    2016-08-01

    Selective precipitation and concentrating of perovskite crystals from titanium-bearing slag melt in the supergravity field was investigated in this study. Since perovskite was the first precipitated phase from the slag melt during the cooling process, and a greater precipitation quantity and larger crystal sizes of perovskite were obtained at 1593 K to 1563 K (1320 °C to 1290 °C), concentrating of perovskite crystals from the slag melt was carried out at this temperature range in the supergravity field, at which the perovskite transforms into solid particles while the other minerals remain in the liquid melt. The layered structures appeared significantly in the sample obtained by supergravity treatment, and all the perovskite crystals moved along the supergravity direction and concentrated as the perovskite-rich phase in the bottom area, whereas the molten slag concentrated in the upper area along the opposite direction, in which it was impossible to find any perovskite crystals. With the gravity coefficient of G = 750, the mass fraction of TiO2 in the perovskite-rich phase was up to 34.65 wt pct, whereas that of the slag phase was decreased to 12.23 wt pct, and the recovery ratio of Ti in the perovskite-rich phase was up to 75.28 pct. On this basis, an amplification experimental centrifugal apparatus was exploited and the continuous experiment with larger scale was further carried out, the results confirming that selective precipitation and concentrating of perovskite crystals from the titanium-bearing slag melt by supergravity was a feasible method.

  10. Electronic doping of transition metal oxide perovskites

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    Cammarata, Antonio; Rondinelli, James M.

    2016-05-01

    CaFeO3 is a prototypical negative charge transfer oxide that undergoes electronic metal-insulator transition concomitant with a dilation and contraction of nearly rigid octahedra. Altering the charge neutrality of the bulk system destroys the electronic transition, while the structure is significantly modified at high charge content. Using density functional theory simulations, we predict an alternative avenue to modulate the structure and the electronic transition in CaFeO3. Charge distribution can be modulated using strain-rotation coupling and thin film engineering strategies, proposing themselves as a promising avenue for fine tuning electronic features in transition metal-oxide perovskites.

  11. New Physical Deposition Approach for Low Cost Inorganic Hole Transport Layer in Normal Architecture of Durable Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Ahmadi, Vahid; Shahverdi, Hamid Reza

    2015-10-01

    In this work we reported sputter deposited NiOx/Ni double layer as an HTM/contact couple in normal architecture of perovskite solar cell. A perovskite solar cell that is durable for more than 60 days was achieved, with increasing efficiency from 1.3% to 7.28% within 6 days. Moreover, low temperature direct deposition of NiOx layer on perovskite layer was introduced as a potential hole transport material for an efficient cost-effective solar cell applicable for various morphologies of perovskite layers, even for perovskite layers containing pinholes, which is a notable challenge in perovskite solar cells. The angular deposition of NiOx layers by dc reactive magnetron sputtering showed uniform and crack-free coverage of the perovskite layer with no negative impact on perovskite structure that is suitable for nickel back contact layer, surface shielding against moisture, and mechanical damages. Replacing the expensive complex materials in previous perovskite solar cells with low cost available materials introduces cost-effective scalable perovskite solar cells. PMID:26402149

  12. Ferroelectricity in d0 double perovskite fluoroscandates

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    Charles, Nenian; Rondinelli, James M.

    2015-08-01

    Ferroelectricity in strain-free and strained double perovskite fluorides, Na3ScF6 and K2NaScF6 , is investigated using first-principles density functional theory. Although the experimental room temperature crystal structures of these fluoroscandates are centrosymmetric, i.e., Na3ScF6 (P 21/n ) and K2NaScF6 (F m 3 ¯m ), lattice dynamical calculations reveal that soft polar instabilities exist in each prototypical cubic phase and that the modes harden as the tolerance factor approaches unity. Thus the double fluoroperovskites bear some similarities to A B O3 perovskite oxides; however, in contrast, these fluorides exhibit large acentric displacements of alkali metal cations (Na, K) rather than polar displacements of the transition metal cations. Biaxial strain investigations of the centrosymmetric and polar Na3ScF6 and K2NaScF6 phases reveal that the paraelectric structures are favored under compressive strain, whereas polar structures with in-plane electric polarizations (˜5 -18 μ C cm-2 ) are realized at sufficiently large tensile strains. The electric polarization and stability of the polar structures for both chemistries are found to be further enhanced and stabilized by a coexisting single octahedral tilt system. Our results suggest that polar double perovskite fluorides may be realized by suppression of octahedral rotations about more than one Cartesian axis; structures exhibiting in- or out-of-phase octahedral rotations about the c axis are more susceptible to polar symmetries.

  13. Comprehensive design of omnidirectional high-performance perovskite solar cells.

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    Zhang, Yutao; Xuan, Yimin

    2016-01-01

    The comprehensive design approach is established with coupled optical-electrical simulation for perovskite-based solar cell, which emerged as one of the most promising competitors to silicon solar cell for its low-cost fabrication and high PCE. The selection of structured surface, effect of geometry parameters, incident angle-dependence and polarization-sensitivity are considered in the simulation. The optical modeling is performed via the finite-difference time-domain method whilst the electrical properties are obtained by solving the coupled nonlinear equations of Poisson, continuity, and drift-diffusion equations. The optical and electrical performances of five different structured surfaces are compared to select a best structured surface for perovskite solar cell. The effects of the geometry parameters on the optical and electrical properties of the perovskite cell are analyzed. The results indicate that the light harvesting is obviously enhanced by the structured surface. The electrical performance can be remarkably improved due to the enhanced light harvesting of the designed best structured surface. The angle-dependence for s- and p-polarizations is investigated. The structured surface exhibits omnidirectional behavior and favorable polarization-insensitive feature within a wide incident angle range. Such a comprehensive design approach can highlight the potential of perovskite cell for power conversion in the full daylight. PMID:27405419

  14. Comprehensive design of omnidirectional high-performance perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Yutao; Xuan, Yimin

    2016-07-01

    The comprehensive design approach is established with coupled optical-electrical simulation for perovskite-based solar cell, which emerged as one of the most promising competitors to silicon solar cell for its low-cost fabrication and high PCE. The selection of structured surface, effect of geometry parameters, incident angle-dependence and polarization-sensitivity are considered in the simulation. The optical modeling is performed via the finite-difference time-domain method whilst the electrical properties are obtained by solving the coupled nonlinear equations of Poisson, continuity, and drift-diffusion equations. The optical and electrical performances of five different structured surfaces are compared to select a best structured surface for perovskite solar cell. The effects of the geometry parameters on the optical and electrical properties of the perovskite cell are analyzed. The results indicate that the light harvesting is obviously enhanced by the structured surface. The electrical performance can be remarkably improved due to the enhanced light harvesting of the designed best structured surface. The angle-dependence for s- and p-polarizations is investigated. The structured surface exhibits omnidirectional behavior and favorable polarization-insensitive feature within a wide incident angle range. Such a comprehensive design approach can highlight the potential of perovskite cell for power conversion in the full daylight.

  15. Comprehensive design of omnidirectional high-performance perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Yutao; Xuan, Yimin

    2016-01-01

    The comprehensive design approach is established with coupled optical-electrical simulation for perovskite-based solar cell, which emerged as one of the most promising competitors to silicon solar cell for its low-cost fabrication and high PCE. The selection of structured surface, effect of geometry parameters, incident angle-dependence and polarization-sensitivity are considered in the simulation. The optical modeling is performed via the finite-difference time-domain method whilst the electrical properties are obtained by solving the coupled nonlinear equations of Poisson, continuity, and drift-diffusion equations. The optical and electrical performances of five different structured surfaces are compared to select a best structured surface for perovskite solar cell. The effects of the geometry parameters on the optical and electrical properties of the perovskite cell are analyzed. The results indicate that the light harvesting is obviously enhanced by the structured surface. The electrical performance can be remarkably improved due to the enhanced light harvesting of the designed best structured surface. The angle-dependence for s- and p-polarizations is investigated. The structured surface exhibits omnidirectional behavior and favorable polarization-insensitive feature within a wide incident angle range. Such a comprehensive design approach can highlight the potential of perovskite cell for power conversion in the full daylight. PMID:27405419

  16. From 1D chain to 3D network: a new family of inorganic-organic hybrid semiconductors MO3(L)(x) (M = Mo, W; L = organic linker) built on perovskite-like structure modules.

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    Zhang, Xiao; Hejazi, Mehdi; Thiagarajan, Suraj J; Woerner, William R; Banerjee, Debasis; Emge, Thomas J; Xu, Wenqian; Teat, Simon J; Gong, Qihan; Safari, Ahmad; Yang, Ronggui; Parise, John B; Li, Jing

    2013-11-20

    MO3 (M = Mo, W) or VI-VI binary compounds are important semiconducting oxides that show great promise for a variety of applications. In an effort to tune and enhance their properties in a systematic manner we have applied a designing strategy to deliberately introduce organic linker molecules in these perovskite-like crystal lattices. This approach has led to a wealth of new hybrid structures built on one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) VI-VI modules. The hybrid semiconductors exhibit a number of greatly improved properties and new functionality, including broad band gap tunability, negative thermal expansion, largely reduced thermal conductivity, and significantly enhanced dielectric constant compared to their MO3 parent phases. PMID:24152119

  17. Perovskite Solar Cells with Large-Area CVD-Graphene for Tandem Solar Cells.

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    Lang, Felix; Gluba, Marc A; Albrecht, Steve; Rappich, Jörg; Korte, Lars; Rech, Bernd; Nickel, Norbert H

    2015-07-16

    Perovskite solar cells with transparent contacts may be used to compensate for thermalization losses of silicon solar cells in tandem devices. This offers a way to outreach stagnating efficiencies. However, perovskite top cells in tandem structures require contact layers with high electrical conductivity and optimal transparency. We address this challenge by implementing large-area graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition as a highly transparent electrode in perovskite solar cells, leading to identical charge collection efficiencies. Electrical performance of solar cells with a graphene-based contact reached those of solar cells with standard gold contacts. The optical transmission by far exceeds that of reference devices and amounts to 64.3% below the perovskite band gap. Finally, we demonstrate a four-terminal tandem device combining a high band gap graphene-contacted perovskite top solar cell (Eg = 1.6 eV) with an amorphous/crystalline silicon bottom solar cell (Eg = 1.12 eV). PMID:26266857

  18. Chitosan-Assisted Crystallization and Film Forming of Perovskite Crystals through Biomineralization.

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    Yang, Yang; Sun, Chen; Yip, Hin-Lap; Sun, Runcang; Wang, Xiaohui

    2016-03-18

    Biomimetic mineralization is a powerful approach for the synthesis of advanced composite materials with hierarchical organization and controlled structure. Herein, chitosan was introduced into a perovskite precursor solution as a biopolymer additive to control the crystallization and to improve the morphology and film-forming properties of a perovskite film by way of biomineralization. The biopolymer additive was able to control the size and morphology of the perovskite crystals and helped to form smooth films. The mechanism of chitosan-mediated nucleation and growth of the perovskite crystals was explored. As a possible application, the chitosan-perovskite composite film was introduced into a planar heterojunction solar cell and increased power conversion efficiency relative to that observed for the pristine perovskite film was achieved. The biomimetic mineralization method proposed in this study provides an alternative way of preparing perovskite crystals with well-controlled morphology and properties and extends the applications of perovskite crystals in photoelectronic fields, including planar-heterojunction solar cells. PMID:26773727

  19. Unraveling the Role of Monovalent Halides in Mixed-Halide Organic-Inorganic Perovskites.

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    Deepa, Melepurath; Ramos, F Javier; Shivaprasad, S M; Ahmad, Shahzada

    2016-03-16

    The performance of perovskite solar cells is strongly influenced by the composition and microstructure of the perovskite. A recent approach to improve the power conversion efficiencies utilized mixed-halide perovskites, but the halide ions and their roles were not directly studied. Unraveling their precise location in the perovskite layer is of paramount importance. Here, we investigated four different perovskites by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and found that among the three studied mixed-halide perovskites, CH3 NH3 Pb(I0.74 Br0.26 )3 and CH3 NH3 PbBr3-x Clx show peaks that unambiguously demonstrate the presence of iodide and bromide in the former, and bromide and chloride in the latter. The CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx perovskite shows anomalous behavior, the iodide content far outweighs that of the chloride; a small proportion of chloride, in all likelihood, resides deep within the TiO2 /absorber layer. Our study reveals that there are many distinguishable structural differences between these perovskites, and that these directly impact the photovoltaic performances. PMID:26717046

  20. Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide as Highly Stable Electron Collection Layer for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Zhao, Xingyue; Shen, Heping; Zhang, Ye; Li, Xin; Zhao, Xiaochong; Tai, Meiqian; Li, Jingfeng; Li, Jianbao; Li, Xin; Lin, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Although low-temperature, solution-processed zinc oxide (ZnO) has been widely adopted as the electron collection layer (ECL) in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) because of its simple synthesis and excellent electrical properties such as high charge mobility, the thermal stability of the perovskite films deposited atop ZnO layer remains as a major issue. Herein, we addressed this problem by employing aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) as the ECL and obtained extraordinarily thermally stable perovskite layers. The improvement of the thermal stability was ascribed to diminish of the Lewis acid-base chemical reaction between perovskite and ECL. Notably, the outstanding transmittance and conductivity also render AZO layer as an ideal candidate for transparent conductive electrodes, which enables a simplified cell structure featuring glass/AZO/perovskite/Spiro-OMeTAD/Au. Optimization of the perovskite layer leads to an excellent and repeatable photovoltaic performance, with the champion cell exhibiting an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.94 V, a short-circuit current (Jsc) of 20.2 mA cm(-2), a fill factor (FF) of 0.67, and an overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.6% under standard 1 sun illumination. It was also revealed by steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence that the AZO/perovskite interface resulted in less quenching than that between perovskite and hole transport material. PMID:26960451

  1. Integrated perovskite/bulk-heterojunction toward efficient solar cells.

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    Liu, Yongsheng; Hong, Ziruo; Chen, Qi; Chang, Weihsuan; Zhou, Huanping; Song, Tze-Bin; Young, Eric; Yang, Yang Michael; You, Jingbi; Li, Gang; Yang, Yang

    2015-01-14

    We successfully demonstrated an integrated perovskite/bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) photovoltaic device for efficient light harvesting and energy conversion. Our device efficiently integrated two photovoltaic layers, namely a perovskite film and organic BHJ film, into the device. The device structure is ITO/TiO2/perovskite/BHJ/MoO3/Ag. A wide bandgap small molecule DOR3T-TBDT was used as donor in the BHJ film, and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 14.3% was achieved in the integrated device with a high short circuit current density (JSC) of 21.2 mA cm(-2). The higher JSC as compared to that of the traditional perovskite/HTL (hole transporting layer) device (19.3 mA cm(-2)) indicates that the BHJ film absorbs light and contributes to the current density of the device. Our result further suggests that the HTL in traditional perovskite solar cell, even with good light absorption capability, cannot contribute to the overall device photocurrent, unless this HTL becomes a BHJ layer (by adding electron transporting material like PC71BM). PMID:25513830

  2. Interface and Composition Analysis on Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Matteocci, Fabio; Busby, Yan; Pireaux, Jean-Jacques; Divitini, Giorgio; Cacovich, Stefania; Ducati, Caterina; Di Carlo, Aldo

    2015-12-01

    Organometal halide (hybrid) perovskite solar cells have been fabricated following four different deposition procedures and investigated in order to find correlations between the solar cell characteristics/performance and their structure and composition as determined by combining depth-resolved imaging with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The interface quality is found to be strongly affected by the perovskite deposition procedure, and in particular from the environment where the conversion of the starting precursors into the final perovskite is performed (air, nitrogen, or vacuum). The conversion efficiency of the precursors into the hybrid perovskite layer is compared between the different solar cells by looking at the ToF-SIMS intensities of the characteristic molecular fragments from the perovskite and the precursor materials. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy in the STEM confirms the macroscopic ToF-SIMS findings and allows elemental mapping with nanometer resolution. Clear evidence for iodine diffusion has been observed and related to the fabrication procedure. PMID:26523427

  3. Electron-phonon coupling in hybrid lead halide perovskites.

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    Wright, Adam D; Verdi, Carla; Milot, Rebecca L; Eperon, Giles E; Pérez-Osorio, Miguel A; Snaith, Henry J; Giustino, Feliciano; Johnston, Michael B; Herz, Laura M

    2016-01-01

    Phonon scattering limits charge-carrier mobilities and governs emission line broadening in hybrid metal halide perovskites. Establishing how charge carriers interact with phonons in these materials is therefore essential for the development of high-efficiency perovskite photovoltaics and low-cost lasers. Here we investigate the temperature dependence of emission line broadening in the four commonly studied formamidinium and methylammonium perovskites, HC(NH2)2PbI3, HC(NH2)2PbBr3, CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbBr3, and discover that scattering from longitudinal optical phonons via the Fröhlich interaction is the dominant source of electron-phonon coupling near room temperature, with scattering off acoustic phonons negligible. We determine energies for the interacting longitudinal optical phonon modes to be 11.5 and 15.3 meV, and Fröhlich coupling constants of ∼40 and 60 meV for the lead iodide and bromide perovskites, respectively. Our findings correlate well with first-principles calculations based on many-body perturbation theory, which underlines the suitability of an electronic band-structure picture for describing charge carriers in hybrid perovskites. PMID:27225329

  4. Degradation of organometallic perovskite solar cells induced by trap states

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    Song, Dandan; Ji, Jun; Li, Yaoyao; Li, Guanying; Li, Meicheng; Wang, Tianyue; Wei, Dong; Cui, Peng; He, Yue; Mbengue, Joseph Michel

    2016-02-01

    The degradation of organometallic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is the key bottleneck hampering their development, which is typically ascribed to the decomposition of perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3). In this work, the degradation of PSCs is observed to be significant, with the decrease in efficiency from 18.2% to 11.5% in ambient air for 7 days. However, no obvious decomposition or structural evolution of the perovskite was observed, except the notable degradation phenomenon of the device. The degradation of PSCs derives from deteriorated photocurrent and fill factor, which are proven to be induced by increased trap states for enlarged carrier recombination in degraded PSCs. The increased trap states in PSCs over storage time are probably induced by the increased defects at the surface of perovskite. The trap states induced degradation provides a physical insight into the degradation mechanisms of PSCs. Moreover, as the investigations were performed on real PSCs instead of individual perovskite films, the findings here present one of their actual degradation mechanisms.

  5. Halide Perovskites: Poor Man's High-Performance Semiconductors.

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    Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2016-07-01

    Halide perovskites are a rapidly developing class of medium-bandgap semiconductors which, to date, have been popularized on account of their remarkable success in solid-state heterojunction solar cells raising the photovoltaic efficiency to 20% within the last 5 years. As the physical properties of the materials are being explored, it is becoming apparent that the photovoltaic performance of the halide perovskites is just but one aspect of the wealth of opportunities that these compounds offer as high-performance semiconductors. From unique optical and electrical properties stemming from their characteristic electronic structure to highly efficient real-life technological applications, halide perovskites constitute a brand new class of materials with exotic properties awaiting discovery. The nature of halide perovskites from the materials' viewpoint is discussed here, enlisting the most important classes of the compounds and describing their most exciting properties. The topics covered focus on the optical and electrical properties highlighting some of the milestone achievements reported to date but also addressing controversies in the vastly expanding halide perovskite literature. PMID:27174223

  6. Electron–phonon coupling in hybrid lead halide perovskites

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    Wright, Adam D.; Verdi, Carla; Milot, Rebecca L.; Eperon, Giles E.; Pérez-Osorio, Miguel A.; Snaith, Henry J.; Giustino, Feliciano; Johnston, Michael B.; Herz, Laura M.

    2016-01-01

    Phonon scattering limits charge-carrier mobilities and governs emission line broadening in hybrid metal halide perovskites. Establishing how charge carriers interact with phonons in these materials is therefore essential for the development of high-efficiency perovskite photovoltaics and low-cost lasers. Here we investigate the temperature dependence of emission line broadening in the four commonly studied formamidinium and methylammonium perovskites, HC(NH2)2PbI3, HC(NH2)2PbBr3, CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbBr3, and discover that scattering from longitudinal optical phonons via the Fröhlich interaction is the dominant source of electron–phonon coupling near room temperature, with scattering off acoustic phonons negligible. We determine energies for the interacting longitudinal optical phonon modes to be 11.5 and 15.3 meV, and Fröhlich coupling constants of ∼40 and 60 meV for the lead iodide and bromide perovskites, respectively. Our findings correlate well with first-principles calculations based on many-body perturbation theory, which underlines the suitability of an electronic band-structure picture for describing charge carriers in hybrid perovskites. PMID:27225329

  7. High pressure structure studies of 6H-SrIrO3 and the octahedral tilting in 3C-SrIrO3 towards a post-perovskite

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    Kronbo, Camilla H.; Nielsen, Morten B.; Kevy, Simone M.; Parisiades, Paraskevas; Bremholm, Martin

    2016-06-01

    The high pressure behaviors of the two perovskite structures (hexagonal 6H-SrIrO3 and orthorhombic 3C-SrIrO3) have been studied in diamond anvil cells to 43 and 60 GPa, respectively, using synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction. 6H-SrIrO3 was first synthesized at ambient pressure and subsequently transformed into 3C-SrIrO3 in a large volume press at 8.8 GPa and 1000 °C. Both polymorphs were found to retain the initial symmetry up to the highest pressures measured, but in the case of 6H-SrIrO3, two anomalies were identified: a change in the axial compressibilities at 24 GPa and a change in both the axial and volume compressibilities at 32 GPa. Fitting a 3rd order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state to the obtained P-V data yielded bulk moduli of K0=151.5(12) GPa (fitted range 0structural parameters for 6H-SrIrO3 aided by F-f plots suggests the anomalies are caused by changes in the compression mechanism. Comparison of the two polymorphs reveals that 6H-SrIrO3 becomes less compressible than 3C-SrIrO3 above 32 GPa as a result of the mechanistic change, and a crossing of their P-V curves is avoided. For 3C-SrIrO3, analysis of the octahedral tilt angles shows that these increase monotonically from the ambient value of 7.23(6) to 23.0(2)° at 60 GPa suggesting that a transition to a post-perovskite is approached.

  8. Interfaces in Perovskite Heterostructures

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    Christen, Hans M; Kim, Dae Ho; Rouleau, Christopher M

    2008-01-01

    Recent advances in film synthesis have made it possible to investigate the properties of well-controlled interfaces in perovskite metal-oxides. A review of published experimental data and computational results indicate that so far most interfaces that have been analyzed in ferroelectric materials - while necessary to impose large lattice strain on the polar material - contribute little to the ferroelectricity and may instead be detrimental to the desired properties. In contrast, a very different situation arises at interfaces that show changes in the electronic configuration as a consequence of a compositional discontinuity. Data is shown for LaMnO3/SrTiO 3 superlattices as an example of electronic effects that produce enhanced properties, further illustrating the richness of interfacial properties that can be obtained at interfaces (as shown in numerous published results for different but related interfaces).

  9. A neutron diffraction study of structural distortion and magnetic ordering in the cation-ordered perovskites Ba{sub 2}Nd{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}MoO{sub 6}

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    Collins, Oonagh M.; Cussen, Edmund J.

    2013-04-15

    The cation ordered perovskites Ba{sub 2}Nd{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}MoO{sub 6} (0.04≤x≤0.35) have been synthesised by solid-state techniques under reducing conditions at temperatures up to 1350 °C. Rietveld analyses of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data show that these compounds adopt a tetragonally distorted perovskite structure. The tetragonal distortion is driven by the bonding requirements of the Ba{sup 2+} cation that occupies the central interstice of the perovskite; this cation would be underbonded if these compounds retained the cubic symmetry exhibited by the prototypical structure. The size and charge difference between the lanthanides and Mo{sup 5+} lead to complete ordering of the cations to give a rock-salt ordering of Nd{sup 3+}/Y{sup 3+}O{sub 6} and MoO{sub 6} octahedra. The I4/m space group symmetry is retained on cooling the x=0.1, 0.2 and 0.35 samples to low temperature ca. 2 K. Ba{sub 2}Nd{sub 0.90}Y{sub 0.10}MoO{sub 6} undergoes a gradual distortion of the MoO{sub 6} units on cooling from room temperature to give two long trans bonds (2.001(2) Å) along the z-direction and four shorter apical bonds (1.9563(13) Å) in the xy-plane. This distortion of the MoO{sub 6} units stabilises the 4d{sup 1} electron in the d{sub xz} and d{sub yz} orbitals whilst the d{sub xy} orbital is increased in energy due to the contraction of the Mo–O bonds in the xy-plane. This bond extension along z is propagated through the structure and gives a negative thermal expansion of −13×10{sup −6} K{sup −1} along c. The overall volumetric thermal expansion is positive due to conventional expansion along the other two crystallographic axes. With increasing Y{sup 3+} content this distortion is reduced in x=0.2 and eliminated in x=0.35 which contains largely regular MoO{sub 6} octahedra. The x=0.1 and x=0.2 show small peaks in the neutron diffraction profile due to long range antiferromagnetic order arising from ordered moments of ca. 2 μ{sub B}. - Graphical

  10. Cuprous Oxide as a Potential Low-Cost Hole-Transport Material for Stable Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Ahmadi, Vahid; Gharibzadeh, Saba; Shahverdi, Hamid Reza

    2016-02-01

    Inorganic hole-transport materials are commercially desired to decrease the fabrication cost of perovskite solar cells. Here, Cu2O is introduced as a potential hole-transport material for stable, low-cost devices. Considering that Cu2O formation is highly sensitive to the underlying mixture of perovskite precursors and their solvents, we proposed and engineered a technique for reactive magnetron sputtering. The rotational angular deposition of Cu2O yields high surface coverage of the perovskite layer for high rate of charge extraction. Deposition of this Cu2O layer on the pinhole-free perovskite layer produces devices with power conversion efficiency values of up to 8.93%. The engineered Cu2O layers showed uniform, compact, and crack-free surfaces on the perovskite layer without affecting the perovskite structure, which is desired for deposition of the top metal contact and for surface shielding against moisture and mechanical damages. PMID:26748959

  11. Ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy of lead halide perovskite films

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    Idowu, Mopelola A.; Yau, Sung H.; Varnavski, Oleg; Goodson, Theodore

    2015-09-01

    Recently, lead halide perovskites which are organic-inorganic hybrid structures, have been discovered to be highly efficient as light absorbers. Herein, we show the investigation of the excited state dynamics and emission properties of non-stoichiometric precursor formed lead halide perovskites grown by interdiffusion method using steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic measurements. The influence of the different ratios of the non-stoichiometric precursor solution was examined. The observed photoluminescence properties were correlated with the femtosecond transient absorption measurements.

  12. Elastic anisotropy of experimental analogues of perovskite and post-perovskite help to interpret D′′ diversity

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    Yoneda, Akira; Fukui, Hiroshi; Xu, Fang; Nakatsuka, Akihiko; Yoshiasa, Akira; Seto, Yusuke; Ono, Kenya; Tsutsui, Satoshi; Uchiyama, Hiroshi; Baron, Alfred Q. R.

    2014-01-01

    Recent studies show that the D′′ layer, just above the Earth's core–mantle boundary, is composed of MgSiO3 post-perovskite and has significant lateral inhomogeneity. Here we consider the D′′ diversity as related to the single-crystal elasticity of the post-perovskite phase. We measure the single-crystal elasticity of the perovskite Pbnm-CaIrO3 and post-perovskite Cmcm-CaIrO3 using inelastic X-ray scattering. These materials are structural analogues to same phases of MgSiO3. Our results show that Cmcm-CaIrO3 is much more elastically anisotropic than Pbnm-CaIrO3, which offers an explanation for the enigmatic seismic wave velocity jump at the D′′ discontinuity. Considering the relation between lattice preferred orientation and seismic anisotropy in the D′′ layer, we suggest that the c axis of post-perovskite MgSiO3 aligns vertically beneath the Circum-Pacific rim, and the b axis vertically beneath the Central Pacific. PMID:24670790

  13. On the magnetic structure and band gap of the double perovskite Ba2 CuOsO6 : Density functional analysis

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    Lee, Changhoon; Hong, Jisook; Shim, Ji Hoon; Whangbo, Myung-Hwan

    The ordered double-perovskite Ba2CuOsO6, consisting of 3d and 5d transition-metal magnetic ions (Cu2+ and Os6+, respectively), is a magnetic insulator. It obeys the Curie-Weiss law with θ = -13.3 K. We evaluated the spin exchange interactions of Ba2CuOsO6 by performing energy-mapping analysis based on DFT +U calculations and determined the band gap of Ba2CuOsO6 by DFT +U and DFT +U +SOC calculations. The antiferromagnetic ordering of Ba2CuOsO6 is due largely to the spin exchange interactions between Cu2 + ions, which are enhanced by the empty eg orbitals of the intervening Os6+ ions. Both electron correlation and spin-orbit coupling are necessary to open a band gap for Ba2CuOsO6. 2013R1A1A2060341.

  14. Analysing the effect of crystal size and structure in highly efficient CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells by spatially resolved photo- and electroluminescence imaging

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    Mastroianni, S.; Heinz, F. D.; Im, J.-H.; Veurman, W.; Padilla, M.; Schubert, M. C.; Würfel, U.; Grätzel, M.; Park, N.-G.; Hinsch, A.

    2015-11-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells with a mesoporous TiO2 layer and spiro-MeOTAD as a hole transport layer (HTL) with three different CH3NH3I concentrations (0.032 M, 0.044 M and 0.063 M) were investigated. Strong variations in crystal size and morphology resulting in diversified cell efficiencies (9.2%, 16.9% and 12.3%, respectively) were observed. The physical origin of this behaviour was analysed by detailed characterization combining current-voltage curves with photo- and electroluminescence (PL and EL) imaging as well as light beam induced current measurements (LBIC). It was found that the most efficient cell shows the highest luminescence and the least efficient cell is most strongly limited by non-radiative recombination. Crystal size, morphology and distribution in the capping layer and in the porous scaffold strongly affect the non-radiative recombination. Moreover, the very non-uniform crystal structure with multiple facets, as evidenced by SEM images of the 0.032 M device, suggests the creation of a large number of grain boundaries and crystal dislocations. These defects give rise to increased trap-assisted non-radiative recombination as is confirmed by high-resolution μ-PL images. The different imaging techniques used in this study prove to be well-suited to spatially investigate and thus correlate the crystal morphology of the perovskite layer with the electrical and radiative properties of the solar cells and thus with their performance.CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells with a mesoporous TiO2 layer and spiro-MeOTAD as a hole transport layer (HTL) with three different CH3NH3I concentrations (0.032 M, 0.044 M and 0.063 M) were investigated. Strong variations in crystal size and morphology resulting in diversified cell efficiencies (9.2%, 16.9% and 12.3%, respectively) were observed. The physical origin of this behaviour was analysed by detailed characterization combining current-voltage curves with photo- and electroluminescence (PL and EL) imaging as

  15. Toward Revealing the Critical Role of Perovskite Coverage in Highly Efficient Electron-Transport Layer-Free Perovskite Solar Cells: An Energy Band and Equivalent Circuit Model Perspective.

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    Huang, Like; Xu, Jie; Sun, Xiaoxiang; Du, Yangyang; Cai, Hongkun; Ni, Jian; Li, Juan; Hu, Ziyang; Zhang, Jianjun

    2016-04-20

    Currently, most efficient perovskite solar cells (PVKSCs) with a p-i-n structure require simultaneously electron transport layers (ETLs) and hole transport layers (HTLs) to help collecting photogenerated electrons and holes for obtaining high performance. ETL free planar PVKSC is a relatively new and simple structured solar cell that gets rid of the complex and high temperature required ETL (such as compact and mesoporous TiO2). Here, we demonstrate the critical role of high coverage of perovskite in efficient ETL free PVKSCs from an energy band and equivalent circuit model perspective. From an electrical point of view, we confirmed that the low coverage of perovskite does cause localized short circuit of the device. With coverage optimization, a planar p-i-n(++) device with a power conversion efficiency of over 11% was achieved, implying that the ETL layer may not be necessary for an efficient device as long as the perovskite coverage is approaching 100%. PMID:27020395

  16. Structural and magnetic properties of La0.7Sr0.1AgxMnO3-δ perovskite manganites

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    Hou, Xue; Ji, Deng-Hui; Qi, Wei-Hua; Tang, Gui-De; Li, Zhuang-Zhi

    2015-05-01

    Ag-doped manganite powder samples, La0.7Sr0.1AgxMnO3-δ (x = 0.00, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, and 0.10) were synthesized using the sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that the samples had two phases with the perovskite being the dominant phase and Mn3O4 being the second phase. X-ray energy dispersive spectra indicated that the ratio of Ag to La was very close to that of the nominal composition in the samples. The specific saturation magnetizations at 300 K increased from 32.0 A·m2/kg when x = 0.00 to 46.8 A·m2/kg when x = 0.10. The Curie temperature, TC, of the samples increased from 310 K when x = 0.00 to 328 K when x = 0.10. Because the atomic concentration ratios of La, Sr, and Mn in the five samples were all the same and only the Ag concentration changed, the variations of the specific saturation magnetizations at 300 K and the Curie temperatures suggested that the Ag cations have been doped into the A sites of the perovskite phase in the samples. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. NSF-11174069), the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. E2011205083), the Key Item Science Foundation of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. 10965125D), the Key Item Science Foundation of the Education Department of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. ZD2010129), and the Young Scholar Science Foundation of the Education Department of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. QN20131008).

  17. Interface Effects in Perovskite Thin Films

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    Lepetit, Marie-Bernadette; Mercey, Bernard; Simon, Charles

    2012-02-01

    The control of matter properties (transport, magnetic, dielectric,…) using synthesis as thin films is strongly hindered by the lack of reliable theories, able to guide the design of new systems, through the understanding of the interface effects and of the way the substrate constraints are imposed on the material. The present Letter analyzes the energetic contributions at the interfaces, and proposes a model describing the microscopic mechanisms governing the interactions at an epitaxial interface between a manganite and another transition metal oxide in perovskite structure (as for instance SrTiO3). The model is checked against experimental results and literature analysis.

  18. Controlling Octahedral Rotations in a Perovskite via Strain Doping.

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    Herklotz, A; Wong, A T; Meyer, T; Biegalski, M D; Lee, H N; Ward, T Z

    2016-01-01

    The perovskite unit cell is the fundamental building block of many functional materials. The manipulation of this crystal structure is known to be of central importance to controlling many technologically promising phenomena related to superconductivity, multiferroicity, mangetoresistivity, and photovoltaics. The broad range of properties that this structure can exhibit is in part due to the centrally coordinated octahedra bond flexibility, which allows for a multitude of distortions from the ideal highly symmetric structure. However, continuous and fine manipulation of these distortions has never been possible. Here, we show that controlled insertion of He atoms into an epitaxial perovskite film can be used to finely tune the lattice symmetry by modifying the local distortions, i.e., octahedral bonding angle and length. Orthorhombic SrRuO3 films coherently grown on SrTiO3 substrates are used as a model system. Implanted He atoms are confirmed to induce out-of-plane strain, which provides the ability to controllably shift the bulk-like orthorhombically distorted phase to a tetragonal structure by shifting the oxygen octahedra rotation pattern. These results demonstrate that He implantation offers an entirely new pathway to strain engineering of perovskite-based complex oxide thin films, useful for creating new functionalities or properties in perovskite materials. PMID:27215804

  19. Controlling Octahedral Rotations in a Perovskite via Strain Doping

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    Herklotz, A.; Wong, A. T.; Meyer, T.; Biegalski, M. D.; Lee, H. N.; Ward, T. Z.

    2016-01-01

    The perovskite unit cell is the fundamental building block of many functional materials. The manipulation of this crystal structure is known to be of central importance to controlling many technologically promising phenomena related to superconductivity, multiferroicity, mangetoresistivity, and photovoltaics. The broad range of properties that this structure can exhibit is in part due to the centrally coordinated octahedra bond flexibility, which allows for a multitude of distortions from the ideal highly symmetric structure. However, continuous and fine manipulation of these distortions has never been possible. Here, we show that controlled insertion of He atoms into an epitaxial perovskite film can be used to finely tune the lattice symmetry by modifying the local distortions, i.e., octahedral bonding angle and length. Orthorhombic SrRuO3 films coherently grown on SrTiO3 substrates are used as a model system. Implanted He atoms are confirmed to induce out-of-plane strain, which provides the ability to controllably shift the bulk-like orthorhombically distorted phase to a tetragonal structure by shifting the oxygen octahedra rotation pattern. These results demonstrate that He implantation offers an entirely new pathway to strain engineering of perovskite-based complex oxide thin films, useful for creating new functionalities or properties in perovskite materials. PMID:27215804

  20. Perovskite solar cells: High voltage from ordered fullerenes

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    Yan, Yanfa

    2016-01-01

    The open-circuit voltage is one of the parameters determining the efficiency of solar cells in converting solar radiation to electricity. Reducing the structural disorder in fullerene electron-transport layers is now shown to significantly improve the open-circuit voltage of perovskite solar cells.

  1. Controlling octahedral rotations in a perovskite via strain doping

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    Herklotz, Andreas; Biegalski, Michael D.; Lee, Ho Nyung; Ward, Thomas Zac; Wong, A. T.; Meyer, T.

    2016-05-24

    The perovskite unit cell is the fundamental building block of many functional materials. The manipulation of this crystal structure is known to be of central importance to controlling many technologically promising phenomena related to superconductivity, multiferroicity, mangetoresistivity, and photovoltaics. The broad range of properties that this structure can exhibit is in part due to the centrally coordinated octahedra bond flexibility, which allows for a multitude of distortions from the ideal highly symmetric structure. However, continuous and fine manipulation of these distortions has never been possible. Here, we show that controlled insertion of He atoms into an epitaxial perovskite film canmore » be used to finely tune the lattice symmetry by modifying the local distortions, i.e., octahedral bonding angle and length. Orthorhombic SrRuO3 films coherently grown on SrTiO3 substrates are used as a model system. Implanted He atoms are confirmed to induce out-of-plane strain, which provides the ability to controllably shift the bulk-like orthorhombically distorted phase to a tetragonal structure by shifting the oxygen octahedra rotation pattern. Lastly, these results demonstrate that He implantation offers an entirely new pathway to strain engineering of perovskite-based complex oxide thin films, useful for creating new functionalities or properties in perovskite materials.« less

  2. Controlling Octahedral Rotations in a Perovskite via Strain Doping

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    Herklotz, A.; Wong, A. T.; Meyer, T.; Biegalski, M. D.; Lee, H. N.; Ward, T. Z.

    2016-05-01

    The perovskite unit cell is the fundamental building block of many functional materials. The manipulation of this crystal structure is known to be of central importance to controlling many technologically promising phenomena related to superconductivity, multiferroicity, mangetoresistivity, and photovoltaics. The broad range of properties that this structure can exhibit is in part due to the centrally coordinated octahedra bond flexibility, which allows for a multitude of distortions from the ideal highly symmetric structure. However, continuous and fine manipulation of these distortions has never been possible. Here, we show that controlled insertion of He atoms into an epitaxial perovskite film can be used to finely tune the lattice symmetry by modifying the local distortions, i.e., octahedral bonding angle and length. Orthorhombic SrRuO3 films coherently grown on SrTiO3 substrates are used as a model system. Implanted He atoms are confirmed to induce out-of-plane strain, which provides the ability to controllably shift the bulk-like orthorhombically distorted phase to a tetragonal structure by shifting the oxygen octahedra rotation pattern. These results demonstrate that He implantation offers an entirely new pathway to strain engineering of perovskite-based complex oxide thin films, useful for creating new functionalities or properties in perovskite materials.

  3. Crystal structures and high-temperature phase-transitions in SrNdMRuO{sub 6} (M=Zn,Co,Mg,Ni) new double perovskites studied by symmetry-mode analysis

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    Iturbe-Zabalo, E.; Larranaga, A.; Cuello, G.J.

    2013-02-15

    Crystal structures of SrNdZnRuO{sub 6}, SrNdCoRuO{sub 6}, SrNdMgRuO{sub 6} and SrNdNiRuO{sub 6} double perovskites have been studied by X-ray, synchrotron radiation and neutron powder diffraction method, at different temperatures, and using the symmetry-mode analysis. All compounds adopt the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n at room-temperature, and contain a completely ordered array of the tilted MO{sub 6} and RuO{sub 6} octahedra, whereas Sr/Nd cations are completely disordered. The analysis of the structures in terms of symmetry-adapted modes of the parent phase allows the identification of the modes responsible for the phase-transition. The high-temperature study (300-1250 K) has shown that the compounds present a temperature induced structural phase-transition: P2{sub 1}/n{yields}P4{sub 2}/n{yields}Fm3{sup Macron }m. - Graphical abstract: Representation of the dominant distortion modes of the symmetry mode decomposition of the room-temperature (P2{sub 1}/n), intermediate (P4{sub 2}/n) and cubic (Fm-3m) phase SrNdMRuO{sub 6} (M=Zn,Co,Mg,Ni), with respect to the parent phase Fm-3m. The dominant distortion modes are: in the monoclinic phase-GM{sub 4}{sup +} (blue arrow), X{sub 3}{sup +} (green arrow) and X{sub 5}{sup +} acting on A-site cations (red arrow); in the tetragonal phase-GM{sub 4}{sup +} (pink arrow), X{sub 3}{sup +} (light blue arrow) and X{sub 5}{sup +} acting on A-site cations (brown arrow). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural study of four ruthenate double perovskites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Room-temperature structural determination using symmetry-mode procedure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Determination of temperature induced structural phase-transitions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Symmetry adapted-mode analysis.

  4. Zr{sub 2}Ir{sub 6}B with an eightfold superstructure of the cubic perovskite-like boride ZrIr{sub 3}B{sub 0.5}: Synthesis, crystal structure and bonding analysis

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    Hermus, Martin; Fokwa, Boniface P.T.

    2010-04-15

    Single phase powder samples and single crystals of Zr{sub 2}Ir{sub 6}B were successfully synthesized by arc-melting the elements in a water-cooled copper crucible under an argon atmosphere. Superstructure reflections were observed both on powder and on single crystal diffraction data, leading to an eightfold superstructure of ZrIr{sub 3}B{sub x} phase. The new phase, which has a metallic luster, crystallizes in space group Fm3-barm (no. 225) with the lattice parameters a=7.9903(4) A, V=510.14(4) A{sup 3}. Its crystal structure was refined on the basis of powder as well as single crystal data. The single crystal refinement converged to R{sub 1}=0.0239 and wR{sub 2}=0.0624 for all 88 unique reflections and 6 parameters. Zr{sub 2}Ir{sub 6}B is isotypic to Ti{sub 2}Rh{sub 6}B and its structure can be described as a defect double perovskite, A{sub 2}BB'O{sub 6}, where the A site is occupied by zirconium, the B site by boron, the O site by iridium but the B' site is vacant, leading to the formation of empty and boron-filled octahedral Ir{sub 6} clusters. According to the result of tight-binding electronic structure calculations, Ir-B and Ir-Zr interactions are mainly responsible for the structural stability of the phase. According to COHP bonding analysis, the strongest bonding occurs for the Ir-B contacts, and the Ir-Ir bonding within the empty clusters is two times stronger than that in the BIr{sub 6} octahedra. - Graphical abstract: Zr{sub 2}Ir{sub 6}B crystallizes with an eightfold superstructure of the already reported simple cubic perovskite ZrIr{sub 3}B{sub x}. According to the result of tight-binding electronic structure calculations, Ir-B and Ir-Zr interactions are mainly responsible for its structural stability, and the Ir-Ir bonding within the empty Ir{sub 6} clusters is two times stronger than that in the BIr{sub 6} octahedra.

  5. Predicting the Elastic Moduli of Perovskites in the Earth's Mantle

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    Angel, R. J.; Ross, N. L.; Zhao, J.; Vanpeteghem, C.

    2006-05-01

    Understanding the relationship between the elasticity of a mineral and its composition and structure is essential for building predictive models of mantle flow. Recent advances in laboratory-based single-crystal X- ray diffraction techniques for measuring the intensities of diffraction from crystals held in situ at high pressures in the diamond-anvil cell have been used to determine the role of polyhedral compression in the response of oxide perovskites to high pressure [1]. These new data clearly demonstrate that, contrary to previous belief that perovskites octahedra are essentially incompressible, the compression of the octahedral sites is significant and that the evolution of the perovskite structure with pressure is controlled by a new principle; that of equipartition of bond-valence strain between the A and B cation sites within the structure [2]. The structural response to pressure is thus determined by the compressibility ratio of the A and B cation sites within the structure which can be predicted as inverse of the ratio of the site parameters MA/MB [2] which are completely determined by the room-pressure structure. Further, we find that the bulk elastic properties of perovskites are strongly linearly correlated with this site parameter ratio, thus providing a way to predict the elastic moduli of lower-mantle perovskites from the composition alone. References [1] e.g. Zhao, Ross & Angel (2004) Phys Chem Miner. 31: 299; Ross, Zhao,. & Angel (2004). J. Solid State Chemistry 177:1276, Vanpeteghem CB, Zhao J, Angel RJ, Ross NL, Bolfan-Casanova N (2006) Geophysical Research Letters 33: L03306. [2] Zhao, Ross, & Angel (2004). Acta Cryst. B60:263

  6. General study on the crystal, electronic and band structures, the morphological characterization, and the magnetic properties of the Sr{sub 2}DyRuO{sub 6} complex perovskite

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    Triana, C.A.; Landínez Téllez, D.A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2015-01-15

    A comprehensive investigation of the general properties of the Sr{sub 2}DyRuO{sub 6} complex perovskite was undertaken. Crystal structure characterization performed by X-ray diffraction measurements and Rietveld analysis allowed establishing that the material crystallizes in a distorted monoclinic perovskite-like structure belonging to the P2{sub 1}/n (#14) space group, with alternating distribution of Dy{sup 3} {sup +} (2c: 0, 0.5, 0) and Ru{sup 5} {sup +} (2d: 0.5, 0, 0). Because of the mismatch in the ionic radii, the DyO{sub 6} and RuO{sub 6} octahedra are forced to tilt around the cubic directions so as to optimize the Sr–O inter-atomic bond lengths. Morphological characterization carried out by scanning electron microscopy indicated a particle size D = 37.17 nm and an activation energy Q = 109.8 kJ/mol. Semi-quantitative compositional study, performed through energy-dispersive X-ray experiments, corroborated that the pure phase of the Sr{sub 2}DyRuO{sub 6} was correctly obtained. Magnetic properties determined from the fit of the Curie–Weiss law to the curves of magnetic susceptibility as a function of temperature showed that Sr{sub 2}DyRuO{sub 6} exhibits an antiferromagnetic-like behavior at low temperatures as a consequence of a magnetic transition at T = 38 K. Data collected with respect to the field dependence of the magnetization showed the existence of a weak ferromagnetic moment relationship with antiferromagnetic-like behavior. Density functional theory allowed establishing the optimum electronic structure for Sr{sub 2}DyRuO{sub 6}, and the study of the density of states showed that Dy{sup 3} {sup +} and Ru{sup 5} {sup +} are responsible for the magnetic character of the compound, with the prediction that at T = 0 K it behaves as a half-metallic material. The spin magnetic moment of the cell is close to 16 μ{sub B}, and the integer number of Bohr magneton is a signature of half-metallic character. Evolution of crystal structure at high

  7. Structural stability of anhydrous proton conducting SrZr0.9Er0.1O3-δ perovskite ceramic vs. protonation/deprotonation cycling: Neutron diffraction and Raman studies

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    Slodczyk, Aneta; Colomban, Philippe; Upasen, Settakorn; Grasset, Frédéric; André, Gilles

    2015-08-01

    Long-term chemical and structural stability of an ion conducting ceramic is one of the main criteria for its selection as an electrolytic membrane in energy plant devices. Consequently, medium density SrZr0.9Er0.1O3-δ (SZE) anhydrous proton conducting ceramic - a potential electrolyte of SOFC/PCFC, was analysed by neutron diffraction between room temperature and 900 °C. After the first heating/cooling cycle, the ceramic pieces were exposed to water vapour pressure in an autoclave (500 °C, 40 bar, 7 days) in order to incorporate protonic species; the protonated compound was then again analysed by neutron diffraction. This procedure was repeated two times. At each step, the sample was also controlled by TGA and Raman spectroscopy. These studies allow the first comprehensive comparison of structural and chemical stability during the protonation/deprotonation cycling. The results reveal good structural stability, although an irreversible small contraction of the unit-cell volume and local structure modifications near Zr/ErO5[] octahedra are detected after the first protonation. After the second protonation easy ceramic crumbling under a stress is observed because of the presence of secondary phases (SrCO3, Sr(OH)2) well detected by Raman scattering and TGA. The role of crystallographic purity, substituting element and residual porosity in the proton conducting perovskite electrolyte stability is discussed.

  8. Potential existence of post-perovskite nitrides; DFT studies of ThTaN{sub 3}

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    Matar, Samir F.; Demazeau, Gerard

    2010-05-15

    Within density functional theory, the equations of state for cubic perovskite (c-PV) and hypothetic orthorhombic perovskite (o-PV GdFeO{sub 3}-type) and post-perovskite (PPV) forms of ThTaN{sub 3} are obtained. The decreasing volume and stabilizing energy indicate pressure enabled transitions: c-PV ->o-PV ->PPV. From electronic structure analysis the chemical system is found insulating in the c-PV ground state form with {approx}1eV band gap and semi-conducting for the PPV due to increased covalence. The chemical bonding properties show that Th and Ta bondings with the 2 N sites are selectively differentiated and reinforced for Ta-N bond within PPV form. This is the consequence of the corner as well as edge sharing octahedra characterizing PPV while PV structures have only corner sharing octahedra. It is the first case of potential post-perovskite nitride. - ThTaN{sub 3}: Projected charge density (for 4 fu) onto basal plane: (a) cubic perovskite, (b) orthorhombic perovskite and (c) post-perovskite. Red, green and blue areas are relevant to strong, medium and low localization of density.

  9. Organic-inorganic hybrid lead halide perovskites for optoelectronic and electronic applications.

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    Zhao, Yixin; Zhu, Kai

    2016-02-01

    Organic and inorganic hybrid perovskites (e.g., CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3)), with advantages of facile processing, tunable bandgaps, and superior charge-transfer properties, have emerged as a new class of revolutionary optoelectronic semiconductors promising for various applications. Perovskite solar cells constructed with a variety of configurations have demonstrated unprecedented progress in efficiency, reaching about 20% from multiple groups after only several years of active research. A key to this success is the development of various solution-synthesis and film-deposition techniques for controlling the morphology and composition of hybrid perovskites. The rapid progress in material synthesis and device fabrication has also promoted the development of other optoelectronic applications including light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, and transistors. Both experimental and theoretical investigations on organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have enabled some critical fundamental understandings of this material system. Recent studies have also demonstrated progress in addressing the potential stability issue, which has been identified as a main challenge for future research on halide perovskites. Here, we review recent progress on hybrid perovskites including basic chemical and crystal structures, chemical synthesis of bulk/nanocrystals and thin films with their chemical and physical properties, device configurations, operation principles for various optoelectronic applications (with a focus on solar cells), and photophysics of charge-carrier dynamics. We also discuss the importance of further understanding of the fundamental properties of hybrid perovskites, especially those related to chemical and structural stabilities. PMID:26645733

  10. Solution-Based Fabrication of Perovskite Multilayers and Superlattices Using Nanosheet Process

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    Li, Bao-Wen; Osada, Minoru; Akatsuka, Kosho; Ebina, Yasuo; Ozawa, Tadashi C.; Sasaki, Takayoshi

    2011-09-01

    We report a solution-based fabrication of perovskite multilayers and superlattices using perovskite nanosheets. Perovskite nanosheets (LaNb2O7, Ca2Nb3O10, and Sr2Nb3O10) were prepared by delaminating layered perovskites. A layer-by-layer approach using Langmuir-Blodgett deposition was effective for fabricating high-quality nanofilms of perovskite nanosheets on various substrates, such as quartz glass, Si, and SrRuO3. Structural characterizations by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that these perovskite nanofilms are composed of a well-ordered lamellar structure with an atomically sharp interface. The multilayer films exhibited a stable dielectric response inherent to the perovskite nanosheet. We also found that the superlattices of (LaNb2O7/Ca2Nb3O10)5 and (Sr2Nb3O10/Ca2Nb3O10)5 possess strong interface coupling, which gives rise to enhanced dielectric constant.

  11. Oxide perovskite crystals for HTSC film substrates microwave applications

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    Bhalla, A. S.; Guo, Ruyan

    1995-01-01

    The research focused upon generating new substrate materials for the deposition of superconducting yttrium barium cuprate (YBCO) has yielded several new hosts in complex perovskites, modified perovskites, and other structure families. New substrate candidates such as Sr(Al(1/2)Ta(1/2))O3 and Sr(Al(1/2)Nb(1/2))O3, Ba(Mg(1/3)Ta(2/3))O3 in complex oxide perovskite structure family and their solid solutions with ternary perovskite LaAlO3 and NdGaO3 are reported. Conventional ceramic processing techniques were used to fabricate dense ceramic samples. A laser heated molten zone growth system was utilized for the test-growth of these candidate materials in single crystal fiber form to determine crystallographic structure, melting point, thermal, and dielectric properties as well as to make positive identification of twin free systems. Some of those candidate materials present an excellent combination of properties suitable for microwave HTSC substrate applications.

  12. Bright light-emitting diodes based on organometal halide perovskite

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    Tan, Zhi-Kuang; Moghaddam, Reza Saberi; Lai, May Ling; Docampo, Pablo; Higler, Ruben; Deschler, Felix; Price, Michael; Sadhanala, Aditya; Pazos, Luis M.; Credgington, Dan; Hanusch, Fabian; Bein, Thomas; Snaith, Henry J.; Friend, Richard H.

    2014-09-01

    Solid-state light-emitting devices based on direct-bandgap semiconductors have, over the past two decades, been utilized as energy-efficient sources of lighting. However, fabrication of these devices typically relies on expensive high-temperature and high-vacuum processes, rendering them uneconomical for use in large-area displays. Here, we report high-brightness light-emitting diodes based on solution-processed organometal halide perovskites. We demonstrate electroluminescence in the near-infrared, green and red by tuning the halide compositions in the perovskite. In our infrared device, a thin 15 nm layer of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite emitter is sandwiched between larger-bandgap titanium dioxide (TiO2) and poly(9,9‧-dioctylfluorene) (F8) layers, effectively confining electrons and holes in the perovskite layer for radiative recombination. We report an infrared radiance of 13.2 W sr-1 m-2 at a current density of 363 mA cm-2, with highest external and internal quantum efficiencies of 0.76% and 3.4%, respectively. In our green light-emitting device with an ITO/PEDOT:PSS/CH3NH3PbBr3/F8/Ca/Ag structure, we achieved a luminance of 364 cd m-2 at a current density of 123 mA cm-2, giving external and internal quantum efficiencies of 0.1% and 0.4%, respectively. We show, using photoluminescence studies, that radiative bimolecular recombination is dominant at higher excitation densities. Hence, the quantum efficiencies of the perovskite light-emitting diodes increase at higher current densities. This demonstration of effective perovskite electroluminescence offers scope for developing this unique class of materials into efficient and colour-tunable light emitters for low-cost display, lighting and optical communication applications.

  13. Tracking the formation of methylammonium lead triiodide perovskite

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    Liu, Lijia E-mail: jmcleod@suda.edu.cn; McLeod, John A. E-mail: jmcleod@suda.edu.cn; Wang, Rongbin; Shen, Pengfei; Duhm, Steffen

    2015-08-10

    The formation mechanism of perovskite methylammonium lead triiodide (CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}) was studied with in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) on successive depositions of thermally evaporated methylammonium iodide (CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}I) on a lead iodide (PbI{sub 2}) film. This deposition method mimics the “two-step” synthesis method commonly used in device fabrication. We find that several competing processes occur during the formation of perovskite CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}. Our most important finding is that during vapour deposition of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}I onto PbI{sub 2}, at least two carbon species are present in the resulting material, while only one nitrogen species is present. This suggests that CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}I can dissociate during the transition to a perovskite phase, and some of the resulting molecules can be incorporated into the perovskite. The effect of partial CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3} substitution with CH{sub 3} was evaluated, and electronic structure calculations show that CH{sub 3} defects would impact the photovoltaic performance in perovskite solar cells. The possibility that not all A sites in the APbI{sub 3} perovskite are occupied by CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3} is therefore an important consideration when evaluating the performance of organometallic trihalide solar cells synthesized using typical approaches.

  14. NaIrO3—A Pentavalent Post-perovskite

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    M Bremholm; S Dutton; P Stephens; R Cava

    2011-12-31

    Sodium iridium (V) oxide, NaIrO{sub 3}, was synthesized by a high pressure solid state method and recovered to ambient conditions. It is found to be isostructural with CaIrO{sub 3}, the much-studied structural analog of the high-pressure post-perovskite phase of MgSiO{sub 3}. Among the oxide post-perovskites, NaIrO{sub 3} is the first example with a pentavalent cation. The structure consists of layers of corner- and edge-sharing IrO{sub 6} octahedra separated by layers of NaO{sub 8} bicapped trigonal prisms. NaIrO{sub 3} shows no magnetic ordering and resistivity measurements show non-metallic behavior. The crystal structure, electrical and magnetic properties are discussed and compared to known post-perovskites and pentavalent perovskite metal oxides.

  15. Structure, stability, and photoluminescence in the anti-perovskites Na{sub 3}W{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4}F (0≤x≤1)

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    Sullivan, Eirin; Avdeev, Maxim; Blom, Douglas A.; Gahrs, Casey J.; Green, Robert L.; Hamaker, Christopher G.; Vogt, Thomas

    2015-10-15

    Single-phase ordered oxyfluorides Na{sub 3}WO{sub 4}F, Na{sub 3}MoO{sub 4}F and their mixed members Na{sub 3}W{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4}F can be prepared via facile solid state reaction of Na{sub 2}MO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O (M=W, Mo) and NaF. Phases produced from incongruent melts are metastable, but lower temperatures allow for a facile one-step synthesis. In polycrystalline samples of Na{sub 3}W{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4}F, the presence of Mo stabilizes the structure against decomposition to spinel phases. Photoluminescence studies show that upon excitation with λ=254 nm and λ=365 nm, Na{sub 3}WO{sub 4}F and Na{sub 3}MoO{sub 4}F exhibit broad emission maxima centered around 485 nm. These materials constitute new members of the family of self-activating ordered oxyfluoride phosphors with anti-perovskite structures which are amenable to doping with emitters such as Eu{sup 3+}. - Graphical abstract: Directed synthesis of the ordered oxyfluorides Na{sub 3}W{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4}F (0≤x≤1) has shown that a complete solid solution is attainable and provides the first example of photoluminescence in these materials. - Highlights: • Na{sub 3}W{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4}F is a complete solid solution with hexagonal anti-perovskite structure. • The presence of even small amounts of Mo stabilizes the structure against decomposition. • Na{sub 3}W{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4}F has broad emissions centered ≈485 nm (λ{sub ex}=254 nm and λ{sub ex}=365 nm). • These materials constitute a new family of self-activated oxyfluoride phosphors. • Na{sub 3}W{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4}F materials are amenable to doping with emitters such as Eu{sup 3+}.

  16. Organometal Trihalide Perovskite Spintronics

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    Sun, Dali

    The family of organometal trihalide perovskite (OTP), CH3NH3PbX3 (where X is halogen) has recently revolutionized the photovoltaics field, and shows promise in applications such as solar energy harnessing, light emitting diodes, field effect transistors and laser action. The OTP spin characteristic properties are influenced by the large spin-orbit-coupling of the Pb atoms, and thus may offer a new class of semiconductors for spin-based applications. In this talk we will summarize the `magnetic field effect' on photocurrent and electroluminescence in OTP optoelectronic devices, and photoluminescence from OTP films; and report more recent studies of pure spin-current and spin-aligned carrier injection in OTP spintronics devices using `spin-pumping' and `spin-injection', respectively. We measured relatively large inverse-spin-Hall effect using pulsed microwave excitation in OTP devices at resonance with a ferromagnetic (FM) layer, and giant magnetoresistance in OTP-based spin-valves. Our studies launch the field of OTP spintronics. Research sponsored by the DOE, Office of Science, Grant DE-SC0014579. Work done in collaboration with Chuang Zhang, Marzieh Kavand, Kipp J. van Schooten, Hans Malissa, Matthew Groesbeck, Ryan Mclaughlin, Christoph Boehme, and Z. Valy Vardeny.

  17. Ferromagnetism in ruthenate perovskites

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    Dang, Hung T.; Mravlje, Jernej; Millis, Andrew J.

    2014-03-01

    In apparent contrast to the usual rule that stronger correlations favor magnetism and other forms of order, while weaker correlations lead to Fermi liquid metals, it has been experimentally established that CaRuO3, a more correlated material, is a paramagnetic metal with a Fermi liquid ground state while SrRuO3, which is less strongly correlated, is ferromagnetic below a Curie temperature of 160K. We present density functional plus dynamical mean field theory calculations which resolve this conundrum. We show that in these materials ferromagnetism occurs naturally for cubic perovskite systems at moderate correlations but is suppressed both by proximity to the Mott insulating phase and by increasing the amplitude of a GdFeO3 distortion. These factors are strongly related to the differences between Ca and Sr ruthenates and are used as the keys to solve the problem. Placement of the ruthenate materials on the metal-insulator phase diagram and comparison to previous works on the Ruddlesden-Popper materials are also discussed. Supported by the Basic Energy Sciences Program of the US Department of Energy under grant DOE ER046169 and the Columbia-Ecole Polytechnique Alliance program.

  18. Perovskites: transforming photovoltaics, a mini-review

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    Chilvery, Ashwith Kumar; Batra, Ashok K.; Yang, Bin; Xiao, Kai; Guggilla, Padmaja; Aggarwal, Mohan D.; Surabhi, Raja; Lal, Ravi B.; Currie, James R.; Penn, Benjamin G.

    2015-01-01

    The recent power-packed advent of perovskite solar cells is transforming photovoltaics (PV) with their superior efficiencies, ease of fabrication, and cost. This perovskite solar cell further boasts of many unexplored features that can further enhance its PV properties and lead to it being branded as a successful commercial product. This article provides a detailed insight of the organometal halide based perovskite structure, its unique stoichiometric design, and its underlying principles for PV applications. The compatibility of various PV layers and its fabrication methods is also discussed.

  19. The effect of Co doping on structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La0.8Ca0.2Mn1-xCoxO3 perovskites (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3)

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    Turki, D.; Cherif, R.; Hlil, E. K.; Ellouze, M.; Elhalouani, F.

    2014-09-01

    Studies of the structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of polycrystalline La0.8Ca0.2Mn1-xCoxO3 compounds (0 ≤ x ≤0.3) perovskite manganites were carried out. Samples were synthesized by sol-gel process and then heated at 1000°C for 3 h. X-ray powder diffraction and magnetic measurements were used to investigate the structural and magnetic properties. Rietveld analysis shows that the samples crystallize in the orthorhombic structure with Pnma space group. Crystallographic analysis shows a variation in lattice parameters as cobalt substitution increases, accompanied by a variation in the interatomic distances and a small increase in MT-O-MT angles (MT = cobalt and manganese). Magnetocaloric studies on La0.8Ca0.2Mn1-xCoxO3 compounds with x = 0 and x = 0.2 have been investigated by measuring the magnetization as a function of temperature. At 2 T, the maximum magnetic entropy \\vert Δ SMmax\\vert is about 3.09 JṡKg-1ṡK-1 and 1.123 JṡKg-1ṡK-1 for x = 0 and 0.2, respectively. Besides, the RCP value decreases with increasing Co content from 55.845 JṡKg-1 to 49.971 JṡKg-1. Also, the existence of Griffiths Phase and its influence in the phase transition is discussed.

  20. Finding new perovskite halides via machine learning

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    Pilania, Ghanshyam; Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Kim, Chiho; Lookman, Turab

    2016-04-26

    Advanced materials with improved properties have the potential to fuel future technological advancements. However, identification and discovery of these optimal materials for a specific application is a non-trivial task, because of the vastness of the chemical search space with enormous compositional and configurational degrees of freedom. Materials informatics provides an efficient approach toward rational design of new materials, via learning from known data to make decisions on new and previously unexplored compounds in an accelerated manner. Here, we demonstrate the power and utility of such statistical learning (or machine learning, henceforth referred to as ML) via building a support vectormore » machine (SVM) based classifier that uses elemental features (or descriptors) to predict the formability of a given ABX3 halide composition (where A and B represent monovalent and divalent cations, respectively, and X is F, Cl, Br, or I anion) in the perovskite crystal structure. The classification model is built by learning from a dataset of 185 experimentally known ABX3 compounds. After exploring a wide range of features, we identify ionic radii, tolerance factor, and octahedral factor to be the most important factors for the classification, suggesting that steric and geometric packing effects govern the stability of these halides. As a result, the trained and validated models then predict, with a high degree of confidence, several novel ABX3 compositions with perovskite crystal structure.« less

  1. Finding New Perovskite Halides via Machine learning

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    Pilania, Ghanshyam; Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Kim, Chiho; Lookman, Turab

    2016-04-01

    Advanced materials with improved properties have the potential to fuel future technological advancements. However, identification and discovery of these optimal materials for a specific application is a non-trivial task, because of the vastness of the chemical search space with enormous compositional and configurational degrees of freedom. Materials informatics provides an efficient approach towards rational design of new materials, via learning from known data to make decisions on new and previously unexplored compounds in an accelerated manner. Here, we demonstrate the power and utility of such statistical learning (or machine learning) via building a support vector machine (SVM) based classifier that uses elemental features (or descriptors) to predict the formability of a given ABX3 halide composition (where A and B represent monovalent and divalent cations, respectively, and X is F, Cl, Br or I anion) in the perovskite crystal structure. The classification model is built by learning from a dataset of 181 experimentally known ABX3 compounds. After exploring a wide range of features, we identify ionic radii, tolerance factor and octahedral factor to be the most important factors for the classification, suggesting that steric and geometric packing effects govern the stability of these halides. The trained and validated models then predict, with a high degree of confidence, several novel ABX3 compositions with perovskite crystal structure.

  2. Additive to regulate the perovskite crystal film growth in planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Song, Xin; Sun, Po; Chen, Zhi-Kuan E-mail: iamzkchen@njtech.edu.cn; Wang, Weiwei; Ma, Wanli E-mail: iamzkchen@njtech.edu.cn

    2015-01-19

    We reported a planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell fabricated from MAPbI{sub 3−x}Cl{sub x} perovskite precursor solution containing 1-chloronaphthalene (CN) additive. The MAPbI{sub 3−x}Cl{sub x} perovskite films have been characterized by UV-vis, SEM, XRD, and steady-state photoluminescence (PL). UV-vis absorption spectra measurement shows that the absorbance of the film with CN additive is significantly higher than the pristine film and the absorption peak is red shift by 30 nm, indicating the perovskite film with additive possessing better crystal structures. In-situ XRD study of the perovskite films with additive demonstrated intense diffraction peaks from MAPbI{sub 3−x}Cl{sub x} perovskite crystal planes of (110), (220), and (330). SEM images of the films with additive indicated the films were more smooth and homogenous with fewer pin-holes and voids and better surface coverage than the pristine films. These results implied that the additive CN is beneficial to regulate the crystallization transformation kinetics of perovskite to form high quality crystal films. The steady-state PL measurement suggested that the films with additive contained less charge traps and defects. The planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells fabricated from perovskite precursor solution containing CN additive demonstrated 30% enhancement in performance compared to the devices with pristine films. The improvement in device efficiency is mainly attributed to the good crystal structures, more homogenous film morphology, and also fewer trap centers and defects in the films with the additive.

  3. The effect of chemical pressure on the structure and properties of A2CrOsO6 (A=Sr, Ca) ferrimagnetic double perovskite

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    Morrow, Ryan; Soliz, Jennifer R.; Hauser, Adam J.; Gallagher, James C.; Susner, Michael A.; Sumption, Michael D.; Aczel, Adam A.; Yan, Jiaqiang; Yang, Fengyuan; Woodward, Patrick M.

    2016-06-01

    The ordered double perovskites Sr2CrOsO6 and Ca2CrOsO6 have been synthesized and characterized with neutron powder diffraction, electrical transport measurements, and high field magnetization experiments. As reported previously Sr2CrOsO6 crystallizes with R 3 bar symmetry due to a-a-a- octahedral tilting. A decrease in the tolerance factor leads to a-a-b+ octahedral tilting and P21/n space group symmetry for Ca2CrOsO6. Both materials are found to be ferrimagnetic insulators with saturation magnetizations near 0.2 μB. Sr2CrOsO6 orders at 660 K while Ca2CrOsO6 orders at 490 K. Variable temperature magnetization measurements suggest that the magnetization of the Cr3+ and Os3+ sublattices have different temperature dependences in Sr2CrOsO6. This leads to a non-monotonic temperature evolution of the magnetic moment. Similar behavior is not seen in Ca2CrOsO6. Both compounds have similar levels of Os/Cr antisite disorder, with order parameters of η=80.2(4)% for Sr2CrOsO6 and η=76.2(5)% for Ca2CrOsO6, where η=2θ-1 and θ is the occupancy of the osmium ion on the osmium-rich Wyckoff site.

  4. Layering fabrication, structure, and electromagnetic properties of perovskite phases by hybrid process: self-propagated high-temperature synthesis and selective laser sintering

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    Shishkovsky, I.; Morozov, Yu.; Kuznetsov, M.

    2013-11-01

    The paper discusses the fundamentals and the requirements for layer-by-layer manufacturing of three-dimensional porous parts from complex metal oxide systems (piezoceramics PbTi1-xZrxO3; hexaferrites - BaFe12-xCrxO19 and SrFe12O19; spinels - Li0.5Fe2.5-xCrxO4 and high-temperature superconducting ceramics (HTSC) - YBa2Cu3O7-y) and examines the main aspects of the overlapped processes associated with the self-propagated high-temperature synthesis (SHS) and selective laser sintering (SLS). These two techniques presently offered are joined as the original solutions in this external magnetic field. The perovskite phase compositions, morphology, and element distribution of the fabricated samples were analyzed by the X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped the EDX analysis. Optimal regimes for the three-dimensional (3D) parts laser synthesis and some of their electro physical properties were estimated for conducting the concurrent SHS-SLS reactions, both for the case with the applied dc magnetic field and without it.

  5. Synthesis and structural properties of (Y, Sr)(Ti, Fe, Nb)O3-δ perovskite nanoparticles fabricated by modified polymer precursor method

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    Miruszewski, T.; Gdaniec, P.; Karczewski, J.; Bochentyn, B.; Szaniawska, K.; Kupracz, P.; Prześniak-Welenc, M.; Kusz, B.

    2016-09-01

    The yttrium, iron and niobium doped-SrTiO3 powders have been successfully fabricated by a modified low-temperature synthesis method from a polymer complex. The usage of strontium hydroxide precursor instead of conventional strontium nitrate or strontium carbonate provides to the possibility of significant decrease of annealing temperature. It allows to prepare a material with sphere-shape grains of nanometric size (15-70 nm). The results of thermal analysis indicate that the crystallization of precursor takes place at different stages. The product after heat treatment at 600 °C for 3 h in air was also characterized by X-Ray diffraction method (XRD) and Fourier transform - infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). After the crystallization and the impurity removal process, a single-phase material was obtained in case of all analyzed samples. The morphology of obtained nano-powders was also studied by a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It can be concluded, that this method allows obtaining a perovskite phase of a metal doped SrTiO3 with nanometric particles.

  6. Growth of (Sr,La)-(Ta,Ti)-O-N perovskite oxide and oxynitride films by radio frequency magnetron sputtering: Influence of the reactive atmosphere on the film structure

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    Le Paven, C.; Le Gendre, L.; Benzerga, R.; Cheviré, F.; Tessier, F.; Jacq, S.; Traoré-Mantion, S.; Sharaiha, A.

    2015-03-01

    In the search for new dielectric and ferroelectric compounds, we were interested in the perovskite (Sr1-xLax)2(Ta1-xTix)2O7 solid solution with ferroelectric end members Sr2Ta2O7 (TCurie=-107 °C) and La2Ti2O7 (TCurie=1461 °C). In order to achieve a Curie temperature close to room temperature, the formulation with x=0.01 was chosen and synthetized as thin films by reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. In oxygen rich plasma, a (Sr0.99La0.01)2(Ta0.99Ti0.01)2O7 film is deposited, characterized by a band-gap Eg=4.75 eV and an (1 1 0) epitaxial growth on (0 0 1)MgO substrate. The use of nitrogen rich plasma allows to synthesize (Sr0.99La0.01)(Ta0.99Ti0.01)O2N oxynitride films, with band gap Eg~2.10 eV and a polycrystalline, textured or epitaxial growth on (0 0 1)MgO substrate. Nitrogen-substoichiometric oxynitride films with larger lattice cells are produced for low dinitrogen percentages in the sputtering plasma.

  7. Cs{sub 3}Zr{sub 7}Cl{sub 20}Mn: A zirconium cluster network compound with isolated ZrCl{sub 5}{sup {minus}} units in a stuffed perovskite structure

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    Zhang, Jie; Corbett, J.D.

    1995-03-29

    Reactions of Zr, ZrCl{sub 4}, and MnCl{sub 2} in welded Ta containers at 800 {degrees}C produce the title phase in major amounts. A comparable electronic and structural configuration is also found with interstitial boron, but not in isostructural compounds with other interstitial or alkali metal atoms. The crystal structure of Cs{sub 3}(ZrCl{sub 5})[Zr{sub 6}(Mn)Cl{sub 12}]Cl{sub 6/2} was established by single-crystal diffraction (R3c, Z = 6, a = 12.8924(1) {angstrom}, c = 35.187 (6) {angstrom}, R/R{sub w} = 1.9/2.3% for 920 data to 20 = 60{degrees}). The structure contains a three-dimensional array of 18-electron Zr{sub 6}(Mn)Cl{sub 12} clusters interbridged by 6/2 Cl{sup a-a} atoms at zirconium vertices. This represents a sixth independent structure type for M{sub 6}X{sub 15} bridged cluster networks. The structure derives from a ReO{sub 3}-like primitive lattice of the cubic Nb{sub 6}F{sub 15} structure with linear bridges that has been given a {open_quotes}trigonal twist{close_quotes} about [111] to form a rhombohedral (tilted) perovskite arrangement with the novel ZrCl{sub 5}{sup {minus}} at the body center. This new D{sub 3h} anion does not share halogen with the rest of the structure and appears to be stabilized by a particularly good fit within the network. A double ccp cluster arrangement along c{sub H} provides for a coherent intercluster bridging arrangement. The cesium cations necessitated by the anionic network and by the CsZrCl{sub 5} component are bound in well-suited 12-coordinate sites among the chlorines.

  8. DFT +U Modeling of Hole Polarons in Organic Lead Halide Perovskites

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    Welch, Eric; Erhart, Paul; Scolfaro, Luisa; Zakhidov, Alex

    Due to the ever present drive towards improved efficiencies in solar cell technology, new and improved materials are emerging rapidly. Organic halide perovskites are a promising prospect, yet a fundamental understanding of the organic perovskite structure and electronic properties is missing. Particularly, explanations of certain physical phenomena, specifically a low recombination rate and high mobility of charge carriers still remain controversial. We theoretically investigate possible formation of hole polarons adopting methodology used for oxide perovskites. The perovskite studied here is the ABX3structure, with A being an organic cation, B lead and C a halogen; the combinations studied allow for A1,xA2 , 1 - xBX1,xX2 , 3 - xwhere the alloy convention is used to show mixtures of the organic cations and/or the halogens. Two organic cations, methylammonium and formamidinium, and three halogens, iodine, chlorine and bromine are studied. Electronic structures and polaron behavior is studied through first principle density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the Vienna Ab Initio Simulation Package (VASP). Local density approximation (LDA) pseudopotentials are used and a +U Hubbard correction of 8 eV is added; this method was shown to work with oxide perovskites. It is shown that a localized state is realized with the Hubbard correction in systems with an electron removed, residing in the band gap of each different structure. Thus, hole polarons are expected to be seen in these perovskites.

  9. Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Electronic Properties of the LaNi 1- xW xO 3(O ≤ x≤ 0.25) Perovskite-like System

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    Alvarez, I.; Martínez, J. L.; Veiga, M. L.; Pico, C.

    1996-08-01

    The structural characterization and electronic properties for the LaNi1-xWxO3perovskite-like system are reported. Neutron and X-ray powder diffraction data suggest that for thex> 0 phases, an orthorhombic symmetry (space groupPbnm) is adopted showing that Ni and W atoms are placed at random. The evolution of the cell-parameters is in agreement with the different size of the concerned cations in each case. The electronic measurements between 5 and 950 K show a temperature dependence of conductivity very sensitive to the composition. For the 0 ≤x≤ 0.20 compounds, a conductivity variation very close to metallic behavior is observed whereas the mixed oxide withx= 0.25 behaves as a semiconductor. Both conductivity data and Seebeck coefficient measurements are interpreted on the basis of a correlated system in which a metal to insulator transition takes place as a function of temperature and composition. An schematic band model consistent with both the electronic properties and structural features is proposed.

  10. Structural characterization, magnetic behavior and high-resolution EELS study of new perovskites Sr{sub 2}Ru{sub 2-} {sub x} Co {sub x} O{sub 6-} {sub {delta}} (0.5{<=}x{<=}1.5)

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    Lozano-Gorrin, A.D. Greedan, J.E.; Nunez, P.; Gonzalez-Silgo, C.; Botton, G.A.; Radtke, G.

    2007-04-15

    New oxides of general formula Sr{sub 2}Ru{sub 2-} {sub x} Co {sub x} O{sub 6-} {sub {delta}} (0.5{<=}x{<=}1.5) have been synthesized as polycrystalline materials and characterized structurally by X-ray diffraction. For 0.5{<=}x<0.67 the orthorhombic, Pnma, perovskite structure of the end member, SrRuO{sub 3}, is found. At x=0.67 a phase separation into an Ru-rich Pnma phase and a Co-rich I2/c phase occurs. The I2/c form is also found for x=1.0 but another orthorhombic phase, Imma, obtains for x=1.33 and 1.5. Reductive weight losses indicate negligible oxygen non-stoichiometry, i.e., {delta}{approx}0, for all compositions even those rich in Co. High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) indicates that cobalt is high-spin Co{sup 3+} or high-spin Co{sup 4+} for all x. Appropriate combinations of Ru{sup 4+}, Ru{sup 5+}, HS Co{sup 3+} and HS Co{sup 4+} are proposed for each x which are consistent with the observed Ru(Co)-O distances. Significant amounts of Co{sup 4+} must be present for large x values to explain the short observed distances. Broad maxima in the d.c. susceptibilities are found between 78 and 97 K with increasing x, along with zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) divergences suggesting glassy magnetic freezing. A feature near 155 K for all samples indicates a residual amount of ferromagnetic SrRuO{sub 3} not detected by X-ray diffraction. - Graphical abstract: Correlation between the average B-site radius, the Goldschmidt tolerance factor and the sequence of space groups and Glazer tilt systems found for the perovskite solid solution Sr{sub 2}Ru{sub 2-} {sub x} Co {sub x} O{sub 6}.

  11. Layered-structural monoclinic–orthorhombic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} to orthorhombic LaTiO{sub 3} phase transition and their microstructure characterization

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    Herrera, G.; Jiménez-Mier, J.; Chavira, E.

    2014-03-01

    The layered-structural ceramics, such as lanthanum titanate (La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}), have been known for their good temperature and low dielectric loss at microwave frequencies that make them good candidate materials for high frequency applications. However, few studies have been conducted on the synthesis optimization by sol gel reaction, in particular by acrylamide polymerization route. The interest in La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} ceramic has been greatly increased recently due to the effect of oriented grains. This anisotropy of the microstructure leads to anisotropy in dielectric, electrical and mechanical properties. In this study, grain oriented lanthanum titanate was produced by the sol–gel acrylamide polymerization route. The characterizations of the samples were achieved by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). X-ray diffraction indicates that the formation of monoclinic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanocrystals is a necessary first step to obtain orthorhombic LaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites (with space group Pbnm). In this work we identified that the monoclinic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} with space group P2{sub 1} transforms its structure into one with the orthorhombic space group Cmc2{sub 1} at approximately 1073 K. The microstructure associated consisted of flaky monoclinic La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanocomposites in comparison with round-shaped LaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites. - Highlights: • The flaky-like La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} compound was synthesized by sol–gel acrylamide route. • Simultaneous monitoring of the DTA and XRD with temperature was performed. • Phase transformation characterization of La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been carried out. • The variation of the La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and LaTiO{sub 3} grain morphology has been compared.

  12. Reduction process of Pd-containing La-Fe perovskite-type oxides by in-situ Dispersive X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Uchiyama, T.; Kamitani, K.; Kato, K.; Nishibori, M.

    2016-05-01

    Reduction process of Pd-containing La-Fe perovskites was investigated by in-situ Pd K-edge dispersive X-ray absorption fine structure as well as mass spectroscopy. The prepared perovskite was characterized by a conventional X-ray absorption spectra to confirm the incorporation of cationic Pd into perovskite matrix. Under the reductive atmosphere (5 vol%H2/He), we found the presence of three reduction processes of Pd cations in perovskite structure. The segregation of Pd metal particles was observed from 200-400 oC although the cationic Pd species remained at 700 oC due to the strong metal-support interaction.

  13. Antiferroelectric Nature of CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx Perovskite and Its Implication for Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A.; Kodera, Kei; Ma, Hao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-07-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracted scientific interest due to high performance. Some researchers have suggested anomalous behavior of PSCs to the polarizations due to the ion migration or ferroelectric behavior. Experimental results and theoretical calculations have suggested the possibility of ferroelectricity in organic-inorganic perovskite. However, still no studies have been concretely discarded the ferroelectric nature of perovskite absorbers in PSCs. Hysteresis of P-E (polarization-electric field) loops is an important evidence to confirm the ferroelectricity. In this study, P-E loop measurements, in-depth structural study, analyses of dielectric behavior and the phase transitions of CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx perovskite were carried out and investigated. The results suggest that CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx perovskite is in an antiferroelectric phase at room temperature. The antiferroelectric phase can be switched to ferroelectric phase by the poling treatment and exhibits ferroelectric-like hysteresis P-E loops and dielectric behavior around room temperature; namely, the perovskite can generate a ferroelectric polarization under PSCs operating conditions. Furthermore, we also discuss the implications of ferroelectric polarization on PSCs charge separation.

  14. Antiferroelectric Nature of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx Perovskite and Its Implication for Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A.; Kodera, Kei; Ma, Hao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracted scientific interest due to high performance. Some researchers have suggested anomalous behavior of PSCs to the polarizations due to the ion migration or ferroelectric behavior. Experimental results and theoretical calculations have suggested the possibility of ferroelectricity in organic-inorganic perovskite. However, still no studies have been concretely discarded the ferroelectric nature of perovskite absorbers in PSCs. Hysteresis of P-E (polarization-electric field) loops is an important evidence to confirm the ferroelectricity. In this study, P-E loop measurements, in-depth structural study, analyses of dielectric behavior and the phase transitions of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx perovskite were carried out and investigated. The results suggest that CH3NH3PbI3−xClx perovskite is in an antiferroelectric phase at room temperature. The antiferroelectric phase can be switched to ferroelectric phase by the poling treatment and exhibits ferroelectric-like hysteresis P-E loops and dielectric behavior around room temperature; namely, the perovskite can generate a ferroelectric polarization under PSCs operating conditions. Furthermore, we also discuss the implications of ferroelectric polarization on PSCs charge separation. PMID:27468802

  15. Antiferroelectric Nature of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx Perovskite and Its Implication for Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A; Kodera, Kei; Ma, Hao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracted scientific interest due to high performance. Some researchers have suggested anomalous behavior of PSCs to the polarizations due to the ion migration or ferroelectric behavior. Experimental results and theoretical calculations have suggested the possibility of ferroelectricity in organic-inorganic perovskite. However, still no studies have been concretely discarded the ferroelectric nature of perovskite absorbers in PSCs. Hysteresis of P-E (polarization-electric field) loops is an important evidence to confirm the ferroelectricity. In this study, P-E loop measurements, in-depth structural study, analyses of dielectric behavior and the phase transitions of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite were carried out and investigated. The results suggest that CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite is in an antiferroelectric phase at room temperature. The antiferroelectric phase can be switched to ferroelectric phase by the poling treatment and exhibits ferroelectric-like hysteresis P-E loops and dielectric behavior around room temperature; namely, the perovskite can generate a ferroelectric polarization under PSCs operating conditions. Furthermore, we also discuss the implications of ferroelectric polarization on PSCs charge separation. PMID:27468802

  16. Krypton irradiation damage in Nd-doped zirconolite and perovskite

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    Davoisne, C.; Stennett, M. C.; Hyatt, N. C.; Peng, N.; Jeynes, C.; Lee, W. E.

    2011-08-01

    Understanding the effect of radiation damage and noble gas accommodation in potential ceramic hosts for plutonium disposition is necessary to evaluate their long-term behaviour during geological disposal. Polycrystalline samples of Nd-doped zirconolite and Nd-doped perovskite were irradiated ex situ with 2 MeV Kr + at a dose of 5 × 10 15 ions cm -2 to simulate recoil of Pu nuclei during alpha decay. The feasibility of thin section preparation of both pristine and irradiated samples by Focused Ion Beam sectioning was demonstrated. After irradiation, the Nd-doped zirconolite revealed a well defined amorphous region separated from the pristine material by a thin (40-60 nm) damaged interface. The zirconolite lattice was lost in the damaged interface, but the fluorite sublattice was retained. The Nd-doped perovskite contained a defined irradiated layer composed of an amorphous region surrounded by damaged but still crystalline layers. The structural evolution of the damaged regions is consistent with a change from orthorhombic to cubic symmetry. In addition in Nd-doped perovskite, the amorphisation dose depended on crystallographic orientation and possibly sample configuration (thin section or bulk). Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy revealed Ti remained in the 4+ oxidation state but there was a change in Ti coordination in both Nd-doped perovskite and Nd-doped zirconolite associated with the crystalline to amorphous transition.

  17. Degradation mechanism for planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Yamamoto, Kouhei; Furumoto, Yoshikazu; Shahiduzzaman, M.; Kuwabara, Takayuki; Takahashi, Kohshin; Taima, Tetsuya

    2016-04-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials have recently emerged as a promising cost- and energy-efficient light absorber material for photovoltaic applications. Unfortunately, perovskite solar cells have a problem with decreasing power conversion efficiency owing to their degradation in air. To clarify the cause of the degradation of perovskite solar cells, we exposed deposited CH3NH3PbI3 and HC(NH2)2PbI3 films to an O2 or (H2O+N2) atmosphere condition. Analysis of these films revealed that a large energy band gap was observed as a result of the influence of the H2O molecule in CH3NH3PbI3 and HC(NH2)2PbI3. Under the (H2O+N2) atmosphere condition, the existence of CH3NH3I and HC(NH2)2I molecules was found to affect the morphology and as well as the crystalline diffraction peak. The resultant perovskite crystalline structure was degraded by H2O molecules under the air exposure condition.

  18. Temperature-independent sensors based on perovskite-type oxides

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    Zaza, F.; Frangini, S.; Masci, A.; Leoncini, J.; Pasquali, M.; Luisetto, I.; Tuti, S.

    2014-06-19

    The need of energy security and environment sustainability drives toward the development of energy technology in order to enhance the performance of internal combustion engines. Gas sensors play a key role for controlling the fuel oxygen ratio and monitoring the pollution emissions. The perovskite-type oxides can be synthesized for an extremely wide variety of combinations of chemical elements, allowing to design materials with suitable properties for sensing application. Lanthanum strontium ferrites, such as La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}FeO{sub 3}, are suitable oxygen sensing materials with temperature-independence conductivity, but they have low chemical stability under reducing conditions. The addition of aluminum into the perovskite structure improves the material properties in order to develop suitable oxygen sensing probes for lean burn engine control systems. Perovskite-type oxides with formula (La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3})(Al{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x})O{sub 3} was synthesized by the citrate-nitrate combustion synthesis method. XRD analyses, show that it was synthesized a phase-pure powder belonging to the perovskite structure. Aluminum affects both the unit cell parameters, by shrinking the unit cell, and the powder morphology, by promoting the synthesis of particles with small crystallite size and large specific surface area. The partial substitution of iron with aluminum improves the chemical stability under reducing gas conditions and modulates the oxygen sensitivity by affecting the relative amount of Fe{sup 4+} and Fe{sup 3+}, as confirmed from TPR profiles. In the same time, the addition of aluminum does not affects the temperature-independent properties of lanthanum strontium ferrites. Indeed, the electrical measurements show that (La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3})(Al{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x})O{sub 3} perovskites have temperature-independence conductivity from 900 K.