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Research Highlight | Materials Science Division

Dynamic control over the oxygen octahedral framework in metal oxide heterostructures

In a study published in Advanced Materials, researchers show results describing a generic framework for the construction of dynamic systems and devices with an array of field‐tunable properties.

Scientific Achievement

Using in-situ X-ray scattering and spectroscopy, we show that large changes in electronic properties can arise due to increased flexibility of the octahedral network at high vacancy concentrations

Significance and Impact

Our in-situ X-ray results suggest a general strategy for the construction of dynamics systems and devices with an array of field-tunable properties

Research Details

  • Performed in-situ studies at the Advanced Photon Source on ionic liquid gating behavior in WO3 single crystal thin films
  • X-ray measurements were performed simultaneously with electrical measurements, allowing direct correlation between the oxygen sublattice and the conductivity
  • Performed density functional theory calculations as a function of oxygen vacancy concentration in WO3, finding the dependence of octahedral rotation angles on oxygen stoichiometry


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This research used resources of the Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. DOE Office of Science User Facility operated for the DOE Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

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