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A DFT investigation of the role of oxygen vacancies on the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of ATiO(3) (A = Mn, Fe, Ni) multiferroic materials

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Ribeiro, R. A. P. [1] ; Longo, E. [2] ; Andres, J. [3] ; de Lazaro, S. R. [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Estadual Ponta Grossa, Dept Chem, Ave Gen Carlos Cavalcanti 4748, BR-84030900 Ponta Grossa, PR - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, CDMF UFSCar, POB 676, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[3] UJI, Dept Phys & Analyt Chem, Castellon de La Plana 12071 - Spain
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; v. 20, n. 45, p. 28382-28392, DEC 7 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 1

In order to achieve deep insight into the multiferroic behavior and electronic properties of intrinsic oxygen vacancies in ATiO(3) (A = Mn, Fe, Ni), first- principles calculations based on hybrid density functional theory were carried out for bulk and non- polar (110) surface models. We found that the formation of an oxygen vacancy is accompanied by structural and electronic disorders in the constituent clusters of {[}TiO6] and {[}AO(6)] in ATiO(3), that become {[}TiO5] and {[}AO(5)], respectively. This perturbation contributes to the generation of intermediary energy levels in the band gap region, thus narrowing the required excitation energy. In addition, the remaining electrons are mainly trapped in the empty 3d orbitals of the Ti cations neighboring the oxygen vacancy, generating {[}TiO5]' (3d(1)) that mediates an antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition in MnTiO3 and FeTiO3 materials. In particular, MnTiO3 surfaces show exposed {[}TiO4]' species that are responsible for its half- metallic behavior. The present work provides compelling evidence that controlling oxygen vacancies can be a valuable strategy to tailor the multiferroic properties of ATiO(3) materials. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/07296-2 - CDMF - Center for the Development of Functional Materials
Grantee:Elson Longo da Silva
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC