Controlling self-assembled perovskite-spinel nanostructures

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Nano Letters, Volume 6, Number 7, p.1401-1407 (2006)


We report a discovery that self-assembled perovskite-spinel nanostructures can be controlled simply by selecting single-crystal substrates with different orientations. In a model BiFeO 3-CoFe 2O 4 system, a (001) substrate results in rectangular-shaped CoFe 2O 4 nanopillars in a BiFeO 3 matrix; in contrast, a (111) substrate leads to triangular-shaped BiFeO 3 nanopillars in a CoFe 2O 4 matrix, irrespective of the volume fraction of the two phases. This dramatic reversal is attributed to the surface energy anisotropy as an intrinsic property of a crystal. © 2006 American Chemical Society.


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