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Title: Structural evolution of epitaxial SrCoO{sub x} films near topotactic phase transition

Control of oxygen stoichiometry in complex oxides via topotactic phase transition is an interesting avenue to not only modifying the physical properties, but utilizing in many energy technologies, such as energy storage and catalysts. However, detailed structural evolution in the close proximity of the topotactic phase transition in multivalent oxides has not been much studied. In this work, we used strontium cobaltites (SrCoO{sub x}) epitaxially grown by pulsed laser epitaxy (PLE) as a model system to study the oxidation-driven evolution of the structure, electronic, and magnetic properties. We grew coherently strained SrCoO{sub 2.5} thin films and performed post-annealing at various temperatures for topotactic conversion into the perovskite phase (SrCoO{sub 3-δ}). We clearly observed significant changes in electronic transport, magnetism, and microstructure near the critical temperature for the topotactic transformation from the brownmillerite to the perovskite phase. Nevertheless, the overall crystallinity was well maintained without much structural degradation, indicating that topotactic phase control can be a useful tool to control the physical properties repeatedly via redox reactions.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)
  2. (Korea, Republic of)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492224
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Advances; Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: (c) 2015 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ANNEALING; CATALYSTS; CRITICAL TEMPERATURE; ENERGY STORAGE; EPITAXY; INDIUM COMPLEXES; LASER RADIATION; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; MAGNETISM; MICROSTRUCTURE; OXIDATION; PEROVSKITE; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; REDOX REACTIONS; STRAINS; STRONTIUM COMPOUNDS; THIN FILMS