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An organic approach for nanostructured multiferroics

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Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously exhibit more than one ferroic order parameters, such as ferroelectricity, ferroelasticity and ferromagnetism. Recently, multiferroicity has received a significant revival of interest due to the colossal magnetoelectric coupling effect for the development of nano-ferronics. In this mini-review, we focus on a recent study of ferroelectricity, magnetism and magnetoelectric coupling within the newly discovered organic charge-transfer complexes. A systemic understanding of the origin of organic ferroelectricity and magnetism is provided. Furthermore, based on the recent mechanism of the magnetoelectric coupling effect: spin-ordering-induced electric polarization and ferroelectricity-induced spin alignment, we further present the recent progress in organic charge-transfer multiferroics and metal–organic framework multiferroics. The coexistence of polarization and magnetism at room temperature of organic charge-transfer complexes will be critical for the development of all-organic multiferroics.

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The article was received on 05 Mar 2015, accepted on 15 Apr 2015 and first published on 20 Apr 2015

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C5NR01435B
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Citation: Nanoscale, 2015,7, 9122-9132
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    An organic approach for nanostructured multiferroics

    W. Qin, B. Xu and S. Ren, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 9122
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NR01435B

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