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Perovskite ferroelectric nanomaterials

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In this review, the main concept of ferroelectricity of perovskite oxides and related materials at nanometer scale and existing difficulties in the synthesis of those nanocrystals are discussed. Important effects, such as depolarization field and size effect, on the existence of ferroelectricity in perovskite nanocrystals are deliberated. In the discussion of modeling works, different theoretical calculations are pinpointed focusing on their studies of lattice dynamics, phase transitions, new origin of ferroelectricity in nanostructures, etc. As the major part of this review, recent research progress in the facile synthesis, characterization and various applications of perovskite ferroelectric nanomaterials, such as BaTiO3, PbTiO3, PbZrO3, and BiFeO3, are also scrutinized. Perspectives concerning the future direction of ferroelectric nanomaterials research and its potential applications in renewable energy, etc., are presented. This review provides an overview in this area and guidance for further studies in perovskite ferroelectric nanomaterials and their applications.

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16 May 2013
20 Jun 2013
First published
26 Jun 2013

Nanoscale, 2013,5, 8752-8780
Article type
Review Article

Perovskite ferroelectric nanomaterials

N. Nuraje and K. Su, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 8752
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR02543H

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