Special Issue "Single Crystal Growth of Metal Oxides"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2020.
Interests: crystal growth and characterization; floating zone melting; perovskites; high Tc superconductivity; magnetoresistivity; quasicrystals
Metal oxide (MO) compounds are a broad class of materials that has attracted much attention due to their potential for technological applications and their variety of physical properties, which are vital for fundamental research. For research purposes and many applications, high quality artificially grown MO single crystals of essential.
The specific features of single MO crystals grown using different techniques demonstrate strong deviation from stoichiometry and compositional inhomogeneity. The grown single crystals may contain a huge amount of cationic or oxygen vacancies. In many complex oxides, i.e., oxides that contain two or more metals, change in the element distribution along the growth direction was observed. The compositional inhomogeneity as well as structural defects (vacancies, impurities, sub-grain boundaries) may strongly influence the physical properties of the metal oxide compounds. The question about the intrinsic and extrinsic properties of these materials has arisen. For this reason, chemical inhomogeneity and the defect structure of MO single crystals must be studied t search for optimum growth conditions for the growth of high-q uality crystals.
This Special Issue focuses on bulk MO single crystals growth. The possible topics include but are not limited to:
- Mechanism of crystal growth
- Growth conditions and quality of the resulting crystals
- Characterization of the grown single crystals
- Defect structure and compositional inhomogeneity
- Modeling and theory of growth
Both reviews and original research articles on MO single crystals growth are welcome. We are looking forward to your participation in this Special Issue.
Dr. Dmitry A. Shulyatev
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- Metal oxides
- Single crystal
- Crystal growth and characterization
- Defect structure
- Compositional inhomogeneity