Metal Oxide-Based Thin Film Structures

Metal Oxide-Based Thin Film Structures

Formation, Characterization and Application of Interface-Based Phenomena

1st Edition - September 7, 2017

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  • Editor: Ghenadii Korotcenkov
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128111666
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081017524

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Metal Oxide-Based Thin Film Structures: Formation, Characterization and Application of Interface-Based Phenomena bridges the gap between thin film deposition and device development by exploring the synthesis, properties and applications of thin film interfaces. Part I deals with theoretical and experimental aspects of epitaxial growth, the structure and morphology of oxide-metal interfaces deposited with different deposition techniques and new developments in growth methods. Part II concerns analysis techniques for the electrical, optical, magnetic and structural properties of thin film interfaces. In Part III, the emphasis is on ionic and electronic transport at the interfaces of Metal-oxide thin films. Part IV discusses methods for tailoring metal oxide thin film interfaces for specific applications, including microelectronics, communication, optical electronics, catalysis, and energy generation and conservation. This book is an essential resource for anyone seeking to further their knowledge of metal oxide thin films and interfaces, including scientists and engineers working on electronic devices and energy systems and those engaged in research into electronic materials.

Key Features

  • Introduces the theoretical and experimental aspects of epitaxial growth for the benefit of readers new to the field
  • Explores state-of-the-art analysis techniques and their application to interface properties in order to give a fuller understanding of the relationship between macroscopic properties and atomic-scale manipulation
  • Discusses techniques for tailoring thin film interfaces for specific applications, including information, electronics and energy technologies, making this book essential reading for materials scientists and engineers alike


Anyone seeking to further their knowledge of metal oxide thin films and interfaces, including scientists and engineers working on electronic devices and energy systems, and all those engaged in research into electronic materials

Table of Contents

  • Section A Interface formation: Theoretical aspect in epitaxial growth mechanisms, structural features and defects formation
    1. Epitaxy of 5d transition metal oxide thin films and heterostructures
    2. Oxide superlattices by PLD: A practical guide
    3. Oxide molecular beam epitaxy of complex oxide heterointerfaces
    4. Electrochemical ionic interfaces

    Section B Experimental: Structural and compositional characterization techniques of metal oxides interfaces
    5. In situ stress measurements of metal oxide thin films
    6. Plume characterization in pulsed laser deposition of metal oxide thin films
    7. Photoemission of buried metal oxide interfaces
    8. Functional material properties of oxide thin films probed by atomic force microscopy on the nanoscale
    9. Controlled atmosphere high-temperature scanning probe microscopy (CAHT-SPM)
    10. Scanning SQUID measurements of oxide interfaces

    Section C Modeling and properties at the metal oxide interfaces
    11. First-principle study of metal oxide thin films: Electronic and magnetic properties of confined d electrons
    12. Computational study of energy materials
    13. High-mobility two-dimensional electron gases at complex oxide interfaces
    14. Strain and interfaces for metal oxide-based memristive devices

    Section D Applications of metal oxide interfaces
    15. Metal oxide thin film-based low-temperature-operating solid oxide fuel cell by interface structure control
    16. Ionic conductivity of metal oxides: An essential property for all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries
    17. Nanoionics and interfaces for energy and information technologies
    18. Future emerging technologies based on metal oxide interfaces
    19. Ferroelectric and piezoelectric oxide nanostructured films for energy harvesting applications
    20. Redox-based memristive metal-oxide devices

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: September 7, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128111666
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081017524

About the Series Editor

Ghenadii Korotcenkov

Ghenadii Korotcenkov received his Ph.D. in Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Materials and Devices in 1976, and his Doctor Habilitate Degree in Physics and Mathematics of Semiconductors and Dielectrics in 1990. Long time he was a leader of scientific Gas Sensor Group and manager of various national and international scientific and engineering projects carried out in Laboratory of Micro- and Optoelectronics, Technical University of Moldova, supported from International Foundations and Programs such as CRDF, MRDA, IREX, ICTP, INTAS, INCO-COPERNICUS, COST, NATO. From 2007 to 2008, he was an invited scientist in Korean Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon, South Korea. Then, until the end of 2017 Dr. G. Korotcenkov was a research professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju, South Korea. Currently Dr. G. Korotcenkov is the research professor at the Department of Physics and Engineering at the Moldova State University, Chisinau, the Rep. of Moldova. Specialists from Former Soviet Union know G. Korotcenkov’s research results in the field of study of Schottky barriers, MOS structures, native oxides, and photoreceivers on the base of III-Vs compounds very well. His current research interests include material sciences focused on metal oxides, surface science, and the design of thin film gas sensors and thermoelectric convertors. Dr. G. Korotcenkov is either the author or editor of 39 books, published by Momentum Press, CRC Press, Springer (USA) and Harbin Institute of Technology Press (China). He is the author and coauthor of more than 600 scientific publications, including 30 review papers, 38 book chapters, and more than 200 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals (h-factor = 42 [Scopus] and h-factor = 51 [Google Scholar citation]). Besides, Dr. G. Korotcenkov is a holder of 17 patents. He has presented more than 250 reports at national and international conferences, including 17 invited talks. Dr. G. Korotcenkov was co-organizer of more than 10 international scientific conferences. Research activities of Dr. G. Korotcenkov are honored by the Prize of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (2019), an Award of the Supreme Council of Science and Advanced Technology of the Republic of Moldova (2004); Prize of the Presidents of the Ukrainian, Belarus, and Moldovan Academies of Sciences (2003); and National Youth Prize of the Republic of Moldova in the field of science and technology (1980), among others.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering, Moldova State University, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

About the Editors

Nini Pryds

Nini Pryds is a Professor and head the research section ‘Electrofunctional Materials’ at the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where he leads a group of about 35 researchers working in the field of magnetic refrigeration, thermoelectricity and functional oxide thin films. During the last 15 years he has played a leading role in a new cross-disciplinary research fields in the area of functional materials for energy application. In Denmark he has started and matured an area now known as magnetic refrigeration, which is based on the magnetocaloric effect. His group is recognized internationally as one of the leading group worldwide in this area. At DTU he also started the work on high temperature thermoelectric materials and his group succeeded to develop the highest zT p-type oxide materials reported so far. His group has developed a thermoelectric oxide module, which currently holds the highest efficiency oxide module. His interest includes also the area of epitaxial growth of complex oxides, which include materials physics of complex oxides. The most exciting result of his group is the creation of a metallic interface between amorphous oxide films and crystalline SrTiO3 (STO) controlled by chemical redox reactions at oxide interfaces. His group has also showed for the first time a new interface system, which exhibits electron mobilities greater than 100,000 cm2V-1s-1 at 2 K. An original concept of modulation-doped complex oxide interfaces by charge transfer which lead to the observation the quantum Hall effect at these oxide interfaces was developed in his group.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Research, Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark

Vincenzo Esposito

Vincenzo Esposito is a Full Professor in “Ceramic Science and Engineering” and technology coordinator at the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark. He developed his career at Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, University of Florida, and at the Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN) – Brazil. His research interest is primarily on functional inorganic nanomaterials and processing for emerging technologies in energy, catalysis, electromechanical, electronics, and electrochemical systems. His research profile lies at the frontiers between nanoionics, solid-state chemistry and advanced materials processing.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

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