Roman Mankowsky is awarded the Reimar Lüst Grant

of the Max Planck Society for his PhD studies

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Marta Gibert receives SNSF Professorship

for her project on Functional oxide heterostructures by design.

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Publication Detail / Abstract

J. Fowlie, M. Gibert, G. Tieri, A. Gloter, J. Íñiguez, A. Filippetti, S. Catalano, S. Gariglio, A. Schober, M. Guennou, J. Kreisel, O. Stéphan, J.-M. Triscone

Conductivity and Local Structure of LaNiO3 Thin Films

published in Advanced Materials on March 6, 2017
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A marked conductivity enhancement is reported in 6–11 unit cell LaNiO3 thin films. A maximal conductivity is also observed in ab initio calculations for films of the same thickness. In agreement with results from state of the art scanning transmission electron microscopy, the calculations also reveal a differentiated film structure comprising characteristic surface, interior, and heterointerface structures. Based on this observation, a three-element parallel conductor model is considered and leads to the conclusion that the conductivity enhancement for films of 6–11 unit cells, stems from the onset of intercompetition between the three local structures in the film depth.
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