Limits to the strain engineering of layered square-planar nickelate thin films

Dan Ferenc Segedin, Berit H. Goodge, Grace A. Pan, Qi Song, Harrison LaBollita, Myung Chul Jung, Hesham El-Sherif, Spencer Doyle, Ari Turkiewicz, Nicole K. Taylor, Jarad A. Mason, Alpha T. N’Diaye, Hanjong Paik, Ismail El Baggari, Antia S. Botana, Lena F. Kourkoutis, Charles M. Brooks, Julia A. Mundy

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The layered square-planar nickelates, Ndn+1NinO2n+2, are an appealing system to tune the electronic properties of square-planar nickelates via dimensionality; indeed, superconductivity was recently observed in Nd6Ni5O12 thin films. Here, we investigate the role of epitaxial strain in the competing requirements for the synthesis of the n = 3 Ruddlesden-Popper compound, Nd4Ni3O10, and subsequent reduction to the square-planar phase, Nd4Ni3O8. We synthesize our highest quality Nd4Ni3O10 films under compressive strain on LaAlO3 (001), while Nd4Ni3O10 on NdGaO3 (110) exhibits tensile strain-induced rock salt faults but retains bulk-like transport properties. A high density of extended defects forms in Nd4Ni3O10 on SrTiO3 (001). Films reduced on LaAlO3 become insulating and form compressive strain-induced c-axis canting defects, while Nd4Ni3O8 films on NdGaO3 are metallic. This work provides a pathway to the synthesis of Ndn+1NinO2n+2 thin films and sets limits on the ability to strain engineer these compounds via epitaxy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1468
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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