Research Progress in Rare Earth-Doped Perovskite Manganite Oxide Nanostructures.

Affiliation

National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, 210093, China. [Email]

Abstract

Perovskite manganites exhibit a broad range of structural, electronic, and magnetic properties, which are widely investigated since the discovery of the colossal magnetoresistance effect in 1994. As compared to the parent perovskite manganite oxides, rare earth-doped perovskite manganite oxides with a chemical composition of LnxA1-xMnO3 (where Ln represents rare earth metal elements such as La, Pr, Nd, A is divalent alkaline earth metal elements such as Ca, Sr, Ba) exhibit much diverse electrical properties due to that the rare earth doping leads to a change of valence states of manganese which plays a core role in the transport properties. There is not only the technological importance but also the need to understand the fundamental mechanisms behind the unusual magnetic and transport properties that attract enormous attention. Nowadays, with the rapid development of electronic devices toward integration and miniaturization, the feature sizes of the microelectronic devices based on rare earth-doped perovskite manganite are down-scaled into nanoscale dimensions. At nanoscale, various finite size effects in rare earth-doped perovskite manganite oxide nanostructures will lead to more interesting novel properties of this system. In recent years, much progress has been achieved on the rare earth-doped perovskite manganite oxide nanostructures after considerable experimental and theoretical efforts. This paper gives an overview of the state of art in the studies on the fabrication, structural characterization, physical properties, and functional applications of rare earth-doped perovskite manganite oxide nanostructures. Our review first starts with the short introduction of the research histories and the remarkable discoveries in the rare earth-doped perovskite manganites. In the second part, different methods for fabricating rare earth-doped perovskite manganite oxide nanostructures are summarized. Next, structural characterization and multifunctional properties of the rare earth-doped perovskite manganite oxide nanostructures are in-depth reviewed. In the following, potential applications of rare earth-doped perovskite manganite oxide nanostructures in the fields of magnetic memory devices and magnetic sensors, spintronic devices, solid oxide fuel cells, magnetic refrigeration, biomedicine, and catalysts are highlighted. Finally, this review concludes with some perspectives and challenges for the future researches of rare earth-doped perovskite manganite oxide nanostructures.

Keywords

Fabrication methods,Functional applications,Nanostructures,Physics properties,Rare earth-doped perovskite manganite,Structural characterization,

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