Designing damage tolerant functional oxide nanostructures

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Designing Damage Tolerant Functional Oxide Nanostructures

Multiferroic oxide films have enormous potential applications in next-generation electronic, memory and energy harvesting technologies due to their perovskite structure.

At the nano-scale, they possess high elastic limits enabling strain engineering but suffer from extreme brittleness leading to catastrophic fracture in their monolithic form. Multi-layered, bio-inspired interface architectures with potential to dramatically improve fracture resistance will be engineered and evaluated using in situ micro-electro-mechanical experiments and multi-scale modeling to design highly damage tolerant thin film hetero-nano-structures for sustainable energy applications.

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