Hexagonal Perovskites as Quantum Materials

Loi T. Nguyen, R. J. Cava

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Hexagonal perovskites, in contrast to the more familiar perovskites, when oxides, allow for face-sharing of metal-oxygen octahedra or trigonal prisms within their structural frameworks. This results in dimers, trimers, tetramers, or longer fragments of chains of face-sharing octahedra in the crystal structures, and consequently in much shorter metal-metal distances and lower metal-oxygen-metal bond angles than are seen in the more familiar perovskites. The presence of the face-sharing octahedra can have a dramatic impact on magnetic properties of these compounds, and dimer-based materials, in particular, have been the subjects of many quantum-materials-directed studies in materials physics. Hexagonal oxide perovskites are also of contemporary interest due to their potential for geometrical frustration of the ordering of magnetic moments or orbital occupancies at low temperatures, which is especially relevant to their significance as quantum materials. As such, several hexagonal oxide perovskites have been identified as potential candidates for hosting the quantum-spin-liquid state at low temperatures. In our view, hexagonal oxide perovskites are fertile ground for finding new quantum materials. This review briefly describes the solid state chemistry of many of these materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2935-2965
Number of pages31
JournalChemical Reviews
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 10 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry


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