Liberating a hidden antiferroelectric phase with interfacial electrostatic engineering

Julia A. Mundy, Bastien F. Grosso, Colin A. Heikes, Dan Ferenc Segedin, Zhe Wang, Yu Tsun Shao, Cheng Dai, Berit H. Goodge, Quintin N. Meier, Christopher T. Nelson, Bhagwati Prasad, Fei Xue, Steffen Ganschow, David A. Muller, Lena F. Kourkoutis, Long Qing Chen, William D. Ratcliff, Nicola A. Spaldin, Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Darrell G. Schlom

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Scopus citations


Antiferroelectric materials have seen a resurgence of interest because of proposed applications in a number of energy-efficient technologies. Unfortunately, relatively few families of antiferroelectric materials have been identified, precluding many proposed applications. Here, we propose a design strategy for the construction of antiferroelectric materials using interfacial electrostatic engineering. We begin with a ferroelectric material with one of the highest known bulk polarizations, BiFeO3. By confining thin layers of BiFeO3 in a dielectric matrix, we show that a metastable antiferroelectric structure can be induced. Application of an electric field reversibly switches between this new phase and a ferroelectric state. The use of electrostatic confinement provides an untapped pathway for the design of engineered antiferroelectric materials with large and potentially coupled responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbereabg5860
JournalScience Advances
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'Liberating a hidden antiferroelectric phase with interfacial electrostatic engineering'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this