Imperial College London

Professor David W. McComb

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Adjunct Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 6750d.mccomb Website




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Jamison, JS and May, BJ and Deitz, JI and Chien, SC and McComb, DW and Grassman, TJ and Windl, W and Myers, RC},
doi = {10.1021/acs.cgd.9b00029},
journal = {Crystal Growth and Design},
pages = {4205--4211},
title = {Ferromagnetic Epitaxial μ-Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> on β-Ga<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf>: A New Monoclinic Form of Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf>},
url = {},
volume = {19},
year = {2019}

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AB - Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society. Here we demonstrate a new monoclinic iron oxide phase (μ-Fe2O3), epitaxially stabilized by growth on (010) β-Ga2O3. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations find that the lattice parameters of freestanding μ-Fe2O3 are within ∼1% of those of β-Ga2O3, and that its energy of formation is comparable to that of naturally abundant Fe2O3 polytypes. A superlattice of μ-Fe2O3/β-Ga2O3 is grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy, with resulting high-resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements indicating that the μ-Fe2O3 layers are lattice-matched to the substrate. The measured out-of-plane (b) lattice parameter of 3.12 ± 0.4 Å is in agreement with the predicted lattice constants and atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) images confirm complete registry of the μ-Fe2O3 layers with β-Ga2O3. Finally, DFT modeling predicts that bulk μ-Fe2O3 is antiferromagnetic, while the interface region between μ-Fe2O3 and β-Ga2O3 leads to ferromagnetic coupling between interface Fe3+ cations selectively occupying tetrahedral positions. Magnetic hysteresis persisting to room temperature is observed via SQUID measurements, consistent with the computationally predicted interface magnetism. ©
AU - Jamison,JS
AU - May,BJ
AU - Deitz,JI
AU - Chien,SC
AU - McComb,DW
AU - Grassman,TJ
AU - Windl,W
AU - Myers,RC
DO - 10.1021/acs.cgd.9b00029
EP - 4211
PY - 2019///
SN - 1528-7483
SP - 4205
TI - Ferromagnetic Epitaxial μ-Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> on β-Ga<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf>: A New Monoclinic Form of Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf>
T2 - Crystal Growth and Design
UR -
VL - 19
ER -