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TUMOCS Report Summary

Project ID: 645660
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - TUMOCS (TUneable Multiferroics based on oxygen OCtahedral Structures)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Development of new wireless and low energy consuming micro-sized sensors is extremely important because of the growing demands for effective monitoring of the operational status of mechanisms, environmental conditions, and safety systems (including those designed to avert terroristic threats). Materials that combine magnetic, polar, and elastic orders (so called multiferroics) are considered as active elements in various new-generation sensors. The main objective of this project is development of novel environmental friendly multiferroics based on metastable perovskites and on layered double hydroxides in which a cross-coupling between ferroic order parameters can be tuned by both internal and external factors. Such materials in forms of films and/or arranged layers are suggested to find use as magnetic field sensors, sensors of deformation/shock, and environmental sensors. Cross-coupling effects in multiferroics are not straightforward and have not been clearly understood yet. The objectives to prepare, characterize, optimize, and modify these novel multiferroic materials require consolidation of specialists of complementary expertise in Physics, Chemistry, and Material Science and Engineering, with access to and skills in using specific and unique equipment and facilities. Therefore, formation of an interdisciplinary network of teams with different scientific culture and ensuring the effective knowledge & expertise transfer is another important objective of the project. R&D SME involved in this project is aimed at upscaling the preparation route from lab-level to pre-industrial bath scale.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first two years of the project, the main efforts were focused on preparation and characterization of new multiferroic materials in their bulk forms. Based on a comparative analysis of crystal structures and physical properties of the obtained phases, the most promising compositions were found and their preparation conditions were optimised. The respective materials were thoroughly characterised using high-precision experimental methods and theoretical modelling. Experiments on preparation of these materials in forms films and thin layers have been initiated.
The researches carried out in 2015-2016 have formed a solid basis for implementation of further project tasks and demonstrated a good potential of the project with respect to both high scientific value of the obtained results and successful interaction between the involved research teams. The results have been published in 9 peer-review scientific journals and reported in 13 international conferences.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

This project contributes to a global goal of fabrication of the high-added value technological products by means of development of new approaches to preparation, optimization and application of novel tuneable 2-D multifferroic materials on the base of either metastable perovskites or layered double hydroxides.
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