Metal-insulator transition sustained by Cr-doping in V 2O 3 nanocrystals

Yoichi Ishiwata, Tatsuya Shiraishi, Naoki Ito, Satoshi Suehiro, Tetsuya Kida, Hirofumi Ishii, Yasuhisa Tezuka, Yuji Inagaki, Tatsuya Kawae, Hirotaka Oosato, Eiichiro Watanabe, Daiju Tsuya, Masashi Nantoh, Koji Ishibashi

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We have obtained monodisperse (V 1-xCr x) 2O 3 nanocrystals with crystal sizes of 21.0 ± 4.1 nm using organic-phase synthesis. The (V 1- xCr x) 2O 3 nanocrystals clearly show the transition from a corundum structured paramagnetic metal to a monoclinic structured antiferromagnetic insulator in contrast to non-doped V 2O 3 nanocrystals, in which the disappearance of the metal-insulator transition has been observed. We have found that Cr doping works effectively in narrowing the a 1g band, which tends to be broadened by nanocrystallization. This result suggests that chemical doping is useful for control of material phase transitions at the nanoscale.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043103
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 23 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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