This 2-year consortium project was cooperation between 4 partners from France, Russia, Germany, and Finland. The project was focused on development of multiferroic nanocomposites. Possibility to control magnetization by electric field is of especial importance for emerging electronic devices. The control can be realized using magnetoelectric effect in so-called multiferroics. Compared to single-phase multiferroics, nanostructured composites of magnetostrictive and piezoelectric constituents can exhibit significantly stronger magnetoelectric effect.
Multiferroic nanocomposites have been synthesized using epitaxy of complex metal oxides. The achieved epitaxial stabilization of materials and phases, which are impossible in bulk form, can be applied for creating a broad class of electronic materials-by-design with desired electric, magnetic, or optical properties.