Self-assembly of very-low height/width aspect-ratio Li3Ni2NbO6 disks embedded in Li3NbO4 epitaxial films

Hideyuki Kawasoko, Ryota Shimizu, Yoshitaka Takagi, Kuniko Yamamoto, Issei Sugiyama, Susumu Shiraki, Taro Hitosugi

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We here report the self-assembly of Li3Ni2NbO6 (LNNO) epitaxial disks with very low height/width aspect ratios. An epitaxial LNNO thin film is obtained at a substrate temperature (Ts) of 400 °C, using a pulsed laser deposition technique, and by increasing the Ts to 600 °C, Li3NbO4 epitaxial domains are formed inside the LNNO epitaxial film. Further increasing the Ts to 700 °C leads to the formation of LNNO disks (with diameters of a few micrometers and a typical height of ~ 100 nm) embedded in a Li3NbO4 film. Interestingly, transmission electron microscopy observations reveal that the LNNO disks are separated from the Li3NbO4 films by amorphous compounds, indicating the formation of a planar core-shell structure. Understanding of the growth processes of these unique nanostructures pave the way to fabrication of higher hierarchical structures embedded in thin film matrices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-206
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1


  • Epitaxy
  • Nanocomposite oxides
  • Pulsed laser deposition
  • Self-assembled nanostructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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