A combinatory ferroelectric compound bridging simple ABO3 and A-site-ordered quadruple perovskite

Jianfa Zhao, Jiacheng Gao, Wenmin Li, Yuting Qian, Xudong Shen, Xiao Wang, Xi Shen, Zhiwei Hu, Cheng Dong, Qingzhen Huang, Lipeng Cao, Zhi Li, Jun Zhang, Chongwen Ren, Lei Duan, Qingqing Liu, Richeng Yu, Yang Ren, Shih Chang Weng, Hong Ji LinChien Te Chen, Liu Hao Tjeng, Youwen Long, Zheng Deng, Jinlong Zhu, Xiancheng Wang, Hongming Weng, Runze Yu, Martha Greenblatt, Changqing Jin

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The simple ABO3 and A-site-ordered AA′3B4O12 perovskites represent two types of classical perovskite functional materials. There are well-known simple perovskites with ferroelectric properties, while there is still no report of ferroelectricity due to symmetry breaking transition in A-site-ordered quadruple perovskites. Here we report the high pressure synthesis of an A-site-ordered perovskite PbHg3Ti4O12, the only known quadruple perovskite that transforms from high-temperature centrosymmetric paraelectric phase to low-temperature non-centrosymmetric ferroelectric phase. The coordination chemistry of Hg2+ is changed from square planar as in typical A-site-ordered quadruple perovskite to a rare stereo type with 8 ligands in PbHg3Ti4O12. Thus PbHg3Ti4O12 appears to be a combinatory link from simple ABO3 perovskites to A-site-ordered AA′3Ti4O12 perovskites, sharing both displacive ferroelectricity with former and structure coordination with latter. This is the only example so far showing ferroelectricity due to symmetry breaking phase transition in AA′3B4O12-type A-site-ordered perovskites, and opens a direction to search for ferroelectric materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number747
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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