Hydroxyl-induced magnetism in Ti oxides

Ralph Skomski, Xiaohui Wei, B. Balamurugan, M. Chipara, David J. Sellmyer

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Abstract

The formation of magnetic moments in TiO clusters is investigated by hydroxylation experiments and model calculations. The clusters were produced by inert-gas condensation and in-situ oxidation and have an average size of 15 nm. Exposure to H2O drastically alters the magnetism of titaniumoxide (TiO) clusters, especially for rock-salt TiO. The hydroxyl ions, created by moist-air treatment of Ti-oxide nanoparticles, enhance the magnetic moment of undoped TiO clusters by a factor of order 10, to about 13.5 emu/cm3. A similar but much slower enhancement was observed in ambient air, whereas oxygen annealing reduced the moment. The phenomenon is explained by the creation and adsorption of hydroxyl (OH-) groups at the particles' surfaces, a process closely related to the catalytic activity of TiO surfaces and to the creation of overlapping defect states in the band gap. Our theoretical analysis suggests that the hydroxyl groups effectively enhance the hopping integral and reduce the onsite energy on neighboring Ti atoms. Depending on the density of the hydroxyl defects, the defect states overlap and order magnetically, although not necessarily by a Stoner mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5467476
Pages (from-to)2427-2430
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

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Magnetism
Hydroxyl Radical
Oxides
Magnetic moments
Defects
Noble Gases
Hydroxylation
Inert gases
Air
Condensation
Catalyst activity
Energy gap
Salts
Rocks
Annealing
Oxygen
Nanoparticles
Adsorption
Atoms
Oxidation

Keywords

  • Catalysis
  • Magnetic semiconductors
  • Nanotechnology
  • Titanium compounds

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Skomski, R., Wei, X., Balamurugan, B., Chipara, M., & Sellmyer, D. J. (2010). Hydroxyl-induced magnetism in Ti oxides. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 46(6), 2427-2430. [5467476]. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMAG.2010.2043819

Hydroxyl-induced magnetism in Ti oxides. / Skomski, Ralph; Wei, Xiaohui; Balamurugan, B.; Chipara, M.; Sellmyer, David J.

In: IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 46, No. 6, 5467476, 01.06.2010, p. 2427-2430.

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Skomski, R, Wei, X, Balamurugan, B, Chipara, M & Sellmyer, DJ 2010, 'Hydroxyl-induced magnetism in Ti oxides', IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 46, no. 6, 5467476, pp. 2427-2430. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMAG.2010.2043819
Skomski R, Wei X, Balamurugan B, Chipara M, Sellmyer DJ. Hydroxyl-induced magnetism in Ti oxides. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 2010 Jun 1;46(6):2427-2430. 5467476. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMAG.2010.2043819
Skomski, Ralph ; Wei, Xiaohui ; Balamurugan, B. ; Chipara, M. ; Sellmyer, David J. / Hydroxyl-induced magnetism in Ti oxides. In: IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 2010 ; Vol. 46, No. 6. pp. 2427-2430.
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