First principles approach to identification of potential ferroelectric and multiferroic molecular materials
Plaisance, Brandon P.
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Flexible electronics have garnered much interest over the past several decades. Hybrid organic-inorganic materials, such as metal-organic frameworks, offer a unique opportunity to encompass the effective electronic properties of the inorganic material and the flexible nature of the organic with the potential of enhancing other desirable properties, such as the contributing multiferroicity. Using a first principles approach, the goal of this thesis is to serve as a guide for identifying potential ferroelectric and multiferroic metal-organic frameworks. This is done through a screening method of metal-organic frameworks based on their geometry; certain symmetry operators cannot be present in a ferroelectric material. We report the theoretical spontaneous polarization for several dozens of MOFs in which ferroelectricity has not previously been tested, and further we discuss the likelihood that these materials could be engineered to have either increased polarization or added ferromagnetism, the latter of which would lead to multiferroicity.