Heteroanionic stabilization of Ni1+ with nonplanar coordination in layered nickelates

Jaye K. Harada, Nenian Charles, Nathan Z. Koocher, Yiran Wang, Kendall R. Kamp, Makayla R. Baxter, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier, Danilo Puggioni, James M. Rondinelli

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We present electronic structure calculations on layered nickelate oxyfluorides derived from the Ruddlesden-Popper aristotype structure in search of unidentified materials that may host nickelate superconductivity. By performing anion exchange of oxygen with fluorine, we create two heteroanionic La2NiO3F polymorphs and stabilize Ni1+ in four-coordinate and five-coordinate square planar and square pyramidal geometries, respectively. We further predict chemical reactions with high thermodynamic driving forces to guide their synthesis. These oxyfluorides are weakly correlated antiferromagnetic insulators, and their nonmagnetic phases exhibit quasi-two-dimensional Fermi surfaces dominated by Ni dx2-y2 states, which strikingly resemble undoped cuprate superconductors. We discuss how the oxyfluoride anion chemistry promotes Ni-O covalency and single-band character that is more similar to the cuprates than homoanionic infinite-layer nickelates. We use our understanding to propose doping strategies and layered LaSrNiO2F2 and La3Ni2O4F3 nickelate oxyfluorides with tunable electronic and magnetic structures for experimentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024803
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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