FOX: New ferroelectric organic molecular crystals through computer design and experimental realization

This project will discover new organic ferroelectric materials that could be used in eco-friendly computer memory. The project will also computationally screen and evaluate properties of thousands of materials.

01-Jul-2020 - 30-Mar-2024
Norwegian Research Council, FRIPRO: Young Talented Researchers
Background

Ferroelectric materials are characterized by an intrinsic electronic spontaneous polarization P that can be switched with the application of an external electrical field E. This is similar to how the magnetic field can be switched in a ferromagnetic. Their switchability makes ferroelectrics useful in devices such as capacitors, actuators, sensors, and ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM).

The development of ferroelectrics is a large and growing research field. The main focus in the community has been on inorganic materials. But these are often composed of toxic and expensive elements and require high processing temperatures. In our project, we will instead explore organic ferroelectrics, which is potentially cheap and environmentally friendly but these materials have barely been explored.

Objective

Our project will use a combination of automated mining of literature data, rational design, and advanced modeling. The very best materials predicted with this theoretical approach will be synthesized by partners at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oslo. 

Flowchart FOX
Illustration: Kristian Berland

Participants

Kristian Berland
Associate Professor
Project manager
Elin Dypvik Sødahl
PhD Candidate
Seyedmojtaba Seyedraoufi
PhD Candidate
Professor
External participant
Professor
External participant
Senior Engineer
External participant
Associate Professor
Collaborator