Published on Thursday February 2, 2012
Assistant professor James Rondinelli is a co-author, with
colleagues from Columbia University and the University of Arkansas,
of an invited "Commentary" in the February 2012 issue of Nature Materials (Vol. 11, No. 2) on
what lies ahead for the next decade in the field of oxide-based
The "Commentary," entitled "Whither the oxide interface,"
appears in an issue focusing on oxide interfaces. Oxide
interfaces are important in tailoring the properties of catalysts,
which are heavily studied because they are substantially more cost
effective than platinum-based materials; however, their current
efficiencies are too low at present to be of significant use.
The article describes some open issues that remain in the field of
oxide interfaces, which has primarily focused on understanding the
fundamental behavior of these materials over the last decade, and
that must be addressed before real applications of these materials
occur. Such devices where oxide interfaces are important
would be in the design of new electronic transistors, to make
computers process information faster, and in electrochemical energy
storage and generation.