Entropy-stabilized oxides possess a large configurational entropy that allows for the unique ability to include typically immiscible concentrations of species in different configurations. Particularly in oxides, where the physical behavior is strongly correlated to stereochemistry and electronic structure, entropic stabilization creates a unique platform to tailor the interplay of extreme structural and chemical disorder to realize unprecedented functionalities. Here, we control stereochemically driven structural disorder in single crystalline, rocksalt, (MgCoNiCuZn)O-type entropy-stabilized oxides through the incorporation of Cu2+ cations. We harness the disorder to tune the degree of glassiness in the antiferromagnetic structure. Structural distortions driven by the Jahn-Teller effect lead to a difference in valence on the Co cation sites, which extends to dilution and disorder of the magnetic lattice. A spin glass model reveals that the fractional spin ordering of the magnetic lattice can be tuned by ∼65%. These findings demonstrate entropy-stabilization as a tool for control of functional phenomena.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)