Investigations on electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of MnFe2O4 through first-principles calculations

Thi Dieu Hien Nguyen, Min-Fa Lin, Wen Dung Hsu

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MnFe2O4 represents a notable spinel ferrite material that synergistically combines the benefits of both Fe- and Mn-based materials. This compound emerges as a potential candidate for diverse applications encompassing biomedical techniques like thermotherapy, energy storage mechanisms such as lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors, and advancements in optoelectronics and optical devices. Comprehensive first-principles calculations have been employed to delve into the structural, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of MnFe2O4. The intricate chemical interaction of Mn-O and Fe-O is elucidated via charge and spin features. This study meticulously examines distinct energy bands, spatial charge distributions, specific van Hove singularities, and configurations separated by spin orientation. Preliminary findings categorize the material as a semiconductor exhibiting ferrimagnetic traits. Among the computational methodologies utilized, including local-density approximations (LDA), LDA + U, Perdew, Burke, Ernzerhof (PBE), and PBE + U, the latter method shows a band gap of 1.017 eV, in contrast to the narrower gaps identified by alternative approaches. Crucially, the pronounced multi-orbital interactions spanning [4s, 3dx2-y2 3dxy, 3dyz, 3dxz, 3dz2] and [2s, 2px, 2py, 2pz] offer insights into the fundamental physicochemical interactions of Fe-O and Mn-O. This article also presents and deliberates on the optical properties, emphasizing peaks that correlate directly with band structures and spin configurations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112831
JournalComputational Materials Science
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Feb 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computational Mathematics


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