The main objectives of this research work are:
- establish reliable synthesis methods: classic but also unconventional to obtain single-phase compounds. The sample synthesis is of prime importance and significant efforts will be made to obtain single phase poly-crystalline samples and single crystals of high quality.
The complementary of data obtained on the both types is crucial for a complete characterization;
- the use of combined complementary experimental techniques in an extended temperature range and at different scales to carefully investigate the crystal structures and micro-structures, the electric behaviors and the magnetic ordering processes, to obtain a precise description of our samples;
- the study of structures-properties relationships and understanding of underlying mechanisms that govern the properties;
- the identification of interesting candidates for new tuneable multifunctional applications.