Ivan Schuller’s recent work on Metal Oxides was highlighted in Nature:
Other groups are trying to understand the nature of the phase transition. In January, Ivan Schuller, a solid-state physicist at the University of California, San Diego, and his colleagues showed that in vanadium oxide, the transition is in large part caused by micrometre-scale heating by the applied electric field.
Some point to Schuller’s work as evidence that metal oxides will never make fast switches, because heating effects are usually quite slow. But Ramanathan says that his own measurements on vanadium oxide demonstrate that the phase transition is quite fast — less than a few nanoseconds — and that it should not hinder applications.
A. Zimmers L. Aigouy, M. Mortier, A. Sharoni, Siming Wang, K. G. West, J. G. Ramirez and Ivan K. Schuller “Role of Thermal Heating on the Voltage Induced Insulator-Metal Transition in VO2” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 056601 (2013).