Systematic first-principles calculations based on density functional theory were performed on Dy2HfxO3+2x (x = 0, 1, and 2) compositions. A complete set of elastic parameters including elastic constants, Hill’s bulk moduli, Young’s moduli, shear moduli and Poisson’s ratio were calculated. Analyses of densities of states and charge densities and electron localization functions suggest that the oxide bonds are highly ionic with some degree of covalency in the Hf-O bonds. Thermal properties including the mean sound velocity, Debye temperature, and minimum thermal conductivity were obtained from the elastic constants.

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