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S3: Nano Phenomena and Interfacial/Surface Effects in Electronic Ceramics

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Intentional control or manipulation of interfaces in electronic ceramics from atomic-, nano-, and/or micro-scales provides the possibility to design and fabricate materials with multifunctionalities or emergent behaviors unavailable in the bulk. Interfacing different materials for novel electronic devices has become the subject of many theoretical and experimental studies recently and is enabling a new design paradigm to produce novel functionalities that cannot be obtained in individual constituents. Experimental results have shown such functionalities in various electronic ceramics including ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, piezoelectric, multiferroic, electro-optic, and superconducting materials, to list a few. However, the sensitivity of processing, chemical stoichiometry, strain, and lattice distortions on the physical properties of the materials has also created enormous challenges to this community. This symposium will provide a forum for academic, industrial, and national laboratory researchers to present and discuss the latest advances and fundamental research in the area of interfacial effects on the structural and physical properties of electronic ceramics. Novel approaches to composite materials, strain induced enhancement of functionalities, nanostructuring, characterization of material properties and physical responses at the interface will be also emphasized.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Atomic-, nano-, and micro-scale engineering of electronic ceramics
  • Interfacial/surface effects on the physical properties of ferroelectric, piezoelectric, ferromagnetic, multiferroic, electro-optic, and superconducting materials
  • Nano phenomena in ferroelectric, piezoelectric, ferromagnetic, magnetoelectric, electro-optic, and superconducting films
  • Processing related issues for functional metal-oxide films
  • Strain related issues
  • Interfacial/surface structure and its relation to epitaxial behavior
  • Probing and characterizing the interfaces
  • Quantification of atomic structure and stoichiometry at oxide interface/surface
  • Theory and modeling of interface/surface

Symposium Organizers

  • Geoff Brennecka, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Brady Gibbons, Oregon State University
  • Jacob L. Jones, University of Florida
  • Brian Gorman, Colorado School of Mines
  • Amit Goyal, Ridge National Laboratory
  • David Norton, University of Florida
  • Bryan Huey, University of Connecticut

Point of Contact

Geoff Brennecka
, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, Phone: +1 (505) 845-0105


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