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S2: Multiferroic Materials and Multilayer Ferroic Heterostructures: Properties and Applications


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This symposium will provide an international, interdisciplinary forum for scientists and engineers from academia, industry, and national laboratories interested in the research, characterization, development, manufacturing, design, and applications of multiferroic materials and multilayer ferroic heterostructures. The purpose of this symposium is to cover a wide spectrum of research activities, from the basic science to technological applications. Additionally, this symposium will serve to unite researchers from a broad range of disciplines to discuss the current state-of-the-art, physics, engineering, and future challenges of multicomponent multifunctional materials. Papers focusing on the understanding of such materials systems utilizing theoretical, experimental and/or novel sophisticated characterization methods are an important theme. The relationship between materials growth, microstructure, and the relation between microstructure and physical properties will be highlighted. Emphasis will also be devoted to applications of these materials in sensors/actuators, energy harvesting, and solid-state heating/cooling. The symposium program will consist of invited, regular, and poster presentations.

Proposed Session Topics

  • Dielectric, piezoelectric, pyroelectric, electrocaloric, magnetoelectric, magnetostrictive
  • Electrostrictive, and other ferroic properties
  • Transport properties of multilayer multiferroics
  • Thin film growth, materials design, processing, and integration
  • Interfaces in multilayered ferroic heterostructures, functionally graded ferroics, artificial
  • Multiferroics
  • Structure: defects and doping; the relationship between materials growth, microstructure, and the relation between microstructure and physical properties
  • Theory and modeling
  • Technological applications ranging from medicine to aerospace industry: tunable high dielectric materials for high frequency applications; micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS); sensors, transducers, and non-linear optical devices; ferroelectric memories; active/smart materials, vibration damping, actuators, artificial muscles, self assembled actuators and devices; electrocaloric heating/cooling

Session Organizers

  • Melanie W. Cole, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA
  • S. Pamir Alpay, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Dietrich Hesse, Max-Plank-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik, Germany

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