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S3: Ferroelectrics and Multiferroics for Energy Applications



Ferroelectric or piezoelectric materials have the ability to transform mechanical strain energy into electric current or voltage. Converting available energy from the environment allows a self-sufficient energy supply for small electric loads, such as sensors, handheld devices, and radio transmitters. Magnetoelectric multiferroics show coupling between piezoelectric and magnetic orders that opens up possible applications in novel sensors and mechanical-vibration or magnetic energy harvesting. This symposium will address properties and functionalities of ferroelectrics and their relation to energy applications. Topics include ferroelectrics, antiferroelectrics, pyroelectrics, piezoelectrics, and nonlinear dielectrics for energy-related applications, such as energy storage and harvesting and related competitive alternatives. The symposium will particularly focus on cost-effective synthesis and device fabrication using piezoelectric or multiferroic bulk, thin films, and nanocomposites. This symposium is intended to serve as a platform to facilitate exchange of novel ideas and results and to establish collaborations among material chemists, physicists, and device engineers in the field of alternative and renewable energies.


Proposed Session Topics:

  • Synthesis and processing of ferroelectrics and multiferroics
  • Electromechanical phenomena of piezoelectric composites, actuators, sensors, and motors
  • Lead-free ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics
  • Nanoscale phenomena in ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials
  • Multiferroic oxides, heterostructures, and thin films
  • Ferroelectric photovoltaics
  • Photovoltaic, photocatalytic, and electrochemical effects
  • Pyroelectric, electrocaloric, and thermoelectric properties
  • Modeling and simulations
  • Energy applications of ferroelectrics and multiferroics


Symposium Organizers

  • Menka Jain, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Paula Maria Vilarinho, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Miguel Algueró, Spanish National Research Council, Spain


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