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S2. Energy applications of electronic and ferroic ceramics: Synthesis, characterization, and theory

The growing use of ferroic ceramics in energy applications has led to increasing activity worldwide in their synthesis, theory, computation, and characterization. The many degrees of freedom and coupling of order parameters in ferroic systems present new opportunities in caloric materials, including electrocalorics, magnetocalorics, and elastocalorics. In ferroelectric materials, for example, electrothermal properties of ceramics are enabled by phase transformations, domain phenomena, and exotic polarization / magnetization / strain configurations in ferroelectric/magnetic/multiferroic systems, such as formation of skyrmions and vortex patterns. Furthermore, the application of multiferroics in caloric applications includes the development of combined caloric properties depending on electrical and magnetic phenomena. Generally, mechanical energy harvesting photovoltaic and photoferroelectric properties enable applications in novel environments.


This symposium brings together scientists working broadly in the field of energy applications of ferroic ceramics. Key directions include modeling domain phenomena in phase transformations, spanning mesoscopic/atomistic/continuum level modeling; ferroic oxide synthesis, including nanocomposite, multilayer, nanoscale, and mesoscale materials; novel techniques related to characterization of materials and measurement of properties; and systems-level analysis of ferroic materials in energy applications. Invited speakers address these four aspects and high-temperature applications (chemical and structural stability), the design of photovoltaic/pyroelectric/piezoelectric devices, and potential applications related to integrated circuits.


Proposed session topics

  • Processing
  • Characterization
  • Systems and devices
  • Theory/modeling

Symposium organizers

  • Paul G. Evans, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA;¬†pgevans@wisc.edu
  • S. Pamir Alpay, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Brahim Dkhil, CentraleSup√©lec/CNRS, France
  • Daniel Schreiber, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA
  • Quanxi Jia, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

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