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ICC4 Electro-, Magnetic-, Optical-Ceramics and Devices Speakers

ICC4 and 3rd Ceramic Leadership Summit

Shaping the Future of Ceramics

Takuya Aoki, Chief Researcher, Materials & Process Development Center, Technology Group, TDK Corporation


Biography: Aoki is the Chief Researcher, Materials & Process Development Center, Technology Group, TDK Corporation. He joined TDK Corporation in 1993. After joining, he took charge of development of soft ferrite materials.


John A. Rogers, Lee J. Flory-Founder Chair in Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Biography: Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. At University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, his primary appointment is in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has published more than 300 papers and is inventor on more than 80 patents, more than 50 of which are licensed or in active use. Rogers is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, MRS and AAAS, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research has been recognized with many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009 and the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2011.


Michael Lanagan, Professor, Pennsylvania State University


Biography: Lanagan is Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and his current research activities focus on electromagnetic passive components for power conversion. His interdisciplinary approach attracts students and faculty collaborators from Engineering Science and Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry departments. Previously he was a staff ceramist at Argonne National Laboratory where he developed high-temperature superconductors and fuel cells. He received a PhD in Ceramic Science (1987) from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in Ceramic Engineering (1982) from the University of Illinois. He has co-authored over 250 publications in the areas of superconductors, microwave dielectric characterization and energy storage in capacitors.


Anke Weidenkaff

Anke Weidenkaff, Head, Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis Laboratory, EMPA – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research


Biography: Weidenkaff completed her PhD degree in Chemistry at ETH Zürich in 2000 and received the Venia Legendi for Solid State Chemistry and Materials Sciences from the University of Augsburg in 2006. She published more than 150 scientific articles on materials research in energy conversion technologies and was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Augsburg in 2007 and Professor at the Department for Chemistry und Bio-chemistry, University of Berne in 2008. As head of the “Laboratory for Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis” and member of the steering committees for the research programmes “Energy” and “Natural Resources and Polutants” she coordinates the research on Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis, and Materials for Energy Converter Technologies at Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Her research interests comprise the development, synthesis and characterisation of novel advanced functional materials (perovskite-type oxides and oxynitrides, halfheuseler compounds and carbon nanotube composite materials) for energy conversion and storage, i.e. solar water splitting, photocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis, thermoelectric converters, fuels cells, batteries and exhaust gas catalysis.



Jürgen Rödel, Professor, Institute of Materials Science, Technical University of Darmstadt


Biography: Rödel studied Materials Science in Erlangen (Germany) and Leeds (UK) and received his PhD from University of California at Berkeley also in Materials Science. After two postdocs at NIST in the US and Hamburg in Germany he became head of the ceramics group at TU Darmstadt in Germany (1994). While working on mechanical properties in ceramics and composites in the 90s he focuses now on developing new piezoceramics and dielectrics. Smaller efforts are devoted to varistors, contact materials and energy materials. He serves as director of the center for collaborative studies at Darmstadt on “electrical fatigue of functional materials”, which runs until the end of 2014 and has an active program for visiting graduate students and senior researchers. He received the highest science award for young scientists in Germany (Heintz-Maier Leibnitz Prize) in 1992 and the highest award for senior scientists in Germany (Leibniz Prize) in 2009.





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Chong-il Park, Kyocera America, Inc.


Biography: Park received his master’s degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University in 1975 and his doctorate in ceramic science from Rutgers University in 1979. Between 1975 and 1978, he received a Corning Research Fellowship, also through Rutgers. He Joined Kyocera International, Inc, as a senior engineer in 1979 and has held various positions within Kyocera’s operations including research and development, manufacturing, and quality. Throughout his career, he has worked on a variety of electronic packaging including cerdip, bullseye, optical, microwave, ball grid arrays to multi-chip modules and now many transmit and receive modules for radars. He is currently Vice President of Research and Development in addition to the Vice President of Manufacturing for Kyocera America, Inc. covering both the San Diego facility and the Tijuana, Mexico facility. He is also an officer for Kyocera America, Inc.



Noriyuki Inoue, Visiting Scholar, Pennsylvania State University


Biography: Inoue is a team leader in multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC) development department of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. He received his BS and MS in chemical engineering from Kyoto university. He joined Murata in 2000 and has worked on the research and development for MLCC and magnetic materials since then. He is currently working in the Center for Dielectric Studies in the Pennsylvania State University as a visiting scholar.





Jon-Paul Maria, Professor, North Carolina State University


Biography: Maria joined the faculty of North Carolina State University in 2002. His research focus includes thin film deposition via vapor and chemical routes, X-ray diffraction, novel materials development and novel integration for complex oxides, ferroelectric crystals, and dielectric property characterization. He has authored or co-author approximately 150 technical papers and holds 11 patents. He has particular experience and interest in thermodynamic approaches to materials design, and materials synthesis, using phase diagrams and Ellingham diagrams as primary tools for processing based research. He has used these approaches to understand phase separation and consequent structure property relationships in high K gate dielectrics, to understand and engineer crystal growth, to understand oxygen exchange reactions in energetic nanolaminates, to engineer base metal compatibility in thin film ferroelectric capacitors, and to create novel strategies for solar cell metallization. The research managed by Maria’s group is founded on bridging the fundamental principles of crystal chemistry, defect chemistry, and ceramic processing with the technology-capabilities available by thin layer synthesis.


Jörg Töpfer, University of Applied Science, FHS Jena


Biography: Topfer studied chemistry a the University of Jena, Germany, and he received a PhD from that university in Solid State chemistry in 1991. After a post-doc position at the Laboratoire de Chimie du Solide at Bordeaux, France, he held post-doc positions at Cornell University, NY, with R. Dieckmann and at the University of Texas at Austin, TX with J. Goodenough. He joined the Hermsdorf Institute of Technical Ceramics (now Fraunhofer IKTS) in 1997 and became a group leader for magnetic materials. In 2000 he joined the faculty of the Univ. of Appl. Sciences Jena as a professor for Inorganic Chemistry and Ceramics. His research interests include magnetic and semiconducting oxide ceramics as well as passive components and LTCC materials.



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