Probing structure–property relationships in functional ceramics demands an integrated approach combining complementary experimental probes (e.g., light, X-ray, electron, neutron) with theory and simulation. Spatially and temporally resolved multiscale state-of-the-art scattering, imaging, and/or spectroscopy techniques can capture dynamic material structure, composition, and microstructure under external stimuli (e.g., electric/magnetic fields, stress/strain fields), which are necessary to answer many open questions in this field.


This symposium bridges the Basic Science and Electronics Divisions, focusing on rapidly developing experimental techniques, big-data analysis, and modeling approaches to answer open structure–property relationship questions in functional ceramic materials and demonstrate use cases of these methods.


The symposium will demonstrate new characterization techniques and stimulate new research questions and collaborations. Methods for approaching challenging material problems spanning from functional interfaces to structural ordering will be featured. Contributions integrating novel applications of computational tools to predict and interpret scattering, diffraction, and microscopy data are also welcome.

Proposed sessions

  • Advances in scattering, imaging, and analytical techniques
  • Integrating machine learning into the structural measurement workflow
  • Advances in connecting local and global structure to properties
  • Addressing open questions in functional ceramics


Hadas Sternlicht, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, USA,

Co-Lear: Christopher Fancher (

Other co-organziers: James LeBeau, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Igor Levin, National Institute of Science and Technology

Mehmet Gulgun, Sabancı University (Turkey)

Megan Holtz, Colorado School of