Probing structure-property relationships in functional ceramics demands an integrated approach that combines multimodal experimental approaches (light, X-ray, electron, neutron etc.) with theory and simulation. State-of-the-art characterization techniques that address multiple dimensions (2D, 3D and beyond), are multiscale (both spatially and temporally), and can capture dynamic material responses under external stimuli (electric and magnetic fields, stress and strain fields etc.) are necessary to answer many open questions in this field.

This symposium is intended to provide a bridge between the Basic Science and Electronics Divisions of EMA 2019. Half of the symposium will focus on rapidly developing experimental techniques best suited for characterizing functional ceramics, while the other half will focus on the use of these techniques, together with existing experimental and modelling approaches, to answer open structure-property questions. Materials of interest include, but are not limited to, energy storage materials, ferroics and multiferroics (ferroelectrics, electrocalorics, magnetoelectrics, relaxors), flexoelectrics, optical materials etc. The symposium is aimed at exposing scientists to new characterization techniques and unfamiliar research questions, to bring about new ideas and new collaborations. Methods for approaching the challenging material problems spanning functional interfaces, short range structural orders and long-range crystallinity will be featured. One of the sessions will focus on the work of early career researchers (untenured or newly tenured).

Proposed sessions                                                                                                        
  • Imaging and analytical techniques
  • Addressing open questions in functional ceramics
Symposium Organizers
confirmed invited speakers
  • Dominique Bernard, France
  • Marco Deluca, Materials Center Leoben, Austria
  • David Keen, United Kingdom
  • Jurij Koruza, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • Michael Manley, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Lane Martin, University of California, Berkeley, USA