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S4: Ferroelectrics and Multiferroics for Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage

Converting available energy from the environment can enable sustainable energy supplies for electric loads including sensors, handheld devices, and radio transmitters. Ferroelectric or piezoelectric materials have the ability to transform mechanical strain energy into electric current or voltage. Magnetoelectric multiferroics show coupling between piezoelectric and magnetic orders that opens the possibility of novel sensors and mechanical-vibration or magnetic energy harvesting. This symposium addresses properties and functionalities of ferroelectrics and their relation to energy conversion and storage. Topics include ferroelectrics, antiferroelectrics, pyroelectrics, piezoelectrics, and nonlinear dielectrics for energy-related conversion and storage, with a 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.


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 simulation
  • Energy conversion or storage using dielectrics, ferroelectrics and multiferroics



Ram Katiyar, University of Puerto Rico, ram.katiyar@upr.edu

Amar Bhalla, The University of Texas – San Antonio, amar.bhalla@utsa.edu

Menka Jain, University of Connecticut, USA, menka.jain@uconn.edu

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