Symposium 18: Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Materials, Devices, and Applications

This symposium is intended to provide an international, interdisciplinary forum for scientists and engineers from academia, industry, and national laboratories interested in the research, design, characterization, development, manufacturing, and applications/utilization of ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials. The purpose of this symposium is to cover a wide spectrum of research activities, from the basic science to applied technological applications spanning diverse areas of ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics. Additionally, this symposium serves to unite researchers from a broad range of disciplines to discuss the current state-of-the-art, issues, physics, engineering, and future challenges as related to ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials, components, structures, sensors, and devices. Abstracts focusing on the understanding of ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials utilizing theoretical, experimental, and/or novel sophisticated characterization methods are an important theme in this proposed symposium. In particular, the relationships between materials growth and microstructure, and between microstructure and physical properties will be highlighted. In addition, research which combines experiment and theory will be an important emphasis of this symposium. Sessions will consist of both oral and poster presentations.

Session topics include (but will not be limited to):

• Materials design, processing, and integration
• Piezoelectric, pyroelectric, electrocaloric, magnetoelectric, magnetostrictive, electrostrictive, and ferroic properties
• Structure investigations: defects and doping; the relationships between materials growth and microstructure,
  and between microstructure and physical properties
• Theory and computer simulations
• Multilayered ferroic heterostructures, functionally graded ferroics, and multiferroics
• Waves: ultrasound and microwaves
• Thin-film growth and substrates; integration issues
• Polymers, liquid crystals, and other advanced systems
• Ferroelectric relaxors, phase transitions, and critical phenomena
• Nanoscale technology and nanophase materials, interface characterization and mechanisms, and transport phenomena
• Technological applications ranging from medicine to aerospace industry: tunable high-dielectric materials for high-frequency
  applications; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS); sensors, transducers, and nonlinear optical devices; ferroelectric
  memories; active/smart materials, vibration damping, actuators, artificial muscles, self-assembled actuators, and devices

Invited speakers (tentative) include:

David Boyd (California Inst. of Technology, USA), Greg Carman (Univ. of California - Los Angeles, USA), Chonglin Chen (Univ. of Texas - San Antonio, USA), Chris Elsass (Agile RF, Inc., USA), Hoton How (Hotech, Inc., USA), Mathew Ivilla (U. S. Army Research Lab, USA), Chris Lynch (Univ. of California - Los Angeles, USA), A. Mortazawi (Univ. of Michigan, USA), Andrei Osinsky (SVT Associates, Inc., USA), Gopalan Srinivasan (Oakland Univ., USA), Susanne Stemmer (Univ. of California - Santa Barbara, USA), George Rosettti Jr. (Univ. of Connecticut, USA), Alexander Roytburd (Univ. of Maryland, USA), N. Sbrockey (Structured Materials Industries, USA), and Colin E. C. Wood (US Ferroics LLC, USA).

Symposium Organizers

Melanie W. Cole
U. S. Army Research Laboratory, WMRD,
Bldg. 4600, Deer Creek Loop, RDRL-WMM-A,
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005 USA
Phone 410-306-0747, Fax 410-306-0829,

S. Pamir Alpay
University of Connecticut, U-3136, 97 N. Eagleville Rd.,
Storrs, CT 06269 USA
Phone 860-686-4621, Fax 860-486-4745,
Luis-Fuentes Cobas
Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados,
Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua,
31109 Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico
Phone 52-614-439-1159, Fax 52-614-439-4823

Joseph V. Mantese
United Technologies Research Center, MS 129-25,
Office S134H, 411 Silver Lane, E. Hartford, CT 06108 USA
Phone 860-610-7442, Fax 860-998-9985,

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