2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

In March of this year, MRS leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix for the safety and well-being our members, attendees, staff and the materials community, and to reschedule as much of the program as possible into a special 2020 Joint MRS Spring and Fall Meeting.

This one-time-only joint event will take place in Boston, from Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4—expanding by one day to provide programming capacity. The program flow for each symposium is under development and will be announced in early July.

Symposium EL11—Lead-Free Ferroelectrics and Their Emerging Applications

Ferroelectric materials have diverse functionalities that enable numerous applications ranging from ferroelectric memory to energy harvesting, which have attracted continuous R&D interests. In particular, as an important member of the ferroelectric family, piezoelectric materials play an important role in various kinds of modern electronic devices, such as sensors, transducers and piezoelectric actuators. From the viewpoint of environmental protection and human health, high-performance lead-free piezoelectric ceramics have stimulated huge amounts of related materials research in past decades. More recently, there is a continuously increasing demand for high-power energy storage devices, in which dielectric and ferroelectric/antiferroelectric materials have many advantages such as fast charge and discharge processes compared to batteries and supercapacitors. Also, depending on doping, lead-free ferroelectrics can either serve as high-temperature capacitors or as oxygen conductors posing intriguing questions with respect to local structure. This symposium will cover the research frontier in ferroelectric materials from lead-free piezoelectrics, high-power energy storage materials to emerging applications. Both, world-wide active scientists and young professionals are scheduled to join for reporting and discussing hot topics in this field, including basic science issues, new phenomena, new materials, synthesis processes, characterization, and applications.

Topics will include:

  • Fundamentals of lead-free ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics, including studies on domains, domain walls and polar nanoregions
  • Advances in processing techniques of high-performance lead-free piezoelectrics, including, but not limited to high/low temperature sintering, additive manufacturing, aerosol deposition and wet chemistry fabrication.
  • Characterization techniques and property-structure relationship studies, including TEM, PFM, Synchrotron and neutron scattering, etc
  • New lead-free piezoelectrics, including polycrystals, single crystals, thin/thick films and composites.
  • Applications of lead-free piezoelectrics, including transducers, sensors, actuators and energy harvesting.
  • Lead-free dielectric, relaxor ferroelectric/antiferroelectrics for energy storage and electrocaloric applications.
  • Oxygen conductors

Invited Speakers:

  • Masaki Azuma (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Yang Bai (University of Oulu, Finland)
  • Andreja Benčan (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
  • David Cann (Oregon State University, USA)
  • Long-Qing Chen (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Mari-Ann Einarsrud (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
  • Jon F Ihlefeld (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Ill Won Kim (University of Ulsan, Republic of Korea)
  • Andreas Klein (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Jae-Shin Lee (University of Ulsan, Republic of Korea)
  • Yun Liu (The Australian National University, Australia)
  • Steve J. Milne (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Nikola Novak (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
  • Xiaoli Tan (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Satoshi Wada (University of Yamanashi, Japan)
  • Hong Wang (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Jiagang Wu (Sichuan University, China)
  • Jiwei Zhai (Tongji University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Jing-Feng Li
Tsinghua University
School of Materials Science and Engineering

Barbara Malic
Jožef Stefan Institute
Electronic Ceramics Department
+386 1 4773 431, barbara.malic@ijs.si

Jürgen Rödel
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Institute of Materials Science

Shujun Zhang
University of Wollongong
Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, Australian Institute of Innovative Materials
+61- 242981479, shujun@uow.edu.au