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Research Features

Researchers identify one of world's thinnest piezoelectric materials
Jul 02, 2014

Supercapacitors to replace batteries!

A recent article highlights the work of scientists at Vanderbilt University who claim power can be delivered from a car's chassis rather than the costly and weighty batteries normally associated with a hybrid or electric car.

Piezoelectricity to the extreme
New piezo-ceramic offers hope  for high temperature sensor.

Collaboration to provide new insights into Advanced Materials

The understanding of advanced materials and how they perform under different conditions will be enhanced thanks to a new research collaboration between the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

Progress made in search for lead-free ferropiezoelectrics

Researchers at Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM) and CIMAV (Chihuahua, Mexico) have carried out a synchrotron powder diffraction experiment, designed to shed light on the controversial problem of the crystal structure of 
0.96(Bi0.5Na0.5) TiO3-0.04BaTiO3. 

The investigated material is a key component of the current international search for lead-free ferropiezoelectrics.

Read the full paper

NIST announes center to advance materials by design - see MRS Bulletin January 2014 for more information.

Development of a Thick Film PZT Foil Sensor for Use in Structural Health Monitoring Applications

Copyright: Cranfield University

Acoustic Emission (AE) monitoring is a technique of growing interest in the field of non-destructive testing (NDT). The use of AE devices to monitor the health of structural components is currently limited by the cost of AE equipment, which prohibits the permanent placement of AE devices on structures for the purposes of continuous monitoring and the monitoring of areas with limited access. Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) can provide solutions to these issues. The manufacture of a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) film 4.4μm thick on a 110μm thick titanium foil substrate for use as an AE sensor is presented. The thick film sensor is benchmarked against commercially available AE sensors in static and dynamic monitoring applications. The thick film AE device is found to perform well in the detection of AE in static applications. A low signal to noise ratio is found to prohibit the detection of AE in a dynamic application. Read the full paper

Ferroelectrics features on Nature front cover

The cover image of Nature (503:7477), published 28 November 2013, shows an oxide crystal generating electric current from incoming light. The image relates to a paper authored by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, USA, concerning the use of ferroelectric materials in photovoltaic solar cells. Read the full paper 

Cover image reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Nature Volume 503 Number 7477 copyright 2013

Material of the month: Lead zirconate titanate

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining have highlighted PZT as material of the month!

EC publishes draft work programmes

In advance of the official call, the European Commission has published the draft work programmes. These papers are being made public just before the adoption process of the work programmes to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of the work programmes 2014-2015. They are working documents not yet endorsed by the Commission and their contents do not in any way prejudge the final decision of the Commission.

Smart materials develop into genius materials

Apparently NASA are developing genius materials on-board the International Space Station. They describe them as self-assembling smart materials. However, they describe smart materials as engineered rather than those adapted from nature. (From Smart Materials Group).

Lead-free Ba0.9Ca0.1Ti0.9Zr0.1O3 piezoelectric ceramics processed below 1300 °C

The Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM) in collaboration with partners from Mexico have processed lead-free ceramics with high piezoelectric sensitivity at temperatures below 1300 ºC. This low thermal budget processing will facilitate commercialisation of the lead-free piezoelectrics.

Measurement techniques for piezoelectric nanogenerators

Ferroelectric Materials Combined with Graphene Could Lead to Faster Computers

Using 3D microdroplet printing scientists build synthetic cells and tissues

Piezo-resistive fibers enable "blood pressure watch" with continuous monitoring

NXP and Cherry team up to make an energy-harvesting wireless light switch

Piezo-MEMS enables wireless sensor networks

DRV2667 piezo haptic driver overview

MicroGen's Piezo-MEMS Vibration Energy Harvesters Enable Linear Technology SmartMesh™ IP Wireless Sensor Network

Teen builds flashlight powered by body warmth

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Piezo Institute Research Roadmap

The Piezo Institute authors the definitive Research Roadmap for piezo materials and technologies.

Registered members can access the chapters of this 200+ page document by clicking on the relevant links below:

1: Themes / Economic and Societal Challenges Addressed

2: Broad Scope Systems & Devices meeting the Challenges

3: Piezoelectrics and other Multifunctional Materials

4: Scientific topics and technologies enabling the systems and devices

5: Potential application domains / lead market sectors of new material S&T results

6: Context, including current bottlenecks

7: Motivation

8: Key performance figures (targets)

9: Activity in- and dynamics of the field, including the patent landscape

10: References

11: Timeline for R&D and applications

12: Dependencies / conditions to be addressed (regulations, standardisation)

13: Prioritisation for different (regional, national, European) funding schemes

14: Technology transfer possibilities and necessary education

15: Conclusions and recommendations

Featured news

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IBULE PHOTONICS was established by innovative technical experts including Sang-Goo Lee CEO and succeeded in the mass production of PMN-PT (lead magnesium niobium-lead titanate) single crystal for the first time in the world. It is now supplying 3"(inch) product principally and will supply 4" product in near future through continuous research.

17 Jul 2014
Static and dynamic finite rotation FE-analysis of thin-walled structures with piezoelectric sensor and actuator patches or layers
This paper deals with static and dynamic analysis of thin-walled structures with integrated

piezoelectric layers as sensors and actuators in the geometrically nonlinear range of deformations.

A variational formulation is derived by using the Reissner–...

17 Jul 2014
Analytical solutions to flexural vibration of slender piezoelectric multilayer cantilevers
The modeling of vibration of piezoelectric cantilevers has often been based on passive cantilevers

of a homogeneous material. Although piezoelectric cantilevers and passive cantilevers share certain

characteristics, this method has caused confusion in ...

16 Jul 2014
Microstructure-dependent piezoelectric beam based on modified strain gradient theory
A microstructure-dependent piezoelectric beam model was developed using a variational formulation,

which is based on the modified strain gradient theory and the Timoshenko beam theory. The new model

contains three material length scale parameters and can ...

09 Jul 2014
Dielectric, ferroelectric and magnetoelectric response in Ba 0.92 (Bi 0.5 Na 0.5 ) 0.08 TiO 3 ?Ni 0.65 Zn 0.35 Fe 2 O 4 composite ceramics
The magnetoelectric composites(1 ? x ){Ba 0.92 (Bi 0.5 Na 0.5 ) 0.08 TiO 3 }? x Ni 0.65 Zn 0.35 Fe 2

O 4 (BNBT?NZF) for x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4 were synthesized by solid state reaction methods to

study their structural, dielectric and magnetic ...

08 Jul 2014
Improved ferroelectric and leakage current properties of Er-doped BiFeO 3 thin films derived from structural transformation
Multiferroic pure and Er-doped BiFeO 3 thin films were prepared using a sol–gel technique. The

effect of Er-doped concentration on the crystal structure and on the ferroelectric and leakage

current properties of BiFeO 3 films were studied in detail. The ...

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14th International Conference on New Actuators & 8th International Exhibition on Smart Actuators and Drive Systems

23-25 June 2014

Bremen, Germany

European Conference on Applications of Polar Dielectrics (ECAPD-2014) in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 7 – 11, 2014.


The 3rd TYC workshop on Energy Materials

"Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage" 

10-12th September 2014 at UCL, London, UK.

Piezoelectric Micro and Nano Structures and their Applications
25-26 September, 2014
INSA-CVL, Blois, France

Topics inlcude:
- piezoelectric films and nanostructures
- devices (sensors, actuators, energy harvesters, and ultrasonic transducers)
- piezo-semiconductor nanomaterials
- modeling, synthesis and characterization
Deadline for early registration: August 31st, 2014


The forthcoming Electroceramics for End-users VIII conference is the next scientific event in the series of conferences dedicated to advances in electroactive materials and devices. Maribor, Slovenia. January 26 - 28, 2015

13th European Meeting on Ferroelectricity (EMF 2015), to be held in Porto, Portugal from the 28th June to the 3rd July 2015.


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