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A new podcast by Mark Stewart from NPL has just been published on the Piezo Institute website, by the EU project team - Nanostrain - entitled A Geometry Independent Approach to the Measurement of the Piezoelectric Coefficient of Thin Films.

Next update from Project METCO:

High temperature piezoelectric materials for automotive, energy, process, electronics and medical industries

Electrocaloric cooling for “clean” refrigeration

Piezo Institute on AZOM.

NPL Open House 2014:

The National Physical Laboratory opened it’s doors on the 20th of May, the third time since 2010, to customers, students, employees, journalists, and partners. More than 4,000 visitors attended the event to see the amazing research we do.

New Podcast by Piezo Institute Director: Markys Cain

Paultre on Power - Professor Markys Cain on the Nanostrain Project for accelerated processor speeds (Podcast)

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Research Features

Perovskite materials lead to better LEDS.

Cigarette butts outperfrom graphene as supercapacitors

Business news: Morgan Advanced Materials teams up with Manchester University, UK for Graphene development.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has won a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) award from the TSB and will be partnering with Coventry University to work in the area of smart textiles.

Brazil's first player-powered football pitch unveiled
September 2014

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

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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.

21 Oct 2014
Design and vibration analysis of a piezoelectric-actuated MEMS scanning mirror and its application to laser projection
This study presents the design and analysis of a two-axis scanner driven by lead-zirconate-titanate

(PZT) ceramic. The proposed device consists of a silicon-based MEMS scanning mirror and a bulk-type

piezoelectric actuator. The MEMS process involves three ...

17 Oct 2014
Multiferroic material displays a novel spin structure that allows light to travel in only one direction
A research team led by Youtarou Takahashi from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science has demonstrated a novel phenomenon called magnetochiral dichroism, which prevents light from propagating parallel or antiparallel to the direction of magnetization. The discovery, ...

17 Oct 2014
Two-dimensional piezoelectric material forms basis of world's thinnest electric generator
Researchers from Columbia University and the Georgia Institute of Technology are laying claim to having observed piezoelectricity in an atomically thin material for the first time. The effect was demonstrated in the world's thinnest electric generator made from a two-...

17 Oct 2014
Light finds a one-way street
A multiferroic material displays a novel spin structure that allows light to travel in only one direction.

10 Oct 2014
Embedded 3D electromechanical impedance model for strength monitoring of concrete using a PZT transducer
The electromechanical (EM) impedance approach in which piezoelectric ceramics (PZT) simultaneously

act as both a sensor and an actuator due to their direct and inverse piezoelectric effects has

emerged as a powerful tool for structural health monitoring in ...

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The 59th Annual Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) Conference will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, just minutes from the Honolulu International Airport.

The conference will begin on Monday November 3 and end on Friday November 7, 2014. Members of the international scientific and engineering communities interested in recent developments in fundamental and applied magnetism are invited to attend the Conference and contribute to its technical sessions.


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

2015 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit
April 6-10, 2015
San Francisco, California.

The 2015 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit will be held in San Francisco, California. All technical sessions and non-technical events will be held at the Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco Marriott Marquis and The Westin San Francisco Market Street. Locations and schedules of individual symposia will be posted in early 2015 as available.

ICE2015 - 7th International Conference on Electroceramics

ICE2015 will occur at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel immediately following the International Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices, with one day of overlap. Separate conference registration will be required for attendance at each of these conferences. For more information on the ICE 2015, please visit the ICE2015 website.

The joint ISAF-ISIF-PFM 2015 conference will address the science and technological developments related to a broad range of functional materials, covering ferroics, pyroelectrics, piezoelectrics, dielectrics, nanocarbons, and their integration to enable new multifunctional devices, including sensors, actuators, transducers, memories, capacitors, electro-optic devices, magnetic devices, medical devices, and energy harvesting and storage devices. The joint forum provided by the ISAF, ISIF and PFM organizations will provide the unique opportunity for a productive interdisciplinary exchange of ideas on multifunctional materials and integrated functionalities among participants from industry, research institutes, and academia.

24-27 May 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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