BiographyDragan Damjanovic received BSc diploma in Physics from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Sarajevo, in 1980, and PhD in Ceramics Science from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 1987. From 1988 to 1991 he was a research associate in the Materials Research Laboratory at the PSU. He joined the Ceramics Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in 1991. He is currently a "professeur titulaire", heads the Group for Ferroelectrics and Functional Oxides at the Institute of Materials and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on structure and electrical properties of materials. The research activities include fundamental and applied investigations of piezoelectric, ferroelectric and dielectric properties of a broad class of materials.
Professional course2022 - present Professor Emeritus / EPFL
2016 - 2022 Group Head / Group for Ferroelectrics and Functional Oxides / EPFL
2008 - 2022 Professeur titulaire / EPFL
2006 Senior scientist (Maitre d'enseignement et de recherche) / EPFL
2001 Adjoint Scientifique / Ceramics Laboratory / EPFL
1999 Privat Docent / EPFL
1995 Lecturer and Research Scientist / Ceramics Laboratory / EPFL
1991- 1995 Research Associate / Ceramics Laboratory / EPFL
1988 - 1991 Research Associate / MRL / The Pennsylvannia State University
1982 - 1987 Research Assistant /Ceramics Sci and Eng/ MRL/ PennState
Recognitions and awards2022-2023 President-elect IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society
2021 The best teacher in the Materials Science Section (le Prix du meilleur enseignant SMX 2021) / EPFL
2021-2023 Humboldt Research Award
2020 Distinguished Service Award of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society
2018 IEEE Robert E. Newnham Ferroelectrics Award2018 Fellow, The American Ceramic Society
2017 International Award of the Japanese conference on Ferroelectric Materials and Their Applications
2014 Vice President for Ferroelectrics of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Frequency Control and Ferroelectrics Society
2010/11 Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society
2009 Ferroelectrics Recognition Award of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society
2009 Rodolphe and René Haenny Award
2009 Fellow, IEEE
2007 Outstanding Achievement Award by the International Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics
1986 Philips Fellowship for the PhD thesis work
1980 Gold Medal of the University of Sarajevo for best students (summa cum laude)
2021 Physical Review Letters, Editor's Choice, Featured in Physics (Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 167601 (2021))
2020 Applied Physics Letters, Featured article (Appl. Phys. Lett. 117, 102901 (2020))
2017 Applied Physics Letters, Editor's Pick (Appl. Phys. Lett. 110, 192905 (2017))
2016 Edward C. Henry Best Paper Award by the Electronics Div. of the American Ceramic Soc. (J. Am.Ceram. Soc.98, 3884 (2015)).2012 Edward C. Henry Best Paper Award by the Electronics Div. of the American Ceramic Soc. (J. Am.Ceram. Soc. 94, 293 (2011)) 2010 Applied Physics Letters, Editor's Pick (Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 062906, (2010))
Editorial activities and reviewing-Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2005- 2022)
-Associate Editor of the Journal of Electroceramics (2009 - ?)
-Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency control (since 2005-2019)
-Guest Editor of the special issue of the Journal of Electroceramics on Advances in Piezoelectrics (Vol. 19(1), 2007)
Reviews papers on a regular basis for: Physical Review (B, Materials, Applied), Applied Physics Letters, Nature , Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Journal of Applied Physics, Physical Review Letters, Journal of the American Ceramics Society, Advanced Materials, Advance Functional Materials; and occasionally for: Science, Science Advances, IEEE Transactions UFFC, Journal of Electroceramics, Sensors and Actuators, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Europhysics Letters, European Physical Journal- Applied Physics, Journal of European Ceramics Society, Materials Research Journal, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Physica Status Solidi and others (for an incomplete record of review activities see here)
Review project proposals for several European, American and Asian funding agencies
Committees and societies-President-elect IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (2022-2023)
-Member of the International Board of the Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic (2020)
-Steering Committee of the European Meeting for Ferroelectrics (since 2019)
-Advisory Board for the Asian Electroceramics Conference (since 2018)
-Fellow, American Ceramic Society (since 2018)
-Int. Advisory Board for Eur. Conference on Application of Polar Dielectrics (since 2015)
-2015 Evaluation Committee for ICMCB/CNRS, Bordeaux, France
-Advisory Board for the European Electroceramics Conference (since 2014)
-2014 Scientific Steering Com., Lab. Elec. and Ferroelectric Eng., INSA, Lyon, France
-Appointed/Elected Vice President for Ferroelectrics and the member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Frequency Control and Ferroelectrics Society (2015 - 2017)
-Panel member of the USA NSF Professional Development Workshop in Ceramics (2013)
-Elected Member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (2007-2009)
-Fellow, IEEE (since 2009)
-Member of the IEEE UFFC Ferroelectrics Committee (2005-2019)
-Member of the PiezoInstitute (since 2007) and member of the Advisory Board
-Member of the IEEE Sensors Council (as the Representative of the IEEE Ultrasonic, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society)(2002-2004)
-Member of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, Frequency Control Society standards committee on "Loss in Acoustic Materials"(since 1999)
-Member of the Scientific Management Committee of the European Community "POLECER-Polar Electro-Ceramics" Network (1999 - 2003)
-National leader of the VAMAS (Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards), Technical Working Area 24 "Performance related Properties for Electroceramics" (since 1999)
12th International Conference on High-Performance Ceramics (12th CICC), Suzhou, China, November 14-17, 2021; (plenary speaker/postponed due to COVID)
Joint IEEE ISAF-ISIF-PFM, Sydney, Australia, May 16-20, 2021; (plenary speaker)
19th International Conference on Internal Friction and Mechanical Spectroscopy, Moscow, Russia, June 29–July 3, 2020; (plenary speaker/postponed due to COVID19)
European Conference on Applications of Polar Dielectrics (ECAPD-2020), Trondheim, Norway, June 14-17, 2020; (invited talk; Cancelled COVID19)
International Workshop on Piezoelectric Materials and Applications in Actuators 2019, Lyon, France, Oct. 1–4, 2019; (invited speaker)
17th International Symposium on Electrets, Limerick, Ireland, Sept. 2-6, 2019; (invited speaker)
Electronic Materials and Applications - EMA-2019, Orlando, FL, USA, Jan. 23–25, 2019; (invited speaker/Cancelled)
Materials Science & Technology - MS&T 2018, Sosman Award Symposium "Lead-free Piezoceramics: From Local Structure to Application", Columbus Ohio, USA, Oct. 14-18, 2018; (invited speaker)
Materials Science & Technology - MS&T 2018, Symposium "Advances in Dielectric Materials and Electronic Devices", Columbus Ohio, USA, Oct. 14-18, 2018; (invited speaker)
54th International Conference on Microelectronics, Devices and Materials
with the Workshop on Sensors and Transducers - MIDEM, Ljubljana Slovenia. Oct. 3 -5, 2018; (plenary speaker)
European MRS (E-MRS), Symposium "Phase transitions and properties of ferroics in the form of single crystals, ceramics and thin films", Warszaw, Poland, September 17-20, 2018; (invited speaker)
Electroceramics XVI, Hasselt, Belgium, July 9-12, 2018; (invited speaker)
Joint IEEE ISAF-FMA-AMF-AMEC-PFM, Hiroshima, Japan, May 27-June 1, 2018; (invited speaker)
MRS Fall meeting, Symposium Oxide Interfaces: Lattice and Electronic Defect Interactions, Boston, USA, Nov. 26–Dec 1, 2017; (invited speaker)
The 34th Meeting on Ferroelectric Materials and Their Applications - FMA34, Kyoto, Japan, May 31–June 3, 2017; (invited speaker)
The IV Serbian Ceramic Society Meeting, Beograd, Serbia, June 14-16, 2017; (invited speaker)
IEEE International Symposium on Application of Ferroelectrics (ISAF 2017), Tutorial "Domain walls and defects" and "Morphotropic phase boundary", Atlanta, USA, May 7, 2017; (invited tutorial speaker)
Electronic Materials and Applications - EMA-2017, Orlando, FL, USA, Jan. 18–20, 2017; (invited speaker)
Seminar at NaMLab / Technical University of Dresden, Germany, Dec. 19, 2016; (invited speaker)
13th International Symposium on Ferroic Domains & Micro- to Nano-scopic Structures (ISFD-13), Vancouver, Canada, October 2-6, 2016; (invited speaker)
Electroceramics XV, Limoges, France, June 27-29, 2016; (invited speaker)
Summer School on Electroceramics "Process, microstructure and properties of electroceramics: issues and recent advances", Tutorial "Introduction to piezoelectrics and lead free piezoelectric materials"Limoges, France, June 23-25, 2016; (invited tutorial speaker)
Workshop "Modelling of refractory materials and ceramics, with a view to technological applications", University of Trento, Italy, April 22, 2016; (invited speaker)
Electronic Materials and Applications - EMA-2016, Orlando, FL, USA, Jan. 20-22, 2016; (invited speaker)
13th EMF - European Meeting on Ferroelectricity, Porto, Portugal, June 28-July 3, 2015; (invited speaker)
3rd International Conference of The Serbian Society for Ceramic Materials, Belgrade, Serbia, June, 15 - 17, 2015;(plenary speaker)
Seminar on lead-free piezoelectrics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, June 8,2015;(invited speaker)
ICE 2015 - 7th International Conference on Electroceramics, State College / Penn State Univ., USA, May 13 - 16, 2015; (invited speaker)
The 8th International Biannual Conference on Electroceramics for End-users, Pohorje, Slovenia, January 25-28, 2015; (invited tutorial)
MRS Fall Meeting, Symposium "Frontiers of Complex Oxides", Boston, USA, Nov. 30 - Dec. 5, 2014; (invited speaker)
Materials Science Colloquium, Argonne National Laboratory, USA, September 4, 2014; (invited speaker).
Electroceramics XIV, Bucharest, Romania, June 16-20, 2014; (invited speaker)
Workshop on the Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials, Washington DC, USA, Jan. 26-29, 2014; (invited speaker)
Electronic Materials and Applications - EMA-2014, Orlando, FL, USA, Jan. 22-24, 2014; (invited speaker)
International Meeting on Ferroelectricity - IMF 13, Krakow, Poland, Sept. 2-6, 2013; (plenary speaker)
Bosch Research Center, Applied Research, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 23, 2013, (invited speaker)
The NSF Professional Development Workshop in Ceramics, organized by the Ceramics Program in the Division of Materials Research of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF),Quebec City, Canada, August 13-14, 2013; (invited panelist)
10th Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology: Advances in Electroceramics, San Diego, CA, USA, June 2-7, 2013; (invited speaker)
Department for Electronic Ceramics and JSI Post-graduate School, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 6-9, 2013 (invited speaker).
Electronic Materials and Applications - EMA-2013, Orlando, FL, USA, Jan. 23 - 25, 2013; (invited speaker)
UK Ferroelectrics Meeting, Sheffield, UK, Jan. 17-18, 2013; (invited speaker)
The 8th Asian Meeting on Ferroelectrics (AMF-8), Pattaya, Thailand, Dec. 9 - 14, 2012; (invited speaker)
International Workshop on Ferroelectric Relaxors, Edesheim, Germany, Oct. 7 - 11, 2012; (invited speaker)
Institute of Materials Reserach, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, Sept. 29, 2011; (Seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
The 20th IEEE International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics - ISAF XX , Vancouver, Canada, July 24 - 27, 2011; (Plenary speaker; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA - California Institute of Techology, Pasadena, CA, USA, July 20, 2011; (Seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
NIH Resource Center for Medical Ultrasonic Transducer Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, July 21, 2011; (seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Materials Reserach Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA, July 14, 2011; (seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
European Meeting on Ferroelectricity - EMF 2011, Bordeaux, France, June 26 - July 2, 2011; (Plenary speaker)
Robert Bosch GmbH, Bamberg, Germany, June 8, 2011; (Seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Institut of Materials Science, Technical University Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, June 7, 2011; (Seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid - CSIC, Madrid, Spain, May 24, 2011; (Colloquia series; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
TDK-Epcos, Deutschlandsberg, Austria, April 1, 2011; (seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Institut for Chemistry and Technology of Materials, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, March 31, 2011; (seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Electroceramics for End-Users VI - Piezo 2011, Sestriere, Italy, Feb. 28 - March 2, 2011; (Keynote speaker; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Feb. 17, 2011; (Invited seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Fifth International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology - AMN-5, Wellington, New Zealand, Feb. 7 - 11, 2011; (Plenary speaker; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Technical Meeting of the 150th Committee on Acoustic Wave Device Technology, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, Dec. 10, 2010; (IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
University of Yamanashi, Kofu, Japan, Dec. 8, 2010; (seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
The 31st Symposium on Ultrasonic Electronics (USE2010), Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 7, 2010; (IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Electronics Ceramics Department, Jozef Stefan Insitute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Oct. 27-29, 2010; (seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Jozef Stefan Insitute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Oct. 27-29, 2010; (lecture; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Department of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 19, 2010; (seminar; IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
The 10th International Symposium on Ferroic Domains, Prague, Czech Republik, Sept. 20 - 24, 2010; (invited speaker)
The 19th International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics (ISAF) and the 10th European Conference on the Applications of Polar Dielectrics (ECAPD), Edinburgh, Scottland / UK, Aug 9 - 12, 2010; (invited speaker)
Electroceramics XII, Trondheim, Norway, June 14 - 17, 2010; (invited speaker)
American Physical Society March Meeting 2010, Portland, Oregon / USA, March15 - 19, 2010; (invited speaker)
Institut für Keramik im Maschinenbau, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Karlsruhe, Germany, December 9-10, 2009; (invited seminar)
Joint meeting of the 12th International Meeting on Ferroelectricity (IMF) and 18th IEEE International
Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics (ISAF), Xi'an, China, August 23 - 27, 2009; (invited speaker)
German Physical Society Meeting (Condensed Matter Section- Dielectric Materials), Dresden, Germany, March 22 - 27, 2009; (invited speaker)
Piezo 2009 - Electroceramics for End Users, Zakopane, Poland; March 1-4, 2009 (invited speaker)
The 33rd International Conference on Advanced Ceramcs and Composites - Symposium on Avanced Dielectric, Piezoelectric, Ferroelectric, and Multiferroic Materials, Daytona Beach, Florida / USA, January 18 - 23, 2009; (invited speaker)
The 2nd International Congress on Ceramics, Verona, Italy; Jun 29- July 4, 2008 (keynote speaker / opening lecture of the Session on Electro-, Magnetic-, Optical- ceramics and devices)
XVI IEEE International Symposium on Application of Ferroelectrics, Santa Fe, New Mexico / USA, Feb 24-27, 2008; (plenary speaker)
Ferroelectrics UK 2007, Dundee, Scotland; Aug 20- 21, 2007 (invited speaker)
The 3rd International Conference on Electroceramics- ICE 2007, Arusha, Tanzania; Jul 31-Aug 3, 2007 (invited speaker)
The 10th International Conference of the European Ceramic Society, Berlin, Germany; Jun 17-21, 2007 (invited speaker)
AMEC-5, 5th Asian Meeting on Electroceramics, Bangkok,Thailand; Dec. 10-14, 2006; (invited speaker)
Kermat, International Symposia on Advanced Ceramic Materials, Rimini, Italy; Sep. 28th to Oct. 2nd, 2006; (invited speaker)
8th European Conference on Applications of Polar Dielectrics (ECAPD'8), Metz, France; September 5th to 8th, 2006; (invited speaker)
XV IEEE International Symposium on Application of Ferroelectrics, Sunset Beach, North Carolina, USA, July 30-Aug 2, 2006; (plenary speaker)
German National Science Foundation Center of Excellence on Electric Fatigue in Functional Materials, Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany; 14-15 June 2006; (invited seminar)
European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on Crackling Noise, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, Torino, Italy; 24-27 May 2006; (invited speaker)
Piezoceramics for end-users II From electroactive materials to multifunctional integrated devices, European Polecer Network Meeting, Lillehammer, Norway, March 6-8, 2006.(invited speaker).
29th Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in conjunction with American Ceramic Society Electronic Division Fall Meeting, Cocoa Beach, FL, USA; Jan 23-28, 2005 (invited speaker)
Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, USA, Nov 29-Dec 3, 2004. (invited speaker)
1st International Workshop on Smart Materials and Structures, Kiel, Germany, Oct 7-8, 2004. (plenary speaker)
Murata Manufacturing Co., Kyoto, Japan, Aug 30, 2004. (seminar; invited speaker)
8th International Symposium on Ferroic Domains, Tsukuba, Japan, Aug 24-27, 2004. (invited speaker)
The 9th International Conference on Electronic Ceramics & Applications-Electroceramics IX, May 31-June 3, 2004, Cherbourg, France (invited speaker)
Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, USA, May 14, 2004 (seminar; Invited speaker)
Integrated piezoelectric devices, European Polecer Network Meeting, Courmayeur, Italy, Feb 2-4, 2004.(invited speaker)
55 years of Ferroelectrics, a symposium in honor of 80th birthday of Prof. L.E. Cross; Leeds, UK; Sept. 21-23, 2003 (invited speaker)
Gordon Research Conference, Solid State Science-Ceramics, Aug 10-15, 2003, NH, USA (invited speaker)
"Characterization and Properties of Polar Oxides" European POLECER Network Workshop Capri, Italy; June 8-11, 2003 (invited speaker)
27th Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in conjunction with American Ceramic Society Electronic Division Fall Meeting, Cocoa Beach, FL, USA; Jan 26-31, 2003 (invited speaker)
7th International Symposium on Ferroic Domains- ISFD 7, Giens, France; September 15 - 19, 2002 (invited speaker)
3rd International Conference on Ultrasound Biomedical Microscanning, The Netherlands, September 11-14, 2002, (invited speaker)
"Piezoelectric materials for end users," European POLECER Network forum, Interlaken, Switzerland; Feb 24-27, 2002 (2 invited presentations)
104 American Ceramic Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis,USA; April 28 - May 1, 2002 (invited speaker)
Department of Physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - EPFL, Lausanne; Nov. 21, 2001 (invited speaker)
Materials Week 2001, Symposium Advanced Ceramic Materials, Multifunctional Ceramics, Munich, Germany; Oct 1-4,2001, (keynote speaker)
V Reunion Nacional de Electroceramica, Barcelona, Spain; 31. May - 1. June 2001 (plenary speaker)
UK Ferroelectrics Symposium, U. of Sheffield, United Kingdom; April 11-12, 2001 (invited speaker)
Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, Materials Department, Torino, Italy; Dec 12-13, 2000 (invited speaker)
3rd European Workshop on Piezoelectric Materials: Crystal Growth, Properties, Prospects, Montpellier, France; October 5-6, 2000, (invited speaker)
IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics, ISAF 2000, Honolulu, Hawaii; July-Aug 2000 (invited speaker)
Workshop "Piezoelectric materials and applications," Polytechnic University of Barcelona, Spain; 13. April 2000 (invited speaker)
Electrocerámica IV Reunion Nacional and II Conferencia Iberoamericana de Materiales Electrocerámicos, Madrid, Spain; 3-4 June 1999 (plenary speaker)
NATO Advanced Research Workshop "Piezoelectric materials: Advances in Science, Technology and Applications" Predeal, Romania; 24-27 May 1999 (key note speaker)
French-Spanish Meeting on Applications of Piezoelectricity, Barcelona, Spain; 29-30 October 1998 (invited speaker)
IEEE International Symposium on Frequency Control, Pasadena, CA, USA; May 27-May 29, 1998. (invited speaker)
The 5th International Symposium on Ferroic Domains and Mesoscopic Structures (ISFD-5), The Pennsylvania State University, USA; April 6-10, 1998. (invited speaker
Institut für Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik-RWTH-Aachen University of Technology, Aachen, Germany; 17. March 1998. (invited speaker)
The Annual Meeting of the Danish Ceramic Society, Copenhagen, Denmark; 19. Nov 1997 (plenary speaker)
Ceramics Laboratory, Jozef Stefan Institut, Ljubljana, Slovenia; 6. February 1996. (invited speaker)
Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, USA; Nov. 30-Dec.6, 1996 (invited speaker)
IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics, ISAF '96, Rutgers U., East Brunswick, NJ, USA; Aug. 18-21, 1996. (invited speaker)
The 4th International Conference on Electronic Ceramics & Applications ELECTROCERAMICS IV, RWTH Aachen, Germany; Sept 5-7, 1994.(invited speaker)
ONREUR (US Office of Naval Research - European Office) Workshop "Perspectives of Piezoelectric Materials Research," Elvetham Hall, London; 21.-24. February 1993. (invited speaker)
Organizer of the International Symposium on PiezoCrystals and Their Applications (sponsor Office of Naval Research - Global) (2019, Lausanne, CH)
General Program Chair for the joint IEEE International Symposium on Application of Ferroelectrics, European Meeting on Ferroelectricity, International Meeting on Electroceramics, PiezoMEMS and Piezoforce Microscopy workshop (f2cPi2) (2019, Lausanne, CH)
Program co-organizer for Session “Smart sensors, transducers, actuators, and MEMS” at the 6th International Symposium on Integrated Functionalities (ISIF 2017) (2017, New Delhi, India)
Technical Program Co-Chair, IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics (joint ISAF/ECAPD/PFM) (2016, Darmstadt, D)
Technical program Co-chair of the joint IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics (ISAF), and joint IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS) and European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF) (2013, Prague, Czech R.)
Member of the technical program committee of the ICC3 2010 (3rd International Conference on Ceramics) (Nov 2010, Osaka, Japan)
Member of the technical program committee of the 19th ISAF - 10th ECAPD (International Symposium on Application of Ferroelectrics - European Conference on Application of Polar Dielectrics) (Aug 2010, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Member of the technical program committee of the ICE 2009 (International Conference on Electroceramics) (Dec 2009, India)
Member of the technical program committee of the ICE 2007 (International Conference on Electroceramics) (Aug 2007, Arusha Tanzania)
Responsible for the technical program and proceedings co-editor for three international conferences organized by the Ceramics Laboratory, EPFL, held in Montreux, Switzerland, 24 - 27 August 1998: 6th International Conference on Electronic Ceramics & Applications (Electroceramics VI); 11th IEEE International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics (ISAF); and 4th European Conference on Applications of Polar Dielectrics (ECAPD)
Member of Advisory board of other international conferences
Induced giant piezoelectricity in centrosymmetric oxidesScience. 2022-02-11. Vol. 375, num. 6581, p. 653-657. DOI : 10.1126/science.abm7497.
Pyroelectric material property considerations for x-ray generationJournal of Applied Physics. 2022. Vol. 131, num. 11, p. 114503. DOI : 10.1063/5.0080924.
Multi-scale model for coupled piezoelectric-inelastic behaviorCoupled Systems Mechanics. 2021-12-01. Vol. 10, num. 6, p. 521-544. DOI : 10.12989/csm.2021.10.6.521.
Control of polarization in bulk ferroelectrics by mechanical dislocation imprintScience. 2021. Vol. 372, num. 6545, p. 961-964. DOI : 10.1126/science.abe3810.
Surface modified microfibrillated cellulose‐poly(vinylidene fluoride) composites: β‐phase formation, viscoelastic and dielectric performancePolymer International. 2021. Vol. 70, num. 9, p. 1316-1328. DOI : 10.1002/pi.6202.
Dielectric and electro-mechanic nonlinearities in perovskite oxide ferroelectrics, relaxors, and relaxor ferroelectricsJournal of Applied Physics. 2021. Vol. 129, num. 5, p. 054101. DOI : 10.1063/5.0035859.
Introductory course: Piezoelectric materials, properties and devices2020-11-23.
Local hard and soft pinning of 180° domain walls in BaTiO3 probed by in situ transmission electron microscopyPhysical Review Materials. 2020-10-07. Vol. 4, num. 10, p. 104403. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.4.104403.
Connecting the Multiscale Structure with Macroscopic Response of Relaxor FerroelectricsAdvanced Functional Materials. 2020-10-05. p. 2006823. DOI : 10.1002/adfm.202006823.
Dynamic piezoelectric response of relaxor single crystal under electrically driven inter-ferroelectric phase transformationsApplied Physics Letters. 2020-06-04. Vol. 116, num. 22, p. 222903. DOI : 10.1063/5.0007820.
Balancing hyperbole and impact in research communications related to lead-free piezoelectric materialsJournal Of Materials Science. 2020-05-05. Vol. 55, p. 10971–10974. DOI : 10.1007/s10853-020-04721-4.
Quasi-Rayleigh model for modeling hysteresis of piezoelectric actuatorsSmart Materials and Structures. 2020-04-07. Vol. 29, num. 7, p. 075012. DOI : 10.1088/1361-665X/ab874b.
Balancing hyperbole and impact in research communications related to lead-free piezoelectric materials (Retraction of Vol 54, Pg 11759, 2019)Journal Of Materials Science. 2020-03-24. Vol. 55, p. 7998. DOI : 10.1007/s10853-020-04570-1.
Ultra-high piezoresponse in tantalum doped potassium sodium niobate single crystalApplied Physics Letters. 2020. Vol. 116, num. 11, p. 112902. DOI : 10.1063/5.0002178.
Giant shape memory and domain memory effects in antiferroelectric single crystalsMaterials Horizons. 2019. Vol. 6, num. 8, p. 1699-1706. DOI : 10.1039/C9MH00352E.
Vapour growth, morphology, absolute structure and pyroelectric coefficient of meta-nitroaniline single crystalsJournal of Applied Crystallography. 2019. Vol. 52, num. 3, p. 564-570. DOI : 10.1107/S160057671900414X.
Improved mechanical dispersion or use of coupling agents? Advantages and disadvantages for the properties of fluoropolymer/ceramic compositesPolymer. 2018. Vol. 154, p. 8-16. DOI : 10.1016/j.polymer.2018.08.061.
Strain generation and energy-conversion mechanisms in lead-based and lead-free piezoceramicsMRS Bulletin. 2018. Vol. 43, num. 08, p. 588-594. DOI : 10.1557/mrs.2018.157.
Local Structural Heterogeneity and Electromechanical Responses of Ferroelectrics: Learning from Relaxor FerroelectricsAdvanced Functional Materials. 2018. Vol. 28, p. 1801504. DOI : 10.1002/adfm.201801504.
Revealing the sequence of switching mechanisms in polycrystalline/ferroelectric/ferroelastic materialsActa Materialia. 2018. Vol. 157, p. 355. DOI : 10.1016/j.actamat.2018.07.018.
Long-range symmetry breaking in embedded ferroelectricsNature Materials. 2018. Vol. 17, num. 9, p. 814. DOI : 10.1038/s41563-018-0116-3.
Flexoelectricity in BonesAdvanced Materials. 2018. Vol. 30, p. 1705316. DOI : 10.1002/adma.201705316.
Domain walls and defects in ferroelectric materialsJapanese Journal of Applied Physics. 2017. Vol. 56, num. 10S, p. 10PA01. DOI : 10.7567/JJAP.56.10PA01.
Modeling losses of a piezoelectric resonator: Analytical vs finite elements analysis2017 Joint IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectric (ISAF)/International Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices (IWATMD)/Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM). 2017. 2017 Joint IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectric (ISAF)/International Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices (IWATMD)/Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM), Atlanta, GA, USA, 7-11 May 2017. p. 71-74. DOI : 10.1109/ISAF.2017.8000215.
Nanoscale Defect Engineering and the Resulting Effects on Domain Wall Dynamics in Ferroelectric Thin FilmsAdvanced Functional Materials. 2017. p. 1605196. DOI : 10.1002/adfm.201605196.
Piezoelectric softening by Nb substitution in (Ba,Pb)ZrOJournal of the American Ceramic Society. 2017. Vol. 100, num. 5, p. 1885-1895. DOI : 10.1111/jace.14718.
Ferroelectric domain continuity over grain boundariesActa Materialia. 2017. Vol. 128, p. 400-405. DOI : 10.1016/j.actamat.2017.01.065.
Domain-wall conduction in ferroelectric BiFeO3 controlled by accumulation of charged defectsNature Materials. 2017. Vol. 16, p. 322. DOI : 10.1038/nmat4799.
An All-Organic Elastomeric Electret CompositeAdvanced Materials. 2017. Vol. 29, p. 1603813. DOI : 10.1002/adma.201603813.
Free-Carrier-Compensated Charged Domain Walls Produced with Super-Bandgap Illumination in Insulating FerroelectricsAdvanced Materials. 2016. Vol. 28, p. 9498. DOI : 10.1002/adma.201602874.
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Current research interestsThe research is focused on properties of ferroelectric, piezoelectric and other multifunctional materials. The group investigates experimentally physical processes taking place at different length (pm to mm) and time (mHz to GHz) scales and how they affect macroscopic behavior of ceramics, single crystals and thin layers. Our interests include interaction of atomic defects with domain walls, symmetry breaking on atomic, mesoscopic and macroscopic scale, interface dynamics, dispersion, nonlinearity and hysteresis in the materials response, phase transition-related instabilities, and structure / microstructure - property relations.
Present projects include investigation of emergence of electro-mechanical coupling in complex oxides, properties of complex oxides at cryogenic temperatures, opto-thermo-chemo-mechano-electrical coupling in hybrid organometallic perovskites and oxide fluorites, morphotropic phase boundary systems, electro-mechanical coupling beyond piezoelectricity, and electro-thermal coupling. Besides the fundamental investigations, our research is also application oriented and the group contributes to the development of new materials for sensors, actuators and ultrasonic transducers and new applications for existing materials.
Selected new results___________________________________________________________________________
published in Science 375, 653 (2022) (doi: 10.1126/science.abm7497), full text link
Induced Giant Piezoelectricity in Centrosymmetric Oxides
Park, D.; Hadad, M.; Riemer, L. M.; Ignatans, R.; Spirito, D.; Esposito, V.; Tileli, V.; Gauquelin, N.; Chezganov, D.; Jannis, D.; Verbeeck, J.; Gorfman, S.; Pryds, N.; Muralt, P.; Damjanovic, D.
Piezoelectrics are materials that linearly deform in response to an applied electric field. As a fundamental prerequisite, piezoelectric materials must have a noncentrosymmetric crystal structure. For more than a century, this has remained a major obstacle for finding piezoelectric materials. We circumvented this limitation by breaking the crystallographic symmetry and inducing large and sustainable piezoelectric effects in centrosymmetric materials by the electric field–induced rearrangement of oxygen vacancies. Our results show the generation of extraordinarily large piezoelectric responses [with piezoelectric strain coefficients (d33) of ~200,000 picometers per volt at millihertz frequencies] in cubic fluorite gadolinium-doped CeO2−x films, which are two orders of magnitude larger than the responses observed in the presently best-known lead-based piezoelectric relaxor–ferroelectric oxide at kilohertz frequencies. These findings provide opportunities to design piezoelectric materials from environmentally friendly centrosymmetric ones. ___________________________________________________________________________
published in Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 167601 (2021) (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.167601)
Individual Barkhausen Pulses of Ferroelastic Nanodomains
Reinis Ignatans, Dragan Damjanovic, and Vasiliki Tileli
Ferroelectric materials, upon electric field biasing, display polarization discontinuities known as Barkhausen jumps, a subclass of a more general phenomenon known as crackling noise. Herein, we follow and visualize in real time the motion of single 90° needle domains induced by an electric field applied in the polarization direction of the prototypical ferroelectric BaTiO3, inside a transmission electron microscope. The nature of motion and periodicity of the Barkhausen pulses leads to distinctive interactions between domains forming a herringbone pattern. Remarkably, the tips of the domains do not come into contact with the body of the perpendicular domain, suggesting the presence of strong electromechanical fields around the tips of the needle domains. Additionally, interactions of the domains with the lattice result in relatively free movement of the domain walls through the dielectric medium, indicating that their motion-related activation energy depends only on weak Peierls-like potentials. Control over the kinetics of ferroelastic domain wall motion can lead to novel nanoelectronic devices pertinent to computing and data storage applications.
published in Nature Communications 12, 3509 (2021) (doi:10.1038/s41467-021-23600-3)
Atomic scale symmetry and polar nanoclusters in the paraelectric phase of ferroelectric materials
Andreja Bencan, Emad Oveisi, Sina Hashemizadeh, Vignaswaran K. Veerapandiyan, Takuya Hoshina, Tadej Rojac, Marco Deluca, Goran Drazic and Dragan Damjanovic
The nature of the “forbidden” local- and long-range polar order in nominally non-polar
paraelectric phases of ferroelectric materials has been an open question since the discovery
of ferroelectricity in oxide perovskites, ABO3. A currently considered model suggests locally
correlated displacements of B-site atoms along a subset of <111> cubic directions. Such offsite
displacements have been confirmed experimentally; however, being essentially dynamic
in nature they cannot account for the static nature of the symmetry-forbidden polarization
implied by the macroscopic experiments. Here, in an atomically resolved study by aberrationcorrected
scanning transmission electron microscopy complemented by Raman spectroscopy,
we reveal, directly visualize and quantitatively describe static, 2–4 nm large polar
nanoclusters in the nominally non-polar cubic phases of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 and BaTiO3. These
results have implications on understanding of the atomic-scale structure of disordered
materials, the origin of precursor states in ferroelectrics, and may help answering ambiguities
on the dynamic-versus-static nature of nano-sized clusters.
published in Science 372 (6545), 961-964 (2021) (doi:10.1126/science.abe3810)
Control of polarization in bulk ferroelectrics by mechanical dislocation imprintMarion Höfling, Xiandong Zhou, Lukas M. Riemer, Enrico Bruder, Binzhi Liu , Lin Zhou, Pedro B. Groszewicz, Fangping Zhuo , Bai-Xiang Xu, Karsten Durst, Xiaoli Tan, Dragan Damjanovic, Jurij Koruza and Jürgen Rödel
Defects are essential to engineering the properties of functional materials ranging from semiconductors and superconductors to ferroics. Whereas point defects have been widely exploited, dislocations are commonly viewed as problematic for functional materials and not as a microstructural tool. We developed a method for mechanically imprinting dislocation networks that favorably skew the domain structure in bulk ferroelectrics and thereby tame the large switching polarization and make it available for functional harvesting. The resulting microstructure yields a strong mechanical restoring force to revert electric field–induced domain wall displacement on the macroscopic level and high pinning force on the local level. This induces a giant increase of the dielectric and electromechanical response at intermediate electric fields in barium titanate [electric field–dependent permittivity (ε33) ≈ 5800 and large-signal piezoelectric coefficient (d33*) ≈ 1890 picometers/volt]. Dislocation-based anisotropy delivers a different suite of tools with which to tailor functional materials.
published in Applied Physics Letters, 117, 102901 (2020) (doi:10.1063/5.0018243)
Macroscopic polarization in the nominally ergodic relaxor state of lead magnesium niobate
Lukas M. Riemer , Kanghyun Chu , Yang Li , Hana Uršič , Andrew J. Bell , Brahim Dkhil and Dragan Damjanovic
Macroscopic polarity and its dynamic response to external electric fields and temperature in the nominally ergodic relaxor phase of pristine lead magnesium niobate crystals and ceramics, Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PMN), were investigated. Dynamic pyroelectric measurements provide evidence for persistent macroscopic polarity of the samples. Annealing experiments below and above Burns temperature of polarized samples relate this polarity to the presence of polar nano-entities and their dynamics. The dc electric field strength required for macroscopic polarization reversal is similar to the amplitude of the ac field where dynamic nonlinear dielectric permittivity reaches its maximum. Consequently, the aforementioned maximum is related to the reorientation of polar nano-entities. The results question the existence of an ergodic state in PMN below Burns temperature.
Projects"HOM-i-FEM: Homogenization Multiscale Model for inelasticity of Ferroelectric Materials", (with Adnan Ibrahimbegovic, Université de technologie de Compiègne, France), a Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) project in the framework Partenariat Hubert Curien / Germaine de Staël (2021-2022)
"New solutions for fast growing piezoelectric thin film demand for internet of things (IOT)," an Inosuisse project with Piemacs (2021-2022)
"Perovskite crystals: A) In-situ microscopic and nonlinar studies in PMN-PT B) Multiple properties coupling in organometallic halides", an Office of Naval Research- Global project (2020-2021)
"Phase field modelling and PFM study of defects in ferroic materials", (with Kunghyun Chu), a Swiss National Science Foundation project (2020-2021)
"Emergence of electro-mechanical response", a Swiss National Science Foundation project (2017-2021)
"Electrically and optically induced strain in single crystals of hybrid perovskites (methylammonium lead halides)", an Office of Naval Research Global project (2019-2020)
"Contribution of polar nano-regions to the large piezoelectric response in Pb-based relaxor ferroelectrics", an Office of Naval Research Global project (2018-2020)
Organization of the International Symposium on Piezocrystals and Their Applications, Office of Naval Research-Global funding (2019)
"High performance piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer for finger print detection" an Innosuisse project with Piemacs and The School of Management and Engineering Vaud (2018-2019)
"Ultrasonic Speed-of-Sound Sensor Platform" a Swiss-UK Eurostars project (with Rueger, Switzerland, and Ionix, UK) (2016- 2018)
"Origin of the macroscopic symmetry breaking in centrosymmetric phases of perovskite oxydes", a Swiss National Science Foundation project (2015-2017)
"Development and fabrication of a modular energy harvesting platform using electromagnetic and multilayer piezoelectric converters" a Swiss CTI project (with Namiki Precision of Europe) (2015- 2017)
Industrial Grant, Murata, Japan (2014-2016)
Industrial Grant, Adamant, Japan (2014)
"Universal ultrasonic broad-band system " a Swiss CTI project (Engotech, Berner Fachhochschule) (2012- 2013)
PiezoInstitute, EC virtual institute - Coordination and support action (2012-2015).
"Electro-mechanical coupling in lead-free materials and composites: piezoelectric solution and beyond", National Research Program "Smart Materials" - PNR62 project (2010-2012, 2013-2015)
"Novel technology for HIgh-PERformance piezoelectric Actuators - HiperAct" European FP7 Collaborative Project - Large-scale integrating project (Partners include: Noliac, Denmark; IJS, Slovenia; Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany; Piezoceram, Czech R; IPU, Denmark; Gwent Electronic Materials, Great Britain; Tecan, Great Britain; Risoe National Laboratory, Denmark; Vestas Wind Systems, Denmark; Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany; Hesse & Knipps; Germany; Fraunhofer Institute - LBF, Germany; ContiTech Vibration Technology, Gemany; Ricardo Deutschland, Germany; (2008-2011/2012). (with Dr. Enrico Colla).
"Broad-band electro-elastic response of ferroelectrics: lead free materials " Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS) project (2009-2011)
"Analysis of phase transition behavior in lead-free piezoelectric materials ", Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation Programme with Russia (2010)
"Multifunctional and integrated piezoelectric devices-MIND" European FP6 Nework of Excellence (Partners include: Ferroperm, Denmark; IJS, Slovenia; Ecole Central Paris, France; University of Tours-LUSSI, France; Centro Richerche Fiat, Italy; Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM)-CSIC, Spain; Cranfield University, UK; Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany; National Physical Lab., UK; Institute of Solid State Physics, Latvia) (2005-2007, extended to 2009).
"Broad-band electro-elastic response of ferroelectrics: understanding hardening and softening processes " Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS) project (2007-2009)
"Bioactive synthetic piezoelectric composites" EPFL College of Engineering Seed Fund (2008)
(funds awarded but not used)
"Inexpensive, high-performance, lead-free piezoelectric crystals and their applications in transducers for ultrasonic medical diagnostic and industrial tools and equipments-IMMEDIATE" European FP6 CRAFT project (Partners include: Ferroperm, Denmark; IJS, Slovenia; Imasonic, France; FEE, Germany; MTB Zurich; CERAM, Sweden)(2005-2007). Project web page: http://lc.epfl.ch/lc/electro/Projects/ImmediatePublic/Home.htm
"Electromechanical response in ferroelectric materials- Toward unified description of nonlinearity and frequency dispersion of electro-mechanical properties in ferroelectric materials" Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS) project (2004-2005)
"Miniaturized Ultrasonic, Engineered-Structure and LTCC-based devices for Acoustics, Fluidics, Optics, and Robotics - MINUET "European FP6 STREP project (Partners include: Ferroperm, Denmark; FIAT, Italy; IJS, Slovenia; Lego, Denmark; Ecole Central Paris, France; University of Tours, France; Imasonic, France; Tally, Germany; MTB Zurich; ) (2004-2007).
"Electromechanical response in ferroelectric materials-Piezoelectric anisotropy and disorder effects" Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS) project (2002-2004)
"Extrinsic electromechanical response in ferroelectric materials-Domain wall contributions" Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS) project (2000-2002)
"High sensitivity novel piezoceramics for advanced applications - textured, thick films, and multilayer structures - PIRAMID" European 5th Framework GROWTH Program project (Partners: G.I.P. Ultrasons, F; THALES (Thomson-CSF) - Laboratoire Central de Recherches, F; Ferroperm A/S, DK;Josef Stefan Institute, SI;Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM)-CSIC, E; SINTEF Materials Technology; N;Nanomotion Ltd, IL;Xaar Jet AB, S; Thomson Marconi Sonars SAS, F;Brüel&Kjaer Sound & Vibration Measurements A/S, DK;Vermon SA, F; Iskraemeco dd., SI; Medizintechnik Basler AG, CH) (2001-2004)
"Lead-free piezoelectric materials-LEAF" European 5th Framework GROWTH Program project (Partners: Jozef Stefan Institute-Ceramics Laboratory, Slovenia; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain; Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany; GIP "Ultrasons", France; Simrad AS, Norway; Ceram AB, Sweden; Karl Deutsch Prüf- und Meßgerätebau GmbH & Co., Germany; Ferroperm, Denmark) (2001-2003)
"Development of relaxor-based improved piezoelectric single crystals-DORIS" European 5th Framework GROWTH Program project (Partners: Vermon, Tours, France; MATECK, Julich, Germany; FEE, Idar-Oberstein, Germany; Institute of Crystal Growth, Berlin, Germany; CEA/CEREM(Center for Studies and Research in Materials, Grenoble, France)(2000 - 2002)
"Piezoceramic sensors for operation under reduced atmosphere "-PICROP European (EUREKA) and Swiss (CTI) project (Industrial partners: Kistler, Winterthur, Switzerland; Ferroperm, Denmark (1999- 2001)
"Extrinsic electromechanical response in ferroelectric materials" Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS) project (1998-2000)
"Reduction of aircraft noise by nacelle treatment and active control." - RANNTAC. European BRITE-EURAM project and co-author and project leader of the Swiss OFES project (Partners: Aérospatiale, France; SNECMA, France; Dornier, Germany; Mercedes-Benz, Germany; Rolls-Royce, United Kingdom; BMW, Germany; Metravib, France; Hispano Suiza, France; Ferroperm Denmark; and 11 other European industries and universities) (1998-2000)
"Piezoceramics for medical applications" - PIMET European (EUREKA) and Swiss (CTI) project (Partners: Medizintechnik Basler, Zurich, Switzerland; ETA, Grenchen, Switzerland; B-K Medical, Denmark; Ferroperm, Denmark; CERDEC, France; Université de Tours, France) (1997-2000)
"Extrinsic electromechanical response in ferroelectric and relaxor materials" Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS) project (1996-1998)
"High temperature piezoelectric pressure sensors." Swiss CERS / CTI (Committee for Innovations in Technology) project (Industrial partner: Kistler, Winterthur) (1992 -1995, 1995 - 1997)
"Piezoelectric sensors and actuators under extreme conditions." European COST (Cooperation on Science and Technology) 503 project (Partners: Ferroperm, Denmark, Quartz & Silice, France; and universities from Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and France) (1993 - 1996)
Teaching & PhD
Materials Science and Engineering
Doctoral Program in Microsystems and Microelectronics