A new initiative at Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/L017563/1).
Functional Materials and Devices (FMD) is a rapidly evolving subject which underpins many aspects of modern life such as antennas, energy storage devices, multicomponent sensors and smart materials. However, functional materials and devices rely heavily on raw materials, which have geopolitical, geological and environmental constraints.
Between the 29th and 31st of May, the 8th International Conference on Electroceramics (ICE) was held at Nagoya University in Japan.
Topics covered at the conference encompassed most of the oxide functionalities, including piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics and ferroelectrics. Plenary lectures included Prof John Kilner (Imperial), Prof Harry Tuller (MIT), and Dr Nava Setter (EPFL).
Attendees included academics, students and industry representatives, which enabled some interesting discussions about the future directions of functional materials.
Becky receiving her prize
Becky attended as a speaker, talking about her work on control of morphology in barium titanate, for which she won a Young Presentation Prize.
There was also a moving memorial symposium for the late Prof Eric Cross (PSU) a pioneer in the ferroelectrics field, who passed away at the end of 2016, with contributions from former students and colleagues.