Symposium EP01—New Materials and Applications of Piezoelectric, Pyroelectric and Ferroelectric Materials
There has been significant recent interest in new emerging materials that are piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric. Many of these have other interesting opto-electronic properties as well. Together these enable a broad range of new applications from energy converting roadways and bulk photovoltaic materials to new opto-electronic materials for communications, sensors and actuators. This symposium will focus the basic understanding of mixed phenomenon in these materials, the theoretical prediction and realization of new materials and the incorporation of the new and existing materials in novel devices structures building on the piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric character of the materials. There has been an explosion of literature in this area to a large extent because of advance in the understanding of the properties of non-centrosymetric structures and the ability to grow high energy polymorphs with these structures. There is also an increasing emphasis on how polar materials can synergistically affect other functionalities. The symposium will focus on both the prediction and realization of these new materials and their emerging novel applications in opto-electronics, catalysis, data storage, energy conversion and energy storage.