Special Issue "Piezoelectric Crystals"


A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Shujun Zhang
The Pennsylvania State University, N-333 Millennium Science Complex, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Website: http://www.matse.psu.edu/directory/faculty/shujun-zhang
E-Mail: soz1@psu.edu
Interests: Single Crystal Growth of optical, piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials; High temperature and high power ferroelectric materials; Lead free materials; Material characterization; Material processing, microstructure and property relationships

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Piezoelectric crystals are known to be sensitive to their environment and to undertake changes in their characteristics in relation with the external excitations they are exposed to. This property allows them to work as transducers, actuators, sensors, resonators or energy harvesters, to name a few.

The performances of the system they are integrated in clearly depend on their capability to convert one form of energy into another one: i.e., mechanical stress into electrical voltage/charge or electrical field into mechanical strain/acoustic power, and also how their characteristics can be affected by the level of external excitations.

We invite investigators to submit papers which discuss the development of high performance piezoelectric crystals, including ferroelectric crystals and non-ferroelectric piezoelectric crystals. These crystal systems include, but are not limited to, lithium niobate, relaxor-PbTiO3, (K,Na)NbO3 and (Na,Bi)TiO3 based lead free crystals, BaTiO3, quartz analogues, langasite crystals with ordered and disordered structures, oxyborate, fresnoite, melilite, ZnO, AlN/GaN, etc.

The potential topics include, but again are not limited to:

  • Crystal growth of piezoelectric materials, including the modelling of crystal growth
  • Property characterization (dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, pyroelectric properties, etc.) and their relationships to external conditions, such as electric field, stress, temperature, etc.
  • Advances in development of new piezoelectric crystals
  • Characterization of the properties under harsh environments, such as corrosive, erosive, high temperature, high pressure, vacuum, low pO2, hard radiation (gamma or neutron), etc.
  • Microstructure analysis and micro–macro correlation of the observed properties and their modelling
  • Study on the scaling effect of piezoelectric crystals and the size dependent properties (up to micro-, nano-scale), nanocrystals
  • Characterization or modeling of micro-, nano-domain behavior in ferroelectric crystals
  • Reliability and stability of the crystal properties, including aging and fatigue, etc.
  • Applications of the piezoelectric crystals and prototype demonstration.

Prof. Dr. Shujun Zhang
Guest Editor


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  • piezoelectric crystal
  • crystal growth
  • microstructure-property relationship
  • domain engineering
  • domain size engineering
  • piezoelectric property
  • ferroelectric property
  • pyroelectric property
  • transducer
  • sensor

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Last update: 4 September 2013

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