Special Issue "Ferroelectric Materials: From Fundamentals to Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. José Eduardo García
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Department of Physics, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya -BarcelonaTech, Spain
Interests: ferroelectric and related materials; functional ceramics; light–matter coupling in polar dielectrics; feroelectric domains and domain walls; relaxor ferroelectrics; piezolectricity and piezoelectric devices
Dr. José de los Santos Guerra
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Institute of Physics, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil
Interests: multifunctional materials; nanostructured composites; multiferroics and ferroelectrics related systems; electroceramics; thin-films; semiconductor ferroelectrics; bio-glass–ceramics and composites; artificial photosynthesis; energy storage and harvester materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ferroelectrics are functional materials covering a wide range of applications, from energy and transportation, through to environment monitoring and medicine, to electronic and communication technologies. These fascinating materials own versatile properties that have been exploited for a long time. However, new technological, scientific ,and social challenges keep ferroelectrics in the spotlight of materials science. For instance, device miniaturization and environmental concern have triggered extensive research in nanoscale phenomena and lead-free piezoelectrics, respectively. In addition, ferroelectrics have shown capability for energy conversion and energy harvesting, which are hot interdisciplinary topics expected to have a great impact on society. Therefore, the study of new materials properties and their functionalities are becoming essential, being one of the main goals addressed at integration within current technologies, processing, and devices. From a fundamental point of view, ferroelectrics are intriguing materials possessing the cabability to provide new functionalities via compositional and microstructural design, interfaces optimization, light–matter interactions, and so on. From this perspective, it is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Contributions on all types of ferroelectric materials, either experimental or theoretical studies, as well as potential applications are welcomed.

Dr. José Eduardo García
Dr. José de los Santos Guerra
Guest Editors

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  • Structure–microstructure–properties relationship
  • Lead-based and lead-free piezoelectrics
  • Relaxor ferroelectrics
  • Antiferroelectrics
  • Ferroelectric semiconductors
  • Advanced processing
  • Thin films, single crystals, ceramics and composites
  • Ferroelectrics-based energy harvesting
  • Nanoscale phenomena and size effects
  • Sensors and actuators

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Crossover from Ferroelectric to Relaxor Behavior in Ba1−xCaxTiO3 (x = 0.17) System
Materials 2020, 13(12), 2854; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13122854 - 25 Jun 2020
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The dielectric properties of Ba1−xCaxTiO3 (x = 0.17) ceramics were studied in a wide frequency range of 20 Hz–53 GHz. Diffused ferroelectric phase transition was revealed close to 339 K in the dielectric properties of ceramics. [...] Read more.
The dielectric properties of Ba1−xCaxTiO3 (x = 0.17) ceramics were studied in a wide frequency range of 20 Hz–53 GHz. Diffused ferroelectric phase transition was revealed close to 339 K in the dielectric properties of ceramics. The behaviour of distributions of relaxation times in vicinity of the ferroelectric phase transition temperature is also typical for order-disorder ferroelectric phase transition. However, at lower temperatures (below 200 K), the most probable relaxation increased according to the Arrhenius law. At lower temperatures the maximum of the imaginary part of dielectric permittivity versus temperature strongly shifted to higher temperatures when the frequency increased (from 125 K at 1.21 kHz to 300 K at 33 GHz). This behaviour was attributed to the dynamics of Ti ions. The origin of the crossover from ferroelectric to relaxor behaviour of Ba1−xCaxTiO3 (x = 0.17) ceramics is discussed in the paper. Full article
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