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Design and Characterization of Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 January 2024) | Viewed by 1213

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Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Interests: materials for energy conversion and energy storage; smart sensor and actuator technology; ultrasonic transducer technology; power ultrasonics; battery health monitoring; energy harvesting; non-destructive evaluation by ultrasound; ultrasound for biomedical applications
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Dear Colleagues,

Energy harvesting is emerging as an attainable approach to convert the energy from the ambient including mechanical vibration, thermal energy, magnetic field, sound, and light into electricity for sustainable development of mobile electronic devices and sensor network systems. Innovative materials for energy conversion and storage serve as an alternative power supply, which are crucial to the advanced development of various wearable electronics and wireless sensors. This Special Issue plans to give an overview of state-of-the-art bulk, micro- and nano-scale energy-related materials (including single crystals, ceramics, polymers, alloys, and composites), which involves the advances in the materials design strategies, synthesis, characterizations, and applications.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Magnetoelectric materials
  • Piezoelectric materials
  • Pyroelectric materials
  • Thermoelectric materials
  • Triboelectric materials
  • Hybrid harvesters

Dr. Kwok-Ho Lam
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  • energy harvesting
  • energy conversion
  • lead-free materials
  • single crystals
  • ceramics
  • polymers
  • composites
  • thick film
  • thin film
  • wearable

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Samarium-Doped Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate Ceramics Fabricated by Sintering the Mixture of Two Different Crystalline Phases
by Guo-Cui Bao, Dong-Liang Shi, Jia-Ming Zhang, Fan Yang, Guang Yang, Kun Li, Bi-Jun Fang and Kwok-Ho Lam
Materials 2023, 16(20), 6781; - 20 Oct 2023
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The fabrication method plays a key role in the performance of lead magnesium niobate–lead titanate-based ceramics. (1 − w)[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.67Ti0.33O3]-w[Pb1−1.5xSmx(Mg1/3Nb2/3)yTi [...] Read more.
The fabrication method plays a key role in the performance of lead magnesium niobate–lead titanate-based ceramics. (1 − w)[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.67Ti0.33O3]-w[Pb1−1.5xSmx(Mg1/3Nb2/3)yTi1−yO3] piezoelectric ceramics were prepared by sintering the mixture of two different crystalline phases in which two pre-sintered precursor powders were mixed and co-fired at designated ratios (w = 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6). The X-ray diffraction results show that all the ceramics presented a pure perovskite structure. The grains were closely packed and the average size was ~5.18 μm based on observations from scanning electron microscopy images, making the ceramics have a high density that is 97.8% of the theoretical one. The piezoelectric, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties of the ceramics were investigated systematically. It was found that the properties of the ceramics were significantly enhanced when compared to the ceramics fabricated using the conventional one-step approach. An outstanding piezoelectric coefficient d33 of 1103 pC/N and relative dielectric permittivity ε33/ε0 of 9154 was achieved for the ceramics with w = 0.5. Full article
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