Since the time Joseph Valasek (then a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota) discovered ferroelectricity in 1920, ferroelectricity has made an enormous impact on science and technology. Whereas Dr. Valasek’s original research motivation was prompted by the need to develop an earthquake sensor, at present ferroelectric materials are included in high energy capacitors, energy harvesting systems, night vision sensors, transmitters & receivers in underwater acoustics, and diagnostic & therapeutic transducers in biomedical ultrasonics, as well as a bevy of actuators. In short, thanks to their outstanding piezoelectric properties, ferroelectrics are the mainstay materials for numerous electromechanical devices, such as already mentioned medical imaging transducers, actuators, and ultrasonic motors, to name a few. The progress in the past 100 years was huge and it does continue: for example, the piezoelectric coefficient d of ferroelectrics has increased from a few pico-Coulomb per Newton to thousands pico-Coulomb per Newton, for the benefit of all sensing and actuating devices.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Ferroelectrics, IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control plans to launch a special issue focusing on the piezoelectricity of ferroelectrics and its ever-expanding applications. The initiative is spearheaded by guest editors: Fei Li, Andrew Bell, Dragan Damjanovic, Wook Jo, Zuo-Guang Ye, and Shujun Zhang.
The wide range of topics selected for this special issue include, but are not limited to:
- PbTiO3 based ferroelectrics
- Lead-free ferroelectrics
- Relaxor-PT ferroelectric crystals
- Textured ferroelectric ceramics
- Organic and polymeric ferroelectrics
- High-temperature piezoelectrics
- Novel processing (including cold sintering) of piezoelectrics
- Novel concepts for ferroelectric material design
- Emerging piezoelectric applications
- Electrostriction effect for electromechanical applications
Both “Research Paper” or “Review Paper” manuscripts are welcome.
Authors are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the guidelines that would markedly facilitate the preparation of the manuscript:
The deadline for the submission is 31 March 2022.
We sincerely hope that you will contribute to this special issue and look forward to your submission.