Bringing along the newest ideas, students from all over the world attended the 2016 Joint IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics, the European Conference on Applications of Polar Dielectrics, and Workshop on Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (ISAF/ECAPD/PFM) in Darmstadt, Germany from August 21-25, 2016. During the conference, students presented their research results and shared technical skills with their peers on a wide range of topics on the processing, characterization, and applications of dielectrics, pyroelectrics, piezoelectrics, and ferroelectrics. The UFFC Society promoted this event and provided great support to students to help them have a better experience in the conference.

Student Travel Awards. The UFFC-S, together with the JECS (Journal of European Ceramic Society) Trust, and the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), provided increased travel support grants to both student members and early stage researchers. This helped talented students and early stage researchers to have an opportunity to share their work with other researchers in this field.

Early Stage Researcher Get-Together. Undergraduates, graduate students, and early stage researchers from countries and universities throughout the world convened on Sunday, August 21st in one of the city´s breweries. This event gave students an opportunity to mingle and network with other participants in the field and become familiar with Darmstadt.


The early stage get-together brought students from across the world together in Darmstadt.

UFFC/ISAF Photo/Illustration Competition. The IEEE-UFFC’s student representatives started a new photo competition at ISAF that encouraged students to submit artistic photos and illustrations incorporating ferroelectric themes. Three winners were selected by the UFFC Adcom student representatives to receive the Gold, Silver, and Bronze prizes. The winners are Lokesh Rana (University of Delhi, India), Reema Gupta (University of Delhi, India) and Jinyan Zhao (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China). Congratulations!


The Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners of the ISAF Best Photo Competition


IEEE-UFFC President Clark Nguyen with students during the ISAF Banquet

Student Poster Competition. The Student Poster Competition was held to represent a prestigious recognition of the students’ achievements in ISAF, PFM, and ECAPD. Thirty-three student posters were selected to be the finalists and 12 students won the best student poster competition (6 for IEEE-UFFC and 6 for JECS Trust).

The IEEE UFFC best student poster winners were:

    1. Peter Keil (“Mechanistic insight into varistor piezotronics using doped ZnO bicrystals”)
    2. Andraž Bradeško (“SolidHstate cooler as an array of multifunctional cantilevers: simulation & experiment”)
    3. Guillaume Nataf (“Functional polar domain walls in ferroelastic calcium titanate”)
    4. Jan Schultheiß (“Effect of texturing on the polarization switching dynamics in ferroelectric ceramics ”)
    5. Stefania Oliveri (“Epitaxy, optical and acoustical properties of X-, Y-, and Z-axis oriented LiNbO3 thin films on sapphire substrates ”)
    6. Ashley Mason (“Chemical solution deposition and characterization of (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3-Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3 thin films”)

The JECS Trust best student poster winners were:

  1. Ady Suwardi (“Enhanced Ferroelectricity in (Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3)1-x – (Sm2O3)x Vertically-aligned Nanocomposite Thin Films”)
  2. Ruben Khachaturyan (“Polarization switching kinetics in PZT ceramics containing oriented anisotropic pores”)
  3. Young Hwan Lee (“Examination on the effects of various sputter deposition conditions on ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films”)
  4. Hyeokmin Choe (“Time-resolved reciprocal space mapping of Na0.5Bi0.53 single crystal under an alternative electric field”)
  5. Zeng Luo (“Growth and Characterization of High-Curie-temperature Ferroelectric Single Crystals of (1-x)BiScO3-0.05Pb(Cd1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3Ternary Solid Solution”)
  6. Florian Weyland (“Criticality: Boost of piezoelectric and electrocaloric properties”)

Congratulations to all of the winners!