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Multifunctional Polycrystalline Ferroelectric Materials

Processing and Properties


  • Covers processing and properties of both ferroelectric bulk ceramics and thin films

  • Reviews preparation and properties of these technologically relevant materials

  • Leading authorities cover the latest developments in the fields of preparation and properties of a wide range of polycrystalline ferroelectrics

  • Includes chapters on the analysis of mechanical properties of ferroelectric materials


Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 140)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Marija Kosec, Danjela Kuscer, Janez Holc
    Pages 39-61
  3. Maria Elena Montero Cabrera
    Pages 281-346
  4. Doru C. Lupascu, Jörg Schröder, Christopher S. Lynch, Wolfgang Kreher, Ilona Westram
    Pages 469-542
  5. C. Chima-Okereke, W. L. Roberts, A. J. Bushby, M. J. Reece
    Pages 543-572
  6. R. Jiménez, B. Jiménez
    Pages 573-616
  7. Jiři Erhart
    Pages 651-680
  8. Alfons Albareda, Rafel Pérez
    Pages 681-726
  9. Yago Gómez-Ullate Ricón, Francisco Montero de Espinosa Freijo
    Pages 727-772
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 773-782

About this book


This book presents selected topics on processing and properties of ferroelectric materials that are currently the focus of attention in scientific and technical research.

Ferro-piezoelectric ceramics are key materials in devices for many applications, such as automotive, healthcare and non-destructive testing. As they are polycrystalline, non-centrosymmetric materials, their piezoelectricity is induced by the so-called poling process. This is based on the principle of polarization reversal by the action of an electric field that characterizes the ferroelectric materials.

This book was born with the aim of increasing the awareness of the multifunctionality of ferroelectric materials among different communities, such as researchers, electronic engineers, end-users and manufacturers, working on and with ferro-piezoelectric ceramic materials and devices which are based on them.

The initiative to write this book comes from a well-established group of researchers at the Laboratories of Ferroelectric Materials, Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). This group has been working in different areas concerning thin films and bulk ceramic materials since the mid-1980s. It is a partner of the Network of Excellence on Multifunctional and Integrated Piezoelectric Devices (MIND) of the EC, in which the European Institute of Piezoelectric Materials and Devices has its origin.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de MadridConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICMM-CSIC)MadridEspaña

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