A tentative program is shown below.

The lectures will be held at M10 in Chemical Sciences buliding.

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Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5


Definitions of Ferroelectricity

Thin films – fabrication and application

General overview of measurement techniques

First Principles Techniques

General Applications


Crystal Chemistry




Diffraction Techniques incl. electron microscopy

Solid state synthesis (low temp synthesis, polycrystalline and single crystals)

Application 2


Physics of Ferroelectricity

Defect Chemistry in metal oxides 


Piezoresponse force microscopy 1

Relaxor Ferroelectrics

Novel Device applications


Phase Transitions


Low frequency dissipation and conductivity mechanisms

Piezoresponse force microscopy 2

Quantum effects in ferroelectrics 



Domains and Domain Walls

Tutorial and homework

Video demonstrations  (PFM, XRD)

Tutorial and homework


Confirmed Speakers:

Dragan Damjanovic (EPFL, Switzerland)

Alexei Gruverman (University of Nebraska–Lincoln, USA)

Marty Gregg (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

Laurent Bellaiche (University of Arkansas, USA)

Kaushik Bhattacharya (California Institute of Technology, USA)

Jacob Jones (NC State University, USA)

John Daniels (UNSW, Australia)

Nagy Valanoor (UNSW, Australia)

Jan Seidel (UNSW, Australia)

Eddie Chu (NCTU, Taiwan)

Ho Nyung Lee (Oak Ridge National Lab, USA)

Paul Munroe (UNSW, Australia)

Shujun Zhang (University of Wollongong, Australia)

Brahim Dkhil (CentraleSupélec, France)