2015 IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecture

posted Mar 13, 2015, 5:24 PM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 10:02 AM ]

Apil 9, 2:00 pm, UCLA Engineering IV, Tesla Room (53-125)

"Piezoelectric Films for Microelectromechanical Systems"

Prof. Susan Trolier-McKinstry
Materials Research Institute
Penn State University


Piezoelectric thin films are of increasing interest in low voltage microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for sensing, actuation, and energy harvesting. They also serve as model systems to study fundamental behavior in piezoelectrics. The seminar will discuss how materials are optimized for these applications, as well as examples of the use of piezoelectric films over a wide range of length scales. The key figures of merit for actuators and energy harvesting will be discussed, with emphasis on how to achieve these on practical substrates. For example, control of the domain structure of the ferroelectric material allows the energy harvesting figure of merit for the piezoelectric layer to be increased by factors of 4 – 10. Likewise, control of crystallographic orientation and substrate clamping enables large increases in the figure of merit for actuators. To illustrate the functionality of these films, examples of integration into MEMS structures will also be discussed, including adaptive optics for X-ray telescopes, low frequency and non-resonant piezoelectric energy harvesting devices, and piezoelectronic transistors as a potential replacement for CMOS electronics.

Susan Trolier-McKinstry is a professor of ceramic science and engineering, director of the W. M. Keck Smart Materials Integration Laboratory, and co-director of the Nanofabrication facility at the Pennsylvania State University. Her main research interests include thin films for dielectric and piezoelectric applications. She is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, an academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, a fellow of IEEE, and a member of the Materials Research Society. She currently serves as an associate editor for Applied Physics Letters, the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control. Twenty people that she has advised/co-advised have gone on to take faculty positions around the world.