Published: Control of Mg content and carrier concentration for Sb-doped Mg2Si

Our paper entitled “Control of Mg Content and Carrier Concentration via Post Annealing under Different Mg Partial Pressures for Sb-doped Mg2Si Thermoelectric Material” has been published in J. Solid State Chem. The annealing process under high Mg partial pressure is an effective way to recover the thermoelectric performance of Mg-deficient Mg2Si-based materials.

Citation: J. Solid State Chem. 258, 93-98 (2018).

Awarded: Hiroharu HIRAI

Hiroharu HIRAI won the award for encouragement of research of The 15th International Conference on Advanced Materials (IUMRS-ICAM 2017) held in Kyoto, Japan for his poster on the crystallographic orientation dependence of sputtering yield of FCC metals.

Awarded: Kazuki OKAMOTO


Kazuki OKAMOTO won the best presentation award of The 37th Electronics Division Meeting of the Ceramic Society of Japan held in Kawasaki, Japan for his poster on the piezoelectric property of PZT nanorods.

Published: Effect of strain on electrocaloric effect


Our paper entitled “Experimental Study of Effect of Strain on Electrocaloric Effect in (001)-epitaxial (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Thin Films” has been published in Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. We experimentally demonstrated that the electrocaloric effect is maximized at around the ferroelectric-to-paraelectric phase transition temperature modified by the strain in the films.

Citation: Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 56, 10PF15 (2017).

Awarded: Daisuke KATO


Daisuke KATO won Presentation Award of The Annual Meeting of the Thermoelectrics Society of Japan 2017 (TSJ2017) held in Osaka, Japan for his poster “Realization and Thermal Stability Evaluation of Sb-doped Mg2Si with High carrier concentration (translated)”.

Published: Charge screening strategy for ferroelectric domain pattern control


Our paper entitled “Charge Screening Strategy for Domain Pattern Control in Nano-scale Ferroelectric Systems” has been published in Scientific Reports. We experimentally and theoretically demonstrated that the domain pattern in ferroelectric nanorods can be controlled by the charge screening state.

Citation: Sci. Rep. 7, 5236 (2017).

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Published: Indirect measurements of electrocaloric effect in ferroelectric films by PUND method


Our paper entitled “Indirect Measurements of Electrocaloric Effect in Ferroelectric Thin Films by Positive-up-negative-down Method” has been published in J. Ceram. Soc. Jpn. PUND polarization measurement was employed to indirectly estimate the electrocaloric effect in ferroelectric films. By subtracting the conductive component from the observed charge profile, the electrocaloric effect was precisely determined.

Citation: J. Ceram. Soc. Jpn. 125, 441-444 (2017).

Awarded: Shinya KONDO


Shinya KONDO won Young Presentation Award of The 8th International Conference on Electroceramics (ICE2017) held in Nagoya, Japan for his poster “Theoretical Investigation of Influence of Strain on Electro-optic Effect in Ferroelectric Thin Films”.

Lecture: Prof. Paul Muralt


On May 30, Prof. Paul Muralt (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, IEEE-UFFC Distinguished Lecturer) visited us and lectured on electro-mechanical thin films.

Lecturer Lecture title
Prof. Paul Muralt
(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, IEEE-UFFC Distinguished Lecturer)
Pushing the Performance of Electro-Mechanical Thin Films

Finalist: Shogo MATSUO


Shogo MATSUO was selected for a finalist of Student Poster Competition of The 2017 Joint IEEE ISAF-IWATMD-PFM held in Atlanta, USA for his presentation “Nonlinear Electric Field Dependence of Electrocaloric Effect in (001)-epitaxial (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Thin Films”.