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Multifunctional materials and devices: from quantum to macro-scale

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.09.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Electronic components and technologies   
2.04.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Materials science and technology   

Code Science Field
2.02  Engineering and Technology  Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering 
2.05  Engineering and Technology  Materials engineering 
Keywords
Multifunctional materials, quantum materials, ferroics, calorics, superconductors, devices, energy storage, energy harvesting, energy conversion, sensors, MEMS
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
8,292.23
A''
2,773.49
A'
4,494.54
A1/2
6,266.9
CI10
10,147
CImax
960
h10
44
A1
31.18
A3
1.85
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on June 17, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  601  12,367  10,496  17.46 
Scopus  642  13,539  11,428  17.8 
Researchers (30)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  54953  Matic Belak Vivod  Chemistry  Technical associate  2022 - 2024  17 
2.  19038  PhD Andreja Benčan Golob  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  537 
3.  36748  PhD Andraž Bradeško  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  112 
4.  52039  Oana Andreea Condurache  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2023  61 
5.  57149  Izabela Čurković    Technical associate  2022 - 2024  10 
6.  55682  Andrej Debevec    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
7.  31976  PhD Mirela Dragomir  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  123 
8.  06896  Silvo Drnovšek    Technical associate  2022 - 2024  306 
9.  56630  Ivana Goričan  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  13 
10.  56894  PhD Antonio Iacomini  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  19 
11.  30036  Brigita Kmet    Technical associate  2022 - 2024  169 
12.  33746  Maja Koblar    Technical associate  2022 - 2024  73 
13.  53541  Sabi William Konsago  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  17 
14.  13369  PhD Danjela Kuščer Hrovatin  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  541 
15.  32155  PhD Kostja Makarovič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  173 
16.  04587  PhD Barbara Malič  Electronic components and technologies  Head  2022 - 2024  1,482 
17.  57193  PhD Soukaina Merselmiz  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  17 
18.  29547  PhD Mojca Otoničar  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  171 
19.  57848  PhD Alaka Panda  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2023 - 2024  12 
20.  56292  Victor Regis de Moraes  Electronic components and technologies  Technical associate  2022 - 2024  26 
21.  55725  Barbara Repič  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  22 
22.  24272  PhD Tadej Rojac  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  599 
23.  27820  Tina Ručigaj Korošec    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
24.  53544  Samir Salmanov  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  27 
25.  56018  MSc Ankita Sarkar  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  13 
26.  57668  PhD Aadil Abass Shah  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2023 - 2024 
27.  52065  PhD Matej Šadl  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  100 
28.  54710  Lia Šibav  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  12 
29.  26468  PhD Hana Uršič Nemevšek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  659 
30.  54711  Katarina Žiberna  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  49 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  91,415 
Abstract
The mission of the research programme Multifunctional materials and devices: from quantum to macro-scale is to obtain, use and transfer knowledge in selected fields of functional materials and processes, with applications in energetics, electronics, and spintronics. We will investigate the synthesis, processing and design, properties and applications of complex multifunctional materials and structures, and fundamentals of processes and technologies for applications that will result in fabrication of selected demonstrator devices. In the frame of innovative materials design, our focus will be on polycrystalline (ceramic) ferroics: lead-free ferroelectrics, relaxor-ferroelectrics, antiferroelectrics, multiferroics, as well as on organic ferroelectrics. By low-temperature processing techniques, aerosol-deposition and cold-sintering, we will be able to create innovative combinations of otherwise incompatible materials, which may yield strongly enhanced coupling of properties. We will strive to unravel complex microscopical origins of selected functional properties - such as high piezoelectric activity, high dielectric permittivity or reduced dielectric losses using multiscale analysis approach. By state-of-the-art analytical microscopy with in-situ heating/cooling/biasing stages we will be able to follow dynamic structural changes from pico to micrometre scale. Insight in the macroscopic behaviour of these materials will be provided by dedicated electro-thermo-mechanical measurements. We will expand our research interests towards quantum materials such as frustrated magnets and high-temperature superconductors in both poly- and single-crystalline form. The aim here is to use advanced synthetic approaches under extreme conditions of pressure and/or temperature to obtain new compounds that display magnetic frustration or superconductivity. Understanding of fundamentals of processes and technologies will contribute to enhanced performance of selected demonstrator devices. Within our research on caloric cooling we will focus on controlling the heat-transfer in cooling elements based on ceramic-polymer-composites. We will pattern ferroelectric layers on temperature-sensible flexible substrates via low-temperature processing for piezoelectric energy harvesting elements. We will continue our activities on 3D ceramic structures based on Low-Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) technology to design and fabricate multisensor fluidic systems, pressure sensors and integrated electrochemical sensors. We strive to be an excellent research group in the field of multifunctional materials and devices, which collaborates with groups from complementary science and engineering fields both in Slovenia and world-wide. We expect that our results will contribute to the development in the field. We will continue to act as an efficient link between the academia and industry, and to be active in education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Significance for science
The mission of the research programme Multifunctional materials and devices: from quantum to macro-scale is to obtain, use and transfer knowledge in selected fields of functional materials and processes, with applications in electronics, energetics and spintronics. Requirements such as multi-functionality, the use of environmentally friendly materials and processes, the integration of materials on reactive substrates, reduced levels of energy consumption, are now essential considerations, coming on top of the classic requirements for electronics, such as miniaturization, higher efficiency, reliability, complexity of the electronic components and their integration into microsystems ans devices. This is reflected in the search for materials with excellent, reproducible and stable functional properties. The group investigates the synthesis, processing and design, properties and applications of complex multifunctional materials and structures and fundamentals of processes and technologies for applications that will result in fabrication of selected demonstrator devices. Our research programme contributes to the development of science in the field of multifunctional materials design and processing, as well as in material integration and devices. This is realized through advanced characterisation from pico- to macro-scale, modeling and performance assessment. The programme is highly interdisciplinary including materials chemistry and physics of materials, modeling, electrical and mechanical engineering. It aims to investigate, understand and use the link between materials' design and processing procedures and the multiscale structure and functional properties, significantly contributing to materials science in all of its aspects. Further, it serves as a connection between materials' design and their integration. In the domain of multifunctional materials design and processing we focus on innnovative materials or materials with improved properties. In the field of polycrystalline lead-free ferroelectric, relaxor ferroelectric, caloric and antiferroelectric perovskite oxides we strive to explain and control the complex relationship between the details of microstructure (on nm- or sub nm-scale) that depend both on chemical composition as well as on the processing, and material's functional response. We explore the morphotropic phase boundary formulations in organic relaxors. As an original contribution to science, we create composites of materials that would be incompatible under conventional high-temperature processing conditions by low-temperature consolidation methods - aerosol deposition and cold sintering, recently introduced in our ULTRACOOL lab, By state-of-the-art analytical electron microscopy with in-situ heating/cooling/biasing stages we are able to follow dynamic structural changes from pico to micrometre scale. These analyses are supported by atomic-force microscopy equipped with piezo-response force, conductive-force, electrostatic-force and magnetic-force modules. Finally, macroscopical electro-thermo-mechanical measurements contribute to the overall assessment of materials' functional response. We combine these methods to link the multiscale structure with the functional response. We expand our research interests towards quantum materials such as frustrated magnets and high-temperature superconductors in both poly- and single-crystalline form. We use advanced synthetic approaches under extreme conditions of pressure and/or temperature to obtain new compounds that display magnetic frustration or superconductivity. In caloric cooling applications our focus is on development of flexible electrocaloric cooling elements and on the control of heat flow. We design and fabricate piezoelectric energy harvesters on flexible substrates by support of low-temperature consolidation. Our research on integrated sensors includes multisensory microfluidic systems ceramic pressure sensors and electrochemical sensors for detection of pollutants in food and environment realized by Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) technology.
Significance for the country
The research programme Multifunctional materials and devices: from quantum to macro-scale is important for socio-economic and cultural development of Slovenia for several reasons. The group is the leader in Slovenia in the fields of basic and applied research of ceramic materials for electronic components and ceramic microsystems (cer-MEMS). This enables cooperation with many Slovenian companies. Worth mentioning is the established long-term cooperation with the company KEKO Equipment, Žužemberk which has been active for more than a decade. To improve the cooperation and to enable the technology transfer a researcher from this company is also a member of the research group. Materials and technology for fabrication of integrated ceramic pressure sensors based on the Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic (LTCC) technology can be mentioned as an outstanding result of the cooperation with the company KEKO Equipment and Centre of Excellence NAMASTE in the previous period. Some of the products are close to the market. The response from the market opens new challenges and additional goals for further research work. The collaboration of the group with Slovenian companies has strengthened in 2020 in the frame of European Initiative Key Enabling Technologies for Clean Production KET4CP. Three projects with the companies Stelem, KEKO Equipment, and RC eNeM were obtained with the aim of enhancing sustainability of the manufacturing processes in respective companies. The group is actively involved in the Strategic Research and Innovation Partnership (SRIP) Factories of the Future within the focus areas of materials and modern technologies for materials, and advanced sensors. Similarly as in the previous period, the research group will pay attention to the positive socio-economic impacts of its work. Cooperation with industry, mainly electronics and electrical industry, which is one of the most important industrial segments in Slovenia, will continue. It will comprise: (i) inclusion of researchers and experts or potential students from industry into the research group; (ii) dissemination of knowledge as a continuous process based on consulting, expertise, education, and exchange of experts; (iii) projects and services; (iv) cooperation in joint projects. Networking with other research and development groups from complementary fields, such as mechanical engineering is also important, not only to obtain a critical mass in selected fields but also for more effective use of expensive research infrastructure. A high level of achieved research goals in the previous period is also related to the intensive collaboration with other R & D groups. Six members of the research group are professors at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School and are involved in the education process. Beside PhD students within the Young researchers programme also master students from both IPS and University of Ljubljana are included in the group. In the last funding period 15 PhD students successfully finished their education. All found positions in different sectors of industry. Four are employed in R/D departments in companies in Slovenia, and two in Austria. The group members are active members of professional associations and societies in Slovenia, Europe, and world-wide and participate in organization of different scientific or professional conferences, or workshops. The research group is active in Society for microelectronics, electronic components and materials, MIDEM. In 2020, Head of the research programme was elected President of MIDEM society. Two of the colleagues serve as Associate Editors of Slovenian professional journals, Informacije MIDEM and Acta Chimica Slovenica, while three other colleagues are editors or members of editorial boards of five international journals. In the past funding periods the research group organised an international conference PIEZO: Electroceramics for End-Users with strong participation of industrial partners (Maribor, 2015) and two international MIDEM conferences (Ljubljana 2017, 2018). In the next period we will organise at least one MIDEM conference and together with colleagues from Materials Center Leoben, Austria, we will co-organise International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics ISAF 2025. Such events will be an excellent opportunity for colleagues from academia and industry to exchange ideas and a good starting point for future collaborations.
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