North Carolina State University
Pennsylvania State University
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The Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP) provides international leadership in the fundamental science and engineering that underpin dielectric and piezoelectric materials.
The center supports industries based on capacitor and piezoelectric materials and devices through the development of new materials, processing strategies, electrical testing, and nanoscale characterization and modeling methodologies. Our specific goals are to:
Innovations in the dielectric and piezoelectric industrial sectors often arise from research advances in materials chemistry, synthesis, and/or manufacturing that enable new materials and device functionality. A broad and diverse number of scientific challenges across the dielectric- and piezoelectric-based industries are addressed by research thrusts within the CDP. In many of these areas, the CDP faculty are international leaders and have unique capabilities to drive research innovations for next-generation materials and devices. Our aim is to engage companies across the supply chain, i.e. ones that manufacture dielectric and piezoelectric materials, component manufacturers and end users, who will provide the technological pull for CDP research activities.
Harnessing, Controlling and Optimizing Polarization Phenomena
The center’s research portfolio is organized into six technical thrust areas, which are unified by a common theme of harnessing, controlling and optimizing polarization phenomena for energy storage, transduction and management. The technical thrusts are supported by unique expertise and facilities in four cross-cutting research areas as detailed below:
Research Thrust Areas
Cross Cutting Areas
Center members, faculty and students meet semi-annually in Raleigh at North Carolina State University and in State College at Penn State University to review center research and educational activities and future directions.
The CDP is headquartered on the NCSU Centennial Campus within Research Building I and Engineering Building I. The Centennial Research Campus is 1000+ acre campus that supports a unique collaborative environment for corporate, governmental, and nonprofit partners. The laboratories and offices of all participating NCSU CDP faculty, the technology transfer office, and core user facilities are located on this campus. Research Building I houses key infrastructure in oxide thin-film synthesis and electrical characterization. Nearby, the Monteith Research Center houses the NCSU Nanofabrication Facility, a 7,400 sq. ft. cleanroom, and the NCSU Analytical Instrumentation Facility, which supports key electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and spectroscopy characterization facilities.
The Penn State node of the CDP is centered in the new Millennium Science Complex, which houses the Nanofabrication Lab, which has unique processing capabilities for complex dielectric materials as part of the Smart Materials Integration Laboratory. These facilities allow academic and industrial users to understand issues associated with co-processing novel materials, to develop new means of patterning complex oxides, and to bring devices from a concept level to pre-production. The CDP is also supported by the Penn State Materials Characterization Laboratory and the Materials Simulations Center.
Pennsylvania State University
N220 Millenium Science Complex
University Park, Pennsylvania, 16802