Nanostructures in Ferroelectric Films for Energy Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128138564

Nanostructures in Ferroelectric Films for Energy Applications

1st Edition

Grains, Domains, Interfaces and the Engineering Methods

Authors: Jun Ouyang
Paperback ISBN: 9780128138564
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st February 2019
Page Count: 384
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Nanograins in Ferroelectric Films
3. Polycrystalline ferroelectric piezoelectrics and electrocalorics
4. Low Temperature Processing of Ferroelectric Thin Films on Si
5. Self-assembled polydomain structures and domain engineering
6. Generalized concept of elastic domains and elastic nanocomposites
7. Ferroelectric thin film capacitors for energy storage
8. Qualitative Analysis of Ferroelectric Nanostructures
9. Quantitative Analysis of Ferroelectric Nanostructures
10. Interface Engineering of Ferroelectric Thin Film Heterostructures
11. Energy performance


Ferroelectric films, which have a broad range of applications including the emerging energy technology, usually consist of nanoscale inhomogeneities. For polycrystalline films, the size and distribution of nano-grains determines the macroscopic properties, especially the field-induced polarization response. For epitaxial films, the energy of internal long-range electric and elastic fields during their growth are minimized by formation of self-assembled nano-domains. A ferroelectric film with a properly engineered polydomain nanostructure can have much better properties than those of a homogeneous single phase ferroelectric film or a polycrystalline one. Most of the time, the property enhancement (electromechanical, pyroelectric) comes from extrinsic contributions by collective field responses of the nanodomains. A well-desired exception is the improved energy storage density due to delayed saturation of the polarization in a polydomain ferroelectric film with reduced domain-wall mobility. Lastly, the nano-layers of interfaces between a ferroelectric film and its electrodes or between neighboring ferroelectric layers can be engineered to better gate the flow of electric charges, leading to reduced leakage currents and enhanced dielectric performance.

Nanostructures in Ferroelectric Films for Energy has been written to present methods of engineering nanostructures in ferroelectric films to improve their performance in energy harvesting, conversion & storage, as well as providing a perspective on ferroelectric-based energy technologies. This book is an accessible reference for both instructors in academia and R&D professionals.

Key Features

  • Provide for the systematic study of the structure-property relationship in ferroelectric thin film materials, using case studies in energy applications
  • Written by leading experts in the research areas of piezoelectrics, electrocalorics, ferroelectric dielectrics (especially in capacitive energy storage), ferroelectric domains,  ferroelectric-Si technology
  • Includes a well balanced mix of theoretical design and simulation, materials processing and integration, as well as dedicated characterization methods of the involved nanostructures


Academics and professionals working in relevant R & D field, graduate students or Post-docs


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About the Authors

Jun Ouyang Author

Professor, Schools of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University Professor Jun Ouyang, Ph.D. is a guest researcher and visiting professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering as part of the Materials Genome Initiative. In addition, he serves as the team leader for the Functional Films and Coatings Group at Shandong University. Professor Ouyang’s research interests focus on design, processing, characterization and integration of thin film; electronic materials and high quality coatings, including high performance dielectrics; ferroelectric/piezoelectric thin film devices especially the lead-free ones; multiferroic & magnetic thin films, nanocomposites and multilayers; hard coatings; solar selective absorbing coatings for applications in energy harvesting, conversion and storage, microelectronics and data storage, tribology, MEMS & NEMS devices.

Affiliations and Expertise

Shandong University, Jinan, China