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Sylvia E. Gebhardt

Fraunhofer IKTS, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems, Dresden, Germany

Sylvia E. Gebhardt is head of the group Multifunctional Materials and Components of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) in Dresden, Germany. She studied Material Science at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany and at Leeds University, UK. She received the Diploma degree in 1996 and was awarded a Ph.D. degree in 2000 for her thesis on development and characterization of fine-scaled 1-3 piezocomposites for ultrasonic transducers.
Her research interests are focused on materials development of ferroelectrics like lead free piezoelectrics, electrocaloric materials, antiferroelectrics, PTC thermistors, and others. Another key area of her work covers the technology development for the manufacture of ceramic components like screen printing of piezoceramic thick films for sensors, actuators, and ultrasonic transducers, multilayer fabrication for electrocaloric cooling components and high-power capacitors, micromolding for high frequency ultrasonic transducers, as well as fiber spinning and composite fabrication for medium and low frequency ultrasonic transducers.

Johanna Nordlander

Johanna Nordlander, Department of Physics, Harvard University, USA

Johanna Nordlander is a postdoctoral researcher in the Physics Department at Harvard University, USA, in the group of Prof. Julia Mundy. She completed her PhD in 2020 from the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where she worked in the group of Prof. Manfred Fiebig. Johanna holds a M.Sc. in Engineering Nanoscience since 2016 from Lund University, Sweden. Her research interests are centered on epitaxy of complex oxide thin films in order to realize ultrathin oxide electronic heterostructures with enhanced functionality. Her work includes using in-situ nonlinear optics to probe the evolution of polar states in various ferroelectric oxide layers during the thin-film synthesis. She has especially focused on the manifestation of improper ferroelectricity in the ultrathin regime and continues to explore the coexistence of such unconventional polar states with other functionalities in epitaxial quantum oxide materials.

Ilona Zamaraite

Ilona Zamaraite was born on November 19, 1989. She received the B.Sc. and M.A. Sc. degrees (Electrical Engineering) from Vilnius University in 2013 and 2015, respectively, and the PhD degree (Material sciences) from Vilnius University in 2019. She has worked as an engineer at the Laboratory of dielectric spectroscopy during the PhD studies. The PhD thesis “Ferroelectricity, Dielectric and Low-Frequency Noise Spectroscopic Studies of Phosphorus Chalcogenide Crystals’’ were mainly attributed to the research of ferroelectric – semiconductor 2D layered crystals. After the PhD defence, she continued her research on ferroelectric crystals. She works at Vilnius University at the position of researcher. She also works at the same university as a lecturer; she reads lectures on functional materials for the Bs.C. students. Dr. Zamaraite is devoted to a passionate painting, cooking, old movie watching and book reading .

Debismita Dutta

Debismita Dutta, an aspiring Material Scientist, is currently in her first year of her PhD studies at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, under the supervision of Dr. Lynette Keeney and Dr. Michael Nolan. Her PhD. thesis is primarily rooted in ferroelectric and multiferroic material synthesis of bismuth-based Aurivillius structures. Before joining Tyndall, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from VIT (Pune, India) in 2020. In the second year of her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research assistant in the Optical Nano-materials Lab of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, under Dr. Won K. Choi. Here, she got to work with cadmium selenide Quantum Dots and study the performance of ZnO nanoparticles as an ETL (Electron Transport Layer). During the final year of her bachelor’s degree (2019), she worked as a research intern in National Chemical Laboratory (Pune), where she trained in magnetic material synthesis and characterization of rare-earth chalcogenides and oxides.  Her current research interests include ferroelectrics, magnetic materials, and data storage applications of multiferroics.

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