Institute of Glass and Ceramics

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


I.DEAR Germany/Argentina Exchange

Prof. Webber recently returned from a one week stay in Mar del Plata, Argentina, where he gave a week-long graduate course on “Mechanical properties and failure of ceramic materials” at the Institute of Research in Materials Science and Technology, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. The trip was part of the I.DEAR (Ingenieure Deutschland–Argentinien) Program […]

Dr. Barbara Kaeswurm awarded funding from the FAU Emerging Talents Initiative

Dr. Barbara Kaeswurm has been awarded funding from the FAU Emerging Talents Initiative (ETI). The ETI promotes excellent postdoctoral researchers, providing them with an opportunity to develop scientific independence and establish themselves in their chosen field of research. Dr. Kaeswurm’s ETI proposal is to experimentally enhance and characterise electro-magneto coupling in composite materials for energy […]

Prof. Webber received the 2017 IEEE UFFC Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award

Prof. Webber received the 2017 IEEE UFFC Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award, which recognizes scientists/engineers for their contributions to fundamental research, integration, application, or education in the area of ferroelectric materials and applications. The award was bestowed “for contributions to the understanding of mechanical, fracture and ferroelastic properties of ferroelectric ceramics“.

Study on electro-mechanical behaviour of KNN ceramics published in Scientific Reports

Inverted electro-mechanical behaviour induced by the irreversible domain configuration transformation in (K,Na)NbO3-based ceramics Miniaturization of domains to the nanometer scale has been previously reported in many piezoelectrics with two-phase coexistence. Despite the observation of nanoscale domain configuration near the polymorphic phase transition (PPT) regionin virgin (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) based ceramics, it remains unclear how this domain […]

Nacre forms by Nonclassical Crystallization

An international research team with Prof. S. E. Wolf from Friedrich-Alexander-University and Dr. R. Hovden, Prof. Muller and Prof. L. Estroff from Cornell University demonstrated for the first time that nacre, in the species of the Noble Fan Shell Pinna nobilis, forms by a particle-driven crystallization process and not by classical crystal growth processes. This […]

WW3 Research on Crystal Lattice Tilting featured on CrystEngComm Cover

Recent Research, lead by Prof. SE Wolf and Dr. J. Harris revealed that crystal lattice tilting, which hardens calcarous mollusk shells, can by generated in vitro by a pseudomorphic phase transformation of a thin, amorphous film of calcium carbonate generated at the air/water-interface. Under proper conditions, the quasi solid-to-solid transformation leads to intense crystal lattice […]