Discovery and Design of Mesoscale Structures for Optimum and Novel Properties Guided by Phase-field Simulations

by Long-Qing Chen

Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Materials Research Institute, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA



Materials research is largely concerned with the study and manipulation of the spatial and temporal evolution of structural, magnetic, electric polarization, and chemical domains in a material as well as their responses to external stimuli. Many of the existing applications of phase-field method have been focused on modeling, reproducing, and understanding the evolution of experimentally observed materials microstructures during processing and in-service conditions or to test analytical theories. This presentation will discuss a few examples on our recent attempts to employ the phase-field method to not only to interpret and understand experimentally observed ferroic domain patterns but also to provide guidance to experimental synthesis and characterization to discover new mesoscale domain states of ferroic materials or achieve dramatically enhanced properties. These include the theory-guided design of materials include the discovery of polar vortex lattices, skyrmions, and unusual negative capacitances in ferroelectric superlattices, synthesis of record-high piezoelectricity in ferroelectric relaxor ceramics and single crystals, and the discovery of simultaneous near-perfect light transparency and ultrahigh piezoelectricity through AC poling.

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Long-Qing Chen

Chen is Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Professor of Mathematics at Penn State and the Editor-in-Chief for npj Computational Materials by Nature Portfolio. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1990, M.S. from Stony Brook University, and B.S. from Zhejiang University, and joined the faculty at Penn State in 1992. He has published over 750 papers in the area of computational microstructure evolution of structural metallic alloys, functional oxide thin films, and energy materials and is a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. His awards includes MRS Materials Theory Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Humboldt Research Award, TMS EMPMD Distinguished Scientist Award, ACerS Ross Coffin Purdy Award, and ASM Silver Medal. He is a Fellow of MRS, APS, AAAS, ACerS, and ASM.

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