Welcome to Limoges and to the Electroceramics XV conference!
On behalf of the International Advisory Committee and the National Organizing Committee, it is a great honor and pleasure to welcome you to Electroceramics XV, which will take place in Limoges, France, from the 27th to the 29th of June 2016. This edition will be organized by the SPCTS research laboratory, Limoges, under the auspices of the French Ceramic Society (GFC).
The city of Limoges has a long tradition in ceramics, which started in the 17th century with the manufactures of porcelain. However, Limoges is not limited to traditional ceramics and is also becomes since many years an internationally recognized center in the field of functional ceramic materials and ceramic processes. Our center is bringing together teaching and research in ceramics. The teaching includes master's degrees and engineers training. The research activities of SPCTS laboratory aim to develop new processes and new materials, ceramics with specific, improved properties for innovative components or devices. In the context of S-LIM LabEx, the joint laboratory developed by SPCTS and XLIM, the research institute on design, modeling and fabrication of electronic, high-frequency, optic and photonic devices and systems, the two partners propose fundamental research up to applications of specific ceramic materials and components for integrated, secured and intelligent systems. Mixing tradition and innovation in the ceramics domain, Limoges is thus an ideal place to organize an international event such as the Electroceramics conference.
Since 1988, the series of Electroceramics conferences has focused on the different aspects and themes of electroceramic materials, in bulk as well as in the form of thin or thick films. The previous editions have proved that the Electroceramics meeting is one of the most active interdisciplinary forums in the field, bringing together academics and industrial researchers, young scientists and PhD students in order to exchange and share recent and innovative results representing all aspects of Electroceramics.
More recently, based on the emergence of innovative synthesis and accurate characterization techniques, the latest editions have demonstrated that traditional topics, can be merged with remarkable complex innovative architectures and nano-microstructures can serve as model systems. This results in a deeper understanding of relationships between structure, microstructure and electroceramic properties.
In the same spirit, the ELECTROCERAMICS XV conference will provide an international interdisciplinary forum for exchanges and experience sharing in a wide variety of fields in materials sciences including both theoretical and experimental aspects. Fundamental results as well as applied research and industrial applications will be presented.
Through plenary sessions, invited and oral lectures, and posters, the conference will cover, for both bulk materials and thick / thin films, a broad range of topics in the field of electroceramics: dielectrics, piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, ionic, mixed and electronic conduction phenomena, heterostructures, nanomaterials and their specific properties... The discussions will highlight the most recent innovations in electroceramics theory, synthesis, characterization, modeling and applications (sensors, tunable devices, MEMS, energy harvesting devices...)
I look forward to seeing you in Limoges.
On behalf of the National Organizing Committee,