About - PiezoInstitute

The Piezo Institute is a hub of European expertise and resources on piezoelectric materials and their applications.

The aims of the Piezo Institute are

  • To create and deliver valued services for industry and academics working on piezoelectric technologies, materials and devices.
  • To organize networking between academic and industrial actors in the field.
  • To support the winter conference series "electroceramics for end users" focused on novel piezoelectric technologies, aimed at creating a bridge between materials, scientists and device designers. Since its establishment in 2002, it provides a platform for information and exchanges among users, developers and academics in the field of piezoelectric and related materials.

The Piezo Institute’s expertise

Through its members, the Piezo Institute’s expertise covers the entire value chain of piezoelectrics, from basic material science to devices and their applications. It includes ferroelectricity, multiferroicity, electrostriction and pyroelectricity in materials as diverse as bulk ceramics & films, single crystals, polymers and composites. Devices include transducers, sensors, actuators, motors and energy harvesters for applications in fields such as health, transportation, environmental and energetic transitions, security, among others.

The contributing organizations

MEGGITT/Ferroperm Piezoceramics (Denmark) CNR-ISTEC
SINTEF Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia)
Université François Rabelais de Tours (France) INSA-CVL Laboratoire de Céramique, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL (Switzerland)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid University of Oulu Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Science
IRCER CNRS Technical University of Liberec

Piezo Institute History

The Piezo Institute was created in 2007, emerging from the EC-funded MIND Network of Excellence (miniature & integrated piezoelectric devices) and the POLECER Thematic Network (polar electroceramics). The founding institutions were the following:
  • Ferroperm Piezoceramics A/S, Denmark
  • University of Tours, France
  • Centro Richerche FIAT, Italy
  • Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Cranfield University, Great Britain
  • NPL, Great Britain
  • Academy of Science, Latvia
  • EPFL, Switzerland
These institutions had established scientific collaborations on piezoelectric materials and their applications from the early 1990’s through the European networks above as well as through projects involving many other industrial and academic organisations.

Piezo Institute Organization

Maxime Bavencoffe
Maxime Bavencoffe (President) was awarded the diplôme d'ingénieur (five-year engineering degree) of the Institute of Electronics and Digital Engineering (ISEN - Lille, France) in 2005 and obtained a master's degree in mechanics and acoustics engineering from the University of Maine (Le Mans, France) in 2006. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Le Havre (France) in 2009. He worked as a researcher in the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN UMR CNRS 8520 - Lille, France), and the Waves and Complex Media Laboratory (LOMC UMR CNRS 6294 - Le Havre, France). He is currently with the research laboratory on materials, microelectronics, acoustics and nanotechnology (GREMAN UMR 7347) of the university of Tours, CNRS and INSA Centre Val de Loire. His scientific interest lies in the research of experimental investigation and numerical models development for piezoelectric materials and devices.
Lorena Pardo
Lorena Pardo (Vice-president) is Research Professor at the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM) of the Spanish Council of Research (CSIC). She was Spanish leader of EU projects on piezoelectric ceramics for SAW devices, for operation at high temperatures, lead-free and high sensitivity compositions and also on thick and thin films as actuators and on UV-assisted processing. She was involved in managing and scientific tasks in EU Networks (COST514 and 528, POLECER, MIND_NoE, CSA_PI) in collaboration with many European academic and industrial partners. She co-funded the “Electrocerámica” Section of the Spanish Society of Ceramic and Glass (SECV) in 1998 and contributed to establish the Piezoinstitute in 2008. She works on processing, structure, functional characterization and modeling of polycrystalline ferro-piezoelectrics. She authorized 215 publications (more than 175 at the WoK) and 5 book chapters and carried on editorial tasks in journals, Special Issues and one book. She was Chair of the PIEZO2017 Conference and Chair of the Piezo Institute Advisory Board (2019-2021).
Henrik Raeder
Henrik Raeder (Vice-president) (born 1957) is Senior Business Developer in SINTEF, Norway. He has more than 30 years of experience in project and innovation management for applied research. SINTEF is the largest independent contract research organisation in Scandinavia, with more than 2000 employees. Raeder was head of SINTEF's research group on Functional Ceramics and Nanomaterials from 2005 to 2008 and is currently in SINTEF's Department for Sustainable Energy Technology. He is involved in business development related to piezoelectric materials, high temperature membranes and fuel cells. In 2008 he joined Sonitor Technologies AS, an SME developing positioning systems based on ultrasound, as Research Manager. Raeder has coordinated two European projects (FP5/WaterCatox and FP6/MEMSpie) and has been expert evaluator for several calls of the European Commission (FP7, H2020). He chaired the general assembly of FP7 project PiezoVolume, which laid the basis for SINTEF's current foundry service for piezoelectric microsystems (www.piezomems.com). He chaired the Piezo 2006 conference (Piezoceramics for End-Users II), held at the Hafjell Olympic site in Norway in 2006. Raeder was educated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway (MSc in inorganic chemistry, 1981). He has been visiting scientist at ENSCI Limoges (France, 1990) and École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada, 1999). He was one of the co-founders of the SME Keranor AS (www.keranor.no), a producer of advanced technical ceramics.
Remi Rouffaud
Remi Rouffaud (Treasurer) received the Diplome d’ingenieur degree in mechanical engineering in 2010, the M.Sc. degree in acoustics and vibrations from ENSIM, University of Le Mans, France, in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Tours, France, in 2014. In 2015, he held a post-doctoral position at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 2017, he has been with the GREMAN Laboratory, University of Tours, as an Associate Professor. His current research interests include ultrasonic transducers, piezoelectric materials, and the ultrasonic characterization of biological media.
Erling Ringgaard
Erling Ringgaard (Treasurer - deputy ) was born in 1968 and holds an MSc in chemistry and a PhD in materials science, both from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). In 1994 he joined Ferroperm Piezoceramics A/S, which was acquired by Meggitt PLC in 2008 and changed name to Meggitt A/S. He has worked in the R&D department of Ferroperm/Meggitt A/S since the beginning, and was appointed Principal Materials Scientist in 2012. The main area of work has been materials development and characterisation of piezoelectric ceramics, within the context of a dozen of European research projects, spanning the 5 framework programmes FP3-FP7 and Horizon 2020. In two of these, LEAF (2001-2004) and MINUET (2004-2007), he was the general coordinator. It is also worth mentioning the thematic network POLECER (2001-2005), with more than 50 member-organisations across Europe, where he was the secretary. In addition to this he has been involved in the management of several projects at the Danish and Nordic level. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 publications and 3 patents. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the European Conference on Applied Polar Dielectrics (ECAPD), the Steering Committee of the European Meeting on Ferroelectrics, the International Steering Committee of Electroceramics and the board of the Danish Ceramic Society.
Micka Bah
Micka Bah (Secretary) obtained his Master of Science in 2011 in Physics and Nanomaterials at the University of Mans (France). He received his PhD in materials science in 2014 at the University of Tours in France. In 2015, he was a lecturer during one year at the University of Tours. After that, he obtained an eight-months-post-doc in 2016/2017 at the Institut Européen des Membranes and Institut d’Electronique et des Systèmes of the University of Montpellier in France. He was also a nine-months-post-doc in 2017/2018 at the Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier. In 2018, he obtained a CNRS research Engineer position at the Institut Néel de Grenoble in France. Since 2019, he works at the GREMAN laboratory as CNRS research Engineer and his research focused on the characterization of piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials. He also investigates the electrical activity at the interface of semiconductors using AFM electrical modes.
Sebastiano Garroni
Sebastiano Garroni (Secretary - deputy) is a research scientist, working at Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Sassari, with nearly 10 years research experience in synthesis and advanced structural characterization of functional materials for energy storage and conversion. He is author and coauthors of more than 110 publications on peer-reviewed and he contributed with oral presentation to several international conferences (including invited and plenary). He has also coordinated national and international projects focused on the study of lead-free piezoceramics and generation of new green fuels. He was granted with a MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF) for the study of novel piezoceramics materials for biomedical applications. In 2021 he organized the international conference PIEZO2021: Piezoelectrics for End Users XI.
Danjela Kuscer
Danjela Kuscer (Expert) received a PhD in Material Science from the University of Ljubljana in 1999. She is a senior researcher at the Jožef Stefan Institute, Electronic Ceramics Department and associate professor at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research is focused on processing of ceramic materials for electronics including synthesis and characterization of powders and bulk ceramic, formulation of dispersions and patterning of thick-film structures by screen printing, inkjet printing and electrophoretic deposition, and structural and microstructural characterization of ceramic and thick films. She is an author or a co-author of over 130 scientific publications, more than 150 technical reports, 1 national patent, 5 international patents, and 1 PCT patent application. She has been involved in many EU, bilateral and national research projects and was a member of the organising committee of international conferences. Since 2011 she is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal Informacije MIDEM. She is a member of association MIDEM, Slovenian Chemical Society and International Society of Electrochemistry. She was awarded Puh recognition (2015), most important Slovenian science award for important applied work, recognitions by Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia for the innovation in the filed of ceramic material (2014, 2015 and 2016), and award Excellent in Science, field technology (2016) by Slovenian Research Agency.
Pascal Marchet
Pascal Marchet (Expert) obtained obtained a PhD in ceramic materials from the University of Limoges in 1992. Then, he holds a position of senior lecturer in this university. He obtained the “habilitation à diriger des recherches” in 2004 and became associated professor at the University of Limoges in the Institute of Research in Ceramics (IRCER). His research is focused on processing of lead-free perovskite materials for electroceramics applications, including structure – properties relationships, synthesis and characterization of powders and ceramics, thin and thick films. He his author or co-author of more than 80 scientific publications. He has been involved in several national projects devoted to lead-free materials (ANR Hypercampus and Hecate) and several EU networks (COST 539 ELENA, COST MP0904 SIMUFER, FAME-NOE, H2020 Masters). He was the chairman of Electroceramics XV conference, Limoges 2016. He is currently the group leader of the Electroceramic network of the European Ceramic Society and was awarded as fellow of E-CerS in 2019.

Piezo Institute Advisory Board-Members

Nava Setter Nava Setter (emeritus memeber) is a professor at Tel-Aviv University (Israel), emeritus professor at EPFL (Switzerland) and visiting professor at Imperial College (UK). Current interests: Functional ceramics: Materials, Structures and Forms by design, relating structures and properties, and the pursuit of new applications, especially for next-generation microelectronic technologies. Nava Setter has been working internationally in the field of ferroelectrics since 1978 (Israel, USA, UK, Switzerland, Japan). She published >500 papers and received various awards, created start-ups with her students, and collaborated intensively with industries, large as well as SMEs.
Wanda W. Wolny Wanda W. Wolny (emeritus member) graduated from Politechniki Warszawska (Warsaw University of Technology) in June1969 with Master of Solid State Physics and Electronics degree. Moved to Denmark in July 1969 and became employed at Industriselskabet Ferroperm A/S, the Danish piezoceramics manufacturer, as a R&D engineer, and was promoted to R&D manager. When a new company, Ferroperm Piezoceramics A/S, was formed (1998), she continued as R&D manager, and reached the positions as R&D Director, Managing Director and, after a MBO, also a co-owner of the company. Ferroperm Piezoceramics was acquired by Meggitt Plc in 2008, where she continued working until her retirement in 2013 . She was President of PiezoInstitute AISBL (2008-2013) and Honorary President of PIEZO 2013 Conference.
Dragan Damjanovic Dragan Damjanovic is Professor at the Institute of Materials, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne – EPFL. He received diploma in physics (BSc) from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Sarajevo (1980) and a PhD in Ceramics Science from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 1987. He carried out postdoctoral work at the PSU (1988-1991) and moved to EPFL in 1991. He started at EPFL as a research associate, then was promoted to privat-docent, senior scientist and became Professor Titulaire in 2009. He has published over 240 scientific papers and has received several awards for his research including IEEE Robert E. Newnham Ferroelectrics Award, International Award of the Japanese Conference on Ferroelectric Materials and Their Applications and Ferroelectrics Recognition Award of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S). He was Distinguished Lecturer for the UFFC-S in 2010-2011, and is a Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of the American Ceramics Society. He served as the Vice President for Ferroelectrics of the IEEE UFFC-S in the period 2015-2017. His current interests are focused on emergent electro-mechanical phenomena in oxide materials, low temperature properties of relaxor-ferroelectrics, symmetry breaking in oxides on different length scales and application of piezoelectric materials in transducers, sensors and actuators. He teaches bachelor, master and doctoral courses on properties and applications of dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials.
Alexandr Dejneka Alexandr Dejneka is the Head of the Department of Optical and Biophysical Systems and the Head of the Division of Optics at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Science since 2007. Having received his Diploma in Optical Engineering and Technology from the National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in St. Petersburg in Russia, he studied at the Technical University in Prague where received his PhD in 2002. During his PhD, he cooperated closely with the Technical University in Dresden performing optical experiments. After finishing his PhD, he started to work as a researcher at the institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Science in Prague. He is the author of 1 book and 2 book chapters as well as more than 190 original publications. He has 11 patents and utility designs on his name. He is currently the principal investigator of four industrially oriented grants including the National Centre of Competence MATCA (www.matca.cz). MATCA’s main aim is to build a bridge between science and the industry, focused on the development and application of plasma, laser and additive technology. His research interests are in the field of materials science and engineering as well as life science-oriented technologies. His current research activities include ellipsometry studies of thin piezoelectric films and structures including phase transition, doping and strain effects, low-temperature plasma technologies for industrial applications and new physical methods in modern industry and life sciences.
Jiri Erhart Jiri Erhart obtained his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague in 1999 in the field of solid state physics. He is Head of the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic. His research interests include the electromechanical properties of crystals, ceramics and composites, ferroelectric domains and domain engineering, modeling and measurement of piezoelectric transformer and resonator properties. He is author or co-author of about 60 papers, 2 books, 1 book chapter, one EU and one national patents. He teaches courses on physics and properties of piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials. He was Chair of the PIEZO2007 conference.
Carmen Galassi Carmen Galassi is Research Director at CNR-ISTEC (Italy), head of the Research Project «Smart multifunctional ceramic materials: piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, antiferroelectrics, mul-tiferroics. She is expert in Ceramic processing: powder treatments, shaping and densification Chemicophysical characterization of dispersed ceramic systems R&D on piezoelectric and magnetic ceramics and multifunctional composites. She works on projects coordination and dissemination. She has been Coordinator of a network of 11 Laboratories within the EU Program HCM, Coordinator of the “Free-theme Research Project”entitled “ Study of the rheological and colloidal properties of ceramic disperse systems to optimize ceramic processes and products”(Funded by CNR). Scientific coordinator of the research Unit ISTEC in the CRP ADOPTIC (Additive Optimization for improved ceramics) (EU FP VI). Member of Expert Evaluators Panel for FP7-NMP. In 2005 she participated to a Spin-off Action to establish IPECC srl. In 2019 she received the National Scientific Qualification to function as Full Professor of Materials Science and Technology (2019-24) in Italian Universities. Relevant expertise on: a) Materials science and ceramic processing to develop materials and prototypes. b) Powder treatments and shaping techniques, including colloid chemistry and rheology, c) Piezoelectric ceramic materials and components: synthesis, shaping, densification, piezoelectric properties.Tutor of MSC and PhD students, scentific coordinator of the ISTEC Unit in research contracts with companies. Out of 259 papers co-authored, 168 are published in international, refereed journals.
Amador Miguel González Amador Miguel González received his BSc (1987) and PhD (2004) diplomas in Physics from the “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)” and carried out his Bachelor and Doctoral Thesis in the group of Ferroelectric Materials of the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). He is leader of the Section of Non-linear Dielectric Materials of the POEMMA research group (on Optical, Electric and Magnetics Materials and Applications) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). From 1989 teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Telecommunication Systems and Engineering, where he is currently “Profesor Titular”, has been Registrar and Deputy Director for Economic Affairs and Infrastructures and, at present, Dean of the School, Coordinator of the UPM South Campus and member of the Senate and the Governing Council of the UPM. He participated in some 70 scientific meeting with more than 150 presentations (6 as invited speaker). He is author of more than 40 highly cited papers about piezoelectric materials and applications, 4 book chapters and several teaching and dissemination books and articles. He is interested in the development of new piezoelectric materials and devices based on piezoelectricity and ferroelectricity in the frame of Sustainable Development Goals (more specifically 7, 9, 13), to which he aims to contribute from his present position. He contributed to the organization of 6 Meetings Electroceramics and Ferroelectric Materials and was Co-organizer of PIEZO2017.
Marc Lethiecq Marc Lethiecq graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1984 and received the DEA (MSc) in Acoustics followed by a Doctorat d'Ingénieur (PhD) in Non Destructive Testing in 1988, all from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA), Lyon, France. He has been with the University of Tours since 1990, first as an assistant professor and since 1994 as full professor. Previously, between 1984 and 1987, he had been teachning and research assistant at INSA-Lyon and between 1987 and 1990 he had worked as a research engineer on ultrasonic transducers for biological and medical applications for Vermon S.A. and CNTS. His research is focused on piezoelectric materials and devices for ultrasonic and energy conversion applications. He has been teaching electronics, feedback control, applied physics and courses related to his research activities since 1984 in several universities and engineering schools. From 2012 to 2019 he was director of GREMAN, a joint research laboratory between University of Tours, CNRS and INSA Centre Val de Loire on materials, microelectronics, acoustics and nanotechnologies. He is currently Director of Education of INSA Centre Val de Loire, member of INSA group, the leading public group of Engineering Schools in France.
Franck Levassort Franck Levassort was born near Paris, France. He received the bachelor’s degree in applied physics and the D.E.A. (M.Sc.) degree in physical acoustics from University Paris 7-Denis Diderot, Paris, in 1990 and 1991, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in ultrasound from the University of Tours, Tours, France, in 1996. From 1997 to 2013, he was an Assistant Professor with the Institute of Technology, University of Tours, where he has been a Full Professor of electrical engineering since 2014. Since 2016, he has been a Deputy Director of the GREMAN Laboratory, Tours, France. His current research interests include design, modeling, and characterization of piezoelectric composite materials and structures, as well as transducers for imaging applications.
Barbara Malič Barbara Malič obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 1995 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is Head of Electronic Ceramics Department at Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Professor of Chemistry of Materials at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School. Her research topics include lead-based and lead-free ferroelectric and piezoelectric ceramics and thin films, electrocaloric materials, and patterning of solution-derived functional oxides by inkjet printing. She is author or co-author of more than 200 papers, 10 book-chapters, more than 150 technical reports, one EU and four national patents. She is recipient of Zois recognition for achievements in research of ferroelectric ceramics and films (2010). She has been active in EU, ESA, ERANET, many bilateral and national research projects. She is a member of the Council for technical sciences of the Slovenian Research Agency, a member of Ferroelectrics Committee and Administrative Committee of IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (UFFC) Society, and a member of the Scientific Committee of COST.
Franz Schubert Franz Schubert is the Head of Central Research and Development at PI Ceramic GmbH. His team focuses on the development of lead-free piezoceramics and components. He studied materials science at the University of Bayreuth, where he also received his doctorate.
Tieke Stephan Stephan Tiedke is co-founder and general manager of aixACCT System. The company provides test equipment for piezoelectrics and other electroceramic materials. Stephan graduated from RWTH Aachen. He has a master agree and a PhD degree in electrical engineering. His main interest is in characterization of electronic material properties and corresponding devices properties.
Andris Sternbergs Andris Sternbergs is Dr.habil.phys since 1999 and Full member of the Latvian Academy of Science since 2005, and Member of its Senate since 2017. He was Head of the Laboratory of Electrooptics (1982-1984), Head of the Department of Ferroelectric Physics (1984 – 1998) and Director of the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (1999 – 2016). He got the Medal of the Baltic Academies of Sciences in 2013 and the Grand Medal of Latvian Academy of Sciences for development and studies of new functional materials and promotion of nanotechnology in 2015. His main research areas are on Ferroelectrics: structure ordering and phase transitions in perovskite compounds; properties and application; Radiation effects on ferroelectric materials; Processing and properties of ferroelectric thin films and heterostructures; Design of materials for tentative application in fusion facilities. On these topics he has some 270 publications. At present he is Deputy Director for Research Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia at Riga.
Marina Tyunina Marina Tyunina (Tjunina) is a Researcher at University of Oulu and Institute of Physics, Prague. She obtained degrees of MSc (physics, condensed matter physics) from University of Latvia, PhD (condensed matter physics) from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute MEPhI, DTech (electronics) from University of Oulu, and Docent (materials physics) from University of Oulu. Previously, she worked in microelectronics industry for nearly a decade and as Researcher at University of Latvia and held invited Researcher/Professor positions in Sweden, Finland, Austria, and France. She served as a Member of management committees of several EU COST Actions, scientific and/or organizing committees of a number of international meetings, and as a general chair of the EMRS Symposia and recent Piezo2019 conference. Her fields of expertise range from technology of semiconductor integrated circuits, laser-matter interactions, and pulsed laser deposition to physics of relaxors, ferroelectrics, and related perovskite oxides. Her recent research was focused on effects of epitaxy for tailoring electrical, optical, and mechanical response functions in heterostructures of perovskite oxides.