Florian Mayer won the second prize at the Student Speech Contest of the Austrian Ceramic Society, which took place on April 29th, 2021, over an online-platform.
The title of his talk was:
"Understanding the impact of homovalent and heterovalent substituents on dielectric properties in BaTiO3: An atomic-scale investigation"
The Student Speech Contest of the Austrian Ceramic Society is organized every two years. The winner of the contest represents Austria at the Student Speech Contest of the European Ceramic Society, which is held during the biannual Conference and Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society. The Austrian Student Speech Contest is thus subjected to the rules published by the European Ceramic Society, and wll participants are evaluated by a Jury composed of both Austrian professors and scientists in the field of ceramics, and industry members.
Marco Deluca, PI of CITRES project, was elected President of the Austrian Ceramic Society at the last Members' gathering on February 6th, 2020. The fully elected Board can be seen on the webpage of the Austrian Ceramic Society
Although the first activities have been delayed by the Covid-19 crisis, Marco Deluca has worked at standardising and expanding the funding opportunities offered by the Austrian Ceramic Society to students and young researchers. This includes the funding of short research missions, conference attendance, and internships at companies.
It is expected that also the personnel in CITRES project will be able to benefit from those funding opportunities.
Federica Benes won the Second Prize in the doctoral presentation contest that took place during the Ferroelectrics School 2019 (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China - from 9th to 13th December 2019). Her presentation was entitled "Lead-free relaxor thin films for energy storage capacitors" and detailed her doctoral plan, including both the production process for the relaxor thin films and an overview of the CITRES project activities.
In the picture below, Federica (third from left) stands among the other students who were awarded during the contest. On the left is Prof. Dr. Jacob L. Jones (North Carolina State University, USA) - the Vice President for Ferroelectrics of the IEEE Society for Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control. On the right, Prof. Dr. Ke Wang (Tsinghua University, China) - organizer of the Ferroelectrics School 2019.