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Marco Deluca invited to Energiecamp Holzwelt Murau 2023

Marco Deluca, PI of CITRES, was invited to give a lecture at the Energiecamp Murau (, one of Austria's leading events in the field of renewable energies and climate protection.

His presentation, scheduled for May 12th, 2023, is entitled "Computergestütztes Materialdesign für die Energiesysteme der Zukunft" (in English: Computational materials design for the energy systems of the future"), and it will show how the integration of advanced multiscale characterization and simulation methods can lead to the discovery and optimization of materials with unprecedented performance in the field of energy harvesting and storage.


Florian Mayer wins the Second Prize at the Student Speech Contest of the Austrian Ceramic Society

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 elected President of the Austrian Ceramic Society

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 wins Second Prize for best presentation at Ferroelectrics School 2019

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.