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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Marco Deluca

Marco Deluca is Key Scientist and Deputy Group Leader in the Sensors Solutions Group at the Materials for Microelectronics Department of the Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH (MCL) and a Lecturer in the Materials Science Department of the Montanuniversität Leoben (Leoben, Austria). He received a Master in Chemical Engineering (2004) from the University of Trieste (Italy), a Ph. D. in Materials Science (2009) from Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan), and habilitated (2016) in the field of Materials Science at the Montanuniversität Leoben. At MCL he leads the Functional Materials Team, which designs and develops advanced materials for energy solutions in sensors – mainly on perovskite basis – based on strong knowledge of the structure-property relationships in this class of materials.

He is the Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator Grant CITRES (GA. Nr. 817190) on the design of thin film relaxor perovskites for high energy density dielectric capacitors. In this project, he and his team set up a methodology involving thin film synthesis, multiscale experimental characterization (transmission electron microscopy, AFM, Raman spectroscopy) and multiscale atomistic modelling, to determine the effect of chemical substitution on the macroscopic dielectric properties – the clue to enhance energy density.

Marco Deluca is President of the Austrian Ceramic Society, a member of the IEEE, of the European Ceramic Society, and of the American Ceramic Society. He authored/co-authored more than 75 refereed publications in journals and conferences and two book chapters (more than 1500 citations, h-index 21. Source: Google Scholar, March 2020). He is also the coordinator of two Austrian national projects (FWF, Austrian science Fund): Project P29563-N36 “Origin of relaxor behaviour in Ba-based lead-free perovskites” (ends 30.06.2019), and Project I 4581-N (with Czech Republic) “Polarization decorrelation regions in perovskite relaxors” (start July 2020, end June 2023). He also participated as a Key Researcher in the FP7-project “MSP – Multi Sensor Platform for Smart Building Management” (1.9.2013 – 30.4.2017), Project No. 611887, FP7-ICT-2013-10.

In his free time, Marco is a passionate musician and composer, likes to write poems and short stories, and keeps his body in shape with swimming, basketball and Pilates.



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