The Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP) supports industries that develop and manufacture materials and devices that underpin the functionality of consumer electronics, medical ultrasound, wireless communication devices, electrical vehicles, and a variety of other important technology areas. CDP supports scientific progress in these areas through the development of new materials, processing strategies, electrical testing, and nanoscale characterization and modeling methodologies. Its research addresses a broad and diverse number of scientific challenges across the dielectric- and piezoelectric-based industries. CDP's goals are to:
CDP faculty are international leaders and have unique capabilities to drive research innovations for next-generation dielectric and piezoelectric materials and devices. CDP engages companies across the supply chain, those that manufacture dielectric and piezoelectric materials, component manufacturers, and end users.
Innovations in the dielectric and piezoelectric industrial sectors often arise from research advances in materials chemistry, synthesis, and manufacturing that enable the creation of new materials and improved device functionality. To support innovations, CDP has organized its research portfolio into five technical topics, which are unified by a common theme of harnessing, controlling and optimizing polarization phenomena for energy storage, transduction, and management. Those five topic areas in which CDP researches are:
The research is supported by unique expertise and facilities in five cross-cutting research areas: