Electronic Ceramics K5


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The Electronic Ceramics Department is active in the research, development and education in the field of the synthesis, properties and applications of materials for electronics and energetics, mainly complex multifunctional materials and structures that can perform multiple functions (multifunctional materials). The materials of interest include ceramic piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, relaxors, multiferroics and conductive oxides. The emphasis is on the creation of the properties by the synthesis and structure on the nano-, micro- and macro-levels. The group also works on principles of basic technologies of ceramic pressure sensors, ceramic MEMS and flexible electronics.


  • Materials
  • Bulk ceramics
  • Thick films
  • Thin films
  • Nano particles
  • Ceramics processing technologies
  • Hybrid thick film circuits
  • Materials characterisation

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Head of Department
Prof. Barbara Malič, Ph. D., barbara.malic@ijs.si

Mojca Šebjan Pušenjak, mojca.sebjan@ijs.si
Tina Ručigaj, tina.rucigaj@ijs.si
Telephone: +386 1 477 38 28
Fax: +386 1 477 38 87

The development of electronic components aims towards decreasing dimensions, higher efficiency and reliability, increased complexity of electronic components and a lower impact on environment. We can reach these aims by developing the materials with improved properties and by implementing the technologies which yield complex miniature structures and devices. The investigated materials include lead-based perovskites with ferroelectric, relaxor or anti-ferroelectric compositions, environment-friendly lead-free materials based on alkaline and earth-alkaline niobates and tantalates with ferroelectric, relaxor or anti-ferroelectric compositions, conducting materials based on complex perovskites and materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). The phase equilibria studies are a constituent part of our research. We work on the synthesis of (nano) particles with complex chemical composition, chemical solution deposition of thin films and thick film processing.

The multifunctionality can be reached by integrating different materials into structures with a suitable geometry (2D and 3D structures). Both physical and chemical interactions of materials influence functional properties of the devices, therefore we need to enhance compatibility, diminish possible reactions between constituent materials, and to understand the difference between layered structures and bulk materials. We investigate the elements and technologies for processing of thick-film pressure sensors and ceramic electromechanical structures (Ceramic MEMS).

J. Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, Telephone: +386 1 477 39 00, Fax: +386 1 251 93 85