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Hysteresis in Engineering

Giuseppe Viola

Independent Scientist

Dr. Viola was awarded an individual Marie Curie Fellowship in 2014. His current research interests are mainly focused on the relationships between microstructure and properties of piezoelectric, ferroelectric/ferroelastic, and antiferroelectric ceramics for sensing and energy storage applications.


Thermodynamics of Hysteresis Irreversibility Modelling Presaich Approach Ferroic Materials Hysteresis Loops Resistive Switching Non-Equilibrium Systems Electronic Devices Energy Conversion Devices Energy Storage Devices Actuators Sensors

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Hysteresis phenomena manifest themselves with highly intriguing features that have been continuously attracting the interest of scientists and physicists who have attempted to unravel the origins and the underlying mechanisms. Hysteretic behaviour is ubiquitous to different physical systems, and despite displaying diversified characteristic elements depending on the specific context, hysteresis originates from the presence of several metastable energy minima, which relate to path-dependent and rate-dependent responses to various external stimuli. This is translated in a considerable number of experimentally observable events, such as hysteretic loops in ferroic media, Bauschinger effect in elastoplastic materials, characteristic magnetic hysteresis in superconductors, current-voltage hysteresis in various electronic devices, contact angle hysteresis in liquid-solid interfaces and bistability in cell biological processes, among others. Significant progress on understanding the mechanisms underpinning hysteresis in different systems has been made over the years and improved knowledge on how to tailor hysteretic materials behaviour for application purposes has been gained.

The present book aims at compiling the main achievements and novel discoveries in the field of hysteretic materials, with particular focus on the control of materials hysteresis characteristics for engineering applications. Experimental and theoretical investigations from macro- to nanoscale on ferromagnetic, ferroelectric, ferroelastic, multiferroic materials and electronic devices, including solar cells, energy storage devices, memristors and tunnelling junctions are particularly attractive for the present compilation.

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Giuseppe Viola

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Giuseppe Viola (GV) graduated in Materials Engineering from Federico II, University of Naples in 2004. In 2009 he obtained his PhD from Queen Mary University of London which was focused on the study of the domain switching mechanisms in ferroelectric/ferroelastic ceramics. Afterwards, GV was employed as a Post-doctoral Reasearch Assistant at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and as a Materials Scientist at Nanoforce Technology Limited (a spin out company owned by QMUL). In 2014, GV was awarded an individual Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to Politecnico di Torino. In 2017, GV returned to the UK and joined UCL where he is currently based. GV's current research interests are mainly focused on the relationships between microstructure and properties of piezoelectric, ferroelectric/ferroelastic and antiferroelectric ceramics for sensing and energy storage applications. Previous research projects included the development of piezo-acoustic biosensors, investigation of domains switching mechanisms in ferroic materials and the exploitation of rapid sintering technologies for ceramics, metals and composites.

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