Ferroelectrets: Heterogenous polymer electrets with high piezoelectric sensitivity for transducers

Xunlin Qiu, Peng Fang, Axel Mellinger, Ruy Alberto Pisani Altafim, Werner Wirges, Gunnar Gidion, Dmitry Rychkov

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Nowadays, the demand for advanced functional materials in transducer technology is growing rapidly. Piezoelectric materials transform mechanical variables (displacement or force) into electrical signals (charge or voltage) and vice versa. They are interesting from both fundamental and application points of view. Ferrooelectrets (also called piezoelectrets) are a relatively young group of piezo-, pyro- and ferroelectric materials. They exhibit ferroic behavior phenomenologically undistinguishable from that of traditional ferroelectrics, although the materials per se are essentially non-polar space-charge electrets with artificial macroscopic dipoles (i.e., internally charged cavities). A lot of work has been done on ferroelectrets and their applications up to now. In this paper, we review and discuss mostly the work done at University of Potsdam on the research and development of ferroelectrets. We will, however, also mention important results from other teams, and prospect the challenges and future progress trend of the field of ferroelectret research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2341009
JournalJournal of Advanced Dielectrics
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Ferroelectret
  • advanced functional materials
  • piezoelectret
  • space-charge electret
  • transducer


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