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  • Researchers strain to improve electrical material and it's worth it

    University of Illinois engineers devised a method of making thin films of ferroelectric material with twice the strain of traditional methods, giving the films exceptional electric properties. Professor Lane Martin, right, led the work with graduate student Karthik Jambunathan, center, and postdoctoral researcher Vengadesh Mangalam.

    University of Illinois engineers devised a method of making thin films of ferroelectric material with twice the strain of traditional methods, giving the films exceptional electric properties. Professor Lane Martin, right, led the work with graduate student Karthik Jambunathan, center, and postdoctoral researcher Vengadesh Mangalam.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor's note: To reach Lane Martin, call 217-244-9162; email lwmartin@illinois.edu.
    The paper, “Unexpected Crystal and Domain Structures and Properties in Compositionally Graded PbZr1-xTixO3 Thin Films,” is available online.