Prof. Dragan Damjanovic

Adjunct Professor

Dragan Damjanovic received his B.Sc. diploma in physics (suma cum laude) from the University of Sarajevo, in 1980, and Ph.D. in Ceramics Science from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 1987. From 1988 to 1991 he was a research associate in the Materials Research Laboratory at the PSU. He joined the Ceramics Laboratory, Institute of Materials, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 1991. He is currently an adjunct professor and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on electrical properties of materials.His research interests include dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of crystals, films, and ceramics as well as application of ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials in actuators, sensors, and high frequency transducers. He has published more than 150 articles. In the last ten years he has participated in or led more than a dozen European and Swiss projects in the field of piezoelectric materials. He is an IEEE Fellow.


Research Area

The research is focused on properties of ferroelectric, piezoelectric and other multifunctional materials. We investigate experimentally physical processes taking place at different length and time scales and how they affect macroscopic behavior of ceramics, single crystals and thin layers. Our interest includes interaction of atomic defects with domain walls, interface dynamics, dispersion, nonlinearity and hysteresis in a material response, phase transition related instabilities, and structure / microstructure - property relations.  Present projects include investigation of lead-free piezoelectric materials, morphotropic phase boundary systems and electro-mechanical coupling beyond piezoelectricity. Besides the fundamental investigations, our research is also application oriented and we try to contribute to development of new materials for sensors, actuators and transducers.


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1015 Lausanne