Elizabeth Dickey

Distinguished Professor Emerita

Director, Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics
Director, NSF Research Traineeship on Science and Engineering of Atomic Structure
Editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society
  • Engineering Building I (EB1) 3076B

Professor Dickey’s research focuses on developing processing-structure-property relationships for material systems in which the macroscopic physical properties (mechanical, electrical, thermal, etc.) are governed by grain boundaries or internal interfaces. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the role of grain boundary chemistry on electrical and chemical transport. In addition, she is interested in understanding the role of microstructure and interfaces on the mechanical properties of eutectic ceramic composites, which are being developed for high-temperature and armor applications. Her research involves using an array of analytical techniques, in particular electron microscopy and spectroscopy, to understand the structure and chemistry of internal defects in materials. She has over two-hundred publications in these areas with over twenty-thousand citations.

Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics

Science and Engineering of Atomic Structure

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Materials Science and Engineering

Northwestern University


Materials Engineering

University of Kentucky

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of AAAS,
  • Fellow of the American Ceramic Society,
  • Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America,
  • World Academy of Ceramics Academician,
  • NCSU Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship,
  • Richard M. Fulrath Award, American Ceramic Society,
  • Northwestern University Early Career Achievement Award for Alumni in MSE,
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE),


A thermal perspective of flash sintering: The effect of AC current ramp rate on microstructure evolution
Grimley, C. A., Funni, S., Green, C., & Dickey, E. C. (2021), JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, 41(4), 2807–2817. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2020.11.040
Atomic-resolution electron microscopy of nanoscale local structure in lead-based relaxor ferroelectrics
Kumar, A., Baker, J. N., Bowes, P. C., Cabral, M. J., Zhang, S., Dickey, E. C., … LeBeau, J. M. (2021), Nature Materials, 9. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-020-0794-5
Orientation-dependent, field-induced phase transitions in soft lead zirconate titanate piezoceramics
Zhao, J., Funni, S. D., Molina, E. R., Dickey, E. C., & Jones, J. L. (2021), JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, 41(6), 3357–3362. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2021.01.043
Oxidative molecular layer deposition of PEDOT using volatile antimony(V) chloride oxidant
Volk, A. A., Kim, J.-S., Jamir, J., Dickey, E. C., & Parsons, G. N. (2021), Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A, 39(3), 032413. https://doi.org/10.1116/6.0000791
Crystallization behavior of amorphous BaTiO3 thin films
Ryu, G. H., Lewis, N. P., Kotsonis, G. N., Maria, J.-P., & Dickey, E. C. (2020), Journal of Materials Science, 55(21), 8793–8801. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-020-04637-z
Interfacial stability and ionic conductivity enhanced by dopant segregation in eutectic ceramics: the role of Gd segregation in doped CeO2/CoO and CeO2/NiO interfaces
Orera, A., Wang, F., Ferreiro-Vila, E., Serrano-Zabaleta, S., Larrañaga, A., Laguna-Bercero, M. A., … Larrea, Á. (2020), Journal of Materials Chemistry A. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9TA12315F
Low frequency dielectric properties related to structure of cotton fabrics
Mukai, Y., Dickey, E. C., & Suh, M. (2020), IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON DIELECTRICS AND ELECTRICAL INSULATION, 27(1), 314–321. https://doi.org/10.1109/TDEI.2019.008511
Remembering Joanna McKittrick
Fahrenholtz, B., Brennecka, G., Dickey, E., Ferreira, J., Klein, L., Mauro, J., … Martin, M. (2020), Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 103(4), 2277–2277. https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.16967
Barrier formation at BaTiO3 interfaces with Ni and NiO
Long, D. M., Klein, A., & Dickey, E. C. (2019), Applied Surface Science, 466, 472–476. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.10.040
Cold sintering with dimethyl sulfoxide solutions for metal oxides
Kang, X., Floyd, R., Lowum, S., Long, D., Dickey, E., & Maria, J.-P. (2019), Journal of Materials Science, 54(10), 7438–7446. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-019-03410-1

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