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
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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),


Effects of temperature and oxygen partial pressure on electrical conductivity of Fe-doped β-Ga2O3 single crystals
Ryu, G., Reddy, P., Collazo, R., & Dickey, E. C. (2022), Applied Physics Letters, 120(18). https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0093588
Implications of gnomonic distortion on electron backscatter diffraction and transmission Kikuchi diffraction
Fancher, C. M., Burch, M. J., Patala, S., & Dickey, E. C. (2022, January 4), JOURNAL OF MICROSCOPY, Vol. 1, pp. 85–94. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmi.13077
Inhomogeneous electric field-induced structural changes in soft lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics
Zhao, J., Funni, S. D., Molina, E. R., Dickey, E. C., & Jones, J. L. (2022), Acta Materialia, 226. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2022.117682
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
Accounting for Location Measurement Error in Imaging Data With Application to Atomic Resolution Images of Crystalline Materials
Miller, M. J., Cabral, M. J., Dickey, E. C., LeBeau, J. M., & Reich, B. J. (2021, April 28), TECHNOMETRICS, Vol. 64, pp. 103–113. https://doi.org/10.1080/00401706.2021.1905070
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, 20(1), 62–67. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-020-0794-5
Fermi level pinning in Co-doped BaTiO3: Part I. DC and AC electrical conductivities and degradation behavior
Ryu, G. H., Bowes, P. C., McGarrahan, J. R., Irving, D. L., & Dickey, E. C. (2021, July 28), JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, Vol. 105, pp. 292–298. https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.18042
Fermi level pinning in Co-doped BaTiO3: Part II. Defect chemistry models
Bowes, P. C., Ryu, G. H., Baker, J. N., Dickey, E. C., & Irving, D. L. (2021, July 29), JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, Vol. 7, pp. 5859–5872. https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.17938
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

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