Elizabeth Dickey

Professor and Associate Department Head

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 one hundred fifty peer-reviewed journal publications in these areas with over twelve-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 the American Ceramic Society,
  • 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),


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
Conductivity of iron-doped strontium titanate in the quenched and degraded states
Long, D. M., Cai, B., Baker, J. N., Bowes, P. C., Bayer, T. J. M., Wang, J.-J., … Dickey, E. C. (2019), JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, 102(6), 3567–3577. https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.16212
Giant piezoelectricity of Sm-doped Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O-3-PbTiO3 single crystals
Li, F., Cabral, M. J., Xu, B., Cheng, Z., Dickey, E. C., LeBeau, J. M., … Zhang, S. (2019), SCIENCE, 364(6437), 264-+. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaw2781
Connecting post-pulsing electrical and microstructural features in GeTe-based inline phase change switches
King, M. R., El-Hinnawy, N., Borodulin, P., Ezis, A., Luu, V., Salmon, M., … Young, R. M. (2018), JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 124(19). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5031840
Gradient chemical order in the relaxor Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O-3
Cabral, M. J., Zhang, S. J., Dickey, E. C., & LeBeau, J. M. (2018), Applied Physics Letters, 112(8). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5016561
Big data meets materials science: Training the future generation
Dickey, E., & Arthur, G. (2017), American Ceramic Society Bulletin, 96(6), 40–44.
Cold sintering: Current status and prospects
Maria, J. P., Kang, X. Y., Floyd, R. D., Dickey, E. C., Guo, H. Z., Guo, J., … Randall, C. A. (2017), Journal of Materials Research. https://doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2017.262
Defect mechanisms of coloration in Fe-doped SrTiO3 from first principles
Baker, J. N., Bowes, P. C., Long, D. M., Moballegh, A., Harris, J. S., Dickey, E. C., & Irving, D. L. (2017), Applied Physics Letters, 110(12). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4978861
Guest editors' preface
Dickey, E. C., Pawlak, D. A., Berger, M. H., Merino, R. I., & Sayir, A. (2017), Journal of Materials Science, 52(10), 5475–5476. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-017-0843-x

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