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Susan Trolier-McKinstry


Susan Trolier-McKinstry

Director – W. M. Keck Smart Materials Integration Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University

151 Materials Research Laboratory;
University Park, Pa. 16802


Phone: 814-863-8348

Susan Trolier-McKinstry



Ph.D.   Ceramic Science Pennsylvania State University 1992 

M. S. Ceramic Science Pennsylvania State University 1987 

B. S.   Ceramic Science and Engineering Pennsylvania State University, 1987 (honors)


Professional Experience

Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering Pennsylvania State University 2002 – present

Associate Director – Materials Research Laboratory Pennsylvania State University 1999 – 2001

Associate Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering Pennsylvania State University 1998 - 2002

Assistant Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering Pennsylvania State University 1992 - 1998

Visiting Scientist Swiss Federal Institute of Tech. Summer 1996 & 2004

Summer Research Faculty Fellow US Army Research Laboratories Summer 1993

Visiting Research Trainee Hitachi Central Research Lab.. March - August
Kokubunji, Japan, 1988



Wilson Award for Excellence in Research (2006); Fellow of the American Ceramic


Society (2004); Wilson Outstanding Teaching Award of the College of Earth and


Mineral Sciences, Penn State (2000); Materials Research Laboratory Outstanding


Faculty Award (2000); Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars (1999); NSF


CAREER Award (1995); senior member of IEEE


Selected Professional Activities

Materials Research Society (Fall 2004 meeting co-chair), Chair of the US-Japan Meeting on Dielectric and Piezoelectric Ceramics (2001, 2003), Chair of the US Navy Meeting on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices (2002 – present), IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectric, and Frequency Control Society (President elect and former Vice President for Ferroelectrics), Keramos (Past President), Ceramics Education Council (past-President), chair of the committee writing the IEEE Standard for Ferroelectricity


Research Interests

Ferroelectrics, Electroceramic Thin Films, MEMS, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry, Templated Grain Growth


Selected Publications (9 of >170)

R. L. Thayer, C. A. Randall, and S. Trolier-McKinstry, “Medium Permittivity Bismuth Zinc Niobate Thin Film Capacitors,” J. Appl. Phys. 94 (3) 1941-1947 (2003).

S. J. Gross, S. Tadigadapa, and T. N. Jackson, S. Trolier-McKinstry, Q. Q. Zhang, “Lead-Zirconate-Titanate-Based Piezoelectric Micromachined Switch,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83 (1) 174-176 (2003).

E. M. Sabolsky, A. R. James, S. Kwon, S. Trolier-McKinstry, and G. L. Messing, “Piezoelectric Properties of <001> Textured Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 Ceramics,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78(17) 2551-2553 (2001).

M. Ozgul, K. Takemura, S. Trolier-McKinstry, and C. A. Randall, “Polarization Fatigue in Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 Ferroelectric Single Crystals,” J. Appl. Phys. 89 (9) 5100-5106 (2001).

T. M. Shaw, S. Trolier-McKinstry, and P.C. McIntyre, “The Properties of Ferroelectric Films at Small Dimensions,” Annu. Rev. Mater. Sci. 30 263-298 (2000).

F. Xu, F. Chu, and S. Trolier-McKinstry, “Longitudinal Piezoelectric Coefficient Measurement for Bulk Ceramics and Thin Films Using Pneumatic Pressure Rig,” J. Appl. Phys. 86 (1) 588 -594 (1999).

J-P. Maria, W. Hackenberger, S. Trolier-McKinstry, “Phase Development and Electrical Property Analysis of Pulsed Laser Deposited Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (70/30) Epitaxial Films,” J. Appl. Phys. 84 5147 – 54 (1998).

J. F. Shepard, Jr., P. J. Moses, and S. Trolier-McKinstry, “The Wafer Flexure Technique for the Determination of the Transverse Piezoelectric Coefficient (d31) of PZT Thin Films,” Sens. Actuators A 71 133-138 (1998).

G. Zavala, J. H. Fendler, and S. Trolier-McKinstry, “Characterization of Ferroelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate Films by Scanning Force Microscopy,” J. Appl. Phys. 81 (11) 7480-7491 (1997).