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Research coordinator (investigador coordenador) head of Functional Imaging and Nanomaterials Laboratory,

University of Aveiro, Portugal

General information
Areas of scientific interest: - Nanoscale properties of functional materials via scanning probe techniques - Ferroelectric polymers, metal organic frameworks (MOF), and self-assembled peptides -Multiferroics and magnetoelectrics for memory and sensor applications - Sensors and actuators, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) - Vibrational and thermal energy harvesting systems -Dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of materials and structures - Processing, characterization and applications of dielectrics, piezoelectrics and ferroelectrics - Carbon-based materials/graphene.

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Doctor Kholkin has worked many years in multiple areas, most of them related to processing, characterization and applications of ferroelectric materials. His contributions made possible several modern applications viable as seen from the long perspective. He was then one who discovered thermoplarization effect in ferroelectrics as predicted by Gurevich and Tagantsev in the end of 70s.Large ferroelectric polarization was understood to be very useful in ferroelectric field transistors in the middle of 80s. Prof. Kholkin’s seminal work on ferroelectric field effect in superconductors laid foundations of using depletion/accumulation by ferroelectrics to shift the superconducting transition and to modulate resistivity in the mixed state. This work has led to the concept of “metallic electronics” as mentioned by Andre Geim in his Nobel Lecture on graphene in December 2010).

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Number of publications in the scientific journals indexed by the Web of Science Core Collection database: 490
Number of the citations of the articles indexed by the Web of Science Core Collection database: 10593

Award of the A. F. Ioffe Physical Technical Institute RASA (F. Ioffe Physical Technical Institute RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia) - 1987
Faculty Academic Service Increment Program (FASIP) award (Rutgers University, USA) - 1999
Award of the Portuguese Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, “Estimulo de Excelência” (Portuguese Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) - 2004
Best presentation award, 8th Intl. Symposium on Ferroic Domains and Mesoscopic Structures (Advisory board) - 2004
IEEE Senior Member (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) - 2004

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