Elizabeth Dickey

Professor, Interim Associate Dept. Head and Director of Graduate Studies

Director, Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics
Director, NSF Research Traineeship on Science and Engineering of Atomic Structure
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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 eleven-thousand citations.

Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics

Science and Engineering of Atomic Structure



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),


Cold sintering: Current status and prospects
Maria, J. P., Kang, X. Y., Floyd, R. D., Dickey, E. C., Guo, H. Z., Guo, J., Baker, A., Funihashi, S., & Randall, C. A. (2017), Journal of Materials Research, 32(17), 3205-3218.
Big data meets materials science: Training the future generation
Dickey, E., & Arthur, G. (2017), American Ceramic Society Bulletin, 96(6), 40-44.
Impact of intrinsic point defect concentration on thermal transport in titanium dioxide
Donovan, B. F., Long, D. M., Moballegh, A., Creange, N., Dickey, E. C., & Hopkins, P. E. (2017), Acta Materialia, 127, 491-497.
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.
Indentation-induced deformation mechanisms in laser-processed directionally solidified WC-W2C eutectoids
Chen, W. T., & Dickey, E. C. (2017), Journal of Materials Science, 52(10), 5511-5519.
Microstructure, texture, and crystallography in Ni-GDC and Co-GDC porous cermets obtained from directionally solidified eutectic ceramics
Serrano-Zabaleta, S., Larrea, A., Larranaga, A., & Dickey, E. C. (2017), Journal of Materials Science, 52(10), 5477-5488.
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).
Mapping 180 degrees polar domains using electron backscatter diffraction and dynamical scattering simulations
Burch, M. J., Fancher, C. M., Patala, S., De Graef, M., & Dickey, E. C. (2017), Ultramicroscopy, 173, 47-51.
Investigation of electric field-induced structural changes at Fe-doped SrTiO3 anode interfaces by second harmonic generation
Ascienzo, D., Yuan, H. C., Greenbaum, S., Bayer, T. J. M., Maier, R. A., Wang, J. J., Randall, C. A., Dickey, E. C., Zhao, H. B., & Ren, Y. H. (2016), Materials, 9(11).
Directionally solidified boride and carbide eutectic ceramics
Chen, W. T., White, R. M., Goto, T., & Dickey, E. C. (2016), Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 99(6), 1837-1851.

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