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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
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We invite you to the 2nd Institute colloquium in the academic year 2016/17. The colloquium will be held on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana.

prof. dr. Paul Muralt
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Pushing the performance of electro-mechanical thin films

We are witnessing the advent of the 4th industrial revolution, and are heading towards a largely robotized world. A lot of analogue electro-mechanical devices for sensing, actuation, communication, and fabrication are necessary ingredients for such revolution. Piezoelectricity plays an important role in any electro-mechanical conversion, and is used for instance in ultrasonic imaging and mobile phone communication. The necessary drive for miniaturization will result in a strong demand for piezoelectric thin films with improved, optimized properties. The talk will first introduce basic phenomena of electro-mechanical coupling: electrostriction, piezoelectricity, and its relation to ferroelectricity. The most important thin film piezoelectric materials are presented. Challenges and achievements in growth, integration, and properties will be reviewed. Results on performance issues such as achievable piezoelectric stress, aging and imprint will be discussed for lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) thin films. While these are good for microactuators, aluminum nitride is superior at GHz frequency applications because of its higher mechanical quality factor. A recent discovery shows that alloying with scandium nitride leads to much larger piezoelectric coefficients. Most recent results on AlScN properties will be compared with ab initio calculations. The talk will finish with an outlook on remaining challenges, and potential applications.

To read the abstract click Past colloquia are posted on

Cordially invited!

Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Aleš Bizjak entitled: Development, fabrication and properties of solar air thermal (SAT) collectors. The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
City municipality Ljubljana has open call for grants for students with permanent residence in Ljubljana.

The call is open until October 5: 

Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Neda Bogdanović Golić entitled: E-support for the Project Management. The Defence is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
The Slovene human resources development and scholarship fund issued a call for applications for scholarships for study of nationals of Western Balkan states in the Republic of Slovenia for the year 2016

The scholarships for postgraduate (master or doctorate) studies are available to nationals of Western Balkan states for study in the Republic of Slovenia in the field of natural sciences, technology and medicine.

The subject matter of this call is the award of scholarships for master or doctorate studies in the field of natural sciences, technology and medicine in Slovenia to nationals of Western Balkan States.

The scholarship will be awarded for:
- Tuition in the set amount but not more than 3.000 EUR per individual study year.
- Living costs in the amount of EUR 700 per month.

For more information click here.

Expected IPS Senate Meetings:
Junij 7, 2016
Julij 12, 2016
September 6, 2016
Oktober 11, 2016
November 15, 2016
December 13, 2016
Januar 17, 2017
Februar 14, 2017
Marec 14, 2017
April 11, 2017
Maj 16, 2017

Materials for the Senate meeting should be submitted at least 15 days before the meeting before 12 p.m. (midday).
The next diploma conferment ceremonies are scheduled for 20 June 2016, 21 December 2016 and 20 June 2017.

IPS obtained Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 and is participating in the ERASMUS program, which allows for exchanges of students and professors.

The candidates are requested to fill the bilateral agreement and provide information about the contact person at foreign university, starting date and length of requested exchange to IPS Secretariat (

The IPS Senate will decide on received proposals until the funds are available.

Erasmus Policy Statement, Erasmus Charter and draft of a Bilateral Agreement on Erasmus exchange are published among documents for collaborators.

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