Journal of Electroceramics

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 149–166 | Cite as

Recent advancements in magnetoelectric particulate and laminate composites

  • Shashank PriyaEmail author
  • Rashed Islam
  • Shuxiang Dong
  • D. Viehland


Recently, the magnetoelectric (ME) effect—dielectric polarization of a material under magnetic field, or induced magnetization under an electric field—has become the focus of significant research interests. The primary requirement for the observance of said effect is the coexistence of magnetic and electric dipoles. Most of the known single phase materials suffer from the drawback that the ME effect is quite small, even at low temperatures limiting their applicability in practical devices. Better alternatives are ME composites, which have large magnitudes of the ME voltage coefficient. Composites exploit the product property of materials; where the ME effect is realized by combining magnetostrictive and piezoelectric phases that independently are not ME, but acting together (i.e., their product) result in a ME effect. In this review article, we survey recently reported results concerning ME composites, focusing on ME particulate (synthesized via a controlled precipitation technique) and laminated composites. The article also provides a survey of the compositions and magnitudes of the ME coefficients reported in the literature; a brief description of the analytical models developed to explain and predict the behavior of composites; and discuss several applications that are made possible by enhanced ME effects.


Magentoelectric Ferroelectric Magnetostrictive Piezoelectric Sensor Energy harvesting Phase shifter Transformer 



The authors (S. Priya and R. A. Islam) would like to acknowledge the support from DOE and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board through grant number’s DE-FG02-06ER46288 and 003656-0010-2006 respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shashank Priya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rashed Islam
    • 1
  • Shuxiang Dong
    • 2
  • D. Viehland
    • 2
  1. 1.Automation and Robotics Research Institute, Materials Science and EngineeringThe University of TexasArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Materials Science and EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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