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Issue No. 06 - November/December (2004 vol. 6)
ISSN: 1521-9615
pp: 12-21
Jerry Bernholc , North Carolina State University
Serge M. Nakhmanson , North Carolina State University
Marco Buongiorno Nardelli , North Carolina State University
Vincent Meunier , Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Recent advances in theoretical methods and high-performance computing allow for reliable first-principles investigations of complex materials. This article focuses on calculating and predicting the properties of piezoelectrics and "designing" new materials with enhanced piezoelectric responses. The authors consider two systems: boron-nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) and polymers in the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) family.

M. B. Nardelli, V. Meunier, J. Bernholc and S. M. Nakhmanson, "Understanding and Enhancing Polarization in Complex Materials," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 6, no. , pp. 12-21, 2004.
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