Materials Science and Engineering
B.S. Polymer Science, The PA State University, 1983
Ph.D. Solid State Science, The PA State University, 1987
Phone: (607) 871-2431
Location: McMahon Building, Room 226
My group emphasizes electronic ceramics and composites for electrical, electronic, electromechanical applications. Many of the ceramics are ferroelectric perovskiteswith significant uses in sensors, actuators, and capacitors. Primary efforts are in : proof of principle, aid to industry, new materials development, and waste reduction. Unique aspects of our work involve extreme environments -- to 4K and above 300°C for electronic use and in situ integrated characterization of properties under actual working conditions.
Current and Recent Projects
- Defibrillator Materials --corporate sponsored 2004-2007
- Reuse of Lead-containing Dielectric Material--corporate sponsored 2004-2006
- Actuators for Space Applications--various 2000-2004
- Harmonic Analysis of Electromechanical Response
- various 1998-2007
Select Publications and Patents
S. Srilomsak, W.A. Schulze, S.M. Pilgrim, and F. A. Williams Jr., “Harmonic analysis of polarization hysteresis of aged PZTs,” J. American Ceramic Society, 88,  2121-2125 (2005).
Y.S. Cho, C,H, Yang, and S.M. Pilgrim, “Effects of chemical additives on high-field electromechanical properties of PMN–PT–BT ceramics,” Ceramics International, 31  1025-1029 (2005).
S.M. Pilgrim, “Materials and Design Issues for Cryogenic-use Multilayers,” Morphotropic Phase Boundary Perovskite, High Strain Piezoelectrics, and Dielectric Ceramics: Ceramic Transactions, Vol 136, 555-566, American Ceramic Society, Westerville OH, 2003.
C.B. DiAntonio, F.A. Williams Jr., S.M. Pilgrim, and W.A. Schulze, “Fourier Harmonic Analysis of the Electromechanical Response of Electroactive Materials,” Morphotropic Phase Boundary Perovskite, High Strain Piezoelectrics, and Dielectric Ceramics: Ceramic Transactions Vol 136, 75-84, American Ceramic Society, Westerville OH, 2003.
C.B. DiAntonio, F.A. Williams Jr., S.M. Pilgrim, and W.A. Schulze, “Application of Fourier Analysis to the Electromechanical Response of an Electroactive Material,” J. Appl. Phys., 92  3908-3916 (2002).