Dr. Rick Ubic is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and
Engineering. Prior to coming to Boise State, he served as a senior lecturer (associate
professor) at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2007, Dr. Ubic moved to Boise to help
lead teaching and research involving the newly acquired JEOL JEM-2100 HR Transmission
Electron Microscope (TEM). Dr. Ubic has received several awards, including the American
Ceramic Society's (ACerS) 2004 Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars for his
"contributions relating crystallography to the behavior of dielectric properties in
complex compounds," and the 2006 Edgar Andrews Best Journal Article Prize for his
work on the structure of a perovskite superlattice. Dr. Ubic's research interests
are in structure-property relationships in mirowave dielectric materials, ceramic ionic
conductors for fuel cells, and nano-technology as it relates to solar energy generation.
Dr. Ubic has been awarded research funding from the National Academy of Sciences, Batelle
Energy Alliance, and the Department of Energy. As a result of his work, Dr. Ubic has been
invited to present various aspects of his research at international forums in six
countries on three continents. 

Articles and Conference Proceedings

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Lattice Constant Prediction of Defective Rare Earth Titanate Perovskites (with Steve Letourneau, Zhen Zhen, Josh Owens, Kevin Tolman, and Waltraud M. Kriven), Journal of Solid State Chemistry (2014)

Engineering defective structures in an attempt to modify properties is an established technique in materials...

 

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Software for Calculating Permittivity of Resonators: HakCol & ErCalc, Advances in Multifunctional Materials and Systems II: Ceramic Transactions (2014)

The HakCol and ErCale programmes are designed to quickly and accurately calculate the relative permittivity...

 

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Thermal Expansion of Alkaline-Doped Lanthanum Ferrite Near the Néel Temperature (with Geoffrey L. Beausoleil II, Patrick Price, David Thomsen, Alex Punnoose, Darryl P. Butt, and Scott Misture), Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2014)

The thermal expansion and magnetic behaviors of divalent, alkaline-doped lanthanum ferrites (La0.9M0.1FeO3, M=Ca, Sr, Ba)...

 

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Effect of Ca2+ Substitution on the Structure, Microstructure, and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Sr2Al2SiO7 Ceramic (with Kurusaroor Mana Manu, Chinnathambi Karthik, and Mailadil Thomas Sebastian), Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2013)

The effect of Ca2+ substitution on the structure, microstructure, and microwave dielectric properties of Sr–gehlenite...

 

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Unification of the Negative Electrocaloric Effect in Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-BaTiO3 Solid Solutions by Ba1/2Sr1/2TiO3 Doping (with Sarir Uddin, Guang-Ping Zheng, Yaseen Iqbal, and Junhe Yang), Journal of Applied Physics (2013)

The microscopic mechanisms of the negative electrocaloric effect (ECE) of the single-phase (1−x)(0.94Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-0.06BaTiO3)-xBa1/2Sr1/2TiO3 (BNT-BT-BST) perovskite...

 

Contributions to Books

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The Effect of A-Site Vacancies on Cell Volume and Tolerance Factor of Perovskites (with Kevin Tolman, Kokfoong Chan, Nicole Lundy, Steve Letourneau, and Waltraud Kriven), Processing and Properties of Advanced Ceramics and Composites V: Ceramic Transactions (2013)

Point defects like vacancies can have a profound effect on the structure of perovskite ceramics,...

 

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New Perovskite Oxides of the Type (M1/4ln3/4)(MG 1/4Ti3/4)O3 (M = Na, Li; Ln = La, Nd, Sm): Crystal Structure and Microwave Dielectric Properties (with J. J. Bian and L. L. Yuan), Advances in Multifunctional Materials and Systems: Ceramic Transactions (2010)