Andrei Kholkin has received his PhD degree from the A. F. Ioffe Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia (supervisor Prof. G. A.
Smolensky) for his studies of kinetic phenomena in ferroelectrics. He subsequently held research positions in Swiss Federal Institute
of Technology (Switzerland) and Rutgers University (USA) where he extended his experience to the development and characterization of
novel ferroelectric thin films and nanostructures as well as bulk piezoelectric actuators. He is currently a research coordinator of
the Center for Research in Ceramic and Composite Materials of the University of Aveiro (Portugal) where he leads a group developing
multifunctional materials (ferroelectrics, multiferroics, relaxors, biopiezoelectrics and nanostructures of thereof) and scanning probe
microscopy techniques. He is a co-author of about 300 technical publications in this area including 1 book and 15 book chapters.
He co-edited several special issues on nanoscale electromechanics and ferroelectrics (including September 2009 issue on
nanoelectromechanics in MRS Bulletin and August 2010 special issue in Journal of Applied Physics) and serves as an associate
editor-in-chief for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control. He is a member of the Ferroelectric
Committee of IEEE and was a recipient of the excellence award from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. He
successfully organized several conferences on ferroelectrics and related materials and serve as a reviewer for various funding
agencies in USA, Europe and Russia. He was a co-founder of the successful conference series “Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and
Nanoscale Phenomena in Polar Materials” and is a member of the advisory boards of several conferences on ferroelectrics.
His Topic of Materials' Days 2010:
Nanoscale elecromechanics: from oxides to biomaterials