PCNS Technical Programme Committee (TPC) awarded The Best Paper and two Outstanding Papers with prize award and certifications out of selected nomination. The selection is based entirely on the material submitted – abstract, full paper and presentation.


4.1. High Energy Density NanoLamTM Capacitors for Use in Spacecraft Power Processing Units

Speaker: Angelo Yializis Ph.D; Polycharge America Inc, USA

Two of the largest and most critical components in virtually all Power Processing Units of spacecraft, probes, and landers, are energy buffer and DC-link capacitors, used to minimize ripple current, voltage fluctuations, and transient suppression. In addition to conventional high-temperature requirements, missions to planetary bodies that are distant from the sun, as well as lunar regions that are permanently shadowed, require electrical components with low-temperature survivability and predictable and stable functionality at temperatures as low as -240°C.

Current capacitor technologies have severe performance limitations, especially when operated at cryogenic temperatures with exposure to cosmic radiation, as well as radiation internal to the spacecraft. NanoLamTM capacitors, produced using a nanolaminate composite, formed using 1-2Mrad of ionizing Beta radiation, have excellent stability of dielectric properties over a wide temperature range, superior energy density and specific energy, and resistance to degradation when exposed to ionizing radiation. In this work, electrical measurements of key dielectric parameters are performed as a function of temperature in the range of -269°C to +145°C.

NanoLamTM capacitors are tested both in the form of individual 3000-layer capacitor elements and as capacitor blocks, comprising multiple capacitor elements with ratings of 750uF/50V and 4.4mF/50V. The effects of highly accelerated voltage stress of 75V to 150V and temperatures as high as 145°C have been analyzed and lifetime to parametric failure is approximated using a Weibull log-linear model.





Angelo Yializis Ph.D

Angelo Yializis is the founder and CEO of PolyCharge spinoff of Sigma Technologies Int'l of Tucson AZ. In the early-80s, while working at GE, Dr. Yializis developed a series of new capacitor products, including the Polymer Monolithic Capacitor (PMC) technology, which is the only commercial capacitor technology comprising 1000s on nano-thick polymer dielectric layers. The PMC technology was spun out from GE and Sigma Technologies, founded in 1992, completed the technology development and licensed the technology to two multinational capacitor OEMs for use in surface mount consumer electronic capacitor applications. Sigma has also commercialized several pioneering non-capacitor related technologies, including materials for thermal management of commercial and residential structures, ultra-high barrier coatings for packaging films and OLED displays, surface functionalization technologies for treating films and textiles, nanoflake metal pigments for use on inks and paints, color shifting pigments and films for security applications and the development of PMCs for higher voltage DC-link inverter applications. Dr. Yializis received his B.Sc. in Applied Physics, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a M.Sc. in Solid State Physics at the University of Windsor and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Windsor. He is the recipient of several technical and managerial awards. He has 50 US patents and more than 50 journal and conference publications.


Paul Roop is with Polycharge America Inc

Alexander Teverovsky is with Jacobs/NASA- GSFC

1.4. Quality Assessment and Lifetime Prediction of Base Metal Electrode Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors: Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Pedram Yousefian; PhD Candidate, Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics, Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Base metal electrode (BME) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are widely used in aerospace, medical, military, and communication applications, emphasizing the need for high reliability. The ongoing advancements in BaTiO3-based MLCC technology have facilitated further miniaturization and improved capacitive volumetric density for both low and high voltage devices. However, concerns persist regarding infant mortality failures and long-term reliability under higher fields and temperatures. To address these concerns, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms underlying insulation resistance degradation is crucial. Furthermore, there is a need to develop effective screening procedures during MLCC production and improve the accuracy of mean time to failure (MTTF) predictions.

This article reviewing our findings on the effect of the burn-in test, a common quality control process, on the dynamics of oxygen vacancies within BME MLCCs. These findings reveal the burn-in test has a negative impact on the lifetime and reliability of BME MLCCS. Moreover, we discuss the limitations of existing lifetime prediction models for BME MLCCs and  highlight the need for improved MTTF predictions by employing physics-based machine learning model to overcome the existinging models limitations. We also discuss the new physical-based machine learning model that has been developed. While data limitations remain a challenge, the physics-based machine learning approach offers promising results for MTTF prediction in MLCCs, contributing to improved lifetime predictions. Furthermore, the article acknowledges the limitations of relying solely on MTTF to predict MLCCs’ lifetime and emphasizes the importance of developing comprehensive prediction models that predict the entire distribution of failures.





Pedram Yousefian and Prof. Clive A. Randall (advisor)

Pedram Yousefian is PhD Candidate, Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics, Materials Research Institute

The Pennsylvania State University, USA

4.3. Layer-by-layer printing: how we fabricate the next generation of nanocomposite capacitors for more efficient power electronics

Speaker: William Greenbank; SDU University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Electricity generation accounts for 47% of all new carbon emissions because electricity production is expected to increase by 80% by 2040 – a significant portion from fossil fuel sources. It is therefore necessary to both kerb rising demand for energy and increase renewable energy’s share of electricity generation to have any realistic hope of reducing emissions long-term. More efficient power electronics can have an enormous impact on energy wastage. Capacitors are critical to the operation of power electronics, but often the weak link when it comes to efficiency improvements. This is particularly true for electric motors, which account for 40% of all global electricity consumption and this will only increase as electric vehicles become more prevalent. Reducing energy waste in motors requires that their drives are smaller and can tolerate higher temperatures while remaining highly reliable and stable at high voltages. However, existing dielectric materials cannot deliver a capacitor that meets all of these requirements.

Nanocomposite dielectrics are an increasingly important area of innovation in capacitor research as an avenue to improve capacitive energy density, electrical breakdown strength, and temperature stability of devices. In such devices, morphology control is critical in order to optimise electrical field distribution in the device and to prevent the clustering of nanoparticles lowering breakdown voltages. However, this is difficult to achieve with large-scale fabrication techniques, such as melt extrusion and stretching, as melt processing can induce clustering and offers few possibilities for fine structure control of length scales below 1 µm.

Layer-by-layer fabrication offers a potential bottom-up alternative whereby dielectrics are printed by successive depositions of ultra-thin layers of a room-temperature-stable polymer ink. This would allow fine thickness and morphology control and could easily be adapted to industrial-scale printing techniques, like roll-to-roll slot-die coating. Our work explores the potential of this technique by developing two polypropylene-based inks in industry-friendly solvents that are then used to fabricate capacitor devices. A gel ink was able to be used to deposit ultrathin (sub-200 nm) layers of mostly amorphous polypropylene with high reproducibility. Capacitors based on these polypropylene layers perform commensurate with commercial devices, exhibiting excellent self-clearing and breakdown performance. Successive depositions of the ink were also demonstrated, allowing the fabrication of devices with finely tuned thicknesses and capacitances, as well as nanocomposite capacitors. This demonstrates the viability of layer-by-layer dielectric printing and paves the way for commercial ultra-thin conformable polypropylene capacitors, multi-component sandwich nanocomposite capacitors, and multilayer polypropylene capacitors, as well as brand new possibilities in dielectrics research.





William Greenbank

William Greenbank is Associated professor at Institut for Mekanik og Elektronik (IME) SDU Center for Industriel Elektronik (CIE) Sonderborg, Denmark. His current research is a part of the high DK materials for next-generation capacitors theme at the SDU Centre for Industrial Electronics. His main tasks are to design, develop, and characterise new materials for use as dielectric materials in high-performance capacitors. William graduated insolar energy/organic electronics, PhD, Interfacial stability and degradation in organic photovoltaic solar cells, by University of Bordeaux in 2016. Received Physical Chemistry, MSc (Hons), Controlling the physical properties of metallomesogens through structural modification, Victoria University of Wellington in 2012.

Shova Neupane, Bartosz Gackowski, Luciana Tavares and Thomas Ebel are with University of Southern Denmark

2.6. Unleashing the Power: Superior Properties of Fluorographene-Derived Materials for Energy Storage Applications

Speaker: Michal Otyepka; CATRIN, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Graphene, its composites, and derivatives have been identified as promising materials for energy storage applications, especially in supercapacitor and battery electrode materials. However, the direct preparation of graphene derivatives from graphene is hindered by the high inertness of graphene. One possible solution to this challenge is the utilization of the fluorographene chemistry, which can be carried out under mild and controllable conditions [1]. Furthermore, the chemistry of fluorographene benefits from an easily available pristine material, graphite fluoride, on the market. Various graphene derivatives have been prepared using fluorographene chemistry. These derivatives have shown promising properties as electrode materials for supercapacitors and batteries.

One of these derivatives is graphene acid (available at graphene-derivatives.com), which is produced through a two-step synthesis and bears ~12% of covalently grafted carboxyl groups on both sides [2]. Graphene acid is a conductive (~25 S/m) and perfectly water-dispersible material, making it an excellent candidate for supercapacitor electrodes. Graphene acid has demonstrated a capacitance of ~100 F/g and high specific capacitance retention (>95%) after 60,000 C/D cycles at a current density of 3 A/g in a two-electrode cell system [3,4]. The performance of graphene acid can be further improved by hybridizing it with a metal-organic framework (MOF) materials. A resulting hybrid material acts as an effective charge storing material with a capacitance of up to 650 F/g [5].

Another interesting class of supercapacitor electrode materials is nitrogen-doped graphene, which is obtained through the reduction of fluorographene by nitrogen-containing compounds [6]. Another nitrogen-doped graphene with a high level of nitrogen doping, diamond-like bonds and an ultra-high mass density of 2.8 g/mL exhibits high volumetric energy (up to 200 Wh/L) and power density (up to 52 kW/L) [7]. Commercialization of this material (SC-GN3) is currently supported by EIC Transtion project (trans2Dchem.com).

Finally, the chemistry of fluorographene can also be used to conjugate graphene with polysulfide chains, leading to highly sulfur-doped graphene. This material exhibits very high full-cathode-mass capacity and rate capability, combined with superior cycling stability, making it an efficient cathode material for LiS batteries with a low shuttling effect [7].


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Michal Otyepka 

Prof. Michal Otyepka has a degree in physical chemistry. He is developing the chemistry of fluorographene towards new functional graphene derivatives under the support of ERC grant 2DCHEM. He was the Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry at Palacký University (2008–2019). Currently, he is the Head of CATRIN-RCPTM at Palacký University. He (co)authored 270 scientific papers, cited more than 15.000 times (H-index 62, by Scopus), and 2 patent applications. Since 2014, he has been coordinating the collaboration with TEVA Czech Industries, s.r.o., in the field of surface properties of API compounds. He was involved in collaboration with many national and international companies including, P&G in the field of permeation of compounds though skin membrane models, NenoVision, s.r.o., in the field of correlative microscopies, etc. Since 2020, he has been a member of the Scientific Board of the Czech Grant Agency.

Vítězslav Hrubý, Veronika Šedajová, Petr Jakubec, Aristeidis Bakandritsos, Radek Zbořil are with CATRIN Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic

2.8. Smart textile speaker

Speaker: Julie Hladikova and Jiri Navratil; University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Smart textiles or e-textiles are evolving part of electronics and bring new approaches and views for the electronics device itself. The materials and technologies such as conductive threads, ribbons, new contacting technologies and interconnecting with conventional electronics are crucial part of the development of new functional smart textiles garments. This abstract is focused on the development and testing of textile electroacoustic transducer (speaker).

A hybrid conductive thread is used for embroidering of the coil and small magnet is placed under it. When audio signal is played in the embroidered coil, interaction of the magnetic fields creates forces between magnet and coil and the textile itself works as a membrane of the speaker. The coil shape and size is optimized and the final pattern is embroidered to real textile products – a pillow and an elastic sport headband. The frequency characteristic of the tested patterns and of the textile products will be presented in the full paper. The application of the speaker can reach from well-being or sports to healthcare sphere.





Julie Hladikova

Julie Hladikova is a 19-year-old student at Blovice Gymnasium. In 2021, she participated in the Science FEL Academy event organized by Faculty of Electrical Engineering, where she first encountered the topic of smart textiles. She became interested in this topic and started exploring the possibilities of creating a textile speaker in more detail. The results of her initial experiments were published at the international conference ISSE 2022 in Vienna. The textile speaker was also the subject of her graduation thesis, and after successfully passing her graduation exams this year, she will begin her first year at Faculty of Electrical Engineering next week.

Jiri Navratil

Jiri Navratil is a researcher at the Department of Materials and Technology at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. His primary research interests lied in the field of printed flexible electronics. However, he has recently shifted his focus towards e-textiles projects, where his main responsibility is developing new methods of connecting conventional electronics to e-textiles. In addition to his research work, Jiri is an active science popularizer. He actively engages with high school students, mentoring them on their projects and conducting science and technology workshops and presentations.

Stanislav Bouzek is with University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

3.6. Degradation of Aluminum and Tantalum Wet Electrolytic Capacitors during High Temperature Storage

Speaker: Alexander Teverovsky; Jacobs/NASA- GSFC

Aluminum wet electrolytic capacitors (AWEC) are available to higher ranges of capacitance and voltages compared to tantalum wet electrolytic capacitors (TWEC). However, evaporation of the electrolyte during operation or storage of conventional AWEC that is accelerated exponentially with temperature does not allow using these parts in space electronics. Instead, for systems requiring large value capacitors and high operating voltages, designers must use banks of TWECs that increases substantially the size and weight of electronic modules. Development of hermetically sealed AWECs might be beneficial for space systems provided their long-term reliability is assured. Although hermetically sealed TWEC have been used in space systems for years, there is a lack of information about the effects of storage on their characteristics. Increasing leakage currents during storage of AWEC is well known and is often explained by dissolution of aluminum oxide in electrolyte.

However, other possible mechanisms of this effect have not been discussed. In this work, degradation of AC (capacitance, dissipation factor, and equivalent series resistance) and DC characteristics (leakage and absorption currents) in different types of aluminum and tantalum hermetically sealed capacitors in the process of long-term (1000 hour) storage at high (125C and 150C) temperatures was studied. It is shown that leakage currents are degrading in both types of capacitors, but this degradation is reversible after bias application. Mechanisms of degradation are discussed, and explanations based on processes common for both types of capacitors are suggested. Problems associated with assessments of hermeticity and evaporation of the electrolyte in hermetically sealed capacitors are analyzed.





Alexander Teverovsky 

Alexander Teverovsky received Ph.D in electrical engineering from Moscow University of Electronic Machine Building, Russia.  Dr. Teverovsky jointed Goddard Space Flight Center Parts Analysis lab in 1994 as a senior failure analyst performing failure analysis, design and reliability evaluations of hybrids, microcircuits, and discrete active and passive components.  Starting in 2000, he is working on evaluation of variety of new technologies and devices for space applications.  Dr. Teverovsky is the author of more than 80 papers on failure mechanisms and reliability of electronic components.  Recent research interests include failure mechanisms, reliability modeling, and qualification testing of new technology ceramic and tantalum capacitors.

4th PCNS Award Process and Rules

All conference papers submitted are eligible for this award. These awards seek to recognize the efforts put by the companies and individuals for its high quality research and innovation.

Ceremony announcing the nomination, winners of the best paper and the outstanding papers will be held during the PCNS closing session to hand over special awards.

The evaluation procedure is done by TPC committee in transparent three steps:

Step 1 Abstract Evaluation – submitted abstracts are evaluated by TPC in 5 points each for novelty, content quality and suitability. Low quality and not suitable papers are rejected. Mean sum value of all papers is calculated and five best papers are nominated for the award.

Step 2 Full Paper Evaluation TPC committee evaluates the five nominated full papers (again each for novelty, content quality and suitability). The paper with highest mean values receive 5 points and the least performing paper 1 point.

Step 3 Presentation Evaluation TPC committee members at PCNS listen presentations of those five nominated papers and evaluate the best speech with 5 points, the least with one point.  

The Best and Outstanding Papers will be selected based on sum of points from step 2 and step 3. In case of equal score, live speech will get more weight, if still undecidable, TPC president have the rights to decide. 


    • TPC evaluation and nomination is confidential until the closing ceremony

    • If there is conflict of interests among TPC, the TPC does not evaluate and score such paper

    • TPC committee president have the right to nominate one more paper for the full paper evaluation as a “wild card”   

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