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The 15th International Symposium on Electrets (ISE) was held at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from August 10-13, 2014.


Conference Photos – click here
Next ISE meetings:
  • 2017: Leuven, Belgium (Chair: Michael Wübbenhorst)
  • 2019: Limerick, Ireland (Chair: Syed Tofail)
The conference program is available online.

The abstracts will be made available to conference attendees in electronic form on a USB Flash drive.  No further submissions are required for ISE 15. However, authors are invited to submit a manuscript to a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation.



Electrets and related phenomena continue to receive much interest both from the fundamental and applied points of views. Charge storage in insulators is crucial for many applications, involves a wide range of materials (organic, inorganic, hybrid, powder, thin & thick films, bulk, porous…) and, hence, is at the frontier of many scientific domains. The ISE is therefore a unique meeting opportunity for scientists and engineers from all over the world working in the field of electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, condensed matter physics and chemistry, and a chance for communicating about recent advances and research and development efforts in these areas. It also provides a forum for in-depth discussions between the most experienced and established scientists and engineers and young researchers.

Conference Topics

  • Charge (injection/formation, transport, trapping, measurement) related phenomena in dielectrics
  • Dielectric and electronical responses of dielectrics under high electric field
  • Soft actuators & sensors
  • Ferro-/piezo-electric phenomena in polymers and organics/biomaterials
  • Applications of organic and polymer based ferro-/piezo-electric materials
  • Energy storage in dielectrics and ionic materials
  • Electrocaloric and pyroelectric materials
  • Electrets for energy harvesting: principle, design, characterization, and applications
  • Electrets and functional polymers in organic electronics
  • Non-linear electrical & optical effects, photoelectrets
  • Electrostatic and dielectric phenomena in life science/bioelectrets
  • Ferroelectrets
  • Electro-electrets: dielectric-elastomer transducers
  • Nanoscale characterization of electrostatic, dielectric and electret materials
  • Electret and dielectric phenomena in nanoscale structures/configuration
  • Dielectric and space charge relaxation in polymers and organics
  • Thermally stimulated currents
  • Other related topics


Abstract submission deadline Apr. 23, 2014
Author notification of abstract acceptance May 1, 2014
Presentation type (oral/poster) notification June 6, 2014
Early bird registration deadline (discounted fee) July 10, 2014
Workshop on Dielectric Energy Storage Materials and Devices Aug. 10, 2014
ISE 15 meeting Aug. 11-13, 2014
Manuscript submission deadline to special ISE15 issue of
IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation. See here for submission information.
Sept. 7, 2014

Keynote/Invited Speakers

Takeo FurukawaTokyo University of Science, JapanPVDF-based polymers
John A. RogersUniv. of Illinois/Urbana ChampaignStretchable electronics
James E. WestJohns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Zhi-Min DangUniversity of Science and Technology, Beijing, ChinaComposites
Tian-Bing XuNational Institute of AerospaceEnergy Harvesting
Qin ChenGeneral ElectricHVDC
Ming YinGeneral ElectricBattery-related
Shengtao LiXi'an Jiaotong University, ChinaHigh Voltage Discharge
Siegfried BauerJohannes Kepler University, Linz, AustriaElectrets: Long History – Bright Future?
François BauerAdvice in Ferrorelaxor Polymer, FranceRelaxor Terpolymer
Zhong Lin WangGeorgia TechEnergy Harvesting
Lei ZhuCase Western Reserve UniversityMultilayers
Seungtae ChoiUniversity of Ulsan, Korea
Axel MellingerCentral Michigan UniversityThermal Polarization Mapping
Tsuyoshi SekitaniOsaka University, JapanFlexible organic electronics
Mitch ThompsonMeasurement Specialties
Steven BoggsUniversity of ConnecticutPolymer energy storage (Workshop)
Andrew BurkeUC DavisSupercapacitor characterization
Michael WübbenhorstKatholieke Universiteit Leuven, BelgiumPyroelectric Microscopy
Lin ZhangAuburn UniversityPercolation Behavior of Dielectric Composites
François HennUniversité Montpellier II, FranceCation-Water Dynamics in Nanopores
Dmitry RychkovUniversity of Potsdam, GermanyStabilization of Electric Charges on Self-Organized Nano-Islands
Yuji SuzukiUniversity of Tokyo, JapanEnergy Harvesting using Electrets (workshop speaker)


The International Symposium on Electrets is sponsored by the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society and is held every three years in locations around the world. ISE 15 marks the first return of the conference to the United States in 42 years. Previous conference locations include Montpellier, France (ISE 14), Tokyo, Japan (ISE13) and Salvador, Brazil (ISE12). The first conference in this series was held in Chicago in October 1967.