High-performance electroceramics are becoming increasingly important parts of current and emerging technologies in the fields of consumer electronics, data storage, autonomous vehicles, automotive industry, sensors and power generators for the Internet of Things, as well as medical robotics and in-body sensors. Our group is focused on the composition development, processing, microstructure design, and characterization of sustainable advanced electroceramics. Examples include piezoelectrics, (anti)ferroelectrics, dielectrics (see Project list for details).

Research topics, approaches, and main materials groups.

Group members

Anastasia Kucheryavaya
bak. mag. Dr.mont.
+43 316 873 - 32357
Anna Paulik
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
+43 316 873 - 32357
Tobias Pötzelsberger
+43 316 873 - 32314
Anamaria Mihaljević
+43 316 873 - 32357
Lara Maierbrugger
+43 316 873 - 32314
Min Chen
(Guest scientist, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, China)
Yasumin Mingmuang
(Guest scientist, Khon Kaen University, Thailand)


Former PhD students / alumni (subsequent positions):

  • Hairui Liu, TU Darmstadt (Penn State University, postdoc)
  • Jan Schultheiß, TU Darmstadt (NTNU Trondheim, postdoc)
  • Virginia Rojas, TU Darmstadt, co-superv. (Diehl Aviation)
  • Marion Höfling, TU Darmstadt, co-superv. (DTU Technical University of Denmark, postdoc)
  • Mihail Slabki, TU Darmstadt (Heraeus)
  • Mao-Hua Zhang, TU Darmstadt (Penn State University, postdoc)

Jurij Koruza obtained his Ph.D. at the Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, in 2013. His Ph.D. was related to the study of sintering and phase transitions of lead-free piezoelectrics and was carried out at the Electronic Ceramics Department at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2013 he joined the Department of Materials Science at the TU Darmstadt, Germany, where he was initially a postdoctoral fellow and from 2015 to 2021 Junior leader of the group “Processing of ferroelectrics”, within the group of Professor Jürgen Rödel. His main goals were the development of new non-toxic piezoceramics and the understanding of the mechanisms responsible for the enhancement of electromechanical properties. He obtained his Habilitation at the TU Darmstadt in 2021, researching field-induced phase transitions in ferroics. In September 2021 he joined the Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials, TU Graz, as an Assistant Professor and since August 2023 he holds the Associate Professor Priv.-Doz. position in Materials Science.

He is a member of the European and Austrian Ceramic Society (AuCerS/ECerS), American Ceramic Society (ACerS), German Society for Materials Science (DGM), and IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (IEEE-UFFC). Since 2018 he is a member of the Electroceramics International Committee and since 2022 Editor of the journal Materials Letters.

Im Porträt: der Materialwissenschaftler Dr. Jurij Koruza - YouTube

Education and positions

08.2023 – present          Associate Professor, TU Graz, ICTM (Austria)

09.2021 – 07.2023         Assistant Professor Tenure track Prof. position, TU Graz, ICTM (Austria)

01.2015 – 08.2021         Junior group leader, TU Darmstadt, Materials Science (Germany)

08.2013 – 12.2014         Postdoctoral researcher, TU Darmstadt, Materials Science (Germany)

05.2013 – 07.2013         Research assistant, Jožef Stefan Institute, Electronic Ceramics Dpt. (Slovenia)

10.2008 – 05.2013         Ph.D. student, Jožef Stefan Institute, Electronic Ceramics Dpt. (Slovenia)

10.2003 – 07.2008         Diploma, Metallurgy & Materials Sci., University of Ljubljana, NTF (Slovenia)


2020     Dr. Hans Messer Foundation prize (early career researchers with outstanding achievements)

2019     IEEE Senior Membership (given for significant contributions to the profession)

2018     Acta Materialia´s Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing (received in 2018 and 2019)

2018     Top 1% reviewer in the field of Materials Science (2018 Publons peer review awards)

2018     Edward C. Henry Award for best paper in the J. Am. Ceram. Soc. on electronic ceramics

2017     Athene Young Investigator award for outstanding young researchers, TU Darmstadt

2006     Prešeren award, University of Ljubljana (excellent scientific research by undergraduates)


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jurij Koruza
Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials
Stremayrgasse 9
A-8010 Graz
Phone: +43 (0)316 873-32305


list of publications