2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Symposium Sessions


  • Characterization and Theory (CT)
  • Electronics and Photonics (EL)
  • Energy, Storage and Conversion (EN)
  • Nanoscale and Quantum Materials (NM)
  • Soft Materials and Biomaterials (SM)

Symposium S.EN02—Caloric Materials for Sustainable Cooling Applications

Developing new caloric materials and prototype devices is motivated by the goal of clean, cheap and efficient cooling technologies for the 21st century. Currently, pressing needs such as miniaturization, transportation technologies, and serious environmental concerns are setting stringent standards on cooling technologies. Solid-state cooling based on caloric materials has attracted large interest worldwide aiming at alternative solutions to environmentally harmful vapor compression and energy inefficient thermoelectrics.

Caloric materials are characterized by reversible thermal changes that result from applying external stimuli such as electric fields, mechanical stresses, or magnetic fields. The effects are largest near their ferroic phase transitions, which makes them attractive candidates for developing novel cooling technologies that are clean and efficient.

The purpose of this symposium is to gather researchers from academia and industry around the world to share and debate cutting edge developments in the field of caloric materials and engineering technology to foster fundamental understanding and address the challenges related to their potential applications.

Topics will include:

  • Magnetocalorics: materials and effects driven by applied magnetic fields.
  • Electrocalorics: materials and response driven by applied electric fields.
  • Mechanocalorics (baro- and elasto-carlorics): materials and effects driven by mechanical fields (hydrostatic pressure and uniaxial stress).
  • Multicalorics: materials and effects resulting from the combined effect of multiple driving fields.
  • Basic phenomena, theory, modeling and simulations from atomic to macro scale.
  • Applications and devices.
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Pietro Asinari (Italian National Metrology Institute, Italy)
  • Radhika Barua (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
  • Qiaoqiang Gan (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA)
  • Sakyo Hirose (Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Japan)
  • Zhijun Jiang (Fudan University, China)
  • Andrej Kitanovski (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Bing Li (Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Jian Liu (Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology, China)
  • Pol Lloveras (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
  • Neil Mathur (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Nikola Novak (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
  • Vitalij Pecharsky (U.S. Department of Energy–Ames Laboratory, USA)
  • Qibing Pei (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Suxin Qian (Xi'an Jiaotong University, China)
  • Xiaoshi Qian (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Eckhard Quandt (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany)
  • Karl Sandeman (Brooklyn College, USA)
  • Enric Stern-Taulats (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Ichiro Takeuchi (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Qi Zhang (Cranfield University, United Kingdom)

Symposium Organizers

Gian Giacomo Guzmán-Verri
University of Costa Rica
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (CICIMA)
Costa Rica

Franca Albertini
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism

Manfred Kohl
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute of Microstructure Technology

Qiming Zhang
The Pennsylvania State University
Electrical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

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