With the ever-growing demand for specialised energy applications, caloric materials offer a promising and novel route to providing high-efficiency solid-state refrigeration solutions for air-conditioning and other heat-pumping applications. Caloric materials are characterised by an entropic thermal change that arises due to a change of external field that may be electric, mechanical or magnetic. This phenomenon is generically known as the caloric effect, and is typically studied under adiabatic or isothermal conditions. Caloric materials have high scientific relevance for the development of future environmentally friendly refrigeration devices, which represent a strategic route to mitigating CO2 emissions through increased efficiency. This symposium will address the use of caloric materials in renewable energy applications, concentrating on a multidisciplinary approach of the physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering needed to advance this field.
Experimental and theoretical progress made in the areas of structural, functional and chemical analysis will be emphasized, along with issues related to the synthesis and preparation of these important materials. Synergies between the classes of caloric effects will be sought to assist fundamental understanding of the responses of the materials to the externally applied fields.