Symposium 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.