Electrocaloric Materials

New Generation of Coolers

  • Tatiana Correia
  • Qi Zhang

Part of the Engineering Materials book series (ENG.MAT., volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Tatiana Correia, Qi Zhang
    Pages 1-15
  3. Jialan Zhang, S. Pamir Alpay, George A. Rossetti Jr.
    Pages 17-45
  4. Jani Peräntie, Tatiana Correia, Juha Hagberg, Antti Uusimäki
    Pages 47-89
  5. S. Kar-Narayan, S. Crossley, N. D. Mathur
    Pages 91-105
  6. Xinyu Li, Sheng-Guo Lu, Xiaoshi Qian, Minren Lin, Q. M. Zhang
    Pages 107-124
  7. Anna-Karin Axelsson, Matjaz Valant, Florian le Goupil, Andrey Berenov, Neil Alford
    Pages 125-146
  8. Zdravko Kutnjak, Brigita Rožič
    Pages 147-182
  9. Sergey Karmanenko, Alexander Semenov, Antonina Dedyk, Andrey Es’kov, Alexey Ivanov, Pavel Beliavskiy et al.
    Pages 183-223
  10. Gaël Sebald, Sébastien Pruvost, Daniel Guyomar
    Pages 225-249
  11. N. D. Mathur
    Pages 251-253

About this book


Since the 1997 Kyoto protocol of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the development of novel refrigerators has been a priority within the scientific community. Although magnetocaloric materials are promising candidates, they still need a large magnetic field to induce a giant ΔT as well as powerful and costly magnets. However, in electrocaloric materials (ECMs) a temperature change may be achieved by applying or removing an electric field. Since a giant electrocaloric effect on ferroelectric thin films was reported in Science in 2006, researchers have been inspired to explore such effect in different ferroelectric thin films. This book reviews electrocaloric effects observed in bulk materials as well as recent promising advances in thin films, with special emphasis on the ferroelectric, antiferroelectric and relaxor nature of ECMs. It reports a number of considerations about the future of ECMs as a means of achieving an efficient, ecologically sustainable and low cost refrigerator.


FeRAMS electrocalorific response ferroelectrics integrated functionality multifunctional devices

Editors and affiliations

  • Tatiana Correia
    • 1
  • Qi Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.National Physical LaboratoryTeddingtonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Microsystems and Nanotechnology CentreCranfield UniversityCranfieldUnited Kingdom

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