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The THERMAG- IX serves as a forum to present and discuss information on the latest progress in research and development of caloric cooling material and device technology. The following topics will be presented: Magnetocaloric materials; Elastocaloric materials; Barocaloric materials; Electrocaloric materials; Caloric devices; for cooling/ heat pumping; Caloric applications at refrigeration; Thermocaloric energy conversion; Resource basis & recycling of caloric materials; Standardization & terminology of caloric materials.

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From the Magnetic refrigeration conferences to the Caloric cooling conferences: fifteen years of developments and current challenges

Didier Coulomb is a qualified engineer of the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and the Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts, and of the Institut des Stratégies Industrielles. He is the Director General of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR). Magnetic refrigeration was very promising at the beginning of the century, since the discovery of giant magnetocaloric effects. The IIR accompanied the various scientific and technical developments in universities, companies and start-ups by way of publications, working groups and conferences. However, difficulties were underestimated and energy efficiency gains overestimated. In parallel, other solid-state technologies were explored, new synthetic refrigerants and improvements in natural refrigerants appeared on the market in order to adapt vapor compression systems to the increasing environmental challenges.

Materials and Systems for Thermomagnetic Harvesting of low Temperature Waste Heat

Sebastian Fähler, Ph.D., works at the IFW Dresden on thermomagnetic energy harvesting, ferroic cooling, (magnetic) shape memory alloys, E-field control of magnetism, hard magnetic films and magnetic nanowires. He coordinated two DFG funded German Priority Programs, one on magnetic shape memory alloys and the other on ferroic cooling.

Oliver Gutfleisch, Ph.D.,  is a professor of functional materials at Technical University Darmstadt. His interests are new permanent magnets for power applications, energy-efficient magnetic cooling, ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, and magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications, with particular emphasis on tailoring structural and chemical properties on the nanoscale. 


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The Future of the Magnetocaloric Energy Conversion 

Andrej Kitanovski Ph.D., is head of the research group in the field of refrigeration and heat pumping at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana. The scientific research activities of Prof. Kitanovski mainly involve investigations and the development of new caloric energy-conversion technologies and thermal control elements. In 2004, he was a co-founder of the IIR International Magnetic Cooling Working party, which established well-known IIR Thermag conferences, and which today cover with their topics the research and development of all caloric technologies worldwide. He is a member of several international associations, such are IIR, ASHRAE. ASME. and MRS. 

The Aspirational Performance Goals for Alternative Cooling Technologies  

Reinhard Radermacher, Ph.D., conducts research in heat transfer and working fluids for energy conversion systems — heat pumps, air-conditioners, refrigeration systems, and integrated cooling heating and power systems. He is professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, and was awarded the Institute of Refrigeration J&E Hall Gold Medal and the IIR Gustav Lorentzen Medal. 

From the Elastocaloric Effect Toward an Efficient Refrigeration and Heat Pumping Devices: State-of-the-art and future prospective

Jaka Tušek, Ph.D., is an Assistant professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) in the field of Thermal and Environmental Engineering.  In 2018, he received an ERC Starting Grant for research on elastocaloric refrigeration and heat-pumping. He is the co-author of 28 scientific papers, one book and two patents, all in the field of caloric cooling.

Recent Advances in Electrocaloric Materials and Devices and Perspectives

Qiming Zhang, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests are electronic and electroactive materials and devices (electrocaloric effect and solid state cooling, dielectrics for energy storage devices), solid state actuators, energy harvesting, polymer film devices and MEMS, electro-optic and photonic devices. He has invented electroactive polymers which generate a large electroactuation with an elastic energy density. He co-founded StrategicPolymers Inc. (now Novasentis) to commercializr polymer actuators and sensors for haptics and wearable devices. 


Conference Format

Welcome reception, conference dinner, closing ceremony

Plenary sessions with distinguished speakers

Keynote presentations

Regular oral presentations and posters

Panel discussions

Exhibition of state-of-the-art technologies and laboratory equipment

Side events- workshops and technical tours

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