Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Center for Interface-Dominated High Performance Materials (ZGH), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany and online
Phase transitions are a fascinating phenomenon. Ubiquitous in nature, phase transitions are central in the study of emergent phenomena in condensed matter physics as well as the basis for diverse technological applications. Caloric effects close to phase transitions may indeed be the key to reduce the future energy demands of humanity. Current caloric materials suffer from a number of drawbacks and problems. However, materials with complex phase transitions and/or complex composition may be the key to improving on caloric materials. Here, we will bring together local, national and international experts to present their research on fundamental aspects of functional phase transitions and new routes for their optimization.Conference Website and Registration