The Electrocaloric Effect

The Electrocaloric Effect

Materials and Applications

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Andrei Kholkin, Oleg Pakhomov, Alexander Semenov, Alexander Tselev
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128216477

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The Electrocaloric Effect: Materials and Applications reviews the fundamentals of the electrocaloric effect, the most relevant electrocaloric materials, and electrocaloric measurements and device applications. The book introduces the electrocaloric effect, along with modeling and simulations of this effect. Then, it addresses the latest advances in synthesis, characterization and optimization of the most relevant electrocaloric materials, including ferroelectric materials, liquid materials, lead-free materials, polymers and composites. Finally, there is a review of the latest techniques in measurement and applications in refrigeration and cooling and a discussion of the advantages, challenges and perspectives of the future of electrocaloric refrigeration.

Key Features

  • Includes a comprehensive introduction to electrocaloric effect, covering experimental techniques to measure, model and simulate the effect
  • Reviews the most relevant electrocaloric materials such as composites, polymers, metal oxides, ferroelectric materials, and more
  • Touches on the design and application of electrocaloric materials for devices with potential cooling and refrigeration applications


Materials Scientists and Engineers. Physicists

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Fundamentals of Electrocaloric effect
    1. Introduction to Electrocaloric effect
    2. Thermodynamics of Electrocaloric effect
    3. Modelling of Electrocaloric effect
    4. Molecular dynamics simulations of Electrocaloric effect
    5. Electrocaloric effect and conductivity
    6. Negative electrocaloric effect and its use for solid-state refrigeration

    Part 2: Electrocaloric materials and their optimization
    7. Materials issues in the synthesis of electrocaloric structures
    8. Electrocaloric effects in ferroelectric perovskites
    9. Electrocaloric effects in relaxor ferroelectrics
    10. Electrocaloric effects in liquid crystals
    11. Electrocaloric effects in lead-free materials
    12. Electrocaloric effects in thin film materials
    13. Electrocaloric effects in ferroelectric polymers
    14. Electrobarocaloric effects in composite structures
    15. Electrocaloric effects in novel ferroelectrics with fluorite structure
    16. Electrocaloric effects in multilayer structures
    17. Multicaloric effects in multiferroic structures

    Part 3: Electrocaloric measurements and device applications
    18. Direct and indirect measurements of Electrocaloric effect in metal oxides
    19. Electrocaloric prototypes: towards efficient solid-state refrigeration
    20. Numerical modelling and design of a regenerative electrocaloric coolers
    21. Electrocaloric devices using cantilever structures
    22. Electrocaloric-based applications: challenges and perspectives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 525
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128216477

About the Editors

Andrei Kholkin

Dr. Andrei Kholkin is a Principal Investigator at the Center for Research in Ceramic and Composite Materials and Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. Dr. Kholkin’s research interests are in the area of materials science of ferroelectrics: thin films, single crystals and ceramics. His study is mainly devoted to materials for piezoelectric devices, degradation effects, and, recently, to nanoscale characterization by Scanning Probe Microscopy techniques.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Investigator, Center for Research in Ceramic and Composite Materials, Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Oleg Pakhomov

Dr. Oleg Pakhomov is an Associate Professor of Cyrogenics and Cryoelectronics at ITMO University in Russia. Dr. Pakhomov’s primary research interests include the study of materials with ferroelectric, piezoelectric and electrocaloric properties.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Cyrogenics and Cryoelectronics, ITMO University, Russia

Alexander Semenov

Dr. Alexander A. Semenov is the Head of the Department of Physical Electronics and Technology at St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University in Russia. Dr. Semenov current research activities include the physics of wave processes in layered structures and applications of ferroelectric, ferromagnetic films and layered nanostructures in microwave electronics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of the Department of Physical Electronics and Technology, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia

Alexander Tselev

Dr. Alexander Tselev is a Principal Researcher at the Aveiro Institute of Materials and Department of Physics at University of Aveiro in Portugal. Dr. Tselev’s primary research interests include the physics of novel functional materials for energy storage and harvesting as well as for electronics, photonics, and data storage with a focus on complex oxide materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Researcher, Aveiro Institute of Materials and Department of Physics, University of Aveiro, Portugal

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