Electrocaloric polymers and related materials

Xiaoshi Qian, Q. M. Zhang

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Solid state cooling technologies based on the electrocaloric effect (ECE) present an attractive alternative to the vapor compression-based cooling. A surge of research and development on the electrocaloric (EC) cooling technology stimulated many breakthroughs in both material and device. With its unique properties, EC polymers are ones of the most intensively studied materials and exhibit great performances in temperature/entropy change, operating temperature window, flexibility, light weight, transparency, etc. Several EC device prototypes have been reported utilizing the EC polymers as the working bodies. In this chapter, we discuss the origin of the giant ECE in ferroelectric polymers, and summarize the research progresses in EC polymers, the related materials, the polymer based devices and the environmental evaluation methods. The perspective of the research field will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Electrocaloric Effect
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials and Applications
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128216477
ISBN (Print)9780128216484
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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