Magnetocaloric materials for magnetic refrigeration

Current refrigeration technologies based on the compression of refrigerant gases have reached their technical limits of efficiency, while renewed perplexities emerge on the extent of their economic and environmental impact. Magnetic Refrigeration is a nascent cooling technology alternative to traditional methods and promises a simultaneous increase in efficiency and reduction of environmental impact. Researchers at MIST E-R have recently dealt with multifunctional magnetic materials that exhibit interesting magnetocaloric properties around their magnetic and magneto-structural transformations. We are actively engaged in the fundamental research, preparation and improvement of new potentially interesting materials such as solid state refrigerants. Through the regional project FRIMAG we are working on the realization of a prototype magnetocaloric chiller.