Innovative caloric systems for heating and cooling represent a key area of research for the group. Our work comprises the development, conception and assembly of efficient heat pumps and cooling systems based on magnetocaloric, electrocaloric or elastocaloric materials without the use of harmful refrigerants. We draw on more than 20 years of experience working with functional materials, in particular the characterization, simulation, and system integration thereof.
Novel concepts for efficient heat transfer based on pulsating heat pipes (PHP) represent another field of work for the group. PHP transfer heat considerably more efficiently than copper, for example, and they offer several advantages over conventional heat pipes. The PHP we develop are used for electronic component cooling and targeted thermal management. Moreover, we are conducting research on heat pipe-based thermal switches for precisely regulating heat flows.