Solid state organic materials for barocaloric cooling

Ref No: Moy-3305-16

Typical commercially available cooling equipment such as refrigerators or air conditioning systems use liquid-vapour-phase (LVP) cycles to achieve the temperature reduction. However such devices are known to suffer from environmental issues including noise and the risk of leakage of volatile hydrocarbons.

Solid state refrigerants have been explored for many years but have not managed to achieve comparable performance to the currently available systems. Researchers at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, together with colleagues at the Universitat de Barcelona and the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, have now identified a new class of solid state compounds which can provide similar cooling under equivalent pressure changes to those used in conventional LVP cycles, while operating around room temperature and using inexpensive raw materials.

The technology is protected by a PCT patent application and we’re now looking for partners to help us explore the different areas where this might be useful. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss further.

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