Research activity of the group has the following three main objectives. The first two are experimental and aim at
– The development and characterization of new materials with giant caloric response, which is a class of materials potentially interesting for environmentally friendly solid state refrigeration and energy harvesting applications.
– The study of externally driven materials that respond intermittently through a sequence of avalanches. The group is essentially interested in the study of the dependence of the distributions of energy and duration of acoustic emission avalanches in materials with tailored microstructures with the aim of gaining understanding on the influence of heterogeneities on their dynamics.
The third objective is devoted to
– Phase field modelling and numerical simulation of microstructural pattern formation in materials with multiple degrees of freedom that undergo structural transitions. This is applied to the study of the caloric and multicaloric response of these systems and the occurrence intermittent dynamic processes and its influence on hysteresis effects in this class of materials.