During the last two decades, new classes of magnetic and multiferroic materials have emerged that promise high impact technological applications in the near future. Among them, the most important are magnetocaloric (MC) materials, magnetic shape memory alloys (MSMA) and magnetoresistive materials.

The aim of the proposed symposium is to discuss how phase transitions behavior and influence the properties of these materials, both the fundamental and the application points of view, based on the recent worldwide R&D in this field. However, the scope of symposium is open to phase transitions in other types of materials of current scientific and technological interest. A broad class of phase transitions in these technologically important materials will be covered in this symposium, ranging first to second order phase transitions, purely magnetic transitions to magneto-structural and structural ones. The relationship between structure and functional properties and their connection to possible technological applications will be emphasized.

The International Materials Research Congress (IMRC) provides an excellent opportunity to bring together scientists and engineers universities, research institutes and industry all over the world, to present and discuss their most recent results in the field, as well as to network and identify future collaborations The participation of young researchers working or interested in the field will be particularly encouraged.

Symposium Topics

  • Fundamental aspects of phase transitions: basic phenomena, theory, modeling and simulations the atomic to the micro scale
  • Structure and magnetic properties. Coupling of magnetism, structure, and microstructure
  • Experimental techniques for the characterization of phase transitions and related functional properties
  • Materials: (a) magnetocaloric materials (Giant and conventional MC materials; nanostructured, multiphase and composite materials); magnetic shape memory materials (novel alloys, single crystals, polycrystalline materials, composites, foams and thin films); (c) magnetoresistive materials
  • Magneto-mechanical effects, magneto-, baro-, electro-, and elasto-caloric effects, and magneto-electric effects
  • Applications and devices based on phase transitions (actuators, sensors, refrigeration, and energy harvesting).

Invited Speakers

  • C. Seguí(Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain) Lecture title: Transformation entropy in metamagnetic shape memory alloys contributions and influencing factors.
  • Brahim Dkhil(SPMS, Univ. Paris-Saclay, France). Lecture title: Improving caloric responses using ferroelectrics.
  • Christian Bahl(Technical University of Denmark). Lecture title: Challenges in utilizing first order phase transition materials in magnetocaloric devices.
  • Durga Paudyal(DMSE, Ames Lab, Iowa, USA). Lecture title: Fundamental aspects of phase transitions. Theoretical aspects of magneto-caloric materials.
  • Enke Liu (IOP, CAS, China). Lecture title: All-d-metal Heusler Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys and Pressure Driven Multi-Caloric Effects.
  • J. de la Venta (Colorado State University (USA).Lecture title: Magnetic properties of hybrid heterostructures.
  • Jon Gutiérrez (UPV, Spain). Lecture title: Magnetoelectric Metallic glass/PVDF laminated composites: fabrication to applications
  • Leon Petit (Daresbury Laboratory, UK).Lecture title: Complex Magnetism of Gd-intermetallics: ab-initio theory and experiment.
  • Raul Valenzuela (IIM, UNAM, Mexico).Lecture title: The Verwey transition in magnetite.
  • X. Moya(University of Cambridge, UK). Lecture title:  pending.