Workshop: Complex Phase Transitions with Functional Properties
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 24 June 2022

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Phase transitions are a fascinating phenomenon. Ubiquitous in nature, phase transitions are central in the study of emergent phenomena in condensed matter physics as well as the basis for diverse technological applications. Caloric effects close to phase transitions may indeed be the key to reduce the future energy demands of humanity. Current caloric materials suffer from a number of drawbacks and problems. However, materials with complex phase transitions and/or complex composition may be the key to improving on caloric materials. Here, we will bring together local, national and international experts to present their research on fundamental aspects of functional phase transitions and new routes for their optimization.

Confirmed Speakers:

Daoyong Cong (University of Science and Technology Beijing)
Claude Ederer (ETH Zürich)
Jan Frenzel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Philipp Gegenwart (Universität Augsburg)
Konstantin Skokov (TU Darmstadt)
Andy Mackenzie (MPIPKS Dresden)
Xavier Moya (University of Cambridge)
Gabi Schierning (Universität Bielefeld)
Vladimir Shvartsman (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Heiko Wende (Universität Duisburg-Essen)


The workshop will be run in hybrid mode at the
Center for Interface-Dominated High Performance Materials (ZGH),
Room 03/121
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum, Germany


24 June 2022

Conference Schedule:

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. (CET)
Download the schedule as pdf.


Participation is free of charge, but limited to a maximum of 50 onsite participants.
To register please send an e-mail to
and include the following information:

  • Your name and contact details (title, affiliation, city and country)
  • Do you prefer onsite or online participation

After your registration for online participation you will receive a zoom link via email.

Registration deadline is 20 June 2022


If you have further questions please contact:

Prof. Dr. Anna Böhmer
Solid State Physics
Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Prof. Dr. Anna Grünebohm
Scale-Bridging Simulation of Functional Composites
Ruhr-Universität Bochum


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