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Polymer-based electrocaloric cooling devices

United States Patent

October 28, 2014
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Cooling devices (i.e., refrigerators or heat pumps) based on polymers which exhibit a temperature change upon application or removal of an electrical field or voltage, (e.g., fluoropolymers or crosslinked fluoropolymers that exhibit electrocaloric effect).
Zhang; Qiming (State College, PA), Lu; Sheng-Guo (State College, PA), Li; Xinyu (State College, PA), Gorny; Lee (State College, PA), Cheng; Jiping (State College, PA), Neese; Bret P. (Somerset, NJ), Chu; Baojin (Rapid City, SD)
The Penn State Research Foundation (University Park, PA)
12/ 844,335
July 27, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with government support under DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-07ER46410, awarded by the US Department of Energy, Division of Materials Sciences. The Government has certain rights in the invention.