Special Issue "Entropy in Shape Memory Alloys"


A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Lluís Mañosa
Group of Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Structure and Constituents of Matter, University of Barcelona, Diagonal 647, Barcelona, 08028, Catalonia, Spain
E-Mail: lluis@ecm.ub.edu
Interests: phase transitions in solids; thermal; magnetic and electric porperties of solids; multifunctional materials; giant caloric effects and magnetic shape memory

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Shape memory alloys are capable of recovering from very large deformations when heated above a certain temperature. Such a peculiar porperty is a consequence of a structural phase transition (martensitic transition) between an open cubic phase and a lower symmetry closer packed phase. The relative phase stability between these structures is, to a large extent, controlled by their entropy difference. In recent years, a new family of shape  alloys have been discovered, magnetic shape memory alloys,  in which shape change can be achieved by magnetic field. A strong coupling between structural and magnetic degrees of freedom occurs in these alloys, and spin contributions  to the solid entropy plays a crucial role.  In addition to the unique mechanical properties, very recently it has been shown that shape memory alloys are also good candidates for environment friendly solid-state refrigeration. Giant caloric properties such as magnetocaloric, elastocaloric and barocaloric effects have been reported for many of these alloys, where the key feature for the effect to be giant is the large entropy change that can be induced by application of an external field (magnetic or mechanical), which is the result of the entropy difference of the two structural phases involved in the martensitic transition. We welcome submissions addressing any aspect related to entropy in the martensitic transition of shape memory alloys.

Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • relative phase stability
  • electronic and phonon densities of states
  • magnetostructural coupling
  • magnetocaloric effects
  • mechanic-caloric (barocaloric and elastocaloric) effects
  • kinetic arrest

Prof. Dr. Lluís Mañosa
Guest Editor


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  • martensitic transition
  • relative phase stability
  • shape memory and magnetic shape memory
  • magnetocaloric, barocaloric and elastocaloric effects
  • vibrational, electronic and magnetic contributions to entropy

Published Papers (4 papers)

by , , , , , , , ,  and
Entropy 2014, 16(7), 3813-3831; doi:10.3390/e16073813
Received: 11 April 2014; in revised form: 27 June 2014 / Accepted: 1 July 2014 / Published: 11 July 2014
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by , , ,  and
Entropy 2014, 16(5), 2756-2767; doi:10.3390/e16052756
Received: 4 April 2014; in revised form: 28 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 May 2014 / Published: 19 May 2014
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by , , , , , ,  and
Entropy 2014, 16(4), 2204-2222; doi:10.3390/e16042204
Received: 20 March 2014; in revised form: 10 April 2014 / Accepted: 10 April 2014 / Published: 16 April 2014
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by , ,  and
Entropy 2014, 16(3), 1808-1818; doi:10.3390/e16031808
Received: 12 February 2014; in revised form: 18 March 2014 / Accepted: 19 March 2014 / Published: 24 March 2014
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Last update: 16 April 2014

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