2018 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium EN10—Thermoelectric Materials, Devices and Applications

The symposium will broadly cover thermoelectric materials, device, and applications. It is set up to invite active scientists world-wide to join together for addressing the currently hot topics in the field of thermoelectrics. As a resurgent active area in materials science, thermoelectric research has attracted much attention, and quite a few great advancements have been made in recent years. There are, however, still many scientific issues yet to be resolved, which requires interdisciplinary collaboration for new breakthroughs. Of special importance are the fundamentals, including electrical and thermal transport in complex compounds and composite materials, sophisticated physical measurements and in-depth characterization of those properties. Symposium contributions should address basic science issues, or explore new phenomena (for example: spin-Seebeck effect), or address obstacles confronting the development of practical applications from emerging materials. Discussion of synthesis, growth mechanisms, and fabrication routes; methods to improve properties important for applications; and discussions that advance understanding of fundamental material science issues should also be welcomed.

Topics will include:

  • Synthesis and processing of nanostructure, including (a) solutions to problems for fabricating practical thermoelectric modules; (b) basic requirements for modules made from emerging materials
  • Phonon and electron transport properties: (a) intrinsic behavior within grains, crystals, and oriented films; (b) anisotropy; (c) electron correlation; (d) interface properties
  • Novel aspects of thermoelectric transport; Spin-Seebeck effect, photo-thermal effects, and topological insulators
  • Other thermoelectric properties important for applications
  • Novel synthesis routes, atomic layer control, self-assembly, Thermodynamics, kinetics, and growth mechanisms
  • Thermoelectric oxides, sulfides, organics, amorphous, other unconventional materials
  • Se-, Te-, Si-based compounds, skutterudies, clatherates, half-heuster
  • Bulk non-equilibrium synthesis (e.g. melt-spin, ball milling): processing and applications
  • Waste-heat recovery, energy harvesting, refrigeration, and other applications

Invited Speakers:

  • Gang Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Ling Chen (Beijing Normal University, China)
  • Ryoji Funahashi (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Franck Gascoin (CRISMAT Laboratory, France)
  • Yaniv Gelbstein (Ben-Gurion University, Israel)
  • Yuri Grin (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
  • Jiaqing He (South University of Science Technology of China, China)
  • Susan M. Kauzlarich (University of California, Davis, USA)
  • Jingfeng Li (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Takao Mori (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Zhifeng Ren (University of Houston, USA)
  • James R. Salvador (General Motors, USA)
  • Ctirad Uher (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Anke Weidenkaff (Fraunhofer IWKS and TU Darmstadt)
  • Jihui Yang (University of Washington, USA)
  • Alexandra Zevalkink (Michigan State University, USA)
  • Wenqing Zhang (Shanghai University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Xun Shi
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics
86-21-52412803, xshi@mail.sic.ac.cn

Bo Brummerstedt Iversen
Aarhus University
45-8715-5982, bo@chem.au.dk

Qiang Li
Brookhaven National Laboratory
631-344-4490, qiangli@bnl.gov

G. Jeffrey Snyder
Northwestern University

Keywords for Abstract Submission

electrical conductivity, energy conversion, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric, thermopower