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SYMPOSIUM 6: Fundamentals to Applications for the Use of Thermal Energy for Power Generation and Refrigeration



Thermal energy has been used in a variety of ways in electrical power generation and refrigeration under both transport and equilibrium conditions. This symposium targets technologies that use thermal energy and the fundamental science that enables such use. Specific technologies of interest include thermoelectrics, thermophotovoltaics, electro-, magneto- and baro-caloric systems, Stirling and thermoacoustic engines. The approaches of interest include novel material development, measurement standardization, bonding, ceramic processing, crystal chemistry, modeling and computational methods, nano-structuring and nano-composites, devices, and others.


 The symposium also aims to include the basic science underlying behavior of such materials including heat transport and heat exchange. Relevant fundamental physics topics include phonon transport and interactions in solids, in nanosystems, and across interfaces. This symposium encourages contributions on topics outside the technologies summarized above that take advantage of thermal energy for power generation and refrigeration. This symposium is a forum for discussing defect chemistry, conductivity, property optimization, caloric effects, interfacial control, heat exchange and applications for novel conversion systems. It aims to increase interaction between communities that normally work separately.


Proposed Sessions

  • Theory and applications of thermoelectrics and related phenomena
  • Theory and applications of caloric effects and Stirling engines
  • Thermophotovoltaics and emerging thermal devices
  • Computation methods for material and device optimization
  • Fundamental physics of phonon transport and heat exchange
  • Materials development, defect structure control and analysis
  • Low dimensional materials and crystal chemistry approaches
  • Nanocomposites and nanoscale scattering effects




Alp Sehirlioglu, Case Western Reserve University, alp.sehirlioglu@case.edu

David Singh, University of Missouri, singhdj@missouri.edu

Anke Weidenkaff, University of Stuttgart, Germany, weidenkaff@imw.uni-stuttgart.de

Patrick Hopkins, University of Virginia, phopkins@virginia.edu

Karl Sandeman, Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, karlsandeman@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Brian Donovan, USNA, bfd9nv@Virginia.edu



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