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Symposium 22: Direct Thermal to Electrical Energy Conversion Materials and Applications



Significant advancements have been achieved in direct thermal-to-electrical energy conversion materials. This symposium provides an open forum to highlight up-to-date theoretical ideas, new materials, and new device concepts and applications. It will focus on novel materials, processing and synthesis methods, and technologies and applications related to direct thermal-to-electric energy conversion, specifically on thermoelectrics and thermionics. Thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of new materials and processing of those materials into device structures also will be emphasized. The symposium also will highlight material and device-design innovations that lead to higher efficiency of thermal-to-electrical energy conversion. Theoretical studies of transport properties, band structure, and crystal chemistry of materials, thermodynamic analysis, and energy transfer also will be included. Experiments that include new capabilities in solid-state synthesis, new bulk materials, thin films, superlattices and nanostructured materials, material properties, and device performance measurements will be reported.



  • Oxides and other materials with strong electron correlation
  • Theoretical guidance to high-efficiency thermoelectric energy conversion
  • New and emerging technologies for high-efficiency TE power conversion
  • Low-dimensional aspects and nanoscale of thermoelectric materials
  • Thermoelectrics related to harvesting solar energy
  • Thermionics and other related topics
  • Synthetic strategies for processing of novel materials, compounds, and thin-film nanostructured thermoelectric materials
  • Mechanical and physical properties of various TE materials
  • Design, performance testing, fabrication, and processing of energy conversion devices and applications
  • New directions in thermal energy conversion and applications



Hua-Tay Lin, Guangdong University of Technology, China, huataylin@gdut.edu.cn

Michitaka Ohtaki, Kyushu University, Japan, ohtaki@mm.kyushu-u.ac.jp

Jin-Sang Kim, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea, jskim@kist.re.kr

Terry Tritt, Clemson University

Lidong Chen, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China

Anke Weidenkaff, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Kunihito Koumoto, Nagoya University, Japan

Hsin Wang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory



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