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Symposium N: Materials and Devices for Thermal-to-Electric Energy Conversion

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Symposium N was the ninth in a series of state-of-the-art materials and technologies for direct thermal-to-electric energy conversion symposia with primary focus on material and technological advances of thermoelectric and thermionics. In this symposium there were 93 contributed presentations, including 17 invited talks and 28 poster presentations. These presentations showed the continuing technological development in thermal-to-electric energy conversion from research in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States, Asia and Europe. The symposium covered a broad range of topics in the areas of materials, devices, and applications. The tutorial session was led by Dr. Thierry Caillat of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mr. Francis Stabler of Future Technologies, and Dr. Ryoji Funahashi of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan, and covered space, automotive, and industrial applications of thermoelectric technology. Harald Boettner, Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques, began the symposium with an overview of the state-of-the-art in high-temperature thermoelectric materials. Dr. Boettners talk covered materials cost, manufacturability, availability, etc., in addition to their thermoelectric properties, which provide important insights on material choices for technology development. The symposium session on nanocomposite materials included an overview given by Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT, on bulk nanostructured materials, on the of the recent intensively investigated areas in the thermoelectric community. Peter Rogel, University of Vienna, gave an overview on the potential of inverse clathrates for thermoelectric applications. Continued interest in the area of thermoelectric was evidenced by the excellent level of attendance throughout the symposium.

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  • Electricity and Magnetism

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