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2014 ITS Board Candidates

One International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) Board Director position will be opened for election at the 33rd International Conference on Thermoelectrics, to be held in Nashville, USA, July 6th - July 10th, 2014.

The Committee has made every effort to attract candidates from a variety of geographic, technical fields, and institutions, to best serve the Mission of the International Thermoelectric Society. The list of current Board Directors can be found here.

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ICT2014: One week left to register at regular conference rate

Regular conference registration rate of $800 for attendees and $500 for students will end on June 16, 2014 (12:01 am EST).  After that date, late and onsite registration fee will be in effect: $850 for attendees and $500 for students.

All authors and presenters should check the preliminary program for schedule and accuracy.  If for any reason the talk or poster has to be withdrawn or changed, please let us know by June 16. The program will be sent to printing and no changes can be made after next week.

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Chi, Dehkordi, Liu, and Xie win 2014 ITS Graduate Student Awards

The International Thermoelectric Society is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the annual Graduate Student Awards - Mr. Hang Chi of University of Michigan, Mr. Arash Dehkordi of Clemson University, Mr. Huili Liu of Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Ms. Hanhui Xie of Zhejiang University.


-- Jihui Yang, ITS President


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ICT2014: Early Registration - Some Users Blocked/Rejected

Some users attempting Early Registration for ICT2014 yesterday (20140527) may have been blocked or rejected from the conference registration website. This problem only affected users following poorly coded link(s) in the email sent out yesterday. Definitely my bad.

We've fixed that problem and the link(s) below should work now.

If you experienced a blocked/rejected problem yesterday (20140527), we apologize and ask that you try again, using the link(s) below.

Thanks for your patience.


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ICT2014: Early Registration Ends May 31, 2014

This is a reminder to register for ICT2014. Early registration ends in one week on May 31, 2014.  Use the following link: or go to the ICT2014 website to register. 

The conference hotel offers the best rate in downtown Nashville, room blocks are still available, book early before the rooms run out: 

Hsin Wang

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Kanatzidis wins 2014 ITS Outstanding Achievement in Thermoelectrics Award

The International Thermoelectric Society is pleased to announce the 2014 winner of the annual Outstanding Achievement in Thermoelectrics Award - Professor Mercouri G. Kanatzidis of Northwestern University.


The citation will read as follows:

            “For innovative and revolutionary contributions to the design, synthesis, and characterization of advanced thermoelectric materials, including bulk nanostructured chalcogenides, endotaxially nanostructured materials, and hierarchical material architectures.”


-- Jihui Yang, ITS President

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Kinichi Uemura 1923-2014

Katsushi Fukuda has informed us of the sudden passing of Kinichi Uemura on April 24, 2014 after a brief illness at the age of 91 in Japan. Prof. Uemura was well known to the thermoelectric community in Japan and around the world, serving on the International Thermoelectric Society board from 1992-4. He worked on thermoelectrics at Komatsu for many years and was a tireless advocate of the technology. He was modest, very professional, a scientist, an engineer and a teacher too. 

Prof. Uemura first came to my attention as the organizer of the 12th International Conference on Thermoelectrics, ICT1993 and the 1993 Short Course on Thermoelectrics, SCT-93 (scanned PDF files of the lecture handouts are available online on this website.) ICT1993 was the first ITS conference to be organized in Asia and established the three year rotation (North America, Europe, Asia) preference used by ITS for selecting the ICT location up to the present day. ICT1993 also significantly raised the bar for the overall quality of the conference series, a standard that each ICT organizer strives to maintain.

After leaving Komatsu, Prof. Uemura remained active in thermoelectrics through the institute he founded, ITTJ, Institute for Thermoelectric Technologies Japan. He is survived by his daughter, Erico, and son, Hiroshi.

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