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Colossal Seebeck coefficient in strongly correlated semiconductor FeSb2

A reader has brought to my attention the following remarkable paper:

A. Bentien, S. Johnsen, G. K. H. Madsen, B. B. Iversen, and F. Steglich, "Colossal Seebeck coefficient in strongly correlated semiconductor FeSb2," Europhysics Letters (EPL), pp. 17008, 2007.

Aparently due to strong corellation and d- character of the bands, FeSb2 exhibits at 12 K perhaps the largest electrical power factor ever reported:


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Notes from the 2007 ETS Board Meeting

The Board of the European Thermoelectric Society met in Odessa on
September 9, 2007 prior to ECT2007.  The following is a brief summary of
some items of general interest discussed at the meeting.

Proposals to Organize ECT

The Board will ask for proposals to organize the annual European
Conference on Thermoelectrics (ECT) and make their decision two years in

Composition of the ETS Board and Selection Members

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ECT2008, European Conference on Thermoelectrics


Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP), 11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris.

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Paris 5



Contact Name: 

Prof. Claude Godart, Institut de Chimie et Matériaux Paris-Est (ICMPE) Thiais, France


+33 1 49 78 12 47


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Implantable Thermoelectric Device Helps Epilepsy

This is actually a couple years old, but I stumbled across it today.

A team at Rensselaer and the Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis are developing a small, implantable  thermoelectric device and heat pipe to cool specific portions of the brain and help inhibit epileptic seizures.  The full story,

indicates in 2005 they were moving toward testing in primates.

A journal review article on the subject is available:

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Ukraine President honors Prof. Anatychuk: 70-th Jubilee and 50 Years in Thermoelectrics

Academician, Professor L. Anatychuk from Ukraine, scientist, engineer, the author of books and scientific works, editor of “Journal of  Thermoelectricity”, organizer and President of the International Thermoelectric Academy is well known to thermoelectric community.

On July 15 Dr. Anatychuk celebrates his 70-th jubilee and 50-th anniversary of scientific and pedagogical activity in the field of  thermoelectricity.

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Al Schock, Longtime Space Nuclear Power Expert 1926-2007

I don't suppose most ZTnews readers knew or heard of Al Schock.  But I count myself fortunate to have known him for about 23 years.  Al was an icon in the US Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator programs, and space nuclear power generally, for as long as I can remember.  Scan the literature on RTGs and you'll find Al everywhere, either as author or as a citation.

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