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Maria Telkes: Thermoelectric Pioneer

At the ECT2007 I had conversation about the discovery of Bismuth Telluride as a thermoelectric material and Mr. K. Fukada of Komatsu pointed out that Maria Telkes mentions Bi2Te3 years before Goldsmid reported high ZT values in her brilliant 1947 paper:

 Telkes, M. (1947). "The Efficiency of Thermoelectric Generators. I." Journal of Applied Physics 18(12): 1116-1127.

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+- Report from ECT2007 in Odessa

Eighty Nine thermoelectricians from 21 countries gathered at Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine to enjoy ECT2007, the 5th European Conference on Thermoelectrics.  Attendees represented countries including Russia (17), France (12), Germany and USA (7 each), Italy, Poland, Ukraine (6 each), Japan (3) and Korea (2).   Everyone was treated to a banquet, a walking tour of Odessa and an evening excursion by boat on the Black Sea.  The center city of Odessa offered an excellent and inviting location for ECT2007.

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Tritt: TE Technology Can Save 1.5 billion Gallons of Diesel per Year

Prof. Tritt of Clemson University is well known in the thermoelectric community.   Whether by design or chance, his recent comments at the NanoTX ’07 conference (Oct. 2-4, 2007) in Dallas, Texas USA caught the attention of some of the energy websites:

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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


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


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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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