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Do we need a TE technology roadmap?

Roadmaps are all the rage. As exhibit A I draw your attention to the recently published "Future semiconductor material requirements and innovations as projected in the ITRS 2005 roadmap" [Arden 2006], self-described as an attempt "to define future requirements and development of the semiconductor technology for the next 15 years". Ambitious stuff! Technology plans 15 years hence? I don't even know what's for dinner.

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+- ICT'06 Proceedings: The CD-ROM and printed book from Vienna are being produced

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Dear Past Attendee of ICT --

As is customary for the International Conference on Thermoelectrics, the
full Proceedings from this summer's ICT'06 in Vienna is being produced in
the next month, containing all of the updated papers that were presented.
Those who were attendees will be receiving a copy of the final Proceedings
papers (on CD-ROM) without additional charge. If you attended ICT in
Vienna, then you can ignore this message.

If you are a professional in the field of thermoelectrics and would like

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+- Lessons from Superconductivity

An article in Nature's latest <a href=>Materials Update</a> entitled "Superconductivity fights back" [Sanderson, 2006] may have some wider lessons for science, including thermoelectrics. It seems Marx and Barth studied trends in recent paper and patent publications on superconductivity [Barth, 2006v1], concluding in part that:

"As a result the decrease of research activity can be extrapolated to reach zero between 2010 and 2015 provided that spectacular discoveries fail to appear."

Researchers in superconductivity have taken umbrage. Conceding the authors are technically correct, critics don't think their field will "reach zero" and complained. Apparently as a result of the criticisms the authors have revised their conclusions [Barth, 2006v2], dropping the "extraploated to reach zero" part in favor of

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Dynamics of thermoelectric nanocage-based compounds studied by inelastic neutron scattering.

Koza MM, Johnson MR, Viennois R, Mutka H, Girard L, Ravot D.  2006.  Dynamics of thermoelectric nanocage-based compounds studied by inelastic neutron scattering.. Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Thermoelectrics:, ICT2006. :TBD.



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