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ENECO Raises US$20M From Proterra

ENECO, the Salt Lake City based R&D company developing what they describe as a "Thermal Diode" for energy conversion and which once held patent rights to the Pons & Fleischmann cold fusion 'discovery', has reportedly (Green Buisness News) landed US$20M from Proterra Energy in a new partnership valued at US$2B (that's 109) over the next seven years.  ENECO gets a 10% cut.

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UC Berkeley Announces Organic TE Milestone (or is that Millstone?)

If (1 + 1 = 2) then (grass is green). The premise: true. The conclusion: true. The argument: false.

In both their press release [1] and their article in Science [2] a UC Berkeley group suggest their (very nice) measurements of the Seebeck coefficient of individual organic molecules "offers the promise of efficient thermoelectric energy conversion devices" [from 2].

As far as I am aware these are indeed the first Seebeck measurements on individual organic molecules. And very nice measurements they are, resulting in S = +8.7, +12.9 and +14.2 microV/K for three different molecules.

And I have to agree that organics are of some interest for thermoelectricity. They are inexpensive, come in infinite variety and often have attractively low thermal conductivity. Organic polymers, for example, can be better conductors than copper [3] and (others) can have Seebeck values over 1000 microV/K [4]. The trick, of course, is bringing these properties together in a single material, something which hasn't happened yet. I noted all these things years ago [5,6].

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Postdoc Position at GM R&D


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Materials and Processes Laboratory
General Motors R&D Center
Warren, Michigan

Postdoctoral Position Available



Thermoelectric Materials Synthesis and Characterization:

The applicant will assist in the research of high performance thermoelectric materials, which involves material synthesis, structural & chemical characterization, and transport property measurements. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or similar discipline. Experience with synthesis and characterization of materials is a strong advantage. An understanding of transport properties including thermal conductivity, thermopower, and electrical conductivity in semiconductors, semi-metals, and composite materials is desired. The appointment is initially for a one-year period and may be renewed in one-year increments for a maximum of three additional years.


Dr. Jihui Yang
Staff Research Scientist
Materials and Processes Laboratory
GM R&D Center
MC 480106224
Warren, MI 48090
Phone: (586)986-9789
Fax: (596)986-3091



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