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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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Sandia: Physics of TE Materials

Dear Dr. Vining,

I wanted to bring your attention to a staff position we have open at Sandia National Laboratories for a person to conduct experimental research concerning the fundamental physics of thermoelectric materials. I've attached below the job description and information for how to apply for this position. Please feel free to forward this to any interested applicants. In addition, I've included a hardcopy flier for posting in an appropriate area at your institution.


Sarah Allendorf, PhD

Manager, Materials Physics Department
Sandia National Laboratories
Livermore, CA


+- Status: PROCEEDINGS from ICT'06 in Vienna

Paul Wesling reports that CD-ROMs have been shipped to all attendees of
the Vienna ICT, and those who ordered printed copies should also have
received them. All were shipped by airmail during the first week of January
(except for these: Uher, Grin, Ballreich, Sugiwara, Pastorino, Cauchy,
Udagawa, which were shipped Jan 22). [Leave out the exception list if your
Nsltr goes out after Jan. 30th.]

Please be aware that other researchers can order the CD-ROM containing all
the ICT'06 papers from the IEEE's order pages: (select "Thermoelectrics")

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Queen to appoint Prof. D. M. Rowe to OBE

Professor D. M. Rowe of Cardiff, scientist, author, editor, and organizer is well known to the thermoelectric community. Now he has come to the attention of no less than the Queen of England. The Queen has announced the Honour of appointinting Prof. Rowe an Officer in the Order of the British Empire (OBE). I'm fairly certain no other member of the thermoelectric community has been so Honoured.

The Honour has been formally announced in:

The London Gazette
of Friday 29 December 2006
Supplement No. 1

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