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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.


ICT06-Book and Photos

Dear participants,

Thank you for participating ICT06, it was a pleasure to have you in Vienna.
Using the address
you will have access to a set of photos made during ICT06.

Sofar 160 of the manuscripts (80%)are already in final form. We thank you
all for your cooperation and furthermore thank all the referees for their
careful work. All those of you who have not yet submitted the revised
version please do so immediately – we urgently need to submit to the

In case you wish to receive your hardcopy of the refereed proceedings,

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+- Report on ICT2006

+- Report on ICT2006
+- Overview & Statistics
+- Proceedings
+- Awards: Best Paper, Goldsmid & Young Investigator
+- Selected Highlights
+- ICT2007 Sets Dates - June 3-7, 2007
+- Society Updates: ICT2008, Elections & Other News

+- Overview & Statistics
The 25th International Conference on Thermoelectrics was held August 6-10, 2006 in one of Europe's finest cities, Vienna. For those with the interest and time Vienna offers Castles & Palaces, Museums, music and some excellent bratwurst and beer. The Natural History Museum alone was worth the trip and qualifies as a business expense if you examine the skutterudite, bismuth telluride and lead telluride specimens in their mineralogy collection. The social highlight had to be the Reception held at the City Hall, complete with music and dance. The final day of the conference coincided with the breaking of the 'liquid explosives' plot in the UK and the associated air travel disruption and confusion which followed. Not a few of us managed to travel through London's Heathrow in the days following the conference, suffering some stress and delay but only that.

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