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+- APS March Meeting 2006: TE Session (R16) and TE Tutorial (T4)

APS March Meeting 2006: TE Session (R16) and TE Tutorial (T4)
March 13-17, 2006 Baltimore, MD
Session R16: Thermoelectrics, Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 2:30PM - 2:42PM
Sponsoring Units: FIAP
Chair: Joseph P. Heremans, Ohio State University
15 Abstracts are available online:
APS March Meeting
Tutorial on Thermoelectrics: Session T4 Thermoelectric Energy Conversion
Sunday, March 12, 2006, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Organizer: Ali Shakouri. UC Santa Cruz; email:
TE Tutorial

APS Tutorial on Thermoelectrics: Session T4 Thermoelectric Energy Conversion
Registration: $100 ($40 for students)
TE Tutorial

Mutual interaction of heat and electricity is the origin of Seebeck and
Peltier effects which are used in thermocouples for temperature sensing and
in thermoelectric modules for solid-state refrigeration or power
generation. An overview of recent advances in bulk and thin film
thermoelectric materials and devices will be given. Material optimization
is focused on reducing the lattice thermal conductivity without reducing
electrical conductivity and/or increase the Seebeck coefficient. Recent
development in skutterudites, clathrates, half-heusler alloys and oxides
will be reviewed. Nanoscale engineering of materials gives the opportunity
to modify the fundamental thermoelectric transport properties beyond what
can be achieved in bulk materials. These include quantum confinement due to
wave nature of carriers and interface effects such as thermionic emission
and evaporative cooling at heterostructures. Significant improvements based
on superlattices and embedded quantum dots have been achieved. Bipolar
thermoelectric effects will be introduced. They could be used for internal
cooling of electronic and optoelectronic devices. Finally fundamental
efficiency limitations of thermoelectric energy converters and practical
system optimization will be discussed.

Ali Shakouri, UCSC - Introduction to Thermoelectrics and Solid-state
Ctirad Uher. UMich - Novel Bulk Thermoelectric Materials
Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT - Low Dimensional Thermoelectrics
Rajeev Ram, MIT - Bipolar Thermoelectrics and System Optimization

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+- ICT2004 CD-ROM Has Shipped

The 2004 International Conference on Thermoelectrics, held 25 - 29 July 2004 in Adelaide, Australia, has shipped a CD-ROM to most attendees containing the papers presented at that conference. No print copy of the Proceedings is planned.

Shipping of the CD-ROMs began in late December 2005. If you attended ICT2004 in Adelaide and have NOT yet received your CD-ROM, please send your complete mailing address to:

Christine Simpson

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+- Pluto Is Still A Planet


A NASA mission to Pluto began today with the launch of the 'New Horizons' spacecraft using a Lockheed-Martin Atlas 5 rocket. New Horizons , designed and built by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD USA, will encounter Jupiter in about 13 months and get a 'slingshot effect' boost toward a 2015 encounter with Pluto.

For most of the three-billion-mile 9.5 year trip New Horizons will be in hibernation mode sending weeklly updates back to earth.

More details can be found in a this New York Times and this New York Times article. The NYTimes quotes Dr. Stern, the mission principal investigator on the question of whether Pluto is a planet: "Just as a Chihuahua is still a dog, these ice dwarfs are still planetary bodies," he said.

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+- Just Published: Thermoelectrics Handbook: Macro to Nano-structured Material

by David Michael Rowe, CRC Press, 2006
ISBN : 0849322642, Hardcover: 1008 pages

To order from use this link:

A must for every thermoelectrician's bookshelf, and out just in time for the Holidays. All new material in this edition, representing a complete update from the 1995 CRC Handbook on Thermoelectrics. Detailed, up to date review articles representing the most active period in thermoelectric R&D since 1960.

# Provides comprehensive and detailed expert information on all facets of thermoelectrics in a single, unified reference
# Presents a systematic description of the major disciplines of thermoelectrics in clearly identified sections
# Follows the evolution of the field by outlining each section from macro-scale to micro/nano-scale topics
# Contains thousands of references, hundreds of tables, and a thorough list of manufacturers and suppliers of thermoelectric modules

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+- ICT2006 First Announcement

Check your 2006 budget now, to be sure you will be able to attend ICT2006. Here is the announcement from the conference organizers:

Wien, 21 December 2005,

Dear friends of ICT
We herewith cordially invite you to attend ICT06, which will be organized by
the University of Vienna in Hotel Marriott - Vienna from August 6 to 10,
2006. Details are available on our website [ed: and mirrored at] and
please watch the website for forthcoming infos.

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+- Melcor bought by Laird for US$20M

Melcor, one of the best known thermoelectric module manufacturers, was bought by Laird Group PLC for about US$20M, according to a joint announcement dated October 26, 2005. The Laird Group website indicates they are headquartered in the UK with about 8000 employees worldwide servicing electronics, telecommunications and information industries among others. Included in the purchase was Melcor's Chinese joint venture in Quanzhou, China.

See for the joint news release.

The Melcor purchase by Laird follows the recent purchase of Marlow Industries (2004) by IIVI Inc and the recent startup ventures Nextreme (2005) and Nanocoolers (2002).

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PROCEEDINGS from ICT'05 Have Been Mailed

+- PROCEEDINGS from ICT'05 Have Been Mailed
by Paul Wesling, IEEE & ICT Publisher

CD-ROMs and printed books from ICT'05, held at Clemson University, SC USA
in June 2005, were mailed to all attendees on 16 November and should arrive
at most locations worldwide by 25 November. If you attended, and you
haven't received your copy by 1 December, please email Paul Wesling

All attendees received the CD-ROM; the book was an extra-cost option.
However, there are about 15 extra copies of the printed book remaining,

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+- ICT2004 Proceedings Expected to Ship In December

The following was sent by email Nov. 26, 2005 from Prof. Ozdemir Gol to authors who participated in ICT2004 held last year in Adelaide, Australia.

Dear ICT2004 Authors,

The ITC2004 Proceedings are being produced in CDROM format and will be
shipped to all registered participants of ICT2004 before 25 December 2005.
In addition, preparations are in hand to include them on the IEEE database
(IEEEXplore) early in the New Year for world wide access.

The Conference Organising Committee wishes to thank you for your
cooperation and patience.

Sincerely - with Season's Greetings,

Özdemir Göl
Chairman: ICT2004
School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001
Telephone: +61 8 8302 3285
Facsimile: +61 8 8302 3384

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+- ECT2006 Nearly Full

4th European Thermoelectric Conference
April 10-11, 2006
Cardiff, Wales UK

Further Details See website

The ECT2006 organizer (Mike Rowe in Cardiff, Wales) informs us the two day program is nearly full and they only have room for 5 more abstracts. Anyone intending to attend should e-mail as soon as possible as places at the social functions are strictly limited.

Full details and online registration are available at the website above.

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