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+- Call for Candidates: 2006 Young Investigator Award

Posted by its-webmaster on 20060303

The International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) announces the ITS Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research in Thermoelectrics by a young investigator who holds a permanent position in either: academia (tenure track), industry, government lab or scientific institute (e.g. The Max Planck Institute). This award is to be given to a young researcher who has exhibited a record of excellent original work and significant results in the field of thermoelectrics or thermoelectric materials. The recipient should have shown significant research in the early stages of their career.

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+- Call for Proposals to Host 2007 European Thermoelectric Conference

The European Thermoelectric Society requests proposals to host the 5th European Thermoelectric Conference at a location somewhere in Europe in 2007. Proposals should be submitted before the 2006 European Thermoelectric Conference to be held in Cardiff, Wales 10-11 April, 2006. For details on the 2006 conference see:

If your organization is interested in hosting the 2007 ECT please contact for details:

Professor H. SCHERRER
Phone: 33 (0)

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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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