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+- Proceedings from 2006 ICT in Vienna: current status

Dear Attendees of the International Conference on Thermoelectrics 2006,
and those ordering ICT'06 printed books --

We are behind the original schedule for producing the CD-ROM and book from
ICT 2006 in Vienna because of some issues with getting several of the final
papers. However, I can report that the CD-ROM is finished and has been
delivered to me, and the books are being printed early next week.

So, the new schedule is as follows:

FOR THOSE ATTENDEES WHO DID NOT ORDER A PRINTED BOOK:

Your CD-ROM should be shipped by about December 22nd and should arrive
about a week later (at the end of December or early in January). These will

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This website now moderated

This site has implemented spam-control methods similar to those used for email.  Suspicious posts will be automatically flagged as 'spam' pending webmaster review.  Most ordinary posts will be visible on the site immediately.  Only content somehow related to thermoelectrics (or energy conversion generally) will be retained.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

- Your ITS & ZTS Webmaster.

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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=http://www.nature.com/materials/index.html>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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