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MRM2019 conference in Yokohama, Japan, December 2019: Thermoelectric Symposium (May 10 deadline)

There will be a large International Materials Research Conference in December held in Yokohama, Japan this year: MRM2019 (Dec. 10-14, 2019).

A thermoelectrics symposium will be held: Advancements in Thermoelectric Materials and Applications (F-3 Symposium)


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Deadline imminent ITS Award applications including: Registration Waivers, Young Investigator, Goldsmid, Postdoc Scholar, and Achievement Awards

The President of the International Thermoelectric Society would like to remind attendees of the upcoming ICT/ACT2019 and the wider TE community that deadlines for various ITS Awards are as soon as April 15, 2019 just a few days from now. Consideration for these awards requires your application to be complete by the respective deadlines.

Please see the links below for specifics on each award:

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Graduate Student Conference Registration Waivers for ICT2019

The International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) Conference Registration Waiver is intended to assist graduate students to participate at the annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT).  As part of our commitment to advancing research and training, the ITS will provide funding for up to 15 registration waivers for students to attend ICT2019 in Gyeongju, South Korea.


Graduate students are eligible to apply for an ITS Registration Waiver if:

  • The graduate student is in good academic standing in a degree-granting program.
  • The student will present a poster or talk at ICT2019.

Application Procedure

Students should submit the following to the ITS President Prof. Franck Gascoin (

  • Recommendation from the faculty advisor as to how the conference participation is directly relevant to the student’s research or graduate studies
  • Copy of the abstract submitted to the ICT2019 conference website with the applicant’s name clearly listed as the presenter, and a copy of the submission confirmation from the conference organizer
  • The above documents should be gathered together in PDF format in a single file


The Committee Chair must receive applications by April 15, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of selection shortly thereafter.

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Emanuel 'Emil' Andrew Skrabek 1934 - 2019

Holding a manuscript presented at ICT2008TO: Space Nuclear Community
FROM: Gary L. Bennett
Below is the obituary of Dr. Emil Skrabek (far left), one of the key technical people in the U.S. space nuclear program.  As the obituary notes, Emil was involved in many of the U.S. space nuclear missions.  He invented the thermoelectric material TAGS-85 that was used in the Pioneer-10/11 RTGs, Viking Lander-1/2 RTGs and currently in the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory RTG.  He was smart, knowledgeable yet with a certain quiet humbleness and a clever sense of humor.  He will be missed.
P.S. The acronym TAGS comes from the constituents of the thermoelectric material:  tellurium, antimony, germanium, and silver.
        RTG = Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator

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Call for Candidates to the 2019 Annual Young Investigator Award

The International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) announces the 2019 ITS Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research in Thermoelectrics by a young investigator who holds a researcher/engineer position in either: academia, industry, government lab or scientific institute (e.g.

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