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13.06.2010 5th Forum on New Materials - CIMTEC 2010


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                         Seminars and conferences

+- 5th Forum on New Materials - CIMTEC 2010


      From: 2010-06-13 Through: 2010-06-18

      Location: Palazzo dei Congressi - Montecatini Terme, Italy

      Contact: Dr. Pietro Vincenzini congress@technagroup.it

               Ph: +39 (0546) 22461 / 664143, FAX: +39 (0546) 664138

      Abstract Due Date: "Hot Poster" abstract due date April 20, 2010

      Higher Fees May Apply After: April 20, 2010

      Website: http://www.cimtec-congress.org/2010/symposium_fe.asp

      Info Last Updated: 2010-02-27





Symposium FE

Advances in Materials and Technologies for

Efficient Direct Thermal-to-Electrical Energy Conversion


This symposium will explore state-of-the-art thermoelectric, thermoionic and thermophotovoltaic materials and technologies for direct thermal to electric energy conversion. Material and device designs directed to optimise efficiency and cost/performance aspects of direct thermal-to-electric conversion will be enlightened with emphasis on tailoring engineering electrical, thermal and optical properties to the demand coming from applications. 


Focus will be on direct conversion into electricity of the waste heat emitted by a number of sources such as industrial furnaces, power plants, automobile exhausts, geothermal heat sources, and of the thermal energy harvested from the warmth of sun’s rays. Covered will be materials issues such as : theoretical studies on band structure, crystal chemistry, transport properties, energy transfer processes, etc.; novel synthesis and processing routes for polycrystalline and single crystal bulk materials, nanostructured materials, 3-D architectures, composites and nanocomposites; low dimensionality structures such as thin films, superlattices, quantum dots and nanofibers; advanced characterisation of electrical, optical, thermal and mechanical properties. 


Device design and performance and system integration will be enlightened for ongoing or forthcoming applications in a range of energy conversion technologies ,i.e. from the order of several kilowatt that one expects to recover from the waste heat of industrial and power plants, to the intermediate range of hundred watt involved in automobile systems or deep-space probes, to remote self-powered systems for wireless communications in the microwatt power range. 


Emerging ideas and proposal studies of novel concepts for direct thermal-to-electrical energy conversion working in tandem with other energy conversion technologies (i.e. fuel cells, PV-TE hybrid systems, etc.) will be interesting topics to enrich the debate.

Sessions topics


FE-1 Theoretical Concepts and Basic Approaches for High Efficiency Thermal-to-Electrical Energy Conversion

Band structure
Crystal chemistry
Transport properties
Energy transfer processes
Nanoscale induced effects
Modeling and simulation 

FE-2 New and Improved Materials and Low Dimensionality Structures

TE materials, i.e. half-Heusler alloys, clathrades, skutterudites, oxides, silicides zintls, other high temperature materials
Materials for thermionic applications, i.e. embedded q-dot structures, wide band gap semiconductors, etc.
Emitter materials and PV diode materials for thermophotovoltaics 
Polycrystalline and single crystal high efficiency bulk materials
Thin films and superlattices
Nanostructured materials and nanostructures
Composites and nanocomposites
Functionally graded materials
Materials synthesis and processing
Electrical/optical/thermal properties 
Structural and mechanical characterisation 
Process modeling and simulation
New testing methods at nanoscale

FE-3 Progress in Devices and Applications

Device design, fabrication, integration, packaging , testing
Cost/performance and reliability issues
System simulation and demonstration
Intermediate power, micro-power and high-power applications
Novel and emerging approaches for thermal-to-electrical conversion systems
Commercialisation and market prospects


Invited Lectures

Harald BOTTNER, Fraunhofer Institut für Physikalische Messtechnik, Germany


Lidong CHEN, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, CAS, China

Mikhail I. FEDOROV, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Russia

Jean-Pierre FLEURIAL, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA


Franck GASCOIN, Université Montpellier II, France 

Emmanuel GUILMEAU, Laboratoire CRISMAT, France

Sylvie HEBERT, Laboratoire CRISMAT, France

Jiri HEJTMANEK, Institute of Physics of ASCR v.v.i., Czech Republic

David C. JOHNSON, University of Oregon, USA

Takenobu KAJIKAWA, Shonan Institute of Technology, Japan

Kunihito KOUMOTO, Nagoya University, Japan

Kazuhiko KUROKI, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan

Bertrand LENOIR and Christophe CANDOLFI, Ecole de Mines de Nancy, France

Heiner LINKE, Lund University, Sweden

Gerald D. MAHAN, Penn State University, USA

S.D. MAHANTI, Michigan State University, USA

Takao MORI, NIMS, Japan

Rajeev RAM, MIT, USA

Peter ROGL, University of Vienna, Austria

Ali SHAKOURI, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA

Jeffrey SNYDER, California Institute of Technology, USA

Ryosuke SUZUKI, Hokkaido University, Japan

Xinfeng TANG, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Ichiro TERASAKI, Waseda University, Japan


Jihui YANG, GM R&D Center, USA