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Thermoelectrics School 2013

Thermoelectrics Summer School

October 4-5, 2013

University of Toronto


About the School

Speakers 

Program

 

About the School

The Thermoelectrics Summer School brings together experts from academia and industry, trainees and collaborators for a unique training opportunity. Our inaugural School took place in Autumn 2013 over two days and addressed the topic: How to Make an Efficient Thermoelectric – Latest Developments in Fabrication and Growth, and featured talks from North American leaders in the field of thermoelectrics on research and techniques (see Speakers and Program for detail). 

In addition, the School offered a professional development session for students geared towards entrepreneurship and management, addressing the mandate of the HEATER Program to provide trainees with skills imperative for success in various fields. The 2013 HEATER School welcomed approximately 40 attendees from diverse backgrounds, including graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members, and guests from industry and the government. 


Participants of the 2013 HEATER School


Speakers

Terry M. Tritt, Clemson University

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Prof. Terry M. Tritt is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physics at Clemson University. This is one of 18 such positions supported by the Clemson University Alumni Association and awarded to faculty who exemplify the highest qualities of service to the university and the students while also exhibiting international standing in their field of research.  Prof. Tritt is a graduate of Clemson University obtaining his BA in 1980 and Ph.D. in 1985.  He then served as a National Research Council Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC (1985-1989) and then as a Research Physicist at NRL from 1989 until 1996 before joining the faculty at Clemson University in Aug. of 1996.  The focus of his current research centers on materials for thermoelectric (TE) refrigeration and power generation applications. His primary research expertise lies in electrical and thermal transport properties and phenomena (a special focus in measurement and characterization techniques) in new and novel materials, especially thermal conductivity.  His recent activities are focused on the synthesis and characterization of TE nanomaterials and nanocomposites & investigation and characterization of their TE material’s parameters, especially thermal conductivity.

 

G. Jeffrey Snyder, California Institute of Technology

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G. Jeffrey Snyder is a Faculty Associate at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena California.  His interests are focused on the materials physics and chemistry for thermoelectric engineering, such as band engineering, design of complex Zintl compounds and use of nanostructured composites.  His interdisciplinary approach stems from studies of Solid State Chemistry at Cornell University and the Max Planck Institute for solid state research, Applied Physics at Stanford University and thermoelectric materials & device engineering at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

 

Holger Kleinke, University of Waterloo
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Holger Kleinke is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Waterloo. Since 1994 he has been a member of a number of Chemistry boards in both Europe and North America, including the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, the Journal of Alloys and Compounds, the American Chemical Society, and Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker. Dr. Kleinke has been recognized with several significant awards, including the Premier’s Research Excellence Award, the Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award, and a Canada Research Chair in Solid State Chemistry. Dr. Kleinke’s research focuses on high temperature synthesis, structure determination, transport properties and correlations between crystal structure, electronic structure, and physical properties.

 

Yurij Mozharivskyj, McMaster University 

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Yurij Mozharivskyj is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Solid Sate Chemistry of Responsive Materials at McMaster University.  He received a BSC and MSc in Chemistry from Lviv State University and received his PhD from Iowa State University in 2002. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship with the Ames Lab at the Department of Energy, he joined McMaster University in 2005.  Research in the Mozharivskyj Group focuses on the chemistry of magnetocaloric and thermoelectric materials, two types of responsive materials, that may have a potential for current and future applications.

  

Program


Friday, October 4 Room 417, Best Building, 112 College Street
10:15 – 10:30 AM Opening Remarks 
Ken Burch 
University of Toronto
10:30 – 11:30 AM Introduction & Overview of Thermoelectric Phenomena, Early Materials Criteria and Several Current and Potential Applications
Terry M. Tritt
Clemson University
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Phonon Engineering of Thermal Conductivity in Complex Materials
G. Jeffrey Snyder 
California Institute of Technology
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM The CREATE-HEATER Program Overview 
Ken Burch 
University of Toronto
2:30 – 3:30 PM Thermoelectric Properties of Antimonides, Tellurides, and Antimonide-Tellurides 
Holger Kleinke
University of Waterloo
3:30 – 4:00 PM Break and Tour of the Impact Centre
4:00 – 5:00 PM Optimizing Electronic Performance in Thermoelectric Materials 
G. Jeffrey Snyder
California Institute of Technology
Saturday, October 5 Room B024 (Basement Level), Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street
1:00 – 2:30 PM Trainee Lunch and Professional Skills Session
Institute for Optical Sciences 
University of Toronto
2:30 – 3:30 PM Thermoelectric Measurements: Discussion of Various Techniques, Contrasts to Traditional Materials (Metals); Cautionary Remarks, Pitfalls & Potential Sources of Error  
Terry M. Tritt
Clemson University
3:30 – 3:45 PM Break
3:45 – 4:45 PM Single Crystal Growth of Thermoelectric Materials; Rare-Earth Antimonide and Bismuthide Suboxides: Interplay between the Structure and Transport Properties 
Yurij Mozharivskyj 
McMaster University
4:45 – 5:00 PM Concluding Remarks 
Ken Burch 
University of Toronto

 

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