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Thermoelectrics Summer School - November 9-13, 2015

When Nov 09, 2015 09:00 AM to
Nov 13, 2015 05:00 PM
Where Fields Institute
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About the School

 Join us for our third annual summer school November 9-13, 2015!  

This school will bring together experts from around the world to discuss recent advances in thermoelectric materials research.  Participants will also have the opportunity to visit CanmetMaterials, Natural Resource Canada's super centre for research in clean energy.  You can view the school flyer here.


Funding for the Summer School is provided by NSERC-CREATE and University of Toronto's Connaught Fund and hosted by the Fields Institute.



Registration is FREE, and coffee breaks and lunch are provided for the duration of the school.  We invite all university students (in Canada and abroad), faculty members and industry partners to register for the School.

Registration for students - please download the Registration Form,  complete it and return to .

Registration for faculty and industry partners - please email  with your name and Institutional/Company Affiliation.



Nov 9

Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Room 230, Toronto



9:30-9:45 am


Opening Remarks

Young-June Kim, University of Toronto


9:45-10:45 am

Probing Thermal and Thermoelectric Transport in Nanostructures and Complex Crystals

Li Shi, University of Texas at Austin




11:00-12:00 pm


Electronic Structure and the Performance of Thermoelectric Materials

David Singh, University of Missouri




1:45-2:45 pm


Thermoelectricity of Fermi liquids: an introduction

Kamran Behnia, ESPCI – Université Pierre et Marie Curie


2:45-3:45 pm

High Performance Lanthanide Thermoelectrics Materials for Space Applications

Sabah Bux, Jet Propulsion Laboratory




4:00-5:00 pm


Thermoelectric Properties of Cu2X (X=S, Se, or Te) Materials

Xun Shi, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics


Nov 10

Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Room 230                    



9:00-10:00 am


Phonon Thermal Transport in Thermoelectric Materials from First Principles

David Broido, Boston College


10:00-11:00 am

Studying Microscopic Dynamics of Thermoelectric Materials by Inelastic Scattering Techniques and Ab Initio Calculations

Michael Koza, Institute Laue-Langevin




11:15 -12:15 pm


Electronic and Phonon Transports in Semiconductor Nanocomposites 

Ferdinand Poudeu, University of Michigan




1:45-2:45 pm


Industrial Perspective on Thermoelectrics: Technology Assessment and Recent Developments

Rahul Gupta, Marlow Industries Inc.


2:45 -3:45 pm

High Temperature Thermoelectrics and Applications

Clint Ballinger, Evident Thermoelectrics


4:00-6:00 pm

McLennan Physical Labs, Room 110


Reception and Poster Session


Nov 11

University of Toronto, McLennan Physical Labs, 60 St. George St.


10:00 am–12:30 pm

Student-Led Training, Meet in Room 110




2:00–3:00 pm


Room 606


Xun Shi - Topics: Experiments and Measurement Techniques


3:00 5:00 pm

HEATER Renewals and Student Presentations


Mathew VanZant, University of Waterloo

David Wisniewski, University of Toronto

Yanyun Hu, University of Toronto

Jennifer Sears, University of Toronto


Nov 12

University of Toronto, McLennan Physical Labs, 60 St. George St.


9:00 am

Depart 60 St. George St. for Canmet Materials in Hamilton, ON


10:15 am–12:15 pm

Tour – CanmetMaterials, Natural Resources Canada, Hamilton


12:30-2:00 pm

Lunch break – lunch provided


2:00–4:00 pm


Tour, Presentation, Demonstration – Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy


4:00–5:30 pm

Return to Toronto 



Nov 13

University of Toronto, McLennan Physical Labs,

 60 St. George St.


9:30 – 11:30 am

Professional Development Session – Room 606


Entrepreneurship: Idea to Product


How can knowledge and research output be converted into an entrepreneurial venture that provides benefit to society? What constitutes an invention and what is the intellectual property that can be commercialized? How can students get started with this process? This workshop for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers will introduce key concepts for technical entrepreneurship. During this introductory two hour session we will present examples of University startups, illustrate how to identify a viable idea based on your technical expertise, understand the intellectual property options, explore possible target markets and do initial planning for a sustainable business. Entrepreneurship is a viable career option!



Rich McAloney and Emanuel Istrate, Impact Centre, University of Toronto




2:00 – 3:00 pm


Room 606


Michael Koza  - “Neutron scattering tools for the study of structure and dynamics on microscopic scales”


3:00 – 5:00 pm


Student Led- Training

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