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Welcome to the International Workshop
Thermoelectric Materials: From Theoretical Design to Industrial Application
Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland
July 3-6, 2017

This workshop will highlight recent developments in the theory of thermoelectric materials and explore how they can inform experimental developments and industrial applications of these materials. Our aim is to provide a forum for interactions between leading scientists working on various aspects of thermoelectric materials, from fundamental theory and computational methods, through materials growth and characterization to industrial application. Each has much to learn from the others’ areas of interest: those involved in the experimental development of new materials or in their industrial application will learn about new capabilities emerging in the area of theoretical materials design; theorists will be challenged to translate their understanding of thermoelectric phenomena into more intuitive guiding principles for the experimental community.

There is a strong emphasis on the European scientific and industrial communities and possibilities for improved cooperation at European level but invited speakers will also come from the USA. The workshop is supported by Science Foundation Ireland through its Catalyst Award scheme and aims to promote the development of coherent Europe-wide initiatives that will connect basic science with its applications and enhance the societal impact of the research supported by the Foundation in Ireland. Thanks to sponsorship from the Psi-k network for material modelling, €300 bursaries will be available for 10 PhD students who submit abstracts to the workshop. The bursaries will be awarded based on the scientific quality of abstracts and alignment with the scientific subjects of the conference. To be considered for a bursary, please indicate that you are a PhD student when submitting your abstract.

Plenary speakers:

Jeff Snyder, Northwestern University, USA; David Singh, University of Missouri, USA

Invited speakers:

Industry: Ryan Enright, Nokia Bell Labs, Ireland; Albert O'Grady, Analog Devices, Ireland; Georgy Samsonidze, Bosch, USA; Troels Markussen, QuantumWise, Denmark.

Thermoelectric materials and devices: Yaniv Gelbstein, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Juri Grin, Max Planck Institute Dresden, Germany; Bo Iversen, Aarhus University, Denmark; Oliver Oeckler, University of Leipzig, Germany; Ngo Van Nong, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark; Anke Weidenkaff, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Theory: Nicola Bonini, King's College London, UK; Christian Carbogno, Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany; Olle Hellman, California Institute of Technology, USA; Ankita Katre, CEA-Grenoble, France; Matthieu Verstraete, University of Liege, Belgium; Giovanni Vignale, University of Missouri, USA.

Conference organizers:

Ivana Savić, Stephen Fahy & Kafil Razeeb, Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland.
Jorge Kohanoff, Myrta Gruening & Tchavdar Todorov, Queen's University Belfast, UK.
Yaniv Gelbstein, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

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