2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium EN13-Flexible and Miniaturized Thermoelectric Devices Based on Organic Semiconductors and Hybrid Materials

Organic semiconductors and novel composites based on nanoparticles surrounded by an organic matrix are emerging materials classes for thermoelectric applications and enable the development of flexible and novel miniaturized thermoelectric devices. The gap of performance between traditional inorganic material and novel organic materials for thermoelectric application has been reduced in the past five years, significantly. This symposium will give an overview about the different novel material classes ranging e.g. from organic semiconductors, metal organic frameworks, nanocomposites based on inorganic layered materials and organic links. The fundamental transport properties of these material systems, the development of physical models and the challenges of thermoelectric characterization will be addressed.

This symposium will especially focus on the device development and material integration for emerging thermoelectric applications ranging from energy harvesting with textile, heat management in microfluidics, novel sensor devices and for biomedical applications. Particularly, this symposium will highlight research and development activities on thermoelectric devices in industry for emerging applications areas in waste heat recovery, smart sensor devices and on-spot cooling.

This symposium will run from Wednesday until Friday. In collaboration with the symposium EN14 "Thermoelectric Energy Conversion (TEC) - Complex Materials and Novel Theoretical Methods" we will organize one day of joined sessions (Wednesday). Both symposia target the organization of a joined tutorial on Sunday about the predictions and realization of novel thermoelectric materials originated by the materials genome initiative.

Topics will include:

  • New design concepts, development and physical properties of semiconducting polymers and organic/inorganic hybrid materials for thermoelectric
  • Polymeric composite with the inclusion of CNT, layered materials and quantum materials
  • Characterization and computational modeling of the interfaces of organic-inorganic materials
  • Emerging applications based on flexible thermoelectric device
  • Miniaturized thermoelectric devices by additive manufacturing
  • Thermal stability of organic materials and device integration
  • Computational modeling of material structures, energy levels, transport mechanisms, and power conversion
  • Thermoelectric Sensors and Detectors

Invited Speakers:

  • Gang Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Zhifeng Ren (University of Houston, USA)
  • Michael Chabinyc (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Li Shi (University of Texas, USA)
  • Kedar Hippalgaonkar (Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore)
  • Rachel Segalman (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Choongho Yu (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Mark Allendorf (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Song Yun Cho (Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Seungwoo Han (Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM), Republic of Korea)
  • Howard E. Katz (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Eunkyoung Kim (Yonsei, Republic of Korea)
  • Ulrich Lemmer (KIT, Germany)
  • Christian Müller (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • Peter Müller-Buschbaum (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
  • Jeffrey Snyder (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Chunlei Wan (Tsinghua Univ., China)

Symposium Organizers

Kornelius Nielsch
Leibniz Institute of Solid State and Materials Research

Manfred Albrecht
University of Augsburg
Institute of Physics

Maarit Karppinen
Aalto University, Finland
Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Mona Zebarjadi
University of Virginia

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