INVITED SPEAKERS

AllenoEric Alleno – University of Paris-Est (France)
Tentative Title: Mesostructured skutterudites

Eric Alleno is a CNRS Scientist at the Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est (ICMPE) in Thiais. He published more than 80 articles dealing with magnetism and thermoelectricity. He has been involved in the steering of the French research group on Thermoelectricity “GDR Thermoélectricité” for 4 years, with S. Hébert (CRISMAT, Caen) and B. Lenoir (IJL, Nancy) and led within this frame, the French Round-Robin test on the uncertainty in the measurement of ZT. He is interested in thermoelectric materials – synthesis, shaping, microstructure and transport properties. He focused his activity on skutterudites, their nanostructuration and the physical mechanisms governing their thermal transport.


BennettNick Bennett – Heriot Watt University (UK)
Tentative Title: Towards Efficient Thermoelectric Performance in Silicon by Point- and Extended-Defects

Dr Nick Bennett (MPhys, PhD, PGCert, MInstP, FHEA) is an Assistant Professor at Heriot Watt University, where he leads the Nano-Materials Lab, a research group which consists of himself, 4 PhD students and 1 Research Fellow. In short, his research team investigates silicon bulk- and nano-materials for making better energy devices. He has spent much of the past decade researching strategies to enhance the thermal, electronic and optical properties of silicon-based materials through changes at the nano-scale – usually involving nano-structuring or the introduction of nano-scale defects. Dr Bennett currently leads the UK EPSRC’s only funded project focussed on silicon thermoelectrics, which will run until the end of 2018. His interest in silicon thermoelectrics was initiated at Dublin City University in 2012, where he led a Science Foundation Ireland project investigating silicon nanowire thermoelectrics.  Dr Bennett is an author on over 50 research publications, has presented work at numerous conferences worldwide, including three invited talks. He lectures on the topic of renewable energy technologies and is Programme Director of Heriot Watt’s MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering.


BerardanDavid Berardan – University of Paris-Sud (France)
Tentative Title: The potential of oxychalcogenides for thermoelectric applications

Dr. David Berardan received his Masters in chemistry and materials chemistry from Chimie-ParisTech and Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, Paris, in 2001, and his Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry in 2004 for a study about the thermoelectric properties of filled skutterudites. He was a postdoctoral research fellow in 2006-2007 in CRISMAT laboratory, France, where he studied the thermoelectric and magnetic properties of In2O3 based materials. Since 2007, he has been assistant professor in the Institute of Molecular and Materials Chemistry of Orsay, which belongs to the Department of Chemistry of the Paris-Sud University and the CNRS, France. His main research interests are focused on the physical and thermoelectric properties of oxides, chalcogenides and oxychalcogenides, and on the investigation of High-Entropy Oxides.


BrignoneMauro Brignone – Magneti Marelli S.p.A. – Exhaust Systems (Italy)
Tentative Title: Fuel economy and emissions reduction through TE generation in automotive exhaust systems

Dr. Mauro Brignone has a Master of Science in Physics and a PhD in Chemistry and is responsible for the Innovation department in Magneti Marelli Exhaust. He worked for 14 years in FIAT Research Center on new materials and novel devices to reduce vehicles consumption and emissions. He is expert in heat recovery systems, thermoelectric materials synthesis and characterization and the design and on-board integration of thermoelectric generators. Mauro is author of several publications and patents in the field of energy generation, thermoelectricity and photonics.


FelserClaudia Felser – Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (Germany)
Tentative Title: Thermoelectric properties and topology

Prof. Claudia Felser studied chemistry and physics at the University of Cologne (Germany) and completed her doctorate in physical chemistry there in 1994. After postdoctoral fellowships at the MPI in Stuttgart and the CNRS in Nantes (France), she joined the University of Mainz and became a full professor at the University of Mainz (Germany) in 2003. She is currently director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden (Germany). She was honored as the distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Magnetic Society and in 2011 she received an ERC Advanced grant. She won the Nakamura lecture award of the UC Santa Barbara, the 2014-Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturer Award of the Gordon Research Conference and received the SUR-grant Award of IBM. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, London. In 2014 she received the Tsungmin Tu Research Prize (75 000$) by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, the highest academic honor granted to foreign researchers in Taiwan.


JundPhilippe Jund – University of Montpellier (France)
Tentative Title: First Principles calculations of the stability and physical properties of thermoelectric materials: application to Heuslers and antimonides

– 1990-1993: PhD in Solid State Physics (Université de Strasbourg, France).
– 1993-1995: Associate Researcher (Michigan State University, USA).
– 1995-2001: CNRS Research Scientist (Laboratoire des Verres – Montpellier, France).
– 2001-present: University Professor in Chemistry (Université de Montpellier – Institut Charles Gerhard, France).
– Research Interests:
Numerical simulations (ab initio and parametrized) of: intermetallics, ferrofluids, carbon nanotubes, glasses, thermoelectrics. Development of numerical methods to determine structural and thermal properties of materials.
– Scientific production: 96 references (85 publications, 1 patent, 1 review article, 1 computer code made available for the public and 8 proceedings).
– Head of the research group “Modeling and Elaboration of multifunctionnal Solids” (ICG).
– Head of the Masters program “Chemistry and Materials Science for Energy applications and a Sustainable Development” (Université de Montpellier).


MarrèDaniele Marré – University of Genoa (Italy)
Tentative Title: Thermoelectric behavior of the two dimensional electron liquid at the oxide SrTiO3/LaAlO3 interface

Daniele Marré is associate professor at the Physics Department of the Genova University. His research activity is focused on the preparation and characterization of strongly correlated advanced functional materials such as high temperature superconductors and transition metal oxides, with a special attention to the realization of innovative micro and nanodevices for applications in electronics. In particular, his fields of interest include transparent electronics, spintronics, Mott transistors, superconducting devices and low dimensional systems. On such topics, he has been coordinator of the European Project NANOXIDE “Novel Nanoscale Devices based on functional oxides interfaces” and of several national projects. In the last few years, he expanded his research toward energy harvesting, investigating applications of oxide based interfaces for thermoelectricity. He is author of more than 150 publications on international peer reviewed journals


PowellAnthony Powell – University of Reading (UK)
Tentative Title: Design Strategies for Sulphide Thermoelectrics

Anthony Powell holds the degrees of MA and D.Phil from the University of Oxford. His first academic appointment was at Heriot-Watt University, where he was successively Lecturer, Reader and Professor in Chemistry. He also established the University’s Centre for Advanced Energy Storage and Recovery (CAESAR). In 2013, he moved to the University of Reading where he is currently Professor of Solid-State Chemistry and Head of the Department of Chemistry. His research interests include structural, electronic and magnetic properties of chalcogenides, thermoelectric materials, neutron scattering and solvothermal synthesis of novel solids. He has held a Royal Society of Edinburgh Support Research Fellowship and a Scottish Enterprise Proof-of-Concept award for work in thermoelectric materials.


ReeceMike Reece – Queen Mary University of London (UK)
Tentative Title: Recent Advances in Flash Sintering of Thermoelectric Materials

Mike Reece is Professor in Functional Ceramics at Queen Mary University of London. His past research has focused on mechanical problems that determine the performance of structural and functional ceramics. His research is currently focused on the development of field assisted (electric, magnetic, gravity) processing techniques. The focus of this research in this area is to produce new structural, functional and thermoelectric materials. This includes materials with nanostructure, high texture and metastable microstructures. His research on thermoelectrics includes the discovery and understanding of environmentally friendly and sustainable sulphide based materials. A long term objective of his work is to commercialise materials prepared by field assisted processing through knowledge transfer and spin-outs.


ToprakMuhammet Toprak – KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Tentative Title: Promising bulk nanostructured thermoelectrics via high throughput and rapid chemical synthesis

Muhammet Toprak is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the Department of Applied Physics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). He has D.Sc. Materials Chemistry and has an extensive experience, and recognition, on fabrication and characterization of functional nanomaterials using solution-based chemical strategies. Muhammet Toprak has his background on Chemistry from METU (Ankara, Turkey), followed by PhD at KTH and Post Doc research at University of California at Santa Barbara (CA, USA). His group is specialized in developing solution chemical fabrication methodologies for tailored and complex nanomaterials and nanocomposites for a wide range of applications covering areas of medicine, energy, and environmental remediation, amongst others. The division has a well-equipped nanomaterials fabrication lab facility; nanoparticle fabrication tools based on solution chemical strategies, microwave assisted reactors, and scale-up of production process. He has led and participated in several projects focusing on thermoelectric materials and devices at national and EC level. He has authored more than 300 publications and has collaborations with academia and industry.


WiendlochaBartlomiej Wiendlocha – AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland)
Tentative Title: New and old tetradymites: evolution of the electronic structure and search for resonant levels

Bartlomiej Wiendlocha is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland.
He received his PhD in physics from AGH-UST in 2009. Later, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at the Ohio State University.
He is interested in theoretical solid state physics, focusing on first principles calculations of electronic structure, transport, magnetic and superconducting properties of materials. Within the field of thermoelectricity, he’s especially interested in resonant levels and their influence on materials’ electronic structure, charge localization and transport.
Home page: http://newton.fis.agh.edu.pl/~wiendlocha/index_en.html


ZuckermannDaniel Zuckermann – Isabellenhuette Heusler Gmbh & Co. KG (Germany)
Tentative Title: Half-Heusler upscaling: Bringing thermoelectrics into mass market

Daniel Zuckermann is currently development engineer and assistant manager in the departments R&D Alloys and Applications at Isabellenhütte Heusler GmbH & Co KG.
Daniel is responsible for the development of thermoelectric materials and components. He is the project manager of Isabellenhütte for the German national funded project thermoHEUSLER² and the EU H2020 project INTEGRAL.
Daniel Zuckermann completed an apprenticeship as physics laboratory assistant at the Isabellenhütte Heusler in 2008.
Subsequently he received his Dipl. Ing. in Material and Manufacturing Technology at Technical University of Mittelhessen in 2011.
In 2011 and 2012 he worked as process engineer in the foundry of Isabellenhütte. In this time he had his focus on the metallurgical manufacturing process of functional materials.
Since 2013 he is working in the department R&D Alloys and Applications, focused in the development of new electrotechnical functional materials and devices therefrom.