of the workshop
Recent achievements in condensed matter physics and
chemistry have brought us to the point where the material
properties can be tuned on the quantum mechanical
goal is to acquire the knowledge required to achieve
control over the relevant degrees of freedom and to
engineer new thermoelectric materials with specific
quantum mechanical properties. From the complexity of
the problem it is clear that engineering of such devices
cannot be successful without input from the fundamental
research. One has to solve the chemical and metallurgical
problems to produce new materials, one needs accurate
characterization of the physical properties of these
highly complex chemical structures in order to understand
the systematic trends, and one has to perform theoretical
modeling of various quantum mechanical effects in strongly
are interested in the possibility of engineering the
thermoelectric devices for low-temperature applications
using the correlated electron systems close to the metal-insulator
boundary. The thermoelectric workshop will focus on
Kondo insulators, correlated semiconductors, skutterudites,
and related heterostructures. It will review new materials
and new mechanisms that could lead to thermoelectric
devices with a useful figure-of-merit below 77 K.
is important for progress in this field to have a stimulating
dialogue between chemists, metallurgists and physicists.
The success is only likely to be achieved through a
combination of techniques in a multi-front approach
and the workshop will provide the opportunity to step
back and look at the bigger picture.
together the most active experimentalists and theoreticians
working in this field, we aim at the following:
- To review the experimental and theoretical results
relevant for strongly correlated thermoelectrics.
- To focus both on the similarities and differences
between various systems.
- To examine how close the experiments and theory come
together, and to guess what comes next.
has been a fascinating subject for a long time. In the
19th century it unified triumphantly the thermodynamics
and electrodynamics. (It was even used as an argument
against the atomistic Boltzmann approach to the theory of
heat.) In the mid-20th century, the thermoelectric Carnot
engine based on semiconductors was given a great future.
Today, thermoelectricity is still a great scientific
and technological challenge.
The workshop follows the IICAM format and devotes ample
time to discussions. There are 2-3 one-hour lectures
in the morning, with unlimitted discussion time. Every
afternoon session starts in the poster room, for discussions,
and continues with two more lectures. The poster room
is adjacent to the lecture room and posters will be
on the boards during the whole workshop. The powerpoint
presentations given by the lecturers will be printed
out and also put on the boards, giving the students
the possibility for additional questioning. The after-dinner
talks should provide a general overview of the field.
The presentations will be available on the web site
of the meeting.