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International Conference on Organic and Hybrid Thermeoelctrics (ICOT2018)

The International Conference on Organic and Hybrid Thermeoelctrics (ICOT2018) was held January 29 - February 1, 2018 in Valencia / Spain. Organizers were Andrés Cantarero (University of Valencia) and Xavier Crispin (University of Linköping).

It was the second edition of this conference format dedicated to the scientific exchange on organic and hybrid thermoelectrics aiming to strengthen their competitive position. Topics included molecules and compounds, composite materials, ionic thermoelectrics, thermogalvanic cells, metrology, theory, and application with a focus on organic thermoelectrics. The scientific program consisted of oral and poster sessions. Plenary Speakers were Michael CHABINYC, University of California, Santa Barbara / USA, Jaime GRUNDLAND, Texas A&M University, College Station / USA and Naoki TOSHIMA, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo / Japan. The conference had almost 150 participants with PhD students accounting for 40 %.

The next ICOT will be held at Georgia Tech, Atlanta / USA in 2020.

15th European Conference on Thermoelectrics (ECT2017)

The 15th European Conference on Thermoelectrics (ECT2017) was held September 25-27, 2017 at the A. Luciani” Padua Congress Centre, Padova / Italy. A total of 181 (oral and poster) papers were presented at the conference, which featured over 200 delegates.

The first day of the ECT kicked off with a presentation by Claudia Felser (Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (CPfS), Dresden, Germany) who provided an inspiring discourse on influence of topology on the properties of solids and how these insights might benefit thermoelectric research. A diverse range of thermoelectric topics were broached on this day, ranging from oxide materials, through hybrids and composites, films and nanostructures, theory and modelling to applications. Additional invited talks were given by Philippe Jund (ICG Montpellier), Nick Bennett (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh) and Mauro Brignone (CRF, Orbassano). The day ended with a welcome reception in the lobby of the conference center.

The second day featured invited presentations by Muhammet Toprak (KTH, Stockholm), Daniel Zuckermann (Isabellenhütte, Dillenburg), Bartlomije Wiendlocha (AGH University, Krakow), David Berardan (Université Paris-Sud, Orsay) and Anthony Powell (University of Reading). Other work presented on this day included half Heusler materials, sulphides and selenides, and modules and TEGs. The Conference Dinner was held at the Centro Culturale Altinate/San Gaetano in downtown Padua. During the Conference Dinner, the ECT2017 poster prizes sponsored by the European (ETS), the German (DTG) and the Italian (AIT) Thermoelectric Societies were awarded to Monika Raja Thulasimani (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin), Terumasa Tadano (NIMS, Tsukuba) and Alexey Osipkov (Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow) and the location of the ECT2019 (Cyprus) was announced. Harald Böttner, former head of department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM, was awarded the European Thermoelectric Society’s (ETS) award of honor for his many years of thermoelectric research and his commitment to the ETS (read also the news release of the Fraunhofer IPM).

On the final day of the conference, Mike Reece (Queen Mary University, London), Eric Alleno (ICMPE, Thiais) and Daniele Marré (Università degli Studi di Genova, Genoa) gave invited talks. The conference concluded with closing remarks.

The talks were accompanied by a series of tutorials on fundamentals and applications of thermoelectricity, on nanostructures and material characterization. Many of the presented papers will be published in the ECT2017conference proceedings as a special issue of the Materials Today: Proceedings (

2nd Stuttgart Workshop on Thermoelectrics (SWT2)

On August 8, 2017, the 2nd Stuttgart Workshop on Thermoelectrics (SWT2) took place at the Institute for Materials Science of the University of Stuttgart / Germany. The follow-up event of last year’s SWT1 featured 20 oral and poster presentations and attracted more than 40 national and international participants from universities, research institutes and industry revealing the growing popularity of the conference. Topics span the whole range from basic research of common and novel materials through metrology to application.

The workshop itself was framed by two tutorials given by Prof. Dr. Terry M. Tritt from Clemson University (USA), a worldwide leading authority in the field of thermoelectrics. The two lectures titled “Overview of Thermoelectric Phenomena and Applications & Selection Criteria for Good Thermoelectric Materials” and “Bulk Thermoelectric Materials Measurements: A Look Behind the Curtain” offered valuable insights in the technology for both non-experts and specialists.

Due to the growing success with the scientific community this conference format will be continued. The next workshop in this series (SWT3) already planned for August 2018 will even broaden the range of topics to semiconductor basics and photovoltaic converters. Stay tuned to the “Phonons meet Photons Workshops”! Please send an e-mail to Dr. Wenjie Xie for further information.

More details, pictures and slides here.

1st Stuttgart Workshop on Thermoelectrics (SWT1)

Since 2007, Professor Anke Weidenkaff has been assembling scientists from all over the world every second year to promote cooperation in the development of thermoelectric materials and devices. Four very successful previous workshops and conferences in Switzerland (TEP-CH) were held in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 involving high level lectures of around 40 international and national distinguished invited speakers. In 2016, she was able to continue this splendid tradition by hosting a thermoelectric workshop in Stuttgart / Germany.

More details here.

ICT2016 Short Report

The 35th International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT2016) took place in Wuhan / China from May 29 to June 2, 2016. Professor Tang and his crew from Wuhan University of Technology arranged a perfect event in a beautiful venue. With 626 attendees, the conference was a great success

Six board members of the European Thermoelectric Society attended the ICT2016 (photo). Europe was generally well represented and it was a pleasure that Professors Hubert and Stanislas Scherrer (both Ecole des Mines, Nancy / France) were jointly presented with the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Thermoelectrics Award.

Dr. Jan König and Prof. Dr. Yuri Grin were elected to the Board of Directors of the International Thermoelectric Society (ITS). Prof. Dr. Franck Gascoin was entrusted with the organization of the ECT/ICT2018 that will take place in Caen (Normandy) / France July 1-5, 2018.


1st European Workshop on Thermoelectrics - 1994 Dresden / Germany
2nd European Workshop on Thermoelectrics - 1995 Nancy / France
3rd European Workshop on Thermoelectrics - 1996 Cardiff / UK
4th European Workshop on Thermoelectrics - 1998 Madrid / Spain
5th European Workshop on Thermoelectrics - 1999 Pardubice / Czech Republic
6th European Workshop on Thermoelectrics - 2001 Freiburg / Germany
7th European Workshop on Thermoelectrics - 2002 Pamplona / Spain


1st European Conference on Thermoelectrics - 1987 Cardiff / UK
2nd European Conference / 8th Workshop on Thermoelectrics - ECT2004 Kraków / Poland
3rd European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2005 Nancy / France
4th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2006 Cardiff / UK
5th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2007 Odessa / Ukraine
6th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2008 Paris / France
7th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ICT/ECT2009 Freiburg / Germany
8th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2010 Como / Italy
9th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2011 Thessaloniki / Greece
10th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ICT/ECT2012 Aalborg / Denmark
11th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2013 Noordwijk / Netherlands
12th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2014 Madrid / Spain
13th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ICT/ECT2015 Dresden / Germany
14th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2016 Lisboa / Portugal
15th European Conference on Thermoelectrics - ECT2017 Padova / Italy