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Symposium 14

Thermoelectric Materials and Devices for Sustainable Energy Utilization

Thermal energy conversion and harnessing play a central role in sustaining the global economic and social development. Scientific and technological progress in materials design and synthesis has been key to developing efficient thermal-to-electrical energy conversion and related technologies. Exciting progress has been made in the field of thermoelectricity through the deepened understanding of microstructures and transport mechanisms, the development of new processing methods, the discovery of new thermoelectric materials, and the integration of these materials into high-performance modules. This symposium provides an open forum to highlight new theoretical ideas, new materials, and new device concepts and applications related to direct thermal-to-electrical energy conversion and thermal energy harnessing.

Proposed sessions
ª High-efficiency bulk thermoelectric materials
ª Nanoscale thermoelectric materials and nanocomposites
ª Theoretical studies on material transport properties, band structures, phonon engineering, and energy transfer for high-efficiency thermoelectric energy conversion
ª Design for the high-efficiency thermoelectric materials through machine learning, high-throughput calculations, phase diagram etc.
ª Oxides and other materials with strong electron correlation and spin freedom exploitation
ª New capabilities in synthesis, measurements for bulk materials, thin films, superlattices, nano-interfaces, and nanostructured materials
ª Design, performance testing, fabrication, and processing of thermal energy conversion devices for power generation or solid cooling
ª Flexible/wearable thermoelectric materials and devices
ª Thermoelectric applications and system integration
ª Thermionics and other related topics

- Xun Shi (Points of Contact), Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, xshi@mail.sic.ac.cn
- Qian Zhang (Points of Contact), Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China, zhangqf@hit.edu.cn
- Weishu Liu (Points of Contact), Southern University of Science and Technology, China, liuws@sustech.edu.cn
- G. Jeffrey Snyder, Northwestern University, USA
- Takao Mori, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
- Qingyu Yan, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore
- Woochul Kim, Yonsei University, Korea
- Ryoji Funahashi, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
- Hee Seok Kim, University of Washinton, USA
- Juri Grin, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Germany
- Lei Miao, Guangxi University, China

Keynote Speakers

  Franck Gascoin, Laboratoire CRISMAT-CNRS-ENSICAEN, France
  Tentative Title: Thermoelectrics: from polar intermetallics crystals to material engineering
  Brief Bio : Franck Gascoin is the President of the International Franck Gascoin
is the President of the International Thermoelectric Society.
  G. Jeffrey Snyder, Northwestern University, USA
  Tentative Title: Interface and Grain Boundary Effects on Thermoelectrics
  Brief Bio: G. Jeffrey Snyder is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at
Northwestern University. His interests are focused on engineering of electronic and thermal properties and he is well known for his work on thermoelectric materials. He has developed new methods of electron band structure engineering and microstructure engineering of thermal and electrical properties of complex materials. His interdisciplinary approach stems from his background in Solid State Chemistry at Cornell University and the Max Planck Institute for solid state research, Applied Physics at Stanford University and thermoelectric materials & device engineering at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
  Tiejun Zhu, Zhejiang University, China
  Tentative Title: The Real Origin of Donor-like Effect in Bismuth-telluride-based Thermoelectric Materials
  Brief Bio: Prof. T.J. Zhu is the Dean of Materials Science and Engineering at
Zhejiang University. He obtained his Ph.D degree from Zhejiang University in 2001. He was a research fellow in Singapore-MIT Alliance from 2002 to 2004, and a visiting scientist in California Institute of Technology in 2011. He has been a faculty member in Zhejiang University since 2004. His current research is on the advanced fabrication techniques, microstructure and transport mechanisms of high efficiency thermoelectric materials.
  Juri Grin, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Germany
  Tentative Title: Anisotropy of chemical bonding and thermoelectric properties of materials
  Brief Bio: Born 1955 in Lviv (Lemberg, Ukraine). Study of chemistry and doctorate
Lemberg University, Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (since 2001).
  Qingyu Yan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  Tentative Title: Achieving Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance in Multi-phase Materials
  Brief Bio: Qingyu Yan is currently a professor in School of Materials Science and
Engineering in Nanyang Technology University. He obtained his BS in Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University. He finished his PhD from Materials Science and Engineering Department of State University of New York at Stony Brook. After that, He joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a postdoctoral research associate. He joined School of Materials Science and Engineering of Nanyang Technological University as an assistant professor in early 2008 and became a Professor in 2018. His research is mainly focsed on the area: (1) battery development; (2) electronic waste recycling, (3) thermoelectric materials and (3) electrocatalytic process for energy conversion.
  Woochul Kim, Yonsei University, South Korea
  Tentative Title: Operating Wearable Sensors and Actuators Based on Body Heat Harvesting for Type 1 Diabetes
  Brief Bio: Prof. Woochul Kim received his Ph.D. at U. C. Berkeley in 2005.
He has been in Yonsei University since 2007. He was an associated dean for research in college of engineering and was a consulting professor at LG Innotek. He is the recipient of best engineering professor at Yonsei University in 2023, the Prime Minister's Award in Nanotechnology Research Innovation in 2017, Young Thermal Engineer Award by KSME in 2013, KSTP TPP Award in 2015 and KSTP Research Excellence Award in 2013 (Korean Society of Thermophysical Properties). His research expertise lies on nanoscale thermal transport. For an application field, he is working on thermoelectric.
  Zhigang Chen, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  Tentative Title: Flexible Thermoelectric Materials and Devices for Sustainable Energy and Refrigeration
  Brief Bio: Zhi-Gang Chen is currently a Professor of Energy Materials in Queensland
University of Technology (QUT). He received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science, in 2008. His research concentrates on smart functional materials for thermoelectrics and nanoelectronics from synthesizing materials to understanding their underlying physics and chemistry. He has attracted a number of competitive grants to support his research, including one prestigious UQ postdoctoral fellowship (2009), ARC APD Fellowship (2009), ARC Future Fellowship (2022), five ARC Discovery Grants, one ARC Research hub, four ARC Linkage Grants, four ARC LIEF Grants, >10 Industry Investments (eight as sole CI), two Queensland Smart Futures Funds (sole CI), and >10 University Grants (six UQ as sole CI; three USQ as sole CI; and one QUT Capacity Building Professor Program as sole CI ($3M) for a total of ~A$20,000,000.
  Jingfeng Li, Tsinghua University, China
  Tentative Title: Thermoelectric Performance Enhancement by Lattice Defect Engineering
  Brief Bio: Jingfeng Li is currently a professor in the School of Materials
Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University; Foreign Member of the Japan Academy of Engineering; Distinguished Changjiang Scholar Professor; National Outstanding Youth Science Foundation Awardee; Deputy Director of the Tsinghua University-Toyota Research Center; Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Academic Committee; Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Materiomics; Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Chinese Ceramic Society; Fellow of the American Ceramic Society; Director of the International Thermoelectric Society; Executive Director of the Chinese Ceramic Society; Vice Chairman of the Micro-Nano Technology Branch of the Chinese Ceramic Society; Vice Chairman of the Thin Films and Coatings Branch of the Chinese Ceramic Society; Committee Member and Symposium Chair of the IEEE Ferroelectrics Committee; Chairman of the Thermoelectric Materials and Applications Branch of the Chinese Materials Research Society (2018-2020).
  Yuanhua Lin, Tsinghua University, China
  Tentative Title: High-performance layered oxygen-containing thermoelectric materials
  Brief Bio: Professor Yuanhua Lin currently serves as the Dean of the School of
Materials Science and Engineering at Tsinghua University. He is primarily engaged in research on oxide dielectric ceramics and thin film materials for energy storage, as well as high-performance thermoelectric materials and devices for temperature difference power generation. He has published over 200 SCI papers and has garnered an H-index of 78. He has received prestigious awards and honors including the Changjiang Scholar Professorship by the Ministry of Education (2013), the National Outstanding Youth Science Foundation (2010), and the Youth Science Award from the Chinese Ceramic Society (2007). He currently holds academic positions as a Council Member of the Chinese Materials Research Society, a Council Member of the Thermoelectric Materials and Applications Branch, and a Council Member of the Special Ceramics Branch of the Chinese Ceramic Society.
  Lidong Zhao, Beihang University, China
  Tentative Title: Wide bandgap thermoelectrics
  Brief Bio: Li Dong Zhao is currently a professor at Beihang University.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Beijing University of Science and Technology. He has received several prestigious honors and awards since 2014, including the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, the Beijing Model of Ethical Teacher, the Young Scientist Award from the International Thermoelectric Society, the Beijing Outstanding Youth, the Changjiang Scholar Professorship appointed by the Ministry of Education, the National Outstanding Youth, the Science Exploration Award, and the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher (2019-2022). His main research interests lie in the development of wide-temperature-range and high-efficiency thermoelectric materials by resolving the contradiction between anisotropic thermal and electrical transport. He has published over 290 research papers, which have been cited over 30,000 times. Currently, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Materials Lab."
  Jingkun Xu, East China University of Technology, China
  Tentative Title: Structure Design for Optimizing Thermoelectric Performance of MXene-based Flexible films
  Brief Bio: Jingkun Xu, holding a Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University,
currently serves as the President of East China University of Technology. He has been recognized as one of the top 2% distinguished scientists globally in the "Lifetime Scientific Impact Rankings (1960-2022)". His main research focuses on the design, synthesis, and functional construction of conductive polymers, as well as organic/inorganic composite materials. He has successfully led ten national-level projects, including the National Key R&D Program and the National Natural Science Foundation.
  Wenyu Zhao, Wuhan University of Technology, China
  Tentative Title: Research Progress in Developing Thermoelectromagnetic Cooling Technique
  Brief Bio: to be submitted
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  Xiaoyuan Zhou, Chongqing University, China
  Tentative Title: Magnetism-enhanced Thermoelectric Performance
  Brief Bio: Xiaoyuan Zhou is now a professor and doctoral supervisor in
Chongqing University. She is the director of the Analysis and Testing Center and the deputy director of the Center of Quantum Materials and Devices. She focuses on solving the key and fundamental scientific problems in low-dimensional and Mg-based energy materials. Prof. Zhou has published over 120 papers as a first/corresponding author in SCI journals including Nat. Commun., Energy Environ. Sci., and Adv. Mater., which have received a total of 7000 citations from others, with an H-index of 40. She got the National Natural Science Fund for distinguished young scholars, awarded the First Prize of Science and Technology Award of China Association for Instrumental Analysis, and got the First Prize of Chongqing Natural Science Award. She works as editorial board for journals such as Sci. China Mater., J. Anal. Test., and Rare Metals.

Invited Speakers

  Lei Miao, Guangxi University, China
  Tentative Title: Persistently Self-powered Wearable Thermoelectric Generator
  Yue Chen, The University of Hong Kong, China
  Tentative Title: A computational Study of Unconventional Lattice Thermal Transport in Crystals with Complex Structures
  Dongyan Xu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  Tentative Title: Advanced Energy Materials and Devices for Low-grade Heat Harvesting and Flexible Thermal Sensing
  Pengfei Qiu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  Tentative Title: P-type Inorganic Ductile Thermoelectric Materials
  Min Hong, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  Tentative Title: Reinforcing Phonon Scatterings to Enhance zT
  Yubo Luo, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  Tentative Title: High Thermoelectric Performance from Nanotwinned Materials
  Biao Xu, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China
  Tentative Title: Solution-synthesized Thermoelectric Materials and Devices
  Weishu Liu, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
  Tentative Title: New Application of Thermoelectrics: Thermoregulating for E-skin
  Zhongzhen Luo, Fuzhou University, China
  Tentative Title: High performance N-type PbQ (Q = Te, Se and S) Thermoelectric Materials
  Jiawei Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  Tentative Title: Probing Structural Disorder and Anharmonic Phonons in a Chain-like Thermoelectric Using Synchrotron and Neutron Techniques
  Zihang Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  Tentative Title: Highly Efficient Thermoelectric Cooling Performance of Ultrafine-Grained and Nanoporous Materials
  Michitaka Ohtaki, Kyushu University, Japan
  Tentative Title: Optimizing Carrier Concentration toward Improved ZT on Metallic W18O49 with Inherently Low Lattice Thermal Conductivity
  Kei Hayashi, Tohoku University, Japan
  Tentative Title: Defect Engineering to Develop Highly-Efficient Thermoelectric Single Crystals
  Junphil Hwang, Korea Construction Equipment Technology Institute, Korea
  Tentative Title: Enhancement of Thermoelectric Energy Conversion by Embedding Magnetic Nanostructure
  Ady Suwardi, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore
  Tentative Title: Non-equilibrium Strategy for Enhancing Thermoelectric Properties and Improving Stability of AgSbTe2
  Sunmi Shin, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  Tentative Title: High Performance Thermoelectric Devices Towards Compact and Local Cooling Applications
  Hao Yin, TEGnology, Denmark
  Tentative Title: Dilemma and Opportunities: A Review on Industrial-scale Applications of Termoelectric Power Generation
  Tianqi Deng, Zhejiang University, China
  Tentative Title: Computational Survey of the Charge Carrier Scattering Mechanisms in Semiconductors for Thermoelectric Applications