Thermoelectrics, the direct conversion of heat fluxes to electric energy and vice versa, has become a major field, where materials science innovation can improve energy conversion efficiency. The perspectives offered by new thermoelectric materials have also stimulated a different thinking about the application spectrum of thermoelectrics and the attempt to make thermoelectrics sustainable. It requires a complex system analysis in order to decide, where the cost/efficiency trade-off for a thermoelectric system is. Thus, thermoelectrics is a very interdisciplinary field.

Such an interdisciplinary look on thermoelectrics cannot be provided within a traditional field of study, like chemistry, physics or electrical engineering alone. Young researchers therefore usually lack a comprehensive background of all the facets in this field – a barrier that they have to overcome by self-study in the beginning of their project work. This school is an ideal instrument for the interdisciplinary and international training of young academics (PhD students and postdocs). It provides an interdisciplinary environment for the young academics for discussion and exchange of knowledge with internationally distinguished experts from the field. The basic program is of tutorial character, which is the essential difference to a common scientific conference, where only the most recent research results are presented. Here, the focus is more on the overview, concepts, and on the look beyond the traditional limits of research disciplines.

The school will be organized by international accepted experts in thermoelectrics from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). With the Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE) and the research building NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum (NETZ), where thermoelectrics are a major topic, the UDE provides ideal scientific framework. The school takes places from October 5 till 8, 2015, in “Sportschule Wedau” in Duisburg (Germany).

AST 2015 Participants