Symposia & Program

A-5 Thermoelectric materials for sustainable development – ACT2017 (AAT) (3rd Bilateral MRS-J/E-MRS symposium) Featuring: 2nd AAT Summer School on thermoelectrics
Satellite symposium <Advanced Materials and Principles to Develop Viable Thermoelectrics & Effective Thermal Management> Sept 1,2, NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan



Prof. Paolo Mele Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. Dario Narducci University Milano Bicocca, Italy


Dr. Michihiro Ohta AIST Tsukuba, Japan
Prof. Kaniskha Biswas Jawarharlal Nehru Centre Bangalore, India


Prof. Takao Mori (AAT) NIMS Tsukuba, Japan
Prof. Michitaka Ohtaki (AAT) Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
Prof. Koji Miyazaki Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu, Japan
Prof. Tsunehiro Takeuchi Toyota Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Ryoji Funahashi (AAT) AIST Nagoya, Japan
Prof. Hiroaki Nishikawa Kindai University, Japan
Prof. Tamio Endo Mie University, Japan
Prof. Franck Gascoin CRISMAT-ENSI Caen, France
Prof. Lidong Chen (AAT) Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China
Prof. Wonseon Seo (AAT) Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering Technology, Korea
Prof. Van Nong Ngo Technical Uiniversity of Denmark
Prof. Juan Ramón Morante IREC, Barcelona, Spain


Thermoelectric materials are able to directly convert thermal energy wasted in plants, car engines, etc. into electrical energy. This feature is considered as highly promising to reduce mankind’s dependence on nuclear power and fossil fuels, and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. However, the path for practical applications of thermoelectrics appears still long.
This symposium aims to bridge the gap between materials science and applications of thermoelectric materials.
This symposium will be partially supported by AAT (Asian Association of Thermoelectrics) in promotion of cooperation between thermoelectric researchers in Asia. The 2017 edition of ACT (Asian Conference on Thermoelectrics) is held in conjunction with this symposium.
The symposium will be endorsed by THO (Team Harmonized Oxides, Japan) and AIT (Italian Thermoelectric Society).
A one-day intensive school on material science and engineering of thermoelectrics will be organized by AAT as a pre-conference event of IUMRS-ICAM 2017 in Kyoto on August 27, 2017.
Satellite workshop on “Advanced Materials and Principles to Develop Viable Thermoelectrics & Effective Thermal Management” will be held on Sept. 1,2 2017 at NIMS Tsukuba, Japan.


Topics will include, but are not limited to:

1. New thermoelectric compounds
2. Correlation between material structure and thermoelectric properties
3. Bulk thermoelectric ceramics, oxides and chalcogenides
4. Bulk thermoelectric alloys and intermetallics
5. Organic and polymeric thermoelectrics
6. Thermoelectric thin films, multilayers and nanocomposites
7. Theory and modelling
8. Thermal transport and thermal conductivity
9. Applications and devices based on thermoelectric materials
10. Standardization and metrology

Keynote Speakers & Invited Speakers


Announcement and schedule of 2nd AAT Summer School

The materials science and engineering of thermoelectricity play key roles in realizing high-efficiency direct heat-to-electricity conversion.
Following the success of first edition of 2016 in Wuhan (in the framework of ICT2016) this second edition of thermoelectric summer school will be organized by the Asian Association of Thermoelectrics (AAT) as a pre-conference event of Symposium A5 at IUMRS-ICAM 2017 in Kyoto.
The aim of the school is to provide both beginners and younger researchers with a short course on basic science and technologies of thermoelectricity. This tutorial will broadly cover theories on electrical/thermal transports, new phenomena/concepts, and also address designing devices and systems for practical applications.
All students, younger researchers, and beginners under the auspice of AAT are encouraged to apply for the slots allotted to each thermoelectric body society in China, Japan, and Korea (20 slots each). The extra slots (about 20) will be booked on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Time August 27, 2017, 13:00-17:30
Location Kyoto University, Yoshida Campus, Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS) building, 3rd floor, room 31
Registration fee Free for students and researchers from universities and public organizations
Total capacity around 80 slots
Application send e-mail to Paolo Mele (Muroran IT, Japan, pmele@mmm.muroran-it.ac.jp) or one of the organizers
Organizers Lidong Chen (Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, CAS, China, cld@mail.sic.ac.cn) ;
Takao Mori (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, MORI.Takao@nims.go.jp) ;
Wonseon Seo (Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering Technology, Korea, wsseo@kicet.re.kr)
Topics 13:00−14:05
Theoretical Considerations for Enhancing Thermoelectric Properties
Yukari Katsura (Univ. Tokyo, Japan)
Novel Concepts
Jong-Soo Rhyee (Kyung Hee University, South Korea)
10 minutes break
Processing of Advanced Thermoelectric Materials
Jing-Feng Li (Tsinghua University, China)
Applicative Issues for Thermoelectrics
Woosuck Shin (AIST, Japan)

Satellite workshop

Satellite workshop of symposium A-5 will be held in NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan on Sept. 1 and 2. Topic of symposium is <Advanced Materials and Principles to Develop Viable Thermoelectrics & Effective Thermal Management>. Please refer to the poster for details on venue, registration and program.