Toward ideal thermoelectricity ("Towtherm")


Status: finished project
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Thermoelectricity is the ability of a device to convert a thermal gradient into electrical energy. While thermoelectric energy conversion is not seen as a real competitor for large scale clean energy production, its potential combination with other energy converter makes it an attractive technology. Moreover, it could be used when other sources of energy are not available or impractical. Improving the conversion efficiency of thermoelectric devices is a difficult problem due to the interplay between the different transport coefficients. Tremendous progress has been made in the last few years, driven between the others by the CONSOLIDER nanoTHERM which positioned Spain at the forefront of this scientific endeavour. This Red consolider builds upon the momentum within the consortium to maintain the network of collaborations and increase the visibility at international levels. We will develop common projects with two or more members of the network, internationally meetings and workshops on hot topics on the field, and the development of collaboration with European and International industries and actors.


1) Universidad del Pais Vasco-UPV/EHU (PI Roberto D’Agosta, network coordinator)
2) Fundacio Institut Catala de Nanociencia y Nanotecnologia-ICN2 (PI Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres)
3) Universidad de Valencia-UVAL (PI Andrés Cantarero)
4) Materials Science Institute of Barcelona-ICMAB (PI Juan Sebastian Reparaz)
5) Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona-UAB (PI Aitor Lopeandia)
6) Instituto de Micro y Nanotecnologia-IMN (PI Marisol Martín)


IP: Roberto D’Agosta

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