Nominees for New ITS Board Members

As provided by the Constitution of the International Thermoelectric Society  each year at the annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ITS) elections are held to fill openings on the ITS Board.  The precise number of openings to be filled each year depends on various factors and is finally determined only at the annual meeting of the ITS Board just prior to the conference.

This year at the 25th International Conference on Thermoelectrics, to be held in Vienna, Austria, August 6-10, 2006 it is anticipated that three openings will be up for election. Please take a moment now to review the five nominees listed below before the elections in Vienna

As provided by the Constitution of the International Thermoelectric Society  each year at the annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ITS) elections are held to fill openings on the ITS Board.  The precise number of openings to be filled each year depends on various factors and is finally determined only at the annual meeting of the ITS Board just prior to the conference.

This year at the 25th International Conference on Thermoelectrics, to be held in Vienna, Austria, August 6-10, 2006 it is anticipated that three openings will be up for election. Please take a moment now to review the five nominees listed below before the elections in Vienna

The list of current Board Directors can be found here.



Thierry Caillat

Thierry Caillat Team Leader, Thermoelectrics Group MS 277/207 Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, CA 91109 USA Tel: (818) 354-0407 Fax: (818) 393-6951 e-mail:thierry.caillat@jpl.nasa.gov Dr. Caillat is a senior member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1991 from the National Polytechnique Institute of Lorraine, France. He then received a National Research Council Fellowship to study new materials for thermoelectric applications at the NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. He joined the permanent staff at JPL in 1994. His primary research interests have focused on the identification and development of new thermoelectric materials and devices. In the last ten years, he has played a key role in identifying several families of promising compounds for thermoelectric applications, including skutterudites and β-Zn4Sb3-based materials. More recently, he has been involved in the development of advanced thermoelectric unicouples for both space and terrestrial applications. He is the author of over 80 publications and holds 14 US and international patents on thermoelectric materials and devices. He has organized and chaired many sessions on thermoelectrics at US and international conferences. He has been serving on the Board of the International Thermoelectric Society since 1996.

Gang Chen

Gang Chen is currently the Warren and Towneley Rohsenow Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Chen has been engaged in thermoelectrics research since 1996. He led the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Initiative Program on low dimensional thermoelectrics from 1997 to 2002. His major contributions are in the phonon transport mechanisms in superlattices and characterization of thermoelectric properties of thin films. The understanding of heat conduction mechanisms in superlattices led Dr. Chen to pursue nanocomposites as a potential approach to develop low-cost high performance thermoelectric materials. Detailed curriculum vitae of Dr. Chen can be found at http://web.mit.edu/nanoengineering/people/cv-chen.pdf. Dr. Chen served as program chair of 1999 International Conference on Thermoelectrics. If elected as a board member of ITS, Dr. Chen will continue his service to the thermoelectrics community by working with academic and industrial partners. He will promote ITS as international community for communicating ideas in thermoelectrics research. He will also promote the thermoelectrics research in other communities and nurture exchange of ideas between thermoelectrics community and other scientific and applied fields.

Mikhail I. Fedorov

Mikhail I. Fedorov was born on July, 03, 1952, Leningrad, USSR ( now St.Petersburg, Russia) After graduation from Leningrad State University as Physicist (Master of Science) he became a member of staff of A.F.Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute where he have worked up to now. Now he is a senior researcher of the Laboratory for Physics of Thermoelements. Since 1988 he was elected many times as a member of the Learned Counsil of Department of Physics of dielectrics and semiconductors of Ioffe PTI. M.I. Fedorov was the deputy of the chairman of Organizing Committee of XIV International Conference on Thermoelectrics. St.Petersburg, June 27 – 30, 1995 and a member of the Organising and Advisory Committees of a number international conferences on Thermoelectrics. His current works and fields of interest are the study of transport and optical properties of thermoelectrics and calculation, design and manufacturing of thermoelectric generators. He has been a leader of many International and Russian projects in thermoelectricity. He published more than 100 papers and inventions. The most important are: Fedorov M.I., Zaitsev V.K.. Semimetals as materials for thermoelectric generators, CRC Handbook of Thermoelectrics, 1995, N.Y., pp.321-328. Fedorov M.I., Zaitsev V.K., Eremin I.S., Kartenko N.F., Konstantinov P.P., Popov V.V., Kurisu M., Nakamoto G., Souma T. Interconnection of Iron Disilicide Crystal Structure Parameters with its Thermoelectric Properties. Proceedings of XX International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT 2001), Beijing, China, 2001, pp. 214-217 Fedorov M.I., Zaitsev V.K. Thermoelectrics of Transition Metal Silicides. Thermoelectrics Handbook. Macro to Nano, ed. by Rowe D.M. 2005, CRC. Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton London New York, pp.31-1-31-19. V.K.Zaitsev, M.I.Fedorov, E.A.Gurieva, I.S.Eremin, P.P.Konstantinov, A.Yu.Samunin, M.V.Vedernikov, Highly effective Mg2Si1-xSnx thermoelectrics, Phys. Rev. B, Vol.74, No.1, (2006) (accepted for publication) Main achievements in thermoelectricity: Theoretical base of creation of cheap thermoelements with passive leg was developed and the experimental models based on this theory were made. A domestic thermoelectric generator based on silicide materials was made and tested. Existence of optical phonon drag effect in iron disilicide was proved experimentally and theoretically. New efficient thermoelectrics with ZT>1 based on silicon compounds are elaborated.

Kunihito Koumoto

Research field (1986~): Refractory Carbide Ceramics for High-Temperature TE Applications Exploration of Novel Oxide TE Materials ITS-Related Activities: 1998 Organizer of ICT’98 held in Nagoya, Japan 1998-2001 ITS Board Director 2001-2002 Vice-President 2003-2005 President 2006 Board Director Award: 1993 Richard M. Fulrath Award (The American Ceramic Society) 2000 The Ceramic Society of Japan Award 2002 The Japan Society of Inorganic Materials Award 2005 Fellow, the American Ceramic Society 2005 The Chinese Ceramic Society Award Grant: 2002-2008 Team Leader of Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) 2002-2007 Leader of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) supported by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) 2002-2007 The 21st Century COE Program “Creation of Nature-Guided Materials Processing” supported by JSPS Affiliation: Professor Nagoya University Graduate School of Engineering Department of Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology TEL +81-52-789-3327 FAX +81-52-789-3201 e-mail koumoto@apchem.nagoya-u.ac.jp

David Michael Rowe

Professor Daid Michael Rowe (Mike) holds University of Wales BSc degrees in both Pure Mathematics and in Physics. He undertook research at Bristol University under the supervision of Professor C.F. Powell Nobel Laureate, and has a PhD. In 1987 awarded a Doctor of Science degree by University of Wales for his contributions to the development of thermoelectric semiconductor materials. His Career started in 1964 as a United Kingdom Atomic Energy Research Fellow at Harwell researching thermoelectric materials for nuclear powered pacemaker batteries, followed by successive appointments at Cardiff University to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader. In 1995 he was appointed to a University of Wales Personal Chair and in 2004 to Distinguished Research Professor In 1987, in conjunction with Professor Hubert Scherrer, DMR formed the European Thermoelectric Society of which he is Vice President. A founder member of the International Thermoelectic Society (1989) and a member of its first Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of Dr Charles Wood, he was President of the International Thermoelectric Society 1997-2001 and is currently a Board Member and its Secretary. He was a visiting Professor, under the Japan – EC Joint Research Programme at the Electro- technical Laboratory, Tsukuba, (1993) and elected to Fellowships of the Institute of Physics and of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1994. DMR’s research interests are in the preparation and characterisation of thermoelectric semiconductors and their application. During the 1970’s his efforts focused on developing high temperature materials such as lead tellurides and silicon germanium for military and space applications This resulted in a number of U.S. contracts from the army(Fort Worth ) and naval research (San Diego).In the 80’s miniaturisation was a hot topic and DMR with his student J Keilley fabricated the first silicon on sapphire thin film microgenerator which earned best application paper at the 8th ICT More recently he has collaborated with Japan researchers in the development of thermoelectric waste heat recovery. In 1992 he received a $3M research contract from NEDO which a the time was the largest individual contract awarded to the University of Wales. The outcome was 100W (e) generator powered by warm waste water which was displayed at the Kyoto World Energy Meeting on Global Warming. Forty years of research effort is embodied in more than 350 publications, which includes three books, Editorship of three international conference proceedings, and the definitive texts- ‘ CRC Handbook of Thermoelectrics’ (1995) and ‘Macro to Nano Thermoelectrics’ (2005). DMR is dedicated to thermoelectics and will continue to vigorously promote this green technology and serve the Thermoelectric Society in any way he can.