Design Of Materials For Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting In IoT Devices: A Materials Modelling Perspective (Energy Harvesting Europe 2017)

Dr Ivana Savic, Research Scientist
Tyndall National Institute


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Presentation Summary

Thermoelectric materials could play a critical role in powering autonomous wireless sensor networks due to their ability to convert waste heat to electricity. However, it is challenging to create efficient thermoelectric materials due to the conflicting requirements for the desired material properties (high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity). Further progress depends on the development of new material design concepts and accurate modelling tools that can predict the performance of new materials. In this talk, I will demonstrate the predictive power of our state-of-the-art modelling tools, and give examples how they can be used to guide the synthesis of new materials. I will also illustrate how we can develop new strategies to design more efficient thermoelectric materials using the insight gained from simulations.

Speaker Biography (Ivana Savic)

Dr. Ivana Savic is a Staff Researcher at the Materials Theory Group, Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland. She has 13 years of experience in the development of predictive material modelling tools and material design concepts for thermoelectric, heat management and optoelectronic applications. She has been awarded Science Foundation Ireland Starting and Principal Investigator grants to develop research activities on the theory and modelling of thermoelectric materials at the Tyndall Institute. She has published papers in leading journals, including Nature Materials, and has been an invited speaker at many international conferences.

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