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January 27, 2014

Mtg: Nano-Justified: Why Nano Matters for Silicon Thermoelectrics

by @ 4:52 pm. Filed under ALL, NanoEngineering
 

TUESDAY February 18, 2014
SCV Nanotechnology Chapter
– silicon-based nanowires, cooling system …
Speaker: Dr. Akram Boukai, CEO and Co-Founder, Silicium Energy
Time: Registration & light lunch at 11:30 AM; Presentation at 12:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Members: $5, Non-members:$10
Place: Texas Instruments (TI) Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: sites.ieee.org/sfbanano

Nano has been an overhyped buzzword for more than a decade and yet it’s difficult to point to a product that benefits from the nanoscale.  The field of thermoelectrics, however, benefits tremendously from nanostructuring due to dissimilar length scales between heat and electron transport.  Silicon in particular has very different length scales for heat and electron transport.  Recently, silicon based thermoelectric devices that utilize a finely tuned nanostructure have delivered high performance in the lab.  This discovery culminated in the formation of Silicium Energy in 2011 with funding from Khosla Ventures.  Silicium Energy is developing next-generation thermoelectric devices with unprecedented performance designed to revolutionize markets for waste heat recovery and refrigeration.  Silicium’s platform has the potential to achieve high ZT across a wide range of temperatures at low cost.  Silicium leverages technology created at Caltech and the University of Michigan, which utilizes a “fab-less” approach for high performance thermoelectrics using off the shelf silicon wafers.

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