Thermoelectric materials for heat recovery

SPiRIT Lecture: Friday 29.06.2018. 10:40 a.m., Campus Herrenkrug, House 14, Lecture Hall 1

In addition to applications in photovoltaics, thermoelectric materials and generators also contribute to energy savings by converting waste heat into electricity on the basis of the Seebeck effect and are considered one of the most important renewable energy technologies. Highly efficient thermoelectric materials are of particular interest due to their application potential in power generation and cooling systems. At the Applied Research Center of Thomas Jefferson Laboratories in Virginia, great progress has already been made in photovoltaic materials research. Helmut Baumgart and his team have recently successfully synthesized nanolaminates using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology on planar silicon wafers and macroporous silicon templates. This technology also significantly improves material efficiency for the recovery of electrical energy.

Professor Helmut Baumgart, who has been working in the USA since the 1980s, will present the interdisciplinary working environment for nanomaterials research at Jefferson Labs and Old Dominion University, where he has developed numerous new methods of microelectronic thin-film technology for use in renewable energies and biomedicine.

Magdeburg-Stendal University is planning its fourth Virginia Academic Spring Trip (#VAST) in March 2019, where we will visit Professor Baumgart again at Jefferson Labs. Interested students and lecturers are cordially invited to meet Helmut Baumgart and the Orga team on campus on June 27.

Professor Helmut Baumgart Virginia Microelectronics Consortium Endowed Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, and Applied Research Center at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory, Newport News, Virginia Mercator Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG)