Seminar announcement

Dr Ruoming Tian
School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales
Development of complex oxide-based materials for hybrid solar thermoelectric generator
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
ANU Campus, CSIT N101
The integration of thermoelectric generators onto the topping cycle of concentrated solar thermal plant provides alternative approach to enhance the efficiency of power generation. Oxide-based materials are being considered for such applications, due to its good thermal and chemical stability at high temperatures. Among them, calcium cobaltates and calcium magnates have demonstrated to be the most promising p- and n-type thermoelectric materials. A number of strategies for enhancing the material efficiency were studied through either tuning the band/phonon structure or controlling the morphology. These studies provide insights into the future development of high-efficiency solar thermoelectric generators.
Ruoming Tian received her PhD degree in the field of materials science and engineering at the University of New South Wales. She has been working there as a postdoctoral fellow since 2013. Her research interests are in the development of oxide-based thermoelectric materials via ad- vanced synthesis and characterisation techniques, including synchrotron X-ray/neutron diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy.

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