Van der Waals-Zeeman Colloquium

Tuesday, 11 January 2011, 16:00

Skutterudites: from ground state properties to thermoelectric applications

Prof. Ernst Bauer
Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology

Cage-forming compounds such as zeolithes, fullerenes, clathrates or skutterudites have proven to be not only of scientific but also of significant technological interest. The ability of these materials to accommodate guest filler species provides a wide range of varying physical and chemical properties.

In my talk I will focus on the family of filled skutterudites; I will show which interactions are responsible for the low temperature physics and how this knowledge helps to tailor favourable thermoelectric properties. Bulk skutterudites are presently the most promising class of new thermoelectric materials which can be used for a production at an industrial scale.