ME 6950 Thermoelectrics II (Physics and Materials)
SUM II 2017
June 29 - August 18

Course Description: Thermoelectric Materials covers the fundamental theories for thermoelectric bulk and nanostructured materials. The fundamental theories include physics of electrons and phonons, thermoelectric transport properties such as the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and electronic and lattice thermal conductivity. The theoretical model discusses nonparabolic two-band Kane model for electrons and phonons. Nanostructure includes nanocomposites, two-dimensional and one-dimensional nanostructures. This course also practices mathematical modeling and optimization using Mathcad. (3 credit).

Course objectives: To learn the basic principles of of thermoelectric physics and materials and to experience state-of-the-art technologies in the fields.

Pre-requisites:      ME5500 Advanced Engineering Materials

Instructor:             Professor HoSung Lee
Office:      Room G216, Parkview
:      269) 276-3429
Lecture hours: Mon. and Wed., 4:00 PM 6:50 PM Room F210

Office hours: Mon. and Wed. 3:00- 4:00 PM Room G216

Textbook: Thermoelectrics: Design and Materials- by HoSung Lee, 2017, Wiley, ISBN 978-1-118-84895-1
Reference Book: Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion, by Gang Chen, Oxford, 2005, Thermoelectrics: Basic Principles and New Materials Development, by G.S. Nolas, J. Sharp, H.J. Goldsmid, Springer, 2001 and
Introduction to Thermoelectricity, by H. Hulian Goldsmid, Springer, 2010

Homework & Computer Assignments                                                  25%
Quizzes                                                                                                25%
Midterm                                                                                              25%
Final Design
Project and Presentation (Mon. 8/14)                               25%

Grading Scale:             
90.0%-100.0%    =A         
85.0%-90.0%      =BA       
80.0%- 85.0%     =B          
75.0%-80.0%      =CB       
70.0%-75.0%      =C          
65.0%-70.0%      =DC       
60.0%-65.0%      =D         
0.0%-60.0%         =E

Homework and computer assignments:: Homework and computer work will be assigned in class. No late homework will be accepted. No homework solutions will be posted.
Design Project: One design project will be conducted individually with an oral presentation and a written report.


Chapter 9 Crystal Structure
Chapter 10 Physics of Electrons
Chapter 11 Density of States and Fermi Energy
Chapter 12 Thermoelectric Transport Properties
Chapter 13 Phonons
Chapter 14 Low-Dimensional Nanostructures
Chapter 15 Generic Model of Bulk Silicon and Nanostructures
Chapter 16 Theoretical Model of Thermoelectric Transport Properties


Note: You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate (pp. 268-270) [Graduate (pp. 24-26)] Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.