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Carbon and thermoelectricity

Intrigued by Prof. Dresselhaus's talk, I strayed away from the thermoelectrics symposium to attend the graphene symposium this afternoon.  I'm the last person on the planet who hasn't jumped on the carbon research bandwagon, so I don't have much of a background in the properties of CNTs and graphene.  Imagine my surprise when there was a talk about the potentially promising thermoelectric properties of graphene.  (There is great work on this being done at UC Riverside.) Combined with a talk I saw last year on the use of CNTs for thermoelectrics, this carbon in thermoelectrics thing has me intrigued.  Thanks to Jaime Grunlan ("Thermoelectric Behavior of Polymer Nanocomposites With a Segregated Network of Carbon Nanotubes") who discussed the topic with me at the poster session this evening.  It looks like I have some reading and thinking to do on this topic.

I was too wiped after the poster session to go to the student mixer, but I will be at the women in materials science breakfast bright and early tomorrow morning.  Hope to see you there!



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