As there is strong demand for utilizing omnipresent waste heat, thermoelectric (TE) conversers, which convert heat into electricity, have attracted great interest. This talk shows novel TE converters based on the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), which offer favorable features such as simple structure and straightforward scaling capability. These features allow us to design flexible TE converters sheets suitable for various applications such as heat-flow sensing for thermal management.
Akihiro Kirihara obtained B. Eng. (2002) and M. Eng. (2004) from the University of Tokyo. He has belonged to NEC Corporation since 2004. He was a visiting researcher at Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern (2013-2014). Since 2014, he has also been a research member of ERATO "Spin Quantum Rectification" project at Japan Science and Technology Agency.