Varenna TE 2019

International School of Physics “Enrico Fermi”

Course 207

“Advances in Thermoelectricity: Foundational Issues, Materials, and Nanotechnology”


The Enrico Fermi Schools are a highly prestigious series of summer schools of the Italian Physical Society with a tradition of more than 60 years and with many Nobel laureates as lecturers ( The International Schools devote special care in planning the program and produces proceedings of the school that have become classics.

The school "Advances in Thermoelectricity: Foundational Issues, Materials, and Nanotechnology” aims to provide students with a modern vision of the physics of thermoelectric phenomena. The rapid growth of the field will be displayed throughout the lectures. Moving from the thermodynamics of thermoelectricity and from the physics of transport processes, the School will offer students a path that will show how materials structure and nanostructure along with defects have been used to tailor the physical properties of advanced thermoelectrics. Special attention will also be placed on hot research areas, from spin-caloritronics to charge transport in polymers – and to a selected number of applications for heat recovery as well.

Opening of the Course: Monday, 15 July 2019 - 9.00 a.m.

Closing of the Course: Saturday, 20 July 2019 - 12.30 p.m

Arrival day: Sunday, 14 July 2019


  • Computational Design of Thermoelectrics
  • Design of thermoelectric harvesters
  • Heat conversion in hybrid solar harvesters
  • Heat transport in solids
  • Materials processing
  • Novel Inorganic Materials
  • Organic-Inorganic Intercalation Compounds
  • Physics of thermoelectric phenomena
  • Silicon and silicides
  • Spin-caloritronics
  • Tellurides
  • Thermodynamics of Thermoelectricity
  • Thermoelectricity at the nanoscale

Directors and scientific secretary


G. Jeffrey Snyder, Northwestern University, USA

Dario Narducci, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

Scientific secretary:

Carlo Fanciulli, CNR-ICMATE, Lecco, Italy