Dr. Jeffrey Snyder from California Institute of Technology took an academic visiting to the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC) on October 18th and gave an academic report entitled Complex Thermoelectric Materials.
Jeff Snyder Is a Faculty Associate in the Materials Science Department at Caltech and a Visiting Professor at ITMO University Saint Petersburg, Wuhan University of Technology and the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics - Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the thermoelectrics group at JPL for 9 years (1997-2006). He received his B.S. in physics, chemistry and mathematics at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University (1997) where he was a Hertz Fellow. His research interests include Solid State Chemistry, Physics and Engineering of thermoelectric and other energy materials. His current research focuses on Thermoelectric Materials and Engineering of Thermoelectric Devices. Since joining JPL/Caltech in 1997, Dr. Snyder has been investigating novel thermoelectric materials including antimonide Zintl phases, such as Yb14MnSb11 and Zn4Sb3, Band Structure Engineering of thermoelectrics, Liquid-Like thermoelectric materials and nanostructured thermoelectric composites. He has developed capabilities for high temperature transport properties measurements of bulk materials. He has implemented novel empirical and analytical models for efficient power generation and spot cooling for both bulk and thin film devices. He has designed and tested elecrochemical MEMS micro-thermoelectric devices, portable power sources and energy harvesting systems for terrestrial and space applications. He has also participated as a consultant on a number of thermoelectric projects. Dr. Snyder has over 200 publications on thermoelectric materials, devices and applications. Dr. Snyder is a board member and Treasurer for the International Thermoelectric Society, organizer of the Materials Research Lectures at Caltech, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly Pomona teaching MTE208 Electronic Materials.