MSE Department Seminar on “Thermoelectric Transparent Thin Films”

Dear all,

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to host a seminar by Professor Carlos J. Tavares from the Physics Department of the University of Minho, Portugal (

The topic of the seminar is “Thermoelectric Transparent Thin Films”. Professor Tavares is a highly acclaimed expert in the field of thin film science and technology and will provide insights into the latest advancements in this area. All interested students, researchers, and professionals in the field of materials science and engineering are welcome to attend.

Please find below the details of the event and the short abstract.

Best regards,

Fatih Toptan

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023

Time: 11:30

Place: Engineering Faculty D Block, Seminar room (1st Floor)

Thermoelectric transparent thin films

Carlos José Tavares

Centre of Physics of Minho and Porto Universities (CF-UM-UP), University of Minho, 4804-533 Guimarães, Portugal

Thermoelectric materials are commonly used for harvesting thermal heat and converting it into electricity. The most efficient thermoelectric materials are opaque and in bulk form. For certain applications, such as windowpanes, tactile displays, and photovoltaic panels, to render these structures and devices more energetically sustainable, it is desired that the thermoelectric materials be optically transparent in the visible spectrum and able to be applied as a coating. Metal-oxide thin films, when conveniently doped, have prospects to become efficient thermoelectric materials. In this talk, the thermoelectric properties of doped zinc oxide and doped titanium dioxide thin films deposited on glass by physical vapour deposition are presented. Additionally, the local atomic structure is discussed from Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) experiments.