Chemist and materials expert Rok Rudež discusses thermoelectric micro-generators. #MetaPHoDcast
ROK RUDEŽ graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School. He is a Junior Researcher at the Department for Nanostructured Materials at the Jožef Stefan Institute. His research focuses on electroceramics: thermoelectric micro-generators are screen-printed elements that generate voltage from the disparity in temperature between the two sides. It was immediately clear to me that Rok was both a researcher and a teacher, as he welcomed me to the Institute surrounded by a cloud of nitrogen fog, barely giving me a chance to greet him before demonstrating the uses of the device. In his work, he uses materials that can convert heat into electricity at temperatures as high as 500°C and above, and he believes these preliminary studies are sure to find commercial uses in the near future.
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Translated by: Urša Klinc.