Docentship lecture: "Thermoelectric effect, an infamous idea to use as a cooking plate"

  • Date:
  • Location: Zoom (see link below)
  • Lecturer: Dr.-Eng. Bilen Emek Abali
  • Organiser: Institutionen för materialvetenskap
  • Contact person: B. Emek Abali
  • Docentföreläsning

The Department of Material Science and Engineering hereby invite all interested to a Docentship lecture in the subject Applied Mechanics.


Metals conduct electricity, for example a copper wire transfers music from laptop to  headphones. Metals conduct heat as well, the pan for cooking transfers the heat energy from the oven to the food. These phenomena are often explained in different courses inengineering science, so electricity and thermodynamics are seen unrelated. In this short lecture, a brief introduction will be given about the so-called thermoelectric effect. This effect is the coupling between heat flux and electric current. Technically, we may use electric energy to create heat flux. It sounds like we may revolutionize the electric burners, not quite accurate; we will experience the pros and cons of the thermoelectric effect. Also we will understand the basic mathematics behind that multiphysics problem.

The lecture is an obligatory teaching test for those applying for admittance as docent and it should be possible for students and others with basic academic education in the relevant field to follow it. The lecture will last for 40-45 minutes and afterwards the audience may ask questions. The lecture will be given in English.

Chairperson: professor Per Isaksson
Representative of the Docentship Committee: professor Jan Isberg

Welcome to join via Zoom!
Meeting ID: 615 6912 2485