Innovative Training Networks (ITN) H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 955837.

About Horates

About Horates
A new international doctoral programme in materials science – coordinated by Heidelberg University – is receiving approximately four million euros in funding from the European Union. The project will focus on the development of organic materials suitable for converting unused waste heat into electricity. 15 young scientists will conduct research on this topic and work on their PhD projects. Besides Ruperto Carola, other participants in the four-year interdisciplinary programme entitled “Hybrid and ORgAnic ThermoElectricSystems” (HORATES) include universities, research centres, and companies in Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, and France. Prof. Dr Martijn Kemerink of the Centre for Advanced Materials, the materials science research centre of Heidelberg University, is the programme’s spokesperson.
Waste heat from technical devices and even heat given off by living beings is a ubiquitous source of energy and can be harnessed to produce electricity. One possible application is powering small sensors. “We intend to use a mechanism known as the thermoelectric effect to convert the energy, whereby a difference in temperature can be transformed into electrical energy,” explains Prof. Kemerink. Until now, inorganic materials have been used for converting and storing energy. Under the direction of the Heidelberg physicist, the international PhD programme will concentrate on developing organic materials, whose greater mechanical flexibility and low thermal conductivity make them potentially more efficient performers than conventional inorganic materials.
According to Prof. Kemerink, the current state of technology in organic thermoelectrics is not yet far enough for market-ready applications. “For thermoelectric generators, we will explore the properties and processing of newly developed organic materials and then use them in demonstrator devices.” The doctoral candidates will work through the full chain of organic thermoelectrics, from molecular design and chemical synthesis to device development, including theoretical modelling. The structured programme for 15 doctoral candidates, two of whom will be conducting research at Heidelberg University, is organised under the auspices of an innovative training network with scientific and practical experts serving as advisors. Work is scheduled to start in early 2021. Funding is being provided within the framework of “Horizon 2020”, the research and innovation funding programme of the European Union.


Prof. Martijn Kemerink, Prof. Jana Zaumseil

Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany

Dr Mario Caironi

Italian Institute of Technology

Prof. Christian Müller

Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden

Prof. Mariano Campoy Quiles, Dr Riccardo Rurali


Prof. Xavier Crispin, Dr Simone Fabiano, Prof. Igor Zozoulenko

Linkopings Universiteit

Prof. L.J.A. Koster

Rijksuniversiteit Gröningen

Prof. M. Sommer

Technical University of Chemnitz

Dr M. Brinkmann

CNRS - University of Strasbourg


Dr A. Moya Lara, Dr C. Delgado, Dr P. Lacharmoise


Prof. W. Kowalsky and Dr C. Melzer

Innovation Lab

Dr B. M. Mihiretie, Dr J. Gustavsson

Hot Disk AB

Johanneberg Science Park Chalmers University of Technology

General informations

  • University of Heidelberg
  • Mrs Henna Tuikka-Graf, Project Administration

Young Talents


OTEGs fabricated by scalable printing techniques

InnovationLab GmbH Speyerer Straße 4 69115 Heidelberg Germany e-mail: irene.brunetti@innovationlab.de

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DASH Aditya

Model development and validation for hybrid and organic thermoelectric

Centre for Advanced Materials Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Im Neuenheimer Feld 225, room 02.101 D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany Email address:- aditya.dash@uni-heidelberg.de

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FERRARI Frederico

Investigating the electronic structure and figures of merit of novel thermoelectric material

Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials Nijenborgh 4 9747 AG Groningen Room: 5118.0017 Mail: f.ferrari@rug.nl Telephone: +39 3476787200

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FLORIS Paolo Sebastiano

impact of doping on the thermal properties of polymeric films

CSIC, ICMAB, 08193 Bellaterra Campus de la UAB Barcelona, Spain e-mail: pfloris@icmab.es

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GRAIGHERO Mariavittoria

Processing and Doping of Polymer Thin Films and Bulk Materials

Chalmers University Kemigården 4, 412 58 Göteborg, Sweden Email address: marcra@chalmers.se Chemistry Building (kurshuset), floor 8

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GUCHAIT Shubhradip

Orientation, structural control and doping mechanism of polymer semiconductor for thermoelectric applications

Institut Charles Sadron, CNRS, UPR22, 23 rue du Loess, BP 84047, 67034, Strasbourg Cedex 2, Office no- G109, Telephone- 0388414118, email- guchaitshubhradip@gmail.com

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GUO Jiali

dvanced characterization of the thermoelectric properties of organic systems

Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Room M 3.07, Spain. E-mail: jialiguo@icmab.es Telephone:+34605387074.

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Fabrication and Characterization of Hybrid Thermoelectrics

Heidelberg University, Institute for Physical Chemistry, Im Neuenheimer Feld 253, office 317, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany angus.hawkey@pci.uni-heidelberg.de

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Synthesis and solution processing of novel p-type conjugated polymers

Chalmers University Kemigården 4, Kemi building, Room 8152 412 58 Göteborg, Sweden Email address: kimpel@chalmers.se

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LI Qifan

Design and synthesis of n-type conjugated polymers for organic thermoelectric generators

Linköping University, Bredgatan 33, 602 21 Norrköping. Sweden E-mail address: qifan.li@liu.se

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PATAKI Nathan James

Design, fabrication and characterization of stable and efficient micro-organic thermoelectric generators (micro-OTEGs)

Center for Nano Science and Technology@PoliMi Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Via Pascoli 70/3 Milano 20133, Italy

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Synthesis of n-type and p-type polymers for thermoelectric applications

Technical University of Chemnitz Chemistry Department Chemnitz, Germany e-mail: diego.ropero-hinojosa@chemie.tu-chemnitz.de

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Computational simulation, and modelling of novel organic thermoelectric materials

Laboratory of Organic Electronics, ITN Linköping University Phone: +46 (0)11-36 31 89 Mobile: +46 (0)70 149 91 86 Visiting address: 601 74, Norrköping najmeh.zahabi@liu.se

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ZENG Zijin

Novel methods for determination of thermal transport properties in organics

Hot Disk AB, Sven Hultins gata 9A SE-412 88, Gothenburg, Sweden e-mail:zijin@chalmers.se

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Past Events

HOARATES Workshop25 Oct 2021Online Event
NanoGe Fall meeting 202118 Oct 2021Online Event
E-MRS Spring meeting, Symposia C31 May 2021Online Event
Kick off meeting16 Mar 2021Online Event


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