Complex thermoelectric materials

G. Jeffrey Snyder*, Eric S. Toberer

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Abstract

Thermoelectric materials, which can generate electricity from waste heat or be used as solid-state Peltier coolers, could play an important role in a global sustainable energy solution. Such a development is contingent on identifying materials with higher thermoelectric effi ciency than available at present, which is a challenge owing to the confl icting combination of material traits that are required. Nevertheless, because of modern synthesis and characterization techniques, particularly for nanoscale materials, a new era of complex thermoelectric materials is approaching. We review recent advances in the fi eld, highlighting the strategies used to improve the thermopower and reduce the thermal conductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNanoscience and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationA Collection of Reviews from Nature Journals
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Pages50-59
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789814287005
ISBN (Print)9814282685, 9789814282680
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Snyder, G. J., & Toberer, E. S. (2009). Complex thermoelectric materials. In Nanoscience and Technology: A Collection of Reviews from Nature Journals (pp. 50-59). World Scientific Publishing Co.. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814287005_0006