High-performance thermoelectrics and challenges for practical devices

Qingyu Yan, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

66 Scopus citations


Thermoelectric materials can be potentially employed in solid-state devices that harvest waste heat and convert it to electrical power, thereby improving the efficiency of fuel utilization. The spectacular increases in the efficiencies of these materials achieved over the past decade have raised expectations regarding the use of thermoelectric generators in various energy saving and energy management applications, especially at mid to high temperature (400–900 °C). However, several important issues that prevent successful thermoelectric generator commercialization remain unresolved, in good part because of the lack of a research roadmap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-513
Number of pages11
JournalNature materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'High-performance thermoelectrics and challenges for practical devices'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this