Maximum performance in self-compatible thermoelectric elements

W. Seifert*, V. Pluschke, C. Goupil, K. Zabrocki, E. Müller, G. J. Snyder

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Within the framework of a new optimization strategy based on self-compatible thermoelectric elements, the ability to reach maximum performance is discussed. For the efficiency of a thermogenerator and the coefficient of performance of a Peltier cooler, the constraint zT = k o = const. turned out to provide a suitable criterion for judging maximum performance. In this paper ko is calculated as an average of the temperature dependent figure of merit z T.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1933-1939
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 14 2011


  • Thermoelectricity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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