Nanostructuring of thermoelectric Mg2Si via a nonequilibrium intermediate state

Teruyuki Ikeda*, Laura Haviez, Youli Li, G. Jeffrey Snyder

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A new route to self-assembled nanocomposite thermoelectric materials is proposed. High-energy mechanical alloying brings materials into a nonequilibrium intermediate state, such as a solid solution with an extended solubility. The large driving force for the transformation to the equilibrium state leads to nanometer-scale microstructure formation, which is ideal for reducing lattice thermal conductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2350-2355
Number of pages6
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 6 2012


  • mechanical alloying
  • nanostructures
  • self-assembly
  • solid-state reactions
  • thermoelectrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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