Properties and Applications of Thermoelectric Materials

The Search for New Materials for Thermoelectric Devices

  • Veljko Zlatić
  • Alex C. Hewson
Conference proceedings

DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-2892-1

Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. M. B. Maple, R. E. Baumbach, J. J. Hamlin, P. C. Ho, L. Shu, D. E. MacLaughlin et al.
    Pages 1-18
  3. C. Godart, A. P. Gonçalves, E. B. Lopes, B. Villeroy
    Pages 19-49
  4. A. P. Gonçalves, E. B. Lopes, E. Alves, N. P. Barradas, N. Franco, O. Rouleau et al.
    Pages 51-67
  5. W. Koshibae, S. Maekawa
    Pages 69-79
  6. N. Oeschler, S. Hartmann, U. Köhler, M. Deppe, P. Sun, F. Steglich
    Pages 81-90
  7. K. Held, R. Arita, V. I. Anisimov, K. Kuroki
    Pages 141-157
  8. M. C. Bennett, D. A. Sokolov, M. S. Kim, Y. Janssen, M. C. Aronson
    Pages 243-260
  9. C. Meingast, Q. Zhang, T. Wolf, F. Hardy, K. Grube, W. Knafo et al.
    Pages 261-266
  10. A. M. Oleś, P. Horsch
    Pages 299-324

About these proceedings

Introduction

As concerns with the efficient use of energy resources, and the minimization of environmental damage have come to the fore, there has been a renewed interest in the role that thermoelectric devices could play in generating electricity from waste heat, enabling cooling via refrigerators with no moving parts, and many other more specialized applications. The main problem in realizing this ambition is the rather low efficiency of such devices for general applications. This book deals with the proceedings of a workshop addressed that problems by reviewing the latest experimental and theoretical work on suitable materials for device applications and by exploring various strategies that might increase their efficiency.

The proceedings cover a broad range of approaches, from the experimental work of fabricating new compounds through to theoretical work in characterizing and understanding their properties. The effects of strong electron correlation, disorder, the proximity to metal-insulator transitions, the properties of layered composite materials, and the introduction of voids or cages into the structure to reduce the lattice thermal conductivity are all explored as ways of enhancing the efficiency of their use in thermoelectric devices.

Keywords

Biophysics Figure of Merit NATO Peace Physics Science Security Strong electron Correlation Sub-Series B Thermoelectric Devices composite materials dynamics metal transitions

Editors and affiliations

  • Veljko Zlatić
    • 1
  • Alex C. Hewson
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsImperial CollegeLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-2891-4
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-2892-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1874-6500