Journal of Chemical Sciences

, 131:116 | Cite as

Influence of periodic table in designing solid-state metal chalcogenides for thermoelectric energy conversion

  • Ekashmi Rathore
  • Moinak Dutta
  • Kanishka BiswasEmail author
Perspective Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Special Issue on 150 years of the Periodic Table


With the apparent burgeoning energy crisis, alternative sources of energies are in a greater need for a sustainable future. Thermoelectrics which can convert waste heat arising from industries, power plants and automobiles into a usable form, electricity; have the potential to be a game-changer in this critical energy shortage. The efficiency of thermoelectric materials which is given by the figure of merit is tricky to manipulate due to the complicated interrelationships of its parameters. But with proper understanding of a material and with the aid of periodic table, one can manoeuvre the shortcomings which hinder its efficiency. In this perspective, we discuss how the properties of materials can be manipulated just by understanding the elements of the periodic table and how each element in their respective position in the periodic table influences the outcome of high performing thermoelectric material.

Graphical abstract

Thermoelectrics being an alternative clean energy solution is important in mitigating the looming energy crisis by converting waste heat into electricity. Here, we show how the periodicity of elements influences the physical properties that govern the efficiency of thermoelectric materials and help us to achieve high-performance thermoelectrics.


Periodic trends Metal chalcogenides Thermoelectrics Chemical bonding Solid state chemistry 



M.D. thanks the University Grants Commission (UGC) for funding. We thank SERB and DST for supporting the thermoelectric program in our group.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New Chemistry UnitJawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)BangaloreIndia
  2. 2.School of Advanced Materials and International Centre for Materials ScienceJawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)BangaloreIndia

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