Rare Metals

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 257–258 | Cite as

Editorial for rare metals, special issue on advanced thermoelectric materials

  • Yan-Zhong Pei
  • Xiao-Yuan Zhou
  • Tie-Jun Zhu

As a clean energy technology to combat the global energy dilemma and the environmental problems, thermoelectrics that enable a direct conversion between heat and electricity have attracted increasing attention in recent decades. This solid-state, vibrationless technology has long been used for powering the spacecrafts of several deep-space missions and has limited commercial use in niche market, but these are now actively considered for a variety of new applications, such as the conversion of automobile exhaust heat into electricity. Meanwhile, materials research flourishes with the knowledge that significantly improves the thermoelectric efficiency for even more applications. This motivates Rare Metals to have a special issue focusing on thermoelectrics.

This special issue publishes 1 review and 11 research articles focusing on both theoretical and experimental aspects, covering both conventional and novel thermoelectric materials, including both alloys and composites. The articles in this issue are from the research groups from China, USA, Europe, Japan and Korea, the topics of which cover a variety of bulk, nano- and 3D printing techniques for material/device synthesis, both measurement and calculation for analysis, and both electronic and thermal approaches for improving the thermoelectric performance.

Research on thermoelectrics will continue to be driven by the in-depth physical understandings, the advancement in material synthesis as well as the discovery of new materials. The resulting advancements could definitely be expected to sufficiently improve thermoelectric materials, which could enable improvement in thermoelectric devices from niche applications to the mainstream of energy technologies.

This journal will continue to serve as an excellent platform for rapid publication of high-quality manuscripts in topics related to thermoelectric materials and beyond for a variety of applications. We sincerely hope that the readers will find the articles published in this special issue extremely informative, and enjoy your reading!

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© The Nonferrous Metals Society of China and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.College of PhysicsChongqing UniversityChongqingChina
  3. 3.School of Materials Science and EngineeringZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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