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Thermoelectrics

Fundamentals, Materials Selection, Properties, and Performance

  • N. M. Ravindra
  • Bhakti Jariwala
  • Asahel Bañobre
  • Aniket Maske

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Materials book series (BRIEFSMATERIALS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. N. M. Ravindra, Bhakti Jariwala, Asahel Bañobre, Aniket Maske
    Pages 1-5
  3. N. M. Ravindra, Bhakti Jariwala, Asahel Bañobre, Aniket Maske
    Pages 7-20
  4. N. M. Ravindra, Bhakti Jariwala, Asahel Bañobre, Aniket Maske
    Pages 21-47
  5. N. M. Ravindra, Bhakti Jariwala, Asahel Bañobre, Aniket Maske
    Pages 49-67
  6. N. M. Ravindra, Bhakti Jariwala, Asahel Bañobre, Aniket Maske
    Pages 69-89
  7. N. M. Ravindra, Bhakti Jariwala, Asahel Bañobre, Aniket Maske
    Pages 91-112
  8. N. M. Ravindra, Bhakti Jariwala, Asahel Bañobre, Aniket Maske
    Pages 113-119
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 121-126

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals and current state of the art in thermoelectrics. Addressing an audience of materials scientists and engineers, the book covers theory, materials selection, and applications, with a wide variety of case studies reflecting the most up-to-date research approaches from the past decade, from single crystal to polycrystalline form and from bulk to thin films to nano dimensions. 

The world is facing major challenges for finding alternate energy sources that can satisfy the increasing demand for energy consumption while preserving the environment. The field of thermoelectrics has long been recognized as a potential and ideal source of clean energy. However, the relatively low conversion efficiency of thermoelectric devices has prevented their utility on a large scale. 

While addressing the need for thermal management in materials, device components, and systems, thermoelectrics provides a fundamental solution to waste heat recovery and temperature control.

This book summarizes the global efforts that have been made to enhance the figure of merit of various thermoelectric materials by choosing appropriate processes and their influence on properties and performance. Because of these advances, today, thermoelectric devices are found in mainstream applications such as automobiles and power generators, as opposed to just a few years ago when they could only be used in niche applications such as in aeronautics, infrared imaging, and space. However, the continued gap between fundamental theoretical results and actual experimental data of figure of merit and performance continues to challenge the commercial applications of thermoelectrics.  This book presents both recent achievements and continuing challenges, and represents essential reading for researchers working in this area in universities, industry, and national labs.

Keywords

Chalcogenides Thermoelectrics Clean Energy Heat Clean Energy Thermo Market Trends Thermoelectrics Seeback Coefficient Semiconductors Thermoelectrics Skutterudites Thermoelectrics Thermoelectrics Clathrates Thermoelectrics Figure of Merit Thermoelectrics Fundamentals Thermoelectrics Graphene Thermoelectrics Materials Selection Thermoelectrics Properties Wiedemann-Franz Law Silicon-Germanium Alloys thermoelectrics

Authors and affiliations

  • N. M. Ravindra
    • 1
  • Bhakti Jariwala
    • 2
  • Asahel Bañobre
    • 3
  • Aniket Maske
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA
  2. 2.New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA
  3. 3.Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science & Engineering New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA
  4. 4.Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science & EngineeringNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96341-9
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96339-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96341-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-1091
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-1105
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