Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology

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Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials

  • Yufei Liu
  • Jian He
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6178-0_59-2

Synonyms

Definition

Nanostructured thermoelectric materials are materials that contain nanoscale constituents and exhibit enhanced thermoelectric performance due to nanoscale phenomena.

Introduction

Electricity and heat are two important forms of energy; electricity remains the most convenient form of energy, while heat is an abundant but low-grade form of energy. As the simplest technology applicable to direct heat–electricity energy conversion, thermoelectricity is secured a position in the solution package of sustainable and alternative energy for mankind in the twenty-first century [1]. The study of thermoelectrics is an application-driven material-oriented fundamental research; the ultimate goal is to develop higher performance thermoelectric material for applications in power generation and heat management. The thermoelectric performance of a material is gauged by its figure of merit, ZT with \( ZT=\frac{\sigma...

Keywords

Seebeck Coefficient Thermoelectric Material Lattice Thermal Conductivity Resonant Scattering Phase Angle Shift 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyClemson UniversityClemsonUSA