Nanostructured thermoelectrics: The new paradigm?

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Abstract

This review discusses recent developments and current research in bulk thermoelectric materials in which nanostructuring is a key aspect affecting thermoelectric performance. Systems based on PbTe, AgPbmSbTe 2+m, NaPbMSbTe2+m Bi2Te3 and Si are given particular emphasis. To date the dramatic enhancements in figure of merit in bulk nanostructured materials come from very large reductions in lattice thermal conductivity rather than improvement in power factors. A discussion of future possible strategies is aimed at enhancing the thermoelectric figure of merit of these materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)648-659
Number of pages12
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 9 2010

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Nanostructured thermoelectrics : The new paradigm? / Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

In: Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 22, No. 3, 09.02.2010, p. 648-659.

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