Nanostructured thermoelectrics: The new paradigm?

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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
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 9 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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