Nanostructured thermoelectric materials: current research and future challenge

Chen, Zhi-Gang, Han, Guang, Yang, Lei, Cheng, Lina and Zou, Jin (2012) Nanostructured thermoelectric materials: current research and future challenge. Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, 22 6: 535-549. doi:10.1016/j.pnsc.2012.11.011


Author Chen, Zhi-Gang
Han, Guang
Yang, Lei
Cheng, Lina
Zou, Jin
Title Nanostructured thermoelectric materials: current research and future challenge
Journal name Progress in Natural Science: Materials International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1002-0071
1745-5391
Publication date 2012-12
Year available 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.pnsc.2012.11.011
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 22
Issue 6
Start page 535
End page 549
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The field of thermoelectrics has long been recognized as a potentially transformative power generation technology and the field is now growing steadily due to their ability to convert heat directly into electricity and to develop cost-effective, pollution-free forms of energy conversion. Of various types of thermoelectric materials, nanostructured materials have shown the most promise for commercial use because of their extraordinary thermoelectric performances. This article aims to summarize the present progress of nanostructured thermoelectrics and intends to understand and explain the underpinnings of the innovative breakthroughs in the last decade or so. We believed that recent achievements will augur the possibility for thermoelectric power generation and cooling, and discuss several future directions which could lead to new exciting next generation of nanostructured thermoelectrics.
Keyword Nanostructured thermoelectric materials
Thermoelectrics
Power generation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 23 December 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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