Thermoelectric materials and devices

Chanyoung Kang, Hongchao Wang, Je Hyeong Bahk, Hoon Kim, Woochul Kim

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In this chapter, we have covered various topics in thermoelectrics such as transport theory, schemes to enhance thermoelectric performance, material synthesis methods, device theory and possible applications. Thermoelectric performance has been improved by using nanostructures since the 2000s. Nanostructures alleviated the interdependency between three thermoelectric properties, i.e. the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity, and they were particularly effective in reducing thermal conductivity. We also presented ways to enhance the power factor, such as the quantum confinement effect, electron filtering, band convergence and resonant levels. It is expected that combining these two technologies could lead to high performance thermoelectric materials. To realize these transport theories, various synthesis procedures have been scrutinized. Some of these efforts have been introduced in this chapter with an emphasis on the thermoelectric figure of merit dependency over crystal structures. Finally, device theory and fabrication were presented. We hope that this book chapter can significantly help scholars working in the field of thermoelectrics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHierarchical Nanostructures for Energy Devices
EditorsSeung Hwan Ko, Costas P. Grigoropoulos
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781849736282, 9781849736374, 9781849738057
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameRSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
ISSN (Print)1757-7136
ISSN (Electronic)1757-7144

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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