Thermoelectric materials science and technology toward applications

Kanishka Biswas, Zhifeng Ren, Yuri Grin, Kyu Hyoung Lee, Takao Mori, Lidong Chen

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This special issue of Applied Physics Letters presents pioneering articles in the field of thermoelectric (TE) materials and devices. TE materials are pivotal in delivering one of the solutions to the global energy crisis as they can successfully convert the waste heat into a useful electrical energy. This realization compels researchers to develop high-performance, environmentally friendly and earth-abundant materials, which would be beneficial for heat to electrical energy conversion in power plants, households, automobiles, space technology, and other areas. Doping of external elements can substantially optimize the carriers, modulate the electronic structure, or affect the phonon dynamics and have a significant impact on the TE performance. Flexible TE materials have been successfully integrated into body-worn fabrics, which use heat from body to generate electricity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number070401
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Aug 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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