Nanostructured thermoelectric materials: current research and future challenge

Chen, Zhi-Gang ORCID: and Han, Guang and Yang, Lei and Cheng, Lina and Zou, Jin (2012) Nanostructured thermoelectric materials: current research and future challenge. Progress in Natural Science, 22 (6). pp. 535-549. ISSN 1002-0071

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Production and hosting by Elsevier Ltd.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.

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Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 04:15
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Uncontrolled Keywords: nanostructured thermoelectric materials; power generation; thermoelectrics
Fields of Research (2008): 03 Chemical Sciences > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry > 030302 Nanochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry
Fields of Research (2020): 34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3403 Macromolecular and materials chemistry > 340399 Macromolecular and materials chemistry not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
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