Thermoelectric coolers as thermal management systems for medical applications: Design, optimization, and advancement

Zaferani, Sadeq Hooshmand and Sams, Michael W. and Ghomashchi, Reza and Chen, Zhi-Gang ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9309-7993 (2021) Thermoelectric coolers as thermal management systems for medical applications: Design, optimization, and advancement. Nano Energy, 90 (Part A):106572. pp. 1-19. ISSN 2211-2855


Abstract

Compared with traditional cooling techniques, thermoelectric coolers have drawn massive attention for small-scale cooling applications, particularly in medical practices. Thermoelectric coolers offer the benefits of having more environmentally friendly systems, a silent and robust structure, and reliable temperature control. Considering the recent rapid developments in this field, this article comprehensively reviews thermoelectric refrigerators for thermal management systems in medical practices, such as cooling carriers and wearable medical devices. Thermal optimization of thermoelectric coolers is assessed according to the available mechanisms, namely 1) using efficient thermoelectric materials, 2) designing efficient heat sink and absorption - especially applying phase change materials, and heat pipes, and 3) production methods for flexible thermoelectric devices, such as printing techniques. In the end, we point out that novel thermoelectric cooler technologies have gradually replaced traditional refrigerators due to their advantages of small size, flexibility, and pollution-free characteristics for medical applications, alongside wearable technologies.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 48492
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Files associated with this item cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 03:03
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 02:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thermoelectric coolers; Thermal management; Medical wearables
Fields of Research (2008): 10 Technology > 1007 Nanotechnology > 100708 Nanomaterials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091203 Compound Semiconductors
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401603 Compound semiconductors
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401605 Functional materials
34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3403 Macromolecular and materials chemistry > 340301 Inorganic materials (incl. nanomaterials)
40 ENGINEERING > 4018 Nanotechnology > 401807 Nanomaterials
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2021.106572
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48492

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only