High Performance Thermoelectric Materials: Progress and Their Applications

Yang, Lei and Chen, Zhi-Gang ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9309-7993 and Dargusch, Matthew S. and Zou, Jin (2018) High Performance Thermoelectric Materials: Progress and Their Applications. Advanced Energy Materials, 8 (6):1701797. pp. 1-28. ISSN 1614-6832


Abstract

Thermoelectric (TE) materials have the capability of converting heat into electricity, which can improve fuel efficiency, as well as providing robust alternative energy supply in multiple applications by collecting wasted heat, and therefore, assisting in finding new energy solutions. In order to construct high performance TE devices, superior TE materials have to be targeted via various strategies. The development of high performance TE devices can broaden the market of TE application and eventually boost the enthusiasm of TE material research. This review focuses on major novel strategies to achieve high-performance TE materials and their applications. Manipulating the carrier concentration and band structures of materials are effective in optimizing the electrical transport properties, while nanostructure engineering and defect engineering can greatly reduce the thermal conductivity approaching the amorphous limit. Currently, TE devices are utilized to generate power in remote missions, solar–thermal systems, implantable or/wearable devices, the automotive industry, and many other fields; they are also serving as temperature sensors and controllers or even gas sensors. The future tendency is to synergistically optimize and integrate all the effective factors to further improve the TE performance, so that highly efficient TE materials and devices can be more beneficial to daily lives.


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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 02:44
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 04:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: applications, devices, energy conversion, high performance, thermoelectric materials
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/10.1002/aenm.201701797
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48504

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