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Thermoelectricity

Thermoelectric and Thermomagnetic Properties in Low-Dimensional and Nanoscale Materials

Heremans, J.P., Chen, G., Dresselhaus, M.S., Dresselhaus, G.

2016, 4 p.

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  • Provides a structured introduction to thermoelectricity in materials
  • Presents the use of thermoelectricity in nanoscale materials rather than the use of bulk materials in such phenomena/applications as superlattices, quantum dots and nanocomposites

Thermoelectricity describes the physics of energy conversion, from heat to electric power, and from electric power to heat or cooling power in solids.

The working fluid consists of the conduction electrons. Despite a long and distinguished history, recent developments in nanotechnologies have revolutionized the field. It was recognised in the 1990s that low-dimensional systems should result in materials with much better efficiencies than bulk materials, through low-dimensional effects on both charge carriers and lattice waves. This has been experimentally demonstrated in the early 2000s.

This book aims to be the first monograph to comprehensively describe low-dimensional thermoelectricity in a systematic manner. Following the classic format of monographs in this area, it is written so that low-dimensional effects follow naturally from the transport equations. It is aimed at professional researchers in academia and industry, and graduate students in materials engineering, applied physics and chemistry.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Thermoelectric phenomena - Thermoelectricity low-dimensional materials nanoscale materi - Thermormagnetic phenomena - Transport in nanoscale materials - kb4604

Related subjects » Materials - Nanotechnology - Optical & Electronic Materials - Special types of Materials

Table of contents 

Introduction and history

Basic Transport Equations and Phenomenological Theory

Thermoelectric Couples (to get to the concept of figure of merit)

Theory: electrons

Theory: phonons

Experimental study of actual systems

Directions for future work

Conclusions

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