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Advanced Thermoelectrics

Materials, Contacts, Devices, and Systems

Edited by: Zhifeng Ren , Yucheng Lan , Qinyong Zhang

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498765725
eBook ISBN: 9781315153766
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This book provides an overview on nanostructured thermoelectric materials and devices, covering fundamental concepts, synthesis techniques, device contacts and stability, and potential applications, especially in waste heat recovery and solar energy conversion. The contents focus on thermoelectric devices made from nanomaterials with high thermoelectric efficiency for use in large scale to generate megawatts electricity.

  • Covers the latest discoveries, methods, technologies in materials, contacts, modules, and systems for thermoelectricity.
  • Addresses practical details of how to improve the efficiency and power output of a generator by optimizing contacts and electrical conductivity.
  • Gives tips on how to realize a realistic and usable device or module with attention to large scale industry synthesis and product development.

Prof. Zhifeng Ren is M. D. Anderson Professor in the Department of Physics and the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston.

Prof. Yucheng Lan is an associate professor in Morgan State University.

Prof. Qinyong Zhang is a professor in the Center for Advanced Materials and Energy at Xihua University of China.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction to Thermoelectric Materials, Contacts, Devices, and Systems Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Materials Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Materials for Near-Room Temperatures Download PDF
Chapter  4:  IV–VI Compounds for Medium Temperatures Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Thermoelectric Sb-Based Skutterudites for Medium Temperatures Download PDF
Chapter  6:  MgB for Medium Temperatures Download PDF
Chapter  7:  CaYbMgBi and CaYbZnSb-Related 1–2–2 Zintl Phases Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Half-Heuslers for High Temperatures Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Silicon–Germanium Alloys Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Other Thermoelectric Materials Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Engineering of Materials Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Simulation of Phonons Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Reliable Prediction of Efficiency and Output Power and Balance between Materials and Devices in Thermoelectric Power Generators Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Mechanical Properties of Thermoelectric Materials Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Contact for BiTe-Based Thermoelectric Leg Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Contacts for Skutterudites Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Contacts for PbTe Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Bismuth Telluride Modules Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Half-Heusler Modules Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Silicide Modules Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Oxide Modules Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Solar Thermoelectric Power Generators Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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