Materials, Preparation, and Characterization in Thermoelectrics

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This book includes updated theoretical considerations which provide an insight into avenues of research most likely to result in further improvements in material performance. It details the latest techniques for the preparation of thermoelectric materials employed in energy harvesting, together with advances in the thermoelectric characterisation of nanoscale material. The book reviews the use of neutron beams to investigate phonons, whose behaviour govern the lattice thermal conductivity and includes a chapter ...

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Overview

This book includes updated theoretical considerations which provide an insight into avenues of research most likely to result in further improvements in material performance. It details the latest techniques for the preparation of thermoelectric materials employed in energy harvesting, together with advances in the thermoelectric characterisation of nanoscale material. The book reviews the use of neutron beams to investigate phonons, whose behaviour govern the lattice thermal conductivity and includes a chapter on patents.

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"The selection of topics of comprehensive and thorough, covering topics all the way from recent developments in new materials such as polymer thermoelectrics to module scale design for solar thermal applications … The writing is clear and thorough, and written at a suitable level those learning the field while still containing advanced topics for members of the thermoelectric community. … many recent developments in the field into one reference. … essential and comprehensive reference for researchers in thermoelectrics as well as for those needing a general overview of this growing field. This volume is a timely update, covering many recent developments in the field and incorporating topics important for commercialization efforts."
—Austin Minnich, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439874707
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/27/2012
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Transverse Thermoelectric Effects and Their Application; H. J. Goldsmid
Thermoelectric Induction in Power Generation: Prospects and Proposals; L. I. Anatychuk
Thermoelectric Devices as Heat Engines: Alternative Thermodynamic Cycles; L. E. Bell
Functionally Graded Thermoelectric Generator and Cooler Elements; E. Muller, K. Zabrocki, C. Goupil, G. Jeffrey Snyder, and W. Seifert
Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations in Thermoelectric Materials: Applications to the Development of New Materials; Jean-Claude Tedenac
First Principles Calculations of Electron Transport Properties in Disordered Thermoelectrics; Janusz Tobola and Laurent Chaput
New Thermoelectric Materials with Precisely Determined Electronic Structure and Phonon Dispersion; Tsunehiro Takeuchi
8 Entropy Flow in Interactive Semiconductor/Metal Nanoensembles; Dieter M. Gruen
Ab Initio
-Based Band Engineering and Rational Design of Thermoelectric Materials; Jiong Yang, Xun Shi, Wenqing Zhang, Lidong Chen, and Jihui Yang
Band Structure Guidelines for Higher Figure-of-Merit: Analytic Band Generation and Energy Filtering; Espen Flage-Larsen and Ole Martin Lovvik
Introduction to Modeling Thermoelectric Transport at High Temperatures; Andrew F. May and G. Jeffrey Snyder
The Effect of Resonant Energy Levels on the Thermoelectric Power and Thermoelectric Power Factor; Joseph P. Heremans
Graphene-Like Exfoliated Quasi-2D Thermoelectric Crystals; Alexander A. Balandin
14 The Bottom-Up Approach to Bulk Thermoelectric Materials with Nanoscale Domains; Anuja Datta, Adrian Popescu, Lilia Woods, and George S. Nolas
Surface and Interface Effects on Thermoelectric Behavior in Crystalline Nanowires; Frederic Sansoz

MATERIALS PREPARATION AND MEASUREMENT
High-Performance Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials Prepared by Melt Spinning and Spark Plasma Sintering; Xinfeng Tang, Wenjie Xie, Han Li, Baoli Du, Qingjie Zhang, Terry M. Tritt, and Ctirad Uher
Fabrication Routes for Nanostructured TE Material Architectures; Muhammet S. Toprak, Shanghua Li, and Mamoun Muhammed
Preparation and Thermoelectric Properties of Iron Disilicide; Yukihiro Isoda and Haruhiko Udono
The Deposition of Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 Thermoelectric Thin Films by Thermal Coevaporation and Applications in Energy Harvesting; L. M. Goncalves
Thermoelectric Materials, Measurements, and Opportunities for Energy Harvesting; Patrick J. Taylor
Thermal and Thermoelectric Characterization of Individual Nanostructures and Thin Films; Li Shi
Microchips and Methods for the Characterization of Thermoelectric Transport Properties of Nanostructures; Friedemann VOlklein, Daniel Huzel, Heiko Reith, and Matthias Schmitt
Neutron Scattering Investigations of Thermoelectric Materials; Mogens Christensen

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