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.

part I|2 pages

Thermoelectric Materials

chapter 1|6 pages

Introduction to Thermoelectric Materials, Contacts, Devices, and Systems

ByZhifeng Ren, Yucheng Lan, Qinyong Zhang

chapter 2|58 pages

Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Materials

ByKoen Vandaele, Joseph P. Heremans, Yiming Zhou, Li-Dong Zhao, Huaizhou Zhao, Zhifeng Ren, Machhindra Koirala, Stephen R. Boona

chapter 3|40 pages

Materials for Near-Room Temperatures

ByWeishu Liu, Yucheng Lan, Jiehe Sui, Zihang Liu, Zhifeng Ren

chapter 4|88 pages

IV–VI Compounds for Medium Temperatures

ByQian Zhang, Yu Xiao, Li-Dong Zhao, Eyob Chere, Zhifeng Ren, Xiao Zhang, Cheng Chang, E. M. Levin

chapter 5|38 pages

Thermoelectric Sb-Based Skutterudites for Medium Temperatures

ByGerda Rogl, Andriy Grytsiv, Ernst Bauer, Peter Rogl

chapter 6|46 pages

Mg2BIV for Medium Temperatures

ByTiejun Zhu, Guanting Yu, Xinbing Zhao, Weishu Liu, Zhifeng Ren, Johannes de Boor, Udara Saparamadu

chapter 7|18 pages

Ca1−xYbxMg2Bi2 and Ca1−xYbxZn2Sb2-Related 1–2–2 Zintl Phases

ByJing Shuai, Zhifeng Ren

chapter 8|56 pages

Half-Heuslers for High Temperatures

ByHao Zhang, Zhensong Ren, Shuo Chen, Zhifeng Ren, Ran He, Yucheng Lan, Lihong Huang

chapter 9|18 pages

Silicon–Germanium Alloys

ByYucheng Lan, Dezhi Wang, Zhifeng Ren

chapter 10|50 pages

Other Thermoelectric Materials

ByPengfei Qiu, Xun Shi, Lidong Chen, Jiehe Sui, Jing Li, Zihang Liu, Zhifeng Ren, Takao Mori, Jun Mao

chapter 11|50 pages

Engineering of Materials

ByMona Zebarjadi, Gang Chen, Zhifeng Ren, Sunmi Shin, Renkun Chen, Joseph P. Heremans, Bartlomiej Wiendlocha, Hyungyu Jin, Bo Wang, Qinyong Zhang

chapter 12|36 pages

Simulation of Phonons

ByDavid Broido, Matt Heine, Natalio Mingo, Austin J. Minnich

chapter 14|48 pages

Mechanical Properties of Thermoelectric Materials

BySonika Gahlawat, Kenneth White, Zhifeng Ren, Yasuo Kogo, Tsutomu Iida

part II|2 pages

Thermoelectric Contacts

chapter 15|20 pages

Contact for Bi2Te3-Based Thermoelectric Leg

ByWeishu Liu, Yucheng Lan, Zhifeng Ren

chapter 16|10 pages

Contacts for Skutterudites

ByQing Jie, Zhifeng Ren

chapter 17|24 pages

Contacts for PbTe

ByCheng-Chieh Li, C. Robert Kao

part III|2 pages

Thermoelectric Modules and Systems

chapter 18|22 pages

Bismuth Telluride Modules

ByPham Hoang Ngan, Nini Pryds, Li Han

chapter 19|14 pages

Half-Heusler Modules

ByGiri Raj Joshi, Yucheng Lan, Zhifeng Ren

chapter 20|22 pages

Silicide Modules

Practical Issues in Developing Mg2Si with Good Stability for Generating Power from Waste Heat Sources
ByTsutomu Iida, Yasuo Kogo, Atsuo Yasumori, Keishi Nishio, Naomi Hirayama

chapter 21|16 pages

Oxide Modules

ByLe Thanh Hung, Ngo Van Nong, Nini Pryds

chapter 22|34 pages

Solar Thermoelectric Power Generators

ByYucheng Lan, Zhifeng Ren