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Special Issue "Half-Heusler, Silicide and Zintl-type Thermoelectric Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jan-Willem Bos

Heriot-Watt University
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Interests: thermoelectric materials; structural chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thermoelectric generators are widely considered to become an important component of a sustainable energy future with many opportunities to harvest waste heat. These include stationary sources, such as in power plants and cement works, but also mobile applications including waste heat recovery from exhaust gasses in transportation. There has been an enormous improvement in thermoelectric materials performance over the past two to three decades and peak ZT > 1 is now routinely possible.

Amongst the materials investigated for waste heat recovery, compositions based on abundant elements with facile processing routes are of great interest. It is here where inorganic materials including the half-Heuslers, magnesium and higher manganese silicides and Zintl phases offer a possible competitive advantage over other leading materials, in particular over compounds containing lead and tellurium.

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together the latest trends in research on half-Heuslers, silicides and Zintl phases. This covers materials synthesis and characterization but also includes work on important materials issues, such as high-temperature stability, electrical and thermal contacting and the fabrication of modules exploiting these materials.

The dual focus of this Special Issue is intentional as it is vital that materials exploration and the incorporation of materials in modules are addressed in parallel so that thermoelectric power generation can become a mainstream component of a sustainable energy future.

It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Dr. Jan-Willem Bos
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Thermoelectric Materials
  • Module Fabrication
  • Half-Heuslers
  • Silicides
  • Zintl compounds

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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