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Materials, Volume 9, Issue 9 (September 2016)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The relatively limited number of efficient energy conversion materials has driven many scientists [...] Read more. The relatively limited number of efficient energy conversion materials has driven many scientists to explore the potential possibilities presented by novel materials. For light element abundant materials, the clathrate structure types are unique in that they allow for precision tuning of the bandgap and transport properties. There is great interest in improving the properties by manipulating the doping, electronic structure, phonon structure and scattering, as well as microstructure. Dopants and processing significantly impact the properties of the material by tuning and engineering of the electron band structure and the phonon scattering. This short review provides a snapshot of the current status of a small group of silicon-containing type I clathrate compounds that have significant potential. View the paper