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Thermoelectric Materials—Strategies for Improving Device Performance and Its Medical Applications (Version 1, Original)

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Centre for Nanofibers and Nanotechnology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117587, Singapore
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Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Surface Technology group, A*STAR, Fusionopolis way 2, Innovis, Singapore 138634, Singapore
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Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE), National University of Singapore, 28 Medical Drive, Singapore 117456, Singapore
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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
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Received: 24 June 2019 / Accepted: 26 June 2019 / Published: 9 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Wearable Biomedical Systems)
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Reviewer 1 Miguel Angel Olivares-Robles Insitituto Politecnico Nacional ESIME-CU Reviewer 2 Dorin Lelea Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara, Facultatea de Mecanica, Timisoara, Romania Reviewer 3
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Thermoelectrics, in particular solid-state conversion of heat to electricity and vice versa, is expected to be a key energy harvesting and temperature management solution in coming years. There has been a resurgence in the search for new materials for advanced thermoelectric energy conversion applications and to enhance the properties of existing materials. In this paper, we review recent efforts on improving figure-of-merit (ZT) through alloying and nano structuring. As heatsink characteristics dictate the performance of thermoelectric modules, various types of heatsink designs has been investigated. Several reported strategies for improving ZT are critically assessed. A notable increase in figure-of-merit of thermoelectric materials (TE) has opened up new areas of applications especially in the medical field. Peltier cooling devices are widely employed for patient core temperature control, skin cooling, medical device and laboratory equipment cooling. Application of these devices in the medical field both in temperature control and power generation has been studied in detail. It is envisioned that this study will provide profound knowledge on the thermoelectric based materials and its role in medical applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermoelectric; figure-of-merit; Peltier; Seebeck; thermoelectric generator; cooling thermoelectric; figure-of-merit; Peltier; Seebeck; thermoelectric generator; cooling
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MohanKumar, P.; Jagadeesh Babu, V.; Subramanian, A.; Bandla, A.; Thakor, N.; Ramakrishna, S.; Wei, H. Thermoelectric Materials—Strategies for Improving Device Performance and Its Medical Applications. Sci 2019, 1, 37.

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Miguel Angel Olivares-Robles | Agreed, preparing report
Insitituto Politecnico Nacional ESIME-CU

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Dorin Lelea | Agreed, preparing report
Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara, Facultatea de Mecanica, Timisoara, Romania

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