Special Issue "Thermoelectric Generators 2020"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Bed R Poudel
Guest Editor
Research Associate Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 421 Steidle Building, University Park, State College, PA 16802, USA
Interests: Renewable energy research such as thermoelectric, solar-thermal etc. Thermoelectric nanomaterials synthesis/characterization, Thermoelectric module design and fabrication for power generation applications
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Dr. Amin Nozariasbmarz
Guest Editor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Interests: Renewable Energies; Thermoelectric Materials; Wearable Electronics; Nanomaterials; Microwave Processing; Materials Science
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Dr. Udara Saparamadu
Guest Editor
Postdoctoral Researcher - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 219A Steidle Building, University Park, State College, PA 16802, USA
Interests: thermoelectric materials; nanomaterials synthesis and characterization; high-energy mechanical alloying; spark plasma sintering; high-temperature thermoelectric generators; flexible thermoelectric devices; high-power-factor thermoelectric materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thermoelectric generators are solid-state devices that can directly convert heat to electricity. Such generators have unique advantages among various power generation technologies since they are noiseless, reliable, and no maintenance is required for a long time. There has been a recent surge of interest in this technology, mostly in two areas: 1) near-room-temperature applications such as powering electronic devices, health monitors, wireless sensors, etc.; and 2) high-temperature power generation applications such as personal power packs, cogeneration of heat and electric power, and capturing waste heat from vehicles or from industrial processes, etc. There are also numerous reports on breakthrough improvements to materials’ dimensionless thermoelectric figure-of-merit, ZT, using advances in nanotechnology and new materials compositions research, fueling the generator research. In addition to improving ZT, material properties optimization and optimum device fabrication can open up new applications for thermoelectric generators. However, there seems to be a lack of comprehensive research bringing together all the components (e.g., materials, modules, and applications) into an integrated platform so that thermoelectric generator technology could be commercially attractive.

To better serve the thermoelectric community, Energies—an open access journal publishing energy-related scientific research and studies—is organizing a Special Issue on “Thermoelectric Generators”. This Special Issue of Energies aims to cover the recent advances on thermoelectric materials, device technology, and applications ranging from room to high temperatures with a focus on device performance and their use in power generation. I would like to invite you to submit an article to this Special Issue. Your contribution can be in any of the following areas: thermoelectric materials, devices, or systems.

Thank you!

Dr. Bed R Poudel
Dr. Amin Nozariasbmarz
Dr. Udara Saparamadu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • thermoelectric materials
  • nanostructures
  • thermoelectric devices
  • thermal interfaces
  • thermoelectric generators
  • waste heat recovery
  • body power harvesting
  • co-generation
  • thermal conductivity
  • energy harvesting
  • nanocomposites

Published Papers

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